March 24, 2008

Monday, Monday.....

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! My mom's parents came into down and we had a lot of good family time. I took Nana to the hospital with me to give Kurt some food (he was on call on Easter!). I wanted her to be able to see where he works. Poppy brought some of my great-grandmother's sheet music (we're talking from the 1920's) and we played and sang. It was a good time!

Easter Sunday morning started out a little rough. I arrived at 7:45, ready to sing, and I see that the entire choir was dressed in their khakis/pastel shirts that we wore for the Palm Sunday program. I had missed the wardrobe memo.

I RACED home, changed clothes like a mad woman (thankfully I had my khakis still lying out) and then RACED back to the church. I had missed the first song, but I snuck in during the welcome. I was so out of breath it was ridiculous. The sad things are: I had a new dress for Easter that I LOVE and didn't get to wear, and I had thought to myself Saturday night that it would be just my luck to miss a memo like that. Ironic, huh?

Nevertheless, our services were wonderful. You could feel a real sense of worship, which is so great to experience. We (the choir) sang 3 anthems, and Dad's message was about doubting Thomas. For some reason, I had never correlated the story of Thomas to Easter. I had just considered it a story that happened "after the fact." But the point was, Thomas missed out on Easter because he was so doubtful of the Lord. He was stubborn, too. He said, "Unless I SEE...". How often do we do that? We won't believe that God is real and alive unless He proves it. The more I think about it, God proves His realness to us in the little things: we are alive each day, we see flowers bloom in springtime, we see the miracle of life when babies are born, and we know that He hears when we pray. I think Christians often wait for God to
do us "favors," and then we'll put our trust in Him. It should be so different! We should be thanking Him and believing Him solely because He died for us. Any "extra" blessings that we receive are just because He loves us so much. :)

It's hard to believe that spring is upon us. The weather is still a little iffy, but I think we'll make the change soon. I'm at work, as usual, and it's been pretty hectic. Some days I feel like I really have it together at this job, and other times I feel like I'm back at square one. It can be such a drag getting back into things. But I'm trying to be positive! I'm having lunch with my sisters today, so that will be a really bright spot! And, of course, the Bachelor comes on, which is such a cheap thrill. Since Kurt watches it with me, I guess that counts as quality time...maybe? :)

Hope everyone has a great day!

4 comments:

Andrea said...

Ashley,

I watch The Bachelor too! I am a reality tv junkie...which is not something I am proud of! ;)

Kearsmom said...

Wear the new dress next Sunday! I'll be looking for it!

And I agree...everything yesterday was wonderful!

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

of course the bachelor is quality time ~ i'll defend you if anybody says otherwise!!!

Katrice said...

Yes, I'll be looking for the new dress too!ha!
And Yes, yesterday was such a "worshipful" experience!

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