- Photo by Jeri Stunkard
38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion who stood facing Him saw Him (Christ) expire this way, he said, “Really, this Man was God’s Son.”
Do you ever read scripture and just kind of skim over it because you don’t fully comprehend the significance? Then, you read it again, with the verse explained, and it’s like an a-ha moment? Does your heart get excited? Mine does.
So, these curtains in the temple were torn in two after “Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life.” Mark 15:37
These weren’t your ordinary curtains from Target. The curtains are said to have measured 60 feet high, 30 feet wide and 4 inches thick!
Back then, only high priest were allowed to go into God’s presence and just once a year. The priests would bring the blood of a sacrificed animal to “cover” the sins of himself and his people.
The ripping of the curtains was a game changer.
A-ha! The curtains were so think and heavy there was no possible way any human could have done it. Let that sink in a moment…
That was purely God power.
He opened a new way of living for us. We have the ability to have a personal relationship with Him. That is truly a gift worth celebrating this Easter Sunday
Don’t you just love when God reveals Himself like that?
LINKING UP | Head over to Holley Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart, RachelWojo Whimsical Wednesday, and Faith Barista White Space (she has a beautiful new website design!) for more inspiring writing.
By faith alone God created the Bumblebee.
Orange Striped Bumblebee ©Jeri Stunkard
This is my faith in creation…
There are about 250 different species of bumblebees. Once a bumblebee stings (usually to protect itself) the stinger breaks off and the bee dies. Only the females (the Queen and worker bees) have a stinger. Males (aka drones) do not sting. Bumblebees favorite food is nectar.
The bumblebee defies the laws are aerodynamics to take off in flight. Modern science has yet to figure out how these small creatures are able to fly. They have done experiments by placing the bees in wind tunnels, measuring their energy and oxygen use, and yet, they have no clue.
Scientists have learned that a flying bumblebee flaps its wings 160 times per second and consumes the equivalent of 180 candy bars per hour! ~CreationMoments
1 Corinthians 2; Share the Truth of the Gospel with someone this Easter
*Today’s post is inspired by She Reads Truth journal prompt, and 1 Corinthians written by the first epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 | As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom. 2 For I resolved to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 And I was in weakness and fear [dread] and great trembling among you. 4 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power, 5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men [human philosophy], but in the power of God. ~The Everyday Life Bible – [ ] indicates notes by Joyce Meyer
In the pressure and struggles of this world to “keep up with the Jones’” it’s easy to rely on man’s word or advice, whether it’s about your finances, your parenting skills, your marriage… whatever.
Paul says it simply to the Corinthians, and to all of us. It’s not about any of that. It’s not about man’s philosophy or wisdom.
It’s all about Jesus Christ. It’s all about His truth. THE TRUTH.
Can you believe it’s April already? We’re going on four months of living our One Word.
Think back to January 1st. Remember when you picked your word for 2014? Or maybe you went old school and proclaimed a New Year’s resolution.
Remember when it was all fresh like the dandelions peeking their head out of the ground in spring? Remember how gung-ho you were? Are you still gung-ho, or are you like, “What one word?”.
I did a lot of soul searching when I chose my One Word. Maybe you did too.
So, how’s it working for you?
There is this woman I know who has a big dream. Her dream is to turn her small home business into a big home business.
She operates a lovely spa in her home. One with sweet smelling lotions, waxes for removing unwanted hair, facial creams and a massage table. She dreams of taking over her basement and creating a wellness center. A place where one can go to relax, research wellness options, take an aromatherapy class, get a facial to make you glow from the inside out, and get a massage that will melt your to-do list right into the ground.
Recently, after a session of her pouring hot wax on my eyebrows, then ripping it off, she talked about dreams and the idea of speaking them out loud. Because speaking your dream out loud is a statement. It’s a declaration of that dream. You are putting your dream out there and seeing what returns. If you keep your dream inside…well, nobody knows you have that dream.
As a mom I can attest that I have been preoccupied with “mom-wife-woman-duties”.
Ladies, it’s our “job” to take care of the kids, the dogs, the house, and grocery shopping. We are Sherpa of kid’s things and husband’s things, child raising CEO, taxi driver, chef-in-training, runner of errands, master of the bed-time story...I ask is there room in there for a nap?
After we hunker down and get the job done, what’s left? Certainly not OUR dreams…
May your weekend be filled with love and joy. May you not grow weary. May you find rest, laughter, conversation, a great meal…or whatever it is that your heart is needing at the end of a long week. May you be filled up and recharged.
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Who is the most devalued human being on the planet?
Right now…4.3 babies are born every second.
Right now…1 in 125 women die during childbirth in the Achham District of Nepal where Nyaya Health works.
Right now…3,000 clinics throughout Nepal, most of them do not function properly due to lack of skilled staff and resources.
Right now…All over the world women suffer for simply being a woman.
Target, completely stocked!
On my weekly grocery shopping trip to Target last weekend something unusual happened. The normally overstocked produce was bare. Everything that should be refrigerated, produce, fresh meat, lunch meats, dairy, eggs, was almost empty.
Taped to the shelves was a note “Refrigerator outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.” The cashier later told me the refrigerator system went out and they had to throw everything out.
That would make for a bad day.
As I stood there in the meat isle, looking at the almost empty refrigerator cases, trying to figure out how to make my grocery list work…I realized something saddening.
I am spoiled!
May your weekend be filled with little surprises that delight and bring you joy.
The Good Morning Girls are starting a free Easter Bible Study tomorrow. It’s entitled Why Easter Matters. All printed materials are FREE (provided you subscribe to their blog), and it is only 4 weeks long.
“…we can’t think of a better time to make it a priority to stay in God’s Word, and focus your hearts on the One who died in our place, for our sins.”
DISPLAY YOUR FAITH IN YOUR HOME | New designs in the SHOP today. Now you can print your Christian artwork prints on metal! Metal prints are a sheet of lightweight aluminum that is literally infused with the chosen artwork creating a sharp and vibrant finish and supplied ready to immediately hang. They also appear to be floating on you wall. So cool!
Today it want to introduce you to someone who is very dear to my heart. She is a woman inspiring change: Karen Ball, founder of the Sturge-Weber Foundation (SWF).
*Full disclosure here, I have known the SWF for a very long time. I have designed their newsletters and marketing material for 15 years. Told you it was a long time!
Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending Sturge-Weber Foundation’s dinner honoring Dr. Tom Rohrer in Denver. This was the first time I had actually met Karen, and Bonnie Ayers (Director of Programs) in all these years of working with them. SWF is based in New Jersey. I am in Colorado, so we phone and email. A lot.
It all started in 1987, when Karen and her husband, began looking for answers for their daughter, Kailyn who was diagnosed with the rare disease called Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS). At the time, not much was known about this disease. But, the Ball family needed answers!