It really is coming…prayer for these times.

Avinu shabashamayim, You told us in Your word what kinds of things we would see toward the end. I cannot help but look around me and see the very things You mentioned.
 
Such delusion/deception all around us.
Such wickedness.
Such selfishness.
Violence is growing…both violence of words and violence of body.
 
I see the choices people are making and I cannot help but wonder about the state of their minds and hearts and spirits.
 
I see the escalation in the world as a whole. Who will bring peace in the midst of all this turmoil?
 
Avinu, we are watching, for when that peace comes…oh my.
 
I cannot help but believe I will see the man of lawlessness and sin revealed in my lifetime…unless You come and get me first.
 
So many will not be ready, but tough times are coming. We will not experience Your wrath…that is true. But not all of the Revelation events are Your wrath. There is a lot in the beginning that is man to man…and specifically THAT man to man.
 
Your word says we will see the abomination of desolation.
 
Avinu, I long for that day since I know Yeshua will take us soon after. Yet, I cringe at all that is to come between now and then.
 
Strengthen us, Avinu! Open our eyes to see YOU in the midst of all this.
 
Help us to not lose heart, but to keep focused on You.
 
May we be busy doing Your kingdom work until You choose to deliver us from this world.
 
Thank You, Avinu, that we have Your Ruach Hakodesh within us.
 
Thank You that Yeshua opened the way for us to draw nearer to You.
 
Thank You that You are opening our eyes to see.
 
We love You.
 
I pray we may not…any one of us…falter. May we support one another all the more as we see the time drawing closer. May we not forsake the coming together in the body of Messiah.
 
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Signs of the Times…be aware

Being that we are in a formerly Communist country, Baruch and I have been talking about the current state of affairs in the world. Islam, Communists, and Dictators are all around us. He agreed to write a few words for this blog. So, here is a message from Baruch: Unfortunately, the news media tends to […]

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Health

Very good thoughts here. I know I have really been focusing on eating to live…not living to eat. I want to be responsible and take good care of this body my Creator has blessed to me.

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Ducks in Central Park in February.

While in the States, I had at least four different conversations with people about food, the world’s food supply, healthy eating, exercise, etc.  I have been thinking about it since I got back and then some ideas started to formulate in my mind.

Why are believers against smoking?  (We should be!)  Isn’t one of the reasons because our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit? (I Corinthians 16:19-20)  We were bought with a price and we are to therefore honor G-d with our bodies.

We should not expose our bodies carelessly to things which are bad for it, nor succumb to any form of lust of the flesh.  To sin against our bodies is a very serious offense.

Have we allowed food to take too high of a priority in our lives?  In Judaism, we eat in order to bless G-d.  How?  We…

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Sweet Success!

OK. I have some EXCITING news that is personal. (All caps for emphasis only.)

First, I want to say that I do NOT have a “product” or “plan” to sell. I have NOTHING to sell anyone regarding this. AND I will NOT try to tell you what I am doing will help you because I do not know that. In fact, this post is not even about what I am doing!

First, my philosophy of health. I believe if you give the body what it needs in all areas (not just nutrition, but also lifestyle) and you work on getting fit, then the body will adjust itself to its optimum weight, which is not going to be the same for everyone. I believe there are things we can do that “reset” the immune system and help bring healing to it and the body.

We are all unique and I do not believe our bodies all have identical needs. SIMILAR needs, yes. But identical, no, especially with all the damage we have done to our bodies. I believe genetics plays a part in things, but I also believe we can overcome a lot of the genetic stuff if our lifestyle and nutrition are tailored to deal with that. Once healing starts to happen, there may be a point where what the body needs changes. Some people need to take drastic measures to give their bodies what they need to start that healing process.

I have been asking my Designer/Creator for awhile to show me what MY body needs. Remember, I am talking not just nutrition, but also lifestyle. You can have great nutrition and a lifestyle that counters it and vice versa. You can also have bodies that are not able to absorb nutrition and steps need to be taken to get the body to be able to use the nutrition you put in it. I have been making changes to my lifestyle and nutrition over a long period of time and I have not been super consistent with some of the changes I have made. Some things I had to try to see if it is “right” for me. And I am not done tweaking, yet.

In my lifestyle, I am not able to “exercise” due to recovering from Adrenal Fatigue. My body needs rest and, sometimes, a LOT of rest. I can be active, but I must stop short of triggering an Adrenalin flow. It is important I not overdo it. So, what I am doing does NOT include “exercise”…or should I say…strenuous exercise. I have learned to listen to my body and my Creator as to what is good for me and what is not.

