Ready To Roll?

Sunday, about the time we went to bed, it started raining. It was very windy, and we heard a thousand people in the area lost power for about an hour in the middle of the night. The temperature hovered just above freezing, so we had no snow.

When I awoke, it was still raining steadily and windy. I had an eye doctor appointment at 9:05, so we both packed up a traveling breakfast because John wanted to stop at the lab and get his fasting bloodwork done for next week’s appointment. He also planned to go home that way from my appointment so he could get a haircut. We left the house at 7:30, which should have been enough time to get across the city to my appointment. When John walked into the building for the lab, he found a line of people waiting. He realized he would not get done in time, so we headed right to the eye doctor’s office and sat in the parking lot to eat breakfast.

About fifteen minutes early, I headed through the rain to the appointment. The assistant and doctor kept me busy with multiple examinations and I lost track of time. When they finished, I had an excellent report, an appointment for eleven months later to repeat the vision field test, and another for twelve months to do the yearly testing. Heading back into the rain, I found my way to our vehicle. John had been sitting for over an hour and had a revelation: scrap plans for his haircut, head out of town the other way, deposit my check, eat at Cracker Barrel, and Christmas shop.

What grace Father God showered on us! We noticed the rain, but it didn’t hinder. John usually gets completely undone by the end of Christmas shopping, but his good mood hardly wavered. As we cruised several stores, he kept saying, “It’s alright, we’re not in a rush and I’m with my honey.” I want to remind you all, the Bible says, “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it unto the day of Christ Jesus”. [Philippians 1:6]

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As we pulled into the Walmart parking lot, we saw fleets of electrical bucket trucks amassed. John said National Grid was setting up to send them where needed because they expect many wire problems with the wind and rain; possibly turning into an ice storm. Our area previously dealt with a couple of major ice storms and has learned from those experiences.

As in the natural realm, so in the spiritual, the saying goes. National Grid and our weather people are preparing for a major catastrophic event. The prophets have been speaking about a major event likely coming from the power grid being damaged. I believe the power of our spiritual enemies also has impending damage. Also, the rain and wind, which turned to sleet in the wee hours of the night, stopped after about twenty four hours. I’m reminded that God promises in Psalms that weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

The time is ripe for a move of God. Are you ready to roll with the punches and come out victorious? God’s plans are good and this time of tribulation shall come to an end soon! We will see the victory if we do not faint before the end. I ask for and receive grace from Father God each day. It keeps me in His peace in Christ Jesus. I hope you can grab on to His strong anchor and hold on. If your job is to be the “bucket trucks” with boots on the ground, step up to it. If your job is to be the one on your knees, drop down and pray in power. If it’s your part to write encouragement, then get to it. Man the positions God has planned for you since before you were born! We’re going to see the victory if we stand firm and do the good works before us.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Hanukkah!

Welcome to another celebration to share! Last evening, November 28, was the first day of Hanukkah. I bought this menorah on Amazon last winter, just after Christmas. I chose it because of its compact size and the fact it uses birthday candles, which is easier for me than a full-sized menorah. This metal angel tray works well for it. As a Christian, people ask why I would celebrate Hanukkah. First, I had a Jewish grandma who had a wonderful menorah and we would watch her light it sometimes if we visited her home at the right time. Second, I appreciate the symbolism of how Christ came into this dark world to shine the light of God. Third, it reminds me our God is a God of miraculous provision, making one day’s lamp oil last for eight nights. Here is the menorah I’m speaking about.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. from Wikipedia

I do not believe Christians are obligated to celebrate Jewish feasts and festivals, known collectively in Hebrew as the Moadim [appointed times], but we get to if we choose to. It can bring more meaning to the Jewish celebrations when we know the Word of God because all the festivals point to Christ Jesus, the Messiah, and He has fulfilled most of them and will complete them on His triumphal return. For example: the Passover seder is an interactive way to teach God’s care for His people and His great power, bringing the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land with a mighty hand. So, each celebration of a Moadim illustrates what God is like and brings a clearer understanding of the Bible. As believers in Jesus Christ, He is the oil that keeps the light that shines in this dark world burning in and through us. Also, the Maccabees not only burned oil in the lampstand, they first cleansed the temple from the idols and desecration. We also cleanse our temple when we apply the blood of Jesus to our souls.

