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“In spring, the dead trees, roots, and animals come to life again exactly as they were, thus providing hundreds of thousands of examples, specimens, and proofs of the supreme resurrection.” Said Nursi

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul. Victor Hugo
Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free. Jessamyn West

What does the term Resurrection mean to you? With Easter and Passover almost upon us, and Spring resurrecting colorful blooms around us, the operative word for this season is – resurrection. This is a time of rebirth, renewal, return, rising and hope for things to come. While I must admit that the term is tied to the Easter celebration of the resurrection of Christ from the dead, it also has significance in the secular world. The changing seasons are a time of death and rebirth and, with each renewal,  we deepen our belief in the continuity of life and nature, and all that it offers.  We become firm in our belief that the sun will rise and set on schedule, that night will replace day, and that the breath we take for granted will remain constant.

With each seasonal shift, we experience movement within, and it is our free will to make choices to help us grow during this season or choices that make us stagnate. Maintaining the status quo has its pros and cons because, like a body of water, without a constant flow and movement to flush out the debris and bring in new life/water, we become frustrated and give up. Since humans are such creatures of habit, it is important for us to make time to shift gears and refresh our bodies and minds. The changing seasons are one way we get forced to do so, and the other involves honoring the traditions we grew up with, and using that time to reflect and stretch … this could all be viewed through the lens of a resurrection.

The Resurrection – Poem by Linda Gregg.
Let the tower in your city burn. Let the steps
to the shadowed building by the lake burn
even though it is made of stone. Let the lion
house burn so that the roaring and burning
will be heard together. Let the old, poor,
wooden house where I lived go up in flames, even though
you returned and sat on the steps that led
up to where we used to exist. Let it all burn,
not to destroy them, but to give them the life
my life gives to them now. To make them flare
as they do in me, bright and hot, bright and burning. via

READ: Motivation Mondays: REBIRTH


“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” Robert H. Schuller

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION


Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The literal resurrection of every soul who has lived and died on earth is a certainty, and surely one should make careful preparation for this event. A glorious resurrection should be the goal of every man and woman, for resurrection will be a reality. Ezra Taft Benson

The Resurrection reflects Possibilities: How is the season pregnant with possibilities? With each passing day, we adjust to the changes, the arrivals and departures occurring in nature. We see our days grow longer, the nights grow shorter, and april showers arrive to cleanse the earth and get us all to reawaken from our temporary hibernation.   One of the special gifts we receive at Easter is a spirit of renewal; it is a time of rebirth and an opportunity to start afresh again. We can resurrect plans we set aside and take that extra edge off by accomplishing all the things we put aside. Another gift of Easter is a return to Hope; as we look around us and contemplate the conflicts and instability around the world, we can build up Hope by focusing on participating in good works for our communities and ourselves.

This is a great time to take stock of efforts we have made, so far, this year. It is a great time for a paradigm shift; a time to let go of old and hackneyed ways of thinking/being and try something new to motivate us on our journey. Are we on track with our goals? What is motivating us to stay true? What is hindering our progress?  How are you planning to celebrate this important season? What traditions have influenced your life and which ones do you still celebrate? Let’s consider the questions and, if we are lagging behind, this is a great time to jump-start our 2019 goals.

The Rich Man And Lazarus – Poem by John Newton
A Worldling spent each day
In luxury and state;
While a believer lay,
A beggar at his gate:
Think not the Lord’s appointments strange,
Death made a great and lasting change.

Death brought the saint release
From want, disease, and scorn;
And to the land of peace,
His soul, by angels borne,
In Abraham’s bosom safely placed,
Enjoys an everlasting feast.

The rich man also died,
And in a moment fell
From all his pomp and pride
Into the flames of hell:
The beggar’s bliss from far beheld,
His soul with double anguish filled.

O Abram send, he cries,
But his request was vain
The beggar from the skies
To mitigate my pain!
One drop of water I entreat,
To soothe my tongue’s tormenting heat.

Let all who worldly pelf,
And worldly spirits have,
Observe, each for himself,
The answer Abram gave:
Remember, thou wast filled with good,
While the poor beggar pined for food.

Neglected at thy door
With tears he begged his bread;
But now, he weeps no more,
His griefs and pains are fled:
His joys eternally will flow,
While thine expire in endless woe.

