We have an exciting lesson for your kids this Easter!
Should we tell you what it is all about before the book comes out? Yes? I think so too! Just don’t tell our publisher!
Like a scrumptious crock pot dinner, A Royal Easter Story has been brewing slowly in Jackie’s and my heart over the last couple of years, and we are thrilled the story is finally here, in color, for all your children to enjoy.
Just like all the books in the Princess Parables Series, this latest edition is full of lessons and character examples. I am going to take this week and next to expound upon the two verses and parables we used to create this inspirational story. Our hope is when you order the book and read it to your princess, these lessons can be brought to life.
The reason the Princess Parables was created in the first place is we wanted your daughters to love God’s word and the parables of Jesus. We wanted to help create a conversation at bedtime when they are sitting on your lap reading their favorite princess book.
This is our hope and goal.
Here is the first part of the focused verse of A Royal Easter Story.
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
ASK: If your kids are anything like mine, they ask A LOT of questions. I have always encouraged them by saying “You can ask me anything!” I believe this verse does not mean if we ask God for anything, he will give it. He is not a genie waiting to fulfill our every desire. For as any good parent knows, not everything my kids ask for is good for them. Just like my father in heaven knows what is good for me. Ask and it (the answer) will be given to you. The answer to a prayer is the biggest way we ask. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes it is no and sometimes it is wait. In A Royal Easter Story, we have Princess Charity asking her father a question and he answers. It is symbolic of our heavenly father answering our prayers.
SEEK: Hide-and-seek was a favorite for my kids for years. They had just as much fun hiding and they did seeking. However, seeking was the only way to find the reward. In the same way, God wants us to seek Him. He is not a hovering, demanding parent who controls us like robots, but he has allowed free will. Within this freedom, He desires us to seek His salvation, His will, His wisdom and His plan. A three-fold promise is found in this scripture. God says “You will find me!” In A Royal Easter Story, we find the princesses helping a lost little girl where they promise to SEEK her family and not give up. They were persistent in their promise, just as God is to us.
KNOCK: One of my kids went through a Knock-Knock joke phase. Did any of yours? Funny as they were, it was never just one joke, but as many as they could say in a short period of time, until they were out of breath. I was reminded that when we knock, we never rap just once, but it is a series of knocks that open the door. As we look at Luke 11:9-10, we can see Jesus’ idea building: first we ask, then we seek and lastly, we knock – showing repetition. Jesus wants us to pray repeatedly, not because He didn’t hear us the first time, but because the practice of prayer is saint-perfecting. In our Easter story, the princesses are supposedly lost, and as they return they KNOCK. The door opens to a worried father who is relieved to see them. As promised, if we knock, the door will be opened.
Fun Fact: Just so you know we have “hidden” this parable in the story. We have used all capitals ASK, SEEK, KNOCK in the text so you can ask your kids, why is this word capitalized? It will make sense in the end and be a great teaching tool.
In just 6 six days, A Royal Easter Story will be released. We can’t wait for you to make this book part of your Easter traditions and stories. You can order it here if you haven’t already! Enjoy it! Let us know what you think too.
When Jeanna is not writing, speaking, event planning, or homeschooling, she can be found scrapbooking her life, redecorating her home, loving on her husband, planning fun events for her kids or eating healthy to stay cancer-free!