I just want to take a moment to talk about Easter and how special this time of year is to me. This blog post is more of a reminder to myself, and a reflection of the past year, which has had so many ups and downs (and round-abouts, for sure).
The Easter season last year was a HUGE event for me. Quit my job –> month off to pack, ponder and relax –> Steph came to visit –> Easter weekend with my family –> officially leave for Canada and become a permanent resident!
I used Lent as a push to spend even more time with the Lord, listening to Christian podcasts during the day and right before bed, reading my Bible more and trying to savor my last days in Charlotte with my parents. Easter 2014 felt so symbolic to me, because as a period of rebirth, that’s exactly what I was going through.
Fast-forward one year later to Holy Week 2015 and we’ve got something similar going on: bought a house –> moved into new house –> parents visit Canada for the first time ever –> Easter weekend with the family.
I don’t believe in coincidence but Divine Providence and if you look consistently enough, it becomes easy to see His hand in everything. So much can happen in one year and yet I see the same pattern of renewal and change in this year’s Easter season for my husband and I. Both of these cycles have brought about moments of intense change, trials, happiness and love – deepening our relationship as a couple, stretching me as a person and affecting how I interact with others.
And it’s all possible #BecauseHeLives.
I love how this website is super interactive, explaining each day leading up to Christ’s resurrection and proclaiming to the world that “Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then He was crucified. But His death was not the end. Because of His Resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Because He lives, we can find His help and healing every day of our lives.”
Yes, of course Easter traditions and candy and food are fun and a great way to celebrate with family but I don’t want to forget to be thankful for the Atonement. For His influence in my life. For our own personal opportunity to be reborn, to be refined, to grow.
I’ll be attending the temple for the first time for baptisms this month, which I am very much looking forward to. I think Heavenly Father knew that it would be the perfect way to commemorate my one-year Canadian anniversary and complete this incredible Easter circle.
Wishing y’all a beautiful and spiritual Easter weekend! xo