Lay Them Down: Palm Sunday Insight

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So a lot of people are celebrating the holiday Palm Sunday. I hope you are enjoying yours. I thought it would be nice to shed some light on the history of Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is a holiday celebrated by Christians in commemoration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It takes place a week before Christ’s death (Good Friday)  and His resurrection (Resurrection Sunday/Easter). While Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, the citizens laid palm branches down before Him.

Let’s take a look at the scriptures:
John 12:12-16
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The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

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took branches of palm trees and went
out to meet Him, and cried out:
“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
The King of Israel!”

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Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:
“Fear not, daughter of Zion;

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Behold, your King is coming,
Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

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His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was
glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him
and that they had done these things to Him.

In some countries Palm Sunday is celebrated with big feasts and reenactments of Christ’s glorious Jerusalem arrival.

The citizens of Jerusalem laid down palm branches as an act of reverence to the Son of God. Wouldn’t it be nice to lay down your worries and worship the King? He can handle your situation much more than you can.

Just take a moment to reflect on your life and give everything over to your Healer. Put down your problems and pick up your praise! Worship and celebrate the Lord for He is not dead but surely alive!

To learn more about Palm Sunday check out the link below:
http://www.heavy.com/news/2014/04/palm-sunday-definition-meaning/

Beauty for Ashes

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God wants to give you beauty for ashes, treasures for your tragedy, and joy for your pain.

Growing up I never understood the phrase “beauty for ashes”. It always seemed like a mystery to me. I would wonder, How can God exchange my mess for His blessings? Can He really accept me like this? With my mistakes? Can He make me feel brand new? I seemed baffled at the thought of the King of Kings in all His glory taking me in as His own and taking away my shame. It’s like a dog rolling around in dirt, mud, and poo and His royal owner, in all of his cleanliness, graciously picking the dog up, washing him, feeding him, and loving him regardless of his past filthy state.

God has shown me that He loves me for me! Nothing or no one can take that away. With His love I am full and satisfied. When I drink His living water I am refreshed and rejuvenated. 
John 7:38
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture
has said, out of his heart will flow
rivers of living water.”

The Lord has given me self-confidence, joy, peace, and love for other people. Of course, it did not happen overnight. It took a process and journey for me to finally love myself and have self-worth.

You don’t have to feel ashamed because of your past. EVERYONE has a past but the Grace of God is able to bring us back to redemption! God loved us so much that He did not send His son to condemn/judge us but to save us through Christ Jesus (John 3:17). Claim your healing and deliverance today; through Christ you have the power to receive it!

Pray this prayer today:

Dear Lord,
I believe that you can heal me. I know that you can save me. Thank you for giving me beauty for ashes and taking away my shame. You are so amazing and I can’t live without you. I need you. You are the author and finisher of my life. Please have your way in me. I love you and give you all the praise. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Inspired by Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon
Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the
brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to
those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of
the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our
God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit
of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of
righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He
may be glorified.”

What’s in your tank?

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Good morning. What are you eating this morning? I’m thinking about making some oatmeal with assorted berries mixed in. Or maybe a nice banana smoothie. While you’re rummaging through your fridge or cabinet, have you ever thought about soul food? I’m not talking about Granny’s good ol’ cooking but literally food for your soul. Read more

8 Things…

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Hey. So you’re probably wondering who I am and want to know a little about me. Well here are 8 things:

1. My favorite color is purple. It’s royal and soothing.
2. I love vintage (everything)!
3. My favorite singer is Whitney Houston (I cried like a baby when she died).
4. I sing, dance, play the piano, and I’m teaching myself how to play the guitar again.
5. One of my favorite scriptures is Hebrews 4:16. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy to find grace to help in time of need.”
6. I love my nephew. He is my heart.
7.I enjoy relaxing by listening to soothing gospel, classical, jazz, and classic r&b music.
8. My favorite number is 8. It represents new beginnings.

Welcome 🙂