What is Easter About Anyway?

We got a lot of response from my post “How I Got Over My Very Public Mistakes,” and I think it’s because everyone deals with regret.

This Easter week, let’s focus on something else.

After all, it’s not about what you’ve done, it’s about what’s been done for you.

Okay, I didn’t just make that up.  It’s a lyric to this song I just heard called “You Are More” by a band called Tenth Avenue North.  And it wasn’t written about Easter, but this is a particularly good week for us to take our eyes off ourselves and put them where they belong.

After all, we are more than our mistakes.  Enjoy this video of the song, which fits so well with last week’s post – even down to the chalkboard theme.

Have a great Easter week — you’ve been remade!

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  • Susie Dove

    Bristol, you would probably enjoy listening to Graham Cooke. You can see him on YouTube. He teaches on the love of God in a way I’ve never heard before. So pure. So simple. So exciting!! Becoming the Beloved is one of my favorites. I enjoy living loved!!

  • http://n/a Nancy Kenney

    I like and have always liked you Mom and family. I don’t care what bad things people say about you and your family I don’t listen. The important thing is that your family believes in God and does the best job raising you kids. Yes people make a mistake, but who doesn’t. I often say that I will pray to God anywhere I please and IF someone doesn’t like it, whether I am doing it silently or out loud, don’t look or listen. I’m an American and I firmly believe. I hope you and your family have a great summer and just ignore people who are mean and ignorant. Oh yes have a GREAT EASTER!
    Nancy Kenney

  • Tammy

    I loved the video that you posted. Yes it is a week to be reminded of what Christ did for us on that Cross, So that we could be forgiven he sufferd and died because he loves us so much, so that when we mess up and ask he will forgive us, and give us peace during our pain and sorrow. His grace is awesome!!!!!

  • Esther Ruth

    Hi Bristol,

    I have been reading your blogs but this is my first comment. I am very grateful to you and your mom for publicly acknowledging your Christian faith. When your mom was introduced to America back in 2008, I sensed immediately in my spirit that God had His hand on her, and I am just one of the many women whose life has been completely changed through your mom’s example. But that’s a long story, which I hope to write about one day. Anyway, thank you for this blog and sharing that song; I wanted to share with you that I heard the song on the radio a couple of weeks ago, and immediately thought of you! Of course the message applies to ALL of us but I had recently read your book so I am sure that is why you were the first person who came to my mind when I heard this song. I thought you may enjoy reading my review of your book here: http://www.amazon.com/review/RNKFD47IR0LEG/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#RNKFD47IR0LEG and here: http://www.christianbook.com/not-afraid-of-life-bristol-palin/9780062089373/pd/089373?item_code=WW&netp_id=914878&event=ESRCG&view=details.

    P.S. Did I read it correctly somewhere that you were number 22 on Dancing With the Stars? And I know your mom was #22 in her highschool basketball days. Knowing this just made me feel that much more drawn to your family and #22 has been a number with lots of meaning in my life, which is also a long story LOL!

  • http://www.patheos.com/Shop/Spirituality-Store.html mistah charley, ph.d.

    I went to church yesterday, Palm Sunday. As is our tradition, we had a dramatic reading of the arrest and trial Gospel passage in which there is a Narrator, the pastor says the words of Jesus, there is a Voice who speaks for the other characters, and the congregation speaks the words of the Crowd (Give us Barabbas, for example). It heightens your attention to the story because you have to read along to know when it is the congregation’s turn to speak. You have a chance to think about what was happening, and why.

  • bellagrazi

    Wow, that was beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing, Bristol!

  • Nancy Newhart

    What an amazingly strong, independent young lady you have become. I would be proud to have a daughter like you and if i had a daughter i would want someone like you to be a role model to her that she could look up to. Never lose sight of your goals in life despite any detour you encounter. Hold your head up high like I do when I proudly say I believe in Bristol Palin! Your parents raised a wonderful lady. God bless all your endeavors. Nancy

  • Ed Davis

    Bristol? I’m so damned proud of you!! As a father of a child who had her baby at 16, and who STILL cannot get her act together, I’ve seen you rise as an intelligent beautiful young woman.

