52 posts categorized "Easter"

He is Risen

Awesomeness

Rejoice in the Lord always! And again, I say rejoice!

He IS risen!

I don't know about you, but that reality makes me wanna party like a rock-star (a holy rock-star, of course!). :-D

He is due worship and praise and adulation beyond your wildest imaginations.

Give Him his due today, guys! :-) Celebrate the miraculous truth that Christ lives!  

 

Lord God,

I come before you with such excitement! Such grateful, thankful, overwhelming excitement! My savior lives! He lives! He rose up and left his grave clothes behind! He lives, so that we can too. With You. For all eternity. We worship You, Holy One. We praise Your mighty, matchless name! Thank you Lord that You gave us a sin-bearer and that he willingly took the cup You placed before him. Oh Father we adore you! May we take the spirit of Easter with us every day. May we daily live our lives in remembrance of the sacrifice and in the great freedom of the new covenant of grace. We thank you and we praise you Lord. In Christ's name. Amen.

 HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY, ALL!!!!  

Ro

Rise

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


I Remember

AwesomenessI Remember - And You Should, Too 

I'm sitting at my desk, thinking about the week leading up to Easter and how every day has ministered to me personally as I sat down to share. 

The post for yesterday.. Wow... I'm not a shouter. I'm not a super vocal worshipper, but this whole week the Holy Spirit has just been so ALIVE inside me as I have worked through these posts. 

I remember that place in my walk where conviction rested so heavily on me and I began to grasp the fact that I am a MESS. I remember recognizing that I had grieved the Lord, that I had hurt him, that he suffered because of me. And then in that same breath, He showed me that no matter who I was - or even am, or what I've done, His love for me is as great now as it was before I cost him his life... 

I suppose that this could be a day filled with study and meditation and some great activity to remind us of the beauty that is the Christ, but gang, we don't need any of that. 

All we need is Jesus. 

Let your heart & spirit testify today. Remember where you were. Remember what it felt like when you realized exactly what you cost the Lord... 

Go to him today and talk with him. Ask him to remind you - and then ask him to show you who you are now. Ask him to minister to you. Take your delight in him and welcome his delight in you today as you await the celebration that is tomorrow. 

I love you gang, and I hope that you have had a wonderful, worshipful, reflective week...

Ro

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


It Is Finished

Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we ARE healed. 

AwesomenessThey beat him. They pierced his body. They brutalized him and hung him on a cross. Then they watched him die.

They shamed him. Then they watched him die.

All because of me. 

And he took it. 

All because of me.

I am so convicted when I think of the cost of his love. I am just so convicted... 

But ya'll! Look at the emphasis in the verse. Just look at it. All the abuse Christ took, all the pain he bore, is in the past. It. Is. Finished. Finished. All done. Never to be done again. There is no need, because when my Jesus hung his head on that cross and died, he finished it for all eternity. 

The moment he died, he saved me. He saved you! Because he bore our pain, our shame, our torment, we are continually redeemed. We ARE healed. Are, as in, "in the present state of". It will never be taken from us, the gift of constant pardon from our overwhelming humanity... 

I type this and I am so frustrated because my words fail me. I cannot possibly convey the enormity of what Christ gave us that day on Calvary. My heart just wants to shout - one of those old down home black Baptist church shouts *grins*! And really. If anything is worth a shout, the fact that someone who didn't have to, paid for my mess - and then loved me after it - sure should be. Oh ya'll... As SUMites, this should resonate deeply and convict us beyond explanation. 

Ya'll... 

Tetelestai. It is finished. 

Lord,

I don't know what to say. I don't even know how to come to You right now. How could you ever have loved me so? How could you ever have been so passionate for me? Thank you Lord that it is finished. In Jesus' Name. Amen. 

*insert church-lady shout here* :-) 

Love you.
Ro

 

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Remember Me

Remember Me

This is the day before Good Friday. And as I sit and think of what this time must have been like, I have to believe that the Messiah would've wanted to spend his last hours in fellowship with the ones he loved most. I would imagine that they broke bread and fellowshipped as never before... I bet Jesus savored what had to be bittersweet - if not outright painful - moments with his disciples. 

It was about being together. Being together and understanding that what Christ was going to endure was all for them - for US all - so that we would never have to know separation from him. He told them that his body would be broken and his blood shed. He told them to remember - to remember and to testify. 1Corinthians 11: 23-26. 

AwesomenessGang, it's all about remembering him. Remembering that we are under grace now and no longer the law because he was wounded for us. He paid our price so that we could live without fear of the penalty that really is our due. And all that he asks of us is that we not forget - that we go out and tell somebody else about it until he comes again - because by telling his story, we have to always call him back to our minds and our hearts. 

