familypic
 
JessPlusMess

Limited Edition

Autographed Copy

Sunlight Burning at Midnight a memoir by Jessica Ronne

 

Subscribe to Blog

Your Name:
Your Email:

Search

Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!

Ms. Lambert, Jesus, and Me.

  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print


I ain’t the kind you take home to mama
I ain’t the kind to wear no ring
Somehow I always get stronger
When I’m on my second drink

Even though I hate to admit it
Sometimes I smoke cigarettes
Christian folks say I should quit it
I just smile and say “God bless”

‘Cause I heard Jesus, He drank wine
And I bet we’d get along just fine
He could calm a storm and heal the blind
And I bet He’d understand a heart like mine

Daddy cried when he saw my tattoo
Said he’d love me anyway
My brother got the brains of the family
So I thought I’d learn to sing

‘Cause I heard Jesus, He drank wine
And I bet we’d get along just fine
He could calm a storm and heal the blind
And I bet He’d understand a heart like mine

I’ll fly away
From it all one day
I’ll fly away

These are the days that I will remember
When my name’s called on the roll
He’ll meet me with two long-stemmed glasses
Make a toast to me coming home

I heard this song on the radio the other day, one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists, being a recent convert to country music through my second marriage.  I love the words in this song, pure poetry, one of my many passions having had the opportunity to have two of my poems published through the years. This beautiful song by Ms. Lambert sums up Jesus, his life, his ministry, and his calling in my humble opinion.   She paints a Savior who understands us exactly where we are, meets us precisely in that spot, whether it’s a good, bad, ugly, or fantastically sunny spot, and in meeting us where we are he not only understands a “heart like mine (and yours),” but he immediately begins his transforming work in our hearts, even in all of the murkiness, discord, and messiness.    

The Christian community habitually has this unhealthy tendency to get obsessively caught up in the dos and don’ts of religion, an Old Testament type of admonishment, and the church in particular is often notorious for this finger pointing can do or cannot do attitude. As Christians this list of do’s and don’ts is not only a guilt ensuing ride for many, but it often hinders our ability to be transparent Christ followers because we’re so hung up on what the list says.  The list, which can differ slightly through denominational barriers but generally reads along these lines: no drinking, smoking, tattoing, gossiping, cussing, slandering, some of what Ms. Lambert talks about, along with the big ones, murder, adultery, and stealing to name a few and in contrast, DO pretend like you always have it all together with a good boy smile on your lips, declaring that everything is fantastic because you’re a Christian and you are blessed even if everything is so far from fantastic and you’re secretly swigging vodka from the freezer in the middle of the afternoon and watching porn under a hidden veil of darkness after everyone has gone to bed because your wife detests the very sight of you.  
 
The beauty of this song speaks not to the do not’s that Christians are so often racked with guilt about but instead to the truth of what Jesus Christ was actually after when he came to earth to do his redeeming work in mankind.  He understood our shortcomings, he was over the perfect persona of his generation, and he adamantly voiced this disapproval towards the Pharisees and those who sought to point their fingers at those they deemed worthy of the term “sinner.”  My goodness, this man, the Savior of the world, liked to stir things up, he enjoyed going against the grain and healed people on Sundays and associated himself with sluts and tax collectors, and heck, he liked a great party with a good wine (John 2: 1-11).  Think about it, Christ’s first miracle was turning water into wine – real wine.  Would most church goers of today be able to handle that?  The whole wine, fun, party aspect of it all? What if there was dancing at this wedding? What if Jesus was dancing?   What if Jesus had asked us to dance?  Would we have told him just how unholy that was?  Or what if he had handed us a glass of the wine he had just miraculously created?   Or maybe the town prostitute approaches us at this party, would we turn our heads because we don’t associate with “people like her”?  I wonder how differently grace and mercy would look if Jesus had the same attitude as many of us?  Could grace even exist in that sort of environment?   Just what if the world started to see Christ in us when we stepped down from our spiritual pedestals and lived life more fully, more honestly, openly admitting that we are murky, messy people who screw up repeatedly, drink wine, and dance in exuberant thankfulness for the blessing of this thing called life that we’ve been given? What if people saw our lives, full of sparkle, joy, gusto, wine and dancing and they were attracted to what we had, like a moth to a flame, a holy flame of grace, mercy, and life?    What if we became  light in the darkness by not acting perfect?  What if we all embraced the truth that Jesus would and could “understand a heart just like mine?”
Just keep livin!!
Tagged in: faith life

