Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing alright… and so am I!
Sorry, I just can’t help myself. Easter is my favorite day of the whole year. I can’t contain it! I have to SING about it!
A few years ago I attempted to do a music series for Easter and quickly realized that it is impossible. There are just too many songs out there! Songs about the gospel of Easter, songs about Holy Week leading up to it, songs about the blood and the healing and redemption that it brings, and glorious songs about the resurrection and grace. Think about it… the list never ends!
Since then I have compiled a list of songs that pertain to this special time of year. Some are songs we sing all year. Some are saved especially for this Holy Day.
But I can’t just keep it to myself!
So I’m going to share it here with all of you as well… but can you do me a favor? If you know of an Easter Song that has not made the list, can you let me know? Thank you!
Feel free to listen to this Easter playlist anytime you need to feel inspired about what Jesus has done for you… Whether during the Easter season or another time of year. We will be continually adding to the list as we come across more songs! Enjoy!
(And yes, we added the Veggietales Bunny Song. We couldn’t contain ourselves…)
Thursday already? Easter Sunday is quickly approaching! No, we still haven’t made plans for the day other than church. It’s been an unexpectedly busy week.
As I sat down to write this last night, I found out that my oldest daughter was taken to the ER and admitted for appendicitis. Thank God her appendix did not rupture! Not being able to be with her is… I actually can’t find the words to describe it. It hurts! But I know that God is in control, and thanks to the precious blood of Jesus she can have a fast recovery.
So it kinda took me a couple of hours to get myself calmed down and start typing. All I can think of is how thankful I am that the Lord keeps His hand on my family. We’ve had one big blow after the other this week, but I know that God will see us through. I know He will do the same for you as well.
He is more than worthy of our praise!
Here are the links to catch up with days 1-3 if you would like to do so:
Here we are, already on day 3. I’m ready for that revival we talked about yesterday. Are you? Keep praying!
So many emotions come with the remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection. Feelings of sorrow but also of excitement. Let us never forget the price that was paid for us on that cross. He bore it all, just so we would not have to suffer.
I can’t wait to see my Savior face to face one day. There will never be enough words to thank Him, and I will spend eternity trying to find them. It’s going to be wonderful!
Until then, we have music. 🙂
21: The Healer – The Ruppes
22: Still Believe – Kim Walker-Smith
One of my favorites…
23: Unworthy of The Blood – Martha Borg
This was a hard song to track down! My Dad has been singing it in church for years. Love it!
24: Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsongs
25: Were You There – Selah featuring Russ Taff
There are many versions of this old song. But I love anything by Russ Taff, so this is the one I went with.
26: Carry My Cross – Third Day
27: Secret Ambition – Michael W. Smith
Anyone remember this one? I used to play this over and over on a cassette tape where I recorded it off the radio… Until I dubbed it on to another tape to play 3 times in a row. Still love it.
28: O The Blood – Gateway Worship
29: Victor’s Crown – Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe
30: Beautiful Rider – Jake Hamilton & The Sound
Well, that’s it until tomorrow.
What are some of your favorite songs for Easter? I still have a long list to work through, but would love to know what some of the songs you hold near and dear are.
Day 2 has arrived! Are you getting excited for Easter Sunday? C’mon, now!
I don’t know about you, but I’m praying that this Sunday sparks a REVIVAL for the church as a whole. We sure need it, don’t we?
Maybe some music will help… 😉 Let’s do this!
Lord, let our remembrance of your death and resurrection, through which we have been given salvation, begin a revival in our hearts and in our churches. Let us all return back to you, our first Love. In your mighty name we pray! Amen!
11: Easter Song – Keith Green Keith Green was one of those ministers that has continued to minister even decades after his death. His testimony, songs, sermons, and writings are still relevant today. If you want to be inspired and motivated to reach the lost and make a difference, I highly suggest looking up more information on Keith Green, his wife Melody Green, and Last Days Ministries.
But yeah, you can’t have Easter without Easter Song. I mean, self-explanatory.
