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Easter 2013 March 31, 2013

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This was our first year for Eric to preach the Easter sermon. In years past, he has been the assistant pastor and Sunday night services were always cancelled. It was also, I might add, my first attempt to cook a ham. So I think we both had big days 🙂

Yesterday, the kids helped me cook Easter dinner and set the table.

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When I got up, the kids looked in their Easter baskets.

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This year the Easter bunny brought them some new DVD’s (since all of ours were lost in the fall on a trip). We now have seasons of Gilligan’s Island and Full House, as well as Hop and Despicable Me.  Then we had to get ready. Not so bad this year. They are getting older and able to do so much for themselves.


I put the ham in the oven and headed off to church. It was so good to sing of God’s goodness to us. Eric’s sermon asked the question,”Mary, why are you weeping?” Mary has just discovered that the tomb is empty and she is so sad that her savior is missing.Then Jesus appears and asks her,”Why are you weeping?” She is weeping because she lives in a world that is marred by sin and sadness, by death and illness, by loneliness and hurt, and she thinks her teacher and Lord has been taken. Haven’t we all wept while we lived in this world? Haven’t we all been in despair about our lives at times? We know what it feels like to hurt and feel great pain. The great news is that Jesus wasn’t taken by anyone, He rose. And He is making all sad things Untrue. I love that thought… all sad things become untrue.

Just had to share the picture of the cutest little baby that I got to hold at lunch today.


A-dorable ( and I am terrible at selfies 🙂 )

Happy Easter!


does He give you more than you can handle? March 25, 2013

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Eric has been asked this question and has taught on this several times lately. His answer always makes me have to realign my thinking- from the one that we hear quoted all the time to the one that is scripturally supported. The answer is,”Yes. He does give you more than you can handle.” ouch.

Somewhere along the way we have added a thought to scripture. Kind of like “God helps those who help themselves.” We think that these are scriptural thoughts- we quote them in times of trouble. “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”

But there is much evidence that He often gives more than we can handle- alone. Circumstances that take us to the end of ourselves- beyond our ability to control- a place where we have no way to change our circumstances with our abilities, our cunning, our resources, our intellect, our words. He takes us to the end of ourselves and gives us more than we can handle.

And somewhere in that place, HE reaches in and rescues us. All of a sudden, we see our place as creation and we acknowledge His place as creator. We call out to Him and He hears our cry and His steadfast love meets our needs.

We are studying Jonah right now- A man who fled from God- who wanted to ignore God’s word- who didn’t want to hear God. And who ended up in an ocean, thrown overboard and in a circumstance beyond what he could handle. He is rescued by a fish that is sent by God. And in the belly of that large fish, He calls out to God- ironically, needing God to hear him.  And God does. God hears Jonah’s cry of repentance  and brings rescue to a situation that Jonah could not solve.

What would it mean if we rethought our tough circumstances? Instead of viewing them from a self reliant perspective that says,” I can handle this, no matter what life throws at me” to viewing them from a place where we say,” this is more than I can handle” and we cry out to the Lord to solve the impossible with His supernatural ways. And being prepared to say that He is in charge and whatever He deems is good. It is significant to note that God’s call on Jonah’s life never changes- He still must do what God asked him to do before he fled. But now, he knows the rescuing love of God.  He will be sharing about the rescuing love of God with people and he will identify with them because he has experienced it himself.

Whatever circumstance we are facing, it is meant for our good and His glory. May we rest under that truth.


Emma Fran’s 9th March 6, 2013

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Emma Frances has had some pretty creative birthdays over the years (the art party and the jacket party come to mind 🙂 ) This year she had an ALMOST sleepover. She invited the girls in her class and from church. She helped me make the invitations on the Cricut that Eric gave me for Christmas. She loved being able to make her own invitations.

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The girls arrived and put on their pajamas 🙂 They made homemade pizzas and did a little Wii Just Dance while they waited for their pizzas to cook.

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That might be Mr Zellner dancing in the back. He is a sport!

They ate yummy cake made by a lady in town that is so super-talented. The girls ate doughnut holes and milk in between dance moves 🙂

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We opened presents and watched a movie.  I am very thankful to get to know these girls. They are funny, sweet and LOUD. Mine being the loudest 🙂


Happy Birthday to my Emma Frances. You are changing so much- maturing in so many areas, blessing us by your thoughtfulness and your tenderness. I am so eager to see how the Lord is going to shape you in the future!


a land of delight

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Eric has been preaching through Malachi at night church on Sunday evenings. A book that seems random- surely it will be out of touch with our present day- but oh it is not!

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.  Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:10-12

A land of delight.

That phrase sticks to me and it is my desire for our church- a land of delight.





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Tonight I had the privilege of attending a fundraising banquet for the Women’s Resource Center in Cleveland. This ministry functions like Save a Life in birmingham and Choose Life in Huntsville, ministries we cared very much for while we lived there. I was eager to hear what Women’s Resource offered and what their needs were. The director shared their needs and ways that we could help.

The banquet was a blessing- but God used more than just the banquet to bless me. I had the privilege of riding over to Cleveland with three special ladies from Indianola. The kind of ladies that have a love for God’s word, whose faith encourages me, and whom I have watched live out their faith. I shared a prayer request that is dear to my heart- one that involves parents finding out difficult news about their little one. These ladies wrote down the names of the family. We sat in silence for a little bit and then one lady turned to me and asked if we could pray for them right then. She is a mother and her heart was breaking for my dear friends. We each prayed for them- through tears- reminding ourselves that God will be an ever present help in times of trouble. I was overwhelmed by their hearts and their compassion. I am so thankful that there are ladies lifting up my request and taking it seriously, even though they have not met the ones in need. They know and believe that God hears our prayers and that He brings comfort and help.

What a refreshment it is to be among believers such as these.