Friday, April 15, 2011

Preparing Your Heart For Easter!!

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It has a been awhile, but I am glad that I am able to post something.  I pray that you are blessed and encouraged by it.

This is one of the most favorite times of the year for me and my family, along with Christmas. To remember
what our Lord and savior did for us, He gave His life for us so that we should not perish but have everlasting life {John 3:16}.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

This is also a great time to reach out to the unsaved in our lives. Invite them to church, they are usually more open to going on Easter and Christmas. Be in prayer about who the Lord would have you invite to church.

A few things we try to do every year is give up something until Easter, {, computer, social media, hobby, something that maybe takes away your focus from God}. Yes, it can be hard, but you can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives you strength -Phil 4:13. It is a way to prepare our hearts in rememberance of Jesus Death and Resurrection for us. Jesus gave His life for us, it is the least my family can do during this time. Sometimes we extend the lent until after Easter, but be in prayer about that and see if that is what He has for you and your family. During this time we are remembering the lowest points of sin and the highest peaks of what God has done for us through Jesus. We have a way, the only way, to the Father through Jesus. That's worth celebrating!
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During Holy Week, the week before Easter Sunday, we will read every day {if we can} the events that took place during Holy week. We were blessed a couple years back, by some precious friends, with a book called "He is Alive". It's a great book that recounts the last days of Jesus on earth and the first days after His resurrection. It has such beautiful captivating illustrations, it's so-real. In reading the scriptures and reading the book it helps my children to develop a deeper understanding of the truth that Jesus is Alive!! And He is alive in us and because of that, we can live victoriously!!! And spread His love to others. Amen!!

Here is what our reading for Holy Week looks like, we also gather the items{optional} so that it's more hands on:


Sunday: Palm Sunday - Matthew 21. A palm branch.
Monday: Cleansing the temple - Mark 11. A whip.
Tuesday: Jesus anointed - John 12. A small beaded box.
Wednesday: Judas plots - Matthew 26. A bag with silver coins.
Thursday: The Last Supper - Luke 22. A loaf of bread and a cup.
Friday: Crucifixion - Luke 23. A cross.
Saturday: Mystery Saturday - I Peter 3:18-22. No ornament.
Sunday: HE IS RISEN! - Mark 16. A clay tomb - empty.
Monday: The marriage supper of the Lamb - Revelation 19. A placemat with golf silverware.

I would have loved to have started the 42 days before, but I was not lead to do so. I do have the scriptures for the 42 days, if you would like for me to send them to you just leave me a comment and your email address.

During Holy Week we also attend our church services starting with Palm Sunday, Midweek Svc, Good Friday Service and Easter Sunday. Our Pastor does amazing services that prepare our hearts throughout the whole week leading up to Easter. I strongly encourage you to attend any services your church offers.

A few recipes we have used throughout the years to also celebrate. One is Resurrection Rolls, it has a great meaning behind it, not only the making of it but that it symbolizes what He did. See below also I found this video {click on video <---}that explains how to make these too.


1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows
Melted butter

Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll. This represents the tomb.
Each child takes one marshmallow which represents the body of Christ.
Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.
Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.
Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (Otherwise the marshmallow will "ooze" out of the seams)
Bake according to package directions.
Break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer there!!
Celebrate God's love!

This is a fun way to share the resurrection with your children. We will eat these Easter Morning before church. Yummy!! Woman Living Well has shared this recipe on her sight as well with pics, so you can get an idea of what to do. I'm a visual person and need visuals.

Another Recipe that I will be trying this year, that I didn't get to last year, is the Easter Story Resurrection Cookies. It has a lesson that goes along with it with scriptures, these you make the night before. Go to Easy Fun School to check out the full story and recipe. Let me know how you like it. I love your comments by the way.

Another way to reach out is have a Resurrection Egg Hunt at your house or a park and invite family, friends, neighbors {Prayerfully of course}. It's the alternative to the Secular Egg Hunting, there is meaning behind it. You can make your own resurrection eggs or by one at your local store, I've seen them at craft stores too. Check out Easy Fun School to make your own and watch this video she also explains it really well at Cullens ABC's. I'm a DIYer so this is always fun for me and the kids every year to get them ready. I've been using this for a couple of years now, great for your Sunday School Class too {of course get permission first}.

I pray this will bless you. These are just some of our family traditions that we do every year that help to draw us closer and get a better understanding of what Jesus did for us. Feel free to use these, if you feel lead to do so. 

May the Lord bless you and keep and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.

God Bless You, and I pray that you and your family have a blessed Easter.

It's not about the Easter Bunny, it's about JESUS.......He is Risen.......He is Risen indeed!!!

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What me and my Family Believe

What We Believe
WE BELIEVE the worship of God should be spiritual! Therefore we remain flexible so the Holy Spirit may direct our worship.
WE BELIEVE the worship of God should be inspirational! Therefore we give a great place to music in our worship.
WE BELIEVE the worship of God should be intelligent! Therefore, in our services, we emphasize Bible teaching so God may instruct us how He would be worshipped.
WE BELIEVE the worship of God should be fruitful! Therefore we look for His love in our lives as the greatest evidence that we are truly worshipping Him.

How To Know God

How to Know God

Realize that you are a sinner. No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “No one is good—not even one” (Romans 3:10 NLT). This is because we cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.The Bible tells us, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.Repent of your sin.The Bible tells us to “repent and be converted” (Acts 3:19 NKJV). The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.Receive Jesus Christ into your life.Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in...” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV).

If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven.

The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NKJV).

Praise the Lord, if you just asked Jesus in your heart I want you to know that the Angels in Heaven are rejoicing for you and so am I. Go to and click on churches to find the closest church to you and go. Go and tell them that you've just accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart. They will be able to lead you to the next step.

God Bless you Brethren.
In the Mighty Name of Jesus!!! Amen!!!
Your sister in Christ Jesus!!!