First Fruits|BECAUSE OF HIM

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As she cried, she bent down, peered into the tomb, 12 and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Yeshua (Jesus) had been, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 “Why are you crying?” they asked her. “They took my Lord,” she said to them, “and I don’t know where they have put Him.” ~ John 20:11-13

Wow. Here is Mary/Miryam Magdalene so tired, so depressed after having seen her Lord crucified, having come to see His body and it not being there, being so overwhelmed and sad and confused.

She is there, mystified, and to be honest, she is probably a bit terrified. Her Savior’s body has been moved, and she doesn’t know whom by or where to. Her tears show us her sadness, her looking and not finding, her words of confusion.

Does this remind you of yourself at all? You are sad, and depressed, discouraged and overwhelmed. You think you know what will make things better, even if you’re heartbroken.

But you arrive at the place you think all the answers lay, and there is nothing. Just an empty tomb.

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I know that I’ve felt this way before, and it’s exhausting. But here’s the good news, the truly good news. HE IS RISEN.

So whether you celebrate Easter or First Fruits (like myself), breathe in His goodness to day as you think of how He lived and died and lives for us. For me. For you. He lives for you.

Our Messiah, our Savior, Jesus Christ, Yeshua, has risen from the tomb to be our Lord God, our Elohim. And that is the miracle of today. He is our first fruits.

14 As she said this, she turned around and saw Yeshua standing there, but she didn’t know it was He. 15 Yeshua said to her, “Lady, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?” Thinking He was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you’re the one who carried him away, just tell me where you put Him; and I’ll go and get Him myself.” 16 Yeshua said to her, “Miryam!” Turning, she cried out to Him, “Rabbani! (which means Master)” ~ John 20:14-16

Can you imagine how miraculous, how awe-ing this would be? To be sobbing because He is not there, to be so distraught that when you turn and see Him you do not even recognize Him, and then to have your name spoken by the living Savior? This must have been incredible!

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Mary/Miryam then tried to touch Him, but He had not returned to His Father yet, so she was told not to. But He asked her to go and tell his brothers, the taught ones, so that they might know that He was going back to His Father.

You bled, and then You died, and then You rose again for me. (Phil Wickham: Messiah/You’re Beautiful)

But these which have been recorded are here so that you may trust that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by this trust you may have life because of who He is. ~John 20:31

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So that you may trust that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah… that by this trust YOU MAY HAVE LIFE BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS.

Amen.

Blog’s 1st Birthday!

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My my! How time flies! Was it really a year ago (a year and a day, to be exact) that I first posted on ‘An Attempt to be Classic’.

It’s been an interesting year, full of changes, excitement, boredom, and growth.

Blogging has definitely changed me. Yes, for the better. It’s been a crazy journey of finding my style (which I still don’t have, really), going from horrible to a little less than blah. I’ve gone from having so much inspiration for blog posts, to having none. I have rambled endlessly, and I have also said one or two eloquent things.

I don’t even know why I chose the title of my blog! I didn’t put much thought into it, and I think I could have done something better, but alas, I am stuck with it now. I look back at my first post, and whoa, was it horrible. I think I’ve gotten better since then, or at least I hope so. But whether I have or not, I have enjoyed entering the world of blogging. I have interacted with some pretty darn amazing people in the comments, and have loved discovering some really terrific blogs out there.

I have loved the feedback I’ve gotten, and every ‘like’ has made me so very happy. When someone comments, I am estatic. And each time someone follows my blog, my heart leaps with joy (only figuratively, thankfully).

Speaking of followers, I am trying to reach a goal of 100 followers this year. Right now, I only have a very measly 23, so please, if you aren’t already following, please, do so now!

Thank you all so much for coming along side me. To my family and friends who have supported/encouraged/inspired me. To my followers, commenters and ‘likers’ who make me so happy! Please keep coming back, and whenever you feel like piping in, please do!

But, I think I ought to say this “Happy Birthday, An Attempt to be Classic!” You’re one years old! Hoorah! *throws glitter*

Now, I shall sprinkle this page with some gifs that describe my feelings about my 1 year ‘Blogversary’.

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So isn’t this great?! I’m so happy to have been doing this for a year! What are your thoughts? Will you help me reach my goal of 100 followers?

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It’s My Birthday! Yay!!!

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So I am now another year older. Which is really quite surprising. This year seemed to speed by now that I look back, of course, it didn’t at certain points during the year, but. (okay that sentence made no sense…) I’m this many years old now but I’m not shocked (after all this does happen about once a year). On the other hand, I’ve never been this old before, so I suppose that’s something.

(And, okay, well technically, yesterday was my birthday, but we are doing all the celebrating today due to technical difficulties. Or I’m really spoiled and I don’t like Birthdays on Saturdays, or something like that.)

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What I feel like about my gifts:

“Puffiest in the world. You are…of impeccable taste.” Of course I didn’t get any big 80’s Edwardian dress, and wasn’t quite that emotional, but still. I got a polaroid camera (!!!), an amazing messenger bag (!!), and gorgeous, truly beautiful Charles Dickens book (!!), an awesome Dean Martin record (!!) to play in our new Victrola, and several other terrific things as well!

 

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Some of my wonderful presents!

 

Allllllll the fooooooooood… just mmmmmmm. Our traditional Birthday morning breakfast was wonderful as usual, is all the other food! Oh and lemon meringue pie for dessert! Simply to die for.

