Something to think on ….

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden | 0 comments

Something to think on ….

A friend of mine always posts such wonderful, uplifting, warming messages – he truly ‘gets my day going’ …

Majesty. Magnificence. Beauty.

Peace. Joy. Hope. Love. Kindness. Gentleness. Meekness [i.e. quiet, reserved, peaceful inner strength].

Draw these things.

Write about them.

Teach about them.

Sing them. Choreograph and dance them.

Design them into clothing, into room decor, into flower arrangements, and into buildings.

And most of all, BECOME THEM.

 

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Weeks End Weigh In

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden | 0 comments

Well, at the end of this day, we will rest from our weigh in. After all, sometimes you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and carry on! What better time to do that then the beginning of His rest ~ Shabbat!

Shabbat holds such a special meaning to those who ‘keep’ her. She was set aside by the Holy One of Israel, the Creator of All, the One who Is and Was and Is to Come! Shabbat is the sign of the Covenant!

Here what God said in Exodus 31:13 ~

“But as for you, speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.’

My question would be are our generations finished? Has ‘forever’ been done away with? That’s the question that originally brought me to the point I am at today …. I found that forever had not been done away with!

So with that being said, Sabbath is drawing near and while we have looked at various things concerning weighing in, measuring up and finding out who we are in Him, we can now rest in Him and know that He knows all, He is in charge of all and He desires for all of us to return to Him. Whew! It is such a blessing and a relief to rest in the One who cares for us like no other.

The Sabbath, from the beginning of time, is a sign. Webster’s Dictionary defines a sign as a badge, a symbol, mark or token of identity. It goes on to say that it is something indicating the presence or existence of something else or to identify or advertise a place of business or a product. In fact, when Moses actually wrote down the word, it was ‘owth in Hebrew – and meant exactly that – “a sign, signal, distinguishing mark, banner, remembrance, warning; a token, ensign, standard, miracle, proof” (taken from Brown, Driver & Briggs Hebrew Lexicon).

So what does that mean to us, today? Does the Sabbath as the Holy One set it in place hold a special place in your heart? God has given us the Sabbath and commands His people to keep his Sabbaths as a sign. A sign of what, you ask? A sign of identity!

Keeping the Sabbath identifies you that you are His! By keeping the Sabbath, we are sanctified – He is ours, and we are His!

So let us rest from our work, our preoccupations, our cares and worries, and enter into HIS rest! After all, forever hasn’t come yet, and He is inviting us to sit with Him at His table. Will you join us?

Shabbat Shalom!

 

 

New Week, New Weigh-in Thoughts

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden | 2 comments

Well, I’ve mulled it over all weekend and again, here we are – a new week – what on earth happened to last week? Gone…just vanished into the great dense nothingness.  And once again, I feel like nothing was accomplished. Ok….so pick yourself up and let’s begin again.

Time to weigh in for the upcoming week. Forget the physical – if that comes that will be a joy in and of itself…but this is a spiritual weigh-in.  An evaluation of sorts … and it still feels like I’m on the bottom rung of acceptance. But maybe I’m too hard on myself – I find most women beat themselves up needlessly when everyone around them thinks they are just simply the best. Yep…I’m one of them for sure. Spend way too much time in the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve lanes. How do you rate on that? Well, it IS weigh-in time. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Ok – so now that you’ve beat yourself up on all the things you could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done if you had known better about something, think on this. Is this where you want to live? Me either. Nada. So, let’s climb out of that slimy pit together and learn how to completely rest in Him. It’s really not as difficult as we make it out to be, it’s simply a matter of just doing it. Consider this offer from the Holy One Himself.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Simple as that. Read each word and just do it. Don’t over-theorize it, don’t break it all down, don’t examine each letter and turn it over into Hebrew or Greek or whatever…..just take it for what it is and do it! Are you with me?  Let me know how you have acknowledged Him this day – no matter what you are ‘looking’ at.

 

The Weigh In Continues

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden | 4 comments

The Weigh In Continues

Let’s continue with the thought for the day…..

As we walked our way through various memories and ideas yesterday, we were left with the thought that it’s not all about the weigh in on the notorious dreaded scale hidden in the bathroom. Way more.

