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Easter…the Ultimate Love Story

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The Easter story when you really read it, think about it and dive into it…..well it’s a love story.

It’s a story about a hero laying down His life for those who can’t help themselves, can’t save themselves.

People tangled in bondage to sins, failures, regrets and mistakes.

It’s a story of a Son’s radical obedience to His Father, all for the sake of reconciliation of sinful people.

Today’s reading we see the biggest moment in the history of the world (next to His birth)…our Savior’s death.

“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last.” Mark 15:37

The One who came to seek and save the lost, became the spotless lamb who was slain.

The One who loved well and lived a sinless life, died a gruesome sinner’s death.

The One who created life was sacrificed for the very ones He breathed life into.

And at His death, the curtain that separated our Holy God from sinful people, was torn in two…starting at the top. (Mark 15:38)

Isn’t that like God, He is always the one initiating, reaching out…..loving first.

And this “curtain”…it wasn’t your everyday curtain, not by any stretch of the imagination. It was around 60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and four inches thick!

The tearing of the curtain from top to bottom, showed that Christ’s death for our sins now gave us direct access to God. We no longer need a middle man.

Because of what Christ did on the cross, we can now approach God with confidence and boldness. (Hebrews 4:14-16) No longer do we need to go through a priest or sacrifice an animal to have our sins forgiven. Jesus is the High Priest who willingly, lovingly laid down His life so that we now have unlimited and direct access to God.

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)

And on that old rugged cross, our sweet Lord said, “It is finished”…..mission complete.

So sweet friends, allow this truth to not only enter your mind, but let it go further and let it penetrate deep into your heart and change you from the inside out! Don’t go through the motions this Easter but rather allow God to do a mighty work in your heart as you focus on the price He has paid for your salvation.

Don’t ever forget that the grace we experience from God is free…..but it is not cheap. Our freedom, our forgiveness, our hope in eternity was all purchased with His blood.

Let us live changed, focused and humbled by what Christ did on the cross for me and for YOU!

Let’s Talk:

How has Christ’s sacrifice changed you personally? How are you a different woman, wife, mother, friend, daughter because of what Jesus did for you on the cross?

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Ohh and for those of you who have kids at home….keep telling them about Jesus! I found this note on my computer tonight from my oldest daughter…she wanted me to share this with you. :)

“God was nailed to the cross and He was in so so so much pain but He loved us so so so much that He died on the cross for us. But not just for us, for ALL of US! And you know how we know this is true? Because the Bible is God’s Words and it is the most important book in the world!”

 

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

 

 

 

Previous weeks:

Week 1: Why the Last Supper Matters
Monday: Nothing But the Blood…
Wednesday: When You’re Just Plain Tired of the Sacrifice…
Friday: Why the Last Supper Matters

Week 2: Why the Crucifixion Matters
Monday: What the Crucifixion Means for Us

 

Why Easter Matters {Week 2} ~ What the crucifixion means for us

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Welcome back friends to week 2 of our 4 part #WhyEasterMatters study here at Good Morning Girls! We are so glad you are joining us! Last week we discussed why the Last Supper matters and saw how Jesus modeled for us the importance of being humble, serving others and remembering the amazing ways God has delivered us in the past.

This week we are focusing on: Why the Crucifixion Matters. In today’s video I highlight 3 points (of MANY) we need to keep in mind when discussing our Lord’s crucifixion and why it matters.

1. We are ALL sinners

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way…”- Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)

We are all in need of forgiveness, mercy and grace. No matter how hard we try, we can NOT earn our way to heaven. Our “good works” are like filthy rags compared to God’s holiness. (Isaiah 64:6)

2. We can have peace with God because of Christ’s shed blood on the cross

Jesus died in my place….in your place. I NEVER want that truth to ever be taken for granted. My sins put Him on the cross and I want that realization to daily rock my world. I want to love, forgive and extend grace extravagantly because of the price my sweet Jesus paid on my behalf.  Jesus suffered what was meant for me.

