Friday, November 16, 2018

Sabbath Music - Even So

Do you long for the return of Yeshua Ha Mashiach?  I do.  It seems the world is growing more and more evil.  My heart grieves over it.  I identify with Lot whose soul was vexed over the things he saw in Sodom and Gomorrah.  I pray over my country, and the world, all day long.

I remember older believers in my life saying how they longed for His appearing.  They referred to the second coming of our Messiah.  They also would say how they longed to go on to heaven because they were world-weary.  I've begun to feel that way more and more.

Don't get me wrong . . . I love my life, and I'm grateful for every day He gives me.  I'm excited and driven by my mission:

 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, 
immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh
  teaching them to observe all I have commanded you."  (Matthew 28:20)

But, I long for Heaven and often say, "Come, Lord. Come quickly."  This was also the prayer of John, who wrote the vision described in the book of Revelation, and comes from Revelation 22:

"The Ruach and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!”

“The one who is testifying to these things (Yeshua) says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’”
Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!

This song Even So by Paul Wilbur is based on Revelation Chapter 22, and I love to sing it and meditate on it.  I think the chapter and the song make a wonder-full meditation for Shabbat. 

Shabbat Shalom and blessings to you all, Gail-Friends.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Explaining Donald Trump's Popularity

This article was posted by Julian McCall on LinkedIn:

The mayor of Livermore California explains Trump’s popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump's popularity**

"My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship.

Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60's. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond.

This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
o, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

Please pass this on..over and over, and again and again..."

** (This is Julian McCall's explanation of the preceding article):"Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following from an article, originally written by Evan Sayet and his opinion he expressed as a columnists for were his own and did not represent the views of, were mistakenly attributed to Marshall Kamena by me. Trump’s 'lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship' By Evan Sayet in his article, He Fights.")  You can read his original post on LinkedIn HERE.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sabbath Music - Farther Along

This song's been running through my mind all week, and it always ministers to me.  When disappointments come, or sickness, or a crisis in our lives, we can get to feeling sorry for ourselves.  That happened to me on Wednesday morning when I learned the mid-term election results. (I wrote about it yesterday.) And it has troubled me all week as I watched the election results challenged and boxes of ballots suddenly appearing out of nowhere.

When bad things happen, I'm learning to praise Him anyway.  I say, "Blessed be the Name of the Lord.  The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.  I'll praise Him anyway."  This isn't easy sometimes, but it brings comfort to my heart.   I know from past experience that He holds the whole world in His mighty hands and He can bring good out of bad.  I've seen it many, many times in my life.

If anybody has a reason to feel sorry for herself, Joni Erickson Tada surely does.  As a young woman, she was paralyzed after an accident.  She's gone on to be an author, artist, singer, and public speaker.  This video has a brief testimony from her first, and then a beautiful rendition of the song Farther Along.  I hope you'll watch and listen to it when you feel down-hearted.  I know it will encourage you. Farther Along

It's a good song for the Sabbath, Gail-Friends, and I pray you'll have a good and rest-full, thank-full, worship-full one.  Rest in Him.

 P.S. I have not forgotten about sharing my vacation pictures.  Hopefully, that will happen in the week ahead.  I'm still really busy with my project here at home.  I'm going to have my very own office / woman cave.  Rabbi Jem and I have shared an office for the past twelve years and it's not easy, let me tell you.  He's a pile-it kind of guy, and I'm a file-it kind of girl.  Funny thing is, he can always find his stuff.  Me - not so much.  Anyway, this is a dream-come-true for me.  It will probably be another month before I have it finished.  I'm so excited!!!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday - The Mid-Terms and the Future

As I write this post, I'm two days past the mid-term election, and my heart is full of gratitude for the positive things that have happened across the country.  Many are disheartened because the Republicans did not hold onto the House of Representatives, and I'm a bit disappointed, too. But when looking at the big picture, I am very encouraged.  I'm praising God for these things:
The Blue Wave Hit a Red Wall - in other words, the Democrats did not win BIG like they'd hoped.  For this I'm very thankful.

We have a new Republican governor here in Florida - conservative DeSantis defeated the socialist Gillam. And the Republicans are the majority in the Florida house and senate.

