A Cross-Centered Easter Tradition for Christian Families

Invite the power of the cross into your home with this new Easter tradition. It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter. I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me. | Christian Parenting | Inspiration | Lent | Resurrection

With Easter just around the corner, I’ve been pondering the significance of the cross.

Everything I am and everything I stand for is connected to the cross of Jesus Christ.

His death gives me life; His resurrection gives me hope.

I am grateful both of my children accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in recent years.

It is a joy to watch their childlike faith blossom and bloom.

Family traditions are of the utmost importance to my oldest daughter.

They give her a sense of belonging, security, and joy.

I’ve been searching for a way to satisfy my daughter’s craving for family traditions that also sparks her growing faith.

My search proved fruitful and I am excited to share our new Easter tradition with you today.

Invite the power of the cross into your home with this new Easter tradition. It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter. I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me. | Christian Parenting | Inspiration | Lent | Resurrection

 

On Good Friday, my family sits around our Surrender™ Cross and talks about the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.

We remember the tears Christ shed in the garden of Gethsemane, the heavenly plea recorded in Matthew 26:39.

“He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 

Jesus ultimate act of surrender tore the veil between Heaven and Earth.

His death and resurrection gives us the right to be called sons and daughters of God (1 John 3:1).

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

Jesus surrendered his will at the foot of the cross and so must we.

At the end of our discussion, each member of the family writes the words “I Surrender All” on a piece of paper and nails it to our family cross.

Invite the power of the cross into your home with this new Easter tradition. It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter. I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me. | Christian Parenting | Inspiration | Lent | Resurrection

On Easter Sunday, after we celebrate the resurrection with our church family, we return to the cross We talk about how Jesus’ death and resurrection made it possible for us to receive the  Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14).

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

And then we talk about how the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life that honors God (Acts 1:8)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

And then we read about the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

After talking about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we each pick one fruit of the Spirit we’d like to experience more of in the upcoming year.

Each person then writes their fruit on another piece of paper, and nails it to the cross (on top of their “I Surrender All” paper).

When we are finished, we hang our family cross back on the wall where it serves as a reminder of the importance of surrender and the power of the Holy Spirit.

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It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter.

I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me.

Normally when I feature a product or company on my blog, I receive a free sample in exchange for my honest review.

Not this time.

I paid full price for my Surrender™ Cross.

Because I wanted to support Jackie and Rick and their beautiful ministry.

And by the end of this article, you will too!


An Interview with Rick and Jackie of RAD JOY

The name of your company is RAD JOY. Can you tell me how you came up with the name and what your company’s mission is?

Rick: The HOW was a series of coincidences…or so I thought. Growing up in the 80’s with the name Richard Alan Drew, everybody called me “RAD” and it stuck! The “JOY” came from chapter 1 of Courtney DeFeo’s book which helped our family discover that joy is a choice.

The WHY has much more bearing. Perhaps the first and most obvious is the R and J (Rick and Jackie). The R is connected to and supported by the J through the cross of Jesus Christ. The real why, however, is what God wants for us: Radical Joy. When we unburden ourselves and allow the Son to do his job, we are made free to do ours. To emulate Him and praise our Father. It’s about the overflow of blessings and joy which blossom from within when we start to believe that He’s got this!

Your pillar product is the Surrender Cross. What makes this cross unique?

Rick: There are several aspects which set our product apart, I will highlight a few:

  1. It is not just another “pretty cross.” It is also functional, with the feature of removable nails.
  2. Our crosses are made from reclaimed wood. This makes each one unique and embodies the significance of “the old has been made new.”
  3. We weave God into every aspect of the Cross.  The number of nails in a small cross, 3. A standard cross, 7. Both Biblical numbers. We even price the crosses in increments of $7.
  4. The signature Trinity Mark that is cut into each cross. It serves to remind us that we have not one, but three in our corner, rooting for us.

