Hope Lives

Hope Lives

He died to give us new life,

He died to set us free.

He died because He loves us,

He died for you and me.

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He cried “It is finished!”

Every sin paid for in full.

Three days later he rose from the dead,

Giving us hope forevermore.

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“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

~1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV)

This Easter (and everyday) let’s celebrate the living hope we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

hannah

(C) 2014 Pocketful of Motherhood

A Perfect Sacrifice, An Eternal Hope

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ~John 3:16-17

I heard this verse growing up in church, but it didn’t really sink into my heart until my late teenage years. Recently I shared my thoughts about God’s Powerful Love. His love is powerful indeed, and I am especially reminded of his love during this Passion Week as I reflect about what Jesus did on the Cross.

 God the Father, chose to send his Son down to earth to save us—Jesus {fully God and fully man} walked on this earth, lived among men, built relationships with others, shared stories, offered wisdom, faced temptations, yet remained completely perfect and then he willingly gave up his life for each and every one of us as he was nailed to the Cross.  Why would somebody do this?

The answer: LOVE

God loves us so very much. He desires a relationship with us and he doesn’t want to be separated from us. He was willing to allow his Son to be crucified for us. This pulls at my heart strings a little more now that I am a mom. I have a precious little son who I love in a way like I love no one else in this world. He means everything to me, and I cannot imagine how painful it would be to give him up for something that. Yes God knew that his Son would rise back to life and return to him, but still—he watched his one and only Son suffer immensely on the Cross.

A high price had to be paid for our sins so that we could be reconciled to God and be able to spend eternity with him. Our sins: past, present and future, required a perfect sacrifice. Jesus, the only perfect man who has ever walked this earth, obediently yielded to the will of God the Father and hung on the Cross for us—He was the perfect sacrifice.

…he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:5

Jesus suffered an excruciating death on the Cross, for our salvation—so that we could be free to have a relationship with the Living God.  If that’s not love, than I don’t know what is. It’s beyond humbling to know that someone would be willing to lay down his life, for an undeserving sinner like me. It’s a beautiful picture of God’s amazing love.

The story doesn’t end at the Cross. Jesus rose to life three days after he said the words, “IT IS FINISHED.” He is alive and we can have ‘new life’ in Him. So as Easter approaches, we definitely have something to celebrate! Through his death and Resurrection, Jesus conquered death once and for all. If we believe in Him, we can experience the beauty of having a relationship with the Lord and we can have the amazing hope of eternal life.  Praise God!

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood

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Fun Kool-Aid Eggs

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I had so much fun dying Easter eggs with my son yesterday and we didn’t use one of those egg dye kits—We used Kool-Aid. I’m personally not a fan of the sugary Kool-Aid drink, but the colorful 20¢ packets do come in handy for other things like making Kool-Aid play dough and in this case, for dying Easter eggs. Thank you to who ever discovered this clever idea which I have seen pinned all over Pinterest!

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I started off with a dozen hard-boiled eggs and 4 Kool-Aid packets.

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I mixed each packet of Kool-Aid with 2/3 cup of water.  I used cherry, lemon-lime, mixed berry and orange.

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Then I added an egg at a time to each Kool-Aid mixture and let the eggs sit and soak up the color. I stirred them around with a spoon every once in a while to give them an even coating.  My son loved helping me with this part. He’s really excited about colors right now and he had so much fun naming all the different colors. I’m very proud of him for making so many leaps in his development right now!

I let the eggs sit in the Kool-Aid mixture for about 5-7 minutes total. The longer you leave them in, the darker they get. I left the blue eggs in a little too long and some of the color started to come off. Just a warning—don’t leave them in too long!

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Then I transferred them to a drying rack. They come out a little speckled, which I think is a fun effect.

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These eggs are fun to make with little ones, inexpensive and they also smell great! Have fun!!

Many Blessings,

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