Saturday, 28 March 2015

Easter is fast approaching- what I'm doing to keep the focus on Jesus

As always plans haven't quite worked out in the lead up to Easter, however, in roads have been made. 

Sense of the Resurrection
In this post, I talked about the Sense of the Resurrection ebook that I planned to use during lent with my daughter. We have done five out of the twelve activities so far. My darling girl has been in a non-craft mood that past few weeks so it has been a struggle to get her to participate some days. I ended up going with mostly doing the flag options to take some of the pressure off. The quick style of this option has been suiting us better while still getting her to engage in the real meaning behind Easter.



 Day 1: representing the perfume jar that Mary used to wash Jesus' feet. Issy was thrilled to be allowed to use my perfume.


Day 2: looking at the palm Sunday story. Gathering leaves in the garden was fun.



Day 3: Jesus washing his disciples' feet. I wanted to wash Issy's feet as a demonstration but she insisted on washing mine. Painting is always a hit so she enjoyed this one.


Day 4: the last supper looking at bread as a symbol of Jesus' body being broken. She loved this one but all she remembered was that we had bread when asked later.


Day 5: Jesus' robe representing his royalty and the humiliation that accompanied his trial. Glueing anything makes an activity worthwhile in her eyes!

Amanda White (the creator of Sense of the Resurrection) has developed shorter schedules to complete key aspects of this if you still want to join in. Check out her website post here for some ideas that all fit into one week. I'm not sure if we will get anymore done as we are away next week at a staff retreat and then camping. I've printed out the flags at least so may take them to colour in if nothing else. I am trying to let go of my perfectionist tendency to have to get everything done exactly as specified.

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Veggietales
My daughter is in love with Veggietales. Last year we bought her the Very Veggie Easter CD and it is currently on repeat in the car. Thankfully, I really enjoy this too and figure that I can handle it for the short season (and it will then return to a cupboard until next Easter!!). She is starting to get that it is Easter coming up, although initially kept asking for the Christmas CD. 
Yesterday, we also bought An Easter Carol DVD for her to watch. She has asked for it 3 times already so I guess it is a hit! I love that we have access to so many resources to reinforce what Easter is really about in such fun and accessible ways.

Easter Sunday
I have gone back and forth trying to figure out what to do on Easter Sunday. We will be camping which adds another challenge. Chocolate is out of the question as my daughter is dairy intolerant so that is one easy decision! I have bought her a book (an Easter tradition in my family) and a card game for an Easter gift. Before giving these to her, I am using these toddler/preschooler version of Resurrection Eggs for an egg hunt for a bit of fun in the morning. 


What are you doing for Easter this year?


Friday, 27 March 2015

Five Minute Friday: Break



Several concepts spring to mind with this word. Needing to break through the writers block I've been having. Taking a break from needing the house to be clean. But mostly, I just feel the need for a break. I'm tired. So deeply tired. It has been a bad few nights with my three year old again. Sleep has never been a strong point with her! Everything within me is crying out for a break from the fatigue. That break isn't anywhere in sight. So what I need to do is figure out how to keep going. How to thrive in this season. This year has been good for that on the whole. I haven't let it stop me from taking on new roles and have fun with my girl. I had been having some amazing times with God but feeling more dry again. I'm struggling to wake up and read or focus at all. Prayer is this fog of vague thoughts at times. I press on. I choose to focus on the amazing little girl that I have. I choose to draw strength from my faith. I choose to let me high expectations of myself slip. I choose to look for the fun I can have with my daughter in each day.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

February, March and April SSMT Scriptures


I have found myself starting to lag in my Scripture memorisation at only 3 months in. My solution? Put it out on the internet to take on a greater feeling of accountability and also to create images to help cement them in my brain more. Here are my verses from February, March and the first one of April. I have been working on small passages, splitting them up to be a verse each fortnight. (You can see my January Scriptures here)



Images created in The Bible App

Are you participating in the Siesta Scripture Memory Team or another Scripture memorisation this year? What verse are you working on right now.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Plan



This is a scary and exhilarating word for me right now. We have been looking at plans to upgrade our house for so long and the time is finally here to make those plans a reality. This would be a huge enough task as it is without all the other roles I have to make plans for each day. I have so much going around my mind right now that it feels absolutely chaotic in my mind. I have always tended towards planning as a way to gain a sense of control in my life. This has forced God out of the picture over and over again. I have come so far in my journey towards trusting Him more fully and have to keep reminding myself of the verse in Proverbs that talks about how the plans in a man's heart are many but it is the Lord's plans that prevail. I am much more aware of relying on listening to what God wants instead of what makes me feel more comfortable. 

How do you balance being organised and being flexible enough to embrace interruptions as opportunities from God?