The hope of Easter all year long

Published on April 06, 2023

Spring is always such a welcomed season.  The winters can be longer and darker in some areas. As soon as the weather starts to creep out of the thirties and forties, it seems our spirits soar a little higher. Suddenly, the streets are lined with people walking their dogs, kids are in the driveway, and neighbors wave hello. The sunshine helps motivate us and makes getting out of bed to face a new day a tad bit easier.

But what about when there is no sunshine to be found? When we have a week straight of rain, or the cold hits us in the face each time we go out the door? When it makes grocery shopping and school pick-up a little less tolerable than usual? Maybe it is not as simple as these things. Maybe you are walking through a health or family crisis that seems to be endless. It seems like you are resigned to a permanent state of pain and suffering. The season feels intolerable, and you’ve resigned yourself to this season, giving in to the impossibility of the storm.

“Why am I so overwrought? Why am I so disturbed? Why can’t I just hope in God? Despite all my emotions, I will believe and praise the One who saves me and is my life” (Psalm 42:5).

Our lives would be this way without the cross. Sometimes we can become immune to the sacrifice. When we go through Easter Sunday year after year, we certainly have grateful hearts. However, as we go through the circumstances of life, it is easy to forget that Easter Sunday is not just about one day. Not just about remembering the “story.” Rather, it is about how Jesus’ death on the cross ensured life with him. A life where hope is eternal, and where we are never alone in our winters.

Walking through my struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety, the biggest turnaround for me was accessing hope. Not the kind that was written on my coffee mug, but true hope in Jesus. I was not walking alone; he was with me. He brought people into my life and used the ones already there to encourage me. I did not have the strength to move all facets of my life forward, but he was still working. He could redeem my time, my story, and the purpose of my life. As I surrendered more to him, he showed me continued deliverance. As I was faithful, so was he. Now, there are times where the winter gets dark and even colder. But I know how great my God is—he wastes nothing.

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.” 

Colossians 1:21-23

Therefore, I do not need spring to look forward to something new. I just need to revisit the cross. I do not need the sun to shine, because Jesus is my light. Thank God he brings the spring, but thank God I do not need to rely on a changing season. This Easter, I am reminding myself to let Jesus be my Savior—not the season.

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Dina Deleasa-Gonsar

Dina is The creator, writer, speaker, and television personality behind the popular food blog Dina Deleasa-Gonsar is known for sharing her family traditions and modern twists on recipes along with an inside look at her real-life as a mom and wife. When in the kitchen, Dina brings her recipes to life with her personal anecdotes and honest, quick wit. Whether she’s whipping up something quick for dinner or pulling out all the stops for a family celebration, she is inspiring at-home cooks to get creative and try dishes that will become a staple in their house. Dina knows life isn’t always glamorous, so she strives to keep her content relatable, making sure to dish out her real-life that goes on behind the social posts and media platforms. Her family is at the center of everything she does and this can be seen during her time on the E! Network show “Married to Jonas,” which she appeared on alongside her sister. 

More recently, she was named Best Home Cook by the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family and has contributed her recipes and on air talent to the Today Show, The Good Dish, Guys Grocery Games on the Food Network, Inside Edition, GMA Online, Rachel Ray Online, Real Simple, as well as countless other media outlets. Dina has experience as both a co-host, in food segment demo’s, as well as commercial campaigns.

As a speaker and writer, Dina has also lent her recipes, family time solutions, and encouragement to numerous podcasts, conferences, and news articles. Most recently, joining the Christian Parenting team as one of their highlighted speakers for their virtual conferences and writing for their blog. In addition to coming alongside the Exhale Women’s Ministry as a devotional writer, and frequent podcast guest. It is part of Dina’s mission to encourage other people to seek opportunities to gather with others and make memories. To help parents see that there is magnificence in what they consider “mundane.” She hopes to fill people with “DishSpiraTion” both in and out of the kitchen.

Whether it’s a 4-course meal or simply breakfast for dinner, with DishItGirl, Dina hopes to keep it real, with real-good food along the way. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Siena.

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