Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, April 09, 2007

Thanksgiving or Easter?

I was never a huge fan of Easter as a kid, we weren't even C&E Catholics, we went on Christmas, that's it. As a kid, I thought, so He rose from the dead, He's Jesus, He can do anything. And even as Phyllis grew up I didn't go to church on Easter because it was too packed. I went almost every other Sunday.

As an adult, and as the mother of a teenager who I want to chase after God like crazy, I know the impact Jesus had. I suck. I need His grace to wash over me like Niagara Falls, and I still won't be clean enough.

I went to church yesterday morning, and as my daughter could atest, I sang my heart out all day for/to a God who loves me SO much. I am so undeserving, but I am glad to have it.
I sit and wish that I understood His love longer than I have. But you can't change the past, right? I think there are so many good and bad points to not being a Christ Follower all your life. I often feel so far behind everyone else because I don't know as much Bible as everyone else. BUT in every new verse and lesson, I am more and more excited about what God has done and continues to do in my life. I am learning a little more every day that He loves me more than I can ever imagine and that is just amazing. I am learning that HE wants to be my everything. He doesn't want to be 2nd to anyone. I am amazed that He wants me that much.

This Easter, like everyday, becomes more like Thanksgiving. He gives us so much to be thankful for, because He is our everything.

Rev 1:8 (NIV) 8"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

Rev 1:8 (msg) 8The Master declares, "I'm A to Z. I'm The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive. I'm the Sovereign-Strong."


KayMac said...

20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5 So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.” Matthew 20:1-16

Arlene said...

You know Margie, you are learning and an eager learner at that. We are all learning but sometimes when I read your blog, I realize that you have deep insite to the Lord. Keep on keeping on! He's hears and see you!