Lev 23:27-32 “On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה.
“And you do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before יהוה your Elohim.
“For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
“And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people.
“You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
‘It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings. On the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Sabbath.”
This is how we spent the last 24 hours, “afflicting our being.” Each year we fast, pray, repent, focus on the atoning work of Yeshua ha Moshiach, and read the book of Yonah/Jonah. This year started out as such a blessed time. We tuned in to Passion For Truth Ministries'live Kol Nidre service. Each member of our family went around hugging and asking forgiveness of each other. Asher 5 and Analise 3 especially blessed this momma’s heart by going around at random times and asking for forgiveness. It was such a sweet time and we could really sense the Ruach’s/Spirit’s presence.
During the day we spent time reading the Word, praying, meditating, and reciting the Al Chet prayer (which has become a very special prayer to us). All fasted from Brice 8 up. Asher 5 said he wanted to, but could only make it to lunch. We were all so proud of Brice and Asher : ). We have adopted the tradition of reading the book of Yonah on this day and so I centered some children’s activities around it to give the adults time to be by ourselves uninterrupted throughout the day and to keep them somewhat occupied.
I borrowed heavily from this site for our children's activities. Below are some pictures from our day.
Shalom and may your name be found in the Book of Life!
|Asher coloring our "big fish".|
|Daddy encouraging Bricie that he could make it until the end of the fast and telling him how pleased he was of him :)|
|Joel reading Job|
|Bethany highlighting some meaningful Scripture|
|Dylan and James studying|
|Asher and his Book of Life coloring page|
|Bricie with his Yonah coloring page|
|A game of "Pin Yonah on the Big Fish"|
|Analise made it in the fish|
|My Zippy giving it a try|
|They asked to play multiple times. I guess it was a hit :)|
|They don't look too afflicted do they? Don't worry. They were afflicted when I told them no movies several times throughout the day. lol|
|Zippy eating his natural lollypop for pooping on the potty!|
|They played a game of "Throw Yonah Overboard" in which they had to toss their Yonah into the "big fishes" mouth.|