Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Recipe For The Holydays

Hanukkah is called The Festival of Lights

Our Lord was truly born at the beginning (the first day), of the Feast called Sukkoth (Succoth, pronounced sue-coat), on the 15th day of Tishri, in October.

But as so many Americans celebrate a time when they want to praise and thank God for sending His own Son, Yeshua (Jesus) to earth, we can honor Him better by avoiding the parts of the "seasonal activites" that commemorate any of the pagan aspects of what Americans call "Christmas." Mistletoe, the holly & ivy wreath, the gold & silver decorated "tree," and more, especially the idea that "a lady" (originally called the queen of heaven, in Babylonian religious celebrations) and "her baby" boy, ... but not our Miriam (we call her Mary) with her baby Yeshua (most call Him Jesus), of Bethlehem, of the City of David. (she was a descendant of King David) (her betrothed husband, Yosef {Joseph} also was a descendant of David)

The Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah (some spell it Chanukkah), is a commemoration of another miracle YHWH God did, long ago, on behalf of Jacob Macabee, and his family, when Antiochus Epiphanes, the wicked Syrian ruler, ... desecrated / defiled The Temple in Jerusalem, in defiance and hatred toward YHWH God, and His chosen people. (this is a very simplified explanation)
The priest lighted The Temple menorah (the 8-branched candle), but there was not enough oil in it to keep it lit for long. So, all who honored YHWH God prayed, for Him to do His Will, ... and the rest of the story is: YHWH God made the oil, in the menorah (the lamp in The Temple), last and continue burning for ...... 8 days!
All who saw it happen knew only YHWH God could have done such a thing!
... so, to honor Him, and what He did, the Jewish people have celebrated Hanukkah ever since!

And ... since Yeshua (Jesus) is known as The Light of the world, The Light for all people, we can celebrate this Festival of Lights, ... in what we Americans call our last month of the year, and ... we'd be honoring YHWH God, with our Jewish brothers and sisters, ... while honoring our Light, Who is The Messiah of God Almighty (the Anointed One of YHWH).

I look forward to learning more about this holyday. The Lord has been opening doors of knowledge to many believers, in America, to see that ... we need not be surprised at how "appalled" most American Jews are, at what we (who call ourselves) Christians (Christ followers; I call myself a true believer, instead.) do, at this time of year, which they seem to sense (even if they also do not know the whole history behind it) that the American form of Christmas ... is merely a rehashing of a Roman Catholic accession to an old, pagan, Babylonian religious celebration, plus some other pagan "symbols" ....

We can do our Father in Heaven an honor, and a service (this is only my personal conviction), by honoring our Light, (the true) Messiah Yeshua.

He truly lights all our days and all our nights! He truly has shined in our hearts, with the glorious Gospel of our eternal deliverance!
He truly is The Light that shines! ... upon all people who will believe, ... and trust in Yeshua the Messiah, as Lord of all, and as Redeemer and Deliverer (He is our Salvation; His Name, Ye'shua 'means' salvation).
All who call upon The Name of The Lord shall be saved (delivered from eternal condemnation).
He is ever merciful ... and so generous to us, in allowing us to be engrafted into the vine He calls His family! Praise His Name (haShem)!

Though you, or someone you know, or visit, during this season of the year, may celebrate the "typical" American "Christmas" way, ... please do not condemn them. But if they ask you, and if you have become convicted, as I have, about finding another way to honor The Lord, ... you may explain to them what you have learned. (lovingly)

... but first, do a search, online, to learn, for yourself, all you can, from reliable, trusted sources (believers you know, and ... any whose sites you go to, and ask God about, and ... learn from, that seem to be sharing 'the truth' about the history and meaning behind symbols used in Christmas), so you will have "a way to show them" *why* you have chosen, this year, to honor YHWH God and His Son, Yeshua (Jesus), as The Light ....

It does not matter to me how you celebrate this time of the year. I will not be offended with you. This is just something I must do, because God has been workin' on me, about this holiday, for a good while. He will not let rest, until I make this change, at least personally. It will be a joy to do more of what He has been teaching me, for some time, ... about celebrating Yeshua's holydays / feasts He participated in, while He was on earth.

If they were good enough times of Joy-ing in The Lord YHWH, His Father in Heaven, then they are good enough for me, to celebrate, ... adding to the "Jewish holidays" ... a believer's viewpoint, including any fulfillment from Yeshua's Life, on earth, or His teachings, that God has made me aware of.

I look forward to learning more.
Thanks to a dear mom friend, who also homeschools, I now have Robin Sampson's book, entitled _A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays_. You can find out more about it, by visiting: http://homeschool-books.com/xcart/home.php
She has blessed our entire family with this book, and I hope to learn much from reading and using it!
God be praised!
Blessed be The Name of The Lord YHWH!
Praise Yeshua! He is Lord!

... until later, stay in The Word. Keep your focus on Yeshua! He is your Life! (you who are believers)
... and to you believers, ... keep looking down! Remember, that means we are seated with Yeshua, the Messiah, in heavenly places, ... and 'in Him,' we abide, ... at the Right Hand of The Father Almighty. wow! An amazing truth! But God is Truth! And He cannot lie. So, we must believe and accept that we are seated high above all principality and power, and all things that oppose God and His Son, Yeshua, even what Yeshua called "the world system." And He has overcome that world system. So, we, in Him, can, also. If we believe, and trust, and ... obey His commands.

As I study the Commands of Christ (Messiah Yeshua), using the website (to enroll, and begin receiving daily emails, teaching me, and using other links, to do further studies, on each command Yeshua gave), I gain more Wisdom, and spiritual Understanding, while learning more about Him, my best Friend, my closest Brother, and ... my King Eternal, ... my Gentle Shepherd, Who leads me, as one of His sheep. You can find out more about learning these commands Yeshua wants us to know, and respond to, at:

God be with you, as you journey through life, learning all you can, before you meet Him Face to face .......!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

*Frosty Date Balls,* a Christmas recipe ...

Each week in December of 2008, The Homeschool Lounge will have a giveaway. This week, we get to share a favorite family Christmas recipe!

*Christmas on The Lounge*

At The Homeschool Lounge, I shared the recipe below here:
It is tasty, and simple to make, ladies!

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Have a most blessed day, today, walkin' with The Lord, our Good Shepherd, you all!

We all like these cookies, that one recipe book (Better Homes and Gardens' *Cookies and Candies,* 1966) calls

*Frosty Date Balls* (the ingredients are mentioned within the recipe)

Cream 1/2 cup soft butter and
1/3 cup sifted confectioners' sugar.

Stir in 1 TBsp. water and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Add 1-1/4 cups sifted flour (we use about half freshly-milled, whole wheat flour plus half unbleached wheat flour) and
a dash of salt (we use Celtic Sea Salt).

Mix well. Stir in 2/3 cup chopped, pitted dates, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Roll in 1-inch balls.
Place 2-1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a slow oven (300 degrees F.) about 20 minutes, or until cookies are set, but not brown.

While warm, roll in confectioners' sugar.

Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

At our house, we cannot seem to keep these for long. Some dip the warm cookies in their hot, British-style tea! yum!

The Lord bless you all, ladies, as you seek to bless your families with special foods for this season of celebration of our dear Saviour's birth!

(personally, I believe He was born in October, when the shepherds would have been able to be out "in the fields" by night, watching their sheep. From some strong convictions that I'm unable to turn away from, I am personally abandoning some American Christmas "traditions," after learning more about where they came from, what they mean. But will not leave out our nativity scene my husband made, and ... we will celebrate The Light of the world, Who came to bring us Hope, Joy, Peace, Reconciliation with our Father in Heaven, and the Atonement He made for us, the Forgiveness He brought to us, through His Life, suffering, death and resurrection, and we celebrate our new Life, in Yeshua, our Messiah, the promised One of YHWH! He *is* with us -- Emmanuel!)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Found some more that's inspiring at Robin's place

Am finding The Lord is urging each of us, as this universe winds down, for the coming "place" God has designed to make, to replace it, ... as true believers, we all need to get serious about what He has taught us, about "moving" away from our usual thinking, that comes into our minds from our flesh, and "move over" (each moment) into "the spiritual rest" (and the righteous thinking) that our Lord Yeshua the Messiah desires for us to take part in, and join Him in, and also ... let Him use for the good of all whose lives our life touches.

So, am hopin' to share some thoughts with you here, that might encourage your heart, today, ... after being reminded by some thoughts Robin Sampson shared on her blog, yesterday.