12: Alive – Kim Walker-Smith “It may get loud, the grave is empty now! It may get wild, His love is like no other!”
13: I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin
14: Jesus is Alive – Ron Kenoly
15: Celebrate Jesus – Carman, Commissioned, & The Christ Church Choir
16: This Is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
17: East to West – Casting Crowns
I’ll never forget the first time I ever heard this song. I was a few months pregnant with Tommy (so nearly 8 years ago) and had parked at a Long John Silver’s because I was really craving fish for some reason. The DJ announced that Casting Crowns had just released an awesome song and to listen closely to the words. I had only repented a few weeks before, and was still dealing with a lot of guilt. I was sure that the things I had done would never be fully forgotten by anyone, including God. I was supposed to go to church a few hours later, but was so close to chickening out because I felt unforgivable. Cue this song… My fish was cold by the time I was done crying… and I went to church. Thank you, Lord, for Your grace and mercy!
18: Revelation Song – Kari Jobe
I have a story about this song, but I’m going to save it for another day… (I actually always have a story about every song. I’m one of those people…)
19: In Christ Alone – Mercy Me
Another one that has obviously been sung by many people, but this is the version I chose for this post.
20: Had It Not Been – Gaither Reunion (Featuring Michael English, Mark Lowry, & Terry Franklin)
Whew! That’s it for today… Be sure to come back tomorrow! Oh yeah, there’s more. A LOT more!
Keep praying for that revival. It starts with each and every one of us.
Are you looking for some fun DIY decor ideas for this weekend? A few years ago Stephanie shared these fun projects over on her blog, Crayon Marks and Tiger Stripes, for Jesus Eggs and a Cross Button Frame. So cute! Click the links below to find out more.
Emily and a few other people in my life helped me put together a list of some of our favorite songs to celebrate and remember what Christ has done for us. This week I will share a few of them with you each day. I know that I may very well be the only one who ever goes through each of these songs, and that’s okay. 😉
I was going to organize them by style and all that, but decided in the end to just throw them up randomly. Enjoy!
1: For The Cross – Bethel Worship
2: I Am He – Terry Talbot
3: Oh Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me…)
There are 2 versions of this song. Actually, 3, since both songs are based on an older hymn, but we’re going to go with the 2 newer ones. There is the upbeat Gospel style of Donnie McClurkin that many of us grew up hearing in the 90’s. Then there is the softer version by Casting Crowns that came out a few years ago. So today, for 1 song, you get a two-fer!
4: He’s Alive – Don Francisco
5: See His Love – Jesus Culture
6: Nothing But The Blood of Jesus – Traditional Hymn
This version is by Jars of Clay.
7: I’ve Just Seen Jesus – Larnelle Harris & Sandi Patty
10: Amen – Larnelle Harris
I’m not quite sure who sang this song first, but I grew up hearing it every Easter and absolutely love it. Larnelle Harris makes another appearance on our list, because wow, he hits those notes!
Come back for more tomorrow!
Looking for a way to explain Communion and The Last Supper to your children this week? Try this post from Emily:
Well, not actually. I haven’t even thought about plans for the day other than church, and we usually host dinner for our family at our house. Other details have not been worked out either. But hey, would anyone expect any different from me? Not likely.
I am ready for Easter in the spiritual sense, though. For years Christmas was my favorite holiday, but in the last few years Easter has become the frontrunner in the favorite of all days of the year. Christmas celebrates Jesus coming to earth, but Easter is when we celebrate Him overcoming death, hell, and the grave when He became the ultimate sacrifice for all of our sins and on the 3rd day resurrected from the dead. He did it all just for us. He is Risen!!!
Nothing excites me more than knowing my Savior paid my complete debt… especially when I am far from worthy.
I decided to make a simple little printable based on Luke 24:5-7.
Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
Isn’t it wonderful? Couldn’t you just shout? He is risen! Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus!
I want to share this joy with everyone! So I’m sharing this free printable as an Easter gift for each of you.
Click here or the photo above to download your free He is Risen printable!
