And when they came to the place which is called The Skull [Latin: Calvary; Hebrew: Golgotha], there they crucified Him, and [along with] the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them…

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had made ready. And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb, but when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus… He is not here, but has risen! Remember how He told you while He was still in Galilee. ~ Luke 23:33-34; Luke 24:1-3, 6(AMP)

Holidays (literally Holy Days) are wonderful opportunities to teach our children our faith. Some years I am better at this than others.  Books are always a great way to pass on our faith in story form (along with reading the Biblical account from our Book of Books; the Bible).

Holidays take a great amount of effort on the part of a busy mother but the effort is worth it. Fragrant, delicious meals eaten with joy and celebration touch our children’s emotions and help them to remember special events.

So don’t grow weary in doing good (as it says in Galatians). Doing good includes all the baking, cooking and cleaning that a special celebration requires. It may take hours of work to finally be able to sit down to a delicious meal, listen to scripture being read and to visit with one another for a little while.

Is it worth it? Yes.  Mealtimes have an eternal impact on our families.

Pray for joy as you prepare for Easter. I will be sharing some simple activities we have enjoyed with our children as we celebrate Holy Week. We will begin with a fun recipe today.

 Resurrection Cookies are simple to make but you must remember to make them the night before so they are done in the morning (read through the recipe ahead of time so you understand the process).

You can make these cookies on Saturday night to enjoy on Sunday morning or (if you are a busy mom who would rather not give her children sugar first thing on Easter morning) you may choose to make them earlier in the week. Enjoy!

This is a great recipe to teach your Children the REAL story of Easter. That the Lord Jesus Christ
our Savior is not dead but has Risen. We serve a Risen Savior……


So Grab your Apron and Let’s Get Started!!!!!!!

You will need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape
Bible

Instructions:
These are to be made the evening before Easter.  Preheat oven to 300F.
*** (this is very important — don’t wait until you are half done with the recipe).
Place pecans in zipper baggy and let children beat them with the wooden spoon
to break into small pieces.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested.  He
was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  Read: John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar
to drink. Read: John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life
to give us life. Read: John 10:10&11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand.  Let them taste it and brush the rest
into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers,
and the bitterness of our own sin. Read: Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 cup sugar.  Explain that the
sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He wants us to
know and belong to Him. Read: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins
have been cleansed by Jesus. Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read: Matthew 27:57-60

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66

GO TO BED!

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read: John 16:20&22

On Resurrection Sunday (Easter) morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.  Notice the cracked
surface and take a bite.  The cookies are hollow!  On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed
to find the tomb open and empty. Read: Matthew 28:1-9