By shedding His blood on the cross, Jesus took the punishment we deserve and offered us His righteousness. When we trust Christ for our salvation, essentially we are making a trade. By faith, we trade our sin and its accompanying death penalty for His righteousness and life.- Chuck Swindoll

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3. We are loved

I know we’ve all heard the saying,

“It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus on the cross, but His love.”

As women, I know we love watching movies where the hero of the story rescues the girl and saves the day from the evil villain and if we’re honest,  as we watch these movies our hearts secretly wish we had someone in our lives who would love us like that. What we don’t realize is that we already do, Jesus. He has already fought the mighty battle for our souls by going to the cross and dying in our place.

Honestly, I don’t think our minds can comprehend what Christ truly went through on the cross, not just physically but spiritually as well. We don’t know what it feels like to be separated from God and bearing the weight of the world’s sins for all time. Past. Present. Future.

For those of us who have accepted God’s free gift of salvation and have asked Jesus to take control of our lives and come into our hearts….our eternities were forever changed by what Christ did on that old rugged cross. Instead of a future of hell, Jesus laid down His life and now we have a future of heaven to look forward to. No matter how hard life gets, because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have a glorious future to look forward to.

Week 2: Video

{If you’re unable to see this video, you can view it here.}

 

Love God Greatly!
Angela- Good Morning Girls

 

 

 

Week 2: Challenge:

Because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we are no longer slaves to the sins in our lives that so easily entangle us. We now can have God’s forgiveness of our sins, embrace the grace He extends and look forward to our hope of heaven. Despite what is going on around us in this world, we have a bright future to look forward to when we get to heaven. This week focus on what Christ’s crucifixion means to you and how you are going to honor Jesus with the new life, the second chance,  you have been given. Write it out and share it with your group or a friend.

Week 2: Memory Verse
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Week 2: Reading Plan
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Previous weeks:

Week 1: Why the Last Supper Matters
Monday: Nothing But the Blood…
Wednesday: When You’re Just Plain Tired of the Sacrifice…
Friday: Why the Last Supper Matters

 

Comfy Cooking with Kids

Today we have a special post from our dear friend, Janelle, who blogs at Comfy In The Kitchen!

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Hi Ladies! I am SO excited to introduce to you the release of my latest ebook, ”Comfy Cooking with Kids“…  designed to help guide you, guide your children, in the kitchen! 

 To celebrate, I’m practically giving it away for 99 cents at Amazon.com for 2 days only!

That’s RIGHT! From Wednesday, April 2nd until Friday, April 4th you can hurry over to get your Kindle version for JUST 99 cents!!! 

Please feel free to leave feedback on Amazon to let me know how you are enjoying the book! Also, feel free to share this deal with anyone- FB, Tweet, and Pin away! 

I pray you’ll enjoy using this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. As always, I will continue to pray for your families and the ministry you’re teaching them ….starting in the kitchen! 

About the ebook:

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Congratulations, Parents!
 You’re about to teach your children all about how to get “Comfy in the Kitchen!”

As you go through this e-book with your kiddos, you’ll teach them how to: Use many basic kitchen tools, incorporate simple cooking techniques, properly set a table, make delicious recipes the entire family will love, and even teach them how to clean-up afterwards! All of the recipes displayed are handpicked to be simple enough for small children to make with a parent and/or older children to make on their own. A variety of different cooking tools and techniques are highlighted to help your children gain cooking confidence.

Because cooking goes beyond just following instructions, “Food for thought” ideas are highlighted under each recipe giving you teachable moments to share with your children. Some examples include: “What is Shoe peg Corn? How do I separate an egg white from the yolk? And, why do we use oil rather than butter when we cook on high heat?” Who knows, maybe you might even learn a thing or two!

