Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

Happy Easter!

Just a quick reflection about the holiness of Easter and some pretty scriptural quotes you may wish to refer to later or share with your friends. I am quite weary from a long road trip home after a wonderful vacation out West with a few friends, and in my exhaustion and tired high state of re-entry back to the daily grind, my heart is full of gratitude as I consider my blessings, including what Easter means to me personally.

For me, Easter is much more than a story about an inspiring, wise teacher of love who could not be kept in the grave. The Easter story is an encouragement that: love is stronger than death, transformation is quite possible, and sometimes when you lose, you win. It’s about the paradox of finding life only after you lose your self. About trusting the mystery of the stillness of Saturday between burial and ascension. About a seed planted in the ground and given a little time to blossom into fragrant loveliness. How I long to be that seed! How I long to daily transform and put on the mind of Christ! How I stumble and fall more times than I can say! How I desire to find refuge in the Rock of Ages who calls me beloved.

If you are reading this and feel at all put off by God language or maybe even shudder when I invoke the name Christ, I want you to know I honor you, your particular faith, or your spirit’s struggle to find any faith at all. So many of us have been hurt by the church or shamed by the judgment of hypocrites. It can sting like death. But it is never the end of the story. Where there is darkness or hurt in your Fridays, I wish you light and healing. Where there is confusion or unanswered prayer in your Saturdays, I wish you endurance.

You know before they put him in the ground, Christ wept in a garden, and my heart swells whenever I consider that the very same moon illumining the night sky of Gethsemane that night, shines on me and you even now. Isn’t this humbling!?! I consider the potential transformation in my life if only I were to see, TRULY SEE the beautiful moon each night as a guiding reminder I am never alone. Sunday and NEW LIFE are coming. I can kneel in the garden, empty myself, and SAY YES to perfect peace. I can claim joy in glorious restoration.

God is Within Her She Will Not Fall Print Psalm 46:5 Psalm #psalm #scripture #inspiringquote

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

My grace is all you need รขย€ย“ 2 Corinthians 12:9 | Seeds of Faith #scripture #corinthians #inspiringquote

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

Act Justly Love Mercy Walk Humbly ; Micah 6:8 Vinyl Decal #scripture #micah

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

Be Transformed By The Renewing of Your Mind Digital Download Print #romans #inspiringquote #scripture

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

Romans 5:8. I loved you at your darkes. #xcripture #romans #inspiringquote

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

Proverbs 3:15. She is more precious than rubies. #scripture #proverbs

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus. #jesus #inspiringquote

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Psalm 139 by JandODesigns on Etsy. #psalm 139. #psalm #inspiringquote #scripture

Easter Reflections 2018 to Lift Your Gaze

HOPE YOU enjoyed THESE LOVELY REMINDERS!

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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36 Comments

  1. Kathy
    April 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

    What beautiful reflections, Michele!
    Happy Easter!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Happy Easter, Kathy. Sending peace to you right where you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Alice Genzlinger
    April 1, 2018 / 6:28 am

    He is rises, HE IS RISEN INDEED!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Christ is with us – what an extraordinary blessing! Happy Easter, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. DRitchie
    April 1, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Thank you for being brave in proclaiming Jesus Christ, Savior. He has RISEN indeed! I am so humbled and grateful for His new mercies every day. I love your beautiful posts.

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 10:29 am

      The grave is empty! “New mercies every day” tickles my brain with delight and is such a blessing. Thank you for following along, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Joyce
    April 1, 2018 / 7:30 am

    I share your faith God Bless

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Happy Easter, Joyce. Peace to you, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Debbie
    April 1, 2018 / 7:35 am

    May God bless you richly for “publicly” proclaiming your faith in Jesus Christ on this Blessed Easter morning!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Happy Easter, Debbie. He is risen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Allyson
    April 1, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Happy Easter, Michele. Thank you for the lovely words.

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Peace to you this Easter morning, Allyson. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Mary
    April 1, 2018 / 11:17 am

    “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor mind can comprehend what The Lord has waiting for those who love Him”. Thanks for the joyful post today, Sweet Michele. The best is yet to come. Glad that your trip was fun.

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:25 pm

      What an uplifting thought that the best is yet to come, Mary! I just read that sentence about 5 times to get it anchored in my consciousness. Happy Easter!

  8. April 1, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Michele, you speak the truth and I think it is fabulous that in this day and age when people hide their truth you embrace it and share it. I share your faith as well.

    Happy Easter, your beauty and spirit are a joy in this sometimes bleak world.

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Happy Easter, Elizabeth! I simply cannot hide the light that is so real and alive in my soul–it’s the very best part of who I am. Your spirit of generosity and kindness flows freely in all of your creative efforts, and I honor you, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Connie
    April 1, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Christ is Risen indeed! Amen!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Happy Easter and peace to you, Connie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Kristin
    April 1, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Happy Easter Michelle! Thank you for the inspiring words. Peace of the risen Christ to you.

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Peace to you this Easter, Kristin. Thanks so much for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Karen H.
    April 1, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    We can rejoice Michele, for He has risen indeed!!!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      The stone has been rolled away. Happy Easter, Karen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Jan Black
    April 1, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Oh my, how precious!….Christ is us, the hope of glory!!!! Amen and Amen.

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Hope…a key ingredient for a rich and satisfying life! Happy Easter, Jan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. April 1, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Thank you for your lovely Easter reflections! I read them earlier today, after my Morning Prayer but before getting ready to leave for Mass. You may — in fact, must — say the Name of Jesus any time you wish, because we are called to witness to His gracious love and holiness. Your own faith shines through all your “Hello, Lovely” posts and I look forward each day to reading them, as well as enjoy the pictures. Happy Easter!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Happy Easter, Jo. Thank you for the kind words. I long to live an integral life without compartmentalization of spiritual and secular–the language I use reflects my inner world rather than any sort of careful editing to attract (or alienate!) readers. I want to speak the language of the lover. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Sheila Morrow
    April 1, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Thank you so much for these beautiful words that encourage and bless!
    Sheila

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you for reading, friend. I’m so grateful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Sally
    April 1, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    THANK YOU!! This is a wonderful post, what hope and peace I felt!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Happy Easter, Sally. Peace to you this holy day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. lee
    April 1, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Thank you– a perfect ending to my Easter Sunday!

    • michele
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoyed! Happy Easter, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kathysue
    April 2, 2018 / 10:09 am

    What beautiful beautiful words. You touched my heart. You are such a beautiful lovely soul. Love to you my dear sweet friend. Give your Mama a hug from me

    • michele
      Author
      April 2, 2018 / 10:15 am

      Soaking up your kindness. Just viewed your family pics from Easter – and you are such a loving light in the world. I left AZ on Friday and will give that hug to mama when I return. Peace of the risen Christ to you, friend. xox

  18. Aimil Kent
    April 3, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Thank you for your beautiful post. It was not expected but certainly welcomed. When I find myself troubled and seeking guidance from God his help always comes in mysterious ways. Your words and timing couldnโ€™t have been better. Thank you!

    • michele
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 9:46 am

      So happy to hear the words reached you at an opportune moment. So much mystery in how the Divine works, and I personally am in love with the mystery. Peace to you, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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