Invite the power of the cross into your home with this new Easter tradition. It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter. I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me. | Christian Parenting | Inspiration | Lent | Resurrection

I think it’s so cool how you invite your kids to pray over the crosses before you ship them out. How did this tradition start and how has it impacted your family life?

Jackie: Shortly, after we started RAD JOY, we knew that we wanted our children involved as much as possible. Our two oldest children write down different virtues on sheets of paper and then we draw one to pray over each cross before we give them to our customers.

It’s been neat to watch our children grow confident in their praying! This year, our oldest son has given several crosses as gifts and it’s the sweetest thing to hear him praying over them.

What is the biggest challenge of running your own business from home?

Jackie: With us being a new business, we are definitely in the hustle stage. The biggest challenge for me is (haha) surrendering my perfectionism. I want to be the best mom, wife, homemaker, and business owner, and yet, I often feel that I’m dropping the ball. With work being so busy right now, it’s very hard for me to balance everything, but I do believe that it’s getting better with time.

Invite the power of the cross into your home with this new Easter tradition. It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter. I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me. | Christian Parenting | Inspiration | Lent | Resurrection

Share one thing the Lord has taught you through this experience of stepping out in faith and launching your own business?

Jackie: On May 3, 2016, I called Rick in the morning and asked him if he thought we could ever go full time with our Surrender™ Crosses. We did a quick calculation and thought it was a possibility but also didn’t want to quit his current job. That afternoon, he was laid off from his job. When he got home and told me what had happened, we immediately knew that God wanted us to pursue RAD JOY 100%. We started our company that night.

The next 6 months were some of the hardest of our lives. We realized that in order to help others, we too needed to surrender a lot. It’s one thing to preach a life surrendered. It’s another thing to live it. I believe that God allowed many challenging circumstances into our life to remind us He is control and He will take care of us—no matter what happens.

What are your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for RAD JOY and the Surrender Crosses?

Rick: Our hope is that our business can be blessed to the extent that it allows us to establish a non for profit version of RAD JOY, so that we can give more of ourselves and our products. We pray that our business is a lighthouse to others that makes our Master proud!

Invite the power of the cross into your home with this new Easter tradition. It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter. I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me. | Christian Parenting | Inspiration | Lent | Resurrection

And finally, how does your family use the crosses? Do you have any special traditions for Easter?

Jackie: We write down our burdens on a sheet of paper, pull the removable nails from the cross, and pierce our burdens to the cross. It’s a beautiful thing to write out your prayers and to physically let them go! It’s also a great reminder when you walk by and see your concerns on the cross. He’s got this!!

When prayers are answered, we take them off the cross and put them in our Faithfulness Jar. This has been WONDERFUL for us to remember to praise God for all that He is doing.

We read a book by Courtney Defeo where she suggests writing down your sins and nailing them to the cross during lent and then Easter morning, take them all down and replace with flowers. I think this would be a fantastic Easter tradition for any family.


Invite the power of the cross into your home with this new Easter tradition. It is my hope that this new Easter tradition teaches our children the importance of surrender and helps them better understand why we celebrate Easter. I look forward to establishing this new family tradition and invite you to join me. | Christian Parenting | Inspiration | Lent | Resurrection

RAD JOY crosses vary in price from just $14 for the Small – Natural Crosses up to  $84 for their Limited Edition Crosses. They also build larger custom crosses for churches and Christian organizations.

Jackie and Rick are generously offering a 15% discount on all of their crosses through April 10, 2017 when you use the discount code “easter15” at checkout.

On top of that, one lucky reader will receive a free Signature Cross of their choice.  Be sure to enter below for your chance to win!

It has been an honor and a privilege to share Rick and Jackie’s story with you today.

I love it when God’s people step out in faith and use their gifts for His glory.

I am super excited to start our new Easter Tradition and I do hope you will join me.

What is your most cherished family tradition? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

This article has been shared at my favorite Faith & Family Linkups. 

