Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Pageant - I Know HE Lives

The Easter Pageant Set

Me and the beautiful Jenna Allen

Me, Jenna, Brett Lewis and the amazing Emily Holicky

Emily, Brett and Jenna

Emily and Jenna with one of the cast members

Taylor Brown (I love this girl) and Haleigh as Virgins

Taylor, Me, Hales and Daddy-O Eric

Haleigh and Chad

Brett, Hales and Chad (both great friends)

Taylor, Brett, Haleigh, Jenna, Chad and Emily

Brett and Chad being silly

Haleigh in full Costume-she was a foolish Virgin

Ernest, Haleigh and Shane -more good friends

Eric is the Love of my life-notice his bracelet? He loves me
Today was not only my baby's birthday, but she also performed in the Easter Pageant.  I can't think of a better way to celebrate her birthday then to support her tonight.
The show started at 8 pm, Eric and I arrived at 5:15 and saved some seats for Haleigh's friends.
The time went by quickly as we listened to the beautiful gospel music playing.  Haleigh was able to come out in costume and visit with us before the show, she looked beautiful and I was so proud of her, knowing how much she gave up  to volunteer for this incredible show.
During the show I was overwhelmed with the Spirit in a few different places. The first was when Jesus was healing the sick and afflicted, a father brought his daughter to Him, as Jesus took her in His arms I was so engrossed in the moment I began to cry, I immediately felt His arms embrace me, like He has done so many times, for some reason tonight I felt that He was talking directly to me through the Spirit,  I could feel it from my head to my toes and a burning in my heart. I Know He lives, I can never, ever deny what I know.  When Jesus was denied three times by one his closest friends and apostles, it literally made my heart hurt.  I can't imagine denying what I know to be true.... Jesus is the Christ and died for each of us.  He chose to feel the pain of each one of our sins, so that we can repent and be with Him again.  Mary Magdalene was such an inspiration to me, I felt her love for the Lord her devotion and pure heart penetrated my soul, and I wondered if I have that kind of faith. Of course my favorite part was watching my daughter Haleigh dance, but not only dance she shined as she bore testimony through it.  She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and I have never missed one of her performances, but tonight I was more proud of her than ever before.  I left tonight wanting to be a better person,  wanting to be more Christlike.


Nichole said...

What a cool opportunity for those beautiful and talented girls! I can't wait to see it!

Willi Nixon said...

I'm so happy Hales got to be one of the 10 virgins! A good friend of mine did it the last few years and said it was such a good experience. How fun :)

Anonymous said...

You look GREAT, Monya!