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Happy Resurrection Day! He’s Alive!

Happy Resurrection Day!

It’s Resurrection Day! He’s Alive!

He’s Alive and we’re forgiven! Heaven’s gates are open wide!

Oh goodness it’s a Glorious Morning!

And How are you feeling this morning? Happy? Excited? Looking forward to a wonderful day with family?

Are you going to church? Did you go to Sunrise service? Or this it just another day for you?

I hope most of you reading this are going, or have already gone to church.

Because Resurrection Sunday is . . . well . . . special!

Reflection

They say reflection is good. Going over what we’ve just gone through can teach us and help us to do things differently. Therefore, let’s look back 3 days to Good Friday.

Does anyone else wonder why on earth they ever called last Friday, Good Friday?

Good Friday’s not good. It is the worst day humanity has ever experienced.

And this one was especially hard on me because . . .

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MY sin nailed Jesus to that tree. He was looking forward and saw me. His love for me kept him on that cross.

The worst day . . .

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“It Is Finished”

Did you ever stop to think about what Jesus’ followers had to be experiencing yesterday? Saturday.

They were hiding. They were bewildered. They were utterly devastated.

Lost

Alone

Frightened

Friday, the day before, was the worst day ever, and then, first thing this morning Mary and the others went and found Jesus’ body was gone!

Friday, the Worst Day EVER and 3 Days Later

 

And . . .

The Stone was rolled away!

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The Empty Tomb –  Photo Credit – Kevin Carden

The BEST DAY EVER!

He’s ALIVE!  ( And if you’ve never heard this song, I encourage you to click this link and listen! It’s wonderful!)

He’s ALIVE and I’m forgiven!

There are no words to describe that kind of love!

But when I think about it, it’s as though my heart could burst!

Are you ready?

Ready to experience that kind of love?

If you haven’t, simply invite Him into your heart today!

If you have, I hope you will meditate on this today. Step refreshed and renewed into His presence!

You are LOVED!

Let’s talk again soon!

Happy Resurrection Day my friends!

Be Blessed!

 

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas!

It’s Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

What a wonderful day!

Gifts are exchanged, families travel, sometimes great distances, to be together.

The glow of the tree is reflected in the eyes of the children gathered around it.

But what makes this such a special day?

Is it family?

Is it the gifts?

Or is it something deeper?

Why do we gather?

What puts the mystery and magic in the air?

Could it go back over 2000 years?

Do we gather together because centuries ago a tiny family traveled back to their ancestral home?

Or is it because a pregnant teenager had a baby?

In a barn?

The only baby ever announced to the world by angels?

Angelic Host

Let’s think about that for a minute.

What would it have been like to be a shepherd out on the cold hills around the town of Bethlehem? Quietly tending your sheep.  It was night so I’m pretty sure they had them gathered in close enough to keep them safe from nighttime predators. But they were still loose and scattered over the hillside so the shepherds had to be awake and watchful.

When suddenly there was an angel standing there with them. And then sky was filled with them! Singing! The one standing there with them tells you to not be afraid.

Right!

I would have been terrified!  And I’m pretty sure I would have screamed like a little girl!

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But according to Luke 2:10-14 the angel apparently calmed them when it said, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Christ the Lord. And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.

 

What would you have done if you heard this?

If I would have been one of those shepherds, I think I would had jumped up and asked if anyone else wanted to go with me to see this child, made sure someone would stay with the sheep, and ran as fast as my short legs could have carried me into town!

Is there anywhere in any book of any kind that tells of another child being introduced by angels?

I doubt it.

But this story doesn’t end there. That’s what makes this day so incredible! And we don’t know if it was exactly December 25th when Jesus was born. But we do know when the census was taken so we have a time frame of when it happened.

And how do we know this sleeping baby in a manger was special?

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Because his birth was foretold several times and several different ways over 700 years before he arrived. Here are two other places that give quick run downs of the prophecies associated with Christ’s birth:

Answers In Genesis.org  and  One Hundred Prophecies.org

Could you imagine?

How would it feel to know that your child’s birth had been talked about for hundreds of years?

Crazy isn’t it?

I love the song “Mary Did You Know”   I wonder if she really grasped the baby sleeping in her arms would give her rebirth into eternity.

So as you go about your day today, I hope you take a few minutes to acknowledge the reason we are celebrating today.  A lowly birth, all those years ago, in a barn, that was heralded by a host of angels.

Oh, and a host of angels, is an army. And army of God’s angels came to earth to announce one tiny baby in a manger.

God bless you and your family today!

Merry Christmas!

 

 

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July 4th Independence Day Fun Facts

Why do we celebrate July 4th Independence Day?

In May 1776 delegates from the 13 colonies agreed they would declare independence from Great Britain. The representatives were called the Continental Congress.

