This was posted on our North Georgia Children’s Ministry Facebook Page on Easter Sunday: To all the kidmin champions who have been running the race this week, well done! On this Resurrection Sunday, take the mental photos of the children in your care, be filled with compassion for the parents who are doing the best they can, and trust in the One and Only who has called you for such a time as this. This we know: No matter what today looks like, He is risen! Rest this coming week…evaluate on paper…and take the time to crawl in our Father’s lap for some R&R before you hit the ground running for summer.

Evaluate on Paper – Take good notes. Ask good questions of what worked, what didn’t, what needs consideration, and who was present? This year Easter Sunday fell on the beginning of Spring Break. Next year it’ll be April 21st which is after all the Spring Breaks meaning there will be even more families ready to celebrate. Go through the various Children’s Ministry Facebook pages to peruse the activities of those who were kind enough to share what they did. Print them out or save them where you’ll remember to look for them. Mark your calendar for next January to schedule, place orders, recruit team members, and reserve spaces. Don’t overschedule. Be particular. Be intentional. Know what everyone loves and tweak. Know what is missing, and start small because Easter rolls around every year and you can pump it up next year.

Take time to crawl in our Father’s lap for some R&R – Not everyone can pile up the kiddos into the SUV and head to the beach, though that IS my favorite R&R location. So take a day or two within the next two weeks following Resurrection Sunday to think. Remember. Scroll through the mental photos you took as the families you serve celebrated. Write the thank you notes. Take a walk. Spend time in nature. It totally rained here in Atlanta and the yellow pollen is everywhere, so I get that it may not look like what’s posted on Facebook. I went to the movies. Saw Paul. By myself. I laughed and I cried. It was so good. Even went to the grands’ church on a Sunday night for some great preaching and Bible study. Do something out of the ordinary that brings you to our Heavenly Father. Pause and pray.

You’ve still got time to take the Sabbath.

“Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people. For the person who has entered His rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from His. Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11 (HCSB)