Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Renewed Faith

I am so blessed.
Things are going well, and I am blessed. It's more than just luck.
No, I didn't win the Mega Millions lottery. I am just feeling good because I got a full night's sleep and I woke up on time. Plus I have three important gigs coming up!

Seriously, I love this Holy Season. This time of renewal and growth.
The Lenten and Easter season are special.
In light of that, my next blog giveaway is about this renewal.

I am giving away a brand new Stampin' Up "Renewed faith" stamp set to one lucky winner.
To qualify for the drawing, you must leave me either your favorite scripture or an Easter story. (I am doing my personal Scripture scrapbook, been working on it for about a year...TRYING to complete it!) I'll share my favorite scripture in another post...

I'll draw the name this weekend. Feel free to share this with your friends.



25 comments:

Connie Gage said...

I have an Easter comment, when we lived on the farm I had my parents ovre for dinner, my grandparents were home and my grandfather had been suffering from Cancer, anyway I had a feeling we'd get a phone call my grandfather passed away on this wonderful Easter day, sure enough got the phoone call our grandfather went to be with the Lord on this wonderful day...


Connie Gage

Kelly said...

My favorite scripture are Ps. 19 and the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament. In the New Testament I love the Book of James and I John 1:9

Linda said...

My life verse is Philippians 4:13 - I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me. And I am quite fond of Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Oh...and I don't want to be in the drawing, since I've already "won" so much from you!!! Your friendship is the best prize I could ever have gotten!

Allison said...

I guess my favorite Easter story is the birth of my son...I started labour on Easter Sunday (during dinner even!) and had him on Easter Monday! It was a wonderful time...he just made it all the better (since he was a little early!)...

Cindy Keery said...

My favorite scripture is Romans chapter 12... reading that is what ultimately led to my salvation.

Nancy said...

I think that my favourite Easter to date has to be last year (2006)... my father died unexpectedly a few weeks after Easter. My parents came to visit us for Easter last year and Dad had a stroke a week after they got home and died a week later. So last Easter was my favourite as it was the last time I was with my Daddy.

MelissaR said...

When I'm feeling overwhelmed and anxious, this is the scripture I recall. It's so comforting to remember God's strength in my times of weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Anonymous said...

I reflect upon John 3:16 often during the Easter season. God loves us so much that He allowed His beloved Son to suffer & pay the ultimate sacrifice for us. We all know how the story turned out on the Easter morn...and each of us now has the opportunity to spend ETERNAL LIFE with our Savior, Jesus Christ! I am so humbled when I think about that verse. Linda SS

Rosella said...

I don't know how I can pick a favorite. There are so many different scripture that apply to different phases of my life. I LOVE the book of Ephesians. It has been helping me to see myself throught the eyes of my heavenly Father. I also Love the verse in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." And a favorite since childhood is John 3:16 which explains what Easter is all about.

S. Chase said...

First of all I love this season too. I think it is the newness of life that begins to blossom all around us. Not only is it the season of our risen savior but it is new life and birth for the creation both plants and animals. I find it so difficult to pick
out a favorite scripture because I love it all but I would have to say that the ONE that comes to mind first when people ask for a favorite scripture is....

"Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil.2:9-11.

One Easter activity that is my favorite is making Resurrection Eggs. I know you can buy them but I love making them with children and teaching the story along with the process.

Kevin & Amy said...

My favourite text is Ephesians 3:16-19
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
~Amy H.

Lilian said...

one of my favorite is 2 Corinthians 12:9 "But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."

doverdi said...

My best friend passed away in her sleep at the age of 45 in March 2005. She had just decided prior to her death that she would start scrapbooking with me. Her first project was to be a scrapbook for her father who was 81 at the time. He has his backyard turned into a model railroad complete with buildings, waterfall, etc that she helped him create. He also has the most beautiful gardens. Sadly she wasn't able to do this for him so I did. It took me a long time to do and was one of the hardest things I've ever scrapbooked but I finally completed it and was able to give it to him for Easter last year. I explained in the book that she wanted to give this book to her dad and since she couldn't, I was doing it for her. Both he and I cried and even a year later, he still talks about his scrapbook. I know it made his Easter brighter that year (mine too) and he even took his book with him when he went to visit his family. It felt so good to be able to do something that my friend wasn't able to.

