When I asked my 6 year old son what he has learned about Easter he said “Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.”
My heart was happy knowing that there was a deeper meaning to Easter.
A deeper meaning that impacts all of us.
Christ’s atonement, His crucifixion, He suffered greatly for each one of us.
Because He loves us.
He had all power to stop his pain and suffering, and yet, He knew he had to endure the deepest and enduring pain and anguish… so that through His atonement we can have the chance to live with Him again.
And yes, we know our Savior was resurrected. He lives.
He continues to be there for us all if we but reach for him.
Yes Easter is much, much more than eggs and bunnies, it’s about remembering our Savior Jesus Christ. Remembering that he suffered for us all, and that He lives again.
Happy Easter to all!
And my hope is that we remember this often, not just on Easter.
As I write this post, I write it to remind myself, that despite all the difficulties and stressors around us, God wants us to have joy in life!
I have always loved this quote by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
This quote reminds us that there is light and happiness to be found in EVERYTHING, even those things that are hard.
In 2019, I had my sweet baby girl 5 weeks early due to a heart complication called WPW. Baby girl was fragile and small, and was on medicine around the clock to keep her heart in check.
I was nervous and scared in having to care for this sweet baby girl with monitors and oxygen on her at all times.
Just 5 months later after my baby was born, the world shut down due to the pandemic of Covid 19. The same week of Covid, here in Salt Lake, we experienced a 5.7 earthquake!
Stress settled in, fear took over my heart.
And I had my husband who was constantly reminding me to have “faith over fear.” And even more, my little kids were there to remind me that there is joy to be found in all the hardships we were in.
(below a picture of my cute kids during 2020 ages 4, 2, 6 months.)
Despite the difficulties through the year of 2020, my kids enjoyed building forts, driving past the cattle farms, coloring pictures, FaceTiming family….the list goes on.
Yes, my sweet little toddlers and baby reminded me that we truly are created to have joy. It’s inevitable that we will suffer trials and hardships. And yet, our Heavenly Father does not want us to wallow in our struggles.
Heavenly Father is just like any parent and wants us to enjoy all the moments of life that we can.
I am so thankful for this constant reminder in life.
Even more, I am grateful for sweet children who remind me to smile, have fun, and to enjoy life.
So I left off letting you know that I had met Brad at a birthday party…when I asked a mutual friend about him she said he wasn’t the “settling down type.” Which I still wasn’t sold on.
I did make sure to facebook stock him and think “he’s a cute guy.”
And that was that.
Life moved on.
I was finishing my last year of grad school while teaching full time and life was busy!
Fall of 2013 was full of planning my final thesis paper which would be due in the next 8 months, and I had many projects and papers to read in the mean time.
At this point in life, I was going on dates, but I hand’t met “the one,” and I knew at this point in my life, I needed to focus on finishing my degree…while still making sure to be a successful middle school teacher.
My social life had changed quite a bit.
I worked from 7am-3 pm, drove home to relax for an hour. Then would start studying or doing homework for a few hours, I’d hit the gym, eat dinner, then the same thing the next day.
On Wednesday I would go straight from work to Weber State University for classes until 10 pm.
Life was going along just fine.
And I had somewhat forgotten about the cute boy I met at the birthday party months ago.
One Sunday, I had gone to church and there was a new girl in our ward.
I had only had this happen one other time in my life.
But I had such a STRONG feeling that this girl needed to be my friend.
Call me crazy, but I was drawn to her.
She was kind, she was beautiful and sweet, and very intelligent.
At the time my logical brain said “Christy you can hardly hang out with the friends you have, between work and grad school.”
However, I couldn’t shake that this awesome girl, was meant to be a good friend.
And sure enough, this new friend Whitney, became one of my dearest friends.
We clicked. There was no drama, she was kind and easy to get along with.
We had a lot of things in common and it was just a nice “break” to be around her.
My friend’s name was Whitney, and little did I know that being her friend would make such a big impact in my life.
She is still a dear friend to this day….and because of her, I officially met my husband.
Moral of the story, don’t shake those feelings or promptings you have.
God is in the details and He is always looking out for us in so many ways.
Sunday is the perfect day to ponder wonderful thoughts from church leaders.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I love learning from our leaders.
Our church is Christian, so if you believe in our Savior Jesus Christ and in Heavenly Father, you will enjoy these quotes.
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I am constantly trying to remind my kids of this quote. Sometimes doing the right thing is hard. It’s not easy to be humble enough to ask forgiveness from somewhat. It’s hard to be the only one at school that doesn’t participate in certain behaviors and such. But at the end of the day, the harder “right” is what will shape is into the spiritual strengths that we want to be.
With this next quote talking about consistently reading the book of Mormon. I truly strive to make the Book of Mormon a priority in my life.
I personally, have seen the power the scriptures can bring into our lives.
I don’t want to miss a day and miss out on the power and spiritual influence it can bring into our lives.
I love this quote because it’s a reminder to us women that our Faith can create miracles within our homes and families.
I was a single sister for many years before I found my husband, and I can tell you that even as a single sister, Faith is key to unlocking spiritual power and and beauty around us.
I think this quote is important for every soul on the planet to remember.
We are in charge of creating our “happy life.” And yes this happy life will come with bumps and bruises, scrapes and sores.
However, it is possible to create that happy life if we make God and our Savior Jesus Christ our priority, all things will fall into place.
I hope that your Sunday is filled with peace and love.
I challenge you to choose one thing this week that can uplift your more spiritually.
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