Twenty states elected REPUBLICAN governors vs sixteen states that elected Democrat governors.

Conservative Ted Cruz defeated the socialist Bento.

I'm most grateful for the good news related to the right to life.  Just look at these news items:

West Virginia Approved a Pro-Life Amendment Saying There is No Right to Abortion

Alabama Approved an Amendment Saying Unborn Babies Have a Right to Life.- Haleluyah!!!

Pro-Life Josh Hawley Defeated Hardcore Abortion Activist Claire McCaskill in Missouri. 

Pro-Life Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Defeated Planned Parenthood Board Member to Win Re-Election.

 And we have a president who is very happy with the outcomes, and is focusing on a positive future in spite of the setback in the House. With this president, you NEVER know what will happen. More good things are coming!!! Don't be discouraged - keep on praying and believing!  With God's help  we will Make America Great Again.

How can we do that?   

By praying and obeying:  

Pray for God to open the eyes of blind and the ears of the deaf about His Word and His Ways.  This is the most important thing, Gail-Friends.  Many, many churches today have neglected to preach about sin.  For example, we have people come to our synagogue representing themselves as a married couple.  For some reason, God gives me clear discernment on this immediately.  When counseled, they decide to marry and we have a beautiful celebration with them.  Many of these are people who have been in church all of their lives.  How did they come to this conclusion that they can live together without marriage?  Because they did not sit under a shepherd who teaches God's Truth.  Many preachers have a feel-good mentality/program and don't want to rock the boat.  We don't operate that way because it is against the Truth of His Word.

Pray for God to use you to teach people His Truth.   I've written about this before, but it bears repeating.  If you are in a church that teaches you to disobey God's Word, you must get out of that church.  Yeshua (Jesus) was a Torah observant Jew and He obeyed God's Laws.  We are to do the same.  He said, "If you love me, you will keep My Commandments." And these were His last words to His disciples (this includes today's followers): “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.” 
(Matthew 28:19-20)

Pray for America to return to her Judeo/Christian roots.  I grew up hearing preachers talk about sin and hell.  This was in the 1950's and we were much more polite, civil, and God-fearing society because of what was taught.  If that turns you off, you haven't read the Bible. Or you're reading one of those new translations that distorts God's Truth.  I recommend the Complete Jewish Bible or the Tree of Life Version, which are much closer to the Hebrew versions. Both of these editions include the Old and New Testaments.   Also, this is the Hebrew/English Torah and Haftaros (Old Testament) version we use / teach at our synagogue:  The Stone Edition Chumash You will be amazed when you begin to study and compare the Hebrew passages with your current Bible translation.

Take every opportunity to talk about religion and politics.  This is a hard one for people to accept because we've been taught the lie that we should avoid both.  Don't do it.  Pray for God to open doors for you to teach His Truth, and about the evils of the Democrat Party Platform.  I often say, "I don't know how you can claim to be a follower of Yeshua and be a Democrat."  You'll see what I mean when you investigate for yourself.  Would Jesus approve of abortion (murder of the unborn) or homosexuality (called an abomination in the Bible)? Some people have no idea what their party stands for, and we must take it seriously to teach them this truth.

When I was in high school, we were taught a course based on the book, "Americanism vs Communism." We were taught American history and civics.  These are being omitted from schools today.  That's another thing we can work to change.  I recommend highly these websites to learn about history and our civic duty:

David Barton's Wallbuilders
Prager U
The James Madison Institute
Hillsdale College
The Franklin Institute

I love my country and fully realize, especially after this mid-term election, that we must stay involved.  I read a post this week that I must share:

"We are all bound by a feeling deep inside, a feeling that cannot be publicly expressed for fear of ridicule, a feeling that challenges the mainstream (narrative), against that which we are told to accept and dare not question, put simply, that people are being abused by those in power and time is running out.
Remember the battles of Lexington and Concord - "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!"
For far too long we have been silent and allowed our bands of strength, that we once formed to defend FREEDOM and LIBERTY, to deteriorate.
We became divided.
We became weak.
We elected TRAITORS to govern us.
We allowed EVIL to prey on us.
Those who claimed to represent us gave us false hope, made false promises.
The evil and corruption only grew.
This is more than party politics.
This is about restoring OLD GLORY.
This is about saving our land and our people from those who wish us harm.
This is about preserving our REPUBLIC.
This is about preserving our SAFETY.
This is about restoring our STRENGTH.
This is about PROTECTING our children.
We are all God's children.
We are, FATHERS.
We are, MOTHERS.
We are, SONS.
We are, SISTERS.
We do not look at race.
We do not look at skin color.
We are, and will always be, PATRIOTS.

