Free Easter Wallpapers-Celebrating Good Friday & Resurrection Sunday

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Growing up Easter meant I’d have a new dress to add to my wardrobe and new shoes to add to my collection. It meant I’d curl my hair and put a little more mascara on. Easter Sunday at church was like a parade of pretty dresses and the highest of wedges.

Now, Easter means so much more to me. Don’t get me wrong I will most likely purchase a new dress to wear on Sunday but that will only be an outward expression of the joy and gratitude I have in my heart.

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It might be my melancholic side, but I truly look forward to remembering and reflecting on the cross. The heaviness my heart feels when I think of all that Jesus did to rescue me, love me, and reconcile me back to my Father, is a way of helping me realign my priorities. It harkens my heart to bow low and surrender my will for His.

And then there’s the invigorating joy that comes after reminiscing. Jesus’ resurrection tells me that all the hardship, fear, anxiety, and overwhelm, is forever silenced. I can declare God’s promises for me because He rose again.

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The words I used to create these wallpapers are not clichés. They are powerful and life-giving truths. I hold them dear to my heart. May we never, ever take them for granted.

I hope you love these wallpapers. Cherish them as little treasures and share them with everyone you can! #LetsSpreadHislove

To download the wallpapers, click on the wallpaper. Then, right-click if you’re on a desktop or long press if you’re on a mobile device.

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The Arrested Heart Prayer

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Life can change in a matter of minutes. Jesus was praised and worshiped on a Sunday and betrayed and killed by Friday. Somethings happen that don’t make sense. And even when life is going pretty good, we can grow weary and discontent. When life happens, I pray that our response would be to run to our Father.

Maybe you’re the midst of chaos, turmoil, and uncertainty. Or maybe life is okay but you long for more. Jesus knows it, felt it, and overcame it. No matter the turn of events, the bumps in the road, or the monotony of life, because of Jesus we are victors.

My prayer this Easter is for my heart to be arrested by God. To be taken over, bound up, and hidden in Him. By faith, I know that if my heart’s tied to His, I’ll be able to navigate all the storms, valleys, mountain tops, so-so moments, and dry seasons in life.

My Easter Prayer for you & me:

“Lord, when life doesn’t make sense and bad things happen, arrest my heart to your Word, that I may cling to it and declare it over my life.

Lord, when I’m hurt, tired, and worn out, when it seems like the wells run dry, arrest my heart to your presence, that I may come alive and be washed over by Your Spirit.

Lord, when I’m scared and anxious, arrest my heart to your peace, that I may sleep through the night and feel your presence all around.

Lord, when my hope has come to an end, arrest my heart to the hope there is in Christ, that I may be reminded of my purpose and the plan you have for my life.

Lord, when nothing can satisfy me and I thirst for more, arrest my heart to your Spirit, that I may have rivers of living water flowing from within.

Lord, arrest my heart to yours, that I may see things as you do, and walk in your will all the days of my life.”

I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend, remembering Jesus. He is real, He is alive, and He’s coming back again. I pray you’d be reminded of the wonderful plan and purpose He has for your life.

Good Friday Prayer & Reflection

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“Lord Jesus I thank you for your love, your sacrifice, and your example. Where would I be without you? Thank you for doing the will of Your Father and dying on the cross for my sins. You took my place, you conquered death so I could live. The gap between us and God is gone thanks to You. Thank you for your blood that washed my sin and cleansed me from all sickness and disease. Today I can claim victory and declare myself victorious because you overcame. I love you Lord! I will never take for granted, I will never take lightly what you did on the cross for me. I praise you and will continue to praise you forever. Amen!”


The great thing about Good Friday and Easter Sunday is that it reminds me that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for all the world. Not for perfect individuals that have it all together. He came to save those who were sick. Meaning, all of us. If you haven’t decided to follow Jesus yet, please consider this an invitation from Him. He loves you no matter what happened yesterday, a few minutes ago, or what will happen tomorrow.

At some point in our lives, we must decide to follow or not follow God. We stand at a crossroads. Do we walk with Him or do we go our own way?

If you feel a tugging in your heart to follow Jesus, pray this prayer with me:
“Dear God, I come to you acknowledging that I need you. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me and make me new. I confess that Jesus in my Lord and Savior. And from this day forward I will do my best to live a life that’s pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Was that your first time saying that prayer? I would love to hear from you at info@styldbygrace.com!

If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, be encouraged to share His love with others. Extend an invitation to your church, pray for your friends and family, and share God’s word.

Hoping you all have a great Easter weekend! Let’s celebrate the King!

-Theresa Palma

Easter iPhone Wallpapers

 

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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!

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iPhone 5/5s

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Unearthing Easter Part 2

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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?