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Jesus or the Easter Bunny?

on April 20, 2014

He Is Risen Type with Black Brushed Cross

Every year for Easter mom would go and buy loads of material and would sew our Easter dresses. She would work until the wee hours of the morning just to make them right. She would give us girls baths and then put pin curls in our hair and send us to bed. When we woke up the next morning there would be our beautiful new dresses hung up in our room with a white shawl and new knee socks and matching shoes. We would feel like princesses! We would run downstairs and Mom and Dad would make our Easter baskets out of Cool Whip containers and it was awesome! We would all go to church and then after we would either have a Easter egg hunt at our house or go to our Aunt’s farm for a hunt. It sure was an occasion to look forward to every year!

Of course as we got older the outfits became more store bought and less matching, but it still felt good to get dressed up. We would still have our Easter egg hunts, but they got better because Dad started putting coins in the eggs and somewhere hidden in those woods would be a prize egg with $5!! Once we all started having kids of our own we passed on those traditions to our kids, but the adults would still be pushing and shoving to get to those eggs filled with coins. Best entertainment ever for the neighbors! 😉

This week we have had such wonderful and much needed family time! A friend of Darin’s got us a ocean front hotel room last weekend and we spent a weekend of relaxation on the beach. It was so wonderful and then this past weekend since Thursday we have spent time at a friend’s cottage on the water at the Eastern Shore. It was definitely an “unplugged” trip as we had no cell phone reception, no TV and no internet. I can honestly say it was PERFECT! It was just a quaint little cottage and the kids kayaked and we hung out around a fire pit and played cards around the table at night. We just connected as a family. With such a long winter of Doctor visits, hospital stays and laying in bed sick we just needed to have good, undisturbed family time.

When we got home this afternoon we had to go to the store as Jax needed dress shoes because his were to small from last year. I guess as a flip flop family we do have to dress up once in a while so nice shoes only get worn once or twice before they are too small. 😉 Montana needed a necklace to go with her dress and so on and so forth and it took me right back to when we were small and everyone was excited to get dressed up for Easter. I’ll take that as our kids do not like to dress up so it makes me excited when they actually want to look good on Easter. 😉 But it’s not about the nice clothes or the nice shoes, even the pretty hair and makeup is it?

Of course we like to look good, but it isn’t about us and never has been and never will be. I’m not sure when Easter became mostly about the Easter bunny and gifts. I mean I know some kids that get phones and tablets for Easter! Y’all what happened to the simplicity of a few things of candy and going to church? It’s really sad to see parents stress over what to get there kids for Easter… Just sad.

God gave His only son to die on a cross for our sins and we are worried about bunnies and candy. Every year before my Mama passed from the time we were little to after marriage she would call first thing on Easter morning and say, Happy Resurrection Day! I now say it to our kids and it makes me smile to know that He isn’t on that cross anymore! He is risen and alive!

Tomorrow, how will you celebrate? Will you stay in bed because it’s your only day to sleep in? Maybe you will have a hang over after drinking to much tonight, Maybe you will just go over to a friends house and celebrate Easter with a beer or glass of wine and a barbeque. Or maybe you could go to one of the millions of church across this great nation of ours and thank God for giving us His only son to forgive us of all of our sins! Going beyond that though, don’t be a Easter and Christmas Christian, go every Sunday and start bringing God back into our homes and our lives. We need Him so much and not just one day a year. He gave Himself for you, what are you going to do for Him?  Sunday is coming!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life

 

 

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One response to “Jesus or the Easter Bunny?

  1. Sharon Albright says:

    I am so glad to know that Jesus died and arose for me! Yes, and for every person that believes. He died and arose for them too! Hope you had a great Easter!

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