How un-motivated I am to write this post today. I don't know what's wrong with me! Maybe it's the clouds that are lingering over DFW! Go. Away.
I have had Chick-Fil-A for lunch every. day. this. week. I think I'm on first name basis with the crew..or at least they are w/ my debit card!
Seeing pictures of myself from Christmas...you know, the "candid" ones...WHOA, someone needs to get their a-s-s in gear and lose some poundage...quite depressing and that Chick-Fil-A every day aint helping one bit!
Driving home from work on Tuesday in the POURING rain and hail w/ my dear friend in the back that is super prego...I had some majorly delicate cargo with me. It was stressful...only my Adele album got me through!
My sister-in-laws baby shower was AMAZING! I will be doing a post on that soon...here's a little teaser of how cute it turned out...it was well worth the hard work!! :)
I think I see the sun trying to come out! YAY!!
Tomorrow is "Good Friday" the day that Christ so selflessly sacrificed his life so that WE can have Eternal Life!
Sunday is the day Christ was resurrected from the tomb! He LIVES!
I got an email today with the neatest thing...you may have heard of this...Resurrection Cookies...Get ready...this is long........but if you have kiddos...wow, what an AWESOME thing to do the night before Easter!!
(Make the Night Before Easter)You will need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Zip lock baggie
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important -- don't wait until you're halfway done with the recipe!)
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19: 28-30
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27
27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see theFold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
unless they are born again. kingdom of God
Read Matt. 27:57-60
57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
**Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.**
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22
20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into
Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
I hope that eveyrone has a beautiful Easter weekend and please remember the reason we're celebrating!! Thank you Jesus for the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE!!! God Bless you all!
Enjoy...The Curvy Life!
Enjoy...The Curvy Life!