Sweet Memories

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Hi friends~

Just popping in to share a favorite memory of mine, I hope mine triggers a happy one of yours.

Today, after shopping for my weekly groceries, I got in my car and a was taken back to a beautiful memory. When I was a kid, typically every Saturday in the late afternoon, my mom and I would drive into town and buy groceries. When I was growing up Saturday’s were spent watching morning cartoons and then I would start the house cleaning chores while my mom was at work. My mom worked in her beauty salon just at the edge of our property. Her day usually started by 6am until noon or 1 on Saturday. When she was finished for the day, I would stop cleaning in the house and walk over to her salon, usually with an ice tea for mom and she and I would clean the salon. At the completion of that job, we would walk home and finish cleaning the house. Once all the cleaning was complete, we would wash/bathe, adorn clean clothes to then go grocery shopping. It was my time with her, I would help with collecting needed item and as a special treat she would buy a four pack of Persian Nut Donuts from the bakery. My mouth is literally watering as I am writing and reliving this memory. We would pack the groceries in the car and on the drive home she and I would eat a donut, while talking, laughing and singing along with the radio. Gosh, I sure miss those days, and I miss my mom even more. I have been so blessed my entire life because of the woman she was, God took her home nearly ten years ago and I miss her every single day. Thanks for stopping by today and for reading my memory story. I am blessed by your support and encouragement.

Persian Nut Donuts

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18,28 (NIV)

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18,28 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Thessalonians%205:16-18,28&version=NIV

Purpose

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Greeting ~

Today, I woke up with the word “PURPOSE” on my mind. Not exactly sure why, so I spent a far amount of time researching its meaning, then I let the word just dance around my thoughts. I believe wholeheartedly that I was created on purpose and with a purpose. God is my creator, He gave me wonderful parents who raised me with love, rules and faith. Throughout my life I am able to see God’s handiwork as a beautiful tapestry of people, places and presence. The presence of God was always with me, even when I would run away. You see, God’s love for me is not dependent upon what I do, absolutely not. I have ran away from God, walked away from God and tried life on my terms…always a mistake. My joy is found in God, I have joy because of God and I want to share my joy because of God. The Bible clearly says I am His child and my purpose is His purpose, to bring glory to God. No one will ever love me more than God, my parent certainly loved me as much as God. I have been blessed to have been loved by more than I feel worthy of on some days. My hope is that you know the love of God, below are some of my thoughts on “PURPOSE” as looked within myself today.

What Gives You Purpose?

  • Knowing I am a child of God
  • Taking pictures of nature
  • Driving in the country
  • Listening to music
  • Writing about life
  • Sharing my faith
  • Sitting in silence
  • Helping others

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Colossians 3:23 ESV

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1:6 ESV

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Proverbs 19:21 ESV

What Is Your Purpose?

  • Be kind
  • Trust God
  • Love others
  • Listen to God
  • Care for family
  • Care for friends
  • Be hope for others

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6 ESV

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”

Ephesians 1:11 ESV

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

Do You Do Things With Purpose?

  • I am generally optimistic
  • I am open to new possibilities
  • I am passionate about writing
  • I strive to live with intentionally
  • I am intentional with my finances
  • I encourage my friends and family
  • I am intentional in my relationships
  • I am supportive in the goals of others
  • I am energized through helping others

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Proverbs 21:5 ESV

“A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalm 100:1-5 ESV

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28 ESV

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

Bible Study Tools

PURPOSE

(Heb. yaas [[“y]; Gk. boule [boulhv]). The Old Testament. The verbal root of the Hebrew word for purpose means to give counsel, deliberate, purpose, or determine. In five passages where the noun appears, four refer to God’s purpose and one to the purpose of a person’s heart ( Prov 19:21 ; 20:5 ; Isa 46:10-11 ; Jer 32:19 ). God’s plans stand firm forever ( Psalm 33:11 ); his purpose will stand ( Isa 46:10 ). What God intends, what he has in mind, what he purposes and plans, what he pleases — these together give the basis for a theology of history. God stands in the center of history as One who Acts. He has a goal in what he does. Nothing can thwart his plan. His purpose is consistently related to what he does in the world.

