4.01.2013

He Is Risen!

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25-26
We had a wonderful Easter weekend and pray that you and your families did, too.
I am always moved to tears during the Easter season.
I reflect on the selflessness, the mercy, the grace, the boundless love, the sacrifice, the pain, the heartache, the suffering, and the torture our Risen Savior endured just so that we may have an opportunity to have eternal life through His name.
Though we were unable to go "home" for Easter, it was so wonderful to be able to spend it in our own home.
Our practice has been so busy and we are so very grateful for that, and consequently we had a full house in the boarding department as well as some very involved hospitalized cases, too.
As a matter of fact, I had to go back up to the clinic around 6:30 on Good Friday night because we had to do a pretty major emergency surgery on a Golden Retriever. 
There were a few times during the surgery that we thought the patient wasn't going to make it.
I prayed fervently and spoke her name over and over again, begging her to hold on.
All of a sudden, she stabilized and we were able to finish.
Our Beauregard was a gentleman and supplied 2 bags of blood for her transfusion post surgery. 
It was definitely the most gory surgery I've ever witnessed as the patient lost quite a bit of blood. 
As I was on my hands and knees soaking up the massive puddles of blood and scrubbing it off of the walls and everything else, I couldn't help but be reminded of the blood the Jesus shed on a cross for you and for me. 
I thought about how I might have reacted if I were an eyewitness that day.
Would I have fought for Him and stood by Him, not wavering in my faith?
Would I have been on my knees beneath the cross weeping for the Son?
Would I have been grasping the blood stained sand and dirt, clinching it in my fists trying to hold onto His very life?
Knowing me, I think I would have.
The more I think about the Crucifixion the more I am confirmed in my commitment to hold strong to Truth in a fallen and wicked world.
If I must be persecuted for my faith, then so be it.
I would gladly and humbly give my all for my God. Isn't that the least I can do?
It reminds me of these verses of scripture:
"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." Philippians 3:10-12

God is so very apparent to me in Veterinary Medicine. 
Each and every day I see multiple examples of His love and His mighty power at work. 
It is truly one of the most humbling professions and I am always so grateful that He allows me to experience Him in a way that is so unique. 
I want to brag on my husband a little, too, if that's okay. 
He works at least 70 hours a week, sometimes more.
To say that he is passionate about veterinary medicine is an understatement.
He truly cares about each and every patient, he loves diagnostics and surgeries, he tries to provide the highest possible care at the most economical cost for our clients, he is constantly researching and conversing with his colleagues and former professors...because he treats every pet as if it were his own.
On Friday night I was blown away by his compassion once again as he made the decision to spend the night at the clinic so that he could keep a close watch over our surgery patient. 
There is no bed nor shower at our practice. 
We have an elevated grooming bathtub, which is where he bathed. 
I'm not even sure of where he slept.
I didn't leave until after 11pm and he still had quite a bit of work to take care of and our doors were open again first thing Saturday morning.
He never complained.   
I met him back there early Saturday morning and we had another busy day of appointments.
He didn't get home until around 3pm and was kind enough to help me plant the azaleas that I have been patiently waiting for. 
My sister and her husband came into town around 6 and Brandon had to go walk the dogs again, which takes 2 hours when our boarding is full, before we could go out to eat.
He was up early on Easter to go and walk the dogs again and we picked him up on our way to church.
The Easter Bunny was very good to me this year :).
 This is Macon, which is Cherry Blossom land, and they are just beginning to bloom. They are about a month later this year compared to last year.
We had an absolutely wonderful church service. 
I honestly leave church week after week and say that, which lets me know we are where we are supposed to be.
They had a wonderful assortment of delicious food in the gathering area which included: warm spinach and artichoke dip, fresh fruit salad, muffins, and sliders. 
The message on the Crucifixion and Resurrection was incredible, and you can watch it here!
After church  we came home and my Nana came by to visit for a few minutes.
 The Easter Bunny, aka my Mama, came and dropped little candy eggs everywhere.
She also got us the cutest Easter baskets.
We prepared a lunch of grilled salmon and filet mignon, salad, and basil linguini with pesto.
We also had fresh fruit salad and homemade banana pudding.
My sister and her husband adopted a new baby a few months ago. He just showed up on their doorstep and they took him right in. Isn't he beautiful?
He is a Lab-Blue Tick Coonhound and I am in love with him.
They named him Dixon, as in the Mason-Dixon line.
 
