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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Where Is Your Security?

Where is your security? In money? What if the economy tanks? In your house and/or property? What if you lose it? In your job? What if it is gone?
If you lose everything you have, what will your security be in then? Think about it. If your security is in anything you can lose, then it is not really security.
Put your security in something eternal…something that can never be taken away from you. Seek the Creator while you still have time.
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Amazing G-d, Amazing Love

Amazing G-d, Amazing Love

What an amazing G-d we serve. What amazing love He has for us. He is so perfect and we so not perfect. Yet, He loves us! He is so very holy/set apart and we are all over the place with loyalties to all kinds of things not very good for us. Yet, He loves us anyway and constantly calls us to come aside with Him…to be set apart for Him. He loves us with a never ending love.

It is a love that engulfs us, fills us and surrounds us.

It upholds u, sustains us and renews us.

It keeps us going and growing.

It gives us confidence and yet keeps us humble.

It strengthens us and yet is mindful of our weaknesses.

It is amazing and yet simple.

How can He love us so much when we can be so willful, insisting on our own way. And in His love, He oftentimes lets us go our own way, even though He knows the pain it will cause us and, sometimes, the pain it will cause others.

Love. How do we describe it? It is unlike anything we can ever experience from mere humans. He uses all kinds of human metaphors to explain it, but they can still only give us hints. Father, Lover, Husband, Rock, Tower, Shield, Teacher, Comforter, Sustainer, Provider, Friend, Master. I could go on and on. He is all of these things to us and yet, beyond all these things. He is indescribable.

What is really interesting is how many people will not accept Him because they cannot get Him to fit into their idea of what He should be like. Seriously…a G-d who can be easily and fully understood would not be G-d at all! That would just be a human caricature of a “god”, just like the mythological “gods”. They are “divine beings” made in the image of man…not our Creator!

I pray that I will never cease to be amazed by G-d. I pray I will never stop being in awe of Who He is and what He has done. G-d came to visit earth in the form of Yeshua/Jesus. Mind-boggling!

His love draws me in and in and in and in. The more I am grateful for all I have, the more I love Him. The more I realize just how much I have dodged so many “bullets”, the more I love Him. The more I think of how many times and ways He has protected me, the more I love Him. How could I not? I am a walking miracle. I owe my life to Him, my sanity, my freedom.

He is my everything.

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And the Priest Wore White…

And the Priest Wore White…

On Yom Kippur, the High Priest takes off his fancy clothes, bathes and dons plain white garments. He comes before the L-rd in a humble state. He has prepared his heart by studying Torah the week before and by staying up all night reading G-d’s holy words.

In his plain clothes, he is equal to everyone else, other than his position as intermediary. He is the only one who can go into the Most Holy Place, yet he does not go in with his finery. No jewels. No colors. No fancy cloth. Only white linen…dressed as an ordinary priest.

Israel is called to be a kingdom of priests to the world. Followers and disciples of Yeshua are also called to be priests to the world. Who is our High Priest? Yeshua. So, how should we dress when we come into the presence of the L-rd? Should we dress in fine clothes, the kind that attract the eyes of others? Or should we come in humble garments, recognizing that only He deserves the real finery? Are we dressing to please man? Or to please our heavenly Abba/Father?

I have heard it said that we dress up to come into the presence of a King. That is true. But we should never dress in a way that upstages the King. Just as the guests never dress in a way to take away from the beauty of the bride. But these are the traditions of men. What does Hashem want? What does He teach us?

I think we have a lot to learn from the priests. While their clothing was distinctive, it was also fairly plain. Only the High Priest dressed in the fancy clothes with the jeweled breastplate and gold on his head (at least according to one Jewish site on the temple). And then, only when he was NOT in the presence of our G-d. The rest of the priests wore basic, plain white clothing.

If we are going to compare coming to the synagogue or church building to coming before the L-rd in His temple, how should we come? We are not the High Priest. All the pictures I see depict many priests in fine colored clothing. But is that accurate? And even if it is, the High Priest does not wear them in the presence of G-d.

I think he (and all the other priests) models something for us. He bathes. He prepares his heart. He spends time in the word and in prayer. He puts on plain white garments.

