Sunday, March 31, 2013

the best things in life....


are these precious children.

Tired,
 but very happy
 after a beautiful, wonderful Easter Day.

To God be the Glory great things He has done.

Sunday


Why we celebrate Easter....

"Now when the Sabbath was past, 
Mary Magdalene, 
Mary the mother of James,
and Salome bought spices,
 that they might come and anoint the body of Jesus.

Very early in the morning on the first day of the week,
they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

And they said among themselves,
"Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"

But when they looked up
 they saw that the stone had been rolled away ~ for it was very large.

And entering the tomb, 
they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe 
sitting on the right side;
 and they were alarmed.

But He said to them,
"Do not be afraid.
You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.
He is risen!
He is not here!
See the place where they laid Him.
But....
go and tell His disciples."
Mark 16: 1-7

Yes....
and we should do the same.

Jesus changed the cross from a symbol of death and shame
to a symbol of hope and life.

Hallelujah..
Sunday has come.
It is finished!
He has conquered sin and death.
We who believe are alive and will live forever in Him.
Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!




Saturday, March 30, 2013

saturday


"And when Joseph, 
a rich man from Arimathea,
 had taken the body of Jesus, 
he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 
and laid it in his new tomb 
which he had hewn out of the rock; 
and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb
 and departed.

And Mary Magdalene was there,
and the other Mary,
sitting opposite the tomb.

On the next day (Saturday),
which followed the day of preparation,
the chief priests and the Pharisees 
gathered together to Pilate saying,
"Sir, we remember while Jesus was still alive,
 how that deceiver said,
After three days I will rise."

"Therefore, command that the tomb be made secure until the third day,
lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away,
and say to the people, 
He has risen from the dead. 
So the last deception will be worse than the first."

Pilate said to them; 
"Go your way, 
make the tomb as secure as you know how."

So they went and made the tomb secure,
sealing the stone
and setting the guard."

Matthew 27:62 - 66

All this week
I have tried to give insight into the life of our Lord Jesus
as He made His way to the Cross.

Jesus is dead and in the tomb.
There is complete silence on Saturday but
Sunday is coming!
Hallelujah!!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

friday


"But God demonstrated His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8



Thursday, March 28, 2013

thursday


What was on Jesus mind when He awoke on Thursday morning?
We know He knew what was coming....

Thursday and Friday would be dark days...
He would be betrayed by one of His own disciples  that night,
with a kiss of all things,
for a price of thirty pieces of silver.

He would be arrested and taken before the authorities.
Beaten, spit upon, made a mockery of,
and then crucified on a cross to suffer and die.

But what was on His mind that day?

Borrowing a room 
where He and His disciples could eat a last meal together...
the Passover feast.
"Always do this in remembrance of Me"
That is why we take the Lord's Supper in these times,
to remember 
what Jesus did on our behalf.

Teaching them...
always teaching and admonishing them
from Scripture.

Washing their feet....
on His knees before them,
showing them that He did not come, this time, as king, 
but as a servant,
and that servants are what they would be as well.
That is what all believers will be until
Jesus comes back.

The disciples didn't get it yet....
They didn't get the full impact of  who He was and what He had come to do, 
but they would soon, 
very soon.

While Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane 
that night before He died,
His disciples could not even stay awake to keep watch for Him.

Then He came to His disciples, and said to them, 
"Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
Behold, the hour is at hand
and the Son of Man
is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Arise,
let us be going;
Behold,
the one who betrays Me is at hand."
Matthew 26:46

Thursday.....
What a day in the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
He never lost focus of
 His God and Father
and His mission 
to this lost and dying world.

So thankful!




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

busy and then quiet


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
of Holy Week finds Jesus
very busy and then strangely quiet.

On Monday He returned to Jerusalem where He
cursed the fig tree...
"And seeing a fig tree by the road,
He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves,
and said to it,
"Let no fruit grow on you ever again."
And immediately the fruit tree withered."
Matthew 21:19

He also cleanses the Temple for the second time....
the first cleansing took place on Palm Sunday.
"Then Jesus went into the temple of God
and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple,
and overturned the tables of the moneychangers
and the seats of those who sold doves."
Matthew 21:12

On Monday night he returned to Bethany,
to his friends,
to rest and take nourishment.
He was fully human you know and He needed
these things just as we do.

