Friday, April 13, 2018

Sabbath Music - Have A Little Talk With Jesus


The Sabbath is nearing, and as I'm preparing, I'm thinking of this song:  Have a Little Talk with Jesus by Tennessee Ernie Ford.  This was one of my daddy's favorite songs.  I have a fond memory of him singing it.

I love this part of the lyrics:

I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears, 
but Jesus is a friend who watches day and night. 
I go to Him in prayer. He knows my every care. 
And just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

The graphic above is pertinent to this song.  ADONAI longs to spend time with us, and said, "Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you."  He also said, "My sheep hear My voice and they follow Me."

His voice is soft, quiet, and tender, dear Gail-Friends, and  I treasure the Sabbath as a special set-apart time to be still and talk with Him.  His voice, along with His Word, give me strength and peace and revive me for the week ahead.

I hope your Sabbath is rest-full, worship-full, and peace-full.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Everyday Blessings





Greetings from Golden Cottage!

I saw this graphic from Garden of Bright Images and knew I had to write about it.  It made me think of all the everyday blessings we take for granted.


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It brought to mind what a blessing it is to have a baby.  Nothing in my life compares to the precious baby days with my two daughters and my grandson.  How quickly the baby days pass.  I'm thankful for those blessings.



Getting a new roof, which was just finished this week (damaged during Hurricane Irma) isn't an everyday blessing, but I thank Him daily for a non-leaking roof and a place to lay my head.  I thank Him for this every time I see a homeless person, too.


This man and this dog are everyday blessings for sure.  Yesterday was National Pet Day, and both of them are my pampered pets.  I'm thankful that Jem is turning me into a dog person, too.  What's not to love when you this pic, right?

A friend and I went to the Barberville Spring Frolic this week and enjoyed music, dancing, arts and crafts and the wonderful weather we experience (almost) every day here in paradise (aka central Florida).  I'm so thankful for girlfriends who are like-minded. Here are a few pics from the day's fun:


This group, Front Porch Revival, sang a song about Noah that I remember from my childhood.  It was done by Tennessee Ernie Ford back then.  Great song.  You can probably find it on YouTube.


The young lady in the middle is the daughter of a long-time friend of mine.  We enjoyed some great music that day, which is another everyday blessing because I have music playing all day long at Golden Cottage.


Barberville has a large collection of feathered friends.  The chickens and roosters are always fun to watch.  And this:



Being the true-blue bird nerd that I am, I just loved the show put on by the two male peacocks.  We also saw a flock of cedar waxwings having a berry buffet in a big tree.  I couldn't get a good pic to share, though. :(

Birds are an everyday blessing here at Golden Cottage.  Oh, how thankful I am for all the different varieties that visit the Golden Pond feeders.  Our newest visitors are the Indigo Buntings.  We have a nest in the bouganvilea bush:

Another everyday blessing is a fully-equipped kitchen with electricity and running water.  You don't take those things for granted if you've ever had to do without them.  I'm thankful for the everyday blessing of the way the morning light streams across my kitchen.  


What are some of your everyday blessings, Gail-Friends?

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Sabbath Music - Ani Ma'amim Mashiach



 Today is the eighth day of Passover, so we are still mindful of  ADONAI's commandment to observe this important festival.  What a blessing it is to have two Sabbaths combine with this holiday.  It's a double, no triple, blessing, right?

At our Seder on Sunday, we didn't have room to dance :(    But we will tonight!  So I'll have my dancing shoes on.  I found this video on Youtube of a dance done at a Passover Seder.  The song is Ani Ma'amim (I Believe) - aka Mashiach by Jonathan Settel. The dance is very lively and JOY-FULL and those dancers are moving fast.  (I remember back when I could move that fast.)

The song is praising Yeshua our Messiah and I don't know how anybody can hear it without dancing.  When my daddy used to hear a good song, he'd jump up and say, "I've just got to cut a step!"  That's how I feel when I hear this song.  ENJOY!  And take JOY in the gift of Messiah's willingness to be our Passover Lamb and shed His blood for us.

HALELUYAH TO THE LAMB!

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Bored?

