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October 2017

Halloween Alternatives: 7 Awesome Adventures

We don't celebrate Halloween. We don't participate in pagan holy days of any sort, so neither will we participate in the church's white-washed versions. But that doesn't mean we sit home crying about it either. Instead we do other normal fun family activities that we could do any night. So, if you're in our shoes, and looking for something different for your family that doesn't involve cobwebs or crying over empty candy sacks, here's seven awesome ideas that'll make you forget Halloween is even happening out there.…

The Master Approach to Kids Chores

Work around the house exponentially increases with the number of kids you have... at least it sure feels that way. And when you have little boys I think that might even double again. With dishes and laundry and toys strewn all across the floor, it is easy to feel outnumbered as a mom. I remember those days well. I remember feeling like I needed a system to get it all done, or I needed to somehow clone myself. Each day, I was exhausted with little ones, the mess was piling up and my stress level was soaring over all of…

Don’t Let Self-Pity Swallow Your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I remember going to my Aunt’s house in Florida and seeing that veritable feast spread all over her countertops while the turkey finished cooking. My mom, my aunt and my grandma chit-chatted and laughed over old stories. We kids snacked on the pickle tray and hot crab dip and the men watched football, unless the parade was still on. One or two of the years, when my family lived in Connecticut, we even travelled into New York City to see the parade, meeting up…

Yom Kippur: The Beginner’s Guide

When I began celebrating the Lord’s feasts years ago, I didn’t really understand Yom Kippur, and I sure didn’t want to celebrate it. For one thing, it’s not a typical feast day. In fact, it’s the anti-feast - a fast! It wasn’t until I began to understand the significance of the days leading up to it, that I even considered keeping this holy day. The Background While today it is called Yom Kippur, in Scripture it is referred to as the Day of Atonement, and while it is not a proper feast where there is celebration and…

Feast of Tabernacles: The Beginner’s Guide

It’s just a few more days until one of the most special times of year at our house: The Feast of Tabernacles! There is something very special and exciting about the days between Yom Kippur and this feast, in which we build an outdoor shelter, invite friends to camp out at our place, and plan a big week-long living-it-up outdoor extravaganza. You might call them the Jewish feasts, but I call them the Feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23:2), the Lord Jesus, our Messiah, and Feast of Tabernacles is a seriously significant Feast…
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