During Holy Week, the children and I spent time reading about Jesus' last week on earth, and talking about the price He paid for our sins. K made a box of repentance for us, and we spent time asking God to search our hearts and reveal sin to us that we needed to confess and turn away from. We wrote our sins down, placed them inside our box of repentance, and then on Sunday evening we burned the papers in our fire pit. We talked to the children about how when we ask God to forgive our sins, he does and He remembers them no more.
Heath and I don't think we'll ever go back to the BIG Easter Sunday feasts we've prepared in the past. We had too much fun slowing down and simply enjoying time together as a family, reflecting on who Jesus is and all He's done for us together with our family around our little ol' fire pit. We think this might be a new family tradition.
I also want to share something I came across this week on the internet. It is a beautiful reflection from a pastor's wife who has discovered the joy that is found in simply worshiping and connecting with your brothers and sisters in Christ and not allowing busyness to suffocate you and your family. As she says, "Simple church...what's not to love?" Please click over and read.