Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Adding coriander to meatballs will give them a delicious North African kind of taste...so says Martha Stewart. But that's if you're into that sort of thing. She also says guest rooms should be decorated with fresh, neutral colors. But again, advice you can take or leave. 

However, it is Martha Stewart's advice. Not just anyone's. She knows her way around a lemon zester and how to get your sheets smelling like lavender. Just look at Martha Stewart Living magazine's cover this month. So very Molly-ish. If I were an Easter egg, pretty sure I'd look like one of those.

The big wide world of decor, food, gardens, and crafts - Martha's specialty. But what about funny things? Not her specialty. The perfect smoky eye?* No bueno. Maximizing your calorie burn on that power walk? Not even close. But what about choosing the perfect table centerpiece for your Easter celebration? Well by all means, let Martha Stewart take the reigns. It is her specialty.

That's why people buy her magazines, watch her shows. She's the one to turn to when you're trying to impress your neighborhood's one-person welcome wagon. (A one-person what? Click here.

What about other specialties people may have? Like, who to turn to if I'm looking to bring my texting skills to the next level with the latest in emoticons**? Martha Stewart or my adorable 16-year-old daughter? (I'll give you a couple hints: Cocoa Pebbles for dinner and Forever 21 customer.) 

Now go a little deeper in the realm of specialties. Actually a lot deeper. Who to turn to when my heart is falling apart? Who's got the specialty in that very damp and murky department? Food would help for about 8 minutes. A friend would help for a few days. But I'd be turning to someone whose heart is every bit as complicated as mine. That specialty really belongs to Jesus:

 "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet he did not sin." (Hebrews 4:15)

Besides, he made me. Who else is better qualified? Same with dishwashers. A random thought, but I would never read my dishwasher's instructions to figure out why my alarm clock goes off at odd times. Actually, I would never read those instructions to begin with - just keep pushing buttons. But if I had to read something, I'd keep it matchy-matchy to the appliance. 

And since it is Easter week - with God's greatest specialty being one of raising things from the dead - broken things, tired things, lonely things...here's a little reminder about who this understander-of-my-heart and maker-of-me, Jesus, really is:

  -So gentle that little children flocked to Him (Matthew 19:14), 

  -Yet so authoritative that fierce storms would be quieted by His word (Mark 4:39).

  -So tender that he stopped the criticism of a woman caught in adultery (John 8:11),  

  -Yet so commanding that a single look from him parted an angry crowd intent on doing him in (Luke 4:29-30).

  -So embracive was he (not abrasive) that sinners called him friend (Matthew 11:19),
  -Yet so righteous was he that his blood could wash away the sin of the entire world (1 John 2:2).

So not only is Jesus the answer to "What happens if I die today?" but also the answer to "What happens if I live today?" 

Now I don't know about Martha Stewart, but that's what I call real LIVING - making this Easter eggstra-special. 

*Get your smoky eye here: Michelle Fallman MakeupShe's amazing.

** For example: :)  :(  ;-)  :-||  ;D :P 8-)  ('}{') (That last one is a couple kissing. Of course. A no-brainer.)

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