On Tuesday
Jesus returned to Jerusalem 
where He revisited the withered fig tree 
and taught a lesson of faith to the disciples.
"Now when the disciples saw it,
they marveled, saying,
 'How did the fig tree wither away so soon?'
So Jesus answered and said to them, 
'Assuredly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, 
you will not only do what was done to this fig tree,
 but also if you say to this mountain,
 'Be removed and cast  into the sea,'
 it will be done."
Matthew 21:21

Jesus taught extensively in the Temple on Tuesday,
and on the way back to Bethany,
He gave the Olivet Discourse.
(Matthew 24)

An amazing day for Him who would die in just a few hours.

Nothing is recorded in the Gospels 
about Jesus' activity on Wednesday of Holy week.
More than likely,
 he spent the day in Bethany with His disciples
 preparing and praying for what God had willed Him to do...
pay the ultimate sin debt for mankind.

Also,
 Wednesday 
was the day when the plot for the betrayal of Jesus began to take shape.

(much of this information is from a sheet 
that David passed out to us last year in church.  
There is no indication of its source.)
Picture by Lamar Gale.
Tybee Pier ~ Tybee  Island

Monday, March 25, 2013

yesterday....


....was Palm Sunday for believers,
the beginning of Holy Week,
when we celebrate Jesus' last steps to the cross.

Jesus knew what He was going to do...
but no one else did.
Jesus knew that he was going to die
a horrible death on a cross.

He would ask God to remove this "bitter cup" from Him 
on the night before He died,
but He qualified His statement by saying,
"Not My will but Your will be done."

He came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey
to the cries of
"Hosanna to the Son of David!  
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest."
He made a "Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem.

"A very great multitude 
spread their garments on the ground;
others cut down branches from the trees 
and spread them on the road."
Matthew 21: 1-11

These same Hosanna shouters
 would be screaming for His death before the end of the week.
Little did they know their part in 
the most amazing of all of 
God's plans and purposes for mankind.

Jesus was born to die.
That was God's intent from the very beginning.
He would take all of our sins upon Himself so that we
could be reconciled to God.

There was nor will there ever be any other way.
Believers are those 
who have put their complete faith and trust
 in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Palm Sunday ~ March 29, 33 AD

PS... Jesus spent the night in Bethany this night.
How fitting that we see His need for the
comfort of His closest friends.



Sunday, March 24, 2013

reality peeps


I'm obsessed with peeps...
have a stash in the pantry.
(Don't tell anyone)
shhhh!

WHAT DO WE DO WITH IT?

I've been thinking about this blog all week.
It kinda got pushed to the back of my mind,
but it has now resurfaced again.

Last week was filled with sad stories.
Friends died and were buried.
Loved ones left behind are struggling.
Many are grappling with hard times...
financially,
spiritually,
emotionally.

I read the Bible consistently,
hear sermons preached week after week,
read good, solid books on theology.
So...
what do I do with this knowledge?

It does no good to just read and study..
soaking it all in 
here in the comfort of my favorite chair.

First of all, 
and I got this from David's sermon last Sunday,
we should be bringing what we
learn during the week back to church with us,
back to all the times we gather with other believers.

We should be sharing what God teaches us...
encouraging and admonishing 
each other in the truth of God's word.
Lifting up the hurting friend,
giving hope to those who are struggling,
revealing a nugget of truth to a lost and dying soul.

Always pointing to our Savior,
Jesus Christ,
who alone is able to provide a reason to keep on living,
keep on waiting for Him to come back.

If you know anything at all about the joy of the Lord in His word,
take it out to those who need it.

"Let the word of Christ 
dwell in you richly in all wisdom, 
teaching and admonishing one another...."
Colossians 3:16


Friday, March 22, 2013

this is for lucy.......


....who was sad the other day 
that she never really knew her
 great-grandmother Gi.

Lucy, Gi was my mother,
I know you know that.
I wish you and her could have known each other.

