The Difference Between the Cross-and the Empty Tomb

As I have just gone through the Easter/Passover season my husband and I have
Been watching several movies on the books of the bible. I have found myself
Looking at the cross and the empty tomb with a different perspective. While watching and listening this season I began to see and I’m sure you have all seen that
There is a difference between the cross and the empty tomb. You see as I watched
Jesus being nailed to the cross I began to realize several things. First that Jesus pleaded with the Father that this cup could pass from him. But he chose obedience and
Torture to bear what no one else could, our sin, and as he bore our sin on the cross the
Agonizing thing to him was the emptiness of not having the presence of the Father.
For in that moment there was no peace and Jesus cried out in excruciating emptiness
And pain desperate for the presence of his Father. Jesus willfully gave his all for
You and for me, emptying himself to fulfill his Fathers will in obedience and selfless
Denial. So what does that say to us? We can sing and dance our words at anytime, declaring to the Father that we give him our all and His will not ours.
But what I saw at the cross was total death. I saw blood, sweat and tears. That desperate place in our total being that seeks what we need. Help, forgiveness, peace, healing, a savior and the presence of an all loving God. Ecclesiastes 3: 11 He has set eternity in their heart. Only Jesus can be that to us and for us. Only he can help us. Forgive us, heal us save us, and bring us back into the Fathers presence. It’s in that place of death that we are desperate for all that Jesus has done for us and wants to give us. It’s at the foot of the cross where we die. The cross is covered in blood, it’s covered in all our sin and Jesus went to the cross to show us how to die.
It’s a dark place where there is no peace in any part of us. It’s a dark place where there
Is no presence of the Father. It’s a hard place where we are broken and torn and desperate. That desperate hope that we don’t have, so we must go to the cross to die. But before Jesus gave his last breath he declared, “It Is finished!”
So what is it that is finished? He died and was buried. Sin has been covered, death defeated. A new life and a new hope has begun through a savor But then I began to see that when he rose again and left an empty tomb, it was no longer dark. In death Jesus gives us life. When Mary went to the Tomb on the first day of the week, the angel asked her why she was looking for Jesus because he is risen. True life has begun. The miracle of being born- again. One of the first things Jesus gives the disciples after his resurrection is Peace. John 19:19,21,26. He also reassures them that their sins are forgiven. Life in its greatest form. Salvation, love, peace, forgiveness, healing, the presence of the Father, the reassurance of Jesus himself and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Life in its fullness, given by death on the cross and a resurrected life. Love in its most perfect form. Peace that no man can have in himself or give. A peace that passeth all understanding. An eternal life that is only found in Jesus. A complete healing body, soul and spirit that can only come from Jesus. The promise of help in time of trouble and His strength to help in all things. A Hope that is not only eternal but a hope in Jesus as we walk out this life. A renewed hope. At that empty tomb we discover He’s Alive and we also discover we are alive in Him. Spirit, soul and body, alive in Christ. Aware for the first time in our lives of the very presence of an all knowing all loving heavenly Father. By the death of Jesus on the cross and our death at the cross you might say that the empty tomb has merged heaven and earth in us. And that’s MyLivingLife

