This mornings devotional was Jesus being anointed in Bethany.
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14: 3-9 NIV
The people at this dinner questioned her choice of gift, just as I did the Wise Men’s gift. However, have I really looked at my gifts to God with the same scrutiny I do others’ gifts. Do you? What have I given to God that others’ would assume unworthy or too much? And who am I to question another’s gift?
When I think of this verse I always think of the song by CeCe Winans. We don’t know the cost of another’s alabaster box and we don’t have the right to question the gift. We are called to give OUR best to God. That best may differ for each of us.
Happy Canada Day!
I read this verse this morning during my daily devotion and it has stayed with me since. Be open. Some of my friends would say I’m an open book. I am known as a talker (LOL). I couldn’t get away with anything when I was a kid as I was a poor liar. You ask me something and I’ll answer it “truthfully.” I say truthfully because if someone asks about my past or present, I’ll answer honestly but on a need to know basis. For example, I’ll tell people my grandparents raised me, but I won’t elaborate on the why (future posts). What people don’t know is that there is a wall around me that has some cracks, but I’ve pretty well fortified it so that most people don’t see the hurt and pain behind it.
I feel God placed this verse upon me today, not just to be open to others, but to be open to Him. I’ve even kept Him at a distance. The one who should be the closest, the one who I can be totally honest with because He knows all, is the one I definetly keep at arms reach. God is Abba, the Father who doesn’t accuse, doesn’t lie, doesn’t neglect us, doesn’t abandon us. He is always there, always present, always loving IF we allow Him past the wall. I’ve been slowly tearing down this wall. Some days I take down 2 bricks, some days I add a few more. It is a slow and long process as I learn to trust Him with everything and give Him the controls.
Each one of us needs to keep God closest to us and lay at His feet our hurts, pains, sorrows, and joys. Through prayer and reading His word we can be “Ephphatha!“
Ok Andrea in answer to you questions…….
If I were a flower, I would be a lilac- simple, sweet and sometimes overbearing.
If I were a song, I would be Groove is in the Heart by Dee Light. It’s a song that is catchy and is fun to get crazy with.
If I were a movie, I would be the Way We Were…..great movie and great soundtrack. Memories light the corners of my mind………
If I were a place, I would be an island on the west coast of Canada. I have been told that Island girls are a different breed.
If I were a book, I would be Gone with the Wind……After all tomorrow is another day!!!
If I were a holiday, I would be Halloween (only the good parts…..Candy and dressing up) What would we do with all those lonely pumpkins.
If I were a time of day, I would be twilight. Neither light nor dark, day or night….
If I were a drink, I would be Vodka Tonic. Simple, yet under ultra violet light glows the most amazing blue.
If I were a food, I’d be a casserole. A mish mash of everything and anything.
If I were a gadget, I’d be a Blackberry – Canadian made and wanted by all.
If I were a piece of clothing, I would be a white t-shirt. Goes with everything and I always own at least 3.
If I were a pair of shoes, I would be these:
We have experienced a lot since my last post. We, as you can see from the new name and side picture, have been blessed with an addition. We, also, experienced a loss in that time as well as I miscarried last May. However, through it all God has been faithful to my family. He has been there when I needed Him the most and even when I thought I didn’t need Him. This past month, I have become convicted in my walk with God. I have been reading my devotional daily, been praying for my family (thanks to Stormie Ormartian). I have noticed changes in all my relationships and know this is from God.
I pray that I can keep up this post now that I have been “outed” by Andrea regarding my other post. I hope to regularly let you all know how we are doing and other rants I have.
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all survived this year’s holiday season. I know I did. To make a long story short, I over baked the pies (by 1 hour). No, there was no smoke and in fact they still look pretty good. I forgot to plug in the crock pot with the ham. We survived one of Nicole’s freak outs (she did lose tv previleges for the week). However, all being said, dinner was esquisite; the children hauled it in; and nobody was murdered.
This Christmas has taught me a lot about control. I don’t have any. I need to rely on God for control and let his will be done. I need to relax and not sweat the small stuff. I will remember this for New Year’s Eve……we will be at the in-laws.
