Sunday, March 27, 2016

Moshia: Our Deliverer. Celebrating His Protection through the Feast of Purim

King Ahasuerus/Xerxes, Queen Vashti, little Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordecai. ❤ Happy Purim!
Reading through Esther as a family.
It doesn't matter if it's Pharaoh, Haman, Herod, Amalek... the plot to destroy God's people and undo the serpent's death sentence from the garden to the Cross will not hold. Bible History is our history. Its all His Story. ❤

"That means that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile -- ADONAI is the same for everyone, rich toward everyone who calls on Him, since everyone who calls on the name of Adonai will be delivered." -Romans 10:12

Ah, the Feast of Lots, or the Feast of Purim. A Biblical observance where God's chosen people were sought for destruction by the casting of lots--or throwing of dice--to destroy them. Adonai turned the tables on the plots of their enemies, through the surprise placement of Hebrew Hadassah as the Persian Queen Esther. There is much we can take from this important story in history. God does not "play dice with the universe," His provision, care and promises can be trusted! And throughout His Word, we find evidence that He is our Deliverer!

"I, yes I, am ADONAI; besides me there is no deliverer [Moshia’]." -Isaiah 43:11 (CJB)

The establishment of Purim as a celebration for God's people and those who ally themselves with them, is laid out for us in Scripture.

"...they made a custom for themselves and for their descendants and for all those who allied themselves with them, so that they would not fail to celebrate..." - Esther 9:27
"So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city;"

Our Purim Feast!

What an awesome opportunity to teach our children the virtues of being BRAVE for the Kingdom of God and His people? The Book of Esther, among other things, affords us valuable examples of standing up against the crowd.

Our kids spent the entire day in the Book of Esther, of their own choice. It was awesome to witness!

Ultimately, we can point to God fulfilling His promises through the example of Esther. This story of deliverance, in turn, points us to the deliverance from our sin bondage through Yeshua (Jesus), our promised Savior and Messiah.

And, excitedly, it builds us up for the upcoming beauty of deliverance through the observance of Passover- Moses, and Christ The Lamb, as well as Christ's amazing Resurrection on the Feast of First Fruits!
Celebrating the Biblical Feasts is so rewarding and JOYFUL! HalleluYah! May He Be Praised!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

40 Ways to Enjoy a Snow Day

I recently read in the news that some schools in other parts of the country are implementing ways to have "virtual" school on snow days. Schools telling families how to spend their snow days is heartbreaking to me. Are we really getting to a point in culture where we are willing and able to say goodbye to the concept of snow days?? No, I refuse.

Authentic play for kids is something I am extremely passionate about. Read my post about it here.

Regardless, I understand that sometimes cabin fever from multiple shut-in days is taxing on parents and kids. Especially unplanned, unexpected ones. But these are not days to fear or dread or virtually escape. They are blessed opportunities to embrace LIFE! I've put together this list of 40 WAYS you and your family can enjoy snow days. I wrote a similar piece a couple years ago, with 20 Simple Ideas; combined, that offers you SIXTY SOLUTIONS FOR SNOW DAY FUN.
Don't fear another snow day, celebrate it! Children are a blessing from the Lord, and each day His mercies are anew. Hope you find these ideas heart warming and adventure sparking.

1. Hot Chocolate Lessons. Dive in to hot chocolate fun:

2. Cookbook Quest. Flip through some old cookbooks, or online at, and find some new meals and desserts to make! Getting creative in the kitchen is a wonderful way to spend time with your kids and learn as a family. Let them take charge!

3. Skate!!! Grab some ICE SKATES from your local thrift store, or head to the nearest ROLLER SKATING RINK, and skate the day away! Pack some high protein snacks and glide on.

4. Spend a Day in Deuteronomy
. Here is a full day of activities inspired by Scripture:

5. Snowboard, sled, snowshoe, cross-country ski!
Winter sports are amazingly fun! Don't let the cold scare you away, just make sure the kids and you have plenty of insulation in your winter apparel and proper head covering, and head out to enjoy the snow! If you have or know someone with the right equipment, you can even try ice fishing.

