Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Easter fun ideas and a clean Give-a-way!

And yes, there indeed is a wrapped candy bar for every Holiday in this home! Would you expect anything less from someone who lives in the Milky Way Galaxy? The little tags on the candy bars say, He has risen and also Jesus is the sweetness in our lives.

This has been a favorite one of ours for years now...the Resurrection eggs. I did this with my children when they were really to young to even know or understand, but have brought it out every Easter since. As a matter of fact I had twelve guest for Easter dinner here last year and I think everyone enjoyed it even our guest. I handed out the eggs in order to everyone. I had the person with the first egg one open as I read the scripture that went along with it.

Let me share with those of you who have never seen these before so you can share them with your children, guests, or even grandchildren as well.

Resurrection Eggs
*Each egg has an item in it representing the scripture for eggs 1 thru 12

Egg #1 Matthew 26:26-28 (The last supper) JESUS took bread, gave thanks and gave it to his disciples and said, "take, eat, this is my body. He took the cup of wine and gave it to them saying, "Drink from it all of you for this is my blood covenant, which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins." ( In the egg: 1 plastic Communion cup, and a little cracker)

Egg #2 Matthew 26:15 Judas asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They counted out thirty silver coins. ( In the egg: Cover three pennies with foil)

Egg #3 Mark 15:15 Pilate had Jesus whipped. (Item inside egg : A tooth pick with a little leather strip tied to it to look like a whip)

Egg #4 Mark 15:17 They put a purple robe on Jesus. (Item inside egg : I small piece of purple fabric)

Egg #5 Mark 15:17 They made a crown out of thorny branches and put it on his head. (Item in this egg: Gold pipe cleaner made into a small ring to represent the crown)

Egg #6 John 19:17 He went out carrying his own cross. ( Item inside this egg : White pipe cleaner...take two pipe cleaners about 1 1/2 inches wrap one around the other to look like a cross)

Egg #7) Matthew 27:37 They put a sign above his head, "This is Jesus the King of the Jews" (Item in this egg: type out on a piece of paper "This is Jesus the King of the Jews")

Egg # 8) John 20:25 Nails were used to fasten him to the cross. ( Inside the egg: 1-nail)

Egg # 9) John 19:29-30 They soaked a sponge in wine vinegar and lifted it to Jesus' lips. Jesus drank the wine and vinegar and said, "it is finished!" Then he bowed his head and died.

Egg # 10) John 19:34 One of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. (Blood for the sacrifice and forgiveness of sins. Water for cleaning and new life.) (Inside the egg: Tooth pick painted half red)

Egg # 11) Luke 24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. (Inside the egg: One small rock)

Egg #12) Luke 26:6 HE IS RISEN!!!!! (from the dead) (This egg is Empty)

Print off the scriptures above and paste it to the inside lid of the egg carton, this way you always have the story to go with these eggs. Have the children decorate the out side of the carton and teach them the story as you create each item to put inside each of the eggs.

Alison made us this wonderful cup cake/ Cake for our dessert last year...cute colors, cute idea. In the back there you see a plate with white fluffy cookies, those are the resurrection cookies we made the night before Easter together. The kids and I made these before Easter every is what you do and the meaning behind these as well....

You Need

1- cup whole pecans
1-teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1-cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon

Preheat the oven to 300 (this is important-don't wait 'til you're half-done with the recipe)

1. Place the pecans in the baggie and let the kids beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

Read John 19:1-3

2. Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl. Let each child smell the vinegar. Explain that when Jesus was on the cross and He became thirsty, He was offered vinegar to drink.

Read John 19:28-30

3. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. The eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life so that we could have life.

Read John 10:10-11

4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand and let them taste it. Put the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.

Read Luke 23:27

5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.

Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

6. Beat the egg whites with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.

Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3

7. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid to rest.

Read Matt. 27:57-60

8. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off.

9. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the door. Explain that Jesus tomb was sealed.

Read Matt. 27:65-66

10. Go to bed. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight and that Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

Read John 16:20-22

11. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. the cookies are hollow! ON THE FIRST EASTER, Jesus' followers were amazed to find His tomb empty.

Read Matt. 28: 1-9

We found these cute little suckers on long sticks at the party store and made a fun little center piece for our Easter Table...simple, fun and the little kids all thought they were very yummy.

And what would you have your guest drink down all these sweets with? Alison and I decorated a case of water bottle for our guests. Wrapped Pretty Easter paper around them and added another little scripture to the top of the bottle and wrapped it with a pretty Easter ribbon....Water for cleaning our sins.

I am leaving this Saturday morning to go spend two weeks at the ocean but wanted to share these fun Easter ideas with you all before I took off. Seems like there is so many things going on right now that I am having a hard time keeping up.

One of my favorite things to buy down at the Ocean is this incredible hand made soap my mom buys all her guest who come stay with her at her beach condo. I will pick up a couple bars and have a give away when I return from the ocean. I'll pick two lucky names from this post when I get back March 21st! Since I can't afford to send everyone a bar, I'll post the name of the company and you can order some for your self if you don't win here. Good luck and have a fun few weeks everyone! I can't wait to cruise the blogs and see all the fun Easter ideas and traditions you have when I return.

The Easter story is such a special message, so for every one you send over here that leaves a message I will add another entry for you in the hat. Just have your friends tell me you sent them here and you are added for each one. I say spread the Good News! If you even mention this post on your post...let me know, I will be happy to add your name in the hat again for you!

I am on day seven of the Love Dare and really enjoying it! Have you started it yet? And if so, What do you think so far?

~ enjoy
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