They met again in Philadelphia on July 2, 1776, and voted to declare our Independence from Great Britain. They elected a committee to write the document – Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston. Ben Franklin and John Adams both declined to actually write the documents so Thomas Jefferson did. 

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Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence

July 4th Independence Day

On July 4th they signed the Declaration of Independence, the historic document, establishing our great country as an independent nation. Many thought July 2nd would be the day celebrated as the day we declared Independence. But the day of signing, July 4th, has since been the day Americans celebrate our Independence Day with parades, picnics, fireworks, and concerts.

Have you ever stopped to consider the magnitude of that day 238 years ago?

Each one of us stands here today enjoying our activities because of them.

I’m going to enjoy a day at the park, friends and family, fireworks, some dancing, and of course, a rodeo.

What about you?

God Bless America!

 

 

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Father’s Day Quotes and Thoughts

Happy Father’s Day!

I read some amazing Father’s Day quotes today. Here’s two that touched me. I hope you enjoy them, too. This one fits my father:

Father's Day Quotes

And this one fits all of us at some point:

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What are you doing for Father’s Day? Barbequing? Fishing? Visiting?  Or are you like me, spending the day remembering and missing my father. Talking about him, reminiscing about a loving father, who, together with my amazing Mom, formed the solid rock foundation our family was built on.

Oh, like many families we had our issues. But as a whole, they did a solid job raising three children. We are all contributing members of society and have raised good kids that are also contributing members of society, working on building their own lives and families.

But what about us single moms? What do we do? How do we make up for a missing dad? Whether he left by his own choice, or by a horrible accident that took them out of our lives? How do we handle the no dad issue in the household?

Take it from someone who has lived in those trenches, it isn’t easy!

We have to juggle time with the children around working, grocery shopping, cooking, bathing, cleaning house, studying, church . . . you get the picture.

So how do we do it?

Or do we do it?

We make hard choices, that’s how.

We choose to spend extra time with our kids any way we can.

We teach them to throw a baseball, dribble and shoot a basketball, ride a horse, swing a rope, dig for worms, and catch a fish, the very best we can. And if we aren’t very good at one of those, we pray God brings someone into our lives that is so they can help our child.

We strive to make sure our kids learn responsibility and respect. And we try to make sure they are surrounded by strong, honorable, Christian men. Grandfathers, Uncles, pastors, men that can fill that hole left by a missing father.

One of my most treasured compliments came from one of my ex-husband’s former best friends. He remained my friend after the divorce and I have treasured him and his beautiful wife all these years. Many years ago, I was bemoaning how my daughter had been robbed of having a father. Watching my daughter saddle her own horse he quietly said, “Yes she does. You’ve been both mom, and dad to her.” I was moved to tears. But he was right. I had. I’m sure sometimes I made her furious, or frustrated, but I was just trying to do the best job I could.

After all these years, I still do.

I tried to make sure she learned all those things a father should teach a daughter. But on Mother’s Day I found one I missed. Somehow I forgot to teach her how to skip a rock on a pond! But luckily, her amazing husband discovered my inadvertent instructional omission and set about teaching her! I was able to witness it and enjoyed her lesson even more than if I had done it myself! My daughter and her tiny pregnant tummy holding her mouth just right as her tender husband, the soon-to-be father, practiced his rock-skipping instructional skills. It was wonderful to witness.

So how what are you going to do this Father’s Day?

God Bless!

 

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A Tribute To Honor the Fallen This Memorial Day

How Do You Honor the Fallen?

Memorial Day brings a wide array of emotions. The joy of wonderful memories framed with the sting of sadness.

My Father was a World War II Veteran. Because I watched him silently suffer the horrors he experienced I have an incredible respect for veterans and hold them in a place of high honor and love.

He was an incredible man and I am honored to call him my Dad.

I love you Dad! And miss you terribly.

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My Dad

Here are two more of my favorite veterans, my nephew, Mike Stroud, is a Veteran of the Iraq War. His lungs will never be the same after the nasty, black, oil smoke he had to breath during that war.

And Joe Pitt, in the backhoe is a Vietnam Veteran. He is one of the kindest, most generous men I know.

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Mike & Wally with Joe

All these men have tremendous character. Character strengthened while in the military.

I have a deep respect and fondness for our veterans. It is because of them we are free! In a round about way they are responsible for me being able to write this tribute today, and for you being able to sit here on the computer and read it. Will you take time today to honor these brave men and women with me, please?

I would like to offer a prayer in their honor.

Father God, thank you for our men and women in the military. Please be with them today. Care for them. Protect them.  Please be with the injured warriors. Comfort and heal them.

Please be with their families and loved ones. Comfort and guide them as well.

