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DMNS

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Baby shrimp!

Today was our field trip to the museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. You couldn’t take any pics in the exhibit, so….

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DMNS exhibit guide here. See pics of all the scrolls here. There were lots of artifacts, pots, coins, jewelry, even a piece of the wailing wall. The best scroll part I saw was Best one I saw today was of Psalm 121 – 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountain where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

From there we went into the Creatures of the Night exhibit, it was pretty cool.

That was really cool too.

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Mother’s Day fun

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Breakfast –

We went to church (and Bethany didn’t have to work, so she came too.)

“Everyone eventually imitates the kind of God they envision.” – Boyd

If you see God as angry, vengeful and always waiting for you to trip up; you are going to find fault with others, judge them and wait for them to make a mistake so you can pounce on them. If you see God as forgiving, kind, loving, there to pick you up when you fail; you are going to show kindness to others, to see things from their viewpoint, to understand them, to to love them even when you don’t like what they are doing. God’s love is not fickle, it doesn’t waver and it’s not conditional. The love that the world offers is rooted in if’s and maybe’s and because. ‘I will love you if you do this’, ‘I love you because you make me happy’, ‘Maybe I love you.’ Some may say that God does have a condition for love, that you love Him in return. But, God loves us in spite of ourselves. He loves us when we are the most unlovable, selfish, rotten human beings and He does so whether you want that love or not. If you ask – is God loving? The answer is yes, He loves you to the deepest part of yourself, to the highest of heights. His love is so vast that you may not be able to understand it – but it is there.

Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

Psalm 117:2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Psalm 136:23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever. 24 and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Ephesians 3:17b And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…

They had pictures being taken, but I haven’t seen them yet….So, here are some old ones.

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After church we went by the farmers market and poked around. I saw purple asparagus, but we didn’t buy any. The HR Mansion was open for people to tour and have a picnic on the lawn, super timing as James and I just finished the last episode in the mini-series yesterday.

We found out some interesting things like at least two street names in HR come from the novel (since parts of the series were filmed at the mansion they decided to name Venneford Ranch st and Centennial st after the places in the novel.) It was cool to sit and picnic looking at things we had just seen in the series. After lunch – bluegrass and ice cream at LM’s because…Mother’s Day.

James and I took a nap when we got home, it was probably the best part of my day! Later the girls went to Rock Bottom to eat and James and I went to Undici, a little Italian place in Englewood that you’d have to know was there. It was very formal inside, glass waterfall on one wall, dark interior, well dressed waiters, nice art, wonderful hand rolled and cut pasta and good drinks.

We kept seeing this place whenever we ate at Cochino’s (it’s right across from them.) It would make a great date night dinner. Presents from today: 2 letters from Hannah, chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie from Bethany, lotions and soap from the girls, and a cute dot painting from Grace.

I am blessed!

Our week – finals (Grace), worship dance performance, Walk2Connect, spa day, TNO, DMNS Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, youth group, b-day pics, circus (shhh, it’s a b-day present for Hannah and she doesn’t know about it), HS skate, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie @ library, Stephen Brooks jazz @ Cheluna, baby blessing party for a friend, church, Hannah’s b-day.

Dinners this week – McD’s (dance performance), apple pork loin (Hannah), BBQ sausage and veggies (Grace), chicken quesadillas and soup, TV dinners (Cheluna for me and James), grilling stuff, Cici’s pizza (Hannah’s b-day dinner.)

Church thoughts

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A friend at church shared an analogy at the end of our Bible study and I thought I’d expand on it. So, I have a water bottle at home. It’s always filled and I drink from it here and there throughout the day. Sometimes when I’m in the car, I forget to bring it. I’ll be driving along and reach down and – argh, no water bottle. But, I’m thirsty. So, I’ll drive though and get a shake or a soda. It’s quick, it tastes good and it satisfies my thirst. Why choose that over water? Because I can, because I think it will stave off my desire for water, because it feels good, because it’s quick and convenient, because I just want to choose it over water. Ever cell in my body wants water to function well, they were made to receive water to function. So too, my soul wants living water. If I choose soda over water, my cells will not like it, my body will start to have problems. So too, if I choose things to satisfy my soul that are not God, my soul hurts. It was not made to function on idols, cheap imitations, things that don’t satisfy; it was created to be filled again and again with living water, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, God. Choosing anything over God, even if it’s good, fills up our hearts and souls and pushes Him out. He longs to be the source that fills you with love, joy, peace, kindness; go to Him to drink from the well that never goes dry and let Him satisfy your soul.

 

Good Friday

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Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

At the foot of the cross,
we are all even.
There is no
‘Holier than thou’,
‘look at me now.’
There is just,
grace –
covering the face,
of guilt and shame,
equal –
to all.

Sin,
ink stained as night,
took a life,
freely given.

The cross was not the end,
nor was the tomb,
sealed with a stone,
a somber silent room.

Who knew?
Who waited?
Who watched, getting frustrated?

Then, suddenly, a vacant room –
just clothes, nothing else left
in the tomb.
The grave
could not hold Him.

