A Sacrificial Lamb(Good Friday)

A Sacrificial Lamb,
Is not at all the picture,
The Hebrews did expect,
And most could not accept.

Sentencing you to death,
The man that was just exalted.
Finding fault in all you said and did,
Contrary to what the law forbid.

While fulfilling every Word,
Prophesied about you,
Even those who knew the Torah,
Still put you through the horror.

Death by crucifixion,
After being scourged and mocked.
You allowed it all.
The start of Satan’s fall.

A God turned Man,
Who felt the pain,
More than anyone could imagine.
This is the Passion.

Nothing could have stopped you,
From fulfilling your Father’s will.
“Can you reconcile us back to Him?”
“Just wait for my return.”

You didn’t have to do it.
An army angel you could have called,
To save you from your death.
Instead you offered your last breath,

As the bridge from death to life.
Getting in position,
To fight your biggest foe.
The Devil has to go.

You knew no other way,
To save your people from a greater horror,
Of living an eternity.
Apart from you in glory.

You became a Savior,
That day upon the cross.
Paying the price for everlasting life.
The unblemished lamb was sacrificed.

**Written by my new friend and Sister-in-Christ Katie Iommi**

Preparing for Your Death(Holy Thursday)

You needed to prepare,
Yourself and others for your death.
Knowing the hour was near.
Fighting back the fear.

You ate with those you loved,
One last time before you died.
Teaching them how to remember,
Your sacrifice forever.

Take this bread and eat.
Take this cup and drink.
Your body broken for all of us,
Your blood to be spilled out on the cross.

During your Last Super,
You revealed it to your people,
That someone would betray,
You in every way.

Judas left the table,
To sell you to those,
Entrusted with the laws,
That told them you were flawed.

For healing on the Sabbath,
Proclaiming you are God,
Ministering to sinners,
And preaching unhindered.

You retreated to the Garden,
To pray to Father God,
With tears flowing from your eyes,
Asking for this cup to pass three times.

Not your will,
But God’s be done,
No time to back out now,
Here comes the crowd.

Led by Judas Iscariot,
The disciple that betrayed you,
For thirty pieces of silver
,Into enemy hands he would deliver.

The unblemished Son of the Father.
Fully Human and fully God.
To a fate you did not deserve,
By a sentence unjustly served.

**Written by my new friend and Sister-in-Christ Katie Iommi**

Fire

Psalm 66: 10-12
10. For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.
11. You brought us into the net; You had affliction on our backs.
12. You have caused men to ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

Let’s think about fire. First, it is an oxymoron because it can save a life or destroy a life. Fire is used in cooking, heating, cook-outs, camping and so on. When that saving fire becomes out of control it takes homes, cares, lives, etc.

Let’s dig deeper. Let’s talk Spiritual fires. You have your “good” fires (new job, roof over your head, decent car, happy marriage, the list seems endless). When you have your “bad” fires, that list seems endless too. We grieve, we cry, we get divorced, we lose jobs and homes, and on and on it seems to go.

How do we get the “bad” fires under control and keep the “good” fires raging? Why, I call on the greatest “fire-fighter” of all-time, Jesus.

Isaiah 43:2 says when you pass through waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

We have all walked through spiritual fires (the ones designed to break our very souls) but it is how and who we walk through that fire with, that makes all the difference. If you would like the know more about the “Fire-fighter” named Jesus, please message me any time via Facebook.
-Aly ♥

Lifeline Ministry

Matthew 14:30
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out “Lord, save me.”


Merriam-Webster defines lifeline as: a line (such as a rope) used for saving or preserving life. Our mission and vision is simply this; to be a lifeline to God. Do you feel lost, tossed about by the waves of the world? Please, reach out to us and we’ll throw you a lifeline to the Man who Walks on Water ♥

Home

The day we said goodbye;
that’s when angels began to cry.
They wept with joy,
for home was their boy.

He stood before our Lord,
and uttered not a word.
Light filled his face;
God welcomed him with an embrace.

“Rest now, my son” Christ whispered,
“and rejoice in the work we’ve done.”
He fell at his feet; and cried
“at last, we finally meet.”

