Sunday, March 23, 2008

HAPPY EASTER!

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“At that time,” declares the LORD, “I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they will be my people.”
     This is what the LORD says:
“The people who survive the sword
     will find favor in the desert;
     I will come to give rest to Israel.”
     The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
     I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
I will build you up again
     and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel.
Again you will take up your tambourines
     and go out to dance with the joyful.
Again you will plant vineyards
     on the hills of Samaria;
the farmers will plant them
     and enjoy their fruit.
There will be a day when watchmen cry out
     on the hills of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Zion,
     to the LORD our God.’”
—Jeremiah 31:1-6, NIV

42 comments:

bestfamily said...

Thank you for posting that scripture. Now let's go get our tambourines!

Stella said...

Happy Easter to you and your family! Hope it was a truly blessed day for you guys!! :)

Karla said...

Happy Easter to you and your family.

Brenda said...

Happy Easter Dawn. I hope you had a special day with your family.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

AMEN!

Shellie said...

Happy Easter too! It's one of my favorite holidays of all. Nice picture too.

Dotkat said...

Beautiful, Dawn! He is risen, He is risen indeed! Allelujah!

Anonymous said...

I have read your blog for several months now and have never commented, even though I wanted to many times! You are so funny and refreshing. However, today I was moved that you would use your forum to proclaim the resurrection of our Lord. Thank you for your boldness, and not caring about the negativity that may come your way because of it...it is YOUR blog, after all! Have a great week!

Life with Spirit said...

He is risen! Happy Easter!

BoufMom9 said...

I hope you had a beautiful blessed holiday!
If you get a chance, hop over to my blog and watch my son Alex sing Amazing Grace. We were so proud, he sang a solo Easter Sunday this year and it was his first ever solo. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter to you, Dawn! Beautiful picture...did you take it yourself? I'm in even more awe of you if you were actually able to get six kids to sunrise service on Easter morning...especially since you guys have snow on the ground!

Laura

Erin Wagoner said...

He is risen indeed!!!!!

Matthew and Vicki said...

Such a great passage!

Thanks :>)

momathome43kids said...

Truly an example of the Sufficiency of Scripture! Always a pleasure reading your blog. Keep it up, my friend.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Dawn,
A Blessed Easter to you!
Thanks for all the joy you have brought to so many of our lives in the past few months. You are a blessing to many....more than just your husband and children.
Pax, Elizabeth

Carla said...

Praise the Lord! He is Risen!

Hayley said...

Happy Easter :) x

Anonymous said...

I was looking forward to drinking my cup of coffe while reading your regular Q&A Sunday posts. However, you have pleasantly surprised me with this beautiful post. Very fitting, of course.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter Celebration with your family, I'm sure we'll be reading some funny stories soon.

sarahdragon said...

Amen! And God Bless you and your family : ) Happy Easter!!

valkyrie_lisa said...

I hope you and your family had a fun and meaningful Easter together!

marielee said...

amen sista! He is alive!

Heather said...

Hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter! You obviously have not forgotten the true reason for excitement this holiday!
He is risen indeed!

Elleah said...

Now that's a reason to celebrate!

Colleen said...

thank you for remembering the True Reason for Easter...

Faith said...

He is risen indeed! Hope you and yours had a truly blessed day!

Debi said...

Wonderful message Dawn and a reminder of what Easter is indeed about. It's not cute bunnies that bring us chocolate or hiding eggs or even new dresses & white shoes, it's about the celebration of the physical resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

And I agree with the blogger about your boldness in posting your beliefs. TOO many times we sit & whimper in the corner because we're afraid we'll offend someone. I am working on a blog myself and I don't make any apologies for what's written there. Thank you again for being real for us moms and for proclaiming the good name of our Lord.

hillgal3 said...

Thanks for posting Scripture. It makes me happy to see you don't hide your beliefs!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that beautiful passage, Dawn!

I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful, stress-free Easter.

May God bless all of you!

Donna :)

Britney said...

Thanks for sharing that passage from Jeremiah. :)

I saw this video clip and instantly thought of you. Just think how much time you could save if you started your day with this song! ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYZ7EMoMu64

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn. It was so encouraging to see your boldness in posting the Scripture and picture yesterday. That helped make my Easter special. Hope you all enjoyed the day and that perhaps (gasp) it wasn't too chaotic for you! ;)

Kerry said...

It took me about 10 minutes but I think I finally got this link to post. Check it out. I liked it! So did my teenagers.
Kerry (aka the antitech)

http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=47f79d024cba56ece5b1

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing Christ with us. It takes a lot of courage to bodly proclaim the Gospel in today's world. May God continue to bless you, Dawn.

Anonymous said...

He is risen, indeed!
Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Heidi said...

Thank you, Dawn--Happy Easter to you, too! Thank you for the beautiful scriptures.

momofmany said...

Thank you for the lovely and encouraging passage of Scripture. Our Passover Lamb has risen and He will visit His people in Israel once more. Amen and Amen! God Bless you Dawn :o)
Amy

Brenda said...

I have never posted before - although I LOVE reading your stuff - but this one was definitely worth adding my "Amen"! Thanks for your wit--and witness--to us all. :)

mrsslats said...

It sounds like you had quite an Easter! Mine was hectic enough with just being pregnant and having an almost-two-year-old son, with only my parents coming over to hang out. I cannot imagine doing all that with 6!
I'm so glad that we've got Jesus to help us calm down inside when the ocean gets rough! Praise God for giving us someone as funny and insightful as you, and as excellent as your family to brighten our day!
~Amber

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn
Happy Easter to you all too.

This is one celebration of the year that most beliefs seem to agree on in that it is a special time of year and deserves to be recognised no matter which path you follow.

Without wishing to start a masive debate about the rights and wrongs, origins and truths I found this definition fairly enlightening too.

Pagan Origins
Easter, a Christian festival, embodies many pre-Christian traditions. The origin of its name is unknown. Scholars, however, accepting the derivation proposed by the 8th-century English scholar St. Bede, believe it probably comes from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon name of a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility, to whom was dedicated a month corresponding to April. Her festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox; traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts.

Such festivals, and the stories and legends that explain their origin, were common in ancient religions. A Greek legend tells of the return of Persephone, daughter of Demeter, goddess of the earth, from the underworld to the light of day; her return symbolized to the ancient Greeks the resurrection of life in the spring after the desolation of winter. Many ancient peoples shared similar legends. The Phrygians believed that their omnipotent deity went to sleep at the time of the winter solstice, and they performed ceremonies with music and dancing at the spring equinox to awaken him.

The Christian festival of Easter probably embodies a number of converging traditions; most scholars emphasize the original relation of Easter to the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, from which is derived Pasch, another name for Easter. The early Christians, many of whom were of Jewish origin, were brought up in the Hebrew tradition and regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival, a commemoration of the advent of the Messiah as foretold by the prophets.

It seems that everyone agrees it is a special time of year.

Korkie said...

Blessings to all who share this earth our Creator has loaned us.

Vicki said...

Thank you for posting this scripture. I just read it today but it is exactly what I needed for encouragement today. I have an unpleasant thing to attend to today and I am (was) anxious about it. But I know who my Redeemer is, thanks for reminding me.

Also, good luck with WW. I am doing it also and it really works!

erika chapman said...

Ah so this is where you gain your strength! He is risen and I am so thankful. Thanks for sharing the hope we share. You make Him proud:)

Mommy Beauty said...

Thank you so much for posting that!

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