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Jesus is Risen!

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“He is not here; He has risen, just like He said.”  ~  Matthew 28:6

The resurrection of Jesus was prophesied by the prophets of old, but for those alive at the time of its fulfillment, it seemingly took everyone by surprise.

First of all, Jesus didn’t exactly meet their expectations of how he would enter into humanity’s realm.  Following this pattern, his death certainly did not come as they imagined it might unfold.  But it occurred nonetheless…  On God’s terms and meeting heaven’s demands that the sinless Lamb of God would take on the sin of mankind, taking our place on that cruel Cross so that you and I could spend eternity with Him.  Jesus bridged the gap that sin created and that you and I could never repay.  He paid for our ransom!

I am so grateful that God had a plan of redemption!  What love the Father has for us!

Isn’t it wonderful that God’s plan didn’t end on the Cross of Calvary?!

No, death would not have its final say.  Not this time.  For despite the humanity Jesus bore, residing on the inside of Him was Resurrection Power this world had never known!!

“Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes!  He arose!  Hallelujah, Christ arose!”

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, death was defeated and sin’s curse was broken.  Now, we are free to choose to accept this precious gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

“I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father but by me.”  ~ John 14:6

Happy Resurrection Day!  Jesus is alive!

 

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Brag on my Kids

Is it okay if I just take a moment and share how very proud I am of my kids?  You know, as a parent, you spend years pouring into their lives — teaching, correcting, imploring, scolding, modeling, and, most of all, praying!  And when you begin to see real character forming when they do things out of the goodness of their hearts and not because they’re told, it is satisfying, yes; but more importantly, rewarding and encouraging that your investment is paying off!!  My “kids” are growing up on me!  My daughter is 16 and will turn 17 in November.  My son is 14 and will turn 15 in July.  They’re still kids to me, of course.  Allow me to share two recent occasions that they really blessed my husband and I:

  1.)  Easter   ~   We gave them Easter baskets as usual.  But this year, they surprised us with Easter baskets.  My daughter made homemade dark chocolate truffles for my husband and I.  She also made an adorable pin cushion for me!  She got the pattern from a sewing book she checked out from the library.  She’s so creative!  She made the cutest, little Easter baskets – one out of a decorative tissue box and cut out a cardboard cross on the front of it.  The other was made out of a cardboard box, complete with a handle and all covered with pretty scrapbooking paper.  She’s really gifted.

Our son took pictures of a couple of our wedding pictures and also printed out some he recently took to make a photo collage.  One of the pictures was of my husband and I holding hands on a recent walk in the neighborhood.  (just our hands clasped together)  He has a good eye for these things.  Then he stapled cut out rose petals all around the border.  Very sweet.  Maybe that’s his way of saying how our loving relationship makes him feel secure.  I don’t know, but what I do know is, that our kids are super thoughtful and creative!  That deeply touched my husband and I.  

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 2.)  Yard Work  ~  If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you have heard me drone on about home improvements and spring purging, etc.  Well, we are continuing on this trek and yesterday my daughter took it upon herself (and enlisted the help of her brother) to rake out a flower bed.  This was quite an undertaking and required dumping at least 3 wheelbarrows full of leaves and sticks.  Her brother jumped ship midway through, but I was outside to offer moral support.  The important thing is that she took the initiative to spruce up the yard!  Her goal is to clean up one flower bed each day.  This is quite a goal considering she doesn’t normally do yardwork.  Although, in her defense, I have to say that she did mow the backyard on the John Deere over the weekend.  She says she wanted to practice her driving skills.  She said she even practiced parallel parking with the mower!  Haha!  She’s a nut.  But you know what they say about nuts, right?  … They usually don’t fall far from the tree.  Haha!  I digress…  

The common denominator in both of these instances is initiative.  That is one of the first steps toward personal responsibility.  I often preach, “If you see something that needs to be done (whether or not you made the mess or created the situation), take it upon yourself to fix it!”  What a blessing it is to see the kids practicing what I’ve preached all these years!  Love my kids!  

*P.S.  I handwrote my kids a special thank you note for the Easter baskets and gifts, not only thanking them for their thoughtfulness, but also reminding them that we pray for them daily.  We pray that they will serve Jesus every day of their lives and that they will make good choices.  And also reminded them of our love for them… My son read his note again later and he said it really touched him.  I thought that was so special.  I plan on writing the kids more notes in the future as it is something they can reflect on way into the future.  

 *P.P.S.  We also mailed an Easter basket to our grown son, who is 25 with a special Easter card enclosed.  He may not be all that interested in the basket or the candy, but that’s not why I sent it.  I paid $8 for shipping to mail him a basket of love from mom and dad!  I always want our kids to know they are loved beyond words and daily prayed for!

Bonus:

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Beautiful Easter flowers from my best friend!  (aka husband!)  🙂

 

 

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It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming

On Good Friday we observe the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who was crucified on a cruel cross to take away the sins of the world!  That is a transformational truth, my friend!

