Friday, October 20, 2017

Sabbath Music - Hide Me in the Secret Place



Ahhh. . . Shabbat.  I thank the Father for his precious gift of rest.  I've been meditating on this Scripture:

You are my hiding place and shield.
Psalm 119:114 (CJB)

 Yes, oh yes, He is.  I run to Him for provision,

                                                           for protection,

                                                                 for comfort,

                                                                      and more.

My time with Him is so sweet. . . and I look forward to it with longing.


I think this quote is appropriate for Shabbat:

"We need time to dream,
          time to remember,
                     and time to reach the infinite.
                                                  Time to be."  
                                                                     Gladys Taber

This song is about the hiding place.  I hope you will take the time to be still, listen, and enjoy your Sabbath rest.   Hide Me in the Secret Place by Christine Jackman

Shabbat Shalom, dear Gail-Friends.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Vacation & Old Houses


We just returned from a week's vacation.  It was a bit of a whirlwind at times, Gail-Friends.  First stop was my happy place -- Chamblin Book Mine in Jacksonville, Florida.  I always go across my favorite bridge to see my favorite view.  I didn't find any books this trip, but hubby did.  We both love books, so stopping there is a treat.

We drove north on Highway 17 and into Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, and then Brunswick, Ga.  The going was much slower than the interstate but much more enjoyable.  We saw lots of pretty old houses and ancient moss-covered oaks.


And lots of gingerbread houses, which I love.  This one's windows caught my eye.


Then we stopped in Charleston, SC.  We drove through, and I took a few photos from the car.  I love old houses, and this city is full of them.  Here are a few:



The blue flowers along the fence are plumbago, and it blooms for months here in the South.


Most of the homes along the bay have black wrought-iron fences, and I was fascinated by their beautiful gates.  The one above incorporated a trellis of vines.



More of those beautiful oaks.  I noticed that this one is sans moss, which is good because the moss eventually kills the trees.


I love the red mailbox inside the brick column.


Not many flowers blooming in Charleston in October, but these were a pleasure to see.  Here's a close-up view of this happy grouping.  I have some of these plants in the Golden Cottage Garden.


These steps and walls covered in green leaves are so pretty.


Porches are a recurring theme in the architecture of Charleston, as well as crepe myrtle trees (in the forefront of the photo).  These trees are in bloom all summer long, too, in pretty shades of pink, purple and white.  I have one in my yard, and it makes me so happy.


You know a grouping of birdhouses would catch my attention.  I have several of the white and green ones at Golden Cottage.


We spent the remainder of the day in Charleston visiting the Yorktown, an Essex-class aircraft carrier.  I'll share a few of those photos next week.  Then, it's on to Virginia where we did research for hubby's book.  I'll have some beautiful photos of the fall foliage in the mountains.  We visited eight states on this trip,  We also checked off an item on my bucket list -- a visit to the Biltmore Mansion in Ashville, NC.  I'll have lots of photos to share.

Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on and be thankful for all of the good things in my life.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Sabbath Music - House of Gold






This song has been on my heart for the past couple of weeks:   House of Gold

(as sung by Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott).  At the end of this post, you'll find the lyrics, which were written by Hank Williams, Sr.

This song is so true because you sure can't take it with you.  When I pass on, I'll have no earthly wealth to leave behind.  I will, however, leave behind something much better.  The treasures of love and wisdom are an inheritance that thieves can't steal and moths can't corrupt.  

This graphic touched my heart this week, and it fits with how I'm thinking.  The best things in life aren't things.


This month, I've been reading and meditating on Psalm 119 and found these passages that express my thoughts on what I'll leave behind:
   
The Torah you have spoken means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver.
Psalm 119:72
  
 How sweet to my tongue is your promise,
truly sweeter than honey in my mouth!
(verse 103)
Your word is a lamp for my foot
and light on my path.
(verse 105) 

Therefore I love your mitzvot
more than gold, more than fine gold. 
 Thus I direct my steps by [your] precepts;
every false way I hate.
(verses 127-128) 

The main thing about your word is that it’s true;
and all your just rulings last forever.
. . . my heart stands in awe of your words.
I take joy in your promise,
like someone who finds much booty.
(verses 160-162)

 Those who love your Torah have great peace;
nothing makes them stumble.
(verse 165)

I always say, "I'm rich. . . just filthy rich!"  and I'm leaving it all behind for my children and grandson, and to those with whom I've shared His truth.  They will be rich, too, if they accept their inheritance. 

House of Gold Lyrics:

Some people cheat, they steal and lie 
For wealth and what it will buy
Don't they know on judgment day
All the gold and silver melt away?

