Repurposed Birdbath Planter

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Many years ago,  on one of our afternoon walks, my husband and I came upon a discarded birdbath. It was lovely,  except for the slight crack down the middle. That, of course, rendered it useless…at least for bathing.

Still, I had to have it. I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with a broken birdbath,  but I insisted we retrieve the thing and bring it home. It weighed a ton. My husband,  being the good sport he is, went for the truck and brought the birdbath home, to me.

It didn’t take me long to realize what a great planter this would be. The crack offered perfect drainage for plants. Plus the added benefit of not having to break your back to plant it every season.  That was many, many years ago and my repurposed birdbath planter has seen many seasons come and go and it has given us much, much pleasure.

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The great thing is that I can change the flowers with each season. Summer will find my repurposed birdbath planter home to an array of trailing ivy, geraniums and petunias. While Fall will host chrysanthemums and in Winter the faces of pansies will be nodding as you pass by.

My Repurposed Birdbath Planter has been a focal point for many outdoor gatherings. It  has made a wonderful first impression for my guests, sitting beside my backdoor.

Fall Birdbath planter

Hold it, before you throw out that cracked birdbath..it’s totally redeemable!   I promise it will bring you years of pleasure and you won’t break your back planting it! (You might moving it…but planting it, you’re safe.)

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This year’s planting includes petunias, English Ivy, Dusty Miller, variegated vine,  and Creeping Jenny.  It looks pretty scraggly today…but soon it will be a showpiece in my yard.

If you’re lucky enough to find a discarded old birdbath…grab it! I wish my yard were full of them!

They say ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ …True, so true.

Resurrection Garden

Happy Resurrection Sunday! Christ the Lord is Risen today! I pray you are blessed this day.

Today our family: parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents will christen our Baby Kate,  in the morning worship service.  Easter Sunday, 30+ years ago, we dedicated her daddy to the Lord and now we dedicate her.

I pray the Lord Bless you, my Kate,  and keep you safe in His loving arms,  always. You are my heart and my soul. I love you, sweet baby.

Resurrection garden

This is the Resurrection Garden I made this week. We will be having lunch on the porch after church and this is beside my backdoor. We are having baked ham, and assorted salads and desserts! My vintage tablecloths are all pink floral in honor of Kate. Happy Day!

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Behold the Lamb of God pt 7

Jesus Christ

All this week we have traced the Lamb of God from Genesis to the death of Jesus, the Lamb of God.  Jesus died on the cross between two thieves. The thieves had the same choices Cain and Abel had. To trust God or not. One thief went the way of Cain and died in his sin. The other trusted Jesus and was saved.

And on the third day, He rose from the dead!  The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the most well documented events in all of recorded history. Many scholarly men have set about to disprove it,  only to come away believers. Every other religion’s leader is dead and in the grave. Jesus is alive. God raised him from the dead.

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Jesus was seen by over 500 people after he was Resurrected.  When his time on Earth was done, Jesus rose into the sky and disappeared in the clouds. The angel spoke to those watching and told them,  ”This same Jesus you see leaving will one day return in the same manner.”

It’s not over. Jesus is coming back.

When Jesus partook of the last supper, he told his disciples to take the bread and wine often in remembrance of him. We no longer look back to remember the passover in Egypt.  We remember the REAL Passover lamb, Jesus.  And remember,  God always gives us something to look forward to. Oh, the Lamb’s story is far from over.  Yes, Jesus is coming back for us one day and we are told to be watching and waiting. Be ready.

That’s not all….John had a vision and wrote down what he saw. It’s called the Book of Revelation. It foretold the future in words he didn’t quite understand, yet still he wrote them for us. To begin, he explains how he got there and what he saw and then he says there was as scroll and no one in heaven or on earth was worthy to open he scroll……

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4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. ……. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”

From the beginning of our story in Genesis, we learned that God always gives man something to do and something to look forward to. Today, we have something to do: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved and your household. And we have something to look forward to:  Jesus is coming back.