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.

1 John 3 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

My menorah set to light for the second evening at nightfall tonight.

As a child, I never had the full celebration of Hanukkah with my grandmother, but at Christmas we would get a mesh bag of chocolate gelt; gold foil- wrapped chocolate coins- in our Christmas stockings. Children have a game where they spin a dreidel, a top with four sides, a Hebrew letter on each. I am not familiar with the game, but know gelt coins are prizes for winning.These days, Hanukkah is competing with Christmas celebrations. They celebrate eight nights with gifts and feasting. We celebrate Christmas Eve & Christmas day, some still celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas or the four weeks of Advent. There are many other treats associated with this celebration. Here are a few I found:

Sufganiyah is a deep-fried donut, filled with jam or custard and topped with powdered sugar. A Hanukkah-themed advent calendar filled with candy will also satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth over the eight nights of this holiday. Also, potato pancakes called latkes topped with applesauce are a staple for celebrating Hanukkah. I found this info and much more for your friends who celebrate Hanukkah at:

http://www.gwhatchet.com/2019/11/25/gift-guide-for-every-night-of-hanukkah/#:~:text=Gift guide for every night of Hanukkah 1,their name. … 8 Eighth night%3A Journals.%20

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John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Friends, let us shine our lights brightly as we walk in the love of God in Christ Jesus. May the Holy Spirit fire ignite your spirit and soul to go forth and do great exploits for His kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Until we meet again, Shalom to you all.

Giving Thanks Together

Lunar Eclipse

Did you catch the lunar eclipse on November 19th? My husband got outside just in time to catch the moon beginning to come out of the eclipse. Apparently, this has not happened since King Henry the 8th. Do you think God is giving us spectacular signs in the sky for such a time as this?

Give thanks with a grateful heart to the Holy One, who keeps us through all trials and tribulations. Thinking back to the beginning of the COVID debacle, it began with a spirit of fear falling on people, escalated to a spirit of confusion, then added the spirit of greed. Now we have a lingering spirit of COVID and spirit of infirmity lingering. We need to bind these spirits in Jesus’ name and command the spirit of peace, true Shalom to replace all of this. Let us obey Jesus’ command to pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest.

Matthew 9:37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

This brings me to the fact that each of us here on earth who belongs to Jesus is part of those laborers. We must prepare ourselves to be vessels for the Holy Spirit to pour out of, learning to listen to the Lord’s voice and walking in love and obedience. What is hindering you? I’ve been doing a bit of floundering and need to tighten up my daily use of time to make room for unhindered rhythms of grace to flow through me.

The following video made a huge impression on me. This is the first time Heidi Baker has done a conference in eighteen months. She shares that God let her know there was a wilderness ahead. From her home in Mozambique, she immediately contacted her ministry and told them to send two containers full of food to her. As we know, “all hell has broken loose” in the last two years, but she shares how God is being glorified and the gospel is advancing. Churches being burned? Where two or three are gathered, the Lord is in the midst. The food made an opening for the love of God to be manifest in Mozambique and the church is awakening and thriving even without buildings! Remember: what the enemy means for evil, God uses for His good. His plans will come together; even in our own lives! NOTE: if you’re not familiar with how the Spirit of God works, on this video Heidi is drunk in the Spirit, overcome with the love of God. As with the priests of old when the glory filled the temple, she was having a hard time standing in the Presence! That Presence coming through my TV brought me to my knees and into holy laughter for the first time in quite a while. I pray we all have time to experience being so humbled and wrecked by the great love of God as Heidi Baker has been!

I hope you have time to hear her full testimony and you are encouraged to press on and press in by her exhortation from Scripture.

On this week of Thanksgiving in the USA, I leave you with the Doxology we used to sing in the Presbyterian church after the offering. May it fill your heart with praise and thanksgiving not just this week, but throughout each day of your life.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

https://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/catholic/praise/the-doxology.aspx

Wait On The Lord!

