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You’ve Been Egged – Bless Your Neighbors and Share Jesus!

We egged our neighbors for Easter!

Watch the video below for details. One egg was left empty as a reminder of the empty tomb.

The kids loved being able to bless our neighbors, and they loved getting to choose who in our neighborhood to egg. Hiding the 130+ eggs was pretty fun, too!

I got the printable from Passion for Savings, and I added our name and address plus an Easter invitation.

Have you ever tried this?? What response did you get?

Mommies, Ask for Help!

I hope all of you had an amazing Easter celebrating the resurrection of our Savior!

God really blessed me with being able to use some of my spiritual gifts while at our church service. A dear, dear friend who lives on the West Coast visited last week (also a blessing!), and she reminded me of one of my gifts that I basically have been hiding under a rug. Seizing opportunities to use that gift made me feel alive!

But for a pastor’s wife, Easter can be very difficult and draining. Not only is Easter the single-largest event at a church on Sunday morning throughout the year, but this year, our church met at a new location (we were outgrowing our other space so yay!)

So Brad had usual getting-ready-for-Easter duty, and then he also had a bunch of extra things he needed to take care of related to the new space. Bottom line, he’s been very tied up getting ready for Easter. Thankfully, we talked about the expectations ahead of time, and I knew what was ahead, so I was able to mentally prepare and all of that time away went great!

In all of the busy time, Brad asked me what he could pray for. I told him Easter morning. Because church “events” are very difficult for me. I am a Sunday morning single parent. On steroids. Not only am I in charge of getting kiddos ready and fed and to church. I’m in charge of all potty detail, dropping off sweet children (hoping they’re happy at drop-off), and then comes the event after the service.

With the toddler in tow, I have to figure out how to get all of the stuff (chairs, bags, etc.) to the grassy area, then figure out how to feed us (OK, really me) when all Samuel sees is jumpy houses and the Easter bunny. Actually eating the meal is usually a trick and interrupted by playtime, egg hunt, etc. In fact, this is the first year we’ve made the Easter bunny and egg hunt because the previous two years I just couldn’t get to everything on time. Even though I was right there!

So I told Brad that I was worried that I would be in a bad mood and not be a blessing. That we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the event. That I would just be so tired!

So he prayed.

And I decided to ask for help.

Many people have family who lives close or who are in town, and so they have built-in help! 😉 Every so often, I get blessed with that, but with family who lives out of town, I decided that I need to take advantage of the family God has given me through the church.

I have a community group I could ask for help, but they all have little ones, too. So I trekked out to the car, and started hauling my huge load toward the grassy area. “ARG!” came out of my mouth – I hadn’t asked for any help!

A friend walked by and asked if I needed help. In my head, I wanted to say, “NO! I can do it myself!” I’m so proud.

Instead, I said, “Yes.” He said he’d be right there, and he grabbed two of my chairs. And another friend walked by and said, “Can I help you?” I said, “Well, Jason’s helping me,” as she took a couple of bags from me.

Can you hear how hard it was for me to suck up my pride? In such a teensy tiny situation? But these friends really helped me! It was such a blessing – even though it seems small. I could SEE how God was answering my husband’s prayer for me.

And of course, he did as much as he could to help me too. In fact, he took Samuel to the egg hunt while I ate my entire plate of food!!! (Aren’t they handsome!?)

(Thanks Bobby for the great pic!)

Bottom line, mommies. Sometimes, we need to ask for help! Even when we don’t want to. We need to pray for it. And make our husbands aware of our needs so they can be our hero when they can.

Use Dyeing Easter Eggs to Learn Memory Verses

I have such fond memories of dyeing Easter Eggs with my family. We did it every single year without fail. My brothers and I got to choose our dye colors and write our names or put stickers on the eggs. My mom always made a ton, and then she made a giant jar of pickled eggs and beets (which are delicious and I miss them!).

Last week, Samuel and I dyed eggs for the first time. He loved standing on the chair and watching, dipping his fingers in the dye every time I turned my back. He got a big kick out of the tablets dissolving in the vinegar because they’re super fizzy. We used one of the kits from Paas that has the dye tablets, cups, egg dipper, and magic crayon.

