Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Blessed is the Nation Whose God Is the Lord

We are going through perilous times, Gail-Friends.  I want to encourage you to pray and be prepared.  There are evil forces hell-bent and determined to destroy our beloved country.  I've decided to fight this battle with spiritual weapons and to use my blog to bring Scripture, blog posts, articles, and stories to encourage you in this fight.

I read this post on Keeper of the Homestead Blog on Facebook and thought it would be helpful:

"A couple months ago I had friends warn me that TRUMP was the Antichrist and a part of the NWO and that he was going to bring about the Mark of the Beast somehow. Well, at first I was feeling frustrated, to be honest. I wasn’t sure how to respond. I had people accusing me of worshipping him, which is not true at all, by the way. I only worship Jesus!
These people so soon jumped off the band wagon and I just decided to hold on, fact check, see how things would play out, and find some answers before I could properly post something on the matter. I believe God called this man for this time and for a special purpose. As we all are! We all have been anointed by God for a special purpose. No matter how big or small it is, we have to stay focused, stand firm, and trust God will finish the work he began. I also believe this about our president. I think God will finish his work, he will use this man as a vessel to fight for us not against us. I could not find anything conclusive to support the other claims.
It was said that there will be a mandatory vaccine which I personally do not agree with bc with any virus, the shot will not cure it or even get rid of it. Just like the flu shot, people still get it. It is not 100% effective. Recently, I saw an interview where Trump specifically said he was wanting a vaccine but that people can get it if they want it or they can choose NOT to get it. He also stated that the economy is going to open with or without the shot. I do realize there will always be those places of employment, schools, or organizations that will make the shot mandatory, like they have already done for years. If you don’t want the shot, you might have to pick a different career, homeschool your kids, or do what you need to do to avoid it.
And Trump also put together a brilliant letter to the World Heath Organization stating all they did which was corrupt and unacceptable and that they needed to fix these issues or he would permanently suspend funding. That is incredible!
He made an executive order to open churches!!! That’s incredible! Don’t start drama on my post about why you feel that is dangerous! I have had it up to here(me motioning way over the top of my head) with the politically correct catch phrase “so you feel SAFE” junk!!! My goodness if safety was a imminent concern, why keep Walmart open?!?!? Or abortion clinics?!?! Duh 🙄 so we can’t get sick if we all go shop at Walmart? Ya right!!!! Don’t say it’s for your safety around me! Or that you are a hero bc you are following the CDC guidance for safety. I will literally vomit 🤮 I am so done! I love that our president is always on the cutting edge of the science, and science is also another BUZZ word, btw. 🙄 he is taking HCQ, wow! I think he is my hero! Besides Jesus and my husband, he is a pretty amazing man! I love how he put himself and his safety on the line to prove to us how much he cares. And that will help people!!! The HCQ is the one safe effective treatment, but pharmaceutical companies can’t make money on that, it’s way better for them if they have more Covid19 deaths. Follow the truth folks.
Now he is battling with the Big Tech corporations like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for their biased censorship. I love his new press secretary, Kaleigh, she is a strong believer and fighting alongside him to ward off the wolves who just keep prowling around to take out Gods appointed leader. Keep praying for Trump, and don’t go back to sleep. It’s time to wake up, we have to stay vigilant to proclaim truth and praise to God! For he is worthy!"

Friday, May 29, 2020

Shavuot Celebration!

Shavuot Celebration!

Greetings, Gail-Friends!  This weekend, we will celebrate Shavuot, and I thought I'd share a post I did when we received our Torah scroll at Ma'gen Da'vid Synagogue.  What a joyous memory.  Here's a song for your Sabbath, and for Shavuot, and I pray you will know the JOY of studying the Torah and of receiving the Ruach Hakodesh.  Hene Bati by Michael ben David

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35

Our long awaited package from Israel had finally arrived! Eyes glistening with tears, Rabbi Jem’s hands shook as he opened the carefully wrapped package. Tenderly, he lifted the precious 350-year old Torah scroll from its’ wrappings. Rabbi Jem and I unrolled the scroll and marveled at the soft deer skin parchment and the beautiful precision of the Hebrew letters. We both were overjoyed because the scroll arrived just in time for our Messianic synagogue’s celebration of Shavuot. How appropriate.

