The Lord Restores

During this Holy Week, I can’t help but to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice and love of God… the crucifixion of Christ. Christ who was sinless, died for our sins, to give us undeserved forgiveness and to save our souls. There is not better friend than the one we have in Jesus. I think about this absolute truth when I think of suffering. When we are in a season of suffering it’s so easy to be suffocated under the weight of hopelessness. The feeling that there is no ending is sight. But, this scripture in Peter reminds us that God restores.
We were lost and God gave us the opportunity to be restored through death of Christ. Through every season of suffering you can count on God bringing forth a season of restoration. When restoration from the Lord occurs it is in some ways greater than our suffering. Not to belittle loss or suffering, but it brings about a strength in our faith that I believe God specifically uses for his glory. When you’ve endured a particularly difficult season, and God restores you, and makes you steadfast and firm in a new season, you have a testimony to share. Through your suffering and restoration you can bring hope to another one of God’s children. Never think that your suffering isn’t connected to a bigger purpose. As children of God we are in community and connection with the body of Christ. Your experience in suffering and restoration are significant and purposeful. Rest assure there is nothing God can not restore and use for his plan. If you have any doubt, think about Jesus dying on the cross for you, he was steadfast then and he is steadfast now, by your side always.

Happy Easter!

We are spending time in Pittsburgh for Easter and spring break!  So far it has has been restful and fun! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Easter celebrating the love of Jesus!

Before we got to Pittsburgh we took a little break in Berkeley Springs!
Before we got to Pittsburgh we took a little break in Berkeley Springs!

We dyed eggs!
We dyed eggs!

I love that my mom lets me do my Easter decorating :) I had so much fun making Anya's basket this year!
I love that my mom lets me do my Easter decorating ūüôā I had so much fun making Anya’s basket this year!

I love my bright beautiful Easter picture from my sweet girl!
I love my bright beautiful Easter picture from my sweet girl!

My card to my family who means everything to me!
My card to my family who means everything to me!

Resource of The Week- Homemakers By Choice Podcast on Intentionally Preparing for Easter

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Easter is a significant day for Christians. This is when we reflect upon¬†the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, this is how we were reconciled to God. It really is the holiest of holy holidays. ¬†Easter isn’t just about eggs, bunnies, and new outfits for church, it’s about understanding the sacrifice Jesus made for us. I think it’s important that our children understand the true meaning of Easter. I’m not saying they shouldn’t get an Easter basket, but I think as parents we should be intentional about teaching our children about this holy holiday.

My Resource Pick of the week is the podcast by Homemakers By Choice on Preparing Intentionally for Easter. Donna Otto does a wonderful job in her podcast giving us 40 Ways to Intentionally Prepare for Easter. These are practical things we can do with our family to keep the real meaning of Easter alive in our homes. There is also a series on Preparing for Easter in 2013 that is 45 days worth of podcasts.

Visit Homemakers by Choice to review the other resources available.

Enter The Lottery for the Easter Egg Roll at The White House!

The White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery is Open!

Deadline Thursday, February 26th!

If any of you live in the Washington, DC metro or you wouldn’t mind taking a trip with the Kids to see the Easter Bunny at the White House then try your luck by entering into the lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll! The lottery opened on February 23rd and end this Thursday, February 26th at 12:00 pm ET. ¬†Sign up for the Lottery by visiting¬†https://whitehouse.gov1.info/easter-egg-roll/.¬†We’ve never been, but I have friends whose kids went and they had a fabulous time!

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