For awhile, I have been seeking info on what might help me with my health. Again, it wasn’t about losing weight. It was about getting fit and healthier and letting the body adjust its weight accordingly. As I would hear about things from other people and sources. I would get a definite sense of something being for me or not. Sometimes, I would get a sense that the whole thing was not for me, but that there WAS something within whatever it was that contained info pertinent to me and I needed to “figure it out”. I needed to glean what was for me and what was not.

There are people who do not understand this…well-meaning people who kept wanting me to try some product. But I knew that product was not for me. Funny thing is…a video promoting one of those products actually contained info that validated what I am doing without the products! Do I use “products”? Sometimes, intermittently, depending on what I sense I need. But it is in limited amounts according to what I need at the time. And there is no one product that I can say was the single thing that made the difference. It is everything put together over time. Plus, some of what I do goes against what you often hear is “necessary”.

So, what’s the news? Well, it may not seem like a lot to anyone else, but it is huge to me. Let me give some background. I went through a “perfect storm” situation for a few years that contributed to my gaining weight and becoming very unfit. I believe my highest weight was somewhere around 180 (for a 5’3″ woman). Since I did not have always have a working scale part of that time, I cannot be totally sure, but I am pretty sure. I was at least in the 170’s. And maybe up and down. My living situation was one major contributor to the weight gain. Menopause (slower metabolism) was another. Stress was another. Anyway, the weight came on and I was at a loss to do anything about it.

Then we moved into the house where I had more freedom to move around and be more active. I was told the weight should start to come off simply due to the greater activity of being in a house. But it did not happen. Then I figured, I might as well do something to get more fit. It was starting an exercise regimen that was the final straw that triggered a fatigue so severe I knew something was not right. I was more than just “unfit” and “out of shape”.

When I finally got health care through Medicaid, I went in for a physical and started looking at what was wrong with me. My wonderful NP/sister/friend ran all kinds of tests. They all came back “normal”, but she took that and the symptoms and figured out what was going on. That is when I finally knew what I was dealing with. Phew! That is half the battle right there. Post Exertion Adrenalin Fatigue is what she called it. No, you won’t find anything with that specific name, but I don’t fit the full classic description of anything else. This is the best description of what I have. I believe, looking back, that I was dealing with it for a very long time, but thought it was something else when it appears to have actually been a combination with that something else.

So, I embarked on my journey. When I started going to my appointments I had managed to get down to around 170 and in the 160’s. But there I got stuck. I don’t believe in “dieting” to lose weight, but I knew I needed to get fit and I needed to figure out what my body needs that I was not already doing.

Well, I am very excited to say that I am losing weight. Although I am tracking my weight, I did not write a specific date down. I just know that, since we bought this brand new (read accurate) scale about 2 weeks ago, I have lost 5 1/2 pounds and this morning I finally broke back down into the 150’s! Woohoo!

I am used to about a 3-5 pound fluctuation during the day and from day to day. But not only have I been losing, but my evening weight (which would typically be higher than my morning weight) has been lower than my morning weight. Some days I would go up, but very little. The next day I was back down.

Will this trend continue? I do not know. It is too soon to tell. But I am EXCITED! I believe something is changing in my body. I believe I have finally hit on what MY body needs and I am seeing the evidence that I am correct…or at least on the correct track.

I have not shared what I am doing because that is not what this post is about. And, besides, it is what works for ME…not necessarily for you. (Although it might and I am not opposed to sharing.) This post is about CELEBRATION! I have hit a milestone and I am rejoicing. It has been a very lonnnnnnnnnnnnnng haul. I hope you will rejoice with me!

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Thoughts for July 20, 2017

I am trying something new and would love feedback. I write most days in my “journal”. Rather than trying to type it all up (and lose the formatting and colors), I thought I would take a photo and upload the photo.

What do you think?

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Prayer on July 18, 2017

Avinu, I lift up my spiritual family to You. I am so glad that Yeshua intercedes on our behalf. A lot of the time I do not know exactly what to pray. But Avinu, there is one prayer that is always best…may Your will be done…in each person, in each situation.

May YOUR will be done…whether we understand it or not.

May YOUR will be done…even if it the details are not what we want.

May YOUR will be done…and change us to accept it and to embrace it.

May YOUR will be done…even when it challenges us and is hard.

