A Walk with Jesus through Lent

The Lenten season is almost over. We are now full board into Holy Week. This has been a wonderful new time for myself and our family as we have learned so much and grown in our Faith. Even though it is almost over, I want to share with you a few things we have done with our family and offer you a chance to do the same – next year!

Last year, as part of our Advent journey, we did the Jesse Tree using beautiful ornaments and a wonderful devotional from Jesse Tree Treasures! It was such a fun time of sharing and learning that I knew when Lent, Holy Week and Easter rolled around that I wanted to have a focused time during this season much like we did during Advent.

This year we are using the Walk with Jesus Through Lent disks as a way to focus ourselves through this time. These are wonderfully made and beautifully drawn disks that have an image along with a Scripture reference for each day of Lent through Easter! The beauty of these is that they are diverse and you can use them in SO many ways.

A Walk with Jesus through Lent

I bought a roll of flexible Magnetic Tape and put small piece on the back of each disk. I bought some Sheet Metal and attached some Velcro Hanging Strips strips on the back to hang to the wall. I printed a picture and some border to glue to the top and sides and… voila… the finished product:

A Journey with Jesus Finished Product

I hung the little gold bag next to it (this is what all the disks come in. The set also comes with cards that list out all the Scripture references you can use along with a color coded index of all the disks. We used this in conjunction with the Journey with Jesus Devotions from Jennifer at Catholic Inspired.

A Journey with Jesus

The children have LOVED going through these each day and hanging up the disks as we talk through the days devotion and read the Holy Scripture associate with each one. We’ve gotten to walk through the Life of Christ, where Advent and Christmas left off, all the way through Our Lord’s death and Resurrection. It is a beautiful, vivid, hands on way to align ourselves with Christ during this time and meditate on his life.

Even though Lent is almost up – you can also use this set for the 50 days of Easter!  I LOVE how versatile this set is!  You can use it any time of the year as a devotional as well.

Jesse Tree Treasures is offering my readers a chance to have their very own set! All you need to do is leave a comment to win. Share with me one thing your family does during this time to draw closer to Our Lord. Also, take a moment to check out Jesse Tree Treasures and see everything they offer. They have a beautiful Holy week and Eastertide set that we’ll be using in the future as well. IF you decide to go ahead and purchase something, just leave me a comment to tell me what you got and you’ll get entered in an extra five times to the drawing! :)   I will leave comments open through Saturday and announce with winner on Monday, after Easter!

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The Nativity Stone

During this week, Christians around the world are entering into what we call Holy Week. The week from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday in which we commemorate the last week and the last moments of Our Lord’s time here on earth and which leads to our celebration of His Resurrection.

I was recently introduced to a company who makes jewelry from stones that were excavated in 1963 from the Manger Room of the holy Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem. They are the only stones ever authorized to be removed from this sacred site, excavated just a few feet from the star that marks the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Take a moment to watch the amazing story of how this stone came to the USA:

When the Nativity Stone Company contacted me and asked if they could send me a piece of their jewelry to look at, review and introduce to my readers, especially during this time of remembrance, I was a bit skeptical. However, after reviewing their jewelry and reading their story, I am in awe. Their pieces are beautiful and inspiring.

The Nativity Stone

The Nativity Stones were certified by Elias B. Bandak, Mayor of Bethlehem, and Father Economies George Bandak, high priest of the Church of the Nativity. During the 2000 Jubilee, The Nativity Stones Collection was selected by the Vatican Treasury to become one of only a few items allowed to display the official Jubilee 2000 emblem. This great honor culminated in the dedication of a plaque to the Nativity Stones at the Vatican presented by Cardinal Ruini, then Vicor of the Diocese of Rome.

Each of their pieces of jewelery contain one of these incredible Nativity Stones and includes a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the High Priest of the Church of the Nativity and a booklet telling the story.

Nativity Stones Full

I am excited to share this company with you today and they have offered all of my readers a special discount code of 15% off. Head over to their website here: The Nativity Stones and check out their beautiful pieces. Make sure to use HALL15 when you check out for your discount. (With each cross, they include a 22″ Rope Necklace, Certificate of Authenticity and Explanatory Booklet about the history of the stone and it is beautifully packaged in a keepsake box. They also ensure that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Nativity Stones jewelry is donated to worthy charities each year.

What a beautiful way to remember Our Lord during this time and all throughout the year!

*This post was sponsored by The Nativity Stone and contains affiliate links. All opinions and thoughts are based on my own personal experience. Please read my full disclosure here.

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