What Your Family Needs to Do Before Easter

Easter is busy, but there's really just ONE thing your family needs to do before celebrating --
Easter is my favorite holiday of all. As a kid, I loved the holiday because of the eggs and the candy and the bulging basket I’d search for, which I would finally find hiding in a laundry bin or behind the couch.

I grew up in a Christian family, though at the time, my parents were Creasters — you know, they only attended church on Christmas and Easter.

I knew the real meaning of Easter, of course, and why we celebrate, but I didn’t really get it because we really didn’t talk about it. I never heard about Lent. I didn’t understand Palm Sunday or Holy Week, and rarely attended a Good Friday service.

The Bible stuff was left to Sunday school and pastors and the teachers at my Christian school. So the importance of Easter and how it should affect my daily life was lost on a little girl’s delight in bunnies and daffodils and the lamb dinner enjoyed on Sunday.

By God’s grace and the influence of my grandparents, Easter took on new importance as I grew older, and I began to understand the meaning of Holy Week and Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Today, Easter is still my favorite holiday — but not because of the bunnies and baskets but because of Jesus!

I’m writing over at For the Family today, sharing about the ONE thing your family needs to do this year before Easter.

The One Thing Your Family Needs to Do Before Easter

 


 

such a great resource for families to use this Easter!
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The Power of Focus

"Ordinary ability, when focused, excels" {Dr. George Sweeting}.
Many of us are familiar with the old adage, “Jack of all trades, master of none” because we feel it correctly describes us. We know how to do many things with average ability, but lack the skill to do any one thing unusually well.

Our social lives tend to follow this same trend, though we’d describe it in different terms. With friendships, we aren’t a “Jill of all trades,” instead we lament that our circle of friends stretches a mile wide but only an inch deep.

Concerning our schedules, our calendars are so littered with appointments, activities, and obligations, we’ve become rushed, frazzled, and unable to focus. We are running, shaky and out-of-breath, and we are ready to collapse.

How do we begin to change?

The question is imperative because we can’t continue in this same approach, being rushed along with the current of our culture, allowing life to simply happen to us.

How do we begin to change? How do we begin to live a focused life?

I am asking myself these same questions because how many times have I lamented my overwhelmed schedule and my distraction-led life?

Read more over at the Allume Blog!

such great encouragement to live with less distraction and more focus
 

 

Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes

Today’s guest post is written by Jennifer O. White, author of Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding DressJennifer is veteran of one failed marriage and one rescued by the marriage Savior. Praying God’s Word played a critical role in her transformation into a God and husband-honoring wife.

Today’s post is an excerpt of her book. She is also offering us a free download of another very important chapter: Seeing Your Spouse through God’s Eyes.

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Your Wow Inheritance

What if you inherited $68 million but you couldn’t take possession of it until you turned 75 years old? You’d be rich, right? But you would have to wait a long time to live rich.

You struggled all of those years but you knew there was hope. And finally the day you had dreamed of arrives. You show up at the attorney’s office to collect your grand inheritance on your 75th birthday.

The new secretary would greet you with a big smile because she knew this was the BIG day. But she has just one question. Why hadn’t you been living on the interest all of these years?

Interest? What? Your mind races through the scrapbook of your last few decades imagining what that interest could have changed for you and your whole family. You sigh, thinking, “How could I have not known?”

When I said yes to Jesus, I knew that heaven with Jesus was in my future. I knew that heaven was going to be a sweeter life than this one. But I did realize He could make everyday living radically better.

Fast-forward to the counseling session where I was introduced to the list entitled “Who I am in Christ.” That list is the interest on my inheritance. And it is yours too.

 

Live on the Interest 

Saying yes to Jesus changed my spiritual identity. I gained all the privileges of being in God’s family. God adopted me. Jesus bought that privilege for me with His life. But I spent years living as if I were an orphan with a promise of a good life one day.

The truth was in the Bible and I had been reading it. I grew up in church, taught Sunday school, attended a Baptist college and even married a preacher. I thought I knew God.

I left my first marriage in fear that things would never get better. Five years into my second marriage, desperation finally exceeded my fears. God responded to my 911 pleas for His help. As I simply turned to Him, He ran to me. Just as the father welcomed His prodigal son home, God lavished his unlimited spiritual riches on me. 

I am much more to God than I ever dreamed possible. I have a spiritual reality that changes my earthly life and lifestyle. You do too. We have an enemy who does not want us to know God’s role in our lives. But he loses! The interest on the inheritance is yours and mine!

 

Invest Your Inheritance in Your Marriage

Embracing my place in God’s kingdom has been a journey. Each time I’ve asked for help, God has moved mountains on my behalf. Praying to know God and to know who I am to Him led to a revelation of God as my Mighty Warrior, my Wonderful Counselor, my Redeemer, and my Defender. I am securely held in a relationship with this unstoppable force of love.

The spiritual battle happens in my thoughts, my words, my choices – everything that will affect my faithfulness to love and honor David. Ten years of feasting on God’s Word has trained me to lift up my shield of faith that God is who he says He is and can do what He says He can do. I know that doing what God says leads to peace in my heart and my marriage (Isaiah 32:17).

The shield of faith is part of your marriage armor. When the fiery darts fly in the battlefield of your mind, you must be ready to fend it off with a strong assurance of God’s delight in you. You lift up your shield of faith with declarations of the truth. Here are just a few you can put in your arsenal.

  • God is delighted that I belong to Him. He sings over me and settles my soul with His love. (Zephaniah 3:17)
  • God makes me strong. He lovingly and faithfully guards me from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
  • God is patient with me. His loving kindness prevails no matter what I’ve done. (1 Corinthians 13:4,7)
  • I confidently ask God for what I need. He is my generous provider. (Matthew 7:7, Hebrews 4:16, Philippians 4:19)

The blessings are yours. Don’t stop leaning into God until you are enjoying all of them.

Blessings,

Jennifer

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Don’t forget to stop by Jennifer’s website – jenniferowhite.com – for your free chapter: Seeing Your Spouse through God’s Eyes.

And if you haven’t yet picked up your copy of Pray Truth: Praying God’s Word for My Husband’s Heart, grab it now while it’s on sale!! 

How to Start Praying with Your Spouse

great tips to use if you want to start praying WITH your husband
Praying for your spouse is an incredibly important investment you can make in your marriage, and it is one that many of you committed to this past month.

Coming off the heels of Valentine’s Day, I want to challenge us to go one step further. Instead of just praying for our spouse, this month, let’s purpose to begin praying with our spouse.

We all have reasons not to begin — busy schedules, insecurity, miscommunication, different interest levels, and constant interruptions are just a few of the obstacles we have to overcome when making the effort to pray together. On top of that, praying together sometimes just feels awkward!

But even though praying together might feel uncomfortable at first, God uses that time of prayer to knit our hearts together. The power of praying together is unmeasured, but pivotal in our marriages!

If you’re struggling to start praying together as a couple, I’m sharing 8 tips over at For the Family to help you get started.

8 Quick Tips to Start Praying with your Spouse


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