Gluten-free options are also available under each recipe to accommodate my allergy-suffering friends (hand raised!). So, here we go…. let those kiddos crack eggs, pour milk, measure, and make a mess. Did I say make a mess?! Ohhh, yes I did, but don’t worry, Mama- as I mentioned above, the kiddos will learn how to clean up the kitchen in the last chapter, they’ll even learn how to make their own cleaning supplies. Last, but not least, when the baking and cooking is done, make sure to sit down and take in those precious moments and indulge in the delicious creations you and your children have made together! 

Example Recipe: Classic French Toast 

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*Food for Thought: It’s easier to whisk eggs when you break the yolks first! Just poke them, then easily whisk together.
 *Gluten-Free Option: Use Udi’s GF bread.

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin


Available for 48 hours at Amazon.com at the LOW introductory price of JUST 99 cents! Hurry!

{Why Easter Matters} Materials Checklist

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We are just a few days away from the start of {Why Easter Matters} an Online Bible Study with GMG, and we want to help you to begin well!  Here are just a few quick things you can do before Sunday to get prepared for this exciting next session:

Easter 3D Cover1.  If you haven’t done so, now is a great time to print off the {FREE} materials provided to you for this study!  When you subscribe to our blog (oh yes, and don’t forget to confirm your subscription!), you will receive an email in your inbox each time a new post is submitted here on the blog.  Scroll down to the very bottom of those emails, and you will find the links to the {Why Easter Matters} Study Guide and Reading Plan.  The Study Guide – in journal format – is a wonderful, interactive way to record what God is teaching you throughout the study.  Not subscribed yet?  No problem!  You can do that here.

2. Since this study will be just four weeks in length, we won’t offer any formal Children’s Resources materials this time around.  However, we encourage you to follow GMG on Pinterest, where we’ll pin some fun and inspirational ideas for Easter-related activities for your kids!

3. It’s also not too late to consider inviting a friend to join us this session!  Maybe, just maybe, God has already laid someone on your heart, and you’ve been meaning to share this study info with them.  Don’t wait another day (you’ll never know their answer unless you ask, right?!)!  It’s never too late to get into God’s Word!

4.  Finally, and most importantly, will you join us in PRAYER as we humbly come before God, asking Him to protect, bless, strengthen and empower us as we seek to know and love Him more throughout this study?  We are asking for God to prepare and soften hearts to receive truth from His Word, so all who participate might walk away from this study changed to be more like Him.

5. FYI: We will have our reading plan on YouVersion, it is NOT up yet but I will notify you as soon as it’s available!:)

Oh friend, we cherish our time spent together with you in God’s Word!  Thank YOU for being a special blessing to the Good Morning Girls community!  Our {Why Easter Matters} Online Bible Study with GMG begins tomorrow… SUNDAY, March 30!  Get excited!!!

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Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

Easter Study Materials Now In 7 Translations!

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Nothing makes my heart beat faster than thinking about women around the world joining us each session!

God is doing amazing things in women’s lives as they open and read their Bibles together in small groups not only here in the United States, but around the world! I simply love hearing how God unites women together through their common bond of Christ. What a privilege it is to see the body of Christ come together as women love and embrace each other from different denominations and sometimes from countries who have in the past been at war…only God!

God changes women’s hearts when they start reading His powerful words and applying His truth to their lives.

My prayer for all of us this upcoming session is that we will slow down and look at our Lord with a little more thankfulness and awe as we focus on what Christ did on the cross for us and why it matters.

Today I’d like to take the time and announce that our Easter study has now been translated into 7 + languages! Please share this blog post if you have any friends who speak one of these languages.

Easter 3D CoverOur Easter study has been translated into:

Afrikaans

Croatian

Czech

Dutch

German

Hungarian

Spanish

I would like to personally thank our amazing translators for always offering their services to us and helping us reach women around the world with the Word of God!

Don’t forget our Easter study starts on Sunday! Invite some friends and join us!

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Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

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