Today is good Friday! The day that millions of Christians all over the world are remembering and rejoicing because our reason for living, our Lord and Savior, the Son of God; Jesus, was brutally beaten, nailed to a cross and willingly bled and died for my sins and for yours. And Sunday is the day we celebrate his ressurection from the dead!! Normally I am so pumped up about this celebration! I like watching the Passion of the Christ because it is such a great depiction of what it might have been like were I around in Jesus's time. I love reading Daisy her picture story bible and when we get to the page with Jesus rising from the dead, we cheer together and raise our hands up and say with lots of excitement, :"He's Alive!!" She claps her hands and I join her. It's special!
This year is funky though. I am spiritually a bit blah lately because of all that has been going on with my sweet husband. My hub's is closer to the Lord than ever and we are both pressing in more now than ever in prayer for healing and victory for my hub's and studying scriptures to search out God's promises and to build us up with truth and hope but, I feel so weary and run down most of the time. Don't get me wrong. I can chug along, simile, encourage, take care of myself and my daughter and my husband, clean our house, hang out with friends and genuinely have fun too, but there is no escaping this season. I apologized to the Lord this week for being so out of sorts. I apologized for not feeling closer to Him. Nothing seems to penetrate the fortress I have evidently built around my heart to protect it from falling. Then this morning the most upbeat, colorful, passionate video did something unexpected in me; in breached my walls! I felt a tear trickle down my cheek as I watched two thousands believers gathered together to dance, rejoice and praise the name of Jesus in a public place. I don't know why this video hit me the way it did. I think I felt tremendously encouraged to see so many people who love Jesus as much as I do shining for all to see. To see so many different kinds of people united for one thing...the King of Kings. To see their faces of sheer joy, peace and passion as they danced and praised just flooded my spirit with a hug from Heaven. It was as if Jesus was hugging me and saying, "See, you are never alone my sweet daughter. I am with you always. You felt distant from me and you have been trying so hard to feel my presence, so here I am. I love you. I am alive and all is well. Do not fear." And then I proceeded to watch it over and over again all day long and sing it out from the top of my lungs with Daisy as we danced around the house praising Jesus. Now, it's starting to feel a lot more like Easter weekend around here!! Happy Celebration to you all!! Be blessed and hope you too feel the presence of Jesus mightily in your life! xoxo So, please take a quick moment to watch for yourselves. Perhaps this is a little glimpse of Heaven...unity, joy and nothing but a big celebration!! Sign me up!!
A big thanks to Jhen Stark : From Here to Eternity for sharing this video on her Facebook page this morning. I bet she had no idea it might encourage another sister in Christ as much as it did. So thank you friend! xoxo