Welcome to the blog today, friends. I hope you have a blessed day ahead of you.
Before we get too far removed from Hanukkah, I wanted to share a few pieces of our celebration with you. It certainly was a blessing to our family.
Our Heavenly Father allowed us to have such a nice time. Before I go any further, I would like to mention that we consider Hanukkah to be a historical holiday, and it is not at all necessary to celebrate it. However, we do believe it points to Biblical truths, and that it is worth celebrating.
This year, I seemed to think about how it is a remembrance of the rededication of God’s temple more than any of its other points. Now as New Testament believing Christians, God’s Spirit dwells in us. Just as the temple had to be rededicated after the Greek occupation, we need to examine ourselves to verify that hidden sin isn’t lingering inside.
It is easy to become complacent, and let little things that do not please the Lord into our lives if we are not careful. During this week I have definitely examined myself.
I decided to unfollow several fitness accounts on Instagram as part of this thought process. I followed several accounts where the ladies definitely do not dress modestly. While I felt like that didn’t affect me in general, I know that the Lord would rather me follow people who are dressed appropriately. This will be a new standard for myself going forward. I truly only want to set righteousness before my eyes.
I also rededicated my prayer life, and have started to pray through some Psalms. This has been life giving!
During Hanukkah, we lit a candle each night and read a messianic devotional. I also wrote each of our names on a tote bag for a small gift each night. This is the second year we did this tradition. I must say my children really looked forward to it!
It was such a peaceful, slow celebration. I love how it stretches out for eight nights, and doesn’t feel like a burden. It is a time of fun and togetherness. It is a time to reflect on how God is the source of all light, and how we should fully dedicate our lives to Him.
If you are interested, there is a free Messianic Hanukkah Printable Pack available here. Perhaps you could use it next year!
I pray that God’s peace will surround you and your family. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!