Sunday, April 5, 2015

There's Healing in Your Wings

My Jesus is risen. Hallelujah!

You know, I browsed Twitter today between church and our early Easter dinner. I follow a lot of celebrities who were merely posting typical daily news or said something like “Happy Easter!” What do unbelievers even have to celebrate today? What reason is there to have friends and family over and be happy and joyful? They don't have any! But we, we who have been saved by Jesus, we have cause to celebrate. Our God is not dead!
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Do you know something wonderful, friends? Jesus did not only die for me. He lives for me, all the time, every day. I'm a rotten Christian, probably the worst ever. He still lives for me and loves for me every second of every day. He never changes and He never sleeps. Praise the Lord for His goodness! Thank You, Jesus. I am so unworthy of all of it, and I don't want to say that and have you think, “Oh, she's so righteous for believing she's so in need of God's grace.” No! I struggle to tell you this because I'm ashamed that you'll think badly of me, even though it is Jesus I am wounding: I am apathetic. I talk righteously but I don't live it out. I have, recently, gone a full month -- I'm guessing a few times actually, not just once -- without opening my devotional or Bible outside of church. I'm the worst at sitting quietly in God's presence. Do you see now? Can you now imagine how beautiful and loving my Lord Jesus is for even wanting a relationship with me?
Necklace: Gift by Arizona Jean Co.
Dress: Gift by Honestly Me
High Heels: Thrifted by Nine West ($8.00)

The title of this post is from Ryan Smith's song, “Healing in Your Wings.” I can't find it anywhere on YouTube, but the CD is called Heavenward and it is a beautiful collection of songs praising our Creator. If you've read some of my posts you know I am not fond of a lot of the songs on Christian radio these days -- I hear more “me” than God in them. Heavenward isn't like that at all. I recommend that you look it up online if you're searching for new Christian music.

Christ arose! Hallelujah.

24 comments :

  1. What a cute dress, Hannah! Polka-dots are always stylin' especially when we're ready to break out some new spring wardrobe choices. :)

    What do unbelievers even have to celebrate today?

    Easter (like any religious holiday) has become more commercialized, so I would suppose those who aren't born again use the holiday as an excuse to put on a "show." Big meal, lots of friends/family over, etc. Great observation to make.

    Happy (belated) Easter, Hannah. Hope it was a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks, Rissi! I love polka dots. This is one of (if not the only) polka-dotted piece I have in my wardrobe, but it's a great piece so I'm happy with it :)

      It is odd, isn't it? It makes me wonder if any of them have the courage to wonder why they're having a huge meal -- just because it's a “cultural norm” or is it because of something greater? Do they never think how things begin? Hmm. I highly doubt any of them are as “sure” as they think they are.

      Happy Easter to you too, Rissi! Thanks as always for stopping by :)

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  2. What a cute outfit! Was that the Spring Creek Cemetery where the pics were taken? I used to tell my kids they were screaming so loud the dead people in that cemetery could hear them =)

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    1. Thank you, Suze :) Yes it was! Being in the cemetery creeps me out slightly because there are these tiny outbuildings and there always seems to be something smacking against them which sounds like someone is stuck inside knocking on the door. And the previous time I was there I saw a sculpture (I hope it was a sculpture) of a bear by one of the graves and it really freaked me out.

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  3. what a cute outfit! I have just found this blog, and it looks like one that I might start following! Keep doing what you are doing! you are encouraging more people than you think!-Abi

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    1. Thank you, Abi! Oh, how wonderful -- glad you found me :) I always love "meeting" new people, whether they stick around or not! Thanks especially for your last sentence -- I would love to encourage you people, and I hope the Lord works through this blog. It was good to "see" you!

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  4. Hannah, you are so beautiful inside and out! Jesus' life and death has no power without His resurrection but in His resurrection we have hope and joy beyond measure. Praise God for His unconditional love toward us. Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder!

    Dani from A Vapor in the Wind

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    1. Oh, Dani, you are so kind! I only wish I were actually as beautiful on the inside as you think :) Except -- you know -- Jesus has washed me, and has turned me white as snow. In His eyes, I am beautiful on the inside. Praise God! This Easter has turned me toward His lovingkindness more than any other Easter I remember -- how can He still love a wretch like me? But He does.

      I'm glad you were encouraged! Thank you, in turn, for spreading the love of Christ on your wonderful blog :)

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  5. Oh, I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check it out on my blog at the following link. :)

    A Vapor in the Wind: EXTRA EDITION: THE LIEBSTER AWARD

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    1. Oh my gosh! Thank you so much :) I've made this blog tag- and award-free, but I do appreciate your thought, Dani!

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  6. I love this dress! AND YOU BOUGHT A STATEMENT NECKLACE!!! (i thought you didn't like them. :) I'm still looking for one that I absolutely love. (I misspelled absolutely, and Google spell-check tried to change it to "soulfully." haha

    I'm gonna have to look into that CD. Sounds amazing. This was a wonderful post, m'dear. Lovely thoughts! thanks for being honest and real.

