More people attend church on Easter every year than any other day of the year. Friends, there is no doubt about it—if there is one day every year where more people will voluntarily subject themselves to hearing the message of eternal salvation, it will be on Easter. Do you take advantage of this help? Of all of the days of the year that you are asking your fellow human beings to come to church—offering to drive them to the service—calling them in the morning to make sure they wake up on time—even if you don’t celebrate Easter—are you asking them on this day? We get a lot of questions about “holidays” in our home. I understand those who do not celebrate Easter, and in my understanding, I still believe we should be taking advantage of this day. If you do celebrate Easter? Then you should have no excuse for not inviting people on a day when they are more likely than any of the other 364 days of the year to come hear about a heartbreaking love story written just for them.
New Year’s resolutions are a funny thing, aren’t they? Some people break their resolutions from day one. Some people keep them for a short while. Still yet others are able to really embrace their resolutions as they become the new way of life. There are a number of reasons we break them. Perhaps we fall to temptation if we are dieting. Maybe we are trying to please other people inappropriately if we are trying to change a pattern in our lives that others offer to disrupt. It could be we are too tired, or just run out of time if we’ve resolved to work-out, write more, or read more. Or perhaps we simply don’t have time if we’ve resolved to do a certain thing this year or month. So what is the key to keeping resolutions? There has to be a trick, right? Because if it was easy, we wouldn’t say we’ve resolved to do something—we’d just say we are doing it, yes? Yes. There is a trick.
Many people are solidifying their New Year’s Resolutions in the end of January, but some are still trying to pick out exactly what they want to focus on. If you’re looking to narrow down your choices, here’s a list of resolutions to get you started, mostly based on the Greatest Commandment: “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30 Go ahead, pick an area of weakness that you’d like to beef up and glean some ideas.
Good Friday is coming. Do you have a Good Friday meal or devotional? Crown Of Thorns Bread would be the perfect compliment. And if you do Resurrection Eggs, then these are a good lunch supplement to your crown or thorn egg day. Unlike the Resurrection Rolls I shared with you last week, these ones aren’t as sweet. We purposefully use a humble recipe for Good Friday. It’s more of a somber talk for us all. I don’t want to mislead you–it’s a great recipe, just not as sweet as the rolls that we joyfully use to celebrate His resurrection.
Easter is coming Friends. I’m sure many of you make Resurrection Rolls for Easter Sunday (especially if you have kids or teach Sunday School). But for those of you who haven’t yet or lost your recipe, I wanted to make sure you have it in plenty of time to prepare for your humble celebration and day of worship. You will need:
* He is here! * He has come! * Can you feel Him? *
It happened again yesterday. A perfect stranger saw my daughter with me and asked, “Have you been a good girl this year?” She was very confused, but after looking at me a second, looked at the stranger and said, “I think so.” He smiled and said, “Well then, I’m sure Santa will be coming to your house this year.” She looked very confused and concerned. “Mommy,” my little girl started, “Is Santa a girl?” I smiled and tried to reassure the stranger that “Santa doesn’t come to our house. We’ve never met him” as kindly as I could. I then tried walking away with her and informed her that the Santa that man was referring to probably wasn’t a girl. No, we don’t know him. And hey–Let’s go look for Daddy. That’s when it started. He followed us.
Part of keeping Christ the center of this season when we’re married, is keeping Christ the center of our marriage. This can be a unique challenge for many of us for so many different reasons. But let’s look specifically at depression today. What if our husband has depression? How do we keep our marriages “all about Christ” when one of us is depressed? I’m not talking about having a bad day, or a bad event, or even a bad week. I’m talking about being completely broken and feeling hopeless?
I’m excited today to share one of my family’s favorite snacks. Remember what I said about being seasonal in the kitchen? Well, this is one of those seasonal recipes I was talking about! My family could eat this every single day of the year. But by waiting until the November/December season, I can usually get all the cereals for less than a dollar a box with sales and coupons. I don’t think it’d be very economical to make during the rest of the year. It’s become one of the snacks we have that make the “seasonal” statement. Ok, here’s the recipe:
We’re keeping Christ the center of the season here on Growing In His Grace. That sounds good, right? But the thought can be overwhelming to some. The center of everything? How does one do that? Let’s take one step at a time. Today we’ll look at a Christmas tradition that millions of people keep every year: sending Christmas cards.