Because HE Lives!

Happy Easter!

For some reason this year Easter just clicked for me.  I feel like for the first time in my life I really am beginning to grasp the concept of the sacrifice that my Savior made for me.  Our sermon series during this Lenten season was titled "24 Hours" and focused on the final 24 hours that Jesus was on this Earth.  Our pastors based their teaching on this book...

I think Romans 6: 6-11 sums up exactly where I am today as I celebrate the Resurrection...

6-11Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin's every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did.

After church we tried to get a family picture on our front porch.  It involved a tripod and three grumpy boys who wanted to come inside and change clothes!  I had to include both of these pictures because the first one just literally makes me laugh out loud....Where's Tradd?  I was running to get in the picture and apparently smothered him in trying to make it.  He was saying, "Y'all!  I can't see!"  HA!  And boy do I look preggo here...wowsers!  
I was happy with the second one!

I also want to say that giving up Facebook for lent was just what I needed...it really helped me put into perspective the amount of time I was wasting.  Honestly, when I'm home and on the internet I am mostly reading other people's blogs or writing on my own.  What I learned is that when I am away from home and having to wait somewhere (i.e. to pick up boys, in stopped traffic, for my gym class to start)  I would reach for my phone to check out FB...so I put a small book in my car called "To Live Is Christ" by Beth Moore and I would reach for that instead.  I will be back on Facebook, but will be keeping myself in check.    

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