Community and Family
The Fall Feasts
This post is from our bible study on Tuesday August 20th, 2013. We covered more but I am saving to share over the next few days.
Pro 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
As this scripture tells us we are going to need a little planning ( well maybe a lot) to make a successful feast with days full of love, fun, and spiritual growth. It has been my experience during the time of celebrating the feasts are times of intense spiritual experiences. If we are not at least somewhat prepared your time is going to be spent dealing with issues that arise out of general items such as I forgot this, what are we supposed to do on this day, did I bring my toothbrush? etc. What my goal each year is to learn what I need to do next time to make it run more smooth and this is what I want to encourage you to do. I want to share some ideas with you and if you would like to respond with some of your own that would be great.
Sometimes just taking time to plan makes all the difference. What helps me is to have a fall feast planning book that I use from year to year. We should already be in the planning stage. To work together to create a timeline for preparations both physical and spiritual. We can use this as a tool now and for future celebration of the feasts.
When we plan a special event we and our families get so much more out of it. Let’s work on this year to make it a special event. I know that some of you are very involved with Sukkot and I am praying for you. This can be a very tiring time so take time to rest. If you plan ahead and break up preparations over several days you will not feel so exhausted. In the early days it was not unusual for me to experience some depression or even get sick after the feasts just because I wore myself out. I also learned to take the 9th day to help clean up at the Shul grounds and take that day to pack up slowly and have then plan one more day at home to put every thing away. Below are my planning books for each of the fall feasts.
Overall Plan and Calendar
Decorations - Traditions
What’s the Budget!
Letters and other forms needed for school or work.
Meal Accessories/ Food
Kol Hamashiach Schedule of Events ( So I know what to wear)
What to pack- List for Sukkot
To start a Feast Day planning book here are some suggestions to think about.
Working out a plan in your book then assign them on a date in your calendar.
Use your book to help you think and organize
What’s the Budget!
Planning the decorations and other family traditions you would like maybe try something new this year.
Make cards for each member of the family for personal packing and get suit cases duffle bags or clothes baskets
Planning Menus Planning the Meal Accessories! Food Shopping List!
Plan games and crafts and other things for the kids
Shopping for needed items
Items needed for Sukkot and Gathering the supplies! Make a list. I will post one that you can use in the next few days.
Set up Sukkah and Decorate
Getting ready to camp with the family. It is a time to learn how to prepare to travel and to be with others in a group. A lady last year called our hut a tent of testimony. And others have tents of testimony as well. Each year we learn something new.
So over the next few days I will give an overview of the feasts to include some of the prophetic aspects and share some traditions my family has come to cherish. I will also be prompting you on some to do items as well.