Friday Contemplation

I’m taking a break from my usual Quick Takes and sharing with you some thoughts for today….Good Friday.

Mark 15:18-26

“The Soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then wove a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him “Hail King of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees they worshiped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on  his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And the crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of charges against him read “The King of the Jews” 

 

Mark 15: 33-35:

“At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried “My God My God, why have you forsaken me?”  

Mark 15:37

“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cray and saw how he died he said “surely this may was the son of God!”

After this, Jesus was placed in the tomb. Guards were placed at the tomb and it was sealed shut because the officials were concerned that Jesus’ body would be stolen. What a day that must have been….what a couple days that must have been. The last supper, until he breathed his last. Can you imagine what that must have felt like?? And then the waiting…….after he was placed in the tomb. I can’t even begin to fathom the emotions that they must have all felt. Now…..they waited. Sunday (or, the day after the Sabbath) was on it’s way.

Blessings,
Megan

I’ll see you all again on Sunday!

 

Maundy Thursday

My dad posted this today……

Maundy Thursday is observed during Holy Week on the Thursday before Easter. Also referred to as “Holy Thursday” or “Great Thursday” in some Christian denominations, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. In contrast to joyful Easter celebrations when Christians worship their resurrected Savior, Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus’ betrayal. 

Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice.

Just a thought for today.

Blessings,
Megan

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

Matthew 26:6-13

“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” **

This was a poor village woman. This expensive perfume may have been all that she had….but she gave all she had, and all of herself to the Lord! The disciples called it waste, this woman was preparing Jesus and may not have even known it. This act of selflessness….this beautiful gesture. She was “Broken, and spilled out” at the feet of Jesus. We could all learn from this village woman. She so unashamedly gave all she had to the Lord….why can’t we do the same. We should all be “Broken and Spilled Out”

Steve Green “Broken And Spilled Out”

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Megan

**The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, New International Version 
B.B Kirkbride Bible CO., INC
Zondervan Bible Publishers 
1982

Palm Sunday….the Start of Holy Week

The Gospel of Matthew chapter twenty one verses 1-11

“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples saying to them “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken of the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus  had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the tree sand spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted “Hosanna to the son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked “who is this?” The crowds answered “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth, in Galilee.” **

The Tiumphal Entry. Jesus, the King of Kings, the Messiah riding into town on a donkey. No royal robes, no crown on his head….just a carpenter, fisherman, teacher. Nothing about his appearance would lead you to believe that he was anything special. He looked like everyone else. This is only the beginning. In the days that followed Jesus continued teaching….until that night in the upper room. With this week being Holy Week instead of sharing what I’ve read in my devotions this week like I’ve been doing at the end of my posts, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favorite passages of scripture leading up to Maundy Thursday.

On Thursday, I will share the passages from the Upper Room, and Last Supper. Friday’s post is scheduled I will not be doing a “Quick Takes” post on Friday. I’ll just be sharing some prayer and contemplation. Saturday….we wait. Then, there is Sunday!

Blessings to you all dear readers!

~Megan

**The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, New International Version 
B.B Kirkbride Bible CO., INC
Zondervan Bible Publishers 
1982

7 Quick Takes: 3/22/13

Happy Firday! I love, love, love Friday’s! For me, it is the end of the work week, and gives me plenty of time to hang out with my family. Friday also means it’s time for another installment of Quick Takes! I’m joining Jen over at Conversion Diary, let’s get to it!

1.) Last Saturday night my whole extended family (on dad’s side) got together to celebrate my Great Grandmother’s 94th birthday.

Four generations: Great Grandma, Grandma, Dad, Myself, and my Cousins. This picture should actually include a few more grandkids and great grand kids however they were not in attendance. 
2.) I would like to ask you to please pray for my Great Grandma, as I said she is (now) 94 years old, her health is failing. We are aware that at her age it’s pretty normal for her health and memory to be slowly declining, however the decline has NOT been slow. From week to week she seems to just get worse. If you would please pray for her, and the family as we try to help her….it would be very much appreciated! 
3.) It’s NCAA Tournament time, which means that for the office and family I’ve filled out brackets. Mine never really seem to go very far….so this year (because ESPN lets you make up to ten) I’ve done 9. Hopefully at least ONE of them will make it to the end! 
4.) NCAA Tournament time in this house means that basketball is on all day. ALL DAY!!! There is no escaping it, however today I plan to take four (or more) hours and sit down and watch Les Miserables. (Released TODAY on DVD!!!) complete with popcorn and snacks, and a full box of tissue! 
5.) Even though Wednesday was the first day of spring, it is still snowing like crazy here! I almost can’t believe that it really is March! I am ready for the Florida trip! I know it’s still months away, but I would love to move it up because this snow is killing me! 
6.) I’m still working on the parenting interview, and I’m loving the research aspect of Psychology! It has been so much fun gathering information, and conducting interviews. Now, I have to find a way to put it all into a paper…..the not so fun part…..
7.) This week is Palm Sunday…..the day that we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is also the start of Holy Week. Thursday, we are having our Maundy Thursday service. There is something so striking about this service. We have a partial orchestra, and a full choir. It is a candle lit service, one by one, as each scripture is read, and each song is sung a candle will be extinguished….we share communion, and after the final prayer a lone trumpeter plays were you there. The sound of the horn rings out almost eerily in the completely dark sanctuary. The congregation leaves in absolute silence. Silence is loud, very, very loud. This was the night of the last supper, the night Jesus was betrayed. Friday, we have no service. Friday (Good Friday) is a day of contemplation….something that I will share with you all next Friday! I love Holy Week. I love the services that I get to be a part of…..I love what Jesus did for me on the cross, dying for my sins!
Blessings to you as we enter into this coming week. It’s not about the bunnies and the candy….though I do love a good marshmallow Peep, it’s about the Cross, and the sacrifice, the grace and salvation we do not deserve but are granted anyway. 

http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/aowdjLeaCYs&source=uds
(Youtube: Keith and Kristyn Getty)

Blessings,
Megan 

A Legacy of Love

This weekend my family celebrated my Great-Grandmother’s 94th birthday! What a great time we all had being together! There isn’t really much to say for this post other than that the love my grandmother has for her family is evident in that way that we all come together to surround her each year.