Lord, make us truly wise,
To choose thy peoples’ lot;
And earthly joys despise,
Which soon will be forgot:
The greatest evil we can fear,
Is to possess our portion here! via

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:


03/03   –  08 International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month
03/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
03/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
03/24   –  30 Earth Hour
03/31 –    31 Day of Visibility


04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover, 22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

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“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.” Deepak Chopra

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION

Motivation Mondays: RESURRECTION

When I was a kid, the miracles of my life were the Resurrection, a candlelight service on New Year’s Eve, the Virgin Birth, and the Three Wise Men. Dan Brown
Every religious tradition is rooted in mysteries I don’t pretend to understand, including claims about what happens after we die. But this I know for sure: as long as we’re alive, choosing resurrection is always worth the risk. Parker Palmer


Do you celebrate Easter/Passover in your household? We do celebrate both in my household because I’m Christian and my ex-hubby is Jewish. Our children grew up celebrating both traditions and I am grateful that we did.  I love Easter and Passover because they are both favorite celebrations that bring communities and families together; we gather to share the celebration of freedom, resurrection, partake of a Seder meal, enjoy some chocolates and good food, and reflect on who we are and why we matter. My kids were raised in a household where both are valued and celebrated. The long table is a Passover Seder. The short photo of yellow flowers and one place setting is an Easter brunch. Whatever you celebrate, love and respect are key. Below, I am re-sharing some vital information on both traditions. Read them and enjoy the season!

What about Easter? Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his death by crucifixion
Easter Day covers the fifty day season from Easter Sunday through Pentecost.
Easter has a special flower, the white lily, which symbolizes the resurrection.
Painted Easter eggs were originally called Pysanka, and they were painted bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring.
Easter is a moveable feast which means that it is not on a set day every year but falls between March 22nd and April 25th; this year, 2019, it falls on April 21st.

As for the Easter bunny and egg, the bunny was first mentioned by Georg Franck von Frankenau’s De Ovis Paschalibus (Easter Bunny Eggs) in the 17th Century. Stories of rabbits laying Easter eggs were shared in Pennsylvania in the 19th century and the German legend of Osterhas told of good children receiving brightly colored eggs for Easter.  The festive air, spirited church services, brightly colored new dresses, and chocolate eggs made Easter one of my favorites.

What about Passover? Passover holiday is called Pesach in Hebrew.
Passover Seder is a festive family meal that is shared on either the first or second night of passover
Passover references the passing over of the first-born Jewish males when the death plague hit Egypt.
The Haggadah is a Jewish text that tells the story of the Passover and portions are read during the Seder.
Passover holiday has three names: Pesach – literally meaning the Passover sacrifice; Hag Hamatzot – Feast of Unleavened Bread; and Zeman Heirutenu – the Season of Our Freedom
Traditionally, four cups of wines are consumed at the festive meal of Passover night and Matzoh, unleavened bread, is eaten for seven or all eight days of Passover. Dayeynu is the popular, traditional Hebrew song performed during Passover. This year, 2019, Passover starts on April 19 and concludes on April 27

May your Easter Day and Passover Season be filled with blessings of love, respect and grace. Do you celebrate Easter and/or Passover? Do you have any stories to share? What memories of either come to mind? Have a Happy Easter & Passover!

Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
Though foolishly he lost the same,
Decaying more and more,
Till he became
Most poore:
With thee
O let me rise
As larks, harmoniously,
And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did beginne
And still with sicknesses and shame.
Thou didst so punish sinne,
That I became
Most thinne.
With thee
Let me combine,
And feel thy victorie:
For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.via

READ: Motivation Mondays: Reflections On Easter & Passover
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Easter, Passover, Resurrection via Pixabay, AND/OR  via  Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

45 Comments leave one →
  1. arun permalink
    16/04/2019 2:16 am

    Thank you, I am a hindu and your blog gave me a great opportunity to learn about new culture. I had no idea about the significance. It was such an inspiring read.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/04/2019 6:51 am

      Thank you Arun for your thoughtful feedback. I have been a student of yoga, meditation and the philosophical Sanskrit teachings for many years, and I have deep respect for your culture as well. <3

  2. Michael David Oyco permalink
    16/04/2019 5:49 am

    Resurrection for me is a miracle that God left us and that He will come back for us in time which is written in the bible.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/04/2019 6:54 am

      Yes true, and there is more as we delve deeper into the season and all that it stands for.

  3. Luna S permalink
    16/04/2019 6:11 am

    I would say for me it means life beginning anew, such as winter turning to spring and all of the dead trees springing new life.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/04/2019 6:52 am

      Agreed. It is a rising and return in so many ways and facets of life.

