Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter + FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge

Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter + FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenge

A Christ-Centered Easter brings reflection and thankfulness as we set our gaze on what God did to restore us back to Him through Jesus’ shed blood.

There’s no better way to celebrate than to dive into the Word of God!

 

Grab your FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenges below!

Created In the Image of God

When God created Adam and Eve, He did so to extend who He was through His creation, man and woman.

Genesis 1:27-28 says,

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

A Simple Instruction

One of the instructions God gave to Adam is found in Genesis 2:16-17, which says,

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 

Unfortunately, although this instruction was simple, it wasn’t easy.

The serpent came to Eve questioning what God said. This questioning mixed with Eve’s doubts became the recipe where she had to make a choice within itself. Genesis 3:6 says,

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”

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Sin Is Separation From God

The result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience (sin) would be that they would surely die.

Now based on the length of Adam’s life (930 years), the death that God was referring to wasn’t them ceasing from physical living, but instead, that they would be separated from God.

Adam and Eve now lived under the curse and they could no longer be in communion with God. Sin ultimately separated them from God.

The Veil That Separates

In the Old Testament, the Holy of Holies was a place where only the high priest could enter and only once in the year. A thick veil separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies inside the tent of meeting.

The high priest would then sprinkle the blood of a sacrificed bull and a sacrificed goat on the atonement cover of the ark, to make amends for his and the people’s sins.

The old covenant God made through Moses with the Israelites required animal sacrifices. God lived among his people in the Holy of Holies.

A Perfect Sacrifice

Jesus, who was God’s Son and yet man, was the perfect sacrifice. He was a Lamb, sinless without spot or wrinkle, and would come to save us from our sin.

When Jesus yielded up His spirit, the veil that divided and separated God from man was torn from top to bottom. This significant barrier that was established because of sin was now no longer. Jesus’ blood was shed once for all.

This means remission of sin, an atonement made, where we could be restored to having a personal and intimate relationship with God once again.

Because of Jesus’ blood we are considered redeemed, righteous, sanctified, purified and cleansed from all sin.

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He’s Alive

Jesus not only died for our sin, but arose from death and still lives today! He’s seated at the right hand of the Father.

No longer does God confine himself to the Holy of Holies, separated from His people. When Christ ascended into heaven, every believer of Jesus became a temple of the Holy Spirit, a living dwelling place of God.

To receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit requires repentence and an acknowledgement that Jesus died for your sin, was buried, was resurrected and ascended into heaven. You have been alive together with Him!

 

Acts 2:38-39 says,

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter

Enjoy a Christ-Centered Easter as a family.

Take time to read the Bible scriptures that concern the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. 

Below are two 30-Day Christ-Centered Easter Bible Scripture Challenges. Fill yourself with the Word of God as we approach Easter.

If you have children, you could consider a Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study as well.

Get two FREE 30-Day Easter Scripture Challenges

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What are some ways you and your family celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter?

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Study Easter With Your Kids!

Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study for Kids for Ages 7-11 including activities, prompts, scripture writing and memory work! #BibleStudyForKids #BibleStudiesForKids #Easter

How To Explain The Importance Of God’s Word To Your Kids

How To Explain The Importance Of God’s Word To Your Kids

As parents, one of THE MOST important things we can teach our children is the value of the Word of God in their lives. In fact, it’s a matter of their destiny!

But, the hardest part about this is how to explain the importance of God’s Word to your kids other than just saying that it’s important.

We Need Help

The Bible is not just a storybook and it’s not just words on a page. The Bible, in fact, breathes life to us.

We need this kind of life to live on this earth.

With all the difficulties and challenges we can encounter in our lifetime, with the fiery darts of the evil one and our own pursuit of the flesh, there’s character and fruit of the Spirit that we need to develop. And it’s not only in our lives as adults and parents, but our kids, too.

If we don’t know the value of the Word of God, we won’t teach it to our kids. And If we don’t teach it to our kids, they won’t have the help they need.

The Holy Spirit is our guide and help. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God is shaping and pruning us more into His image and likeness. He’s helping us see flaws in our character and the things we need to change and work on, all for the better.

