May baskets evolved from an old tradition that involves gathering fresh flowers or placing small candies inside of a handmade basket. That basket is then hung on a neighbor’s door knob or left on the door step for its recipient to discover. The history of course, goes far deeper than that, but today we are talking baskets. One variation says that baskets were left on doorsteps, the door bell rang and the giver would run away. If the receiver could catch the giver, a kiss was to be exchanged.
From Sarah : Bobby first left me a May Day Basket in Kindergarten. It became a tradition that needed only when he died.
Start with prayer. Don’t leave God out of your quiet time. I know that sounds crazy, but invite Him in. Start with Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you, to convict you, to encourage you, to help you. I believe this is a prayer He loves to answer.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a cozy blanket and find your favorite chair. We are women, we enjoy comfort. I like to think of my comfy chair as a big hug from God every morning. Use a favorite mug and have a hot cup of something delicious.
Nicholas’s Heart : On Worshipful Living
Nicholas is Mandy Kelly’s brother.
No way. Impossible. Not them. This could never happen to me. To us. Those were the words echoing in my head as I raced towards my big sisters house that night. I kept thinking they are okay. They got out. Surely they will come out saying how God protected them. How He saved them. Then I got there. And I knew. All I remember hearing was my heart pounding in my chest. And then my dads voice. “It’s just Bekah and Jared. No one else made it out.”
I sit across from three women I admire. Over fried mushrooms and green beans with a side of ranch (help us all) we talk about the word world. The shifts in publishing and social media. The swords have come out, we all say in one way or another, and we don’t know if they will ever be put back.
I know it is a hard thing sometimes to live with your husband and having times when you are not getting along or not seeing eye to eye about something. I understand how it can is also difficult if your husband has broken his trust with you or has hurt your feelings in some way or another. The pain can be deep and the forgiving can be hard.
So we would like to share a few ways to deal with your feelings towards your husband so that you do not become bitter against him and instead do what is right and respond in a godly way.
I want to challenge you to start spending time with God. Start small if you have to. Even if you are just reading the Bible that is okay. I’ve often found that just reading but doing so consistently will slowly cultivate a Bible study you didn’t know you were doing. So here is the deal. I want you to see if you can see the change. Get a notebook, a journal, blank paper, sticky notes, whatever. Everyday write the date, and what passage you read. If you read something and it sparked an interest write it down. If it spoke to you in someway write it down. If you read it and that is it, that is FINE! One of the biggest things that always turned me off of Bible studies is that they tended to make you feel bad if you didn’t gain some profound new discovery out of every passage. Guess what! it is okay to not “get anything” out of a passage. Why? Because God speaks to us in different ways at different times. I have read and re-read the same verse and nothing. One day though something stands out to me that has a great impact on me. That’s why reading the Bible once is never enough. So anyway back to the point. I want you to write something if you can and if not that’s cool. But here is what I want you to see. As time goes by you will start to notice that you are writing more and more stuff in the “what you learned” section.
Mandy Thursday Reflection by Jennifer Dukes Lee.
Jesus told them, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20).
These were his last moments, and Jesus made every. last. one. count. For us.
I want to be like that.
To eagerly desire to join Jesus at His table.
Homes in which here shall be no scorching blasts of anger, no polar storms of coldness and hate.
My Journey Towards Grieving With Hope by Misty Leask of Beautiful Ashes.
This year after losing one of our best friends we began a book study through Grieving with Hope, by Samuel J. Hodges.
As I read through the book I’ll be sharing my thoughts and how I’m taking steps to learning to grieve with hope each week. It is my hope and prayer that as I learn to grieve holding tightly to the hope I have in Jesus Christ that others will be encouraged and strengthened that are on their own grief journey.