6. Make Maple Syrup! Depending on the time of year, consider tapping your backyard maple trees, or exploring an area nature center that taps them to make homemade maple syrup. It only takes a few trees tapped to make enough for a single family. We love our maple syrup adventures.

7. Imagination Day! Unplug and let the kids exercise the creative muscles in their brains. Dress-up clothes, or a few small adult things like a briefcase, purse, and maybe a magnifying glass are some helpful props to get them started. Let them play out a spy mystery mission, or transform the couch or a cardboard box into a space ship, passenger train or hot air balloon. Let them be. Don't supervise. Let them get lost in their world of play. Kids who often have every moment structured for them may take a little longer to calm their stimulation habits to get into this mode, but give them space and remember it is the best thing for their growing minds to absorb.

8. Make a math day. Here are 7 simple ways to mix up your math routine.

9. Drop Everything and READ day. Start a new book, individually or as a family.

10. Smitten Mitten. Here are some cute ways to enjoy Jan Brett's book, "The Mitten". Board books aren't just for toddlers. Good stories make magic for all ages.

11. Is it Groundhog Day? Say no more...

12. Lego Day. Get building! If you don't have legos, call your local library and see if they have some in-house you can go use.

13. Make beaded jewelry. Bracelets, necklaces, ankle bracelets, barrettes and more.

14. Under the Sea! Explore the amazing elements of sea horses with this fun sea horse study:

15. Dance Party Day!
Crank up the radio or a mix of your favorite worship songs and dance the day away with your kids! You can even learn a new type of dance. After all the wiggles are out, try looking up steps to the Charleston, or FoxTrot! If you have enough people around, you can even start learning how to square dance! FUN!

16. Make Modeling Dough. Creating things with pottery or modeling dough is fun for everyone.

17. Snow Survival Skills. Read through avalanche survival stories with your kids (non-gruesome ones!). Talk about emergency winter preparations. Learn how to build a fire in the snow! My husband and son do this with our local cadet troop during winter camp-out trips. Other survival activities include: learning how to tie knots, make an emergency winter kit for your car, build a solar stove or research how to find food in the winter wilderness.

18. Spa Day. Pamper the kids with foot soaks, homemade food facials, nail painting and bubble baths.

19. Draw something new. Pick up some new step-by-step drawing books (robots, horses, whatever your kids love) from the library, or look online for free tutorials. The ideas out there are endless.

20. Feet Paint! Create all sorts of adorable works of art with your kids' feet. Butterflies, trucks, anything you can dream up! Check pinterest for inspiration, set up newspapers and a small tub for rinsing, and let the kids explore foot prints with washable paint.

21. Indoor Obstacle Course. If you have the living room or basement space, create an indoor obstacle course for the kids to do. It is not as complicated as you may think. All you need are some simple station ideas. One wall to do spider stretches/handstands against, perhaps something you can use as a balance beam, string/tape/hoops to use as circles they can hop along, an area to do sets of jumping jacks, a mat or blanket to do somersaults on, etc.

22. Apple of Your Eye. Who says it has to be autumn to enjoy an apple day? Here is a Johnny Appleseed day we enjoyed, but it can be fun any time of year.

23. Think Spring! Start some plants or sunflowers from seedlings, and make an indoor area greenhouse to grow and track them until the warmer seasons roll around.

24. Homemade Memory Game
. We often think of the game Memory as being a card matching game for small children. The truth is, exercising our memory skills is beneficial at all ages, even more so as we age. Try this tray game and mix it up for your kids depending on ages and abilities.

25. Start a seasonal puzzle. Nothing gathers the family together for quiet, calming, contemplative time like a family puzzle project. Pick up a 600-1,500 piece puzzle, clear a table space and spend the winter coming back to it as the hours melt by.

26. Origami! Learn how to do origami, build paper airplanes, design paper snowflakes and explore other paper folding projects.

27. Farm or Zoo Day. Visit an Amish farm, orchard, or even explore a winter day at the zoo. You'd be surprised how active the animals are in the cold months as they try to stay warm.

