Easter Weekend: It Is Finished

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Galatians 2:20

Happy Easter weekend, I hope you get to spend it celebrating with loved ones. I want to take this time to talk about peace and forgiveness.

We call Christ the Prince of Peace and it’s a fitting title for the lamb who delivered us from evil. We have been given the chance to find deep lasting inner peace with him. My life hasn’t been peaceful lately, it’s been chaotic. I’ve felt posed for the next thing to rattle us. But that’s not to say there hasn’t also been deep joy, I’ve got a beautiful healthy family and a ton of love in my life. Yes there are flaws, both in me and in life, but if the Son of God can die for the flaws within me the least I can do is make peace with the flaws forced upon me by unseen circumstances.

There is a lot of talk in the self help world about inner peace and I think it’s good talk, but for someone religious I think it’s important to look beyond the guru talks and find the extremely humbling inner peace that comes with being loved, forgiven, and knowing God has a plan. If you’re anything like me you find yourself in phases were you hang onto that and phases when you manically forget that deep peace. I’ve been forgetting it in this season, so what better time than Easter to rewrap myself in the loving cloak of The Prince of Peace?

The truth is God is unmoving, it’s us who drift back and forth to Him, shall we all make an effort to bask in His Glory this weekend and find the peace and love He offers us.

OOTD: and finally meeting God’s plan

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Photography by: Sarah Warden Photography

( Sweater: Gentle Fawn // Jeans: Banana Republic Outlet // Boots: Dan Post )

We all create timelines for ourselves even though most the time things don’t happen like we planned or when we planned them. God doesn’t take orders from us, and while He cares about our plans sometimes He has more important things for us.

My own timeline has been destroyed so many times I don’t know why are bother rebuilding it. I just like having a plan of when things will happen. Having the goal of it happening just doesn’t seem to be enough. I want to outline my life, no matter if it ends up being followed or not.

I make them just to have God throw them away, so I found myself laughing when I realized that one of my timeline items had ended up working out.

In college I had sworn that I wanted to get married by 25, but after graduating and getting deathly ill I had decided that that was just another item to cross out. After all, how would it be possible to make that happen? I stopped thinking about it then, but low and behold, I’m going to end up getting married exactly three months after I turn 25.

Turns out I had finally managed to be on the same page with God about something, not that I’m going to get used to it.

Book Review: The Problem of Pain

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“For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it?¬†The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungry for a true understanding of human nature.” -Goodreads Bio

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Happy Easter: “It is finished.”

IMG_1170 IMG_1171 IMG_1172 IMG_1173Flowers are such a silly thing to have represent Easter, just like everything in this world that we’ve made do so: eggs, bunnies, chocolate, and chicks. But regardless of what we’ve made Easter out to be it’s important to remember the real reason. And that is that we are forgiven. All the dirtiness of your soul, all the hurtful things you’ve done to others, all the negative thoughts that you’re glad no one heard. It’s a message for Christians, but even those who do not practice can see the value in what Christ did. I found this. And it tells about what it would actually¬†happen to the body being nailed to the cross. And know that it was for you, so you could be perfect in the eyes of God.