And be with the families who have lost a loved one today, Lord. Ease their pain. Remind them that memories are treasured jewels left as gifts for us by our loved ones.

And Lord, please give our loved ones that have passed a Heavenly hug for us today. Love on them for us. Remind them how much we still love them and are looking forward to seeing them again!

Thank you Father God.

In Jesus, precious name we pray.

Amen.

I hope you have a special day and please honor our veterans with your thoughts, prayers, and caring today.

God Bless you!

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How Mother’s Day Brings Joy and Tears To Many Of Us

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day means different things to each one of us. In all honesty it means different things to me. It brings my incredible joy, but makes me cry, sometimes at the same time.

I lost my Mom almost 25 years ago. I was 29. She was my rock. Without her I had no direction, nothing solid behind my back, no wind beneath my wings. I lost my best friend and most avid supporter.

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Mom and Mika on the beach in Mexico. Our last trip with Mom

One of my most cherished memories was going to see her and jumping up and sitting on her dryer in the kitchen. We visited while she cooked, cleaned, or just puttered. We talked about everything in the world with me sitting on that dryer.

Flowers For Mom

She loved flowers. She had them all over her kitchen and a huge flower/garden spot out behind the house that fed us when I was a kid. As us kids left the home the garden grew smaller and the variety of flowers grew much larger. She shared her love of flowers with me. If she would have only shared her green thumb so I could keep them alive and blooming!

Missing Mom

Mother’s Day makes me melancholy for Mom. I miss her terribly. I still buy her Mother’s Day cards and put them in zip-lock bags and pin them with her flowers to the grave. It’s killing me to not be close enough to do that this year. I know I’m not the only one that can’t take my flowers to my mother’s grave. My heart goes out to each and every one of you experiencing the same thing.

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A Flower For Mom

Mother’s Day Joy

But Mother’s Day also brings me incredible joy! When I think of my daughter, Mika, and now my coming grand daughter.  I know Mom is looking down on us and is thrilled!

The joys of a mother’s heart are sung in the words of her children and grand children.

The other day Mika and I were talking about how her life will change after the baby arrives. She was unsure about so many things. My only real words to her were to not worry, mother-nature takes over and we all do fine. I added that she won’t remember what her life was like before the baby. This confused her. I tried to put into words what happens when you hold that baby in your arms for the first time. But I can not articulate the depth of emotion it creates.

Afterward, I thought more about my comment. I remember my life before my daughter, but it took on a new purpose, balance, and love after she was born. It as thought she filled all the empty spots I didn’t even realize were empty.

Do you agree with me? Can you put that love into words? Please share in the comments section if you can. Not just for me, but for all mothers, daughters, dads, and sons out there.

How Important Family Photos Are

As I wrote this and was looking for pictures of my Mom I realized what is missing in my new house. Why I don’t feel comfortable here. Suddenly I realized I have no photos out. They’re all packed. I have no photos of my Mom, Dad, Mika, family. No one. Since I don’t know how long I will be living here I didn’t unpack much. Most of my things are in storage. But after writing this I’m headed to find my photos and get my family around me again!

We need that love around us! It’s our protection from the daily buffeting we take from the world. That love is our harbor of protection.

Photos may not be our loved one in the flesh, but they smile that person’s love back into our lives.

Is Your Mom in Heaven?

I wish each one of you a Happy Mother’s Day. I hope each of you can feel love and be loved this Mother’s Day. It’s a special day to reflect on love, life, new birth, and even death.

There is a special place in my heart for each of you with a Mom in Heaven. We experience love on a different level.  I’m wrapping you in my arms and hugging you right now! I know our Moms look down on us from above and still send us their love. I can feel it! Can you?

Parting Blessings

May God Bless and keep each of you!

Happy Mother’s Day!
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What Jesus and Easter Offer Us In Today’s World

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He’s Alive!

Jesus and Easter

Have you ever thought about what Jesus and Easter really offer us? Especially in today’s world? This question could take us years to cover. But I would like to share some very personal thoughts about it this morning.

This Holy Week has been especially touching for me. As you now know I have been a bit hyper-emotional recently. This week has been no different. I mentioned earlier, it started with the Blood Moon on Passover and then moved to Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper, then Good Friday.

42 Years Ago

The love and intense emotions I experienced this week actually started 42 years ago. I still remember sitting in the children’s choir and deciding I had to give my life to Jesus. I clambered in front of all the little kids in my row and went to the front of the church and accepted Jesus as my Savior.

That childlike faith of a little girl has grown over the years into a life foundation.

Desperation

But the reason it is so vital, and allowed me such deep emotions this week is because 21 years ago, during a very dark time in my life, standing under a tree in my back yard I actually told God “If this is the best you can do for me, I don’t want you in my life!”

