OK. How amazing to have these awesome moments with your kids. I had reserved Saturday night to make "Easter Cookies" with Macy ( while Mia was napping). We were making a BIG batch to take to FBI Kids Church for Sunday because I was teaching and thought it would be a great Easter lesson. I got the recipe in an email from my friend Delane this week. I will try and post it on the blog later this week.
To sum it up....First you have to put whole pecan halves into a ziplock bag and beat them with a wooden spoon until they are all broken up. Then you read the verses in the Bible that talk about how they beat Jesus. Then you add vinegar. Have them smell and taste it. Read the verses where they put vinegar on a sponge and gave it to Jesus when he said "I thirst". more ingredients...more verses.... (really neat)....
So I decided to get one of Macy's dolls to talk about the whole "concept" of Easter and what it means. So I cut out 2 hearts on white scrap paper. I had her color one black. Then we taped it onto her doll's chest. We talked about how all of us sin. We have ALL made bad decisions....disobeyed. Bad attitude...etc. Those things keep us from God. Sin makes our heart black. But because Jesus died for us - we can ask Him to forgive us and to come into our hearts. And when we do this - we can have a clean, white heart! I asked Macy if she wanted a black heart - and she said NO! I asked her if she wanted a white heart - and she said "YES!" I asked her doll if she wanted to ask Jesus into her heart and to forgive her. She said YES (with a little help from mom). Her doll prayed and then we took off the black heart and taped the white heart on.
THEN HERE IT IS - I ASKED MACY IF SHE WANTED TO PRAY - AND SHE DID - AND SO WE PRAYED FOR JESUS TO COME INTO HER HEART. AND WHEN I ASKED HER IF SHE WANTED TO TAPE A WHITE HEART ONTO HER SHIRT......SHE SAID NO!!! AND LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS SILLY. THEN SHE SAID "I ALREADY HAVE A WHITE HEART". I ASKED HER WHERE IT WAS...AND SHE POINTED AT HER CHEST AND SAID "IN HERE" ... all the while having a huge beautiful smile on her face.
What a deep moment. Wow. She really gets it. I was really going to tape a white paper heart on her chest as a symbol. But she didn't need it!