Spring allures me with vibrant color and fresh beauty; does it do the same for you? The perky colors of spring have arrived in retail stores and I have to confess, I bought a bag of jelly beans on Valentine’s Day!
New beginnings are another part of spring and a wonderful reminder of God’s grace. As the celebration of Easter quickly approaches, I’m always looking for great ways to explain Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection in a simple manner for my children. One of the tools from Tommy Nelson great for this time of year is the sweet book, The Parable of the Lily. Teaching the true meaning of Easter, this colorful book effectively teaches children all about the incredible forgiveness of God.
Another creative tool I discovered in my treasure of children’s artwork is this sweet little poem to accompany a pack of jelly beans. I loved this so much I had to pass it on to you AND I confess, I simply love jelly beans. (Almost as much as chocolate!)
Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night,
Black is for the sins that were made,
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Is a Prayer…Is a Promise…Is an Easter treat!
So separate your jelly beans into colors and package up a little treat for your Sunday School class, children’s small group, or your own family’s Easter baskets. Tuck in the poem and you’ll have a great reminder of God’s forgiveness and love at this fun time of year. Be sure to check out this free printable download too!
Also, be sure to head over to ThomasNelson.com to check out the great selection of Easter books from Tommy Nelson!
Rachel Wojnarowski is a wife, mom to 7, blogger and piano teacher. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy caring for their busy family, whose ages span 22 months to 21 years and includes a special needs daughter. Rachel leads community ladies’ Bible studies in central Ohio and serves as an event planner and speaker. In her “free time” she crochets, knits, and sews handmade clothing. Ok, not really. She enjoys running and she’s a tech geek at heart. Reader, writer, speaker and dreamer, you can find Rachel on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and of course, RachelWojo.com