You've heard me talk about Beth Moore. This was part of her blog post on Sunday and I feel compelled to share it with you.
Happy, happy Resurrection Sunday! There is no day on our calendar like this day. It was without competition, the Father’s best day. As 365 days fly by on the annual calendar, this one is His favorite. Dance it away from dawn till dusk. Worship Him, study Him, seek Him, feast before Him, laugh before Him, hug the people you love before Him, kiss and cuddle those babies before Him, eat dessert before Him, hide eggs before Him, LIVE this whole day before Him. In Him, Through Him. With Him. Dance in the crowd of angels toasting. All emptiness is swallowed whole. He is our fullness. Celebrate this Day! He won it for you. Live it with all the life you have! Give those who know you but do not know Christ a glimpse of abundance alive and spinning in human flesh. Have a festival of praise. Death has lost its sting!
What a spirit of celebration! I know that Christ is joyful when we take delight in Him- especially on such a special occasion- His Resurrection!
Having the opportunity to work for yourself has some amazing benefits. The down side is that it is much more challenging to separate yourself from the work and simply relax. We spent the entire day Sunday outside- away from cell phones and lap tops. It was AMAZING.
The day started (as all of our days do) with a cup of coffee. I rarely make breakfast, but decided this would be a good occasion for a treat. I made Overnight Blueberry French Toast
, a recipe I found and now have pinned on my Pinterest page
. It is certainly a keeper and I will be making it again!
We jumped in the car and it was off to Houston's First Baptist Church. I knew it was going to be crowded so we arrived 45 minutes early. This is what I mean when I say crowded...
This is the congregation from one of four services held Sunday.
The message was wonderful, but WOW. The music was the best. Here you can see the 200+ member choir. Below them is a full orchestra. AMAZING!
Great media effects to compliment the music. The verse show here is Romans 8:37-40.
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And yes... I snuck a camera in church... :)
From there John and I headed a few miles down the road to Memorial Park where we had an 11:30 appointment with a tennis court. I don't know all the rules, and a fly ball isn't uncommon, but we always have a great time!
Then is was time to picnic! We drove back to Sugar Land to Oyster Creek Park. We claimed out a spot under a tree, laid our blanket, unloaded our ice chest and dug in! Our menu would not have been complete without a Quattlebaum family favorite, a Tatum family favorite, something Mexican, an Auburn touch, and a flavored sweet tea!
Debby Quattlebaum's Pickled Okra-Ham Rolls
Lynn Tatum's Potato Salad
Mexican Layered Dip
Turkey Wraps (an attempt at duplicating Auburn's Amsterdam Cafe's version)
It was delicious!!!
The rest of the afternoon consisted of napping in the shade, frizbee throwing, Pandora listening (Van Morrison Station), people watching and just good R&R. It was the perfect day to be outside!
We left about 3:30 so that we could watch the end of the Masters. We weren't ready to go inside- so we watched a live stream from www.Masters.com by the pool at our apartment.
Five years ago, on Easter weekend, John proposed to me in Central Park. It's amazing to see where life has taken us in these years together! We are truly fortunate to have one another and to have such an amazing support system of friends and family. We are blessed!