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the
Lord!

We are emerging from generations of bondage…

 being set free.

Can you feel it?

The Lord is doing a new thing!

Can you see it?

It’s breaking out all around us!

Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living
.

This sunrise is a photo my husband John captured for me on his way to his tree stand a few days ago. I think even he is seeing God’s glory in the sky! Have you noticed?

Last evening I watched The Amish And The Reformation with host Joseph Graber. He traced the roots of Christianity and the Reformation and showed where the Amish began and where they are at now. Jacob Amman, the founder, broke off with the traditional Church when he began reading the Bible for himself, finding out that salvation was by faith alone, and baptism was for believers; not infants. This group began with a solid foundation on the Word of God, but fell into traditions of men over the generations. In the early 1990s, Joseph Graber’s family began reading the Bible for themselves and sharing with others what they were discovering, which put them at odds with Amish traditions and caused them to be excommunicated.

https://www.myamishstory.com/

If you research history, a person experiences revelation from God, builds a religion around it, stops pressing in for new revelation, then becomes legalistic. How then shall we live in this new era of God without falling into making His revelation into legalism?

We are on the third chapter of Romans in our study at church. The Jewish people have an advantage with God because He committed to them His oracles. If we did not have the law from them, we would not know that we are sinners. Their unbelief does not nullify God’s faithfulness, but brings us to the knowledge of sin as well as them. It is clear that the law cannot justify us; only faith in Christ can. He has made a way for the Jew to be justified by faith, the gentiles through faith.This imputes righteousness to all and upon all. As the Messianics remind us, “The Root supports you” [the wild branches grafted in]. So, if God had not chosen the Jewish people as His nation and given them the law that shows us none is righteous, we would not know that we cannot achieve righteousness by our own efforts. Then we would not realize we need what Christ Jesus did for us to be reconciled to God and man. Which brings me back to legalism and traditions of men. It’s human nature to want to structure rules around our lives in order to know where the boundaries are. It seems easier to follow rules than to realize our own rule-following will not save us. Hallelujah! What a Savior is our Lord Jesus Christ!

Returning to the first Scriptures I posted, I ask you a question: as we walk through all that is ahead, can you remember to take time to wait on the Lord? In His strength, we shall prevail against the evil one and enter into the glory of God that is being poured out on earth. Ge ready for signs, wonders and miracles as we step into the greater glory that is falling on us! I leave you with a much-quoted Scripture that supports those before this. I pray you experience new facets of Shalom and greater measures of glory in the days ahead.

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Isaiah 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Amen!

Christmas in November

This title came to mind from a prophet on Elijah Streams I listened to recently. God is doing a marvelous thing in our midst and I am overjoyed! We had an excellent Operation Christmas Child box packing party at our church last evening. Our youth group and the local football team, people from our congregation and the community, gathered. It was pizza for all and many hands making light work of the abundance that was provided. Our goal of 150 boxes rose to a total of 228. Praise God from whom all abundance of blessings comes! May the Lord use all these gifts to make room for the gospel around the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

In other news, I was part of Leslie Leyland Fields’ four week Saturday morning writing seminar on zoom. She used her book, Your Story Matters, and taught us how to capture memories and write them down. Here’s a quote from the first chapter in this book:

“I’m going to guide you through this writing process chapter by chapter, but my words are only invitations to yours. In the end, your words in response to mine are what will matter most.” pg. 21

At the end of each chapter, Leslie has “Your Turn!“, where you can practice what you’re learning. She also includes examples from her other students to help you. Of course, the four weeks were not the full course; she did not cover the entire book. The Lord provided the funds for me to buy her eight-week course and all it includes for half price, $195.50, at the end of the seminar. I have paid for life-time access to the course, subscription to Mighty Networks, and support. One participant said she paid over $1,000.00 for a writing course that wasn’t anywhere near what this incorporates. As for the book, I recommend it to anyone who wants to get their life story down, even if you never publish your own book. It is extremely encouraging; Leslie has a lot of life behind her, raising six children on Kodiak Island in Alaska, and being part of a commercial fishing family. She has been an English teacher, taught many groups of people, and if you can find the free four week classes, which should be on YouTube, go for it! I agree with the saying: “Everyone has a story to tell, ” and when we do, it gives glory to God. Many tales from my growing-up years are being brought into focus by Leslie’s teachings.

