Happy Easter from Brooke and Grace Alone Ministries

*From our house to yours, enjoy this special Easter devotional with background music. I thought this would be a lovely way for us to gather together for our own sunrise service… even if the sun is in different areas of the sky wherever you are.

“My God, My God why has thou forsaken Me?”
Matthew 27:46

Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you weren’t feeling particularly spiritual? When it took work to pray, when it was too painful to cast light into the shadowy corners of your heart?

I know I have certainly found myself there. This feeling of being forsaken . . . it’s all an incredibly human reaction to life created incredibly spiritual and holy, beyond our understanding.

I’ve doubted God and I’ve wrestled with Him when I didn’t like His plan for me. I’ve become angry when my prayers were answered but in the way I didn’t desire. I have wondered where He was, if He was . . . I’ve been incredibly prodigal. But fortunate enough for me, God has never stopped coming to look for me.

It brings me comfort to know that even our Savior had human feelings. The art of Roman crucifixion was an evil genius – it was the perfect tool to bring about the most inhumane of human sufferings. Tendons torn. Body aching. Eventually you had to arch your back to find balance. This created ever enlarging wounds in the feet. This continued on until the body’s lungs would fill with fluid. The heart became compressed.

As his heart compresses and his body aches Jesus cries out in wonder. “My God, My God, why have thou forsaken Me?” This verse we often overlook in worship services, it is often left out of passion plays – because we don’t like the thought of our Savior hurting. We don’t like to consider the pain our sins caused Him nor do we like to ponder why our Savior so very sure of His Father could even consider the possibility He’d been forsaken.

But really, these words were brilliant. They connected us. These words were necessary. This was the moment our brokenness reached deep within His spirit. They bound us to our Father like the tiny hand of a newborn curls around the finger of his mother. Jesus became sin so that we could be free from it. In becoming our sin He had an incredibly human experience times the lives of every created being the Father had ever created. He echoed the very heart wrenching words our heart cries out silently when life gives us lemons, when we have shaken off every reasoning and can find no reason, when we simply don’t understand, when we are tempted to consider our Father has forsaken us leaving us to suffer alone.

“My God, My God, why has thou forsaken Me?” These words assure us of every struggle, every valley, every circumstance being vindicated, corrected and justified on the cross. These are the words of our own heart . . . these words wrapped within His.

I find it incredibly poetic that our sins were compromised because his heart compressed. What more proof could a girl in love with words need than that of the Author and the Finisher of her faith metaphorically and figuratively giving her His heart?

We can be sure that God had to turn His head when Jesus suffered. But because He turned His head, He could look upon our suffering and hold us through it. Never budging, completely enthralled with His purchase that He had bought at the highest cost imaginable.

Prayers for the Korean Ferry Families

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“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted…”

Psalm 34:18

 

Sending up prayers tonight for those involved in the Korean ferry accident. As texts pour in from those still on board, my mama-heart breaks for the families. It’s Good Friday and a time of miracles! God we know that even as much as these broken hearted parent’s love their children… you love them even MORE. We know you are able and we ask you tonight to comfort and save your children!

Good Surprises for a Good Day

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How precious! God is full of sweet surprises and He filled my little boy with loads of sweetness! Blessed and grateful me!

Jack thank you for the surprise on my book shelf this morning. Lego Mommy writing in her imaginary high rise made of words really seems like a good fit. You know me well, kid. I love it and I love YOU! Now tell me… where does Lego Mommy keep these very fictitious 100 dollar bills. I may need to hit her up for a loan. :)

 

 

Keep on Growing!

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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18

Have you ever been smack dab in the middle of things getting better only to have the road become rocky and disheveled all of a sudden?

Me too.

I’ve been there.

I’ve watched from the back road of life as things finally looked settled when all of sudden out from the forest came the proverbial tornado of the world carrying a witchy woman on bicycle with my little dog in her basket.

It’s disheartening right? It makes you stop and question yourself. Where did you go wrong? Where can you turn around? Are these roadblocks God’s way of saying… “You there – not so fast!”

All of these are very human feelings and questions.

But before you turn around and give up consider this…

Where would Paul have been if he would have turned around on the road to Damascus? After all, seeing the risen Savior, especially for an unbeliever, must have been incredibly frightening! In all His glory, after all, you are blinded and fallen to the roadside!

Likewise, what would have become of the Israelites if David had took one look at the giant and ran away?

It was through Damascus that Paul was saved, that in many ways the church was found.

It was through David going forward that faith grew, that everyone on both sides of a war realized that God is who He says He is, so powerful in fact, He equips a small boy with victory in a win so epic that it could only be given down by the hand of God. Goliath was a stepping stone to the throne. That’s all – but he must have looked like a mountain.

Just as David would become King, Paul would go on to found the Corinth church. He would become one of the men that took the firsthand knowledge of Jesus Christ and handed it out to a hungry world where idols left people unfulfilled and where God filled the void, lived among them. Think about – a portion of gospel that has saved you today came this far to you because God revealed Himself to Paul.

One thing I’ve learned in the midst of roadblocks and detours is that I too must keep on going, like Paul, like David, because in these moments I am growing… and you are too.

Yes – there may be something standing in your way…

But just beyond the road work in the freeway is your victory –

And just past the muddy, unpassable marsh in the forest path is your joy –

And just around the corner of the side street is your Jesus.

Where are you going today and what’s standing in the way of God’s best for your life? When the way gets rocky –don’t be afraid and most important of all don’t turn back…

Just keep on growing.

With Hope the Odds Don’t Matter

Please take time out of your day to watch this incredibly moving and inspirational video from my new friend Heather Von St. James and The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. THIS is what brave looks like! THIS is what hope looks like!

Now imagine that there could be even more than hope…

Imagine that there could be a cure!

Please spread the word, reblog and do your part to raise awareness this week… and don’t forget to check out Heather’s awareness page here!

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