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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Are We Listening?

Everyday brings something new? Will we see it? We have a Creator whose Spirit is constantly speaking to us. Are we listening?

Listening is not something I do easily. I have to be intentional about it. Yes, I do sometimes get insights throughout my day when I need them. But how many times have I dismissed that still small voice and then regretted it later? I know some will call it “intuition”, but I believe there is more to it than that. I believe the Spirit of my Creator is letting me know what is ahead…if I will pay attention and act on it. Obviously, not all things are from the Creator. That is part of being intentional…sorting out what is my own voice, the Creator’s voice, and the voice of the adversary who wants my/our destruction. Yes, we do have a spiritual adversary.

What I love the most is when I am reading Bible verses and questioning the meaning and, all of a sudden, I have it! The thought comes to me and it makes sense and does not contradict (so far as I know) the rest of the Bible. This is precious to me, especially as I have come to realize more and more how much of what I have been told the Bible “says” it does not actually say.

Every day can bring new insight, whether it is about something in the Bible or something about life and people and the world around me. Am I listening? Am I paying attention?

There is a lot happening in the world right now that I believe so many people are missing. And, yet, I also keep running into people who ARE getting it. There is a sense that things are winding down…that something is coming…and that it is BIG. I know there is disagreement as to what prophecy in the Bible says and means. I won’t debate that. I will just say this: that is part of what I am trying to understand, what I am questioning and seeking answers about.

I am no scholar, but I do dig in for the Truth in the Bible and in the world around me. I truly believe we do not have very long before we see some world events taking place. How long is not very long? I do not know, but I am firmly convinced it will be within my lifetime…unless my Creator takes me to His presence sooner. I hold the details loosely, but just keep praying and watching and studying.

So, are you listening? Will you see something new today? I hope so! We are living an amazing adventure in an amazing universe! Live the journey!

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Blaming others or owning our responsibility…

As I was reading this week’s parshah/portion this morning, this stuck out to me.

Moshe/Moses is talking to the people of Israel and recapping what they have gone through in the wilderness. He has just finished explaining why they were not allowed to enter the Land. Then he adds this:

Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:37 CJB “Also, because of you ADONAI(LORD) was angry with me and said, ‘You too will not go in there’…

Notice how he blames the people for his not being allowed to enter with them? But wait a minute! That is not what B’midbar/Numbers tells us.

B’midbar/Numbers 20:10 CJB But after Moshe and Aharon had assembled the community in front of the rock, he said to them, “Listen here, you rebels! Are we supposed to bring you water from this rock?”

11 Then Moshe raised his hand and hit the rock twice with his staff. Water flowed out in abundance, and the community and their livestock drank.

12 But ADONAI said to Moshe and Aharon, “Because you did not trust in me, so as to cause me to be regarded as holy by the people of Isra’el, you will not bring this community into the land I have given them.” CJB

It was Moshe’s own actions that caused him to not be allowed to enter. Aharon/Aaron suffered the same fate. They both took credit for having water come from the rock instead of giving the glory to ADONAI. Yet, here is Moshe passing the buck and blaming them for his being denied entrance.

How many times have we had “selective” memory? How many times have we blamed others for the consequences of our own actions and attitudes? It is a very easy…and very human…thing to do!

It is something to ponder. We need to examine ourselves in light of this very human trait. Remember Adam in the garden? What did he say?

Beresheet/Genesis 3:12 CJB The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”

He passed the buck to Chavah/Eve and, ultimately, to God Himself! Chavah did not do any better, though.

Beresheet/Genesis 3:13 CJB ADONAI, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.”

Now, it is true the serpent was punished for its role in all of this, but Adam and Chavah were responsible for the choices they made. They were not forced into it.

So, what about us? Are we blaming others for the consequences of our actions and attitudes? Or are we taking responsibility for our own actions?

Our Creator is not asking for perfection. He knows we are weak humans and prone to stray. But He is asking for integrity and walking in the light of truth. When we blame others for our actions, we are not walking in truth, but in lies and our hearts are filled with darkness.

So, how will you live today? In humility and transparency, owning your responsibility for your actions and attitudes? Or in pride, hiding your responsibility by blaming others?