 

Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

74 thoughts on “A Cross-Centered Easter Tradition for Christian Families

    1. Nicole, I am so happy you stopped by. I am grateful to share the story behind RAD JOY and their beautiful crosses. Be sure to give them a follow on social! They are such wonderful people.

  1. These look amazing! What a great tradition! Our only Girlie is all grown up now but we still have some Easter traditions of gathering with extended family after church and playing with the kids and sharing a meal and talking about what Easter means to us. I love the idea of adding in a Cross –and putting it to ‘use’ more than just around Easter season!

    1. Thanks for sharing Karrilee!! It is our prayer that our crosses can be a blessing to all of those that use it! We love Sarah’s idea of using it for her Easter tradition!!

  2. Hi Sarah: stopping over today from Lori’s moments of hope link party!

    I love this feature and I love tradition you are starting with your kids. So meaningful! I’m always looking for ways to share the significance of our “high holy days” with my kids. This is a great way to do that.

    Blessings,
    Tiffiney

  3. Thanks for this, Sarah! I made a huge wooden cross for a Women’s Retreat once and we all wrote things we wanted to surrender at the foot of the cross and nailed them to it. This is such a beautiful ministry!

    1. OH, I just love this Deb. What a wonderful idea! Sounds a lot like how Jackie and her family use the Surrender crosses…a tool for regularly shedding your burdens at the cross of Christ.

    2. Yes, Deb—isn’t it so powerful to surrender our burdens to the Lord? Our hope with our Surrender™ Crosses is that people can have that same retreat experience every day in their own homes. 🙂 Thanks for your sweet comment!

  4. This post got me thinking that we have traditions for several holidays, but Easter is not one of them. Of course we attend church and eat a meal together, but this year I’d love to begin some new traditions! Thanks, Sarah, for sharing these crosses and giving us an opportunity to win.

    1. You know, it’s the same with us. We love Easter, but there’s not really much we do besides go to Church and hunt for eggs. I’m excited to take it to the next step spiritually with this new tradition. The girls are so excited!

  5. I LOVE this giveaway and you and RADJOY! Wow, such a cool story. 🙂 One of my favorite family traditions is reading out of Luke, Jesus birth story, from our family bible each Christmas.

    1. Oh, Sammi! I do hope you decide to participate in the giveaway. Nothing would make me happier than if Random.org picked your name as the winner of this cross. It’s so beautiful.

  6. That sounds like a beautiful tradition to begin with your family, Sarah. I love, too, reading of the story behind RADJOY and their crosses. So meaningful. Blessings to you and to RADJOY!

  7. Wonderful story! God is amazing! I love the part about them praying over the cross before they mail them! What a blessing!

    1. Abby, I know your not on Insta. But would you believe me if I told you I met all these great companies through Instagram??? Just saying, it’s the best social media platform out there!

    2. Instagram is so awesome—amazing how many wonderful people we’ve had the opportunity to “meet.” Thanks again Sarah for sharing! 🙂

    1. I remember one of my blogging friends doing a cross giveaway last year, but not exactly who. I’m so glad to know it was you. Thank you for being my first exposure to this business.

  8. I absolutely fell in love with these crosses the day you shared the post on Facebook. I love all the Good Friday and Easter family tradition ideas! What a blessing it must be to be able to nail something to that cross and know that God has this! I definitely plan on ordering fro RAD JOY and sharing their business with others! Thank you Sarah!

    1. Rachelle, aren’t they just lovely? I’m super excited to find a special spot for our cross after Easter (right now it’s just sitting on our table). I am sure Rick and Jackie will appreciate all the support you can give them.

