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A tradition we observed for years was to attend the Sunrise service on Easter morning while visiting DH’s parents at our church home in southern WV. Cat Stevens’ inspiring song sorta fits the mood of those early morning sunrises spent Easters’ long ago.
Here are my kiddies after church at my in-laws’ house. Little boy wasn’t too happy during the photo shoot because mommy got him up too early and he was in desperate need of a nap and something to eat. Big sisters tried to console him, but he wasn’t having any of it.
Easter 1995 left to right: Nicole “Nikki”, Austin, & Brittany “Brit”
As if transformed, the world became a happier place a few hours later. Oh, what a treat to find baskets full of goodies left by Mr. E Bunny waiting on the doorstep!
Life wouldn’t be complete without these magical memories. The holidays bring out the nostalgia in me. Here’s a throwback moment…
Easter 1971 JC, Daddy, Pamela, & me
Tell us about one of your favorite childhood Easter traditions. Did you carry any of your family’s Easter traditions forward with yours?
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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! This morning, I’m taking a light-hearted look at Easter. I hope you enjoy the laughs with these Sunday Sillies!
Here’s a vintage clip that’s sure to put a smile on your face.
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As spring breaks, a season of new hopes and beginnings emerge. It comes to no surprise that Christ’s death and Easter/Passover coincide with the spring equinox. This serves as a spiritual reminder of the new hope and beginning one can have through Christ. (II Corinthians 5:17)
My children are grown, but I have fond memories of Easters’ past. At our home, we allowed fun activities such as coloring and hunting Easter eggs, believing in the Easter Bunny, and getting an Easter basket filled with candy with our children when they were small. However, we kept our focus on Easter’s true message, Christ’s death. With His shed blood washing our sins away. With His resurrection, He defeated death and lives forever in heaven where we can one day live, too.
There was one Easter, which stands out in my mind the most and that was the year we made the Resurrection Cookies recipe. Have you heard of this? This is a precious hands-on activity for the whole family. Following the Bible verses with each step of the cookie making process was deeply touching and I felt the presences of the Holy Spirit using me to illustrate the importance of Jesus’ death.
Larry Harms, a fellow blogger, wrote an interesting post, “Jesus Christ, the Easter Bunny, and Baskets Full of Colorful Eggs”, which helped me to understand how bunnies and colored eggs came to be connected with Easter. If you’re concerned about the fluff of Easter, then you may want to read this for yourself.
One of the most well-known bashes involving Easter Eggs in the US is the Easter Egg Roll held on our nation’s capital lawn each Easter Monday. This has been a traditional event for 125 years with gatherings of 40,000 visitors. Throughout the country, many cities host Easter Egg hunts and parades commemorating the occasion. It’s a nice time to spend with family.
Of course, it’s common for many local churches to display their own pageantry with gorgeous plays depicting the life of Christ. The church we attended years ago hosted a beautiful Easter program called Living Pictures of Christ. From our experience, this is basically a passion play. A scene opens such as The Last Supper, with all actors frozen like a still picture and then it comes to life before your eyes. This is a beautiful tribute. While surfing the net, I found a presentation on YouTube.
Easter is a personal time to reflect on Christ’s presences in our lives. Last week, read a lovely poem by Susan Anderson called, The Women. This came at such a perfect time with the Easter season approaching and I felt it appropriate to share it with each of you.
Pass your joys in Christ on to the others, just as Kurt Kaiser songs goes….
**Shared originally on my first site, Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, in 2011 on April 11th, which I revised making small corrections to grammar, spelling, and broken links in post content.**
No disrespect intended. God has a good sense of humor.
How do I know this? He created man!
Good Friday always seemed like an odd way to signify Jesus’ death on the cross. I mean what’s good about dying? The meaning became clear as I got older. Next time I am having a really rotten day, then I’m going to remember just how good my Fridays really are compared to Christ’s suffering on a thousands of years ago.
Let’s celebrate the joy that is bubbling inside because the weekend is here with some seriously good laughs!
Good Friday has long been a sober day of celebration. The celebration is a mixed flavor of bitter-sweet. My heart is heavy for our Lord’s suffering yet at the same time it’s filled with a sweet fragrance for His sacrifice on the cross for me.
Accustomed to Good Friday observation on the Friday before Easter Sunday, Christians remember the anguish and crucifix of our Savior. Many Christians spend the day in fasting and prayer as they meditate upon Jesus’ sufferings.
Why did Christ have to die?
Clearly, I know the answer that Jesus became the sacrificial lamb for my sins. Up until the time of Christ, the only way for the children of God to receive forgiveness of their sins was to make a burnt offering of an unblemished lamb, which was a customary daily ritual done once in the morning and again in the evening. In essence, Jesus became the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
The Bible teaches the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23, and we are all sinners, none of us are righteous enough to stand before our heavenly Father (Romans 3:23). Sin separates us from God like a wide river.
Where does this leave us?
The only way we to escape everlasting death is by accepting God’s gift mentioned in John 3:16. God loved us so much He sent His only Son to die for us, so we may have life forever with Him if we seek Christ’s forgiveness for all the things we’ve done wrong and ask Him to be Lord over our heart.
Restitution is something we can all relate to. We’re always having to pay for something, right? Christ was the ultimate atonement (price) for our sins (1 Peter 1:18-21). The good news mentioned in the New Testament is Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection bridging our eternal damnation to life ever-after in heaven through His great love for us. How do we do this? By calling upon the name of the Lord, as Paul tells us in Romans 10:13.
This morning, I was passionately touched by Susan Anderson beautiful Easter poem, The Miracle of Easter (A Child’s Story) which I want to share with you this blessed Good Friday. Easter is a precious time to rejoice for God isn’t dead. He is alive!
Do you remember the large old fashion cream filled Easter egg? My mother used to buy one for my daddy every year, which I thought was absolutely the best. My husband has fond memories of this tasty confection, as well.
When our kiddos were small, we were fortunate enough to buy them. However, like everything they have all, but disappeared. You can find small cream filled eggs, but not the large ones. A few years ago, I began searching the Internet for recipes. I was lucky and found at least four different varieties – buttercream, fruit and nut, peanut butter, and coconut.
Life has a way of interfering with your most well thought out plans. The opportunity never came to make this recipe. Determined, I decided to do it this year. Last week, I consulted DH and DS on the four varieties. They voted on the coconut version to give a test run.
Excitedly, I launched into making this new candy. Finally, I was going to see if this would compete with my childhood’s old favorite. Once the first batch was ready, I eagerly took my first bite and…yum, delicious!
With Easter fast approaching and for those who are feeling a bit nostalgic, then I thought you may want to give this recipe a try, too. Have fun!
Cream butter, vanilla, and salt. Blend in the milk until smooth. Add sugar, mix well. Add the coconut and blend in. Store in refrigerator.
Melt chocolate wafers per direction. Spoon melted chocolate onto bottom and sides of Make n Mold egg shaped candy molds. Place into freezer for 5 minutes to allow chocolate to harden. Take candy mold out of the freezer, fill with coconut cream filling, and seal flat side of egg shape with melted chocolate. Return to freezer for 5 minutes to set chocolate. Remove from freezer and enjoy!
Store remaining creamed filled eggs in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before eating for best enjoyment.
Note: I believe this recipe would be better, if coconut extract was used instead of the vanilla extra. Next time, I plan to make this recipe then I will make the adjustment.