Happy Resurrection Day from Team Davis!
"In christian circles there is constant talk about free salvation. It IS free, thank God. But it is only free to us. God paid a great price for it. Jesus paid with his blood. It is free to us because someone else paid a great deal." -Rachel Jankovic
Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the people of Easter and hallelujah is our song!
-Pope John Paul II
My precious friend Donella made this beautiful new wreath for our front door at the beginning of Lent, and it has been so good for us to see as we've come in and out of our front door the past weeks.
Love this picture of Tucker in his preschool class on the week before Palm Sunday:
Lana has spent hours with the Resurrection Eggs this year, telling the story over and over.
We were out of town during Holy Week, and we took our favorite children's storybook bible with us to do our daily readings. We weren't able to make our Grace Garden this year, but we look forward to doing that again next year.
A new tradition that we began this year during Lent is the crown of thorns on our table:
We just used a foam wreath from Hobby Lobby, and our "thorns" were toothpicks. As we sat around the table together for breakfast and dinner each day, we would confess our sins to each other, ask forgiveness, and put thorns in the crown. The kids quickly picked up on this idea, and Tucker would even stop during the middle of his day and say "Oh! I just argue with my mommy! I got to put a thorn in the crown!" and race to the table. It was such a good discipline for all of us to catch ourselves in the midst of sinning, to reflect on our sins often, and to be deliberate to repent and ask forgiveness from each other quickly.
As you can imagine, our "crown" filled up quickly:
This morning, I removed all the thorns from the crown, and replaced them with flowers and ribbon:
It was the neatest visual for the children to wake up to this morning, as we talked about what Christ's sacrifice on the cross did for us, how He replaced our sins and sorrow with beauty. "The sins are all gone, Mommy?'
It was so fun to see the children's excitement in response to all the decorations -
Tucker was literally squealing "I SO HAPPY!!!! Jesus is alive!!" and Lana was clapping her hands and dancing. We had our Easter playlist going, and it was the sweetest morning of rejoicing.
The first thing they wanted to do was open the resurrection eggs again, so we did that before eating breakfast and getting ready for worship with our church family.
Here is our 2013 Easter playlist:
Our God's Not Dead - Newsboys
In Christ Alone - Getty's
Gospel Song - Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace
At the Cross - Hillsong
What a Morning - Getty's
Power of the Cross - Getty's
Hallelujah! What a Savior! - Ascend the Hill
Arise my Love - Newsong
Glorious Day - Casting Crowns
Chris is Risen - Matt Maher
Risen (entire cd) - Sovereign Grace
High Noon - Andrew Peterson
Resurrection Letters - Andrew Peterson
I Will Run - Misty Edwards
Made Alive - Citizens
Hosanna - Hillsong
It is Finished - Matt Papa
O the Blood - Gateway Worship
Happy Resurrection Day!
He is risen!