It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, April 21, 2014

Chapter 4, Page 21, Book 14

This is going to be a joyful day. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whomever you’re with, you can add your own joy to the mix.

Ralph Marston

 I’ve decided to celebrate the season of Easter here on my blog this year.  Easter Day was celebrated yesterday, the 20th of April and today for some it’s over and done.  But Eastertide is the season of the year that begins on Easter Sunday and ends 50 days later on the day of Pentecost, that is on June 8th this year.

Easter is a season of JOY!  And I’m all about celebrating every day and enjoying what each one offers.  Just as with Christmas, Jesus is still the reason for the season.

I found a list of 50 things to do for the season Easter and am going to be improvising on it and hopefully giving some new insight along the way including 50 days of Gratitude - the 3 things I’m thankful for each day.  I think Easter is about resurrection, resurrection is about new and unexpected possibilities, and unexpected possibilities are an occasion for gratitude. My hope is that by spending the next fifty days giving thanks for all that I have been given I will live into the Easter reality of new life and possibility more fully and thereby face all the challenges of my life with greater faith and confidence

Rise up and walk in newness of life

Day 2 of 50

I have counted at least 3 things every day that I'm thankful for a little over a  year and have now reached 1600 gifts.  On my way to 2000.  I'm not stopping, but will continue on counting.  There is always, always something to be thankful for.

1598.  for all the good and the beautiful all around us, it is there if we take the time to look
1599. for another new week ahead. 
1600.  for time to revive and refresh

The Lenten fasts are over, so rejoice with special meals or treats. The purple or violet of Lent is replaced by the white and gold of Easter, so wear brightly colored clothing to show your joyful spirit, and decorate with lilies and other flowers.

Easter isn’t one day because love in its fullest measure does not happen in one day. It roots and grows over days and weeks and a lifetime. It enters our lives sometimes quietly, sometimes surprisingly, always a change. We may open the door to love after a time of grief or a period of preparation. On Easter, we are asked to open the door to love in its most glorious expression. 

One of the articles I read about the 50 days of Easter call it 50 days to Fabulous!  Easter is pure gift, but it takes some discipline to live into that gift. First we need to receive the gift, which requires more than restoring some Alleluias into our lives, celebrating the return of baseball and basking in the blossoms of Spring. We are given fifty days  which, tellingly, is longer than Lent, to allow the Easter gift to be absorbed into the depth of our souls. 

If you want to change your living, you need to change your thinking.

 Robert Maddox


linda m said...

Loved your blog this morning. I think your idea is fabulous. Can't wait to read your blog every day. Blessings

betty said...

That is neat with the 50 days of Easter, Ma! Should be interesting to read what you come up with as we celebrate it along with you!



You have an interesting idea about all the days of Easter. I really like the Robert Maddox quote.

jack69 said...

Great read. Thanks. and YEP and AMEN EAster is not just one day!!!

Love from NC, we have SPRING!!!
Glad you are seeing better weatehr there...