May YOUR will be done!

Always!

In every way!

In every area of our lives!

Love You, Abba! Help me/us to love You more!
To love You as You truly deserve.

Thank You for loving us…way MORE than WE deserve!

You are good…no matter what is going on in our lives.

You are always good.

Atah tov meod. אתה טוב מוד!

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Thoughts & Quote – 7/7/2017

I’ve learned to kiss the waves that throw me up against the Rock of Ages.
~Spurgeon

Do we see adversity that way?
Do we appreciate how it can draw us closer to the Lord and actually deepen our faith?

I sure hope you are able to see it that way.

Be blessed, dear family!

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Gratitude on July 6, 2017

I am so thankful we were able to meet face to face over the internet with our Messianic Rabbi and go deep into the Word this week.

Whether in our home, at our local Sunday fellowship or over the Internet with our far away Messianic fellowship, I really appreciate digging into the Word.

I am thankful for brothers and sisters in Messiah/Christ all over the world.

I am thankful our L-rd never leaves us or forsakes us. He is coming again in bodily form and remains here with us in Spirit.

I am thankful for the many blessings I receive…so many blessings…none of which I deserve!

I am thankful.

I woke up today…and although this body is getting older and does not have the strength it once did…I am alive another day to serve Him.

I have my limitations, but I am thankful for all I do still have and all I am still able to do!

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Prayer for June 13, 2017

Avinu Shabashamayim/our Father in heaven, I am sooooooo grateful that You see ALL of our needs even before they hit us! You know them BEFORE we even know to share them with you.

You are ALREADY working on our behalf, but you want our HEARTS above all else. I believe that is why You tell us to come to you with our concerns…and to come with THANKSGIVING!

You are already working to accomplish Your will in our lives.

You are refining us, testing us, purifying us.

You do not need us to come to You in order to do Your work.

You need us to come to You in order to have intimate relationship with You.

So, You draw us to Yourself.

You ask us to come to You with our hearts,
with our hurts,
with our concerns,
with our needs.

It is not because You do not know them already.

NO!

It is because You do not want us to feel alone in them.

You want us to recognize that You ARE here with us in the midst of:
pain,
sorrow,
suffering,
need,
hurt,
divorce,
separation,
abandonment,
sickness,
injury,
persecution,
rejection
and all the other things this world throws at us!

THANK YOU, Abba!!!!

THANK YOU for Your:
LOVE,
FAITHFULNESS,
PROVISION,
HEALING,
PRESENCE,
INDWELLING RUACH/SPIRIT,
STRENGTH,
WISDOM,
GUIDANCE,
TEACHING,
REFINING,
TESTING,
MOLDING.

THANK YOU for being our:
ABBA/FATHER,
LOVER,
KINSMAN REDEEMER,
CREATOR,
SHIELD,
TOWER,
ROCK,
GROOM,
MASTER,
FRIEND,
HUSBAND,
MOTHER HEN,
GUARDIAN,
PROTECTOR
and all the many other ways You present Yourself to us.

THANK YOU!

I cannot thank You enough.

I cannot honor You enough.

Without You I would not be here.
Without You I would not be sane.
Without You I would be nothing!

I am humbled and overcome *tears* by Your
AMAZING LOVE for ME!!!

Yes…ME!

To borrow some famous words from Kris Kristofferson:
Why me, Lord?
What have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I’ve known?
Why me, Lord?
What did I ever do that was worth loving You or the kindness You’ve shown.

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Words for May 30, 2017

Avinu shabashamayim, so many needs are represented here. We are grateful that You are not a “god” who ignores us or, even worse, is antagonistic toward us. No! You are G-d Almighty! You are the epitome of perfect love. You see all. You know all.
 
You know every struggle of every heart.
 
You know every need…physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.
 
You know every battle being fought.
 
You know every grief and loss.
 
You know every wound…no matter the type.
 
You know every question we have.
 
You know every misunderstanding that clouds our ability to see You for who You really are…
and every misunderstanding that clouds our ability to see ourselves for who we really are.
 
We are grateful that You are bigger than all that.
 
Bigger than our knowledge and than our ignorance.
 
Bigger than our enemies and our fears.
 
Bigger than our strengths and our weaknesses.
 
Bigger than our blow-its.
 
Bigger than our brokenness.
 
Psa 135:5-7 NASB For I know that the LORD is great And that our Lord is above all gods. (6) Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. (7) He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.
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