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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Something is in the wind

I am not predicting anything here. But I will say this. More and more people…even non-religious people…are studying the timing of past events and noticing they do fit a pattern with the biblical calendar. G-d’s calendar matters. It is not coincidence.

What is about to happen? I don’t know, but even secular analysts are saying that something big is going to happen financially.

Only G-d knows for sure. Seek Him while you have time. He will carry His children through whatever is coming. But you better make sure you are truly His. Not everyone calling themselves by His name are truly His.

Mat 7:21-29  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants.  (22)  On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’  (23)  Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’  (24)  “So, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on bedrock.  (25)  The rain fell, the rivers flooded, the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on rock.  (26)  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.  (27)  The rain fell, the rivers flooded, the wind blew and beat against that house, and it collapsed — and its collapse was horrendous!”  (28)  When Yeshua had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at the way he taught,  (29)  for he was not instructing them like their Torah-teachers but as one who had authority himself.

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True Story! G-d is SOOOOO Faithful!

True story! I cannot possibly tell of all that He has done in my life for there is SO much!
 
Psa 40:1-5 [For the leader. A psalm of David:] I waited patiently for Adonai, till he turned toward me and heard my cry. (2) He brought me up from the roaring pit, up from the muddy ooze, and set my feet on a rock, making my footing firm. (3) He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will look on in awe and put their trust in Adonai. (4) How blessed the man who trusts in Adonai and does not look to the arrogant or to those who rely on things that are false. (5) How much you have done, Adonai my God! Your wonders and your thoughts toward us – none can compare with you! I would proclaim them, I would speak about them; but there’s too much to tell!
 
 
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King of the Curse

I read something this morning that made a connection I had never seen before. Thorns and thistles were part of the curse upon the earth for man’s rebellion against G-d. What was the crown made of that was put on Yeshua’s (Jesus) head? Thorns!

They were crowning Him King in a mocking way and, probably without even realizing it, were using something that was a result of a curse. King of the Curse.

I read about this in Sapphires. It is a devotional put out by Jonathan Cahn of Hope of the World. http://www.hopeoftheworld.org/

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Every new day…

Every new day holds promise. The question is…what will we make of it? What will we do with this time we have been given? Will we use it for good? Or will we just waste it?

I pray that we will all use the time we have been given to help one another in the love of our Creator. That we will shine the Light of Messiah in all we do.

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Battling Health Issues

Battling health issues is never a fun thing. Thankfully, I have been fairly healthy overall. But there are some things I have been fighting for years. Because they are not “serious”, I did not give them much thought. It was just something I had to deal with and I thought I knew the cause…PTSD and allergies. When I got medical coverage, I decided to finally get checked out.

We found out a lot of things I don’t have. Yay! And we think we have narrowed it down to what I do have. It appears that I have something called Post-Exertion Adrenal Fatigue. Given our living situation and all that has happened, especially in the last few years, it does make sense. My adrenals have fought the good fight to keep me going and they are now exhausted. So, I need to rest a lot, pace myself and give them time to heal.

I also appear to have reactive airways, which is why I sometimes have difficulty breathing. We are trying allergy meds to help with that. It is nice to know what is going on and why I have struggled for so long. Add mild PTSD to the mix and a brain that developed under trauma and life does get more interesting.

My heart goes out to those who are battling really serious health issues. I am very blessed to not be, although this does affect my life in big ways. But I understand what has happened and what I need to do to get health.

I am grateful for every breath, for every minute, for every hour, day and week. I will love and serve my Creator until my dying breath. He is Faithful.

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Planned Parenthood Exposed

I find it incredibly sad that the main stream media (MSM) is not covering all the Planned Parenthood (PP) videos that have come out.

They are actually taking babies and selling their body parts. This is against the law. This is not about reimbursement or recouping costs. They are already paid for each abortion PLUS they receive huge amounts of Federal and state funding.

People are trying to say that they are not really doing this or talking about this or that the videos have been altered and edited. But PP hired two professionals to look at them and they said it is not altered. The full length videos have been released. No editing. Same message.

What kind of society have we come to be? Do the searches. You will find the videos. It is sickening. It is the result of becoming a godless society. No, that is not right. We have gods all over the place.

Pride

Egotism

Greed

Selfishness

Money

Lust

We have all sorts of “gods”, but we have walked away from the Creator…the One True G-d. We have thrown Him out of our public lives, out of our private lives, out of our country.

G-d help us. We are damning ourselves over and over again. And this is only way in which we are doing this.

It is time to WAKE UP! No, past time!

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Well now…here it is!

I realized that I post a lot on Facebook, but hardly ever here. I cannot go back and find all my former posts…although maybe some day I will. I should have been writing them in docs and saving them, but I don’t. Laziness? Maybe. I am going to try to post here, too.

