Apr 24, 2011

Easter greetings!

Happy Easter, friends!

Professional photographer friends and artists, beware! Clip art bonanza and loud, distracting font at your service:
Told ya. Take a deep breath. Now come back to me. You gotta admit those babies are model material. Ha.

I like to get indoor portraits done for at least a few of the kids' milestone ages. As a girl, I loved looking through my baby album to see how I grew. We have beautiful pictures taken on our camera, but I'm terrible at printing them off. Thinking of doing an iPhoto bound book.

That was a tangent.

Today was very good. Mommy and Daddy were here and we went to our church. I praised Him without pride. It was freeing.

A month or so ago I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to watch The Passion in preparation for Easter. I hadn't watched it yet and was pretty determined to fight the Lord's leading in this area (just telling the truth!). I didn't think I could handle the violence. I grappled, wrestled, for days until it became very apparent that I was supposed to watch it. Here's why: I had the honor of helping my friend sort things for her upcoming adoption garage sale.

While rummaging through boxes, having laugh after laugh at the ugly sweaters, pointy shoes, & obnoxious toys, we found a bunch of DVDs.

And there it was. Unopened. The Passion.

Okay, Lord. Your desire, not mine, but I will obey.
The film was very moving. Very difficult to make it through; I had to mute and look away some. I lost it during the flashback of Jesus as a child. I am in that mode of life so it shuddered the wholeness of my heart.

I recently read something that said there are lots of good ideas and principles to live by...but we should challenge those who don't know Jesus to find another being or prophet that actually died for them.

There isn't one.

We are all sinners. It's really heartbreaking that perfect Jesus had to be broken and nailed to a cross to save us from those sins. It had to be something big like that for redemption to have the power that it has. I am thankful for what the Father and the Son did for me. It's my heart's desire that my actions will always point to my gratitude and acceptance of their gift. And that my heart will be in rejoice-mode that Jesus is RISEN.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.
Galatians 2:20

I can't wait to kiss Jesus' hand wounds in heaven.


Leslie @ top of the page said...

mindy this is so sweet. i love the idea of asking non believing friends if they know of another prophet or god who died for his people. thanks for sharing that. also, your babies are sooo cute. i love the yellow and grey outfits!

katygirl said...

love the yellow and gray dress! and LOVE that he died and then ROSE for us.

april@gingerbread girl said...

I have to say that the passion was the hardest movie to watch...but moved me the most. I still cry thinking of what Mary went through watching Jesus being led to his death...how heart-wrenching that must have been...how helpless she felt. The flash backs kill me and tug at my mommy heartstrings...glad you watched it and enjoyed the day with family!


Shauna at The Reed Life said...

thanks for sharing your heart on the passion.
i have seen it once.
i had to close my eyes too.
i tried to keep them open.
He loves us so much, he knows.
happy happy easter.

Breanna said...

We watched the flashback scene in Sunday School this morning. It was the first time I had seen it as the mother of a precious baby boy, and I found myself imagining what Mary must have felt. It brought me to tears. I am so thankful for what He did for us and for the love He has for us all. Great post Mindy! :)

TK said...

'The Passion' was a movie my now hsuabnd suggested I watch, that I then resisted BIG TIME and then after a series of events, finally watched - it moved me beyond words....it just was so powerful. I am thankful I persevered through the hardness and devastating sadness of it to the end - it was so worth it. Thankyou for this post today Mindy, you are God's angel with a message for me today, TK xx

CaseyWiegand said...

this is SO.SWEET. too sweet!!!!!!!!!!

Emily said...

beautiful post mindy. thank you for your honesty! i wrestle with confronting the truth in areas that will stretch my heart. very inspiring!! and the kiddos? PRECIOUS!

Shelley said...

The Passion was such a powerful movie that I can not imagine having actually being there like Mary and the heartbreak.

danielle @ take heart said...


i haven't watched it yet and had plans to do so on friday and then life got in the way… my excuse. watching this weekend with caleb. he has already seen it….

He lives!

Jenna said...

Oh Mindy! Your first few words made me laugh out loud! We all need some cheeseyness every now and then! HA!
Thanks for sharing about taking in the Passion too. I haven't seen it since it first came out, but when I did, it made my heart so, so heavy. Yet, it made Easter become more real. I should probably watch again to reinforce my love for my Savior. Thanks for sharing.