Celebrating the Gift

Easter Lisa

Easter bonnet? Check.

Easter shawl? Check.

Easter purse? Check.

Easter dress? Check.

Absolute adorableness? Check.

Easter was a special day in my home. Each year, included a new dress (sometimes handmade by my mom). I would say that I always felt like a little princess on Easter Sunday. Extra pretty. Extra special. Extra excited.

When I woke on Easter Sunday, my eyes would instantly go to my bookshelf. There would sit the most perfect Easter basket ever. Every year it was perfect. My mom has a gift-giving “gift”. She can make the ordinary look exceptional. She picked each candy out carefully and placed them strategically in the basket. Mixed in would be thoughtfully chosen trinkets, jewelry and toys–her love showing in each item.

We always enjoyed Easter Sunday service at church. There seemed to be electricity in the air! It was a special day–a joyful day.

Easter Sunday was a celebration.

EASTER SUNDAY IS A CELEBRATION!

Yesterday, today, and forever! Why? Because we have a God, a Heavenly Father, who loved us SO much that He provided the way for us to be united with Him–in relationship–with Him. He sent His Son to come and grow up among us. He suffered the same aches and pains as us. He had cuts and bruises and colds. He knew what it was like to be teased, bullied and unaccepted. He felt the stares of people who thought He was weird and those who betrayed Him. He understands. Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and abundant in power, His understanding is beyond measure.

God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to live with us, understand us, have compassion on us, and die for us. He died for us. Why? So that we too could be sons and and daughters of Father God.

Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

My mom is a beautiful gift-giver. But God? God gave His Son–as a gift–so that we could have eternal hope of a life with Him.

What do you have to do to receive this gift?

The Bible says we must confess and believe.

Romans 10:9 (ESV)

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Do you know Jesus? Are you excited this Easter Sunday? I would love to hear how you found Jesus, or what Jesus has done in your life.

Do you want to know Jesus? Is He speaking to your heart right now? Do you feel a tugging deep down that there is something more to life that you are missing? If so, I would love to talk with you. Feel free to email me at:

walkingbaresouledinthesonshine@gmail.com

Below are some additional resources for you. ❤

http://www.billygrahamlibrary.org/PGView.aspx?pid=13

http://followchrist.ag.org/

Finally:

Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP)

The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;

The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;

The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).

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