This is a post made today on Facebook:

Well, my first choice for this morning would have been to be with my dear sisters in the L-rd in class today, followed by worship and teaching with the body of Messiah. Alas, it is not to be…not today. I am barely up and will probably be back down again.
 
Not my first choice, but I am OK with it. I will praise my Creator…no matter what. If this is what I need to go through for awhile, so be it. I will do what I need to do in order to get well…or to live life to the fullest with all this.
 
No one is going to steal my joy! I know Who I serve. I know to Whom I belong. And He is GOOD! And He is FAITHFUL!
 
Worship is not just singing. That is only one small aspect of it. Worship is how I live my whole life…do I live it for Him or for myself?
 
I know a lot of people won’t understand that. What? Not live or do anything for yourself? But that is not what it means. You see, the best way I can do for myself IS to live for Him! He loves me more than I can ever love myself. He knows what is best for me more than I can ever know. And we both know this is not my forever Home! The best is yet to come and this is just preparation for that. Whatever I have to go through in order to prepare myself and to serve as a witness to others that He is real…so be it.
 
Those who are seeking Truth will see my life and “get” my attitude. Those who are not…won’t. They will think I am weird or odd …or maybe even mentally not right. That is OK. My heart grieves for them for they have no idea what they are really missing out on…only an idea of what they “think” or what they have “heard” that is not Truth.
 
I pray for our Creator…the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…to bless you mightily. I pray you will turn to Him and to His Messiah…Yeshua aka Jesus, although I have to say that He is probably very different from the Jesus you have been taught about. Want to know what I mean? Message me! I am happy to share with anyone who is seeking.
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Thankfully…Dave is OK!

On Wednesday, while Dave was working on the surround for the bathtub (so that we can finally use it after 4 years), he lost his balance when he stepped on a rolled up piece of carpet we had in the bottom. He lost his balance and fell out of the tub.

Our tub is about 8 inches off the floor, so the height he fell is that much greater than out of a regular height tub. He was able to twist himself so that he did not hit his head on the toilet, which could have broken his neck. Thank You, Abba! Instead, he landed on his elbow and jammed his arm up into his shoulder.

I put him on ice immediately while I got ready to take him to the ER. I felt so badly for him as we went down the driveway. Even though I tried to drive very slowly, the driveway is very rough and every bounce caused him pain.

The doctor said nothing was broken, but he had very little mobility. He was given a prescription for steroids, which he started yesterday. The doctor also said that a physical therapist would call him to see about getting him in. He said that the next few days would either bring major improvement or it would get worse.

He slept on the recliner so he would not accidentally roll over onto his shoulder. In the morning, he was already seeing improvement. This morning, it is even better. He has a lot of his range of motion back, although it is still painful. Thankfully, it has been mostly painful with motion. Even right after he hurt it, if he was able to just be still, it did not hurt that badly.

The physical therapist called this morning and said that he was so improved that she did not think he needed to come in. Hallelu Yah!

He is still a bit sore, but doing soooooooo much better. We are thankful that nothing broke and that it appears he did not do any serious damage to his joint. The likelihood that it will take a turn for the worse is unlikely now.

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When the Past Comes into the Present

I just posted about some of the effects on me of living in the RV. As I sit here, thinking about being in it, I find myself starting to tense up inside. That is called Post Traumatic Stress. I recognize it because I have it from some other things, too.

When I was living in the RV, I just pushed through it. I have to say right now that the ONLY way I really got through it was by the grace of G-d. It was HIS strength, His Spirit, that got me through it.

So, here I sit now, four years later, and I find myself flashing back to those times. I don’t think of it often, but there were times when I was just battling to get through the day. Times when it felt as if the walls were closing in on me.

The whole RV, engine and all, was 24 1/2 feet long. From side to side it was 7 1/2 feet. Our common living area was 7 1/2 feet by 11 feet. Beyond that, there was a tiny closet at one end and an over cab bed where our son slept on the other end. In that 7 1/2 by 11 foot space was a couch/sleeper, table, chairs, cabinets, stove, sink. You get the idea.

If you really want to see what it was like, there are photos and stories at our previous blog. Little RV on the Hillside.  You are welcome to go read. It was quite the adventure. But like a lot of adventures, there was a difficult, darker side to it, too. I don’t really share the darker side on that blog, but I hope you will enjoy the funnier sides of it.

G-d brought some people our way who worked together to get Beit-Shalom to the point it is. We are very grateful for each and every one of them. What a huge blessing they were. When I look around the house, I think of them and I smile. I recognize different contributions made and it is a good feeling to know that so many people cared so much!

We are very blessed!

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Living in the RV

As many of you know, this blog is preceded by Little RV on the Hillside which shares some of our experiences as a family living in a tiny RV for five and a half years. We had five and a half years of adventures along with some scary moments (like when we thought the RV might slide down the hill during an extraordinarily heavy rain storm).

