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Morning Glory

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Here’s an Easter micro poem from my other site, All Haiku. Happy Resurrection Sunday to all. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


past the ping-pong spring

the flowers come back alive

like Christ from the dead


Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.”

John 11:25 (NKJV)
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Nobody Knew His Secret Ambition

Blogger Beth Alison, from Lessons from a Lab, shared a post yesterday about the Christian’s new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead. A Moment with Our Creator: 1 Peter 1:3 closes with Beth’s request for her readers to share their favorite Easter song.

Musically, Easter brings to mind a favorite tune from back in 1988, Secret Ambition, by Michael W. Smith. The last line of the chorus summarizes the whole song:

🎶 Nobody knew His secret ambition was to give His life away.🎶

Michael W. Smith

I grew up Baptist, and the Passion of Christ (the events from the night before his crucifixion until his death on the cross) was not emphasized. Nevertheless, during the Easter season the Holy Spirit draws me to passages, like Isaiah chapter 53, where Jesus is described as our Suffering Servant.

He was arrested and sentenced to death. Then He was taken away. He was cut off from this life. He was punished for the sins of my people. Who among those who were living at that time tried to stop what was happening?

Isaiah 53:8 (NIRV)

Better yet, who alive at that time truly UNDERSTOOD what was happening–before the resurrection and ascension of Christ?

But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by his wounds were are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

At one Baptist church I attended, we actually held a Good Friday service. The scripture readings, worship music, and a short sermon all focused on the death of Christ. The congregation was then asked to leave in silence, contemplating the significance of the crucifixion.

But our throughly protestant pastor struggled to stick with the plan. During the benediction he remarked, “Brethren, Jesus died for our sins; we must remember His sacrifice. But, praise the Lord, He rose again on Easter!”

Note: If you see a black box where the video should be, please search on YouTube for Michael W. Smith Secret Ambition. It’s the one with 3.4 million views and is worth watching.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love. Have a blessed Easter!

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God Wants to Be Found

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I couldn’t have been more than five years old. And my two older brothers were the coolest people on the planet! Wherever they went, I tried to go too–much to their annoyance.

When the older boys from the neighborhood came over to our house, naturally, I wanted to play too. One time in particular, I remember my oldest brother said, “Let’s play hide and seek, David. You’re it!”

I closed my eyes and counted to 100. “Ready or not, here I come!” But when I went looking for everyone they had disappeared. Years later I learned my brothers and their buddies simply ran down the street to another friend’s house. It wasn’t hide and seek. They didn’t want to be found.


Chris Hendrix, from devotionsbychris shared a great post recently entitled Prioritize Seeking God. Here’s the part that inspired my post today:

God wants to be found. To be sought after, but we have to get past all the distractions around us in order to do it.

Chris Hendrix

As I read these words I thought, “We either seek God or we don’t.” There are no “sorta” seekers.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

Kind reader, is seeking God merely a hobby or a holy necessity? The answer is an either or statement, not a both and.

He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.

Saint Augustine

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.