Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
John 2:19
Have any of you seen the Passion of the Christ?  It had been awhile since I had seen it last, and man does it really make you reflect on who Christ really is. He was real… living… breathing.  He endured so much ridicule, torment, and torture so that we would have a place with him when we leave this Earth.  To think that he did that for me, for you, is humbling at it’s best and for me puts real life into perspective.
Along with everything that he did for us he also left us with commandments…
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 5:43-45
Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Matthew 22:37-39

It’s so easy to get caught up in gossip, in chatter, in noise.  My Jesus resolution is to block that noise, to be kinder, to love my neighbor, and to build up my relationship with my Father in Heaven.  In this day, I encourage you to reflect on what God has done for us.  To look at our lives and see how he is working in it.  If you do not have that relationship with Him, know that he yearns for you!  He wants to be a Father to every one of us but we must seek, we must read his Word and he will, HE WILL, answer when you call!

 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  Luke 11:9-13

So many times, I need to remember that he died for me, he carried that cross for ME!  Let’s surrender everything… all of our fears, our worries to HIM.  Man, when we can just say, forget it!  I GIVE UP!!  Take it Jesus, I’ll follow in faith, will we have true peace :)  This is my constant prayer and something I constantly have to reflect on, that I can’t live in this world one day without Him.  That I can’t do it by myself!

My life verses…

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.  Phillipians 4:6-9

I encourage you to ask God for forgiveness, to forget about the small bickers, to love one another, to be kind and have a pure joy for this time that He has given us on this Earth.  He loves you, He loves me!  What he did for us is enough to stop with the complaining, jealousy, bitterness, hurt, and anger and focus on everything good that we have in our lives :)  Please remember that NONE of those things above come from Christ.  Their is a constant battle and the enemy is very real.  (These are my notes to myself as well!)

Let’s Praise Jesus, our God, today and everyday.  He fought the battle and already won!!!

Happy Easter Everyone!  He is Alive!!!


11 Responses to He Has Risen!

  1. Claudia Medeiros says:

    Happy Easter !!!!

    "Deus te abençoe" (God bless you)

    xoxoxo

  2. My Little Space says:

    Happy Easter Day to you & your family!
    Blessing,
    Kristy

  3. Sanjana says:

    Happy Easter Diana! I have seen The Passion of the Christ, it is one of those films that affects me deeply and in new ways every time I see it. Very emotional but also very beautiful in its message. God bless you and your family!

  4. Sook says:

    I am so glad that you posted this. Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Christ but like Christmas, we tend to forget the real meaning of Easter and kind of get distracted by all the chocolate and Easter bunnies. :) Thanks for this reminder.

  5. MaryMoh says:

    Happy Easter! May Easter be in our hearts everyday…the power of resurection!

  6. Fresh Local and Best says:

    Happy Easter chica! I hope your family and you have a blessed day.

  7. Divina Pe says:

    Hi Diana, this is another inspiring and powerful post from you. Surrender, what a difficult thing to do. I must admit that sometimes I still fear and worry about a lot of things. I've seen the Passion of Christ once and people need to see it and I want to see it again. Critics might say that it's too graphic but then the reality is, Jesus suffered more than the movie. Thank you for this post Diana.

  8. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration!

  9. angela@spinachtiger says:

    Blessings to you Diana. Great post. I know probably not for everyone, but I certainly am in agreement.

  10. Fuji Mama says:

    A belated Happy Easter to you my sweet friend! Thank you for a beautiful post. XOXO

  11. Cristie says:

    Thank you so much for this heart felt post. Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and Savior as well. Have a wonderful week.

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