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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2021 in All Posts | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

May each and every one of you have a

blessed and joyous and memorable

DAY OF THANKS!

 

Visions of Sugar Plums

Posted by on Nov 24, 2021 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

Visions of Sugar Plums

 

…..dance in my head.….and Thanksgiving is merely two days away. My mouth waters as the invisible scent of roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed corn, buttered greenbeans waft through my consciousness. And then the desserts! Oh my….

But it’s more than just satisfying my need for tryptophan! Much, much more!

It’s about family. It’s about friends. It’s about coming together to share generations of memories as well as to catch a glimpse into the future generations that will be.

Thanksgiving has been around in various forms for eons … man has given thanks for many events in his history. But the Thanksgiving that many of us know about now is a set-apart celebration that culminates all our blessings in a once a year in a huge feast.

That ‘first’ official Thanksgiving feast was held by pilgrims in their newly founded homeland of what would become America to celebrate a successful fall harvest. Actually, celebrating that fall harvest was an English tradition and the pilgrims had much to celebrate.

Those 53 pilgrims were the only colonists to survive that long journey on the Mayflower and that first winter in the New World.  Unfortunately, disease and starvation struck down half of the original 102 colonists. Making it through that first winter with the help of the local Wampanoag tribe, gave them much to celebrate. It is interesting to note that there were 90 of the Wampanoag tribe that joined the celebration with the Pilgrims and helped them to survive the winter.

There are many myths that surround that first Thanksgiving story, and there is little known because there were only two firsthand accounts ever written. One of those accounts was by William Bradford. His journey was titled “Of Plymouth Plantation” and the other account was a publication written by Edward Winslow, “Mourt’s Relations”.

Part of my time, other than being chief cook and bottle washer at our little abode, helping my son out in our ministry of Passion for Truth, and finding time to write this blog, is to search ancestors through Ancestry website. I love finding out about those that put their lives on the line so that I could be here. So that little byline allows me to share with you the names of those pilgrims that attended that first Thanksgiving. Without them, who knows where we would be today. They were:

Attendees:

Women: Eleanor Billington Mary Brewster Elizabeth Hopkins Susanna White Winslow

Men: John Alden Isaac Allerton John Billington William Bradford William Brewster Peter Brown Francis Cooke Edward Doty Francis Eaton [first name unknown] Ely Samuel Fuller Richard Gardiner John Goodman Stephen Hopkins John Howland Edward Lester George Soule Myles Standish William Trevor Richard Warren Edward Winslow Gilbert Winslow

Who knows….maybe you or I are related to those long lost souls. Either way, look around that dinner table this year and treasure each face….remember those who are not there and those who came before. Each of us are who we are partly because of those who went before us…..think on that.

May your Thanksgiving be truly blessed!

 

Trials and Tribulations

Posted by on Nov 23, 2021 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. … James 1:2-8

OOOOOK……yeah…right….I’ve read this a million ties and all I can say is ‘I fail’. When I am thrown headon into the chaos of a trial and am in the midst of being swallowed up in the vast expanse of the ‘great nothingness’, well…..more often than not I wallow. Yep…you heard me…I admit it, I fall apart as my first response. Course, I know, I’m the only one out there that does this ….. right??

However, AFTER that initial desperation and ‘why me’ as I wallow in the self-pity puddle, I realize .. well… “YOU DID SAY TURN IT ALL OVER …. so here you go Abba – it’s yours; now what do you want me to do”?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippeans 4:6-7

Now after reminding myself about all those scriptures, do I immediately stop wallowing and acting like a baby? Well, sometimes…and sometimes, I wallow just  a bit more. But….then I pick myself up, dust myself off …. and head forward. Deep down, I know He has my back, He is doing something amazing with whatever I ‘see’ in front of me, and in the end….‘His will be done’!

A time for Thanks….

