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An Easter Gift to Inspire Girls to Draw Closer to their Risen Savior (Contest Giveaway)


Easter is a very special time of year where loved ones gather together to celebrate the risen Christ. This Easter, draw your daughter into the precious Word of God with a journaling Bible that includes over 400 line-art illustrations to color plus extra space in the lightly ruled wide margins for creative journaling. Inspire is currently available in two editions, the Inspire Bible and Inspire PRAISE Bible. An exciting new addition to the line, Inspire Bible for Girls, releases this August with devotionals and journaling prompts written just for girls ages 8 and up by author Carolyn Larsen.

We encourage you to take a moment to read through the Scripture below from Luke 24 and listen for a word from God as you read.


What stands out to you in this passage? What did you learn about God? How might God want you to respond to what you’ve read?

The Resurrection

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.


The Walk to Emmaus

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.


Jesus Appears to the Disciples

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched.

Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”


The Ascension

Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

Is God prompting you to invite anyone to church with you this Easter to hear the Good News?


Inspire Bible Contest Giveaway

We would love to hear your answer to any of the questions above. You’ll have a chance to win an Inspire Bible of your choice, including the soon-to-release Inspire Bible for Girls. See below for ways to enter.

Ten people will win an Inspire Bible of their choice, and one Grand Prize winner will receive two Inspire Bibles of their choice plus a $150 Amazon gift card to spend on Bible journaling goodies to fill an Easter basket. To check out the Inspire Bible line, please visit:

Easter Journaling Bible Giveaway

50 Responses to “An Easter Gift to Inspire Girls to Draw Closer to their Risen Savior (Contest Giveaway)”
14th March, 2018 at 10:34 am

I would like to invite my coworker to church with me, and my aunt. What stood out to me from the passage was that Jesus took the time to explain the scriptures and how He fulfilled them to the men on the way to Emmaus. That must have been so special for them!

Liza Kirschner
14th March, 2018 at 11:51 am

I’d love to invite my son and his girlfriend as well as my brother

Liza Kirschner
14th March, 2018 at 11:54 am

God has given us the information that’s needed to lead us to Jesus but sometimes our sight becomes so clouded we don’t even recognize Jesus Himself. He’s with us always but we need to listen and believe.

Jackie Tessnair
14th March, 2018 at 12:46 pm

I learned from this passage that God opens our mind to understand the scripture.My prayer is that will open my mind to understand all the scripture.That Jesus is always with us even if we don’t feel Him or see Him. I am going to invite my own self to church this Easter.

Starr Shelton
14th March, 2018 at 1:30 pm

The LORD is really pointing out to me the Holy Spirit and do this is one of the things that stands out to me. Jesus said he was sending the Holy Spirit to us. I want to know the Holy Spirit better and follow His lead.

I am praying about who to invite to church on Easter Sunday.

15th March, 2018 at 1:30 am

I’m praying for a close family member who stepped away from Christ, to return to Him and would like to invite them to church this Easter.

This passage resonates with me because of a message God shared with me in how to become more like Jesus. It’s confirmation that this is the direction He wants my sermon to go later this month.

15th March, 2018 at 8:28 am

As a read these words, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” I was reminded that Jesus is alive today. Too often I forget that, only focusing on what he did 2000 years ago and not looking for a living God at work today.

15th March, 2018 at 8:29 am

No one has been on my mind to specifically bring to church; but the question has led me to give it some thought.

15th March, 2018 at 8:35 am

God is good and patient with us, he just wants a personal relationship with us. I will invite my friend Bev to church with me at Easter

15th March, 2018 at 8:58 am

I have asked the Lord to put someone in my path/heart to ask to come to church

James Donnellon
15th March, 2018 at 10:50 am

I would like to invite my sister and husband to church with us this Easter

15th March, 2018 at 10:55 am

I learned that god is helpful and offers a caring hand. I have been brought to church by family members. I believe one can connect with god even outside of church.

Donna Doyle
15th March, 2018 at 1:10 pm

I won’t be at my own church this Easter.

Donna Doyle
15th March, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Jesus wants us to experience this great joy.

Brianna Cavins
15th March, 2018 at 2:29 pm

I’m not a in christ. Hopefully the bible will help.

Colleen Walter
15th March, 2018 at 2:48 pm

He is Risen! I need to always remember with Joy the moment the empty tomb was revealed! ❤️

Jacqueline Reveile
15th March, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Every time I read the Easter Story, I am reminded that Jesus did this – sacrificed himself – just for me. It was not just a story and it is real. JESUS is real. He wants and persues a loving relationship with me, His creation.

As for.the question of who am I led to invite to church this Easter to hear the Good News…I am burdened for the children who do not hear about Christ at home. Those children who are searching for that something that only God can fill!

15th March, 2018 at 3:40 pm

The Easter story reminds me of God’s great love for us and the great sacrifice that was made so we might be with him someday. It is so moving and filled with such hope.

I try to be a light to others everyday and if there is an opportunity to encourage someone in their faith if they seem open to it then I would invite them to church.

15th March, 2018 at 5:52 pm

This is one of my favorite passages! It always hits me that I need to stop taking God for granted and that he really is capable of all things and that His work is already done. I struggle with trusting him and not resting my worries on His shoulders. Reading about His resurrection snaps that out of me!
I always feel called to invite my sister and her husband to church on Easter, she’s never accepted but that won’t ever stop me from trying!

kimberly harrison
15th March, 2018 at 7:32 pm

I may invite my college friend to church this Easter.

16th March, 2018 at 5:02 am

I am inviting my son & his family & also my daughter & her husband.Hoping we will all get to go together.

