Friday, February 17, 2017

Sabbath Music - Child of the King





 The "Happy Hour" approaches as I write this post.  Soon, the sun will set and the Sabbath will begin.  G-d loves us so much that He gave us a special day of the week for rest.  We can turn away from the world and its troubles, and focus on Him.

Tonight, we will praise and worship Him with song and dance.  We'll read His Holy Word and be encouraged by the life-giving message He's preserved for us over thousands of years.  We'll pray for each other and fellowship together.

Tomorrow, we'll have a full day to rest, reflect, and restore our strength and our soul.  It's a special time, and if you've not experienced it, you're missing a blessing, Gail-Friends.


I ran across this graphic and it is something I want to meditate on this Sabbath.  How blessed I am to be His child.





It reminded me of my grandmother's favorite song:  I'm a Child of the King. This version is sung by Skeeter Davis and she does both parts of the harmony. I hope you enjoy it.


Here's a piece I saw this week, and I pray it for each of you, Gail-Friends. 

May Light always surround you..
Hope kindles and rebounds you.
May your hurts turn to healing..
Your heart embrace feeling.
May wounds become wisdom..
Every kindness a prism.
May laughter infect you..
Your passion resurrect you.
May goodness inspire..
your deepest desires..
Through all that you reach for,
May your arms never tire...
-D. Simone






"There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither." – Alan Cohen


 Have a blessed and peace-filled Sabbath, Gail-Friends.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday - A Double Blessing

 A double blessing: not one, but two bouquets of roses.  
I think he's a keeper, don't you? 


My sweet Jem and I celebrated the day of love for two days this year.  All day long (both days), we walked hand in hand and spoke of the things we love about each other.   We went thrift shopping because we both love a bargain, and bought books because we can never get enough.  The first day, we ate fish and chips for lunch at a place on the river.  The second day, we ate dinner at a Greek restaurant.  I'm so thankful for a husband who is my helpmate, my soul mate, and my playmate.  G-d knew what He was doing when he put us together eleven years ago.


In the pictures above, I was sixteen and he was twenty.   We met at the skating rink, and he said it was love at first sight.  He knew I was the girl he wanted to marry.  The sad part is, it took forty years for that to happen.  It's quite a story how G-d brought us together, finally.

Yes, I'm writing that story. I started writing it about a year after we were married, but something held me back.  I could never finish it.  This week, I realized the time is right.  All of my fears about marrying (after two failures) have vanished with the steady, day by day realization that he really, truly loves me.  He has never hurt me.  He always has my best interest at heart and is a perfect living example of the passage in I Corinthians 13.  His love is shown in his words, and his actions. My sweet Jem taught me about true love, and being married to him is like having Valentine's Day all year long.

My love -- the sweetest husband in the world
Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful,
not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered,
and it keeps no record of wrongs.
  Love does not gloat over other people’s sins
but takes its delight in the truth.
Love always bears up, always trusts,
always hopes, always endures. 
(I Corinthians 13: 4 - 7)


What are you thankful for this week, Gail-Friends?

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Wisdom Wednesdays - Calmness in Chaos



The news this week is disappointing, to say the least.  The forces of the evil one are doing their best to steal, kill and destroy the new leadership of President Trump.  I'm keeping my focus on G-d and His Word.  This is a battle, Gail-Friends, and now is not the time to turn and run.  Believers are to be wise, discerning, and bold at such a time as this.  I'm so thankful for President Trump's courage and determination to turn our country around.

One of the most important things on President Trump's agenda is to put a conservative judge on the Supreme Court.  The nomination of Judge Gorsuch is scheduled.  Please join me in praying for him to be approved.  You can encourage your U.S. Senators to approve him by sending messages using this Focus on the Family LINK

My friend, Billie Tucker, posted this on Facebook this week, and I think it's great advice.  She also posted this link to an article about what's really going on in Washington:  Charisma article

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"Good morning friends: Forgive my preaching. Just can't help myself.

There is a lot of angst out there. There are a lot of angry, sinister, wicked, hateful people on the left. They have no shame in their hatred towards Making America Great Again. They don't want America Great. We did and we still do.