Make wise choices!

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Our recent trip…

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Image used with permission.

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We just experienced this again recently. Although we had met many of our GA mishpachah previously, meeting them again was such a gift. And we met some we had never met previously!

“Old” friends and “new”…all are a blessing! What a wonderful time we had with them. We did not want to leave and look forward in anticipation to seeing them again down the road of time. A part of our heart was left with them.

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Be supportive of others!

 

     Amen and amen! I have seen this sooooo many times. How we respond to someone can make a HUGE difference in his/her life.
     I have been on the receiving end of this…we both have…as individuals and as a couple. There are people who have lifted us up and some who tore us down.
     Be careful, folks. We are all here to help one another and be supportive. If you don’t know how to be supportive, ask the person! There are times when all we needed was someone to walk with us or someone to help us with our well thought out plans.
     We all go through things. We are all miracles. So, let’s rejoice in that!
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Father, forgive them…

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For an audio message on this topic, click the link below.

Father, forgive them

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Prayer Feb 11, 2018

Avinu, You see, You hear, You know.

What a HUGE comfort that is.

We rest in Your capable hands, knowing our names are written on Your palms.

We trust You to do what is best and to get us through the trials of this life.

We surrender to Your will…even when we do not understand it or like it.

We anticipate the world to come and the return of Mashiach.

We soak in Your love.

We are filled with Your Ruach.

We declare that we are in Your kingdom, that You are our G-d and we will bow down to and serve no other…whether a false god, person or thing.

We accept Your provision and trust You to help us make the most of it.

We choose to walk in obedience to Your ways.

We choose to walk in Your Light along Your narrow path.

We allow You to show us where we are wrong in our thinking so that our minds may be renewed by the Way, the Truth and the Life.

We desire to show You and Your Light to those still living in darkness and we trust You to open the doors for us to do so.

We will strengthen the weak and walk with the weary and ask You to open our eyes to recognize them in their need.

We know Your Word is true and living and sharper than any two edged sword and we trust it to excise out of our hearts any remaining darkness for where Your Light is darkness must flee. So, Avinu, if there are any strongholds in our lives, any darkness in our minds or hearts, we invite You to through it out.

Train our spirits for battle for our battle is not with flesh and blood but with powers and principalities and wickedness in high places.

May we reach across our differences with the hand of reconciliation and love.

May we keep ourselves unstained by the ways of the world.

Purify us. Help us to prepare ourselves to be that spotless bride, submitting to Your hands as the clay is to the hands of the potter. Be our Potter!

You are good…perfect, beautiful, glorious, powerful, all-encompassing…beyond anything we can fully know or understand. Yet, one day, we will know as we are known. I am in awe of that idea. I cannot imagine it.

We bow down and we worship You, O L-RD, G-D of heaven and earth, AD-NAI t’zavaot!

Bless each one here. Meet every need. Show Yourself mighty on their behalves.

 

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Would it not be strange…

Sir John Templeton quote

Would it not be strange if a universe without purpose accidentally created humans who are so obsessed with purpose?
~Sir John Templeton

Indeed it would! Don’t you think? Feel free to comment!

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Lord willing & the creek don’t rise!

Van & flooded creek crossing

Van & flooded creek crossing

This gives real meaning to the expression “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise”!

This is what happens a few times a year. This photo is from a recent storm. It can happen from either a lot of rain in a short period or from a combination of rain and snow melt.

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Simply Praise, Love & Gratitude 1-19-2018

Avinu, You said You would never abandon us.
 
Yeshua said He would never leave us or forsake us.
 
We have Your Ruach HaKodesh within us.
 
We know Your words are sure and You are faithful.
 
Avinu, we Your children, are still waiting upon You.
 
We are waiting for loved ones to be saved.
 
We are waiting on provisions to be made.
 
We are waiting on healing to be manifest…whether in this life or the ultimate healing in the next.
 
We are choosing to exercise the power of Your Ruach.
 
We are choosing to remain faithful to You even in the difficulties of life.
 
We are choosing to be thankful in trials and for trials.
 
We are choosing to love You above all else and everyone else.
 
