Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Blessings

As we have been experiencing the more contemporary pleasures of Easter season with Brynn-- all of the egg-hunting, the candy, the family gatherings, and whatnot... I really wanted to post about the reality of the blessings of Easter. So much pain, suffering, compromising of morals, and anger has brought us to this day of celebration. And what an enormous blessing it is to look past all of that, and actually feel the LOVE of God through it all.
Just attempting to picture the amount of suffering and feelings of betrayal that Jesus felt while on the cross, as he begged for God to save him from his physical and emotional pain... It is truly unbearable to imagine. But he knew that he was doing it all for us. That. Is. Love.

Lately, I have been trying to imagine that pain... And then I try to imagine that feeling of when GOD rose him from the dead. Can you even imagine that feeling?

I'm sure it was nothing short of amazing.

"The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay." 

I recently wrote a note to a very dear friend of mine who has been going through a very difficult time... I wrote to her that I know the pain that she has been experiencing, and I know what it's like to feel hopeless, helpless, and completely alone-- even when you're surrounded by a million people.
I wrote to her that I know what it's like to feel broken, and not know how to put it all back together... I never, ever, ever in my life thought I was capable of experiencing that feeling. I thought I was too strong and completely indestructible to even imagine feeling that way. But there I was... Feeling it, living it, breathing it-- and begging and pleading to find a way to escape it!

This is when I really found GOD.
It truly was incredible to actually feel Him in my heart when I needed Him the most.
 This is something that I celebrate every day now.

I have always been a faithful person... I was always so "strong" too. Afraid to show weakness. Afraid to let anyone get me down... Always ready for a challenge! I definitely got a reality check last year...
  Our gracious LORD came into my life, and He saved me from myself... Just as he did on Easter.
{Of course, I must throw out credit to B and Allen in all of this too.}
No therapy. No medication. Just His love... And a whole lot of prayer.

"I can do all things through Him who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13

Now, I realize that it's not worth it to hold anger in your heart... I choose not to rush to judge others... I know that forgiveness is everything... and that His love is what saves us all!

{Casting Crowns: Glorious Day}

May the cross always be a sign of life and hope,
and a reminder of everlasting love.

{Jeremy Camp: This Man}

easter blessings to you all!


Tiffany said...

So beautiful! Thank you for this.

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

beautiful post!

easter blessings to you as well!

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

beautiful post!

easter blessings to you as well!