Two key passages in Isaiah reveal how God will carry out his purpose to deliver his people from darkness and oppression. Isaiah 9:6 refers to the “Wonderful Counselor” who will reign on David’s throne and administer justice and righteousness forever. Isaiah 11:2 refers to the stump of Jesse who will be given “the Spirit of counsel and of power.”

The New Testament. While David served God’s purpose as ruler over Israel ( Acts 13:36 ), the Pharisees and legal experts reject God’s purpose for them and refuse to submit to John’s baptism ( Luke 7:30 ).

It was by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge that Jesus was handed over to death at the hands of wicked people ( Acts 2:23 ). His power and will decided that critical, necessary salvific event beforehand ( 4:28 ).

A key passage is Epheisans 1:9-11. Paul explains that God works out everything brings all things under Christ in conformity with the purpose of his will. The whole economy of God is linked with his purpose.

Paul understands that the believer’s part in the people of God is not an accident or random phenomenon, but part of the divine purpose from the very beginning of time ( Rom 8:28-29 ). God’s purpose is specifically characterized by the words “foreknew” and “predestined.”

The good pleasure that God purposed in Christ has now been put into effect and will be seen in its completion when he sums up all things in Christ. In the meantime, however, God has called his people to live a holy life because of his own purpose and grace a grace given before the beginning of time in Christ Jesus, but now revealed in the Savior’s appearing.

—Walter M. Dunnett
https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/purpose/

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
— Ephesians 5:18b-20 (NIV)

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/purpose/

https://www.openbible.info/topics/be_intentional

https://www.openbible.info/topics/live_with_purpose

https://www.openbible.info/topics/my_purpose_in_life

https://www.openbible.info/topics/what_gives_purpose_in_life

Ephesians 5:18b-20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ephesians%205:18-20&version=NIV

A Bit of Wisdom by C.S.Lewis • Bible Truths

Tuesday. April 19th, 2022

Hello Beautiful Friends,

Today, I would like to share some of my favorite quotes from C.S.Lewis. I have long enjoyed his books, writings and his faith journey. I have included some biblical passages with the quotes. I hope you find them to be encouraging as you travel your faith journey. Have a terrific day! May the Lord bless you and keep you ~ Peace be with you!

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

~C. S.Lewis

Boosting About Tomorrow

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
—James 4:13-17 (NIV)

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”

~C. S. Lewis

A psalm of David

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” —Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

~C. S. Lewis

God’ Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”
—Isaiah 43:18-19a (NIV)

Treasures In Heaven

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” —Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)

“You must ask for God’s help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.”

~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

A psalm of David

“But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.” —Psalm 31:14-15a (NIV)

Thanks For Their Gifts

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Photo Credit: B. D. Carter
April 18th, 2022
Indianapolis International Airport

God’s Covenant With Noah

“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
—Genesis 9:16-17 (NIV)

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

James 4:13-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=James%204:13-17&version=NIV
Psalm 143:8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%20143:8&version=NIV
Isaiah 43:18-19 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2043:18-19&version=NIV
Matthew 6:19-21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%206:19-21&version=NIV

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11138

Psalm 31:14-15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2031:14-15&version=NIV
Philippians 4:13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Philippians%204:13&version=NIV
Genesis 9:16-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Genesis%209:16-17&version=NIV

Render to Caesar • Tax Day 2022

If you live in the United States, today marks the deadline to file federal and state taxes. It’s a day that some look forward to because it has turned into a sort of payday, while others dread it because it is a day to pay taxes. There are many reasons why you may owe taxes. Here are the five most common reasons why people owe taxes.

