It’s Day 196 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and He’s risen! Hallelujah! Playing the Easter Bunny, a praise service at church, lunch, preparing dinner, then an egg hunt and pictures at our house have made for a busy but beautiful Resurrection Day. Even so, the best part of it was my son and daughter waking me with “Hallelujah, praise the Lord!” from him and “Yay, the big stone was rolled away” – something she’s said since she was a little girl- from her. You see, I shared the Good news of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection with them when they were little, and they accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. To hear them articulate their faith without any prompting made me feel like Mommy Mission Accomplished!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Lover of Jesus Christ, what a blessing the day has been! I know He lives, and because He does, there’s nothing in this life I can’t face. Personally or professionally. Furthermore, the sting of death and the grave’s victory are gone because He not only rose but went to prepare a place for me that I can be with Him eternally. And that’s the true hope of Easter – not only for me, but for you, too. All you have to do is believe that He’s risen! Hallelujah!
If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, my prayer is that you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and do it today.
It’s Day 293 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and yesterday was one of my rare break from blogging days because my hubby took me on a date to see I Can Only Imagine at IMAX. Initially he invited me to join him for breakfast to finally put a Cracker Barrel gift card from Christmas to use. Though a sweet offer, two things prevented me from taking him up on it: a) I’m not a breakfast person until after 10am, and b) I maximize work days by refraining from other activities during work hours. You may be thinking, When a tall, good-looking guy asks you out, you go! I requested a rain check and mentioned seeing the movie. Too late I realized I could have taken an early lunch or the time due to Spring Break. Oops! Mental note to self: Do not to make the same mistake twice…So when he circled back around that evening and asked me to dinner, I grabbed the chance to redeem myself. And I was pleasantly surprised to learn date night included a late showing of the movie. It seems all was forgiven. In fact, as we watched it at IMAX on a Wednesday night two days before Good Friday, I realized forgiveness was a theme that ran through I Can Only Imagine.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Christian music, you’ve probably heard the group Mercy Me’s “I Can Only Imagine”, the all-time most played single. The movie with the same name is based on the true life story of lead singer Bart Millard. Millard’s father, played by Dennis Quaid, was extremely abusive, and the domestic violence he suffered is depicted on the big screen. The physical and emotional pain is almost palpable. This is what propels Millard’s music career and him turning that pain into purpose in the writing of the song. While the storyline and music are compelling, even with big names such as musician, Trace Adkins and Christian author, Priscilla Shirer, the acting seemed mediocre at best. And as critics of Christian films often describe their production, it appeared to be “low budget” without the fancy cinematography, bells and whistles. That said, the message of forgiveness being available to all, no matter what they’ve done, is loud, clear, and as beautiful as the rendition of I Can Only Imagine performed by Millard’s character near the end of the film.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose music lover and soloist, though this film didn’t appear to have a billion-dollar budget, it packed a billion-dollar punch that drove home not only the power of the song, but that pain serves a purpose in our lives. Countless lives have been impacted by the lyrics and Millard’s voice. Because the song is about hope. Its message is this – because Jesus Christ died, was buried, rose from the grave, and went to prepare a place for us, one day we’ll see it. And see Him. I had a baby resurrected to new life one Easter 17 years ago and will meet my child for the first time… As we celebrate Easter and the Resurrection, I’m so thankful my hubby took me to IMAX to see the movie, for it reminded me of that glorious day. I can only imagine.
If you’re Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and plan to see/see the movie as part of your Easter celebration, I’d love to hear from you.