I want to leave you with challenging Scriptures from K.P. (Metropolitan) Yohanan’s new booklet, Dependence Upon The Lord.

Thus says the Lord:

Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Notice, verses 7-8 are from Psalm 1. In these challenging days, what or whom are you trusting? Take a moment to examine your heart and realign yourself with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Until we meet again, Shalom dear readers.

Rape and Holding On

Good day to you my readers. Today I start with a shocking item of news my husband John shared with me. His demeanor was disbelief and disgust as he said, “A woman was being raped in the subway. Instead of rescuing her, people were videoing taping it!”

What does the Bible say about rape? The first rape mentioned was in Genesis 34. The local prince seized Dinah and raped her. When her brothers heard about it, they were shocked and furious. Of course, the brothers followed their fleshly nature and took revenge… not good in God’s sight?

We find the Jewish laws about rape in Deuteronomy 22. If a man meets an engaged woman out in the country and rapes her, then the man shall be put to death, but the woman has committed no crime because we assume she screamed, but no one was there to rescue her.

Deuteronomy 21-22 has a story most people do not remember from Sunday school or their own Bible reading; I’ve never heard it used in a sermon. A Levite man took for himself a concubine and she “played the harlot”, returning to her father’s house. The Levite went to retrieve her, and the father-in-law was thwarting his attempts to leave with her. When they finally escaped, they ended up in the square in Gibeah, amid depraved Benjaminites. A man insisted they couldn’t stay outside for the night and invited them to his home. Here’s what happened:

Gibeah’s Crime

Judges 19:22 As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally![the men of the town were deep into sodomy]

23 But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage. 24 Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man’s concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!” 25 But the men would not heed him. So the man took his concubine and brought her out to them. And they knew [raped] her and abused her all night until morning; and when the day began to break, they let her go.

26 Then the woman came as the day was dawning, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, till it was light.

27 When her master arose in the morning, and opened the doors of the house and went out to go his way, there was his concubine, fallen at the door of the house with her hands on the threshold. 28 And he said to her, “Get up and let us be going.” But there was no answer. So the man lifted her onto the donkey; and the man got up and went to his place.

If you read on, this turned into a more gruesome scene as he cut the dead woman up and sent her pieces to the other tribes. This began the war between Judah and Gibeah, which wiped out the major part of the tribe of Benjamin. As with all biblical stories, this one shows God’s justice mixed with the human sense of justice. Someone said if the devil can’t get to you any other way, he will work to get into your body by having someone rape you. It’s said to be an attempt to show dominance or contempt. Most men/women who commit such sin are trying to gain control over their victim; from demonic influence or human depravity.

The enemy’s tactics have not changed since the book of Genesis; the way he works to use God’s children continues if we do not turn to Jesus to cleanse our hearts and minds. Corrie Ten Boom shares the horror of her mother being raped repeatedly by the soldiers until she died as they were being loaded on the train cars to go to the concentration camp.

Remember, I told you last week Pastor Sam is beginning a study of Romans this Sunday? This morning I listened to Alexander Scoresby reading this book on YouTube to prepare. Working on this post, verses stuck out to go with this story I’m relating. Chapter 1 speaks about what God thinks about sinful man. They have no excuse because God has made it clear what is right and they choose to make idols of created things instead of worshipping their creator. Verses 26-32 describe what happens to people who do this [might explain what’s happening right now!]

Romans 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Yes, I realize I can get called all kinds of names for pointing out what God says in the Bible about aberrant sexuality. May this post jog many out of spiritual slumber and give you insight into the enemy’s tactics which are blatantly in our faces these days. There is hope! I was just watching Derek Prince teaching about blessings and curses as I sliced and packed away the last of our peppers. I share it with you, hoping you may find help in this time of need.