This related to our "Spiritual Rest" in our Lord Yeshua,

as shared by Robin Sampson, on her encouraging blog, at this link,

you can experience "spiritual rest" ... as you choose, daily, or moment by moment, to "dwell" in The Lord Yeshua haMashiach. He told us to do this, so He must have known the benefit, the lessening of "stress" having negative effects on us, if we would, and the benefit to our health, beside the improving of our relationships with others, that would come, as well, from our ... just surrendering to His Spirit, and ... choosing (it is a choice) to "rest in" His LovingKindness (as The Lord Who does all things for our good, and Who *is* Compassion), in His Care for us (as El Shaddai, The One Who is just what we need, at any moment, if we will only cry out to Him in our need), and in His generous Grace (which is "sufficient" for every need we have), and in His Shalom Peace (which does pass, go beyond, all our human understanding, and fills us with Peace that overlooks and overcomes all strife, all anger toward us, and all hatred in words or actions toward us, from those who do not understand what God is up to, in us, or maybe, through us, that they are "taking" wrongly).

So often, I forget that my Lord Yeshua is wanting me to "release" my tensions to Him alone, and ... not let what others say or do "affect me" in the old way they used to. Am observing that, in my life, and thinking, some old habits or thought patterns are not wanting to let go, or go away, as much as I believe they should, or as one of my daughters reminded me they should, the other day. I must, instead of following "natural" ways of thinking, choose consciously, to switch over to the Path of Light, that (when I am on it) enables me to think in The Way of The Lord, because His Word He has given us "the mind of Messiah." -- wow! Imagine that! It is true! He *has* given us His Way of thinking, His ability to "choose righteousness," instead of our old fleshly way! If He has set me free (and He has!! Amen!), then I am "free" indeed (assuredly!)!! Hallelujah!!!

The Lord is always right here with each of us who "abide in Him," so, for me, I can overcome my old tendency to let the wrong attitudes of others affect me in a negative way, but only by His Loving, Might-filled, Righteous, Merciful, Kind-hearted Power (dunamis) working in me His Will for my life, as His friend.

As I choose to "dwell in the secret place of The Most High (El Elyon)," I "shall abide under the Shadow of The Almighty (El Shaddai)." (from Psalm 91: 1)
Then, as I practice "dwelling" in His "secret place," I will be able to demonstrate that (from verse 2, of Psalm 91) I can say "of The Lord (YHVH), He is my Refuge and my Fortress: my God (Mighty One); in Him will I (choose to) trust."

*If* I let worry about our family's future in the nation we were born in (maybe we need to make plans to be ready to leave, should The Lord lead us to do that, to opt for serving on a foreign mission field, rather than the large field, ready for harvesting of souls by The Lord, right here in America), or concern for others' actions and words (that damage the lives of those around them) that God will reprove, or observations that lead me to correct another whose life is not going as God would wish it to go, and they are not seeing the path they have left (God's perfect Will), nor the one they have chosen to walk on (which does not please God), which I maybe just need to (surrender my rights to) leave to God to correct that soul (whom He loves immensely), in His own Way, ...
....... then I have chosen, also, to not demonstrate that I am able to "dwell" (by His enabling, abundant Grace, that gives me the desire and the "power," or ability, to do, or accomplish, His Will!) in Him, "under the shadow of His" protecting, Loving "Wings."
... and if I do that, I am also not choosing to run to or dwell in Him as my "Refuge," though my right mind knows He truly *is* my Refuge, and my Strength! If I forget to think on these things, at a time of 'crisis,' then I am guilty of not seeing Him as He truly is, in one aspect, as my "Fortress" ... where He rules and reigns, and overcomes all enemies of His Love-in-action toward all those who put their trust in His Son, Yeshua haMashiach.

Will I choose to fully trust Him ? Will I, at least, try to trust Him a big jump more, toward Him, than I did yesterday ? Am I willing to give up, or yield to Him, my rights to correct that other person, who is also "on" God's pathway of Life, but who is stumbling, perhaps, or making a few wrong choices in thinking, as I have, so often ? Am I willing to show more patience toward others, whomever they may be, in order to let God work in their hearts, rather than expressing what I am observing that they are doing that I know God will judge in His wrath, toward those who do evil ?

He is surely in charge, and in control of all things that occur in this universe! I must choose to remember that that is The Truth! It is!
I can let Him take care of 'fixing' things that go on, in the lives we live on this earth, before we get promoted to His Glory Land!
He does know the right thing to do, even if it does not "look," to me, like the one doing what is wrong, or being allowed to remain alive (though even this nation's laws would say that one deserves to die), or like the one whose life touches my own, and what that one is doing, or has done, has had a very negative effect on my own, ....
I must remember that The Lord is fully able to deal with each of these circumstances, and each person whose life touches mine, in a negative way.
If He knows best what to do, in each of life's situations that He allows to come up, and affect our hearts, or our emotions, or our income levels, or our children's lives, or our country's leaders doing what is evil, or planning evil behind "closed doors," or ... then I must leave it to Him to do what is best. I do know He is able to deliver me, and anyone else, from those who plan evil, in this country, or in any other, if He wants to use that deliverance to bring more lost souls to a saving knowledge of His Truth, and of God's Son, Yeshua haMashiach. He can! I must leave it to Him!

His Mercy endureth forever! I must show mercy, in action and in words, and attitude, from my heart and soul that God is sanctifying, as He works in my life, daily!

My concerns for the welfare of others, or for the provisions I want to help them with, or for some blessing I would like to see them experience as a result of the right choices they could make, with regard to an area of their lives God wants, very much, to bless, or for the healing God wants to do in the heart or emotions, or more so, in the physical health, or lack of it, that someone I know is experiencing, painfully, or for the good God desires to do, in the spiritual growth of a believer, to enable that one to grow much more close to His Heart, but they do have blind spots, they are not "seeing" are causing themselves much pain, and they do not, if made aware of them, want to make the necessary changes that would open the door for God's abundant blessing to pour down on them, from Heaven, so much so, that they would not know how to receive it all. But what a huge blessing it "would" be, if only they could "see" what they cannot now see, with their spiritual eyes, due to hardness of heart, or due to resistance to His Holy Spirit's work in their lives, as believers in The Lord.

Anyway, Robin Sampson's short article on "Spiritual Rest," inspired me today, as well as The Lord urging me, has led me to write this.
I do hope it offers you the hope He has available for us all, if we will just "cry out to God," for the "Help" that He truly is and has for us.
He patiently waits on us, to "move." (over to His way of thinking)

... that must be why, David wrote, in Psalm 27, verse 14, as he sings: "Wait on The Lord (YHWH): be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine (your!) heart: wait, I say, on The Lord (YHWH)."

In Isaiah 30: 15, The Lord urged Isaiah to write down these encouraging and helpful words, to guide us to make some right choices, with regard to "spiritual rest" we can find only in Him: "For thus saith The Lord (Adonai, our Master) God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved (delivered); in quietness (trusting Him) and in confidence (knowing He has a plan to do good for us, at all times) shall be your Strength: ...."

And ... in Isaiah 32: 17, the prophet shares with us another insight God wishes us to know and think about: "And the work of Righteousness shall be Peace (Shalom); and the effect of Righteousness quietness and assurance forever." wow! That is what we all want, and need, especially in these times of uncertainties.

... but God has not forgotten us! He never will! His thoughts about us and toward us (for us) are so numerous, daily, that we cannot count them all! And all His plans for us are for our good, and they "are" good!

Please visit Robin's site, to read her article there, at the Heart of Wisdom (her blog area), using the link below:


Fruit of the Spirit Friday - Spiritual Rest

God is able to fill us with all Goodness, Gentleness, Joy, Peace, Love, and Strength, and even with His Kindness He can enable us to demonstrate toward those who are His enemies! He can make even our enemies (His enemies) to be at Peace with us, if we are staying on His Path of Life, by choosing, moment by moment, to "dwell" in His Son, Yeshua haMashiach, The Lord Who made us, and knows us, and wishes for us to come to Heaven, so we can enjoy the inheritance He wishes to share with us, in Glory, for eternity! Hallelujah!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Blessed is the man (or woman) who ...

Psalm 112: 1 - 10

Blessed is the man (who) feareth The Lord (YHWH), (who) delighteth (continually) greatly in His commandments.
His seed (children) shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever.
Unto the upright there ariseth Light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
A good man showeth favor, and lendeth (without expecting anything in return): he will guide his affairs with discretion (judgment).
Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in The Lord (YHWH).
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.
The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

... just had to share this with you!
It is a good reminder of how much God cares, in detail!, about those who believe in and trust their lives to Him. And it shows us that, if we are called "righteous" by Him, because of our belief in His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, God our Father will surely reward us for our generosity, and doing what is just and right in His sight.

