7 Quick Takes: Birthday Edition

Hello and happy Friday to you all! I took last week off from Quick Takes in honor of Good Friday, you can find my posts from Holy Week here. I have a lot to do around the house to get ready for tonight so I’m just going to get right to the takes.

1.) I am turning 21 on Sunday. I can hardly believe it, but WOW time seems to just fly by! Tonight I’m having my family over for dinner and cupcakes. It’s not a huge deal to me to have a “birthday party” but mom and dad want to….

2.) I babysat for the first part of the week, and used some of the money I earned to purchase my own birthday presents…..much to the chagrin of my father : ) I got a board game I’ve had my eye on for a while; It’s called Pandemic, and it comes from the geniuses at Z-Man Games. This game is a co-operative game, meaning you win and you lose TOGETHER. We are a family of first borns (I’m an only, so it’s counts!) and we are incredibly competitive gamers. This is a really nice change of pace for the three of us, because it pretty much forces you to work together to work toward your end goal.

I also bought Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments. I’d read some great reviews of this one, and I couldn’t pass up the fact that it was a five dollar bargain book : ) 
3.) Mom and I finished watching season 2 of The BBC’s Robin Hood….oh my goodness, the end of that season is heart-breaking! I don’t even want to talk about it other than to say that this show is a must watch! It is very well done, the story lines are captivating, and the characters are engaging! I would highly recommend this show! Unfortunately it is no longer on BBC but the dvd’s are out there, and there is a chance that Netflix might have it as well! Go check it out, you won’t be disappointed……
4.) (I’m really struggling to come up with half-way decent takes to share today) 
     Oh, here we go…I have mentioned before that I’m writing again…well, The Block is gone (thank goodness) and I’m making some progress….I’ve decided to kill a character….It’s not easy, in fact….I haven’t actually done it yet. I just can’t bring myself to do it even though I know that this will bring me to the conclusion that I want. (I’m writing out of chronological order) 
(if I write in chronological order, there is no conclusion in sight) 
(in about a month this will all probably change again….) 
5.) Books one and three are plotted out, and book one is moving along nicely. I’ve written an opening scene and a (sort of) concluding scene for book three….I have to be honest and tell you that I still don’t have any idea what I’m going to do for book two. I could just scrap it, and make book three book two but then there will be a MAJOR gap in my timeline. I’m still really struggling with this, and I honestly don’t know what to do! It’s been driving me nuts that I have a concept for one and three and not a single thing for two, well that’s not entirely true I have characters, well a character and her husband (who I haven’t been able to name…for months). 
6.) That’s it for me today, like I said above, I have some things to do to get ready for family to come over for tonight…if you think about it, say a prayer for me okay! I’d really appreciate it! 
7.) I’m linking up with Jen as always so make sure to check out the rest of this week’s Quick Takes. 
Blessings, 
Megan 

Journey to Jesus – He is Risen

My station during the EGGstravaganza was the tomb. I got to share the news that Jesus was risen! He was alive again! 

Jesus Has Risen
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> and the other Mary<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> for an angel<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”>There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.Suddenly Jesus met them.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

I hope that you have a blessed day. Happy Easter! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

Journey to Jesus – Waiting

*Full disclosure, this one isn’t necessarily scriptural….just my own Holy Week confession.*

I hate waiting. I can’t stand it. Waiting for company to come for dinner. Test results to be published. Software to download. You name it I hate it. So, imagine being Jesus’ friends and disciples. It’s Saturday, yesterday he was crucified and you’ve just buried him. If you trust in his teaching then you know that on Sunday He will be risen from the dead, but on Saturday you impatiently wait. If it was me, I’d spend all day Saturday fidgeting, cleaning, not being able to sit still, and probably annoying those around me.

I would probably have to cook, or take a walk, or the biblical equivalent of going for a run to let off steam. I would have been a mess that day. I would have baked bread for all of my neighbors, cleaned my house from floor to ceiling, cooked enough food for an army, and still would not be able to calm my self down.

I am a terrible waiter, but it’s Saturday…and Sunday is coming!

Blessings,
Megan

Journey to Jesus – Good Friday

Matthew 27:32-50

New International Version (NIV)

The Crucifixion of Jesus<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.9em; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”>

32 As they were going out,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> they met a man from Cyrene,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> 36 And sitting down, they kept watch<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.
38 Two rebels were crucified with him,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> save yourself!<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel!<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”> now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.9em; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”>

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,<span class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[a]”>[a] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).<span class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[b]”>[b]<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”>
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

His friend denied him, His Father turned his back on him. He was beaten, mocked, and hung on a cross. He took on the sins of the world, and died so that we could be made new in Him. The veil was torn, man was no longer separated from God. Jesus bridges the gap…..He was placed in a tomb, and the tomb was sealed. Pilate placed his guards at the tomb to keep watch. 

It’s Friday…..but Sunday is coming! 