  1. Too little withheld from their pay
    • You can give yourself a raise just by changing your Form W-4 with your employer.
    • However, if you do that without careful planning, you might be setting yourself up for an unpleasant year-end surprise.
  2. Extra income not subject to withholding
    • If you sell stock, for example, you may have more income than usual – and a bigger tax bill. Even unemployment benefits can increase your tax bill.
  3. Self-employment tax
  4. Difficulty making quarterly estimated taxes
    • If you have significant non-wage income, you generally make quarterly estimated payments.
    • However, that’s easier said than done, especially when people feel like they are in financial survival mode most of the time.
  5. Changes in your tax return
    • The kids grow up and move out, and suddenly you aren’t claiming them as dependents.
    • You refinance your home at a lower interest rate. That’s great, but your mortgage interest deduction may have been cut in half.
    • Even changes in the tax code can make a difference in your tax bill. If you don’t adjust your withholding when things change, you may owe money.

What To Do If You Owe Taxes

  • Refigure your paycheck withholding
  • Tax withholding from other income
  • Plan for tax on your small business
  • Refigure your tax liability and withholding as needed

📖 Bible References 📖

⚖️ Paying Taxes ⚖️

Matthew 22:21 ESV

They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.

Mark 12:17 ESV

Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.

Luke 20:25 ESV

He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Romans 13:7 ESV

“Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Hi friends,
Wishing you all the very best that today can bring. Stand assured that God is always with you, trust in the words of Jesus.
Photo Credit: Me
Pink Moon-2022
April 18th, 2022 at 10:33pm
Indianapolis International Airport IND

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://blog.taxact.com/how-to-avoid-owing-money-to-the-irs/

Lent 2022 • Jesus Has Risen

Resurrection Sunday, April 17th, 2022

Photo Credit: Me
July 10th, 2015
Avon, IN

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

~Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV
• Why Did Jesus Have To Die •

Jesus died to achieve eternal victory over death through His resurrection!

Bible Reading • John 20:11-18

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

“Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”

Discussion Questions

  1. Through the Bible we read of people who were resurrected by God’s prophets. But Jesus is the only One who raised Himself from the dead without intervention of any other person. What does this tell us about Jesus?
    • This tells me that Jesus does not need us, He wants us to be with Him. Jesus is the only way to the Father, Jesus defeated death and forever hold victory over sin. Jesus died so that we will not suffer spiritual death. Jesus, is God in human form. Jesus, like the Father and the Holy Spirit have always been and will always be . . . Today, Tomorrow and Forevermore.
  2. Jesus appears to Mary at the tomb and reveals Himself by saying her name. How have you personally experienced Jesus’ love towards you?
    • Indeed, Jesus’ love is something I see and experience on a daily basis. The kindness of a stranger, a message from a friend at just the moment I need a friend. Jesus makes a way when I feel as if there’s no way. Trust in the small still voice.
  3. How does Jesus’ resurrection victory compel you to love others in your life?
    • The actions of love and expressions of love are the things that matter in this world. How we treat not just strangers, but our friends and families as well. What Jesus accomplished on resurrection Sunday is not just something to be talked about during this season we call Lent; the celebration is never-ending. I’m not saying that bad days will never again seep into our lives. They will undoubtedly, but God has overcome the world and we rejoice knowing God is in control.
    • This season of Lent has been very special to me, I was able to merge a number of my passions into a single project that has taken me through nearly that last fifty days.
      • I was able to daily post on this blog site
      • I was able to read a Lenten devotional book
      • I studied the Bible throughout the Old and New Testament
      • I was free to share my faith without cause of retaliation or fear
      • I have listened to hours of musical content and shared them through this space on WordPress.
    • I have been blessed with supportive friends and family; and my beautiful community of friends on WordPress.

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”
Matthew 28:5-6 (NIV)

Don’t let the celebration end, friends, ~Jesus has risen! And, because He lives, we can face tomorrow, and the day after that, with hope.

