Good Friday: Practicing the Resurrection Principle

Are you anxious about some challenge in your life? Good Friday is the perfect time to remember the Resurrection Principle, which a friend shared with me from Reader’s Digest. By the way, do you ever read Reader’s Digest? My parents subscribed when I was a child, but I didn’t even know it was still in existence until I looked it up today on Wikipedia and read that it’s the largest paid circulation magazine in the world. So, maybe you’ve read all about the Resurrection Principle already, but if not, let me pass along what my friend suggested: “Prayerfully wait three days before becoming anxious about any problem, because most of the time, the problem will be resolved.”

At first I thought, “What? Usually only the most insignificant issues are resolved in three days unless it’s good news about a test or something.” As I considered the challenges in my life that tend to make me anxious, I felt like almost all of them are long-term, on-going difficulties which are out of my control and often take years to resolve. However, it occurred to me that Christ rose again after three days, and that’s the most significant resolution of any problem in the world!

So, like leprous Naaman in 2 Kings 5, I decided to try the Resurrection Principle and see what happened. I found that prayerfully waiting three days rarely brought a clear resolution that chased the clouds away and left me with no further need for faith or dependence on the Lord. However, as I practiced praying earnestly for three days before freaking out, I discovered that most problems were resolved in this way: I learned to lay them down at the feet of Jesus and find peace. It is completely worthwhile to follow 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Does God love us? Yes. Does God have the power to help us? Yes. Will God answer our prayers in a way that makes us more like Christ and brings glory to Himself? Yes. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).If you’re struggling with anxiety this Good Friday, why not start practicing the Resurrection Principle? Develop the habit of praying earnestly for three days before you allow yourself to give in to anxious thoughts. Hopefully, this will keep you from jumping on the anxiety roller coaster at all, and perhaps you, like me, will more often be able to find a sense of serenity and rest even in the midst of life’s battles, knowing that God loves us, hears us, and will answer our prayers! Let’s allow the resurrection power and ministry of Christ to flood our souls with light in the darkness, transforming us from anxious souls into spiritual beings.

The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him” (Lamentations 3:25).

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

(Thanks to Bob Hardee for the two photos with scripture verses imprinted on them!)

The Armstrong Archives (81): Christmas’ Greatest Gift? Grandparents Visiting!

December 16, 1979  Alan is going to buy legos with your gift on the way home. He wouldn’t let me out of the house because I’ve been feeling crumby…but today I’m starting to make a comeback. Sunday sounds just fine. We’ll expect you for dinner (unless you want it otherwise). The kids and I made divinity fudge today…it’s FLAT but it still tastes good!

[Enclosed was an article entitled I Remember Poppa, by Joseph Vicenzo, probably from the Readers’ Digest. The article told about Joseph’s experience of loving to visit his grandfather’s leather shop and special trips to an Italian pastry shop on Sunday afternoons. The message was—the “magic” in a relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is really the extravagance of love and enjoyment, and it won’t “spoil” the children! 1979 Opening Christmas PresentsFriday, December 28, 1979 Happy New Year! Haven’t got any new news but we were just so appreciative of your coming for Christmas that I had to write. You’re my favorite “company,” and it just made a world of difference to have your cheery influence! We got very depressed after you left, so I got busy and took down all the Christmas decorations, put the house back in order, and began preparing for the New Year, which made me so busy and tired that I stopped feeling lonesome. Alan was really sad for a couple f days, but he has perked up today and is enjoying a good game of tennis ball “ice hockey” with the boys. Even Michael enjoys playing now and has made two goals!1979 ChristmasI absolutely love my new Bissell broom. It really works beautifully, and I use it constantly to clean up after meals, sweep pine needles, etc. It is super convenient and works just fine on bare floors. Would you like one? The dust doesn’t blow around like it does with a broom. Also, the LEGOs are such a hit—as we all knew. Aaron has made two airplanes, a wrecker truck, loader, and race cars—FANCY ones from the pictures. Even his old ma has been astounded with his ability to reproduce what he sees these days. Michael wants Grandpa back. I’ll try to persuade the new baby to come during Dad’s break so he can help wash dishes…!?! Thanks for everything.

Love, Us

A+M w KidsI prepared this a few weeks ago, but happily I am posting it while visiting Michael and Grace’s family for Easter! Now I can speak from the grandparents’ side: It is a great joy and blessing to be able to visit your kids and help out! Alan is also washing lots of dishes…just like my dad used to do. All the action wears us right out, but I think it’s super encouraging to see new life blooming. There is something deeply hopeful about the energy, affection, and resilience of little ones! Grandchildren are “the bomb!”  🙂 At the Sheridan in Kobe, Japan