Category Archives: Commemoration Week

Commemoration Week 2016 <3 Friday

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Driving along in a rental car, I am listening to a beautiful song.

I think I recognize the artist but can’t think of her name so I glance at the dashboard display and am met with digital green numbers of the radio station, temperature and time only.

I have access to satellite radio in my car at home, thanks to a generous husband. 

So not only do I have continuous coverage of stations anywhere I drive, I also have the name of the artist and song title on display with each new selection.

I find myself irritated as I search through my memory for the the name of the girl singing.

And I let her words exhorting me to “come alive” fall on dead, dry soil.

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I cry that I live in a culture that has marginalized God at best and is at war against him at worst…

yet I am so inundated and immersed with email devotions and beautiful Scripture posts throughout the day that I have not time to open the dog-eared pages of my own Bible and read His Word to me.

Entrapped by apps and clever catch phrases that attempt to make Christianity hip and cool and enticing…

I have been lulled away from the passion…

the PASSION …

of Christ..

and on the night He was betrayed...

He was stricken for our transgressions…

He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him…

If the world hates you, keep in mind….they hated Me first…

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Maybe…just maybe…the ungodly culture that I rail against as it comes like a flood and threatens to sweep us all away…

has been allowed by God because He has grown weary of His own spoiled children…

who are more interested in who the artist is…

then praising Him who formed the artist.

Maybe I need to be reminded to worship the CREATOR instead of the creation.

He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrow and pains and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him. 

But in fact He has borne our griefs, and He has carried our sorrows and pains; yet we ignorantly assumed that He was stricken, struck down by God and degraded and humiliated by Him.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness {our sin, our injustice, our wrong-doing}; the punishment {required} for our well-being fell on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. <3       Isaiah 53: 3-6

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Let us be the people of the Cross…the people who remember and do not forget <3

 

 

 

Commemoration Week 2016 <3 Thursday

A little over a week ago my sister-in-law, Sonja, challenged me on Facebook to a “love your spouse” challenge.

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I have a blanket policy when it comes to challenges, chain letters and “copy and paste” requests…I don’t do them.

But this one…I couldn’t resist.

I think it was the way she worded it and the fact that I kind of like the idea of being able to make a fuss over my husband that I could blame on a challenge.

He’s a bit modest and doesn’t care for attention drawn to him so it looked like a win-win.

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I don’t have to make stuff up about how much I love him or how great he is, because it is something I think about on a regular basis.

But I wasn’t prepared for how looking through pictures to find some of us to post stirred my heart to remember all the things he does for me and our family, the way he cares for us and always has, his unselfishness…his humor…his steady ways…his integrity…on and on…

I would find myself all teary eyed as I flipped through pictures and my gratitude for the blessing he is to me, our kiddos and grands, our friends and others…just grew as I meditated on what he means to me.

All of this didn’t add anything to who he is. it just made me more aware of it and increased my love and admiration for him.

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It reminded me.

God calls us to meditate on Him, too…not because He needs it.

Not because His ego is enhanced by it.

Instead, when I focus on God and think about His attributes…as I look through Scripture and remind myself of HIs character and His love …

I am renewed in my love for Him…

I am reminded of how blessed I am to belong to Him.

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And so today…I challenge you to renew your love for the Lord by refreshing yourself as you meditate on…

Why you love Him…

For me….

He is faithful…just…righteous…kind…gracious…loving…forgiving…merciful…true…noble..

beautiful…creative…patient

Who He is to you….

For me

Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End….Ancient of Days…Almighty God…Everlasting Father…King of kings, Lord of lords…I AM…Mighty Counselor…Prince of Peace…Redeemer…Savior

All the ways He has helped you…

For me..

He rescued me…transferred me from darkness to light…forgave my sins…restored my hope…resurrected all that was dead…pulled me out of the pit…set me on solid ground…delivered me from depression…answered my prayers and sometimes didn’t…led me through trials…took what was meant for harm and turned it to good

The more I think about these, the more that come to mind…and then I turn to Scripture and find even more to add to the list.

Go on now…you try it.

Add your own….

and don’t stop…

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because the more you name them, the more you will be filled with love for Him <3

Commemoration Week <3 Wednesday

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Aren’t we a funny bunch?

We want to be awed by God…and yet we want to be able to somehow capture His awesomeness and make it containable and explainable and ownable…

trying to imitate it in art…

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to copy it in some way so that we can hold onto it  …

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It is why I love pictures and why I wanted so desperately to photograph just one of these lovely creatures…the blue blur off to the side…the Blue Morpho Butterfly…

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but they would not cooperate and continued to elude my attempts …

until I found one resting…

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so I patiently rolled video over it waiting for a flap of the wing

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that would reveal…

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and then in the midst of my attempts to catch on film the incredible handiwork of God..

this one…

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slips her phone in front of mine…

and between fits of laughter and the joy of love that exists between a daughter and her mom…

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I am reminded that the glory and wonder of God can not be contained…

not in paintings…

or photographs…

or sculptures…

not even in the human heart.

Not the earth..

nor all the heavens can contain

His wondrous

marvelous

infinite

love <3

 

 

 

Commemoration Week 2016 <3 Tuesday

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The LORD God has stretched out His hand.

He has thrown the enemy into darkness and confusion – He has given us Light, Revelation and Clarity TODAY.

ALL WILL know His Glory when they see the destruction of the Egyptians and the deliverance of God’s people – Do NOT be afraid!