May The Lord be with you, all your days, showing Himself strong on your behalf!

The Haven of Rest is my Lord

One hymn that The Lord keeps bringing to my mind is "The Haven of Rest," by Henry L. Gilmour, 1836 - 1920. The melody / music for it, was written by George D. Moore, 19th century, and the arrangement in our hymnal was done by Don Peterman, 1925 -

The words are ...

My soul in sad exile was out on life's sea,
So burdened with sin, and distrest (distressed),
Till I heard a sweet Voice saying, "Make Me your choice!"
And I entered The Haven of Rest.

I've anchored my soul in The Haven of Rest,
I'll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o'er the wild, stormy deep --
In Jesus I'm safe evermore.

I yhielded my self to His tender embrace,
And, faith taking hold of The Word,
My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul --
The "Haven of Rest" is my Lord.


The song of my soul, since The Lord made me whole,
Has been the old Story so blest (blessed),
Of Jesus, Who'll save whosoever will have
A home in The Haven of Rest!


O come to The Savior -- He patiently waits
To save by His Power divine;
Come, anchor your soul in The Haven of Rest,
And say, "My Beloved is mine."



This hymn is a real inspiration to me. It tells of The Lord
Who I have truly found to be my Haven of Rest!

He is always there!
He is our Help! (at all times)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Do you wonder what some folks are thankful for?

Wonder what everyone else says they are thankful for? (on blogs)
I only know what I see I should be, and am, thankful for:

1. God, my Father in Heaven, choosing on His own volition, to love me, who was unloveable, and I still make lots of mistakes.

2. Yeshua, God's only-begotten Son, The Anointed One of YHVH (YHWH, depending on how you pronounce His Hebrew Name, He told Moshe / Moses, long ago), Who also IS The Mighty God, The Lord Adonai, as His Father is, Who chose to make (create) me. Then, He voluntarily chose to come to earth and live as a man, suffer, be mistreated, spit at, lied about, talked about behind His back, ... and innocently die, in the place of folks like me, who deserved the death He died, ... to redeem us all.
He chose to suffer and die in our place, though we did nothing to earn such amazingly blessed and wonderful treatment. He made us, He knows us (what we are like, deep inside; He had Jeremiah the prophet write it down: "The heart {of man and of woman} is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"), and He still has chosen to share His agape, unconditional Love with us, just as He promised to Avraham, long, long ago, and as He promised to King David of Israel, of the tribe of Yehudah (Judah).
Yeshua was born of the tribe of Yehudah; it's appropriate that He was, because Yehudah means praise. He deserves all our praise for Who He is! Amen! Hallelujah! He is Lord of all!

3. The Holy Spirit of YHVH (YHWH). He is my Comforter, Who strengthens me continually. He is my Help, in how He works in me, and teaches me, as my perfect Teacher, because He helps me to know what my Lord wants me to do, and then He even reminds me to do it, and urges me that, when I'm not having a right attitude toward The Lord, I should change it.
His Mighty Power enables me to do what YHVH wants me to do, for His glory! It's called dunamis, in the Greek. This "power" is only to be used for good, and it can only come to those who honor, and trust in, believe in, The Holy One of Israel, The True One, and obey the commands of, following the teachings of, The Lord Yeshua, The Lord Adonai YHVH, The Ruach haChodesh (The Holy Spirit), Who are "One." One God in 3 persons. YHVH's Holy Spirit dwells within my spirit, and He fills me. "The fruit of The Spirit of YHVH is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness (usefulness; excellence; kindness), goodness, faith (believing trust in God), meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law." -- from Rav Shaul's letter (letter of Paul the Apostle) to the people of Galatia, chapter 5, verses 22 and 23.

4. ... for the redemption Yeshua bought for me, by willingly shedding His innocent, precious Blood, and Body, on the Roman execution stake, in my place, ... because I believe in His Name, and have called upon The Name of The Lord, to be delivered of the power and the punishment I deserved for my own sins and iniquities. He paid it all. The account (of my debt I owed to God) is paid in full -- an accounting term, meaning nothing more was owed to YHVH, to satisfy His justice. I am free indeed, because The Son has set me free. Hallelujah!

5. ... God's blessings He showers upon me and my family, daily. He does so many things, I must count them all, and it would take for ever to do that. But I will try. And will write some of it down, as I am able, on one of my blogs. Perhaps I will remember to copy it here. Usually, though, I write those things on one of my other blogs, such as the one at:
http://threadsofsilver.wordpress.com/ (which I do not use as a blog, but as a free, online newsletter for olde-fashioned moms and older young ladies) ... or ... http://.....(my).multiply(page).com (you need to be invited to know that url)
... or ... "my facebook page"
... or ... "my xanga page"
... or ... (oh well, is that enough for you?) ...
... okay, ... maybe it's broken up into very small bites and it is on my twitter page,
... or ... maybe there is simply not enough room for me to list all that I am thankful for on twitter, so I joined a forum for "twitter-ing mommas"
... besides ... a hs moms' forum I am also on,
... or ... well, I'll stop now. (there were actually more; but you don't want to know) ;o)

... I do hope to write more later, about some things (in this world) I am grateful to God for.

Some time....
If I do not write much here ..., maybe that is because there is so little room in this box, that it must be meant for those who use little words, and say little.
I seem to have lots to say.
So, for me, this box feels quite limiting.
Now you see why I only write things on this blog, less often than some folks do.

Well, sorry ... : (concluding statement) This list was surely found to be much less exciting than what some, who know me, might have imagined. I regret that.
Reason? Realized I need to finish doing something else, before the rest of this night has gotten away from me. We moms almost never get to truly rest, except when we get to enjoy some truly-relaxing sleep. And we do realize we need to try to use our time wisely, as much as possible. (big grin)

For those who are disappointed, here are some passing thoughts:
(as part of a longer, continuing conversation ... between two individuals ...) But then, what does anyone know about anyone else, .. except what they've observed, or have been told?
If we know a person well, we'd already know part of what we'd be sharing on a blog, anyway. We'd only want to come and read the specifics, on a blog, that we figure we don't already know. Right?
Then, perhaps you should find something else more adventurous or inspiring or educational to do, instead of reading this particular entry. ... perhaps.
... just perhaps. (sorry; being silly for those who come here and may think I never have fun; this is one of the rare moments, when I've been cooking most of the day, and now I finally get to share something, and then I am so tired, I am only typing silly thoughts, at this point. I apologize to those who thought I only share serious, and educational thoughts here. We all make mistakes.)

However, what I am *thankful* for, is less than what I am willing to demonstrate, in real actions and real words, that I am truly *grateful* for. (this statement demonstrates, in words, the difference between the word "thankful" and the word "grateful." Okay, that was educational.) And what I am truly grateful for is listed above here. And that was enough. Because that was the main part of my life -- The Lord, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He IS my Life!

The rest of what I am thankful for is also good to recall, and remind myself of. But you all have so many things you are also thankful for, which would match what I am thankful for, that I decided I'd not repeat what most everyone else would be saying, on their blogs.

On the other hand, ..... perhaps I should have.

... nah! Not worth it....
God knows the entire list, by heart.
And from my heart, to His, I am truly grateful for all He has done, plus the stuff I cannot remember, and also what I did not notice He did, for me, and for you.

Hope you know Him. If you do not, please contact me (if you know how to; if not, just contact God by speaking to Him; He is always listening; He waits for those who are willing to talk sincerely with Him!), so we can talk about Him, and how much He loves you, too, just as much as He (has loved and) does love me.

He loves every person He has made. That includes every person, who ever lived!
He knows which ones will respond to His free gift of eternal Life, and which ones will reject it.

He knows us by how our hearts look -- our motives, and the root of what our thoughts, words and actions are.
... is your heart in "God" condition?
Hope so!

If you are reading this, there is still time for you to respond to His free offer .....!
Go ahead. All you could lose is eternity, living 'in' a lake of burning fire, that never burns out, nor do you quit feeling the burning ...... ever!

You might lose remaining with satan for ever, who won't be glad you're there in the lake of fire. He does not care about you.
He wanted YHVH God's "power" without His Good character! What a mistake!
So, those who go to "the lake of fire" with satan will only be completely, and horribly, beyond imagination, miserable, every "day" for "ever." -- !!

It is not worth an eternity, to imagine that if I surrender my life, on earth, to YHVH God's control and authority, ... and to Him as my Master / Lord, that I will, then, have to suffer under a miserable life here on earth, until Yeshua takes me up into the clouds, to meet Him in the air, and then, ever after I will be With The Lord!
My life, as a true believer, on earth has been much more exciting, miraculous, healing-filled, joy-filled and full of Shalom Peace that does flow like a river (over me, and in me), than any other life I had, before I surrendered my life to His control.

