Easter . 2013

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received:  that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

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We started our morning {after spending way too long fixing hair and ties!} with these sugary, EMPTY rolls as a reminder and a representation that Christ has risen.  The tomb is empty!  {Thank you Pinterest, again.}  The boys enjoyed this little treat.  They both left the table with cinnamon and sugar coated cheeks.  We read Scripture and it was a joy to hear my 5 & 3 year old boys telling us what Easter is all about.  Jesus.

We spent the day celebrating with my family.  Attended church with my parents, had our usual photo shoot, and of course, amazing food at my grandparent’s.

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I hope you & yours had a blessed day celebrating Jesus!

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Wilderness?

The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers.  And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.  And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes for the mouth of the Lord.  {Deuteronomy 8:1-3 esv}

Moses is speaking to the Israelites, instructing them with the same things he has before.  We all need reminding, don’t we?  In the prior chapters he has helped the people remember  what God has brought them through, how He has been so good to them.  He also calls them to obedience.  Deuteronomy, chapter 8 is opened by the instruction to be careful to do all that they have been commanded to do.  And you shall remember, Moses says.  Remember the whole way the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness.

He led them.  The Lord led them through the wilderness.

Often times in our wilderness, our desert, our times of seemingly wandering, we scream “God, where are you?!”  I suspect the Israelites asked that.  They believed that they had been brought to the desert only to die.  {Exodus 14:11-2, 16:3,7, 17:3}  Personally, in my wilderness, I tend to feel abandoned by God.  I quickly doubt He’s even there and fail to believe the truth of His Word, that He will never leave me nor forsake me.

When life is going well I ask few questions.  But when life brings trial and suffering I have a whole list of questions.  Most of my questions center around where and why.  Where is God?  and Why ( fill in the blank )?

So why this wilderness?  Why have we been here so long?    

And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you , testing you to know what was in your heart. {v. 2}

Humble you.  Testing you.  To know what was in your heart.  Has that proved true in your wilderness, past or present?  A resounding YES from me!  Have I been humbled {or being humbled}?  Check.  Has my heart been revealed?  Check.  Am I being changed as a result?  Most definitely.  So is it safe to say then that this wilderness is for my good?  I think so.

God led the Israelites through the wilderness to humble them, to test them to reveal what was in their heart.  In verse 3 Moses confirmed the Israelites humbling.  And he humbled you.  God accomplished what He set out to do.  And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna…that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  {8:3}  God humbled the Israelites by putting them in a place of need.  Matthew Henry writes, “God often brings his people low, so that he may have the honor of helping them.”  They were hungry.  They needed sustenance.  God supplied that. They had come to a point where they were completely dependent of Him.  There was no where else to turn.  Nothing else to do.  To quote Matthew Henry again, “the extremity of [the Israelites] want [made] the supply more acceptable, and God’s goodness to them therein the more remarkable.”  When I’m at a place where the Lord lets me hunger, then when He feeds me His goodness is that much greater.  

Remember the whole way the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness.  To humble you, reveal your heart, let you hunger, and feed you.  I get this.  I’m there.  Right in the middle of the wilderness.  Wandering but getting nowhere, so it seems.  But the Lord is doing a great work.  The humiliating heart reveal is unpleasant and painful.  But His goodness is remarkable.  He supplies everything so that I know it all comes by Him.

 

Progressive Date

Every heard of a progressive dinner?

A progressive dinner is a dinner party in which each course is prepared and eaten at a different residence or location.  I have heard of a few variations, including a fast-food progressive dinner.  I don’t recall ever participating in an official progressive dinner but for date night Saturday Derek and I had our own version.  We’re calling it a Progressive Date.  We began with dinner at Southern Culture Kitchen & Bar.  Thanks to a Living Social deal we were able to “splurge” a bit more than we normally would have.  This was our first time to try this restaurant and we were so glad we did!  Greenville friends, if you have not eaten here, do it!  You won’t be disappointed!  While I really wanted to try their banana pudding in a mason jar, we already had plans for our second stop for the evening.

My sister’s birthday was Sunday and we were in charge of picking up the cake.  Mom had ordered the cake from Brick Street Cafe.  This just happens to be one of my favorite Greenville restaurants {if not my most favorite!}.  And they just happen to have the best cake.  Dessert at Brick Street was a must.  I mean, we were going to be there anyways, it’d be silly not to sit down for a few minutes and eat cake, right?  My cake of choice is the coconut cake.  Derek’s choice is peanut butter pie.  We were both full very content from dinner so we decided sharing a slice would be wise.  {Plus, if you’ve ever had cake at Brick Street then you know 1 slice could feed a family!}  We had to compromise on our cake selection.  We chose German chocolate.  The two of us couldn’t even finish the 1 slice!

Brick Street Cafe is in downtown Greenville.  My favorite Greenville coffee shop, Coffee Underground, happens to be downtown too.  Convenient, huh?  Wanna guess where our third and final stop for the evening was?  It was most certainly Coffee Underground for a latte.  Granted, it doesn’t top Seattle, but it’s close enough.  Certainly satisfied my coffee appetite.

I was so grateful for our Progressive Date.  It’s been a long time since we’ve had a real date.  We really enjoyed each other.  We laughed, we didn’t talk about all the chaos and circumstances of our life right now, and we didn’t even talk about our kids!  We just had a good time together.  We made it back to my parents house, which is currently “home”, and ended our date with a couple episodes of Duck Dynasty.  Because, really, what says “date night” better than Duck Dynasty?!