Remain Calm. The same God who created a miracle in November 2016 with the Trump win will expose these people for who they are. Let them build armies. God has US and he has Angel Armies ready to engage at the sound of His voice.

Obama and his lefty paid terrorists -- and yes they are homegrown terrorists -- will not win this battle. They will not win this war.

How do we remain calm? What can we do to help? All He - our God -- asks of us is to Believe and Pray.

Here's what I plan to do:

1. Believe and See that we win. The win is going to be YUGE and it will change America back to a nation of laws and a nation founded on We the People.

2. Pray and ask God what He wants you to do. Pray for our President and all the people around him. Pray for wisdom for Trump and for his protection.

3. Speak words of LOVE & show Love to people who hate America and Trump. They can be changed -- not through your power but through the power of God resting inside of you. Ask Him to release that power and then use it for good.

4. Don't be a wimp. Speak boldly for our nation.

5. Be prepared. It may get ugly before the LOVE sets in. It usually does. Nothing that is worth fighting for comes without a cost. Keep yourselves safe. Be a great American and buy a gun, learn how to use it and protect your family. Even Jesus told the disciples to take a sword with them wherever they went preaching love. Christians aren't wimps. Don't be one.

My goal in life is to Be Wise, Be Discerning and Be Strategic. I pray that all my fellow Americans will seek these three things in their life. You will be blessed. How do I know this? God told me!

Proverbs 3:13 “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,”

Stay calm my friends, Billie"
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Billie does a great job of keeping us informed of news stories that are totally ignored by the network news outlets.  I also recommend these sources for news:  Breitbart, Drudge Report, James O'Keefe and Project Veritas, PragerU, and Jay Sekulow.  They can be found on Facebook and also on their own internet web pages.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Sabbath Music - I Look to You


Sabbath Music - Haleluyah Christmas

Do you ever lose focus on the most important things in life?  I confess that I do, especially when I watch the national news.  I am so passionate in my love for my country, that it hurts my heart when I see the horrible things happening lately.

Last night, I was so disappointed and down-hearted about the 9th Circuit Court ruling against Trump's executive order. My sweet and ever faith-FULL husband reminded me to trust G-d. I found renewed courage to pray and believe HE will make a way for America to be released from the satanic bondage of liberalism. Thank you for renewed hope, Father!

This song, I Look To You by Selah came to my attention this morning, and was a further reinforcement of my husband's message.  If you struggle with anxious thoughts about anything, Gail-Friends, this song will give you the right focus, and restore your sweet peace.  It's perfect for the Sabbath.

I pray you have a blessed Sabbath and a good week ahead, Gail-Friends.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wisdom Wednesday - Immigration - What Would Jesus Do?




Immigration is a hot topic this week, as the appeals court is hearing the case about President Trump's executive order on extreme vetting of immigrants. Personally, I support his stand on protecting America.  The law on which he based his order is crystal clear.**  

But have you heard the outcry of  "Jesus was a refugee" and "Jesus wouldn't build a wall"?  The Bible tells a different story, and I'm going to share it with you today.

I found this article on the American Family Association's website. It is by Bryan Fischer, Host of "Focal Point".

"We have heard endless bloviation from media types who have spent their entire journalistic careers in open hostility to Christianity suddenly pontificating about how un-Christian it is to build walls and restrict immigration to the United States. Why, we’re told, that’s not something Jesus would do! He himself was a refugee! How can you call yourself a Christian and not believe in letting anybody and everybody in? That’s what Jesus would do! 

Now we know that people who think and talk like this are wrong. When Jesus came to Earth, he did not come as a refugee. He came as the rightful king, intent on reclaiming what had been stolen from him by the Prince of Darkness. When his parents took him to Egypt as a child, they didn’t go as refugees but as exiles who returned to their homeland as soon as they could. When his parents took him to Bethlehem, they didn’t go as refugees, they went as hard-working taxpayers doing their civic duty. 