One thing I don’t often talk about is how it effected me. When it comes to my personal life, I try to focus on the positive things in life and keep the negative to a minimum. It is not that I never share the negative, but as much as possible I try to counter each negative with a statement of a positive that is kind of a “nevertheless”.

For example, the three of us were living in a tiny RV with no bedroom. Nevertheless, we had a roof over our heads! I always tried to keep my eyes on how much we actually had rather than what we did not have. I was not always successful in that and, even when I was, it did not remove the effects of my living situation.

Being transparent here is not easy, but I think it can be healthy. And it can give others a chance to get a picture of some of what we were going through in our situation and what makes this house so special to us. So, here goes.

I am an introvert, which is not the same thing as being shy, although I can be shy, too. As an introvert, I need some solitude – some alone time – to regenerate. As much as I love being around other people, it is draining if I have to do it alot. I need solitude to recharge. In the RV, I had no real solitude. Dave worked crazy schedules and I was home educating our son. I oftentimes felt drained and like I was trying to just catch my breath. It did not help that the bugs here love me. So, even when the weather was nice, I had to stay inside most of the time. (Thankfully, our son did not have that problem and he was able to go run around outside.) I got eaten alive and the bites tended to get infected.

As a result, my life became rather sedentary, which was unhealthy. There was no room to work out in the RV and going outside was often not much of an option. I am sure it looked rather comical to see me running from RV to van and van to RV in the summer. I could go outside more in the winter if it wasn’t too cold.

I realize that some people will wonder why I didn’t put him in school. That would have given me some solitude when his school schedule overlapped Dave’s work schedule. It is a legitimate question and I don’t know how many will understand the answer. We truly believe that home educating our son was best for him. He was all antsy boy and a later reader. A typical school would most likely have labeled him ADD and we did not want that. Plus, by keeping him home, we were able to allow him to learn to read at his own pace.

There was also the issue of his heart. The state we lived in had programs in the school system that went against parents, but we had a lot of support for home educating him. There were a lot of former teachers we knew and even a reading specialist who assured us that his learning to read later was not an issue. We just needed to keep plugging along.

When we moved, we had no idea all that we were going to experience. I did not expect to be in a rural situation with so many limitations. I did not expect to stay in the RV for so long. We were able to get him to a co-op learning group a couple of years, but did not have the transportation or money to do it more often. Should we have put him on the yellow bus? Believe me, we thought about it many times. Each time, we came back to our reasons for teaching him at home.

We wanted to keep his heart close to ours and to raise him with our standards, not the standards of other people (teachers and a school system). We wanted him to learn about real history, not the selective and edited history that removed the true beliefs of the people who worked so hard to found our nation and give us The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We wanted him to learn real science…not pseudoscience…and to be able to distinguish between fact and assumptions and faith (whether that faith was biblical or atheistic). We wanted him to be able to think logically and be able to identify rhetoric. Admittedly, there are some “holes” in his education. But you know what? There would still be “holes” in the school system, especially where they really focus on teaching to the test, which is happening a lot in the schools.

We did not want him to be cooped up for hours on end inside a classroom. We wanted him to have the freedom to take advantage of the snow and climbing trees and building whatever his imagination fed. We wanted him to be able to live life and learn from life instead of just books. We wanted him to be able to explore his interests while he was actually interested in them instead of making him learn them according to a schedule when his natural interest may have been lost. We wanted him to be exposed to different people in different situations rather than always being stuck with those his own age.

We wanted him to be available to help others and to learn “non-classroom” things (like building a house and plumbing and making a deer stand). Yes, there are some good things he may have missed out on, but they were replaced by other things the classroom youth did not have. He got to visit some places during the hours they were not so crowded. He got to work alongside adults as well as other youth. He also got to miss out on the negative things…like drugs and promiscuity. Every single high school in our area has a big drug problem. In fact, our whole area has one. I like to think that we protected him from that.

So, is it good that we educated at home? No matter what choices we make as parents, there will always be times of wondering if we did the right/best thing. Looking back at it, I think we made the right choice, given his personality. Maybe I am wrong, but what is done is done. We believed we should teach him at home and I was willing to make the sacrifices necessary to do that. I paid a rather heavy price as an introvert with Post Traumatic Stress stuck in a tiny RV. Yes, I paid a price. But it was worth it. HE was worth it.

We have been in the house four years now and I am still struggling to recover from those year in the RV. But I am getting there. One step at a time. One day at a time. I am very grateful for this house. In it, I have an “office” in which to study. With our son graduating from high school, I hope to pursue some dreams of mine as G-d permits. I also plan to just rest for a bit. Take a breather. Catch my breath and try to relax.

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