An Encouraging Word 10

An Easter Devotional by Jeanette Morris

He Has Shown Thee

“As for you, you meant evil against me, {but} God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20 NASB). 

Thirty years ago, I woke up on Easter Sunday morning weeping bitter, guilt-laden tears.  My three children scurried around the house hunting colored eggs, but had no idea of the true meaning of the celebration. My husband of six years didn’t even know I was a born-again believer. That day, I promised God and myself that the Easter bunny wouldn’t be back in my house, ever again, and that my kids and I would be in church from then on. 

I kept that promise. I needed to create strict boundaries for myself in this and several other areas of weakness, so old habits could be taken into captivity and new ones established. I also stopped observing Halloween. My kids were unhappy about my hard-line stance on these holidays. They felt like they were missing something fun. I did my best to replace the cultural celebrations with something equally exciting, and they survived. 

Since that time, my perspectives and my Christian worldview have broadened and solidified, so I don’t feel threatened by cultural celebrations.

What the Lord requires of me now is to obey the call of his purpose for my life in humility of spirit and in love (Micah 6:8).  Jesus met people’s needs wherever they were…and I guess that could be at an Easter egg hunt as well as in a sunrise service. 

Christ died for sinners. I’m in that group, with or without colored eggs. 

Prayer Focus:  Believers who have fallen away.

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