Please read my previous post (written on election day) to learn how to fight:  Fight For America 

Blessings to you all, dear Gail-Friends

**Just today, Ruth Ginsberg fell and broke three ribs.  She's eighty-five years old, and often an injury like this could lead to her having to retire. If she does, then Trump will be able to have another conservative judge placed on the Court.  My prayer is for her to retire because she is unapologetically liberal and has the blood of millions of unborn babies on her hands through her rulings on abortion (murder).  She's also on record stating that our constitution is outdated and she wants it replaced.  So, she makes decisions with a mind that rejects both the foundation on which this country was built as well as God's Word.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fight for America Today

Today is a day of war in the spiritual realm, and we who believe in Adonai have our marching orders.   

This three-minute video is from David Barton of Wallbuilders about the importance of voting Biblical values:   Should I Vote and Who Should I Vote For?

and this Wallbuilders video is also helpful - I Feel Like I'm Voting for the  Lesser of Two Evils.


Our part is to Vote, yes, but we also have spiritual responsibilities:

We, as believers in God, are not to operate in the ways of the world.  God showed me this verse many years ago, and it has been my touchstone when faced with a serious battle in my life.  As it relates to this mid-term election, I meditate on this verse like this:

 Some trust in horses (dirty tricks, etc.)

 and some trust in chariots (money, bribes, polls, etc.) 

but we will trust in the

 Name of Adonai Elohim. 

(Psalm 20:8)

And this passage details the armor we are to use in our spiritual battles:

Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

This verse is also on my heart today:

I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also  (I Corinthians 14: 15)

Pray before and after you vote.  Pray while at the polling place.  Use your spiritual weapons.  Talk to people in line with you and speak the Word of God as He gives you the opportunity.  

The line was long when I voted early, and the man behind me struck up a conversation about the state of our country.  He was a conservative, like me, and we discussed many issues as the line moved slowly forward.  No one else in the line was talking, but some great seeds were sown that day.  I pray for them to bear good fruit.

I watched this video today, and it gave me chills.  Heaven's warring angels are with those who stand for righteousness and justice, so let's do our part in this fight.    A Message from the Warring Angels


Friday, November 2, 2018

Sabbath Music - A Rich Young Man (Simple Living)

Greetings, Gail-Friends!  I've had a busy, busy week.  We're doing a big renovation at Golden Cottage, so I've been focused on that.  Hopefully, I will do a Thankful Thursday post next week about our trip to the Great Smoky Mountains.  I haven't even had time to look at my photos since we returned from vacation.  I'll also share a bit about my new office/creativity room. I'm looking forward to a day of rest tomorrow because I am weary.

I hope you vote on Tuesday and pray that you will vote through the lens of the Word of God.  Here are a couple of good videos from David Barton of WallBuilders about that.

Should I vote and who should I vote for?

Do you feel like you're voting for the lesser of two evils? 

Our ability to vote is a sacred right and one we must take very seriously.  This quote caught my eye this week: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Martin Luther King

But, the Sabbath is coming at sundown, and I will be putting all of that aside to worship Adonai and be renewed and refreshed in body and spirit.  I hope you will, too.  I'll be sitting on my porch tomorrow with my Bible, my coffee, and my journal . . . praising Him.  I'll also be watching the beautiful painted buntings who have returned to Golden Cottage Garden for the winter.

I just discovered this song (and the group) in the past week, and love it.  Enjoy!

A Rich Young Man (Simple Living) by Keith and Kristyn Getty

** graphic from MiYah Music on Facebook used by permission

Friday, October 26, 2018

Sabbath Music - The Diamond Turns

Greetings, Gail-Friends!  I've been on a vacation to the Great Smokey Mountains and had a wonder-full time.  So much beauty!  I'll tell you all about it next week and share some of the gorgeous color we saw.

