This October completes an entire year of Attitude of Gratitude for Sweet Julian! I'm so excited to have created this series of posts on the blog as they truly have been forcing me to be thankful in all times. I hope they have blessed you in a similar way.
If you have been reading along, or follow me on instagram, then you may have realized that my family and I have been experimenting with living biblically. That means we have been seriously taking the Lord's commands and sifting through the statutes we can physically and spiritually meet in our spiritual walk.
Through this experiment, we were able to celebrate and commemorate the biblical fall feasts. These being Day of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Sukkot or Tabernacles (Booths). Not knowing the first thing about keeping these feasts, I ordered a series of books by Samuele Bachiocchi as a guide on the significance of these feasts and their application in our Christian walk. I chose Bachiocchi's books because he is a Seventh Day Adventist theologian who also received his doctorate from the Pontifcal Gregorian University of Rome and was awarded the Pope's Gold Medal for his studies. Very interesting guy and I would highly recommend his books to anyone who is interested in the Judeo-Christian church beginnings, the Sabbath or the biblical feasts.
Jesus said, "Go up to the feast." John 7:8
For seven days Israel was to dwell in booths see Leviticus 23:33-43. These booths were made out of branches of leafy trees assembled together into a small temporary shelter of sorts. Since we don't really have large trees in our yard, we decided to put up a tent on our lawn. Together, hubby, V and I set up our tent and placed an air mattress inside with some blankets and pillows. V put together a few books in a basket and a group of stuffed animals to keep in the tent. Together we made it work and spent a lot of quality time together in the making of the tent and nightly as we all slept together under the moonlight. I am so thankful for this time of togetherness that I got to spend with my family all sleeping together in our backyard tent for seven days.
Time Well Spent
Although V had the time of his life nightly inside the tent, mama & dada didn't always get a good night's rest. The first night was especially difficult as we tried to sleep under a full moon which is as bright as giant LED globe in your face. Also there seems to be a lot of drag racing in the middle of night for some reason. Oh, and then there was a helicopter which made rounds every few nights right over our neighborhood. Suffice it to say, there was definitely a learning curve to mastering sleep without the niceties of double paned windows & blackout shutters! By the following night we did much better and woke up refreshed with the first glimmers of light from the sun rising behind the mountain. Once we had our circadian clocks reset, things seems to flow much easier and for once it felt nice to get through our morning routines without all the stressful running around, forgetting lunch boxes or rushing out the door. Miracles happen when your in bed by 9PM and out of bed by 6AM! Seriously.
On one particular night, we were all in bed inside the tent, when this wind came out of nowhere. There had been absolutely no wind at night for all of five nights in a row, but this night there was and our tent was shaking all over the place. We tried to wait it out but the winds only got worse! Until finally our tent collapsed on top of me and hubby quickly had to carry little V out of the tent. Nobody got hurt, I promise. That night we cheated a bit and slept inside the house, but it really made me think about the false sense of protection and comfort provided by our homes. Sometimes we feel protected by our shelters when in reality our shelters are flimsy and susceptible to environmental forces that we can't control. This year has really been a worldwide lesson on how our homes are not the protection shelter that we think they are. Although I am definitely grateful for my home and the shelter it provides, Sukkot reminded us that our faith and sense of comfort should not be placed on material things but on the giver instead.
Attitude of Gratitude is my way of sharing what I'm currently grateful for and the things that have aided me in my own personal practice of Stoic Christianity. These two things have played a large role in my path to healing and spiritual recovery within the last year. Each month I will do my best to post the top three things that I am currently grateful for.