Friday, April 2, 2010

Rocks in the Basket

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We are adding a tradition this year. 

Thanks to the idea from my college friend Katie, we are doing “Blessing Baskets”.  We will fill the baskets with rocks to represent our sins.  Ideally, we will probably do this part on Thursday next year. 

We will call out our sin (general and maybe even specific) as we place each rock in to the basket. 

Then we will cover the rocks with a red cloth, to represent the Blood of Christ that covers our sins, talking about Christ’s death on the cross and what it means for us.    Then we will take the rocks out of the basket (placing them in Jesus’ Basket) and talk about how Jesus truly takes our sins away.   The baskets will remain empty until Sunday morning. 

On Sunday morning when we wake to find our Empty Tomb, we will also find the baskets filled with Goodies.  We will share with the children why we are rejoicing and celebrating.

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I am thankful today that Jesus did die for my sins.  Daily I am reminded of my need for a Savior.  

Impatience

Selfishness

Envy

Pride

Worry

Anger

Coveting

Laziness


My Basket will be heavy indeed. 

It is a Glorious thing that Jesus says

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 
                                     Matthew 11:28,30


The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God”  and that “the penalty of sin is death”  But, Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, He became the substitute…and took my place.   He took the rocks out of my basket…that I would no longer have such a heavy load to bear. 

May we all rejoice today that we no longer stand condemned because of the Great One who stood in our place, that we might stand righteous in the eyes of God.

 

What  a Good Friday indeed.

 

*Linking up with I’m Lovin’ It Fridays and Friday Follow

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15 comments:

  1. I love this Carrie, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great idea, Carrie! I think we'll do this next year! We've really enjoyed doing the Lenten lights!

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  3. I love this idea!!
    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It!! Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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  4. What a great idea!!! We might have to use this too! Cameron from high school sent me the link for your blog when i was potty training my two year old! I have enjoyed reading it!! You look great by the way!! Take care of those little lamas! They are adorable! julie

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  6. FOLLOWING YOU VIA FRIDAY FOLLOW...I AM A FELLOW CHRISTIAN AND MY BASKET IS HEAVY TOO! HOPE TO SEE YOU AROUND MY BLOG SOMETIME! I LOVE LLAMAS..

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  7. What a wonderful blog! I am a Christian mom too and love the ideas on your blog! I am a new follower from Friday Follow and would love if you could follow me back!

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  8. Stopping by via Friday Follow to say hello!

    Have a great weekend :)
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  9. This is a wonderful idea!

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  10. I'm so glad to see this posted today. Thank you!

    Following from Friday Follow!

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  11. What a great idea! I love it! Thank you for sharing. I love your blog, I'll be back for sure!
    Blessings,
    Joy

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  12. Google will not let me sign in right now, I will be back to follow! And thanks for visiting me on my SITS Day - and welcome to TMC!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. I LOVE THIS. We usually do baskets on the first day of Spring...but I was out of town that day so I've been trying to think of when/how to do baskets this year (besides Easter morning). I think I'm gonna do this this weekend--to begin our Easter activities!

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  14. I pinned this and blogged about it here -http://jamesandleighann.blogspot.com/2012/03/easters-fast-approaching.html

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