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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This “Election”?

Yes, I choke on the word “election”. Of all the elections I have voted in since I started voting, this has become the toughest. I have been watching as our choices just keep going downhill. Even looking at 3rd party candidates, I have not found anyone who truly reflects the values I have and what I see the Founding Fathers intentions were for this nation.

We had a chance to vote for a truly conservative, Constitutionalist, pro-life person, but he lost. So, now the two most likely to be voted in candidates are the most unfavorable in the history of our nation…as I understand it. There was one 3rd party candidate I would have been able to vote for, but that party voted in someone who does not even reflect that parties own platform!

So, I/we have been praying and doing a LOT of soul searching about what to do in this election. What do you do when no one running is someone you really want to see in the White House?

What we have come to realize is that this election is not about the people running. It is about the issues. The following article really helped to clarify some things for us.


I am not voting for a person. I am voting for sanctity of life. I am voting for the Supreme Court. I am voting for the Constitution. Is it possible the person I vote for will not do as promised? Yes. But the alternative is someone who will definitely do what goes against all those values.

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When life changes…

Some changes have to be. I get that. But many do not have to be.

Death happens. We cannot stop it. We lose people we love and care about. It is hard. This is on my mind because we are losing two people we care about. One has been in hospice and another is going there now. One is surrounded by people she has been in fellowship with for many, many years. The other left us and went to another fellowship. His reason for leaving had to do with the music. *sigh*

We are estranged from our son. He is angry with us, but will not talk about why. He won’t have anything to do with us. I hope and pray we can reconcile before something happens to one of us. I am not concerned for my hubby and I because we did not choose the estrangement. But I hate to think of how it could hit my son if something were to happen to one of us and he is left knowing he walked away and did not reconcile.

It is so sad that we can all get upset about things and, instead of hashing them out or simply choosing to overlook/forgive, we leave. I know some things are serious enough that leaving has to be. I have been there myself. But the goal is always healing and restoration…if possible.

I think of my own life. Is there someone I need to contact? Someone I need to forgive? Someone I need to give an apology? Someone I need to work things out with?

There is only so much I can do, but I want to do it. I do not want unhealthy walls between others and me. There is a time to let go, to forgive.


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I am grateful to have always been the kind of person to “keep short accounts”. I try to forgive, or overlook, quickly. Although I have struggled with some relationships in my life, I always worked hard not to hold onto things…not to allow bitterness and hatred into my life. I do not offend intentionally, although I have (too often, sadly) offended unintentionally in my humanness. In fact, I cannot think of any time in my life when I intentionally caused hurt. It has just not been a part of my nature. Thank G-d!! (I take not credit!) When I do become aware of offending someone, I try to make amends quickly.

As I have gotten older, however, there is one area that has sometimes become more challenging. I still try not to offend anyone intentionally, but when it comes to letting go of offenses/hurts toward me, it has become harder. It is not that I walk in bitterness, but my ability to spring back and have an open relationship has become harder.

In my first marriage, there were ongoing hurts. One time incidents were not really that big of a deal. It was easier to let go of those. But the ongoing ones presented the greatest challenge to not allowing bitterness or hatred to come in. I was forgiving and forgiving all the time as the offenses just kept coming. But, with G-d’s help, I did it! (And only with His help!) Even in the end, I still did not hate him. I was sad at how things turned out, but not bitter.

So, what has changed? Maybe it has to do with being older. I do not have the youthful energy I used to have. I am battling adrenal fatigue. I still love people, but the struggle to not allow myself to be hurt has become harder. Or maybe it is not so much hurt as I simply do not have the energy to continue to invest in relationships with people who have either broken my trust or treated me badly. It is easier to walk away than to fight for the relationship.

Now, I have to pause here for a moment of truth. Those who have treated me badly have pretty much done so out of their own brokenness. It was not malicious. There was no intent, just as I have not intended to hurt others. As I always hope that others will be understanding and forgiving of my actions stemming from my own brokenness, I need to continue to be that way in return.

One thing that helps me is to see life in the bigger picture. There are so many things in this life that simply will not matter in the next. Regarding relationships, I think of:
*whether someone is my friend
*whether what others believe about me is the truth or not
*whether someone accepts me
*whether those we love love us back
*whether we are able to live peaceably with all people (having given it our best effort)

I am sure there are more, but these are what comes to mind.

What about you? Do you struggle with forgiveness? Or unforgiveness? So you struggle with relationships? In another post, I am going to put a couple of links that have really helped me with this subject.

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Soul Searching…

There is nothing like a possible negative test result to get you to do some soul searching.

Where am I in my life? Most importantly…my spiritual life? Am I as close to my Creator as I should be? As I want to be?

What have I done with/in my life? Was it my best? What kind of effort did I make? Was it all about pleasing people or pleasing my Creator? What is the condition of my relationship with my Creator? Is there intimacy? Or distance? Am I listening for His voice? Or ignoring/shutting it out? Am I fellowshiping with Him? Am I obedient? Or rebellious? Am I surrendering all of me to Him? Or am I holding on to part of me?

What are the most important things in life…especially now…today? Regardless of whether my focus in the past has been on the most important things, where is it now? Am I diligently striving to get as close to excellence as I can? Or am I settling for less?