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Walking with a friend

Today finds me almost knee deep in snow with a hint of sunshine and very cold. I’m thankful for a day off from my job to be able to spend some time with my Lord and reflect and the past couple of months. Life is a journey whether you’re in the Lord or not. But when you walk with someone on her journey that isn’t in the Lord and this journey renders life or death it can be another dynamic. Evangelism is a very real part of my walk in Christ and I take my salvation as well as someone else’s very serious. In December I took a friend to the hospital for a pretty common surgery. A hysterectomy and bladder sling. As a woman I know many women who have had this done. As the anesthesiologist was putting the tube down her throat he discovered a tumor on her vocal cords. They called in an oncologist came up to the waiting room for direction and was given the ok to proceed with the surgery. We would deal with the results of the tumor after. Before the surgery was over we knew it was cancer. The next three to four weeks were filled with Dr. appointments and tests. During one test they discovered a spot on her colon. The next surgery was a little more complicated as they did a colonoscopy, a port and a feeding tube. Again as they began surgery the surgeon stopped and came to us in the waiting room to tell us that the mass in her throat had grown so big that to prevent suffocation he needed to put in an emergency tracheonomy. We had minutes before found out that the spot in her colon was indeed cancer. With permission the surgeon hurried back to surgery. As of now my friend is in a nursing home that takes her to her radiation treatments. A dr. has given a time frame of a month left for her to live. No one will tell her that her time is short. She doesn’t want to hear about salvation right now and my heart is breaking for her. My prayers continue for her and even though I’m not welcome in her room I know there is no distance in prayer and the Lord can go into her room and speak his love over her. I know we are given freedom of choice and that is an awesome grace from our God, but for her not to be told her time is short is taking that freedom from her. The scripture that I keep coming too is in 2 Corinthians 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty for the pulling down of strongholds. Oh how thankful I am for the weapons of warfare that I have been given through my mighty Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. I’m fighting to end.

I Press on toward the Goal

Happy New Year everyone. I’m sure you are all back in full swing of life after the holidays. For some it’s a relief to settle down into life again and for others it may still be a little crazy. According to the commercials we all need to join that gym and find our bodies again and of course as we are organizing ourselves we need to organize our homes. So my question to you is, ‘ how is that new years resolution working out for you?” I’m not knocking anyone who has made a new years resolution, in fact I admire the tenacity and determination you have. You have made a commitment to do something to better your life and that is very commendable. I on the other hand don’t make resolutions because I never follow thru with them; actually I barely get them started. But there is something that I started over forty years ago that has changed and is still changing every area of my life, has held my interest and has continually exercised every part of my being inside and out. That something is my relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ. Now my friends that has been quite a workout for me as I have allowed him access to areas of me that have been dark, stubborn, rebellious, and angry and I could go on and on. He has taken me to mountaintops and very low crevices that I wasn’t sure I would get out of. He has laughed with me and cried with me has embraced me and talked with me. He has corrected me, healed me and delivered me, from me, and most of all he has never left me but loved me through it all. Again I could go on and on. You see I looked up the meaning of resolution and it means “ a firm decision to do or not to do something. Yes I have had to make resolutions all along my journey and relationship with Jesus, but I want to make those daily and as I’m led, I don’t want to let something go until a new year, I want to make that resolution right away.
The resolution I made over forty years ago as stated in Philippians 3; 14 “ I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. V16: “ let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
My encouragement to you and even to myself is to press on in Jesus for He is our goal and our prize is eternity with him. Make that daily resolution to listen and be led to allow him access to you. It’s that Christ like glow that conquers the day. May your New Year be filled with all of God and his best for you. And that’s “mylivinglife”

The Present

December 28, 2017

Good Morning to you, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with family and friends.
Mine was wonderful. All of my kids were there from near and far and my many grandchildren. I made doll clothes for my grand daughters American dolls and watching their faces was priceless. Among, many other blessings this year. I wanted to post this poem before Christmas, unfortunately time got away from me. So I’ll share it now. I wrote this in December of 2003 and it’s for this season. Read it like a Dr Seuss rhyme. I hope you enjoy it.

The Present

Long, long ago it was dark and it was cold.
Then God set apart the beginning that was mighty and bold.

He spoke his plan for six mighty days
And created the mountains
And warm sunny days.

