Holy week is the week before Easter and offers an opportunity to spend time specifically thinking about the beauty and gift that is Easter.
For us, as women who are grieving, we have even more reason to dwell on the hope of Easter. We have experienced loss and tasted death, but because of Jesus’ death, burial & resurrection we grieve with hope.
Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
Easter is more than eggs and cute bunnies and pretty dresses, Easter means we have been given access to God, freedom from sin and shame and guilt; we have been given redemption, rescue, righteousness and eternal life.
Because of Easter we do not have to fear death or be overcome by it. We grieve, but we grieve with hope—we know this world, this life is not the end.
I created a simple 5 Day Bible Reading Plan that is meant to prompt our hearts to think about the hope we have because of the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. Simply download the reading plan on your phone, tablet or computer. Over the next five days, simply read the day’s text. Ask yourself the question prompts. Journal your response. And pray. In all the ways you feel afraid or angry or hurt or confused by God, tell Him. Ask Him to heal your heart. Ask Him for the faith to trust Him, to believe the words you’re reading. God’s Word brings life (Psalm 19:7) to weary souls and praying to God even when it hurts is the best medicine you can give to an aching heart.
Sometimes you just need a reminder. You are not alone. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear… for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all […]
Suffering drives us toward God to pray as we never would otherwise. At first this experience of prayer is usually dry and painful. But if we are not daunted and cling to him, we will often find greater depths of experience and, yes, of divine love and joy than we thought possible. As pastor John […]
I imagine that if you have found yourself here at The Morning, you have questioned God’s goodness or His power as it relates to suffering and pain. Maybe not out loud, but in your heart, or in your head, you’ve asked questions like “How could a good God allow such pain?” or “How could an […]
On the morning of November 15, 2008 I left a hospital with empty arms. Breasts swollen with milk to feed a newborn, a tummy still swollen from just having carried him for 9 months, a car seat and a diaper bag, a dryer full of little baby sleepers and onesies, a soft baby blue blanket […]
I pray this truth from Lamentations encourages your heart this month. His love never ends. LAMENTATIONS 3:22 VERSE WALLPAPER Click to Download Desktop | iPhone 5/6 | iPhone 8 | iPhone X | iPad/Tablet CALENDAR WALLPAPER Click to Download Desktop | iPhone 5/6 | iPhone 8 | iPhone X | iPad/Tablet
Last week I shared a few of my favorite verses that I clung to in the days following my son’s death. “I opened God’s Word over and over and over, not because my belief was strong, rather I searched God’s Word for hope because my faith was weak, gone even. I opened God’s Word to […]
When words fail and our hearts are weak and confused, when all the truths that we thought we believed feel like a lie, when God doesn’t feel good or near, our hearts need constant reminders of truth. Objective truth that doesn’t change when dealt devastating circumstances. We need reminders of that truth even when we […]
Recently, I was struck by two beautiful reminders from Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. This Psalm offers tremendous […]
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of […]