This morning I was chatting with a friend in the states and she mentioned buying an Easter outfit.
*Insert Panic Attack Here*
An Easter outfit????? WHAT?!?! I totally forgot that this weekend is Easter which means I totally forgot that Holy Week started…yesterday. #momfail #truestory
Needless to say, that meant my evening was spent scrambling for last minute ideas and trying to scrounge up the supplies to carry out our yearly traditions. Just a little dose of reality for you on this Monday evening.
As I was digging through the cabinets the thought crossed my mind, “Surely I’m not the only one that dropped the ball and is trying to salvage Holy Week.”
Maybe I’m just trying to make myself feel better, but maybe there are other moms trying to figure out what to do or dads that have no idea where to start with family worship. Maybe there are even new believers who have no idea how to explain the true meaning of Easter to their children.
I made a quick list of resources we have used in the past and am putting them on the blog in the event someone else is trying to redeem the time.
In the past we’ve used Noel Piper’s devotional book, Lenten Lights. It’s simple and doesn’t require a lot of prep work and there is just something special about family worship by candlelight. You can get all 8 devotions for free here, which is great if you don’t have access to Amazon or christian bookstores. I would highly recommend this, especially for my overseas friends.
A friend of ours recently published an Easter devotional book for families that we are currently using. What I love about Mission Accomplished is that it doesn’t just present the resurrection story, it connects that story to the overall message of redemption. And, the fact that each devotion takes around 10 minutes, means our three year old isn’t hanging upside down from the top bunk before we can get finished.
Instead of boycotting all things related to eggs, chocolate and bunnies, I try to tie them to the gospel. We still dye Easter eggs but I use this idea to make it more meaningful. Dye Easter eggs in the traditional colors used to tell the salvation story. Use the colors to talk about what it means to be a follower of Christ.
- Purple: God’s Grace
- Black: Sin
- Blue: Baptism
- Red: Blood of Jesus
- White: Forgiveness of Sin
- Green: Eternal Life
- Gold: Heaven
Every year we use this recipe to make a dough mountain. It’s simple enough that the kids can do most of it and you probably have all the ingredients in your house right now.
Here are a few video resources I’ve used in the past.
-Test your kid’s Easter knowledge with this fun video.
-What’s In the Bible: Explains what Easter is and why it’s important.
And a few songs my boys particularly enjoy.
And just a few fun things to do with kids if you have some extra time to kill.
–DIY Resurrection Eggs complete with printables
Now, last minute moms, unite. We got this! Go Team!!!!