He parted the waters from the land as you see
And spoke into existence
The bees and the trees

And then He thought of the yous’
And the mes’

For long ago in the beginning of time
It says that God knew us and
We waited our time

The trees and flowers they grew with such beauty,
Bearing for us the tootie and the fruity

Then came the tigers and the elephants and quails,
Puppies and kittens and slow pokey snails

The earth was filled with Gods wonderful plan
The wonders, the beauty, the thrill of it all
God’s love filled the earth before the great fall

Now that Adam and Eve, they did have it all
A beautiful place, a big waterfall
And they walked and talked with God in the garden
Then one day they needed a pardon

The choice that they made that day in the garden
Sent Gods plan in motion to send us a pardon

The stories of old told throughout the pages
Tell us of Gods love brought down through the ages

And then in his time
He chose to appear, as a new baby born
To take away all our fear

This baby was Jesus our Savior you see
And man came from afar
“Oh! How could it be?”

Through Gods great love, He gave us His son
This Jesus you see is a present to all
To pardon our sins and redeem us from the fall

This present you see grew up mighty and strong
And took upon him all of our wrong

We whipped him and scorned him and mocked him you see
An innocent man, we hung on a tree

He quietly bled and was publicly shamed
As he chose to be crucified and took our blame

He cried out to the Father in that moment of time
Saying “ Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

He gave up His spirit to heaven that day
And we in our sin just walked away

Now this present from God
Was now gone as they say
And laid in a tomb to be sealed away

But the son of the Father
Sent to us in love
Was busy three days defeating the dark and came back to life
Then to show us the mark
That gave him the power
To pardon our sin

This present to us, don’t walk away from
Only believe he is Gods only son

This present you see keeps on living and giving
It’s yours for the asking and for the forgiving

This present of Love from the Father above
From His heart to our heart
It’s love, love, love, love

Rejoice now all you, yous’ and you mes’
For this present from God aint over
“if you please”

Jesus now sits way up above
At the side of the Father
Sending his love

Now through His Spirit
Who’s gentle and strong
Teaching us, leading us
To all come along

So rejoice in the presence
Of the present of God and
Receive all he has in this present façade

This present of Love from the Father above
From his heart to our heart
It’s Love, Love, Love, Love.

Copyright LeeAnn Waldron

 

I Pledge My Allegiance

Just what does allegiance mean? It means “loyalty or commitment to a superior or to a group or cause.”  When I say I pledge my allegiance I am making even more than a statement I am making a proclamation of declaring my total support to someone, something or a cause. As a born again Christian and believer in Jesus Christ and a believer in the one true God my first allegiance is to the one true God of this universe, my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. With that, he has birthed me in a great nation that proclaims its allegiance to be a nation under God. I have stood many times for the pledge of allegiance. many times as my sons have stood before playing in a game or at a college or pro game. I stand proudly and with god bumps up and down my body. I am proud to pledge my loyalty to first my God and second my nation flying the flag of freedom. Just as my savior shed his blood for my salvation and freedom, the blood of great men and women who have shed their blood for my freedom flies the flag. Declaring by not standing for our freedom both spiritually and in this nation sets a precedence of display for a totally different cause. Racial injustice is a cause that begins with each one of us individually. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and examine our hearts personally to see if we are part of this social racial injustice. Just as we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and search our hearts for sin that we may repent and receive our savior. When this happens with each one of us individually we then take measures to stop the injustice we are causing. Oh people wake up and look at yourselves in the mirror and take out the log in your own eyes before you so visibly make a declaration against an innocent flag, people and nation. None of us are without sin, but to declare one cause against our flag and nation that negates the meaning and purpose of respect for the freedom it represents brings a division that destroys not helps or heals.  Oh the visual message that this is giving our young people is so opposite of what Christ did for us as well as for what the men and women who fought for us did. By taking a knee is rebellion to every one of us who loves this nation. But rest assured every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. So whether those who bow their knee here on earth for whatever cause or before the one who sits on the throne I encourage everyone to search their soul as to why you are bowing your knee and for what and to whom. 

