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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

 

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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

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The Victory of the Tomb

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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!
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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

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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

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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..... 

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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?

 

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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....

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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'.

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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

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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

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The Lamb and the Entry ~ Whoa!


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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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: 

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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: 

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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

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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

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New Beginnings

966855_sacred_page_3 Part of the heart message of Christ’s ministry is new beginnings. One of our greatest benefits in salvation is that everyday is a chance start over. We’re human, and we will undoubtedly mess up—daily even. But we have a God who loved so much that he took care of that, too.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… — 1 Peter 1:3

"Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
— Acts 5:20

Are yesterday’s failures, disappointments, and discouragements keeping you from embracing the joy of His salvation—God’s greatest gift to us? (Psalm 51:12) Guess what? Tomorrow’s a brand new day. Even the very next moment is an opportunity to change direction and start again. As long as our heart’s desire is Christ, we have unlimited chances to try again. Those failures in the past were simply practice and learning tools.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! — 2 Corinthians 5:17

So many of us have struggled greatly in the last year through trials and hardships. Many of us still are. I can’t help but think that as Easter comes, God’s calling us to renew our faith in him and grab hold of new beginnings in our lives, from the smallest to the greatest. In Him we are eternally new!

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. — Romans 6:4

HE IS RISEN!
HE IS RISEN INDEED!


Praying and beliving,
Dineen

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Remembering Good Friday

John 12: 24-25 Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal. ~The Message

In this passage Jesus is speaking to his disciples and He is speaking to us. He uses a wheat seed as Crosses an example to foretell His death by crucifixion which we remember today, Good Friday. Jesus explains how a solitary seed, which is useless and lifeless, will spring forth in new life once buried in the ground. It, in turn, will produce a great number of seeds.

Christ’s teaching reaches deeper as He calls us to consider what we are holding onto in this life. He asks us to consider what we treasure. Is it something which destroys the soul? Finally, He calls us to love recklessly. He calls us to let go of the world and hold on to life - real life - lived for Jesus.

Jesus died and rose again that we may live, forever, real and eternal. On this day when we reflect on Good Friday and the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus hanging on a cross, let us also remember…


SUNDAY IS COMING!

 

Family Activity:

You will need:

1 small flowerpot for each participant

1 package of radish seeds

Potting soil Prepare each pot by filling ¾ full of potting soil.

Pass out three seeds for each pot. Follow the planting and watering directions on the package of seeds. Seeds are abundant in most stores this time of year. Radish seeds germinate quickly.

Select a family member to read: John 12:24-25

Follow with: Just as this radish seed is dead. Jesus was once dead. He was buried in the earth just like this dead seed. But, after three days he came back to life. It’s kind of like these dead seeds. They will burst from the soil in a short time with new life.

Read the resurrection story: Matthew 28:1-6

God bless you and I pray this Easter will fill you with a profound sense of Christ's vast love! Be Blessed, Lynn

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