Most of all,
she had a great sense of humor.
She kept all of her friends laughing when she was a young girl,
or so I have been told.
One friend dropped all of her schoolbooks
while she and mom were walking home from school
because she was laughing so hard with her.

Her name was
Shirley Ann Hodges O'Quinn.
Daddy called her Shirl,
I called her momma.

She made the best fudge in the world.
I have her recipe.
We will have to try to make it together one day.

The first picture is when she was about fourteen years old.
I think she was very pretty.
Her birthday was August 30th, 1925.

The second picture was taken while she was out in
Colorado
just before Papa went off to Italy to fight in
World War II.
I bet she was scared to be so high up on that horse.

I miss her alot.
She taught me so many things
like how to cook and keep house and do for others.
She would have loved you Lucy.

This is for Jake and Eli and Harry and Gus too......
one day.
Just wish she could see and know all of you.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

spring is finally here


How do I know?
Certainly not by the warm weather,
or the brilliant blue sky,
or the bright shining sun.
It is still cold, cloudy, and kinda dreary here in
Savannah.

So, how do I know that today is the first day of Spring?
Bubba was able to stand this egg on end.
That's how I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that
Spring has arrived.

So happy and joyful that winter is over,
that we have more light,
and that a new season has come.
Praise God that things are not the same all the time.
Every few months God shakes things up for us.
I love it!!!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

very special friends


"You have much to rejoice about Christian.
Sure things go wrong here ~ very much so.
But in His time all will be set straight.
And, at that time......
you will enter into all of the
 joy, privileges and love
that will be realized when you see him as He is.
There is much to look forward too.
Remember that fact when things get tough here."
jay adams

Monday, March 18, 2013

goodbyes


It was raining this morning.
By the time the funeral service was over this afternoon, 
the skies were blue
and the sun was shining bright.

Friends and family of Robert Rushing
wound their way through the streets of Savannah
 to lay his body to rest
 by the salt marshes and the pine trees of Forest Lawn Cemetary.
A gentle breeze was blowing cool
as we gathered round him one last time.

The beauty of a Christian burial service is that 
we are not without hope.
In Christ we are absent from our bodies,
but present with Jesus.
What remains behind here on this earth is no longer needed.
What is important,
the soul,
will live forever in eternity.
We look forward with great hope to seeing Robert again.
Do you have this hope?



.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

remembering Robert


Here we are in 1968.....
best friends ~ dating friends.
College Days....
fun and carefree days,
the best of times.

We all went to the same church.
That made it nice.

Robert Ellis Rushing
went to be with Jesus in the early hours of this morning.....
released finally from the grips of Alzheimer's,
into the arms of his Savior.
Finally free,
in mind and body.

We rejoice for him tonight, but there is sadness as well.
He will be missed by all who knew him.

To Sandy
Brant & Kellie & Rick
Blake & Bryson & Brett.....
You all loved him so well.
Your devotion to him and his care when he could not return
anything back to you was such a testimony.
Your unwavering concern for his best interest
 is a shining example to all of us
of how to love unselfishly expecting nothing in return. 

Bubba and I love all of you!














Friday, March 15, 2013

a parody on being sick


I have been sick since Sunday afternoon.

After getting past the "denial" stage,
you know...
"this sore throat is really just all in my imagination,"
Of accepting the fact that I NEED a doctor,
that I will have to take another antibiotic
which causes other sad woes,
after all of this I can say it,
"I Am SICK Again."

In sickness,
my life becomes encapsulated into itself.
My day revolves around my medicine.
There are seven of them.
What can I take when that will cause me the least discomfort?
Poor Bubba has been back to the pharmacy twice to get it all straight.

I can't be far from the Kleenex box.
I am constantly thinking about what I can eat...
nothing tastes good.

Being cut off from the world,
quarantined so they say,
the computer becomes my lifeline...
I check every few minutes 
to see what new and exciting 
status 
has been revealed on 
facebook.  

Naps become essential.
Then comes the guilt.
I told Bubba this morning that I thought my life was passing me by.
He assured me that I was alright, that things would get better.
He is so dear to bear with me.

