New Easter Joy

Santa, packed shopping malls, extravagant decorations, mega spending, and my enlarging muffin top. Any guesses? It’s the biggest month-long, holiday celebration of the year. Afterall, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus! *Cue angel’s singing/playing harps*

Now on to Easter. A Sunday in April. We have spring break. There are colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, and for some, it’s the one time of year you feel obligated to attend a Church service.  Afterall, we are celebrating the death of Jesus. Sounds weird, right? Yep, it’s hard to think about “celebrating” the brutal killing of someone {who was trading His life for ours}

Sitting in a Texas church, listening to the awesome guest speaker explain this story I already knew, was like an epiphany. Don’t know what it was. Maybe the thought of giving up MY little girl to save a bunch of arrogant, selfish, jealous people. I just couldn’t do it. Ya’ll would be in trouble. It hit me – Easter is a BIG deal. EASTER. IS. A. BIG. DEAL. We make such a huge fuss over Christmas (and for all the wrong reasons anyway). Easter is an event worth celebrating – big time.

I had given up all social media for lent (it was the BEST thing I have done in a long time, by the way). Instead of social media trolling, I spent the time in my Bible, watched The Passion of the Christ for the first time, swapped stories of faith with amazing friends, and taught our daughter all about Jesus’ resurrection. By the end of it, our two year old was prancing around yelling “Jesus is ALIVE!!” Hilarious and precious. Luckily we were in Texas, where it was cute, not offensive, ha! It was a really special time for us. I feel like I finally “got it,” even though I have been a Christian my whole life.

Now I have a new favorite holiday, and I’m so excited to celebrate Easter again next year, participate in lent, decorate, and enjoy our new traditions. Of course we are still going to color eggs and founder on chocolate bunnies- but with a newly discovered appreciation and joy for Easter time, and the amazing sacrifice that was made for us.

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