So What About All The Bunnies, Chicks, Eggs and Peeps?

Well, honestly, I don’t know. I grew up with bunnies, chicks and eggs at Easter. They bring back good memories. I had a really easy time believing in Santa Claus as a child. That was totally believable to me. But the Easter Bunny … now we’re stretching it a bit! Isn’t that funny?! I totally believed in a jolly fat guy who delivered gifts, via flying reindeer, to all children in one night, but a magical life-sized bunny painting eggs for children … no way.

My mom always did a GREAT job of making every season and holiday something special. We celebrated it and decorated the house for it. I tend to do the same thing. I like wreaths and outside décor for seasons and holidays. I have cute spring and Easter decorations that I enjoy. I have dishtowels with eggs and chicks on them. We dye eggs every Easter with the kids and have an egg hunt. That’s always fun … a tradition we all enjoy.

But this year I’m rethinking it all a bit …

Not because it’s bad or evil. Not because I want to be different than everyone else. I’m rethinking it all because God has caused my heart to pause. As Valentine’s Day came to a close and I took down my heart-shaped red décor, I started thinking about my Easter décor and when I was going to decorate. It was then that I felt the Holy Spirit create a small tension inside of me about it all. Did you know that’s how God speaks to us? There’s a beautiful story about it in 1 Kings 19. Elijah was instructed to go and stand on a mountain before the Lord. He was trying to hear from God. There were all these things that happened that made loud noises – a strong wind, an earthquake, a fire – but scripture says “and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing” 1 Kings 19:12.

Y’all — that was the Lord. That was Him speaking to Elijah. You see, I try to spend time in scripture, prayer, confession and surrender daily JUST FOR MOMENTS LIKE THESE!!!! How exciting it is to have moments of quietness where you are discerning that the Lord is asking you to take pause and think about something.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m reading about it. I’m praying about it. I’m talking to my husband about it. I’m processing with my children about it. I’m NOT throwing the baby out with the bath water and throwing all my Easter decorations away. I have them around my house now. Cute little Eggs on my mantel and chick towels in my bathroom. I’m holding it all with an open hand and asking Jesus to guide Michael, me and our family through it. What is He calling us to do? Why are we doing what we’re currently doing?

This Lenten season, I ask you just to pause and think about why you are doing what your doing. When you do that … ask God to show you what HE wants you to do. Ask Him to speak to you, just as He did to Elijah, and give you a heart that discerns His voice. Pray with faith … expecting Him to speak to you. And then let me know about it…I’d love to hear how God is speaking to you!

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