Saturday, October 1, 2011

Feast of Trumpets 2011 - Yom Teruah!

So I thought I'd do a quick post about what Yom Teruah looked like this year at our house (scroll to the previous post for more deets about what Yom Teruah is all about!)

We woke up to hearing the children happily saying to each other and calling to us, "Shabbat Shalom!!!" They LOVE the feast days so much! While they ate their special Sabbath brekky, Brett and I read aloud different scriptures to them; Leviticus 23, Numbers 29 and Nehemiah 8. We discussed various things about these chapters as they asked questions or drew comparisons or spoke about memories of past feasts. I love hearing them talk to each other and us about these special times. I am inspired by their love for YHVH!

 My kiddos love colouring in stuff and they asked for some activity sheets. So I printed off this colouring in sheet of a young boy blowing the shofar which you can find HERE.

Click Here for High Holiday Activities - Shofar Coloring Page

I also printed off their own colouring in books which I got from HERE. I only printed off a couple of pages which I felt were relevant to this feast. Going by the numbers on the pdf (not on the numbers printed on the bottom of each page) I printed off pages 1, then pages  6-12 and lastly page 15. If you hover your mouse over the middle of the screen at the bottom of the page, you can get the pdf page numbers and tell your printer which ones you want. Hope that helps :)

Our theme this year was "For the joy of Yah is your strength!" from the passage in Nehemiah 8 when on the very day that this feast was to be celebrated (the first day of the 7th Biblical month) the people gathered as one man and heard the Torah read aloud for the first time. They wept at hearing it! And Nehemiah, the governor told them not to mourn but to get up and eat choice food and sweet drinks and reminded them that the joy of Yah was their strength! This is the context of this verse which we quote so often! Isn't that beautiful?

So inspired by this scripture, we did just that!

We ate choice foods....

{morning tea}

...drank sweet drinks...

{a punch I made}

We coloured in...

{Stassi showing one of her colouring in pages}

and because Yah told us to, we commemorate the day with trumpet blasts (Lev 23:24) by sounding the shofar!

Go Daddy!

Go Liji!

Go Ethi!

Go Stassi!

{Zip didn't blow the shofar as she was still recovering from a gastro bug and even though we are a family who tries to share most things, lets be honest that is the LAST thing I want shared around here!}

Um...go Zeeki...

{yep this very colicky baby was making his own loud sound, louder than the trumpet blasts I think lol! Poor little guy - thanks though to my beautiful friend Elisa who has given me a wonderful herbal chamomile treatment that seems to be helping already!}

More choice food for lunch...

{mince and bean nachos....num num...}

More colouring in together after we read through the verses that were listed on each sheet over lunch...

{That's me on the floor colouring with my little ones. You kind of forget how cathartic colouring in is until you get stuck into it yourself! Loz, hoped you managed some too ;) }

Inspired by another scripture (MICAH 7:18-19), we went down to the lake. Before we got out of the car, I read aloud this passage...

"Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea".

{Then we cast some rocks into the depths of the sea lake remembering that this is how Yah treats our sins. We were reminded of His awesome nature; His compassion which never fails, how He delights to show us mercy and how forgiving He is when we return to Him}.

{Brett stayed in the car with the two little ones. The big kids and I were throwing our rocks when we heard Brett toot the car horn. When we got back to the car, poor Zeeki boy was cracking it so off home we went. He settled finally once we were home.}

When we got home we had some more sweet drink out of some special goblets that my grandma left me which of course the kids thought was very spesh...

Brett had cooked up a yummy satay chicken dish...

...which we ate by candlelight.

