Friday, July 21, 2017

Sabbath Music - Solitudes on the River

image courtesy of Little Birdie Blessings

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find REST for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

These are the words of our Messiah, Yeshua.  He's speaking of following G-d's commandments, and that it's not hard to follow Him.  His ways, including His Sabbath, are the way of blessings and peace.

Are you ready and able to rest?  Do you feel like you can't slow down enough to take a day off?  Sometimes it's hard to rest when one has so much on the mind, right?  Well, I'd like to share my secret for letting your mind and body rest, especially on His Sabbath:

Sit still (that's hard sometimes, too.) and focus on a rose, or photograph that speaks to you of rest.  Really notice the details...the many petals of the rose, the color(s), the scent, the green leaves, and the thorns.  Concentrating on something other than the thoughts running through the mind will bring relaxation.  I learned this years ago, and it always works for me.

My time of meditation has expanded to include soothing music, prayer, reading the Word, writing my thoughts about the passage, and praising G-d out loud.

The Sabbath is a wonderful gift, but we have to receive it.  We have to slow down, turn our minds away from the world, and just REST.

Here's some beautiful music I ran across this week.  I've enjoyed it so much.  Solitudes on the River. The video feels like I'm riding in a small boat on a smooth lake, with birds singing all around me.  Very rest inducing for me.  I hope you will be blessed and have a good Shabbos.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Sabbath Music - Bird Music


One of my favorite CDs is nothing but birds singing.  I love to play it during my morning quiet time and on Shabbat.  I love how the neighborhood birds come to my yard and call back to the birds they hear on my CD.  It makes for some beautiful bird music. . . and a wonderful accompaniment to my worship. 


This morning, I watched a mother mockingbird encouraging a young one to get his own food.  The youngster chirped impatiently and kept opening his mouth.  The parent opened her mouth and leaned back each time.  Eventually, the young one began pecking at the suet and managed to get his own food.  The parent flew away. 

Yeshua said, "Consider the birds." I do that a lot, and I've learned some good life lessons through my silent watching. 



The mockingbirds taught me today:  Birds do not continue to feed their young forever.  The time comes for them to forage on their own.  There's a lesson there for human parents.  The day comes when we have to let them go. . . to sink or swim on their own.  So, cut those apron strings, mama.  If you've taught them well, and they still want to stay in the nest. . . you have to hold back, like the mockingbird.  Tell them it's time to fly own their own. Let them go and trust Hashem to provide and guide them.

Just a thought to ponder on Shabbat, dear Gail-Friends.

My music for today is birds singing, and I hope you listen, enjoy, and worship.  As always, I pray you have a good Shabbos.

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Spiritual Sundays     GRAND Social      Modest Mom Monday Link-up      The Art of Homemaking Mondays
   BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS LINK PARTYTitus 2 Tuesday       TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS    Share Your Cup Wednesday Wordless Wednesdays    Classical Homemaking Link-Up        Favorite Things Home and Garden Thursday at Delightsome Life  Paula's Weekend No Rules Blog Party Friendship Friday

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday - My Sweet Song Bird


Yessir, that's my baby!  My daughter, Amanda Wilson, is talented in so many ways.  Recently, she was interviewed on the Sunday Morning Show on  AM1300 in Brevard County, Florida.  I'm very proud of her and wanted to share the interview with my Gail-Friends.  The interview includes about half a dozen of the many, many songs she's written.

She tells a great deal about herself in the interview so I won't repeat those things here, but I hope you'll listen, especially to hear the songs she shares.  She's written, sung, produced and performed all of the instruments in the songs.  Yeah...she's talented like that.

I love that she shares the background of each song. The lyrics reflect her close relationship with G-d and express it so beautifully.  Her faith in G-d is strong, and that is my greatest JOY.  This Scripture has always been true for me:

 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
(3 John 1:4)

You can connect with her and her music on Facebook at AMANDA WILSON MUSIC

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