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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. I’ve always loved easter. Growing up, it meant wearing a new dress, getting candy, and a glorious feeling of freshness and newness. This Easter has been extra special for me, because it is the first time I’ve observed Lent. It’s been a challenge and stretched me in so many ways. My husband and I will be celebrating at our new church, and attending a Good Friday service for the first time. I’m really looking forward to it, and anticipating all that God has to teach me in the next several weeks before Easter.

    • I remember the brand new dresses, too. One year, my mom made matching dresses – one for her, one for me, and one for my sister.

      Blessings to you as you close out this season of Lent and begin your journey toward Easter with new memories made!

  2. I’m so excited about this Easter. Since Ash Wednesday I’ve been memorizing Romans 8. Truly a way to refocus my mind on WHY I celebrate Easter. I’ve been writing thoughts on each verse and it’s just been…well….just wonderful. I can feel the Holy Spirit working with each passing day, I can feel the molding and shaping and I’m SO thankful!

    • Wow! I can feel your excitement, Chelsea! Thanks so much for sharing here. There is something about spending time with those ancient words, isn’t there? And you’re memorizing all of chapter 8? Amazing!

  3. Well, it’s not quite an Easter memory, strictly speaking, but my favorite Easter-ish memory is coming to faith in Christ on Good Friday, 1987, through a Scripture and song service at my childhood church. I have loved Easter weekend ever since.

    • That is an exquisite memory! This time of year must be extra special for you! Last year a friend of mine was baptized on Easter morning. That will remain a beautiful memory for me.

  4. I’m not sure this totally counts as an Easter memory, but Good Friday two years ago (April 10, 2009) was the very last time I hurt myself. Although I would have loved to have ended the struggle sooner, it painted an amazing picture to have it happen that day to kinda show “this was before, now that I have died and risen again you are set free.” It also means that close to Easter time I get to celebrate not only the resurrection of my Lord, but also the anniversary of my freedom from self-injury! It is such an amazing picture of the Lord’s renewing power!!

    • Freedom! It’s one of the best gifts we receive, isn’t it? I rejoice with you over your gift of freedom and – from the bottom of my heart – I thank you for sharing your memory here! Indeed, it is for freedom that we have been set free!

  5. Easter, my favorite day of the year. It is the music that speaks to me. After the long quiet solemn lent it is the trumpets blaring, the handbells ringing and, the choirs singing alleluia that tell me we have been set free once again! What I love so much is that still to this day, my 24 year old son, is willing to play his trumpet, use his gift and shout to the world that He has Risen, Yes Indeed.

    • Sweet, sweet memories. I love a trumpet on Easter morning! The fanfare is appropriate – announcing the news that yes, He has indeed risen!

  6. Hi Deidra, I appreciate your beautiful comments about Easter. I used to think that Christmas was my favorite time of year, but in the past number of years I have grown to love Easter even more. Without Christ’s sacrifice on the cross his birth would have been just a birth. With Easter, his calling was fulfilled and we have been redeemed and set free. Thank you for the reminder. With love in His precious name, Elaine Wiley