We will all live for ever. The question is: *Where* will you "live" for ever?

I'd rather see Yeshua, and be with Him, than do anything else! For ever!! Hallelujah! (I can't wait, Father!!) ... Maranatha!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Some Names of our Lord, our Father in Heaven

Names of Y-HW-H G-d

From Exodus 6: 2, we can learn that one of the Names of Y-HW-H G-d is: JEHOVAH (in Hebrew, it would be pronounced Y-HW-H, so I spell it that way, since He spoke to Moshe (Moses) in Hebrew.) or Y-HW-H (some spell in Yahweh). The verse shows: And God (Elohim, the triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; the supreme God, mighty; we know Him in this Name as the Creator God, who made all things in the universe.) spake unto Moshe (Moses), and said unto him, I (am) The Lord (Y-HW-H, Yahweh):
And in verse 3, He continues : And I appeared unto Avraham (Abraham), unto Yitzhak (Isaac), and unto Yaakov (Jacob), by (the Name of) God (El, Almighty, Strong, Mighty) Almighty, but by My Name JEHOVAH (Y-HW-H, Yahweh) was I not known to them.

He has revealed himself, here, to Moshe (Moses) as The One Who has created the universe, and as The One Who has all power in the universe, and Who holds all things together, enabling the forces we observe and the laws of nature to continue, according to His design and plan.

He has shown Himself, not in bodily form, to Moshe, but in words, which He used to create the universe, and every plant and animal (creatures that walk upon the earth or swim or move in the seas and rivers) and fowl (birds, flying creatures), every man and woman, boy and girl, and every mineral, and combination of minerals and elements, such as water and wind / air, that we can see or feel or work with, and every force that we delve into, as we explore the various realms of God's creation.

As we move closer to exploring spiritual things, in God's spiritual realm, we see that there are things that have power that is much more "strong" than our own human ability. God has designed this creation of His to obey His Word. God has designed it to reveal Himself to us! He uses it to bless us with the needs our bodies have, for some nourishment, to remain alive, and also with beauty we can behold, but which seems quite marvelous. He uses it to provide ways for us to build shelters for our families to dwell in, to protect us, somewhat, from storm and strong wind, besides floodwaters (if we build on high ground and on rock, using a strong foundation).

But God has made this universe in such a way that it causes us to cry out to Him, when things simply do not "go right," even according to what we have learned, thus far, from what others and us have studied. He has caused things to occur, to draw us to His Loving Heart, because it soon becomes obvious that He alone can deliver us from harm, from danger, from imminent death, and from a horrible destination, after we die (our human bodies).

He alone can rescue us when in dire need, and He alone can help us in a lasting way. Temporary helps will end. Sometimes they are not available to us, in particular situations. God has designed it this way, not to frustrate us, or to cause us to blame Him for not coming to help us, when we wished Him to. He simply wishes us to acknowledge Who He truly is, and then, as we do that, He then accepts us into His family of Life, so that we are able to begin learning more and more, over time, about Him, as we grow closer to Him, in knowledge, in truth, in believing trust in Him alone, and in His Son, Ye'shua the Messiah (the Anointed One of Y-HW-H God).

He is The Most High (God), El Elyon. We can worship Him in spirit (attitude of heart and soul) and in truth. He is Truth. Ye'shua is our true Life source. Ye'shua is God. He was present at the creation of the universe. He named the stars, and enabled each one to sing its own song, in praise of Him. He placed each planet and each star in place, even the ones we think are light-years away from our own galaxy. He gives the crickets a song to sing, that sounds like a choir of the angelic host, worshipping God, Who made them; the sound of crickets chirping, sounding like angelic singing, in harmony, can be heard only when we change the frequency of the sounds they emit. It is wonderful to hear! (I've heard it.)

He is The Most High, in that no other god can come anywhere close to Him! He is all-powerful -- all power in heaven and in earth, and in the universe, belongs to Him. Hallelujah! He is omniscient -- He knows all things that can be known, and far beyond what any man can know. He is omnipresent -- He is able to be everywhere present, especially anywhere where we may need Him to be, to meet any need we have. (true needs) His omnipotent power enables Him to overcome anything and everything that opposes Him. He uses this power whenever it is necessary. He knows just when to do or allow anything to occur. All things that happen are under His control and power.

When something, on earth, "goes wrong," in our understanding of things, we cry out to Him, asking Him "why." He does not have to reply to us. He usually shows us, who belong to Him (those of us who have surrendered our lives to His Son, because we believe He came to earth to live, suffer and die in our place, to forgive us, pardon us, for our sins and iniquities we have committed against this perfect, righteous, just, holy God Who made us all), that the disaster was able to be used by Him, to teach us something we would not have learned, otherwise.

He uses any problem or horrible event (to us) to alter our path, so that we begin to move closer and closer to Him. That provides many good results for us, even while we are on the earth! He uses disasters, troubles, trials, severe hardship and suffering, to hone us down to a beautiful vessel, like a potter shapes a piece of clay, that he has had to beat the air bubbles out of, first, as he begins to 'work it.' God has not allow suffering for us to suffer. He merely allows it to occur because He knows the good that will come from it, later, if we make the right response to Him, in it. (or after it occurs)

I have some more to share about God's Names. But this will, I trust, help you to see something about God that you may not have learned, elsewhere. If so, then please humble yourself in His sight, since He also is able to see everyone everywhere, even those who try to hide from His Face, from His sight. You may bow down, or get on your knees, and just acknowledge, agree, that He is there (He is YHWH Shammah, The Lord Who is there), and that He is The Lord (Master over you and all things), and He made you and you wish to honor Him, because You know your protection, your Life, your being and your future all belong to and come from Him.

He is worthy of your praise, honor and any glory that your life produces or is given. Any praise should be deferred to His Name, because anything good we do was because of Him, and done, in some way, by Him, through you. This is truth.

May your day be the most blessed it could be, today!

One of the most powerful, and satan-offending Names of God (haShem) seems to be ... ElElyon. One another blog of mine, I use another name with a powerful meaning, which is the name many men have been given: Joel. I type it as it would be pronounced: Yoel
Together, El Elyon and Joel have a meaning that is like this (basically) -- The Lord, Most High, The Strong One, He is Mighty (Almighty) !

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Few Words to Remind us of The One Who Loves You

The Lord bless you in all you do for His glory!
He is watching over you, and rejoices over you with Joy and with singing!

Let's remember He likes it when we sing His Word to Him, in praise to His Name!
He is The One Who has made sure all our needs are met, in Him, in His Son, Yeshua (Jesus)!

All we need to do is trust in, believe in, Yeshua's atoning sacrifice in our place, to make full payment (as the propitiation for our sins, transgressions we've committed against our Father in Heaven) for us.

He has paid it all! Now, we can surrender our lives to Him, and ... He has made provision for all we need. We just obey His Holy Spirit, Who teaches us, and convicts us, and prompts us to do what God our Father wants us to do. He does the rest; he's already done the rest!

Hallelujah! It's done! We're free, in Yeshua! He is Lord and Redeemer! Praise The Name of The Lord Almighty!

The hymn, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," is an inspiration to me. So, I hope it will inspire you, and encourage your heart, today. Please read the words, as you think about what they mean, as applied to your life:

(the melody is "Anonymous;" and the words of the hymn are said to be "Anonymous")

I am weak, but Thou art strong, (Thou art strong,)
Jesus, keep me from all wrong; (from all wrong;)
I'll be satisfied as long, (just as long,)
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee. (close to Thee.)

(refrain) (chorus)
Just a closer walk with Thee, (walk with Thee,)
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea; (humble plea;)
Daily walking close to Thee, (close to Thee,)
Let it be, Dear Lord, let it be. (let it be.)

Through this world of toil and snares, (toil and snares,)
If I falter, Lord, who cares? (Lord, who cares?)
Who with me my burden shares? (burden shares?)
None but Thee, Dear Lord, none but Thee. (none but Thee.)

repeat "refrain" (chorus)

When my feeble life is o'er, (life is o'er,)
Time for me will be no more; (be no more;)
Guide me gently, safely o'er, (safely o'er,)
To Thy Kingdom shore, to Thy shore. (to Thy shore.)

repeat "refrain" (chorus)

If you do not know the "melody" for this hymn of the faith, loved by those who trust in and believe in The Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), visit my blog at http://threadsofsilver.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One way to see Oct. 31 ... in my opinion:

October 31, 2008, to me is ...

