He Lives!

Happy Resurrection Day!

On Friday, I posted about Good Friday and well, why it’s good. In that post I said death did not defeat Jesus. We see that in John 20. I want to do a different kind of post here though. Instead of doing this like I did for my Good Friday one, I’m going to write about the resurrection in story form. Specifically from Mary Magdalene’s point of view, starting off from John 20: 11. 🙂

 

Mary’s eyes hurt from crying and her head ached as she stood outside the empty tomb. An image continued to go through her mind. Her Lord hanging on the cross, dying a horrible death when He did not deserve it. That picture would not leave her anytime soon, if ever.

And now He was gone. Literally gone. As if it wasn’t bad enough that they had killed Him, now someone had stolen His body. She stooped to enter, swiping at her never-ending tears. Her heart stopped as she saw two men dressed in a brilliant white sitting where Jesus had lain.

“Why are you weeping?” they asked.

“They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him,” she answered and turned to see another man standing there, but he was dressed ordinarily. He looked like the sort of man that would be a gardener.

“Why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” he said, his voice kind. Maybe he would tell her what had happened to Jesus. Maybe he had something to do with it.

“Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away,” she begged.

“Mary,” the man said in a dearly familiar voice, and suddenly she saw who He really was. Her heart burst with inexplicable joy.

“Teacher!” she cried. Her tears, now of happiness, streamed down her face as she tried to wrap her mind around the fact that He was here. Alive.

“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God,” he said gently. She didn’t quite understand what he meant, but she did what He asked and ran to find His disciples. She had seen Jesus die, and yet He was alive! How could this be? He truly was God.

Mary burst into the room where the disciples were gathered. The room was silent and thick with grief. They all turned to look at her when she entered. She took a deep breath and said,

“I have seen the Lord!”

 

This is why I celebrate Easter. Not because of candy and bunnies.  I celebrate because Jesus lives, and because He lives, I can also.

Happy Resurrection Day 🙂

Anna Christine ❤

Good Friday

Matthew 27 tells of the world’s darkest day: the day that the Lord Jesus died on the cross. That day was so extremely sad, because He who was perfect and unworthy of death died. But that day also expressed the greatest love possible. Jesus died for a reason; He died to save sinners. Romans 3:23 says

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

If you only read that verse, you would lose hope. Because if we’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, what can we do? The answer to that is simply: nothing. Nothing we do could ever make us good enough. Thankfully, it’s not up to us.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (vs 24) and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (vs 25) whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.”

It says right there in verse 24 that even though we’re sinners, we can be justified by grace through the redemption that is in Jesus. In verse 25 it says that this grace is received by faith. You don’t have to do anything but believe.

So yes, Jesus died. And it is heartbreaking because He didn’t deserve it. But I also rejoice in it because if He hadn’t taken my punishment, there would be no hope for me. That’s why it’s called “Good Friday”. Because good came out of His death. He didn’t even stay dead, that’s how awesome He is! Death could not defeat Him.

So yea, we’re sinners, but that’s why Jesus died. So that spiritually, we wouldn’t have to.

Check back on Sunday for a Resurrection Day post. 🙂

Anna Christine ❤

Easter Nails

So today is going to be a really simple, short post about how I did my nails to look like Easter eggs. In total, it probably took me about 10-15 minutes to do this look which goes to show how easy this was! 🙂

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First things first is to simply paint your nails!  But this is also the most important part because if you paint your nails say, gray, it kinda ruins the whole Easter effect.  (Unless of course, you paint them gray and use pastel colors to do the details.  That’d probably be pretty cool!)  I chose to go with some pretty basic pastel colors, and I think that makes them look like Easter already! 🙂

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I then used one of my dotting tools to make these very simple designs on the nails.  You of course could use a toothpick or bobby pin to create this same effect.  Be totally creative with this!  You could make shapes such as a heart, or I’ve even seen it done where someone only painted half of the nail like an egg and painted a chick on the other half as if it were hatching!  I decided to keep mine very simple, and I like how they turned out.  🙂

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So there you have it!  Let me know if you try this out! 🙂

Anna Christine ❤

 