It’s true, we could all probably stand to lose a few extra pounds, especially if you indulge in the excess that seems to abound in the end of the year holidays …. whether you remember the historical drama of the few against the many memorialized in the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, or a day chosen by Roman officials and set apart a couple centuries after our Savior was born or the end of the year debauchery or even just the endless office parties and house hopping extravaganzas. Excesses abound in yummy fried foods and endless tempting exotic drinks. Time to take stock in everything that we do … time to go forward. So besides those pounds of flesh, what about the pounds of spiritual baggage that we carry forward? Let’s examine some of it and be honest with ourselves for once in our lives. After all, our lives depend on it!

Yesterday we talked about the faces we wear compared to the authenticity of who we are. What does that actually mean? Well, weigh in and take stock of how many faces you wear. Seriously….do you ‘look one way’ with one of your best friends compared to someone you rarely know? Do you put on a happy face when you’re emotionally dismantled on the inside? Do you act silly and laugh loudly when you really want to throw something? I know I do – so let’s get real. Actually, all our faces come down to probably one thing – survival. We live in a world where we were thrust into a family, town and schools not of our choosing. Everything introduced to us from the beginning of conception till this day in history has been a product of the family we were born into, the environment surrounding us and the situations we were thrust into not of our making. Think about that for a few moments. YOU are a product not of your choosing….until now! 

Today…you can choose. 

Now, that doesn’t mean you can go back in time and choose to look around and pick that well-to-do, perfectly manicured family that you know deserves you and will give you absolutely every opportunity. No. You’re pretty much stuck with what you’ve gone through to date. And it doesn’t mean you can look back and discount everything and start over. Nope, stuck there too. Nor does it help to place blame on anyone and everyone or raise your fist to Almighty God and blame Him and then just go and do whatever you want to do. Nope. Nope. Nope. But it does mean you can evaluate everything that brought you to this point and do something about it right now!

So that brings us to the WHAT of what we can do. What can you do? Please stop right here and think about whatever comes to your mind about your past – your family’s past – your environment – anything that comes across those frontal lobes … let it linger and then let it slide on out. Ok….let’s go on.

Now that we’ve got a few things that really impacted us … let’s go see what scripture says in the beginning. In fact, let me borrow a few words from my friend Skip Moen:

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;  Genesis 1:26a NASB

Image/likeness – According to a footnote in the Siddur, a synonym for nefesh hayah in the Mishnah (Bava Kanna 2a) is mav’eh which the Talmud derives from the root ba’ah (to ask, request, seek).  Furthermore, Onkelos renders nefesh hayah as “speaking spirit” (ruah mamlal’).  The implication is significant. Our identity is tied directly to our conversation with each other and our Maker.

Wow….did you get that???

Our IDENTITY is intimately intertwined with CONVERSATION!!!

Are you smiling yet?

Well, check back tomorrow and we’ll see how this plays out. Till then, think on where we’re going with this and come up with your own ideas on the ‘what’.

See you tomorrow – that is, if you’re signed up for this newsletter (sign up on the side bar). ~ Pam

 


 

Time to weigh in….

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden | 2 comments

Time to weigh in….

Loaded title eh?

Think of all the ‘weigh-ins’ that go on during this time of year. Many celebrate the Gregorian calendar with ‘weighing in’ heavy on the mind, heart and soul! And there is a spider web of definitions if you don’t stop at the scale!

During this time of the year, commercials are extremely in your face about how fat you are … how much weight you need to drop, the greatest and bestest no-failure diet plan, pill or program. How could one not look in the mirror and ‘see’ rolls hanging over the belt line, a little sagging of the neck and resolutely sigh heavily as those extra pounds stare back at you? Stepping on that silent punisher of ‘this is how it really is girlfriend’ always points an accusing finger and frowning face, even if you do strip down to the bare necessities behind closed doors!

So weighing in can be simply stepping on a scale to see how much you need to ‘lose’ or it can be much, much more! Let’s look at it a little more broadly (pun intended). Truth be told, we could probably all stand to lose a few pounds in the flesh department. I know I could. There, I have said it outloud – that skinny little gal of 18 who had to sneak behind her mother’s back and eat those nasty flavored cream weight-on wafers so she could gain enough to fit into her size 6 wedding dress … well, can’t even get it up over her hips anymore! Yep….don’t think I’ll ever weigh 99lbs again! But….it’s ok – I’m not 18 either.