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    1. Thank you! No, I love statement necklaces -- I just could never justify buying one because they usually run more expensive than a blouse on clearance, which is ridiculous. I only bought this one for a special event and it broke on me literally the first day, so I have to try to mend it with thread. :P

      The CD is great! His voice is also beautiful and he's a talented pianist -- which I know you'll like ;)

      I knew when I wrote this I needed to be honest . . . I'm trying to be more honest with you guys about my real spiritual life and how much work still needs to be done on me. I don't want to give you all a false impression :)

      Thanks for commenting, Bex!

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  7. Love your outfit :-))) well, as to what do unbelievers have to celebrate..... They have the Easter bunny of course. The name "Easter" is actually VERY pagan and has very disturbing backgrounds to why we even have a holiday named after the god of fertility. Just as "Christmas" was originally made a holiday to honor the sun god's birthday. Jesus was actually born in the fall! And the whole Easter thing, I don't buy it. I simply remember and thank my Lord through the whole week that the Passover, trial and crucifixion happened. He was crucified on early Thursday morning, buried that day, and He rose on Sunday morning. Not sure what Good Friday is about???? I prefer to call it, Resurrection Day, if we must call it anything.

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    1. Thank you, Anon! I really appreciate your stopping by to comment.

      I believe what I said about “What to unbelievers have to celebrate on Easter?” was misunderstood by some of my readers, through my fault only! I didn't clarify what I said. When I asked that question, I meant “What do they really have to celebrate?” It's true they have the Easter bunny, but that's nothing compared to what we have to celebrate! I can only imagine how empty their Easters (and, yes, their Christmases, as you pointed out :)) must be with only presents and candy to think about instead of Jesus.

      It is disturbing, isn't it, to think that Satan has wormed his way into Christianity's most glorious facts? Thank you for your insight, Anon -- I don't know a whole lot about paganism, the sun god, etc., and it's always cool to learn more -- even though it can be creepy! I prefer Resurrection Day as well, especially this year. Easter is weird and does definitely sound pagan.

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  8. Yes, it is creepy....the reason why eggs are involved is because it was celebrating the god of fertility, and I can't remember her exact name but it was what the word Easter was derived from. There is a documentary called, "Truth and Tradition" that is very informative. But if you do watch it, be prepared. What is really behind Christmas and Easter is not what you would expect. Demonic things and symbols.....not the modern- Santa and his reindeer! Which, did you know that Santa was originally made to portray the sun god, Odin? He was burly and had a white beard....hmmm....and for his helpers he had demonic devil type creatures that would go around doing horrible things to people. They had pointed ears....
    To think that we would honor Jesus' birth which was months's before, on the worst day possible! How does Jesus feel about that? Well, enough of my talk, hope you have a nice evening, Hannah!

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    1. Hmm. Trying to remember here from my mythology class -- there were several goddesses whose virtues included fertility, including Freya of Norse mythology. However, I looked it up and "Eostre" was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of springtime (All About History), and is thought to be the origin of the word "Easter."

      I'll have to look that documentary up sometime! There's another series called Know Your Enemy which deals with similar stuff, it sounds like. I haven't watched that one either but have heard from other members of my family that it's good.

      That's strange, since Odin isn't actually the sun god that I can remember -- in Norse mythology he's the equivalent of Greek mythology's Zeus, the "god of all gods" per se. He was also, according to Norse mythology, a "good" god who felt pity for the fallen humans on earth once some of the other gods/goddesses had sought revenge on him by eschewing their lives and making them mortal. There are so many variations though of mythology that it wouldn't surprise me if what you said was a belief in another culture somewhere.

      You have a nice evening too, Anon! Thanks for coming by and instigating an intellectual conversation :)

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  9. You know now that I think about it, the Odin guy wasn't a sun god but I know he was something :-) I am probably really butchering this, I haven't watched the movie in a while :-) I need to do some more research like you :-)

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    1. Haha, no! You're fine :) Strangely, I saw the sun god on a billboard heading out of my community college's town last night. Why is he everywhere?!

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  10. Great points and beautiful dress! I would love to find a dress like that. So simply and classy!

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    1. Kelpie, you are so sweet! Thank you! The website where this dress is from is the following: www.honestlymeclothing.com, but for some reason it wasn't loading for my Internet (I don't know if you'll have the same problem) so I couldn't give you the exact link to the dress (if she even still carries it anymore). If you do try to buy it, let me know how it turns out! It's flattering for all body types though if you're on the small size (size 2 or 4 for example) and are a straighter shape you might want to think about sizing down once :)

      Thank you so much for following me, too!

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    2. Wow, how kind of you! Sadly it didn't work for me either. I was told the domain had expired on the 11th of last month and was awaiting renewal or deletion. Too bad but thanks for the help anyway!

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    3. Oh, darn! That's weird. I wonder why there wasn't a redirect page? I hope she didn't go out of business -- she carried a lot of cute items!

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