6 Resurrection Celebration Ideas and Fun Easter Games

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I’m so excited that the time is nearing to celebrate Easter! Celebrating the birth of Christ is important, but celebrating the resurrection of Christ is gloriously pivotal when you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior. I’ve been collecting a few ideas over the last couple weeks and thought you’d enjoy seeing them all in one place. So here is my list of resurrection celebration ideas and fun Easter games.

1. Easter Bingo:

Easter Bingo is a great activity for children. You can use jelly beans as placeholders and have a jelly bean feast at the end of the storytelling when the empty tomb is revealed. Check out the full post here, includes a free Easter Bingo download sheet.

easter bingo teaching tool

 

2. Resurrection Rolls

Women Living Well offers a post with one of my favorite activities for kids-Resurrection Rolls recipe. My family truly enjoys making the rolls together and revealing the “empty tomb.” Check out the recipe here!

3. Resurrection Eggs

Last year was the first year I had ever heard of Resurrection Eggs.  You can find the sets of eggs in Christian bookstores and even local retail stores; the kit contains a story booklet that unfolds the Easter story as you open each egg. You can order the Resurrection Eggs HERE.

And there is this one from Family Life:

You can click on the images above to order either kit.

Also Women Living Well offers instructions to make your own kit - fabulous!

4. Easter Puzzle

In Easter baskets, I love to include items to promote creative thinking and this puzzle is one of my favorites that I’ve been able to find:


Really Woolly – John 3:16 – Easter Puzzle

5. Jesus is Risen! Celebration Set

Super cute way to keep the emphasis on the reason for the celebration- Jesus is Risen!


Really Woolly Kids – Jesus is Risen! Celebration Set – $2.99

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

6. Easter Poem

This simple Easter poem has been around for years and years. Finding the true author of the poem is difficult at best, so I’ve shared the poem as I found it years ago in a Sunday School paper. You can find the .PDF printable in this post.

jelly bean poem

I was having so much fun with this post that I thought about having a linkup, but since I already host a weekly linkup, today I thought I would offer the opportunity to post your Easter celebration ideas for adults or children as links in the comments. So be sure to share what you’re doing to celebrate the resurrection of Christ!

Which of these is your favorite?

Rachel

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11 Ways to Encourage Yourself

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Having friends who send a note of encouragement or text or call to let you know they are thinking of  you is wonderful. I strongly believe in the power of Christian friendship. But I often receive emails, messages, or comments from Christians who are lonely and really have no friends.   Or at least no close friends.

Sometimes a person has to be the one to dig deep and find their own encouragement. It’s not easy but personally, I’ve found myself there at times over the years. Today I thought I would share ways to encourage yourself as a Christian. Some of the recommendations are straightforward and common, while others are a little more creative. Regardless, my hope is that you will get an idea or two on how you can encourage yourself as a Christian when you feel discouragement kicking in.

1. Read the Bible.

There is nothing like reading God’s Word to lift your spirits. If you are looking for a daily Bible reading plan, you can find suggestions here. If you need assistance for topical lists of verses, check out the List of Bible Verses by Topic .

2. Pray.

I know, it seems straightforward, doesn’t it? But admitting to God your struggle and asking Him to lift your spirit will yield incredible results. You never know how He will answer! I love God-surprises.

3. Attend church.

Sunday after my run, I tweeted:

4. Join a Bible study.

Find a local church Bible study or a community Bible study or an online Bible study. The method doesn’t matter; the Word and finding fellowship with others will encourage your heart.

5. Make a list of blessings for which you are thankful.

If you’ve never done this, perhaps the JOY Journal method can assist you.

6. Surround yourself with Scripture.

Post-it notes are great! Click here to find a fabulous list of 7 Creative Ways to Saturate Your Life with Scripture for a few more ideas.

7. Play praise music.

There is nothing that will lift your spirit like praise music! This list of praise songs is one I love to use to begin the day.

8. Exercise.

I first began running races because I was inspired by my husband. He was reaping so many rewards from the sport that I didn’t want to sit by on the sidelines- I wanted to be a part. Maybe running is not your thing. Take a brisk walk, shoot some hoops, or join a gym.

9. Read notes of encouragement from the past.

My mom is in Heaven, but I often go back and read the letters she sent to me while I was in college. My heart is always encouraged when I do.

10. Do something to encourage someone else.

Every time I’ve reached out with extra effort to encourage someone else then I’ve been the one who has reaped encouragement.

11. Have a great sense of humor; find something to laugh about.

I’m guessing you may have a little routine you travel when you find yourself slipping into discouragement.  If it’s a tub of ice cream and chocolate stash, then that one- we’ve all been through. ;) But would you share it with us in the comments?

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Bloggers, I’m thrilled you are joining our weekly Whimsical Wednesday link-up party! I can’t wait to check out your posts; thank you for sharing 100% Christian encouragement with our community each week.

Have a great day!

Rachel



Love Weighs More and Whimsical Wednesday Linkup

Opportunities to share knowledge abound in society today. We are invited to participate in surveys and establish ourselves as movie critics. We can call a 1-800 number, slip a complaint into our Facebook status, or immediately tweet a problem. We’re told our opinions matter and while, yes, this is true, I have to wonder if we haven’t swung a little too far in sharing them so audaciously.

In Christian circles, I see a wealth of knowledgeable persons. People who truly know the Bible. People who can explain theological details with words I honestly have to look up in the dictionary. People with brilliant minds and intellect. The educational opportunities and informational tools we have at our fingertips are astronomical. Recently I began using Bible Software for more in-depth study and the power of information in a click has caused me to feel both encouraged and somewhat empowered if I’m honest.

But at the price of knowledge, I fear that something can potentially be missing in my own life.

An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge- John Wesley

an ounce of love is worth more

Knowledge is worthy of pursuit. God loves it when we study His Word. But love weighs more than knowledge.

As a child, Jesus’ teaching astounded the priests and caused the scribes to be jealous. His brilliant intellect confused the teachers- was he not the son of the carpenter? But Jesus never said that His people would be known by their knowledge.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

Is it possible that in our pursuit of more Scriptural content, more spiritual ideas, and more Biblical knowledge, we have lost the point of the pursuit?

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. I Cor. 13:2

 

Two simple questions I’m asking myself today:

Has my pursuit of content become more intense than my pursuit of the Creator?

love weighs more

And

Does my love for people outweigh my desire to share information with them?

I’m contemplating these today. I’d love it if you’d share your thoughts on the questions above.

Rachel

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