Esther and me…

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in All Posts, Feast Days, Journey thru Garden, Purim | 0 comments

Esther and me (excuse me, Esther and I). Could there be a similar storyline in our lives? Not sure…but something tells me we have a lot in common.

Esther’s beloved land of Israel is not where she found herself ‘for such a time as this’. The land of Persia was a fur piece from her brethern which hailed from Jersualem!  She found herself without her family, under the care of another and in the midst of a precarious situation! I, too, find myself a fur piece from my original homeland, removed from my loved ones and also in precarious situations.  Well, maybe not quite as far from my homeland as Esther, but far enough I guess. But we definitely share the loss of loved ones and the precarious situations, that’s for sure. And my destination for over 30 years … well, that is the same as our beloved Queen – Jerusalem. So in heart, we are on the same page.

Then of course we have the devoted uncle – Moredechai. When Esther (her true name being Hadassah) took her in after the loss of her parents, he loved her as if she were his own daughter. Apparently she grew up into a stunningly beautiful woman and her beauty did not diminish her admiration and respect for her uncle. In fact, she admired him so much and respected his advise, that she hid her Jewish identity during a very precarious situation  … how she did that ... well, that’s a condumdrun to me. After all, you would think the King would WANT to know who she was and where she came from, at the very least to consider her for Queen of all Persia. I don’t really have an ‘uncle Mordechai’ … but I have had many placed in my life that have given me wise advise and loved me dearly. And, truth be told, sometimes, I don’t know who I am – so my identity is hidden as well many times.

So moving on to the King. Who was this guy…..seriously? A drunk? A blowhard? How did he even get to the throne with his crazy antics? Ahhh…but that is all OUR perspective. There is so much more beneath the curtain of King Xerxes life! Actually, I find him quite brilliant. After all, how DOES one hold together all 127 recently conquered provinces? Well….of course! Throw a big party and impress them with everything you got! Show off your massive military prowess, give them a hint of all that “Persia” offers and then throw in a bit of feminity so that they can identify with Mother Persia too! Although she had a different plan of action. So there was a plan to his madness. Brilliant to say the least. As for myself….I can’t really think of anyone that would represent a ‘king’ in my life….unless it would be trying to figure out the local government’s crazy ways of dealing with everything…although I wouldn’t exactly call it brilliant. Or could he even represent, in some way, the King over all of us? Here we are trying to figure out the whats and wherefores of all our precarious situations, and low and behold, He has a plan! That is something to ponder.

And that leaves us with Haman….mmmmmmmmmmm. A person so ambitious, so full of himself, so out to conquer anything that gets in his way he will do whatever and to whomever it takes to win! Ah, but those are the ones that are struck down right before the taste of victory slides down their greedy gullet . I think we can all relate to having a Haman in our lives, can’t we? I could name a few hundred if given the opportunity…and that wouldn’t cover them all.

So, in the end, what do we have? A lot of people making a lot of plans. Hadassah (Esther), making plans that will endear her to the King (plan maker extreme), Mordecha, making plans keep things on track, the King making plans to outwit and conquer and of course Haman, making plans to fulfil all his worldly desires.  If taken to heart, maybe we all have a bit of each of these characters living within us. We all have plans. We have a plan like Esther, we have plans like Mordechai, the King and yes, even Haman. These ‘characters’ are a part of our own fleshly desires….we can either be lifted up like Hadassah (Esther) was or lifted high like Haman. The choice, my friends, is ours.

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Times and seasons….

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 in All Posts, In the Garden & Round the House, Journey thru Garden, Purim, Purim | 0 comments

The times and the seasons, yes they do change, right on schedule. Well, maybe not our schedule, but there is a schedule. After the cold winter months where the air is frigid and silence abounds and all seems a wasteland of emptiness, a tiny blade of grass sprouts forth, or a daffodil dares to rise above the barren soil. Our attention is immediately focused on the tiny brave soul emerging from the frozen tundra and we are transfixed with wonder. The soul within us begins to be renewed with the hope of ‘spring eternal’.

Our journey though life is much like the seasons of the year as well. Each season of our life brings its own death and rebirth, emptiness and abundance, tears of sorrow and tears of joy. It is a journey … a journey of living life. Loved ones leave this time realm and new souls enter into our circle of influence, knowledge grows, and it decreases….but life goes on.

As we witness the life springing forth at our feet during this end of this winter season, we place our hope and our trust in the One that brings forth all life at His timing. And for such a time as this, during this Hebraic Leap Year of Adar, we ponder on all things that contain the breath of life. The mysterious and miraculous renewal of life!