How does the story end? Well, do you remember the story about Adam lowering himself to his bride, after she sinned, so that he could save her? Jesus Christ lowered himself and became a man to die for our sin,  so that He could come back for a bride without spot or wrinkle.

Revelation 21:9  “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Revelation 21:22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

And this is how the story begins.

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Behold the Lamb of God pt 6

Jesus on Palm Sunday

On the first day of this Most Holy Week over 2000 years ago, Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, knowing before the week was over he would die.

Three years before, John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him to be baptized and exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  The Lamb of God.  He was here. Finally. The one they had been waiting for was here.  They should have been thrilled.  Jesus began his ministry in the temple reading from the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 61

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners.

Then he boldly professed that He was the fulfillment of these words.  The people who heard were furious. How dare he? Who did he think he was? For three years they attempted to destroy him, to hurt him, discredit him, blaspheme him, trick him, violate him. They did everything in their power to prove him wrong and unworthy, but they couldn’t.

Throughout his ministry he revealed some of who he was to his disciples and to others. He made statements such as,  ”Before Abraham was, I AM.” “No man comes to the Father except by me.”

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22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Luke 9:44, 45 

“Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

I can so relate to this. How many times have people said things to me and it just went right over my head? There have been times I just needed someone to squeeze my little cheeks and say “LOOK me in the eyes! LiSTEN to what I’m saying!”  This was one of those times the disciples needed to HEAR and they just couldn’t grasp what he was telling them. They just had no idea, besides, Jesus was in his early 30′s. Who’s thinking about dying at 30?

Jesus goes through the next 3 years doing good, refuting every tongue that rises up against him, mainly Jewish religious leaders. They of all people should have known. But they couldn’t see. The Bible says that because of their rebellion and their hardened hearts, God had covered their eyes, so the they couldn’t see.

Fast Forward: It’s time for the Passover meal. The disciples gather in the upper room and Jesus comes to celebrate with them. This is the same exact meal that Moses told the children of Israel they were to observe every single year to remember what God had done when He had passed over them in Egypt. But that meal was also to look forward to what God would do in the future,  and dear reader, the future had come.

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15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.  

BRUSSELS - JUNE 24: Last super of Christ. Paint on the wood from Saint Antoine church on March, 2012 in Brussels.

God didn’t leave out any detail. The Passover Lamb should be sacrificed on Passover.  On this day, Good Friday, over 2000 years ago, Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin, the religious leaders. They did so under shroud of darkness and attempted to find someone to witness against  Jesus. After  failing to find a credible witness who could say anything Jesus had done wrong, they decided to take him to Pilate and Herod.  This is what Pilate had to say:

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14“You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.” [17]

Jesus, the Lamb of God, had been examine.  Neither Herod nor Pilate could find fault in him. He was perfect. This is very important,  because the Lamb to be sacrificed had to be without spot or blemish and Jesus was declared by both to be innocent of any wrong. For three years the religious leaders had tried to trick him and catch him in something wrong and never could.

The crowd called for his death. “Crucify Him!” And so they did.

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At the very moment the Priests were sacrificing the passover lambs for the people, THE PASSOVER LAMB was being slain for our sin…the sin of the whole world, of those who will believe. God’s timing is immaculate. 

The perfect lamb of God would die a criminal’s death for us. He took our place. What we could never do for ourselves, God sent His son to do for us. Jesus, son of the Most High God, willingly left His home in heaven to offer his life in ransom for ours. Do you remember what Adam did for Eve? Let me remind you here :

Eve had sinned. Adam was still in a perfect relationship with God. He had not sinned. But Adam knew that the only way to save Eve from the penalty of her sin was if there were a human redeemer. And there could be no redeemer without a child being born.  Since Adam was the only man,  there could be no child born without him. Adam made a decision to come down to the level of his wife in order to save her.

You can read the whole account here. Adam is a picture of what Jesus did for us.

