Why you need copy editors and proofreaders…

It is much easier to spot someone else’s errors because your brain will not as easily assume what the author meant to write. I do try to check my posts, but sometimes things will get by me and I do not have a proofreader. So, please show mercy if you see an error. Just make a note in the comments section and I will fix it.

This former copy editor and proofreader thanks you for your understanding.

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Today…

You woke up this morning. All we really have is this one day. The past is over. We have no idea how much future we will have in this life.

When you woke up, you were given another 24 hours (and some of you less than that).

What will you do with these precious hours with which you have been gifted?

Remember, every word you speak just might be your last ones.

Every action you take just might be your last one.

What do you want people to remember about your last interaction with them?

Think about that.

We never know how much time we (or the people in our lives) still have.

Every interaction with another is, potentially, our last one…whether because it is our last day or it is theirs.

What do we want our last interactions with others to be?

What memories do we want to carry?

What memories do we want others to carry?

Think about that.

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Being exceptional in the ordinary!

From Oswald Chambers:
We do not need the grace of God to withstand crises — human nature and pride are sufficient for us to face the stress and strain magnificently. But it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, going through drudgery, and living an ordinary, unnoticed, and ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God — but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people — and this is not learned in five minutes.

Abba, please help me to keep turning to YOU, every day, every hour, every minute, that I may live as a saint should live…fully surrendered, a servant, listening for every call, looking for every opportunity to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life.

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Avinu – Our Father

Avinu – Our Father

Avinu. Our Father. That is what Yeshua told us to say when we pray. We are to call out to Avinu. Avinu shows us what kind of relationship we are to have with G-d.

On the one hand, people are intended to be G-d’s bride, as reflected in the giving of the Torah being done in the fashion of a marriage. The Torah is like a ketubah, or marriage covenant, between G-d and His people.

On the other hand, we are to be like children who trust our heavenly Abba/Father. Abba is a very endearing term, similar to daddy or papa in the English. Many times, when in need of comfort, I have pictured myself as a young child sitting on His lap…or even as an adult! His lap is big enough for a person of any size!

For those of us who have had stern, cold or abusive earthly fathers, the idea of G-d as a father can be a bit disconcerting. We need to remember that He is a perfect father. He is perfect love.

Perfect love leads, guides and directs. It restores us when we go astray. It prompts us when we falter. It disciplines us when we go our own way. It wants an intimate, close relationship of the heart.

I encourage you to look at what kind of relationship you have with your Abba. Do you even have a relationship with Him? If not, please attend to that right away! Through Yeshua (Jesus) we can all have a relationship with Abba.

Our willfulness…our sinfulness…our not following in G-d’s ways have caused a breach in our relationship with G-d. The very nature we are born with is one of separation from Him. Yeshua came to bridge that separation. He showed us what it is like to walk in G-d’s ways. He offered Himself on the cross as a sinless man so that we could have a new nature. When we trust Him for our spiritual well-being, when we accept what He has done and commit to walk in His ways, we are given a new nature. We are restored to our Abba relationship with G-d.

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Sin Is Not Only What We Do

Sin Is Not Only What We Do

Sin is not only what we do, it is what we do not do. How many sins have we committed due to omission? It is not enough to avoid doing wrong. We must also do what is right.

An example from our bodies: It is not enough to avoid eating things that are bad for us. We must also eat things that are good for us. Otherwise, the body starves.

Likewise with our spirits and souls. It is not enough to avoid the things that are bad for our spirits and souls. We must also feed our spirits and souls with what is good and healthy. Otherwise, our souls and spirits starve.

How do we know what is bad and what is good? What is unhealthy and what is healthy? If we had a device, we would turn to the manufacturer and the manual for how to maintain and repair that device. In like manner, we turn to our “manufacturer”…to our Creator…and to the manual given to us in order to understand how to live and how to fix that which is broken within us.

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My Calling

My Calling

My calling is to serve Avinu Shabashamayim wherever I am, starting first with my immediate family.

I am to serve my spouse and my children.

I am to serve those with whom I come in contact.

I am to love them with Avinu’s love and speak His heart to them. I am to serve them physically where needed and possible.

Am I willing to really do this? Or am I simply going through the motions?

Anything done without love counts for nothing for me, even though it may be a good and needful thing and bless the one receiving it. But for me, for my walk in the spirit, it counts for nothing if it is not done out of love for Avinu and for the person.