Latest Blogs

Easiest Cookies Ever
These are the easiest cookies you will ever make and shh... don't tell your kids, but they're good for you too!    1 cup almond butter 1/2 cup maple syrup  1 egg   Mix the first three ingredients together with a spoon or in a mixer.  Add 1/2 - 1 cup dark chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.     
Continue Reading...
Go Play!
“Aghhh, I sighed, frustrated again at how much work all of the kids were during these days without school. I didn’t understand how they could complain of boredom so often. We had purchased this beautiful property in the middle of nowhere on 30 acres of land, the river in the backyard, with the expectation that our children would spend their days romping in the fields, building forts, playing tag and hide and seek and whatever else they were able to convince one another to play, but that wasn’t generally the case.  Usually they were inside belly aching about how bored they were. I returne...
Continue Reading...
Easy One Bowl Cookies
Here's a fantastic go to cookies recipe that can be adapted in many ways.  This makes about 2 dozen cookies and they're almost guilt free as I've been able to replace many of the not so healthy ingredients with healthier ones.  Enjoy!      2 sticks of butter softened 1/2 cup maple syrup or 1 cup sugar http://www.greatrivermilling.com/organic-pancake-waffle-mixes/ 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups Great River Organic Milling Bread Flour Blend with oats.http://amzn.to/2F46IOg 1 tea baking soda 1 tea salt 1/2 tea baking powder 1-2 cups dark chocolat...
Continue Reading...
Winter Walk
I glanced to the left and recognized a spattering of houses and to the right – nothing but naked branches swaying in the stagnant air. I leaned into the vacancy and began moving, one foot in front of the other – the vicious cold biting my face and freezing the tears as they fell. I walked in penance for whatever grave sin I had committed – a sin which had led to a recent life of so much pain and heartache. I knew that surely if my husband held the strength to wage war against numerous rounds of poison, and my son had the strength to defy the proclamations of death voiced against him, and my c...
Continue Reading...
In Search of Snow and Fun!
A few days ago we told the kids that we had a surprise for them and to pack their bags for some fun! They were excited – some of them handle surprises better than others (my bios become highly suspicious – like their mother - whatever; it’s character building), whereas, Ryan’s bios become the happiest clan of children in the whole wide world! There’s nothing they like better than a fun time and man, when they envision a good time, they go big. Ryan and I were craving snow and worked our destination around this desire, and so off to the Smoky Mountains we went – more specifically off to Gatlin...
Continue Reading...
Grab Em and Go Waffles.
Alrighty!    Here are the waffles that we make ALL THE TIME at the Ronne house.  Our kids are up and at em early - 6:00 a.m. early, which about made me die when we first moved to Tennessee, but I have to admit, I've gotten used to the early mornings  (or I'm now 40 and don't require as much sleep).  Whatever it is, these waffles are life savers.  They are easy, filling, one bowl wonders full of nutrition, and the best part of all?  They don't require syrup which saves you (mom and dad) the hassle of needing to clean up (house and kid).  All of my kids lo...
Continue Reading...
The Ronne Recap - 2017.
Me – Mama – Queen Bee. The year began with Ryan and I realizing we needed to pursue a different kind of help for Lucas than we were receiving through the state.  For a number of reasons, which I will explain in great depth someday but not today, we were frustrated with the system and decided to pursue some stability for him with a consistent person and that thought turned into an au pair.  The plan was that she would help with Luke, the other kids, cooking, and cleaning.  Ryan built an apartment in our barn (it’s so cute), and we began the process of searching for the perfect ...
Continue Reading...
Healthy(ish) Cinnamon Rolls
Who doesn't love a warm, gooey cinnamon roll on Christmas morning, and in my opinion, it's even better if you can sneak a little nutrition into them as well!  Here's my take on our favorite Christmas treat.    Enjoy!    Just keep livin!
Continue Reading...
Broken Baby Jesus
“MOM! Annabelle broke baby Jesus again!” one of my children shouted from the family room. I sighed and walked over to my youngest who was gently holding a delicate, ceramic baby Jesus in her small hands, a ceramic baby who had been placed front and center on our coffee table during the holiday season and usually replaced every few days with a fresh application of hot glue because Annabelle had somehow managed to dismember his arm from the rest of his body once again.  “Annabelle, give Mama baby Jesus.  You broke him and Mama needs to fix him - again.” “NO MAMA! ME WANT BABY JESUS!...
Continue Reading...
A New Desk and A Podcast Debut
Remember the old metal table I had my eye on in my husband's junk pile awhile back?    It's not an old metal table anymore! Not only has he masterfully restored it to a beautiful new desk, but he's also masterfully restored an old barn on our property into a quiet space for me to write and practice yoga.  I am loving the solitude of this space when I find time to escape for a few minutes and this is where I was able to chat about life the other day with Hallie Klecker, host of the Life Well Nourished podcast. So much fun, but I should preface with one little thing before ...
Continue Reading...