Ladies - and gents- let's spend today in intimate, personal communion with our Lord. Remember him today. Be with him. Lavish him with your love as you recall the great love he carries for you personally. And then find an opportunity to share that beauty with another. Find the opportunity to proclaim him! 

Lord,
We thank you. Draw us into Holy Communion with you today. Remind us as you did your disciples, so that we can go out and remind others. We love you Lord. In your sweet name. Amen.

~Rosheeda Lee

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Freedom

All that Christ did, He did so that we would be slaves no more to the law—and more than that, to our own sinful nature. Freedom guys.

1415366_heart_cross_2FREEDOM.

Christ redeemed us so that we could enjoy freedom in this life and the next.

Oh Lord, thank you for Your Son. Thank you that our redeemer chose to love us with a fierce, all consuming, never-be-the-same-again kind of love. Thank You, Messiah, for Your gift to us. We come to You today just to worship You. We come to lavish on You. To adore You. To bask in the beauty of Your presence. Thank You for the gift of freedom—freedom to experience this life on Your terms and ours alone. Freedom to believe in someone greater than ourselves, freedom from ourselves, freedom to discover Your great grace, Your mighty power, Your all consuming passion and fire. Freedom to live, to move, to be! Hallelujah Lord! Hallelujah! Hallelujah that we are free in Christ! Hallelujah! I praise You, Oh God. Hallelujah. OH JESUS! Glory to Your name, Your holy name! You are righteous, blameless, pure. Everything that I could never be, You ARE! And You gave up Your right-hand seat for me—for my mess, my foolishness, my garbage. Even as You knew that I would reject You with my actions, even as You knew that I would choose myself over You for many, many years, even as you knew that I didn't love You yet, even as You knew that I would never be able to fully comprehend or repay your sacrifice and my great debt to You—even in the face of all that, in the face of ALL THAT, You chose me. You. Chose. Me. Just so that I would be free. Oh God, I am unworthy. I praise You, Lord. Oh, how I praise You. How I worship You. How I adore You. Oh God, Abba Father, I cry out to You right now for more of You. More of You. More and more and more and more of You. Diminish me that You might increase. Live out Your passions in me. Give me new freedoms, new graces, new mercies every day. Be my passion, as I am Yours. Be my passion, Abba. Oh please, be my passion. Oh God there is a fire shut up in my bones and my very marrow cries out to be near You. Don't elude me. Don't hide from me. Fill me up. Fill me up again and again and again until I don't know where I end and You begin. Consume me. Use my freedom in You, for Your glory. Use my freedom in You for Your good pleasure. Take me God and make me free. In Christ's precious, holy, life-changing name, Amen.

—Rosheeda Lee

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


The Greatest Sacrifice

The word that came to mind for this post was "lent"... So, you guessed it. I started searching and reading and trying to flesh this thing out—and of all that I read and pondered, the one thing that stands out the most is that Lent is time of great sacrifice.

1415366_heart_cross_2Gang, let me tell you, no matter the sacrifices we make to show our gratitude, love, or humility, there is a sacrifice ever so much greater than any we've ever known or will ever be able to duplicate: the sacrifice of a man's life to pay the debt for me and you and everyone who lives. Jesus Christ. He gave His life up for me—for you!

He is the propitiation for our sins. The payment in full of every debt we will ever owe.

That's good news!

That's REALLY good news.

He paid the price so we wouldn't have to...

Father I am so grateful. So grateful. That You love me so much that You would give Your Son for me. That He would willingly bear my shame so that I could live in eternal communion with You. There are no words that can ever adequately convey my thanks. I am humbled, Lord, to know that I could never pay my own way. I could never be good enough or worthy enough in my own right. I could never be holy enough to enter into Your courts on my own. That You gave Christ to be my sin-bearer. I humble myself right now before Your throne and I cry out praises to You, my King. Lord, You are great and greatly to be praised. You are great and greatly to be praised. Oh Father, YOU ARE GREAT, and greatly to be praised. Jesus... Thank you, Jesus. That You gave Your life for me so that I could live with You in eternity. That You became the greatest sacrifice man will ever know so that we would never have to live separate from Your love. Oh Jesus. Messiah. How I praise You. How I thank You. I adore You, Lord. You have loved me with a depth that my heart and mind cannot possibly fathom. I give my life to You. I give myself to You right now and I give You all authority, all power, all dominion. Be the head of my heart and the Lord of my life. May my life be a testimony of gratefulness to You for the greatest act of Love I will ever know. All this in Christ's sweet name. Amen.

— Rosheeda Lee

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Hope Floats


Praying over this post, this is what the Lord gave me. And I thought, "Ok. Hope is really a perfect topic for Holy Week." I mean...that's really what its all about. Freeing us of the bonds of sin and giving us hope in the security of eternity.