Stand firm and you WILL see the deliverance the LORD will bring TODAY

The Egyptians you see TODAY you will …..

NEVER……

see again!

The Lord will fight for you;

You need….

only….

to be….

still.

Exodus 14: 13-14

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We all read with horror and unbelief the news a while back about the family in Florida who watched as an alligator snatched their toddler off the beach in the middle of a family vacation.

While we have no video footage, thankfully, our minds can play out the scene in graphic detail and any parent or person who fiercely loves a child can feel the desperation that drove the father into the water…into the mouth of an alligator…in a futile attempt to rescue his son.

Sitting here almost two months after reading the first accounts, I still weep for the family and say a prayer.

I can put myself in that father and mother’s place a thousand times and relate to the utter helplessness they must have felt in those moments.

How they would have fought that alligator to their own death to save their child.

And then I think of God’s love for us.

That He sent His only Son…

into the jaws of death…

for you…

for me…

for all who would receive the gift of Salvation.

Unlike the father on the beach…

God most assuredly could have spared His Son…

stopped the jaws of death from closing over Him…

stopped the heaping of sin on His sinless son.

Oh, yes, the Father could have saved the Son…

and lost all of us.

But He didn’t.

He is able to save.

He is willing to save.

I am so grateful <3

Stand still on the Promises of God with me, TODAY..

.and remember….

We are crossing the Jordan

He is leading us

He will fight for us

The enemy is in darkness and confusion NOW

We are in clarity and light and revelation Truth NOW

We are delivered TODAY –

the enemy is defeated TODAY –

this one is finished –

over –

We will never see this enemy again.

God will show us the way because it is a new way

It is finished TODAY –

we will see His GLORY from now on

He has been at work through all of this dark, confusing time –

we believed it…

now we will see it

All will see what God has done and will give HIM the GLORY

It is ALL His work

and

we will give Him

ALL

THE

GLORY <3

Commemoration Week 2016 <3 Monday

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If you are new…or have slept and done a few things since last August…this is something I call “Commemoration Week”.

I can’t state it any better than the way I introduced it in previous years, so here is the skinny on what this week means to me each year….

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In 2005, I stumbled across Exodus 13 and 14 with fresh eyes and strong conviction that freedom from slavery should be intentionally celebrated.

When I read these passages, my picture loving mind is aided by childhood memories of Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood version of the story…which are still impressive considering the technology available at the time – hello…the Red Sea? Ah-mazing.

Phrases like…

Commemorate this day, the day you came out of the land of Egypt, OUT OF THE LAND OF SLAVERY, because the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand.

Exodus 13:3 NIV

and

In days to come, when your son asks you, “What does this mean?” say to him, “With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of the land of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Exodus 13:14 NIV

My journal records my thoughts from that year on how important it is for me to make it a point to remember…

to remember that I was enslaved to sin…

and that it was the LORD who delivered me.

While I am reminded weekly as we take communion.

And daily…

minute by minute…

of my great need of Him and gratitude for His gift of salvation, it seemed worthwhile to set aside time to think about His mighty hand and to commemorate all that He has done for me.

The traditional celebrations of events in the life of Christ and what they mean are also full of extras…family meals, holiday events at work and in the community…things we have added on to the true meaning of what we are celebrating.

So this week in August has become a time of meditation and pondering on celebrating all that our Mighty God has done for me and for our family.

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And since the day of my journaling was August 13th, 2005, I wrote a note on the calendar for the following year on the same date to set aside a week to remember and celebrate.

It has become a welcome part of my yearly calendar ever since.

I also see where God intended for that commemoration to be shared in community with others.

The Israelites’ marking of this great event would cause those coming along behind them to ask what was so significant about their celebration.

And it would give them the opportunity to renew their own wonder as well as give testimony of what God had done.

So I invite you to join me this year for a week of celebrating and remembering that we are now invited to sit at His table with Him, through the blood of Jesus Christ <3

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I look forward to sharing the week with you, in thoughts and prayers.

Heavenly Father, I set aside this week to remember Your pursuing love of me. I agree with your word that I was born into a fallen race and world; and that without You in me, I will always choose to go my own way.

I acknowledge that it was not me that chose You, but You, who chose me.

I confess that there is still a part of me that wants to think that I am basically good…that there is something special about me that would cause You to choose me.

I would be the one who would pass through the sea on dry ground, pitch my tent and start looking longingly back at Egypt…forgetting the bricks, the taskmaster, the chains.

And so I want to intentionally stop this week and remember that it is Your GRACE and Your GRACE alone that has saved me.

That it is YOUR love that reached down to me.

That apart from the obedience of Your Son Jesus Christ, I would be eternally, totally, irretrievably lost.

Your Word says, that You loved the world so very much that You sent Your Son…that all the sins of all the world – the worst and most heinous to the more socially acceptable sins are the same in Your eyes and all sin separates us from You.

And I know that all sin…all the sins of humanity and the sin of the Fall and my own sin and sinful nature, were laid on Him who was without sin.

Lord, let me gain even greater understanding of the agony of my Lord when all sin was heaped upon Him and You turned Your face away from Him.

Fill my heart to overflow with love for my Savior!

He is Worthy of all glory, honor and praise.

I celebrate the Lamb of God, the perfect Sacrifice. I bless Your Name!

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I hope you will join me on the Journey this week and perhaps find ways to celebrate with me the beautiful freedom that is ours in Christ our Lord <3