Found & Restored.

Happy Easter guys! Today is a celebration that Christ overcame death and in doing so we who believe in Jesus get to share in his death and resurrection. That means that he put all of our sin to death through Christ as he suffered and died. It also means we get to be born again, become alive in Christ, and experience the life of glory, purpose, and love that he’s purposed us for.

How incredible and unbelievable is it that God made a way for us. All of it so that we could be restored. To be found and known by him is the greatest thing I will ever know and experience. A year ago, only but a couple weeks after my brother’s death, I felt extremely overwhelmed and lost. Very little hope resided in my heart.

As the weeks went on I began to feel more forgotten and depressed and fought to avoid prayer, reading the Bible, and loved ones. I couldn’t control what I felt, how overwhelmed by despair I was, and so I fought to feel it, and fought to talk to God about it. I was afraid of losing it. Afraid of losing control and losing my heart. I would lay awake at night and worry about what I would do if my husband died. I began to think that maybe the happy and hopeful person I used to be was lost and broken permanently.

God patiently began tugging at my heart and telling me things like;
I am safe, and you can trust your heart with me.
I can make you whole again.
No darkness can overcome my light. 

Hebrews 12:1 says;
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Guys, our story isn’t over yet. Even in the midst of the crazy ups and downs we experience, God has the final say in all things. We have victory in Jesus. He is big enough for everything you will face in this life. God slowly and faithfully pursued my lost and broken heart. He’s still doing incredible things in my life. To grow I have to be honest with where I’m at and trust him to be everything I need him to be. He’s incredibly faithful, merciful, kind, and powerful. Nothing is beyond his capabilities. kalena'seastereggs2016.jpg

So Easter is a celebration. Crazy oddball eggs like you and me. Broken and hidden in sin, we’re pursued and found by Him. Restored through the washing of his blood. Amazing and abundant life is waiting for us today.
God’s got great things stored up for you my friend.
Be brave today and go for it.

Good Friday

Jesus gave us an incredible example in his life, ministry, his leadership and death. He washed the disciples feet during his final hours, knowing he was leaving soon to suffer. He commands us to love one another, that the world would see who we are through our acts of love. What an incredible example and call.
It takes great courage to step out and love. To be who we were called to be, especially when we know if we stick our necks out there for all to see, at some point they’ll see how fallible we are as well.
But that my friends, is where character, integrity, authenticity, and credibility is produced. When under pressure, things don’t always go right, or you don’t always handle things right, and you seek to restore, grow, and make right.
Trust God. Seek his heart. The joy of the Lord is our strength. He’s blessed us to be a blessing. Abide in him. This isn’t all on you. You have an amazing Heavenly Father that goes before you, covers you, loves you. He’s wise, faithful, and steadfast. Let us stop hiding from him, making excuses as to why we don’t ask him for help.
We got a lot of amazing work to do, and abundant life to live.
Let’s do this.

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