Easter Baskets for Teens

Parenting teens comes with its challenges, doesn’t it? One thing I have enjoyed, as a mom with 2 teens and one 12 year old is continuing traditions in our home even when they may seem to be too old for said tradition. Leaving Valentine cards & candy on the breakfast table in February, filling stockings full of things they love, Easter eggs hunts and Shamrock shakes in March.

One of those traditions is finding special, meaningful and cross-centered items to go in their Easter baskets each year. No, we don’t have to have baskets to celebrate Easter. But, yes, I love making holidays and other days special in our home. So, for me personally, if there is ANY day I’m going to make special, it’s going to be the day my Savior rose from the grave!

Finding Christ-centered Easter items can be a bit of a challenge, though. But, Dayspring has come through for me…big time!!

Look at all of these beautiful ideas for Easter baskets that I found at Dayspring!

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In addition to these Christ-centered ideas that will help remind my teens of God’s love for them, here are more ideas that I think teens would love! I have included gift cards in our baskets this year, too. ūüôā

Easter Basket Ideas for Teens

Tell me what items your teens would love to receive in their Easter baskets?

More Christ-Centered Family Easter Ideas

Wishing You the Joy of Jesus!

Sweet friends,

Merry Christmas! What a beautiful and blessed time of year. I am lifting up your precious families and asking God to give you His joy this Christmas season. I am asking Him to be the healer of broken hearts, the provider of your needs and the lifter of your heads. May He fill your cups to overflowing today and everyday!!

I’m thankful for you!




We Welcome the Prince of Peace


There has never been a time in my life when this world seemed to need Advent more than now. We need advent, the arrival, the birth of the Prince of Peace.

The Advent season is upon us. The first day of the traditional Advent season is Sunday, November 27th.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. 

Isaiah 9:6-7

With the birth of Jesus we have the birth of grace. Through the gift of His Son, God shows us true love. We learn what true peace is because of our Prince of Peace. We have the hope of heaven because of Advent.

Now, more than ever, as believers we need to be fervent in prayer and the study of God’s Word. Let us fix our eyes on JESUS this Advent season. Let us remember WHY He came to earth.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible about Jesus is from Isaiah 61.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion‚ÄĒ
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1-3

This passage is a prophecy written about Jesus before He was ever born. We learn from this passage that through Jesus, every single one of our needs will be met. In Christ. He brings good news for the poor, He binds up the brokenhearted, He proclaims freedom for the captives, He releases from darkness the prisoners, He comforts all who mourn, He gives beauty for ashes, He gives the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair.

Every single need you are facing today…can be met in Jesus. He doesn’t always meet our needs in the way that our flesh or this world may seek to meet those needs. But He meets them with Himself. He gives us more and more of Him.

Lord Jesus, my Prince of Peace…I welcome You into my world, my home, my heart this Advent season.

Emmanuel: God with us. God with me. God with you. 

I talked a little bit about this passage the other day on Facebook Live…


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Prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus as Melody invites you to dive deeper into some really meaningful words during this 25-day Advent devotional.¬† Focusing on four special words‚ÄĒHope…Love…Joy…Peace, Melody gives 25 daily prompts (along with Scripture), in hopes that you will connect with these four words, the prompts, and other details within the verse.¬† “May each day of this journey help build our collective excitement about the coming of Christmas day and the celebration of the Messiah!”¬† ‚ÄĒMelody

Devotional message:
Tis the Season

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1.  Future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)
2.  Glory.  (Isaiah 60:2)
3.  Freedom.  (Isaiah 61:1-3)
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Why We All Need Advent


Advent: noun, a coming or arrival

This is advent. We celebrate a coming. We await an arrival. The arrival of a baby boy born in a stable. A baby, yet a king. The arrival of new life to a young, bewildered couple. The arrival of new life for you and me. The arrival of a new kingdom.

The arrival of grace.

The arrival of love.

The arrival of peace.

The arrival of joy.

Jesus didn’t come solely to give us a home for all eternity, He came to give us the abundant life we yearn for while still here on earth. Perfect? No. Abundant? Yes.

Everywhere we look in this world today we see a lack of grace, a lack of love, a lack of peace and a lack of joy.

We are all so desperate for Advent because we are all so desperate for Jesus.

More of Jesus, less of this world…less of me…less of this earthly kingdom we live in temporarily.

More Jesus, less politics. More Jesus, less divisiveness. More Jesus, less hate. More Jesus, less war. More Jesus, less revenge.

As we approach the season where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us fix our eyes on Him…His birth…His life…His death and resurrection.

If Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly, let us look for that life here and now. Let us look for grace, love, peace and joy. May we be instruments of that grace, love, peace and joy.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. 

Let it begin in me.

Emmanuel: God with us. 

He is here.

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{The new Christmas kit!!}

If you’ve been wanting to try a new Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Monthly KIT, this is the month to try it!!

The first 500 who purchase the December Tis The Season kit will receive a FREE Christmas stamp set! These kits are so well done. I have shared about many of them and you can find those posts here!

Free Christmas Stamp Set

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Go here to purchase the Tis the Season Devotional Kit from Dayspring! 

I will be back in a few weeks to show you a few pages that I’ve created using the Tis the Season kit! Can’t wait to dig in to ADVENT Bible Journaling!!




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