Happy Easter week everyone! We appreciate all who take the time to read our blog and follow our posts on social media. This week really sums up what Kingdom Trailhead represents. And it also hints to our theme this year of simplicity. The meaning of Easter is about one major theme – Life.
Jesus came to give us abundant life.
Christianity has been around for nearly 2,000 years and there are seemingly endless volumes of information about Him. We have beyond too much material about Jesus. What we need is His life-giving presence. In Romans we read that we are saved by the life of Jesus, that we reign in life because of Jesus and that this life gives us the freedom of being set free from sin and death.
During this week we will mourn the death of Jesus and celebrate the resurrection that He gives life. Full and abundant. His death on the cross set us free from sin and his resurrection gives us life.
George McDonald said “Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.”
Our kids are typical kids. They are 20 months apart and can be best friends one minute and enemies the next. Our daughter is a comedian. She loves to make people laugh but none more than her brother. She will do whatever it takes to get him giggling. But lately she tries to get those deep belly laughs. The ones that you can’t catch your breath. It is so fun to watch. And I feel in that moment that is true abundant life. That’s living to the fullest. It’s making the most of every moment. And that’s what Jesus is asking us do.
I went on a retreat this past weekend. It was a great time to connect with God. But we also discussed our wonderful Savior….and Mary. Let’s not forget that she also plays a major part in Jesus’s story.
Mary had to trust God with all her heart. She was a young virgin who gave birth to our Savior. Not only that, but raised him and cared for him. And then she had to watch Him die. Can you imagine? I know my mama’s heart couldn’t handle that. But she had faith and she knew how to live each and every moment to the fullest.
With summer quickly approaching our calendar is beginning to fill up with end of the school activities. I’m sure most of you can relate. And I have to constantly remind myself of our theme of Simplicity this year. I cannot live in abundance when I’m living for appointment after appointment. I need to be still and be with Jesus on a regular basis. So as I write in graduation parties, camp schedules, etc. I am finding it extremely important to write in Jesus too. And not just fit Him in but put Him first.
Easter is a time to celebrate the rising of our Savior. It is a time to remember we are made for eternity and that is not here. Therefore, let’s make the most of what we do have here on Earth.
Have a blessed week. We are praying for each one of you.
~Shannon and Jake