There’s a month left till Easter, and now is the perfect time to start preparing your heart. We’ve compiled a list of spiritual practices and activities for you to consider, if you haven’t already, as you prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
1. Sing or read Easter hymns. Many Easter songs have beautiful lyrics that you can meditate on while you worship to God in song. Start with songs like, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and “Amazing Love.”
2. Keep a journal for the week. Reflect on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, recording all that you are grateful for. This can be a good practice to continue even after Easter.
3. Consider where you’ve been distancing yourself from the Lord, and draw near to Him through confession. Don’t try to hide your shame and guilt, but cast your burden unto the Lord (Psalm 55:22).
4. Go on walks to appreciate the approaching spring. Take time to notice the new life in nature around you. The heavens are telling the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands (Psalm 19:1).
5. Fast and pray. If you haven’t abstained from anything during Lent, now may be a good time to change your focus from a certain food or activity and give that attention to God. Consider humbling yourself before the Lord (Psalm 35:13).
6. Discuss the importance of Easter during mealtimes. This can be a great time for children to ask questions about what Easter means and why it is so significant. Use a family devotional or conversation cards to guide discussion if you aren’t sure where to begin. FamilyLife has a resource that you can find here.
7. Watch the JESUS film. It’s an important reminder of Jesus’ life and the sacrifice He made for us. Spend some time in reflection afterwards. You can watch the film here.
8. Read a daily devotional about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Give yourself time to learn more about the season and what Jesus’ sacrifice means for you. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram as we walk through the Easter story together.
These are just a few ideas of how to prepare your heart for Easter. How do you and your family prepare for the season?