Now, when I say 'we' I mean me and the bigger kids since Brett was rocking Zeeki to sleep at this point. I left the table to tend to Zip who was resting and when I came back I discovered the boys had been mucking around near the candles (a no no in our house since it is a fire hazard). Let's just say the night did not end as I had planned. But it did end with us chatting about behaviour and consequences and like a lovely friend said to me yesterday, "Yah knows our hearts!" in regards to these sort of things! So true!
If I didn't include this part of our night in this recap, you'd be forgiven for thinking that we 'have it all together' and must have had a very smooth and uneventful day of it. Not so! The night was challenging to say the least. Between a very distressed and sick 2 year old, a colicky screaming newborn, two boys who were playing dangerously and our family not even sitting around the same table to enjoy our 'choice food', the night was not how I thought it would be!
But in the middle of it all, I knew Yah was right there with me. Instead of just blowing up at the boys and leaving it at that, we chatted (through our tears) about what could have been done differently by both me and them. We had cuddles and kisses to end the night. Instead of getting snappy at Zip, I recognised that she was just plain unwell and probably feeling really ordinary and gave her some extra attention and the popped her to bed. And once Brett got Zeeki off to sleep, we both had something to eat and felt like we could continue with the rest of the night.

The whole day was about a call to repent! It was about His joy being my strength...and it was.
It was not about me and my big ideas of  what brings me joy!
It was about Him being with me through this tapestry of my life.
And that DOES gives me joy.
And that REALLY DOES gives me strength.

And that's what it was like (for real) at my house on the day when I was most reminded of God's grace...I needed to take it on board myself and apply it to my own life in my own family.
Praise Him that His grace is sufficient for me!

And while Brett and I tidied the kitchen together, I made Stass (who was the only one left up at this point!) her own chocolate fondue as a treat to end the night.

Life is full of ups and downs...of joy and of sadness.
We I need to be constantly reminded of the character and nature of my El (God).

And that's just one reason why I love these feasts!
They remind me of just that!!!

On this day, I was reminded of my need for His grace and mercy and that I need to in turn show that to those around me {especially my family} on a daily basis.

Ezekiel 18:30-32

 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!"

Well, more to come another time.



ReneeK said...

My kids had a lot of joy with the beginning of the new year also. I love the excitement that my kids have with the feast days. I enjoy your blog. Blessings!

Enid said...

Sound wonderful and yummy my friend!! Have you bring the baby to be adjusted by a chiropractor yet? It will help him too!

nettypike said...

Hi NSW! Sounds like it was a valuable day in your family as your celebrate Yom Teruah, although with the young family dramas :) How kind and wonderful of our Father
YHWH to set these times apart to remind us of His great plan. I love that scripture that says the trumpets remind Him of us as well - as we blow the shofars we are calling on Him for assistance and He hears! And we say Maranatha - come!! Love and blessings to you all.

Abbey said...

This was such a blessing to read. I love you honesty and while we make these days special for our families we still have to deal with "life". What a fun day you had. We are sill new to celebrating feast days but we also had a wonderful day of crafts and a family dinner!

Leah-in-the-Kia said...

Hi Lusi, poor little Zippi feeling so awful, I certainly have had many a day like that,kids driving me crazy with fighting and being nasty to each really drives me up the wall. so glad you had a nice day though,I really need a nice family day together but it has been so long since that has happened here.
Take care, love Leah

Peterson Party said...

Sounds like a lovely day, even if it didn't go just as "planned" :) I was just thinking that I've known you through blogland for a year now! It was right before Atonement last year that I found your blog and I am so happy that I did! Take care and I hope Zip feels better quickly!

Chrissy said...

Real life, real love and real faith have so many up and down moments but through it all it's heartening to my soul to know God is with us all... always! Bless your family honey, sending prayers of healing for Zip too. <3

singing mama said...

Lusi , it was great to read about what you guys did for yom teruah. I so appreciate your honesty in this post in sharing the more challenging aspects of your day. Life as parents raising many young children is wonderful but also hard work. I know I often read blogs and think I must be the only one facing struggles within each day and so I always so so appreciate when others share honesty what they go thru, in a way that also reflects the joy and faith we have in Yehovah. Life is so much about living each moment each day with Him and I know I find having many young kidlets really brings me to constantly need Him! Luv and hugs! Donna

Traci said...

Wow Lusi, you're lookin' good as always and that baby is a lovely one for sure!!

Many blessings far away one:)


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