Sunday, April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday

What did you and your family do for Palm Sunday?  Did you worship the Lord?  It’s a great time to do so!  This is the time of the year when Christians all over the world celebrate Easter.  We do not celebrate Jesus’ death so much as His resurrection and his triumph over death and sin.  Why is it called Palm Sunday?  Here’s the Biblical Reference from the book of John—chapter 12:  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.   I’m no preacher, but Palm Sunday was 6 days before the Passover feast in Israel.  Jesus was crucified the day before Passover and rose 3 days later.  This rising from the dead is what we’ve come to celebrate as Easter.  It’s not about eggs and candy.  It’s a celebration of being free from the curse of death that was laid on us when Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden.  Jesus offered himself willingly as a sacrifice so that we as unholy creatures can approach and be with the Most High Holy God.  I attended Sunday School with Matthew today as we’re still working on getting Omri used to going to church.  In his Middle School Youth class, they talked about the Parable of the Wedding Feast in the book of Matthew in The Bible.  “Many are invited, but few will enter.”  I believe this is a reference to the fact that God desires all of us to accept Jesus as His Son and our Savior, but not all of us will come to him and accept Him as Savior AND Lord.  Do we live our lives everyday to reflect this or are we caught up in petty spats at work?  Do we willingly share with others what God has done in our lives or are we too afraid of being ridiculed and cast out?  These are tough questions and ones I struggle with every day.  I’m not perfect, Lord knows, and it’s only by HIS Grace that I can approach God’s throne with confidence that He hears my prayers.  Do you have this same confidence?  If not, I encourage you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and find a good Bible believing/Bible teaching church in your area.  Sometimes you will need to visit several before you find one that feels like “home”.    How do you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior?  It’s as easy as A, B, C.  Accept Jesus is God’s Son and that He came down from Heaven to die for your sins.  Believe that He died for your sins, rose again, and is in Heaven preparing a place for you. Confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior.  Although this blog is more about family than a Christian outreach, I feel that I would not be fulfilling my responsibility to spread the Good News if I didn’t offer up this opportunity for everyone who reads it to accept Jesus. 

As far as our Wonder Dog, Service Dog, Omri goes, he is doing GREAT!  He went with us Friday night to Texas Roadhouse.  I had a Steak Kabob, Jason had Steak and Ribs, and the boys had Ribs.  Omri did really well!  His little nose was working overtime heading into the restaurant, but he went right in and went into an “under” at our table.  He got up only once…when the servers started clapping and dancing to celebrate another customer’s birthday.  All he did then was stand up under the table and look at Jason.  Jason told him it was ok, and Omri just laid back down.  As we left, we got a lot of stares and I could hear people saying, “I didn’t realize there was a dog in here.”  That is the GREATEST compliment we could get when he’s with us.  Smile    He did well at church this morning, too.  He laid down in Sunday School for about 30 minutes, then he started whimpering so I took him to “potty”.  When we got back in, he laid back down and chilled out til we finished.

It’s been a rough week for Scott.  I received a phone call from school on Monday saying he was complaining of a tummy ache.  When I went to pick him up, he was pale and sweaty.  I asked where he hurt, and he pointed right over the spot where his appendix lives so as a precaution, we took a trip to the ER at the new Children’s Hospital.  Thankfully, it wasn’t that, but dehydration so we got to go home after about 7 hours.  He did have an ultrasound AND a CT Scan just to be sure because of how tender he was.  Then on Friday, when I took him for his allergy shots, the second one stung so much he had tears!  Next, I think Scott broke his little toe yesterday before his soccer game.  He was walking back into the living room from the kitchen and caught the corner of the coffee table.  I thought he’d just stubbed it at first, but once he calmed down, he told me that the corner of the table had caught between his 2 littlest toes and pulled them apart.  It looks pretty bad…swollen and bruised.  He still played in his soccer game, though.  He played goalie for about half of the first half and then he played mid-fielder for about half of the second half.  He said that while he was playing it didn’t hurt.  He has been wearing flip flops around the house instead of his shoes to try to keep the pressure off of it. 

Matthew is working hard in school trying to get caught up so he doesn’t have to go to summer school this June.  He really wants to go to Boy Scout camp, and it’s the same time as summer school so he’s been working hard to be able to go to Boy Scout camp!  Open-mouthed smile  It’s kind of fun to have something like that to motivate him to do better.  Today, after church, I went to Wal~Mart grocery shopping and bought some cacti and some other little plants to go in our flower bed in the front of our duplex.  Matthew and Scott helped us with that.   I will post pics after the camera battery charges up a little.




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