While I’m working on kits I got on a roll this morning! These Elegant Easter Egg Favor Boxes are just adorable! They’re the perfect size to fill with a few Hershey’s Kisses or other Easter candies. The three eggs work beautifully together and can add an elegant touch to place settings at a family dinner, a women’s Easter brunch or other Easter gathering. Add your own tags to them for place settings or to add all of the children’s names in a classroom.
There are photographic instructions included so it’s very easy to figure out how to put these together and even an older child could do these. Cutting and scoring are at a medium difficulty skill level.
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Matt 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” NIV
DEVOTIONAL: Continuing on yesterday’s theme — when we are spiritually dry there are a few common reasons. Sometimes we are in sin, sometimes we are disappointed with God or our perception of God’s “fairness,” sometimes we are caught up in the world around us and sometimes we’re caught up in worrying. I’ll go over each of these in successive devotionals, but today I’m going to talk about the most common reason we get spiritually dry and that is we grow weary.
Weary, tired, exhausted, overwhelmed — these are the most common words I hear in my daily life when I ask people how they’re doing. I bet you hear it/say it too. We’re all doing too much, in too little time with little or no rest to restore ourselves.
Did you notice the “rest” in “restore.” There is no restoration of energy without rest and there’s no shortcut to being refreshed. Unfortunately you can’t plug yourself in like an electric car when you go to sleep at night to recharge in a few hours — it takes many consistent nights of adequate sleep to restore our bodies and with it our souls.
Jesus understands our weariness. He wants us to come to Him, give him our weariness and burdens and find His rest. I’ve discovered over time that His rest isn’t a magical formula, it’s a dramatic change about the way we approach all of life. Are the tasks/assignments that you are stressing over, actually coming from the Lord or have you taken them upon yourself? If the latter, His rest might come as you let go of the commitment.
Jesus pulled away from the crowds and sought communion with His Heavenly Father — even when it meant leaving the hurting masses. Do you “leave” your family from time to time to go away and spend time with the Lord? Most of us can’t physically get away, but we can go into our rooms each day and spend time seeking the Lord AND LEARN FROM HIM HOW TO FIND REST.
Start your time with Him with a simple prayer and ask Him to help you find out the root reason that you are weary and discouraged. Then ask Him to lead you to the scriptures that will speak to your need. It can be as simple as looking up “weary” in a good concordance and following the trail of scriptures. Then I find that “pray-reading” the scripture is a great way to take it into my own heart and give the Lord permission to do the work necessary to change my heart. The prayer at the end today is an example of how I like to “pray-read” the word.
If you are dry, or maybe you’re even in a long season of drought, you won’t feel restored over night. You probably won’t feel different at all for quite a while, but I promise you, if you continue seeking His rest you will find it. And with it you’ll find the refreshing rains of his living waters. You’ll find the rains that bring forth the spring flowers.
PRAYER: Lord, you have commanded me to come to you when I grow weary and burdened. I am so weary and dry right now. I am so exhausted with carrying my burdens that I have come to you to find your rest. Please show me what I need to do in my life.
You have told me that if I take your yoke upon my shoulders it will be a comforable and restful yoke. My work will be less painfu, be more easily accomplished and lead to rest. Help me to learn from you. Teach me about where my life is out of balance and headed in a wrong direction and teach me what needs to be changed and perhaps more importantly, how to change it.
Thank you that you aren’t angry with my weakness, you understand. You’re gentle and understanding and have a desire to lead me into your rest. AMEN.by