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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