Posted by on Nov 22, 2021 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Our Family, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

 

In this day and age with everything we see swirling around us causing confusion, stress and panic….we need to take a DEEP breath and remember all the GOOD in our lives.

First and foremost, let us thank HIM for giving us ~ this very minute – the breath of life!

 

Thank you Father for the breath of air that I breathe into my lungs….the breath that comes from YOU!

Next, take another deep breath, slowly exhale and the next thing that pops into your mind, thank Him for that!

Thank you Father for giving me this day full of surprises, full of ups and downs and surrounded by family that supports and loves me.

Now, stretch fully and embrace whole heartedly all that floats in and out of your consciousness.

Thank you Father for the many years my husband and I were blessed with; my son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Cheryl and my beautiful and loving grand daughters, Hannah (and her hubby Daniel), Sierra, Alayna, Meleah, Kylah and Selah; thank you for the opportunity to have my son Jason for as long as we did and his two blessings – Kenzie & Peyton. They make my life complete

There is so much to be thankful for and as we approach this national day of Thanksgiving, let us focus our attention, our eyes, our heart and soul on the GOOD, and remember that HE is the One in whom we trust.

May these few days ahead be one of soul-searching, one of giving thanks for family and friends and remembering that we are protected, loved and blessed by our Creator.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dark Clouds Ahead

Posted by on Nov 10, 2021 in All Posts, Journey thru Garden, Pams Ponderings | 2 comments

Dark Clouds Ahead

Monumental blasts of dark clouds are forecast for the upcoming future…at least that’s what all the pundits are shouting every single moment of every single day!

Seems to me there’s another saying….remember ‘chicken little’? Yep, the ‘sky is falling, the sky is falling!’ … and all because of one little drop of rain.

So what is the truth? As always, the answer is usually found somewhere in the middle. So, if we take both extremes – from ‘nothing to see here’ on one side, to ‘the sky is falling, the sky is falling’ we’ll find that somewhere in the middle we will find a balance of understanding.

And how does one arrive at the middle? Well..that’s pretty simple actually. Open your bible, and read a few verses………He’s got it covered!

So … be prepared ….  but walk in faith and trust in Him!

 

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2021 in All Posts, Sabbath Musings | 0 comments

Shabbat Shalom!

Just a short note……..are  you enjoying the beautiful day that our Father has set aside for you?

If not…..try it, you’ll LIKE IT!

Sukkot 2021

Posted by on Sep 27, 2021 in All Posts, All Things Biblical, Feast Days, Sukkot | 1 comment

Sukkot 2021……….

Well, it’s been an interesting year compared to last year! First off, yes, I had the plandemic touch my household and we were sick…but only for about 4 days as we all decided to take the ‘natural‘ cure.

As an old horse-owner … and dog-show person …. I do know about ‘natural’ types of medicine. So, for 4 days, we took the paste….and on day 3…what do you know, we started feeling better. By day 5 we all felt great! In fact, I have to say I haven’t felt this good in 6 years!

Now, I know what you’re going to say, “awwww come on, Pam you’re exaggerating!”. Well, could be all in my mind (don’t think so), could be a coincidence (don’t believe in those) or … it could be a miracle, and I prefer the last one.

You see, for those that know me, I’ve been struggling with what the doctors have called ‘asthma‘ for going on 6 years now. It wasn’t, but of course they wouldn’t listen to my diagnosis! SINCE I have taken those two intervals of the ‘paste’ (for those of you that don’t know what that is – email me) – I have not had >one< breathing problem! No wheezing, no shortness of breath, no NOTHING!

So….praise Yah for >C< LOL…..without having to go thru that, I would never have read all the reviews, seen all the videos, read all the front-line doctors info on – ok – ivermectin. DISCLAIMER: Now, I’m not a doctor, don’t pretend to be one, but all I can say is……… I am breathing DEEP and FREEall glory to the One who puts all things together for us!

Now, on to Sukkot!

