Friday, April 12, 2019

10 Easter Bible Verses to Lift You Up

Hey, did you know Easter is right around the corner? This year, it falls on Sunday, April 21st. And, I don't know about you, but I always find it joyful to dig into the Bible and see what it has to say about the Resurrection.

I mean, after all, this is HUGE. This is such an awesome part of Christianity. It brings hope. It brings encouragement. It brings faith. It brings life. It brings freedom. And, it brings celebration.

As Easter approaches, let these Bible verses open your heart and lift your eyes.

Job 19:25 

"But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last."

Isaiah 53:5 

"But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed."

Isaiah 25:8  

"He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The Lord has spoken!

Isaiah 26:19  

"But those who die in the Lord will live: their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead!"

Acts 3:15  

"You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!"

Mark 16:6  

"...but the angel said, "Don't be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body!"

Luke 4:38-39  

"Why are you frightened? he asked. Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it's really me..."

1 Corinthians 5:3-6  

"...Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time..."

Philippians 3:10-11 

"I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!"

And the best news...

1 Corinthians 6:14  

"And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead."  

Well, there you have it, folks - scripture to swell your soul. Indulge in it and watch what happens!

Happy Easter! 💓

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

It's bedtime, folks.

So, what do you do when it is time for bed? Do you have a set routine? Do you go to bed at the same time every day? Or, do you just wing it every night? 

For some people, consistency is what it's all about. Preparing a nightly bedtime ritual to get the best night's sleep. For others, when the yawning starts, it is time for bed. 

In our house, I have calculated that it takes approximately one hour to get in bed after deciding we are tired and ready to go to bed. We don't have a set bedtime, but there is a lot that goes into preparing for slumber. You know, when you have four dogs, making sure they have been walked is essential if you have any hopes of sleeping through the night. And, when half of those dogs have special needs, you must make sure the medicines are swallowed and that everyone is calm. 

Only then can we get ourselves ready. 

If we want to be in bed by 11, we have to start at 10. 

Lately, this routine has been getting to me. An hour. One hour of my day is spent getting ready to go to sleep so I can - God willing - wake up to face the next day. By the time we make it to bed, forget about reading. And, falling asleep while saying prayers just seems so, so wrong. 

I could blame it on so many things. The dogs. The kids. Life. But, the truth of the matter is, that it is ultimately up to us and how we use our time. 

Are there things we could do differently? Absolutely. Do I necessarily know what they are? Not exactly. But, I am sure willing to experiment. 

God wants us to have a life full of His goodness. But, I am pretty sure that he does not want this full life to take our focus off of him. So, it is important to keep him at the forefront of our minds. 

When getting ready for bed each night, it's easy to find ourselves wrapped up in all we need to do before we can rest. God, however, just wants us to rest. "I will both lie down in peace and sleep: For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." - Psalm 4:8 (NKJV) Does he want us to spend so much time preparing for slumber that we fall asleep while saying our prayers? No way. 

After all, how do we know we will even wake up to see tomorrow? And, how could we even imagine going to bed without fully and graciously giving thanks to God for all the time and opportunities we experienced throughout our day?

I'd say it's time to put those time management skills to work and make some changes. Don't you think? I am open to suggestions... 

Sweet dreams!

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