“Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve…”
The story of the eight nights of oil is the most recognized reason for Hanukkah, but the history is far deeper. The “abomination of desolation” shown to the Prophet Daniel (Chapter 12) had a fulfillment under the King Antiochus Epiphanes, and foreshadows the abomination of desolation to come in the Last Days. The full account of Hanukkah is gory and heart-wrenching, which is probably why so much of the celebration is redirected to the rabbinical tradition of the oil. However, only when you recognize the extent of the evil can you appreciate the principles and righteousness of the protagonists. The account in I and II Maccabees shows the importance of loyalty, religious liberty, and trusting in YHWH’s strength when the fight is impossible to win.
The Maccabean revolt against Antiochus is an inspiration to stand for the Truth and our covenant with the Almighty, against the abominations and lies of the world, cleansing our temples in which His Spirit resides, and Dedicating ourselves to His purpose.
We don’t have to stress with “must have” decorations, extra spending, and propping up fables of a red-suited man. We can simply gather together, learn about our history, and inspire our children with real-life heroes and the Light of the World!
Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, Chanukah, Hanukkah – may it be full of family, joy, love, thanksgiving, and Shalom!
We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
As we remember all our Heavenly Father has done, remember the arrival of our Messiah, and look forward to the marriage supper of The Lamb – Have a blessed Feast of Tabernacles, and Happy Sukkot!
This October, beginning on the 1st, I’ll be following the FlyLady’s 31 Babysteps. I first followed the YouTube version in July. This did wonders for me, since I’m a visual learner. I improved so smoothly, and the habits set me up for a peaceful home. With the routines in place, I was able to grapple hosting a family gathering of thirty people for the first time last August. I already need a refresher course, so I invite anyone to follow along with me as I watch one of FlyLady Diane’s videos each day.
Here is a plethora of mothers of little ones who can still rise above the chaos. http://www.flylady.net/d/gycw/flying-with-baby/
It is inspiring! If you want to try this system, too, look up the 31 Baby Steps to set you on your way.
Though a mild case, my children caught a cold that threw me off kilter. I am not accustomed to sick kids and holding them all night long. Snotty noses just aren’t our norm. We were able to bounce back quickly to easy-breathing nights with the following regimen, consisting mostly of essential oils.
- Eucalyptus Radiata
- Colloidal silver
- Sitting in a steamy bathroom.
- Some saline and suction.
Hot and citrus essential oils can be rubbed on the clothes and blankets, or diffused. Mild oils I can apply directly on my kids’ skin without diluting, but everyone is different; try diluting oils when first introducing them to your children.
This is merely a conversation I would share with friends and family, and is not to be construed as medical advice.