Monday, November 30, 2009

Boy, Do I Got Some Stuff To Talk About!

Hello my friends! It is a beautiful day in my little part of the world on this 13th day of Kislev, 5770.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope yours was wonderful too. Everyone was up early in the house, me to cook and the other adults to go and move things from one storage unit to another. Of course as always happens, no one thought they had much stuff to move when in fact they had tons of stuff. And when this happens we tend to scratch our heads and wonder where all the stuff came from. Hmmmm!

My husband did get rid of some of his stuff but it didn't get thrown away..oh nooooo, our oldest son George could not stand it so Dad's stuff became a part of his stuff. See the whole point was, Daughter Maria and Son George were going to share a storage unit and Dad and I moved our stuff into a smaller one. This would leave enough room in the daughter and son's storage for the son's motorcycle to be stored during the winter and Dad and I would have enough room in ours for Dad's bike. But when Son George claimed all of Dad's unwanted stuff his storage became too full which meant Dad had to shove our stuff around so that Son George's bike would fit in our storage.

Whew! Yes I know. All I am thinking is...we did this so I would have access to my stuff and now? Well, I don't think so.

Ahhhh..but today is beautiful! The sun is shining and the air is crisp. I mean really....right at this moment all is right with the world. Hey...Missouri beat Kansas Saturday! What could be better than that? Oh yea.....maybe the Chiefs winning!

But I cannot gripe. YHVH has been too good to me. He is so good. His love and mercy endures forever!

He says to me in Psalm 32:8.."I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."

What more could I ask for? His Name I will continually praise. No matter what is going matter what I go through I know I can depend on Him to help me through it. No matter how matter how big. And Hallelu YAH I am so thankful for a sense of humor! I must take after my Daddy...because I know He has a good one!

Through it all He understands....and He is there all the time.

I pray today that you know Him...and that you trust Him with all things concerning your life. Whatever you are facing him....TRUST HIM! Do not give up because He is right there. When things seem to go is we who have moved out of step...He never leaves our side.

It is is always darkest before the do not give up!

“You were tired out by the length of your road, Yet you did not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewed strength, Therefore you did not faint.” “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." Isaiah 57:10 Proverbs 3:5-6

As always I only want the best for you! With love to you in and through Yeshua our Savior and soon coming King...His Amma gloria.

PS...Hanukkah is almost here...we are very excited!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Not my usual blog's one of those days!

6th of Kislev 5770

Good Morning! Today is Second day or Monday and Thanksgiving will be here in three days. Am I ready? Well, I have bought most of the food for our feast but I do have a few more things I need to buy.

I got up this morning thinking that I have so much to get done before the big day. Definatelly need to clean...which is a never ending chore around here. Yes, children in the house do make a difference and it doesn't mean just young children. My daughters, Jess and Maria, are big mess makers and neither seems to understand that it would help a lot if they would clean up after themselves. (My sons, Jason and George, lived here but the house never got messy..they kept their things in their rooms and neither did much cooking so I didn't have dirty dishes everywhere. Boy, girls are worse than boys!)

Of course Arrin is a big mess maker also. She uses the living room..which I guess most would call the family her do everything room. She watches tv, writes, draws, colors, plays and occasionally eats in there. And because that's where I dress her, her clothes are there a lot.

I guess I am having one of those days where I am feeling overwhelmed. Do you ever have them?

I look at the front room, we did get the majority of boxes and such out of there but we soon put more in is the dropping off place for things that are to go to storage, We still cannot sit on the couch because it is full of stuff.

The dining room is cluttered. I said yesterday, "there is no way I can pull the table out to use for Thanksgiving dinner because we can't rearrrange the living room furniture." I meant so we could sit at the table and eat.....of course the husband ssid I could pull it out and use it for the food. I guess he was thinking we will just sit whereever we can and eat. Oh well that's not the worst thing that can happen and the main thing is to have family here and good food to eat and be thankful for all we have and for those we love.

So I guess I will just buck up and get busy. I can't stay in here on the computer and expect for it all to get done, can I?

Dishes to do, a floor to scrub, pies to make, vacuuming, dusting.........................

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

She Looked Back

Cheshvan 21, 5770 First Day--Yom Reeshone

My Dear Mishpacha, yes that means and friends, I cannot believe it is already the middle of this month! Soon it will be Kislev and Hanukkah will be here. I am getting excited already!

We are having unseasonably warm weather here in my little part of the world. But it gives my husband and son a few more nice days to ride their bikes and that is a good thing!

Our Torah portion for this week is Hayyei-Sarah (Sarah's Life)..but forgive me.....I can't stop thinking about our Parashah from last week.....

This is the Torah teaching from First Fruits of is so very good..."Remember Lot's Wife".

