Christian Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

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For the past several years, my sister-in-law and I have teamed up to have an Easter egg hunt for our families. No matter the weather, and yes, it can be a bit unpredictable here in Ohio, we head out to the backyard and the kids have a great time searching for eggs. In all the years of doing these Easter egg hunts, we’ve enjoyed many variations of the hunt. While we haven’t tried out all of the following ideas, today I wanted to share a few Christian Easter Egg hunt ideas with you.

1. Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

I’ve seen all sorts of ideas on Pinterest with glow in the dark sticks placed inside Easter eggs, but we all know that glow in the dark sticks don’t last long, right? The Egglo eggs are fabulous for teaching children about the True Light of the world!

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The original creator of Egglo eggs, Darcie Cobos, has the biggest heart for children I’ve ever seen. I asked her to share a little about this beautiful idea so you could catch her vision for this unique product:

Egglo Eggs help children discover the TRUE meaning of Easter through an interactive glow-in-the-dark egg hunt.

The time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is symbolically a period of darkness as we contemplate Jesus’ sacrifice and await His resurrection. I saw this as a teachable moment to highlight the idea that Jesus is the light in a dark world.  The Bible refers to God as light and it’s an easy message for kids to understand. We experience the first glow-in-the-dark egg hunt based on John 1:4-5,

“In him was life, and that life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Egglo Eggs were designed for families and churches to teach about Jesus in a way that really appeals to children.   At my church, our attendance for the Easter egg hunt had dwindled to about 50 kids. With a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, we have attracted between 300 and 400 people in the last two years. It’s been very successful and very well-received.  Egglo Eggs are keepsake reminders for children that Jesus is the light of the world. – Darcie Cobos

Special thanks to Darcie for sharing her beautiful story with us and I’d love it if you’d check out her fabulous product and ideas!

One idea I wanted to add to Darcie’s is that often the Easter egg hunts stop once kids reach the preteen or teen years. I think a glow-in-the-dark hunt would be a hit with youth groups everywhere!

2. Puzzle Hunt

Purchase a beautiful Easter puzzle and place one piece in each of the eggs. After the hunt, as children sort and empty their eggs, place the puzzle pieces in a pile and work the puzzle when finished sorting. The Happy Easter puzzle from Dayspring or the Jesus is Alive! activity set would be wonderful additions for this type of hunt!


Really Woolly – John 3:16 – Easter Puzzle

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

Easter – Jesus Is Alive – Children’s Activity Set

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

3. Jelly Bean Poem Hunt

The Jelly Bean Poem is an old poem you can attach to a pack of jelly beans. The original author of the poem is not known, but you can use eggs the color of the jelly beans and have the children find the eggs in phases as you read the poem aloud. You may not want to use EVERY color of the jelly bean rainbow or you might have one very long hunt on your hands. But you get the idea! You can find the Jelly Bean Poem printable here .

4. Resurrection Egg Hunt

To follow the Resurrection story from the beginning of the hunt to the end, use these Resurrection Eggs! Each egg provides the next clue to explain the path of Jesus from his arrest to the empty tomb. First, draw a map of your designated story path, then hide the eggs in order along the path. As you travel the path with the children, give them the opportunity to spot the eggs and choose one child to open the egg. The instructions for each step of the story are included with this entire kit or you can make your own.

Easter – Resurrection Eggs – Easter Activity Set

from: DaySpring Cards Inc

I’d love to read about your ideas for Christian Easter egg hunts or other Easter traditions.

What is your favorite family Easter tradition?

Rachel

Building Trust in Marriage

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Building Trust in Marriage

What does “trust” mean in a marriage? How do we really show trust? Does it mean foregoing prenuptial agreements? Giving one another full access to our bank accounts? Living with one another day in and day out, flaws, failures and all? Admitting every sin we’ve ever committed to our spouse?

When I think about the word “trust,” I believe that trust is having a belief in a person that no matter what, he or she holds your best interest in their heart. They will always do their utmost to treat you with respect and dignity and never desire to harm you in any way. When you trust a spouse, you are believing that they love, cherish and respect you and that they will always act in that manner.

If you’ve been through hurt in relationships (who hasn’t?), then trust may feel elusive at times. When our hearts hurt as a result of personal relationships, the natural reaction is to retreat and guard our injuries. Guarding our hearts typically includes reserving our trust for only those times we feel it is deserved.

So what does the Bible say about building trust in marriage? 

1. Put your ultimate trust in God, not man. 

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8

If we trust God, then he will provide the wisdom and discernment to trust others as needed.

2. When husbands and wives trust each other, the results are beautiful.

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. Proverbs 31:11

This passage describes the virtuous woman, someone we often call the “Proverbs 31 woman,” and what strong words are used to describe the trust of her husband!

3. Trust is believing that love wins every time.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I Corinthians 13:7

Trusting is really believing that the above verse is true. So if you want to build a beautiful trust relationship on the basis of love, how do you do it?