... a reminder of the day, long ago, when a monk / a prient, named Martin Luther, in Wittenberg, Germany, at the Castle Church, nailed on the door of it his 95 theses opposing the granting of indulgences, among other things.
He was declaring that The Lord Almighty, YHWH, had opened his eyes to see clearly that believing by faith in the atoning sacrifice, given voluntarily, by The Lord Yeshua haMeshiach (Jesus Christ to Christian Gentiles) was sufficient to bring him "deliverance from the punishment and the power of his sins" ... and that this is the truth that had, at that point in his life, brought him true salvation.
He no longer needed "works" to be 'worked for' by him, to obtain salvation. It is a free gift. Not to be earned by anything he could do. Amen! Hallelujah! I do not agree with many other things Martin Luther believed, but this one thing I do believe! The Lord Yeshua haMeshiach has made the full atonement, once for all time and for all people, for all their / our sins!
It's done! Totalestai! (until I find it spelled, using American English letters, to show how it would be pronounced, I will spell it this way) -- from the Greek "base" word: tele'o, from tel'os, meaning "complete(d), conclude(d), discharge(d)," implying "finished," or "done." (as in a task being accomplished, and, thereby, "done," or finished.)

... just one more day on the calendar.

... a day on which, around the year 2000, on Oct. 31, in a large town in northeast Plano, a lady was seen in her front yard, painting a scene of the resurrection, on a large piece of plywood, by candlelight (besides the street light). It brought forth several inquiries by young people, who happened to be walking by, after darkness had fallen. She was not a painter, nor is she, still. She did not know how to properly mix paints, to achieve a certain color. She merely had a heart to "try," for The Glory of The Lord, Who had given His Life in her place. She just tried to picture for those walking in the area, after dark, what everyone in the USA (at least) should be celebrating on that evening, and for every day, thereafter. It remains a picture of what can be achieved, by someone whose heart is fixed on doing whatever The Lord urges him or her to attempt, for the benefit of those who oppose themselves, in their pursuit of the American dream. She did it for her Lord and Saviour, Redeemer and (Best) Friend!

... it is usually a day on which The Lord, nearing the setting of the sun that day, allows either cold rain, or threatening weather, or strong winds, to "blow up a storm," showing "people" who misunderstand the proper use of this day, on the calendar, that God is still alive, and doing quite well, in Heaven. And He is still able to "choose" what weather parents should perceive He wishes to urge them to keep their beloved children at home, and (instead of foolishly or ignorantly participating in an overtly pagan, satan-worshiping day / evening "celebration" in the various forms it takes, even in Christian church congregation buildings, which only "try" to offer an "alternative" to the world's secular satan-honoring day's festivities), not participate, in any way except through passing out Gospel tracts, or witnessing in their own front yards, to the truth of Yeshua's atoning sacrifice, and our rebirth that can come, as we choose to believe in and trust in Him for full deliverance from the power and the punishment for our sins and iniquities.

Instead, parents could be home praying / interceding for YHWH's mighty protection over, and crying out for every virgin and every black cat, and every infant born in their local community, because if you ask any police officer, he will tell you, if he is honest, that Oct. 31 has been used, in all recent years, as a night, maybe well after dark, when virgins are (against their wishes) raped and then murdered, alive, along with infants, and black cats, both of which are killed, alive (meaning they are not killed in a way that leaves no pain; they are tortured, first, in most cases) the remains of which are often hidden, for some time, by those who are doing all of that in their worship of the god of this world, the father of lies, satan, the fallen angel.

... he is the one who urges young people to listen to "music with a back beat," that "calls up" demons into the presence and, sometimes, into the lives of those who "willingly go along with, or move in rhythm with" the "back beat" in modern, youth-style music recordings, and at rock concerts, including those that are so-called "Christian" contemporary music recordings. It is not music; it is noise.

If you would like to read a simple, not detailed, but clear, description of the "type" or "kinds" or music this means, from The Word of God, please read in the book of Daniel (that he wrote), which was a prophetic book in the Old Covenant (the Old Testament), in chapter 3, from verses 1 through 7. Of course, Daniel and his friends would not. Daniel was not there, at that time, but must have been serving the king elsewhere. But his 3 young (older teens) friends, Israelites, did oppose the king. King Nebuchadnezzar "had them thrown" into a large, fiery furnace, which he had had heated 7 times hotter than usual. Of course, once again, Yeshua haMeshiach "appeared" *in* the fiery furnace with those 3 young men!

Yeshua Himself came to be with them, and to appear before the king, so that even the king would, soon, acknowledge that ...
"Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be The God (YHWH) of Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, Who hath sent His Angel (of The Lord; Yeshua), and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not worship any god, except their own God (YHWH). Therefore I make a decree, That every people, natoin, and language, which speak any thing amiss against The God (YHWH) of Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other god that can deliver after this sort." -- from Daniel 3:29-29

The misuse of Oct. 31, by so many American citizens, sets up a very negative, enemy-of-YHWH example, for anyone who is aware of the "typical" use of Oct. 31 in the USA. People around the world must see Americans are satanic, as they "celebrate" a very occult, pagan day ... that is chosen, each year, as the highest day ... to worship their "angel of light" that is none other than the angel that God "banished" out of Heaven, permanently. That fallen angel, whose name we know as satan, is always workin' to get the oldest sons, to destroy every one who opposed his attempts to work in their lives, and on their minds and thought lives, .... and he is the one who brings in rebellious attitudes, and disobedience, pride, selfishness, willfulness, and hatred, murder, strife, bigotry, intolerance of true believers in Yeshua the Messiah, and more, in the hearts of men and women who are not yet regenerated.

* regeneration is another word for rebirth, into The True Kingdom of YHWH, through belief in The Only-begotten Son of YHWH, Whose Name is above every name, and Who holds all things together, by the Word of His Truth, Who is the Lord Yeshua haMeshiach (Jesus Christ)! It occurs, simply, when we realize our sin-filled, destruction-bound path and life attitude and heart focus, and then, admit, in tears, in sincerity, in truth, that we are "sinners" and we ask, humbly, for YHWH God to forgive us, and ... this is as a result of our realizing that Yeshua haMeshiach gave His Life, on earth, in our place, to pay the required "debt" we owed to The Almighty!

Once we believe, in our hearts and souls, and have chosen to believe in our wills, then ... we are reborn and regenerated by The power of The Almighty God, YHWH, the God of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). The promises of YHWH only go to the children of Abraham, either by blood or by faith, but only to those, among them, who truly trust and believe, and accept the free gift of salvation, bought and "the transaction completed," by the death, burial and resurrection of The Lord Yeshua haMeshiach, on the third day, after He was dead, according to The Word of God, called The Scriptures.

A long explanation, but that's what the 31st day of October means to me, besides it being the next time our family of 8 gets to go sing, in harmony, at a local-area revival (for true believers) worship service! It's in the mountains! It's near a large lake! It's a blessed time to be "in the house of prayer of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua haMeshiach, because He *is* God, three in one. Sh'ema Yisrael! Adonai Elohenu! Adonai Echad! .... Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, The Lord is One!

El Elyon Yoel (Joel) -- The Lord is truly Mighty to save! (deliver) This phrase is just one way to praise The Lord's Name ... one of them. He is One! But His Names reveal the various facets of His awesome Character! He wishes, apparently, that we pray using His Name, for the particular request we are making to our Heavenly Father, that His Holy Spirit reminds us to use. If you are not familiar with the Names of God, you may do a search, online, on good search, using the "Life in the Bible Institute, Hawkins, TX" as your "charity of choice," and it should come up with several good sources of God's Names, and their meanings. If not, then (those who know me) just email me, through leaving a comment on this blog, or using my email that my "friends" already know.

We are justified by The Blood that was shed by The Lamb of God, in our place!

We are purified, and sanctified, by His Blood, and by our belief in His Blood, bringing about our true deliverance from the punishment we deserve for our sins and iniquities!

He alone is Lord (of all)!
Praise His Holy Name!

On Oct. 31, make a positive difference in your community: praise The Lord all evening, and late in to the night, and plead with The Lord, our Heavenly Father, for The Almighty to protect and defend, and fight the battles on behalf of the lives of the (human) virgins and the (human) infants, in your area, from the planned-for destruction of their physical bodies, as part of your local-area satanic worship groups' "doings."
Oct. 31 is not a high satanic ''holi-day," but it is meant to be a time of worship to The One, True God, YHWH, and His Son, Yeshua haMeshiach! This year, this date does happen to fall on a Friday, when some will already be at synagogue, or at a Messianic Jewish worship service! Hallelujah!