Here's a song for your Sabbath enjoyment.  The Diamond Turns by Paul Wilbur
Oh, how I love this song because it leads me to deep and refreshing worship.  This is a lay-on-your-face song.  Imagine it, Gail-Friends . . . one day we will see Him face to face.  Oh, how I long for that glorious day!  We will all cry, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!"  We'll all have "golden" harps, and we'll sing The Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb! 

I pray you all have a good Shabbos and a wonder-full week.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Sabbath Music - L'Chaim (To Life)

photo used by permission of A Little Perspective
Yesterday I wrote about choosing life by being grateful.  The Hebrew expression "L'Chaim" which means "To Life" is a lovely saying in the Jewish world.

This song was performed in the Broadway play, Fiddler On the Roof, and is a favorite of mine.  You can't feel sad when listening to this song, and it always makes my dancing feet perk up.  I hope you enjoy it as you enjoy your Sabbath rest - and I hope you dance.  L'Chaim with lyrics.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday - L'Chaim

In my reading of Proverbs 23 this morning, the word "discipline" was repeated several times.  I'll admit that is not my strongest suit.  One thing I am very disciplined about, however, is gratitude.  That word, too, is an oft-repeated word in the Scriptures. There are 106 verses with the word thanks referenced in the Complete Jewish Bible.   The two words are tied together for me because it is a discipline to be thankful

.I will admit that gratitude was difficult in my younger days.  I remember learning Ephesians 5:20, "In everything give thanks," and often felt like a hypocrite when I thanked Hashem for the hard and painful things in my life.  That discipline trained me to be able to be thankful, though, when the tests became more difficult. Hashem, in His wisdom, knows that gratitude is good for us, and He's been so kind in bringing me what I call "gratitude mentors".  I wrote about three of them HERE.

He knows that an attitude of gratitude helps us spiritually, mentally, and physically because it is life giving.  Praising Him, instead of dwelling on my problems, lifts me above my circumstances.  I love the Scripture, "Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."  It works every time.

We Jews have a saying, "L'Chaim" which means "To Life". It's based on this Scripture:

“I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today
 that I have presented you with life and death, 
the blessing and the curse. 
Therefore, choose life, 
so that you will live, 
you and your descendants...
 (Deuteronomy 30:19)

You might remember the song by the same name in the movie Fiddler on the Roof. If you've not seen that movie, you must!  It's one of my all-time favorites and I've seen it many times.  We even had a sing-along night at the synagogue where we watched the movie together. I provided the lyrics and we all sang (and sometimes danced) through every song.  Rabbi Jem even did the bottle dance!  We had so much fun!

So, dear Gail-Friends, choosing life includes being thank-FULL and we are blessed when we do.   That's why I do this post each week -- to remind myself to be thank-FULL.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sabbath Music - O Give Thanks

Yesterday, I did some writing about the discipline of giving thanks, and this song has come to mind to share for your Sabbath worship.  It's such a worship-FULL song.  Just close your eyes and listen to the words.  I know your spirit will rejoice and be lifted.      O Give Thanks by Paul Wilbur

The video includes a beautiful dance, and I do hope you dance, Gail-Friends.  He loves it when we praise him with dancing. 

Let them praise His Name with dancing.
 Let them sing praises to Him with tambourine and harp.  
(Psalm 149:3)

Good Shabbos to you, Gail-Friends.  May your rest be sweet.

~graphic by MiYah Music, used by permission

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thankful Thursday - The Ministry of Books

I'm so thankful for the books that have ministered to me over the years.  I've written about books before on my blog, but have never made a list of those most dear to me. So, here you go, dear Gail-Friends.