 

This quote caught my attention this week, and got me thinking:

"The hardest thing in the world for me to understand is boredom.
 My universe has always been too stimulating . . . 
too many sights and sounds and smells,
 too much to touch and taste and feel,
 too much to remember, 
and at times, alas, too much to forget."

 -Alice Mackenzie Swaim- Scottish Poet.

I agree with her because there is so much to experience and enjoy in this great big, beautiful world.  Aren't we blessed and thankful that we have cameras in our cell phones so that we can capture that beauty?  Here are a few things that stimulated my imagination and brought me JOY lately.

I saw a nest with three eggs in a bush near a friend's doorway (photo above). I felt holy awe and overflowing JOY!  How often do you get to see a birds nest up so close and near the ground?  It's rare, and I received it as a gift from my Heavenly Father.  I'm so grateful for such a loving Father who knows the desires of my bird-nerd heart.


This bright bench in the village made me feel so happy!  Don't you love people who take the time to create beauty out of the mundane?


These silver, glittery shoes with perky bows were worn by a little four-year-old girl at our Passover Seder.  I felt happy just seeing them.  Wouldn't you love to have a pair in your size?  I would, and I'd love to have a pair of those tennis shoes that light up when you take a step.  Do they make them for adults?  They would make me happy, happy, happy!

This graphic from Garden of Bright Images on Facebook made me smile:

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Doesn't E. E. Cummings have a way with words?  The "ragged meadow of my soul"  is so descriptive of how one feels after a long, hard winter.  I love reading this over and over.

"Where's my suet?"

I'm so thankful that the painted buntings are still here.  I treasure every day because I know the central Florida heat will drive them away soon.

I saw this young woman at the local library and was delighted to be able to take a photo.  Her hair was dyed to match her blouse.  Don't you admire her creativity and her courage to do something unique?  I love it!


There is so much going on in the world, so much to learn, and so many people around us to amaze and delight us.

L'Chaim, (To Life) Gail-Friends and may your week be filled with JOY.  Click on this LINK to hear the song (from the play Fiddler On The Roof).   I hope you dance as you listen!


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Passover Blessings 2018



 As promised, here are a few photos from our seder on April 1, 2017

The sweet ladies of the synagogue helped with the preparations.  Aren't they lovely?





The red ribbon down the center of each table is a visual reminder of the blood that was placed over the door on that Passover night, and the blood of Yeshua our Passover lamb.




  The seder plates were prepared and ready before the service began:



The matzah is our reminder of the body of Yeshua that was pierced and broken for us.  He was without sin, which is why we don't eat leaven during the eight days of Passover.  Leaven represents sin, and there was no sin in our Messiah.  Each person holds up the matzah to see the stripes, and the piercings.  It's a sobering reminder, and fills our hearts with awe and gratitude for His sacrifice.


When it was time for the four questions, the youngest child came up to help the rabbi.  She's four years old, and isn't she the cutest?



These are the four questions:

Why is this night different from all the rest?
Why do we eat matzah?
Why do we dip the bitter herbs twice?
Why do we recline at the table tonight?

 Do you know the answers?


This darling love also found the affikomen.  She was excited because she got money from Rabbi Jem for finding it!



At the end of the seder, we sang Eliyahu, which is a traditional song for Passover.  It tells of our yearning for the Messiah to return.

Of course, part of the seder is food and fellowship.  We had lots of good, and healthy, food as you can see:






I hope your Passover seder was spent with friends and family, and that you spend the eight days remembering our Messiah's love and sacrifice.  It was for JOY that he laid down his life for us.  Haleluyah to His Name forever.

To learn more about Passover and to see our past celebrations, click on PASSOVER in the list on the right of this blog.

Blessings to you, Gail-Friends.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Sabbath Music - Passover Songs




Greetings to All and Chag Pesach!

This evening at sundown, the eight days of Passover will begin.  It's a blessed time for all who follow Judaism as well as those who accept Yeshua as the Passover Lamb.  Yeshua celebrated this commanded feast as an example to His followers. He taught them to do it in remembrance of Him. (And notice, He celebrated with a Passover lamb, not an Ishtar ham. LOL- but seriously!)

