Friday, October 12, 2018

Sabbath Music - O Give Thanks

Yesterday, I did some writing about the discipline of giving thanks, and this song has come to mind to share for your Sabbath worship.  It's such a worship-FULL song.  Just close your eyes and listen to the words.  I know your spirit will rejoice and be lifted.      O Give Thanks by Paul Wilbur

The video includes a beautiful dance, and I do hope you dance, Gail-Friends.  He loves it when we praise him with dancing. 

Let them praise His Name with dancing.
 Let them sing praises to Him with tambourine and harp.  
(Psalm 149:3)

Good Shabbos to you, Gail-Friends.  May your rest be sweet.

~graphic by MiYah Music, used by permission

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thankful Thursday - The Ministry of Books

I'm so thankful for the books that have ministered to me over the years.  I've written about books before on my blog, but have never made a list of those most dear to me. So, here you go, dear Gail-Friends.

In my childhood, I was a total bookworm:

The Bible
365 Bedtime Stories
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
The Boxcar Children
Tom Sawyer
Huckleberry Finn
The Biography of Julliet Lowe (I was a Girl Scout)
The Biography of Florence Nightingale (I wanted to be a nurse after reading this one.)
The Secret Garden

As A Teenager, (I didn't read as much):

The Bible
Christian Girls' Problems (This book is ridiculed today.)
Little Women
The Diary of Anne Frank
Mrs. Mike

As an Adult:

Non-Fiction (my favorite reading material)

The Bible
Streams in the Desert
The Biography of George Mueller
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman
Silver Boxes
See You  At The Top
Come Away, My Beloved
God Calling
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
Walking Through the Fire
The Hiding Place
One Day At A Time in Al-Anon (I grew up in alcoholism.)
The Big Book of AA
Codependent No More
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life 
Liberated Through Submission: God's Design for Freedom in All Relationships
Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
The Genesis Diet
How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture 
100 Days of Blessings Vol. 1 and 2
The Artists Way 

Redeeming Love
The Zion Chronicles
The Anne of Green Gables Series
The Help

The graphic below is just so totally me.  At Golden Cottage, we have books in ever room.  I like it that way because books minister to me just by sitting on the shelf.  I love seeing them.

I'd love to hear about your favorite books.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Sabbath Music - Simchat Torah Songs

Oh, so TRUE!  This is Simchat Torah celebration week. Tonight, in combination with our weekly Erev Shabbat service, we'll be singing, dancing with the Torah, worshipping, (eating, of course) and studying Torah all night long.

This week, I'm sharing some YouTube videos of some Simchat Torah celebrations. You can see some of our synagogue's past celebrations by clicking on this LINK.

Parading and dancing with the Torah reminds us that we have the responsibility and JOY of taking the Torah to those who don't know it.  I love these videos because they show the happiness and JOY of those who love His Torah:

Dancing with the Torah 
Oh, by the way, dancing with the Torah is NOT easy because it is HEAVY!  I have a hard time picking ours up.

Simchat Torah by MiYAH 

This one is in Jerusalem  - just look at all of those Torah scrolls.
Simchat Torah at the Wailing Wall 

Do you find JOY in His Torah?  I do and am blessed to have learned to obey it.