A friend sent this to me today, I wanted to share it with everyone. Happy Mother’s Day!!
Being a Mother
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby
….somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, “normal is history
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct
…. somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
Somebody said being a mother is boring
…. somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.
Somebody said if you’re a “good” mother, your child will “turn out good”
…somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.
Somebody said “good” mothers never raise their voices
….somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.
Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother
….somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.
Somebody said you can’t love the second child as much as you love the first
….somebody doesn’t have two children.
Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books
….somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery
….somebody never watched her “baby” get on the bus for the
first day of kindergarten
…. or on a plane headed for military “boot camp”.
Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back
…somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies to sell
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married
….somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home
….somebody never had grandchildren.
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her
….somebody isn’t a mother.
Have you watched the View lately? Are you as tired as I am with hearing Rosie, on a daily basis, complaining about Bush and the War in Iraq? I know I am. WE GET THE POINT ROSIE YOU DON’T LIKE BUSH AND HATE THE WAR!. Every time I watch the View there is a 15 minute tirade on this one subject alone. I’m surprised they have time to interview anybody on that show. A Hot Topic to me is – millions dieing in Africa of AIDS or what about the situation with poor in North America or something new in the daily news. I agree I’m not a big Fan of Bush. I disagreed with going into Iraq. But do I need to hear about it on a daily basis.
I know most of you will say then don’t watch the View. Yes, I have stopped. I’ve been watching more CNN/CTV News World. No, I don’t watch the CBC news (can’t stand one sided point of view).
Let me know what you’re hot topics are. I’m interested.
I can’t believe how one year can go buy so quickly. Last year this time, I was dreading going back to work as a day home provider, enjoying my new baby and little girl. I loved my house, loved my neighbours and thought we’d live in Okotoks until retirement.
Fast Fwd 1 year- I have a spoilt/jealous 4 year old and a 1 year old who will not wean. We now live in Saskatoon. I’m not sure about my neighbours or neighbourhood (we have officially realized that we live in the “Hood”). I am impatient about moving into my new house in Osler. We are all frustrated with our cramped living quarters. I know that I should be grateful for what I have, when 90% of the Planet would love to live in my shoes. However, I am a sinful person who wants more.
I am trusting that God has a purpose and a plan for the Slomps in Saskatoon/Osler. I feel that there is something that he is leading me to, I just haven’t found it yet. I know that God wants us to be here. I also know that Satan is around in the crooks and crannies reminding us what we used to have and what we don’t have now. When we are weak and vulnerable (especially with 2 nightly feedings) we are susceptible to those lies. Trust……..a word I struggle with, yet I know once I let go there is peace.
By the way, I made the cake. See what is possible with a cake mix, some icing and 5 ding dongs.
So, we have arrived in Saskatoon and within 1 month have purchased a house in Osler (20 minutes from town). Moving day is June 25, 2007. I’m excited and scared. Leroy is apprehensive about the house as he was not here when I put in the offer. However, I trust in God that this is the house he wants for us as I prayed quite heavily over the listing agreement and the MLS site. For those who don’t know, the house was already conditionally sold when I viewed it, but the condition was the sale of the buyers home. Yet again, the Slomps bump someone else’s offer. We are getting quite good at that.
The house is 4 bdrm, 2 bath. It is 1138 sq ft with the lot being 100 x 104. The backyard is quite large and has a swing set and a playhouse. I know that Nic is going to love it. Thomas is the only one who will know no other house but the one we are buying.
The move to Saskatoon is turning out to be great. The people out here are very friendly and helpful. I have joined a moms group at the local Alliance church. We are studying 10 Things Women Should Know. We attend story time at the main branch and Nicole is thrilled by it.
After trying out a few churches, we have finally made it to the local CRC. It was really weird but we both agreed it was like coming home. We met a couple immediately who will only be living 5 minutes from our new house. As well, the congregation here is moving to 5 minutes south from our house. I really want to jump right in and get involved, but Leroy is holding me back. Which is a good thing. I really want God to lead me to the ministries he sees me in, not ones I think I should be involved in.
Anyway, hopefully now that we are settling in, I will be able to keep up my blog on a regular basis.