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Preparing for Easter

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Easter is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, then you don’t feel prepared mentally. But there are things you and your children can do to prepare for Easter.

Family Devotionals

I have been doing devotionals with my kids everyday using the JellyTelly 5 Minute Family Devotionals for Easter. If you don’t know what JellyTelly is you can check out my post all about it here. Those have been wonderful. Every morning I read a short passage of scripture, read the prompt and they watch a short video. Then we briefly talk about what they learned and we pray. My kids are young, 3 and 1, so short is a must. But I feel like it has helped me too.

Listen to Podcasts

Sometimes you may not have time to sit and read for great lengths of time, but listening can be done while on the go, or while doing tasks. I love listening to podcasts as often as I can. Recently FamilyLife had a series on celebrating Easter with your family which was really spot-on and gave many good things to think about in regards to Easter traditions. I highly recommend that you check it out for ideas on how to start meaningful traditions for your Easter that focus more on Christ than eggs and bunnies.

Listen to this Radio Drama

I was privileged to be able to see the live, one-man play of Heaven, How I Got Here – A Night with the Thief on the Cross. But whether live or not, the story is a look at the work Christ did in a brand new way. It’s a reminder that Jesus meets you where you are, literally, in the case of the thief, and transforms lives.

Many radio stations will be airing this radio drama as a broadcast. You can check out the list of stations and times it will be aired here.

Watch Movies

I remember watching Jesus of Nazareth and the Ten Commandments as a child every Easter season. As I got older I added in Jesus Christ Superstar. Movies are a great way to reflect and engage. I don’t think they should be the only way, but they have their place.

Heaven, How I Got Here – A Night with the Thief on the Cross was also made into a movie recently and you can check out the trailer or download it here.

What are some ways your family keep Christ central in the celebration of Easter?

The Reason for the Season

Whatever you decide to do, I hope that you will be able to find meaningful ways to prepare your own heart, and to share with your kids the true meaning of Easter. Chocolate, egg hunts, easter baskets, and feasting is all fun, but Easter is really the crux of God’s heart. It truly is the GOOD NEWS!

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Romans 5:8-9 ESV

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5 ESV

“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 ESV

Happy Resurrection Day!

May you take time to reflect on the amazing, passionate love of our gracious and merciful Savior.

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