Oh yes, you remember the magic crayon. You get to write your name or whatever you want on the egg before it’s dyed, and like magic, that part of the egg isn’t dyed at all, revealing your secret message. Such fun!

I didn’t look up where Easter eggs and the Biblical Easter (celebrating Christ’s resurrection) intersect, so I just made up my own illustration. I told Samuel that eggs symbolize life, and we’re celebrating that Jesus rose from the dead – He’s alive! So we’re coloring eggs to celebrate!

We decided to focus our magic crayon messages on the gospel, too. For example, we wrote words on the eggs that were sort of color-coded to the Gospel Fuzzies song (this isn’t the exact rendition we use, but kids love this and Samuel knows what all the colors mean – at 2!). So the green egg says “Growing,” gold says, “Heaven,” and so on.

In the middle of dyeing eggs, I had the idea to use them when practicing our memory verses! Brad started teaching Samuel some Scripture – and it’s such a great idea, even at 2. Those little spongy minds can learn anything, and Samuel is into it. He loves anything having to do with “Bible verses,” as he says.

So on a couple of eggs, I wrote the Scripture references we have been working on. Later on, when he gets to choose an egg to “eat” (or just unpeel as the case may be), we have to say the memory verse first.

By the way, my eggs are brown eggs, so that’s why the colors turned out all vintage-y looking. Don’t they look fab!? I didn’t know if they would color at all. I feel so accidental-Martha-Stewart.

What fun ways are you incorporating the gospel into your Easter eggs, baskets, and candies? I need some more ideas!

Is Good Friday Really Good?

It’s hard for me to think of this as “Good Friday.” Really? I’m supposed to think of the day that my Lord, the one and only 100% man/100% God, was tortured and killed as “good”?

Yes – because Good Friday (also called Holy Friday and Great Friday) is not just about Friday. It’s good because of the passion of Christ on Friday, followed by the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.

Soak in this today:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3, NIV)

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18, NIV)

“The radiance of God’s glory.” “The exact representation of his being.” Make no mistake about it, friends. Jesus is fully God.

“Fully human in every way.” Make no mistake about this, too. Jesus is fully man.

You see, when I picture it in my mind, Good Friday is about death. The death of Jesus. The passion of Jesus. But that’s a very limited and earthly view of Good Friday. As we see above, Good Friday is about “purification for sins”, “break[ing] the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil”, “free[ing] those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death”, and making “atonement for the sins of the people.”

We are, in our very essence, broken. Sinful. Rebellious. Separate from God.

And our deeds,  no matter how great, could never ever make up for our ruined hearts. That’s why Good Friday happened. Because the perfect lamb, the blameless God-Man was the only sacrifice worthy of acceptance by God.

Good Friday is because of me. And for me. And for you.

But it’s incomplete at Jesus’ death. After all, how powerful is a god who is dead? The resurrection shows us that our God conquers even death! That He reigns today!

We can only see Good Friday if we see Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of the God-Man, Jesus, who “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

The suffering, the passion, the death – the resurrection – all for me? It’s hard to concieve of love that deep! For it is only the kind of love that we can see from God Himself.

Praise you Lord – the RISEN KING!

By the way, if you struggle with believeing in the resurrection of Christ, The Resurgence posted a fantastic article on the validity of Christianity’s claim of a risen Jesus.

No Insecurity Gospel

This month, I will be posting on Fridays instead of Saturdays. My friend Michelle at Some Girl’s Website asked if I would join her in reading through the book of John (leading up to Easter), and post about it on Fridays. Since John is my favorite gospel, I thought it would be fun! And a great opportunity to start preparing my heart for Easter.

…Except that really, Easter is today. Just like Advent. Christ came to the world and died to pay the penalty of my sins. He rose from the grave three days later in triumph over death, and he is now at the right hand of the Father until his next advent.

Do you believe He’s coming again?

Read more here!