Leah said...

my favorite scripture is up in my office/craft room: "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a asteadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of bhope, and a clove of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and dendure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." (2 Nephi 31:20)
When I am having a challenging day, this scripture always helps me to look past the moment & on to the future - the blessings that I can look forward to if I just get through this one tough spot

SB said...

I am FLOORED by all of these passages. I feel lifted up! I feel so blessed, reading all of these....

now I have to go find out what Resurrection Eggs are? I don't even know and it was mentioned in one comment.

Anonymous said...

My favorite scripture is Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice! I always feel renewed when I read or hear or even think about this verse. I love Easter for it's feel of renew and a fresh start with Spring. Mary Ruth

cakvd said...

My favorite Easter scripture is Matthew 28:1-9. To me, it represents the true meaning of Easter. My favorite Easter memories are when I was a child, I would get a brand new Easter dress to wear to church on Easter Sunday. The dresses were always frilly and pastel and had short sleeves. Unfortunately, the dresses were not made to be worn for an Easter in Wisconsin! I remember that I would shiver and my lips would turn purple during church service. But I was so proud of my new dress that I didn't care!
Cheryl Kelly-Van Domelen

Dawn Mercedes said...

One year, just before Easter, my parents sent me a Resurrection plant. We have used it for many years just before Easter to teach our kids that Christ was dead for 3 days and then was resurrected...and to teach them that all things point to Christ. The resurrection plant is a peculiar plant. It looks like a dried up ball of moss. But when you put it in a bowl of water, it unfurls and turns green. Then you take it out of the water, and it curls up and "dies" again.

So we talk about the plant being "dead" and then put it in a bowl of water. Then we tell the Easter story. And within 15 minutes, it is the end of the story and the plant has "come to life" again.

We enjoy it year after year. I am amazed that this plant continues to thrive after living in a plastic bagggie inside a box of Easter decorations. I am most grateful for my testimony in Jesus Christ.

Dawn Mercedes said...

One year, just before Easter, my parents sent me a Resurrection plant. We have used it for many years just before Easter to teach our kids that Christ was dead for 3 days and then was resurrected...and to teach them that all things point to Christ. The resurrection plant is a peculiar plant. It looks like a dried up ball of moss. But when you put it in a bowl of water, it unfurls and turns green. Then you take it out of the water, and it curls up and "dies" again.

So we talk about the plant being "dead" and then put it in a bowl of water. Then we tell the Easter story. And within 15 minutes, it is the end of the story and the plant has "come to life" again.

We enjoy it year after year. I am amazed that this plant continues to thrive after living in a plastic bagggie inside a box of Easter decorations. I am most grateful for my testimony in Jesus Christ.

L8ybug2 said...

II Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles...
I too love the Easter season when everything is reborn.
~~Rita~~

Lori said...

What a wonderful day Easter is. Its not about the bunnies and eggs. But instead the resurrection of our Savior. He has broken the chains of damnation. Because He lives, we shall live also. Its always a special day for my daughter and I as we are reminded that we have a home in Heaven awaiting us when we live this sin-infected world.

Lisa said...

Thank you for such a wonderful and inspiring post. It lifted my spirit today to read the comments eveyrone has left.

I have to say my favorite Easter story hasn't evolved yet but I am really looking forward to it. My grandmother will be 90 years old two days after Easter this year. She's had a very rough year to say the least. Lot's of complications from her diabetis (two toe's removed but we won't go there) a diagnosis of questionable colon cancer, had to give up her home she's lived in for over 45 years to go live with my uncle.. But the good news is she's on the road to recovery and 'God willing' will be able to share Easter with us this year. Every day we have with her is a blessing and I am very thankful.

Erica said...

Our favorite family text is Philippians 4:13 - I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me. It reminds us to never give up and to think about the biggest sacrifice that he made.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful set!

tanis said...

I think my most memorable Easter was years ago...our paster shared a short film on the disciples experiences before and during Christ's crucifiction, and I don't think Easter has been the same for me since. Praise God for His great Gift...

gremhog said...

How do you pick a favorite scripture? I don't know...but the one that came fast to my mind was introduced to my when I was a child by my mom. It was her signature all her life and now that she has died, it has become even sweeter:

Genesis 31:49...The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.

My mother and father had exchanged the mizpah charms in the 40s, which he took with him into WWII. I gave one to my boyfriend, who became my husband.

Love your blog. Have checked back often. Would love these stamps...don't have even one Easter Stamp. So I shall remain faithful and hope you select my scripture/name.