Easter Sunday

Goodmorning.

I hope last night you were all able to digest all that God had given to us. His sacrifice. Jesus. The crucifixion.

If not. Don’t worry, I wasn’t able to digest it all either. It’s a process. And something I’m not sure I will ever be able to completely understand. But for me that is the Joy of every Lent. I get to revisit this. Every year.

And every year I grow in my faith, I get to focus on something new about Easter.

This is what I love about Faith.

About religion in general. You never reach a full understanding -which means growth. It means you can never stop learning. That there is always more to learn. More to understand.

That is truly amazing to me.

Anywhooooo… back to Easter Sunday.

Things and ways to keep you focused on Easter, on God and all he has given us. And Focus on the amazing celebration God has provided us.

***Do what you would normally do.***

For example: do you normally go to church? Yes, then find an online service. If your normal church does not have an online mass to watch, search Facebook or Google- there are a ton of churches that are live streaming their services weekly. And today will be no different. (I’ll link some below) Sit down and watch church as if you are in the actual pews. If you don’t normally go to Easter mass, maybe this year is the year to start cause it’s in the safety of your own home! I say that’s a perfect time to fully commit.

***Dress up***

Yup, you heard me. I normally dress up for Easter Mass, so today will be no different. I am going to get ready as a I normally do. I am going to plop myself on the couch. All dressed in my Easter Best with no one to see it but my sister and God. But who cares. I am going to participate, praise, and worship as if I am actually sitting in my church. After all the church building itself is not actually the church, The People are.

***Start Easter Sunday “like normal”***

I know I keep reinterating this. but seriously, God slowed down your life on purpose. He wanted us to experience Easter different this year. And it will be just that, different. You will be in your home all day. BUT- do your same routine.

That may mean for many, something totally new. Maybe you live alone? Maybe you still get to wake up to your family? It will be different for everyone.

Unfortunately I will miss waking up to my whole family. To my dad cooking breakfast, us all coming downstairs and eating and then getting ready. On off years we are up at 5, yes 5AM preparing for the Easter Pageant we hold in our home town. (I’ll link our FB page below for those who want to watch last year’s performance) On the other years we wake up late 9am or so and all go to mass together.

This year, won’t be the same. It will just be me and my sister. But atleast I have one family member to keep things close to the same. I plan to still get up and make breakfast, drink coffee and then get ready. You all should do the same.

This year will be different. You will have to find a normal in the not so normal. But take this all as a blessing. Take it as God wanting to show you something new. Something different. Slowing down and being able to enjoy and see things from a different point of view will be amazing. This year you may be able to see something that normally you would have missed out on because well, we too often are moving too fast. Going in too many different directions, We are always on the go, always on to the next place and next project.

This year will be different but JUST MAYBE, just maybe. God will show us something new, something amazing that we have missed out on.

Today I ask you to be present. To rejoice. To love. And to pray. Ask God to show you things you may have been missing out on. To show you gratitude of what you do have right now. And to be grateful of what you have been able to do in previous years.

Maybe this year is meant to show us we should not take things for granted as much as we do. That every day is a gift, that our family is a gift, that holiday, Easter, family gatherings on holidays are a GIFT. Be grateful.

But most importantly, sit and enjoy Easter. Realize what miracle God has given us. That Jesus was crucified and three days later, he rose from the dead. Say it loudly ……. and rejoice……

HE IS RISEN!

HALLELUJAH!

HALLELUJAH!

May God bless you all, may he provide you the peace you need during this time. Enjoy those who are around you this Easter. And thank God for all he has provided.

Church service Links|||

St. Isidore’s Student Catholic Center **9:30am CST**

Elevation Church w/ Steven Furtick

Transformation Church w/ Michael Todd **11am CST**

Easter Sunday at the Vatican w/ Pope Francis -my favorite choice- It will be Rome time so you won’t be able to catch it live.

T.D. Jakes Ministries **9am CST**

Chris Tomlin – he has an amazing Good Friday service.

Lauren Daigle – also had an amazing Good Friday service.

These are my top picks. just a few places to easily find a service to watch. There are a ton more I am sure. Just search around!

Lastly… Easter Pageant link |||

Pawnee Rock Easter Pageant – we will re share the Live of last years pageant.

XOXO.

Holy Saturday

Or as I refer to it as, Somber Saturday.

I would have wrote this earlier but today is meant for silence. You are supposed to spend this day in a solemn, sad, somber state. As Jesus has just died on the cross and been laid in the tomb.

His followers, believers, friends, family, all had no idea of what was to come tomorrow. They felt a very deep and heavy loss. They were confused. And I’m sure very lost at how this could have happened.