Worship The Lord, in Spirit and in Truth!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ever Thought About ...(?)

Ever thought about ... (?)

... how The Almighty, Compassionate, Generous, Kind-hearted, Awesome, Strong One, The Lord God ... delivers His children from harm, danger, drought, famine, and pestilence? Ever wonder about how He uplifts them daily, from each test and trial, ... and even encourages, provides and protects them?

Ever figured He's busy continually healing His children, helping them get out of some "real jams," or messes, or how He gives them hope when the future does not look positive?
Ever wonder how He fills them with His Shalom Peace while their lives appear to be in the middle of a storm? (of trouble that's comin' at them?)
Ever think about how He gives them His enabling Grace?, to get through the "hard times?" -- !

Ever think about this?: Did it ever occur to you that nothing ever occurs to God? He is never surprised by anything that goes on, on earth! He's always quite far ahead of us! He's ever planning out things for our good, though "situations" and "circumstances" may not look so "positive" to us, at any given moment.

Ever wondered why ... God never stops to think about things. He already has them figured out, long before we arrive "at that moment in time." --!

And, among other things "Good," that happen to us, at times, God our Father in Heaven is always *doing* (producing) (bringing about) (arranging circumstances so that we see they are working for our) Good for us all, who are His children. But ... it is only for those who are His children!

Dwell in His Loving care!
He is ever there! (He is Immanuel! -- God with us!)

Trust in His Strong Arms!
He'll deliver you from all harm!

His Peaceful Voice with calm you;
He will always come through.

The Blood of Yeshua will cover,
Over you He will hover.

As a hen, for her chicks cares,
El Shaddai will protect you where-
(ever you are).

He is able to deliver you,
In praise He dwells, fights for you!

Give Him the praise due to His Name!
(use His Names to "bless" haShem!)

Baruch haShem Adonai YHWH! (Yahweh)
Baruch haShem Adonai Yeshua!

Have a wonder-filled day, today (and tomorrow) basking in The Loving Lord's "Light" ... with His rays of Hope, Health and delivering Help, only He can give!

He Loves you with an everlasting Love! And underneath are the Everlasting Arms! He rejoices over you with singing, and with Joy, and ... He rests in His Love for you! -- from Zephaniah 3: 17

Friday, September 26, 2008

Verses for your Inspiration and Enlightenment

Hebrews 13: 5 -6, 20-21

" Let your conversation (way of living, behavior) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hat said, 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.'
So that we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my Helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.' "

"Now the God of Peace, Who brought again from the dead our Lord Yeshua ha Meshiach, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant,
Make you perfect (mature in Him, complete in Him) in every good work to do His Will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His Sight, through Yeshua the Messiah; to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."

Jeremiah 6: 16

"Thus saith The Lord YHWH, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the Good Way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. ...."

Malachi 4: 1 - 2

" For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shal be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith The Lord of hosts, YHWH Sabaoth, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear My Name (haShem, YHWH, The Lord) shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with Healing in His Wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall."

Zechariah 14: 1 -

"Behold, the day of The Lord YHWH cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem / Yerushalayim / to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then shall The Lord YHWH go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle.
And His Feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem / Yerushalayim / on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and The Lord YHWH my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
... v. 8 ... And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem / Yerushalayim/ half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
... v. 9 ... And The Lord YHWH shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord YHWH, and His Name One.
... v. 12 ... And this shall be the plague wherewith The Lord YHWH will smite the people that have fought against Jerusalem / Yerushalayim/ ; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes (sockets), and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
v. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord YHWH shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
... v. 16 ... And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem / Yerushalayim / shall even go up from year to year to worship The King, The Lord of hosts (YHWH Sabaoth), and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
v. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem / Yerushalayim / to worship The King, The Lord of hosts (YHWH Sabaoth), even upon them shall be no rain.
... v. 18b ... there shall be the plague, wherewith The Lord YHWH will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
v. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
v. 20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, "HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD (YHWH); and the pots in the Lord's (YHWH's) House shall be like the bowls before the altar.
v. 21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem / Yerushalayim / and in Judah / Yehudah / shall be holiness unto The Lord of hosts (YHWH Sabaoth): and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the House of The Lord of hosts (YHWH Sabaoth)."

the Phyllis Schlafly Report


If you are not yet aware of the organization called Eagle Forum, please at least read the report on that site, for the month of September of 2008, using the link I have put below. Have only included the title for that page's articles, below here, for you to get a quick idea of what you will read about, on Mrs. Schlafly's Eagle Forum site page there.

It is both enlightening and helpful to all who are true believers in The Lord Jesus Christ / The Lord Adonai Messiah Yeshua. We all need to be informed, and Eagle Forum is one sure way to know what is going on, behind the scenes, within our nation! Phyllis Schlafly is one dear grandmother who cares very much about what all of us, as believers in The Lord, need to use to urge us to pray, and to seek God's Face, about.

The world scene is changing so that the values many of us grew up being taught ... are under fire, to say the least. Please read what is on her site, and support Eagle Forum with your prayers, ... at least. They are doing a great job of keeping us informed about what's going on in Washington, and among those who legislate laws that they try to "sneak by us," because they know the general voting public in America will not support what those in Committees in the House of Representatives and in the Senate "have in mind."

Though our nation's laws may no longer be able to sufficiently protect us, as true believers, and God-fearing voting American citizens, God Almighty, YHWH, the Great I AM, El Elyon -- the Most High -- is still alive, and always will be, and He is still in control of all things, and of all people. He will never let us down! He will always defend us, and will always hold us in His Hands, carrying us in His everlasting Arms. We can never be separated from The Agape Love of The Lord Almighty, El Shaddai! And He keeps His Word -- He is YHWH Shammah, Who is ever with us, because He promised He would never leave us nor forsake us, so that we can boldly say: The Lord is my helper, I will not fear! -- from Hebrews 13: 6

Praise The Lord all day!
He is your Help and your Shield!
He is your High Tower, your Refuge in times of trouble!


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    Friday, September 5, 2008

    Fruit of The Spirit Friday "meme" from Robin Sampson's blog

    Fruit of the Spirit Friday

    The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.


    Jesus Said, “A tree is judged by its fruit.”

    The fruit of the Spirit is a wonderful study for Christians at any level of spiritual maturity. For Fruit of the Spirit Friday you can write any post sharing what God is teaching you.


    1. What fruit did you learn, see, or teach this week?
    2. How do grow in your relationship with God?
    3. How can we let the Living Water flow through us?
    4. What is something that hinders fruit? How can we fix it?
    5. How do you abide?
    6. What fruits do you want or lack?
    7. How does the Bible define this fruit?
    8. How does God reveal this fruit to us?
    9. What is the evidence of this fruit in one’s life?
    10. Share an example of the presence of this fruit in someone’s life.
    11. How does fruit or lack of it in our life affect others? (spouse, children, friends)
    12. What can you do to express more of this fruit in your character?

    Meme Goal

    God wants us to bring Him glory and honor. We do this by exhibiting the fruit of His Spirit from abiding in Him. I began this meme because I have personally experienced a deeper walk as a result of journaling as part of my personal Bible study. We all struggle with dying to self daily–we are commanded to share one another’s burdens–I’m hoping the meme will help others focus on God and grow spiritually growth.

    Making a mental commitment to write on a fruit of the spirit each week should make you more aware of your spiritual walk and hopefully prompt you to examine the fruit in your life several times during the week. This type self examination is Biblical.

    Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;
    prove your own selves;
    know ye not your own selves,
    how that Jesus Christ is in you.

    2 Cor. 13:5

    Praying about your spiritual condition, mulling it around, searching Scripture, and just deciding on a fruit of to write about will put your focus on God and spiritual growth. Journaling (or blogging) internalizes and personalizes the spiritual principles you are learning. Our gaol is not to be heard or gain approval from man — the purpose is to encourage each other and bring honor to God. We do this by Being the Branch

    Meme Tips

    • Pray first for guidance and for others joining this meme.
    • Examine fruit in your life daily. Don’t wait for Friday to think of a fruit.
    • Watch for prompting from God’s Spirit during Bible study time, daily routines, etc during the week
    • Keep a note pad to jot down verses or thoughts or keep thoughts in your blog entry in draft mode.
    • Write about one fruit on Friday or about a person who exhibits fruit or answer the prompts abpve.
    • Late post are completely acceptable–we’re all busy. Post whenever you can.
    • Tag at least two people to do the same.
    • Write as much or little as you feel led to write–one verse or one thought is participation.
    • Share your link on the current Friday blog entry on this blog. (not your blog URL , but the link to the direct post–I will try to post my entry by Friday morning)
    • Feel free to use the image above and link back to this page.
    • If you don’t have a blog you can post your journaling in the comments section of the current Friday entry.

