Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Journey Through the Holy Days

I don't fully remember what exactly prompted me to work on this several weeks ago. But, I began searching God's Word for thoughts to share with my family during the 40 days before Easter.

More than half way through, I set it aside because there are already so many great ideas out there for celebrating these holy days. Yet - last week, I was reminded of it and opened it up again and God provided all the remaining pieces needed.

So, I humbly share the ideas He has given - Lord willing, we will be working through these ideas and Scriptures in our home and if you would like to join in, you are very welcome.

Journey Through The Holy Days

Here's how I envision this working in our home. Over the weekend, I made the paper chain slips so they are ready to assemble. You can download the file and just print them out or put them on pretty paper or whatever suits your time and taste.

Then, there is a guide for which Scriptures relate to the topic each day. You can read one or all of them or something else - it is just a suggestion. And, I've offered a family activity idea to go along with each of the daily readings.

I'm also providing a short supply list in case you want to make sure to have the particular items on hand. Most things used in the activities are things you'd have around the house all the time, but there may be a few things that you would not always have available. Those are the things that will be on the supply list.

Supply List:
Journey Through The Holy Days Supply List

Paper Chain Download:
Journey Through The Holy Days Paper Chain

Other favorite Easter ideas:

* Make a Names of Jesus Garland
* He Died for Me
* Simple Eggs with Letter Stickers: Jesus!
* New Life Cakes
* Easter Garden
* Easter Tree
* Passover Meal


Bonnie said...

Wow, Monica, this is wonderful! I hope I can get everything together to start it this week, THANKYOU!!!

kate tolson said...

I love this! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I will definitely be using this with our girls in our quiet times each day. I love being prepared for Easter, as much as we can, in our hearts, and this is going to help us so much!

~katie~ said...

Oh Monica ~ what effort you poured into this!!! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful truths from God's Word that were laid on your heart! Undoubtedly, the time invested in this will not only be a tremendous blessing to your own family but to countless others too!! Thank you for loving our Lord so and allowing Him to use you to bring others closer to him! Your obedience to Him is inspiring and your thoughtfulness is so very humbling.

Blessings, friend, as we prepare to worship our Savior in a special way,

*1 Thessalonians 1:3*

Flannel Jammies Farm said...

Monica, this is a beautiful gift... from God to you and then from you to each of us. Thank you so much for sharing!

Lindsey said...

This is beautiful Monica! Thank you so much for sharing this with us -- our family will definitely be using this guide this year.

Becky said...

Wow, thanks for this! Putting this all together must've been a lot of work. What a blessing it all is though!!

Thanks again :) Have a lovely day.

Christy said...

Can I just say: "Thank You!". We as a family are sacrificing things for Lent but this really helps focus our attention on Who made the sacrifice for us to begin with. Thank you so much for this!

LynnMarie said...

WOW a lot of work and thought went into your work and you are giving it all away to us. How wonderful of you. May God continue to bless you for all you do and thank you so much.

Barbie @ Mamaology said...

This is so great!Thank you for putting this together and sharing. I love all the ideas...many blessings for your blessing others!:)

tiffany said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have never celebrated the Lentin season, but I look forward to doing so with my kiddos this year. We read the first passage this morning together over breakfast (we chose Luke 2) and have some fun things planned for a little later this morning. I look forward to blogging all about it.
Thanks again for sharing.


Carrie said...

We're expecting our new baby Easter week so I've got the "to do" list in my head to make sure we're organized to focus on this special time on the church calendar BEFORE I leave for the hospital. THis year will be a bit different, and I think we're going to be focusing more on preparing our hearts in the days leading up to the hospital and then just refreshing ourselves Easter weekend.

Definitely not what I'm used to but I liked hearing your thoughts and ideas as I set about to prepare us for the season.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this wonderful resource and for all of your hard work. It is so nice to hear that God encouraged you to work on this and to complete it. My family will benefit from it. I was just thinking a few days ago that I had to pull ideas together for this Wednesday and then I checked your blog and...so thank you!
Have a blessed season!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

wow, there's so much work and love put into this project. It's amazing :) :) I'm going to show this to my dad, to!!! Oh, what a treat. I love this :) :) :) thank you so much :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

pippasmum said...

Monica, this is such a blessing. I can't thank you enough for sharing this!

Robyn said...

Thank you Monica. I was looking for something like this yesterday and couldn't find anything I liked so I was delighted this morning to find your new post. Thank you!

1pureheart said...

thanks for sharing all the great ideas! i'm excited to add some of these to our 40 days. thanks~Melissa

Danielle said...

Thank you so much! I have been looking for something like this to do with the kids this year. The money to buy a book is not available right now so this is such a blessing to me. We have never really prepared our hearts for Easter before.But this year I wanted to start. I visit your blog regularly and just wanted to say what an inspiration it has been for me as a young mother with three going on four children.

Crystal said...

Thank you so much for the outline you did. I started it with my 14 year old today. Of course there are a few things I have changed because of age. But she is so excited about our 47 day journey. What a blessing your blog has been to my family.

barbara said...

This looks great Monica and I'd love to do it. I'm technically challenged at times . . . do I have to have a Facebook or Scribd account to get the download?

Mrs. T. said...

I love this! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Mrs. T. said...

I love this! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Amy said...

Looks like I'm not the only one to say "Wow!" I'm excited to get started on it with my kids this afternoon. You have truly blessed your readers this Easter. Thank you for giving us an important and meaningful gift- teaching our children about Christ. God bless you! Amy

The HSV said...

This is fantastic! Thank you - Joy (stay at home missionary) shared the link and I'm going to share it with The Homeschool Village!!

Monica Wilkinson said...

Dear Barbara,

No account needed...look at the top left corner of the box surrounding the document you want to print and it says "print" or "download" right there. Just make your selection and enjoy!


Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Oh this is fantastic!! Thank you so much for all the work you put into sharing this with everyone :) I'm a day behind but we'll definitley be using this starting tomorrow :)

Anonymous said...


Thanks so much for blessing us with this! I am looking forward to diving into God's word more fully during the holy days.

Terri S.
Madison WI

Crystal said...

Thank you so much for this post. So excited to use this great resource! I appreciate all the time and work you did to put it all together! What a blessing!