Blessings,
Megan

Journey To Jesus – The Last Supper and the Praying in the Garden

Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28

The Last Supper<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”><span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”><span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”>

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”>
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the<span class="footnote" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[a]”>[a] covenant,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
That night, in the upper room Jesus and his disciples shared a meal. Jesus washed their feet (I didn’t include that scripture here), taking on the role of servant he washed their feet, then broke bread with them. This was their final meal with their friend and master, Jesus knew that soon he’d be betrayed by one of them. 

Matthew 26: 36-40

Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”>
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”>
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me <span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”>for one hour?” he asked Peter.


I have to be honest and tell you that I don’t think I’d be any better than the disciples. It was late, and they were tired. I’d assume that the garden was quiet, peaceful even….it would take a lot for me to keep my eyes open and not doze off. It wasn’t long before the soldiers showed up in the garden with Judas, to take Jesus away. That night he was put on trial, mocked, and beaten. 

I can’t imagine witnessing the events of that night, and the next day. I can’t imagine the hurt and the heartbreak that his friends were feeling as the events unfolded. 

Stop back tomorrow! 

Blessings,
Megan 

Journey to Jesus – The Triumphal Entry

On Saturday our church hosted it’s first annual Easter EGGstravaganza. When the children and their families entered the gym, they started on a Journey for Jesus. Their Journey began with Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry. From there they traveled along (from room to room) hearing the story of Jesus. From the Triumphal entry they went to The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Cross, The Tomb, and The ABC’s of salvation. I was at the tomb. I got to tell the children and their families that Jesus was risen from the dead, the tomb was empty, He is alive just as he said! When they completed their Journey they exited into an Easter carnival full of games, crafts, and lots and lots…I mean LOTS of candy!

With this week being Holy Week (if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know this is my favorite week) I’d like to recount the Journey to find Jesus with you.

I’m a day late with this one, but here it is anyway!

Palm Sunday – The Triumphal Entry

This is where Jesus’ final week began. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as crowds of people greeted him, waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

New International Version (NIV)Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> 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, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”This took place to fulfill<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> what was spoken through the prophet:“Say to Daughter Zion,    ‘See, your king comes to you,gentle and riding on a donkey,    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”<span class="footnote" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[a]”>[a]<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”>The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,“Hosanna<span class="footnote" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[b]”>[b] to the Son of David!”“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”<span class="footnote" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[c]”>[c]“Hosanna<span class="footnote" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[d]”>[d] in the highest heaven!”

Blessings,
Megan

Random Ramblings

Hello!! It’s been a while since I posted something here other than a Quick Takes post, and I figured I need to get back here and keep things up, so here I am…and let me apologize right now for the random ramblings that are soon to come…..

 I’m actually here hiding…hiding from actually writing…the blinking line on the word document in the other window is mocking me. It knows that I have writer’s block…it knows that I have nothing of substance to add today, but that I need to add something…anything. Now, I should be honest and tell you that I don’t have total writer’s block…I’m just blocked on this first book. I’ve written out a great (at least in my opinion) scene for the third book, but can’t seem to get the first to move forward, and I have well, nothing for the second book. Well, not nothing…I have a concept….and a few characters but I don’t know how it will fit with my timeline. It needs to fit nicely between the first and third while also staying true to the history and the right time period and so far it doesn’t. That means that I have to either adjust the timeline of the first one, the third one, or scrap the second one all together. I don’t really want to scrap it so right now I need to do a good bit of research and figure out what will work for the second one.

At this point I’m basically doing everything I can to force myself to write…I don’t really write in order so that helps. I’m stuck in a scene pretty early on, and I’ve just moved forward to another chapter farther on in the book. That seems to help when it comes to beating the block, but this time I just can’t seem to get the early scene to move… That’s not to say that it’s slow, or hard to follow, or bad (at least I hope not) it just means that I need to sit down and really work on moving the scene forward.

I’m also doing everything I can think of to avoid writing; browsing Pinterest, scanning Facebook, texting my friend and fellow writer about BBC’s Robin Hood and how AWESOME it is, texting that same friend about our mutual love for Marvel villian Loki, and watching the Hobbit as I sit and type this. Can I tell you how much I love the Hobbit? Because I really love it. Of all of Tolkein’s works The Hobbit is my favorite…not just in terms of the movie adaptations but the books as well. Bilbo Baggins will forever be my favorite Hobbit, and I love Martin Freeman in the role. Also Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield doesn’t hurt : )

Captain America: The Winter Soldier starts in theaters this weekend and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited about this one. Pretty much anything Marvel does is good in my book, so I’m really looking forward to this one, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out next summer which is also quite exciting!

It is officially baseball season! (that has nothing to do with anything really, I just thought I’d share my excitement with you)

Okay, that’s enough random rambling for one night…I really do need to get writing! If this blog is good for anything, it sure does help me work through my creative shut-down…and now for a cute picture from the web…

Blessings,
Megan