How To Make Resurrection Eggs

It’s finally feeling like “Spring” around where I live – we have had some beautiful days lately – and my seeet hubby got out my box of little pottery birds and nests and speckled eggs so I could brighten up the house.   In the bottom of that box lay the most treasured set of eggs I’ll ever own, pieces mostly now, that once belonged to a homemade set of Resurrection Eggs. I couldn’t help but smile and relive some of those toddler and youngster days with my now grown ones when they were first discovering the love of the Lord. Sweet, sweet nostalgia.

 

 

I eventually made a new set, and these Resurrection Eggs are some of my favorite Easter possessions. I have used them for years with my own family, and with just about every group I have the privilege to stand before and serve… from toddlers to adult women.  They can be done as elaborately or as simply as one desires, and are always a good way to retell the beautiful Easter story.

I’m reposting this “How To” just in case any new reader wants her/his own set of Resurrection Eggs. Though you can buy them rather inexpensively these days, it’s a pretty fun thing to do together (if you have the time).

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Years ago I made our family a set of “Resurrection Eggs” to teach the Truth of Easter. This was before the time of blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter, and the only advertisement for Resurrection eggs was in a mail-out from a Christian book store. I thought it was such a creative idea… but the purchased ones were quite expensive, considering that the main cost investment to make my own would only be the 12 plastic eggs. So I researched the Scriptures, found some symbolic trinkets and make my own. It was a fun way to focus on a story we know so well that we tend to overlook the precious details. I’ve used them every year since – even in teaching adult women. {In my opinion, you’re never too old to enjoy the wonders of the Scriptures!}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used these eggs in our home each year as “toys” for games and quiet times. Some days I would hide the eggs in the yard or house, then when all were collected, we’d open them and tell the story. They can also be used to teach number sequence. You could even use them as an “Easter Advent” count down to Easter – opening one or two eggs each day working up to the empty tomb egg on Easter morning. We have lots of memories attached to our humble little homemade Resurrection Egg set…

 

Want to make your own set? Copy and cut apart the Scriptures and stories in the below link. Gather something {small enough to fit in an egg} that represents each specific event, gather 12 eggs and an egg carton, and start stuffing.  Be sure and number the outside of your egg with a marker or paint. Be as simple or elaborate as you desire.

 

If you have young children at home, let them help you find each item around the house. If you can’t find a specific item, draw or print a picture of it. We’ve used various items for each egg, since the contents often get lost in use.

 

If you are blessed to live near a hobby or craft store, check the “miniature” section for ideas.  Ask God for creativity and enjoy sharing this Truth of Easter with those around you in this fun and unique way.

 

PS: The first 12 are the “regular Resurrection Eggs” – and the last 6 are of how we can apply this resurrection Truth to our daily lives – especially good to use with older children and adults.

** The downloadable PDF is strictly Scripture. For the littlest ones you might want to paraphrase if some of the passages are too long.  For the older ones, they could even read the passages from their own Bibles.  Just a thought.

 

Free Download: How to Make Resurrection Eggs. SmellingCoffee.com

 

Click here for the downloadable PDF.  Print on colored paper and follow the directions on page 1.

May you be blessed as you focus on each of the 18 parts of the beautiful story of Easter!

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A Few Lessons Moms {or any of us} Can Learn from April the Laboring Giraffe

A few lessons we can learn from April the laboring giraffe. SmellingCoffee.com

It seems like the whole world has been watching and waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth to her long awaited baby. I have been. ☺ Are you?

As I’ve checked on her feed each day and received the updates on my phone, I can’t help but either smile at the sweetness, or shake my head over the ridiculousness of the comments scrolling up the screen. Especially frustrating were some of those early discussions on the first week when the feed originally went live… Did you SEE the continued discussion over whether giraffes laid eggs or gave birth?

I’m just guessing, but I wonder if that question started when someone made a comment about giraffes laying eggs as a joke? Then maybe someone else picked it up and BELIEVED it, and went on to share it as truth? However it got out there, others were soon discussing giraffes laying eggs as if this were a normal occurrence.

{By the way, this is a good example of what happens when someone says something on the internet or TV that isn’t true, and others – or we – listen, then believe (without checking the facts), and repeat it as truth. Eventually, the falsity becomes accepted as reality. Does this sound like anything else going on in the world around us right now?}

As the world watches and waits and discusses and makes its opinions known concerning this mama giraffe and her habits, April just contentedly continues living. We (and especially moms responsible for the care and rearing of young ones) can learn at least three important lessons by observing this laboring giraffe:

1. On Waiting
Does April know she is waiting on this baby? I wonder. Is she as anxious for its arrival as the rest of the world is? Whether or not she is concerned over how many days remain until its birth, she is doing three things we would be wise to do when we find ourselves in a period of waiting: She is eating, resting, and walking.

As the Lord has us in a waiting place, we also need to do these things. We need to:

Keep Eating {of the Word} – We must stay in the Scriptures as our daily food. It is our most valuable source of nourishment.  Moms… you will have nothing to give out unless you are filed up, and nothing fills you up like God’s Word.  (For “How to Start a Daily Time with the Lord” click here.)

Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became a joy to me and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16. (AMP)

 

Keep Resting {in the Lord} – We must lay our weary hearts and heads down onto His eternal shoulders, trusting in God, His timing, His love, and His plan for you, and for those you love.  What a blessed gift it is that as moms shepherd their little ones, the Lord shepherds us.

You, Lord, are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.

You let me rest in fields
of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water,

and you refresh my life.
You are true to your name,
and you lead me
along the right paths.

I may walk through valleys
as dark as death,
but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me,
and your shepherd’s rod
makes me feel safe.

You treat me to a feast,
while my enemies watch.
You honor me as your guest,
and you fill my cup
until it overflows.

Your kindness and love
will always be with me
each day of my life,
and I will live forever
in your house, Lord.
Psalm 23 (CEV)

Keep Walking {and don’t give up!} –  We must just keep putting one foot in front of the other, doing the next right thing. It doesn’t matter if we can’t get far… We just can’t give up.

Looking at them, Jesus said,
“With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible,
but not with God;
for all things are possible with God.”
Mark 10:27 (AMP)

 

2. On What Others are Thinking and Saying About You:

Be Who GOD Says YOU are.
April isn’t trying to adjust who she is or what she does based on what others are saying. Neither is she trying to be a different animal. She is content being the giraffe God made her to be.

How about you? Are you content being the you that God created? The Mom that God called YOU to be? It’s so easy to look around and read around, compare, then base our value on what’s most popular at the moment. We must remember that God formed each one of us intricately on purpose, in our own mama’s wombs, for a specific work He wants to accomplish through us being us. We must contentedly rest in who God made us to be, and stop letting our own comparisons or the silly opinions of others distract us from completing our God-given callings.  Everybody has an opinion on how you should raise  your children. You make sure you are seeking God first, then Godly council, and the Lord will lead You to be You in parenting and in everything else that you do.

For You shaped me, inside and out.
You knitted me together in my mother’s womb
long before I took my first breath.

I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation,
filled with wonder and awe.

You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.

You see all things; nothing about me was hidden from You
As I took shape in secret,
carefully crafted in the heart of the earth before I was born from its womb.

You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.

Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God!
I cherish each and every one of them!

Psalm 139:13-17 (VOICE)

 

3. On Laboring Long: Keep pressing on for as long as it takes, knowing that your labor will not be in vain.

Can you imagine being in labor as long as April? But aren’t there times and struggles when it feels like we are laboring just as long or longer with no end in sight? Our gentle giraffe continues to keep pressing on day after day, not giving in, nor giving up… and she WILL deliver that calf… one of these days! There will be a baby giraffe at the end of her labor. April’s labor isn’t in vain.

The same is true for us, moms and everyone. We labor, we keep pressing in to the Lord, His Word, His work, His heart, and we keep pressing on as we wait and trust… with JOY… all the while knowing that our own labor as we serve the Lord in the callings He has fashioned us to fill will NOT be in vain.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. {or as the NIV puts the last phrase “because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”} 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

A few lessons we can learn from April the laboring giraffe. SmellingCoffee.com

April is doing what God called her to do, no matter what anybody else in the world has to say about it. Their opinions aren’t altering her carrying out her God-given-mom-calling one bit. As she labors and waits, she continues to eat, rest, walk, and press on… knowing that this labor is not in vain.  Isn’t that how all of us should be living?

How about you? Which of these lessons can you apply to your own life today? I’m certainly working on a few of these for myself. 🙂

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PS: on a lighter note, I found these funny memes of #AprilTheGiraffe on Facebook. Hope they make you smile today!! 

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Hello again! and a Sweet Sunday Scripture

I love the Lord. Psalm 18:1-3 SmellingCoffee.com

Hi my friends!  It’s been SO long, hasn’t it?  How have YOU been?

Though I haven’t fully finished my shoulder rehab, I’m about 90% back to feeling like myself and have missed you terribly!   Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for me over the past few months.

I must say, this surgery, recovery, pain, and difficulty of rehab has taken me by surprise. In comparison to many things that some of you may be experiencing, I’m sure it’s a walk in the park.  But to me, it’s been the hardest physical, mental, and emotional thing all wrapped up in one package that I’ve faced yet.  But God… As always, He has been faithful, and I can do nothing but praise His Holy Name!

One of the things I sensed that the Lord was going to do during this period of confinement was to work something out of me, work something into me, and work something through me.  Kind of like Spiritual Rehab.  We’re still working at it… but I can tell you one thing – He is doing exactly this.  At times, it’s been as spiritually painful as the physical surgery and recovery… but in the end, I trust that my heart will be just as whole  as my shoulder. 🙂  {I’ll share more about that soon.}

For now, I want to leave you with something sweet for your Sunday morning coffee:  A favorite Scripture that I have meditated upon daily during the past two and a half months, that has brought great joy and peace, Psalm 18:1-3.

 

I love you, Lord;
    you are my strength.
 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;

    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and he saved me from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3 (NLT)

May YOU know the Lord as these names to you, too, my friends.
Happy Sunday!

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