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My First Maundy Thursday

Our church, Plymouth Park Church of Christ, joined with the Presbyterian church down the street for a Maundy Thursday service last night. Maundy Thursday, otherwise known as Holy Thursday, is a day to remember the Last Supper that Jesus spent with his disciples. It is a time to reflect on the holiness of Jesus and his directives to us.

The message last night was a simple one. The events of the Last Supper were beautiful symbols of God’s greatest commandments: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

When Jesus broke the bread and passed the cup during this supper, he was giving us a ritual to remember him and his holiness. We are to remember his sacrifice, his love, his holiness. We are to love Him and the One who sent Him.

When Jesus took off his outer garments, wrapped a towel around his waist, and began to wash his disciples feet, he was giving us an example to follow in expressing our love for others…the second greatest commandment.

When Jesus is Lord, he is not just the “boss” of our lives. He is Lord because he is our Savior. He didn’t just tell us how to live – he showed us how we should live.

The One who is above all became the servant of all! When we fully understand this and take it to heart, His words, His “rules”, His directives become joy to us. They become living water to our thirsty souls and bread to our hungry hearts.

At the end of the message last night, the church was asked to stand and make their way to the front of the sanctuary. When we got to the front, the pastor pour water over our hands, reminding us of Jesus’s example to serve. We then were given the sacraments of communion, reminding us of God’s love for us and His desire for us to love Him.

Have you experienced a Maundy Thursday service? How has God spoken his love over you lately? 

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Love At First Sight BlogFest

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is the day of Courtney’s Love At First Sight BlogFest. Jump over to her blog to read scenes of love at first sight.

Alas, my WIP does not have a “love at first sight” scene since my heroine is disguised as a boy for quit awhile. So I found a clip of the new Emma where Mr. Knightly professes his love for Emma. Not really a love at first sight either, but it’s a first declaration of love. Very nice. 🙂

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In Honor Of Valentines & Love

I’m spreading the word about TWO important events coming up that centers around LOVE, and will definitely get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

FIRST: Starting TODAY, Pepper Basham at Faith and Fiction On Fire is hosting many Christian Authors who will be sharing some of their favorite kissing scenes that they feel are Novel-Worthy. So what makes a kiss a SCENE to build on? Go find out on Pepper’s blog and hear what Deborah Rainey, Melanie Dickerson, Myra Johnson, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Mary Connealy have to say this week!

SECOND: My crit group is hosting a “Love At First Sight Blogfest” on Valentine’s Day, February 14. This is a chance for you to post a scene from your WIP…or a scene from your favorite book…of that first awkward encounter…that “oh.my.goodness.he.is.yummy” scene…that “oooo-la-la-I-think-I’m-in-love” scene. Courtney Reese is hosting this Blogfest, so hop on over and sign up on Mr. Linky.

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My 25th Anniversary!

Tomorrow is my Silver Wedding Anniversary. You heard right! It’s my 25th anniversary! Impressive, I know. And I am really feeling older now. More mature, right? *snort*

I met my husband, John, when I was 17. I had graduated high school, and moved to Houston, Texas to attend a Bible school that was affiliated with his chuch. (His dad was the preacher.) I moved there two weeks before I turned 18.

On my 18th birthday, John presented me with a dozen roses. Well, that was that, and we began dating. We dated for a year and he proposed on my 19th birthday, down on the beach at Galveston. Very romantic. We were married 4 months later, which I know is way too fast!

We have four wonderful children, one beautiful daughter-in-law, and one fat cat.(not so pleased about the cat) We’ve lived in 2 states, 4 cities, and have been at 6 churches.

Life has been full of blessings and I am forever grateful that God led me to a wonderful man whose laughter lifts my heart, whose faith keeps me grounded, and whose love holds me close.

I will be unplugged this week since my husband is taking me to Eureka Springs, Arkansas to stay in a treehouse! I told him I would leave the laptop at home, but would take a book or two…or three. Here is a link to see the treehouse we will be staying in! The Lofty Lookout Treehouse.

So have fun this week without me. I know I may have withdrawals being away from my laptop that long, but I am looking forward to the rest, relaxation, and being with my best friend in the world.