Avinu does not simply want outward motions. He wants a heart turned toward him. He wants us to do what we do because we are so full of love for Him that we almost cannot help but do it for those He loves because our love for Him compels us to love the ones He loves.

What am I doing in, and with, my life? Am I truly loving Avinu? Am I truly loving His Messiah Yeshua? Am I truly willing to allow His Ruach to love through me and to act on that love?

Am I surrendered? Or am I still doing my own thing?

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Words Trigger

It never ceases to amaze me how so many little things can really hit the heart…both in a positive way and in a negative way.

A few words can trigger so many emotions. They can uplift us or leave us hurting.

It is so important to remember that the words we speak have an impact on those around us.

It is equally important to remember that we may be misreading or misinterpreting the words of others.

Be slow to take offense and quick to give grace and mercy.

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100 Days of Thankfulness Day 13

Today, I am thankful for life and for the Giver of Life.

So many things can happen in life, things that change us and/or our situations forever. But life still goes on and the Giver of Life is still there for us. He is faithful. He will never leave us or forsake us. We can count on Him even when we do not understand why He is allowing some of the things He is allowing.

One thing we can know for sure…He wants intimacy with our hearts and He will keep on calling to us and drawing us to Himself.

The real question is…how will we respond to that calling? How will we answer?

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100 Days of Thankfulness…Day 12

Today, I am thankful for Emergency Rooms. Our son had an earache that just would not go away. We finally had to break down and take him in the middle of Sunday night to the ER. He is now on his second day of antibiotics, ear drops and pain pills.

Is he feeling better? Well, not very much…yet. His pain has gone down from a “10” to a “9.5”. We are hoping and praying it will go down more by tomorrow. If not, we may need to take him in to see the doctor.

I am also thankful that the L-rd is my Provider and that we have a dear friend who is going to help me negotiate the bill down once it comes in.

His antibiotic was free at the pharmacy and the pain pills did not cost much. Yay! The ear drops were given to us at the hospital. I don’t know how much they will charge, but I know that last time we could not get them from the pharmacy because they were very, very expensive. This way we can negotiate cost and payment.

I am grateful we have a vehicle and that we had plenty of gas Sunday night.

Another good thing is that there were not many people in the ER.

I could go on and on about our many blessings, but these are the ones I am focusing on today.

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A Mind-boggling Truth

As I laid in bed this Shabbat morning, contemplating whether to get up so early or laze for a while, a mind-boggling reality started to cross my mind. For one who loves and worships the Creator, it is something that can be so easy to take for granted (meaning to not really look at the full reality of it) . Perhaps, that is because it is so incomprehensible, especially in this world where life is so readily devalued.

First, there is this amazing being beyond any real description we can try to write. This being is self-sufficient and has no need of anyone or anything. This being loves and is the very essence of love itself. While we cannot say that love is this being, we can say that this being is the personification of perfect love and all real love emanates from this being. In fact, if it were not for this being, we could not love.

Of course, if it were not for this being, we would not even exist. And that is where the mind-boggling aspect of this really begins. Why would an all-sufficient being with no need of anyone or anything bother to create humankind? And also this amazing universe for us to enjoy? Imagine how huge and powerful this being would have to be to create such an immense universe and to create life itself? Scientists cannot even begin to touch either of those. They brag about “creating” the beginnings of life, but what they have “created” so far is incompatible with life (a subject for a different post). Plus, they are starting with materials already in existence. This being started with nothing but itself!

Everything that is made has the earmarks of its maker. We know an artist by his/her art, for example, or an architect by the buildings he/she designs. So, we see from creation some things about this being…this Creator. The Creator likes order, for we see all around us an ordered universe. This Creator likes variety as evidenced by the many different types of plants and living creatures we not only see around us, but are still discovering! This Creator is generous for this planets is teeming with life! This Creator likes surprises as evidenced by so many things that are “outside the box”. (Think platypus, for example, and a planet that spins in the opposite direction of the rest and so on.)

This being has no gender and, yet, both genders. We know this because we are told that humankind was created in its image and humankind is both male and female. Being created in its image brings up another reality. All the living beings on this planet can be categorized, yet there is something about humankind that is transcendent…unique. We are not animals, although they have told us that for decades now. The idea that humans are just higher animals is a fairly recent invention, but it is not really difficult to see that we are different.

