Head out quick tomorrow and pick some up. Your kids might actually do all the Passover prep for you with that buzz! You have T-minus 48 hours...
Ok now that I bought out the store in my area for the seder we're hosting, I can share this little Passover deal with you that will only last until this Wednesday! At a pre-Passover event we attended this weekend, my youngest daughter snagged a strawberry-banana Fruit by the Foot. Because she had just gone through an Exodus Obstacle Course, she was in the right frame of mind to artfully ball up here FBTF and transform it into a 'burning bush' before she swallowed it whole. (Kids. Or maybe just MY kids?!) Anyway, it got us thinking about adding it to our silly seder this year. Lo and behold, this week Publix is having a BOGO free for all on both Sweet and Fiery Gushers and FBTF. Even better than the original concept of strawberry banana. Could it get easier than that?! Burning bush....fiery...And I'm loving the new and improved Gushers for our silly seder. The Fiery kind comes in red, orange and green plus tastes like it has some zing to it. Maybe even a little painful/spicy. What better experience as my children indulge in all things junk food to remember the plague of boils! Oozy, fiery Gushers. Total win.
Head out quick tomorrow and pick some up. Your kids might actually do all the Passover prep for you with that buzz! You have T-minus 48 hours...
The guys are at it again...and KILLED IT! Relevant (with the upcoming film release of Disney's "Lion King" remake), Six13 has a knack for aligning themselves just right with the current wave of interest in all things cultural. Well done, guys! Especially when you allude to the movie scenes and parody "Hakuna Matata." Gals, check it out and add it to this year's Passover playlist:
Wowsers was this fun tonight!
Obviously, we didn't wait until Passover to get on this yummy seder, because, well....LOOK AT THAT PLATE! A few weeks ago I had registered to attend a chocolate seder event hosted by PJ Library of South Palm Beach County. I was SO looking forward to the event and how our seder plate would be dazzled with chocolate!
But what happened, as is the Murphy's Law of Motherhood? Not one, but all FIVE of my children got sick and we couldn't go. Total bummer.
However, don't forget who we serve and He certainly loves me enough to not have me miss all the fun. Thankfully, a dear friend of mine attended the seder, took pictures of everything that took place, including the Chocolate Haggadah. Score!
She sent it to me earlier this afternoon. Guess when I hosted our mini chocolate seder? You guessed it...right after dinner. LOL. Anyone who knows me personally would fully understand this.
I had a blast finding items for the plate. Our plate looked a tad bit different than the haggadah outlined, only due to a lack of tootsie rolls in our area. We went to several stores, and apparently in our new town, they don't have the same affinity for them as our own family does as well as PJ Library! But we adjusted, and pictured above you can see all the goodies we had: Twizzler Peelz and Nerd Rope (For the taskmaster's whips instead of the Tootsie Roll Shankbone), a Cadbury Creme Egg (omit if you don't want to do it of course), Lindt's 90% Cocoa bar (the looks on my family's face confirmed it's bitterness...could've been horseradish from what I witnessed!), a chocolate covered strawberry, Andes Candy, a Brownie Brittle (both Organic and NON-GMO...like it matters lol), and chocolate syrup.
I'd totally add some milk and do chocolate milk. For those of us in the house who don't eat sugar, we had plenty of sweet alternatives that we incorporated instead. Have fun with it...it's CHOCOLATE OF COURSE!!!
Below is the PJ Library & PJ Our Way Seder Plate Guide. I hope you all have a fantastic time with this one:
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A few weeks ago the kids and I went to a Rosh HaShanah party. We've celebrated this feast for many years now, but the Lord always shows up to reveal something new to me. This time was no different.
Part of the party was a workshop for children to craft their own shofars, glaze and all. As the rabbi stood explaining to the children about shofars prior to them getting to work, he discussed that only a kosher shofar was one with marrow inside the horn. There are many other horns that we could use, but they weren't the same because they don't have the marrow. Why would Hashem require bone marrow inside the shofar?