While it was only a couple days, the atmosphere was charged with a heavenly electricity and a sweet aroma. Those that had gathered together were full of the season of JOY and everyone loved and hugged on everyone else. The kids were amazing….soooo many of them, but all so well behaved and full of life – which of course invigorated everyone around them!

The worship in the evening was anointed, from beginning to end..and the kids practiced and delivered their ‘Nativity’ skit which went over with huge success! The camp was filled with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. Yes, it was amazing.

Sukkot 2020 musings

Posted by on Sep 24, 2021 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings, Sukkot | 0 comments

another message that needed to be shared twice 🙂

Sukkot 2020 was unique in so many ways.

Sukkot 2020 was easy…Sukkot 2020 was hard.

Sukkot 2020 was exhilerating…Sukkot 2020 was draining.

Sukkot 2020 was filled with laughter…Sukkot 2020 was drenched with tears.

Sukkot 2020 was all these and more!

This was the first year in exactly five years to the date that my first-born son, Jim, experienced a family Sukkot. This was the first year in five years that my son Jim laughed freely, embraced often and walked with head held high as his spirit touched the heavens. This was the first time in five years that our family celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles with friends.

This was also the first time in five years where his father, Jim, and his younger brother Jason – were missing from our group celebration. My husband, Jim, left this world almost two years ago and his younger brother and only sibling, Jason, left a year before his dad.  Their faces were missed around the camp and especially around the campfire. My heart rose and sank on various memories as the days went on during the 8 day Feast of our Lord.

It was probably the most difficult to go back to my tiny cabin at days end by myself and realize that … well, I was by myself. Some say it gets easier. I hope so. I don’t like feeling like this – and yet – it has been said that if I didn’t, then something else would be wrong … I get it. But it doesn’t really make it any easier. Having my husband by my side for almost 50 years and doing so much of the ‘little & big’ things – it’s hard to get used to doing it all myself.  And then of course….losing a child is never supposed to happen.

But with all that, Sukkot 2020 was still one to be remembered….one with more good memories than bad, more laughter than tears, more easy than hard…Sukkot 2020 was a blessing!

 

 

 

A Feast of “JOY”

Posted by on Sep 21, 2021 in All Posts, Sukkot | 0 comments

A Feast of “JOY”

Today is the first day of SUKKOT ~ the Feast of Tabernacles ~ A Feast of Joy.

Our family loves Sukkot – and has embraced the Festivals of the LORD as commanded in the Bible. If you’re asking what this is all about and why we (non-Jews) celebrate it, let me please share a bit of the why.

About 30 years ago, I started on a quest to find the ‘truth’. Back then, didn’t even know what I was searching for … just needed some answers because I was turning 30 and wanted to know ‘is this all there is’? Searching for answers and asking questions can get you in  a lot of trouble, especially if you buck the status quo.

Anyway, one thing led to another (and someday I’ll have to write a full report on it for the grandkids – maybe they’ll be interested), and here I am today, still searching, but with a whole lot more answers. One BIG answer was finding out that God (whom I now call by His Hebrew name, Yahovah) really did mean what He said. Why, He even said it was ‘forever‘ and had given us instructions on how He wanted to be worshiped! My question was, when did forever end?

After 1800 years of doing our own thing, all one had to do was actually read the bible and what do you know – from Genesis to Revelation – He was all about a restored Kingdom, a united Israel. So, how do we figure into that plan, you ask? Well, we figure into that plan quite a bit!

First of all, scripture tells us that there are two houses – remember reading that somewhere? The Northern Kingdom, and the Southern Kingdom.