We are choosing to praise You…no matter what.
 
We are choosing to keep our eyes and hearts focused on You…no matter if it is calm or if a fierce storm rages around us.
 
We choose YOU!
 
Thank You, Avinu, for the many blessings You give…blessings we seldom, if ever, really deserve.
 
Thank You for Your forgiveness and for Yeshua’s payment for the debt of our sinfulness and the death we deserve.
 
Thank You for the unseen blessings You give us every day.
 
May we truly love You with ALL our heart, ALL our soul, ALL our mind, ALL our resources.
 
May we truly love our neighbor as ourselves…and especially those who challenge us the most. May we allow Your love to flow through us.
 
Give us, please, Your heart and Your words for others.
 
We love You.
 
We thank You.
 
We praise You.
Below is a photo of a deer bedded down outside my office window early this morning. She is hard to see with the brush (and a dirty window, which is now cleaned). I am really surprised she bedded down. She was eating and they usually bed down at night, but there she is!
Enjoy!
 
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The “Hugs” of God

Ever been “hugged” by God? You probably have, but just didn’t know it. We were “hugged” three times in one day.

Thursday morning, Dave had an appointment with his pain doctor. Again, the van would not start, but this is how we see the hand (hug) of God. We allowed two hours to get there, more than we really needed. However, on top of that, when I got up in the morning I kept thinking we had to leave additional hour earlier. It is not that I thought we needed three hours, but that the two hours meant we had to leave at 10:40 instead of 11:40. The mistake proved to be providential when the van would not start.

We were able to call for someone to help us. They brought us their truck and loaned it to us for a couple of days. That whole incident is the first “hug”…the time mistake and the truck loan.

We plan to try and jump start the van and take it to get a new battery. The whole van not starting out of the blue has been driving us nuts, but we suspect the battery ‘may’ be the issue. We are praying it is since that would be an easy fix and fairly inexpensive. The battery did test good, though, so we really don’t know.

The second “hug” came later at Five Guys. Our budget is really tight, but there is a Five Guys near Dave’s appointment, so we decided to go get just fries. We each ordered a regular, but a young woman kindly told us that one large was cheaper and, basically, equaled two regulars. She suggested buying one large and offered to put it in two regular cups, so that is what we did.

We happened to sit where I could could see the orders being filled. I noticed the guy filling a large cup and thought he must have forgotten what she said. But then I saw other things going into the bag and figured it must have a phone in order. Next I know, he comes over with THREE bags. He gives one to Dave, one to me and explains that the third bag has toppings in it. In each of our bags, he had put a Planet Burger! And the fries? Each bag was like a large plus order of fries.

I asked him how this could be. They just wanted to bless us. I don’t know if they have any idea how much they blessed us. We did try to tell them. Dave even told the guy before we left that, in Christian circles, when someone is blessed like that it is like being hugged by God and thanked him for “hugging” us. He was very touched and then reached out and hugged Dave for real. I told them when we left that we prayed God would bless them. All of that was the second “hug”.

But wait! There’s more! Dave was in Aldi’s. I was so exhausted I waited in the truck while he ran in real quick to get green bananas. He was in line and the woman ahead of him noticed he was a veteran and thanked him for his service. They got to talking and she shared that her son had served in Iraq. Dave told her he knew how hard that had to be and she said she was just grateful to get him back all in one piece. They they said “goodbye”.

Dave stepped up and offered his credit card to the clerk. He said it was not necessary. She had paid for his bananas. He looked around for her when he came outside, but she was already gone. That was the third “hug”.

You know, sometimes in life, especially when things are challenging, we really need those extra little things (and sometimes big things) that remind us our Creator is there and that He loves us and is watching out for us. If he can prompt people to offer a truck, gives us lunch and pay for our bananas, can He not also take care of the other challenges we are facing? Yes, He can!

So, we received three “hugs” from God in one day through people who acted on the prompting of their hearts. They may not all have known they were vessels of His mercy and love, but that is OK. We know every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father. He is good.

I encourage you to look for His “hugs” every day…whether larger or small. They are there and I truly believe you will see them if you look for them.

Below is our frozen over creek. It is truly beautiful!

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