Friday, April 18, 2014

For your Easter Weekend



"Father, Your heart seized shut, hanging there on the cross. You faced him who slithered sin into the beginning, satan. And crushed his head. Price paid. Sacrifice made. It is finished-our debt, our bondage, our estrangement. So You rise! You hold the keys of life and death!

It's Resurrection Sunday, Lord. But isn't every Sunday, always, a celebration of this. You commanding light to shatter the darkness? Our wonder, our gratitude, our awe draws us to celebrate this, the linchpin event of history, every seven days, over and over again. You have made us perpetually the people of the Resurrection, touching Your wounds, feeling for You... and declaring, "He is alive."

So give us courage to run, Father, great joy coursing through these veins, to tell the world! We, the Resurrection people, call the world to come see You! You who breathe before us, Who come out to meet us. We fall at Your feet and worship a risen, living, embracing God, a Saviour who lives forever with our names etched, scars, on the palm of Your hands."

~ Ann Voskamp, An Easter Devotional: Trail to the Tree

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“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die." ~ John 11:25-26

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"So be it, O Lord; be with us unto the end; guide and strengthen us in life, and bring us safely through the valley of the shadow of death, to thy blessed presence, where is the fullness of joy forevermore!" ~ Matthew 28:20, Pulpit Commentary


This Easter, "I pray that the love of God is resurrected, reborn and renewed inside your heart."

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Jedidja. Happy Easter to you.

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  2. I used the scripture in John for my Weekend Brew post today. Praying you have a blessed and beautiful easter. He is risen!

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    1. Praying the same for you, friend. <3

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  3. Easter blessing right back at you, my friend.

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    1. Much love to you, Amy. Always a delight to see you here.

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  4. Great encouragement. Yes! We should be telling the world of this Good News. Stopping by from the Weekend Brew. Come on over to Life Bubbling Over Facebook for some encouragement. Have a blessed Easter weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. I have "liked" you over at Life Bubbling Over too. Praying Easter joy stays with you every day.

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  5. He is risen ... just as He said! For then. For now.

    Praise God!

    Much love to you on this sacred weekend, Beth ...

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    1. Much love you, Linda. Grateful for your friendship. Praying you have a blessed Easter. He is Risen!

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  6. Many blessings to you on this weekend as we celebrate our risen Savior! Happy Easter, Beth!

    Love, Joan

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    1. Many blessings to you as well, friend. Love you. Happy Easter.

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  7. He is risen! Have a blessed Easter...

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Jill. Wishing you a blessed Easter as well.

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  8. May you know God's blessing this weekend as we remember His death and celebrate His resurrection and give thanks that be have been healed and given living hope.

    Love to you

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    1. Thank you, friend. As always, your comment has blessed me. Easter blessings to you. Love you.

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  9. Praying for you, Beth. That you will come to know the Father in a yet more intimate with this Resurrection Sunday. Blessings to you. He is Risen!

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    1. I pray the same for us all, June. Blessings to you. Happy Easter.

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  10. Beth,
    Easter blessings, love and ((Hugs)) to you!!
    Always,
    Bev

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    1. Right back at you, friend. Love you.

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  11. So give us the courage to run. Yes!

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    1. Amen! Easter blessings to you, Lisa.

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  12. Amen Beth-love this! Blessings and love this Easter to you and your family sweet sister, as we are filled with His amazing love and grace! ♥ He is alive!! ♥
    Denise

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    1. He is alive!! Amen. May Easter joy stay with you every day, Denise. Much love.

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  13. Thank you for sharing beauty, Beth. Celebrating His resurrection with you this weekend, and always.

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    1. Happy Easter, Tresta. Praying you have a beautiful day.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Jenilee. Happy Easter to you.

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  15. That was really beautiful! Yes, He is alive, every day within my heart. Is there anything better than that??

    HAPPY EASTER!

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    1. There is nothing better! He is alive! <3 Happy Easter to you, sweet friend.

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  16. Hi Beth! I was thinking along your same lines at Easter Vigil last night. Isn't every Sunday a memorial to the death and resurrection? But I am so grateful for celebrations that remind me of this wondrous gift.
    Happy Easter to you! He is risen!
    Ceil

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  17. You shared beautifully, Beth. And I miss you much!! Bless you and yours.

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  18. Yes, courage to tell the world. I'll join you in that prayer. Lovely post, friend! Much love!

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  19. Beautiful words and photo! Love it - thank you! (And thanks for your recent visit to my blog.)

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