Monday, March 30, 2015

The final week.....

It's been several years since I shared the info I researched to tell what Jesus did the last week of His life before his death and burial......
but most importantly His RESURRECTION!
I went back and did a bit of "tweaking" so I could re-post it for y'all this year. 

You can click on each link below to go to the post for that particular day of the week.
There's also a page up top titled "Holy Week" that has the same info.

As a CHRISTian, this is my very favorite time of the year.....
my favorite celebrated "holiday".
It's certainly not about the food.....
or the chocolate.....
although, I would be lying if I said I didn't me a dark chocolate bunny!

But, no,  it's all about celebrating what Jesus did for me on that old rugged cross.

But, sweet Friends, He didn't do it just for a few.....
He died for ALL!!!

Do you know Him?

Do you have a personal relationship with Him?

 Would you truly like to know what it's like to walk and talk with Jesus?

If any of these things speak to your heart,
PLEASE don't hesitate one more single minute to seek out someone you can trust to talk to who will pray with you and for you.  I know that I don't know many of you who stop by here personally, but I would be so honored if you would contact me at the address on the "about me" page so that we can talk. 
Just don't put it off.....
do it now!

And, what better way to begin, or renew, 
your walk with CHRIST than during this blessed Easter season?



Sunday - Palm Sunday
Monday - Anger and Healing
Tuesday - A Fig Tree Dies
Wednesday - Betrayal
Friday - Good Friday
Sunday - HE LIVES



Wishing you an awesomely blessed week.

Let's just keep on.....

Breathing in Grace,


Sunday, March 29, 2015

SONday Morning Song - Man of Sorrows.....

They sang this song at church a couple of weeks ago,
and one day this past week, 
Jess shared the link with me and said it's her and my son-in-law's favorite song.

By the way, we don't attend the same church!

It's such a fitting song to share as we celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter week.


Breathing in Grace,


Thursday, March 26, 2015

The taste of GRACE.....

This is what grace tastes like. Lisa-Jo Baker // incourage.me
 

This recently showed up in my Inbox and you know what caught my attention, don't you?
Yep.....
that word GRACE!!!
(you can click on the little (in)courage picture to read the article)

I thought it would be interesting to list a few ways we can show grace to others.....
since that's the least we can do for what God does for us every.single.day!!!


Look for the needs of others

We never know what kind of day somebody might be having, 
so something as small as holding the door,
or offering a compliment to a cashier.....
they might just make that person's day that they were even noticed.

Respond with grace

Oh, how difficult this can be sometimes.....
or, is that just me I'm talking about?
I often have to bite my tongue to actually "respond with  grace".....
and sometimes that means saying NOTHING.AT.ALL!

Graceful Presence

Do you know of somebody in the hospital?
Pay them a visit.
If you can't schedule that,
give them a call.....
or send a card.
Maybe there's been a death.....
be there for the family.
Send cards, take food, be at the funeral or graveside service.
Just be present!

Forgive  with grace

Has somebody offended you then came back and apologized?
Did you want to say, 'well, I'll accept this time, but'.....
Or, maybe something like 'it's about time you realized what you  did/said wrong'.....
don't say those things.....
just accept the apology and tell them they're forgiven.

Learn to say "I'm sorry"

As well as forgiving others,
we often have to ask for forgiveness.
As difficult as it can be to swallow our pride.....
just do it because both you and the other person will feel so much better afterward!

Mind your manners

Remember those manners your Momma taught you?
That lesson was for a reason! 
Use words like "please" and "thank you".

Take an interest in others

There's just something about somebody speaking my name and saying something personal to me.  Maybe they remembered something that I said, or did, and I didn't even realize they were listening at the time.  
I want to be that person.  
Somebody who is TRULY interested in others and what they're saying to me. 
 At my age, I often have to tell myself to FOCUS because often my mind can be elsewhere.
 I desire to be that friend who others know they can count on and confide in.  
I want to be an encourager because I know how much it means to me to be encouraged!!!

If you haven't already, be sure and watch the movie, "The Grace Card".
It's simply awesome and is a great teaching tool.....
even for us older folk.....
about the true meaning of showing grace to our fellow man.....
and woman!



