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Saturday, April 16, 2022



 Thank You Daddy

See that man holding that little

girl in his arms . . .

That's me and my Dad.

I loved that man,

he passed away when I was 15 years old

but before he passed he made sure

that his children knew Jesus.

He taught us to pray and he 

told me that Easter was the 

most important holiday 

to celebrate.



I didn't truly understand just

what he was saying at the time.

I just knew from what he said that

I needed to remember this . . .

For a child Christmas was always

the big look forward to holiday,

but if Daddy said Easter,

then I would believe it.

After all Daddy wouldn't say

it if it wasn't so.



It took me many years to know the 

importance of Daddy's words . . .

It took me until I was mature enough

to look at myself and see that I was

a sinner and my biggest sin was prime.

I believed that I was a good girl,

a good woman and that my goodness 

would get me to heaven one day.

Talk about being prideful!




Thoughts like that make it impossible

to see the value of what Christ

did for us when He hung on that cross.

 If I could work my way to heaven,

then His death was in vain.



Today when I think about that

Friday and Him hanging on that cross

bleeding out His life for me

and for everyone on this earth

past and present . . .

my eyes fill with tears of 

great appreciation.



I started this post with,

"Thank You Daddy"

but now I say . . .

"Thank You Father"

for sending your one and only Son

to die for me, that I might truly

have a way to enter heaven.

The only way is through 

His precious blood.

He gave us the gift of salvation

that day. 

It's a free gift that every man

and woman can claim as their own.



If you haven't already received this

gift, please think about it  . . .


claim it today . . .

Easy steps to take:

A. Admit that you are a sinner

and have made mistakes.

B. Believe that Jesus is God's Son,

died on the cross for you,

and rose up from the grave

on the third day.

C. Confess Jesus as Lord of your life.

And commit yourself to a life

of following Jesus and serving others.


It's pretty easy, but it has to come from

your heart  . . . if you're not ready

then start thinking about it.

Like I said it's a matter of your heart.


It doesn't mean sitting in church 

every Sunday. If sitting in church made

you a Christian, then sitting in your

garage would make you a car (right).




Remember ABC - Admit, Believe & Confess.

If you have been told that you

don't need to read the bible, 

but to let others tell you

what it says . . . my advice is run 

and get your hands on one.

Read it for yourself!

Your smart . . . why shouldn't 

you read it, after all it is the

number one best seller of all time. 

Well, that's my post . . .

I did not write it to offend anyone,

I believe that we all have the 

freedom to choose  . . .

I just pray that if you are not

a follower of Christ, that you will

give it some thought,

what have you got to lose?

His gift is FREE!



Happy Easter!

God bless you,

Your blogging sister,

Connie :)


  1. Amen. Thank you for a lovely and timely post. You were blessed to have such a Dad.
    Happy Easter to you too.

  2. Beautiful post. Saved 45 years this May. Blessed Easter to you.

  3. Beautiful. Thank you.

  4. This is such a beautiful post Connie. That you for the time and effort it toook to write such a beautiful, heartfelt message to us alll. I am so grateful for the gift of Jesus Christ as My Saviour and Lord. You used such heartfelt messages of love and hope.
    Wishing you a wonderful Ressurection Sunday.

  5. What a beautiful, wonderful, insightful Easter post. Thank you for standing up for your beliefs. I lost my father when I was 21 and his time on earth was way too short. I am glad you had a loving father like I did...and an even more loving father in Heaven. xo Diana

  6. Thank you, Connie. Yes, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and for the wonderful hope of the resurrection! Happy Easter, Connie.

  7. Amen ! Love the part about sitting in church. Your fireplace is lovely. Always nice to visit for some inspiration and words of wisdom. Enjoy yourday, Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  8. Your post is beautiful and true and from the heart. I too say "Thank you Father for this gift you offer to those who follow Jesus".

  9. Beautifully written. Happy Easter.

  10. Hi CONNIE- I believe in Christ...I'm a Presbyterian...Easter is a special time and I'm always reminded of the wonderful times with my dear Mum as we two sat in St Davids Church here at Easter time for a special Easter service. Best Wishes. KEV.

  11. Amen and amen. Beautifully said.

  12. Such a beautiful post.
    Blessings, Linda

  13. Perfectly said Connie, Happy Easter!!

  14. Amen! Thank you Jesus for saving me!....Nancy

  15. Beautifully said Connnie. And your mantel looks delightful too.

  16. It's a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Thank you, Connie. I, too, am so very grateful for His sacrifice. I was raised Catholic, which meant virtually no Bible study. I was married and in my 20's when I learned that I didn't have to earn my way to Heaven. What a revelation! I thank Jesus every single day for loving me like no other can even when I don't deserve it. You are a gifted writer. What a beautiful post.

  18. Wonderful and meaningful post Connie. You were so very fortunate to have a daddy like yours. My dad was not a believer nor spiritual at all.. my mom was but really never taught us the meaning of Eastery and the free gift we had received! Easter, growing up, was just about the Easter bunny and candy and easter egg hunts. I wish we would have been taught more in church, as children. Your post made me stop and think more.. about the meaning of Jesus dieing on the cross. And oh.. there is that gorgeous white f/p and mantel that I so love.... I still have a photo of it in my "wish book" for my house! Hugs.. Marilyn

  19. AMEN great post!!
    I am happy to say I asked Jesus to come into my life many years ago and he has given me the peace and joy that only HE can give.

  20. Amen Connie, I'm blessed to see how you share about our Heavenly Father.
    My Dad passed away when I was 2 years old, I was raised and knew about God & my
    Lord Jesus but didn't know Him personally until I 20, I'm a Pastors wife now for many years.
    I had a very hard life growing up but have used that to help others & all Glory goes to my
    Lord & Savior Jesus. He Has Risen!!! I Praise Him that He saved a wrench like me & that He
    choose me to serve Him & others. Blessings to you my Sister In Christ. Susie *:)

  21. Such a beautifully written post Connie... how wonderful that you had a father to teach you about the Lord. I'm sorry you lost him at such a young age, but thankful that you came to know and love the Lord as he did. No greater gift in life, indeed than to know Jesus! His precious gift of salvation means so much to me, my heart cries out in thankfulness every day that I am privileged to know Him! Beautiful pictures you shared too... my tulips haven't bloomed yet. They are working hard on it though, soon! Blessings to you dear friend!