It was seconds before He showed me why. What is bone marrow? It is the LIFE of the horn. The bone marrow holds the keys to the life of each shofar. The life is in the blood. But in order to properly use it, all of the bone marrow must die. (It is a picture of your atonement essentially.) Once it does, encased in its hard exterior, it is to be completely removed. It is then REPLACED by the filling of the breath of life that Hashem has given all of us when we place our mouths to its end. This horn then becomes the embodiment of His Ruach HaKodesh, or Holy Spirit. So essentially, even our rams' horns represent the message of the Lord that we must first receive the sacrificial death, bury the remains and be open to the wind of the spirit of God, just as Yeshua did as our provided ram. Not all horns are the same; all are unique in their own right just as you are. I hope every time you hold your shofar you declare your gift of breath through its curvy exterior and remember the lengths the Lord goes to show you His sacrificial love. And when you put the shofar down, continue to act on that principal in your daily walk with our Mashiach. Breathe the Almighty in and EXHALE! The results will be heard and felt around the world. Chag sameach, and may you blow Hashem's breath over His creation today and proclaim His soon return!
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
Rosh HaShanah is here again and with it comes another year of both new and old traditions. I'd like to take a minute and share a new craft project we did this year. I'd love for you to try it too!
For several years now, I've tried to give the kids gifts for Rosh HaShanah. We have a tradition of going to a local nursery to buy flavored honey sticks. Root beer, cherry, sour apple, watermelon...even chocolate! The kids love determining their favorite flavor for the year. We also always wind up with lots of honey bear containers with all the honey we consume during the holiday! So it was time to finally bring these bears out to our party.
This project is really simple but really cute. Just take the bear containers and use permanent markers, fabric, stickers, or whatever else you might desire to personalize each bear. Make sure before starting to remove the labels typically with water and a touch of oil to break through the sticky residue. Get a hot glue gun and get your creative juices flowing! Below you can see our beloved bears dripping with personality! Once finished, we stuffed honey stirrers, honey sticks, candies, apples & cinnamon potpourri, honey lip balm, honey taffy pops AND honey lotion inside our little bears for safekeeping. Such a sweet activity to do as a family!
I personally loved seeing our bears emerge. My two sons made t-shirts on their bears, with cute sayings and one sticker is actually a scratch and sniff! So his bear smells like burritos when you scratch his tummy. My one daughter wants to be a fashion designer, so she glued her entire dress with red flowers. And I went for fake eyelashes. I loved making my "Bubbe Bear" with her high hat and added sass. Plus she smells like grandma's house during the holidays thanks to the potpourri. lol
I hope this holiday is an amazing one for you and your family too! I pray that the Lord bless you and keep you as you learn more about Him in this season and that it will be the bear-y best Rosh HaShanah yet!
Alright, I know we're well into the month of Elul and our preparations for the high holy days, but I wanted to skip ahead and share an idea you may want to keep in mind for Sukkot this year. This is one of those easy but memorable elements to add to your sukkah!
A few years ago, I happened to run across a photo similar to the one I've posted above, of an outdoor suspended table. It is super simple to assemble and a really cool concept for this feast of the Lord. I have actually tried this project out, so I tell you from experience this will not be a tough task to undertake.
First find yourself a tabletop. Our first year implementing our table we used an old closet door, which gave it a little bit of extra detail that I was looking for in our sukkah. All you need to do is drill four holes near the four corners of your tabletop, knot the rope on the bottom side of the table, secure to the top of your sukkah, and voila! Instant table. We added extra decorations to the table, adorning ours with Scripture verses and mirrors for an artsy effect, but you can personalize your table however the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit leads! It's really fun to have the chance to put your own personal touch into this project.
With a suspended table, there are more positive aspects to this contraption than just the fact that it's an interesting piece. Firstly, without the typical table legs, you can actually get more seating in your sukkah. That means more people can join the party OR you have a lot more legroom. Definitely a bonus. Furthermore, and my favorite aspect personally, is how this centerpiece becomes the focal point of this family time. And where will it remind us all of this incredible time of togetherness with the Lord and our greater community of family and friends? Heaven. Every time I visited my sukkah I remembered where my food came from. And even my Bible studies where I'd sit and commune with the Lord in His word I couldn't help but see His greater purpose to keep my eyes looking heavenward.
I pray your upcoming high holy days are a time of complete devotion to our King of Kings. He tabernacled with us; the majesty of the heavens came down to earth to dwell here and commune with us. What incredible intimacy our Creator desires; many blessings to you all...be strengthened and keep your eyes focused above!
