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Family, Faith and Fun: If you don’t want Easter to End!

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12

 
 
Welcome to Family Faith and Fun! 
 
One of my favorite parts of motherhood is dreaming up ways to bring the Bible to life and bring our family together.

 Throughout the week, I ask Jesus to show me creative ways to impress His truth on my children’s hearts. And He hasn’t run out of great ideas yet!  I hope you’ll be inspired by our fun, and maybe even try it out at your house, too.
 
If You Don’t Want Easter To End
 
 

Adopting the attitude that Easter is over just doesn’t feel right when I wake up on that Monday morning after our Resurrection Sunday celebration.

 The thirty-first of March may have come and gone, but the reality of Easter lingers on.  

After all, Easter is really more of a beginning than an end. 

It’s the beginning of new life in Christ, the beginning of salvation by faith in Jesus, the beginning of living out from under the shadow of death’s sting.  Simply put, the empty tomb changes EVERYTHING

 
So even though we’ve packed away our Easter eggs and our pastel baskets, I want to continue dialoguing with my kids about the Easter story.

I want to move beyond our standard post-Easter conversations about how eating the entire chocolate bunny and every piece of candy tucked in those plastic eggs can lead to tooth decay. And I want to begin talking about why our life is different because we celebrate a Savior who conquered death and decay on when He rose from the grave on Easter morning. 
 
 I want to talk with my children about the power of the cross and why our lives look different thanks to our resurrected Savior
 
So, if you’re like me and you just can’t quite let Easter go, won’t you join us in keeping the story alive? 
 
This week, I modified a fun craft idea from Jenae at I Can Teach My Child, and I added my own short Bible lesson to an already marvelous idea.
 
I gave each of the kids a plain cardboard cross. (I used the cardboard from the backs of some old notebooks and this template).
 
Then,  I asked,  “How would you describe this cross?”
 
The overall response was, “plain. boring. ugly.” 
 
I probed: “On the day that Jesus was crucified, how do you think His friends would have described the cross?” 
 
(We read Luke 23:26-49 to bring the scene to life again in our minds.)
 
The kids decided that on that Good Friday long ago, the cross probably had seemed anything but good. 
 
They brainstormed words that might have described the cross on that day: terrible, ugly, meanscary and sad.
 
“But is that how we see the cross today?” I asked. 
 
I reminded the kids of all the places that we see crosses today– on necklaces and in church buildings; on bumper stickers and on clothing. 
 
“Do we still think of the cross as ugly and scary?”  (The kids said, no).
 
We talked about how Easter morning had forever changed our view of the cross. No longer was it an ugly, rotten thing, but a beautiful reminder of Jesus’ great love for us. 
 
Josh, of course, pointed out that what happened on the cross is STILL HORRIBLE and UGLY, but he agreed that what the cross means to us now is awesome and special. 
 
I couldn’t agree more!
 
Finally, we looked up I Corinthians 1:18 and talked about what the Apostle Paul had written: The message of the cross seems foolish to those who are lost and dying. But it is God’s power to us who are being saved.”
 
 
Hannah  summed it up like this- “If you aren’t one of Jesus’ friends, the cross is still just an ugly old killing thing. But if you do know JESUS and you are His friend, then the cross is really an amazing gift.” 
 

With that, I invited the kids to make their ugly cardboard crosses beautiful so we could be reminded of how Easter changed everything- even the horrible cross.

We had a blast with this craft. It was a bit messy, but it cleaned up super easily, and it ended up being a fun new way to paint. (Thanks again to Jenae for the creative inspiration!)


First, we added some washable paint to a few bowlfuls of Barbasol shaving cream. 
 
 Then, we used plastic spoons to spread heaps of the “creamy paint” over the cardboard crosses.
 
 
 

 Once the crosses were covered, we used craft sticks to shave down the heaps of shaving cream.

 

Maggie LOVED this step. She kept saying, “I’m being just like Daddy! It’s like my cross has a BEARD!”
 
When the crosses were completely “shaved,” we let them dry overnight.
 
The result was was three beautiful rainbow crosses!


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2 thoughts on “Family, Faith and Fun: If you don’t want Easter to End!

  1. I love this blog about faith and fun 🙂 Sp great to see your childs crafting.

    April 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm
  2. Alecia,

    Hannah’s line: “If you aren’t one of Jesus’ friends, the cross is still just an ugly old killing thing. But if you do know JESUS and you are His friend, then the cross is really an amazing gift.” –really sums it up doesn’t it?!

    Thanks for letting your heart slip in to feeling life with me on my post “Growing Daughters in Twilight,” and for savoring your kids too!

    Jennifer Dougan
    http://www.jenniferdougan.com

    April 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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