This is the Hebrew month called ADAR and it has a very powerful message to convey – one of abundance and joy and renewal! This is the year when there are two Adar’s placed into the Hebrew calendar so that it coincides with the the Gregorian calendar….but that is where the simplicity stops! During this month we can anticipate an abundance joy to be just around the corner, as this month is said to be ‘pregnant‘ and about to give birth! So, let’s just take that at face value..if this is the month of abundance, of expectancy, of joy – and Adar II  is the fulfillment of that abundance……what are you waiting for? Embrace the expectancy, look forward to the birth of something new! The redemption (Passover) is approaching and our hearts are in need of exuberant joy ~ for such a time as this!

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Just a little something … to lift you up

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in All Posts, Family Affair, Our Family, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

Just a little something … to lift you up

This week was an especially hard one for me. It began with a week of feeling as if I were almost drowning in tears of grief and loosing the ability to breathe deeply (they tell me it’s asthma but I don’t agree). But, yesterday that last straw broke the camel’s back and I awoke to gasping, unable to breathe; I sank to my knees while grabbing the nebulizer and was ready to truly ‘be free’ imploring Abba to bring me home to join my husband and son.

I know, I know, that sounds horrid doesn’t it – a weak willed woman ready to give up, looking for escape. And they call me ‘strong’! But I bet some of you have felt that way at one time or another. The trauma of losing those close to you, the ones you rely on and you don’t even know how much until they are not there to pick up the slack, can sometimes just be overwhelming. And it was. On top of all the grief and trauma, not being able to breathe will cut you to the core of your being! Anyway – today I am much better and breathing … well, due to a little medical help. As I scrolled through the numerous messages, trying to sort some things out, I saw my son, Jim’s, weekly Sabbath message. So after hitting the link, the welcome video popped up and I almost dismissed it as I’ve seen it before….but this time I just let it run….

There are some things that bring you down, and there are others that lift you up. This is one of those lifters of the head!

My daughter (in-law), Cheryl, is probably the most underrated ‘teachers‘ in her own right. She is a teacher of how to walk gracefully during tumultuous times. She is a teacher in how to raise 6 girls while your husband has been taken away. She is a teacher to many who seek out her wisdom in various circumstances and situations – from counseling, to leading bible study, to whatever life has to throw at her…..and while we both know that there are those ‘down’ times, she walks her faith out … and I mean WALKS.

Just so everyone knows, I love this girl as if I had bore her myself, and I remember how my husband always said she was the daughter he never had. She has stood by our son through some unimaginable trials and tribulations – many that will never be fully known. She has braved the test and is still standing, and while she may be a little broken at times, she has never quit. Cause my son tells me that Staley’s don’t quit.

Dad and I love you dearly Cheryl, and as always, we stand by your side.

SO, here is what I want to share with you, so that if you are having difficulty raising your head to the heavens today and basking in His Light……maybe this will encourage you as it has me.

Staley Family Ministries

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Erev Shabbat Ponderings

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Pams Ponderings | 5 comments

Erev Shabbat Ponderings

Erev Shabbat ~ eve of Shabbat ~ and as I anticipate the quiet solitude that Shabbat brings, I wonder lazily what the Father has in store for my journey. There are many things that have transpired in the last few years, none of them were even a blip on my radar! But here we are and it is what it is. This afternoon has been a contemplative one and as the realm of possibilities swarm above me like a giant cartoon balloon, I ponder on each idea, opportunity, direction. Which one Father which one?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight ~
Proverbs 3:5-6

So, as the rays of the distant sun slowly slip beyond the horizon and the bitter cold attacks any slush that might have been able to form during the daylight hours, I’ll slip under a warm comforter and meditate on the word of my Father…for He holds my future in His Hand. Thank goodness!!

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A week of choices…

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

A week of choices…

Then all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes,  the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moshe, “You speak with us, and we will hear;
but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

[Exodus 20:19-20]

Yes, this is a week of choices – according to the selected Torah reading (Parsha) for this week. In Exodus the Holy One Himself is ready to address all the people…all the people. But, unfortunately, the entire congregation of Moshe (Moses) freaks out, closes their eyes and covers their ears in fear!

Seriously??? I can not even wrap my brain around NOT listening to the Holy One of Israel – if He chose to talk to me.

WHAT DID I JUST SAY???? Did you catch that? Are you kidden me? He TRIES to speak to me every day! And yet, just like the Israelites of old, well, here I am – closing my eyes, putting my hands over my ears and singing ‘la-la-la-la-la-la’… I go about my daily chores and keep myself busy with stuff.

