Not Done Yet

“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.” ~ Acts 4:33

EASTER!!! It’s over!

Well, actually it isn’t over- we have many days of celebration left. Easter is actually the longest season of the church year- 50 days. Easter continues until the arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. So, now what? The Savior rose from the dead, we’ve spent forty days reflecting on our faith lives. What comes next? I think that we have hit the “fun part”.

As many of you know, I’m not a super quiet person. So the idea of spending 40 days in reflection makes me want to cry. But once Easter has come, it is like we have been released out into the world. We are warned not to hide in the chamber like the disciples did. We need to go forth, and show the world that something has changed. The world has been made new!

Easter is not done yet! So let’s get out there and continue with the celebration of new life!

God Bless,
Kim

Already Here

“You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” ~ John 14:17

We have this mindset of Jesus, that “He’s coming”. We always speak as if he’s on his way back, and we need to be ready. Even Palm Sunday has us prepped for the arrival of Jesus with flair, singing, and of course… palms. But even with that famous entrance into Jerusalem, there still seems to be this feeling that Jesus is coming.

The uncomfortable reality is that he’s already here.

JESUS IS HERE

Give it a minute to sink in. Jesus isn’t going to come knocking at your door, he’s sitting in the living room waiting to see what your going to do. Lent is pretty much done. We’re right in the middle of Holy Week, and the time for reflection has come and gone. Now is the time to step up and put into action all those words of faith that we know so well.

So, as Easter approaches, how will you celebrate with our Savior, who art already on the couch?
God Bless,
Kim

Lessons From A Toddler- Apology Accepted

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” ~ Ephesians 1:7

My children have the “apology” down pat. They know that when they get in trouble and have a time-out, they can signal that they’re ready to rejoin the family by declaring “I’m ready to be nice”- repeatedly, and very loudly until I let them come back into the room. They have no problem saying that they’re sorry. My kids have even learned to go a step farther by defining being sorry to mean that they won’t do it again… which we know isn’t exactly the truth, but as a parent, I figure it’s a start!

However, the older that my kids get, honestly they aren’t toddlers anymore, I have realized that the apology needs to go even further. My kids know all the “right” things to say, but now, I have to take them a step further. Now, we have to move beyond what an apology sounds like, and start working on what an apology looks like. We have to show with our actions that we understand our mistakes, and are actively working on not making them again.

Doesn’t that sound familiar? I cannot be the only person who knows exactly what to say when I get to the church parking lot… It’s been busy, my youngest was sick, Jesus loves me no matter what, I’m ready to be nice now. However, just like every other parent out there, God wants more than words from us. He wants our actions. We have to show him that we’ve learned from our mistakes.

My kids know that I am going to forgive them, just as we know that God forgives us. But now, I want them to show me that they have learned from their mistakes. The Lenten season gives us the perfect time to give God more than our words. Now is the acceptable time…

How are you giving God more than words this Lent?

God Bless,
Kim