Because of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, we were all born with a sin nature in need of redemption.  God provided a bridge when He sent Jesus into this lost world, a bridge that would lead us back into full fellowship or right relationship with Him once again.  The gift of grace and redemption is available to all.  In fact, the Bible says in John:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” ~ John 3:16-17

Such amazing and lavish love Jesus displayed for mankind as He took on our sins and sickness on Golgotha’s Hill!

There’s a song by Kathryn Scott entitled At the Foot of the Cross that really speaks to me.  It has a line that goes like this:

“At the foot of the Cross where grace and suffering meet…  At the foot of the Cross where I am made complete…Yes, you’ve won my heart.  Now I can trade these ashes in for beauty and wear forgiveness like a crown.  I lay every burden down.”

If you’d like to take a listen –

The sky grew dark in the middle of the afternoon as they crucified the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.  They wrapped His body and placed Him in a borrowed tomb, but, ah, the story doesn’t end there!  It’s just the beginning.  For, you see, the tomb is empty.  He is no longer there.  Three days later He would rise again!  Therein lies the hope of humanity, the great hope of the world!!

 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” ~ John 11:25

It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming …

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

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Extra Bonus:  (You won’t regret watching this one!  In fact, it may become one of your favorites!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Ideas of Easter Basket Goodies…

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If you’re looking for ideas of things to fill your child or grandchild’s Easter basket with, the following list should get your creative juices flowing.  Of course, it goes without saying, choose age appropriate gifts.

Easter is such a season of hope!  It’s always a joyful time as we celebrate the Risen Savior!  Love the Resurrection Eggs too and have used those as teaching tools down through the years with my kids.  I’ve been filling Easter baskets for 25 years and I’ve learned to get a little creative, especially since I don’t like the idea of too much candy (= high dental bills among other things!).  My three are older now, but the tradition continues.  While our primary focus as believers is on Jesus, we still enjoy fixing up Easter baskets.

30 Things To Put in Easter Baskets:

  1. candy (of course!)
  2. gum
  3. fruit roll up type snack
  4. toothbrush
  5. toothpaste
  6. small Bible
  7. small journal
  8. Easter themed book
  9. “This Coupon Good For ______” inside plastic Easter egg
  10. “I love you” note inside Easter egg
  11. coins inside egg
  12. small craft kit
  13. gel pens
  14. colorful markers/pencils
  15. coloring book
  16. puzzle book (word search, etc.)
  17. Post-its
  18. Scotch tape (what kid doesn’t love tape?!)
  19. Slinky
  20. other small toy
  21. play doh
  22. body wash
  23. loofah/sponge
  24. bubble bath
  25. shampoo
  26. lotion
  27. lip balm
  28. nail polish
  29. small manicure set
  30. key chain

What do you think?  Have anything to add to the list?

~ May you all have a blessed Easter!  He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed! 

 

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Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!

We are quickly approaching Palm Sunday and I’ve been reflecting on the story of Jesus found in Matthew 21.  Time was winding down before His crucifixion and we see Jesus on the Mount of Olives fulfilling a prophecy that foretold of his humility.

Jesus’ mode of transportation and the manner in which He made His grand entrance into the city of Bethphage is very striking, isn’t it?  The King of Glory, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star chose the humble things of this world to confound the wise.  And, here we see Jesus, the Lamb of God, who would imminently take upon Himself the sins of the world, riding on a lowly donkey to greet His followers.  Imagine what the church folk were whispering to one another behind their funeral home sponsored church fans?!  “Can you believe that He, who calls Himself the Messiah, is riding on a donkey one minute and healing the sick another?  Some royalty He is! Ha!”

Little did they realize they were witnessing the Son of God displaying His Majesty through the base things of this world.  He was not under any constraints to prove His Godhead to the religious leadership or common man.  As when He entered the world via a virgin birth, the devout did not anticipate or accept His arrival.  The same could be said on the day in history, which we now refer to as “Palm Sunday”.  They marveled within their sanctimonious egos.  “How could this be the Son of God?  Surely not!  Our God would not arrive in such a fashion!”

And, yet, He did just that!  How often do we also place Jesus in our own little religious boxes?  You see, God’s ways are not man’s ways.  They’re not even on the same stratosphere.

But, those who were looking for the Messiah found Him indeed!  They cried,

Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”

And, so, we cry out in worship to Him today, praising Him because He paid the price for our redemption because of His great love for us!  No one is so worthy of our utmost adoration and life’s devotion as our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

And this is why He came:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free.”  ~ Luke 4:18

 

Prayer:  “Dear God, thank you for your great love and your sacrifice.  Thank you that I have received the Good News of the Gospel and you have set me free from sin and eternal death.  Thank you for opening my spiritual eyes to the truth of your Word.  I worship you today in spirit and in truth, for the Greatness of Who You are, for your Majesty!  You are the reigning King of my heart and I praise you for the work you are continually doing in my heart.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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