I wrote yesterday that I will have 2 new regularly scheduled posts cranked out on Suzanne Shares moving forward. One is “What We’re Reading Wednesday” and the second is “Friday Favorites.” You can read more about them in yesterday’s post.
Drum roll please for my first installment of Friday Favorites! I’m a little excited if you can’t tell! Today, I am highlighting a favorite book, The Word Became Flesh, and a family tradition that our family practices during Lent using said favorite book. With the commencement of Lent, I thought this would be a most excellent time to highlight The Word Became Flesh. Plus, it is an exciting week related to the book, as well! My friend, Faye Maynard, the book’s author, has had the book published, and the book is now available for the whole world to purchase online! I am so excited for Faye, and I am shrieking with joy that all of you have access to buy the book as well. Last year, the book was only available for purchase on my blog or by contacting Faye personally, but alas, those days are in the past! Here’s a picture of the book, hot off the presses!
This will be our family’s 4th year to go through The Word Became Flesh, and it has been amazingly memorable. As a mom, I have always tried to be intentional about ‘recovering’ Christian holidays and celebrating them for their original purpose, and Easter was one such holiday. When searching for Advent resources for Christmas to use as a family, there was a multitude of options. However, perusing the world wide web for Advent resources for Easter were minimal, almost non-existent. I was slightly disturbed by that reality. As a Christian, Easter is just as significant as Christmas, yet its celebration pales in comparison to the festivities of December 25. At Christmas, my husband and I wanted to faithfully teach our boys of the miraculous, glory-filled moment of Christ being born, taking on flesh to enter humanity. However, we also wanted to share with them the other book end of Christ’s life, Easter. His glorious entrance into Jerusalem, the heaviness of a betrayal by one of his disciples, the excruciating pain that was crucifixion, the scream of “It is finished!” signifying the completed work of His sacrifice for our sins, the empty tomb and death conquered–these are the things that we wanted our sons to hear, know, ponder at Easter.
What a joy to hear from my friend, Faye Maynard, four years ago that she had penned a devotion, The Word Became Flesh, to use during the 40 days of Lent in preparation of and for Easter. Faye is the same friend who introduced our family to the Advent Jesse Tree, which has become one of our most meaningful Christmas traditions. The Word Became Flesh has daily Scripture readings for use during Lent, and the readings center around the life of Christ. The first day’s reading is the birth of Jesus, and the final day is Christ’s ascension to heaven after the resurrection. I love that for 40 straight days our family is reading the Bible together , and I love that the 40 Scripture readings aren’t randomly chosen Bible stories. We are together delving into the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. If I could write an unending blog post, it would never suffice in explanation of how my heart and mind have been led to worship in preparation of Good Friday and Easter morning due to the direction of The Word Became Flesh.
One of our family’s favorite aspects of the Advent Jesse Tree is also used by us with The Word Became Flesh–ornaments!
I participated in an ornament swap prior to our first year of using The Word Became Flesh. Thirty-nine other ladies and I made 40 copies of one ornament, and then we had a vibrant jaunt around 2 massive tables collecting and swapping until we had a completed set of 40 ornaments. Each day there is a corresponding ornament, and we hang it on a grapevine wreath in our home. My sons fight over whose turn it is to hang the day’s ornament. I love having a visual, it’s-so-big-you-can’t-miss-it, object in our home to recall thoughts of Christ and His perfect sacrifice for our sins at Easter.
Another gift that Faye gives us in The Word Became Flesh is artwork! She is a gifted artist and included hand drawn sketches at the bottom of each devotion page. The sketches can be photocopied and transformed into an ornament set for your family. So, no worries if you don’t have time or energy to coordinate an ornament swap! Xerox+the book=a set of 40 ornaments! (Thank you, Faye!) Your kiddos will love the ornament aspect of The Word Became Flesh as well.
To conclude, if your family is looking for a meaningful way to celebrate and think upon Christ this Easter, I highly, highly, highly recommend The Word Became Flesh!
FREE GIVEAWAY–One more piece of exciting news!! Thanks to Faye’s generosity one lucky Suzanne Shares reader will receive a FREE COPY of The Word Became Flesh AND a set of ORNAMENTS!! (WAHOO!). To enter comment on the blog by Tuesday, March 11, 11:59pm for a chance win a copy of the book. (Open to U.S. residents only. One entry per person.) The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 12.