Monday, April 9, 2012

How to Recuperate from a "Crazy" Weekend!

CRAZY! Easter weekend can be like that! 
Life's events keep moving us all forward. Our family's no different.
This process of house-hunting and not finding much out there.
Wondering if we are doing the right thing, praying for some evident confirmation.
 Lord, help me to trust You! 
Patience doesn't come easily for me.
I'm tired of waiting and wondering.
Remind me that You have it all under control. 
 "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."   -Proverbs 16:3
But we must not forget to take the small moments and count them as important.
Spending a little time with my hubby and son(and his girlfriend).
And with God....I mustn't forget my God.
Getting out and enjoying a little of this early springtime air and sunshine.
 A little break to listen to music
fly kites, talk, daydream
Reading the Word, thinking about what Christ did
on Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday
"There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"- Romans 5 verses 3 to 6: (The Message)

Easter Day
Church is earlier on this day. The atmosphere, on a normal Sunday, usually can be counted upon to be tense and heated in the car, on the way to church. We all would like to make it there early enough to not have to sit in the back or make a scene to find a seat. But, as usual, we are late. 
I know God doesn't care, so why does it upset me so much?
 Lord, let me not focus on the little things.
This is a day to rejoice! 
Lateness is no excuse to hold back my praises!
 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  -2 Corinthians 4:16-18

There is some cooking to be done ahead and long traveling to see relatives planned.
Easter egg hunt preparations
Knowing that not all family members get along so well at these gatherings.
We try to have fun - food is put out and eaten, games are played, and some of us talk.
Some leave's understood, but nothing is really said.
Dis-functional families -  we all come from or are a part of them.
 Again, Lord, I am saddened that this happens,
But for some reason(sin), it does.
It amazes me that every year we celebrate this day,
but can't find a place in our hearts to let go of  hurts and conflicts.
My heart weeps, as I know His must.
We choose to continue living in distant relationships.
Forgive us, Lord!!
 "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:31-32 

 How do we recuperate from a Crazy weekend?
 Give it to God. Remember what this life is really all about. Praise Him for the small things.  
Let go of those things that hold us back.

Continuing to share the many gifts and graces He bestows upon me:
Joy Dare

3 gifts surprisingly found
593. flowers blooming in the woods-line surrounding my house!
594. catching a 25" pike, snagged on a fishing line, set for catching crappie.

595. New hope for future days...trusting God to guide our lives.

3 gifts in His word
596. John 15:15-16 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
597. Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
598. Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.

3 gifts at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
599. sunshine, gleaming through my kitchen window!!
600. time to finish some much need house-cleaning
601. looking at a lakehouse for sale.....possibilities!

3 gifts waited for
602. The right house for our family.
603. God's timing, not my timing!!
604. Easter service!! Have been waiting all week to celebrate the risen Savior!!

3 gifts rising up
605. The sunrise, coming through the trees, early in the morning.
606. My son, rising early to go with us to Sunday service.
607. My Jesus, from the grave!!!

A gift hiding, held, heard
608. Hiding-Easter eggs to be found at our annual egg hunt!
609. Held-giant tadpoles from my aunt's goldfish pond!

610. Heard- The voices of children, excited to see God's creation!!


  1. We need to make holiday Holy Days again. We get so busy, we can forget the point! Especially we girls, as so many of the preparation work falls upon us!

    1. So,so true! Sometimes, I feel like it's all but completely forgotten! So sad!!

  2. Oh! Your pictures made me smile this morning! Kite flying, Easter egg hunting, family time and fishing! So many blessings, Ann! Thanks for sharing your joy! By the way, the log home is beautiful -- what a a lovely setting to spend Easter! For some reason, I'm in the mood to go polywog hunting... =)


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