A Thrill of Hope: Easter Blessings

I didn’t eagerly anticipate spring this year. Mom was gone and I just wanted the world to stay as I was-hunkered down, cold, quiet, numb. But spring persisted.

Fast forward a week or two. It was a gorgeous day, so I went for a walk. God is so sweet to me. I found myself rejoicing in the blue sky, green grass, and budding flowers. Joy snuck in. I felt a thrill of hope.

Time will not stand still for any of us. I’m grateful, because I would’ve chosen to remain tightly contained in my grief.

Today as I walked I was-again-reveling in the signs of renewal and rebirth all around me AND inside me. God is surely working in the midst of my grief. It hurts. I miss mom, but the intensity of it has dulled just a bit. Getting out of bed is easier. Dealing with life is easier. A thrill of hope.

I know that line is from a Christmas classic, but it stayed with me all day. I think it’s rather fitting for Easter. I know this weary soul is rejoicing.

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn…

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.”

A thrill of hope...that is what I wish all of you this Easter. He is risen; He is risen, indeed.


Happy Easter! 

After a long, cold winter the trees are budding, flowers are popping up, and our lawns are green again. I can shed my jacket and everything seems brighter, lighter, and more possible. I adore the symbolism of Easter and of spring- new life, rebirth, fresh starts, hope…. If you know me or have followed me, you know I’m a sucker for beginnings. Easter provides me with another chance to get it right. I can’t be alone. Look at all of the books and articles on spring cleaning, gardening (planting new life!), and renewal. There is no better time for us-for me!!-to begin again. There is no better time for Hope to reign. 

Pause with me for a moment and reflect on what our Jesus did. Y’all, He did it for you. He did it for me. How do I lose sight of this?!?! When I truly stop to ponder the enormity of His love and His sacrifice…when I still myself and dwell on the Gift He has freely bestowed…I. Am. Undone.  And I am overwhelmed by my foolishness in focusing on petty things. How do I allow myself to be trapped by the dailyness of this life?!  Last year my Easter resolution was to walk in forgiveness. It’s not easy. In fact, some days it’s a real battle, but it’s what I’m called to do. This year my Easter resolution is to live in The Word. I want to read, think, speak, pray, and “do” The Word. 

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 (NIV) 

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9 (NIV)

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”  Psalm 119:130 (NIV)

“He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'” Luke 11:28 (NIV)

“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 18:30 (NIV)

What are your thoughts on this? As always, I wish you MUCH joy on your journey! 

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Another Easter Resolution

 I love, love, love Easter season. When I allow myself to be still and absorb the enormity of His sacrifice, the horror of His death, the miracle of His resurrection, the beauty of His love for us…I am undone. I am completely undone. 

Last year I wrote about Easter resolutions. I’m making one again this year. I actually find it easier to do this now (vs. in January), because I’m so humbled and full of His love.  I want to bless and honor my risen Saviour. My resolution is to forgive –and forgive quickly. When faced with the cross, how could I not? If He can forgive me for my myriad sins, I can certainly forgive others. 

I’m thinking of a woman I know. She’s what one pastor calls a growth opportunity. She has hurt me in many ways. Oh, how I would love to know her story, because I’ve learned there’s always a reason for why we are the way we are. But, I don’t know why and I probably never will. I just know I have to forgive her. Some days it’s easy. Other days it’s an hour by hour battle. 

I imagine you have some “growth opportunities” in your life, don’t you? Forgiveness isn’t an option for God’s girls. Matthew 6:14 tells us, “… if you forgive people their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” If we want to bless and honor our King, we must forgive. Forgiveness honors Him and sets me free from bitterness and sin. It frees ME.  It does not excuse her (or his) behavior. It does not say what the other person did is even remotely acceptable. It simply says I’m not hanging on to the offense any longer. I’m giving it over to my Lord. I’m emulating my Jesus. And it’s hard!  Forgiveness is not for sissies, but it’s worth it. Obeying God is worth it. Letting go is worth it. Being free of the anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness is worth it. 

Will you join me in making forgiveness your Easter resolution? Please prayerfully consider it. As always, I wish you MUCH joy. Happy Easter!  He is risen!

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said….” Matthew 28:6 (NIV)