1415366_heart_cross_2But I still didn't get it. Hope floats? Really Lord?

For more than a week.

"Hope Floats."

"Hope floats. Write it down."

"Hope Floats. This is the first post."

"Hope Floats."

So FINALLY I asked the question: "Ok Lord. Hope Floats. What does it mean?" (Now keep in mind that Hope Floats is the name of one of my favorite movies so I was REALLY not sure where this was headed! ha!)

"Hope. It helps YOU to float - to rise above your circumstances. It helps you to be lifted above your worries, your doubts, your fears. I sent My son so that all humanity would be able to live with the confident expectation of abundance in this life and giddy anticipation of the grandeur of life with Me in Paradise."

Really. What do you say after that?

Hope floats.

Lord God, I come before You in humble reverence and great awe. I come before You with a heart so deeply touched, so deeply pierced by the reality of what You've done for me. Without You, without Jesus, all my efforts in this life would be in vain. That You gave me Your son so that I wouldn't have to face the due penalty for my sin. That He willingly sacrificed His life so that I wouldn't lose mine. I am humbled. Deeply humbled. Deeply grateful to Him and to You. Break my heart this day, this week, this month, this year ahead for those who don't know yet the hope that You've given mankind in Christ. Break my heart for Your creation. Break my heart for those who belong to You but who don't know anymore how to hope. Replenish my hope. Fill me to overflowing so that I can fill somebody else with what I can't contain in my own heart. I so often lose sight of the reality and the enormity of who I am in You, who You've enabled me to be through Jesus. Help me to remember. Help me to hold tightly to Your truth above all else. My hope IS in You. Oh Lord please. Please Father...

I love You, Lord. I love Jesus. And I thank You both for your sacrifice for me. I worship You, Oh Lord. I exalt You. I praise Your holy name. Oh Jesus. You are worthy of honor. You are worthy of praise. I adore You. I adore You, Lord. I adore You, Messiah. Oh that Your love has justified me. Words cannot express... not in this lifetime... I will spend all eternity singing Your praises, proclaiming Your truth, Oh how I love you. I am unworthy, but You have called me worthy. I am not good enough, but You have made me good enough. Words fail me Lord, but You alone know... You alone know the absolute depths of my passion and desires and trust in Your love, plan and goodness for me. Father rest on me today. Fill me with You. Fill me afresh. Pour out and overwhelm me. Overwhelm me today with who You are and how You love me. Overwhelm me Lord. Overwhelm me. All these things in Christ's precious name. Amen.

—Rosheeda Lee

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Weekend Devo — God Loved Us First!

1415366_heart_cross_2
My friends, we have a wonderful week of devotions planned for next week. Rosheeda has prayfully written something for each day so that we can walk through the week with hope, faith and love planted squarely in our Jesus, and celbrate the greatest gift of this life and the next (yep, it's the gift that truly keeps on giving...). 

What I am learning (and hearing from all over the place) is that until we know who we are and whose we are, we are limping along in faith. This is where our true power, strength and freedom sits, my friends. Take it from someone who has limped along for so many years and is now beginning to understand how deeply we are loved.

One new revelation came to me just this week (from that step of faith I made!). In Mattthew 22:34-40 Jesus answers the Pharisees that the greatest commandment was to love God with all your heart, soul and mind. That was the old covenant. 

In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus said He came to fulfill the law. And He did by coming and dying for us. And 1 John 4 (and please read through this amazing chapter) is all about the truth and that God loved us first. This is the new covenant.

Now, let's connect the dots. Under the law they were commanded to love God. In the fullment of the Law (Jesus' death) we are loved by God first. When we embrace this love and begin to understand that we no longer have to perform and work to love God, His identity is released into us. Then we can't help but love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. It is profound, my friends, and yet so beautifully simple in it's truth.

This is the greatest truth I've been embracing since last fall and the process has been astounding, beautiful and so liberating. I want this and am praying for this for every single one of you.

God loves you. No ifs, ands, or buts. Jesus came for you. You don't have to do a thing to embrace that kind of love except to say yes and then to believe you are totally loved—that God can't love you anymore or any less than He already does. And nothing you do now will make you any less righteous in His eyes than the day you accepted Jesus.

Walk in this truth, my precisous sisters and brothers in Jesus. We are loved.

Loving and praying for you with the heart of Jesus!
Dineen 

 

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Jump Into The Next Four Weeks - See The Miracles

My friends, in the past few months since returning from Bethel, so much has happened in my spiritual walk. And you know what is so cool? I’ve witness a shift in our community as well. There is a new sweetness within our people. A newly born passion to be authentic and it’s when we ARE authentic that real healing and hope happens. I’ve witnessed changes in hearts. The prayer life of this community exploded. The prayers we give to one another are releasing power and authority and change into other’s lives. And literally some of you have been transformed.