Shalom gals! I hope you are all getting a chance to examine and reflect on your journey with the Lord and go deeper in your walk with Him. This is our preparation month before our Sabbatical 7th on the Hebrew calendar. Most commonly known as "Elul," the rabbis have connected the verse from Song of Songs 6:3 ("Ani L'Dodi V'dodi Li/I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine") because the initial Hebrew letters in each word of the Hebrew verse form the acronym "Aleph-Lamed-Vav-Lamed" or ELUL. The rabbis also discuss how the King steps off of his throne this month and comes into the fields of His people, to commune with them in their humblest state. It is a beautiful image of the desire our Lord has to be with us and love us with complete intimacy by initiating contact with us in our neck of the woods.
Now it was my time in ministry to serve last week and that meant I would be doing a teaching on this month of Elul and conveying these wonderful reminders to our children. The Lord was so good in His lesson plan for these youngsters. Just wait for it:
The Lord led me to a children's art project on Vincent Van Gogh. Immediately when I saw the painting, "The Sower," I knew this could be a really interesting way for the children to grasp the essence of what this month is all about! I modified the original concept a smidge, using oil pastels instead of paint, and adding silver Sharpie pens to the lesson too. To see the original children's art project, click here: http://www.mybrightfirefly.com/2016/05/sunset-on-fields-art-project-for-kids.html?spref=pi&m=1.
I really liked how this particular painting focuses on the contrasting light and dark areas of the piece. The Lord had me explain as the children drew their own rendition of "The Sower," that we are the painting. The upper half of the work is our sunniest parts of our walk with the Lord, the parts of us that glisten brightly already for the world to see. Things He has gifted us with to use for His glory. I had the children use that upper half of the page to list qualities in themselves that they found were strengths from Abba. Some of the children even had their qualities written as if they were the rays extending from their drawn sun. Hence, the things that THE SON helps them radiate each day. And then the field...the colors are darker hues of blue, and I explained to the children how these are our more difficult aspects of ourselves, like unforgiveness, or other areas we may need to work through with our wonderful King. This was the point in the art project that I reiterated that the King is in the field, and that He was ready to sow into each one of their hearts just like the sower in the field in Van Gogh's work. After they drew their fields, they took that same silver marker and wrote areas they wanted the Lord to help them sort through in their little hearts. One child was quite humble and wrote of his need for help with obedience and self control! It was marvelous for the children to start reflecting and identifying their own areas in their lives that need repentance. It was a really engaging lesson that helped them express their thoughts through a different medium than they were used to doing. And it can't hurt to give them a little bit of art appreciation and a lesson of drawing too, right?! Our God is so multifaceted! He can make lessons multi-level and fluid at the same time. It's amazing.
Furthermore, why did the Lord have me add silver marker to this project? Simple. Silver is the color of redemption. And when I explained that the Lord turns all things for good and causes them to shine, it only took me holding their pictures up to the light to convey that each sin they listed would be another aspect of their picture that would shine for Him. And that was good enough for them to know how much they are loved. I pray you all continue to explore those dark parts of your fields, and know that our King loves you so deeply He is willing to go there with you and sow into your heart beautiful seeds of love too. Have a happy preparation month of Elul everyone!
Shalom ladies! Here is a presentation Abba helped me to make regarding the mitzvah of wearing tzitzit. It includes the Messianic prophecy references, a brief Hebrew word study, the fulfillment of prophecy when Yeshua used His tzitzit as a healing ministry for the multitudes, etc. Abba really helped me encapsulate and summarize their purpose, which I think is helpful for a lot of believers who question the validity of tzitzit or would like a deeper understanding about this commandment. Please feel free to post your comments and questions below. You will, if viewing from a mobile phone, download the Prezi app in order to view! This is relevant and current for our generation. Let's help share the message of love once again! Click on the link below to get started, and if you like it please share with your loved ones!
Hi everyone! Feel free to use this logo to promote this extra special mitzvah this year. There are many resources to consider to be part of this incredible time. I will try to list them in a separate post in the near future. Blessings and l'shanah tova!
Meredith Welborn is a mother of five beautiful children who has gradually integrated the Torah into her family's life as YHVH directs her. Her heart's desire is to create a forum for women to grow in the goodness of the Torah, Yah's holy instruction manual.