There have been many Easters I have spent hunting eggs, eating great meals with friends and family, enjoying my new dress but without fully embracing the beauty of the day. This year I rose early and spent some quiet time reading through Matthew 26-28 and soaked up the beauty in the words. We attended church and I tried to focus fully on the music and was moved by a reading that seemed so powerful. Our pastor spoke about pride and as usual I identified more areas I need to work on. Afterwards we enjoyed brunch with family and friends and then I rested.
I am grateful today that knowing Jesus lives in my heart allows me to rest and be still. For so many years I did not feel I could rest as I had so much to make up for in order to earn back the love of Jesus. It was exhausting and as I continued to fall short the cycle of darkness continued. I didn’t fully understand I was worthy and chosen or that Jesus had already paid my debt. I am a sinner and I will always be but I can rest assured in knowing because of His sacrifice my sins may be forgiven.
So while I still have work to do, love to share and battles to conquer, I do so knowing He walks beside me.
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