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There’s Power in the Blood

Happy Good Friday to all of y’all. The girls and I spent some time this morning reflecting/coloring-out the events of the day that took place over 2000 years ago. MommaSis’ is the one who started all of this “make-your-own color sheets”. Shes’ a much better artist than myself but I gave it a shot anyway. Using paper from a roll {that I bought at the teacher supply store} I taped it down to the girls table and sketched out a few scenes from the crucifixtion of Christ along with a few snippets of scripture from the gospel of Matthew in their children’s Bible. Then I let them loose with crayons and waited for them to ask what all the words said…


It didn’t take long for her to ask, “Mommy, what do all those words say?”

I delight in watching them learn about Scripture. I pray that it has a lasting effect on their souls.
After we colored this morning Paige helped me feed John Martin some cheerios. She gave him the ROYAL treatment!


And she made a ROYAL mess.


All that work left the princess herself little famished.


I screamed a little because my children don’t obey me EVER and then we went to the park to swing a little! This is for you MommaSis’!


There are two songs that really speak to me about the crucifixtion and resurrection of Christ. One being Power in the Blood and the other Amazing Love by Chris Tomlin…

Power in the Blood {Lewis E Jones 1899}

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.
Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.
Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.
Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Amazing Love by Chris Tomlin

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.

Amazing love,
How can it be
That You, my King,
would die for me?

Amazing love,
I know it’s true.
It’s my joy to honor You,
In all I do, I honor You.

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.

You are my King
Jesus You are my King

I’ve always loved Fernando Ortega’s rendition of Power in the Blood, but I came across this one and it makes me want to put on a choir robe, raise my hands towards heaven and sway from the choir loft. You can hear Amazing Love here.

Rejoicing today because the story doesn’t end at the crucifixtion…

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  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    April 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Amen! Aren’t we all so glad that the story doesn’t end today? I love your coloring sheets! And that swinging man is precious!!

  • julie
    April 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog a while back as I’m sure many, many people do … You are such an inspiration and just a joy to my life! So blessed to have found your site – and SO HAPPY that you had to um, scream a little … 😉

  • MyLittleHappyPlace
    April 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    What a wonderful way to teach your kiddos the meaning of this day.
    Down here in Brazil, Good Friday is a National Holiday. Such days usually mean a lot of festivities among the natives, but today, it was eerily quiet – for me, meaningfully, and rightfully so.
    Have a Happy and Blessed Easter.

  • Julie Y.
    April 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    your new camera is awesome, but it is mostly because you have 3 adorable children!! what a special “easter weekend”. blessings!!

  • Gail
    April 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    He has risen, He has risen indeed…Glory be to God!!!! Thank you Sweet Jesus….Have a blessed Easter! Enjoy it all!

  • erika
    April 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Amen! I love it all… the drawings, the coloring action, the cheerios, that toothless grin in the swing… priceless! And well worth the wait. I hope John Martin’s cousin is as cute as he is… but hopefully she’ll sleep more and not be so hornet-fied.
    I love you. Happy Good Friday!

  • Candice
    April 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I love the way you teach your children about jesus, my kids like looking at the pics for you kids playing, and today they said mmmmmm mommy they have cirlcles (cheerios). they were shocked that other kids eat these too aparently.

  • Erin
    April 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I was singing “Power in the Blood” right along with your words…too bad we have horrible singing voices. (We got it from our mothers;0) I love JM swinging and Raiger eating those Cherrios. Love you!

  • Michele
    April 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Praise God for His love! Thank you so much for this great post. We are making your resurrection cookies tomorrow evening-maybe some coloring too 😉
    Have a blessed Easter!

  • emily
    April 10, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    i’m a friend of a friend of a friend 🙂 and i love reading about your life with 3 kiddos… i just had my third, and i really really want your camera!! i love this post and the way you presented the easter story to your sweet girls. what a great idea. and we are planning on making resurrection rolls on sunday… similar to your cookies. happy good friday! and praise God that sunday’s comin!

  • Carly Winborne
    April 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    what a magnificent, age-appropriate way to teach, explain and illustrate this message. you never cease to inspire. thanks for sharing.

    i know it’s totally one-sided but you are my blog best friend. (is that psycho? i don’t intend on it being so.) i look forward to your posts daily!

  • Stephanie
    April 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    What an inspiration you are to us and I love that your blog is entertaining AND a great reminder of His love!

  • Hannah Fields
    April 10, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Darby thanks for being real. My kids have had a difficult time obeying this week. so your small comment was very encouraging.

  • Dianne
    April 10, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Being a princess is very hard work!!!!!
    Happy Easter to you and your sweet family!

  • malerie
    April 11, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I love the coloring sheet idea! I just recently came across your blog and now I’m storing up craft, kid projects, sewing, and remodeling ideas from your blog. You’re so inspiring!

  • Erin
    April 12, 2009 at 11:20 am

    What a wonderful post!

    Praise God that His love is so great!

    And what a darling princess-those pictures are just too cute for words.

  • thelaundryisneverfinished
    April 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I love the idea with the kids, and those songs are wonderful, aren’t they? My dad was the worship leader in our church when I was younger; I cherish hymns, and love the new stuff too!

  • The Harris Family
    April 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Scream away sista! 🙂 Happy Resurrection Day to you all!

  • Catherine@Simply Natural
    April 13, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Hi Darby. I hope you had a lovely Easter with your family. Just wanted to let you know that I mention you in my latest post, as I used your label instructions to make my own. Please feel free to go have a look. Thanks for the help!

  • Angela Henrie
    April 13, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Love the little princess with the high heels – I have one of those!

  • LG
    April 13, 2009 at 8:18 am

    those pictures with the crayons are fantastic! What a neat mom you are!

  • Erin
    April 15, 2009 at 2:21 am

    What an excellent idea to have the girls color the crucifixion story. Those are the things that they will remember. The illustrations you give them are shaping their image of God!