16th March, 2018 at 5:12 am

God ‘s word is true; every word of it. What stands out to me is that Jesus, who walked this earth, teaching & proving who He was/is through miracles, is still performing them in this life we know. Jesus is/has always been my very best friend. I’ve seen miracles within my family’s lives.
I love you, Jesus with my whole heart!

16th March, 2018 at 6:11 am

I have been inviting our neighbors since they moved in I will be inviting them again for Easter!

16th March, 2018 at 6:18 am

This passage has spoken to me numerous times. Today it is telling me that no matter how difficult of a time I am going through, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for my family. I just need to trust in him that he has this too!

16th March, 2018 at 6:57 am

God is prompting me to invite my coworker to church this Easter who is not Christian.

16th March, 2018 at 6:59 am

This passage reminds me that the Holy Spirit is inside me and it is my duty to spread the good news to others.

16th March, 2018 at 8:40 am

Proverbs 11:16 A kindhearted woman gains honour, but ruthless men gain only wealth

16th March, 2018 at 8:42 am

No promoting to invite anyone to church this Easter

Cindy Merrill
16th March, 2018 at 2:48 pm

No, I have decided to go because I want to know more about Easter and it’s true meaning.

17th March, 2018 at 8:08 am

I belive gods word is true. He died on the cross for us an he reserrects on easter sunday he wants us all to love one another.

I have decied to bring my family to church on easter sunday for the love of god

Gwendolyn Jordan
17th March, 2018 at 2:32 pm

I would love to invite my daughter to Church

Gwendolyn Jordan
17th March, 2018 at 2:36 pm

I learned about the joy of Christ and the need to spread His message.

Natalie J Vandenberghe
17th March, 2018 at 8:20 pm

Yes, I need to invite a young woman I know to Easter service.

Christy Keen
17th March, 2018 at 9:26 pm

I will be attending church with my parents this Easter.

Christy Keen
17th March, 2018 at 9:29 pm

This passage always reminds me of his word!
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Temi O.
17th March, 2018 at 10:48 pm

God is prompting me to invite someone who use to work with me to Easter Sunday. I have shared message of the Good News to him. Now, I just pray that the Holy Spirit touches his heart, so that he comes and receives salvation in Jesus name, Amen.

Susan Moseley
18th March, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Q.What stands out to you in this passage? What did you learn about God?
A. Easter is Jesus Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him.

How might God want you to respond to what you’ve read? Do everything with love.

Q.Is God prompting you to invite anyone to church with you this Easter to hear the Good News?
A. Yes, I would love my granddaughter to enter church with me.

Jeanine Carlson
18th March, 2018 at 8:12 pm

I hadn’t really thought about it since I just got home from the hospital, but I do feel that I need to extend the invitation to my daughter and her friend. Perhaps it would help them find a relationship with Christ.

Celeste Herrin
18th March, 2018 at 8:28 pm

I’m excited to get my Son to go …and hopefully his girlfriend too!

Stephanie Gossett
18th March, 2018 at 8:52 pm

I feel like I was led to this contest to read this passage. I have two little girls. I would love to win a Bible. The passage made Jesus’ words real to me. I have been struggling with my faith and think it is time to go back. If I were to win a Bible, I would read it and try to pray to come back to God. If not, I will buy one anyway as soon as I can afford to. If I win the whole thing, I will buy some bibles to give away and some dresses to take my girls back to church. Thank you for the post. I can tell it is more than a contest to you and you truly care.

Stephanie Gossett
18th March, 2018 at 8:54 pm

Yes. God is not only prompting me to go to church, but to take my two daughters as well. I have an elderly neighbor. I may invite him as well.

Pauline Milner
19th March, 2018 at 7:18 am

I believe God wants me to inspire others to come to live by His word, beginning with any family members who would benefit from the teaching and faith He offers. In today’s tumultuous world, God’s presence is more important than ever.

James Lee
19th March, 2018 at 1:26 pm

I want to invite my friend who is need of Christ and his message.

19th March, 2018 at 1:58 pm

god is sood all the time i would love to bring my non believer friends

19th March, 2018 at 3:09 pm

I hope this is where I reply to the question about if God is prompting me to ask someone to church. God lays it on my heart all the time to ask someone to church. This Easter I would like to invite my brother to my church who lives about an hour distance from me.

Jessica Elliott
19th March, 2018 at 5:16 pm

This passage in the Bible reminds me that we are always surprised by God and don’t always realize what He is doing, such as the travelers on the road to Emmaus.

I have a few people on my heart that I would love to come to church with me this Easter.

19th March, 2018 at 5:23 pm

I see God’s great mercy. Please pray for my parents that they will come to know Yeshua.

Adella Gonzalez
19th March, 2018 at 9:38 pm

What stands out to me is that God is with us even when we don’t think about it.
I can recall times where I really needed help or was lost and someone was always there to give me words of encouragement from the bible.
Thinking about it makes me tear up. God is good and has been in my life even during the toughest times.

I would love to give one of these bibles to a dear friend as a surprise on Easter.
I think it would be nice to invite her to church as well.
Thank you for the chance to win. I’ve been wanting an Inspire Bible for a while.

Sheila Vives
19th March, 2018 at 11:54 pm

I know a young teen I want to introduce to the word of God and the salvation of Jesus Christ

Sheila Vives
19th March, 2018 at 11:57 pm

The scripture that stands out to me, is that Jesus first appeared to the women at the tomb. It is a passage that is good to teach that Jesus does not belittle women or see them as being lesser persons.

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