Breathing in Grace,







Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday's Words - Still and Quiet.....

Edited to add this picture that I just opened in an e-mail from (in) courage,
'cause y'all know how much I   confirmations from our precious Lord!
"Stillness isn’t an escape. It’s an entrance, to your innermost self, right where you are today."
" Stillness isn’t the absence of movement. 
It’s the presence of God."
(Click on the link to read the article.)

The Courage to Be Still - incourage.me




God has been "talking" to me this past week while I was away from the blog.
I felt in my Spirit that He wanted me to  be "quiet" for a bit and let Him speak.
He certainly gave me a lot to "ponder" on!
I'm not sure how much, or how often, I'll be posting,
 but the past week just seemed to all come together Monday as I sat in the exam room waiting for my doctor and saw this sign on the wall and knew I had to share it with y'all!



Here are a few more things I found that speak to my heart about being "still and quiet"!















HOPE everybody is enjoying spring in your neck of the woods!

Breathing in Grace,





Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday's Word - Away.....

Away;
 at a distance from a particular place, person, or thing

I'm gonna be "away" from the blog for a bit.

It's time for a break to re-group and rest.

In the meantime, just remember.....


Breathing in Grace,



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day.....

Did y'all know why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
I bet my bestie did because she is absolutely a wealth of knowledge.
That girl has more info stored in her little finger than I'll ever HOPE to learn!

As for me.....
I had to do a bit of research!!!

St. Patrick, or the "Apostle of Ireland," actually started out in the pagan religion. While not much is known about his early life, as many of his life's details were lost to folklore, letters from St. Patrick reveal that he was captured in Wales, Scotland, or another close area outside of Ireland and taken to Ireland as a slave. Years later, he escaped and returned to his family, who were Romans living in Britain, going back to Ireland for mission work after finding a place as a cleric and then Bishop within the Christian faith. He was born around 460, and by the 600s, he was already known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

There are many legends associated with St. Patrick. The symbol of the shamrock used for St. Patrick's Day comes from the story of St. Patrick using the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant coincided with the Pagan religion's sanctity of the number three and is the root of the green color theme.

Another popular belief is that St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. The story says that while St. Patrick was fasting, snakes attacked him, so he chased all snakes into the ocean. However, there have never been snakes in Ireland during the post-glacial period. The absence of snakes and symbolism involved with snakes is believed to explain the story, although it could have been referring to type of worm rather than snakes. One legend has St. Patrick sticking a walking stick into the ground while evangelizing, which turned into a tree.
St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in 1737, organized by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston, including a feast and religious service. This first celebration of the holiday in the colonies was largely to honor and celebrate the Irish culture that so many colonists had been separated from.  The day is celebrated on March 17th, believed to be the date of his death.
Early celebrations continued this modest tradition. In New York, the first celebration took place as a small gathering at the home of an Irish protestant. St. Patrick's Day parades started in New York in 1762 by a group of Irish soldiers in the British military who marched down Broadway. This began the tradition of a military theme in the parade, as they often feature marching military unites. The holiday eventually evolved from the modest religious dinner into the raucous holiday we know today.
So, there you have it....
a few reasons why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

HOPE you have a  great day.....
and remember to wear your green so you won't get pinched!!!


Breathing in Grace,



Monday, March 16, 2015

Mundane Monday.....

Did y'all have a great weekend?
I did, all things considered.
I won't bore you with the details.....
because nobody wants a play by play of everything I did.
Let's just suffice it to say it was busy and partly rainy and cool on Saturday and something disappointing came in the mail and we overslept for church and I just got home from having blood work done for my physical next Monday.

On a brighter note.....
the weather is supposed to be GORGEOUS this week,
so I'm planning on doing some yard work.....
something I   .
Also, I stopped at a thrift store before coming home and got a bargain for my friend at church who is in charge of the widow's luncheon!

And....I didn't cry when the lady took my blood!
Click Me!

So, with all that being said.....
here's a little something that I thought was just ingenious.
Of course.....
it doesn't take much to impress me!


Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.


Breathing in Grace,

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