With the Lenten season upon us, and as we anticipate days leading up to Easter... I want to encourage you as a Mom to give thought to crafting special moments of celebration for both yourself and your family. Perhaps your church already outlines a suggested plan, or maybe you have deep family traditions which define this time.
If so, please share with us so we can all gain ideas!
For anyone needing fresh inspiration or direction, here are a few favorites our family has participated in and enjoyed each Easter season.
Devotional Reads for Easter
I have thoroughly enjoyed Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter each year - every time I learn something new! Though I never get through the entire thing, it's helpful to pick it up each year.
Last year my husband and I read Love to the Uttermost by John Piper. It's a devotional reading for Holy Week (link is to last year's outline), and was both short & inspiring!
For the whole family, Ann Voskamp offers a FREE Family Lent and Easter devotional -- with printable ornaments for an Easter tree.
NEW! A free Blessings of the Cross 40-day PDF devotional when you sign up for Faith Gateway's Easter email devotionals (also free). I've downloaded the book…and it's beautiful and incredibly inspiring!
Children's Books and Activities for Easter
Just a few of our favorites read often in the season:
- At Jerusalem's Gate: Poems of Easter
- That's My Colt
- The First Easter: the story of why we celebrate Easter
- What is Easter?
If you were to Google or search Pinterest for crafts, there would be a plenty! Remember to choose ones that fit your family in this particular season.
Easter comes every year, and some ideas can wait if they only serve to stress you out right now. The focus is celebration, not aggravation!
Here are a few activity suggestions from our family:
- color eggs of course!
- make an Easter garden
- paint watercolor crosses
- host a Passover seder (the pamphlet Christ in the Passover is a must-read here; includes descriptions & explanations for a Christian seder)
- follow the journey of Christ with a Cross Wreath
Each year is a fresh opportunity to remind ourselves of this greatest gift -- the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior. May it never grow old in our hearts.
Plan celebrations to fit your family...
…and savor the season.
Daniele Evans, Domestic Serenity