Easter iPhone Wallpapers

Design, Faith

 

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Easter is just one week away! Give your phone an Easter make-over with these beautiful Easter “He is Risen” iPhone wallpapers.

There are two versions. For all the minimalists out there, there is a black and white “He is Risen” wallpaper. It’s classic and chic. And for all you color lovers, there’s a pastel wallpaper, which is perfect for the beginning of Spring.

To download, keep scrolling and click on the wallpaper of your choice. Be sure to share it with all your friends!

iPhone 6 Plus

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iPhone 6

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iPhone 5/5s

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Unearthing Easter Part 2

Faith

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“I love… Jesus”, I said to my husband right before falling asleep in bed. I think he expected me to say, “I love… you”. We don’t fall asleep without saying I love you to each other. But, on that particular day, I just had to verbalize to someone how much I truly loved Jesus. Not because it’s a cliché thing to say or because it’s the Christian thing to say, but because I was learning so much about who He is and what He did for us.

During the months of March and April, I made a decision to study the book of Matthew with a group of ladies, in order to prepare for this Easter season (we are following a bible study plan from Good Morning Girls). We share every day what God has revealed to us. The testimonies and new understanding we share, are ways we help each other grow in our faith. I think they can say, as can I, that learning about Jesus has caused our heart to long for Him and love Him even more.

My mission during these couple of months was for my faith and understanding of God’s word to be renewed. I’ve read the passages in the book of Matthew many, many times before, but for some reason they have come alive. Perhaps it has to do with the intention and motives of my heart in seeking God.

One of the themes we have seen in Jesus’ words and ministry is having the right motives for what we do. He is all about the intention of our hearts. When speaking of murder he said that if we curse a person, we have murdered in our hearts. When he spoke of prayer, he said God didn’t want to hear repetitive words, but authentic heartfelt prayers, and when He spoke of fasting, He told us to keep it to ourselves, because what we do in secret for God, He would reward us for it. The intentions of our heart matter more to God than our works. How we do things, versus what we do, matter to Him.

There have been many times that I’ve served God with the wrong motives, for recognition, or for my own gain. He knew I did and although those works served other people’s needs, God knew the intentions of my heart. Any other type of accolade I gained had no weight compared to the reward God could’ve given me if my heart had been set on Him. Have you been there before? Expecting to get a reward from people for the service or work you do? It’s human nature to desire recognition, but let me encourage you today to believe that the reward that God has for you is greater and better than any reward you can gain from people.

Reading Jesus’ words convicts me to my core. There’s nothing better and more loving than some tough love. People that love you, tell you what’s right and what’s good for you and that’s why I exclaim, “I love Jesus!”. He truly desires what’s good and right for me.


What can you do today to focus on serving God with the right motives?

Have you ever received “tough love” from someone, and it consequently brought positive changes to your life?

The Secret Place

Culture, Faith, Movies

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The secret place is a dangerous place to be in, whether it’s a good secret place or a bad secret place. And yes, both do exist.

We see the secret place in movies, TV shows, and books. Movies like Mean Girls and TV shows like Pretty Little Liars, show us the bad and corrupt secret places people can find themselves in. There are burn books, lies, gossip, and shame.

On the other hand, there is a secret place, a place of intimacy, that our culture and our society don’t know about and it’s just as dangerous as the corrupted secret places we do see and know about. It’s not dangerous because it hurts us, it’s dangerous because it transforms us.

The Bible speaks of the secret place many times. In Exodus, God hides Moses in a secret place so that he could see God’s glory. (Exodus 33:22). In the Psalms, we can read about being hidden or abiding in the secret place (Psalm 32:7, Psalm 27:5, Psalm 91:1). In Matthew, Jesus instructs us to find a secret place to pray in (Matthew 6:6).

I can’t imagine Moses was not terrified and excited, all at once, to see God’s glory. Moses saw God, and after that he was never same. The Bible says that after leaving the secret place, his face shone. Not only that, but when people saw Moses, they were afraid of his light.

Will we go to God’s secret place, where we can be honest, transparent, and be changed? Being changed in the secret place may result in people distancing themselves from us, like it happened to Moses. It can be scary and dangerous to let go of the place where people accept us and include us, but, the result of being in God’s secret place outweighs any reward we may receive from people.

Jesus’ instruction to go into a secret place to pray, shows us that God is interested in meeting with us and having a real connection with us. He’s not a superficial or anonymous God.

In the book “The Secret Place” by Tana French, there is a noticeboard where the girls of a school can pin up secrets anonymously to let off steam. It’s kind of similar to the burn book in the movie Mean Girls. The purpose of this secret place isn’t to be known, it’s to be unseen, which makes sense, by definition, since secret means to hide or conceal. There are some areas in our lives that we want to keep unseen. They may be too painful to reveal or perhaps, our bitterness and pride, keep us hidden in the negative secret place.

However, God’s secret place is an oasis to all who find it and seek it. It’s a place where we go to know Him, be known by Him, and find ourselves in Him. It’s a place we go to, where we can reveal our deepest needs and wants, our hurts, and let go of our bitterness and pride.

Hiding in the negative and dark secret places we are used to, won’t make a difference in people’s lives and it surely won’t exalt and magnify God. Going to God’s secret place allows us to be changed so that in turn, He can be glorified, and our story can lead others to Him.

So, will you decide today to leave the dark and go into the light of God’s secret place? I pray that you will, because if you do, you will find healing, freedom, and purpose.


To learn more about God’s secret place, you can read Bob Sorge’s Secrets of the Secret Place

Unearthing Easter

Culture, Faith

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The hearts, the red, the pinks and all that makes Valentine’s day wonderful, has been invaded and overturned by Easter eggs and pastels. Forget St. Patty’s day… Easter everything has taken over!

Year after year, I can’t believe how quickly department stores change their merchandise from one holiday to another, in what seems like a blink of an eye.

As a child, I looked forward to Easter because of all the fun traditions and candy. My mom never went without buying me some Peeps (you know, those sugary, marshmallowy, yellow chicks), and dressing me up in a cute summer dress. Even if church wasn’t always in the picture, it was during Easter. And Easter egg hunting, was a must.

Today, I continue to enjoy the Easter traditions we practiced growing up. However, as time has passed I’ve realized that Easter is much more than eggs, bunnies, and pretty dresses. It’s about remembering and recognizing the work of Jesus Christ in this world.

This year, I’m unearthing Easter by digging into God’s word, in order to rediscover the meaning of Easter. I want to rediscover why we celebrate it, dress up for it, and go to church for it?

How will I do this? By being part of  Good Morning Girls’ study on the book of Matthew. Every day, in March and April, I’ll be reading a chapter from the book of Matthew in the Bible. What’s most exciting about this, is that I get to do it with a group of women from all over the world! We will share, pray, and uncover Easter together.

Please come back to hear what we have learned!

Love,
Theresa


What are you looking forward to this Easter season? How will you rediscover the meaning of Easter?

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Culture, Faith

2015/01/img_7055.jpg“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we honor a man who was bold and courageous, while still showing God’s love and grace. We are grateful for his godly example. His memory and accomplishments will live on forever.