28. Animal Shelter. Visit, volunteer or donate items of need to your local animal shelter. Winter is a tough time for abandoned pets. Extra food, blankets, even just time spent with the animals in need will be of great benefit to the shelter and to your children.

29. Freeze Experiments. Eggs, colored liquids, salt, solids, sand, paint, wax, water balloons... let your kids explore the elements by setting up a tub for them to freeze things. Have them track the time and temperatures for their experiments, along with their hypothesis and results.

30. Mummy Madness! Explore ancient Egypt for a day, week, or year! There is endless fun in history adventures. You can make the Nile River, or wrap the kids up as mummies using dollar store T.P.!

31. Tabletop Tennis or Bowling. Any table can be turned into a place for playing ping pong. Also, if you don't want to venture to your local bowling ally, you can create a simple tabletop bowling game with block pins and an all-purpose ball.

32. Habitat Happenings. Track and identify animal prints in the snow, and search out local spots that animals have built their winter homes. Squirrels, birds, fox, skunk trunks and more!

33. Jump into Joshua and Jericho. Here is a day unit with crafts and activities for the book of Joshua:

34. Create a family time capsule. What elements of our living habits today would we need to include to explain our era to generations in the future? Photos, news articles, entertainment, how we eat and clean?

35. Make cards to deliver to the local nursing home. Even simple notes with a special verse or encouraging quote can really brighten the days and hearts of those in assisted living situations. No need to make an appointment, just show up and ask to pass them around. Invest in the elderly of your community and teach your children the value of spreading kindness.

36. Indoor camping. Set up a tent inside your house! Build a cardboard pretend fire, roll out the sleeping bags, and make s'mores. It will be sure to create unforgettable memories for your kids for years to come.

37. Make a Prayer Jar. Decorate a mason jar, or paper cover a shoebox. Write your prayers and favorite verses to collect inside. At the end of each week, or month, or even the end of the year, pull them out and look over the many ways God has grown and blessed you.

38. Book Publishing! Have your kids write and illustrate their own books. They can handwrite or type them out; color or cut-out pictures to paste along with it. You will be surprised at the fun they have, let the creative juices flow. If writing isn't a strong suite for you or your kids, there are countless creative writing prompts and ideas you can find online to inspire your young authors!

39. Learn a New Language
. Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Finnish, German, Danish, Portuguese, Latin... the list goes on. Your local library will have wonderful resources for you to use, and there are many wonderful online resources for introducing yourselves to learn a new language. Spend the day expanding your cultural horizons. Even just a day of dabbling in different languages can be a fun adventure.

40. Play with your Food. Combine snack time with craft time, and the possibilities are adorable.

I promise you don't need screens to pass the time. Forget the video games, television and tablet time. Make the most of this time with your growing children.
While schools keep insisting that *quantity* is the answer, I will consistently push back to urge families to carve out space for creative, quality time together. This not only helps authentic play and learning take place, but it seizes healthy growth in the ways that matter most for child development.
Need more ideas or inspiration? Here are 20 MORE ways to enjoy the days off with your kids.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A week's worth of homeschool lunches

I try to keep our lunches simple, but nutritious. I love that home educating affords us the freedom to reheat leftovers, and also to go straight to the plate. We don't have to spend the money on "convenience" foods that will be "lunch-able." We don't need to buy sandwich bags in bulk. And I don't have to worry about half the items going to the trash from distracted lunch room eating. Bonus? Whatever scraps we do have, go to our chickens, and provide further fresh eggs from our backyard, going back into the family.
It's not something I set out to do; it wasn't a reason in our education choice. Oh, but what a beautiful benefit. We have the freedom to enjoy breakfast foods at lunchtime, or dinner, or whatever we want. I can make sure our kids are getting all the protein, calcium and nutrients their growing bodies need, and we can save at the pocketbook. I often try to take a smaller portion of whatever we ate for dinner the night before, and easily incorporate it into lunch the next day just by adding different sides or changing combinations.
So here is another week of homeschool lunches, I hope you find them surprisingly simple and inspiring. God Bless!