If my days are fewer in number than I had anticipated, what will I do with them?

Having just finished the month of Elul, the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur, I had already been doing a lot of soul searching, especially in the area of the past year and the year to come. Where did I do well and what in my life needs more work?

Relationships is also a big part of that soul searching. I have asked Abba to show me anyone I need to forgive…not just from within the last year, but from my whole life. I have also asked Him to show me anyone from whom I need to ask forgiveness.

I also look at whether what I do – or say – really matters? Is it edifying and encouraging? Does it build people up? Help them in some way? Am I making a positive difference in my corner of the world? Or am I being negative? Am I bringing people down? Am I giving a frown or disapproving look? A dismissive look? Am I bringing life? Love? A kind word? A welcoming greeting? A friendly smile? What am I doing to lift other people’s burdens? What do I need to either start doing or improve on doing? What do I need to stop doing or change how I do it?

These are just some of the questions I have been pondering.

So, what about you? Have you given any thought to where you are headed in life? To where you have been in life? Are you making a difference? How would you answer the questions above? (You don’t have to share with me, but I hope you are thinking about it for yourself!)


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What is “Sukkot,” the Feast of Tabernacles, and why do Jews celebrate it?

Sukkot…a wonderful, prophetic festival of G-d!

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Shalom from Israel and Chag Same’ach — happy holidays!

We have just begun the third of the Fall Feasts. The first was Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year. The second is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This one is known as Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles. What is this feast all about? Why do we as Jews celebrate it? And how does it relate to the prophetic plan of the Lord, as laid out in the Scriptures?

These are  important questions, and to provide the answers I commend this excellent article to you. I hope you’ll read it and discuss it with family and friends, and share it with others on social media. Thanks, and may the Lord bless you as you study His Word and draw nearer to Him day by day.

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Have you heard that Israeli leaders are urging Jews to read through the entire Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter? Amazing, but true. Here’s the latest.

Wonderful! ALL of us should be reading!

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netanyahu-biblestudyoct2016rivlin-launching929initiative(Central Israel) — You probably haven’t heard this in the mainstream media, but Israel’s most senior leaders are urging the Jewish people to read through the Bible, the whole Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter.

Can you imagine President Obama or any other U.S. leader calling on American people to read through the Bible? Neither can I.

Given the general trend here in Israel towards secularization, this is quite a surprising yet thoroughly encouraging development. I’m sure many of you are skeptical, but it really is true. Here’s the latest.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off the new school year here by encouraging children to rediscover the Word of God and Biblical roots of their Jewish heritage.

“First of all, the study of the Bible,” he said in August. “Knowledge is a critical word. We want to give it [knowledge of the Scriptures] to every child in Israel, Jews and non-Jews as one, religious and secular. This is the…

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur starts tonight. I just want to share a few good links regarding it.

Here is an article:  Thophilus Lucky on Yom Kippur http://ffoz.org/discover/yom-kippur/theophilus-lucky-on-yom-kippur.html

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

Prager U on Forgiveness

I found both the article and the videos on forgiveness to be very enlightening. The one from Prager U I have been sharing for years because it is so good. The other video which is based on the Hebrew words for forgiveness kind of parallel Prager U’s.  I just found it and it is also very good. Tov meod!

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Prayer 10-10-2016

Avinu shabashamayim, the hearts of Your children cry out to YOU! Because YOU are the only real source of peace, comfort, provision and healing. YOU bring joy. YOU bring strength. YOU bring wisdom.
We do not often understand why You allow the things You do. But we know YOU are GOOD and that You use everything for GOOD…even the hard things You allow.
Refine us. Draw us. Love on us. Help us to be more and more conformed to the image of Yeshua…YOUR SON and our MASHIACH!
Come, L-rd Yeshua. Come soon! Maran ata! We long for YOU as for nothing else.
Remove any idols in our lives. Remove anything that hinders our relationship with YOU…which is the most IMPORTANT relationship of all we can have!
I pray You will wrap Your arms around each one here in such a way that they are fully aware of YOUR PRESENCE!
You are our SUSTAINER!
Without You we are nothing! You make us everything good we are!
Thank YOU, Avinu shabashamayim, for all You do in us and for us and around us.
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Blessing 10-10-2016

May you know your Creator…intimately.

May you know the blessing of walking in His ways.

May you appreciate His grace and mercy towards you.

May you truly love our Creator and people.

May you find healing from your ailments.

May you find peace in your heart.

May you find comfort in your grieving.

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Some thoughts on a presidential campaign going from bad to worse to nightmarish.

I could not say this better. What is on Joel’s heart is on my heart.

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trump-hillaryAs the news from both presidential candidates goes from bad to worse to nightmarish to surreal (see below), I find myself grieving. There is no other way to put it. I’m not grieving as one who has no hope. But I am grieving all the same.

It is bitterly painful to see America arrive at this point, neck-deep in corruption and vulgarity, edging closer and closer, day by day, towards moral, spiritual, social and economic implosion.

We desperately need a revival, a sweeping spiritual awakening, to put us back on the right track. Will it come? I honestly do not know. I’m praying — pleading — for the Lord to give us one, and soon. I’m praying for each of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, and their families and advisors. I’m praying the Lord will supernaturally salvage this train wreck of an election and give us a surprise ending that will truly bless…

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