Thought for the Week
For Lot's wife, who went forth with him, being of a different mind from himself and not continuing in agreement with him as to the command which had been given them, was made an example of, so as to be a pillar of salt unto this day. This was done that all might know that those who are of a double mind, and who distrust the power of God, bring down judgment on themselves, and become a sign to all succeeding generations. (1 Clement 11:2)


But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)
The Apostle Peter tells us that "righteous Lot" was oppressed by the sensual conduct of the men of Sodom, and his "righteous soul" was "tormented day after day by their lawless deeds." Nevertheless, Lot was reluctant to leave Sodom.

The Torah attributes Lot's rescue to Abraham, saying, "God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow" (Genesis 19:29). The angels compelled Lot and his family to flee from Sodom, dragging them by the hands. Then they told them, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you" (Genesis 19:17). As they fled, though, Lot's wife looked back and "became a pillar of salt" (Genesis 19:26).

Why did she turn to salt? The region of Sodom and Gomorrah is in the area of the Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea. The Dead Sea is famous for its extremely high salinity. The shores of the Dead Sea are frosted in salt deposits. Because she turned into a pillar of salt, the natural salt of the Dead Sea area became a reminder of Lot's wife for the generations to come.

Yeshua often warned His disciples about the troubled times to come. He foresaw days of persecution, the coming destruction of Jerusalem and a catastrophic day of judgment at the time of His second coming. He warned His disciples that at the time of His second coming, people will be caught unaware and unprepared. They will be like the people Sodom and Gomorrah, utterly unprepared for the moment of judgment:

In the days of Lot they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. (Luke 17:28-30)

Yeshua warns that we must be ready to let go of our things, our hopes, and our plans in an instant. We need to be able to let go of everything without turning back as Lot's wife did. He says, "Remember Lot's wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it" (Luke 17:32-33).

He was referring to literally fleeing for one's life in a time of tribulation and cataclysm, but His warning also carries an important spiritual lesson. Lot and his family were nearly swept up in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah along with the rest of the inhabitants, not because they were wicked like the rest of the city but because they had allowed themselves to become attached to the place and the people. They did not indulge in all the vices of the material culture around them, but neither had they maintained a healthy distance from that culture. When it came time to flee, they found that they could not let it go. The angels had to drag them from the city, and even then, Lot's wife could not help but look back.

Disciples of Yeshua are to be in the world, but not of the world. It is easy to let the comforts and mundane things of everyday life lull us into a sense of complacency. We tend to cling to the material world. It's busyness, pleasures and concerns distract us from matters of spirituality and godliness. If we cannot let go of materialism, we will be double-minded like Lot's wife.

While this is mainly comparing the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah to the way things are now and that so many will be unprepared for what is to come, I keep thinking "she looked back." Did she look back to see the destruction? No, I don't think so. I think she looked back because she was leaving her life behind. That was her city. Yes, a city full of debauchery but she was living well and must have been somewhat happy there. It may have been like cities today, you move there, people are nice, most are decent and as the city grows the morality changes. Look at San Francisco. It was not always the city of homosexuals and became that over time. Many generations of decent people lived there before it was transformed into what it is today.

All her memories were there...her life with Lot, raising her children and maybe she had some friends..who knows. She looked back because she desired what she was leaving behind.
She looked back because she didn't quite agree with Lot and their leaving....she was on a different page than her husband.

We must heed this lesson..not only for the days ahead that will be full of tribulation and distruction but for NOW.

Most reading this understand what I am saying when I describe our lives before the truth. We were Christians....from many different denominations. We were under the doctrines and traditions of the different churches who for the most part were and still are following the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic church. We all celebrated their holidays...Christmas and Easter and any other that seemed ok. We believed all the half-truths or lies that had been the mainstay of our religion.

But I know I am in a better place. I was desperately seeking Yeshua. I needed the truth in my life! I was saved at 12, filled with the Ruach Ha Kodesh at 23 and then finally after seeking the deeper meanings..the completness of Him....I became a true follower of Messiah at 51. There is no going back...there should be no looking back.

BUT we all do it for one reason or another. It is hard not to do when the old holidays are upon us. I do not desire to ever celebrate them again but I do remember the excitment, the anticipation.....the music, the many memories.

This is why making our new memories is so important. Our Father's Holy Days are exciting...yes, even more than the man made ones because He is truly in them. It is very important to make the days exciting for the children. Decorate the house, bake and cook special foods. Get articles and books about the holiday you are celebrating and read them, get coloring pages and crafts for the kids to do.....make the momories now that will last their lifetimes.

One day we will not look back at all...those days will be blotted out of our minds as if they never occured. We will have truly left the pagan days behind. No looking looking back!