Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Count down to Easter

My heart is already preparing for Easter. Lent begins tomorrow {Ash Wednesday} and I find myself praying about what to give up this time until Easter. There are many things that I can scrafice to drawer even closer to my Lord.

{Clairification: I wanted to claify that this something that not everyone does, we just have decided as a family to take this time, as we do every other day and Holiday, to draw even closer to God. It helps us to prepare our hearts, focus more on the events that took place during this special time and make it special. Take a closer look, dig a little deeper. This is not for everyone and everyone's convictions on this are different. That is between you and the Lord....}

We begin with Lent....
Lent is the 40 days, not counting Sundays, before Easter. There are a few things that I have found that we as a family could do together, activities to make this time special as a family to remember what our Lord and Savior did for us.

We will be doing a 42 Day Devotional and will also be Making an Easter Tree {lordwilling}. Below are just a few activities to do during this time to prepare your heart for Easter.
  1. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, gets its name from an ancient tradition of throwing ashes on one's head to demonstrate sorrow for sins. I explain to my girls that Lent is not a time to be gloomy, but a time to consider how much we need the salvation that Christ secured for us. He sacrificed His life for us, so we can sacrifice something for Him. {Our time and what we do with it is something that we are praying about what are things that are taking up our time to drawing closer to Him and removing them.} 
  2. Buy an Easter lily for your home. The lily symbolizes new life because something so strikingly fragrant and beautiful grows from a lifeless-looking bulb. { I am allergic to these so the fake ones will do}. Burn a candle, play worship music.
  3. The season of Lent alternates times of remembering Christ's suffering with celebrating the Resurrection (every Sunday during the season). Make a special dinner, play special music on this night, light a calendar. Go throught the events that took place during this time.
  4. Lent is traditionally a season for "giving up" as a symbolic, outward act of identifying with Christ's suffering. Your child may want to choose something to "sacrifice" for the 40 days of Lent—trips to McDonald's, after-school TV, chocolate, playstation, x-box, wii..etc..And for you maybe a social media lent.
  5. Explain the word redemption, using the dictionary definition as well as the Christian doctrine (hints: "recovering ownership" and "restoring value=").
  6. Repentance Box, we write down our sins on paper and put them in a box...that will be destroyed! A way to prepare our hearts to be purified.
  7. Worship together of my favorite songs this time of year is "Glorious Day..
  8. Help your child understand why Jesus was called "the Lamb of God" (his role as the unblemished sacrifice: Ex. 12:21-24; John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:7-8). With your child, make a lamb. Glue cotton balls to a small paper plate, then add pink and black construction-paper eyes, ears, muzzle, nose and hooves.
  9. Read or summarize Exodus 12:1-42 to give an older child a context for the Passover celebration that Jesus observed the last week before his death. Explain Christ's death as the ultimate sacrifice for sin and discuss the significance of God giving up his firstborn Son.
  10. Make an Easter Tree..go here for the directions on that
These are just a few ideas|activities to do as a family. As time permits and as the Lord leads. But first pray seek the Lord and see if this is something He wants you to do. The first time we did something like this I started 2 weeks before Easter, it's totally up to you and how you are lead. This is just an idea of what we do as a family. There is soo much more and as I am lead i will share. Last year I wanted to start earlier but wasn't lead to do so. This year I was lead to start early and I'm so thankful!! Going back and taking a look at all the events that happened.

God Bless you!!
In His Loving Grace,

Pin It Saved By Grace Blog

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you soo much for leaving an encouraging comment, I look forward to reading them and thank you for stopping by.

God Bless you!
By His Grace,


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

What is the Truth?

What is the truth?
Truth is not a feeling. Truth is not an idea. The truth is found in the Bible.Sincerity and good works do not bridge the gap of sin between God and man. Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse a person (Heb. 9:22; John 14:6). Sincerity and good works are merely the reliance upon what is in the individual to merit favor with God. Sincerity is a form of pride when it is appealed to as a justification for being accepted by God: "But God, look at my heart. See how sincere I was? I deserve to be in heaven."No. If sincerity and good works were good enough to satisfy God, then He wouldn't have given us the Bible to correct our sincerely wrong ideas, and He wouldn't have sent His Son to do what our good works cannot.Truth is what God says is true.The truth is important not because it is simply true. It is important because truth is what defines who and what we believe in.Eternity is a long time to be wrong. Especially about Jesus.

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!!!