Jesus left Heaven and lowered himself to become a man, in order to save us.  When there was no way for us to save ourselves, God made a way.   Jesus willingly died for us. Our sin put him on the cross.  But before he died, He prayed  ”Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Someone might say, why shroud all of this is such mystery? Why didn’t God just spell it out, loud and clear, so we could understand it all from the beginning.  There is a tiny little verse that says a mouthful. Paul explains this very thing to us with these words.

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7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

 God couldn’t let the details be known, openly. Jesus had to die to redeem the world. But through each segment of history, God revealed just enough for the people to have something to believe, something on which to pin their faith.  The journey through the Bible leads to one place. The cross and the Passover Lamb.

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Beginning with the seed of woman, the line of Abraham, the tribe of Judah, the Passover lamb, the virgin, Bethlehem, the manger….And then a perfect life, the life I so long to live and yet fall so short…. that perfect life was given for my sin… and yours.

The moment Jesus died, scripture says the curtain in the temple,  the one the High Priests had to go behind to enter the Holy of Holies to pray for the people…that very curtain, was torn from the top to the bottom. It was 18 inches thick. Man didn’t tear it…it was rent in two by God.  Man no longer needed a priest to intercede for him. The way had been made, by Jesus, for us once again to approach God’s throne personally, ourselves. In fact, I love this,

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16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Today is Good Friday. It’s the day Jesus died for you and me so we could be redeemed back to God.

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

But that’s not all….

Behold the Lamb of God pt 5

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God has promised, from the beginning, that the seed of woman would crush satan’s head.  He further promised that the seed would be from the family of Abraham. And from the tribe of Judah. They didn’t understand everything,  but they understood something. They knew the proper way to approach God was through the blood of a lamb.  The Passover was further evidence of the importance of the Lamb of God to God’s people. They were instructed to observe the Passover every year and remember what had transpired on that fateful night. And they did. Lambs were sacrificed every year. The lambs were to remind the people of what God had done and they were to point to what God was going to do in the future. [Read more...]

Behold the Lamb of God pt 4

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Four hundred years have passed. Many pharaohs have come and gone and another has come to power.  He doesn’t remember Joseph. God remembers the promise he made to Abraham and speaks to Moses from the burning bush to tell him to tell the children of Israel He  sees their distress and the hardship they are having to endure. He tells Moses to tell them He will lead them back to a land flowing with milk and honey. The land promised to Abraham many years before.

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Behold the Lamb of God pt 3

Lamb of God

During this whole week we ware taking  a quick overview of the Bible and tracing the Lamb of God from beginning to end. I mentioned there are many rabbit trails we could take off on, but I will do my best to refrain. Still, there is one I feel we need to cover, slightly off the trail,  but very significant to this study. Yesterday,  we left off with Abraham and his faith in the word of God. He trusted God’s word and it was credit to him as Righteousness. Want to know how to be a righteous person? Trust God’s word. [Read more...]

Behold the Lamb of God pt 2

behold the lamb

This frieze is the remains of a church build 400 years after Christ. Behold the Lamb of God.  The significance of the lamb was obviously well known to them. How beautiful is this? I love the exquisite detail and craftsmanship. I aways marvel at the great lengths men went to to honor the Lord.

We know, from yesterday’s study, that Adam and Eve understood something of God’s plan.  They were given a very graphic lesson of the magnitude of their offense. Something innocent had to die to cover their sin. [Read more...]

Behold the Lamb of God

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There is no other story more important to mankind than the story of the Lamb of God. It beats all others, hands down, for eternity. I remember the first time I heard the story, I was astonished. Astonished that I had been in church for all of my then 23 years and never heard it put quite so succinctly.  So to the point. [Read more...]

Becoming Christlike

road to a church

It was a dark and stormy night. This just might work. I have been trying to figure out how to begin this post. I’ve known what I wanted to say, just not known how to begin. My lawyerly husband tells his young lawyers when they need to write a brief and don’t know how to begin,  to start with the phrase, “It was a dark and stormy night…” and go from there…. [Read more...]