With Easter come and gone it can be easy to slide back into our usual routines and lose the excitement, expectancy, and unbridled joy that Easter holds. Celebrating our Savior’s gift of death on the cross to save us from our sins, and His triumphant resurrection exudes excitement and allows us to reflect. So as we go back into our normal schedules and every day after Easter kind of lives, how do we keep that excitement and expectancy with us? How do we go about our Monday, but live like it’s Easter Sunday? How do we live fully awake in the truth of this great gift we have been given, while our lives can feel so ordinary, and sometimes, just plain hard? When we are raising littles, changing diapers, making dinner, running errands and doing our every day kind of lives, how do we stay awake (sometimes literally!) and joyful in His good news!?
I don’t have all the answers, but I have some ideas on how to stay awake to the truth of God’s grace and live joyfully in the fact that He is risen!
Pray-Not just a quick and hurried, “I need this now” kind of prayer (though sometimes those are needed too) but really talk with God. Share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, requests, praises, and joys with Him. Don’t forget to talk about the little things that are on your mind, even if it seems trivial. He cares.
Read Your Bible Daily-I am certainly guilty of glossing over this one, or deciding to read a few verses and think that was good. I’m currently working my way through the Bible, and even when it’s hard and long and the list of names and laws go on and on, it’s helping me learn more about who God is. Through learning about who God is, I can draw closer to Him. In drawing closer to Him, I can praise Him for who He is and what He has done.
Reflect-I know that if you are a mom to littles, or just in a busy season of life, you might be wondering, “When do I have the time to just sit and reflect!?” For me, I try to get up early. I pray, read the Bible and my devotions, and workout. I take some me time and through the process, I get to reflect in the quiet. To let my mind wander a bit. To go to the places where I have seen God’s goodness and how He provides. To reflect on the passions and gifts He has given me and think about how I can use them for His glory.
Intentional Thanks– Over the last few years I have kept a gift list off and on. An, Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts, inspired list (which is actually how this blog got started in the first place!). When we intentionally give thanks to God, for the little and the big and the mundane and the seemingly not so great, we choose to live in His joy. We choose to see His goodness that is all around us, but that we often forget to acknowledge.
Share It-Whether you talk about Jesus’s gift on the cross and resurrection with your children, your friend, other family members, or strangers, when we share this good news we are living fully awake in it’s reality and goodness. For me, this means I talk about it with my girls. I let them know that Jesus loves them so much that He died for them on the cross. He died for Gracie, Lillian, and Hellen and every other person that day because He wants us to live in Heaven with Him some day. When we can talk about these things, even when it’s not Easter, we continue to spread the goodness that is Easter. I’m starting in my home, but I pray that I have the boldness needed when I am meant to share it further and in ways that may push me outside of my comfort zone.
Let’s hold onto the gift that Jesus has so graciously granted us and be ever thankful for His death and resurrection. Easter day may be over, but He is Risen, and the story isn’t over!
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