What Easter Means to Me

Today's guest blogger Ginger Harrington starts our Easter series for the month of March, called "What Easter Means to Me." Her writing always encourages me. May your heart be blessed as she writes about the memories and grace of Easter.

When I was a little girl, Easter was all about the bunny.

And the basket.

And the dress.

As a child, I loved the pretty dress that always matched my sister. Some years we even had Easter bonnets. In our white patent leather shoes and frilly socks, we loved the thrill of hunting for Easter eggs, colorful and filled with sweet treasures.

I have years of special Easter memories stored away in my heart. Years of traditions shared with family. As I have grown older, I still love the sharing the traditions with my family.  Over the years the generations rotate as the crawling babies grow into teenagers and the young parents become grandparents. Easter is still one of the few times we gather as extended family, and it is precious.

As the years have passed, Easter has come to mean so much more than a loved holiday filled with traditions and family.

Beyond the traditions and sweet moments that fill the pages of my scrapbooks, Easter is about life—both the life I enjoy now and the life I look forward to in heaven.

To me, Easter is the power of resurrection life and salvation from sin. Easter is the recognition that Christ lived and died to make a way for me to live. Freedom from death and forgiveness for sin are what Christ accomplished through being a willing sacrifice on the cross.

On that first resurrection morning as the women rushed to the tomb, the angel told them, "He is not here, but is risen!" (Luke 24:6, NKJV).

What does this mean to me? It means everything. It is eternal life, the life of God at work in me both now and forever. Easter means life, and it brings hope.

Easter's Grace

Resurrection life is filled with hope and peace,

mercy and an endless love.

 It is powerful beyond what we can imagine.

 It is the power that raised Christ from the dead

and the power that will raise us up as well.

Hope rises.

God’s hope is deeper and reaches far beyond circumstances.

 His hope is the promise and the power to work all things together for good.

He is

and in Him is life and wholeness.

His hope is the power that brings life out of death,

 the power to rise up out of difficult circumstances,

   Hope believes.

 We do not have to create our own faith.

 It is God's gift of grace.

God's presence ignites hope to rise up

 and overcome doubt and fear.

Hope praises.

  Hope is powerful

 because our God is powerful.

Hope stands

because our God is faithful.

 Hope  rests

 in the assurance that He is

and He will be faithful to do all that He has promised in His word.

The burden of proof is on Him;

 it lies on His shoulders, not ours.

We simply need to come and believe.

Hope lives.

Hope looks forward expectantly.

Hope dwells in me.

He is already here.

Christ in me,

the hope of glory.

Happy Easter!

 

© Copyright 2015 by Ginger Harrington

Ginger Harrington is a blogger and speaker whose long-time passion is to equip women to grow deeper in Christ. Through blogging and speaking, she has the opportunity to let the Holy Spirit bring forth wisdom, creativity, and humor. Currently she is a speaker and social media coordinator for a new ministry for military women called Planting Roots: Strength to Thrive in Military Life.

Visit Ginger’s blog, Ginger’s Corner: Where the Spiritual Meets the Practical, at www.gingerharrington.com. You can also find her at www.facebook.com/gingerscorner. See what Planting Roots is up to at www.PlantingRoots.net and www.facebook.com/strength2thrive. Please help us to spread the word about Planting Roots by sharing these sites with any military friends or family!

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, new life, hope, What Easter Means to Me, Ginger Harrington

Comments (6)

  • anon

    Ginger, this is just beautiful!  Praise God for Easter and his resurrection power!

    Mar 03, 2015
  • anon

    I agree, Leigh! I love how she talked about hope. I'm praising Him, too!
     

    Mar 03, 2015
  • anon

    Great word on HOPE and the true meaning of Easter!  I think we all need to be reminded of the true meaning of Easter - thanks!

    Mar 03, 2015
  • anon

    Clare, I think "hope" is a great way to describe Easter and share its true meaning. Thank you for stopping by, and I am glad Ginger shared about Easter this way today!
     

    Mar 03, 2015
  • anon

    This post warmed my heart! My family was ChriEasters - We only showed up in church on Christmas and Easter. (Let me  clarify: My Dad was an unbeliever and an abusive husband/father. My Mom hid her faith although she tried to show it to my sister and me.) I was pretty ignorant of the holiness and miracles of Christ's birth, death, and resurrection. Praise God that He drew me to Himself!
    BTW - I need to get my post to you. Here I sit, redfaced!

    Mar 03, 2015
  • anon

    Sherry, I am glad Ginger's devotion warmed your heart! It's very inspiring. It's definitely a blessing that God taught you what He did about Himself. Thank you for sharing your words with others, and I look forward to posting your devotion next week!
     

    Mar 03, 2015

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