Thursday, March 8, 2012

Preparing Our Hearts for Easter...


Easter will be here exactly one month from today! And I want to be ready...
not just with a nicely planned brunch, and a well set table,
 but I want my heart to be ready to grasp ALL that God did for me in sending His Son and ALL that Jesus did for me leading up to the cross and on the cross.

I want to be ready...
to celebrate the best news ever..."He is risen!"

I've always seen the cute Easter egg trees...you know the ones with branches and pretty decorated eggs hanging with pastel ribbons.
I know that eggs represent "new life", but other than that, I really never understood the purpose, except to have a pretty centerpiece on the Easter table.

I have to share a link with you, written by author Ann Voskamp of
 One Thousand Gifts....
Here I found the most lovely of Easter trees.  She calls it a Jesus Easter Tree.
You can download a devotional as well as the corresponding old master paintings to print out and hang on your very own tree.

The Link to Make your own Jesus Easter Tree can be found here:


As I was putting the tree together...I looked at those branches and it dawned on me...
these are from a tree!  My savior died on a tree...for me! Wow! 
I hadn't put that together before.

Then I glued ribbons on the eggs and hung them on the branches.  What a difference
the pastel eggs made on those scraggly dark branches.  New life...
Jesus has given us all new life
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, 
the new is here."  2 Corinthians 5:17

I hung all the pictures on the tree.  What a beautiful story they tell.
I'm looking forward to starting a new Easter tradition that will
hopefully, remind me and my family of the journey Jesus made here on earth for us...

May my heart be ready...



7 comments:

  1. what a beautiful analogy!! i love the idea of a Jesus Easter Tree...thank you!!
    And Happy Sunday.

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  2. Thanks you for visiting my blog today. It made me so happy to see I had a new follower! That hasn't happend in a long time. I've been rather neglectful of my little blog over the last 2 yrs.

    I love this idea of the Jesus Easter tree. I plan on incorporating it with my kiddos in children's church.

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    1. I was excited about it too! I just love the "old master" pictures! Thank you for your comment and look forward to following you.

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  3. This is a perfect way to have an Easter tree--a Jesus tree! I so want to do this! Would you be willing to link this up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party? I'd love to have your great ideas! Thanks, Michelle http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/02/springtime-holiday-link-party.html

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    1. I'd love to Michelle! Thanks for the invite! Always fun to find new bloggers and ideas.

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  4. I had to share your tree again today!! http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-trees.html

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