He Is Risen Indeed!

Happy Easter friends! What a day to celebrate He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed! This is a day of celebration for those of us who know Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Last night as I was scrolling through Instagram I saw this from Ann Voskamp and wow is it good!

“For you. For all your regrets and for all your impossibles, for all that will never be and for all that once was.

For all that you can’t make right and for all that you got wrong, for all your Judas failures and your Peter denials and your Lazurus griefs.

I offer to take the nails, the sharp edge of everything and offer you Myself because I want to take you, you in your wild grief, you in your anger, and your disappointments and your wounds and your not-yet-there you, you, just as you are, not some improved version of you, but you.

I came for you, to hold you, to carry you, to literally save you.”

And that my friends is my Jesus.

Last night we had dinner with Janet and my sweet Daddy. It was cold and wet outside, but he wanted to show me his garden, and I don’t want to miss these moments with him.

I’m always emotional around Easter because I miss my Mom. I know many of you will understand because you too have lost someone you love dearly.

There’s so much I want to tell her……Here are some of the things I want her to know.

Mom, Daddy takes such good care of all of us just like you would want him to do. He is living out the legacy that you left. He loves Jesus, and he loves his family. 

You would also be so proud of your grandchildren. They’re each excelling in all they’re doing. Most importantly, they will all be in church this morning celebrating our Risen Savior. I know that would make you so happy!

Mom, your children are doing well too. We are close, and we love each other fiercely. We have had some bumps in the road since you left us, but we have all come out of them stronger. God is so good!

Wayne and I are not in full-time ministry anymore, and while I know that would make you sad, I also know you would understand.

What I wish more than anything is that you could see my two grandchildren. Mom, they’re adorable, and I hope I’m half the grandmother to them that you were to my children.

I hope you know how much we miss you!! There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I could pick the phone up and call you.

Thank you for the legacy that you left us……an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. 

Happy Easter Mom. I love you.

Is there someone you’re missing this Easter? I’m praying for you today!

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  1. Cyndi, I have followed you for many years. I have admired your style and loved your posts. You are one lovely lady….but after reading this, and seeing the pictures of your daddy, you have never looked, nor sounded more beautiful. Thank you for posting what our Lord laid on your heart. I live with so many regrets in life. I let my past keep me buried in a sea of failures, denials, and grief. This has really touched my heart and shown me that He is greater than all these. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet life with us and making our days brighter with your faith and your smile. I know you rest in the fact that you will see your precious mother again. Hugs~Tina~

  2. What a beautiful post. This too, was our family’s first Easter without our mom. She went to be with the Lord on May 26, 2018. We miss her terribly but are grateful in the knowledge that she is not suffering anymore.
    I would like to extend a big hug to all of you who are missing your mom. Hugs xoxo

  3. We will memorialize my sweet Mom this Wednesday. She passed away April 10th. It has been a sad time. Miss my Mom, my husband passed a year ago and just lost a neighbor (age 58) on Friday. It has been such a sad time. The pain is unbelievable. I take strength they are at peace, free from pain and with Jesus. Life is such a struggle right now.

  4. What a beautiful letter to your mom. It brought tears to my eyes too as I just lost my mom last July. I miss her with an ache that is indescribable. She is on my mind every minute of every day. My mother too was a follower of Jesus. She loved HIm even more than she loved us and I’m thankful that her pain and sickness is gone. Faith has become sight, and I know she waits for me there and I long for the day I will see her again. She never got to see my little grandson who was born in November. So many things she is missing. Thankful for a resurrected Savior and the promise of heaven to all who serve Him.

    1. Robbin, I also lost my mother last July and the pain and grief do not get any better. She was my best friend and we talked several times every day. I constantly want to pick up the phone to call her and tell her things. Our daughter came home for Easter and we all went to my mother’s church which was comforting in some ways…..yet terribly hard in others. I DID feel her presence very strongly as I sat there in her old pew. I haven’t been able to clean out her house….I guess I’m just STUCK in this grief mode and keep putting it off. I so long to see her again and no longer fear death like I did…..I just want to live my life so that I will join her and my daddy and other loved ones in Heaven one day. I need to remember that she would want me to be happy and not grieve. She promised to send me an angel…..so I keep waiting! Perhaps my angel is already with me and I’m just not aware.

  5. Cyndi, thank you for those words from Ann Voskamp. They’re really good! And your loving thoughts to your mom were too. I hope your Easter was blessed.

  6. My years flowed as we sang about the throne of God today. I can just imagine my mom, my dad and my son all praising God in his very presence.I am thankful Jesus made the way for us to come before God.

  7. It is definitely an awesome day for celebrating! But, it also can be hard when we have loved ones that aren’t here with us any longer. My heart goes out to you and how much you are missing your Mom. This is our third Easter without my husband. I miss him so much, that my heart was literally hurting today. I loved reading all the things you want to tell your Momma. I cried while reading what you wrote. Thank you for warming my heart today Cyndi. It was a true blessing. I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your beautiful family.

  8. My family gathered at my house today for Easter lunch after church. Missing from our clan was my brother who passed away a few years ago. Not a holiday or family gathering goes by that I don’t remember his smiling face, his goofy jokes, and larger than life personality. But I’m comforted knowing that I’ll see him again in heaven. That’s only possible because Jesus died on the cross for us. And in the third day He arose! Happy Easter, Cyndi!

