As I take Molly our Terrier for longer walks, baby bunnies hop from bush to bush, squirrels taunt her from the trees. Her head is up, nose twitching to capture all the scents. Spring just makes my heart happy! In every yard grass is getting it's green on, and small green shoots are emerging from flower beds. The bright yellow of daffodils are a cheery reminder that a new season is born! Did I mention that Spring is my favorite season?
Spring is what makes Winter bearable. Each cold wind, snow, and gloomy days will not last forever. Soon that season will end and Spring will emerge. It is like watching the world slowly awaken from a long nap. Spring is literally "In the air." Spring is new life. Babies of all kinds are being conceived and born.....New life! I can't write about Spring without writing about Easter.
If you know me through my Blog, or are my family and friends, you know I am a born again believer in JESUS Christ. Spring is the ultimate new life in Easter as we remember our Savior. For many Easter is Spring break from school, chocolate bunnies, Easter eggs, new clothes, and yes, Peeps. For me and other believers it is a time of Christ's sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection. His life triumphed over death!
Living in U forgiven sin, separates us from God. he is pure and can not be near sin. Yet He knew when He created us, we would sin. We are human. God loves us too much to leave us there. He had a plan all along. His son was with Him in the creation, and would be sent to earth, born as a human baby. He would be sinless, would grow, teach, heal, and prepare His disciples to lead others to God. His blood, all of it, was shed on the cross, because He was the ultimate Passover Lamb. He took our sin, nailed it to the cross, and His blood covers us so God sees us as pure. It is a free gift, but He also gave each of us free choice!
We too have to die to self, repent, and turn our lives over to JESUS. Accept Him into our heart, and then let Him be the ruler of your life. He changes hearts, and opens eyes to see Him. We become new creatures, spiritually. Do we still sin? Yes, but we recognize the sin, ask forgiveness, and go a different direction. Is it easy? Not always, but by accepting Jesus as your Savior, He i dwells tHis Holy Spirit within you. He is our helper. It is a lifetime of learning and growing, but so worth it! JESUS died for me and you, whether you believe it or not. Jesus set us free!
I have walked this road for 35 years now, and I totally belong to Jesus. Even in the hard times, pain, and tears, He is my refuge, and I trust Him! I have grown closer and closer to Him in Bible Study, and prayer. He has proven His care over and over. He will always hear me, take care of me and love me. He has a plan for my life!
It is not about Church or religion. It is about a close personal relationship with Jesus, knowing His heart. He saved me, molded me, and quaranteed my name in His Book of Life. When He sends my angel to escort me to Heaven, I will see Him face to face. I will see His scars, I will see the love in His eyes. Yes, I expect a hug, and hope to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Spring and Easter are not the only time this is important to me....It is my way of life! If you aren't there yet, God still loves you and He thinks about you. I am selfish, I want you all with me in Heaven so we can spend eternity together! He created each of us for His pleasure, and so wants us all with Him. Have a Blessed and Happy Easter as you think on these things!