Monday, September 6, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

pastor read Mark 8:27-38.
the question: "But what about you? Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "You are the Christ."
pastor spoke of what that may have meant to Peter in that moment: You are to be worshipped, You will cleanse the temple, You will set us free, You will reign on high.

all true.
however, things were not to happen as Peter may have supposed.

Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

the questions:
  • "But what about you? Who do you say I am?"
  • do we ask Him to fulfill our preconceived notions of who He is -or- do we accept Him for who He is, His ways
  • do we take up our cross, denying ourselves so that we can best bear His image

giving thanks for the gifts 333-364

a pastor who studies His Word
shares His Word
and asks real questions
our God, who has all of the answers
knowing that He dwells in us, that we may best bear His image

a friend's suggestion for Bible study
the decision made
invitations sent
knowing together we will dig deeper

peanut butter
whole wheat bread
vanilla wafers

salsa jar turned pencil holder

eternal friendship

7am grocery shopping while the family sleeps

the second game of the season
our boy, the center, receiving the honor of captain this week

the tradition of Saturday afternoon in the pool
our tired boy taking a rest on Daddy's back

 our girl, smiling

a rainbow after the storm

the grandparents who came in to visit, watch the football game, & celebrate

the end of a terrific day
snuggled up in the dark
the sound of hubby's sleepy breathing
whispered prayers
the gift of faith

just stopped by here:
thanking our Father for His faithfulness
asking you for a multitude of prayers this multitude Monday
as this family misses and celebrates God's little girl, their girl


  1. Thank you for sharing the scripture and the questions - the hard ones! Good stuff!

    Thank you for sharing your list! It's a classic family summertime list! Enjoying hearing about your traditions, your boy and his football, your girl and her princess style sweetness and the love you have for your soulmate.

    Thank you for sharing the blog so I can pray for this sweet family.

    Be bold! Be brave! Be you!
    L&P -

  2. Loved your idea of the forgiveness garden. Thanks for sharing that. Love the football pics. How cute is that?

  3. I LOVE your "About Me" profile description and your gifts today are great!! Sweet family!

  4. Lovely list today...thank you for sharing! AND for stopping by "my place" and letting me know you were there. :)

    About the list...Nutella jumped out at me since I just about ate a whole jar (over a few days) recently, and made a mental note not to do THAT again! Eeeek! Did I just write that??? What is it about blogs that makes us want to confess?? LOL!

    Have a great day!

  5. I neglected to say that I think it is wonderful that your pastor teaches you from the WORD and you are benefitting from it! How precious that is! Yes, WHO do we say the LORD is? AND do we live like we believe in HIM?


  6. thank you for this challenge... to think upon who i say he is, with my life. love to you friend.

  7. wait... your children are asleep at 7 am ??? i am jealous :)

    great list. i love having a pastor who isn't ashamed to tell the TRUTH and ask the tough questions.

    also...the nutella? i think camille said it best, lol!

    thank you for coming by my place and leaving such a kind note :)

    joining you in counting God's gifts :)

  8. Love peanut butter and honey -- especially together on whole wheat bread. But hmmmm . . . . 7 am grocery shopping? Well, not so sure about that one! ;) Giving thatnks with you for everything else!