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As with most modern Christian holidays, Easter is not a Biblically mandated celebration and that means everyone can choose to celebrate it however they desire! This is a beautiful gift from our Father God: He loves our personal expressions of worship and celebration. He created us with the desire and giftings to create and express and celebrate. This gives each of us an opportunity to craft our own unique meaningful traditions for Easter each year! As we head towards Easter, take a chance to pray about and ponder the things you’d like to do to add personal meaning for you and your family. There’s no rules about Easter! You’ve got a blank canvas! Go for it! 🙂
(Of course, Yahweh has given us Feasts and Festivals that He created and established. If you haven’t tried celebrating some of the Old Testament holidays, check out this great book for families: Walk With Y’Shua Through The Jewish Year by Janie-Sue Wertheim and Kathy Shapiro. The Biblical Feasts and Festivals are rich with the Presence and Character of God. Passover is an easy one to add as it’s near Easter and is a wonderful celebration of the original lamb and the Lamb of God.)
For our family, holidays give us the chance to: 1. Do things that tie our experiences and memories to the heart of God. 2. Do things that bring our family together for the long-term.
Easter for us is about having fun and Faith together as a family. And instead of an Easter basket full of random things, we do Faith-booster gifts like these:
This year is our first time using this wonderful kit of Easter symbols. We will be opening one each day in the twelve days leading up to Easter Sunday. (Like a Jesse Tree Advent Calendar for Easter!) This specific kit has 12 plastic eggs each containing a symbol of the death and resurrection of Jesus. There is also an accompanying story book and stickers. The kids are SO very excited about it! The cute container of eggs is sitting in a special place with a bow tied on it and they love looking at it every day. “I want to know what’s inside those eggs!!!” Their little voices are full of anticipation. And that’s so much of what Easter is about.
“What is Easter” by Phil Vischer
From the maker of the awesome “What’s in the Bible” DVD series, this Easter book answers important questions like: What do eggs and bunnies have to do with Jesus? This hardcover book is a great resource for helping kids learn how we can all celebrate the new life that Jesus brings at Easter.
And we also love, love, love the “What’s in the Bible” DVD Bible-teaching series. Our kids love watching them over and over. The content is solid and the delivery is quirky and fun. There is a LOT of information presented which has pros and cons. At first, a lot of it went right over our kids heads and I wondered if they were learning anything! But as we watch them over and over, they hear/understand something new each time. They are begging to own the whole series and I am very happy for them to have DVDs I know are giving them solid Biblical foundations.
“The Action Bible”
Our kids still love their Jesus Storybook Bible (and they still want to listen to the CDs every night as they go to sleep) but I want them to know more stories than those that are usually covered in kids picture book Bibles. Enter: The Action Bible! The Action Bible is a Bible storybook with comic-style illustrations by DC and Marvel Comics artist, Sergio Cariello. There 215 stories are in chronological order and are great for kids and adults alike. This is going to be a great book for our whole family.
Want more great content from the makers of The Action Bible? Check out The Action Bible Devotional: 52 weeks of God-Inspired Adventures and The Action Bible Handbook: A Dictionary of People, Places, And Things.
“He Chose the Nails” by Max Lucado
Pretty much, you can’t go wrong with a Max Lucado book! I love his voice and writing style. He highlights God’s heart for us in such beautiful ways. In “He Chose The Nails,” Lucado takes elements of the crucifixion and considers what it took for Jesus to choose each of them. He weaves stories of humanity into each element in such a delicate and special way. This is one of my favorite reads for preparing my heart for Easter.
“Reading a Max Lucado book is as comfortable as having coffee and conversation with a close friend. He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart is signature Lucado: warm, conversational storytelling blended with scripture, humor, and vulnerability. Linger on the hill of Calvary. Rub a finger on the timber and press the nail into your hand. Taste the tinge of cheap wine and feel the scrape of a thorn on your brow. Touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God. Allow the tools of torture to tell their story. Listen as they tell you what God did to win your heart.” – Publisher’s description
“The Wonderful Cross” CD
A great collection of worship songs focused on The Cross. These songs are perfect heart-anthems as we remind ourselves of the Death and Resurrection of our King and Savior!
1. For The Cross – Matt Redman;
2. There Is A Redeemer – Michelle Tumes;
3. You Are My King – Phillips, Craig & Dean;
4. The Wonderful Cross – Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman;
5. Above All – Rebecca St. James;
6. I Will Always Love Your Name – Matt Redman/Tim Hughes;
7. Once For All – Charlie Hall;
8. Once Again – Matt Redman/Tim Hughes;
9. How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – Sarah Sadler;
10. Never Lose The Wonder – Tim Hughes;
11. Grace Flows Down – Passion (live);
12. Thank You For The Cross – Aaron Spiro