Sigh……things are going to have to change!

Each day, before I rise, I will begin to take a few quiet moments to hear the most wonderful, healing Voice in all the universe – and beyond. A Voice so soothing, so inspiring and so empowering that all my self-inflicted injuries, all the offenses (real or imagined) will be stripped away with the first note of His melodious Voice.

Will you join me?

Call to me and I will answer you,

and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
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A week of revelation…

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Pams Ponderings | 3 comments

A week of revelation…

This week began just like any other week.

A week determined to ‘get through’ the week. To make it to Friday. But something happened. Revelation is beginning (again) to take hold, to awaken within my battered soul.

It began with reading a commentary on his week’s Parsha (weekly Torah reading), ‘Yitro’ (Jethro) ~ Exodus 18:1-20:23. The Intro for this parsha was written by a humble servant of the Holy One, who’ve I’ve listened to for over 10 years, Bill Bullock. His daily commentaries are written under the pen name of “Rabbi’s Son”.

As I read this commentary, I began just as I have for the past 10 years – reading it silently to myself. But then, all of the sudden, I started to read it out loud, slowly, with intent and placing my name, Pamela, into every place where it said ‘we’ or ‘our’ that I could. The dynamics of ‘hearing‘ what was being read and making it so personal was simply overwhelming. Placing my own circumstances, hurts, disappointments and life experiences into the narrative which was being read was not only revelatory, but one of those ‘light-bulb’ moments. Through the sobbing and the tears, it was clear – there is nothing new under the sun, and it was time to rise again.

One of the first things that made that flicker of light reignite was Bill’s suggestion that this is the “the parsha of Multiple Voices, Multiple Perspectives, and Multiple Pathways.” Are we not all listening to multiple voices, sorting out the multiple perspectives and pathways? I know I am, especially now since the one I have spent over 50 years with is not here to parse it out with anymore. There are oh-so-many voices swirling around my battered emotions and aching heart. So many well-intentioned souls offering help and advise, most of them I’ve sought out! But which voice will I listen to? Which perspective or path will I choose? Of course, most reading this will say, “Well, of course I will listen to only HIS voice!” … but do we? Some voices and perspectives are so clearly spoken, so persuasively presented that surely they must have received that download straight from the Holy One’s mouth! We (or should I just say I?) all need to hear comforting words of advise from those who love us. We all need that arm around us comforting us and sharing their perspective of which way we should turn. Who wouldn’t? Yes, we DO need those comforting arms and words, but whose voice do I tightly embrace and then leap forward with?

That….is the question isn’t it? Our daily lives are filled with questions…with options…with perspectives and paths to choose. And yes, just as Bill noted in his commentary, it is a test. Do we sh’ma (hear) the voice of our loving and powerful Abba or will we instead be consoled and comforted and persuaded by those well-meaning voices that surround us? Personally, it is so much easier to listen to those familiar and well meaning voices … after all, they know me, they love me and they want to see me happy and in peace. And of course they want me to do the right thing in order to find that happiness and peace! Ahhhh……but do they really know what is the right thing in my personal situation? And it’s not just the outside voices, it’s the the voice that is most familiar that leads me astray more often than not. THAT voice, usually, is the voice within! That is our most familiar voice, is it not? Bill likens it to a voice that will not “awaken us to our destiny, or inspire our awestruck hearts to love YHVH or our neighbor, or empower our newly-redeemed souls to walk with and serve the Author of our Redemption in an atmosphere-shifting way.”

The voice within usually speaks from a faulty backlash of previous bad choices, giving us options and alternatives that are feeble and survival driven. Our fallen flesh will simply try to look for a way out of the mess we have entrapped ourselves in, seek a way to make things easier or at worst, ignore all the signs from the Holy One and trample others as we search for a way out. Why do we do that? Because in and of ourselves, we usually think we can handle whatever comes our way. Maybe I’m the only one that feels this way … but maybe not. My voice is always self-limiting…always. And that voice that speaks the loudest to me usually recommends me to seek advise either from another fallen soldier or from the religious system that has been set in place over us. After all, we discern, they are probably more intelligent, more likely to have an answer. Sometimes, those voices will lead us back to the Holy One Himself, but most of the time those voices are simply using their own wisdom, understanding and interpretation. Don’t get me wrong, they can help….but they should always point us back to the Holy One for His wisdom, His understanding and His interpretation!