What good is gold and silver too 
If your heart's not pure and true? 
Sinner hear me when I say 
You gotta get down on your knees and pray.

 I'd rather be in a deep dark grave,
And know that my poor soul was saved 
Than to live in this world in a house of gold 
And deny my God and lose my soul. 

Some people people cheat, they steal and lie
For wealth and what it will buy 
But don't they know on the judgment day 
All the gold and silver melt away? 

Sinner hear me when I say 
You better get down on your knees and pray

Tonight in the synagogue, Erev Shabbat, we begin the new Torah reading cycle with  Parashat B'resheit (Genesis 1:1 - 6:8).  Simchat Torah will be celebrated tonight, too, with all-night Torah study, food, dancing, and worship.  The Hebrew calendar has turned over to the year 5778, and we're praying for a blessed year ahead.

Good Shabbos to you, Gail-Friends, and have a good week.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday- Beauty Left Behind



After Hurricane Irma, this mangrove washed ashore here on the Space Coast.  Looks pretty ugly, right?   But look closely at what was left behind. . .


And here's another photo, taken at sunrise.


Isn't G-od's creation awesome?  There's beauty all around if we just look for it, even after a terrible storm.  I'm thankful for local photographers who looked for the good and share it on a local Facebook page.

I'm thankful for a dog who prays:



Well, not really.  She's actually scratching her nose.  Sometimes, she also washes her face by licking her paws and then washing just like a cat.  I've tried to get a video of it, but haven't been fast enough.  I really think she was raised by a cat.  It's really funny to watch.

We had a great time at the synagogue for Erev Shabbat and our Sukkot celebration.  Lots of singing, dancing, and waving of the lulav.  Hopefully, I'll have some pics next week.  Synagogue members have been sending me photos of their sukkahs,  and it's fun to see how each one is different.

Tomorrow night is Simchat Torah - all night Bible study and celebration of the beginning of the yearly Torah cycle.

I'll have lots of good stuff to share next week, so stop by and sit a spell.  Lots more excitement happening in the week ahead.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sabbath Music - Sukkot Music and Dancing


Haleuyah - it is the time of our rejoicing!  Tonight we celebrate Shabbat as well as Sukkot - the Feast of Tabernacles.  I'm busy as a bee today, so this post will be brief.  I'm sharing three songs (two with dancing), and I hope you enjoy them.  To find more music for Sukkot, go to YouTube and search for Sukkot dance or Sukkot music playlist.  There is a treasure trove awaiting you!  Listen -- Worship -- and I hope you dance!

It's the Time of Our Rejoicing  

Feast of Tabernacles Dance 


Your Name by Zemer Levav

**To learn more about Sukkot, click on this LINK.  You'll see today's post first, but just scroll down to see past celebrations, explanations, scriptures, and photos.

 Have a wonderful holiday and Shabbat Shalom to you all.  I'd love to hear about your celebration and see photos of your sukkah.  Just post them in the comments.

not my sukkah - but isn't it nice?


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Quiet Reflection

Golden Cottage Garden

Life has been a whirlwind since Hurricane Irma visited Golden Cottage.  My quiet time on the porch has been disturbed.  We moved everything off the porch and then decided to do a cleaning and painting project.  Subsequent rainy, windy days have delayed getting my "secret place" restored.   I've learned a new gratitude for the lovely spot where I enjoy quiet reflection, watching birds, and communing with my Heavenly Father.


I'm grateful for quiet reflection during the days leading up to Yom Kippur.  Every year, as we ponder the sins listed in our service's liturgy, I'm convicted of that same, old sneaky sin has crept back into my life:  murmuring and complaining.  My prayer during each day's quiet reflection will be to keep this in the forefront of my mind.   More on that during another post.   Thankful Thursday is a part of my resolve.

Here are a few photos of our Yom Kippur observance.

Several of the ladies in the synagogue have worked to make a priestly robe for Rabbi Jem to wear on this holiest day of the year.


The bottom of the tunic has bells and pomegranates, as described in the Torah.  We even had a cat help us with that project:

Thank you, Tebow

Rabbi Jem with brothers, Sam and James

Rabbi Jem during the Torah procession
And a big thank you to the ladies who helped make this project a success.  I will do a future post about the significance of the elements of the priestly robe.

After the service, we danced to the song Mashiach ben David, celebrating and thanking Him for Yeshua's great sacrifice for our sins.   Try to look over my singing in the background as I filmed the video.  Focus instead on James kicking up his heels during the dance.  :)

video

Rabbi Jem always says, "When the rabbi dances, everybody dances."

From Rabbi Jem, me, and our congregation, "May your name be written in the book of life for 5778, and may you have a blessed year of shalom."




What are you grateful for this week?



Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on and be grateful for all the good things in my life.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wisdom Wednesdays - Emet / Truth


Hebrew is a unique and fascinating language.  The graphic above explains the Hebrew word "emet" which means truth.  (graphic from MiYah Music)

An understanding of Torah and Hebrew are vital to understanding the New Testament.  The graphic above is a perfect example.  If you, like me, were taught a Christian view and theology, you know the verse from Revelation 22:13 as, "I am the (alpha)beginning and the (omega)end."  This is because modern translations are from the Greek.  As the saying goes, "A lot gets lost in translation."

Remember, when Yeshua spoke the following words, He was speaking in Aramaic / Hebrew.  Truth was understood to mean Torah.  He was speaking of Himself as the embodiment of Torah (the living Torah).  Ponder these words:

I am the way, the truth (emet) and the life. (John 14:6)


You will know the truth (emet), and the truth (emet) will make you free. (John 8:32)



But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (emet), for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him.
 (John 4:23)


The  119th Psalm is all about truth.  When you read/study it, keep the word emet in mind.  Here are just a few examples:

Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth (emet).  (Psalm 119:142)
You are close by, ADONAI, and all of your commandments are truth (emet).  (Psalm 119:151)

With reference to the graphic: If you erase the alef, you are left with mem and tav, which is the Hebrew word "met," which means  "death." We must have the whole truth which leads to life - not half-truths.

 
Beloved, are you following the "emet"? Or are you following half truths?  I asked myself this question almost twenty years ago.  I sought His wisdom and He led me to emet.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Sabbath Music -The Joy of Holiness






Sundown today will usher in Yom Kippur as well as Shabbat.   On Yom Kippur (Lev. 16:29), we pause for twenty-four hours to search our hearts for hidden sins, to seek reconciliation with anyone we've sinned against, and to ask Adonai's forgiveness for those sins.  This yearly reminder is essential as we acknowledge that sin can creep in.  We are reminded of His holiness and of His desire for us to be righteous people. We also worship Him and praise Him for His forgiveness through the blood of Yeshua our Messiah.

During the past ten days of awe, I've been acutely aware of Adonai's holiness.  I've known His grace and His unfailing love since childhood and been grateful to know it.  Studying Torah has brought a new understanding of His truth and righteousness.  Living without knowledge of both sides of His nature did not bless my life.  Only through obedience have I found peace and blessings.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that one cannot fully understand the New Testament without an understanding of Torah. 

 He has burned this thought into my mind and heart over the last twenty-four hours:

Depraved minds 

are devoid of

common sense

 
Beloved, do you know what it means to be depraved?   It means corrupt, abandoned, perverted, evil, vicious, degraded, vile, degenerate, immoral, wicked, shameless, sinful, lewd, debased, profligate, debauched, lascivious, dissolute, licentious.

 Lack of Biblical truth = depravity.  

Today's feel-good church message, rather than the true gospel, leads to depravity.  We live in a day of depraved churches, preachers, teachers, and church members.  These people believe they will be in heaven when they die.  They don't know the Bible truth about eternal life.  Yeshua said,"on that day (of judgment), I will say, I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness! (Matthew 7:21-23)

Yeshua was telling us to obey His Laws.  

 
If the "gospel" preached does not include teshuvah (repentance, and obedience to Torah), it is not the true gospel. I pray you will read Matthew 7:13-29 and meditate on the words of Jesus about Judgement Day.  Yeshua obeyed the Torah, His disciples obeyed the Torah, and He told them to go out and teach others to obey the Torah. 



This Yom Kippur, 
may you have a new awareness of 
G-d's holiness
through study of His Torah. 



This week, I have two songs for you, both with dancing: This one is for Yom Kippur, reminding us of His holiness    Kadosh - Hebrew for Holy   And this one is for Shabbat.  It means "The Joy of Holiness." Oh, Gail-Friends,  I love it so much!  The song is in Hebrew, but the second half is in English  Simchat Kadosh


I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies. 
Without any hesitation, I hurry to obey your commandments. 
Psalms 119:59-60

 
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Serenity


As I looked through my photos taken over the last couple of weeks, this one stands out as my favorite.  When I saw this car in a parking lot, I just had to take a picture.  What a great message, both for the driver, and for those who see the message.  I'm so thankful for serenity in my life.  To me, the word means peace, which I prize and pursue. 

I saw the car twice in the last week, and each time it's reminded  me of this well-known prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr, and I say it often:

 God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 
Courage to change the things I can, 
and the Wisdom to know the difference.

For many years, I felt there wasn't much I couldn't change.  I often said of myself, "I'm a find-a-way, make-a-way woman."  I had lots of courage, too.  It's in my senior years that I've come to realize that wisdom is the key.

