This is our Heritage

**The Easter Story**

Four different apostles wrote their own account of what we call The Easter Story. This story is one of:

Betrayal

Suicide

Trial

Shame

Mockery

Sacrifice

Crucifixion

Although the start of each book is so grim, so choked full of heartache and lies and deceit – they each end with the greatest love story ever told. A story of love, hope, and fulfilled promises. A story of a God that loved us so much that He sent His only son to die on an old rugged cross.

For me. For you.

This story of sacrificial love can be found in the following books and chapters of the Bible:

Matthew 26-28

Mark 15-16

Luke 22-24

John 17-20

Read them all. Soak in the tiny details. This is our heritage. This is our story.

Which is your favorite account? Mine changes. As of today I’m focused in on Matthew 27.

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It’s Time for a Comeback

Here’s what’s on my heart:

You’re never too far gone.

You’re never too bitter.

You’re never too sinful.

You’re never too awful.

You’re never too sad.

You’re never too much of whatever satan is whispering in your ear. You’re just not.

It’s time for your comeback.

Come back to Jesus. He’s waiting with open arms, and He wants to wrap you up tightly. He wants to love on you. He wants to tell you that it’s all gonna be ok. He wants to work through this with you. Come back.

“And rend your heart and not your garments ” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.” – Joel 2:13

Rise Up

Merriam describes resurrection as bringing a dead person back to life – to cause something that has been forgotten to exist again.

To bring back to life.

Christian women – it’s time to rise up.

Think back to when you first met Jesus. Think back to the little girl that loved VBS. The one that was baptized in grade school. The one that thought loving Jesus with her whole heart was so cool – she’s still there. She still exists.

Let’s get excited about Jesus again. When His name is spoken let’s grin from ear to ear. Let’s wake up looking forward to walking and talking with Him. It’s time to resurrect our first true love.

It’s time to rise up.

🎼Now I have resurrection power, living on the inside Jesus, you have given us Freedom🎼

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

⁃ Romans 6:4

Are we Desperate for God?

Are we desperate for God today?

Is our desperation for God circumstantial, or is it because we just love Him so darn much?

When we are in a “fix this” or “fix me” situation it’s easy to cry out to God. It’s a natural reaction to scream out to God when everything around us is falling to pieces. But what about on a Tuesday -when we’re just doing laundry. Do we need Him as much then? Do we make it a point to talk to Him then – to totally depend on Him in those moments, too?

Depend on God today – desperately. Let His love and grace overflow within you. Because it’s Tuesday. Because He is your favorite. Because you can’t make it without Him. And because His love for you is never circumstantial.

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1

It’s Monday

Hey. It’s Monday.

You’ve got this because God’s got this.

You’ve got work to do, and within that work is a mission that God has specifically assigned to you.

It’s probably going to be a battle. Let’s be honest – there is a war raging all around us. But God has equipped you for this specific mountain, and there is somebody out there that needs you this week.

Yes. You.

Step forth and be a conqueror for Christ. He needs you. This world needs you.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

– Matthew 5:16

Break Free

Low self-confidence.

That was me all through school. I was too skinny. I had stringy hair. Crooked teeth. That’s what I saw. That’s what I thought other kids saw.

Then I had babies. And I was too big. One afternoon while walking through the grocery store in my hometown – pushing my newborn baby in a buggy – an older lady pointed out how much weight I’d gained.

Don’t do that.

Don’t point out other people’s flaws. It’s hurtful.

It took me years, and a deeply grounded relationship in Christ, to push past the insecurities of a poor self image. You don’t have to live that way, ladies.

*Are you tired of not feeling good enough?

*Are you constantly comparing yourself?

*Tearing down yourself?

Break free. Let Christ help you undo the chains of insecurity that are holding you back.

*Speak truth to yourself.

*Pray

*Set aside Praise & Worship time

*Become best friends with Jesus.

*Lift other women up.

You were created to be a confident woman in Christ. He made you beautiful. He created you for a purpose. Believe it. God doesn’t make mistakes.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14

Standards

Dear Teenagers,

Standards.

Don’t apologize for having them. Set them high. Dare to be different. Don’t feel bad about yourself when you don’t fit in. There’s nothing wrong with you, but the world will try to make you think there is.

The world will try to tell you that you think you’re better, but that’s not it. It’s just that you know without a doubt that God’s way IS better.

Standards. Set them. Keep them. And when you mess up – because you will – ask God to give you the strength to forgive yourself and keep on going.

“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” – Philippians 1:27