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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How Will You Spend Easter Sunday? Do You Dread The Prospect?

What do you do when your spouse doesn't share your passion for Jesus?  Do you attend church alone with the kids?  How do you make Easter Sunday special for your family when everyone is not on board?

My husband has agreed to go to our early church service this Easter Sunday.  He hasn't attended church with me for a couple of months now.  That is in part due to some minor surgery he had earlier in the year, and a nasty cold a few weeks back.  At least he is willing to celebrate with me one of the most important events on the Christian calendar:  Resurrection Sunday!  However, it was not always so.

I can remember getting our son ready for Sunday School and church services many times - not knowing if Daddy would be coming with us.  I met the Lord Jesus in my mid-thirties, and our son was about 3 yrs. old in April of 1989.  There were many Sundays when we would go to church alone.  That was okay with me because I had met the King of Kings.   I made a personal decision that I would make the effort to attend church services and introduce my child at a young age to Jesus Christ.

This year our son and family are visiting during the week before Easter.  His wife's family has a reunion every Easter Sunday at the beach after church and has an egg hunt for the little ones.  They cook-out and enjoy the sand and surf while catching up with each other's family.

On some Easter Sundays we have a home-cooked meal with our parents and loved ones.  Other times we attend church and go out for Brunch afterwards.  Each year is different - especially now that our son is grown and living in another state. 

While the little ones are still at home - it's fun making your own family traditions and special memories.  When our son was young he attended a Christian grade school, and he often made crafts with an emphasis on Easter.  They recited Scripture from the gospels and learned about Jesus and the resurrection.  They sang songs centered around our risen Savior and the cross of Christ. 

One year I made a "Resurrection Egg Basket".  It consisted of a basket with brightly colored plastic eggs - each one containing a symbol of the life and death of Jesus.  The eggs were numbered, starting with "1".  They contained one or more tiny trinkets along with Bible verses.  The object is to tell the Easter Story as you open the eggs and read the Scripture corresponding to each item. One egg had a miniature loaf of bread in it.  One egg had a fish.  One egg had a piece of purple velvet and a small twisted piece of vine with thorns.  Another had a nail in it.  I put a small silk Easter lilly in an egg.  Another egg had a tiny cross, and one had a large stone.  The last egg was empty.  You can get creative and think of your own special touches.  I used that Resurrection Easter Basket year after year - and he enjoyed opening the eggs and discovering the treasures each time!

How do you keep the Easter season special and meaningful for your family?  What traditions do you have from growing up that you intend to continue with your own children?  Even if your spouse chooses not to celebrate Easter with you - you can have influence in your home that will last a lifetime.  Begin now shaping a legacy that will be passed on from one generation to another.  Easter is a wonderful time to discuss "new life" and why the Resurrection is important to us as believers. 

Begin now by praying for your spouse to have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear" the true message of Easter.  Here is an example to follow: 

Dear Lord, I lift up my (husband/wife) to you now.  I humbly ask that during this Resurrection season You would open the eyes of their heart that they may see who You truly are.  Thank You Lord that whenever they turn to You, the veil will be taken away and they will behold Your majesty.  Cause them to know the hope of Your calling and the riches of Your glory.  Thank You Lord you will save them, not on the basis of their deeds, but according to Your mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.  Lord, Your Word declares that You will be found by those who do not seek You, and You will be manifest to those who do not ask for You.  Thank You Lord that they will know Your love which surpasses all knowledge, that they may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  We thank You Lord that You are not slack concerning Your promise... but are longsuffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  In Jesus Name we pray,   Amen.

(Ref:  Colossians 1; Ephesians 1; Titus 3; Romans 10; Ephesians 3; II Peter 3)











Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.

http://www.Godmissionpossible.com


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9 comments:

  1. Hi Deborah, what a beautiful blog and message for Him. I'd love to have you follow mine at http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com I'm following yours. Have a blessed Easter weekend. BJ

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  2. Thanks so much Barbara! I appreciate your kind words - have a blessed Easter! I'm off to visit yours right now!

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  3. Deborah:
    I can relate to your worshiping God by yourself. We married in 1968. Son was born in 1971. Husband found the Lord in 1987. He hit a rocky spot in his life in 1990. He started attending with me again in 2002. His health sometimes makes it impossible for him to be in church each Sunday but he still goes when he can.

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  4. Thanks for sharing @quietspirit. God is good and my husband is making strides towards the King of Kings. God is drawing him ever closer... Have a blessed Easter Sunday!

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  5. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I now live in a different state from my family, the kids are all grown and scattered. My husband has never attended any service with me. I will go alone, again, today. But, rather go alone than not at all....Happy Easter

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  6. This is a very different Easter for us. No family get together. Not feeling well so I didn't make it to church but hubs did. Thanks for the great ideas on the eggs. Love it! Praying for your hubby...and yours, too, Ceci!

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  7. Cecilia - So glad you enjoyed the post. You are not alone - Jesus sees your devotion and you are precious in His sight! Praise God for His unending love for us...

    Lynn - May God visit you with His resurrection power and bathe you in His love...

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  8. Loved that prayer, Deborah. Thank you!

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  9. You bless me Dineen. Happy belated Easter!

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