According To The Plan | © Rachel Strickland Photography | Georgia Photographer

Does anything ever go according to plan?! I ask myself this all of the time. I am definitely a planner and sometimes this attribute can be a problem! Anybody with me? See, you may see that I have been a busy posting photography work of all of my beautiful clients…but here is what you don’t know. These last two weeks have been an absolute nightmare for me! It started with stomach pain. I couldn’t sleep…for three nights. I had a call in to my doctor’s office but they couldn’t take me in right away and I was trying my best not to have to go to the emergency room. I finally made it to the doctor and he immediately ordered an upper endoscopy; a procedure to look at my stomach with a scope. The results were inconclusive…just a few questionable things…but nothing alarming. A couple days later, the problem escalated and the doctor decided he wanted to do a colonoscopy. Ugh! Guys. I am 27 years old. I was not expecting this. At all! But clearly, this was supposed to be the plan, because we discovered multiple hemorrhoids and a polyp that needed to be removed. Why am I getting so personal?! Just wait. It gets better. In between all this I had to do something called a dizziness test to figure out what is causing me to have vertigo. Oh my gracious, ya’ll. This test came straight from the devil. Ok, maybe not. But seriously, I was so motion sick after that test!

While all of this was happening, I KNEW Easter was coming up and I just wanted it to be fun and relaxing time with the family. Easter egg hunts, fellowship, food, kids…perfect plan! I had planned to make these cute Easter desserts and some other awesome stuff to bring to our family gathering. To some this may have been an added burden, but to me, I love to chance to have some culinary creativity and share it with the family! Yes, countdown to Easter Sunday. Woop! Annnnd then, plans changed. Unpreventable circumstances, of course. This led us to being at home. All day. Easter Sunday. Just me, my husband, my two children, a whoooole bunch of adorable baked goods, and the best slider sandwiches that ever touched my lips.

OOOOHHH plans. Aren’t they fun?! Ok, enough complaining…let me just fill you in on what prompted me to do this late blog post.

 Mark 15: 16-34

The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).  Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.  The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself !” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

The people had a plan. Murder Jesus. Prove He is an imposter…and while they were at it…ridicule Him in the most barbaric way possible. That was their plan. But see, God had the ultimate plan.

Matthew 20: 17-19

Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

This plan was in place long before the beginning of time. A man would come to this earth and sacrifice His life, in such a gruesome way, just for me to complain about how my life never goes as planned. He died just to save me from every bad decision I have made or will make in the future. He died to spare me from the consequences of my bad attitudes and my wrong doings. THIS was according to the plan. Jesus is alive, and my faith is in Him.

So today, I spent Easter Sunday at home with my little family of four. And although it didn’t start off in the best way, it ended perfectly. McKinsley participated in her first Easter egg hunt that she could do on her own (she was still a newbie around this time last year). Rilynn was the sweetest big sister and helped McKinsley find her Easter eggs! It all was just a reminder that, well, my life is good, my family is my everything. I have nothing to complain about. And…on another note…we have tons of blackberry coconut cupcakes and mini purple velvet cheesecakes to go around! Lol!

Enjoy, and Happy Easter!

 

Easter Bunny Pancakes for my babies this morning!

Guyssss. These slider sandwiches are SOOO good. Seriously!

Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting…completely made from scratch!

Purple Velvet Cheesecakes

I have been saving these daffodil field pictures for the perfect post…and I think this is it! Even though life with this group hardly ever goes as planned, I have so very much to be grateful for! I love my family so much!

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See, nothing ever goes as planned! Lol!
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Much Love,

Rachel

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