“How do I compete with the commercialization of Easter?” A tear slid down Mary’s cheek. “I want my kids to be as excited about Jesus as they are about hunting Easter eggs.”
Mary’s struggle to share the truth about Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection with her three young children is real. And she’s not alone.
As a board-certified advanced-level Christian life coach and founder of Parenting Awesome Kids, a faith-based community outreach, I’ve worked with and taught parents touting similar concerns about competing with worldviews for more than a decade.
Here’s a parenting truth: Children need to hear biblical truth repeatedly to form a belief. Once a belief forms, it helps children recognize lies thrown at them from non-Christian viewpoints.
Today, parents need to persistently share biblical truth with their children more than ever. Not unlike the charge given to Israel.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV).
Is there a right or wrong way to celebrate Easter?
How do we consistently share the truth?
I don’t buy into a right or wrong way to celebrate or share our beliefs as Christians, as much as I do to being persistent in sharing daily, always pointing to Scripture as our source of truth. I persistently share one phrase with my PAK parents: “As parents, we’re not the Truth, but we point to Him.”
Pointing to the truth is not difficult. Consider your everyday activities.
Look around the yard, point out God’s creation, and ask your child,
- “Why do you think God dressed the Daisy flower in yellow? What does God say about flowers in the Bible.”
- “Trees have rings in their center, marking how old they are. Do you think how old something or someone is matters to God? What does He say about age in the Bible?”
Next, look up passages in the Bible dealing with age (youth, old age, young) or flowers and share them with your child. Draw pictures together and place them in a clear view of the family to talk about throughout the week. Make Sunday, or another day, “A Fresh Look at God’s Creation Day.”
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Getting to Know God Time
Though a simple task, discussing God’s creation and His love for all of us takes intentionality and time. Consider prioritizing 5-10 minutes a few days a week as Getting to Know God Time. Let your children take turns planning where to look for Him, and you help supply Scripture (truth) to go a little deeper spiritually.
To balance truth with tradition at Easter, one of my best friends, Kelly Harris, and I wrote: Lovey Mouse in an Easter Story as a resource for parents and grandparents. You meet Eliza Jean, Maw-Maw, and Lovey Mouse in this full-color book.
With Easter right around the corner, Eliza Jean is not sure how she feels about the arrival of her new baby sister. She’s even more upset when her special stuffed toy, Lovey Mouse, is drug through the mud, chewed on, and torn up by Maw-Maw’s dog, Blue.
Maw-Maw takes time to share biblical truth with EJ as Lovey Mouse undergoes a physical transformation resulting in a new heart. Will hard choices ruin their time together or make memories of love that last forever? This Easter may prove to be unforgettable.
How do you incorporate spiritual balance during Easter?
Parenting and grandparenting aren’t jobs for the faint-at-heart, especially during these days of relational turmoil and confusion. Do you have questions and concerns? I’d love to hear from you, and I’ll do my best to provide helpful answers based on biblical truth and my life experiences.
Hugs in Him,
Linda Goldfarb (www.livepowerfullynow.org) is married to Sam, the momma of four adult children, and Maw-Maw to many grandchildren. She is also an award-winning author of the LINKED Personality series, an international speaker, the founder of Parenting Awesome Kids, and a board-certified advanced-level Christian life coach specializing in personal and professional growth.
You can order Lovey Mouse in an Easter Story for $5 plus shipping directly from Linda. The book includes fun ideas, crafts, and seek-n-finds. Please email Linda at Linda@LivePowerfullyNow.org
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