Prepare Your Heart for Easter with Max Lucado’s On Calvary’s Hill
I grew up in a Lutheran home so Lent was always a big part of our Easter tradition. Starting on Ash Wednesday and then for the next 40 days, our hearts and minds were set on preparing for Good Friday’s sacrifice and the celebration of Easter morning. It was much easier for me to remember this important season when our family was already participating in activities on a weekly basis.
Now my family attends a Baptist church, and while official Lent activities are not a part of our church’s tradition; my heart and mind still need to be preparing for Easter weekend. Advent season seems a little easier to keep up with- we have several Advent “calendars” that keep us on track. But I have yet to find a similar “calendar” for Lent.
But I found something close- Max Lucado’s book “On Calvary’s Hill“ provides 40 readings for the Easter season. This little book (filled with excerpts from many of Lucado’s popular writings) is perfect for creating a Lenten tradition in your own home.
Explore the final days in the life of Christ. Draw near to the Savior and prepare to celebrate the greatest miracle ever conceived.
I’ve taken this book and created my own 21st century version of a Lent “calendar”. No cute little boxes to open each day- but instead an alarm set on my iPhone to remind me to keep it all in perspective.
Another tradition I have been trying to get better with is Easter decorating. Part of the “preparation” for Christ’s birth entails filling out homes will beautiful Christmas decorations to celebrate!And we go all out on this one! So why should Easter be any different?! Last year I created this Empty Tomb Garden and it is now one of my favorite Easter decor items. (You can see how to make an Empty Tomb Garden here. I’m kind of loving the “white as snow” analogy going on in that pic too.)
I encourage us all to fill our homes with the joy of Easter and our hearts with Lucado’s reminders of the truth and promise of the Resurrected Savior!
marnie ward says
One of the way that I prepare for Easter was to give up desserts for Lent!
Sherri J says
At Easter, I really do a lot of studying on Christ’s death. It really keeps me focused on the sacrifice He made!
Every Easter season, I do a specific reading, keep a prayer journal, and do something special (crafts and lessons) with my granddaughter.
lissa crane says
Our children are little, so we read them books appropriate for their ages and even show them cartoon movies to prepare them to understand Easter better. We also do lots of cooking and cleaning to get ready for our big family gathering!
Pam C. says
I don’t know that truly prepare for Easter, but I certainly plan to spend time in meditation, prayer and reflection.
I prepare by coloring Easter eggs with my kids. It is a long standing tradition as they are teens now.
I prepare for Easter by buying my niece an Easter basket and card.
Michelle Faile says
I started observing Lent this year!
evie troost says
I strayed from my religion for many years,but now I am committed to following Christ,and teaching my children(teens)about what Christ has done for us.I think this would be something very helpful!
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I like the idea of implementing a reading during the Lenten season. It helps prepare my mind, my heart for Easter. Max Lucado readings would be excellent for this!