Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gift of the Law: Shavuot / Pentecost

Deut. 16:16-17; Lev. 23:15; Exodus 19; Exodus 34:22; 2 Chronicles 8:13; Ezekiel 36:27; Joel 2:28-32; Jeremiah 31:33; John 14:26; Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 16:8; James 1:18; Matthew 7:16; Galatians 5:22-23; Hebrews 13:15-16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 13:11-12

We went camping at one of our favorite local spots for the week leading up through Shavuot. Quiet, clean and blessed opportunity to connect with G-d through His wonderful creation! We had friends and family out to visit throughout the week- a total of five different families throughout the trip. We enjoyed the peaceful rhythm of a slow pace. Fishing, swimming, hiking, playing, praying and study of His Word. Among some great devotionals about the gift of the Spirit, we also listened to the audiobook of Ruth while down at the shore as a family. On Sunday, Pentecost, our friends came up for the day to celebrate with us, bringing gifts of bread, flowers and fellowship. It was a wonderful time.

One of the devotionals my husband led the kids through, from Tim Shoemaker's books, was an activity using hard-boiled and raw eggs. Half the eggs were cooked, half weren't. They had all been together in the carton overnight, and he had the kids try to guess which were which by looking and feeling them. It was impossible to know for sure which were which by the outside. But once they went through the pressure test-- (fun part---crack and smash the eggs, kids!!) then, judging by what COMES OUT OF THEM, you can easily tell what they are. It was a great demonstration for the kids about what the pressure test would reveal about their friends, or about us. What's inside us? What comes out under pressure?

"For this very reason, try your hardest to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love." -2 Peter 1:5-7

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