The Five Days of Giving

Easter is coming up! One of my favorite times of the year. Why? Because it’s an opportunity to celebrate the moment that made eternity with God possible: the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

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Last year, I told y’all about my worship calendar that I had made. I was reflecting on how to incorporate worshiping God into my life and was curious how often God scheduled Israel to worship Him. In Numbers 28-29, I discovered that not only did the Israelites worship God each week, month, season, and year — they made offerings twice a day!

In Numbers 28:16-25, God gives Israel directions on holding the Passover. After the Passover, the Israelites had a festival. For seven days, they were to eat bread without yeast, the first and last day would include a sacred assembly with no regular work being done, and special offerings were to be made each day. For Christians, the Passover is only the beginning as we celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection as the fulfillment of the Passover imagery. We now take the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of what Jesus has done and an anticipation of His return.

Because of the resurrection, worship of God has taken on a new look while we live in the church age. We no longer live under a sacrificial system in the same way the Israelites did. The Holy Spirit dwells in the body of Christ and not a physical building. In the New Testament, Paul urges the Roman believers in Romans 12, to daily “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” He then finishes out his letter flooding the readers with ideas on how they can accomplish this living sacrifice lifestyle. 

In light of the Christian practice of being a living sacrifice to God and in reflection of how Israel held the Passover and following week of festivities, Easter weekend is not the only part of the holiday I like to celebrate. What I’d like to share with you is a practice I have adopted for the days after Easter. I call it the Five Days of Giving.

Like the festival after Passover, the Five Days of Giving is actually seven days. Easter kicks off the week with a celebration of the Resurrection. I love that day because it’s already a tradition to get together with family, have a big, special meal, and hopefully discuss the impact of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It’s a perfect way to start the week.

After Easter follows the Five Days of Giving. This is an opportunity to be generous with others as a symbol of how infinitely generous Jesus was when He died for us. Our gratitude and joy for salvation can overflow into the Five Days of Giving. During this time, or even a week before, I ask God to show me how I can give to people during the five days. It could be a gift of money, time, material goods, etc. The important part is interacting with God and asking Him to show me the needs of others and if I can play a part in fulfilling a need.

It’s fun to incorporate others into the Five Days of Giving, because once the five days come to an end, the seventh day is another special dinner! At this meal, everyone gets to recount the events of the week and how God communicated to them the needs of others. 

Celebrating in this way has made me look forward to Easter more than I have in the past. The Five Days of Giving is such a fun excuse to express gratitude for Jesus’ great sacrifice and miraculous defeat over death. It also has boosted my creativity in sharing with people the truth that God loves them and wants to provide them eternal life with Him.

Feel free to celebrate Easter with the Five Days of Giving and have fun! 

Happy Easter! He is risen!

Monthly Worship

Monthly Worship

It’s been five months since I’ve started participating in the worship calendar I made based off of Numbers 28. Today is the 2nd day of September, so I got to enjoy participating in the Monthly Worship event. In short, I make a special meal, reflect on the past month and how God has worked, anticipate the next month and its challenges, write down who needs prayer, and what I’m looking forward to. It has been such a rewarding event on my calendar.

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The meal in the picture above, is an example of the type of meals I like to make on Monthly Worship day. When people are available, I love inviting them over to share in the blessings God has given me. He is generous and always provides me with more than enough food. It’s a pleasure and joy to share it with others!

I write in my journal daily, so one of my strategies at the first of the month is to read through the past month’s journal entries and write down how God provided during that time. I had ten things on my list of how God provided for me in August! And not just little things like, I-made-it-to-the-gas-station-on-fumes (which is a blessing btw), but big financial, codependency recovery, ministry, professional, and spiritual provisions! God is good and I was able to praise Him all over again today by reflecting over this past month.

Provisions are followed by anticipation of the upcoming month. This part has been great because I feel like I’m walking into the next month prayed up. I look at the foreseeable challenges and surrender them to God. I acknowledge that He has been faithful the past month and will continue to be faithful in the next. He is a great God! This month I have quite a few intimidating tasks coming involving ministry prep, art, and tuition fundraising. It gave my heart peace to think on those things ahead of time and give them to God.

After eating and reflecting, I get to turn my attention to others. The next step of Monthly Worship is writing down who needs prayer. Many times, I find myself praying for those that are closest to me. I don’t know why this is, but I end up praying for people outside of the home more than I do for those right around me. Maybe it’s because I see my close friends and family more so I take them for granted? I’m not sure, but every month, I am reminded of the needs those closer to me have and get to bring them to God.

A blessing from all of this reflection is the gratitude that comes. My spirits are always lifted after celebrating Monthly Worship, so the last step ends it all perfectly! I close the celebration by writing down what I’m looking forward to in the next month. It helps me start out on a positive note. This month, I’m looking forward to school, hanging out with family and friends, and seeing ministry ideas develop. It’s all quite exciting. 😄

I hope this summary encourages you as you start out September. If you decide to celebrate Monthly Worship or join in on the Worship Calendar, I’d love to hear how it goes! Have a wonderful Labor Day and enjoy the goodness of God! ✨