Rainbow Polymer Clay Girl

So St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and although my family doesn’t do anything for that holiday, it did inspire me.  I actually made a 4 leaf clover girl that will be in a picture farther down, but like the dummy I am, I didn’t take pictures while making her.  Still, I think of rainbows when I think St. Patrick’s Day so I decided to make a rainbow girl.  I love how she turned out, and though she was based off a holiday, she would look good any day. 🙂

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The first thing you do is take flesh colored clay and mold it into a small ball for the head.  Then take a ball of yellow clay of about the same size and flatten it into a pancake.  Proceed to shape it over top of the head so it looks like the poor girl has a bowl cut.

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Make a tear shaped pancake out of the yellow clay.  I wanted my girl’s hair to be long, but yours doesn’t have to be. 🙂 Place the clay on the head and blend it into the top of the head.

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Since this is a rainbow girl, I thought rainbow bangs would be fun.  Roll out very thin snakes of all the colors you need and cut them so they’re the same length.  Place them on one side of her head and smooth the ends so it looks more natural.  Take a piece of yellow clay and make the same shape of the rainbow bangs and put it on the other side of the part so it’s symmetrical and so no more of the bowl haircut remains. 😉

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I decided to give my girl curls, but if you want her to have straight hair, go for it! 🙂  I rolled out a long, thin, pink snake and twisted it so it spiraled and carefully placed it where I wanted.  I repeated with the rest of the colors of the rainbow and put them on different parts of her head.  Add a few yellow curls to go with her base hair color and smooth them into place.  I also twisted the end of her main piece of hair so it curled slightly. (Sorry for the lighting change, it got dark so I had to work with my lamp light which I didn’t like doing, but oh well.)

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For her face, roll out tiny balls of green clay and lightly press them where her eyes should be.  Roll even tinier white balls and put them on top of her eyes.  Using your flesh colored clay, roll a little dot for the nose and put it in it’s place.  With a light pink clay, flatten tiny circles and place them on her cheeks.

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For the skirt, form a pyramid shape out of black clay and cut off the top.  Using a light blue clay, form a cylinder.  This is her torso.  Place the torso on top of the skirt to form the body.

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To add detail to the skirt I decided to make a rainbow flower.  This was pretty tricky since the pieces were so very, very small and ripped easily, but I love how it came out.  I rolled super duper thin snakes out of all the colors of the rainbow and made sure they were the same length.  I very carefully molded each snake into tear drop shapes and put them all together to form the flower.

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Place the flower onto the skirt, and just because I felt like it needed it, I placed a blue dot on the center.  Mold a small, slightly squashed ball out of the flesh colored clay and place it on top of the torso as the neck.  Put a pin in the underside of the girl’s head and gently press the rest of it into the body.  Because my girl’s hair is so long, I had to bend it slightly so it rested on the ground like natural hair would.

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Roll out thin snakes of the flesh colored clay for her arms and legs, place them where they belong, and you’re done!  I baked mine in the oven at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-5 minutes.  She is very tiny, so based on how big yours may be, you might want to judge for yourself how long to bake her.

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So yea, here’s how she turned out!  I think she’s so cute, especially with her four leaf clover friend.  Let me know in the comments below if you make her! 🙂

Anna Christine ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is Coming

Spring is coming.

You can feel it.  Everything around you tells of its’ upcoming arrival.  Though trees are still bare and flowers have not yet bloomed, you know.

The wind whispers of a time soon to come.  A time with warm sunshine and spring showers.  Butterflies will be everywhere.  Birds will be building their nests.

Buds will turn into blossoms.  Snow will encase things in its’ cold shell no longer.  Windows will be opened to invite in the fresh air.

When night falls, the stars are free to be gazed at without a chill coming upon you.  Crickets will talk of their coming and goings.  The air will be clear.

Then, before you realize what has happened, it has come.  For several cold, dark months you have been dreaming of it.  Now it is here.

Finally, spring has come.

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This is completely random, but I like it.  I don’t write weird, poetic, abstract sort of things too often, but I was inspired by a breeze that felt like spring.  So here this is.  I hope you like it. 🙂

Anna Christine ❤