through His Word
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.
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.
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.
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,
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 is powerful
because our God is powerful.
because our God is faithful.
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 looks forward expectantly.
Hope dwells in me.
He is already here.
Christ in me,
the hope of glory.
© 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