And as I think upon all that is happened, I’m more excited for what is still awaiting all of us in the days ahead. I’m convinced there is a movement, a shift in the Heavenly atmosphere that is coming to earth, actually that is already arriving and we will all be part of this great move God is orchestrating even now among our nations. My friends, WE get to be part of it. We won’t miss out like some believers. We are on the edge of the cliff. Out there in the distance lingering in the mist is our God. He says, “Jump.” As I stand on this cliff, I don’t see Him I can only hear his quiet and calm voice. I wonder if He will truly catch me if I trust Him with all things.

Mistclif

I’m scared he won’t catch me or that I may jump too early or I didn’t hear him right. But the lure that is pulling me forward is so powerful with promise that I’m pushed to the final edge. I’m going to believe Him and I can’t see His hands that wait just beyond the edge in the mist but I’m taking the chance. This jump is going to be the wildest, most fantastic and utterly supernatural experience that we the chosen out of many generations of believers will be participants, not spectators but we will live in power of heaven on earth. We will leap into the cloud and see His glory.

If you are ready to be this bold for the cause of Christ, then pray with me.

Abba, Father,

I freely jump into your Presence. I’m leaving all the mundane of my life in your hands. I am filled with a burning fire to be part of what you are doing on earth. Lead me to people who can teach me and lead me in this new anointing of the Holy Spirit. Lord, show me the spectacular. Reveal the astonishing. Fill me with so much of your character, joy and love that I shine and lavish You upon all people I meet. Bring it on Lord. Let’s move in your power, by your authority and let Heaven come to earth. In Jesus name. All for your honor and glory. Amen.

 

Okay, with all that out now. I think we need to pray for the next four weeks for our spouse. We have four weeks leading up to Easter. Perfect timing. So this is what I’m thinking about prayer.

My friend, Maria who I met at Bethel, recently sent me a text it said: So I’ve been sitting here praying for you and God showed me…. Told me to tell you. To lay hands on your husband in the middle of the night while he’s sleeping and to pray over him. Begin to release God’s love, goodness and calling upon your husband. To pray, “Lord, get him.”

What I find fascinating is that I used to pray like this for my husband but haven’t in a long, long time. And I will also tell you that I didn’t jump right into doing this the day this text message arrived. But you know what did start to happen? Every morning a five in the morning, I wake up. Yep, I’m wide awake and actually a bit frustrated that I’m lying there in the dark. So finally, lying there in the dark, I decide to put my hand on my husband and start praying.

It’s been several days in a row now that God wakes me at five am. I pray every morning at five am to release God’s power and anointing on my husband. That the Holy Spirit would reveal Himself to my husband.

Hmmmmm, I kinda ignored what Maria said but God is ready to move. Man I wish I had obeyed immediately and prayed over my husband earlier at night I might be a bit more rested *grin.* I’m fairly certain that God  will be waking me every morning now at 5 am for quite a while.

God is moving. So consider this YOUR text message. Start to pray at night with the laying on of hands upon your spouse and release God’s power, presence and purpose into their life.

Are you willing to jump with me? Are you willing to pray at night for your spouse? Are you wanting to be part of all that God has?

We will be focusing on praying for our spouses for the next four weeks leading up to Easter.  Expect miracles my friends. I love you so much. Hugs, Lynn 

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


I Saw God

I saw God.

Let me explain.

Lately I have discovered that my spiritual eyes have opened just a little bit wider. I’ve witnessed glimpses of God around me. Most recently, I heard God. It was early Easter morning. You can read about that story on my Facebook page (look for the post on Sunday, April 15, 2012.)

But the story I feel compelled to tell is this one:

Join me for a great devotional at Laced With Grace and catch a glimpse of God. Be blessed, Lynn

 

Laced With Grace

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


That Old Familiar Ache

PrayerIt snuck up on me again, that old familiar ache. The one I used to walk around with constantly early on in my mismatched marriage. I thought I’d made peace with it, made the choice to trust God with my husband’s salvation and the future of our marriage. I’d learned to bring that ache, that longing to share my faith with my husband to God and leave it in His hands.

But there it was again just days before Good Friday.

Why now and why so suddenly? Had I stopped trusting God somehow? Had I taken it back from God? Or was God trying to show me or remind me of something?

I did a mental review of the last few weeks and nothing came to mind that might have shaken my foundation of trust in this area. If anything, my marriage and my relationship was better than ever.

And there it was. I’d hit this place of contentment with things as they were. Now there’s nothing wrong with being content in my marriage. Paul even speaks of how he learned to be content in every situation.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. — Philippians 4:11-12

Though Paul referenced his physical needs, his meaning is deeper when he speaks of “every situation.” He trusted God for everything. He was content.

