What an amazingly, incomprehensible gift we can share, today! .. Romans 5:8 - “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Luke 24:1 – 8 - “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they […]
What an amazingly, incomprehensible gift we can share, today!
Romans 5:8 - “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Luke 24:1 – 8 - “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”
The Romans Road
Jesus died to save us, so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price of our sin, and so we can be assured of eternity in His presence. If you feel led to know more about how to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Bible shows us a simple path to understanding what that means and surrendering our lives to His leading and direction. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions; and if you accept Christ, today, let me know that, too, so I can praise Him with you and add you to my prayers, for you to continue to grow in grace and knowledge. Have a blessing-filled, Easter!
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We all have sin in our hearts. We were born under the power of sin’s control.
Step 1 – Admit that you are a sinner.
Romans 6:23a “…The wages of sin is death…”
A holy and righteous God cannot tolerate or be in the presence of sin. With our sin we have “earned” death – a spiritual death that ends in eternal separation from God, from His love, from light – from anyone or anything – eternal emptiness, loneliness and despair. Hell IS a reality. We will ALL live for eternity. The question is where will we spend it? You decide that for yourself, when you decide if you will accept the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice to pay your sin debt. God will never drag anyone kicking and screaming into heaven. It is your free choice — a free gift. Recognizing and accepting responsibility for your sin has to be your decision. He won’t force you.
Step 2 – Understand that you deserve death for your sin.
Romans 6:23b “…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
It’s free! You can’t earn it. You and I can never be “good enough”. Without Christ living in us, we could never keep the holy and perfect standards of Almighty God. Even with Christ in us, as long as we live in this fallen world, we will still fall and have setbacks. The promise is that Christ has already paid the price of those missteps and made a way for us to get up and begin, again, striving each and every day to become more and more like Him, through His amazing gift — not by anything we could ever do on our own. When we recognize our sin we become so grieved by it, we just need to confess it, ask forgiveness and get it out of our lives. The word repent means “to turn away from”. Repenting involves not just being sorry, but making a conscious turn away from our sinful habits. Through Christ we WILL be strong enough to do that.
Step 3 – Ask God to forgive you and save you. Tell Him your desire is for Him to lead and direct your life.
Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!
Step 4 – Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you — not religion, or church membership. God loves you!
Romans 10:13 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”
Step 5 – Pray in Jesus’ name. Ask Him to save you. Jesus tells us that no one comes to the Father except through Him.
Romans 10:9,10 “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
When Jesus is “calling” you, it’s unmistakable. Sometimes, we try to ignore it. But, I promise, you won’t be able to get it out of your mind, no matter how hard you resist or try to forget Him. Once He opens your eyes and heart to the truth — reveals Himself to you — you WILL know it to be true. You may have heard the Gospel dozens of times and, now, for the first time, it makes sense. Jesus pursues you, because He loves you. He wants a relationship with you.
Step 6 - If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day to redeem and save you, ask Him to save you, pray for forgiveness, turn away from your sin (It doesn’t mean you’ll be magically perfect, but because He is perfect and sacrificed Himself for your sin, you will be forgiven. You will be consciously choosing a new way of living — turning away from past sin and moving forward in a new direction with Christ leading the way.) Ask Jesus to be Lord of your life, showing you how to, and giving you the will to, live a life that is pleasing to God. He WILL hear you. You WILL immediately be saved! You will become a brother, or sister, in Christ, adopted into the family of God and have eternal salvation!
Chocolate is an Easter candy MUST at our house! Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate bars, chocolate….well…..everything! lol and chocolate is plentiful during Easter season. Most any store you enter will have at least a small display of chocolate sweets to stuff into bright-colored baskets filled with cellophane grass. Once in awhile something truly special […]
Chocolate is an Easter candy MUST at our house! Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate bars, chocolate….well…..everything! lol and chocolate is plentiful during Easter season. Most any store you enter will have at least a small display of chocolate sweets to stuff into bright-colored baskets filled with cellophane grass. Once in awhile something truly special is called for, though. I always have a great deal of fun filling “baskets” for our children and grandchildren. I use the term “basket”, loosely, as the containers vary from year to year and tend to be an item of practical use for the time after the treats are gone — mugs, bowls, water bottles, etc. They aren’t necessarily glamorous or as festive as commercial Easter baskets, but I find they are usually as welcome as the treats inside.
I have discovered that I can marry my desire for practicality with festive and decorative containers, by gifting specialty boxes of chocolate from See’s Candy. They are especially appealing when sending a gift to loved ones who live far away and won’t be able to share the holiday with us. The decorated and sturdy boxes that delicious See’s candies are packaged in are perfect for storing treasures, when the treats are gone and I love using them in decorative displays and centerpieces, no matter what season or holiday. See’s has always created beautiful holiday boxes for their confectioneries and Easter is no exception. If you are looking for wonderful Easter candy, packaged beautifully to share with friends and loved ones, this Easter, look no further than See’s. Use their sweets to create your own custom baskets at home or pick from their wide selection and have them shipped as a surprise for those you want to send a special rememberance.