How do we prepare to come before our L-rd? How should we? Could it be that this is an example for us? Could it be that we should bathe our bodies, prepare our hearts and then dress in clean, but simple clothing? Perhaps not white necessarily, but perhaps pale colors that do not attract attention? Should we leave the jewelry at home?

Yeshua chastised certain leaders for lengthening their fringes and increasing the size of their phylacteries. We Gentiles do not typically wear those things. But what is comparable? They did it for attention and show. Are we also dressing for attention and show?

Don’t get me wrong. Our Creator made things beautiful with lots of color and I am certainly not saying we should not dress in colorful ways that are pleasing to the eye. I am only addressing the times when we come into His presence…whether through private worship or corporate worship.

These are just my musings. I do not pretend to know the answer. I only put this out for consideration and I welcome the thoughts of others. For whom are we dressing? And what is it that Abba actually prefers? What most honors Him?

There is a saying: He must increase and I must decrease. What most reflects that idea? We are told by our Master, Yeshua, that we need to be servants, especially those who want to lead. Again, what most reflects that idea?

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New Driver on the Road

So, today our son…our youngest…got his license. He is 19, so he has a bit more maturity than a lot of new drivers, although he still does not have the experience that comes with age. So, we join the ranks of other parents who pray their son or daughter comes home safely.

One thing I have noticed about our son is that he will recognize when he it too tired or too out-of-it to drive. That is when we drive or, as in tonight, he is spending the night at his friend’s house. What he will do when he is on his way to or from school or a job, I don’t know. Hopefully, he will pull over and take a nap?

He also registered at the local community college today. There are a couple of courses he wants to take that will help him and his partner in the business venture they want to start. More and more, I see him maturing and making fewer childlike decisions and more adult-like ones. My son is no longer a little boy, but is growing into a man.

As he moves into this phase of life, our lives will be changing, too. It will free me up to rest and to pursue studying and writing and playing guitar and singing.

But the thing I most appreciate is that he has given his life to the L-rd. He finally got it settled within himself what he believes (in a general way) and where he stands spiritually. Like all young believers, he has much to learn about the details, but we have seen real changes in him. I am grateful for this…so grateful.

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Personal Notes on Vayelexh

Personal Notes on Vayelexh (Note. Hashem is a way of noting the sacred name of G-d without writing it out. This is done in reverence for the holiness of His name.)

Devarim/Deuteronomy 31:12-13 G-d calls for an assembly of ALL the people: men, women, little ones and “the foreigners you have in your towns”. They are to HEAR the Torah/teachings of G-d read to them. When? At the end of every seven years, during Sukkot in the year of the Sh’mittah. Why? So they could hear, learn, fear Hashem their G-d.

That word for fear ירא yaw-ray is a word that also means awe, reverence, respect. The idea, I believe, is to fear G-d in the sense of recognizing Who and What He is. He is our All-Powerful Creator. He could, in an instant, cause us to no longer exist or to suffer torment forever. He could be mean. Yet, He is not. He is the finest, greatest, truest love in existence. All good comes from Him. He spoke a whole universe into existence and then tempered the creative power of His words so that they could be contained in a book that we could see with our eyes, and hear read with our ears. When He spoke, the people could not handle it and asked that He only speak to Moshe.

If an all-powerful, universe-creating G-d who wants to dwell with us, and in us, mere humans does not inspire some fearful awe and reverence, I don’t know what does. He is magnificent — way more than the magnificence we see in the universe.

31:14-18 Hashem tells Moshe the time has come for him to die and Y’hoshua (Joshua) to take his place. How Hashem’s heart must have been grieving when He told Moshe and Y’hoshua that, after Moshe’s death, the people were going to prostitute themselves with false gods, abandon and break their covenant and do evil.

That covenant is in the form of a ketubah — a marriage covenant. Hashem is, in essence, both Father to the people and Husband. In our finite humanness, it is difficult to imagine such a dual role (as well as the other roles He has in our lives). I believe Hashem has these many roles because He knows the brokenness of humanity.

