Saturday, April 25, 2009

He lives!

If you're wondering why I didn't post about Easter the truth is I just didn't want to take the time to get on here before now with how busy things have been for me lately. But another reason is simply that I am of the firm belief that the way we celebrate Jesus Christ and His resurrection on "Easter" is something I want to think about, sing about, talk about and LIVE every day of my life. It's not about the clothes we wear, the eggs we hunt, or the great meal we make. Though those things are all gifts to enjoy, but so easy to get wrapped up in.
The words and meaning of all we touch on at church on Easter Sunday are so enriching and encouraging that it NEEDS to be at the forefront of our lives each and every day. I couldn't help but cry through all the songs we sang thinking about how much Jesus Christ loves me and how he showed me that love so perfectly as he hung on the cross to die for all the wrong I have done while I was dead in my sin and even now as a believer in Him. Yet, oh the GREAT HOPE that I have in Him through his resurrection and how He has conquered death.
My view of life and death are so very transformed through the work that Christ has done. He has been there, done that, so that we might live. And not just live but live for HIM! I have been up close and personal with death of late. Not only with our miscarriage and having one so small pass away inside of me recently, but also having seen my aunt pass away so unexpectedly. Death is real, but we need not fear for if Christ is our Lord and Savior He will carry us through where He has already been and take us on to eternity with Him. Oh the peace that flows through me and all those who believe in knowing this.
My ladies bible study was on "peace" this week. How encouraging it is to sit with a group of godly women and hear of how our Lord has given them peace in the midst of their trials and lives and at the same time being able to give testimony of that same peace. To see God at work in such a beautiful way brings His work to life for ALL to see. Praise HIM!!
And so the song that I will hum as I go through the day, His day, will be this:
I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; I know that He is living whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

In all the world around me I see His loving care, And tho' my heart grows weary I never will despair; I know that He is leading thro' all the stormy blast, The day of His appearing will come at last.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find, None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me Along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

Here are a few sweet moments from our family time on "Easter" Sunday.

Karina enjoyed some springtime fun at her Nana's house hunting for eggs and enjoying a most wonderful lunch. Thank you again mom and dad for having us and for loving us all the way you do!

I had to include this last little picture of the girls for two reasons. I thought it was so cute that Karina was sitting "reading" to her sweet cousin the resurrection story book that Nana had given to each of the kids. And also I thought these two couldn't look sweeter in their coordinating shirts that Nana was so sweet to get for them.
So with that I will end this book of a post and hope and pray you all are enjoying precious moments with your family and even more precious moments with the Lord!

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