My Personal Experience

My personal experience for building trust in marriage has been quite the journey. When I look back at the time before my first husband had an affair and we divorced over 15 years ago, then I realize that our trust relationship was so very weak before he ever had the affair. If I can be frank with you, I personally did not understand the importance of intimacy in our relationship. After divorce from my first husband, I truly believe that trust in God is what allowed me to trust again. God has given Matt and I a beautiful redemption story and we are so grateful. I am beyond thankful for my incredible husband and our extremely close relationship.

Fostering Intimacy Fosters Trust

I mentioned my personal experience above, because I’m going to boldly go where I’ve not gone before here on the blog. I can’t emphasize enough how important I believe intimacy is in marriage. Yes, I mean sex, but I also mean a personal closeness that exists no matter what you are doing. Intimacy fosters trust and we learned above that trust is vital to a healthy marriage.

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Today I’m blogging as part of the 31 days to a Better Marriage on ManagingYourBlessings.com and I’d love it if you would continue to read about building trust in marriage with “5 Things to Do to Build Trust in Your Marriage.

Have a thriving Thursday!

Rachel

5 Things to Remember If Oversleeping Happens

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Last week was a terrible, no-good awful week, to put it bluntly. Two weeks ago, on the trail of a cancelled flight, an unexpected turn in the book publishing world, a 2x laptop restore, and a stomach virus that literally knocked me to the floor for 24 hrs, I thought the worst was over.

But then…

The stomach bug that took me down decided to hit our family one by one. If you look at the family photo on the right, then you can probably visualize–that’s a lot of puke. Yes, indeed. So for the first few days last week, my best friends were the corner dry cleaner, Clorox wipes and Germ-X.

By Thursday, it seemed everything was back to normal and all affected were healthy once again. My husband and oldest son have the earliest schedules in our family and once they were both on their way to work and school, I decided to lie back down on the bed. Just for a minute, you know. I was flat out bone-weary.

Only a minute turned into 45 and the next thing I knew, I jerked myself awake, looked at the clock, and realized that my daughter and son should be getting on the school bus at this very moment. Sigh.

Like all crazy mothers who know they are dancing with the tardy bell, I flew into high gear and rustled everyone out of bed. Because we missed the bus, I would have to take 4 children to the school, even though only 2 of them were to be there. To make matters a bit more challenging, my special needs daughter’s nurse did not show up on time. My sweet girl Taylor does not like to be rushed. In fact, she won’t be rushed. So I practically carried her 95 pounds down a flight of steps,through the garage door, then down two more steps, and lifted her into the van seat.

The kids made it to school a half hour late and a few minutes later, I sat down to feed Taylor and sip some coffee. I had lost a ton of time and felt extremely behind on the tasks and outlined schedule for the day. Angry at myself for oversleeping, actually for even lying back down on the bed in the first place, I realized I had some choices to make.

Did oversleeping have the right to steal the gift of a new day? Did I want to let oversleeping ruin my attitude for the day? And so I scribbled down this pep talk to myself–5 things to remember if oversleeping happens.

1. Giving grace to myself for my mistakes is just as necessary as giving grace to others for their mistakes.

Everyone makes mistakes. I didn’t deliberately oversleep, so the best thing I could do after the fact was to give a little grace.

2. Wishing I could change the past would only result in forfeiting the present.

Allowing myself to dwell on wondering why on earth I decided to lie back down on the bed would not change the fact that I did it. Rather than waste time on wishing and wondering, I chose to pick up the morning routine, simply a bit later in the day.

3. Realizing the results of the mistake could be worse provided a channel of thankfulness.

Oversleeping on this rare occasion could have resulted in worse circumstances. Being thankful that I woke up when I did was a critical element to moving on for the day. I realized that in spite of the mistake, there were things for which I could be thankful. For example, my children did not have testing scheduled for the morning, so they did not miss any tests. No one saw me at the school in a disheveled state. ha. The self-care skills that I’ve been attempting to instill in my children revealed themselves at a crunch time and I can be thankful for their independence.

4. Spending time with God can happen at any time of day.

So while I didn’t read my Bible and pray at my preferred early morning time, I refused to skip over this very important part of the day and instead, I read while I was feeding Taylor. I believe God loves to have our “ideal” time, but if we don’t have it to give, he still loves spending time with us regardless.

5. Determining to make the best of the current situation is as important as determining not to allow the mistake in the future.

So I knew that lying back down for a few more “moments” of sleep was a bad decision and I didn’t want to allow it to happen again in the future, but I also didn’t want my grumpiness over the mistake to ruin the morning. After feeding Taylor, I cranked up the praise music and ran through the morning routine of household and office chores, as well as caring for my three girls.

While oversleeping felt like a huge failure, the day turned out to be a great one. We somehow landed back on track with the schedule just after lunch and enjoyed a few accomplishments that weren’t planned . I really believe that focusing on what I want to remember if oversleeping happens provided not only a perspective to get through the aftermath of the mistake, but a thought process for other mistakes.

When was the last time you overslept?

Rachel