You can see the legacy of love that continues on with her each year.

This is a four generation picture. Great Grandma in front, Grandma C., my Dad (my aunt would have been with us, however she had to work), myself and my two cousins. Four generations, with hopefully many more to come!

Happy Birthday Grandma! We love you! 
Along the lines of this post, I’d like you ask you to please pray for my great-grandma…as I said she just turned 94, her memory is failing her. We all know that this is normal, and that it is to be expected the older she gets. We don’t know how much time is left……but we will cherish the time we have. Thank you for your prayers. 
Blessings, 
Megan 

7 Quick Takes: 3/15/13

Happy Friday friends!! As always, I’ll be bringing you 7 quick takes…..here we go:

1.) I told you about my experience on Saturday meeting the incredibly funny and talented Chonda Pierce. If you missed it, you can read that post here

2.) I came across an old Bible this week, and as I happened to be flipping through it I found this old picture of me and my grandpa.

I was so surprised when I found it! It had been years since I had last seen it, and I’m convinced that finding it again was a God thing. I’ve been missing Grandpa so much lately, and coming across this picture just seemed to….help. 
3.) Sunday night we kicked off the Michigan Nazarene Holiness Summit. It was nothing short of amazing! We had a former General Superintendent speak Sunday night, and a line up of great Holiness evangelists on Monday. You could feel the Spirit moving on Sunday night, and Monday. It was such an awesome couple of days! 
4.) Tuesday I started working on another research paper for my Child Psychology class….this one involves conducting interviews with parents on parenting and discipline. I finally got the interview questions taken care of, and rounded up willing participants…..this ought to be interesting! 
5.) I hated music theory when I was in high school, and over the years nothing really has changed. I found out on Wednesday that some of the music the our orchestra will be playing for Easter Sunday needs to be transposed from Alto Sax, into French Horn…and some from Flugelhorn into French Horn. If you have any transposition tips, I would appreciate the help! 
6.) You may have noticed after stopping by that The Shelf has a new look! I was ready for a change, and this is it! I have added some new features; an about page, a what I believe page, and a chance for you to follow me on Pinterest. Check it out! 
7.) From my devotions today: Psalm 144:2 “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” 
These words came at a time when I most needed them, it is amazing the way that God sends things, or people, along at exactly the moment that we need them. I thank Him each day for how he continues to work in my life! 
Enjoy your weekend, and make sure you go see Jen for more Quick Takes! 
Blessings,
Megan 

House Keeping

Hi readers! You may notice that “The Shelf” has been remodeled! I liked the old layout, and background because it fit with the name of my blog….but it didn’t really fit ME! I was ready for a change….so I did a little searching through the Blogger defaults, and found one I liked.

I added new pages; an “About” page (about me and about the blog), a “Blogs I Follow” page (so you can see who and what I like to read), a “What I believe” page, and a link to follow me on Pinterest. 

I think I’m finally getting the hang of this blogging thing!

Blessings,
Megan

Refashion # 2

Time for the second refashion! Here is the original piece…

I did the second (and final refashion) in the same manor as the first. I started by picking away at the seam connecting the skirt and the bodice.

Then, I had to pick at the zipper (very carefully, so as to not ruin any of the layers of fabric) to remove it. 
One of my main concerns with this dress was that all three layers of fabric, and the bodice were connected with only one seam. I pinned as I pick so that I didn’t separate the layers. I’m glad I did this because it REALLY helped me in the long run. 
I sewed all the way around the top, and I sewed up where the zipper used to be before pinning it again. This time I pinned it to the same elastic that I used in the last refashion, creating my waistband. Sew on your elastic, and viola! 
That’s it! So easy!! 
(I promise that’s how it is supposed to look. It has a high-low hem! It does look pretty odd in the picture though) 
This kind of refashion is so easy! If you can operate a seam ripper, and sew a straight line, you can do this!
If you missed the original post, or the first refashion I did you can find them here:
Blessings,
Megan 

Starstruck!

I told you all this week in my 7 Quick Takes post, how excited I was that Chonda Pierce was coming to perform at our church. Mom and I have catered these kinds of events for the last few years, and I have never gotten starstruck. I’ve met (and fed) Aaron Shust33 MilesRebecca St. James, and many, many more. I have never gotten starstruck…until tonight.

Mom and I were putting the food out tonight in the catering room, and in the hall I could hear the distinct voice of Chonda Pierce. If you have ever heard her, you know her voice. You know that when she breaks precious into two words “pre cious” what she really means is “oh honey, that ain’t right” She walked into the catering room, and I’m not kidding you….I CRIED. My mom, God bless her, was in the room and covered for me, laughing about it, and Chonda very graciously took pictures with both of us, and we were able to talk with her for a while tonight.

She has an amazing testimony. She speaks very openly about the struggles she and her family have been through. If you ever have the opportunity to go see one of her shows, I encourage you to do it. She is a delight, and she is JUST.SO.FUNNY!!!

Goodnight all! 
Blessings,
Megan