    I love you and your mom and your dad and your big Bro ( THANK YOU for your service sir!! )…

    Keep up the good work Bristol, so that when my granddaughters can read? You’
    ll still be sending the perfect message.

  • Lisa

    Hi Bristol!
    I want you to know that we don’t agree politically, but we do share the love of God and family. I’m proud to say that I’m saved and I’m so glad that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I’m even more happy that he arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven just for us.

    I think you are a wonderful young lady. Keep up the good work! :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.exposethemedia.com LRod

      You say that you don’t agree with Bristol politically so you are a democrat? Let’s hope not because abortion is their savior and government is their god. DEMOcrats constantly lie in order to get votes. Not to mention, they were the party of slavery and they still are, only this time they call it welfare and government dependency. So let’s pray about that one.

  • fan

    You said your show was going to air tonight. I searched Lifetime and did not find any information. Will you let us know so we can watch it?

  • Joseph

    I remember hearing this song on the radio, but I haven’t really taken the time to listen to the words. Thanks for sharing, Bristol! Great song!!!

  • colleen

    Love this song and the video is outstanding! Thank you for the reminder of what faith and God can do. A great message for Easter or anytime! My mother, who passed away about 3 years ago, sent me a newsletter about this time of the year. It was from the Office of the Bishop, Catholic Pastoral Center, Diocese of Brownville, Texas that she had recieved . I still have it and read it frequently. The good news is that God loves us. He is a merciful father who sent his son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. By his passion, death and resurrection Jesus has redeemed us–he is our savior. Jesus knows the human condition, has love and compassion for us. She also wrote a reminder to me that “God has unconditional love and loves you very much, and so do I. Please choose LIFE with him.” I am proud to say I choose LIFE with him. I am so thankful and blessed she was a strong woman who guided me in the right direction. You too, have a strong mom and you are a stong woman as well. Thanks again for the reminder. You and your family have a Blessed Easter!

  • Glynis Ritter

    Thanks for sharing the song and video, Bristol! I am passing it along!
    May you and your family have a Happy and Blessed Easter!

  • blackbird


    You may have heard writer Elizabeth Foley’s insightful words: “Friends in your life are like pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up and sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.” It’s true. The difficulties of life are easier to manage with friends.

    In the book SHINDLER’S LEGACY, authors Elinor J. Brecher and Jill Freedman interview some of the people saved by the Nazi Oscar Schindler. One survivor says this about the sufferings of her life: “I survived Auschwitz and all the atrocities of the war. But the most difficult thing I ever had to face was losing my 39-year-old daughter to cancer.”

    The army of modern medicine could not save her daughter. This woman went through the war and concentration camp experience WITH people; she suffered alongside of them. But she fought this other terrible battle alone.

    We are all survivors! In some way we have each encountered something potentially devastating, and we overcame. And the overcoming of it was easier with the companionship of others.

    Isn’t it true that very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts? And for some reason they seem lighter when we just know that, though others may not be lifting, they are standing by.

    If you’re trying to lift a burden alone, this may be a good time to reach out. Others may be waiting to help lift. Or, like porch pillars, they may at least be there to lean on.

    By Steve Goodier: lifesupportsystem (dot com)

  • Brit

    I am glad to see a young woman, that is beautiful a mother educated talented and had spotlight, come back to the Lord- and use this platform as a means to grow closer with Him; all while helping to use experience and further challenges to share your testimony among others, to bring people to an awareness that, “no limitations are unable worth forgiving for; but the limitations you are worth to be forgiven- The limitations that I’m willing to forgive.”
    What a wonderful, merciful Savior He is. That He died so that we may live. True Love. Grace. Thank you for sharing, reminding us to set our hearts and mind, on the One true sovereign God, leading up to Easter.
    Thank you for staying close to God’s blessing. And, thank you for becoming an example to young woman (and maybe men too) as to what listening and following Christ can be. May He enrich your life and lead it in abundance to fulfill The Plan that has been Created for you. Continue in His ways, God bless you your son and family.
    ~fellow AK-907 girl, spoke with you at an appt., keep up the Good Work!

