Friday, March 24, 2017

Sabbath Music - It Is Well With My Soul


Greetings Gail-Friends, and Shabbat Shalom.

I ran across these quotes this week:


To rest is an act of faith.  
It means we honestly believe
 that our existence is not dependent on our effort

and

 A Sabbath well spent brings a week of content. 

For me a well spent and perfect Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday night.  We will be gathered together with mishpocha (family in Yeshua) at our synagogue in worship, priase, dance, prayer, study of His Torah, with food and fellowship afterward.

After a night of restful sleep (I always sleep better on the Sabbath for some reason), Saturday is most always spent on my porch overlooking Golden Pond.  I listen to music, read His Word, reflect, meditate, write, and draw or paint.  Most of all, I rest from my housework and from anything else that causes stress.


Sometimes, hubby and I take walks or rides to relax.  There's nothing like nature to revive one's spirit.  Something as simple as a flower can bring overflowing JOY!


Or a bird...always a bird ! ! !


Thinking about all the overflowing blessings in our lives, and being thankful for them is refreshing.  We talk about that together on our walks and rides.  We always reflect on the blessing of His bringing us together (almost eleven years ago).


This is a beautiful selection of piano music for your Sabbath rest.  The video accompanying the music reflects His glory.  If you can't be outside, maybe this will suffice to rest your spirit and body.

 Piano/Orchestra hymns (Over 1 hour long) by Greg Howlett

The first song on Greg's video is It Is Well With My Soul.  This link has the words to the song, and I can testify that it is always true after my Sabbath rest.

I pray you have a good Shabbos, Gail-Friends.  I'd love to know what your  well spent Sabbath is like.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Purim Party & Cookie Baking Day


As promised, today I'm sharing photos from our Purim celebration.  Sherry, one of our talented young women did the planning and decorating for the party.  She, along with LaVonne, Jennifer, Amy, and Brenda did it ALL!  Rabbi Jem and I just showed up. Then when it was over, we were told to go home while they cleaned up!  What a blessing, and so much JOY!

Here are a few photos of the beautiful room:




Rabbi loved that scepter, as you can see below:


He had a great time horsing around with it all evening.

We had a full house for the fabulous meal.  We had hot dogs (Rabbi's favorite) with all the fixings, fresh fruits and vegies, hamentaschen and other goodies:



The play about the whole magillah (the story of Esther) was fabulously funny.  We never rehearse because that makes it more fun to wing it! (We use printed scripts.)  Part of the play is singing parts of the story to the tune of  tv shows and old songs.  We sang "The Purim Bunch" to the tune of the "Brady Bunch" and "Hang Down Your Head Old Haman" to the tune of "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley". 


We wear costumes or funny hats.  It's always more fun when people dress up.  Here's Deborah's Queen Esther costume.


Hats off to LaVonne and these wonderful costumes she made:





Rabbi always wears this get-up!  He tells everybody he's the oldest rabbi in Israel.



You can click on this LINK to see more about our Purim celebration.  Scroll down and you'll see a video of our Purim Parade.

Every Purim, my grandson and I make hamentaschen.  Here are a few pics from our cookie-making day.




We made apple and blueberry ones this year.  They turned out so good.


Purim is a time to be silly and have fun, and celebrate G-d's great goodness and provision for His people.  Each year, we're reminded that we, like Esther, were born for such a time as this.  Rabbi Jem encouraged us to be brave and to stand up against antisemitism.  That evil spirit is active in the world today, as we are hearing more stories of attacks against synagogues and Hebrew schools.  Please join us in praying against that spirit, and in standing with the Jews and Israel.

I hope your Purim celebration was as wonderful, and I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Sabbath Music - Lecha Dodi (Come, My Beloved)


Greetings and Shabbat Shalom, Gail-Friends. 

Lecha Dodi (Hebrew for Come, My Beloved) is a song we sing every Friday night in our synagogue.  I pray you will listen to it and read the words.  Lecha Dodi is also part of our liturgy each week.  This version is by the Maccabeats and we love it at Ma'gen Da'vid.  Enjoy!

Elohim, your bridegroom, comes to meet with you, His bride, on Shabbat.  Arise and shine - your beloved is coming!  Greet Him with JOY!  Rejoice in Him, as He rejoices over you.


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Purim, Pigs and President Trump



Today's the day to send a postcard to encourage and support President Trump.  Send your cards to:

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC.  20500

I'm thankful we have a man in office who is taking action to turn our country around.  He's worked round the clock since taking office, all the while being ridiculed and accused of all manner of evil.

I hope you will join me in encouraging him with a postcard this week.  Let him know you're praying for him, too.

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

Time with my grandson, making hamentaschen for Purim

fun time with him at the library

A girl's day out with two of my long-time friends Rita and Linda.  We've been friends for fifty years!!!!


A wonderful Purim party
Look who's marching in the Purim parade.
We had so much fun.  I'll be posting more about the party next week.  This week has been so busy. We've had our grandson with us, and I'd forgotten how much time children consume.  I'm not complaining, Gail-Friends, believe me.  Having him with us is pure JOY!

