Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sally Clarkson

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This would be a dream....
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

"She has done what she could;..."

There is a story, a real-life story, in the Bible that is pretty familiar to those who have been in church for a while. 
In the book of Mark chapter 14 verses 3-9 we find the story, a story that really did happened, of a woman. This woman, a woman of the city, entered into a house where men were reclining at table just a short time before our innocent Lord Jesus was to be slaughtered and killed for the sins of man. This woman, a known sinner, seemed to have no regard for anyone around her, but the Lord Jesus. And the text tells us she “came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard…very costly…”
This past summer, our family had the honor of attending the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. During the presentation, they showed us different containers and what they might have held. 
There was an alabaster flask. A costly vessel. Alabaster was not common in this area, making the price of this anointing higher than we may think if we just skim the text. I knew from what I had read before that the ointment was costly. I never considered the container. 
The vessel was costly too.
And she broke it.
And poured the ointment of pure nard over the head of Jesus.
She was scolded by the men thinking she had done a foolish thing. Thinking she had wasted such a valuable possession.
But our King, He responds to the men. He speaks for the woman. He said, “She has done a beautiful thing to me.” 
He goes on to say something that really has affected me. Words that pierce my soul and cause me to wonder…
He said, “She has done what she could;” .
Just sit in that for a moment. 
Have I done what I could?
Is there something costly that needs breaking in my life?
Am I willing to break it? Lose it for the sake of complete surrender to my Lord?
I want to.
So today, as you go about the hustle and bustle of all that life brings, think about this story. 
It really happened.
The breaking of something that holds worldly value can break again. Today.
And, Jesus goes on to say, “And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
“She has done what she could;”
Let’s give it a try. 
What do you think this might look like in your life today? Tomorrow?
I would love to hear some ways that you are able to do all you can for Jesus. Some earthly things that may need to be broken for the sake of full surrender. 
He is worthy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A book review and a giveaway!

Please check out my friend Amber's review on Jen Hatmaker's newest book, "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess".
Leave a comment on Amber's blog for a chance to win a copy of the book!
Here is a link to purchase a copy for yourself:

Happy reading:)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Potato Soup~Crock Pot Style

I am always up for a good crock pot recipe. I stumbled upon this one while perusing facebook. Thank you, Kayla North, for posting this on your wall! It is delicious and perfect for a cool, dreary day...or any day you may be craving potato soup!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Compassion and Generosity

Last Thursday, sweet Emma made a huge decision. She had been thinking about it for quite a while. It was a selfless decision that she generously made because of sweet compassion in her heart.
Emma decided, once again, to donate her hair! This time, she had 10 inches of her gorgeous thick hair to donate! She did this a couple of years ago and was able to donate 7inches. This girl has got the gift of hair:)
We went as a family and Emma so confidently sat in the chair with the biggest smile on her face. I was a little scared for her, knowing the feeling of chopping of my own hair. You know, the feeling of "I have grown this hair out for years and I am about to chop it all off?? What if I hate it? What if it looks awful??"  The difference is that I have never donated my hair for another. Emma knew that her hair was going to another little girl who has  lost her hair for various reasons; medicine, illness, or any of the other many reasons hair can fall out. I
We were and are so very proud of her. She truly has the sweetest heart. She is a child who constantly thinks of others and has great compassion. Totally selfless. We love you sweet girl and we are so very proud to call you daughter! And your hair looks great!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Shepherds? Why shepherds?

As we are walking daily through this beautiful season, Jesus is faithful to teach more about who He is and what He is about.
Everyday we read Luke 2, soaking up each treasured word, His words. They are words that are living and active. This I love.
There came in conversation today, talk about the shepherds. We have long taught our kids on this subject. Long in their young years.
If you are not familiar, here is the verse:
Luke 2: 8 "And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."

What's your take on why the angel appeared to the shepherds? Have you heard that it was because they were poor, stinky, lower-class men? Have you heard that they were the lowliest of low? I have. I don't believe this to be the case. Sure they may have been a little stinky. Sure they may have been poor...but there just has to more than that.

Why were these shepherds watching over these sheep? Before the Christ Child was born, do you recall the sacrificial reason for sheep? See it is highly likely that these sheep were the temple sacrifices. The shepherds were in the same region, watching over these sheep that would be used in the temple as sacrifices for the forgiveness of sin.

Here is where it gets good. Beautiful. But isn't it all?

Jesus is our Sacrifice.

Did you hear that? Jesus, the spotless Lamb. The One who would come, live a sinless life, absorb all of our sins, die and resurrect Himself on the third day...HE IS THE SACRIFICE!!!

Do you see it? The picture? Luke goes on to tell us that the shepherds left in haste to go find Mary, Joseph and the baby lying in a manger. What?? How could they leave the sheep? And in haste??The innocent ones that would be slaughtered for the sins of men in their region?? This was their job. How could they just drop everything and go to find this baby?

They got it.

The angel of the Lord appearing to the shepherds is a beautiful picture of Jesus, our ultimate and all encompassing Sacrificial Lamb, arriving. Hope. Born in the city of David...just as it was told.

Don't miss this picture. Please don't hesitate to share it with your children. If the picture was to represent going to the lowliest of low, wouldn't it make more sense for the angel to appear to a leper colony?  I am not sure that is the picture that the Lord is trying to portray. Absolutely there are other passages in the Bible where we see Jesus visiting the lowly or less desirable, like the lepers, poor and the prostitutes. Passages that give examples to follow for the believer. But in this case, He chose shepherds. I think this is something we should consider and find very significant.

I grew up thinking that the angel appeared to the shepherds because they were lowly. I thought that was a beautiful picture...
The picture I have now, it is grand. It is majestic. It causes me to sit in wonder at our great God and King.
Oh that we would grasp the significance of our Savior's birth! To fully know that with His birth, came true forgiveness of sins. His blood poured out to cover ALL of our sins...all of them. His blood. No longer a need for the sacrificial lambs of old. My Jesus paid it all.

Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordless Wisdom Wednesday...

Working diligently:)

Another diligent student:)

Luke 2:7-9 Jacob and Emma's verse for the week.

An absolute MUST for a homeschooling day!Can I get an Amen??!!