But my contentment made me question whether I was simply at peace with God’s plan for my husband’s impending salvation (I believe, I believe!) or had I started to lose hope in the waiting? Had my prayers lagged and desire waned to keep praying?

Every once in a while I think it’s good to take an inventory of where we are at in our faith. Sometimes life has a way of becoming so busy with the doing and the routines that we “do” without thinking “why.”

That's what I had done recently in my marriage. I’d prayed and asked God to show me the difference. Had I truly given Him that ache in my heart in exchange for His reassurances that no matter what happens, I have Him and I am His? Or, had I become complacent, living for the now with my husband because he is a good and moral man by nature, which makes living in a mismatched marriage a little easier? Had I allowed complacency to make me forget what’s at stake in the end?

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. — 1Timothy 6:6-7

I’m being honest and authentic here because you deserve it, my friends. Our battles don’t always lie in the obvious conflicts and issues we face being in a mismatched marriage. Sometimes the enemy works in the subtle areas we forget to take notice of. Complacency can be his tool as well.

Do I have an answer to my question? No, actually I don’t. I don’t know why the ache returned. I’m begining to think there’s more than one answer to this question because God is never found in just one place or one level. Even the Scriptures are full of many layers and meanings.

Perhaps complacency is one factor. I do believe I have trusted God for my huband’s future and I do believe one day he will come to know Jesus because God gave me this reassurance many years ago. Maybe God allowed me to feel that ache again so that in this gift of reassurance, I didn’t become lazy or forgetful.

I also believe God gives us things like this so that we don’t lose compassion and understanding for others walking difficult paths. So I believe that is part of the ache I felt even more keenly as I sat in church Friday evening.

Because as I sat there, yearning for my sweet guy to know Jesus, not just for me, but to know this amazing and wonderful God who was willing to become man as well God and suffer a most horrible death for my husband, I prayed for him to understand that kind of love.

And I thought of all of you. How we walk this path on a daily basis, some days good, some days bad, but we walk it together as sisters and brothers in Christ.

I left the church that night with a prayer to leave that ache at the cross. I can think of no better place for it. God met my needs in many ways that evening. He met me in my heart, He met me in the nudge He gave to a sweet friend at church to invite me to sit with her instead of alone, and I know He is meeting my pleas and prayers for my husband—my need for this man I love so dearly to know the One who loves him even more.

I know this because God’s Word says so:

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. — Phil 4:19

My dear friends, may God meet ALL your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. He is faithful and He is good and you can be sure He will do this for you. Leave that ache at the cross and watch how our Great Lord and Savior redeems it.

Praying and believing,
Dineen

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


The Victory of the Tomb

IStock_000018235413XSmall

Lord Jesus, Your tomb stands empty. We rejoice that You are no longer there because now You dwell in fullness in our hearts. You've defeated sin and death and given us victory and life!

Lord, meet our unbelieving loved ones and show them the scars on your hands and feet. Let them touch the marks on your body and know that you died for them too out of your great love for us all.

Lord, as we your sons and daughters celebrate this glorious day, a day that set the promise of salvation in stone with an empty tomb pronouncing You are indeed risen, renew our hearts with this promise that is not just ours to claim. It is for everyone.

When you allowed them to nail You to the cross, You saw us across the span of time. You saw our broken and sinful hearts. You even saw our unbelieving loved ones.

And then you said it was done. For us and for them. Help us to live in this promise that is there for us all. Help us to remember that you left the tomb in complete triumph over sin and death. Help us to remember that You desire that none should perish.

You knew every one of us when You hung from that cross. The smile You bore as You walked on the road to Emmaus and your passion was for us all.

And our unbelieving loved ones.

Lord Jesus, we stand in Your promises, ready to be the representation of that love to our spouses who have rejected and turned away from You. Renew our strength and commitment to our spouse and our marriage. Give us wisdom and passion to love them as You are calling us to. Give us Your heart and vision to persevere and hold true to the path You have set before us.

The tomb is empty and our hearts are full! The victory is ours to behold as we ponder the incomprehensible wonder of Your love, Lord Jesus.

You gave us Your all. Help us to be like You. In your glorious name we pray, amen.

Be blessed and redeemed!
Dineen

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


JESUS DEATH - 60 SECONDS

For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever you're doing and take this opportunity! 

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS  

At the  age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.  

At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, for unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was nailed to the cross by His hands and feet, rather than tied... 

Each  nail was 6 to 8 inches long.  

The nails were driven into His wrist.  Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder.  The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the Wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself, so that He could breathe.    

Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross.  Jesus could not support himself with His legs for long because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back and using his legs just to continue to breath.  Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.  

Jesus endured this reality for over three hours.   Yes, over three hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.  

