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Making Easter Meaningful

07 Apr


New dresses and shoes, Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts… All of these things can give God glory IF we teach our children what they symbolize to us as believers.

If you are wanting to make this Easter more meaningful, here are some some ways to teach your kids about Jesus’ resurrection this Easter Sunday through the activities they know and love:

1. Easter Egg Dying Bible Lesson and Activity for Kids:

This has become a tradition in our home.

Our kids enjoy seeing and reading the characteristics of God as they show up on their emerging dyed eggs. I enjoy watching them learn about the character of their Heavenly Father. I also enjoyed seeing them learn in such a hands-on way how His character will begin to be revealed in the their own lives if they stay submerged in His Word and His will.

So many side lessons can be added as well. Last year our oldest son tried to do a quick dunk in order to rush through the activity.  He’s getting older… Egg dying doesn’t quite have the same mysterious appeal these days :). After his quick dunk he remarked on how he could not see anything. This turned out to be a great demonstration for the importance of really meditating on the scriptures you read and taking the time to really think about what you have read during the day. We have to allow God’s Word time to soak in. Sometimes we need to re-read it a few times. The more we allow God’s word to soak in- the greater we see it reflected in on our lives.

In the process of boiling your eggs, some may get cracked.  After dying these broken eggs, I noticed something that greatly touched and comforted my heart. The inside of those broken eggs turns out to be far more colored than those that were perfectly kept together. Perhaps this is why God allows life to break us, because our brokenness makes a way for His Spirit to flood our hearts and transform us into something far more beautiful than we could have ever been had we kept it all together.

Ok, so here is how we do our Egg Dying Activity.

You will Need:

– Eggs

– Egg Dye

– White Crayon

– Bible

To Do:

– Boil eggs for dying.

– Remove from water.

– Allow eggs to cool until they are slightly warm and then write with a white crayon one of the following words on each egg: (Scripture references can also be written if you desire.)

Creative (Genesis 1)
Forgiving (Numbers 14:18)
Powerful (Joshua 4:24)
Just (2 Chronicles 12:6)
Righteous (Psalm 11:7)
Faithful (Psalm 33:4)
Compassionate (Psalm 103:8)
Gracious (Psalm 103:8)
Helpful (Psalm 118:17)
Trustworthy (Psalm 145:13)
Everlasting (Isaiah 40:28)
Joyful (Isaiah 62:5)
True (Jeremiah 10:10)
Mighty (Jeremiah 20:11)
Protective (Nahum 1:2- Jealous)
Avenging (Nahum 1:2)
Caring (Nahum 1:7)
Gentle (Matthew 11:29)
Humble (Matthew 11:29)
Able (Romans 14:4)
Merciful (James 5:11)
Patient (2 Peter 3:9)
Kind (1 Corinthians 13:4
Hopeful (1 Corinthians 13:6)
Victorious (1 Corinthians 13:8)

– Have Children Dye Eggs According to Dye Instructions.

– As your children dye their eggs you can talk with them about how the Bible teaches us that our former lives were buried with Christ. As we continue to “dye” to ourselves and dive into his word and will, the glory and beautiful colors of God’s character and love become more and more evident in our life. (Rom. 6:4, 1 Cor. 6:17)

– After all the eggs were dyed, and lessons taught and learned, our kids further decorated the eggs as they desired… Another precious reminder that God loves our uniqueness.

 

2. Giving of New Clothes and Shoes:
When you give your child his or her new Easter outfit and shoes teach your child, “When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are clothed and covered by His righteousness. It is like getting a whole new outfit. He also gave us His word so that we may walk in peace. Just like your shoes make it easier to walk in rough places, His Word helps us walk through rough situations in life. We paid for your clothes and shoes with money but Jesus paid for your sins, your righteousness and peace, when he died on the cross.”
(Isa. 61:10, Eph. 6:15, 1 Cor. 15:3)

3. Easter Egg Hunt:
Before starting your Easter egg hunt, teach your child, “We must search for God’s promises in His word like a child searching for Easter eggs. God’s promises are what bring us true blessings. They endure forever, not like candy that is quickly gone.”

As your children seek out their eggs really watch your children and consider how Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to “such as these.” Are they excited? Are they determined? Do they have any doubt that eggs are there for the taking? Consider, “Do I read God’s Word like that?”
(2 Pet. 1:4, Matt. 18:3)

4. The Easter Bunny:
You can also teach your children, “We must also be like the Easter Bunny and place God’s promises where others will find them.”
(Mark 16:15)

One way to reinforce this lesson is by writing scriptures on small pieces of paper and stuffing them in with the candy inside your children’s plastic eggs. Another way is to have children make Easter baskets for others in your community and select scriptures that they would like to hide in eggs for others.

Whatever you do this Easter,I pray you remember this: 
Jesus loves you. He died for you and if you are reading this, He has sought you. You don’t have to be kept down because of the circumstances of this life. You don’t have to be ashamed because of your brokenness or your past failures. Your brokenness ushers in beauty. Your past failures are only the base color for your future success. You can overcome. You can rise up. You can love. You can laugh. You can live because He lives.

Easter Egg Lesson

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
-1 Peter 1:3

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5 responses to “Making Easter Meaningful

  1. Cindy Yeagley

    April 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    What a wonderful way to teach your children about the blessings of Jesus in our lives. Thank you for sharing your special words. A Blessed Easter to everyone!

     
    • Charity

      April 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Cindy! Many Blessings to you and yours!

       
  2. Bubba Janey

    April 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    He is Risen! He is Risen in deed! I love how you are teaching the kids to relate to each tradition in a manner that connects the message of Christ. When they are eating their bolied eggs, tell them that the yellow yoke stands for Christ the Son of God and the white is His radiant glory over the darkness of the grave! Love you all and look forward to spending Easters with you in the future!

    Bubba Janey

     
    • Charity

      April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Great ideas mom! I must add that we also colored eggs that were broken and cracked. The next day, when I went to remove the shells to prepare the eggs for eating, the ones that were broken and cracked were the most beautiful on the inside. The dye had seeped in through their brokenness and soaked in, turning them far more glorious than the unbroken eggs. What an awesome illustration of how God’s love can seep into our brokenness and change us from the inside out. Those who seem the most broken- often turn into the most beautiful!

       

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