    Remember fruit does not come from efforts (of legalistic rule-following) but grows naturally (out of trust).
    robin sampson homeschool author

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    Tuesday, July 15, 2008

    helpful websites you can use for good

    Below are some of the many helpful websites the Lord has let me find, recently.
    Hope they will also inspire and help you, as you endeavour to educate your children to walk in the Way of the Master, Yeshua the Messiah, our precious Lord, Saviour, Best Friend, and Redeemer and King! He is wonderful, awesome and miraculous in power, in Love, in patience, in Mercy, in Grace He gives us each day, and in The Shalom Peace He gives which passes all understanding! Hallelujah!

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    Anne Elliot's "Anne's School Place" has a great list of website links for you to find, at the link I have set up, above. ;o) You will like all that she has on her site! So helpful! Visit her site and you will be glad you did!


    Visual Manna's Sharon Jeffus has done it again! She is a wonderful art teacher!, but ... She has written and developed a phonics reading program, using art!! It is called Artsy Animals. Please visit her site and see what she has to offer, to help you teach your children art at any level / age, or to help you teach phonics, or English, or science, or about the Renaissance period of history, or ... ! It's all there! You won't want to miss this great website! Their materials are so easy to use, and so inspiring! I have not found any better art materials, and we have been home educating our children for over 15 years!
    Check out her "Links" page! It's great! Not a long list, but a valuable one!


    Knowledge Quest Maps is Terri Johnson's amazing geographical treasure chest, to me! She has materials I wish I had had in the 1990s, when I was teaching our first 3 children! oh my! Now, I can use what Terri has designed with our next 3 students! Praise the Lord! Her blank maps ... are great fun for all 3 of my children to write on. With copies we make, we can use them over and over, even including different land features, or other information, for other studies, such as our family travels, in some cases! And the maps with the names for cities or rivers, or other geographical information filled in, ... bring a big smile to a teacher's face! They are so easy to use, along with most any curriculum or history book! I have not found such helpful maps elsewhere in this format!
    Please visit her site, and also visit her blog, for more ideas! http://knowledgequestmaps.blogspot.com/
    Terri is a generous lady, offering great deals on her thorough, helpful materials, that help in teaching both world and U.S. history. !
    Thank you, Terri, for doing such a good job at what you do!


    Hope Chest Legacy -- a website by Rebekah Wilson, sharing about the importance, in a young lady's / young woman's life of setting up a "hope chest" ... and they offer some lovely "free" instructions for young ladies' crafts, as well as some good recipes. They are re-doing their site right now, so please be patient. They will only be improving on it! A very lovely and helpful and inspiring site!

    The Institute for Creation Research -- you must visit this site! They share with us their wonderfully-designed, free, online version of their "Acts & Facts" magazine. I love it! Technical, and understandable, but always inspired and useful, for those of us wanting to know more about God's creation, from a truthful viewpoint!
    Please visit their site!

    The Learning Parent, a website owned by Rick and Marilyn Boyer, to benefit those who home educate their children. Their blog is also a great help to us all! Check out both of them!

    Shekinah Curriculum Cellar's discount homeschool book and curriculum "storehouse." wow! They sure have lots of choices, of materials, books, curriculum and related "stuff" that all of us can use! Choose to receive their free email newsletter, and you will be glad you know, ahead of others, about their monthly specials and any other helpful information, about what they offer!

    Andrew Pudewa's brilliant writing curriculum and his spelling (and other) educational materials! wow! What would homeschoolers do without him to help us along? He is such a blessing!

    A great site for those of us who home educate our children! Please visit this one!
    Go to the link below (copy and paste it, yourself) to find the great links she has, for ...

    "Our Favorite Homeschooling Resources & Websites" ...



    Above is the link for Diane Flynn Keith's website which shares ways she has found help to teach children "good things" while you are in the car with them. Many educational learning moments can happen, while you are driving somewhere!

    Karen Andreola's site dedicated to sharing about her way of home education, using the Charlotte Mason method. The link takes you to a page on her site sharing about "Living Books for the Mind and Heart"

    Catherine Levison's "Charlotte Mason Education" practical method site for those who home educate their children and prefer using the Charlotte Mason method

    for Phyllis Schlafly's very accurate and informative assessment (and her staff's) of what's going on in Washington, D.C., that you will want to stay informed about ...

    for information on U.S. legislation and "news" specific to education; this often includes information we want to know about, related to home education !
    American Vision
    "Restoring America's Biblical Foundation—From Genesis to Revelation."

    American Vision's mission statement reads, "Restoring America's Biblical Foundation—From Genesis to Revelation." This statement determines who we are, what projects we will do, and what battles we will wage.

    It makes three critical points:

    I. America's foundation was once built upon the Bible
    II. America is losing this Biblical foundation
    III. The Bible must be believed and applied from Genesis to Revelation


    Graham Family Ministries
    Our website: www.school4jesus.com
    The Nourishing Cookbook Blog: nourishingcookbook.blogspot.com
    Our Nourishing Home Blog: nourishinghome.blogspot.com/
    Encouraging Families in the Lord and His Ways

    At this link, you can find a good offer for ...
    ... well, Cynthia says it best, on her webpage:

    Book of Centuries is a history timeline in a book or notebook. It is a terrific tool for making history come alive for your students, as it helps them to see the connections between the various people and events that they study. It will pull together ALL of your history lessons and can be used with ANY curriculum!

    My new ebook Step by Step: Book of Centuries will guide you through creating and using a history timeline notebook, but it will also do SO MUCH MORE! In fact, it contains lots of information that will help you with teaching history in any format!

    Thursday, June 26, 2008

    the next update on the Up Hill-ies

    The families and people here in Tennessee have welcomed us with open arms. For that, we all are very grateful to God, our Father in Heaven!

    Even the folks who do not truly 'know' The Lord Yeshua have been very gracious and friendly to us, as we share with them how they can know for sure that, when they die, they will go to Heaven, to be with God, with Yeshua the Messiah and with The Holy Spirit of God, the Ruach ha Chodesh. I have been amazed at how willing to listen most people here are, when we tell them of our Lord and Redeemer, Yeshua!

    It can only be that God is making more folks 'more open' to spiritual topics, because they do continue to 'appear' in the newspapers and through other media sources. We get our "news" only from the internet and through emails others write or send to us. So, since we are not hearing all of what those folks (the lost souls, who are not aware of how much God has done for them and how much He dearly Loves them) are hearing or seeing, in what they call 'the news,' we can only figure that God may be using all the disasters in weather, all the war stories, the horrible failure of our government, of companies, of banking systems and of the government educational system in the USA ... to cause them to realize that, if God exists (and He does!), maybe they 'should' begin to be 'willing' to listen to what He wants them to hear.

    We miss our beloved, long-time friends we had to move away from, in Texas, and elsewhere!

    However ...
    The home educating families we have met in person, since we moved, have also welcomed us with open arms!

    Just this week, we have counted 5 other families who use the same home education curriculum / program we use! For us, that is a very encouraging answer to prayer! When we first moved here, we were only aware of two families. Then, when we first visited the Bible-believing, soul-winning, prayerful, faith-filled congregation where we are now members, we met one more family.
    The lady through whom we met the folks we now rent this property from ... has a son whose family also use the same materials we use, to educate "their" children! We knew of her several months ago. But we only learned a few days ago, that her grown son and his wife educate their children with the same materials we are glad to be using.
    And we owe our learning about those materials to some very dear friends whom God let us meet, over 16 years ago, when they invited us to attend our first Basic Seminar (formerly the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts), in Dallas, TX -- the DelMuls! Thank you, Mary Lou and Daniel! You all have been such a blessing to us, to know!

    And now, the Lord has let us learn, through another kind mom who contacted me, who also home educates her children, in a city not far from us, about two more families, who use the same materials we use! wow!
    And a group of home-educating families, who meet in the city where we live (just outside of), also care enough to be using some booklets to teach and encourage their young people and children with ... which are part of a program called the Keepers of the Faith. It is a bit like a Biblical alternative to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Many home-educating families like this program!

    So, once again, God has blessed us with one more thing that I had prayed God might, if He wanted us to, allow our younger children to use, to learn some good and fun skills through using the booklets of the Keepers of the Faith, Keepers at Home and the Contenders for the Faith 'clubs.' The link for this ministry is at: http://www.keepersofthefaith.com/

    Besides all that, one group of home-educating families allowed several of us to go along, on a field trip, not long after we moved here, to a waterfall, ... actually we saw two waterfalls. They were not far from the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Nestled in among the mountains, they were just there, flowing down from high hills, and then continuing to flow on and on, over larger and smaller rocks ... on down, following gravity's path to the lowest point, a river in the area.

