Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Are you valuable?

According to the dictionary, the world describes being valuable as

val⋅u⋅a⋅ble –adjective
1. having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price: a valuable painting.
2. having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem
3. of considerable use, service, or importance

The world places great value on things that are important to them, that are worth money, or time.

Even the world says that we as humans are valuable, but what is it that we consider to make us valuable to others?

Do our good looks make us valuable?

Does our money make us valuable?

How about our job status?

Or what about friends?

Does a clean house? Pleasing your husband/wife? A Hobby? A talent? Your children?

What about your character? Does that make you valuable?

I want to show you now a woman- who thought she was not worthy...

John 4

A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah
1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.

I want to focus for a moment on this one verse, verse 9

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

You see, Jesus, if He had been just any ole Jew, would not have even spoke to a Samaritan- and this woman knew this! And not only that, but she wasn't JUST a Samaritan, she was a Samaritan woman, the lowest of the lows in comparison to a Jewish man.

So she questioned Him. How is it that You ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman???

And Jesus responds with an offer that will knock her socks off.

He offers her LIVING WATER.


This woman saw no reason in the world that she could be deemed valuable enough to this Jewish man for Him to even speak to her, yet He did, because to Him, we are His most valuable possession.

Just in the gospel's alone, Jesus speaks of how valuable we are to Him.

Matthew 6:26

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 10:31
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 12:12
Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Matthew 27:9
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced,

Luke 12:7
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:24
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?

Our value is not in the things of this world. We do not make our own value, nor do others around us.

Our only true value comes for our Father- who loves us dearly.

Monday, May 11, 2009

after a long hiatus...

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I love free therapy- and this is the best kind! NOT owning up to the silly things you did this week that you otherwise wouldn't talk about.

So on with the show huh?

This week, I most certainly did not get excited because I actually COOKED dinner more than once this week. I'm NOT trying to do so much better about cooking at home and making it something worthwhile.

And while on the subject of dinner... since we haven't done this in a while. I most certainly did NOT make Derek dinner for his birthday 2 weeks ago and totally bomb it. It was NOT pathetic and I did NOT feel bad so I suggested we go out for a snack after church to make up for it. *sigh*

*ahem* back to this week or I could be here all day

I did NOT Take Kyley to some other extra curricular activity EVERY SINGLE NIGHT this week with the exception of Thursday which SHOULD have been soccer practice had it not flooded.

This week will NOT be just like it, but add in the Thursday soccer~!

I did NOT wait til Saturday to work on Mother's Day gifts for mom and mother in law.

Actually I did NOT wait until Saturday to let KYLEY work on gifts for them.

Then, I most certainly did NOT blog about these said gifts on Saturday night after they were done, way before the "mom's" received them and just hope they didn't click on the blog before then. nah... I wouldn't do that, that'd be tacky wouldn't it?

I also did NOT wake up Saturday feeling awful and think the rest of the weekend would be a wash because I did NOT have a fever, and did NOT have a plugged duct and was NOT sore from being engorged. nah... not me

I did NOT feel `100 percent by Sunday, and I did NOT have an awesome mother's day.

While on the subject of Mother's day... I did NOT feel horribly cheap and go ahead and tell Derek it was ok to spend 12 bucks on me even though I did not (honestly this time did not) want to spend the money because we could have used it elsewhere.

I am NOT so very grateful for the thought he put into my gift though and even though I seememed ungrateful I did NOT appreciate it very much!

I did NOT really enjoy the day that we spent with Derek's mom, my mom, and my grandma (not all together at once), It was NOT just a day of relaxing and loving on mom's...

and finally, I am NOT having bittersweet emotions about this week. It is NOT the end of all of Kyley's activities for the year. Soccer and Dance both do NOT end this week. And I'm NOT in the least bit excited because we can get back to a slower routine and actually maybe get stuff done at home, but I am also NOT super sad because I'm going to miss all the friends I've made (other mommies! woot!)

ok and one more... I'm not more than bummed that I just wrote a whole post and didn't even include one picture... haha maybe later.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

When art projects go terribly wrong...

So tonight we decided to embark on the exciting journey of allowing Kyley to make mother's day gifts... (and I hope that people that they don't see this before they get theirs in the morning)
Here's a sneak peek...

After she finished her "projects" she asked if she could use the rest of the paint (we got it at the dollar store so I didn't care. She wanted to paint a picture. Ok no problem... this is what happens next...








And just as we're about to clean up this mess... art projects go even more terribly wrong...




Needless to say, they both immediately got baths to wash the paint off. And in the end, I think that everyone involved was well pleased with their "art"

Happy Mother's Day!!!