We are fast approaching June, the wedding month of the year. Countless couples are busy picking out dresses, tuxedos, cakes, photographers, videographers, venues and every detail associated with their wedding and reception. And let’s not forget the wedding showers, bridal luncheons and bachelor and bachelorette parties.
All this preparation becomes a stressful season to produce that magical wedding every girl dreams of. There are times, I’m sure, when they wonder if all the stress and worry is worth it. (more…)
“How does she do it?”
“How does he keep going?”
If you have been a Christian for a length of time, people may have asked how you do it.
- How do you get through a trying season with your teenager with your relationship with them in tact?
- How did you manage going through such a heartbreaking divorce?
- How do you manage being married for so long?
- How do you not fall apart when given devastating news about your health or a loved one’s health?
- How do you make it in a job you hate?
- Why are you so faithful when there are bad things happening to you or to your loved ones?
- How can you be so calm when the world is in such turmoil?
These questions are asked quite often; if not out loud then certainly in some minds. (more…)
Good Friday had come and gone. Jesus, God’s own son, had been rejected as the Messiah and crucified. Darkness had covered the earth in the middle of the day for three hours. A sudden split in the curtain separating the Holy of Holies from the common man created quite a stir amidst the temple priests. And an earthquake shook the area, causing rocks to split and graves to open. Many bodies of saints who had gone to their rest were raised. A centurion guard had even exclaimed, “This man really was God’s son!” (Matthew 27:54) Certainly the day was to go down in history as one to never be forgotten. (more…)
In recent years as Easter has approached, my thoughts have gone back about 15 years to when a boss who may not have been completely in touch with her employees decided to host an Easter egg hunt. The eggs were hidden around our small building and the employees searched for them. I was filled with dread as this sort of activity is not in my comfort zone. I managed to get the job of hiding the eggs, so I wouldn’t have to go searching for them later.
When the day arrived, I hid the eggs and then watched and waited as my coworkers went searching. When all the eggs were found and the hunt was done, we spent a few minutes together opening the eggs to find lottery tickets.
Several weeks later my boss commented that no one had thanked her for the activity or chance to win the lottery. I could understand why they had not thanked her. I think my coworkers were as unexcited about the Easter egg hunt as I was. (more…)
Easter will be upon us in a few days. As with every holiday, the stores have been packed with the items specific to it. In this case, there are eggs, bunnies, chocolate and crosses everywhere! Joy is in the air! However, for a Christian, Easter is both bitter and sweet. It marks the memory of the time in history when their Savior, Jesus Christ, died a horrific death on the cross. He was God’s son, who lived a sinless life yet was plotted against and died on that cross an innocent man.
WHY? Why did Jesus have to die? WHY THE CROSS?