With all of the excitement of spring and all of the activities that go along with Easter, knowing where to focus our time and energy as a family can be overwhelming!
Though bunnies and eggs and get-togethers are fun, we have a unique spiritual opportunity during this Easter-time! So, how do we help our kids focus on Jesus at Easter?
Meeting with Jesus as a family really can be easier than you might think!
Easter as a Young Girl
Easter is my favorite holiday of all. As a kid, I loved the holiday because of the eggs and the candy and the bulging basket I’d search for -- which I would always find hiding in a laundry bin or behind the couch.I grew up in a Christian family, though at the time, my parents were Creasters — you know, they only attended church on Christmas and Easter.
The Bible stuff was left to Sunday school and pastors and the teachers at my Christian school. So, the importance of Easter and how it should affect my daily life was lost on a little girl’s delight in bunnies and daffodils and the lamb dinner enjoyed on Sunday.
By God’s grace and the influence of my grandparents, Easter took on new importance as I grew older, and I began to understand the meaning of Holy Week, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday.
The New Way of Easter
Today, Easter is still my favorite holiday — but not because of the bunnies and baskets but because of Jesus!
Without the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have no Christianity — no redemption, no hope, no eternity with God. Holy Week tells us the truest, most important story of all!
Holy Week, culminating in Resurrection Sunday, provides us a distinct invitation to bring Jesus into our daily focus and share Him with our kids.
This Easter season, we have an opportunity to slow down, cut back, and focus on the most important gift of all. There is really only one thing our families need to do the week before Easter — spend time together with Jesus.
It’s okay if you’ve never done family devotions before, but that doesn't mean you can't start now! Even if you’ve never done devotions on your own before, you can do this!
Here's a Simple Way to Get Started
- Gather your family together over breakfast or dinner or before bedtime or at another time that works best for you.
- Pray together, asking God to speak to you through His Word.
- Read a Bible passage together — if you need suggestions, check out our surprisingly simple plan to get in the Word with your kids OR grab our Easter family devotional, Clean on the Inside!
- Talk about what you read — What do you notice about this passage? Who is it about? What lesson is being taught? What questions do you have? How is God speaking to you through this passage?
It really can be THAT easy to spend time with Jesus together as a family!
For more tips on how to start meeting with Jesus together as a family, check out this post on how to get started with family devotions!
Meet Jesus together as a family this Easter!
- LEARN the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection
- ENGAGE with God’s Word together as a family
- TRANSFORM the heart, through the power of God’s Spirit
Used by thousands of families, this devotional includes a Scripture passage, devotional, and application questions and activities for every day of Holy Week. If you want something that helps your family get into the Word of God and apply it to your lives, Clean on the Inside is the resource for you.
What an incredible opportunity we have this Easter to lead our families to Jesus, to help them understand His love for us in a new and deeper way.
I pray that each of us will embrace these opportunities to meet with Jesus together!
What does your family do for Easter to help focus your hearts on Jesus?