Homemade pizza with fresh Amish mozzarella cheese

Honeycrisp apple, cucumber and chicken salad with sourdough bread

Bell peppers and blue corn chips, cottage cheese with blackberry, oranges and celery

Egg wraps, yogurt squeezers on sale, carrots, grapes and lettuce

Refried beans on romaine lettuce, tomatoes and baguette.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A week's worth of homeschool lunches

Don't get into a lunch rut at home, there are many combinations to make homeschool lunch hour a tasty one!

Dried mango with honey and peanut butter on graham crackers; salad with cheese and chia seeds.

Venison sloppy joe on lettuce; dried fruit & granola

Chicken and Black Bean Vegetable Stew

Wild rice with peanut butter quesadillas

Cauliflower tots/bites (breaded with egg and baked) with chopped tomato & carrot sauce, cucumber, muenster cheese, and Apple chips we dehydrated overnight with some applesauce. I love Dei Fratelli Truly tomato in a box... It comes pureed with carrot and celery, and we can use it just like ketchup!

For more, see my tag for homeschool lunches. :) Blessings!

Light of the World: Our Christ-Centered Hanukkah

"Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo's Colonnade. So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, "How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!"
Yeshua answered them, "I have already told you, and you don't trust me. The works I do in my Father's name testify on my behalf, but the reason you don't trust is that you are not included among my sheep.
My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father's hands. I and the Father are one."
-John 10:22-30

We were blessed to celebrate our first Hanukkah this year, following after our Lord. We used a wonderful Christ-centered devotional, called Light of Yeshua. Eight fun-filled nights of celebrating the Light of the World during the Festival of Lights. We had friends over, played games, ate new foods, and sang songs. We also discovered a new Shalom Sesame series, where Grover goes to Israel and discovers all sorts of new traditions and learns Hebrew words. We got some really wonderful books about the Maccabees, and read through portions of the Maccabees books for the first time. It's so amazing to think about how the overcoming of the religious oppression led to rededicating the Temple that Jesus Himself needed to walk as our Savior, and it was a captivating week of setting our minds on rededicating ourselves to Him. It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun. We spun the dreidel, ate latkes, sufganiyots and shakshukas. We lit our menorah each night with our prayers and Bible portions, and just had a wonderful week. Hallelujah!! A blessed celebration of God's miracles. We have found so much value in embracing Biblical feasts this year.

"We have chosen to turn aside and pay attention to what God has to say..."
"In the beginning, there was darkness and God created light. But, one day there will be only light and no darkness!!"
HalleluYah!!! Yeshua, Light of the World.
We had a beautiful first year of Hanukkah; miracles of God. Thank you to everyone who joined us this week of Praise and Awe, learning and loving, spreading the Light of our Lord.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sola Scriptura: Homeschool series: Joshua & Jericho

Truth from Joshua and the history of Jericho!

What a blessed study of the book of Joshua and the fall of Jericho we had recently in our homeschool.
Because we had soaked in so much hands-on experience during our celebration of Sukkot this year, the kids were ripe with the context for which the book of Joshua starts. Moses had just died, the Israelites had been living in sukkahs for 40 years! They were happy to see the promised land. I love bringing it alive for all of us.

We read to the kids from the book of Joshua, chapters 2 through 6.
The kids hung on every word, because it is a wonderful book. We watched a select portion of the awesome documentary, "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" where they show the archaeological discoveries of the site of Jericho, how the world has the dates wrong, and the fascinating history of the ruins, which back up the entire account in the Bible, including the fire and the wheat stores for the time of year it happened. There is even a portion of the outer wall tower that didn't collapse, because Rahab helped the spies and was spared. Amazing!!!
If you haven't seen "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" yet, I highly recommend it. You can learn more here:

We built Rahab's house out of an empty oatmeal container, and built the walls of Jericho out of Jenga and math blocks. We marched outside with instruments in place of shofars- recorders, noisemakes, etc. Lots of fun. You can also make shofars for a craft.
We used craft sticks to make puppets of Rahab & the two spies- Pinehas and Caleb. We also made ones of Joshua and the king of Jericho, too. The kids had so much fun! We painted some twine red for the scarlet cord she hung out her window for protection. My son adventured outside to collect pine needles for the roof of Rahab's house to hid the spies under, and also carefully picked out 12 stones to represent the 12 tribes of Israel, as the reminder that Adonai parted the river Jordan, just as He did the Red Sea for Moses.

