Easter Is About Removing Stones

March 27, 2016

Who Will Roll Away Your Stone?

Empty Tomb, Image Courtesy of www.HolyLandPhotos.org

 

Do you have stones stuck in deep ruts at the entrance of your heart—stones of fear, rebellion, despair, or discouragement? Do they loom so large, you surrender at the thought of even trying to remove them?

Easter is about removing stones.

Just in case you’ve missed this blog in past years, I’d like to share this post again f0r Easter. The message, like Jesus, is ageless.

When Mary and the other women approached the tomb after Jesus’ death, they saw an amazing sight. They expected to see the stone still hiding the tomb, and they needed a way to enter the resting place of their beloved Master. The stone represented a barrier to their goal: to anoint the body of their beloved Master with spices. I’m sure their hearts were still downcast as grief flooded their spirits. “Who will roll away the stone?” they asked one another. Read more

A Legacy to Celebrate: Granny Ruth

March 22, 2016

"Grand" mothering has more to do with how many children you’ve nurtured in the Lord, rather than how many descendants adorn your family tree.

I said good-by to a sweet friend yesterday named Granny Ruth. But I’ m sure Jesus greeted her with a warm “Well done!” as she stepped through the gates of heaven. How I will miss her!

I wrote a story about Granny Ruth in one of my books, Day-votions® for Grandmothers. She was one of the most precious, godly women I’ve ever known, a wonderful example of the “Proverbs Woman,” and someone who always said with her life and her words, “There you are!” not “Here I am!”

Her Legacy Will Live On

Ruth had few wrinkles, but she shared miles of smiles through the years with every person she met. The things we could share (and were shared yesterday) about Ruth’s life would fill a book by itself. And her legacy will live on forever. But as a special, personal tribute to this gracious woman, tender nurse, beautiful friend, sweet servant, and prayer warrior, here is a microscopic look at Granny Ruth’s life as “Everyone’s Granny.” Read more

Palm Sunday

March 19, 2016

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This story–Jesus’ story–never grows old. He is still what Easter is all about. I’ve begun a tradition each year of posting this short Easter meditation about Palm Sunday that I wrote several years ago and wanted to share it with you again. I pray it blesses and encourages you as you begin this Easter season of celebration.

Palm Sunday

by

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

They did not see Him coming. Not Him. They saw a hope re-kindled, an end to their injustice, an easier path to follow.

They waved their palm offerings, laid down their finest clothes, but they saw only a temporary king, not a Suffering Servant. Read more

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for You

April 4, 2015

 

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for YouSome of us may feel like Thomas, who questioned the Lord after His resurrection appearance. At times, we too, need to know that Jesus is truly real. Circumstances leave us discouraged, and we soon forget God’s work in our lives. Read more

Good or Bad Friday?

March 31, 2015

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining” (Luke 23:44, NIV)

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The name “Good Friday” seems to be a misnomer. Can anything good come from death by crucifixion? Does pain have a purpose? Early in  Jesus’ ministry, scoffers hurled their own ignorant disbeliefs: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Read more

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

June 3, 2014

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God laid on my heart this week to share a two-part blog series with you again. “Someone needs this,” I heard Him whisper. Maybe it’s you.

Feeling cranky, tired, discouraged or edgy? Sure, it could be hunger or hormones, but the problem could go deeper. Recently, I was suffering from “technology overload”–and a prolonged schedule packed with new “learning curves.” We’ve been married so long, my husband recognized the symptoms immediately. It was time to talk.

“What makes your heart sing?” he asked gently but firmly. “I think that’s the real problem.”   I knew immediately what he meant. Maybe you do, too. Read more

Promise for Today: Empty Tomb, Full Heart

April 18, 2011

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples he has been raised from the dead, and is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.” Matthew 28:5-7 NLT

“Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.” Luke 24:51-52 NLT

The empty tomb was a promise in itself. But none of Jesus’ disciples understood. When Jesus died, their hearts were empty. Their world collapsed. For three years, day and night, they ate, slept, and breathed Jesus. He was Life to them. What would they do without Jesus? Read more