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Preparing our kids’ hearts {and our own!} for Easter…

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I was touched by this picture that Angela posted of her sweet girls this week.  And I was reminded that instead of waiting for tomorrow to tell my kids more about Jesus, I need to tell them more about Him today.

Anybody else still thinking about this?

It’s 20-something degrees here in Indiana today (on the second day of Spring, mind you), and I just got word that we may be getting another significant wave of snow over the weekend.  Aahhhhh!  With crazy weather like this, it’s a little hard to believe that Easter is just a little over a week away!  How did it sneak up on me so quickly?!

Spring is a busy time of year for our family.  Basketball and karate are in full swing for the boys, and when the snow melts, baseball season will be right around the corner.  School projects cover our kitchen table (waiting for us to find our motivation, which has been snatched up by our latest case of Spring Fever!), and I haven’t seen the bottom of my laundry pile all Winter long (please, oh please tell me I’m not the only one!).  While there is much joy that comes with the choices and responsibilities in this busy season of motherhood, there’s also one opportunity I don’t want to miss this week….

… choosing to intentionally point my children to Jesus this Easter.

If I’m not careful, in the midst of doing life, Easter Sunday will arrive, and we will have missed out in the honor of preparing our hearts to celebrate our risen Savior in the way that only He deserves.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to let that happen.

So here’s the challenge: to pick at least ONE intentional Easter activity that points to Jesus in the coming week.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, or centered around an expensive item purchased in a store.  But one thing’s for sure… life doesn’t slow down, and there’s no use in waiting for a more convenient day to arrive.  You and I both know that’s not going to happen any time soon.

We’re just going to have to do it.

There are so many kid-friendly activities out there, but something that is a favorite staple in our family are these Resurrection Eggs from Family Life (available for purchase in many local Christian bookstores).

 

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Resurrection Eggs have been an amazing tool in our home for quite a few years now. We’ve come to love the simple symbols found in each egg that are used to describe so vividly what Jesus did for us. They are a tradition that my kids get so excited about! For the twelve days leading up to Easter Sunday (you can always double up if you’re just getting started!), our Resurrection Eggs powerfully walk us through the humble story of how the Greatest Rescue ever came to be. I get chills just thinking about it.

 

Electronics are going to have to take a back seat these next few days.  We’re going to need to rearrange our schedule a bit too. But it’ll be worth it. Because the opportunity is now, and I don’t want to miss it.

 

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Oh, I’m so ready for this Winter season to be replaced with the crisp, fresh feeling of new life –  a warming not only in the forecast, but also in the spirit of our home.  But you’d better believe that no amount of flip flop weather or pastel decorations even comes close to comparing with the satisfaction of the warming that the Spirit brings, when we invite Jesus to invade our homes – and our hearts – in an intentional way this Easter.

Looking for new life this time of year?  Look to Jesus, friend.

 

What are you doing with your children to point their focus towards Jesus this Easter?  We’d love to hear your ideas!!

 

At His feet,

 

 

**Check out these links for more kid-friendly Easter activity and craft ideas!

Thriving Family (a Focus on the Family website):

http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Features/Magazine/2011/easter-activities-and-crafts.aspx

Courtney shares her ideas today at Women Living Well:

http://womenlivingwell.org/2013/03/3-meaningful-easter-activities-for-kids/

 

 

 

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  1. In preperation for Easter we have been doing Grapevine’s Resurrection Study. Stick-figuring through the Bible has made the stories quite memorable for my son!

  2. When my children were little we were given the book Benjamin’s Box which sparked the Resurrection Eggs. (a few years back) since they were not commerically available at the time we made our own. The kids gathered all the special items and still to this day 15 years later they come out every Easter. Last year I used them in a children’s sermon at church. The kids offered Lego and Barbie items for the sword and cup, label pin for praying hands, 3 foreign coins, we made a crown of thorns out of floral wire. ect, be creative. I now cherish these eggs as my kids are in college and across the seas knowing at Easter we made memories about the real Reason for the Season. Also made resurrection cookies that you leave in the oven over night and they crack open in the morning just like the tomb. He Arose!

  3. We have been doing a 12 countdown till Easter Advent study and LOVING it :)

  4. Kiley Middleton says:

    My girls and I love making “Resurrection Rolls” during the week leading up to Easter. http://filledwithpraise.blogspot.com/2011/04/resurrection-rolls-peep-smores-and.html

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