In a nutshell, the Northern Kingdom was known as Ephraim (or Israel, or even sometimes Samaria) and the  Southern Kingdom was known as Judah. Assyria captured the Northern Kingdom and carried them off to Samaria. Judah and part of Benjamin, the Southern Kingdom, was later conquered by Babylon and carted off there. Judah finally returned to Jerusalem, but Ephraim/Israel never did…and were then considered the lost ten tribes. After Judah returned, the word ‘Jew’ came into existence. However, not all of Israel is from the tribe of Judah. There are eleven other tribes out there. Now, that is NOT to say that EVERYONE is descended from one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Absolutely NOT. Check this out:

KJV Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being IN TIME PAST Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world

Did you catch that?? Read that last part again.

“Aliens from the commonwealth of ISRAEL”!!

What do you understand when you read that? Well, it can only be that NOW we are NOT Aliens and we ARE part of ISRAEL! It’s not about GENEALOGY – it’s about being part of the House! HalleluYAH!

Here’s a few more thought-provoking scriptures:

KJV Exodus 12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

KJV Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that WHOSOEVER shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the REMNANT whom the LORD shall call.

KJV Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

KJV Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Now, after learning that little tidbit, it surely seemed that, well, if we’re part of Israel (grafted in, or of the bloodline), then the House must have rules! That is when I embraced all that Yahovah had written down in His word, perfected in His Son, Messiah Yeshua and perfectly walked out with all the disciples and early believers. Who was I to say they were all wrong and it needed to be changed in the 3rd century to what we have now?

So here I am, many years later, celebrating this first day of Sukkot. Each year is a bit different and this year is not an exception. This year, still reeling in the big C plandemic, amid the uncertainty of the validity of the past election, swirling in the total unrest of our country and the divisions among her people, we will all take the next 8 days to immerse ourselves into a time realm not of this world.

This year again, two precious members of our family will not celebrate with us. Our fearless leader, Jim Staley, my husband and father to my sons Jim and Jason will be missing in action for almost three years now. And my son Jason will be celebrating in another time realm as well. Both will be missed but we will continue to rejoice in the NOW and what we have regained with my oldest son, Jim being home and able to celebrate!

Today we come almost full circle, but totally full of JOY that THIS first day of Sukkot has arrived! Our entire family has come to love all the Feast Days of the LORD, but this Feast Day has come to carve out a special place in our hearts. It is an 8 day period with lots of festivities, food and fellowship. This particular Feast Day was the rehearsal for the wedding supper of the Lamb when He returns to marry His bride. And that last day, the 8th day? That would be the Last Great Day, the Rejoicing in the Torah (Simchat Torah) day. All nations, all people will be rejoicing as the Law will go out from Zion and everyone on earth will go for the Feast!

Our times together as a complete and whole family were amazing, but even when we weren’t together each of us separately were blessed. It seems we will have to wait a little bit longer until ALL time is reconciled and becomes ONE TIME ~ and then we will all sit together under one tent again. But I know the wait will be worth it!

Sukkot meanderings years back…

Posted by on Sep 20, 2021 in All Posts, Sukkot | 0 comments

Sukkot meanderings years back…

Memories…..this Sukkot was several years ago – when Jim & Jason were still here … miss them so much! So the following message is from a few years ago, but I needed to include it.

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Well, we are meandering through the days of Sukkot – also known as the Feast of Tabernacles – with ups and downs and ins and outs. So many memories piled up so high and all jumbled up together that it will take months to separate them all out.

Today is the fourth day of the Sukkot round house hopping experience and tonight the rains have begun to patter on the roof. But our hearts are warm and the scriptures are still coming to life! As we take turns reading from the scriptures we ponder on the various meanings of Ezekiel and Zechariah….will we be ready?

The other night we sat around the bonfire, enjoying each others company, laughing and smiling and watching the children run to and fro. The lights from the Sukkah beckoned as we sat beneath it and enjoyed festive snacks and goodies.

Hope that each of you are taking time to enjoy these appointed days given to us by our Heavenly Father..they are such a blessing and I am so thankful to be able to KNOW about them! Want to know more? email me at pam@inancientfootsteps.com

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What a beautiful memory of  years ago Sukkot,

held by our very close friends, Terry & Jessica Styers …