“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;’ ” John 11:25
“And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.” -St. Augustine
- You did it, mama! You have set aside time to be with your Savior. He is so wonderful, so honorable, and so worth every minute you give Him. Grab your Bible, a journal, a pen, and soak in what He is about to teach you.
- Please Read John 11:25-26. Write verse 25 in your journal and meditate on Jesus’ words.
Celebrating Easter with Our Kids
Jesus said, “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full,” (John 10:10). That verse should not be read too quickly or taken too lightly. The reason He came, and died, and rose again was for us. As parents, it is our duty, and it is an honor, to teach our children the importance behind this verse and the special holiday that is Easter.
A few years ago, my husband and I decided to make it a commitment to bring Jesus back into the Easter celebrations at our home. This doesn’t seem like it would be necessary considering Easter is all about Jesus, but we live in America where every holiday is filled with distractions and suggestions of things to buy for our children. We wanted our family to parallel Paul’s thinking in Philippians 3:10 in which he says, “he wants to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…”
As we all look to the cross in the coming weeks, will you join us in being intentional with our children and slowing down to spend some precious time focusing on our Savior? I have compiled a list of soul-stirring, family friendly activities below to help you shout, “He is risen!” together with your family.
Resurrection Eggs/Countdown to Easter
Anticipating Easter using resurrection eggs has been a favorite in our household for a few years now. These look just like a regular set of plastic Easter eggs, but inside is a symbol, a verse, an activity (or really anything to help teach your children about the resurrection and the important events leading up to that day). Complete sets can be purchased at any Christian bookstore or making your own set is easy and fun for the kids. Click here to get started!
For younger children, I also found a post on doing an advent style countdown to Easter. These stories are easier to follow for toddlers, and this post incorporates some hands-on fun and even a few treats! Click Here!
For a tangible representation of the resurrection, my girls have loved making these for breakfast on Easter morning. Your children can pretty much make these by themselves (which they love)! Typically, I will set out all the things they need and let my girls go crazy while my husband reads the complete resurrection story from Luke. Easter morning is always special and I pray your family enjoys it as much as mine has. Click Here!
Make an Easter Garden
We have never done this before, so I will be learning along with all of you. This tradition seems beautiful and peaceful and just what we need to focus more on Christ and less on the Easter bunny. Click Here!
Intentional Easter Basket
An Easter tradition that is fun and classic is the Easter basket filled with goodies. My girls love getting one of these every Easter morning! For the past few years, I have been taking some extra time to plan ahead and create a basket that is more thoughtful and focused on Christ. The link below is a great resource filled with awesome ideas! Click Here!
Another small thing I have done is print a copy of this poem and put it into my oldest daughter’s basket. She has enjoyed reading it out loud to her sisters, and they all receive their own bag of M & M’s to enjoy as well! Click Here!
Easter Books – Here is our list of favorites
~Journey to the Cross by Helen Haidle
~The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higg
~Easter Bunny, Are You For Real? by Harold Myra
~An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman
~The Week That Led to Easter by Joanne Larrison
~The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
~The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg
Questions to Ponder
- Why is it so important to be intentional and do all of this with our children? This may seem obvious, but many parents are relying on Sunday school to teach their children about Christ and the resurrection. This post is meant to encourage and delight.
- If you feel slightly convicted, then go to the Father and seek His guidance on how to minister to your children.
- Choose one or two of the above ideas to incorporate into your Easter holiday this year. Do not stress or worry if only something small gets done. We all have to start somewhere, and everyone has their own puzzle and family dynamics to consider. You do you!
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