Week before last, we went to Barberville.  There was a farmers swap:

we saw chickens, goats

ducks

baby ducks (so cute!)
turkeys, sheep
 
Hubby fell in love with this little girl and wanted to adopt her:


 Can you imagine a rabbi with a pot-bellied pig?

The farmers swap included a flea market, and I told hubby, "They have everything but the kitchen sink."  We turned the corner, and . . . TA-DAH!


I went to a dulcimer lesson in the old school house.  It had the old timey school desks, and this nostalgic item:

Aren't we glad that some old timey ways have stayed in the past?

I saw this little wooden bird, and took a photo because I'd like hubby to make some for our garden.





We went to lunch at a waterfront restaurant nearby, and I saw this painting.  Isn't it just the happiest thing?



That afternoon, we attended a jam session in the old school house.  It was interesting to see the different types of stringed instruments being played.


In the hallway of the old school house, I spied this home-made bass fiddle.  Just the week before, I'd been telling my grandson about how to make one. Another TA-DAH!!


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

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

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Sabbath Music - Maccabeats Purim Song





While writing this post (on Thursday), I'm making hamentaschen for our Purim celebration. My grandson and I have the tradition of cookie making for this holiday and for Hanukkah.  I love doing this with him twice a year.  He loves to cook so I bought an apron for him that says, "HAPPY COOKER".

Oh Shabbat, we'll be singing Purim songs and thinking about the story of Esther.  On Saturday evening after our Havdallah service, we'll have a big party, including a play that tells the whole magillah in a hilariously funny way.  You can see posts about previous celebrations at this LINK.  That link will also take you to my recipe for easy peasy hamentaschen.

my daughter (aka Esther) at one of our Purim parties
One of the young women in our synagogue is organizing the party this year, and she is super talented in cooking and decorating.  I can't wait to see what she's planned.  It's going to be amazing, I'm sure.  I'll be posting photos next week, so check back for all the fun.

This song by the Maccabeats is one we enjoy every year.  It's called Purim Song, but is a take off on the song.  This video includes dancing, which I love.  Be sure to watch till the end because there's a little surprise.

I love Purim, and I love Shabbat, so having them together this year makes for a double blessing.  If you're celebrating Purim, I'd love to hear about your celebration.

This LINK will take you to some of my posts about our Purim celebrations in years past. 

Shabbat shalom and Chag Purim, Gail-Friends!



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday - My President

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 Let's Encourage and Support President Trump


I saw this on Facebook yesterday, and I'm 100% behind it.  I hope you will join in this effort to encourage our president.  Mark your calendar for the 16th, and please encourage others to get behind this.  He's working very hard to Make America Great Again, and I'm very thankful to have him in charge.  I'm praying for his protection and for him to be led in the paths of righteousness and justice.  I'm also praying for protection for him, his family and those in his administration.

I also encourage you to join the Donald J Trump Presidential Prayer Team Group on Facebook.

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"On March 16th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our SUPPORT to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his popularity and hope for success. We will show the media and the politicians what standing against him — and with us — means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House with our support as US citizens for the office of the Presidency.

Each of us — every American from every working class, each congress calling citizen, every boy-cotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 16th, well: you do the math.

No media deception or disingenuous leftist politician will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of faith. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a 1.5 million pieces in a day, ringing with nice things to say.

So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest well-wishes can pierce the media’s famously thin skin.

Prepare for March 16th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as “the call of patriots” !!

Then, on March 16th, mail your messages to:

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

It might just be enough to drown out the awful, despicable, display we see in these protests ! The media just might take notice !!!"

Blessings and shalom to you all, dear Gail-Friends.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Sabbath Music - Dulcimer Hymnal


Greetings sweet Gail-Friends.  I hope you've had a good week.  Mine has been wonderfully busy doing creative things.  I'm combining this post with my Thankful Thursday post because I've had so much going on.

I'm very thankful for a book that came into my hands this week.  You can read about it on my previous POST  --  NOW: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life by Mrs. Sarah Coller  -- encouraged me to dust off my dreams and goals.  Playing the Appalachian mountain dulcimer is one of those goals.  I purchased a dulcimer from Craigs List this week and have enjoyed learning a bit about it through YouTube.  The music I'll be sharing with you today is Dulcimer Hymns for the mountain dulcimer.  Enjoy, Gail-Friends.  I'm thankful, too, that the sheet music for the songs can be downloaded for FREE.  (I love free, don't you?)

Here's a picture of a dulcimer workshop I attended last year at the Florida Folk Festival where I began dreaming of learning to play...


Which leads me to another thing I'm thankful for -- YouTube.  Isn't it amazing that we can have so much information at our fingertips through the internet?  One of my favorite things to do used to be browsing through the library. Now I love browsing through the internet.  It's like a giant, never-ending library in my own home. 

Today is preparation day, and the Sabbath begins at sundown.  I'm thankful for that blessed day.  Isn't the graphic lovely?  I don't have a source for it, but am thankful for whoever made it.  I'm thankful for His eternal covenant.  I pray you enjoy your Sabbath with your Beloved.

He is the Bridegroom, we are His bride
 

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