First, let me say that if you live in Houston and don't have any where yet to go on Easter, please email me and come to church and lunch with my family! We'd love to have you join us. I mean it. And if you don't live in Houston and don't know where to start to find a place to go on Easter, email me too and I'll help you find a church (and, if I can, some lunch) too!
I have been thinking a lot about Easter lately and wanting it to be more meaningful for myself and our family. Honestly I've never done much outside of trying to be more aware. But I want it to mean more and be more for myself and my family.
Since Easter is just a week and a half away I've had to let go of my perfectionism. I'm a 150% or nothing kind of a person. When I commit to the 150% I am truly unstoppable, but if I can't give it more than my all then I don't want to do it. So since the Lenten (Ash Wednesday to Easter) season is 2/3 over I felt like my time had passed and I should just research more next year.
Lie. Lie. Lie. That was so the enemy trying to rob me and my family of ways we could better connect with Christ and glorify Him in the days we have now.
I want to hear from you what your family does, big or small, to better celebrate Easter. Let's help each other out and share ideas! Please don't feel shame if they don't seem spiritual enough or if they seem too spiritual. Anything is better than nothing... and right now I'm doing nothing.
Last night I picked up Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper. Highly recommend it! You can download the PDF version here (thank you Desiring God for your generosity) or buy the paperback here.
She has an entire chapter dedicated to Easter traditions! Here are a few things she recommended that I'm putting into place this season:
*Lenten Candles: Like advent candles but they start lit and then you blow one out each week. On Good Friday (crucifixion day) you blow the final one out. Then on Easter morning you light them all. They serve as a constant reminder of what's going on. I just took 7 big candles I already had and put them in front of our TV.
*Resurrection Tree: She makes ornaments with her kids that focus on who Jesus is in relation to His sacrifice for our redemption. They make symbols telling the story of Holy Week. I'm not exactly sure what this will look like for us, but I am planning a trip to the park today to find branches to put in a vase and also Michaels to see how I can make the ornaments a reality.
*Play out Holy Week: She actually has her kids act out different scenes from Holy Week. I'm going to pick 8 focuses from Palm Sunday to Easter day for us to focus on each day with activities.
*Make Easter day a real celebration! Not sure what we will do for sure but I want it to be more than just going to church that morning.
*Read Matt 21-28, Mark 11-16, Luke 19-24 and John 11-21 to find more ideas and focus on who Jesus is during Holy Week. I'm going to be studying these passages leading up to Easter and I'll go through the Jesus Storybook Bible with Karis these stories too.
Please comment and share what you do for Lent, Holy Week (Palm Sunday - Easter) and Easter!