Here in Tennessee it doesn’t exactly feel like spring, but I know it’s right around the corner! How do I know it’s right around the corner? Well because my husband has mowed once already, my daffodils are in full bloom, my tulips are right on the verge of opening up, the leaves of my lilies are peaking from the ground, and my trees are beginning to show foliage.
This is what I love about springtime, NEW LIFE! Isn’t that the first thing we notice when April arrives? As we marvel in God’s creation, we notice that the dreariness of winter is slowly fading and new life is originating.
I don’t know where you are in life right now. You may be standing victoriously on the mountaintop or you may be trudging through the ditches, but let me encourage you...a new day has come! God has provided a way for us to have not only a new start, but more importantly, new life through His son. I love that springtime reminds us that God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and He is continuing to do a new work in us. He will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19).
Maybe winter brings darkness and depression your way. I have friends that truly deal with mood changes with the different seasons. The shorter days, the colder nights, and the lack of sunshine can have great impact on your body. But all of that is now fading away and growth is sprouting forth! It’s a beautiful reminder as we approach Easter and the journey that Jesus took to the cross. Let’s be mindful that all of this took place for you and for me. He bore our sins and our shame so that we may have life and have it abundantly! Because of His great sacrifice and the darkness that prevailed as He hung on the cross, amazing beauty came three days later!
God sent His one and only son (John 3:16), Jesus, so that those who believe on His name would have new life and be born again (1 Peter 1:3). We immediately become changed on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17)! When we come to Jesus, we are not merely “turning over a new leaf,” we are beginning new life under the Lordship of Christ (Romans 6:4). When we are transformed by the Holy Spirit our perspective changes. We see our life, we see others, and we see God’s creation in a whole new way. And it’s something that can never, ever be taken from us. Once a child of God, always a child of God (Romans 8:38-39)! What beauty and hope in that promise.
Scripture has much to say about the word “new”, let’s take a look:
Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
And he who was seated on the throne said,
“Behold, I am making all things new.”
If you are struggling right now in your walk with Christ, I pray that you will take time, read, and cling to His promises.
If you are not a believer and you want to know about this new life we speak of, please reach out to us on Facebook or at ByFaithSheGirls@byfaithshe.com. We would love to tell you more about our Jesus!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!
The Gospel Story Inside of Easter Eggs
Teach your children the real meaning of Easter with these fun, interactive Easter eggs! Hide them, find them, and open them to reveal a piece of the Gospel story. Corresponding Scripture cards (free printable below) will guide you through the Easter story as you share this special time of hunting and discovering with your children.
Resurrection eggs are a wonderful way to engage with your kinesthetic and visual learners as you teach them about Easter. These eggs make the Gospel come to life by providing a multi-sensory experience. There is no one way to use these eggs. They can be hunted all at once or opened one day at a time as your family counts down to Easter. The Scripture cards are in chronological order and will walk you through the Easter story from the beginning to end. Eggs can be small or large (I used miniature) and can be stored in fun jars, fancy canisters, or old egg cartons. Make it your own!
Now, let's get started!
1. Perfume - When Mary poured the perfume on Jesus' head He said, "She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial." Therefore, the perfume that Mary used is the first symbol of the Gospel story because it preceded all the other events.
HOW TO MAKE IT: Mary's perfume was pure spikenard so I put a few drops of spikenard essential oil into a small glass dram and labeled it. If spikenard is unavailable, lavender is a good substitute. If you don't have a dram, ask your essential oil loving friends for one or purchase from Amazon.
2. Palm Branch - At the triumphal entry when Jesus rides into Jerusalem as King, the crowd spread out palm branches and waved them shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
HOW TO MAKE IT: I found a bundle of miniature palm leaves at Hobby Lobby in the floral section for a dollar or two.
3. Bread - At the Last Supper, "Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.'"
HOW TO MAKE IT: I purchased a bag of small half wooden egg pieces at Hobby Lobby and stained it with a light stain to give it a "baked" look.
4. Towel - After the meal was finished, "Jesus...got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him."
HOW TO MAKE IT: Cut a small rectangular swatch from a white cotton washcloth or linen hand towel.
5. 3 Pieces of Silver - Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, left the Last Supper and "went to the chief priests and asked, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?’ So they counted out for him 30 pieces of silver."
HOW TO MAKE IT: Three dimes
6. Crown of Thorns - After His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' And they slapped him in the face."
HOW TO MAKE IT: This was the hardest one to make because finding a miniature crown of thorns replica was impossible. I even tried using real thorny twigs but they kept breaking. In the end, I purchased a bundle of twiggy-like skinny branches from Hobby Lobby and looped one branch around two of my fingers a couple of times. Then, one by one, I twisted metal wire around the loop to secure it and to symbolize the thorns. I clipped the ends of the twisted pieces of metal with wire cutters. Cutting and twisting each "thorn" deeply moved me as I thought about the real thorns that sat atop my Savior's head.
7. Cross - At His trial, "Pilate said to the Jews, 'Here is your king.' But they shouted, 'Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!' 'Shall I crucify your king?' Pilate asked. 'We have no king but Caesar,' the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull. There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle."
HOW TO MAKE IT: I purchased a bag of small wooden crosses at Hobby Lobby and stained it with a dark stain.
8. Nails - They "put him to death by nailing him to the cross."
HOW TO MAKE IT: Three small nails
9. Dice - "When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots." This was foretold in Psalm 22:18 - "They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment."
HOW TO MAKE IT: Dice bought in the board game section at Walmart.
10. Stone - After Jesus' body was prepared and placed in the tomb Joseph of Arimathea "rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away."
HOW TO MAKE IT: A round smooth stone
11. Cinnamon - "On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb." The women went to the tomb with their spices so that they could prepare the body of Jesus for the second time (in keeping with Jewish burial custom). Myrrh was the primary oil used in burial and can be used in place of cinnamon if available.
HOW TO MAKE IT: Cut 2-3 small pieces off cinnamon sticks
12. Empty Tomb - When the women arrived, "They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." Glory!
HOW TO MAKE IT: A large golden plastic egg (Hobby Lobby) left empty
Store all the eggs in a container and enjoy the amazing smell of the spikenard and cinnamon aroma every time you open it! Print the Scripture cards on heavy cardstock or photo paper and laminate so that they will be durable for years to come.
And, one last thing...
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For other ideas on how to sow seeds of faith into your children, teach them the Scriptures, and guide them on their individual walks with the Lord, check out:
1. Raising Little Kids with Big Faith
2. Raising Little Girls with Big Faith
3. By Faith Kids
4. Who Should Teach Them?