The Voice we need to be listening to … is one that IS Wisdom, the Voice that yes, will make our spirits SOAR, the Voice that does not put us under man-invented limitations and restrictions. His Voice…the Holy One’s Voice… will empower us, will empower ME to come out from under the yoke of man’s level of vision, understanding and intention and enable me, YOU, to embrace and walk (not just talk) in the infinite goodness of the Creator Himself!

As Bill puts it……‘we all wind up sh’ma-ing one of these voices or the other’.…so, the million dollar questions is, which my friend, will you choose? As for me, reading this Parsha from the Rabbi’s Son in first-person, out-loud, has enabled me to see that there is only ONE VOICE that I need to be attentive to……and that is His…no matter what other voices swirl around me.

Today….I am reborn (again)….and each and every day I will continue on the journey of being saved through all the trials and tribulations that come my way by seeking out His Voice. We are in this battle together, beloved. Let us all sh’ma the Voice that truly matters…HIS.

To read the entire Intro to the Parsha of Yitro (Jethro) by Bill Bullock click here and read it in first person…it makes a world of difference!  And sign up for daily enrichment ~ it’s free! Sign up for Rabbi’s Son here

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Patience is a virtue…what?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

Well, that is what the good book says doesn’t it? Uhhhh….no it does not. Surprised? So was I! The bible does talk in numerous places about patience, but doesn’t actually say ‘patience is a virtue’.

So where does that handy little phrase come from? Well, the first time it is recorded was in the year 1370…yep, 1370 … and it says:

“Patience is a Virtue”
Origin : William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman c 1370

According to website, the following is quite revealing:

The origin of the quote patience is a virtue comes from a classic work by William Langland written during the middle ages. Yet, if you are looking for the orginal text of this quote from The Vision of Piers Plowman you’re not going to find it unless you are looking for the original Middle English language “suffraunce is a soverayn vertue”.

Translation: Suffraunce is a soverayn vertue : Patience is a sovereign (supreme) virtue

Although you will not find the quote in the Bible, one can easily argue that it was inspired by the Bible. The Vision of Piers Plowman is a poem that is a theological allegory of what it means to be a true Christian. In his poem, Langland refers to the four cardinal virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. Patience is one of the characteristics of fortitude, i.e., the ability to endure pain or hardship.

The Biblical reference to patience (longsuffering, sufferance) as a virtue can be found in the book of Galations where it is listed among the fruits of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”. Galations 5:22-23 KJV.

Since the time of its first appearing, other writers have used the quote patience is a virtue in their writings. The most notable was a more popular contemporary of Langland, namely, Geoffrey Chaucer who said that “patience is a great virtue of perfection” in The Canterbury Tales. Here are a few very early places where you can find today’s Bible or Not quote.

Pacience is a greet vertu of perfeccioun. – Chaucer Tale of Melibee, c 1386
Patience is a vertue, but pinching is worse than any vice! – Lyly Mother Bombie, 1594
Patience is a virtue. – The Works of Thomas Chalkley, 1724
Aunt Prue in Yorkshire… will be able to instruct you, that patience is a virtue; and that you ought not to be in haste to take a first offer. – Richardson Grandison, 1754
Patience is and always was a virtue. – 1858 Trollope Dr. Thorne, 1858
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 NKJV

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Joy comes in the morning…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2019 in Family Affair | 1 comment

Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
    you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.[a

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

Had to remember that because of this:

What else is a gal supposed to do when there's no internet and no TV?? and yes, it's all in your perspective….Serena loves it… me … not so much.

Posted by Pam Staley on Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Thank You!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in All Posts | 8 comments

Thank you!

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New Year?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in All Posts | 2 comments

New Year?
What on Earth?

So it is supposed to be a New Year. Mmmmm…. Today doesn’t seem all that much different than yesterday….just another day. Yes, you do have to change the year from 18 to 19 – but that’s just a matter of getting used to it half-dozen times.

This ‘new year’ seems to be just a continuing of the year before…and the year before…and yes, the year before that. So many testings, trials and tribulations during these past years seem to just continue to hang on to you as you try to walk away from them. And so it goes.

So maybe instead of hoping for NEW things to happen during this year that is now called 2019, I’ll simply endeavor to embrace ALL things that have come and that will come in the days ahead. Just trying to stay in the middle of the path and enjoy the journey.

“Everyone has their own path. Walk yours with integrity and wish all others peace on their journey. When your paths merge, rejoice for their presence in your life. When the paths are separated, return to the wholeness of yourself, give thanks for the footprints left on your soul, and embrace the time to journey on your own.” – Unknown Author


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