    Mini-Geography Lesson:

    Am learning more and more about the rivers in this area, since we moved here. They all, on this west side of the Appalachian Mountains, flow into the Tennessee River, at some point. And that flows into the Mississippi River. It surprises me the path that the Tennessee River follows. Would have thought that the creeks, streams, small rivers and larger rivers, would flow south into the Gulf of Mexico. But there are hills far too high, south of this area, to allow for that. So, to the west, the further the Tennessee River carries water and its supply of fish and all else, the elevation continues to go down, until the water reaches the Ohio River, at Paducah, Kentucky, before the Ohio flows further west, for a short distance, and dumps its contents into the wide, old Mississippi! We sure have a lot to learn! Geography is so fun to look at, and think about. God has made this world so very interesting to study about. And He keeps us asking questions, doesn't He?!

    Isaiah 57: 15 reminds us
    "For thus saith The High and Lofty One (Who) inhabiteth eternity, Whose Name is Holy; I dwell in the High and Holy Place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." !!

    God is so generous!

    He has used other folks He already knew before we came to this place, to live, to want, freely, to share with us their abundance of vegetables, as well as their time!
    He has moved the hearts of folks who live in this area, and love The Lord, to gather food and other material things we can use, and pass those things on to us, to use as we are able.

    And The Good Lord Who rules over all has seen fit to allow us, as a family, soon to share about the new ministry called the Life in the Bible Institute!
    Please pray that The Almighty, Who orchestrates all the good that goes on, and allows the evil for His good purposes He can bring about, after it occurs, to use our family to do the good, in teaching, and in passing on to others the Knowledge of him and of His Word, that He has been teaching us, to turn the hearts of men ... to their Maker, Redeemer and best Friend!

    The Lord YHWH bless you in all you do, as you seek His Face and as you will to do His Will, for His glory, praise and honor!

    ... more later ....

    -- keep in touch!

    Update for the Up Hill-ies

    We are still here! ;o) (big smile) Thank you for waiting for an update on what we've been doin' ... up on this hill in the mountains of northeastern Tennessee!

    Here is a list: (for those who are engineers I've worked for, businessmen I've worked for, doctors I've known, former public school teachers who only wanted to be listened to, and who often were mathematics educators, as well as many who are ... non-artists, non-musicians, and otherwise prefer things to be ordered (which is a good thing!), listed (related to orderliness, and that is good!), not "conversational" (sorry guys, but some of you are that way; other men are the opposite of that way) or ... who like to listen more than they talk, and are known by some as deep thinkers. Yes, I am one who prefers to talk (only when possible and only when it is the preferred mode for relaying very important information!), rather than listen. But that comes because I have just finished reading over 2 hours' worth of information and facts from human sources, plus truths and amazing and miraculous "doings" of God Almighty, from His Word! So, I am "ready to talk!" ... now)

    1. visiting congregations of true believers ... who are all quite serious about what they believe, Who they believe in, and how they plan to live out what they believe

    2. ... and we found one. But that is not to say that the other choices were not also good. We just chose one, because that one will surely keep us quite busy, as one outlet for serving God and reaching out to the community as well as sharing our life testimonies of how The Lord Yeshua The Messiah brought us to the knowledge of The Truth -- that He bought our Redemption and has made full atonement for our sins, and for our sinful lives (of the past).

    3. we've been singing as a family of 8, at times when others have asked us to sing, before a church congregation. We are willing to sing elsewhere. Just need to find time, during a week coming soon to a city near you, ... when one or more of us can contact "other organizations" that might be receptive to us coming to sing. I believe it may be that our dear Lord, Who bought us, and owns us, is awaiting us becoming "more professional" and "more together" as a singing family, ... so that our "sound" (overall) will show we are "ready" for singing for groups other than just churches where we are already members.

    4. we've been helping with the bussed-in children's ministry, that Harvest Baptist Church has, for children who live in a nearby city, near where we are, as well as children in the city where we live. There is an outreach program that ministers to at least 30 to 40 families, and several of us have been involved in the Sunday morning "worship and Bible lesson time" with the children who are a part of this program. Our own children are also involved in it.

    5. we have helped in door to door, one on one, evangelizing in neighborhoods as well as other areas. We usually pass out Gospel tracts, when we can, during the week. We meet with others, weekly, also, to go out, door to door, to share The Message of how anyone can come to "Peace" and "Reconciliation" with The Lord God and with His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, through knowing "their spiritual condition" before God, and then, through accepting the free gift, through Grace, of "redemption" and "rest" through trusting and believing in the atoning sacrifice made by The true Lamb of God, Yeshua the Messiah, Who voluntarily gave His Life, on the Roman execution stake, for our lives. Now, all we need to do is (after we have accepted His free gift, through Grace) live our lives for Him, Who loved us, when we did not love Him!

    6. we have helped with the Vacation (summertime) Bible School (learning time and craft time and enjoyment time) that Harvest Baptist Church organized, during June of this year. We volunteered to:

    a. plan for, and offer a list for food donations among members of the congregation, and ... then buy and prepare food for the children (and some for workers) at the VBS.

    b. teach (two of us) classes of children, from age 4-5 up to age 11-12, about The Six Days of Creation ... and about Dinosaurs living at the same time as man, and being created by God Almighty on the same day as man was created (day 6) ... and about The worldwide Flood during Noah's lifetime. At least 20 children accepted Yeshua's free gift of salvation! (out of almost 60, who came) We pray God will give each one a desire to know Him better, in the days to come. And we pray their parents will allow these children to attend a Bible-believing church in this area, or ours, so they can continue to grow in their spiritual life in The Lord, each child.

    c. help decorate (be in charge of decorating, as much as was desired) the classrooms, as needed, and ... to decorate any other areas used for VBS

    d. help with sound during the song singing time, in the sanctuary, during VBS, as well as passing out refreshments, during class time, and to help with game time on Saturday afternoon

    ... more later. Time to go "share the Gospel." (out in the community)

    ... stay tuned !

    We have, so far, been made aware of 5 other home educating families who live in this same nearby area of His world, who ... have basically the same standards as our family has become convicted of, by The Lord. We rejoice in this news! God likes His children to be encouraged! And strengthened in Him and in His Word ! And He likes His children to know all they can, that will enable their "spiritual battling" to be done effectively, through His Holy Spirit and through His mighty dunamis Power! Hallelujah!

    Monday, May 5, 2008

    Elisabeth Elliot Gren's website, with updates


    If you are like me, each day keeps you challenged, as to what to try to do today, to uplift someone else, or to get as many of the tasks on your TO DO list completed. Well, today, the Good Lord reminded me that someone had recently said that Elisabeth Elliot (Gren) does, indeed, have a website online now. Apparently, Lars (or she) began setting one up, quite some time ago, but I (alone ?) did not find it, until now.

    Here is the link to it. http://www.elisabethelliot.org/index.html

    Please click on the link in the box on that "page" that begins "Update! ..." That link will take you to the Ramblings from the cove ... pages, and those are the "news-y" newsletters, that will share with you some things they are "up to."

    I deeply regret not living near her. I know that may sound silly to some. But I do believe she and I have quite a few things in common, in how God designed us. hee hee! From all her writings that I have read, so far, she just seems to be wired somewhat as I am:
    She says things I tend to say something similar to, but she does it with much more God-given wisdom!
    She thinks in much the same way as I do, but with very different life experiences to draw from, and (as a result) with much more life experience leaning more fully on God, and in trying to make the most of one's time for the glory of God and for choosing, beyond the circumstances of life, to trust more fully in God, as much as her faith, understanding and determination, are able to reach to.

    Hats off to Elisabeth Elliot Gren! She has learned much and has shared much, in her books (!), and on her former radio broadcasts, which one can read the transcripts of, on "Back to the Bible" 's website, under her name.
    I will dearly miss her, when she is home in Heaven. But I will hope that that will still be some time in the future! In the meantime, you can visit with her and Lars on their site, online. Hope it encourages some of you ... and that you take time to listen to, or read the transcripts of, her former radio broadcasts! I gained much wisdom from those! And I believe you will, too.

    Elisabeth, thank you for sharing what God has taught you!

    May God bless you all (my friends) abundantly, in all you do, and as you continue to lean on His strong shoulders, and come to know His Loving, Kind, Merciful, Humble and Meek heart, more intimately!