  • Jim Trowbridge

    Good to see you’re doing so well for yourself. Also, great to see your mom on the TODAY show! Stay strong and let us know how you’re doing along the way.

  • sarah simpson

    Loved the song Bristol. passing it on.

  • Mrs. B

    A great Easter message. You’ve been remaded. I’m passing this along.
    Thanks for sharing Sweetie.

  • Fran

    “WOW” What a powerful message ! Thanks for posting this ! A hurting world, this is a good message ! Any age ! Also Bristol, thanks for informing of Sarah being on Today’ show. We love the Palin’s ! And your family is in our prayers. I look forward to checking your page everyday…keep your head up and keep smiling girl !

  • David Dempsey

    Bristol, I watched the Today Show and your Mom did a great job. Hope you and your family have a Happy Easter.

  • Andrew Stoner

    Jesus has risen! Happy Easter, Bristol, to you and your family!

  • http://AmericaWantsSarah Bruce O’H.

    Thanks Bristol. Happy Easter to you and yours :-)
    Sarah ROCKED the Today Show !!!

    • myr

      Your Mom rocks for sure..i can imagine the ratings she brought on that network..God bless you all!! such a good family..Love you all!!

  • Douglas Bates

    Seen your mom today she would make a GRATE pres. Yes remember Easter and what Jesus did that we could come to the Father. God bless you and your family.

  • Robin

    Mom did great this morning on Today Show. I got up extra early just to watch her.

  • Sue Lynn

    God bless the Palin family…He is Risen!!!!

  • Lynda Armstrong

    I pray that you and Tripp have a Blessed Easter…but I also pray that your Mom , Dad are happy in their life…with love and Joy filling there hearts … I pray that your brother is safe…Willow is happy and Piper keeps smiling…and Trig keeps applauding the day…

    My God hold all of you in the palm of His hand…cover you with His Love …and flood your souls with His Amazing Grace…

    God Bless all of you both the Heath and Palin Families this Easter week….

  • http://AnnArborRealEstateTalk.com Missy Caulk

    He Is Risen!

    I watched NBC Today, first time in many years. I bet their rating’s really went up and then back down. :)

  • Barbara Landi

    I never watch the Today show any more, but I sure watched this morning. Sarah was awesome and she looked beautiful.

  • speppers69

    And may YOU have a wonderful Easter with your family, Bristol! Your mom was AWESOME on the Today Show this morning. She did great and she looked like she was having a blast! She is an inspiration to many of us especially in her ability to poke fun at herself. It takes confidence and humility and courage to laugh at ones self. It was really great seeing her today in a little bit different role. But I am still hoping that she will reconsider her decision and jump into the race. Her country needs her. We can’t afford another 4 years of Obama and Romney will not beat Obama since he can’t even get the base of his own party. 65% of republicans DON’T want Romney. We can’t wait until 2016.

  • Vicky

    God is so good! The old testament proves we can’t do it on our own. Thank you Jesus for all you have done for us…that we can chose to have a relationship with You! There’s not any “works” I can do to make me good enough. One door – Jesus. What He did makes me good enough. I praise you Lord!

  • Don Bland

    Hi, Bristol,
    You are a lovely young lady whom we admire for your honesty, openness, and faith. I am old enough to be your great grandfather and I have one who is 20 and a beautiful lady. You will be a great blessing in your lifetime by just being steadfast in your faith and walking with God. We admire your mother and only wish she were our President. She is a great lady and I forgot to tune in this morning and regret that.
    God bless you and your handsome son.

  • http://yahoo Ruth Aurelio

    Happy Easter to the Palin family! Love the meaningful lyrics of the song.
    Your Mom went rogue in the “Today” show this morning. Matt Lauer must have squirmed in his seat every time your Mom said “Anybody But Obama” and “lame stream” media.

  • kate

    greetings to you and thank you for the always interesting and very well written blog. Bless you and your boy, your family and your mum who has great spunk and not forgetting the oh so cute Trig. Cheers Kate,

  • Vanessa Stockwell

    Great song! Thanks for sharing :)

  • AnyOldNameWillDo

    Hi Bristol :)

    Cool Song and Great Video!

