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Monday, May 2, 2011

A celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord & Savior-2011

This was the most Christ-filled Easter weekend!  It was wonderful to reflect on what sets Christianity apart from all other religions!  We started off w/ a good Friday service.  Our pastor brought a message on the details of what Christ went through on the cross.  No matter how many times you hear it, the awe that He would do that for us is overwhelming.  I was really anticipating Easter Sunday.  We really wanted to make the day revolve completely around our Savior.  We  had a wonderful church service with several first time visitors.  It was great to celebrate our risen Savior w/ our church family.  We then came home and had lunch w/ just the 5 of us.  After a little rest, Gary's parents arrived.  The girls colored eggs and then we read the "Legend of the Easter Egg." (Great book!)  It was our desire to not just tell our girls the Easter "story," but we wanted to teach them how to defend the resurrection...to know this was more than a story.  We started going through all the Scriptures and showed them some key points of proving that the resurrection truly did take place.  We asked them lots of questions and allowed them to ask questions.  It was so neat to hear all their thoughts.  After that, because it has been a tradition to hunt eggs w/ their cousins, we had a "Skype" Easter Egg hunt.  Of course the Elliotts had to watch but we were so thankful we could at least see them as we have spent this special day with them so many years. We then had supper and had more devotion time.  The family time and the conversation it produced was priceless.  It was wonderful to share that with each other and we were thankful Gary's parents were here  to participate with us.  The time spent in prayer and song was so sweet and we pray we left our girls with knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that the resurrection DID indeed take place.  Even though we did not have an evening service at church, we were able to have our own time of worship in our home.  It was a very special time for us as a Celebration of our risen Savior.
(As a side note:  Vodie Baucham's "defense of the resurrection" is great!  You can download it for free on his website.)
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