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New Life

Sometimes it’s really funny how thoughts come together. This Easter season, I’ve been thinking a lot about the significance of new life. Not so much in terms of babies and fresh starts, but in terms of transformation.

You see, about a week ago I found this necklace I’d made and completely forgotten about. It’s a little out of the norm of what I usually wear, but I love it all the same.

Butterflies are often used in Christian circles as a visual representation of the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Butterflies aren’t born, they are made, transformed from awkward earthbound caterpillars to glorious insects able to take flight. The process which turns them from crawling to flying isn’t easy, safe, or effortless. However, the end result is worth all the pain and effort.

Today my pastor preached on the resurrection, and how important it is to the Christian faith to believe that the resurrection really took place. While listening, it dawned on me that in a way, Jesus went through a transformation as well. He started Passion Week as the sacrificial lamb, the One who would take away the sins of the world. It was an important role, vital for the plan of salvation. After His death though, there had to be a transformation.

For Christ to just die for our sins would simply have made atonement for the sins that had come before that moment. His death, therefore, would have been just like the death of any other sacrifice. But something was different about this sacrifice. THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB ROSE FROM THE DEAD. 

Christ rose. He conquered the hold that death had on humanity, He made it possible for all people to access the grace and forgiveness found in the shedding of His blood. He made it possible for us to transform our lives.

So, this Easter, rejoice in His power, love, grace, and mercy…they are for you, from Him. Happy Easter.

50I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.51Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58, ESV

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Things have been quiet here for a few weeks, so I thought it was time for a brief update.

Work is cah-ray-zee right now. In case you missed the announcement, I was recently promoted to Shift Supervisor (YAY), meaning I have a lot more responsibility and a lot more hours. Both are good things, but it is keeping me busier than ever and a little more stressed out. I’ve come so close to going over 40 hours the past few weeks! (That’s a BIG no-no in our district.) Thankfully, my manager is being very awesome and supportive, to the point where she didn’t even ask me to pick up a shift over across the water yesterday…she simply told the other manager that I needed the day off. I do have a new blog all about this journey, justanothershift.tumblr.com, and my goal is to get that blog up to date this week.

Work is the main focus of my life right now, but there’s some other stuff going on too. As those events settle into place I’ll write more about them. Right now, the focus is not messing up at work, and getting my room/life in working order. I did manage to complicate life by getting into a car accident last week, so I’m trying to figure out when I can take a long drive over the water to deal with that mess. And shop for a new car. And everything all that entails.

My dear little phone, HTC EVO 4G, is starting to feel his age. He’s getting older, and because there’s a new EVO hopefully coming out in June, Sprint isn’t really releasing any new major Android updates. I’m looking for some temporary fixes to my frustrations that will last the next two months until I can decide whether to change phones, or just get a newer model of my current phone. I love love LOVE my EVO, so not in any hurry to change it up. In the meantime, a very nice guy at church gave me the extended battery that he used when he had an EVO, so battery life is now crazy long.

I’m watching cars go by outside as I write this. I don’t know what’s getting into drivers today. Last night there was a bad crash in front of our house, and just in the 10 minutes I’ve been sitting here, there have almost been two more. Craziness.

Hope you all are well. I can tell that you all still check in here, so thanks! I appreciate your loyalty so, so much.

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