Pentecost Recap!

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Pentecost

Growing up, my house was the place to be.  My parents made it so.  Have a Friday night with nothing to do? My parents were always game for movie night or cards.  After being out with friends at a party or concert my parents never balked at us having the whole gang over for popcorn and just hanging out.  My house was where everyone was comfortable chillin’ or playing games or as the meet-up spot before crazy you’re-only-young-once shenanigans.  This is probably one of the reason we never got into terrible mischief growing up.  Sure, we went out, hand fun, we enjoyed our youth.  But, we always had something to come home to.  My goal now that I have young people of my own is to make my house the same haven that my childhood home was.  I want all my kids friends to feel the “mi casa es su casa” vibe.

A year ago I decided that this year I would pull the Shavu’ot All-Nighter!  I would have my teen/tween kids’ friends (and a few of mine, too!) over and we’d stay up all night and do-it right!  And so we did!

I fed the little ones and sent them to bed.  We started our Pentecost celebration at Sunset (roughly 8pm) and ended at Sunrise (roughly 5:40am)!  We worshiped and prayed.  We studied the Bible with everyone taking turns reading and teaching.  We also snacked on cheesecake, apples with honey and caramel, chips and creamy onion dip, yogurt and granola and copious amounts of coffee and tea.

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My nearing-middle-age body was feelin’ it the next day!  But we made an amazing memory!  We felt a real sense of accomplishment that we actually stayed up all night!  Well, most of us did….

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Have you ever spent nine consecutive hours studying the Word and asking for the indwelling and empowerment of the Holy Spirit?  That’s what Pentecost is all about!  On Shavu’ot Moses received the Law.  While celebrating Shavu’ot the disciples of Jesus received the Holy Spirit who writes God’s Law on our hearts.   The Day of Pentecost is the fulfillment of the prophetic celebration of Shavu’ot.  It’s beautiful, powerful, fun and amazing!

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The next day, of course, I was totally wrecked fine.  We ate some blintzes for breakfast and then we crashed.  Time for the sweet sleep of one who spent the whole night with Holy Spirit!

(For a cool free printable chart of the Biblical Feasts, click here.)

How do you make your home a haven for your family and friends? Share your ideas in the comments!


  1. Melba Watson - June 20, 2014

    Blessed childhood!  🙂

    • Daja - June 20, 2014

      I did indeed have a blessed childhood. I hope I can give my kids the same. Thanks, Auntie!

  2. Thank you for that first paragraph.  It made my day.  🙂

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