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Hey Friends! I hope you all had the most joyous Easter!
We had so much fun spending time with family all weekend. We spent the day with my parents on Saturday at our home dying eggs, enjoying outside and eating crabs.
And then Sunday, we enjoyed watching my kids go through their baskets and then being with my husbands parents and family, with their traditional Easter Egg Hunt, painting eggs, sharing a delicious dinner and playing pickle ball on their tennis courts. We definitely made a lot of wonderful memories! And I hope you did too!
Leading up to Easter I kept asking God to show me what this sacred day meant in a new way. I wanted to experience Easter even deeper this year. As always, He came through. But not in the way I expected.
In the last few weeks, I lost a friend to cancer and someone I know lost her young husband completely unexpectedly. Death weighed heavy on my heart. I felt so sad. When I kissed my husband goodbye each day, I would get choked up thinking about how it would feel if it happened to me. And I would put my children to bed a little heavier each night as I thought about my friends mom putting her daughter to rest. Never in a million years did I think this was what God was showing me. As Easter got closer, the more He was revealing to me that these two incidents were not just something that happened but also something that coincided with my prayer.
During this time, death became so real to me. But by the end, the powerful reminder that Jesus overcame death became even more real for me. Jesus came to conquer death. So of course, why wouldn’t God use death to show me the true meaning of Jesus’ life in a more real way? We celebrate this day to commemorate that when we die as believers, we are more alive than ever before. Jesus didn’t just die. On Easter we remember that actually, Jesus is very much alive. And so are the believers that have gone before us. All because of what happened on the cross and the days that followed, death lost its sting.
I know that when I lose someone, it doesn’t mean I won’t cry or feel pain, but what I will still have is joy and a hope to hold on to in the pain. All because of what God has done. He redeemed our story and reversed the trajectory of our lives when Jesus died. Satan thought he was victorious on Good Friday but little did he know, Jesus won. And that is something to celebrate! I am so grateful that God allowed me to experience death this Easter, as crazy as that sounds, so that He could draw me in to understanding more deeply what He has done for us.
I encourage you today, that whenever you want to go deeper or desire more wisdom, don’t be shy to ask God. He will come through: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5-7
This blog post is packed with a few different things. Other than what God has been showing me, I wanted to serve you by sharing one of my all time favorite EASY recipes. Whether for a Mother’s day brunch or summer outing, this one is always a fan favorite!
My sister in law Dana shared this recipe with me when she made it in the Outer Banks and I just couldn’t get enough of it. It is the best and easiest peanut butter pie. All you need is:
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 2 tubs of cool whip
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 8oz block of cream cheese
- 1 pre-made graham cracker or oreo crust (whichever you prefer)
Mix peanut butter, one tub of cool whip, 1 cup of powdered sugar and cream cheese all together with a mixer. Then pour all of it in the crust. Then take your second tub of cool whip and spread over the top of the peanut butter mix. Now let chill for at least an hour or two. You can crumble some graham cracker on top or peanut butter cups if you like. And that’s it! Easy as pie! (pun intended)
It’s literally one of my favorite desserts and the easiest thing to make. I hope you all enjoy.
And lastly, I put together a little Mother’s day gift guide for you if you are looking for ideas! All under $50!