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Simple Easter Activity for the Preschooler in Your Life

If you’ve read anything I’ve written in the past few weeks, you’ll probably notice that simple is my motto. The only way that I’ll accomplish anything is if I keep it short, sweet, and a little bit flawed. And I kind of like it that way.

With it being Holy Week this week, I wanted to do at least a couple of things to make the specialness of Easter stick in Dash’s head. Based on the sweet fruit I’ve seen come from our simple activities and conversations, he is starting to get the true meaning of Easter. My heart could not be more full as I listen to the questions he’s asking.

I used to worry so much about trying to create the most adorable crafts and plan the coolest activities the online world had to offer when it came to teaching Dash, but life and grace have taught me something far greater. God truly makes everything beautiful in His time. Just because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for me or my child. That doesn’t mean I give up completely, it just means I stop hyperventilating and teach as we live life.

For us, that’s meant a lot of conversations where I relate something he’s interested in with truths from God’s Word. It’s also meant making sure he’s involved in the wonderful classes and programs our church offers for kids his age. I’ve seen him really flourish from being in that environment. In the end, what I want is for his faith to be real. If that means we don’t have dozens of cute crafts to show how we celebrated each of his early holidays, that is okay.

This Christmas and Easter have been the first holidays he’s acted interested in anything “project” related, so I was very excited when I found this idea on Pinterest. It was something that I could prep as we talked and cut paper together plus I had all of the supplies on hand. (As a side note, don’t you love all of the dinosaurs covering the floor in the background?)

Easter

This project was a culmination of several conversations we’ve been having about Easter over the past several weeks. It was really neat and funny to watch him put it all together here. If you’re in the mood from some adorable 3-year-old chatter, you can watch the video of him telling the Easter story here. I drew some stick men on paper to represent Jesus & the angel. See? I told you that simple and flawed were part of how I roll.

It wouldn’t be a complete Easter story from a three-year-old’s perspective if I didn’t tell you that after I drew the “bad guys” he requested at the end of the video, he proceeded to draw a sword for Jesus to use to fight the bad guys. Or that Jesus then saw fit to knock the poor, innocent dinosaur setting next to him on the table onto the floor. But the main facts have been planted in his heart, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch them come out in the midst of silliness.

Happy Easter everyone! What special thing(s) are you doing to celebrate with your family this year?

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Why I’m Celebrating This Easter

Good Friday. Such an interesting title for the most unjust and tragic day in all of earth’s history. Yet it can be good because of what Christ’s death accomplished. Today, I’m celebrating because of what the sacrifice of Jesus’ life accomplished for me. Even more so, I’m celebrating because of what His defeat of death and sin means. My hope, my strength, my purpose all come from the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Many people before me have put into words more eloquent than I can compose what Easter means, so I’m going to instead point to a couple of beautiful poems put into song that illustrate some of the grateful emotions I’m feeling this Easter season.

Because He Lives
(Written by Bill & Gloria Gaither)

God sent His Son
They called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

Stronger
(Sung by Hillsong)

There is Love that came for us
Humbled to a sinner’s cross
You broke my shame and sinfuless
You rose again victorious

Faithfulness none can deny
Through the storm and through the fire
There is truth that sets me free
Jesus Christ who lives in me

You are stronger You are stronger
Sin is broken You have saved me
It is written Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

No beginning and no end
You’re my hope and my defense
You came to seek and save the lost
You paid it all upon the cross

So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher be lifted higher

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Not My Average Easter

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Sometimes it seems that holidays come and go without making much of a difference. I eat more candy and big meals, give and receive a few presents, and before I know it, it’s history.

This started bothering me a few years ago as I put effort and joy into decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but once the actual day came, I was kind of disappointed because the excitement that came with the season would end promptly the next day. The entire reason these holidays exist are for me, a daughter of God, to celebrate, honor, and remember what He has done for me. I’m not here to discuss the commercialization of the holidays, but one thing is clear: I am responsible for my reaction to the few remaining acknowledgements from society that Jesus has made an impact on history.

The more I grow in my faith, the more I see the incredible significance that Easter represents in my life. It’s because of Easter that I have hope to keep the faith. While Christmas celebrates the wonderful miracle of God becoming man to fulfill His promise of saving the world, Easter celebrates the fact that the promise was fulfilled in a painful, humiliating death followed by His mind-boggling resurrection, sealing the deal for my salvation forever.

Easter, this holiday I can’t help but consider the greatest of all holidays, has been just another Sunday to me far too many times. And as it approaches this year, I am praying that God will make me intentional in taking it to heart. I don’t want it to be just an average Easter where the pews are more populated because of others’ moral obligations. I pray that I am able to see God’s life-changing power take place in not only my life but others around me.

I want to be passionate this Passion Week about taking to heart all of the love that was poured into Jesus’ sacrifice.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.  ~1 Corinthians 15:3-4

LORD, make me more passionate about You this Easter, and thank you for preserving this day to remember what you have done for me!

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