All that to say...
I bought that sign in the picture above on one of our trips recently.
"Happy Easter," 
all cute and glittery.
I mustered the strength to hang it yesterday.
I was so proud to have gotten that done.
I looked at it and thought....
"Just perfect."

Last night Bubba said to me,
"Cathy, did you notice that there are three "P's" in Happy?"
I hadn't noticed.

Being sick also renders me brain dead.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

you've got plenty of time to do this.....

One of the best things I have ever done for myself
 is start reading my Bible every day.
I began by asking God to allow me to know Him better.....
to give me wisdom and understanding.
He led me to start reading the Psalms every day.
I'll tell you this...
there is no better way to get to know God,
than by reading the Psalms.

There are 150 Psalms.
Many were written by King David.
They are a treasure trove of truth about our Maker.

I write each Psalm in a looseleaf notebook.
Then I get out a second notebook
and write all of the things that I learned about God.
After that I pray these things back to Him
and thank Him for revealing truth to me.

When I get to Psalm # 150,
I start all over again with # 1.

I have been doing this for years.
I have notebooks filled up with my written Psalms.
I always see something new,
I never get tired,
and I am constantly amazed at God....
knowable,
 but yet so far above us.

I read the rest of my Bible too,
every day....
I am reading it through again.
I read some in the Old Testament and some in the New.

There is no boasting here.
It is my joy and I encourage all of you believers out there
to do the same.
You can't spend too much time reading your Bible!!!!

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you"
James 4:8

Monday, March 11, 2013

the trip home


One of the things that Bubba and I like to do on our trips
 is to go to antique stores.

There is a real impressive one in Williamsburg.
I head straight to the books...
Bubba to the badges and coins and pins.

This time I bought a few new books for the kids,
and also a kids book about the Titanic for me to devour
on the trip home.

I tucked the bag away in the front,
savoring the contents.
As we started the long journey home
on Saturday morning,
we made a pit stop at McDonalds....
(best coffee anywhere to me,
and it only cost 50 cents a cup)
Bubba ran in to get our treats 
and I reached for the bag containing the Titanic book.

"My goodness, this bag is so heavy....
what could be in here?"

Unbeknownst to me,
He had gone to another store,
found this huge, marvelous book,
bought it,
and placed it in the bag with my other books
to surprise me.

Oh the joy...
I read it all the way home,
mesmerized to say the least.
I apologized for having my head stuck in the book for 8 hours,
but I couldn't stop.
Every picture, every word 
was fascinating.

We stopped for lunch,
I got a Dairy Queen,
we exchanged pleasantries,
and then right back to reading.
We were home in no time at all.

Bubba knows me well.
He knows what I like.
He surprises me with good things often.
I am blessed...
I know, I know.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

at the hollingsworth home





Our trip was great....here are some
episodes that I caught with my camera...

1.  Jake set up this animal blockade
to keep people from getting into the bathroom.

2.  I helped Amanda get all of her
fine china
into her new hutch.
Beautiful!

3.  My grandmother's antique sideboard
is now in the 
Hollingsworth's dining room.
I love the rabbit masterpiece resting on top. 
Amanda and I found that picture in a used furniture shop
here in Savannah. 
I covet the picture and have asked her to will it to me.

4.  Amanda and Mark
relaxing on their red sofa.

5.  The box of Peeps 
 Mark surprised me with 
one day when he returned home from work.

6.  Jake hard at work
writing on their much loved easel.

7.  Charlie Bear
their beautiful black cat.
He loves me!

8.  Eli blowing out the candles on his cake.

9.  Jake and granddaddy....
who Jake says makes the best spaghetti in the world.

We had a great visit....
packed so much in a few short days.
Laughed a lot and
ate a lot too.

Being with your family is the best!!!!



Thursday, March 7, 2013

Eli and his grammy

 
We are way up here in Virginia
to celebrate Eli's birthday.
He is turning six today
and we are all really excited to
share this time.
 
The theme for this year's party is
"Larry Boy."
Larry Boy is a Character out of the much loved
"Veggie Tales" series.
 
