Sunday, March 30, 2014

All About Easter

Easter is coming in the middle of all of my life craziness: my husband graduates from college, we are going on our honeymoon (finally--we've been married for over three years and have 2.5 kids...), and we are moving across the country for the summer, so before all of the above happens, we have to be moved out of our rental and have everything cleaned. We are in for a lot of busy happiness!

I want to start to celebrate Easter NOW so that I am not too overwhelmed on Easter Sunday to truly worship my Savior. It is He that we celebrate on Easter; not a bunny, not an egg hunt, not decorations or candy or baskets; we joy in Christ the Lord.

Easter to me is about the atonement. It is about the resurrection. It is about the love that one divine Man had for me and for my fellow mankind--the love that was so strong and so powerful that it overcame death itself. Easter is a day to extend our gratitude to the One who gave it all.

I am so grateful for Christ and for His sacrifice for us. I know that He lives, and that we all will live again because of His resurrection. I am glad that as Christians we celebrate Him on Easter and have the chance to be more like Him and recommit ourselves to following His teachings.

(Having said all this, I still plan to do an Easter egg hunt and Easter baskets for my kids, but I will do those things on the day before Easter, not on Easter Sunday. What kind of LDS trinkets or things do you put in your kids' Easter baskets?? I need ideas!)

Have a wonderful Easter, and enjoy these two Easter subway art prints!
How do you and your family remember to keep Christ as the focus on Easter?

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Truth About Luck

With St. Patrick's Day just a few days away, I have been thinking a lot about luck and how to teach my children what "luck" really is. Is luck getting the right job at the right time? Is luck happening to win a raffle at a party? Is luck finding money on the ground, right when you need it? I guess each person can interpret these things in their own way, but many of them I feel are blessings that the Lord wants us to have.

"Luckily," I came across this amazing quote from President Spencer W. Kimball that teaches us the truth about luck:

"Remember also that if you succeed, it isn’t because of luck. Success comes from faith and work and prayer and from constant righteous effort" (read talk here).

I love that in President Kimball's description of luck, he focuses on us consistently doing the right things. I find that the "luckiest" times of my life are the times I am striving to be consistent in gospel living, which helps me to know even more that I am being blessed for my efforts. I can teach my children to be consistent in righteousness, to pray, and to trust that God will give them what they need as they are striving to live His will.

Despite my lack of strong belief in "luck," I never hesitate to say, "Good luck!" to friends and family...but I usually add in, "I'm praying for you!" (Hey, can't hurt to add a little luck and blessing both, eh?)

Happy St. Patrick's day, my friends!

What are you doing with your family to celebrate St. Patrick's day?

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