  9. One family tradition I have started as we meet as an extended family of 15 is the Christmas tradition of putting on the Christmas play. Each year the kids dress up and act out the story. Since all of my family are not believers it is a time to remind them of Jesus. I am contemplating your idea of the cross this Easter. Just not sure how to go about it without it being “too much” for those who are far away from knowing Jesus.
    Blessings,
    Janis

    1. Janis, thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas tradition with me. I will be thinking on your dilemma and will drop you an e-mail if any ideas pop into my head. Maybe just simplify it, talk about what the cross means to you (what Jesus did) and invite your family members to nail their burdens to the cross. That would simplify it and people can choose to participate or not.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this great new tradition! And I loved learning about Rad Joy! Such an awesome product – I don’t have children to start this tradition with, but I would still LOVE to have one of these in my house to remind me to give up my burdens.

    One of my most cherished childhood memories is of receiving palms from church on palm Sunday. Every year my Dad would fold them into crosses and we could hang them in our rooms. It was a wonderful symbol of my Heavenly Father and my earthly father together reminding me of what Easter is all about.

  11. pinned and tweeted ! Happy Easter!
    Our tradition was to make jelly bean cupcakes, put them on paper plates that we drew 3 crosses on in felt pen or crayons and Happy Easter from the Donaldsons! And the girls pulled them in a wagon to the neighbors. (: And we sing: Up From the Grave He arose while lighting candles on an angel food cake (w/ whipped cream and strawberries – it’ s strawberry season here now in Calif) (:

  12. Wow, what a sweet family. I love how they are getting their kids involved in the ministry/business. I can’t wait to show my husband these crosses. We have been using Resurrection eggs, but now that my oldest kids are older it’s time to take it up a notch. This seems like the perfect new tradition. I personally would love to use the cross, as Jackie suggested, to place prayer requests and remove them when God answers them. I’m a visual learner, and that would be an awesome reminder that an invisible God is working. Thank you for sharing about this ministry!

    1. Kelly, I love the way that Jackie uses the crosses too. I’m happy that our family Easter tradition will only use 4 of the 7 nails, so we will have room to nail our burdens to the cross throughout the year also!

    2. Kelly, thank you so much!!!! I really appreciate what you said! 🙂 The visual definitely helps me too—it’s a constant reminder that He is in charge and He cares about EVERY detail of our life!!!

  13. First of all I want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog, I read it daily! You are a true inspiration to me. Our Easter tradition is going to Church with my family and enjoying the fellowship, Then we have a nice lunch together and talk about Jesus’ death and resurrection and what that means to us. I love that you share your family tradition with us. I love RAD JOY and the Surrender Crosses. What a truly special gift to be able to nail your prayers / praises to the cross. Thank you for offering this giveaway, it is a true blessing.

    1. Hi Kim, you are so sweet! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, you are such an encouragement to me. I’m not very good at “traditions” so I’m trying to stretch myself. My kids are at the perfect age to really enjoy something like this and I can’t wait to utilize the cross all year long in our homes. I don’t know why I didn’t think of having a cross in the center of my home sooner. Best wishes with the giveaway and keep in touch!

      1. Thank you so much Sarah and Jackie!! What a blessing for me and my family to win a beautiful Surrender Cross! Sarah’s story that I read here and the story of Rad Joy and The Surrender Cross is one that truly touched my heart. God is Good!! God bless you both and your families. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

  14. Wow! What a great new family tradition your family has created. And thank you for sharing this amazing new company and wonderful family that is honoring God with their time and talents. I love that they pray over every cross before it’s shipped. I definitely want to support this ministry. Thank YOU for your ministry too – what a blessing. 🙂 -Dotti

  15. Love this idea Sarah! Sometimes traditions are hard to pull off with 5 kids, but this one looks doable and 7 nails for 7 people in my family! Awesome!
    #Faith’NFriends

  16. What a beautiful tradition! I love traditions and so do my kids. This is one I will absolutely look at adopting. 🙂

    One of our current favorites is our family candlelit pasta dinner on Valentines Day. We have a yummy meal, sparkling cider, bring out the good dishes, and take turns going around the table saying what we love about each person INCLUDING Jesus. I love to see their faces when they are the one receiving the words of love.

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