I hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend! I have so enjoyed reading some of your blog updates, about your Easter/Resurrection celebrations. We have enjoyed some wonderful weather here in Ireland at the moment, which is lovely after the deep frost we experienced this winter. We did a lot of gardening over the weekend that needed to be done, and though there is still a little work left to do, our garden is looking much nicer and cared for! I replanted my hanging baskets with lovely deep purple, lilac and white flowers and I cannot wait until they are in full bloom! Amy and Dylan were very helpful in picking up stones off of the lawn, raking and collecting grass cuttings and hosing down the driveway! Today my poor hubby once again battled with our large lawn areas and his old trusty push along mower! I think he will be in need of a back rub later!
My husband and I decided we would watch 'The Passion of the Christ' on Saturday evening after our children had gone to bed. The movie had been recommended to us by numerous people. We hoped that it would help us to identify what Christ suffered in order that we might be saved. We had discussed that we could make it a yearly tradition. This did not at all go according to plan! We watched around 45 minutes of this movie before Brian instructed that we should turn it off! He felt that it was doing neither of us any good to watch it; he was right, I was in floods of tears! I am quite emotional when it comes to violent or upsetting movies anyway...but this film was on another level. I was also quite afraid of the devil and demons depicted in this movie.
Brian and I have discussed very often, that we should judge items such as movies and music that come into our home, by imagining Jesus was watching/listening with us. If we feel that He would not approve, then we should not watch or listen. That may sound childlike and simplistic to some, but we have found it a helpful way to make sound judgement within our home. Brian thinks we should not watch this movie again.
On the morning of Resurrection Sunday, we gathered the children onto our bed for family Bible time. We read from the book of Matthew. The children (and Brian) enjoyed their chocolate eggs also while we read! I felt such an overwhelming sense of gratitude to our Lord Jesus Christ for my gift of salvation! Praise Him!
After this we got dressed and simply spent lots of quality time together as a family. In the late afternoon we invited some family members (none of whom could attend) and my parents for a barbeque dinner. Brian played hurling with Amy and Dylan for a long time after dinner was over, and I got Meg ready for bed and chatted with my mother as I went. It was a lovely evening filled with family, fun and good food.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!