Some things are better left to God to change.  There have been many times when what I thought should happen, and worked to make happen, were best left alone.  What I think is the best thing can turn out to be the worst thing.  By the same token, what I think is the worst thing that could happen can turn out to be the very best.  Amazing how acceptance works.

So, I've learned to let go and let God guide me.  Sometimes I have practiced acceptance.  Other times I have to ask Him for courage to change myself or the situation.  It sounds so simple. . . but it's not easy for a strong-willed woman like me.

Here are a few more things I'm thankful for this week:

A vibrant, colorful sailboat





My friend Barbara's cat who had to be right in the middle of our craft project.  I love cats, especially if they belong to someone else.

I thought this sign was so funny. 




I have a friend that I call "Martha" because she's just like her.  I don't have a mother-in-law, but I can imagine what it would be like to have to deal with Ms. Stewart's perfectionism.  I'm thankful that I no longer worry about what people think of my house-keeping skills.  My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

This week, I'm thankful to have run across this poem that I remember from long ago. It expresses my sentiments exactly because there's nothing like being out in nature to lift my spirits.

 
Thanks to Little Birdie Blessings on Facebook for sharing it

Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on 
and be thankful for all of the good things in my life.   
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Sabbath Music - Worthy


May your Sabbath we sweet, dear Gail-Friends.  Rest. . . Refresh. . . Renew your spirit and your body.  Meditate on the words of this song.   Worthy by Paul Wilbur

ADONAI  is ever worthy of our praise and worship.  Every time I listen to this, I am more aware of His glory and His holiness.  He draws near when we draw near to Him.  I pray You know and feel His presence as you worship.  How can we not fall on our faces as we realize His pure and awesome holiness and cry out with the angels, "Holy, Holy, Holy!."

We are in the ten days of awe, coming up to Yom Kippur.  During this time, we seek His face, and realize anew His holiness.  We examine our hearts and pray for Him to reveal any hidden sins. We repent and return to obedience to His Torah, thanking Him for the blood of Yeshua to cleanse us.


Have a blessed and holy week .


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Thankful Thursday - Shana Tova




Greetings, Gail-Friends!  And Shana Tovah - Happy Year.  

Today, I'm thankful for our congregation coming together on a Wednesday evening to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
 
Here are a few photos from our Rosh Hashanah celebration last night.

                                                     There were 100 blasts of the shofar



It's not easy...takes lots of practice, believe me!  I rarely can make a sound.

We sang, worshipped, and remembered Hashem's commandment to observe this holy day.

Our 358 year-old Torah scroll was taken from the ark. We thanked G-d for preserving
 His Word  for our generation.




As the Torah is passing by, we keep our eyes on it.  We do not turn our backs on it.  It is a tangible lessons for how our lives are to be lived.

And then, of course, we ate apples and honey to symbolize our prayers for a blessed year ahead.


 Lots and lots of apple desserts....and always, our traditional gifelte fish!  Someone asked me what it tastes like.  I laughingly said, "Cat food."  Then added, "It's an acquired taste.  I didn't like it at first, but now I love it.  It's best (to me) with horseradish sauce.






I love this picture of Rabbi Jem, taken before the blessing of the bread and wine.


Rabbi and I wish you a blessed year ahead.  




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Sabbath Music - Psalm 91: A Prayer of Protection




Over the past seven days, Psalm 91 has been my constant meditation.  I keep reading it and thinking about the blessings of being protected by Hashem.  This song is an adaptation of the psalm, accompanied by Scripture:  Psalm 91 - A Prayer of Protection.  I feel His presence as I listen.  I hope you are blessed by it.

I keep saying over and over and over again, "Thank you, Father."  We're so grateful for His protecting hand   You can read my previous post He Covered Us to see how we fared through the storm.


Last week at this time, we were in preparation mode for the Hurricane Irma's approach.   On that Shabbat, we did not hold a service at the synagogue, but did our service at home and encouraged our congregation to do the same.
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That night, we were blessed to enjoy the company of our son-in-law, William.  He'd come by to drop something off for her, and we invited him to join our service.  It was a beautiful, blessed time together as we observed His commandment to honor the Sabbath.   We praised Hashem, prayed together,  read the Scriptures, then blessed and took the bread and wine.  The photo at the top of this post was taken by William.  I took one, too, but I'm not the photographer he is, so he gave me permission to share it.

We're looking forward to our service at the synagogue tonight.  I've been getting praise reports by text and phone, and can't wait to hear more of what Hashem has done this past week.  It's going to be a great Haleluyah time together.

Thank you all for your prayers, Gail-Friends.  I'd love to hear about your praise reports, too.  Just make a comment below.


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