While some may be most touched by a loving, watchful Daddy, other might relate more to a faithful spouse. Still others, to a warrior King, ready to protect His people. Or that strong Tower into whic you can run. Whatever you need in your brokenness, He is it.

I wonder how Moshe felt. He had begged Hashem for mercy when Hashem was going to kill them all and start over again with Moshe. I do know if Hashem fully intended to do so or if He was just revealing Moshe’s heart — a heart jealous for Hashem’s reputation. Moshe was faithful, and now, to hear they were going to abandon the covenant anyway?

I would think that Moshe would have told them what happened. It is in the Torah! Did they not take seriously what he shared about their almost demise? Maybe, they did not believe him. Although, they did have the flood as testimony of Hashem’s judgment.

And then there is Y’hoshua. He has been through SO much with these people. He has remained faithful to Hashem and to Moshe. And now, to hear that he is going to lead the people into the land where they will adopt the local false gods and do much evil…how must his heart have felt? He was losing his mentor, being promoted to his mentor’s position, being put in charge of the huge task of moving these people in and other people out, only to have the people become unfaithful yet again.

Was his heart sinking? Maybe that is why Hashem told Y’hoshua directly not once, but 4 times to be bold and strong, plus 1 more time through the people. Plus 1 time not to be afraid or downhearted. 6 times the same basic message! Do you think he needed to hear it 6 times? How many times do WE need to hear it? Hashem said it 5 times and the people once. Are we encouraging our leaders? Are we pledging obedience and support to our leaders as they take us into the next move of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit? Something to think about, huh?

19-22 Moshe is told to write a song for the people and have them learn it by heart. Literally, it is to be in their mouth. We know the more senses we use, the easier it is to learn something and singing it adds to that. Hashem tells Moshe they are to learn it because of what they will do. The song, which is in the next parshah, tells the story of what will happen. Moshe writes it that same day and teaches it to the people of Israel.

23 is the first time Hashem tells Y’hoshua to be brave and strong.

24-26 Moshe finishes writing the Torah and then instructs the L’vi’im (Levites) to put it next to the ark with the covenant to witness them. Many translations write it is to be a witness against them. But a more literal translation is that it is to be a witness. The word “against” is not in the Hebrew.

It seems to me that the word of Hashem is to witness what the people do. Later, when the people are judged, the word of the L-rd testifies against them…which is the same idea as “to be a witness against them”. I also think of it as the word (written) of Hashem is a parallel to the Word Living — Yeshua. The Torah points to and represents Yeshua — the eyewitness and coming Judge.

Yet, out of love for us, Yeshua plays more than one role. Yes, He is witness and Judge, but He is also our Advocate/Lawyer pleading out case and He is our substitute for the consequences of breaking the Law…consequences we rightly deserve. There is SO much more that could be looked at regarding Yeshua’s multiple roles, but that is for another time and for some who are way more learned than I.

Suffice it to say that our Creator is SO amazing, SO far above us. I am in awe of Him more and more as I learn more.

How about you? Does Hashem and His ways humble you as it humbles me? I sure hope so!

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Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

With everything going around, I figured I would weigh in. Do I believe that the world is going to fall apart on Sept 23? NO! Do I believe it will happen on Sept 28th, the final blood moon? NO! Do I believe Yeshua is coming back on those days? Not really. Could it happen? While I do believe that things are coming to a close, I also believe there are more things to happen before He comes. However, He could come for any one of us at any time. And disastrous things could happen in any of our lives at any time.

On the global scale and national scale, I do believe it is possible for some very significant things to happen this month and within the next few months…things will change our world in very big ways.

For example, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that our economy is getting very shaky. Even secular economists are predicting that we are going to crash if something does not change very fast and in a big way. And even that may not be enough to stop the crash.

I believe that we should always be ready, in season and out of season, to walk the walk of faith. We should be smart and make disaster preparations, but that is something we should do regardless! It just makes sense. Around here, there are tornadoes that can knock out power and water for days and even weeks. Hello! It makes sense to be somewhat prepared for these kinds of events.