 Dixon hit it off with Bayla and Beauregard.
They love their new cousin and they are the prettiest trio around!
They had the best time running, playing, riding in the back of the truck and swimming together.
 That evening my sister, brother-in-law, and mama were so wonderful to go back to the clinic with us and help walk all the dogs, clean, and give meds.
Our Easter weekend was different because we couldn't go home and be with our extended family, but it was so wonderful that we got to be at our own home and go to our church and just have a relaxing afternoon.
"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Romans 6:8-11
 
"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people."
Matthew 27: 50-53

26 comments:

  1. Great Easter post! Don't you just love this time of year? Your posts are always so refreshing to me! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Whitney. I sure do love this time of year-it's my favorite! Thank you for your sweet words. They mean a lot to me. Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  2. It sounds like y'all had a wonderful Easter! I'm always so happy after I read your posts--your love for The Lord is so apparent, it makes me want to delve even deeper into my relationship with Him. Thank you for another beautiful post! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. We sure did and hope you did, too! You are so precious to me and I am so grateful for your words and your encouragement. Based on some things you've shared with me, I believe you are very rooted in your faith. I am always trying to grow in my walk because it makes all the difference in every aspect of my life when I'm actively pursuing Him. Thank you for everything. Lots of love and blessings to you! xoxo

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. How sweet to hear what an amazing vet your hubby is. I know those are the kind of rare gems I always hope to leave my furbabies in the hands of! <3 <3

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    1. Brittany, thank you for reading and for your words! They mean so much to me! You are a doll! Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  4. Those Jack's are adorable. Looks like you had a great day!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I love them! It took me months to decide between the traditional metallic gold and the glitter gold. I'm so glad I went with the glitter :). Have a lovely night! xoxo

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  5. I looooove the part about praying over that sweet doggie and saying her name, and she stabilized. And how precious of Beauregard to give some of his blood for her. Your husband and you are such a blessing to all of those animals! I know their owners truly appreciate the above-and-beyond care that y'all give to their pets.
    Glad you had a wonderful Easter. :)

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    1. Beth, you are such a precious friend! Thank you for your words-they touched my soul. Thank you for having such a servant's heart for animals, too. :) Have a blessed night! xoxo

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  6. I just found your blog yesterday...can't remember how. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your post from today. You & your husband are just a precious couple. I live in North Ga, but grew up in SW Ga. Granted, I am old enough to be your mother but I just love blogs. Especially blogs written by Southern girls:) I wish your veterinary practice was near us. We love our animals! Keep up the good work! It's so refreshing to see a young lady who is not ashamed to share her faith. Your mom must be so proud! I look forward to following your journey. Your friend, Jill

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    1. Hey Jill! Thank you so much for introducing yourself, for your thoughtful words, and for reading! I'm curious about which town you grew up in and where you live. I'm from Dahlonega and my husband is from Cumming. We've lived in Athens, Claxton, and now Forsyth. I love it that people of all ages read our blog! I am so excited to get to know you and I am so thankful you found me! Lots of love and blessings to you! xoxo

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  7. I found your blog about a month ago and I find your posts to be so cheerful, uplifting and joyful .... and this was the perfect thing to read to start my day! He is truly working wonderful things in your life, and you inspire me on my journey of faith :) Love and blessings!

    I was just wondering what you do for work? You probably posted about this at some point before I started following you, but I was just curious :) You talk alot about helping out at the clinic so I was wondering if that was your job, or what your background is.

    Oh and PS -- you have the most beautiful home!!

    www.anchoredtolove.blogspot.com

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    1. Gentel, first of all, thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself, for reading, and for your beautiful words. I am so glad you found me and I look forward to getting to know you! Thank you for being so encouraging-it means the world to me.

      My degree in in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design from UGA. :) I would love to fulfill my dreams in that area in the future, but for now God has called me to serve me husband and pretty much be his personal assistant! I am at our practice a lot-I can do pretty much every job there, so I do anything from accounting to being the receptionist, a technician, and monitoring surgery. Plus, I do the dirty work, too. Cleaning and scrubbing the kennels, exam rooms, etc. I also try and balance running our home, too. I do all of the laundry, 80 % of the cooking, cleaning, and 90% of the yardwork/landscaping. Sometimes I really struggle with getting everything done and finding balance just like every other woman out there. But, I try to be joyful and and thankful that we have a business/home to care for because God has entrusted it in our care. Thank you for being so sweet! I hope you have a lovely day! xoxo

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  8. I love Dixon's name. That is darling!!

