Singing to Jesus

Over the last couple of weeks M has started “singing” along to songs.  With my mom and I as we sing “You Are My Sunshine” to her, with the theme song to “Sofia the First”, with the songs in “Frozen”, you get the idea.  So yesterday in church during the worship songs, my sweet baby girl raised her hands and started “singing” to Jesus.  My heart overflowed with love and pride for this little girl!

Later when we got home this was our conversation:

Me: Did you sing today at church, baby?

M: Yes, church.

Me: And you were singing, weren’t you?

M: Yes

Me: Who were you singing to?

M: Jesus

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Happy Resurrection Day!

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What great news!  Jesus has risen!!

Last year M was still too little to partake in the traditional Easter festivities, but this year she had a blast!  We started the weekend Saturday morning with our church’s Easter egg hunt, followed by the dyeing of eggs.  This was particularly exciting because it was the first time Daddy dyed eggs, too!

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This morning we went to church, which was really special because the whole family was there!  And then we had a great family day complete with another egg hunt, games, some kite flying, beautiful weather and of course lots of yummy food!!  Here are a few highlights!

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I hope you too had a great Easter weekend with your family and friends celebrating the true reason for the day: Jesus!

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Friday Find: Resurrection Eggs

Have you heard of these??  I hadn’t until a few days ago, but what a super cute idea for the kiddos!!!  You can buy ready-made eggs, but they’re also really easy to DIY!  There is a little bit of variation in ideas for what to put in the eggs but for the most part the ones I found were pretty similar.  Check it out:

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Resurrection Eggs can help share the real Easter story, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus so that each of us can be saved through him,  with your kids.  There are 12 eggs, each containing an object and a bible verse to tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Starting 12 days before Easter, have your children open one egg each day and discuss the significance of the item inside, as well as the accompanying bible verse.  Use this time to share the real meaning of Easter and reflect on what Jesus truly did for us on the cross!

Day 1: Donkey or leaf – representing the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem/the palm branches people waved at him – Matthew 21:9

Day 2: Silver coins (quarters) – representing the 30 silver coins that Judas Iscariot received – Matthew 26:14-15

Day 3: Cup (thimble?) – representing the Last Supper – Matthew 26:26-28

Day 4: Praying hands/scroll (rolled up piece of paper) – representing Jesus’ prayers in the garden – Matthew 26:39

Day 5: Piece of leather – representing the whips the soldiers used to beat Jesus – Mark 15:15

Day 6: Crown – representing the Crown of Thorns Jesus was made to wear in mockery – Matthew 27:29

Day 7: Nail – representing the cross and nails that pierced His hands and feet – Matthew 27:31

Day 8: Dice – representing how the soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ belongings – Matthew 27:35

Day 9: Toothpick – representing the spear used to pierce Jesus’ side – John 19:34

Day 10: Piece of material/cloth – representing the linen cloth used to wrap Jesus’ body after he died – Matthew 27:59

Day 11: Rock – representing the stone placed in front of Jesus’ tombed – Matthew 27:56

Day 12 – Easter Morning – Empty egg!!!  – representing the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection into Heaven – Matthew 28:25

 

There’s even a story book about Resurrection Eggs that you can read with the kids, too!!

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This Easter I hope that you can take some time to put aside all of the secular Eastery things like bunnies and egg hunts to teach your kids and reflect on the true meaning of the day! ❤

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Just a Little Something to Think About…

I thought I’d share with you the lyrics to one of my favorite songs… even if you’re like me and blessed to not be going through major trials in your life right now, it’s still awesome to think about the fact that your life is all part of God’s great plan:

“Already There”

From where I’m standing
Lord it’s so hard for me to see
Where this is going
And where You’re leading me
I wish I knew how
All my fears and all my questions
Are gonna play out
In a world I can’t control

When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there

Are you ready for the coolest part of the song???

One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
I can’t wait to enjoy the view
And see how all the pieces fit

Seriously though, if you stop and think about those words and getting to do that someday, doesn’t it leave you in awe of the anticipation?  Kinda makes you feel so important and yet at the same time so small in comparison to Him, huh? ❤

Want to hear the whole song??  You can watch the music video here!  Enjoy!

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