We’ve been busy in the Schott home preparing for Easter and doing some fun activities! This year our main focus has been on Holy Week and the spiritual reasons for the holiday. Sure, we’ve done some Springy things and there has been talk of dyeing eggs this weekend and the Easter Bunny possibly making an appearance and dropping off some Easter Baskets, but our main focus has been Jesus.
It’s not that we’re holier than thou or think it’s wrong for others to do differently. It’s just what we feel lead to make it clear to our children, specifically Tommy, that God sent his son Jesus to earth to die for our sins and rose again that we might enter Heaven with Him. Tommy just turned 5, and we feel it’s time that he learn to grasp this a bit more.
A little back story to lead up to where we are at this year. Last year I bought a set of Resurrection Eggs and a copy of Benjamin’s Box. I thought then that Tommy would be all over it. I had these visions of rays of light coming in through the shutters, the light bulb turning on in Tommy’s head, and him suddenly understanding the concept of everything involving the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
I quickly gave up on it, put it away until this year, and pulled it all out a few days ago. NOW we’re getting somewhere…
Tommy has not only caught on to the story and what all Christ has done for us, but has actually showed such empathy that I did not expect. We’ve had to stop the telling of the story a few times so he could pull himself together and stop crying. Which made me cry. Which meant we sat there holding each other crying, praying, and having a “moment” that I will cherish forever. I can’t imagine how much it will affect him when he’s older and understands more as I kept it all very basic. Thankfully, we have gotten to the point in the eggs that now we will start focusing on the Resurrection more and more the next few days which will make him VERY happy.
As for Molly and Johnny Ben, well… They liked the eggs and listened along, but they had their own agenda. And that was okay…
I’ve listed below some other activities we are doing this week. The printables are all ones we did last year. YAY for laminating! I’ve only had to print a few sheets this year as I saved everything in a file folder and ziploc bag. (Sometimes it pays to be a pack rat…)
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8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Today most of us are celebrating Palm Sunday, the day we remember when Jesus rode on a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. As mentioned in the Bible, the people of the city flocked to see Jesus, this man they had heard about riding on a donkey as royalty would, exclaiming “Hosanna!” and laying down palms in His path. The believed in Him, had faith in Him, and wanted to follow Him.
Not much time passes though before they turn on Him. All because others had. Like a chain reaction, they embrace the mob mentality and trade in those hosannas for “Crucify!” and want nothing more to see Him die a bloody death. All in what I can only assume was for their entertainment. (Step out of the prophecies foretold for a minute and think back to their society…) Why would each of those hearts turn on Him? Because one person told another person, gossip spreading like wildfire, that this was not the Son of God after all and was full of blasphemy? Did anyone care to think for themselves? They lost all inhibition and adopted the feelings of the one next to them, forgetting that the week before they loved Jesus.
Sounds a little too familiar to our present day, does it not?
Easter comes and goes so quickly, never getting the true attention it deserves. Not to cut Christmas short, but in my opinion, Easter serves much more emphasis on the Christian walk than Christmas. Jesus didn’t have to die for our sin, coming back 3 days later from the dead, all so each of us could have a place in Heaven if we believe in Him. Sure, His birth has great meaning, but to me His sacrifice means so much more! Add in all the secular tidbits of the holiday and it’s really easy to discount what we are really celebrating, leaving it all behind the next day.
I don’t want to be like those that were in the city that day. My desire is to serve Jesus and love Him on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and every other day! My heart sings “Hosanna!” over and over, and I never want my praise to end. No one could ever tell me anything to change my belief in Him. Not the media, not a friend, no one.
Now I want to ask you: Next Monday, when Easter is over, when the eggs are eaten and the fake grass has been cut out of your vacuum, what will you be saying? Will your heart still exclaim “Hosanna! He is the King of Kings! He reigns in my heart! Praise God, He is RISEN!” as it does today on Palm Sunday? I’m praying that it does.
My prayer for you and I is to never forget and fall into going through the motions of every day life, failing to daily praise God for sending His only son as a gift to us. May we never forget Christ’s love for us. Thank you, Lord, for everything.