As I have reflected on Easter this past week, God has revealed to me a verse that I wanted to share with you:

I have told you these things, so that in me you have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

There are seasons of life in which circumstances can consume our minds, cause us heartache, and we want more than anything to run so hard the other way because we can’t stand the weight of the burden any longer. This week I received a phone call from a friend whose dad was in a terrible motorcycle accident and my heart ached for her and her family.  I received another phone call as a family member is awaiting test results from a doctor and yet another conversation with a friend whose dad is undergoing chemo and radiation this week. In addition, I’ve been presented with my own burdens. My heart has just ached this week and the verse came to mind over and over again.

Hope. This weekend we remember Jesus’ sacrifice and we will celebrate tomorrow that Jesus is alive! We are only here for a brief time and this world doesn’t even compare to eternal life. There is a hope I have that is indescribable. There is a peace that I cling to that focuses my heart and mind on Jesus. Jesus tells us we will have trouble, so get ready. But, He has overcome. He carried a weight that doesn’t compare to my heart this week and died on a cross. He conquered the grave! You can have hope and peace because Jesus is alive…He has overcome the world.

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