    1. Happy Easter!!
      This is my first Easter without my Mom!!
      Your letter to her was beautiful and I share many of the same sentiments!!
      Praising God for his son and what he did for us!!
      Happy Easter!! ☦️

  9. God bless you, beautiful Cyndi. Two years ago today we buried my precious Dad…he died on Easter Sunday in April 2017 and was buried on the 21st. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, praise God we will see my dad again when we join him in heaven with our Lord and Savior. So thankful for our sure hope in Jesus!

  10. What a sweet, heartfelt post! So perfect for this day when we’re all celebrating but also missing those who have passed. Hugs to you and your family but an extra big hug for you! OOOO’s

  11. My Mom’s health started declining on Good Friday. We decided to take her off the ventilator on Easter Sunday. Easter will never be the same for me. I miss my Mom everyday. Enjoy this time with your Dad!

  12. My mother’s health declined greatly on Good Friday. We decided to take her off the ventilator on Easter Sunday. Easter will never be the same for me. Miss my Mom too.

  13. What a beautiful post Cyndi. I’m praying for you! Your momma was a beautiful lady, I’m sure.. she raised you!! She would be so proud of you 😘 happy Easter to you and your wonderful family 💗

  14. the photo of you and the grandchildren and Wayne is quite nice. AND I think if you compare this photo of your husband with some of the past ones, you will notice he actually looks younger now. For whatever reason you decided to give full time ministry a break it would seem the challenges a full time pastor dealswith can take a toll. Especially if he is a caring and supportive one dealing with the challenges of the flock.
    God isgood and would seem to be blessing your decision.
    Love and kindness on this Easter Sunday !!

  15. Today is my 35th Wedding Anniversary.
    Four years ago this same day we buried my sister. The last text message I received from her was on this same day 5 years ago congratulating me on my anniversary.
    She was a strong advocate for marriage..always encouraging me to love unconditionally. I’m thankful to our Lord every day I had a sister who loved Jesus. I’m looking forward to the day when I’ll see her again.

  16. Happy Easter to you and your wonderful family! Thank you for your post-truly touched especially as I miss my father💕

  17. This is my first Easter without my mother! She loved Easter, and always wore a hat to church on Resurrection Day. I miss her so…
    😢

  18. Clare is your mini me! Happy Easter Cyndi. Your music is such a blessing to me. Thanks for introducing me to Christian Music! Anne

  19. I saw the quote yesterday as well. It sums it up, doesn’t It

    You thoughts to your Mom are lovely Cyndi. I a certain she knows all of this. So lovely!

    Happy Easter!

  20. Your letter to your mom was written so beautiful. I love it! Happy Easter to you, your husband,sister, children and grandchildren!!! God bless you now and forever!!!🐣🐰🐇🌷🌸🌹🌼🌺🌻❤️😊🤗🙏

  21. Love the quote. Imagine! Jesus took on all of OUR sin so that we could be free and have eternal life with Him if we so choose. I’m so thankful!

    I love your letter to your mom and feel the same way about my dad. But oh what I have to look forward to – seeing him again one day in heaven!

    May the love of God touch everyone and draw each of us to Him! Happy Easter!

  22. Happy Easter, Cyndi! Thank you for this beautiful post and I understand exactly every word you wrote because I miss my momma every single day. So many things I want to tell her to show her. I wish she could see how much her granddaughter loves Jesus and what a good man she’s married to, who loves Jesus more than her as he should. I cried reading your post because I get it. I’m so grateful to have had a momma who loved me I unconditionally and who loved our God with her whole heart. If I have typos here it’s because I’m crying too. Thank you for sharing your heart today. Love you!

  23. Yes Cyndi… I miss my mom and dad both daily and they are always in my thoughts. Our daughter gets married end of next month and oh how I wish they were both here to be part of that. They’d be so proud.
    Happy Easter . Thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts and words on a beautiful day of rejoicing in a risen Savior:)

  24. Precious letter to your Mama. You are leaving an incredible legacy for your family and others just like she did. I believe that’s one of the most honoring things we can do for those who loved us so fiercely. I lost my Mom this past January so the grief is still very fresh and yet, I’m happy knowing she is spending this day in the very presence of Jesus, her Blessed Hope is complete! Happy Resurrection Sunday! He has risen indeed!

      1. That is a beautiful letter Cyndi. I can so relate. I was not prepared for the devastation that I feel, since losing my mom 2 years ago. I’m so grateful for the memories and that she’s with the Lord. I cry every day.

  25. Loved your blog today. I too, miss my Mom today. your words hit home for me. My Mom died last year 1 week before Easter. We are lucky to have beautiful memories to look back on even tho those beautiful memories also make us miss them more. Have a wonderful day. God bless.
    😘Sue

  26. Beautiful words this morning. I’m missing my mom, too. Who knows….maybe your mom and my mom are worshiping Jesus together today. Easter was her favorite holiday, and it has become mine, as well. Thank you for following the call He has on your life. You bless me much, and I love sharing the greatest adventure along with you. There is no greater joy than following and knowing God, the Father; Jesus, the Son; and the Holy Spirit! Happy Easter – He is risen, indeed!

  27. Beautiful words Cyndi! I also lost my Mom in 2009 and feel all that you expressed in this post. It brought tears to me also. There are so many things I want to visit with my mom about. I too am thankful for the legacy she has left our family and am so grateful for a risen Savior! Happy Easter!

  28. Thank you so much for your positive spiritual message sprinkled throughout your blogs. You have been a blessing