Shavuot celebrates two things. First, we thank God for His blessings on the first of the summer grain crops (barley). The festival reminds us that without Him and His provision of sun and rain, we would not have food. Second, we celebrate the giving of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) to the Jewish people. When this festival comes, there is great celebration because of our love and gratitude for the Scriptures. The giving of the Torah is God’s blessing, for the Word of God is our spiritual food. On the first day of Shavuot, we read the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20 to remind us of the Laws that give us Life. On the second day of Shavuot, we read the book of Ruth, which is the beautiful picture of Yeshua (Jesus), as our Kinsman Redeemer.

As Messianics (believers in Yeshua as Messiah), we also celebrate Shavuot as the day when the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) descended on the believers in Yarushalem (Jerusalem). In Acts 2, you will see how Jews from all over the world were assembled for Shavuot. The Spirit came down, appearing as tongues of fire upon their heads, and they all spoke with other tongues (languages). Thus, the Good News about Yeshua was given to people in their own language. Believers received the indwelling of God, and His Word was written on their hearts. He came inside the believers and gave them the power to be witnesses all over the world and to spread the Gospel (Good News). Thus, these believers were the First Fruits of the Ruach Hakodesh.

As Messianic believers, on Shavuot, we celebrate the giving of God’s Holy Word, physically, and the coming of the Word into our hearts, spiritually. Shavuot is a powerful, visual reminder that God’s Law is important to our lives and that the power to live that Word has been given through the Ruach HaKodesh. No longer does it need to be hard to follow and obey God, because He, Himself, indwells us to give us the desire and the power to follow and obey.

That night, at our synagogue, we celebrated Shavuot and God’s blessing us with our own Torah scroll. Rabbi Jem explained how many years it takes a person to prepare to write a scroll, and how it can take an entire year or more to actually write. We were in awe to learn that a modern day scroll compared to a 1000-year-old scroll would be exactly the same. Not one jot or tittle (the very tiniest Hebrew letters) would be different. We thanked God for His Word, and for the faithfulness of Jews who have preserved it for us.

Later, the scroll was carried on the shoulder of our very first congregation member. We followed behind, dancing and singing with joy, waving flags and banners, and rejoicing that God favored us by giving us His Torah and that He lives within our hearts. 

Click HERE to see more about our past celebrations of Shavuot.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Thankful Thursday - Life is Good on Golden Pond

Greetings, Gail-Friends!  I'm back!  Thought I'd take a break since I posted every day for thirty days.  I don't know about you, but it was good to focus on praise during the quarantine.  It helped me keep my mind off the gloom and doom of the alphabet media.

We watch CBS news - not because we want to know what's going on in the world, but because we want to see what propaganda they're feeding people.  Sometimes I think their sole purpose is to keep people scared to death.  If we didn't have faith and full assurance that He has everything under control, we'd be worried.  But we DO, and we're NOT.

We've been working around Golden Cottage and Pond and it is looking beauty-full.  The photo above is a window box I made with Dollar Tree flowers and an old thrifted basket I've had forever.  I've been cleaning out papers, filing in my office, working on my next book, and Jem (aka Mr. Green Jeans) has been working in the garden.

He's worked so hard - on his hands and knees - re-doing the bricks and paving stones around the pond.  Isn't it gorgeous?

We got to spend some time with our grandson over the last couple of weeks and what a JOY he's brought to our hearts.

We've gone to the park, had picnics, fed squirrels, and watched birds.

and other creatures:

Our neighbor's dog visiting the Golden Cottage watering hole

along with one of those fluffy-tailed rats (aka squirrels) - my nemesis
Our black racer, Sam, who's been around Golden Cottage for many years.

We even saw a rocket launch

And we looked at and talked about helicopters.  He LOVES them.  Knows all about the names and models, etc.  He's like his grandfather Jem, a walking encyclopedia of information.

We wore our masks when we were around other people - 

But now our quarantine is OVER!!!  HALLELUYAH!  Our state is opening up and we are so happy  We celebrated by going out to eat IN a restaurant.

Jem, always the joker, says, "They told us to wear masks!"  I told him, "I vote for YOU as the best person in the whole, wide world to be quarantined with."

WHO IS THAT MASKED MAN????  My dear, sweet, gentleman  hubby, Jem (aka The Lone Rabbi)
I'm thankful that we, and everyone we know, is healthy and unaffected by the virus.  All of our needs are met abundantly, and all is well.  Life is good at Golden Cottage!  Halleluyah Again!

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

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