This Easter marks the second major holiday with our baby girl in Heaven. It’s hard, really hard. There’s not enough chocolate or marshmallow candy to sugarcoat that.
Truly, no day is the same without her BUT as a believer it is impossible not to rejoice about where she is. An eternal perspective has given me a total shift in my life so this Easter my gratefulness exceeds sadness for the resurrection of Jesus.
Right after Mazie’s service, we had a burial at another church with close family and friends in attendance. Up until that moment, I was such in shock that most of my emotions hadn’t surfaced yet. During that time, they ALL came out. Honestly, I don’t recall much of what our minister shared. I could not stop crying hysterically. At one point, my mom was holding one of my legs (luckily I was in a jumpsuit) and I remember mentally telling myself to keep breathing in and out. Before we walked outside of the chapel, I thought I bet it looked like I was giving birth. I even made that comment to my friends, which was exactly how it felt. Mazie had entered new life with Jesus.
Once we got home, I felt the fire of the Holy Spirit like I never had before. I was exhausted on every level from literally no sleep the week prior but I had a powerful revelation I couldn’t deny. I instantly knew that Mazie would inspire others in a BIG way – to draw closer to God (more on this to come). Just that day, many that know and love her were in church for the first time in a long time.
As much as we miss our sweet girl, we HAVE to grasp on to the hope and faith of being reunited with her (and many other angels close to us) one day.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” John 11:25
The very meaning of this Easter weekend reminds us, no matter what we face today, what we’ve been through, or what uncertainties tomorrow may hold, Christ is risen and is our Hope. He conquered death, He makes all things new.
Friends, my encouragement for you from a grieving and hurting mama is this: Don’t forget the gift Jesus gave for YOU. This is not our home but a place to live as a disciple and bring as many as you can to His kingdom. Our time is not promised. Live your life to glorify Him, share His salvation, His redemption and His light with the world.
This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2: 23-34
But GOD y’all! And what the enemy means for evil — to split our faith and families wide open – God uses for good.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your grace and for making all things new. Thank you for the victory and power in your Name. Thank you that you hold the keys over death, that by your might, Jesus was raised from the grave, paving the way for us to have new life with you.
We ask that you renew our hearts, minds, and lives, for the days ahead. We pray for your refreshing over us.
Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, reminding us we are safe with you and that your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.
Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purpose. Set you way before us. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.
Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift! Thank you God for your blessings and for our Mazie girl.
To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever.
In Jesus’ name,
Myles, Mazie & Latson - Easter 2020