But since the here and now is actually ‘in the flesh’ – those extra pounds can actually serve to help us dig a little deeper. Are there emotional issues or other circumstances that cause us to put on a bit more than we actually need? Do we deal with the stress in our lives better now than when we were young and innocent? Do we hold on to grudges and nurse offenses? Do we get upset when our FB post isn’t liked or shared or even acknowledged? Or worse yet do we go off on our own little tyrant of self-righteousness and belittle a poster off our wall when they differ in understanding? Hmmmm….just some things to flesh out.

Extra weight brings a variety of health problems, physically and emotionally. Some of us are content with packing it on because it offers sort of an insulation blanket and some of us walk around worrying about it all day long yet don’t really get off the couch to do anything about it. Most of us mingle the two reasons. Speaking from personal experience here, so don’t go all nuts on me and get offended. But again, this post really isn’t about what we ‘see’ on the outside – it’s about getting past the visual and going a bit deeper to understand the root of our problems. So let me explain a little bit about my year 2017. It was a very difficult year and while I don’t particularly celebrate this time of the year anymore as a “New Year” choosing instead to honor the new year on my King’s calendar, I do recognize the passing of the Gregorian calendar and my connection to it for all those past years. And truth be told…you can’t really get away from the whole world’s obsession with getting rid of the old and ringing in the new. So be it.

This year was a time of ‘passing’ … in so many ways. Sitting here and trying to articulate the perfect word for losing loved ones … is so inadequate and pointless. There are no words. Not only did one of my best friends, Robin, leave this world behind but so did another friend of 30 years. Two of our life-long pets both left us within a month of each other ~ Moriah and Benson. Each and everyone added something very positive and special to our lives and will be greatly missed. But the most difficult and hear-wrenching blow we dealt with this year was the unexpected and sudden passing of our youngest son, Jason. We are still reeling and recovering from his sudden departure. Not seeing his face, not hearing his voice, not feeling his bear hugs at times unbearable. The hole in this mother’s heart is beyond words, beyond articulating anything intelligible. It just is ~ even though, yes, I hear you – I will see him again. That is ‘my’ saving grace and until then, I will still miss him being here in the ‘flesh’. Someone whispered to me this thought and I hold onto it tightly, “Their time is simply not our time and in time, all time will be one again.” Yes, our loss was great this year … and we are still in recovery … probably always will be. Separation and estrangement are part of the cycle of life, and no, life is not fair.

Maybe you also have gone through difficult times and seasons in your life. Doughnuts to dollars bet you have if you’ve lived life at all. But maybe this year we can all learn to help each other through those struggles with a bit more understanding, a bit more tolerance and a whole lot more love. Instead of reaching for another piece of chocolate or an extra glass of wine to help soothe the heartache, maybe we will be able to reach up for the outstretched hand – a hand that judges not. Maybe we can ‘see’ with the heart of God instead of from our own spin and perspective. If that becomes possible, we will stop trying to add another covering over our wounded soul…a fig leaf, if you will. We will stop hiding under a façade of expressions that we have become experts at pulling out for our protection at a moments notice. Maybe then, when an aroma, a sign, a memory floats to the surface and all the faces we have perfected for preservation sake, crumble around us and we are left naked and afraid we will reach out and look up. We will do so because we know we have those around us that truly do care, do comfort, do hold us up, with no agenda on their own. Then….then….dear friend, we truly will have a new year.

Stick with us here, we’re going to explore this more in the days and weeks ahead, so sign up for our newsletter (located at the right hand side of the post) and let’s put down the mask and pick up authenticity! 

 

The Feast of Tabernacles ~ Sukkot

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in All Posts, Sukkot | 0 comments

This was an article posted by a good friend, Pam Miller, on her blog – it was so thorough and extremely well written that I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy!

 

The Feast of Tabernacles- Sukkot

~An ingathering of rising up tents or booths; praising Yahweh for delivering us out of the land of Egypt; knowing HIS work had completed everything. They were to tell their children for all generations to always remember that Yahweh is their /our Elohim. ~

The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot, is a celebration resting in Yahweh; remembering and praising HIM for delivering the Jews, and the mixed-multitude out of the Egyptians hands (slavery). This is also one of the three appointed times known as “Pilgrimages.”

