Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Wash yourselves clean..." Isaiah 1

Ruth has been working long and hard on her remodel of the farmhouse she grew up in and now will raise her 5 kids in.  It is so great to watch her kids learn from her example.  They really do have that can do attitude and are willing helpers...such a great lesson to learn at young ages and carry forth into your life's journey.

With all the constant sawing drilling and hammering there is constant dirt and dust to contend with, so the words from Isaiah today in the midst of Lent - "wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes, cease doing evil and do good... Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow..."  Isaiah 1  How?

Without light fixtures or outlets... getting enough light to work in the dark is a challenge.  A few lights move to where the work is and cast interesting light for the eye and the camera.  The final doors are getting hung today and then we await the electricians - it will be so great to get some light and electricity has been missed!
Living so humbly makes you realize that you could live much more simply... that room of stuff at Ruth's waiting for me to go through and I am dreading the thought!  Most of it I have not missed and could disappear and I think I would be relieved.  Once again reminding me that stuff distracts me and weighs me down and simplifying would be a huge relief and allow me to spend more time on my Faith! 
A call from Ruth out in the barn - "T storm is having her calf and she is Snowball's mother.  Pray that she has a heifer with a white blaze on her face and so we can have a new Snowball."  "That would be so cool for Mary..."  Time and prayers will tell, and it is fun to wait and hope.  Will keep you posted at this exciting calving time of year!

They all want to help and mom is patient and allows them to learn and get really painty in the process.
How do we change our sins which are scarlet to become as white as snow?  As Catholics we are given the wonderful sacrament/gift/grace/cleansing of Reconciliation to lay our sins at his feet and leave them behind washed in the Blood of the Lamb we shall be dazzling white as snow!  It is the epitome of humbling experience to speak aloud our deepest and darkest secret sins to the priest, who is Christ there to forgive our weakness and sins.  It is so hard and miserable to bring those sins into the light of day.  But why try to hide them from Jesus, who knows and sees and died for us?   Why hold onto that sickness which poisons us and fills us with sickness?  Come to the wonderful physician, who came for us sick.  This is what humility is all about and what we are called to do over and over and over and over!   "You have but one Master, the Christ.  The greatest among you must be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."  Matthew 23:12
It would be such a special gift for Mary to have a new Snowball in the herd...
How do we get exalted if we admit our weakness and humbly come to Jesus?   The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our swept clean soul as we rid ourselves of our selfishness and sins in the sacrament of reconciliation... die to self so that Jesus can dwell in us!
We are "other Christs."  Our destiny is to live the Christ-life: to bring Christ's life into the world; to increase Christ's love in the world; to give Christ's peace to the world...  Caryll Houselander (1954)
This doesn't happen if we hold onto all the distractions and lies of the world!
Just because its pretty special...
Jesus, I am nothing without you.  May I die to self and allow Christ to work in my life.  Jesus, I trust in you.  Bless-bless, Barb
I am ready to start living in our new places and get past all the dirt and work, but I think Ruth will miss it and find more to do when we are done with this!  Whose daughter is she anyways? 
Love is Christ in us!
Litany of humility - Danielle Rose
Hard to ask for but we are called to this!
Trust in you - Lauren Daigle
Laura Story - Blessings
Mat Kearney - Air I breath
  a sweet surprise on Maria's blog today!
Fort time!
Who needs a clothesline - nothing more fun than a secret space of your own making - maybe camping in the house!

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