Sunday, February 26, 2012

-Sunday Somethings & Day Six-

Hoping everyone had a lovely weekend and a relaxing Sunday to wind down with! Church this morning was a wonderful, wonderful message. We are starting the series Final Words from The Cross, and the first sermon of the series was Father forgive them. Pastor Tom talked about how Jesus stood face to face with the people who denied him and sentenced him to death, and instead of being angry and harboring hate, said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34) Pretty incredible if you ask me. To be treated so poorly, to be belittled and humiliated and yet still be able to forgive. To be crucified on the cross with criminals on both sides. And not only to forgive, but to die for all of theirs and our sins. To love with such a whole heart is so powerful to think about. The more I thought about it, the more I was ashamed at the grudges we hold, and the lack of sincerity in our so called "forgiveness". It doesn't matter who did or said what, our job is to forgive. And only then will our Father forgive us, when we have forgiven those who have trespassed against us. There are several spots in the bible where Jesus commands forgiveness:

Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, (15) but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 17:3-4 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (4) and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” (22) Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
Luke 6:36-37 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (37) “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
I usually pick up something from every sermon but this one really hit home today, and I surely
needed it, which is why I have blogged about it. Forgive (no pun intended!) me if you were totally bored but I do hope you were able to take a little something from it. We must free ourselves and others of debts we have been holding. It is not about how good we are, but about how good our God is! ♥

Moving on... We went and had our after-church IHOP meal with my parents (this is a weekly thing, we go every Sunday with them after Church)  which is always fun. Averi was wanting to be into everything and was of course, the center of attention. She was talking up a storm and waving at everyone! After lunch we headed home and laid down for a little power nap before venturing out to the park. Below are our adventures at the park.





Found this gem on one of the trees at the park, how cool is that!? 


We ended the day back at my parents to visit and eat my mom's famous lasagna, garlic bread and salad. Averi had a blast as she always does at Grammy and Paw Paw's, and was laughing and smiling the whole time. She even got to swing for a bit on the new swing that Grandma and Grandpa bought for the babies when they come over. 


 And, I'm ending this post with day six of the 30 day challenge. Short and sweet answer.
•Day 06- Favorite super hero and why.
This one was so super easy to me. JESUS is my favorite super hero, and why? Self-explanatory. 

Ashlee

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