I have been ‘beavering’ away at my little rabbits this week & they are coming along beautifully. My new sewing machine & I are becoming best friends & I am loving the ease & speed of the new machine. We have been babysitting Princess ‘L’ each evening this week as our daugther is in the Easter drama at our church. WHAT A JOY………we saw her clap hands for the first time this week and we have discovered that the little cutie LOVES to dance!!! As soon as there is a piece of music on, (we first discovered it when the trailer of a movie came on) she rocks her little bottom back & forward & smiles & sways a little. HOW CUTE……..a still pic wouldn’t do it justice, but it is SOOOOO funny to watch. L has been missing her mum though & now asks for her in the sweet baby mumblings of ‘mmummm, mmmummm, mum’ which prompted this ATC made from an old newspaper clipping, titled ‘Unconditional’.
My hands needed a rest from the rigours of ‘bear’ making & so I worked on a couple of pages in my altered dictionary to give them a break. (I also made some ugly ATC’s, but I’ll save you from the trauma, & myself from the embarrasment of those!…………………as I have said before…………..NOT EVERYTHING turns out to be the Mona Lisa! I have living examples on my studio table!) The page with the golden horse on it is an image that was donated by Abby for my book, & I have used Jo Sonya’s Rich Gold with Raw Umber & Gold Oxide mixed in wet in wet for the background. The stamp is one of my favs. from the stunning collection from Above the Mark. You can order from Beth online at: http://www.abovethemark.com/ I have created a glaze from Golden Matt Medium & Rich Gold paint to finish off the page. The handwriting is names of mythical horses from history & is written with a marker as the page is a little smooth & shiny from the gold.
The Rust page is very simple…….this pic is from Jenene……..a kind donation to my love of all things rusticated! I have used Gold Oxide paint with a ‘smidg’ of Norwegian Orange. I have used a beeswax pencil to do the writing on this page because it is smooth in contrast to the ‘chalkiness’ (all these scientific words!#!!!…….LOL!!) of the paint.
And so, we move into Easter time……… Apart from our reflective celebrations on Good Friday & Easter Sunday, we are FINALLY going to have our bath & shower installed nearly 18 months after the new bathroom was built) & I am doing some major interior house painting. I am not sure how much time I will have to be online, or whether my computer will even be accessible as the house becomes a jumble as things are moved around to accommodate the work that is taking place.
I pray that you all have a safe, happy and blessed time with your loved ones. I hope you have the opportunity for some reflection on the true meaning of Easter & have the chance to visit your local church. If you would like to think about this some more, there are some thoughts below for you to ponder in your quiet time.
Why is it significant to celebrate Easter?
There is some debate whether or not the exact timing of Easter is acurate according to the information in the Bible, & that it’s timing of Easter came from an ancient pagen festival celebrating fertility (hence the eggs). That having been said, it is not the historical accuracy of the exact date that is important as much as the significance of the event that is being celebrated. Easter is when Christians all around the world celebrate the life, death on the Cross & resurrection of Jesus.
When most people, especially Aussies think about sin, they think ‘well, I’m an OK kinda person. I don’t…………….(then proceed to list off to themselves a checklist they have in their head of what they think are good & bad things……….topping it off with ‘AND…at least I don’t……….. ??????……….. like……..??????????’ naming to themselves someone that they perceive to be less morally sound than themselves).
It’s a common thing – we only think of sin in the context of doing something bad, & we think that we don’t do bad things, so why would we need to be ‘saved’??? We think of God as a harsh school master or a satirical puppetter who has a check list & is marking of good & bad things, who, if we are ‘morally upright’ has no real relevance in our life.
I find myself DAILY in a position where I am not as thoughtful, gracious, polite (esp. on the roads@!) & kind as I would like to be. Due to the things I see around me & the world we live in, my mind is CONSTANTLY asailed with thoughts of horrible things.
Sin came into the world before our birth, & we were born into it, like being born into a ‘mob’ family. It isn’t who you are as a person…….it is where you were born & it effects your life. We were all born in sin, it is not something/one particular thing you have done, it is who you are. It’s like you need someone to give you ‘immunity’ for being part of the ‘mob’ family.
After we were created & sin entered the world, which separated us from the presence of God. Man said to God we want a list of rules so that we can work out when we are doing the wrong thing & fix it & it was decided that the only way to fix it when you had done something wrong was to offer a sacrifice. Through the thousands of years this system was in place mankind in all of their wiley ways found loopholes & ways to fullfill the ‘letter’ of the law but totally missed the ‘spirit’ of what was trying to be achieved.
God sees us not as a ‘group’ but as individuals, he sees our heart, he knows the things that trouble us & give us joy. He made us unique, & special, & precious. He made your fingerprints, your DNA, he knows how many hairs are on your head. He couldn’t stand being separated from you, you are so special to Him.
And so, he sent Jesus. Jesus came into this world to be the person to create a bridge between a world full of people he was separated from & himself. So Jesus was the sacrifice, who stood instead of us, so that we can be re-united with God & spend eternity with him.
In a nutshell, our choice is to accept that the sacrifice that Jesus made was for us personally & by accepting this, it takes care of the sin we were born into & makes us part of God’s family eternally. Or reject the work that Jesus did as invalid in your life & suffer the consequences of being eternally separated by the gulf that the sin created. There is a hell to shun and a heaven to gain.
You just need to get by yourself & pray:
‘here am I God/Lord, a sinner. I am sorry for anything I have done in my lifetime that has separated me from you. Lord, come into my life, change my heart. Help me to follow you.’
Don’t think it won’t make a difference………..speak it out loud……….it will change your life.
Email me if you’d like to talk about it some more. firstname.lastname@example.org
The following story, told from an English Standard Version bible, will give you a picture of the final days of Jesus’ life.
The Last Supper
And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. (Mark 14:16-17)
And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." (Mark 14:22-25)
Jesus is Crucified
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. (Matthew 27:27-31)
And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. (Luke 23:26-27).
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments. (Luke 23:33-34)
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, "They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." So the soldiers did these things, (John 19:23-24)
Jesus Dies and Is Buried
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, "Certainly this man was innocent!" (Luke 23:44-47)
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27:57-60)
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where he was laid. (Mark 15:47)
Jesus is Risen!
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back–it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you." (Mark 16:2-7)
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs. (Mark 16:19-20)