Pentecost, Father’s Day, & 4th of July 2018

In this post: Three Summer holidays with food and fun.

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you’re having a lovely Summer. We’ve enjoyed plenty of time with family and relaxing. I love how there’s a holiday for every season. Summer has a few. Pentecost changes each year. Sometimes it’s at the end of Spring and sometimes the beginning of Summer. I believe Father’s Day, Pentecost, and Independence Day all honor fathers. We honor our Heavenly Father, earthly dads, and then our forefathers who fought for freedom. Here’s how we celebrated!

  • Pentecost- I love celebrating Pentecost. It is the birthday of the Church and a joyous time to remember when the Holy Spirit first came to live in Christians. This is a Biblical festival of the harvest, that God fulfilled and made a time of spiritual harvest.

(Pentecost pic from a couple of years ago)

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 In Act 2, we see that Jesus sent His Holy Spirit as promised and the Believers waiting in the upper room began to preach the gospel in languages they had never known before. This was amazing and perfect timing because pilgrims with different languages were in the streets of Jerusalem. They were waiting to be “harvested”. Three thousand or so people came to Jesus after Peter’s sermon. The Church was born! 

https://www.christianity.com/jesus/early-church-history/pentecost/where-did-pentecost-come-from.html

Why is the coming of the Holy Spirit so awesome? Isn’t God’s Spirit everywhere already and didn’t He fill people in the Old Testament? Yes, and Yes, but Pentecost was a game changer. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would temporarily fill someone…like when Samson needed strength to destroy the Philistines or when Saul was first anointed the king. The Holy Spirit/ Ghost would also leave these people when He chose. The filling is like a balloon being filled with air. Air is all around but when more air is pumped into a balloon it is full of air…not just surrounded by it.

Pentecost (in Acts) was a fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit to live in His followers…forever. We are sealed by God’s Spirit when we become His child.

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When I make Pentecost art (as you can see from my painting near the top and below) I tend to use doves because it is a common symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person…not a bird or an impersonal force. The Holy Spirit is God, the third in the God-head (the Trinity). Sometimes He will choose to show up in different ways that look like a dove or tongues of fire…just as God’s presence manifested as a burning bush for Moses or the Angel of the Lord. I don’t know why but I do know that personally, the Holy Spirit has spoken to me in ways I can understand. He understands my human limitations. It’s like an adult trying to explain something to a baby. God often uses symbols to help us understand the little bit we are able to understand.

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The Holy Spirit can and often does affect our emotions, but He is not an emotion Himself. He is not a drug…though His presence can bring euphoria at times and other times strong conviction and Godly sorrow. Sometimes He speaks through others and sometimes through Creation and always through the Bible. The Holy Spirit is an amazing teacher, comforter, and best friend. Here’s a video series about the attributes of the Holy Spirit.

On Pentecost, I decorated with fiery balloons to represent the power of the Holy Ghost (Spirit). We lit a candle and listened to the song “Ghost” by Mercy Me. I explained to Leeland that the Holy Ghost is Jesus’ Spirit who comes to live with us when we believe in Him. That was the simplest way I could explain who the Holy Ghost is.

We ate strawberry shortcake as a treat.

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Then the boys and I watched Super Book: Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost.

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Here’s a clip…

This is the painting Michael and I did in 2015.

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So our celebration consists of a yummy dessert, worship, and art. Do you celebrate Pentecost? What are your family’s traditions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

  • Father’s Day- So we didn’t do much for Father’s Day but we did make homemade cards (inspired by Pinterest). The saying on the airplane card was my own.

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Fishing for Papa, walking in hero’s shoes for Daddy, golf for Grandad, and an airplane for Grandpa.

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  • The 4th of July- Last year, we had a great time of food, games, and crafts at Nana’s. This year it was just me, hubby, and the boys. We ate patriotic food, made neat crafts, played games, did science experiments, and finished the night with a huge fireworks display in town. Here are the details…

Crafts

Patriotic Play Dough

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We listened to Patriotic music. Lee Greenwood is a must. Ha! 🙂

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Patriotic Tye-Dye Shirts

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Colored “Sand”

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Fun

Fireworks in a jar using oil, water, and food coloring

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Races and fun with Dad

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Our Patriotic volcano

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Food

Watermelon stars and the Liberty Bell with blueberries

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The patriotic fruit went well on our pancakes!

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Sprite with red and blue Koolaid stars

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Chris grilled ribs and we had a feast!

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Fireworks

Glow bracelets and wand for the night.

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Before fireworks, we visited a Liberty Bell replica in downtown.

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Fireworks on the river…

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I pray you are encouraged and inspired! God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber D.

Past Fourth of July Celebration

http://amberdover.com/category/holidays/patriotic/

Father’s Day

http://amberdover.com/category/holidays/family/

Pentecost

http://amberdover.com/category/holidays/minorholidays/

Summer Fun on Pinterest

Pentecost on Pinterest

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