First to address yesterday's post:
I had given it the title, "I Loose"... but my sister in law, very graciously (in sticking with today's theme) pointed out that the word I was searching for was Lose... as in... to lose the game....instead of the opposite of tight: loose. As I told her, my life is a series of one character building experience after another. So, apologies... mostly to my parents who were probably cringing when they read that and wanting so badly to call me right away to let me know. The truth is, I am a terrible speller. This will not be the last time I misspell something..... I promice.
Now... on to Friday....
Today is Good Friday and my last blog post before Easter, so I thought it best to address the reason we are all getting out our white denim, seersucker, and sandals. If you can believe it, Easter is not fashion related.... I'm pretty sure we just use Easter as a fool proof way to remember when it is appropriate to break out the clothes we've been dreaming about for the past 6 months. Even though most don't even follow the "rule" anymore anyway... rule follower over here.... I won't even let my kids wear open toe 'till Sunday.
At our house, Easter is all about resurrection..... and eggs, and bunnies too. My sister bought my daughter The Jesus Storybook Bible when she was baptized, and it has been so very helpful in explaining things of all shapes and sizes to Bug. The past 40 days have been all about the tough stuff. The thought of trying to help a 2 year old understand that "Jesus died on a cross for us as payment for all the terrible things we do every day...... and then He went to Hell and back so we don't have to. And after 3 days he rose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven and lives eternal life with God. We are sinners and we need God's Grace every day to save us from eternity in a very hot and terrible place. "..... seems slightly daunting....yes?
There are a bunch of really great children's books on the subject and I highly recommend buying a few different books (a few of my favorites listed at the bottom) so you aren't reading the same one throughout the Lenten Season. In fact these books and the Jesus Storybook Bible have even been helpful to me as an adult! Things are worded so that children can understand the stories, and reading them to my kids has helped me gain a better understanding as well. So if you are looking for an easy way to tell your kids about Jesus..... get on Amazon and buy this stuff 5 minutes ago. There is also a great song that I love.... "How Deep the Father's Love For Us".... google it.
To quote the Jesus Storybook Bible..... a portion of the story taken from Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 14
"Jesus turned to them and said 'Go everywhere and tell everyone the happy news! Tell them I love them so much that I died for them. It's the Truth that overcomes the terrible lie. God loves his children. Yes, He really does!'..... 'Death is not the end of you. You can live forever with your Father in heaven because I have rescued the whole world."
Have a great Easter Weekend and celebrate in the fact that "Jesus isn't dead anymore! He's alive again!"
*A few children's books about Easter*
The Tale of Three Trees
The Parable of the Lily
My First Story of Easter
Resurrection Eggs.... a little kit with stories that go along with it.... very good for tactile learners.