Monday, March 17, 2008

Around here, we love St. Patrick's Day. His willingness to give it all in order to follow God's plan for his life is of epic proportions. A shallow, party-boy growing up, after being captured by pirates and spending years as a slave in Ireland, he escaped through God's miraculous intervention only to return years later to preach the good news of God's mercy and salvation to Ireland. It was while he was a captive in Ireland that he learned to love God and it was as a messenger for God back in Ireland that he led untold numbers to also love God.


Patrick was a man who didn't put limits on God or what God could and would do through his life. He believed in God's bigness and God's ability to accomplish anything through him that God led him to do. I want to have that kind of faith. I want to be willing to do whatever God calls me to do in this life...even if in my eyes it seems impossible. On my own strength and through my own abilities, many things are impossible. But through Christ I can do all things. He is a big, big God and nothing is too difficult for Him! Even using a sinful creature like me.
I am thankful for the example of St. Patrick and we take this time to celebrate not only his life, but the God who made him and used him mightily.
Today we'll be celebrating this day by:
  • Eating special foods including green oatmeal for breakfast, potato soup and shamrock cookies for lunch, and corned beef w/ sauerkraut sandwiches with potato oven fries for supper.
  • Wearing green clothes.
  • Listening to Irish music.
  • Watching VeggieTales SUMO OF THE OPERA which includes a short segment telling the story of St. Patrick.
  • Sending ecards to my lives-in-Ireland friend Ruth.
  • Writing in homeschool journals about St. Patrick and his special day.
  • Drawing shamrocks and telling the story of how Patrick used the clover to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity.
  • Sending St. Patrick's Day Super-pokes friends at facebook.


May you and yours have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day and be inspired to live out the big dreams that God has for your life...just like Patrick did hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Truly one person can change the world.


P.S. I just remembered that last year I posted a great and VERY EASY recipe for an Irish bread perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Here's the link if you're interested.


Rhonda Jeanne said...

Your St.Patrick's Day girl is mucho cuter than mine!

~Deidra~ said...

Thanks for the link to the bread. My dad used to make some kind of beer bread, but I could never get it right. This recipe doesn't look like it can be messed up!

JellyBelly said...

What a precious picture!

Elysa said...

Rhonda---But I bet YOUR girl doesn't scream hysterically when there is no t.p. in the bathroom!

Deidra---I'm no baker of bread, I can guarantee that, but even I have never messed up this recipe.

JB (aka KL)---Photos are SO deceptive. You would never know by looking at this tranquil picture how really crazy and tumultuous yesterday was. OH! The emotions that were running high. I've given them all the "talk" today and hopefully today will be much less aggravating. Hope springs eternal in this mom's heart.