The three pilgrimages are: Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These appointed times, along with Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzah), First Fruits of Barley (Ha Bikkutium), Trumpets (Yom Teruah), and Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim/Kippur) are the appointed times of Yahweh, also known as the Moedim.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the last fall feast, and the 7th Feast. It is very important to capture the connections. Sukkot is to rest, and the Sabbath is also on the last day of the week–7th day to rest in HIM as He has completed the week. Also on the day of creation, Adam and Eve were to rest on the 7th day. As you remember, they were created last on day 6. Many ask why they had to rest when they didn’t even work the garden for a week yet. It wasn’t anything they did or didn’t do to earn that rest. The Sabbath (day of rest) was blessed, sanctified, and made Holy. It is a remembrance that everything is completed in HIM. There isn’t anything we can do to improve what Yah has already done.

There are some very important connections to know:

• Yahweh’s 7th Spirit is Spirit of Fear (Reverence)/ Ruach Yirat Adonai.
• Characters: Humble, Quiet, Peaceful, Obedient, Respectful, Fearless of wickedness, and love.
• The 7th Hebrew letter is Zayin- Weapon cut off.
• Laodicea Church
• Justice of the People
• Kodesh (Holy)- Set Apart
• Perfection of the Spirit (Alowine, Creation Gospel)

Sukkot is a 7-day celebration, and the 8th day is a High Sabbath, and so is the 1st day of Sukkot. The number eight also resembles “New Beginnings.”

Leviticus 23:33-44
33 ADONAI said to Moshe,
34 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI.
35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work.
36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work
37 “‘These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day –
38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI
39 “‘But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of ADONAI seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest.
40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days.
41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month.
42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah,
43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra’el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.’”
44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra’el the designated times of ADONAI.

Deuteronomy 31: 10-13
10 Moshe gave them these orders: “At the end of every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot in the year of sh’mittah,
11 when all Isra’el have come to appear in the presence of ADONAI at the place he will choose, you are to read this Torah before all Isra’el, so that they can hear it.
12 Assemble the people-the men, the women, the little ones and the foreigners you have in your towns -so that they can hear, learn, fear ADONAI your God and take care to obey all the words of this Torah;
13 and so that their children, who have not known, can hear and learn to fear ADONAI your God, for as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Yarden to possess.”

Those with a willing and contrite heart were to bring their offering for the Tabernacle of Yahweh (God). It is a joyful act to the giver, as well as to the receiver—happiness. It is also a loving way to rejoice in all of HIS provisions he has given.

Exodus 40: 34-38
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
35 Moshe was unable to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud remained on it, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Isra’el continued with all their travels.
37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not travel onward until the day when it was taken up.
38 For the cloud of ADONAI was above the tabernacle during the day, and fire was in [the cloud] at night, so that all the house of Isra’el could see it throughout all their travels.

In the days of Yeshua, there were two and a half million people who participate in the Feast of Tabernacles.

sukkah

The singular word for booth is “Sukkah.” The sukkah was built with three enclosed sides, and one side left opened, with a curtain. The roof was to be made by things growing from the ground. Boughs of palm or willow tree were traditionally used. The roof must not be completely covered because the inhabitants of the sukkah must be able to see the stars. Rain must also be able to get in, but the roof must provide more shade than sun. (Moed Ministries).

It was commanded to rejoice! Imagine that? Our Yahweh (God) wants us to have a party and have no complaints. HA HA!

They all sang the Hallel Psalms 113-118, Isaiah 12:3, and from the song of Moses.

Isaiah 12:3 (CJB)
Then you will joyfully draw water
from the springs of salvation.

WHO is the living water? Yeshua, and “Yeshua” means Salvation!

Psalm 118:14-15 (CJB)
14 Yah is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
15 The sound of rejoicing and victory
is heard in the tents of the righteous:
“ADONAI’s right hand struck powerfully!

Exodus 15:1-2 (CJB)
15 Then Moshe and the people of Isra’el sang this song to ADONAI:
“I will sing to ADONAI, for he is highly exalted:
the horse and its rider he threw in the sea.
2 Yah is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
This is my God: I will glorify him;
my father’s God: I will exalt him.

“At the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests were divided up into three groups. With two and a half million people, they needed every priest available. One group of priests took care of all the offerings and sacrifices. The second group, headed by the high priest, was in charge of the drawing of the water for the water pouring ceremony. The third group went to the willows to cut the willows from the brook to satisfy the requirement to rejoice with the willows of the brook. The group headed by the high priest went out the Water Gate, the southern gate, down to the pool of Siloam. The priest used a golden vase to draw the water from the pool. The water was known as living water. The high priest’s assistant had a silver vase filled with wine. At the head of the large procession, the high priest carried the living water back to the temple.