Because we were working with 12 for the Jordan river stones and the tribes, we discussed the composites of this number. Twelve is a composite number, the smallest number with exactly six divisors, its divisors being 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12. Twelve is also a highly composite number, the next one being twenty-four. Twelve is also a superior highly composite number, the next one being sixty. Twelve is a sublime number, a number that has a perfect number of divisors, and the sum of its divisors is also a perfect number. Isn't that interesting when you think of a baker's dozen? Think of the 12 tribes of Israel next time you use your muffin pan! Once we started comparing all the ways 12 works into our lives, the kids were really on a roll. 12 eggs to a carton, 12 hours in a day, 12 inches equals 1 foot, 12 ribs in the human body... 12 disciples of Jesus! One source we found said you will find the number 12 in the Bible 187 times!
Here are some more fun ways to learn math around 12:

And here is a terrific free game the kids can play on the computer to match up numbers to equal 12:

We listened to this Jewish storyteller talk about the story...

Here is a coloring page for Rahab and her family being spared:

And a Joshua, Rahab and Jericho word code puzzle:

In addition, my kids really really love this Bible series of the Greatest Adventure. It is kind of like the Magic Tree House books, these modern day archaeologist kids travel back in time to learn and experience the history of the Bible first hand. They are particularly a favorite for my son. To show just how much he loves them, I will testify that he has stopped asking to watch his favorite superhero cartoons during free screen time, and wants to watch his Bible stories instead. Halal!

We are moving along to Judges next, and while we are transitioning for those getting resources and ideas from this series, this is an absolutely fantastic collection of study/notebooking pages for your students that take you from Joshua through Judges and Ruth. Check it out:


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"They celebrated the Feast of Booths, as it is written..." -Ezra 3:4

"They celebrated the Feast of Booths, as it is written..." -Ezra 3:4

We were so incredibly blessed this year by our first celebration of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Booths, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Feast of Ingathering.
It is a 7 day celebration and the 8th day is an extra day to mark the turning over of the Torah reading for the year.
The Biblical Feasts can be a beautiful opportunity to learn His Word, history, and to honor G-d Most High. The Spring Feasts are ones Christ fulfilled in His first coming; Passover, Feast of First Fruits, Pentecost... the Fall Feasts are ones He will fulfill during His second coming; Trumpets, Tabernacles, etc.
Once we started researching the significance of these festivals, and also learned that historically speaking, in regard to when John the Baptist was born, it is highly likely that our Savior was actually born during the Feast of Tabernacles, we were hooked. In a great way! Let us celebrate our Lord!!
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." -John 15:5

"You shall celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat;" -Deuteronomy 16:13

"Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me." -Exodus 23:14

"'Then on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work, and you shall observe a feast to the LORD for seven days." -Numbers 29:12

"'Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days." -Leviticus 23:40

What do all these verses mean today, for us, as Christians? Weren't these things just "for them" and not "for us"? Or... are we All One?

What really encouraged me most to embrace the celebration and symbolism of observing the Feast of Booths, was, the fact that according to Scripture, we WILL be celebrating this feast with Christ when He returns!!! It's right here, in Zechariah, in the context of Christ's return and reign on earth:
"Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths." -Zechariah 14:16-19

That was amazing to me. If we will be celebrating Sukkot when He returns, why aren't we now? For that matter, I didn't even know how to celebrate it! Isn't that reason enough to learn all about it? What is this feast we will be observing with our Lord when He comes again? I was beyond eager to know more!