From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side... But do we remember the many wounds made to his body.  A hammer driving large nails through the wrists, the feet overlapped and a nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. And... before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten.  The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns (two to three inch thorns) cut deeply into His scalp.  Most men would not have survived this torture.   

He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds.  The human adult body contains about 5 liters (just over a gallon) of blood.  

Jesus  poured all 5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His body; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest..  

All  these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost two kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross beam was almost 66 pounds of weight, to which His hands were nailed).  

Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you may have free access to God.  

So that your sins can be "washed" away.  All of them, with no exception!  Don't ignore this. 

JESUS  CHRIST DIED...FOR YOU! 

Do not believe that He only died for others (those who go to church or for pastors, bishops, etc).  

He died for you! 

Accept the reality, the truth, that JESUS IS THE ONLY SALVATION FOR THE WORLD.  

God has special plans for you because of a cross more than 2,000 years ago. Take 60 seconds and share what this day means to you. Be blessed, Lynn

Shadowcross

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


She Finally Asked

My friends, 

Yesterday our Pastor told a story that will not leave me. It pulls at my heart and I think it’s a story we all need. 

He told of a young woman who came up to meet him after service last week. She came along with a friend. She said to Pastor Josh, “I haven’t been to church in over a decade. I stopped going when I turned eleven when my parents stop making me attend. But I came today because for the first time ever, I met a real Christian.” 

Josh went on to explain to us that her friend, Jessica, works in the childcare center at Fitness 19. It was through a friendship that developed there that this young woman discovered what Jessica had was the real deal, an authentic relationship with Jesus. 

It might seem to some that childcare at a gym may not be where you would find out about Jesus. But as Pastor Josh said, “People are watching you. There’s no such thing as living in neutral. You are either all the way in. Or you are out.” 

What really got me about this story is what Jessica’s young friend said next, “I came to church because finally she asked me.” 

She finally asked me. 

Oh my friends. Who is watching? Who will notice if our faith is authentic and vibrant? Who is it that we need to ask to come to church? Who needs to be loved with the love of Christ?  Who have we not asked out of fear, discomfort, or a chance of embarrassment?

Cross_lightThe most important day in our entire year is THIS SUNDAY. 

It’s because of the resurrection that we have hope, fantastic, extravagant, supernatural hope. 

I look around this world, this nation, our town, my neighborhood and see the lost and broken. I see so many who are so badly beaten up by life that they have given up, walled up, shut up, and shut down. They are hard, caustic, mean-spirited and deep down, utterly living in fear, bitterness, and regret. 

We KNOW the cure; we know the healing, the forgiveness, and the joy. We know the hope of the world. 

It is Jesus. 

I’m just pulled at the core of my spirit that there might be someone in my sphere of influence that I haven’t invited in. Someone I haven’t asked to church. I grieve that they could be living in hope and I haven’t shared how. So on this Monday as I think about Christ’s triumphal entry and the dark days that the await him later in the week and His glorious resurrection, I’m moved to pray: 

O Lord,
Show me who they are. Bring their names to my mind. Let me see who is watching me. Help me to live authentically, not perfectly, but to live with love, peace, forgiveness, generosity and kindness. As this week marches closer to the day we celebrate Your Victory, help me to release one more person from the prison of darkness. Help me to show them our hope. Show them Jesus. It is in His name I pray. Amen

Be blessed, Lynn

*Thanks Pastor Josh

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Feel the Passion- He is Risen Just as He said

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 

He is not here; he has risen!

     He comes on His terms, not ours.

         Will you accept what He asks of you..... 

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


The Tomb

Saturday:

Jesus body was int he tomb during the Sabbath, and the Pharisees hired Roman guards to keep watch of the tomb.

The Tomb. Was it really empty?

 

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


The Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa (Latin for Way of Grief or Way of Suffering)

Friday

Early in the morning, Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod Antipas, and Pilate again. He was led to the cross and crucified at 9:00 a.m. and died at 3:00 p.m. and was buried later that day. Christ the Paschal Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) died at the time when the Israelites were sacrificing their Passover lambs.

(Video is graphic but with truly remind us what Jesus suffered for our redemption

It's difficult to watch this let alone think Jesus walked this road for you..... for me....

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


The Last Supper ~The Passover

Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. 

Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life.

Let’s get started:

Thursday

Jesus and His disciples prepared the Passover lamb, and they had their Passover meal in the Upper Room. Jesus shared powerful truth with His disciples and offered and intercessory prayer in their behalf. They arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus suffered in agony waiting what was to come. Later that night Jesus was betrayed and arrested. He was tried first by Annas and later by Caiaphas and other religious leaders.

What would it be like to sit in this room? To share this meal? To try to comprehend all the Jesus was sharing?

Whoa. I'm undone?