Derek Prince; How to Pass From Curse to Blessing.

He who began a good work in you shall be faithful to complete it! I leave you with this bright vestige of this long, mild, fall weather which my loving husband brought in for me to enjoy. I pray you live in God’s Shalom until we meet again.

Let My People Think!

Welcome readers, to another gathering of my activities. We are still enjoying a gentle fall; not having experienced a frost or seen snow yet. Nightfall comes sooner and cooler nights, but it’s a remarkable fall in the north country. I just pulled the last of our pepper plants and we’ve consumed the last salad made with our own greens There are still some beets to be picked and marigolds to pull, but that waits for another day. Thus, the slowest – possibly longest – harvesting of the garden and preparing for winter we have ever experienced!

Does your family ever do a leftovers night for dinner? We have been making large dinners for a week. I have two extra men in the house since it’s hunting season. Since I was working on produce and John has been making sausage this afternoon, I took all the leftovers out of our fridge and got out plates. We each chose what we wanted to eat and took turns warming a plate in the microwave. It has been a successful hunting week, so the fridge has been occupied with bins of meat as well as the leftovers. I think this appliance is breathing a sigh of relief; I know I am!

Hardcover Is Atheism Dead? Book

This week I am not sharing a book I have read, but one I just ordered to read. I saw Eric Metaxas interviewed on the Shaun Tabatt Show about his newest book, Is Atheism Dead? Eric has been one of my favorite authors since I read Bonhoeffer. He has researched well and found science is advancing to a point it is making atheist’s arguments untenable. Eric is not just a Christian apologist, but truly interested in the things that make up our world and how to apply biblical truth to our lives. God does not oppose intellectual study as long as we don’t forget He created it all and holds all things together. When I looked to buy this book, the number of books Eric Metaxas has authored overwhelmed me. He has also written children’s books to help them gain a good basis for living in the truth and to change this culture we live in for God’s glory. I ordered the book on http://www.ThriftBooks.com and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!

Our Pastor Sam Larkin is going to lead a study of the book of Romans. He has been studying this book and has lots to share. I’m looking forward to his introductory sermon this Sunday morning, then the actual study beginning next Sunday before church. What part of the Bible are you currently studying? One person interviewed on Destiny Image by Two Christian Dudes podcast said the Lord kept them in the book of Psalms for a long season. I can see that would change any life; I wonder if the Spirit would help me do the same soon? I guess I should slow down on buying books if that’s the case? So many books; so little time!

I am so thankful for the provision of our Father God. We have enjoyed inviting people for dinner most weeks and having our son Chris spend this week with us as well as brother-in-law Wes coming to hunt for the weekend. It has been nice having our granddog Walter visiting with Chris. It was a bit of excitement when this Carin Terrier found a mouse in our kitchen two mornings ago! Walter has enjoyed me taking him for walks around our yard and shadowing me while I cut peppers and celery, which I found he likes. The men just finished muzzle loading season today and are beginning regular gun season tomorrow morning. We’ll see how much hunting they can do around the rain forecast. No matter what, God is always good! I leave you with these verses from Psalm 118m, reminding you to praise the Lord for His salvation, the marvelous things God has done, and to thank Him and rejoice in this day He has made.

Psalm 118:21 I will praise You,
For You have answered me,
And have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This was the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Ides of October

A beautiful fall bouquet from our neighbors, who had dinner with us before heading to Florida for the winter.

The ides of any month are on the fifteenth, as far as I know. My brother Fritz was born on June 15, my son Chris on July 15. Interesting things have happened on each of those birth dates over the years. The 15th is also the day I remember to do our monthly septic treatment and to mail the check to the man who does web maintenance for Olive Press Publisher. It’s difficult to think of a title I’ve not used before after several years of weekly blogging, so forgive me if this one is a bit lame.

