One of my recent prayers for us at Ever Thine Home has been that God would grant us favor in helping believers grow in our awareness of the importance of Easter. We put so much energy, money, time, and effort into Christmas, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, by comparison, we spend very little time, very little money, very little energy, and very little preparation to celebrate the greatest moment of history, which is Resurrection Sunday.
I’m hopeful that, over the course of time, we can help believers understand the importance of this holiest of holidays, the magnificence of what Christ has done for us, and then help all of us find some new and fun ways to celebrate the Resurrection.
My friend Dannah Gresh says, “Traditions are like glue, they strengthen parent child bonds.” Therefore, the more our kids understand the truth of why we celebrate, why we do what we do, the more it becomes embedded in their hearts and in their souls. Meaningful traditions help them understand: “This is important! This has to mean something; otherwise, Mom and Dad and the other adults wouldn’t have made such a big deal about it.” We all need new and meaningful ways to establish traditions at Easter.
When our children were little, I remember wanting to make more of Easter; but I didn’t really know what to do. I was so busy and overwhelmed that even though I had good intentions I never accomplished what I’d wished for at Easter. After our kids left home, I finally had the time and the freedom to be able to think creatively, “What would I have liked to have had, when I was a mom, raising kids?”
One of those ideas is to follow along with us on our blog and on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. During Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday, we will be reflecting on the person of Jesus. Each day we will share a different I AM name that Jesus used to describe Himself. Along with the I AM name, we’ll explore all that name means for us today, how that description and person of Jesus affects our homes and hearts this Easter season.
It’s so easy. You’ll want to gather your family up and read through the daily post each morning or dinner time. Try it around the breakfast table before they leave for school. Use it as your dinnertime conversations or your bedtime story. Each I AM post can be in one or two minutes but re-centers our focus on getting to know Jesus, the Savior, who we’ll celebrate on Resurrection Sunday.
Our hope is that this easy to do resource gives moms and dads a way to deposit a dose of spiritual thinking in your child’s hearts each day. It sets the tone for the day, and it allows you, as parents, to engage your kids in the meaning of Easter on those days leading up to Easter.
As you lead your children into thinking about the last week of Jesus’ life, you never know how God might use those Bible truths in their hearts. It’s a way to spiritually invest in your children, making much of Easter week. We hope you join us in making Holy Week a preparation for the greatest event in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.