And don’t we want our kids to turn to God? He created them, so let’s point them to Him!

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Illustrations Create Interest

Jesus frequently used parables when He spoke to the crowds. These parables were used to help create interest to those who wanted to find the deeper meaning or revelation of what Jesus was talking about.

The same is true for illustrations or object lessons.

An illustration is an example serving to clarify or prove something.

These are powerful to use to help our kids gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word.

Find out more on how to explain the importance of God’s Word to your kids by checking out my guest post over at In All You Do.

While you’re there, be sure to grab the limited time FREEBIE… it’s my latest Bible Study for Kids: Planting Seeds.

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REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

We’ve been looking to study Biblical feasts as part of both history and Bible in our homeschool and family. Learning About Biblical Feasts: A Study Guide to the Feasts of the Bible for Children & Families is the perfect resource and easy to implement.

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Why Learning About Biblical Feasts Is Important

We only know a small amount about God. Being that we live in the new covenant now, Holy Spirit gives us revelation, insight and understanding about the nature and character of God. Holy Spirit also reveals the heart of God as we seek Him.

A natural way to gain spiritual understanding is through symbolism. There are lots of symbolic events in the Bible. So to gain more understanding of God, we need to dig deeper.

Although I was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian at an early age, I never really dug into the Jewish feasts. Yet, I’ve always had an interest to learn.

Side note… this is one of the benefits of homeschooling – you learn what you teach your kids!

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Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

Included in the Study Guide:

  • Table of Contents
  • Biblical Feasts Calendar
  • Introduction – Importance of Learning About Jewish Feasts As Christians
  • The Jewish feasts in one year include: 
    • Purim (Feast of Lots)
    • Passover (Pesah or Pesach)
    • Shavuot or Pentecost (Feast of Weeks)
    • Rosh Hashanah (Feast of the Trumpet)
    • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
    • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
    • Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights)
  • What Does It All Mean?
  • A Prayer
  • Answers
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How The Study Guide Works (And What We Did)

This study guide is for great for children and families; it’s truly and open-and-go.

  • The Biblical Feasts Calendar is a great tool to keep handy to remember the feasts throughout the year. (We have the calendar stored on the inside of our kitchen cabinet as our reminder!)
  • The Introduction is a great way to prepare your heart for why you and your family should take in the history of the Biblical feasts and how you can apply them today. 
  • Each feast is divided up into sections:
    • The History of the Biblical feast – This includes the happenings in the Bible leading up to the feast and the feast itself. It’s really a great summary making it easy to listen to and understand for children. We also incorporated a kids movie (Veggie Tales like this one is good for the littles) so they could watch the story leading up to the feast. You’ll find out fairly quickly that most movies don’t talk about the feasts themselves, which is too bad. This is where you want to make sure you’re picking up the study guide to reinforce the feast and why it was held.
    • How You Can Celebrate Today – I like how it takes the history and applies it to today as we live in the new covenant. This is what my children (and I) were particularly excited about. It also invites you to read the story out of the Bible as a family, which we love!
    • Questions – These are great for recall of history. My kiddos verbally answered, while I wrote their answers on the sheet provided.
    • Notebooking Pages – My children are smaller and are at the stage of drawing and beginning to write, so we just found an appropriate coloring sheet for the feast (such as Purim) and wrote the type of feast on it.
  • What Does It All Mean? – This ties the Old and New Testament together, which is really well done.
  • A Prayer – The prayer of salvation is so important, especially as we discover God’s goodness and His love for us, so this was a pleasant find.
  • Answers – Having answers is great for a quick reference, or if your older children are correcting their work by themselves.
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Learning About Biblical Feasts study guide is a really great resource for the entire family. We highly recommend it!

So, how have you learned about Biblical feasts with your children?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

How Can I Grow Closer To God?

How Can I Grow Closer To God?

The most important relationship you can cultivate and grow is your relationship with God. But, you might be wondering, “How can I grow closer to God?” 

God created man and placed him in the garden of Eden. He did this all to have a relationship with him.