Paperback The Forgiving Hour Book

The book that impacted me this week is a Christian relationship novel by Robin Lee Hatcher. The Forgiving Hour poses the struggle to forgive in a way that touches home. When the 18-year-old college girl falls into an affair with an unhappy husband, she doesn’t realize she’s a pawn in the enemy’s hands to help break up a marriage [he failed to tell her he was married]. Mother and son struggle to live life when husband/father leaves them with all the debts and not a leg to stand on. Will the mother ever be able to forgive the young girl she’s spent years blaming for the marriage breakup and her son growing up without a father when she realizes her grown son has fallen hopelessly in love with the girl who’s grown to adulthood? Will the young woman; a baby Christian, be able to forgive herself? Robin displays the glory of God, the Father-heart of God and how Holy Spirit can work on people from just the right angles to bring heavenly resolutions to all. This is not truly just a work of fiction – which Robin has a gift for writing- but touches home for those in real-life relationships. It’s a lesson in forgiving we could all use! How do you spell FORGIVENESS? JESUS CHRIST!

Matthew 18:32b “‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

Which leads me to the videos I’ve been bingeing on: Destiny Image The Two Christian Dudes Podcast on YouTube. They are interviewing people who have died, gone to heaven, and come back to testify. I’ve learned Jesus really IS all-in-all, He really does not judge us, and our prayers shoot up to heaven like stars to the Father’s throne. Turns out we can take the Bible literally. Here is a good video to start with:

In other news of my life, I am now a published author [besides this blog]. A connection of mine on LinkedIn, Elizabeth Iyadi Abaye Chief Editor @WORD DIGEST [among other titles], likes what I put on my blog and asked if I would write for her publication. She has published my testimony on the front page of WORD DIGEST NUGGETS VOL. 18. The title is: Marriage Makeover and can be found at:

https://worddigestnewsletter.blogspot.com/2021/10/word-digest-nuggets-vol-18.html

Our home smells wonderful this evening after I canned sixteen jars of applesauce and prepared six bags of sweet red pepper slices for the freezer. Husband John is helping our friends put the plastic sheets on their new green house before it rains and our son Chris and his dog Walter are on their way to visit for deer hunting muzzle loading week. The rain is beginning to fall, John should be home soon, and Chris and pup arriving before midnight. I’m praying for peaceful sleep and sweet dreams from Father God’s hands for this whole household tonight. May you experience the same in yours.

Apple sauce and hot cherry bomb peppers waiting to be put away.

I leave you with some Scriptures to go with what I’ve included above:

 John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Prayers from the book of Revelation:

5:8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

8:3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.

8:4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen.

As God has forgiven you in Christ Jesus, you also must forgive.

Lost Month!

Wow! What a whirlwind month just flew by me! September was mixed with our yard sale production, dinners with friends, harvesting and processing and major projects. My husband is learning to hunt when he has the possibility of every day it doesn’t rain. He’s actually cut back to three or four days a week and not eager to hunt in the evenings. Part wisdom gained with age, part not having time constraints at this stage of his life. By the way, John took this photo of the moon shining forth the glory of God! (I was inside watching the pressure canner when he was out getting this photo for me)

Good Morning, Holy Spirit

I spent the month reading Good Morning, Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn. There’s a brief history with this book I want to share. About thirty years ago, I was the librarian for our small church. This book was on our shelves and I noticed it as I perused the shelves, but never read it. It was a book culled from the shelves a few years later (Benny updated the book ten years after its first printing) and I took it home, but ended up giving it to someone else before I read it. Recently, The Spirit led me to look it up on Amazon and I found I could download it to my Kindle for $1.99. I’m so glad I jumped at the offer since the Spirit knew it was perfect timing! Benny has an amazing story beginning with his origin in Israel, large family,emigrating to Canada, finding Jesus and turning his family against him, then a visit to see Kathryn Kuhlman. The Holy Spirit came into his life powerfully and he shares how it ignited his life and began his ministry. The fear, frustrations and the peace beyond understanding he experienced during persecution by his parents and family are such testimony to the saving, healing, glorious power of God. If you want to meet for the first time – or reacquaint yourself with – the Holy Spirit of God, I recommend this book. Good morning Holy Spirit! I ask You to pour out on me. Lead me and guide me, be my best friend as You walk beside me this day. Reveal Father God and lead me to the Son. It’s going to be exciting! Hallelujah!

