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!!!