**Dedicated to and Written in Love for David Wayne Smith….may You finally rest in sweet repose as you have earned your wings**

Tiny Piece of Heaven…On Earth

In Ashford, Connecticut sits a bunch of land, some log cabins in one circle, a group of buildings in another circle, with a lake on end and a gigantic swimming pool on the other and all of this is surrounded by woods.   

At least, that is what I thought the first time I stepped onto camp soil for the very first time.  Scared and alone and far away from home, I thought my parents were nuts for sending me away.  To a little seven-year-old, to be gone for a week, felt like forever.   

I can still smell the campfire lit up that very first night under the stars where we got together with our bunk-mates and counselors, learned the camp songs and rules (which were mostly to just have fun), and just finally enjoyed being a kid. 

The Hole in the Wall to many, really is a tiny piece of heaven.  It is a camp for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their siblings (and families to boot).  For just a little while, we do not have to deal with doctors and hospitals and medicine and chemo and appointments and dinner with only one parent because the other one is up at the hospital tending to the sick.  For the parents, they get a step away from the hospital walls and finally can breathe fresh air but for us campers, it really is pretty close to heaven. 

My first night there, one of the counselor’s did not come running out and cheering (as most do).  Instead, she gracefully glided out of the woods wearing this beautiful crown of flowers and playing the most incredible song on the flute.  I have no idea what the song was but when I heard the soft, sweet, yet jovial, music floating through the night air, I knew that Mommy and Dad had, as usual, did something amazing for me.  I do not remember that counselor’s name, only that she was called the “Wood Fairy” and at the end of our sessions, she would give us a little baggie full of “pixie dust” (okay, it was really glitter) so we could carry camp magic all year long.   

I spent many a summer at the camp and even applied to be a junior counselor when I was fifteen.  I have sung on stage at the O.K. Corral, rode a horse, proudly swam the deep end of the pool when I was about 10, fished in the lake, created numerous art projects, nearly burned myself in woodworking, danced the silly camp dances, yelled out “scraper head” loudly and gleefully walked in through the out-door purposefully just to sing “ya ya, shake my bushy tail”. 

Last year was the first time that the camp did not open for the summer and it was held virtually instead.  I cried to my Mom about how it was unfair that kids would not be allowed to experience the camp magic.  “Stupid Covid…some of these kids, this will be their last summer” I wailed and my Mom ever so lovingly reminded that the magic was not in the camp at all.  The magic of camp lies deep in our hearts and if we just dig deep enough, we’ll find that tiny nugget of courage to get up and sing and dance, no matter who is watching. 

In closing, there was a fire recently that pretty much destroyed “downtown Hole in the Wall” and I immediately went into “okay what can I do…how can I help?” and started begging people to donate to help rebuild.  Through generosity and love, the camp’s downtown will be rebuilt and generations of kids from all over, will one day, get to be the “Star of the Show” and create priceless memories for years to come. 

The Mask

This mask is the pits,
and here on our faces it sits.
We are told “six feet apart”,
and this breaks our hearts.

Stay home if your sick,
Ain’t that a kick.
Numbers go up, numbers do down,
Do we smile or frown?

We long to breathe free,
I know it’s not only me.
Our freedom is slipping away,
What else will they take today?


Blessings,

My name is Amanda-Lyn (Aly), and I am the founder of Faith Like Mary Ministry.  I currently reside in Worcester, MA.  My husband and I have 3 boys, and both work full-time jobs.  We are blessed to be surrounded by loved ones.  My prayer is to take Faith Like Mary Ministry from my computer to around the world.  Our verse is Luke 1:46 “and Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord”.  I started this ministry as a Facebook page.  Originally, I thought the Facebook page would be it.  Then God laid it on my heart to get my stories of faith out into the world and share His grace and mercy with others.  And so, the Faith Like Mary Blog was born.  This ministry will be geared toward women ((sorry fellas)).  It will be used to empower women in their faith and in their personal walk with Christ.