The third group of priests went out of the Beautiful Gate, the eastern gate, down to Motzah valley, and cut willow branches 25-30 feet in length. They also traveled back up to the temple in a procession lined with singing people. Each of the pilgrims had a “lulav” consisting of myrtle, willow, and palm branch, and an Etrog (citron fruit). They would wave their lulavs and sing the same Psalms as the first group. The priests would stand in procession 30 feet apart, take one step, wave the willow, then take another step. The wave of the willows created a wind which represents the Spirit of Yahweh (Ruach ha’Kodesh). They did this all the way up to the temple.

As the two groups converged on the temple, another priest stood on the southeast corner of the temple wall and played the flute calling them into the temple. Since the flute was the pierced instrument, he was called the pierced one.” (Moed Ministries)

Isn’t this incredible?!

Yeshua is the Living Water. The pierced one summoning both the Holy Spirit, and the living water “sent out” from the pool of Siloam to the temple (Moed Ministries)!

The shofar was blown three times while the priests walked around the altar pouring the water and wine on the altar.

When Yeshua died on the tree/cross, that tree/cross was the altar, and like the water and wine, His blood and water that poured out!! This is incredible!

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Many have asked what does the name “Emmanuel” mean?
It means “ YHVH (God) is with us.”

John 1:14 (CJB)
14 The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

Matthew 1:23 (CJB)
23 “The virgin will conceive and bear a son,
and they will call him ‘Immanu El.”[a]

Now we can understand that He (God) would dwell with us in the Tabernacle of Messiah’s Body.

Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, hence the word “Tabernacle.”

Let’s first delve into some additional insight:

Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) was born during Passover (Feast of Pesach), six months before Yeshua was born. Yochanan was born first to tell them the “Light of the World” was coming.

Luke 1:17 (CJB)
17 He will go out ahead of ADONAI in the spirit and power of Eliyahu to turn the hearts of fathers to their children[a] and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for ADONAI a people prepared.”

Matthew 17:10-13 (CJB)
10 The talmidim asked him, “Then why do the Torah-teachers say that Eliyahu must come first?” 11 He answered, “On the one hand, Eliyahu is coming and will restore all things; 12 on the other hand, I tell you that Eliyahu has come already, and people did not recognize him but did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way, the Son of Man too is about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the talmidim understood that he was talking to them about Yochanan the Immerser.

The Messiah was born six months after Yochanan, and He was born on Feast of Tabernacles, which places his conception during Chanukah—Festival of Lights–The Light of the World! This is brilliant!! Hidden in plain sight!!

John 1:4-9 (CJB)
4 In him was life,
and the life was the light of mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. 7 He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. 8 He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
9 This was the true light,
which gives light to everyone entering the world.

Now if you reread that verse, we see plainly that “Light” was written (7) times. Looking back in the beginning of this blog– Feast of Tabernacles, we are reminded that (7) represents “Completeness in HIM.” Are you seeing any connections yet?

It’s so amazing what YHVH has set before us in the Word, and how many of us have missed this because we have blindly accepted “Doctrines of Man,” ignoring or not knowing HIS Appointed times? I am sure He desires and longs for us to “Tabernacle” with Him.

Many say Yeshua (Jesus) was born on December 25th. Biblically, that is incorrect, as the winters are too harsh for travel. The travelers would have to travel very far, and certainly, the shepherds would not have their sheep and lambs far up in the hills in December!! And from the verses presented, we must stay in HIS Word; seek HIS Way (not ours).

Proverbs 14:12 (CJB)
12 There can be a way which seems right to a person,
but at its end are the ways of death.

The truth shall set us free!

John 8:32 (CJB)
32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Lastly, the census was taken during the Feast of Tabernacles because that was during God’s appointed time for the pilgrimages to be made when everyone gathered. Now, one can begin to understand why there wasn’t any room at the Inn. Joseph (Yosef), Miriam (Mary) and Yeshua stayed in a SUKKAH, not a stable, for the light and glory entered the world WHO would then tabernacle with us (John 1:14)!!
Amien!

May your Sukkot be blessed!