Biblically we know that there is a legitimate place for walls, for physical barriers designed for protection. God sent Nehemiah to Jerusalem to build one around the city to keep the bad guys out. We know that immigration bans under the right circumstances are appropriate, for God permanently banned immigration from the neighboring nations of Ammon and Moab because of their historic and implacable hostility to Israel. 

But we know that building walls and using immigration restrictions are legitimate policies because Jesus will use them in his own kingdom. 

(I am indebted to my good friend Jeff Reed for this idea, but don’t blame him for anything in what follows that you don’t like. That’s on me.) 

The Scriptures tell us that the eternal city of his coming kingdom will be surrounded by “a great high wall with twelve gates” (Revelation 21:12), each guarded by an angel so undocumented intruders cannot enter. 

Identification papers will be scrutinized carefully before anyone is allowed to enter through one of the great big beautiful doors that are built in this wall that surrounds the city. In John’s vision, “books were opened,” and “if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life” he was not only not admitted but “thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12; 15). Talk about extreme vetting and deportation. 

Only those who “wash their robes” in the shed blood of Christ will be allowed to “enter the city by its gates” (Revelation 22:14). Those who refuse to adopt the values of the eternal city will remain outside its walls. “Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood” (Revelation 22:15). In other words, cultural assimilation will not be optional for someone who desires a place in this coming kingdom. 

Immigration controls will be stout, and deportation for those without proper documentation will be enforced. The king will apprehend those who try to sneak in and pass themselves off as citizens when they are not, and say to them, “Depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23). 

How do would-be immigrants get their names written in this register, this book of life, so that they will be admitted through the gates on that day? How do they get the visa, if you will, that entitles them to enter the kingdom of God? 

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). All prior allegiances must be renounced, and Jesus must be acknowledged as their new sovereign. They must accept him not just as Savior but as Lord. Once they do, their citizenship is granted, their passport is stamped, and they are welcomed to their new kingdom. This citizenship process is open to anyone in the world, anywhere, at any time. 

We have my great-grandfather’s immigration documents hanging on the wall of our living room. In order for him to become a citizen of the United States, it was necessary for him to “renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to all and any foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty whatever, and particularly to the Czar of Russia, of whom I was a subject.” Then he was required to declare his new allegiance to a new source of ultimate political authority, the Constitution of the United States. 

The earthly process of becoming a citizen of the United States is a parable, a reflection, a shadow, of the process of becoming a citizen of the eternal kingdom. Perhaps God even intended it to be just that, and we cloud the picture when we make foolish changes to sound immigration policy. To be sure, it’s a shadow only, since the eternal kingdom is perfect and America is not. 

In the kingdom of the age to come, documentation is required, a profession of allegiance is required, the borders are patrolled, and intruders are expelled. If that’s how Christ governs his heavenly kingdom, earthly kingdoms can be governed in the same way. 

Does Christ believe in immigration control and border security? Of course. And if he does, it’s okay for the United States to believe in them too. 

And the ultimate lesson for readers of this column is this: be sure you have your visa in hand because no one knows when the day of ultimate migration will come."

**The Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president authority to suspend the entry of any and all aliens deemed “detrimental” to U.S. interests. Here is a quote from the Act:  "Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Sabbath Music - Island of Peace & Rest


Shabbat shalom means Sabbath peace.  I'm been meditating on peace this week and thanking Hashem for that wonderful blessing.  I was reading Proverbs 3 this morning, which contains a good passage to meditate on as you observe the Sabbath:

Happy the person who finds wisdom,
the person who acquires understanding; 
for her profit exceeds that of silver,
gaining her is better than gold,  
she is more precious than pearls —
nothing you want can compare with her. 
Long life is in her right hand,
riches, and honor in her left.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.

Yes, when we find and obey His wisdom, look at the great benefits.  Peace is one of them.  When we follow His paths, we find His peace that passes understanding.  

When I was following the path of the world, and even the pagan church, I rarely had peace.   Since I began to obey the Torah, my peace has increased along with my wisdom.  

This song Island of Peace and Rest by Zemer Levav is perfect for the Sabbath.  I pray you have Sabbath peace and all-week-long peace, Gail-Friends.


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