It's dark in the garden...... It's Thursday, but Sunday's comin'.

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Wednesday ~

Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. 

Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life.

Figtree Let’s get started:

Wednesday

On the way to Jerusalem, the disciples saw the withered fig tree. At the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus' authority and wisdom was questioned by some religious leaders. That afternoon Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and delivered the Olivet Discourse. Two additional things occurred on that day: (1) Jesus predicted that in two days He would be crucified at the time of the Passover; and (2) Judas planned the betrayal of Christ with some religious leaders.

I'm fascinated by the mention and remention of the fig tree. After all the miracles recorded and witnessed by the disciples, why does the fig tree stand out to them and why is it referenced so prominently? 

It's Wednesday and in two days he will be crucified..... It's Wednesday but Sunday's comin'.

Thoughts? Lynn

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Tuesday

Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. 

Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life.

Let’s get started:

Tuesday

On the way from Bethany to Jerusalem, Jesus cursed the fig tree, and He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem. Some religious leaders began to plot ways to kill him. That evening Jesus left Jerusalem, presumably returning to Bethany.

Okay, thoughts on this. Is it sometimes difficult to imagine Jesus getting really, really mad as in this scene? What would it be like if Jesus came into our church building/meeting today? Would He tear down, throw out and cleanse? Fascinating thoughts. 

Sunday's a comin'.... Hugs, Lynn

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


The Lamb and the Entry ~ Whoa!


Jewish-passover-meal
Last week a wonderful friend of mine, Kathryn, sent me a book, Christ in the Passover. I am enjoying learning how the Passover customs and practices are fulfilled in Christ. Every day this week we are intentionally focusing on the Passion Week of Christ and Passover.

Each day between now and Easter Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. Remember to stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. 

Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life.

Let’s get started:

Monday

The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, followed by His visit to the temple, and His return to Bethany. It was Nisan 10,  when the Passover lambs were selected. Likewise, the triumphal entry was the day when Christ presented Himself as Israel's Paschal Lamb.

….

Okay, what Is Nisan and Paschal? What do you think it would have been like to be on the road, so excited that you believe the promised King is coming that you throw your coat ont he road in front of Him? What are your thoughts today on the entry. Do you know what gate He entered the city and why. What does that have to do with the return of Christ. So much to talk about here.

What are your thoughts today? I can’t wait to listen in and share this week with you. Love and hugs, Lynn

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


In Preparation of the Lamb

I love my Jewish heritage. No, I wasn't born a Jew but the King, through Jesus, the Lamb of God, adopted me. The legacy of the Jewish customs especially the Passover enriches our Easter experience.

Jewish-passover-meal Last week a wonderful friend of mine, Kathryn, sent me a book, Christ in the Passover. I am enjoying learning how the Passover customs and practices are fulfilled in Christ. This week begins the Passion Week and Passover as well. So let’s be intentional and focus on the events of Christ.

Each day between now and next Sunday I will post a Chronological Look at the Passion Week. I want you to be part of this experience. Stop in here every morning, pause for five minutes, and think upon what is happening on this particular day nearly two thousand years ago. Reflect, pray, get out your Bible, and then add your thoughts here in the comments. Let’s bring our community together and chat about what impact this week has on you.

Look up scripture verses and share them. Write your prayers. Let’s bring to life again the week of Easter and thank Jesus for the most profound event to ever take place. His death and resurrection, which is the reason we have hope and a life.

Let’s get started:

Saturday & Sunday

Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, arriving at Bethany six days before Passover, which was the Saturday before the Passion. Jesus was anointed at Simon the leper’s house. On Sunday, there was a great crowd that came to Bethany to see Jesus.

….

Okay, what is the scripture that places Jesus and Simon’s? What are your thoughts about the crowd? How would it feel to be there? What prayers to you think Christ spoke? Would you have been mad or fearful, like the disciples that Jesus wanted to return to Jerusalem?

What are your thoughts today? I can’t wait to listen in and share this week with you. Love and hugs, Lynn

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


A Community

The following was posted by my good friend, Dee, on our 1 Peter 3 Living group. I was moved by her invitation and want to extend it to all of you in this amazing community of believers who are waiting for the salvation of our spouse. 

John-3-16 So here is Dee:

John 3:16 is the most well known verse in the Word of God. It is the classic statement of God's salvation through Jesus Christ. This verse describes God's plan of salvation in simple but powerful words. This verse of Scripture also provides you with a prayer model to use in praying for the lost. It offers you vital truths that you can use to plead with God for the lost.

With the above in mind and considering the Easter season that we're in, I thought that John 3:16 would be an excellent verse for us to use to plead/pray/fast for the our spouses on the remaining Tuesdays of this month. (We fast and pray every Tuesday at 1P3)

This is a special time of the year - Jesus died for my husband - He died for your husband.  My husband doesn't believe this and I want that to change - the sooner the better!