Isn’t it amazing to know that God, our Heavenly Father, wants to know us and He wants us to know Him?

James 4:8 NKJV says,

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Consider other religions…which god wants a relationship with those who believe in him? None!!

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How can I grow closer to God?

Devotion Shows Value

Firstly, like any relationship you have with your spouse, children, parents or friends, you likely recognize that the relationship itself requires an investment of time and sacrifice.

In a relationship, you’re looking for a safe place where you can build trust and share openly.

The Lord is looking to have a relationship like this with you and you with Him.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

Following Jesus and being devoted to Him requires our whole selves. This can be hard to receive. Jesus said it like this in Mark 8:34 NKJV,

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

 

As our Father is Creator and God, he wants our lives to be lived FOR Him sharing in His love while expressing it to others.

Our lives are not our own.

We’re to live a lifestyle of devotion to God following Him. He’s not looking for a timeslot in your schedule and doesn’t want to be considered a timeslot. He wants you and your whole heart at all times.

Create Intentional Time With The Lord

That said, creating a habit of intentional time with the Lord shows how you value Him. It’s necessary to remove distractions and the things that take away our attention from focusing on what He wants to share with us.

For example: when you have two children talking at the same time, it’s impossible to hear and listen to both. So you ask one to remain quiet, while you listen to the other.

God knows us. He knows we can so easily get distracted and have our minds wander or start to think about other things instead of remaining on Him.

Maybe you’re asking… so how can I grow closer to God with the little time I have as a busy mom?

It can be challenging when you’re a busy mom for yet ANOTHER thing and especially when you feel like all you’re doing is sacrificing.

As a mom of babies and little kids, it can be a challenge in that season. You’re exhausted from night time wake-ups, cleaning, cooking, keeping baby happy, all while still having your marriage, friendships, serving, etc.

I’ve been there, I totally understand you!

God is rich in mercy. He knows the season you’re in; it’s not a surprise to Him. In fact, He’s probably more gracious and kind to you than you are to yourself.

So in terms of time, do the best that you can. Give God your best. He knows your heart!

…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

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Read the Bible

To know who God is, to get to know His heart and His will to be accomplished on the earth and reading the Bible is the way to know.

And in order to get to know who we are and the power of the Holy Spirit that’s within us, it requires us to get to know who God says we are through His Word.

The Word of God is:

  • Living
  • Powerful
  • Reviving
  • Cleansing
  • Strengthens
  • Hope
  • Light
  • and so much more

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

You might be thinking that to read the Bible is a huge book and certainly overwhelming just to look at. But why not start with some more well-known scriptures found in this 30-day Bible scripture challenge or start at the new testament, like the book of Matthew.

Talk With God

The way we communicate with the Lord is through prayer.

Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with the Lord as we pray for others, ourselves, our families and what God wants accomplished on the earth.

Persistent, effective and fervent prayer makes changes. Prayer is our agreement with Lord concerning His will on this earth, as it is in heaven.

Consider spending intentional time with the Lord using a prayer journal where you can focus on a scripture, write what you’re thankful for, including prayer requests and praise reports.

…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16

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Worship Fixes Our Eyes On The Lord

Singing worship songs about the Lord and to the Lord isn’t so much for Him as it is for us and the change that occurs in our heart

Worship is our warfare as we remind ourselves who God is.

We’re constantly bombarded by this world’s way of doing things, which is contrary to God’s way of doing things. Fear, lies, comparison, insecurities, bad reports, destructive relationships, and so much more surrounds us. We can’t help but be impacted by all these things and it affects how we draw near to God.

Ephesians 6:12 NKJV says,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

It’s imperative to recognize that we have a fight on our hands and it’s not with people, but Satan, who wants to steal kill and destroy your destiny. He knows the impact you’re going to make when you’re spending time with the Lord, and then doing what He’s called you to do.

The Answer?

The answer to your question, “How can I grow closer to God” is simple, but it takes devotion and commitment on your part.

But, as you continue to give yourself to God, you’ll find a closeness and nearess to Him that’s personal, intimate and deep.