    And hey, your Mom did great on The Today show.

  • CJ

    Hi Bristol :)
    For me, the month surrounding Resurrection Sunday is a very emotional time. It is a time of personal reflection, deep sadness and indescribable gratitude. It is a time when I re-watch “THE PASSION”, and grieve every moment of our Lord’s excruciating and immeasurable suffering on my behalf. The intense love HE demonstrated by HIS SACRIFICE on Calvary, renders me emotionally broken, deeply humbled, and profoundly grateful beyond words.
    As I reflect on the SUFFERING HE endured for my redemption and the FORGIVENESS HE freely gives……. I fall in LOVE with HIM all over again <3.
    HE is risen :) THANK YOU, JESUS…….from the depths of my heart.
    Bristol, I pray the Lord's BLESSINGS and the peace of His Holy spirit to be upon you and your wonderful family during this very special time and always…….oxo

  • http://www.alaskafashiontackle.com Sara

    The motto we use in my 1-3rd grade classroom is “It’s not about me, it’s all about Jesus.” Your lyric quote reminded me of that. Have a joyous Easter!

  • Kathleen

    CJ, well put. And thanks, Bristol, for the video. Wonderful song.

    We are indeed remade by the precious blood of Jesus Christ if we accept His loving sacrifice on our behalf. Praise to Him who loves unconditionally and cleanses us from all sin.

  • Jeanne T.

    Very nice, Bristol! You hit the nail on the head (no pun intended for Easter). Jesus Christ died for us and finished the work of redemption. So many people can relate to your words and the words of this song, as well.

    Happy Easter, Bristol, to you and your family!

    Here’s a beautiful piece by Keith and Kristyn Getty, “To See the King of Heaven Fall”:



    To see the King of heaven fall
    In anguish to His knees,
    The Light and Hope of all the world
    Now overwhelmed with grief.
    What nameless horrors must He see,
    To cry out in the garden:
    Oh, take this cup away from me
    Yet not my will but Yours,
    Yet not my will but Yours.

    To know each friend will fall away,
    And heaven’s voice be still,
    For hell to have its vengeful day
    Upon Golgotha’s hill.
    No words describe the Saviour’s plight -
    To be by God forsaken
    Till wrath and love are satisfied
    And every sin is paid
    And every sin is paid

    What took Him to this wretched place,
    What kept Him on this road?
    His love for Adam’s cursed race,
    For every broken soul.
    No sin too slight to overlook,
    No crime too great to carry,
    All mingled in this poisoned cup ‚
    And yet He drank it all,
    The Saviour drank it all,
    The Saviour drank it all.

    Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

  • Georgia

    He is Risen! Happy Resurrection Day, to you and your wonderful family, Bristol.

  • mark

    Bristol, This so true! So beautiful! God is all forgiving sins and all.

    I have heard some what I hope to be rumors!! I have read that you are doing a movie where you and your boyfriend Gino will be living together with Tripp in your new house. Is this true?? I surely hope not. I hope that these are just vicious lies and rumors. Can u clear this up for so many of us who believe you when you say that you should not engage in sex with someone other than your husband??? You wouldn’t do this would you??? And, with Tripp???

  • Chatzey

    Easter is about how much Jesus loved us— to die for us. Easter is Jesus coming to us alive after the worse death possible! Jesus is not DEAD, he is with us–Jesus has not abandoned us. With GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2012/05/bullying-in-the-name-of-tolerance-the-nikki-haley-edition/ Danielle

    I love 10th Avenue North! Before they were famous they used to play at little coffee shops here and there around my hometown (which is also their hometown). I used to go and watch them and then afterward we would get to talk with them and just hang out. It was always so much fun! They even prayed for me when I was pregnant once!! They graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University, which is where I am currently attending grad school. The first time I heard their 1st hit on my favorite Christian radio station, I freaked out because I couldn’t believe the little hometown band that I had seen perform so many times had finally become famous!!! When I was going through a very messy custody battle for my son, I would just play their CD on repeat over and over again! Awesome Christian band!