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  9. Cherish, I found your blog about four months ago and have been so encouraged by your faith and love for the Lord. My family and I have been searching for a new church home, but I feel our grief for our former church is hindering the process. We previously attended a small community church with a membership of about 250. Living in Columbia, we find ourselves visiting larger churches. I am wondering how you knew that you were " home"? Was it that peace that one gets when you just know this is God's plan for me? Ant thoughts on attending larger churches vs small town churches? I feel God has a new season for us. Wink. Thanks for being a voice.
    Wendy


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    1. Wendy, you are precious! Thank you so much for taking the time to introduce yourself and to share some about your life with me. Anytime someone shares pieces of their life with me I am humbled. I am sorry you are having trouble finding a new church home. I grew up in a small Baptist church, and as I've gotten older we attended larger churches. Both have their pros and cons. I knew our church was home because it just felt right. We both felt a sense of peace and belonging and like we fit in. We long to be fed and want to learn and apply from the Bible, not be entertained, so that was important for us in finding a church. Though our church has over 4,000 members it feels small and people interact and know each other. There are so many outlets though which you can serve the Kingdom and that's a huge bonus to a larger church. Typically the youth programs, Sunday school classes, and activities have so much more to offer in a bigger church because there is strength in numbers when everyone is for the greater good. I don't believe all big churches are functional and that all small churches have less to offer. I simply believe that the churches that operate based strictly on the Bible and not on the word of man are the churches that flourish. Our church is very Bible based and they do not waver. It is law. I feel that because of the the Lord has blessed our church and He blesses other churches that do the same. I hope this helps give you some clarity. I am praying fervently that God would open your hearts and make know His path for you and your family in finding a church home. He wants that from us and I believe He will fulfill that desire for you. Let me know if you have any other questions! Love and prayers to you! xoxo

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    2. Cherish,
      Thank you for your very thoughtful and helpful reply. After much thought, prayer, conversations, and your wonderful words of wisdom, I have decided that my family is to start again from scratch. Well, sort of from scratch. We have visited some churches that we knew were not a fit for our family. However, I feel that we truly didn't listen for God's voice during our visit to others b/c we were overwhelmed by the size or were just too busy comparing what we left to what we were hoping to find. So, we have talked about chruches that we liked but maybe we weren't truly listening for God's direction at the time of our visits because we hadn't let go of the grief we felt having to leave our prior church home. (Oh, what a glorious house of worship it was!!) Beginning this Sunday, we are visiting a church we previously visited when we first moved here. It is one of the biggest churches in our area! SMILE! You gave me some really good insights to think about regarding church size. The Lord has also reminded me that "church" isn't a building, an club meeting, a place to go just because it is Sunday. Church is a living being not a building! You are so right-When our family finds "home", we'll know it. God will roll out the mat and that quiet, yet powerful voice will say "Welcome home, Dew Crew!" I am praying for an open mind and heart and the wisdom to disern His voice as He speaks to our family. Thank you for your prayers. I'll let you know when we are "home" again. And again, thank you for sharing snap shots of your life, your faith and most of all your honest and open and genuine love for the Lord. May he continue to bless you and your family. Fondly, Wendy

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    3. Wendy, you are so welcome! I'm so glad you've decided to give it a fresh start! I can't wait to hear how everything goes for you and your family. God will definitely let you know where "home" is, of that I am certain. Sending love and prayers your way! xoxo

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  10. Hi, Cherish! Another great post today! To answer your question...we now live in Canton...not too far from Cumming. I grew up in a very small town between Columbus and Albany. You must miss Dahlonega! It's such a beautiful, quaint little town. Not many people have heard of Claxton. I work part-time with the Baptist Mobile Health Ministry and we've been to Claxton several years providing free dental care for those in that area. You are a remarkable young lady for adapting so well to rural life. Hope you two are having a great week! Xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Jill!! Okay, great to know! Yes, Canton is very close to Cumming! Yes, I do miss many things about Dahlonega, but I love hot weather, so I really like the weather of middle and south Georgia better-I know, I'm weird ;). Claxton is a special place! I have always lived out in the country, so I really prefer it to the rat race and the traffic, though I do love the conveniences of being near a larger city! Thank you again for being so wonderful and encouraging! I pray you have a blessed day! xoxo

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  11. Ugh, I just love you- you're such an inspiration! That's all I can even say, haha!

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    1. Ashley, YOU inspire ME! You are truly beautiful! Lots of love! xoxo

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  12. Looks and sounds like such a wonderful and blessed Easter. You look stunning and I love your table decor x

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    1. It really was, Caley-Jade! Thank you for being so extra sweet! I hope y'all had a very blessed Easter, too! xoxo

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