~Asheritah Ciuciu

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Hebrews 2:14-15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Hebrews%202:14-15&version=NIV
John 20:11-20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2020:11-20&version=NIV
Matthew 28:5-6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2028:5-6&version=NIV

Lent 2022 • Week Seven Review

Holy Saturday, April 16th, 2022

Bible Reading • John 18:33 – 19:30

Jesus Before Pilate (John 18:33-40)

“Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.”

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified (John 19:1-16a)

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.”

The Crucifixion of Jesus (19:16b-27)

“So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others —one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews . Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

The Death of Jesus (John 19:28-30)

“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Week Seven Song 
By: Edward Perroner (1780)
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!
O seed of Israel's chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!
Let every tongue and every tribe
responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!
Oh, that with all the sacred throng
we at his feet may fall!
We'll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We'll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.

“At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”

~Hebrews 2:8b – 9a (ESV)

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

  • Jesus died to establish the kingdom of God on earth. (Week Seven)
  • Jesus died to bring us into a right relationship with God. (Week Six)
  • Jesus died to disarm the powers of sin, death and the devil. (Week Five)
  • Jesus died to give us eternal life with Him. (Week Four)
  • Jesus died that we may worship God freely and confidently in His presence. (Week Three)
  • Jesus died to demonstrate His love for us. (Week Two)
  • Jesus died to forgive us our sins and cancel our debt. (Week One)

Songs of the Lenten Season 🎶 🎼 🎵

  • Week One: “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” by Robert Lowry (1876)
  • Week Two: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townsend (1995)
  • Week Three: “When I survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts (1707)
  • Week Four: “The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard (1913)
  • Week Five: “Victory in Jesus” by Eugene Monroe Bartlett (1939)
  • Week Six: “Man of Sorrows” by Philip B. Bliss (1838)
  • Week Seven: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” by Edward Perroner (1780)

By clicking the link below you can listen to all these songs (instrumental versions) in one place.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPq2grhEgR6OrvxRZk4lcNmJq8VgoniaP

Pondering Thoughts

Friends, as we pause on this Holy Saturday of Lent, we like the disciples are reeling over the death of Jesus. Horrified by the way our Jesus was treated. Do we dare ask ourselves where we would have been and how we would have reacted or even acted. Of all the characters at play throughout this Passover weekend so long ago, would I have been like . . .

  • Judas, the betrayer
  • Peter, the denier
  • Mary the sister of the mother of Jesus
  • Mary Magdalene
  • John, the disciple whom Jesus loved
  • The Chief Priests
  • Teachers of the Law

The presence of the chief priests is recorded by Matthew, Mark, and John, Luke making no reference to them. Matthew, Mark, and Luke refer to the scribes, elders, or rulers, comprising the Sanhedrin, while John ignores their presence.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke draw special attention to the centurion in charge of the carrying out of the crucifixion, and they give some account of how he was impressed in the presence of the Crucified.

As Luke records, there were many other women, but these stand prominently out, as having been most closely associated with Him.

In John we see two pairs, the unnamed women, the mother of the Lord and her sister; and the two women who are named, Mary of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

*See reference below:https://www.christianity.com/

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” (John 19:25)

“A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.” (Luke 23:27)

“But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.” (Luke 23:49)

“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.” (Matthew 27:41)

“In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself!'” (Mark 15:13)

According to Matthew he said, “Surely he was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54)

According to Mark, “Surely this Man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39)

According to Luke, “Surely this was a righteous Man” (Luke 23:47)

Thank you for joining me on this Lenten journey. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the culmination of Holy Week. May you be surrounded by the love of God, today and for always. 🛐 💟 ✝️ ~Peace

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

John 18:33-40 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2018:33-40&version=NIV
John 19:1-16b https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:1-16&version=NIV
John 19:16-27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:16-27&version=NIV
John 19:28-30 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:28-30&version=NIV

https://hymnary.org/person/Perronet_Edward

Hebrews 2:8b-9a https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Hebrews%202:8-9&version=ESV

https://www.christianity.com/jesus/death-and-resurrection/the-crucifixion/who-was-present-at-the-cross.html