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Resurrection Sunday – Jesus Lives – April 5 Devotions

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Hallelujah, alleluia, or however you want to spell it or say it, in any language–but Happy Resurrection Sunday, or Happy Easter Sunday! If you celebrate this special day, I hope you have enjoyed it. If not, I still hope you had a lovely Sunday!

Hallelujah, Jesus is Alive! Photo credit: Katherine Bowen
Hallelujah, Jesus is Alive!
Photo credit: Katherine Bowen

 

This post on Easter Sunday wouldn’t be complete without this classic Carmen presentation. I had the privilege of seeing Carman in concert more than once, back in the day–including this particular song and dramatic presentation (though not this specific video or location).

 

 

Now onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.

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“Too often we get caught up in our own works concerning prayer. Sometimes we try to pray so long, loud, and fancy that we lose sight of the fact that prayer is simply conversation with God.

The length or loudness or eloquence of our prayer is not the issue–it is the sincerity of our hearts and our faith God hears that is important.

We must develop simple, believing prayer. We can depend on God to be faithful to do what we have asked Him to do, as long as our request is in accordance with His will.” 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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“Lord, I praise You for Your sovereignty over the broad events of my life and over the details. With You, nothing is accidental, nothing is incidental, and no experience is wasted. You hold in Your own power, my breath of life and all my destiny.

And every trial that You allow to happen is a platform on which You reveal Yourself, showing Your love and power, both to me and to others looking on.

Thank You that I can move into the future non-defensively, with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead, for You hold the future and You will always be with me, even to my old age…and through all eternity.” 

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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-1-  It’s comforting and encouraging to know God just wants to hear from us–we don’t have to say some fancy prayer or use “religious” language. We can just talk to Him!  It’s also a good reminder in this devotional, about believing God does answer our prayers “as long as our request is in accordance with His will.”  Important distinction!

 

-2- This one is a good reminder, due to a personal/family situation or two going on right now, especially this line: “Every trial that You allow to happen is a platform on which You reveal Yourself, showing Your love and power, both to me and to others looking on.  I have to keep this in mind when I get especially discouraged about these situations.

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So what are YOUR thoughts on this Easter Sunday? Have you ever heard of Carman or attended his events?

 

Do you agree that prayer doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy, but rather simply a conversation with our Father God?

 

What do you think about the idea that there are no accidents in our lives where God is concerned–that everything is some how a part of His greater plan for our lives?

 

17 Comments

  1. Alana

    I spent Easter with my in laws, including my husband’s 103 year old aunt. It is not a religious observance for me, but I love this season of renewal. My first Lenten Rose flower appeared on Good Friday, which was also the first day of Passover. And yesterday, I arose to see crocuses in my mother in law’s lawn. Beautiful.
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  2. Michelle Liew

    A Happy Easter to you. My thoughts are that with forgiveness and tolerance, we can all experience rebirth, no matter how harsh our circumstances are!
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  3. Dorit Sasson

    Happy Easter! At this time of year, I try and find time to do some meditation and self-reflection to get extra grounded.
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  4. Joan Harrington

    Hi K Lee,
    Always inspired when I visit your blog 🙂 Thank you!
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  5. Kimberly

    I spent the day with wonderful friends and ate my way through a fabulous brunch. Yummy!
    Thank you for your very loving words.
    Kimberly
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  6. Donna Ward

    Karen Lee – this is another touching post – thank you – And hoping your Easter shared many blessings – I particularly loved your quotes and resonated with the one by –Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise thank you 🙂
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  7. Francene Stanley

    I hadn’t heard of Carmen before. Thank you for sharing this. I agree that we should speak to God in our own language inside our own mind.

    06 . Apr . 2015
  8. Melinda

    It’s true, prayer can be simple and uncomplicated or full of religious wording. Whatever helps us express ourselves to God. And don’t forget it should include listening to God, too.
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  9. Bethany Kann

    I have not heard of Carmen before.
    Thank you so much for sharing this inspiring post, it really got me thinking, we do need to think of prayer as a conversation to the Lord rather than as a speech for others to hear.
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  10. Diane

    We had a wonderful Easter with extended family. God is definitely center of our daily lives, so is always present at holidays, too. Thanks for sharing some inspiration!
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  11. Carrie Ann Tripp

    Karen,

    I have heard of, and heard, Carman, but never live. Of all the Christian concerts I’ve been to, that’s not one.

    I often keep a running dialogue with God throughout day. Some might consider it too familiar, but I take “Pray without ceasing.” seriously. I do spend time in formal prayer in a set place with a specific list too. However, sometimes that type of prayer feels forced and not real at all.

    I often hear God best when He and I find ourselves engaged in a spontaneous conversation.
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  12. Laurel Regan

    Thank you for this thoughtful and inspirational post. Happy Easter!
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  13. Matt Harris

    Hi K Lee,

    I had a great Easter. I spent it with my daughters. I do believer there are no accidents in our lives where God is concerned. Sometimes I only wish He’d let me in on what He’s up to. LOL But as long as He’s in control, I don’t need to know. I like your thoughts on prayer. They remind me of a parable where the Pharisee and “Sinner” went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee prayed bragging about all that he does. And the “Sinner” simply says, “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus said that man went home justified rather than the Pharisee.

    06 . Apr . 2015
  14. Amy Bovaird

    Lovely post, K Lee.
    I do not think there are any coincidences in God’s world. He either brings us to a point or allows something to occur. But He will always bring good out of it. I agree with you about prayer simple being a way to communicate to God.
    Happy Easter, K Lee!
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    06 . Apr . 2015
  15. Elisabeth

    Beautiful! Yesterday in Sunday School we talked about the fact that one thing we do not have to pray for is more of His Spirit… we only have to pray that we allow the Spirit already given to us when we became believers to more fully work in us. Thought you might enjoy that thought!
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    07 . Apr . 2015
  16. Amy

    Dear Karen,
    Your posts are always so encouraging. Thank you. We spent our entire weekend with our extended family, just enjoying each other, laughing a great deal, having a bridal shower for my daughter, and just catching up. Also being together with our church family for Easter morning. Hallelujah! He is risen!
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    07 . Apr . 2015
  17. Michelle Westbrook | Happy Wife, Happy Life

    I think almost all of my prayers are a conversation with God. I used to think that wasn’t good enough, but I know in my heart that is not true.

    I agree that everything that happens is part of God’s plan. I often fight his plan, wanting to follow my own instead. I find myself wanting to say No – often! But I do my best to follow and have faith in His plan for me 🙂
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    08 . Apr . 2015

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