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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

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Lent At The Parsonage

Thursday, March 6th, 2014



Every year I sit down to think about how our family will observe the season of Lent. What we will Take Up and what, if anything, we will Give Up. Which hymns we will work on learning, bible verses, lessons. I enjoy the penitential seasons of the church, the time to reflect, to hide God’s words in our hearts, to commit to memory good hymns and to serve others.

I can start off with a bang but the inevitable fizzle comes quickly after a couple weeks….”weeks” if I’m lucky. Not that I don’t want to continue what we’ve started, but it gets hard. With a lot of babies around even the simplest of plans can be quickly foiled. And really, that’s ok.

So we begin with some good ideas and a good dose of being “realistic”. Also, keeping very aware that Lent is NOT something I come out on the other side of holier than when I went into.  It is good for the Christian to pray, to fast, to give, to discipline and mortify our flesh. Lent makes me quickly realize how much I stink at praying, fasting, giving and disciplining the flesh.

But thankfully my “doing” or “not doing” doesn’t make me righteous. That “Win” belongs to Christ who covers us in His victory. His “doing” and “not doing” won our righteousness. He wins over Sin, Death and the Devil for us.

So whatever you and your family decide to do this Lent remember you might keep very diligent, you might fall flat on your face, but through Christ you’ve already won. Won over the death and sin we stare in the face each day, not just during Lent but every day. Thanks be to God.

Well, I wasn’t going to say any of that. But I saw the above picture yesterday and I laughed a really good laugh, then laughed some more and then it got me thinking….so there’s that.


Celebrating Summer – At the Parsonage

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

It’s officially Summertime and we’ve officially warmed up here in Nebraskie.

Sunday night we celebrated with a Summer supper.


Daybook: May

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013


Living Seasonally

Spring has come, Spring has gone several times this month. For a few days we’re out in the sun, sweating through 105 degrees, then we’re digging the winter coats out from the basement….again.

And really I’m okay with it. Most people are itching to pull out their swimsuits and grills. I’m happy to enjoy these cool days while they last.


Cinco De Mayo

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

The Texans are celebrating Mexico again.