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Easter is coming soon!  I love this time of year, though for now and forever it will always be linked with my dear husband’s death.

But life goes on and time continues to march on.  I have a niece getting married on what would have been Randy’s 60th birthday.  I love this niece and would have dearly loved to be there on her day, but this is the first birthday without Randy and I just can’t do it.  I only have so much emotional reserves, and I can’t paste on a happy face that day.

I got out my Easter things.  I don’t do a lot of decorating at Easter – not like Christmas.  I do have some favorite things I put out, and this is a picture of one of them:

I absolutely adore ceramic things.  And I never buy them.  I am very careful not to fill my house with too many “things”, and all the beautiful things made out ceramic I could buy definitely fit that!  But, I found this basket on sale years ago and so I bought it.  The cardboard painted eggs nestled inside it were from my mother.  She may have had them when she first got married — I am not sure, but they are least 60 years old and may be older.  I love combining old and new like this.  And for the next few weeks I’ll enjoy looking at my beautiful ceramic Easter basket.

 

Posted March 26, 2017 by Maureen in Musings

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This coming Sunday is Easter.  I love Easter.  I love that my Jesus rose alive from the grave for me, to wipe my sins away.  I love the music, symbolism, and Bible descriptions surrounding the risen Lord and the empty tomb.  I love the Spring flowers this time of year, new dresses to wear to church, hats, candy, eggs, egg hunts —- all of it.

But I have been struggling.  I work right next to someone who is in her 60’s and has ADHD as well as anxiety issues.  She is always in movement, always talking, and very, very anxious about, well, everything.  It is a constant bombardment every day.  The sister I live with is filled with fears and anxieties.  I get only the peripherals of that, but it still inhabits the home we share and is pervasive.

I also have a huge down-grade in my living situation looming on the horizon.  It is too complicated to go into all the details, but due to decisions my sister has made at some point in the future I will be forced into a living situation that is much lower and more precarious than I have had in my life.

I love the longer daylight hours and bloom plants everywhere – but I struggle with seeing beauty.  I am secure in my knowledge that Jesus is Lord, there is only one God, and that I am saved by grace alone.  But I struggle with holding onto happiness.  I have many blessings in my life and am so fortunate in so many ways – but I struggle with anger and uncertainty about my future and what is going on with my sister.

I serve a risen savior, he’s in my heart today.

I know that He is living,

Whatever men may say

I see His hand of mercy,

I hear His voice of cheer.

And just the time I need Him

He’s always near.

 

He lives!  He lives!  Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me

Along life’s narrow way.

He lives!  He Lives! Salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives?

He lives within my heart.

 

Posted April 16, 2014 by Maureen in Christian, Musings

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I’m going to be traveling back to Washington State next week.  I’ll be spending a few days with my friends.  It means lots of eating out, but it also means catching up and sitting down face-to-face with dear friends, some of whom I’ve known over 30 years.  I have been planning the trip for a year and I’m really looking forward to it.

Spring, and April in particular, always means newness to me.  New leaves on the trees.  New flowers.  New grass.  New babies (I’m a great-aunt again!).  New plants to buy for the yard.  Something new to wear for Easter service.  Even the air and sky seem new.  It also means another year older for me, as my birthday is at the beginning of April.

I have been reading the Bible all the way through since I became a born-again Christian, oh, over 25 years ago it has been now.  It usually takes me over a year to finish.  I have done different kinds of reading and Bible studies, most recently reading my Study Bible as I read through the books and passages.  For a few years now I have wanted to read the Bible in sequence.

Well, as you probably know, you can find most anything on the internet.  I found a site that breaks up the books into historical order.  What a blessing it has been!  The Bible is never old to me — it is always new.  It doesn’t matter how many times I have read it; I always get new things from the words.  I am thoroughly enjoying my slow reading through the Bible in historical order.  You can find the list I am using on www.blueletterbible.org/reader/daily

I wish you newness and blessings during this Spring and Easter season.

Posted March 29, 2012 by Maureen in Christian, Musings

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