March 25, 2013

Passion Week, Celebrating After a Soul's Winter
{and a Moms Against Manic Mondays Link Up}

    I love, love, love this time of year.  I can see the nearing end of winter and new growth will begin just in time to comfort my soul after a long winter of its own.  And perfectly timed is the celebration of Jesus' love and sacrifice to bring us into life with Him.  Celebration of new growth and the new life we were given in Christ.  Good times, good times.

    There is especially such a wide range of emotions in this week.  This is the week we remember the passion of Jesus' last days.  We heartily recall with stricken hearts His suffering, torture, and death.  But we mustn't stop there.  He didn't.  This is a week of celebration for reconciliation and to explode in jubilant praise over the worthiness of the Son, our Savior, our Groom.

    It's still a Monday though, right?  We still have this week's responsibilities to fill, to-do lists to accomplish, jobs to complete, children to rear, sleep to attempt to achieve, maybe even overwhelming trials to walk through.
    We all experience seasons of our lives that we feel the need to throw in the towel.  Sometimes, like this morning, I close my eyes shut tight and wish so hard that I was all alone in a retreat center or spa somewhere and have trouble holding back a groan.  This has been a season of tiredness and trial for both my husband and I for various reasons.  Life here in this world, ya know?  

    We cling to each other and we cling to our Firm Foundation and Strong Tower we have in the One who hung on a tree for our freedom.  We rest in the arms of His love, in the ComforterAnd we just do the next. right. thing.  

    We cling, rest, and do.  And life moves on.  And new growth comes in the next season because of the purification in the death and cold of the winter.

    I bless you this Monday, and this week of Holy Passion, with a song to stir up your soul:)

    Let Him In by David Olinger
    Crown Him King. Open up these city gates and let Him in. Wave these palm branches high up in the sky and welcome Him. Come on and welcome Him, O Risen Son of God. In He rides like a grain of wheat buried in the earth. He came to die. But the road that led him unto death leads us into life. Now we’re His prize. Come receive Your prize, O Risen Son of God. Hosanna in the highest. Come on and praise Him, O my soul. Sing daughters of Zion. O Sweet Jerusalem, Salvation has come.

    If you are unable to view the embed music video I encourage you to view it directly on Youtube by clicking here, or to purchase David's album "Hope," click here:)

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    I bless you today with eyes to see them and the heart to recognize them - the blessings in disguise.  Eucharisteo!

    Psalm 118:24

    "This is the day which the Lord has brought about;
    I will rejoice and be glad in it!"

    I desire to recognize what is my part of the "manic" in Mondays, and do what I can to change it.

    I desire to live abundantly in the Mondays.

    I desire to thrive in each day, to dance them in along with the sun.

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