Posted: 5:49 pm Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
By Staff Writer
Because the tomb was empty,
I can stand up under the heartache of burying two sons…
Because he appeared to the women who loved him most,
I know He never leaves me nor forsakes me,
Because He forgave his friend that betrayed and denied him
on the worst night in the history of the universe,
I know my sins are forgiven.
Because He dove straight into hell and took the keys of my
eternal future away from the enemy,
I know my future is with Him.
Because He lives
I can face tomorrow…
I posted these thoughts on my Facebook page Easter morning and it must have resonated deeply with those who visit my page because I received countless replies and “Amen’s.”
It was, and is, a heartfelt sentiment. It’s because of Him and His sacrifice that I find the strength to face each new day and draw each breath since losing my two boys.
Each of us has “something;” a trial or tribulation that we are carrying. Some burdens are heavier than others. Because He died for our sins, we know that the heaviest of loads and the heaviest of hearts are being carried not just by us but also by Him, and that is what sustains us.
New Movie | The Miracle Season
Opens April 13
The Miracle Season is based upon the inspiring true story of West High School girl’s volleyball team.
After the tragic death of the school’s star player, Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.
This is truly a heart felt love story about a team that would not quit. Let it inspire you to keep the faith when you are faced with obstacles that seem insurmountable. When something means the world to you, don’t give up!
The Miracle Season will be in theaters soon, it’s star-studded cast includes Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh and Erin Moriarty.
April Book Club | Kind is the New Classy
by Candace Cameron Bure
Why do grocery store checkers glare at you if you can’t find your debit card quickly enough? Why do bus drivers speak in grunts? Why do busy people with averted eyes pass by injured animals, the old, the infirm, the suffering? Where has kindness gone?
Have you ever caught yourself matching unkind mannerisms with those of your own? A terse bank teller might get a terse reply from me. But it’s not my norm. In fact, I try to “kill ’em with kindness” and the effects are dramatic. I love watching a stressed and pinched facial expression relax into a smile. Sometimes it’s forced, but I still think it does the soul good.
Actor, commentator, author, Candace Cameron Bure does too. You know Candace from Full House or Fuller House, Dancing with the Stars, The View, or perhaps her Hallmark films- she’s always a class act!
Candace has spent her lifetime navigating these rough waters, finally finding her peaceful harbor. She throws a lifeline to those of us still swimming against the current with Kind Is the New Classy, an insightful guide on how to stay true to oneself with grace. “The secret, she has learned, is kindness: it’s classy, unexpected, even counter-cultural, and ultimately wins the day.”
Candace raises some pretty big questions, and answers them with thoughtful, (dare I say KIND?) responses.
As a woman in today’s world, you know what it’s like to feel pressure on all sides from clashing cultural expectations. How can you stay true to who God has uniquely created you to be in the face of the script you’ve been given? What’s more, how can you stand your ground with grace?
In some rough waters of your own? Kind is the New Classy will address:
- Keep your cool under pressure
- Respond to criticism with grace
- Stay grounded yet go places in life
- Stay true to who you are despite the expectations of others
- Stay centered in what ultimately matters the most
One thing every single person I speak with – callers, event participants, neighbors, friends, family – agree on is that the world could use more kindness.
Pick up Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure, it’s my April Book Club pick for a good reason!
Nurturing Your Creativity | Badge & Brush
I’ve been speaking on the air recently about finding and nurturing your creative self. There is creativity in all of us, whether it comes in the form of singing, writing, painting, crocheting, crafting of all kinds, building, cement work, tiling… I could go on and on.
Taping into your creative side is a wonderful way to help you escape the stress of the work-a-day world and immerse yourself in another.
To illustrate (ok, and brag juuuuuust a little) I want to introduce you to my step-daughters creative side. A police officer while on the clock and a furniture up-cycler, builder, sign painter while off, she is doing a very brisk and beautiful business as “Badge & Brush”(Get it?)
I’m sharing a few photos of her work, and I encourage you to go to her Instagram page @badgeandbrush and check out her projects for inspiration or to commission some pieces.
I hope you all had a magnificent Easter Sunday. I hope you found fellowship on this holiest of days to celebrate the miracle of Christ’s resurrection. I hope that His sacrifice brings you peace and joy and hope.
My hubby Paul, me, and our two youngest (and namesakes) Delilah and Paul Jr., got all dressed up in our Easter finest and attended an amazing service that provided me with a message I needed to hear.
Welcome to April my friends. Welcome to Spring. Just one more season to Love Someone,