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We have (and still are) mostly spent the day rotting our brains, going to the movie theater, listening to music, thrift shopping, eating junk, watching more movies, eating more food. Also, in a week, two of my best friends who live a good deal away are coming and staying over a week as part of my celebration! Hooray!

I am interested to see how this year of my life goes. I need to get on top of the whole ‘driving’ thing and be ready to have some adventures.

But I really miss being a little girl!!!!!!!!!!!! Wah!

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This is just to show how I feel when I’m talking about my not long ago childhood, not that I like pb&j

Happy Bir- oh wait, it’s my birthday! Thanks for reading 😀

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Another Thanksgiving Gone

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Ah, Thanksgiving came and Thanksgiving’s gone, it was a really good one, as they usually are. Although I felt horrific the whole night before, throughout the course of the day, I felt just fine, so that was one of many things I was thankful for.

We had some delicious food for breakfast/brunch, and my apple fritter monkey bread and coffee cake were big hits. Although there was some miscommunication about what time we were meeting, eventually all my siblings arrived at our house where we did our annual gift exchange. There some very amazing gifts given, including this incredible Victrola thingy that the rest of us were perty jealous of.

After a while the annual Ping Pong Tournament that takes place in our garage was underway and the festivities really began. Of course, our dad soundly smoked us all, as usual, with his crazy awesome ping pong skills.

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The traditional hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served, with some new ones that had found their way. I had an awesome amazing time hanging out/conversing/ and just seeing my family, we were so blessed to have everyone of my six siblings and their families attend.

I got to use my camera a lot and did an awesome photo shoot of my brother and his girlfriend, they are both so photogenic and came up with a lot of cute poses.

After much jolliness, frivolity, jokes, and happiness, the turkey my brothers-in-law worked so hard on all day were finally ready, but then we relized the sun was going down and we still hadn’t taken family pictures. We rushed outside and took them, and they turned out good (not always so in our family’s history), another thing to be thankful for.

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We sat down to a big dinner, there were twenty-one of us, and we talked and eat and talked and eat some more, although I didn’t eat much, because, I know it’s weird, but, I don’t like any of the traditional dinner food items except my dad’s excellent mashed potatoes. The turkeys looked fabulous and everyone loved them.

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Eventually, we had dessert, I believe it was our third or fourth year doing a dessert contest, and (drumroll, please) I won!! Yay! I made a two layer pudding/peanut butter/oreo/candy/whipped creamy thing, that apparently went over well! There were lots of other really yummy desserts too, and we know this because out of the six desserts entered, five got a place, there was mine, that won, and four others that tied in second place, and the funny thing was, the other dessert that didn’t win at all, was also mine, so nobody even lost!

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That’s mine, on the far right.

Afterwards we had a white elephant gift exchange and I ended up with something I liked for once, a nice candle lantern thingy. There were a few gifts that were flops, but that’s half the fun of a white elephant.

Sadly, people had to leave, and many goodbyes were said. It was a terrific Thanksgiving, we’re so blessed!

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Thanksgiving Eve (just a day away!)

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My absolute favorite Thanksgiving art, by Norman Rockwell.

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Thanksgiving is so soon! Two more days and I’ll be surrounded by family and eating more carbs then I’ve eaten in months.

Tomorrow we’ll be enjoying busily scurrying around the kitchen doing the last minute preparation, the smell of spices and sweets will be smelling up the house, and laying out even more decorations and tables and chairs. I’ll be making desserts, pastries, (including peppermint bark, apple fritter monkey bread, and peanut butter pudding cake stuff!) and helping mom with whatever else she needs. Notes of music, crooners like Bing Crosby and Dean Martin will be floating around and we’ll sing happily off-key with it. Eventually, when we’re tired of that, we’ll play the soundtrack to Pride and Prejudice and Cinderella, I’ll probably dance around a little.

I love Thanksgiving Eve so much, almost more than Thanksgiving Day itself! There’s something wonderful about it. It’s so wonderful.

Then later tomorrow evening my sister and mom and I will gather around, just like we have every year, and read An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott. The story never gets old, and the illustrations are always so lovely!

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This is an illustration from the book, but it’s very fuzzy because the camera I used is rotten, but the illustrations really are the best!

Then we’ll get pizza, as none of us will feel like cooking anymore! And when it’s finished we’ll watch our traditional movie, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (a clean version, since it has more than a little ‘iffy’ stuff).

Then by the time we finish everyone will probably be exhausted, but once we’ve gone to bed I’ll actually be listening to A Thanksgiving Carol, and Adventures in Odyssey episode that used to be a tradition (you can listen to it here, for free the day after Thanksgiving if you’re interested, it’s very silly, but fun), but for the last couple years I’ve been the only to keep it up.

Psalm 107:1,8-9 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Psalm 31:19-20 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues;

 Jeremiah 30:19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.

Ephesians 1:15-16  For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

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I’m so excited for this wonderful day, and the day that comes after it! I’m, shall we say, thankful? So, this is me, wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, full of family, delicious food, and genuine, heart-felt joy and gratitude.

“What if today, we were just thankful for everything?”

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Heading out for a Autumn stroll with my hubby and enjoying this beautiful weather that we are having! Happy Thursday everyone!