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MAR-APR 2014

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March/April 2014 • 46 W hen you get married, you may discover all kinds of weird things about your spouse. Maybe it's that crazy uncle your husband wouldn't let you meet until after the wed- ding or the fact that your wife has to sleep with six pil- lows. It could be a peculiar way your spouse brushes their teeth or the fact that your in-laws have ties to the mob. Or, if you're like me, it could be something even more shocking, the way your spouse celebrates holidays. Take Easter, for instance. When I was a kid, I woke up every Easter morning to a basket exploding with eggs and can- dy. It was always right there in the living room foor wait- ing for me when I walked out of my room. My wife, on the other hand, woke up to an empty house. Why? Because her crazy Easter bunny would hide the basket. Maybe it's in the dryer. Or how about the basement? Better check the garage, kids, or no candy for you! What kind of Easter bunny hides the basket? Hide eggs? Sure. But the whole stinking basket? That's just cruel and unusual punishment. That would be like hid- ing my cofee pot in the morning. There are some things you just don't mess with. But, despite my protests, guess what now happens to my poor kids every Easter? That's right. They have to turn the house upside-down to snif out their chocolate and goodies. Their Easter surprises aren't just waiting for them out in the open. They have to go looking for them. In a way, though, I guess that's kind of appropriate be- cause there's a spiritual lesson there. If you want the best stuf out of Easter, you have to be willing to look for it. Easter is one of those holidays that's easy to blow past. It comes and goes without us giving it much thought, re- ally no more than a speed bump on the way to summer. But it doesn't have to be. If we're intentional, and we take the time to look deeper, Easter can become a powerful opportunity to renew our hope and refresh our souls. That's why this Easter I'm trying something a little dif- ferent, and I'd love to have you join me. I'm publishing a series of 12 new devotions, called Everyday Easter, that will be all about discovering the awesomeness of Easter not just one day a year, but every day of our lives. The devotionals will be published over e-mail and de- livered straight to your inbox once or twice a week begin- ning March 5th through Easter Sunday. No charge. No sales pitch. Just go to www.jasonbyerly.com/easter and sign up. Each devotional will focus on the resurrection story through the eyes of people who were actually there. Not cartoon characters or legends, but real, ordinary people like you and me whose lives were changed forever. Like I said, if you want the best stuf out of Easter, you have to be willing to look for it. So sign up for the Ev- eryday Easter devotions today. And hey, you can even bring your husband's crazy uncle and your shady in- laws along for the ride because Everday Easter is for ev- erybody. -Jason Byerly Searching for Easter MarchApril 2014.indd 46 2/23/14 8:53 PM

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