Above all, the most important thing we can do to prepare for any kind of disaster is to get right with our Creator. He is watching over us. He knows who are truly His and who are just playing a game, as well as who just plain doesn’t care. Make sure your relationship with Him is a good one. And be sure it is a good one. Read His word…the bible…don’t just take someone’s word for it. No one is God and no one can tell you the condition of your heart unless God reveals it to them.

If you are not sure or have questions, write me. I will do my best to help you find the answers you need.

And always remember, while the world may have more time…maybe even quite a bit more time…you may not.

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The Real Battle

We are fighting a real in this life. I think a lot of people do recognize this. What they don’t recognize is the real nature of the battle or who the real “enemy” is.

The battle is not between conservative and liberal, or between Democrat and Republican (or any other party), or between parents and their sons and daughters, or between parents and schools, or between rich and poor, or white collar and blue collar workers, or between people with different amounts of melanin in their skin, or between husbands and wives, or between men and women, or even between countries and different forms of government. While the conflict may appear to be between these people, groups or countries, those are only the battlefields. They are the skirmishes, the smaller battles within a much larger over-arching war. The real war is between good and evil.

Evil will use lies and any person or group to accomplish its goals. Good will use Truth and any person or group. We need to forget labels and learn to recognize Truth no matter what person it comes in. There are those who are labeled as “bad” or “deceived” or in the “wrong” group, yet who have some Truth. (To qualify here, I don’t believe any one person or group has ALL the Truth. We may know the One who does! But we do not have all Truth. We are ALL still learning, no matter how far along the path we have come.) There are also those who appear to be “good” or “in the know” or in the “right” group who harbor hidden evil.

Ask for eyes to see — for discernment. Evil can appear as light. Good can made to appear as darkness. This is especially true in a world where the definitions of good and evil have become blurred through deceptions and lies, typically through the lies of false labeling and the loud, repeated proclamation of those lies/labels.

I could give SO many examples of this from both history and from our modern day world. But you can see it for yourself, if you really look. Ask for real Truth to be revealed to you and then stay open for you just may be shocked at what you start realizing.

What triggered this post? An event and the push-back against that event. The following video is well worth the watching, no matter which side of the fence you are on. It is not only about this event, although it is certainly important, but think about how often this kind of scenario takes place in the world today. Truth is being spoken, but people are ready to shoot the messenger or deny the messenger access. Are you missing out on Truth because of your own prejudices and preconceived notions? Think about it.

Here is the event. I hope you will take the time to watch it.

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An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg….We most certainly WERE Listening


Well put! I was saddened to hear of the insulting comments given. Sheesh!

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Since I saw The View’s so-called “apology” clip on social media, I’ve given this post a tremendous amount of thought. My first instinct and knee-jerk reaction was to sit down with my laptop and blast them with full force…unload my anger  and outrage onto the page…err…computer screen…so I could purge it and get all of that negativity out of my system. I’ll admit, I even got about a quarter of the way through that piece, when I stopped to re-read it. It was a scathing, searing diatribe that quite frankly, made me ashamed of myself. It sounded like something that the View Crew would say…it was petty, spiteful, angry and distasteful. That’s not who I am as a person, a writer or more specifically, a nurse. Quite frequently, I end my blog posts with a sentence urging my readers to be kind to each other. I am a tireless advocate for tolerance, peaceful coexistence and doing…

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Personal Notes on Nitzavim

Last week’s Torah portion was Nitzavim. During my reading and prayer time, this is what came to me. Just thought I would share.

10 September 2015 Notes on Nitzavim

Nitzavim is the Torah portion for this week. As I was reading and praying for insight, this is what came to me.

Nitzavim, D’varim (Deuteronomy) 29:13-14 — Your covenant is also for a people not there. This speaks to me of both people who were currently living, but not yet aware of the invitation (as in the nations of the world) and also of future generations. It says elsewhere in scripture that they were to be a light to the world and bring the knowledge of Hashem (G-d) to others. Hashem’s covenant was open to all.

15-20 speaks of the individual who, upon hearing of the consequences of breaking the covenant, thinks quietly to himself that he will receive the blessings anyway. He expresses in his heart that he will stubbornly keep doing whatever he wants and yet be added to the righteous.