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Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile have probably figured out that there is a fairly large age-span between our kids. They’re 10, 15 (almost 16), 19, 25 and 27. Is it just me or do they never get to old for Easter baskets? -lol- We have added two fabulous son-in-laws […]
Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile have probably figured out that there is a fairly large age-span between our kids. They’re 10, 15 (almost 16), 19, 25 and 27. Is it just me or do they never get to old for Easter baskets? -lol- We have added two fabulous son-in-laws and three extraordinary grandkids to our clan and I still love making Easter baskets for all of them. It’s really hard that our second daughter and son-in-law live in California, this year. It’s odd not to put one together for them. Maybe I should just make some and mail them….hmmmm… Some traditions are just too fun to outgrow. It’s a small thing and has absolutely nothing to do with the meaning of Easter or why we celebrate it, and yet, it is a fun part of the day that young and old, alike, look forward to. So, I have assembled nine Easter baskets this evening, instead of 11 (Yes, I made one for my husband. ) and I’m looking forward to everyone gathering at the house for dinner, after church, tomorrow. Everyone will enjoy their baskets, but the grandkids and our ten-year-old will be the most excited. It will be fun to watch them discover the candy and surprises.
I take a slightly different than average approach to assembling Easter baskets. The main difference being that I refuse to put them in baskets. -lol- I have a strong dislike for the flimsy, woven things that hit the shelves at Easter time and then end up crushed at the bottom of the toy box a week later, or strewn here, there and yonder around the house. They’re not sturdy, they’re awkwardly shaped making them hard to store and can get pretty pricey. In short, I hate wasting the money. I have been known to simply bag up candy and surprises in ziptop bags, but usually our kids find their Easter “baskets” are actually a cool mug, storage container or cereal bowls. I choose whatever my kitchen is short on or is in need of replacing. Even as the kids have gotten older and moved out on their own, I have continued this tradition, which adds some new items to THEIR kitchens. So, as I planned my list for Easter basket supplies I perused the cabinets to see what we really needed. My intention when I headed to the store was to get some nice, brightly colored cups for iced tea, this summer.
I headed to our local Walmart to pick up the supplies I would need. After looking over the selection of large plastic cups, I didn’t find anything that seemed just right, so I decided to check out the seasonal aisle where our store often displays tableware in colors that fit the holiday or season. I found these bright colored tableware options, that looked like they would do nicely. The cereal bowls seemed a little small for what I had in mind, since the Easter grass would take up a lot of the room, so I grabbed the slightly larger bowls which will be awesome for popcorn on movie nights. Green, blue and orange made their way into my cart and on the end cap of the next aisle I grabbed pink, purple, blue and green Easter grass.
Now, to fill them! Candy is a given and really the “main feature”, but, at least for the little ones, I wanted to add a little something extra. With all the sugary sweets they’d be eating, I thought that cute toothbrushes seemed like a fun and a practical choice. It’s never too young to start teaching children about taking good care of their teeth and adding cute toothbrushes to their Easter baskets would make learning about it much more fun. I knew that I could find all sorts of character themed designs. So, I headed over to the health and beauty department and browsed the aisle with all the oral hygiene products. It’s been awhile since I had to buy dental care items for toddlers. I was amazed that they have an entire section devoted to products JUST for young children! The number of options was mind-boggling. Every brand had specialty products designed to amuse, care for and fit the small mouths of even the tiniest children and I had to decide which ones to choose. I decided to stick with Colgate, since that’s a brand I had trusted with our own kids. They have tons of products made specifically for little ones. You can find out about all they have available, as well as specials, coupons and new products by following Colgate on Twitter and Facebook.
So, besides a cart full of candy, I picked out some Colgate Dora and Sponge Bob toothbrushes and toothpaste for our grandchildren’s Easter “baskets” and headed home to put baskets together for everyone.
So, the “baskets” are done and will hopefully inspire lots of Easter smiles. I’m looking forward to our day, tomorrow. We’ll all attend church together. I’m so blessed to be able to fill a row each week with children and grandchildren who love the Lord and to be able to worship with them. After church we’ll head home to eat David’s delicious grilled pork chops, my “world-famous” potato salad and of course, LOTs of deviled eggs! The kids will likely hide and hunt plastic eggs several times throughout the afternoon and we will all enjoy sharing some time together, to laugh, visit and enjoy a relaxing day.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #EasterSmiles As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.
This is my first Wordless Wednesday post. I get the concept, but seriously; did you really think I would be totally wordless? - lol- Maybe I’ll start calling it Mostly Wordless Wedneday. I love these people and the only ones missing from this day were our daughter and son-in-law, who were just married […]
This is my first Wordless Wednesday post. I get the concept, but seriously; did you really think I would be totally wordless? - lol- Maybe I’ll start calling it Mostly Wordless Wedneday.
I love these people and the only ones missing from this day were our daughter and son-in-law, who were just married and now live in a distant land called California. :) I’m putting in a picture of them, anyway. I also realized that our son-in-law, Jason, cleverly maneuvered himself to not be included in any pictures on Sunday. He’s sly like that. :) So, I am also including a snapshot of the portrait the kids gave me for my birthday, last August. Jason is in it.