The end became the beginning
that Resurrection Day,
and this is what it says –
we are are equal at the foot of the cross.
No one higher,
no one lower,
and for those that choose life,
there is hope eternal.

-L

Monday, Tuesday

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Today was rough. I went to NIA, cried a bit about the fish, came home, cried some more. Went to dance, cried there, seriously, too much crying went on. We started dance today, Hannah likes her ballet class and people in it, worship dance went great for me (even being able to get up off the floor 4 times, it was a good knee day.) Hannah and Grace are in the same class, I’m not sure why, they put some WD 7 people into WD 4 classes, maybe they didn’t have enough people to make a higher level class? You can be 12-21 in the WD 4, 5, or 6 classes, but usually the older you are the higher you are. So, we’ll see how that works out. Our devotional book for worship dance is Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot. We were made for relationship. God sees us as individuals and wants to have a relationship with us. Everyone is invited, no one is forced. Each is asked to make the choice to answer the call. When we admit our needs and put feet to our faith with action, we show the evidence of that faith. We navigate through the fog of the world by listening for His call, following it like a beacon until we reach the path of peace that waits for those that choose His invitation. The way is not always straight, the path is full of danger from the world, but He is there, calling, inviting, walking alongside, sheltering those who gather close to Him. For the weary there is rest, for the weak there is strength, for the hurting there is healing, for the oppressed there is freedom, for the lost there is forgiveness, for the lonely there is fellowship; every need, no matter how big or small, it met through a relationship with God.

Our ‘dusting’ of snow really picked up after 3pm. It was a dry snow, so fine for driving on, but we got more than they were thinking we’d get. I made the salmon cakes for dinner, they were really good!

We ended up watching a Death in Paradise before bed and reading a bit.

Tuesday we chunked some school, for Grace, Ag Science, Math and History. For Hannah, English and Math. We leave on Thursday for Grand Junction and all we will get done is reading in the car, so the girls are doing a little extra M-W. Bethany took the girls to Zoes Kitchen for lunch and I headed over to Cafe 180 for TDO (with a stop to take Highline canal pics with the snow.)

Only 1 other Mom showed up, but that’s better than none, we had good food and conversation and got to see the new art (and puppy) at the MOA.

Tonight it’s off to EG for GS cookies and drinks.

Sunday

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From church –

God loves everyone, even people you don’t like. You don’t have to lose yourself to become a friend to all, but you do have to realize that there is no division of ‘me and people who don’t look/act/think like me’, there is only ‘lost and found.’ Be someone who leads the lost, not someone who causes them to miss the Light.

I Corinthians 9:19-23 ….I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message….

We had to work in the 3’s room, a creepy toy –

Things you only hear in that room, “That’s plenty of glue on Jesus.”

We watched ‘Jezebel’ that movie didn’t end well. We went to PetCo to get Hannah’s fish and Maisy tried to eat the mice.

This was Maisy waiting on her walk, and waiting….and waiting.

This was Maisy a few hours later, at the vet ER.

Before she went to bed she had a stroke. She looked so confused as to why her right legs weren’t working. She tried to walk, but kept falling down. The doc said to take her home, she wasn’t in any pain, just very confused. He said she would either get better or worse. It was just so sudden.

A slow week

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Usually I have enough stuff that we’ve done to post every day, but this week was slow, things got canceled or moved around, I hurt my ankle, so it was a slow week.

Monday was dance, last one before recital next week. Our teacher said it looked good enough to be performed right there, our song isn’t long, but the call for people to be the hands and feet of Jesus is danced and sung, so I think it is powerful. Tuesday we had nothing to do, so school was finished and that was about it. Wednesday I took Grace to sample. Upstream.

Downstream.

Right bank.

Left bank.

Just some other pretty pics of the river.

Wednesday night was youth group, but no women’s group. Our co-op for the day was canceled due to low numbers and will likely be offered next session.

Thursday our co-op was moved because of sickness, so we just did school and hung out. My ankle was hurting, I think from walking to the river in flip-flops, but I have an ankle brace so I wore that all day. Grace made some cookies for youth group and we called it a day.

Friday we were going to hike, but my ankle, so we did school and went to lunch. Advent day 1 (I’m doing a song a day again.)

Psalm 71:23 My lips will sing with joy when I make music to praise you. My soul, which you have rescued, also will sing joyfully.

Isaiah 7: 13 “Listen now, descendants of David,” Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? Must you also try the patience of my Elohim? 14 So Adonay himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].

John 1:1-2, 14 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

I got the nativity sets and snowmen set up, the tree was done last week as was the mantle.

I went to drop our Kindness Krewe stuff off at the hospital, then I went to the coffee shop to finish up my presents for my dance peeps (zentangle drawings.)

I came home, got everyone but Bethany, and we went to the HR tree lighting. We really need to add some spark to that event, fireworks? A bigger tree? A marching band? They did have free popcorn, cocoa and Kneader’s French toast, but still.

When James got home we went to Olive Garden for dinner, then came home to a sleepover with Corissa and bed for the rest of us.