Friday, March 29, 2013

It's only Friday, but Sunday's Coming

I wish that every day I felt the weight of Friday. Not just any Friday, but a special Friday. Perhaps, no definitely, the most significant, most special, most defining, most fulfilling, and every other most word Friday. The Friday that my sin held Him there. The Friday that hope seemed lost. The Friday that for a moment seemed that death had won and all that everyone believed would happened simply didn't.

I am thankful that I live on the other side of that Friday. The side that knows that although Friday was dark, Sunday was Light. Hope. Peace. Love. Life. I don't know what I would have thought if I lived on the front side of the Friday. Would I have been denying like Peter? Distraught like Mary? Gambling for his clothes? Scoffing from the crowd? My guess is probably the last. Because really is that any different from times in my life now? Times when I say prove yourself. Show me you say you are who you are. This is just a guess.

But, thankfully He knew to put be on the other side of that Friday. There is an old sermon that to me describes the weight of the Friday and the wait to the Sunday in the best words ever. 

It's Friday...
Jesus is praying, Peter is asleep. Judas is betraying...
... but Sunday's a Comin'.

It's Friday...
Pilate is struggling, the Sanhedrin is conspiring, the crowd is vilified...
they don't even know that...Sunday's a Comin'.

It's Friday...
The disciples are running in every direction like sheep
without a shepherd, Mary's crying, Peter's denying
...but they don't know...that Sunday's a Comin'.

It's Friday...
the Romans beat my Jesus, they robe him in scarlet,
they crown him with thorns,
...but they don't know, Sunday's a Comin'!

See Jesus walking to Calvary, his blood dripping,
his body's stumbling, and his spirit's burdened,
but see it's only Friday, Sunday's a Comin!

It's Friday...
The world's winning, people are sinning
and evil's's Friday

The soldiers nail my Savior's hands to the cross...
They nail my Savior's feet to the cross...
Then they raise him up next to criminals...
it's Friday, but let me tell you something...

Sunday's a Comin'!

It's Friday...
The disciples are questioning, "What has happened to our King?"
and the Pharisees are celebrating that their scheming has been achieved...
but they don't's only Friday.
Sunday's a Comin'!

It's Friday...
He's hanging on the cross, feeling forsaken by his Father,
left alone and doubting, can nobody save him?'s Friday...but...
Sunday's a Comin'!

It's Friday...
The temple veil ripped from top to bottom - the earth
shook - the rocks split and tombs opened.
The centurion screamed in fear 'Truly He was the Son of
... Sunday's a Coming

It's Friday...
the Earth Trembles, the sky grows dark,
my King yields his spirit...
it's Friday...hope is lost...death has won,
sin has conquered...and Satan's just a laughin'

It's Friday...
Jesus is buried, a soldier stands guard,
and a rock is rolled into place...
but it's is only Friday...
Sunday is a Comin!

People are saying 'As things have been, so they shall
always be. You can't change anything in this world'
... but Sunday's a Coming!

It's Friday...
Satan's doing a little jig saying 'I control the whole
... but Sunday's a Coming!

It's Sunday!!!
The angel like dazzling lightning, rolled the stone
away, exclaiming, 'He is not here! He is risen!'
It's Sunday!!!! It's Sunday!!!! It's Sunday!!!!

--Tony Campolo

Thank God that Sunday is Coming. Let's praise the Redeemer.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thoughts on Thursday

First, I am so glad that social media was not everywhere when I was a teen because keeping up with the various themes for each day would have exhausted me and caused anxiety and made me uncool in an additional way.  While some do "throw back Thursday," I will simply be happy that I thought of a "th" word to go in the title of this already random post. Let's bullet shall we:

  • I forgot to add in our baby announcement post that my sister-in-law (Bubba's sister) is also pregnant!! She is due just a little before me, and excitement is an understatement for the word that describes my feelings about our bambino having a built in bestie to love/fight with/annoy/love!! This could easily hold off a sibling for a while. Plus, we just found out Reba's baby is a BOY!! Our first nephew!! 
  • We keep the nursery on Sunday. The 5 year olds. While explaining Easter, the death and resurrection of Christ, a child replied to me that Elvis died on the toilet. I am positive I will be asked back to teach as we covered the King of Kings and the King of Rock-n-Roll in the same lesson.
  • Easter is this weekend, and I am so excited to celebrate. Hopefully, with the ushering in of white purses/shoes/dresses, we can usher in a high of above 30. This week's weather has been stupid.
  • Last night, Gunnar was found head in a Rice Krispies box. Bubba came and told me and said "I guess we should throw it away since he was eating them." Is it bad I thought about just scooping out the top layer of Krispies and going about my cereal business the next morning?
  • I am DYING to know the sex of our baby... I have smocking to purchase and monogramming to do!
I think that about covers all the updates in my head. I cannot wait for Easter! Happy Day to all.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Our Big Announcement!

Coming September 2013....


Well, we finally let the cat out of the bag. We are pregnant!! This explains my TERRIBLE blogging for the better part of two months. We weren't ready to share the big news, and I have the worst time keeping secrets. I tried avoidance. It is totally an effective strategy.  Now, on to the details!

BG will make his/her appearance on September 29, 2013... Or at least that is my due date 2 weeks on either side leaves a nice big window.  Hopefully, baby will take after someone in our family that is punctual. This person is neither his/her father or mother.  Just for some record keeping sake, we have been to the doctor twice and seen a nice strong heartbeat both times.

6w4d little bean

10w1d looking like a sweet little baby

I also want to forever remember what Bubba said when I told him I thought I was pregnant. I had taken four tests, so clearly I am a skeptic, and decided maybe I should alert Bubba to the baby situation.  He was still asleep in bed because he was sick, so I woke him up and said, "Gunnar is going to be a big brother!"  Bubba replied, "Did you buy a puppy?"  Which if you know me well, this is always a legitimate question as the urge to buy a puppy is a daily occurrence. We cleared up that this go would in fact be a human sibling, and have been excited ever since!

We have been so blessed by the amazing support of our friends and family, and BG is already a totally blessed child. Please continue to pray for BG and us as we transition to the great big adventure of raising children. God has richly blessed us, and we cannot wait to share His love and show His grace to BG.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Your works are wonderful, I know full well." Psalm 139:14