What’s In A Name

For the past several weeks I have thought much about identity and names. This has me thinking about how important our name is and how much it’s linked to our identity. Proverbs 22:1 says that “ A good name is to be more desired that great riches.” Or in some translations “ a good name is greater than gold.” There are different scenarios in  life concerning the name that seems to lead to the same equation of who you are and your identity. One scenario is a blessing for our family but at the same time sadness for another family. One of my sons married a wonderful woman many years ago. In this marriage she brought with her two beautiful young children. We immediately embraced them as our own and now they are grown adults. When our grandson was about to be married he came to my son and asked him to adopt him. This totally took us all by surprise because there is a bio father alive. Without hesitation my son began the process of adoption. It was not difficult because of our grandson being an adult. The adoption went through right before the wedding and we now have a grandson and granddaughter with our name. Soon another adoption went through and it was for our great-grandson who was our grand daughters son when they married. I have often thought about how traumatic of a choice that was for our grandson to relinquish his biological name to bear the name of his step father. All seem to be very happy and thriving in their new identity. Another scenario is a young adult who went through great trauma as a very young child and continued on through their early teens. The two people who gave them their name at birth left this earth when they were still a preschooler and then ended up in a very abusive home until their early teens. I have watched this person struggle in ways that tell they are   holding on to the things that they think gives them their identity and security but at the same time they are so insecure and unhappy. These wounds were put on them by others in their young life and now as a young adult they bears the scars. My prayer for them is that they will cry out to the one who can give them true identity and security and that is Jesus. Another is a young teenager who has again been abandoned and neglected all through their formative years. They have an opportunity to be adopted but they aren’t  sure about changing their name. They seem to be holding on to the only identity they know. My grandsons decision to change his name was a willful and thought through choice. He isn’t struggling with an identity crisis. The wonderful thing about him is he knows who loves him. The others however are struggling with who they are and they are needing to know they are loved. They don’t’ know what love feels like, looks like and seem to be holding on to a false love. Philippians 2:9 tells us that the name of Jesus is above all names. In him we will have first eternal salvation but peace and security. We will be one with him. In Jesus we will have a name, and know who we are, he tells us we are His. I pray for the walls that have been built up around these hearts, to keep true love out, will begin to crumble. So that they can begin to receive true love, identity and purpose that they were birthed for. To watch an identity crisis play out in one’s life in heartbreaking. It truly takes the love of God in one’s heart to break through the wall and let that person out. 1 Peter 4:8 says“ love covers a multitude of sins.” In these people I see deep wounding and rejection. It’s Gods love that covers sins but it also fills the heart.  Opening ones heart to receive love from another human and even God is often a very difficult thing to do when one has been abused. But once we choose to love and be loved and choose forgiveness that love that Peter talks about covers those sins of abuse. Accepting Jesus as your savior is the beginning of eternally knowing Gods love and who we are in Christ and who he is in us. Then we will come to know who we are inside and out.

Living Water

While reading John chapter 4 I was struck by what happened to the woman at the well. I know much has been said about the woman at the well, but when scripture comes alive in you its worth talking about. It was while she was talking to Jesus a couple of things stood out. One that was when Jesus told her “ that whoever drinks from the water that I give them shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.Then, she asked for that living water. But then the second thing is, He brings her to the place of confessing her sin. Oh how I love Jesus, he is truly the way, the truth and the life. He presents life eternal, brings us to repentance and we confess our sin accept Jesus as savior and lord and are saved. Then the third thing that really struck me is that he filled her with that living water she asked for. Jesus said that the well of living water would spring up to eternal life. That eternal life welled up in her and then she went back to the men in her city and told them all that Jesus had said to her. The interesting thing about that to me is that her words were living water springing up to eternal life to those men and then they went to find Jesus. They said they believed because of the words of the woman, “ He told me all things that I have done.” Oh but then after they found Jesus they said to the woman. “ It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the savior of the world.” That living water, full of life and revelation that leads to eternal life. That’s what our lives say to those we speak to about our Savior, out Lord, our Jesus. For our living lives, filled with living water that flows out of us to cause others to seek after the savior on their own until they find him is glorious and beyond human words to explain. Its eternal! And that’s living life.