I am the first hop stop! Lucky for you! You are right on track!!!
I am sure many of you remember the Jesus is the Reason post a few of us ladies participated in over the Christmas holiday. This one is much similar to that one. This is indeed a blessed time of year, as we remember Christ sacrifice on the cross at Calvary, and celebrate his triumphant victory over death! I know that for many families, we focus more on the FUN things rather than the true meaning of the holiday. Perhaps we have gotten busy and not realize how much the material and commercial things have seeped in and overshadowed the true meaning of Easter. I am not saying these things are bad. I do enjoy attending our church's Easter Egg hunts. I remember my fat legged babies trying to find eggs and falling and dropping them. Very wonderful memories indeed. I remember their first chocolate bunny that they gnawed on for weeks. hehehe. I also KNOW that every Easter Sunday and throughout the year how we reflect on his love for us. A love so strong and wonderful it is so difficult to even explain. He loved us so much he died to cover our sin. He suffered so much pain for US. For ME! He took my place on that cross to cover the sin he knew I would have to make a place for me to be with him forever in Heaven. He ROSE AGAIN and said he would be back for me someday. What a beautiful glorious day that will be! We reflect on these things throughout the year, but there are many who do not know of his love for us. Easter has become so commercial that the true meaning is hidden by baskets, bunnies, eggs, and candy. That is the reason God pressed it upon our hearts to have this hop so that we can all reflect on his love, share and spread his love and hopefully reach out to those who have never know his love so that they will be able to see how much he really does love us all.
This image I used to create this wall hanging , Love Everlasting, is one that can not be expressed in words. It just reaches out and reminds me of his love and promise. I chose the dogwood branch to symbolize his love and sacrifice. If you have not read The Legend of the Dogwood Tree, please read it here.
While we cannot even begin to reciprocate the Lord's gift to us, there is "blog candy" on some of the hop stops as a token of appreciation for your comments and encouragement. I do have blog candy to share with you today. I have more surprises to add to the candy that are not pictured here. I do have one request for you. Please take a few moments to watch this video I have added here and let me know in the comments section that you did. If you do not, please do not say that you did. All comments will still be added to the drawing for the prize.
From here you will head on over to the beautiful and sweet Kelly's blog. This lady has touched my life in a mighty way. She has daily reminded me of Gods love and through her friendship I have grown in my walk with Christ. I love you Kelly Girl.
Here is the hop order in full in case you need it:
We also invite you to celebrate the real "Reason for the Season" by posting your own creation celebrating Christ's Resurrection. There is a place to link on Catherine's blog, and a prize is up for grabs for one randomly selected card/project.
Enjoy the hop and God bless!