I love Easter.

Headed to church!

(more photos at the end!)

It’s at the time of year when everything in nature is coming to life and starting fresh…how perfectly fitting for such an important Christian holiday!

Easter impacts me so much because of the significance of Christ willingly laying down his life for undeserving people so that we might have eternal life. So often I don’t honor God the way I should through thoughts, words and deeds. I am so selfish and undeserving. But he sent his son who willingly and bravely sacrificed his perfect self for my sinful self so that I might live in heaven with them one day. It’s the most selfless and loving thing that could ever be done.

I just can’t imagine, a) sending Sonora to her death in 32 years for people who don’t respect or love me {God}; or b) knowing I will be dying a brutal death for people who hate me and my dad {Jesus}. It’s just craziness. But it just proves what an awesomely LOVING God we have and how amazingly powerful he is…he conquered DEATH. Jesus rose from the dead to fulfill God’s plan and promise.

And here comes a little bit of a soapbox for those with different beliefs – saying this WITH LOVE…

He’s not “zombie Jesus” to me! Which I actually totally understand people saying…it’s a little humorous from an outside perspective because seriously? It’s weird. But to me, he’s SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Jesus. And leaving faith/religion out of it – an innocent man willingly died a horrible death after being publicly humiliated, beaten, tormented and rejected by people, most of whom used to love him. So regardless of your beliefs, this moment in world history (not just Christian history) should be respected even if you are baffled by the idea of his resurrection.

And if you celebrate spring on Easter Sunday and don’t believe in Jesus, who cares! It’s not about the candy or eggs or bunny or whatever. It’s totally a time for family and fun. But if you start belittling the person that I believe saved my soul then it does get personal and it hurts my feelings. Plus, he’s had enough mockery…that’s all he received as he suffered on the cross! Insult on top of injury. So just like parenting, let’s all agree to play nicely together and do our own thing with mutual respect.
{stepping off soapbox…ha!}

Anyway, back to the faith part…here are bits and pieces of Isaiah 53 that I wanted to share that really puts it in perspective:
“But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us…He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed…He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked…Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true…Still, it’s what God had in mind all along…The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him…he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.”

Wow. It’s just SO INTENSE. I just can’t even comprehend.

You all know I love our church…we went to the Easter service yesterday and it was packed as usual – praise God! Well on top of a great service, we were given a free copy of “The Case for the Resurrection” by Lee Strobel which I’ve never read but after I do, will happily share it with anyone who has questions about the resurrection. But what was missing from the past two weeks were some of my favorite Easter traditions – like little kids waving palm fronds on Palm Sunday and a Good Friday service and the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter Sunday. I would rather see this than watch Sonora hunt for Easter eggs (even though it was incredibly cute…). But despite missing the Reformed traditions that’s okay because we still got to sing songs like this:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
‘Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

For those of you who celebrate Easter, don’t these lyrics just give you the chills?

And now for photos of the cutest little Easter bunny I know. We didn’t go crazy for several reasons – retain the real meaning; budget!; Sonora is too young to get it yet –  but I did want to start the Easter egg tradition. So I filled four eggs for her (and two with candy for Ryan) of snacks she loves that I had in the cupboard (no candy yet!). I also bought her an Easter bunny and some cute Croc knock-offs. Enjoy the cuteness.

"That bunny has a basket I want"


Same treats as always, but so much more fun in an egg!

Found them all!

Making a mess.

"Wait a minute...these treats don't taste that special"

Mess maker Easter baby.

New Easter shoes!

Meeting the "Easter bunny".

Be cool.

Happy Easter!