THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY

Mark 11:1-10 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “HOSANNA!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest!”

Today is Palm Sunday. Jesus begins his journey to the cross. He goes willingly, knowing exactly where this journey will take him. Because of Jesus’ journey. We have hope. We have faith. We have eternal life.

Walk alongside Jesus this week as you journey to the cross. What will you take, and what will you leave behind?

Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

GATHERING

Isaiah 26:20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you: hide yourselves for a little while until the flurry has passed by.

How are you all doing with quarantine? My daughter told me “I am just too social for this.” And, I have to agree. My head understands the importance of social distancing and the Stay at Home orders, but my heart misses daily gatherings with real humans.

Jesus understood the importance of self-isolation. He has lived it. Jesus went into the dessert for 40 days and nights to pray – to connect with God. He needed time to distance himself from the crowds.

How are you using this time you have been given to slow down and reconnect with God? If you need a little help, I am offering my book Walking in the Word, A Daily Journey Through the New Testament for just $10 during the COVID-19 outbreak. To receive a copy, send a message or email me at wandaswool@gmail.com

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Together we will get through this.

YOUR HOUSE

Luke 6:47-49 “I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

How is your house holding up through COVID-19? With more time at home, how are you spending your free time? No matter how crazy the world becomes, always remember that your foundation is on the rock that can not be shaken.

God bless you and your family. May he keep you healthy and safe during this time of uncertainty.

Normal has been canceled

Numbers 13:27-28 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.

To say this week has been crazy would be an understatement. Everything has been canceled allowing us to spend our free time differently. We have a new normal now which is forcing us to slow down. We find ourselves drawing closer to family and closer to God.

As I slow down, I have spent more time in God’s word. This week I have been reading Numbers. Ever since I was a little girl, I had heard the story of how Moses and the Israelites wondered in the desert for 40 years, and how God provided for them, and how they continued to turn from God….. But did you realize that God took their entire assembly to the land flowing with milk and honey at the beginning of their journey? They even sent a group in to scout the area. It was fantastic! Everything they had ever dreamed of. But, they didn’t move forward because they were afraid. They were afraid of the strong armies of the people living in the land. So, instead of moving forward trusting God, they leaned on their own understanding and wondered aimlessly in a desert for 40 years.

What are you afraid of in your new normal? Take time to contemplate your next steps. God is with you. He has brought you to this place in your life. Take the next step! You have nothing to fear when your journey includes the God of Moses.

The Word Of God

Hebrews 10:19-25 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Amen!

Praise God for his inspiring words that were relevant yesterday and remain relevant today and always. The more his word is read, the more wisdom is revealed.

It Is Finished

John 19:28-30 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the 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.

This past week we entered the season of Lent. The time of the year when we draw close to Jesus as we walk along side him on his journey to the cross. We also look at the purposeful life he lived well, while here on earth with us.

I feel called to write. (so thank you to all of you who read the words I write every week) I spent this past week in Colorado with our daughter Hannah. She needed to be in Fort Collins for work events and asked if I would like to meet here. Of course, I said yes! We had the most wonderful week. We talked, laughed and caught up over dinner every evening. And during the day, I wrote. I was given the luxury of writing every day without interruption. I was able to finish my second book “Women Walking In The Word“. It feels amazing to have this important book written.

What has God called you to finish during the short time you have on this earth? Lent is the perfect time to begin taking the first steps needed to complete the work he has called you to do. God bless your journey through this Lenten season.

Embroiderer

Exodus 26:36-37 For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen – the work of an embroiderer. Make gold hooks for this curtain and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold. And cast five bronze bases for them.

God instructed Moses with a detailed pattern of how to construct the tabernacle and build its contents with exquisite materials. He chose Bezalel and “filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.”

The creative abilities we have been given take the time to develop. I took an embroidery class this past week. These are all opportunities for the Spirit of God to express his artistry through us. God intends for all expressions of art to draw us into deeper fellowship with him. He is the ultimate creator of beauty, and being in his image means we are to create beauty as well to glorify him.

How do you share your creativity with the world?