Time to Celebrate

Celebrations are a part of the fabric of American life. There is always a holiday for card companies to make money from and stores to monopolize. I have seen throughout my lifetime how the commercialization of holidays make them less meaningful and more materialistic.

If any culture knows how to celebrate, for the right reasons, it is the Jewish. I have recently been given some precious friends who have graciously taught me everything I have ever wanted to know about their Jewish faith and traditions. They have been so patient with me as I pelt them with random questions when they pop into my head.

The Jewish holidays serve as Holy reminders of God showing up and fulfilling His promises to His people. In the Jewish culture, teaching their children the history of God’s goodness is also a vital part of the celebrations.

Today is one such holiday, PURIM. The story of this celebration is found in the book of Esther. A young Jewish queen is placed in the role of a lifetime, to rescue her people from death. While God is not mentioned in the book, His presence is there, giving Esther courage and guiding her decisions by making a way for the Jewish people of Persia to not be destroyed. In Israel, the entire week is celebrated with food, costumes, parades, and dancing.

The Jewish people hold a certain truth that I believe we could all find beneficial. Each day is a day to celebrate. Even in hard times, especially in hard times, we can look back and remember times God proved His faithfulness.

In my own life, I have seen God moving in ways I will never forget. Through my daughter’s chronic illness, I have tried to share with her ways I see God working, so she can remember in her dark moments God has been with her all along.

Find a reason to celebrate God today.

Do you want to learn more about Purim? Check out this fun video and make these yummy traditional Hamantaschen cookies!

Published by Leah Lively

Born and raised in Virginia, Leah’s faith journey began in a loving family and a small church in a small town. She is a wife to one and a mom to four along with a sweet boxer pup. As writer, blogger, and an aspiring speaker, Leah also enjoys reading, watching movies with her hubby, and creating memories with her family. Leah is motivated by 2 Corinthians 13:11 where Paul encourages the church in Corinth to “become mature and be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” She wants believers to grow in their faith and discover a hunger for God’s word. Leah’s genuine and authentic style of presenting the gospel lays a foundation for readers to learn more of God’s Truths. Through the challenges of life as a wife and mother, Leah's greatest desire is to let you know you are not alone and there is a God who can get you through the hard moments.

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