Way back at Christmas
Eli told me what he wanted for his
birthday...
A Larry Mobile,
and, don't tell him but,
that is exactly what he is getting.
Right now it is wrapped up in a big blue box
just waiting to be opened.
He is beside himself wth having to wait.
 
Eli is amazing.
He told me this morning that he knows alot of things.
He has a head full of thick blond hair
and eyes as big and blue as the midday sky.
He is a storyteller,
a dreamer,
and the best colorer I have ever seen
 
Thank you God for this boy,
for his love for all of his people,
for his sweetness,
for his charming ways.
 
I love you E...
always will!
 
grammy
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"dreaming...


...I must be dreaming."

Will it ever warm up?
Can't wait for beach weather to come back...

"Why is it that some have believed?
It is because the Spirit has sanctified them,
has set them apart,
 has called them out.

It is the call of the Spirit,
it is the work of the Spirit in conviction
and calling out
and giving power to believe."
Martyn Llyod Jones
Romans (the Sons of God)

A person has no capacity to believe in
God or His Son Jesus Christ
apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart.
A person doesn't decide to follow Jesus...
The Spirit compels him to.

Praise God for that.
It is none of me and all of Him!!!!

thanks to joy s for the photo

Monday, March 4, 2013

my hodie & papa


Lucy, Harry, Gus, Jake, & Eli.....
These are your great-great grandparents.

Hodie was named Mittie Mae Hodges. 
and Papa was named George Henry Hodges.

Your Grammy 
has very fond memories 
of time spent with these two.

Papa was a train conductor for the 
Seaboard Railroad.
The best thing I remember about him was that
he would take me for a walk to find money.
Somehow,
without catching my attention,
He would throw money down on the ground.
This was so exciting....
the best ever!

Hodie was my grandmother.
She gave me my sense of style.
She was a dressmaker.
She made wedding dresses for some ladies.

She would take me to downtown Savannah to
Fines Department Store
and say to me...
"Cathy, pick out a dress and I will make one for you."
We would trek to buy the material, lace, etc,
and then before I knew it,
I had a replica of the fancy dress at the fancy store.

Wish you guys and Lucy could have known them.
They were very, very special.
Lucy, she could have taught you how to sew.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

what she said about us


I found another treasure in the attic today.
This must have been the topper 
for Mom and Dad's wedding cake
69 years ago.
I love, love, love this!

I also found a poem she wrote entitled,
"My Jewels."
You will see why this too is a treasure....

"My children are my jewels,
Gifts from God each one.
He must have looked at them with pride and joy
when each of them was done.

Frank is sensitive and loving,
knows just how to touch my heart.
I find that he is quite like me,
needs time alone: Apart!

Cathy is winsome and full of joy.
Her beauty comes from within.
Her heart has room for all of us,
for family and for friend.

Teri is full of surprises,
both carefree and debonair.
She's tender with me and loyal,
and home to her is dear."

Finding Mom's thoughts about us so many years later.
How precious!


Friday, March 1, 2013

my birthday getaway


Well....February has come and gone.
My birthday month has departed.

After the party was over on Tuesday,
Bubba whisked me away for a few days of fun
down in Florida.

Because of some generous people,
I had some money to spend,
a gift card to redeem at Anthropology,
my favorite store,
and a gift card to PF Chang's, 
a much liked eating hangout.

Needless to say,
We had an absolutely delightful time.

I found two of the cutest 
"run around town and on the beach" skirts,
one in gray and the other the "sea" color I adore.
Can't wait for warm weather so that I can wear them with sandals.

Just look at that grey tablecloth that caught my eye.....
A perfect compliment to the gray dishes.
Can't wait to have guests over to serve them on that pretty thing.

I also got a new picture frame 
for one very special beach picture of the g-kids
and some
"glitter" 
things to decorate for Spring.

but everybody...
just look at those shoes.
They have bows in the back...need I say more?

March has come...
it is still cold and dreary outside, 
but this February will be one I will always remember.

Thanks to everyone who made it so wonderful.
and a special thanks to Bubba
who makes all this happen.
LOVE