We make moral choices that animals don’t. Although, I have to admit that distinction seems to be fading or almost non-existent with some people in this world. But we would normally call that “evil” and most of us would agree (or at least used to agree) that a person who seemingly has no morality in their thinking and actions is “broken”. Something is wrong with them. The very fact that we are appalled at evil shows we are moral beings, even if we struggle to agree at times as to what, exactly, is evil.

Perhaps, the most mind-boggling aspect of this whole thing is that this being wants to be in relationship with us. This being is the epitome of intimacy and creativity, as evidenced by the manner of procreation and the wondrous pleasure that sexuality can bring and the horrific pain that broken relationships can bring. And relationship with us is desired!

What kind of relationship does it want? Well, this being tells us to call it “Father”, although the word is more accurately translated as “daddy”. The Hebrew word for father is “av”. Av has more than one meaning. It connotes “source”. Fathers are the source of their children through their seed and our heavenly av…heavenly Father…is the source of all we see and all we are. In a healthy family, the relationship between a father and his children is one of intimacy, heart sharing, love, support, provision, care, joy, fun, growth, discipline (training), teaching. There are so many aspects to a father/child, parent/child relationship that it would take a whole post on just that. The thing is, that is the kind of relationship “He” wants with us…that of a perfect father (parent) and His children (us). That, dear readers, is completely mind-boggling to me.

You have this immense, amazing being, the comprehension of which is so beyond our reach. We can only begin to understand tiny aspects of Him. And, yet, He wants to be thought of as a parent who is guiding us and training us and drawing us into heart intimacy with Him. Wow!

And then it gets even better. This infinite being has another side to Him. He created intimacy as evidenced by the two becoming one in marriage. Follow me on this. Humankind was created as a single being. Our English translations do not do justice to the Hebrew. Adam was a single being containing the essence of both male and female. Adam was not, originally, merely male. Havah (Eve) was separated out from Adam. What was once a single being of both genders created in the image of the Creator (who is both genders) was split to make distinctly male and female persons. As the Creator is a compound unity, so did humankind start. The uniting of male and female in marriage gives us two distinct beings yet also an amazing spiritual unity. Male and female cleave together…a word that connotes an inability to separate without causing immense damage to both. A healthy marriage is a reflection of the compound unity of the Creator.

A healthy marriage reflects deep intimacy and sharing. It is a picture of the kind of intimacy of spirit that the Creator wants with us. This is evidenced by the fact that the idea of marriage is shown all throughout the scriptures from Genesis (B’eresheet) onward.** The Apostolic writings refer to a “Bride” for which Yeshua is coming.

So, we have this immense Being who created this vast universe and everything in it and who wants an intimate, endearing relationship with His created people that we can only start to compare with that of a loving, perfect father culminating with that of a loving, perfect husband.

The word that comes to mind, and yet is so inadequate, is “wow”! Wow! Wow! Wow! Perhaps, you can now understand why my mind is boggled. That kind of intimacy has me in awe and a bit terrified, too. As a human, it is hard to comprehend that level of intimacy and my abuse experiences in this life make it very difficult to expose my heart that fully, even to one I trust so much. Yet, it is what I long for. And I believe every human, man or woman, longs for it.

I am closer to it every day…one step at a time. I hope and pray you are, too.

 

**It would take an in-depth post to share all the many aspects and examples of this. The more we study and see this in the scriptures, the stronger the reality of this truth hits. That is how studying the scriptures in light of the culture, original language, writing styles, context of time and understanding of the writers/speakers and readers/hearers sheds so much light on the deeper meanings (and oftentimes, the real and intended meanings). I/we cannot emphasize this enough. Trying to study from our modern-day, current culture aspect alone simply does not give us the full depth and beauty of the scriptures. Notice, I did not say it gives none…only that we are missing a LOT if that is all we do. Plus, we are finding there are many things that we simply misunderstand. We have been taught things that are inaccurate and have had very important things left out and removed. And no, I am not talking about “lost gospels” here. I am talking about things that are plainly there, if one understands the cultural and language aspects of the scriptures. Our eyes have been opened and we are amazed at what is plainly written that we missed before. Or how what simply did not make sense to us before is now made clear. What is amazing to us (although foretold in the scriptures) is that there are people all over the world who are waking up to this. We are going back to our spiritual roots.

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