I would like to tell you a little of how Faith Like Mary got its inspiration.  I was listening to a song sung by Francesca Batistelli called Be Born in Me.  The song is about Mary accepting to be the mother of God without question, in absolute faith.  And she was just a teenager.  At 14, I was just starting figure out this thing called life.  After my father’s passing, I thought about him and how much he loved to witness from his computer, and I got to thinking about all the souls my Dad reached for the Lord.  I pray to use this ministry to honor both my Heavenly Father and my Earthly Father.

Please encourage the men and women of your church to visit

https://faithlikemary.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/263624658269329

https://www.bonfire.com/store/faith-like-mary-ministry/?fbclid=IwAR07wfIETuKtiDm1v0idPGrGnWMkNGoPNvS_862A_3-K6RBwEkjuxO8fkcA

Thank you and God Bless,

Amanda-Lyn Gasco
FLMM

The Grieving Heart

Grief has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it.  The smallest, insignificant, thing, can set you off.  Today, I was grocery shopping when my sweet Eli decided to throw a temper tantrum.  I hustled him out to the car where he sat with his Auntie while I shopped.  It was insane in the store.  People every which way I turned, and I just wanted to be out in the fresh air.  Finally, I am at the check-out line and some jerk had the gall to be rude to me.  In pure Aly fashion, I gave it right back to him.  This is an ugly habit of mine and one that is proving almost impossible to break.  Once in the car, I lowered my head and sobbed for my Father who would have laid the guy out flat for hurting his princess.  I miss him terribly and not a day goes by where I feel his spirit around me.  It is comforting, yet sad because it is not the same as a hug (and he gave the best hugs).  For the rest of the day, I was increasingly short-tempered and barely held it together.  I dropped off the groceries, scooped up Tobs and delivered him to his best friend’s house.  I was blessed to have a nice visit with his best friend’s Mom.  Then I began my drive home.  I turned on my music and at one point “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle came through the speakers.  I danced with my Dad to that song at my wedding.  I immediately pulled over and finally had a good, solid, ugly, soul-wrenching cry.  Once that was done, I took a deep, shaky, breath and headed home where I made BLT’s and handled some “Mom” stuff such as catching up on e-mails.  Now I am finally settled in my bed and while my heart still hurts, it hurts just a tiny bit less.

To those that have lost a loved one:  keep the faith, live your life, keep busy, but take time to grieve.  If you take the time to grieve, you get the time to heal and to figure out how to go on without your loved one beside you.  It is so very important to accept the grieving and even more important to accept the healing. 

J.O.Y.

There is an acronym for Joy:  Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.  Remember this and you will have true joy in the Lord.  Loving God equals loving others equals loving yourself.  My life has increased in making time for God, even among the crazy.  Yesterday, I gave you a nugget of my day-to-day life.  For the past two nights, I have taken about a half an hour to pamper…myself (shocking, I know).  I massaged my feet, gave my long, curly hair some TLC, showered, shaved, put on lotion, the whole nine.   

As I focus more on God, I find it easier to love Him more.  By loving Him more, I love my husband more.  Daily, he reminds me of the sweet, shy boy I fell in love with at sixteen.  I love my three boys and find myself praying earnestly for them.  I love my mother fiercely and I understand her a lot more.  I even love my job (though it is only seasonal).  I have prayed and worked so hard for this job and it is such a blessing to finally have the job my family and I sacrificed so much for.  And I love myself more.  For longer than I would care to admit, I hated myself.  

Like so many Christian’s, I backslid and for a long time, I was a “Sunday” Christian.  A “Sunday” Christian is someone who goes to church on Sundays and holidays.  The “good Sunday” Christian’s straddle two worlds and this was me for a long time. 

In one world, you are involved in the church, you are at every service, and you volunteer for every event and vacation Bible school.  In the second world, other things take the focus away from God.  Your spouse, kids, job, house, and so on.  This leads to fear, worry, stress, doubt, pain, the list goes on.  

Stay focused on God, and you will be led to faith, love, joy, peace, patience, the list is endless, just like God’s love is for ANY who believe.  From the lowest to the highest.  Any skin color, any gender, any orientation, God’s love is for all.  Find God’s love and you will find true and lasting joy.