The Chocolate Easter Rabbit Teaches a Scripture Lesson

Chocolate Easter rabbits are not only cute and delicious but they can teach us a spiritual  lesson from the Bible.

As you unwrap the pretty foil surrounding a chocolate rabbit and take a bite into the mouth watering chocolate you will find that the rabbit is either filled with chocolate or is hollow. Look at your life. Are you spiritually filled or hollow? Chocolate rabbits that are hollow are easily broken and melted. If we are spiritually hollow our lives will be easily broken and hurt. Here are just a few of the ways we can be filled up spiritually.

Are you letting God use you and fill you with his blessings or are you hollow from lack of time in prayer?  Every Easter stores are filled with chocolate rabbits. Could you imagine Walmart or Target without this traditional treat?  People would be upset if they went to get a chocolate rabbit and found that they were not being sold.  Missing our time of talking to God in prayer should upset us. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17  it says to “Pray without ceasing.” (KJV) Praying continually throughout the day will help keep us spiritually full. There are many ways to pray. Share with God your cares, concerns, and praises as if he is sitting by you. Pray through a favorite song, verse, or Psalm. James 5:16 says “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (KJV) Make prayer a vital part of your day.

When many children receive a chocolate rabbit they are eager to dig in and start munching on it. The Word of God is filled with information to help, bless, and fill us with something important for our day. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for  doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV) Everyday we should dig eagerly into the scriptures to see what God has ready and waiting to fill us up with spiritually.

We cannot be blessed and filled up spiritually unless we have first admitted that we are a sinner and ask Jesus to come and take away our sins with his free gift of Salvation. The Bible states “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)

A hollow rabbit will melt faster than a filled rabbit. When the heat of lifes pressures threaten to send you into a meltdown “Look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) We have hope from Romans 15:4 “That we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (KJV)

Many rabbits are made in the same mold. They will have the same look and taste. As Christians we are to be different and set apart from the world. Be willing to lay your wants down at Jesus feet so he can break the mold and use the plan he has perfectly designed for you .

When I walked through the Easter candy aisle of the store the hollow rabbits outnumbered filled rabbits. We need to share the true Easter story with others and encourage them so that they will be spiritually filled. All the colorful wrappings and varieties of candies in the store can easily distract you from finding a filled rabbit. This Easter stay focused on the true reason for Easter “Our Risen Savior!”

This Easter enjoy a chocolate filled bunny and be filled with the blessings of “Our risen Savior!”


Keep Christ in Christmas

Away in a manger

Away in a manger

Christmas is a special time of year. It is easy to get caught up in the commercialism and miss out on the true meaning. Christmas is a time of good news and celebration!

This year our children decided that they would like to make a manger scene instead of having a tree. They have spent hours designing, cutting, taping,and enjoying the joys of making their own manger scene. At first I wondered what it would be like without a tree. As the days have went by I have found myself thinking more about what the first Christmas would have been like. Were Mary and Joseph exhausted from their trip? Can you imagine what it would have been like to hear the good news the angels brought to the shepherds. Did the animals in the stable come over and see the Lord Jesus? I don’t have the answers but  it has made me slow down, think, and cherish the moments that I have been given.

Try these ideas to keep Christmas Christ centered and relaxing.

1. Give your heart

What can I give him poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would give him a lamb, If I were a wise man, I would do my part. Yes what can I give him – I can give him my heart.

2. Pray

Pray for those who may be alone this Christmas or for others you met while shopping.

3. Read Luke 1:26-2:40                                                                                                                                                                                               Read slowly and imagine yourself there. In Luke 1:19 Mary kept and pondered all these thing in her heart. Think on these verses and remember what God has done for you.

4. Celebrate!                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Christmas is a day of rejoicing. Jesus left heaven above and came to earth to be born. A king was laid in a lowly feeding trough to bring us a gift.  Our gift is Acts 4:12 – Neither is there Salvation in any other: for their is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Have a Merry CHRISTmas!!!