For me it is hard to feel that exact feeling or try to relate to that as I already know the outcome. But I tried to grow in my religion a little more today and to try and think differently than previous years.

Today I spend most of my day searching for a silence. Searching for slowing down and feeling the sad and sorrowful feeling of what his followers then must have felt. I should feel that same way today as well.

It was hard.

Hard for me to find silence. Or honestly to sit in silence. I am always busy and on the go. Running errands, getting groceries, picking up projects to complete. Saturday’s are busy for me in the sense so that on Sunday I can rest. So usually I spend my Saturday’s running around

With the current world state or pandemic we are facing being at home is one way to force you into silence. But I tried to change that mindset and look at it as an opportunity or a chance for God to slow me down.

Today I really did try to focus on slowing down and finding that. I’m not sure I succeeded.

But my walk that I went on today, I walked an extra mile more than I usually do. I listened to his word. I prayed. I focused on God.

Although I did not find complete silence today. I did try to find God more than I usually do on Easter Saturday. I hope you all found time to do that today as well.

This time we are all living in might be new, might be a challenge and hard to understand. But this time thousands and thousands of years ago Jesus’s friends all were experiencing this same feeling.

Tonight, let what your feeling exist. Acknowledge it. Feel it. Journal about it. Think about it deeply. Take it all in.

And pray. Pray to God to help you through this. Pray to God and thank him for giving us his only son. Thank him for giving us the greatest miracle to date.

Be grateful.

Be thankful.

And know that when tomorrow comes. When we wake up. God is going to show us a miracle. We may not know exactly what that miracle is. But he is going to provide.

XOXO.

Giving Thanks.

Well once again, I have been MIA. I seem to put my blog on the back burner when life hits. And lately I have been focusing on a new project with my friend Lorenzo. That I am so excited to share with y’all soon. But anyways.

“I want to reflect back on Thanksgiving.”

Although we are well into December, I want to reflect back on Thanksgiving. I love this holiday for many reasons. One, it’s a holiday I can always count on everyone in my family getting together. Two, it’s always going to land a Thursday, and nothing beats a consistent holiday. Three, food always taste better on Thanksgiving. I think as I get older The more I realize the importance of this day. I think overall some people ignore the real meaning of the holiday and just focus on the food, which is completely understandable. But I think taking time to think about the underlying meaning of this holiday is important too.
If you haven’t looked up the definition of “Thanksgiving” here is what the dictionary states,“the expression of gratitude, especially to God.”

For me, the purpose of this holiday is literally meant to give gratitude for all that you have. To thank God for continuing to provide, acknowledging every little moment, every gift, every breath, and every second of time God has given me, given you, and given all of us.
We really should be giving thanks on a daily basis. But I think we get caught up in our own routines, that we forget how we got here, and WHO got us here. So having a specific day to literally spend the whole day giving thanks, I think that’s really important.
Especially in our culture today, where we have started to focus on the day after Thanksgiving,when Black Friday is a huge deal. And people just go back to their normal lives and go above and beyond to get what they want, right after the fact we just celebrated THANKSgiving. There’s a lot of confusion, the day before giving thanks for everything, to the following day- being rude, and obnoxious to get more of things you don’t need. It’s like we forget we just gave thanks for everything we have and are so grateful for all we have– just to go buy more the next day. It’s contradicting.
We need to really reflect where our focus truly is.

“……….the expression of gratitude, especially to God.”

This year I spent time with my family in Colorado. For me it’s important to take time away from the Chaos to relax and reflect on your life. Like actually sit back and enjoy the small things. Giving thanks to all that I have can be hard for me to do on a daily basis because we take for granted a lot of the things we have. As of all you, I am just as guilty of this. We forget all the hard work it took to receive what we wanted but then once we have it, we push away the reality of all we put into it.
Like the new job; you prayed for, you worked hard, you rewrote your resume three maybe four times, and then finally landed the interview. Once the interview was over, the excitement of the call you received saying you got the job, All of that goes away once the stress of learning the new job comes. We really should sit down daily and just be thankful you have this opportunity, thank God for providing this for you, and for all the hard work you put into it. Take time. Reflect. Be thankful. You are where you are, because you deserve it, but also it can be taken from you if you are not thankful.

Even though November and Thanksgiving are over, take time before the end of 2018, to reflect. The best time to reflect is definitely during the holiday season when there is a lot of want, want, want. But please this year; Just sit, relax, and reflect on what you have and every blessing God has given you. Whether that is your family, close friends, your job, your car, being alive today, or new opportunities arriving. Realize that God has given each and everyone of us the things we need at the right time. Even when we get tied up with all the things we have or the things we are doing, take time to give thanks to what we have been provided.
Count your blessings.
And Be thankful.

Until next time, Happy Holidays!
XoXo.