Easter has become a big favorite in our family. For the past few years we have hosted an Easter Egg Hunt in our backyard. We invite our friends and neighbors and everybody has a great time watching the children run and fill their baskets with eggs they find around the yard. We love doing this to get friends together! The best part is telling the kids about Jesus with the Resurrection Eggs from FamilyLife. You can check them out here: http://shop.familylife.com/p-3504-resurrection-eggs.aspx
Resurrection Eggs tell the story of Jesus and his journey to the cross and his Resurrection! Children LOVE to open each egg to find the object inside (nails, whip, cloth, rock, etc…). What better way to have fun and tell others about Jesus.
Why don’t you consider what you could do this Easter to share Jesus. Easter Egg hunt, Spring brunch, or even Easter lunch. People who may not be accustomed to church will feel more comfortable in your home around the table. You’ll find the subject of Jesus and the Bible are easy topics to bring up and talk about. What a great starting point!
Love your neighbor challenge! Start with prayer.
Take a moment to pray for your neighbors today. Lift them up by name, by house or as you drive down the street. Take a walk and pray as you go. And remember a neighbor isn’t just someone who lives next door its the people you run into throughout your day…the woman who makes your coffee, or the mom you greet at your child’s school, each person we encounter is loved by God and He calls us to love them as much as we love ourselves. Ask God to open opportunities to encourage, bless or just be kind to those around each of us today.
Lord, help me to love those I live near and do life around I don’t know what’s going on in their lives but you do so I lift them up to you today. (My neighbors, the check out lady at the grocery and the sensitive mom at preschool pick up.) Your Word says the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Help me to see ways I can be the hands and feet of Jesus in their lives. May my actions and words be a blessing to them and point them to you. Amen.
Hot Chocolate. Pancakes. Sledding down the neighborhood hill. Shoveling out a neighbors driveway. Checking on an elderly neighbor.
These are just a few ways you can show love during a fun snow storm event in your city. A friend of mine invited neighbors in every time there was a snowstorm to enjoy her “storm chili” and several of those families ended up going to church with her family!
Listen, I know, sometimes it’s easy to just snuggle in with your own and prepare to binge watch your favorite tv show or read that book you’ve been wanting to get to but don’t forget to use this unexpected day (or days) in to strike up a new friendship or rekindle one with those around you. Your effort will be a sweet fragrance up to your heavenly Father.
It’s not too late to plan a New Year’s Eve game night at your house with another family who may not know the Lord. Nothing could be simpler than board games, popcorn and some homemade fun! Put activities ideas inside balloons and pop them every hour to find out what you’ll do next — Legos, Board Game, Hide n Seek, be creative!
Look in your refrigerator and use up any leftovers from Christmas and add some fun drinks (non-alcoholic). Have fun with noisemakers at midnight followed by a simple prayer to ring in the new year asking for God’s blessing on 2015. This will set the tone for sharing the gospel next year or and another step in building the relationship.
Happy New Year and may God bless you as you bless others in 2015!
Your friends at E4E!
Its not too late to download Entertaining for Eternity’s Christmas Cookie card and send them out with your cookies this week before Christmas!
Each cookie represents a part of Christmas story – Angel, Star, tree, gifts, heart and bells. Download yours today! Click here to view and print the card: Christmas Cookies
Enjoying Christmas with little ones in the house can be joyful, memorable and Christ-centered when celebrating Advent together. We started the practice of Advent with our little ones this year and have even shared it with guests who join us for dinner.
We love the resources at Thriving Family from Focus on the Family – http://www.thrivingfamily.com/~/media/Thriving/1-articles/PDFs/advent_2014_parents_guide.pdf. You can download readings and activities at their website.
Christmas starts at home. Spend meaningful time together, even if its 5-10 minutes talking about the Christmas story and reading the story in Luke 1 & 2 together.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:9-12)
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12
Entertaining for Eternity has designed a simple Candy Cane card to hand out to friends and neighbors throughout the Christmas season. Print off E4E’s Candy Cane cards (Click here to download the PDF) Candy Cane Cards. Tuck them into your purse, keep them in your car so you’re ready to hand them out to folks around town. A simple way to spread love and TRUTH this Christmas. Print yours today and be ready tomorrow. I just gave them to all the nice guys at the Apple store who helped me with my computer questions this year. They were thrilled to get one! Click here to get the pdf Candy Cane Cards.
Christmas is a fresh tin of cookies delivered to your door. Christmas is the smell of fresh pine, gifts under the tree, Santa, family, and most of all JESUS!
Entertaining for Eternity has designed a beautiful card perfect to add to any gift or tin of cookies with the TRUE message of Christmas. Think about WHO God is placing on your heart to bless this Christmas. Your neighbor, the postman, the cashier at the grocery, whoever it is. Who does your life touch? This is a simple, EASY way to spread the gospel message at Christmas. Click this link to download the pdf. Christmas Cookies. Print off as many copies as you need of this beautifully designed card.
“An angel brought the glorious news to the shepherds that a Savior had been born. Wise men followed a bright star to the manger where Jesus lay. They brought precious gifts much like the gifts we have under the tree. The best gift of all that day was Jesus. God sent his only Son that whoever accepts Him into their heart will have life everlasting and go to heaven. Let the bells ring out this holiday season as we celebrate Jesus’ birthday and God’s greatest gift to us.”
The E4E Blessings Mix is a goodie bag for guests to take home with them. It’s a treat with a meaning!
Bugles: Cornucopia, a symbol of our nation’s abundance
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer
Indian Candy Corn: This represents the sacrifices of the pilgrims first winter.
Nuts & Seeds: Promise of a future harvest.
Dried Fruits: Harvest gifts from our bountiful land.
M&M’s: Memories of those who came before us to lead us into a blessed future.
Hershey’s Kisses: The love of family and friends that sweetens our life.
Wrap these treats up in a clear treat bag and attach a note with your favorite Thanksgiving verse!
Thanksgiving week is upon us!
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18
There was a woman who went to our church. She was elderly, didn’t always smell good, wore lots of red lipstick and sometimes funny clothes. She came to our house for Thanksgiving one year along with another man from our church. Both needing a home to spend Thanksgiving in, my parents opened our home to them. I was probably 13 or 14 at the time. Later, the lady thanked my mother for inviting her and then added that she thought the man was probably too young for her to date! We all laughed so hard since that was not the intention at all. Many people came for meals at our home from all walks of life single, elderly, needing a family to love on them, whatever the need. And it made an impression on me.
Now I have my own home and I may not be able to invite someone in for every holiday but I hope to get more in the habit of thinking that way. Yes, to show hospitality and teach my children but also because it’s how Jesus wants me to love those around me. Jesus is a generous host and generous with His invitation list. After all, He invites ALL of us to join Him around His table if we are willing to surrender our lives to Him.
Let’s encourage each other to be generous with the menu AND the guest list. So if God keeps laying a person on your heart to invite over for Thanksgiving this week, DO IT! And please, tell us about how it goes, we love to hear your stories.