Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:114

Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:114

I have been thinking a lot about springtime being a time of renewal lately. There are many areas of my life in which I am trying to work and change, but my faith remains one of the biggest areas of need.

I have dealt with some painful moments in the past year and it’s been difficult to find peace. I have noticed one constant in the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty. God promised never to forsake us, and when I look back on the past few months of my life, I can see how He has been with me through everything.

In the midst of all the bad things, I began to realize my one comfort came from praying and reading God’s word. This verse perfectly outlines how I’ve felt, as it talks about how we can find refuge in God. He will renew us in His time but we can find shelter in Him while we wait.

Whatever you may be waiting for or hoping for, seek shelter in Him and trust in His timing. He won’t forsake you- ever.

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Scripture Sunday: Palm Sunday

Scripture Sunday: Palm Sunday

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What is the significance of Palm Sunday?

Today is one of the most significant days in the Christian calendar- Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, when people crowded the streets and lay palm branches in his path. It marks the beginning of the Holy Week. As Christians, we know that the following Thursday, Jesus was arrested. He was crucified the following day on Good Friday, and rose again three days later.

The following verses from John 12:12-19 explain the scene on Palm Sunday:

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
    sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness.18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

Today, I plan to spend time reflecting on the coming week. What do I need to do to prepare my heart for Easter Sunday? What does God want to do in my life this week?

What will you do to prepare?

Scripture Sunday: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

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As we draw closer and closer to Easter, I am reminded more and more of why I started this Scripture Sunday blog series in the first place. I was once told if something blesses you, you shouldn’t keep that blessing to yourself, but you should share it so others may be blessed as well.

I have been a fan of Kari Jobe since I first heard the song “I Am Not Alone,” and in fact, hearing that song led me to seek out more of her music. I discovered the song ” Forever,” which I believe to be the perfect Easter song. The songwriter captured so perfectly what Scripture describe as happening during the resurrection.

“The ground began to shake/the stone was rolled away./ His perfect blood could not be overcome./ Now death, where is your sting?/ Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated.”

It’s so powerful to me to think about the anguish and pain Jesus suffered all so we could be free of a life of sin and shame. So we could have eternity in His home. That’s how much we are worth to Him. I’m even more amazed when I think about how Jesus overcame death, so he can surely overcome anything else.

I’ve long been struggling with depression and anxiety, but in recent months, things have really gotten difficult. I’ve prayed so many times that I cannot handle this on my own. The truth is I was never supposed to handle it by myself. A Savior who defeated death to save me can bring me through any valley I face in this life.

If you’re struggling with something right now, know that you are not alone and you don’t have to overcome this on your own. You were never meant to walk alone. Pray about it and ask God to help you get through it.

Have a wonderful week.

 

 

Sunday Musings: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

Sunday Musings: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

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Several people have asked how we, as a Christian family, celebrate Easter with little children. In a world where Easter has become giant rabbits and hunting for eggs, how do we keep to the true meaning of Easter in our home?

We do still do Easter baskets for our kids, we d o still color eggs with our kids, and we do still participate in Easter egg hunts. Those things are tradition, but we do these things, too.

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  1. We read “The Story of Easter” by Patricia A. Pingry. I love this book- it is colorful, well-written, and it explains the Easter story in a way that our children really understand it. They have asked some great questions over the years, and they’ve learned from just reading this book. It’s available on Amazon, and if you’re not into this particular book, there are others that are just as great.

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2. Make “resurrection rolls!” Recipe can be found here. 

This is a fabulous way to demonstrate the Easter story and resurrection to your children. Plus, they are quick and easy to make, and they taste amazing!

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3. We go to church on Easter Sunday

Our church has traditionally held a Sunrise service, breakfast and regular church service. We always enjoy celebrating our risen Savior, as well as fellowshipping with our fellow church members.

How do you and your family observe the Easter season?

 

Sunday Musings: Matthew 28:6

My goal in the remaining weeks til Easter is to really pray and prepare my heart for not only Easter but our upcoming revival. I plan to share some different Printables for Easter related verses as well.

If you don’t celebrate Easter, you may not know why Christians celebrate the holiday. It doesn’t have anything to do with rabbits, hiding and finding Easter eggs, or buying new church clothes. All of those things are incidental- the holiday is all about celebrating our risen Savior.

Jesus, who was born of a virgin and lived 33 years on this earth as the sinless, perfect son of God, was crucified for a crime He didn’t commit. He died on that cross and three days later, he arose and walked the Earth once more.

The verse I’d like to share today is Matthew 28:6. Can you imagine the shock and surprise of Jesus’ loved ones when they went to visit his grave and found His body missing? And can you imagine the joy and awe they felt when they realized He truly had risen?

I’m grateful to serve a risen Savior.

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Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

Sunday Musings: Finding Time in Your Schedule for Your Daily Devotion

I realize the title of this post is a bit misleading…and wrong. Truthfully we should put God and our time with Him first. If we are honest, we will admit that we don’t always do that. Here are a few ways to make sure you get your quiet time with God.

1. Wake up before anyone else, even if it means getting up earlier.

I am often the first one awake in my home. I like to take those first few minutes to pray and read His word when I will not be interrupted.

2. During your lunch break

I am a teacher, and while I don’t get to leave school for lunch, I do get to eat by myself. There have been times when I’ve gone into my classroom and for a few quiet moments, I’ve prayed and read His word. If you are able to leave your job for lunch, you could always pray and read in your car.

3. In your car

You can use an audio devotion while on your morning commute. I have done this before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now that my commute is much shorter, I don’t do this as often.

4. Just before bed

Take those last few minutes before bed to read God’s word and meditate on it. I like to wait until everyone else is asleep so I won’t be interrupted. Going to sleep with God’s words in your mind is such a sweet feeling.

5. Your devotional reading doesn’t have to be a long reading.

I love “Jesus Calling” by Sara Young and “Journey” magazine (published by Lifeway). These are short, but I have learned so much from both of those publications.

How do you fit in your daily devotion?

Sunday Musings: John 3:16

Sunday Musings: John 3:16

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This month, people will talk about the greatest love stories ever known. But there’s one love story that, to me, stands out above all others.

John 3:16 is a verse most of us know, and for most of us, it was the first verse you memorized. But have you ever thought about what the verse really means?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.”

If I were to put this verse in our daily vernacular, it might look like this: Because God loves us so much, he gave his only son to die for our sins. Those who believe in Him shall have eternal life in Heaven.

God gave us his only son so we could be with Him forever in Heaven. All we have to do is trust and believe.

What greater love story exists than this one?