  4. Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
    16/04/2019 6:59 am

    Thank your dear reader for making your way here! Please pause and think about what you can add to keep this conversation on a high level. You are here… make it matter. Please don’t thank me for sharing. Let me do the thanking. Don’t tell me great post either… that’s what all the lazy thinking spammers say, and your comment will end up in my spam box. Think about the post you see and respond to its content. I will always do the same for you… Let’s respect our blog visits with each other. Stay encouraged and Thank You! <3 🙂

  5. Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
    17/04/2019 11:18 pm


  6. Food Opium permalink
    17/04/2019 11:56 pm

    My wife is a Christian and surprisingly we were discussing with 10 yr. old daughter about Easter and she was asking about why do the dates keep changing for every Easter, after going through your post I can give her a substantial answer for her question. This year she is taking her holy communion and she is all excited about the D day :-)…! thanks for such an inspiring read….:-)

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/04/2019 2:47 am

      That is fantastic! I’m glad the post spoke to you and gave you information to share. Kudos on her impending Holy Communion. It brings back memories of childhood.

  7. Candy permalink
    22/04/2019 6:52 am

    Means I can return home to my Heavenly Father

  8. cheszdylan permalink
    22/04/2019 10:12 am

    Thank you Lord for the salvation!

  9. Blairvillanueva permalink
    22/04/2019 2:10 pm

    Yesterday, we experienced the 6-magnitude earthquake and some parts of the country are been damaged. This reminds us that all goes in a cycle of life, we rise and fall, then rise up again. A test of being resilient.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:10 am

      Yes and my prayers go out to all affected. <3

  10. Fatima D Torres permalink
    22/04/2019 2:36 pm

    This is such an inspiration. We’re always looking for ways to improve from the days before and plan for the ones that lie ahead.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:10 am

      Thanks for the support… appreciate the feedback

  11. MeetRhey | Self-Help Blogger permalink
    22/04/2019 3:02 pm

    i agree with taking stock of what we have done up until this mind and having a “refresh” start i guess. its good to check in to yourself to make sure you are moving forward instead of sedentary.

  12. Karen Monica permalink
    22/04/2019 7:40 pm

    The word resurrection itself reminds me of God, of Christ and the holy week. And it also means the renewal or hope for better things to come.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:09 am

      Happy Easter!

  13. toastycritic permalink
    23/04/2019 3:27 am

    Resurrection definitely means new life and the possibilities for the future. Ultimately it defines the hope that every believer has that there is a beautiful future ahead of us and not only the drudgeries of this life. So much great info here!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:08 am

      Appreciated 🙂

  14. Khushboo Motihar permalink
    23/04/2019 3:32 am

    Resurrection is such an interesting concept and there are so many different religions that use different variations of it. For me resurrection is rising like a phoenix from the ashes.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:08 am

      True. It is a concept that is universal and then there are the specifics that matter to Chistians

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:08 am

      True. It is a concept that is universal and then there are the specifics that matter to Christians

  15. Heather McMechan permalink
    23/04/2019 3:53 am

    Beautiful words. Thank you for sharing as this has been a big conversation in my house with my children this week.

  16. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    23/04/2019 5:51 am

    Born and raised a Roman Catholic, the word resurrection means a lot to me. But what comes to mind right away is a chapter and verse in the bible, John 3:16. Today, I rejoice.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:07 am

      I rejoice with you!

  17. Claudia Krusch permalink
    23/04/2019 4:58 pm

    Loved your post! So many great details I didn’t know! Love the poem as well!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:06 am

      Thank you love

  18. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    23/04/2019 5:38 pm

    I love the idea about each season being a new beginning. We should take it upon ourselves to make positive changes!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:02 am

      I agree.

  19. Bindu Thomas permalink
    23/04/2019 6:04 pm

    It was such an inspiring read. Thanks for gave me the great opportunity to learn about new culture.

  20. jeannette9712gmailcom permalink
    24/04/2019 1:55 pm

    Everything just seems new in the spring. Flowers bloom, butterflies are flying everywhere. It truly feels like a rebirth.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 1:01 am

      Indeed and that is the spirit of Easter

  21. Riana Shahid permalink
    24/04/2019 7:19 pm

    I don’t celebrate Easter so this was a very informative posst

  22. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    27/04/2019 5:38 am

    I love this. I think Easter is a marvellous season and to talk about the true values is motivating enough x

  23. presiiicom permalink
    29/04/2019 4:26 am

    I used to celebrate Easter more often. Now that I am on call at my job it’s hard for me. And i was at work for 16hrs that day. But I can’t wait for next year since my contract is about to be over

  24. Clarice permalink
    29/04/2019 7:19 pm

    Resurrection brings new hope for everyone. A time to move on from the past. I believe its the time of forgiveness.

    Thank you for this inspiring read.

  25. Amy-Lynn is looking forward to spring🌷 (@amylynnwriting) permalink
    30/04/2019 11:21 am

    I like the way that you take religious things and, while acknowledging their spiritual aspects, also talk about the larger way they can be applied to life, religious or not.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/05/2019 12:52 am

      Thank you. I believe that it is not separate from our daily lives and should not be put in a box.


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