Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Easter Story


The Death of Jesus


45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[j] lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”[k]
47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. 48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. 49 But the rest said, “Wait! Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save him.”[l]
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. Matthew 27:48-50

Jesus shouted, "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!" And with those words he breathed his last.  Luke 23:46

 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
54 The Roman officer[m] and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance.56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee. 

The Burial of Jesus

57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.
Matthew 27:51-61

As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time the were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law. But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. Luke 23:55-56.24:1

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, on the Sabbath,[n]the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”
65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

The Resurrection

Early on Sunday morning,[a] as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Matthew 27:62-66. 28:1-4

They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn't find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and  bowed with their faces to the ground... Luke 2:2-5

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

The Report of the Guard

11 As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened.12 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. 13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ 14 If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” 15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:5-20



  • He is risen!!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spoken For


  • Here is a 18min video from the authors of Spoken For. I reviewed their book a little while ago on my other blog, and it is amazing. Spoken For helps show women and teen girls that we are God's and He loves YOU. I definitely suggest that you pick of a copy of their book. I am sure it will help encourage you in your walk with Christ. God bless!
  • www.robingunn.com   www.alyssajoy.me

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting Zone


  • When we're all going through the early stages of our life, there comes a point when we suddenly hit "The Waiting Zone". My whole life I've known what I wanted to be, various times from many different ages. My list contains: Best soccer player in the world, great baseball player, violinist, librarian, writer, mom, missionary, get my RN and pilot's license. Simple, right?  :) I'm sure there are things that I've probably forgotten over the small amount of life I've lived, but suddenly, when you hit your mid-teen years you hit a roadblock.       "Excuse me ma'am, but are you sure that's the right way?"               
  •    The Waiting Zone. Definition: a part of your life when you're not sure, and are awaiting God's direction.
          Through all the waiting. When I don't know what I want to be. God's still there, and I'm just waiting               for Him to give me the OK sign and say, "There's your exit." It's alright that I don't know what I'll be doing for my first job, or my lifetime career. People ask me all the time what I want to be, and when I was ten, the answers has always been the same. A missionary. I can and will always be that. What exactly the type of missionary I'll be will all depend on God. I wanted to get my RN and pilot's license so I could help other people. But I'm not sure I'll get either of those. The one thing that I REALLY want to do is what God has planned since the beginning of my life. (And before). I really don't care if I'm 20 and still have no idea what I'm suppose to do, or if people think I'm crazy because every time I'm asked, "What do you want to be?" and I answer, "Whatever God wants me to be."

                                       For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans to 
                                  prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
                                                                 Jerimiah 29:11
  • No matter what happens, always look to God for direction. His instructions will always be right.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Few Cool Dates To Keep In Mind


  •  Here are just a few events that are going on that you might want to check into!
 Shutterfly is giving a free 8x8 photo book (minus shipping) As well as $29.99 off of any larger book. When ordering, put in promo code: STORYTIME. Offer ends this Tuesday, the 25th.


  March 21st! God's Not Dead comes to theaters. Check the website to see if there's a showing near you. godsnotdeadthemovie.com

March 22 is World Water Day, check out this link to find out more of what you can do to help others.


March 28! Jamie Grace is coming to Richmond, VA and will be singing with the Do Life Big tour at the Richmond Outreach Center at 7pm. Click here to find out how you can get tickets. To find out more about Jamie Grace, go to jamiegrace.com


April 1st! Jenny L. Cote, a favorite author of mine, will be teaching her new writing workshop for her recently published book The Wind the Road and the Way, followed by a book signing, at Chesterfield County Public Library on Lori Road, Chesterfield, VA from 2pm-4pm. To register, contact Scott Davis at davisfamilyva@comcast.net. To find out more about Jenny Cote, check out her website at epicorderoftheseven.com

  •  Hope you guys have a great week!



Monday, March 17, 2014

Each is Different and Unique


  • It's been snowing since yesterday afternoon, (kind of crazy, snow in the middle of March!). Have you ever taken the time to stop and study the details of snowflakes? There are sooo many, and each is different and unique. Just like you. Each snowflake is small. and complexly detailed. None are the same. God made you to be different. He didn't make you to be the same as everyone else. He wants you to stand out and be different, not fall into the pattern that everyone else is doing. So next time you see a snowflake, let it be a reminder that God has made you uniquely different. 
  •  You are loved by God.