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https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

It’s time to think about Operation Christmas Child for 2021. I am on the planning team for our church and eager to meet with the rest of the team and get started! We hope to do at least 150 boxes this year, Lord willing. I see it as an easy avenue for sending God’s love and salvation to children around the world. If you reach the children, they bring their parents. Another good ministry to children with boots on the ground in our area is Child Evangelism Fellowship. Our local team has found challenges reaching out to school children during this season, but the Lord has inspired many new ways to reach out. Remember: if you reach the children, you reach the parents. Which ties in with Benny Hinn’s story; salvation came to him, then to his parents, then worked its way through his siblings. [click on the links and you will connect to the ministries]

Child Evangelism Fellowship
https://www.cefonline.com/

My dear readers, I hope I have inspired you to help pack Christmas shoeboxes, donate, volunteer, or pray for both ministries. The Gospel shall be preached to all nations and unity in the body of Christ shall come before the final day of the Lord. What is your part in this? I leave you with God’s words to Jeremiah that also apply to each of us. Remember, in God’s timing, there is no one too young; no one too old for Him to call; for Him to use for His kingdom purposes.

The Call of Jeremiah

1:4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

All Glory Be To our God forever!

Shana Tova!

Welcome readers, to another gathering of thoughts. Get out the honey and apple slices, September 7, 2021 marks the first day of Rosh Hashana; also known as Feast of Trumpets [the head of the year]. This day marks the year of our LORD 5782 on the Jewish calendar. Referring to The Hebrew Alphabet A Mystical Journey by Edward Hoffman with Illustrations by Karen Silver, let us discover what the year 5782 has for us because each of the Hebrew letters is also numbered. Oh, don’t let the word mystical put you off; it belonged to God long before New Agers adapted it. Remember, the devil is not creative. He takes what God does and makes an inferior copy of it.

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On page 33, we see the five: “The Letter ‘Hei‘ is found twice in the sacred name of God known as the tetragrammaton – Yud-Hei-Vov-Hei – and connotes divine revelation. Its sound, resembling a mere exhalation, teaches that attentive focusing upon the breath is a means for spiritual development.” Hoffman points to Abraham, when addressed by God, used the word ‘Heenayni, meaning “Here I am”… in the present moment… before a holy God.

Page 38 the seven is found: “The seventh Hebrew letter is ‘Zayin‘.” Zayin represents time; the seven days of the week including the Sabbath. “.. time cannot be destroyed or nullified, as a key force in human existence, but it can be sanctified.” Also, “Zayin begins zachaer (to remember) and zikaron (remembrance).”

Page 41 has the eight: “‘Chet is the letter of vibrant health and vitality, for it begins the crucial Hebrew word chai, referring to life… the letter Chet is formed by combining the two previous letters-Vov and Zayin– with a thin bridge-shaped line between them… our physical well-being… is linked to the quality of our relations with other people… and our inner relationship with time…” also realted to the word for dream (chalom) which is seen as key to self-knowledge, inspiration, and divine communication.

We finish with page 23, “The second Hebrew letter [Beit] has always been mystically associated with a house (bayit)… this word begins the words for the holy Temple of Jerusalem (beit Hamikdosh) and for places of study (batei midrah), social gathering (batei knesset), and prayer (batei tefilah). Traditionally, we are also advised to seek peace within our own household (shalom babayit) as a spiritual ideal.”

Bringing it all together, the year 5782 looks to be a year of divine revelation and spiritual development, sanctifying the time-each day of our year-with divine health and vitality from quality relationships with others and quality relationship in our spirit with the Lord. I expect Father God to inspire dreams to give self knowledge, inspiration, and divine communication; like a Holy Spirit counseling session! All this shall come with Shalom, found in our own household, as well as the house of God, and the houses where we study, gather socially, and use for joining in prayer. Which brings to mind some Scriptures.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Be Still And Know That I Am God!

Psalm 46:10

Here I have shared my research from Edward Hoffman’s book and Scriptures the Holy Spirit brought to mind. Check out the link below to hear Rabbi Felix Halpern discuss year 5782.