"All the earth bows down to You; they sing praise to You, they sing the praises of Your Name." -Psalm 66:4

Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles
"In Y'shua (Jesus), God tabernacled among us. He chose to be born into a less-than-glorious space, where certainly the stars might have peeked through the cracks in the roof, the elements might well have invaded. Nevertheless, in that lowly place dwelt the glorious presence of God, wrapped--the transient and the eternal beautifully coming together in God's provision and God's presence." -David Brickner

We ordered a real Lulav and etrog from Israel! Just as it is described in Scripture. It really made our lessons come to life. The lulav has much symbolism as well. It represents many things, including our hearts. With the blessings, tradition is to shake it in all directions, to remind us that G-d Is Everywhere. They consist of "four species": the etrog is a citron fruit, similar to a lemon, sweet smelling and said to represent our hearts; the lulav is the palm branches (our spines); myrtle branches (our eyes); and willow branches (the mouth). Another interpretation, according to David Brickner in his book "Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles", is that, like the Sukkot booth, the four species represent the four types of terrain that Israel covered during the forty years wandering the wilderness. Most importantly, because it is a Harvest festival, these species have to do with returning THANKS to G-d for His provision, faithfulness and promises.

"I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." -John 8:12

A blessed time of Thanksgiving
There is so much beautiful symbolism in the Biblical Feasts. Sukkot is like all of our favorite holidays mixed together: Thanksgiving, Harvest, Christmas and camping, all together. My husband took the week off from work, and we soaked up EVERY DAY!
The kids had so much fun decorating our backyard sukkah. A sukkah is a booth, a temporary dwelling, a reminder of what the Israelites stayed in during their time in the wilderness. It also reminds us that G-d is our Refugee. He protects and provides. The requirements for the sukkah are that they have 3 walls (any material) and the roof needs to be made of natural materials, such as branches, cornstalks, etc. It needs to offer more shade than sun and provide some light covering from the elements but still allow you to see the stars through it at night.
You are to eat most of your meals in it, open it to serve others, and you can sleep in it as well. (We set up our tent next to it to sleep in, and chose to pray and eat our meals in our sukkah.)
Our activities through the week varied, and of course we invited lots of friends over to come celebrate with us. We made beef and turkey pasty for the first night during a lunar eclipse supermoon, which was a wonderful way to tie in our fall tradition of making pasty from our Finnish heritage. The next night, we had more than half a dozen families out--we served a big roaster pan of turkey chili. It was great to see all the kids playing, learning and coloring tabernacle pictures in the sukkah, and playing with our Tabernacle model.

"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." -Matthew 4:19

"He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark." -Psalm 91:4"

On the first night of Sukkot, during the lunar eclipse, it was really CLOUDY. "He obscures the face of the full moon And spreads His cloud over it." -Job 26:9 We could only see portions of the amazing moon during periodic breaks with the friends we had over. We used that to our advantage the next day at our homeschool co-op, in the Weather Science class I am teaching this semester. We studied the types of clouds, and G-d's design of them.

Also, during this week, I borrowed the idea from some friends to speak of the clouds that Scripture describe for the very Israelites we are remembering during Sukkot!
"The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people." -Exodus 13:21-22

Mid-week, we were invited to a friend's sukkah!!! It is such a fabulous blessing to learn and grow and celebrate with friends. It was such a comfort of family. Fellowship is a thing of beauty.

Another exciting aspect of celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles was a deeper understanding of when Christ called Himself the Living Water. John 7 explains Jesus attending the Feast of Tabernacles. It was during the water pouring ceremony of the Feast that Christ said the thirsty shall come to Him for a drink of Living Water. Mayim Chayim. Hallelujah! We believe!

On the last night of Sukkot, we were blessed to attend an end of tabernacle celebration at Tree of Life in Grand Rapids. They had awesome games, food, fellowship and joyous worship of Adonai. Words can't really describe the embracing beauty of Holy Spirit we felt that night, so I won't try. I will just say, Scripture describes the Feast of Booths as a true time of rejoicing, and we absolutely found deep JOY.

"The entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in them. The sons of Israel had indeed not done so from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day And there was great rejoicing. He read from the book of the law of God daily, from the first day to the last day And they celebrated the feast seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the ordinance." -Nehemiah 8:17-18