We'll be having our Passover seder on Sunday, so I've been busy with preparation.  If you are not familiar with this holiday, you can click on "Passover" in the list on the right side of this blog.  There is much to see and enjoy - just scroll down.

Part of this celebration are the traditional songs handed down through generations.  Dayanu is translated "It Would Have Been Enough." It lists all the blessings given the Jewish people when they came out of Egypt, such as deliverance, the Sabbath, and the Torah.  Blessed be His Holy Name forever.


 Eliyahu  Is a song about Elijah the Prophet and the lyrics are:

Elijah the prophet, Elijah of Tishbi, Elijah of Gilead, 
may he soon come to us along with the Messiah, son of David.

YES - AND HALELUYAH!  COME SOON!

This is the version we dance to after the seder because we have so much to be joyful and thankful for.  I hope you dance as you listen:  Eliyahu Hanavi 

Here is a mix of songs for Passover.  I hope your week of Passover is blessed as you meditate on the blessings of being a child of the Most High, and on Messiah Yeshua's blood sacrificed for our sin.   Glory and Praise to Him forever.  Haleluyah!

Monday, March 26, 2018

'Round Golden Cottage

My hibiscus are blooming


Greetings, Gail-Friends:

This is going to be a busy week, so I'm posting my usual Thursday post on Monday.  I'll be doing preparations for Passover, which begins on Friday at sundown.  So, here are a few happenings around Golden Cottage.

I told you on Thursday that I'd share the photos of the indigo bunting that visited Golden Cottage Garden last week.  First, I must say how thankful I am to Hashem for answering my prayer to find the transfer cord.  And a big thank you to my son-in-love William for helping me.  Well, here you go:


 I was SO EXCITED!!!

The Sabbath was a wonderful day.  It started with a phone call with our oldest daughter, Melissa. She shared a burden on her heart, and I ask you to please say a prayer for her.  If you would pray for her daily, I would greatly appreciate it.

We went to a nearby bluegrass concert that afternoon, and it was delightful.  Such a joy to sit outside under the spreading oak trees as the moss waved in the soft, warm breeze.  There were several groups playing some of the old-timey, toe-tapping tunes I've heard since childhood.   One old favorite was, Come Home, It's Suppertime.  It brought back so many memories.  We had a wonderful, refreshing Sabbath afternoon.


We had a good laugh when we heard they were having a hog-calling contest.  Remember, Y'all, we live in the country, so there were some well-seasoned in that skill, I'm sure.  We left early so we didn't stay for it.  I told Jem, "Wouldn't it be hilarious if you entered that contest?  Can you imagine you winning it and everybody saying, a rabbi won the hog-calling contest!"  We laughed all the way to the car.  I almost double-dog dared him to do it, but I've learned better.  I love that man.


On Sunday, our youngest daughter, grandson and I attended a local performance of The Secret Garden.  We were celebrating Amanda's 40th birthday.  First, we ate lunch at a restaurant that had this painting on the wall.  I'd love to paint something like this on my fence.




My baby and my grand-baby!  Two of my loves!


Amanda's got her signature Love Glasses on!

The man in the white coat, Will, and the young woman are cast members.  Will and Amanda have performed together in several local productions.  The young woman on the right played a housemaid with a Yorkshire accent, and she nailed it perfectly.  I thought she was from England until we talked after the show.  The musical production was beautifully done but didn't follow the book as I remember it.  Actually, there were some very disturbing songs and scenes.  The Secret Garden was my favorite book as a child and I read it several times.  I'm going to do some research and write a separate post about it.

One of the cast members wore a beautiful lace jacket that I fell in love with, so I asked if I could take photos.  Believe it or not, Gail-Friends, this is made from a tablecloth.  Isn't it dreamy?  I have to make one because this has Gail Golden written all over it.


I'll leave you with this item, seen at a local garage sale.  It's a one of a kind, I'm sure -- a casket that opens to become a couch!!!   We had a good laugh at this, but like a friend said, "Use it now, use it later!"


Blessings to you all, Gail-Friends, and have a good week.

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