So, would you consider making this your prayer and fasting focus on Tuesday for your spouses and the others in our group?

Who's in? 

Thank You Jesus - for what You did for all of us on that cross!  I pray that our men/women would not perish for not believing this powerful truth.  Lord, I cannot  even stand the thought of that -  No Lord, have mercy, show them the way, the truth and the life!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his  only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

I love our community of believers who are living to love Jesus and loving their spouse. I especially love all of you who are loving in extraordinarily trying marriages. If you are seeking a change in your life, join us for prayer and fasting this Tuesday. Start with a day -time fast. 

God honors a humble heart and LOVES to answer prayers for salvation. I will be also praying Romans 10:10 for my husband. What will you be praying. Have a great week. Hugs, Lynn

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Passover - me, Easter Blues!

I started thinking about this thing….. “The Easter Blues.” Scroll down to read the article by Dineen. 

It has been a long while since I have thought about how difficult this holiday is and how I struggle in a mismatched marriage to bring meaning and celebration into our home. But, as I was pondering and praying over my marriage, and Easter Sunday, and the week leading up to the most profound event in history, the Lord placed a very old memory before me. Whoa! God has a way of doing that. 

I was young, before my prodigal days. It was an early morning and I opened the front door of my home and found this: 

Imported Photos 00123

 

A tiny Easter basket. 

I have saved this simple basket now for almost 30 years. It is precious to me. It arrived on an Easter morning just for me. The card reads: 

Imported Photos 00121
At that time in my young life, I was indeed seeking to know God’s will. Little did I know the enemy was plotting to take me down the prodigal path and he did so shortly after. However, on this particular day I slowly bent down, picked up the basket and marveled. I felt like the most love girl on the entire planet. 

Jesus sent me a personal message on Easter morning. 

I had no idea who left the basket for me. I don’t remember if there was anything in it besides the simple cross. But, I will never forget how special it made me feel. Strong feelings well up in me still today when I take this little basket out of the closet and read that card. 

I called my mother that morning long ago, “Mom, it was you wasn’t it? You left this basket for me didn’t you?” I just knew she would admit it when I pinned her down. My mom is like that. 

“No, I didn’t. I don’t know who did.”  

I was perplexed. I never found out who put forth this effort to love me on that Easter morning so long ago, but I will never forget it. 

It was Jesus. 

So why am I telling you this story? The Lord said to me, “Shake the Easter Blues by giving a basket to someone just like the one you received many years ago. Give it anonymously. Give it to one or two or even three people who absolutely would never expect it. Leave it on their front door and let Me love them.” 

Today is Monday. Easter week is upon us and we can make it extraordinary. You can do this with me. You can buy cheap supplies at any store. A simple basket, a candy egg if you want, and hand write a small card and attach it to the basket. On Saturday night, take your basket(s) and leave it at the front door of a neighbor, a church friend, or better yet, a complete stranger. 

Let the Lord love on someone this Easter and watch your Easter Blues disappear.

I have kept this cheap but priceless basket for years. It holds great meaning to me because someone made the effort and I felt loved by Jesus. And now, I hear the Lord calling, “Now, go and do likewise.” 

If you leave a basket on a door this week, please drop me a note here in the comments and say, “The Lord loved on someone this Easter.” Let’s celebrate the resurrection in a personal and profound way this year. 

Let’s let Jesus love on someone and I bet the Easter Blues will Passover. Hugs, Lynn

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow


Easter Blues

1268385_easter_eggs__3 Holidays can stir up turmoil in any marriage, but “religious” holidays can bring about huge conflict in a spiritual mismatch. Of all the holidays throughout the year, I think Easter is the most awkward for my household. When my girls were little, we focused on Easter baskets and spending the morning together as a family. I worked around missing the Easter service by attending the Good Friday service with my daughters in tow.

But as they’ve have gotten older (20 and 16), Easter’s become less of an event and resembles most other Sundays. This breaks my heart because I know this is the whole reason we have to celebrate life! A saved life!

My oldest daughter has her own church now so she goes her own way. My youngest will most likely go with me if nothing else winds up planned. I guess the good side is that I’ve been able to go to Easter services the last couple years, but I find the day still falls kind of flat in meaning.

This year I’d like to prepare a little better and go into Easter with a plan, so I need your help. Do you struggle with Easter in your family? Got any ideas for this sister in Christ who has a touch of the Easter blues? What have you found that works for you and your family?

And thank you so much for sharing and helping me out! I’m really at a loss this year.
Praying and believing,
Dineen

*****

Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

THRIVE in your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage and raise your children to faith. Our books are filled with practical experience and Biblical advice. -click or tap the photo-

Footer w drop shadow