A few nights ago my husband and I snuggled up on the couch and spent a good hour watching the new Bible videos that the LDS Church has released. There are about 6 or 7 beautiful videos depicting Christ's last week on earth and they are really good. If you need something to get you in the Easter mood these will do it.
ever, because He seems so human. I think that often I get so caught up in Christ's divinity that I forget His humanity. I forget that even though He was perfect-- He was a man-- and that He had a body that felt pain, joy, strength and weakness. Remembering His humanity makes the significance of what He endured and overcame so much more powerful for me. It reminds me that even though I am imperfect and human that I really do have the potential to become like Him.
I also really like the actor who plays Christ, he does an incredible job. Wouldn't that be a tough role to play? Wow, I can't even imagine trying to fill those shoes.
I have a favor to ask. Do any of you have any good suggestions for computer software to help me with my budgeting? I have been using an excel spreadsheet and it has worked fine for a few years, but lately I've been wishing I had something that was a little bit easier to use and would keep track of things better for me. My ideal program would be one that I could connect to my bank account and have it automatically record my expenses and deduct them from categories. For example, I want something where all I'd have to do is check the "gas category" to see how much I'd spent on gas that month and how much I money I have left to spend for the month, without having to enter all the expenditures in myself. I don't even know if that is possible, but I am hoping that someone out there might know of one or have a budgeting program they really love. Suggestions?
I feel indebted to Jocelyn from "We Talk of Christ" for all her wonderful ideas about creating Christ centered Easter traditions. Since Jon and I have been married I've always tried to have a special Easter dinner where we eat fish and honeycomb (like Christ did after He was resurrected) but that has really been our only Easter tradition. Thanks to Jocelyn I have a few new Christ centered activities that I am going to try out this year. We made resurrection rolls last year and that was really fun, so we are going to add those to our fish and honeycomb dinner this year. I also loved this idea about the 12 days of Easter and am going to have the Easter Bunny (wink, wink) hide 12 special eggs (with symbols of Christ in them) into the kids Easter egg hunt. Then, hopefully, once the hunt is over we can talk with the kids about the symbols they found and what they mean. I am excited to try it out and maybe if it goes well then it might become a tradition.
Do you have any special Easter traditions?
Our house selling adventure is coming along nicely. It looks like our buyers are hanging in there and that the deal should (cross my fingers) go through in the next few weeks. In view of this, Jon and I have been hunting for a new place to live and it has been sort of stressful. I forgot how much I hate house shopping. It always sounds like so much fun, but in reality it never turns out to be as good as it sounds. It seems like every time I get my heart set on a house we find out that it is already "under contract" with someone else, that it has some major problem with it, or it just turns out not to be as great as it looked in the pictures. I am hoping and praying that we find the right house and that things work out. I would prefer not being homeless for a few months! I just have to trust that the Lord knows where we are suppose to be and will lead us there.
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I also just have to add how touched I have been reading your comments and hearing about all the incredible miracles that God has performed in your lives. Writing this blog is such an interesting experience because it has brought such a diversity of people into my life. Sometimes I am so overwhelmed when I begin to think about all the challenges my readers are facing-- some of you have health challenges, marriage problems, sick and dying children, problems with extended family members, financial problems, extreme trials of faith, and so much more. So often, after hearing about your stories, I find myself pouring out my heart to God for one of my readers who I don't even know. Thank you for sharing your hearts with me and I just want you that I love you. I may not even know you but I know that God loves you... and that is a good enough reason for me.
Okay, don't worry I'm done with the mushy stuff :)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful, rejuvenating Easter. He is risen! That is worth celebrating your little heart out about.
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