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

Chanukah – Day 8 Blessing

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in All Posts, Hanukkah | 0 comments

Eighth Candle: “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12). “For you/we, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you/us as a thief.  You/we are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5). “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of YHVH” (Isaiah 2:5). “For Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”(Psalm 119:105). “Arise, shine; for your/our light has come! And the glory of YHVH is risen upon you/us” (Isaiah 60:1).

 

 

 

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Chanukah – Day 7 Blessing

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in All Posts, Hanukkah | 0 comments

 

Seventh Candle: “Then Yeshua said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12:35-36).

 

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Chanukah – Day 5 Blessing

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in All Posts, Hanukkah | 0 comments

Fifth Candle: “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, that those who come in may see the light” (Luke 11:33). “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him” (1John 2:10).”For if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Messiah Yeshua  His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1John 1:7).

 

 

 

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Chanukah….Day 3 Reflections

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in All Posts, Hanukkah, Our Family | 4 comments

Yes, it is only Day 3 of the Festival of Lights….another day to ‘see’ and ‘do’. Reflection of oneself can sometimes be difficult, sometimes not so pretty, sometimes a bit melancholy. And while I’m trying to focus on personal habits and nuances that need a bit tweaking in my own life, it seems that today has a  mind of its own. As our home settles back down after a whirlwind Chanukah party, toys picked up, bits of food rubbed free from the carpeting and tables and chairs put back in place, memories start drifting in and out of the atmosphere.  The quietness gives way to memories that are clamoring for attention. It has been a long, very long year.

While there were so many smiling faces, warm hugs and encouraging words from so many – the faces that shined the brightest were the ones missing from the myriad of family members and friends. Our faithful greeter to anyone who put foot on our property, guardian of all children, foot warmer, tear washer and all around best dog ever, has left my side.  Moriah, our gorgeous German Shepherd of fifteen years kissed my hand as she slowly closed her eyes and slept. Her huge head on my knee and penetrating eyes will forever be remembered.

My precious sister-in-law Ginny lost her battle to cancer last March and even though her children are all adults…the holidays lost the sparkle and all of our clan knew we had lost a great matriarch. Ginny was an amazing woman of God, raising four beautiful children – all home schooled – and her deep love of her children and husband are hard to find in today’s throw-away society.

We also lost one of my closest and truest friends to that ravaging “C” beast … Robin. Robin was a pillar of strength as well. The hardship and uncertainty she endured in her lifetime seemed so unfair, but her faith never wavered. Our decades of friendship wound its way through the good, the bad and the ugly but we never wavered in picking each other up, encouraging each other and wiping away each other’s tears. Her bigger than life smile and her honesty and straight forwardness is something I will always treasure.

Both of these strong women of valor fought valiantly and gave everything they had to win the battle of the “C” beast. Unfortunately, for some reason, the Holy One called them home and has asked us to carry on their legacy of love, strength and endurance. We will try our best to do so.

This was also a year without our oldest son, Jim. The events that brought about his incarceration are still something that is incomprehensible. The fog of it all permeates so much.  Time drags on as one day melts into another. The questions in a mother’s heart continue to go unanswered as to how we arrived at this point, but then, one has to realize that we are not promised another day, much less anything that resembles smooth sailing. While it is difficult on us as parents…the true weight has fallen on our daughter-in-law and his six children. There are no words to lift the weight of the burden they bear in his absence. However, the reality has finally revealed itself of the situation, and again, we will walk forward, day by day, step by step and know that each day brings us all closer to welcoming him home.

So the memories come, and they go, they drift in and they drift out….and with each somber note, there are many others that lift the countenance and bring smiles to the soul. My youngest son, Jason, is in good health after giving us a scare in the hospital. He brings a warmth and a sense of humor into our lives letting us know that all is right with the world. He is a joy to have around, easy and always willing to lend a hand when he can. His two girls are a blessing and are growing up way too quickly! My parents, bless them, are in excellent health and are more active than we will probably ever be. My dear and closest friend, Linnie, as well as the many friends close by and around the country add to life’s treasures. And of course…most of all…my family…without them…where would we be?

So….to end this rambling…praise and thanks and glory are offered to the One above all others. No matter what we go through, no matter where we find ourselves, no matter which way we turn – He, the Father of us all, is there. Thank you heavenly Father for loving us and guiding us and leading us in the way we should go!