Friday, November 24, 2017

Sabbath Music - I Am Desperate For You



Sabbath Blessings to you all, Gail-Friends.  The words in the graphic above were spoken by Yeshua to his disciples.  He knew the importance of rest and taught His followers to observe the commandment of setting aside work on the Sabbath.

It's not always easy, is it?  Sometimes we can physically rest, while our minds continue to work.  Or we can sit down, but continue to use computers or phones, keeping our brains active.  That's not rest, dear friends.  I struggle with this, so I speak from experience and empathy.


I've learned to unplug from all computer and phone contact on the Sabbath because I find that I truly rest when I do.  Getting out in nature is the best way to rest for me . . . especially if I am near any body of water.  Being still and alone with Adonai enables me to better feel His presence and hear His voice.  Other people find being active helps them connect with Him.  Some may walk or bicycle or dance before Hashem in worship.

I found this song on YouTube that shows a woman worshiping Him while walking in a field of flowers.  I hope you enjoy it:  I Am Desperate For You

Good Shabbos!



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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Too Much Stuffing



Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all, dear Gail-Friends.  This thought has been running through my head, so I wrote it down. . . and a poem appeared:


Too much stuffing – too much fat
But over-kill is where it’s at
Instead, let’s over-do on love
And praises for our God above
Let’s minimize the pies and dressing
And focus on our many blessings.
~ Gail G Golden

Hashem speaks about giving thanks many times in His Word (103 times in the Complete Jewish Bible version). I received this interesting and inspiring  meditation about thanks from Jewish Jewels:

"Let's  look at the root of the concept of “thanksgiving” in Hebrew. As it turns out, “thanksgiving” and “hand” go “hand in hand.” Here’s how: The Hebrew root for thanksgiving is ya-DAH . You’ll notice that the word for hand, yad, is found at the beginning of the word for thanksgiving. From a Hebraic perspective, giving thanks to God is literally to hold out the hand (to revere or worship with extended hands).

We should not sit on our hands when we thank God. Our outstretched hands – in worship – are ways in which we can say, “Thank you, Abba, for all You have done for us, especially for sending us Your Son, the Messiah, to set us free from the power of sin and death.”

Try saying these psalms aloud with your hands lifted and extended in worship: “O Lord my God, I will give thanks (yaDAH) to You forever” (Psalm 30:12). “I will give You thanks (yaDAH) in the great assembly” (Psalm 35:18).


“It is good to give thanks (yaDAH) to the Lord” (Psalm 92:1).


Another, more familiar word for thanksgiving, that comes from the root yaDAH is toe-DAH. Todah also includes the idea of extending the hand. Todah is the word used in Hebrew today for “thank you.” Toe-DAH ra-BAH means “Thank you very much.” “Toe-DAH, Abba” means “Thank You, Daddy” and is a phrase worth learning for use in your personal devotions.


We thank You, Daddy, for all of your wonderful blessings, for Your hand which is always extended to us. You are worthy of all of our praise!"


I'm thankful for you, dear Gail-Friends, and pray you will be abundantly blessed today.

Here's a great song for your Thanksgiving Day:  Todah by Benny Friedman 
 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Vacation and Biltmore Estate #2





Because I'm a former librarian, and a voracious reader, the library of Biltmore House was my favorite of all the rooms.  The second floor of the house opens onto the library, as you can see in the photo above.  The shelves on the lower level can be reached with the use of the ladder in the photo below. I have a giant crush on it.  Big sigh . . .



 And this globe, too.  It is huge.

Here's Jem perusing the titles.  There are over 20,000 books in the house but not all are in the library.  We found books in almost every room and in many of the hallways.  The Vanderbilts were evidently avid readers, too. They also provided books as part of the entertainment for the many guests who frequented the estate. I'll tell you about the other diversions they provided in my next post.


This is the stairway leading up to the second floor, which is the family area.  There are other stairways, but none so lavish as this one.  There is also an elevator, which was installed years after the house was opened.


As promised, here a few photos of Mrs. Vanderbilt's bedroom.  I love yellow walls with white furniture, so this really appealed to me. The accents of black and gold are stunning, right? 

This window looks out over the back lawn, forest and mountains.  What a view to wake up to in the early morning!  Her gorgeous writing desk sits next to the window.  Notice the inlaid wood on the side and the checkerboard pattern on the writing surface. 


 Her dressing table sits close by between the next two windows.




Look at the floors, the rugs, the mirrors, the candelabras, the fireplace, the flowers, the mirrors, the furniture.  The details are extravagant, right?  Absolutely because, as I said in my last post, the Vanderbilts were filthy rich and spared no expense.  Most of the furnishings of the house were imported from Europe.  In a future post, I'll tell you how they made their fortune and about their character.  Not a good story, Gail-Friends.



 And here is Mrs. Vanderbilt's bed.  Nice, but wait till you see his.




In between their bedrooms is a sitting room with a fireplace, a place for dining, and many more books. Notice the ceilings and the carvings in the paneling.  Also the details of the doors.  I noticed most of the furniture is intricately carved.  Victorians were famous for that, and I adore it.  But, can you imagine the dusting the poor servants had to do?  And not just dusting, because all of the wood had to be polished with oil, including the floors and the paneling.   Now the staff does this work, of course, but it is still a lot of work, even with modern machines and cleaning products. 





 There is also a dumb waiter between the two bedrooms.  This was like an elevator and enabled the trays of food and drink to be brought up without walking up the stairs.  Very high-tech for that period.



And here is Mr Vanderbilts bedroom.  Quite kingly, don't you think?  




Notice the fan sitting on the floor.  We visited in mid-October, and the temperatures were in the low to mid-70's.  The fans helped, but it was a bit warm in the house.  Most of the many large windows were open, so it was tolerable.  I can't imagine visiting in mid-summer because it has to be miserable.  The house does not have central air-conditioning or heating.  Heating is done wtih radiators. The house does have bathrooms with toilets, bathtubs, sinks, and running water.


I'll be doing one more post about Biltmore, so stop by next week to see a bit more of the house, the garden, and the grounds.  I'll also show you some of the gift shop in the garden area, which was my favorite of all the shops.  I found a real treasure there.

Blessings to you, Gail-Friends.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Sabbath Music - Sabbath Prayer


Can you believe it? My azalea bush is blooming in mid-November.  I guess it thinks it's spring.

The song for today is Sabbath Prayer, sung by Marty Goetz.  We sing this song every Friday evening as we bless the children who stand under the tallit.  It's a special time of joy for all of us.  Enjoy!
The song came from the play/ movie, Fiddler on the Roof.  Here's the clip for your enjoyment, too.  The song starts at 4:20.

Here's a photo of one of our blessing times with the children:


I hope your Sabbath rest is sweet, Gail-Friends.

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