Dry=sinful. Watered=righteous. I see us being watered by the Ruach (Spirit) of Hashem. Those who are dry in in spirit do not have His Ruach. The Ruach=Life=Water. Yeshua (Jesus) talks about rivers of living water from within. No Ruach=no Water=dry in spirit and soul.

Hashem takes this seriously for He lays all the consequences upon that person and blots out his name from under heaven. I sure would not want that! Would you?

But more importantly than what I don’t want is what I do want. Wherever my focus is – that is what will reign in my heart. If I focus on what I don’t want, my thoughts and desires will be filled with those things.

No! Instead I will focus on what I do want and will fill my heart and desires with those things.

I do want:

-to love the L-rd my G-d with all my heart, soul, mind and strength

-to love my neighbor, no matter what he or she is like or who he/she is, as myself

-to serve Hashem with all my heart as a faithful servant

-to be a loving and obedient daughter to Him

-to be a faithful bride preparing for her wedding day

-to be a good friend to Yeshua

-to treat others as I would want to be treated

-to smile at, bless and encourage others

-to listen to the Ruach and allow His words to touch my heart and flow from my mouth and fingers

-to see the hand of Hashem in every area of my life

-to make kingdom focused choices — HIS kingdom, not mine

-to consider my position as a spiritual princess something to be cherished and something to affect my behaviour while recognizing that, although unique in the eyes of Father the King, I am also only one among many (in other words, to be special, but not above others)

-to seek out opportunities for kingdom work, recognizing that even the smallest task done for the kingdom’s sake is just as significant and worthy as the largest task done by others

-to always remember that my life and my abilities are gifts from my Creator and for my Creator

-to always walk in gratitude for all things and giving thanks for all things, knowing my spiritual growth and mentoring is in the capable hands of my Creator who loves me immensely

-to live and walk in the knowledge and understanding that I am loved in a way that is so far above my comprehension as to be completely unknowable if not for the Ruach helping me to see and understand just an amazing taste of it. And, oh, what a taste!

Toda raba, Avinu Malkeinu, Avi Malki. Anee ohevet otxha im kol levi. Anee ratzah ohevet im kol ruachti.

21-27 give a warning of what will happen if the whole nation rebels. (It isn’t good.)

28 acknowledges that there are things hidden, known only to Hashem and belonging to Him. But the revealed things are ours and to be passed down to the children for all generations so that we can all observe the words of the Torah/teachings.

Ch 30 Hashem acknowledges they will turn from Him, but promises to bring them back from even the farthest place – when they return to Him. He promises to show mercy to the repentent.

10-14 are very important to me because Hashem makes it clear more than once that His teachings are doable – that we can do it – that it is not too hard for us! The G-d of Avraham, Yitzhak and Ya’akov (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) does not lie. If He says we can do them, we can do them! And that was before Yeshua coming and before the Ruach event of Acts.

I truly believe that what holds us back from obedience is our hearts. It is not that His ways are impossible, but that we don’t want them! Our hearts run to other “gods”, instead of staying faithful. When I think of 5 year old children being beheaded for refusing to deny Yeshua and Hashem – really – is there anything we cannot do with the help of the Ruach if we are just willing to surrender 100% of ourselves to Him?

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An Open Letter to Joy Behar


I saw Miss Colorado give her monologue and think it was outstanding! Joy Behar’s comment IS mind-boggling.

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As many of you have seen, Miss Coloradodelivered a beautifully spoken monologue about nursing during last week’s Miss America pageant. Recently, on The View as the pageant was discussed, Miss Colorado’s scrubs were referred to as a costume, and Joy posedthe question of why she was wearing a “doctor’s stethoscope.” Below is my now calmed down reply to all of it. Additionally, Iwould like to personally andpublicly congratulate Kelley Johnson RN on her chosen talent, it is one that will reward you forever.

Dear Joy Behar,

A beautiful woman in a beauty pageant put on baggy clothes and humbly walked across the stage to talk proudly about her career, and her passion for caring for other human beings, and the only thing you could muster in response was an insult grounded in ignorance.

Rather than being offended or getting angry, I will instead, take a moment to teach.

I am…

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