The season of Lent is here. It is a beautiful time of year. Not only does it occur in the springtime – a season full of life and renewal, but also it is a time to examine our personal relationship with Christ, and the relationships our children hold with God.
The reality keeps returning to us, and it is stark. We have to let go of today’s relationships and trust God to give new relationships. Otherwise, our ability to accept the good news of resurrection and life after deaths is limited. Our loved ones are buried in a cemetery. Their gravestones are in a line, and mark the names of our loved ones along with the dates of their births and deaths. We wonder where they are and what they are doing. At times like that, we can turn to the Scriptures for comfort, especially the passage we heard today.
I’d get so tired of everything being a mental battle- a “How much of a workout will I have to get in to have THAT?” I was conscious that what I really wanted was to not have to think about it, to not have to worry about how I looked or what I was putting into my mouth. I was shocked at how often during that period, people would comment on my size. People would ask if I should be eating whatever was in front of me, or if I was thinking about my swim suit.
Scorpios are also famous for their courage and tenacity and are thus useful people to have around in case of an emergency. They are not afraid to take up a task, no matter how impossible it may seem, and will see it through till the end. In keeping with their fixed sign, they are also extremely determined and will not opt out of a course, come what may.
We can’t understand things we have not seen. We have to accept them by faith, just like we have to accept God’s Word by faith. Even the world’s greatest preachers have trouble understanding the Word of God. Billy Graham once had a struggle with the truth of God’s word, but one evening he knelt by a tree stump and declared to God that he would accept God’s Word by faith.
“Teen Mom” star Maci Bookout tried her best to make her how to get your ex girlfriend back with Ryan Edwards work out when they were filming “16 &Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” However, Edwards was more focused on partying and hanging out with friends, than being at home with Bookout and Bentley. But they are both much more mature now. According to a new Wetpaint Entertainment report published on Aug. 20, “Teen Mom” star Bookout is now being encouraged to go back to Edwards, as they seemed to get along on the “Being Maci” special.
Get a $100 bill (or if you absolutely can’t afford that, a $50 or $20 will work) and carry it with you in your wallet or pocket. Don’t stash it in the back where it won’t be seen – stick it in your wallet where you will see it every time you open your wallet, or in your pocket where you can feel it whenever you reach into your pocket.
If God is our God, and we are his people, death is not the end of the story. It is the beginning. Someone once said that “today is the first day of the rest of your life” and that will be especially true on the day we die. When we die, the Lord will not abandon us. He will be there to greet us. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. We have Christ’s promise of the reality of the resurrection through Christ’s own death and resurrection. Because he lives, we too shall live. Living without the doctrine of resurrection, or the hope it offers, cheapens this life.