What are some habits you’ve instilled to make sure you’re spending time with the Lord to grow closer to Him?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

How Do We Get Godly Wisdom? + FREE 30-Day Wisdom Scripture Challenge

How Do We Get Godly Wisdom? + FREE 30-Day Wisdom Scripture Challenge

Navigating this life and life’s decisions can be tough as we all face different circumstances. Since not any situation is the same, an unconventional and unnatural wisdom, Godly wisdom, might be just what we need.

What is the wisdom of God?

In the new testment, the greek word for wisdom is sophia (source), which is: supreme intelligence, such as belongs to God.

Another way of describing wisdom (sophia), is insight not naturally obtained. (source)

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Created for relationship

God created us to have a relationship with Him and Him with us.

We’re not meant to live this life on our own, doing our own things, and relying on our own strength. We’re meant to live and abide in the secret place of the Most High having a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord.

Through a personal relationship with the Lord, we get to know His heart, His ways of doing things and His thoughts. The Lord also wants to reveal mysteries to us, but only if we’re seeking Him.

Godly Wisdom is accessible!

The adversary, the devil, is roaring around like a lion seeking whom He may devour. His tactics and devices aren’t unique, but distorted.

He wants us to look at the storms in our lives so that we can be filled with hopeless disengaging from our relationship with the Lord.

The world also has a way of operating and doing things which is fear-based.

So how we do live in this world, but not of this world? We need Godly wisdom; the Spirit of wisdom to help us, guide us and lead us as we make decisions. And it’s accessible!

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Human wisdom vs. God’s wisdom

Human wisdom (natural, conventional wisdom)

Can you honestly say that you know what to do in your life at all times? Is life full of clarity and easy to navigate?

I think we can all agree that it’s not.

So the question is, what do you start to do when you’re in need of advice or help in a situation? Who do you turn to? What do you turn to? 

Do you start turning to friends, family, or co-workers for advice? Do you post a question in a trusted Facebook group or do you do a search in Google or Pinterest?

Often the reason we’re asking people for advice or searching social media platforms is because we have an answer in mind, but we want others to give us validation so that we can move forward.

This type of validation masks itself as receiving wise advice, but it is still just human wisdom. And human wisdom is NOT Godly wisdom. God’s wisdom is unnatural and unconventional.

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Godly wisdom (unnatural, unconventional wisdom)

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:7 NKJV

The Word of God is clear that we all need to get wisdom. And not just any wisdom, Godly wisdom.

So then, if Godly wisdom is insight that’s not naturally or conventionally attained, we are in need of God.

We need wisdom beyond our own human understanding where the ways of God interfere with our natural world. They are often ways that make no sense to the human mind.

So dealing with life and life’s affairs requires Godly wisdom.

Who asked God for wisdom in the Bible?

A great example of someone who asked for wisdom in the Bible is Solomon.

The Lord asks Solomon in a dream at night, “Ask! What shall I give you?”. 

Solomon says to the Lord,

“You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
1 Kings 3:6-9 NKJV (Ephasis added)

Solomon recognized that as king he needed Godly wisdom to discern between good and evil. The opposite is then true, that he felt that he wouldn’t be able to discern between good and evil without the Lord’s wisdom.

What the Lord said in response to Solomon is powerful:

The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” 1 Kings 3:10-14 NKJV

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How do we get Godly wisdom?

James 1:5 NKJV says,

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

According the Word of God, getting Godly wisdom is simple:

  1. Recognize that you need the wisdom of God
  2. Ask the Lord for wisdom

Although getting Godly wisdom is simple, it’s not magic.

God knows us better than we know ourselves. He wants our hearts FIRST and FOREMOST.

If you’re in a place of needing Godly wisdom, it’s important to ask God for it, but it’s more important to have a relationship with Him first.

Out of a relationship with Him, we love, trust and surrender our lives to the Lord where He can give us wisdom knowing it won’t be used for selfish gain, but for the glory of the Lord.

Continue to seek the Lord and ask for wisdom. Through prayer, reading the Bible, meditating on the Word, and praise and worship, you’ll get to know God’s heart more and become more intimately acquainted with Him.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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