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For the umpteenth time Mary restlessly rolled her aching frame over on the mat she called her bed. The past two nights her body had tossed and turned almost as much as her weary brain. The thoughts and visions of that horrible day would not stop circling like ugly vultures reviewing the latest kill.
Finally she could stand it no longer and she rose to her feet. “I will go to His tomb and wait for the morning.” She stumbled around in the dark, but finally found her way. The cool air caressed her tear-soaked cheeks and burned her eyes, sensitive from hours of weeping.
Nearing the cave that held the body of her Lord, she was startled to see a gaping hole where the stone cover should have been. She pressed her fingers to her aching eyes and peered intently into the gloom to discern what the shadows held. It was true. Though it was still so early, someone had already been here and the stone was gone.
With only a moment’s pause she turned and ran to where the disciples Simon Peter and John were just arising from their similarly tortured slumber. “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him,” she gasped.
|Congrats to nephew Noah & our Nathan on their recent scholarship awards.|
This is the time of year when high school seniors start finalizing college plans. In our house there has been a flurry of filling out scholarship applications, writing personal essays, & collecting recommendations from teachers, employers, coaches, & friends. All of this paperwork is neatly packaged and sent away to impress scholarship committees into awarding funds that can be put toward college tuition.
Make sure when you are in a position to judge a person’s character, work ethic, or spiritual leadership qualifications you look deeper than a written statement of credentials. The most accurate indicator of a person’s qualifications don’t come from a written recommendation alone, but from a life that proves the words are true.
|A big thanks to nephew Emmit, our Superman model!|
|Patrick Donadio – speaker, trainer, coach, author|
There is no end to the things you can learn when you listen carefully. How often do we hear words spoken but will not allow them to register in our brain. This is usually because we are preoccupied with our own thoughts and feelings instead of focusing on the one who is speaking. When we make the effort to truly listen good things can result.
8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
God is our Creator and heavenly Father. He is characterized by infinite attributes such as self-existence, self-sufficiency, unchangeableness, all seeing, complete wisdom, omniscience, and omnipresence to name a few. He is the giver of grace and peace, for all who receive Him as their Lord and Savior (Phil 1:2).