Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, Friends!

Long time, no blog post!  The good news is Frank is doing great.  He has had surgery on his neck for a disc problem and another surgery on his leg for a torn acl.  He has recovered from both nicely.  In fact, it's getting hard to convince him he needs to rest and let us carry him everywhere because he's feeling so much better.

Unfortunately, my back is the reason I haven't been posting.  It hurts all the time and that stinks!  It is wearing me down.  I'm tired all the time from the pain and the pain medicine.  It's pathetic when you just don't have the energy to put a card on a blog, but that's where I've been.

Since it seems like this won't be changing anytime soon, I've decided to suck it up, buttercup and get back to making cards and sharing them which I love.  I have a stack to show you over the next weeks.

Most importantly, "Happy Easter."  No matter what other religion someone may follow, the leader will die.  When that person dies, they will not or did not come back to life.  The difference about Christianity is that my God died on the cross, but He Lives!  Three days later, he was resurrected, meaning he came back to life from the dead, alive and well!  Death did not keep him in the ground.  It did not stop him, control him, or defeat him.  Because He conquered death by coming back to life, those of us who follow him can conquer death and live with Him forever.  (not bouncing on clouds and playing harps, either).  If you think you're not good enough to go to Heaven, you're right.  (Shocked you, didn't I!  Close your mouth now and keep reading.)  None of us are good enough to go to Heaven based on what we've done, no matter how good we are.  We all still sin and do things that are wrong.  Jesus is perfect, though.  He never sinned, so he took the punishment for us, so that even though we aren't good enough, he cleans away the bad things we've done so we can spend eternity with Him forever.  Does that mean I can go rob a bank and punch someone in the mouth?  Of course not.  We don't want to sin so that God's grace has to increase.  However, we will sin and He will forgive us.  To go to Heaven, you just have to love God and follow him and his commands.  I'd be happy to talk about this more with you if you have questions.  Just email me and we'll go from there.  

There are an awful lot of people I know spending Easter in Heaven this year.  I know they're having a great time, cured from the pain and disease that destroyed their bodies.  That doesn't change the fact that I miss them so much.  Because Jesus is alive, I know that even though my friends died, they are alive and well and someday I will be reunited with them.  I can't wait to see Rich, Mariza, Chuck, Edie, JD and so many more.  It'll be one great reunion!  

You see, Christianity gives me hope.  Even though my back hurts it will be healed, either on earth or in heaven.  Christianity gives me joy.  Even though things aren't they way I want them right now, God has a plain I can put my trust in and so I can have joy in spite of my current circumstances.  Christianity gives me love.  Unmarried at 40 wasn't in the plan either.  Sometimes, I feel unloved because that relationship is missing.  I am not unloved.  I am loved so much that Jesus died and erased my sins so I could be with Him forever!  I have much to be thankful for this Easter.

I know my Redeemer lives!  

Who taught the sun 

Where to stand in the morning?
And who told the ocean
"You can only come this far"?
And who showed the moon
Where to hide till evening
Whose words alone can 
Catch a falling star?

The very same God
That spins things in orbit
Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak (that's me!)
And the same gentle hands
That hold me when I'm broken
They conquer death to 
Bring me victory

Now I know my redeemer lives
I know my redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
I know my redeemer

He lives to take away my sins
And He lives forever, I proclaim
That the payment for my sins
Was the precious life He gave
But now He's alive and
There's an empty grave!!!!

Nicolle C Mullen

See you back on Monday with a new card and a picture of Frank if he'll cooperate!


Dianne said...

Angela, It is so good to hear that Frank is healing well. I am praying for your own healing too, because "by His stripes we are healed." Easter is a time of hope and promise for me too! Thank God for His mercy on us! I loved your post and that is one of my most favorite songs! Happy Easter to you my Christian sister!

Carey said...

A blessed Easter to you too. Give Frank a big hug from me. Take one for yourself too.

Carey and Roscoe (the swap eating dog)

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