And I turned away from God.

Lock, stock, and barrel. Done.

The following 3 days were the darkest, emptiest, saddest, loneliest days of my life. I experienced No Hope on a level no words can really describe.

Having grown up in the church  I had never lived without the love of God.

But to consciously  make a choice to walk away from that faith and walk completely in “the world” opened my eyes to what people with no spiritual base experience on a daily basis.

That was the turning point in my life.

That old saying you have to get to the bottom before you can start to come back up was absolute for me.

No God.

No love.

No future.

No hope.

Resurrection

But then came the third day!

I was spiritually dead for 3 days.

But that third day God reached down and touched my heart. He brought me back to life. And set my feet on the path to today.

Without Him I am nothing. I can say that from experience. I was Nothing.

In reality I walked away from Him. I turned my back on God.

But, thankfully, He never left me.

So now, may I ask again, what does Jesus and Easter really offer us today?

It offers us life and love on a level that fills us to overflowing so it splashes out on those around us!

Love, indescribably, uncontainable love!

And Joy that is infectious!

What do Jesus and Easter offer us?

  • Life, full and eternal.
  • Peace, that passes all understand.
  • Happiness that no words can contain.

A Prayer For You

Wherever you go today, go with God my friends.

Father, in the name of Jesus, carry us today, to a higher place. A place in the cleft of your heart. That place of pure spiritual connection. Thank you for sending your Son to be our lamb.

In Jesus precious name I pray.

Amen

P.S.

Here is a link to the song, “He’s Alive!” A favorite of mine!

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Wishing You Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone.  Can you believe it?  I can’t!  Yet it’s so, and I wish you a Happy New Year!

But that only begins what I hold in my heart for you. I wish you happiness of course, but I also wish you prosperity, a deep spiritual awakening, and a new appreciation for the smallest, simplest things in your life. The ability to see the same things you saw yesterday, but to view them with fresh eyes. Eye full of wonder!

I am striving to view everything in my life with wonder. Oh, of course I have tough moments, we all do, but as a whole, I am striving for growth, appreciation, and wonder!

I experienced a little of that wonder tonight, right here in my living room. Watching the celebrations around the world.  I Love the fireworks! Watching the New Years celebration over the Sydney Opera House is on my bucket list. I want to watch those fireworks through eyes full of wonder and excitement!  Don’t you?  If you do, I wish that for you this New Years!

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Happy New Year!                                          Photo Credit: Utepprintstore.com

There are wonderful celebrations here in the U.S. too. Each one of them, large or small, signifies a new beginning.  I wish that for you tonight.  A new beginning on the path to whatever dream you want to achieve.  No one is holding you back.  My wish for you is success.  Success in finding true joy from within.  Joy and peace that runs so deep you cannot find words to express it.

I wish you incredible life experiences.  The kind that transform your mind, body, and spirit.

I wish you fulfillment.  Fulfillment in your family . . .  your home . . . your work. . . your life.

But above all of this, I wish you love.

Happy New Year!

God Bless!

 

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I tried to upload this on Christmas day but must admit that after being blessed with family, friends, excitement and some good old fashioned ranch work I fell sound asleep with the computer on my lap.  So let’s try again today.

I don’t normally write poetry anymore, but I wrote this on Christmas Eve for my subscribers – as a personal gift just for them.  But after my daughter, Mika and my sister Pat read it they said I needed to share this with everyone.

I used to write poetry all the time but quit after Mom’s death.   Please let me know what you think in the comments section.  Thank you!!

I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!  May God richly bless you today and throughout the coming New Year!

My gift to you!

Christmas Morn   By Kristi Ross

Christmas Morn

What a mystery it holds.

Children bright eyed with wonder.

The Grandfather watching with delight as his Grandchildren gathered round his feet while he tells them the incredible story of the first Christmas.

The sparkling snowflakes falling silently catch on our nose and eyelashes.

The smell of pumpkin and apple pie mingling with succulent ham floating in from the kitchen.

Close your eyes and breathe it in.

Hear the laughter of the children as they play with their new gadgets and toys.

What is it about Christmas that makes it so magical?

What is it?

Is it the presents?

Is it the love that overflows our hearts and spills down our cheeks in salty streams?

Is it the sheer joy in our children?

The family and loved one gathered round the table?

Or is it . . . a Baby

Born long ago in a smelly, dark, stable built in a cave

In the hills far away in a little town called Bethlehem

Heralded by Angels!

Worshiped by the lowliest of low shepherds and highest Kings from the Orient?

What makes Christmas so magical?

I believe it is the Baby

The Baby that came to bring life everlasting.

Born of lowly birth

That will one day rule the nations

A Baby, crying in the night

Wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger

Born for you

And for me

A Baby.

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