In my childhood, I was a total bookworm:

The Bible
365 Bedtime Stories
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
The Boxcar Children
Tom Sawyer
Huckleberry Finn
The Biography of Julliet Lowe (I was a Girl Scout)
The Biography of Florence Nightingale (I wanted to be a nurse after reading this one.)
The Secret Garden

As A Teenager, (I didn't read as much):

The Bible
Christian Girls' Problems (This book is ridiculed today.)
Little Women
The Diary of Anne Frank
Mrs. Mike

As an Adult:

Non-Fiction (my favorite reading material)

The Bible
Streams in the Desert
The Biography of George Mueller
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman
Silver Boxes
See You  At The Top
Come Away, My Beloved
God Calling
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
Walking Through the Fire
The Hiding Place
One Day At A Time in Al-Anon (I grew up in alcoholism.)
The Big Book of AA
Codependent No More
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life 
Liberated Through Submission: God's Design for Freedom in All Relationships
Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
The Genesis Diet
How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture 
100 Days of Blessings Vol. 1 and 2
The Artists Way 

Redeeming Love
The Zion Chronicles
The Anne of Green Gables Series
The Help

The graphic below is just so totally me.  At Golden Cottage, we have books in ever room.  I like it that way because books minister to me just by sitting on the shelf.  I love seeing them.

I'd love to hear about your favorite books.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Sabbath Music - Simchat Torah Songs

Oh, so TRUE!  This is Simchat Torah celebration week. Tonight, in combination with our weekly Erev Shabbat service, we'll be singing, dancing with the Torah, worshipping, (eating, of course) and studying Torah all night long.

This week, I'm sharing some YouTube videos of some Simchat Torah celebrations. You can see some of our synagogue's past celebrations by clicking on this LINK.

Parading and dancing with the Torah reminds us that we have the responsibility and JOY of taking the Torah to those who don't know it.  I love these videos because they show the happiness and JOY of those who love His Torah:

Dancing with the Torah 
Oh, by the way, dancing with the Torah is NOT easy because it is HEAVY!  I have a hard time picking ours up.

Simchat Torah by MiYAH 

This one is in Jerusalem  - just look at all of those Torah scrolls.
Simchat Torah at the Wailing Wall 

Do you find JOY in His Torah?  I do and am blessed to have learned to obey it.

For Our Families' Sake - Please!

By Nancy Campbell (used by permission)

Dear wives and mothers, I know that many of you are so busy in your homes that you often don’t know what’s going on in the country politically You’re not even interested in politics. I don’t want Above Rubies to be political either. It is totally for encouraging wives, mothers, and homemakers in their God-given mandate.

However, I realize the seriousness of the situation in our nation currently and need to encourage you to become political for a little while—for the sake of your families. This goes beyond politics. This is about FAMILY! What we do now determines the future of our children, our grandchildren, and our greatgrandchildren. Future generations. Do you think about the future of your precious children and what kind of environment they will live in?

It is time to become a voice to count for righteousness. To protect our children. Therefore, we must get ready. Are you registered to vote for the coming mid-term elections on November 6? If not, get registered right away. You must register before 9 October, so there’s not much time. You can do it locally or online.

Do you have children 18 years and over? Make sure they are registered. Please don’t waste their vote. Your young people can help turn the tide. Every single vote counts. It’s a priority.

Why am I encouraging you to vote? Because this is no longer a choice between political parties, between Democrat and Republican. There was a time when people could choose between. But now the current Democrat party has moved far beyond where they used to be. They are now the party of extreme socialism and fascism. They want communism back.

Already we live in a nation that is completely unbiblical. This party advocates homosexuality which is now is condoned by law of our land and yet it is an abomination in the eyes of God. They are desperate to keep the laws of abortion which allow babies to be murdered up to the third trimester. They do not want to protect our nation but want open borders. They want sanctuary cities, so we can harbor terrorists and criminals.

This is only the beginning. They are no longer subtly working but FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL! Screaming and yelling. They hate God and hate Christians and if they get in persecution will begin. They are supposedly intelligent people, but their thinking is ridiculous. Because they don’t want God in their lives or decisions, He gives them over to a “reprobate mind,” undiscerning and void of judgment (Romans 1:28).

Years back the rhetoric of the feminists was to say they didn’t need men. Now they have gone further. They want to castrate them. They want to eradicate their role in society. Did you hear the senator from Hawaii state publicly: “All white men, SHUT UP!”
We don’t want this environment for our precious children and grandchildren, do we?
Therefore, we must be proactive and do something. The most important thing is to VOTE IN THESE MID-TERM ELECTIONS. Even if you’ve never done it before, do it this time.

And of course, pray. I am sure you are praying. Praying with your children morning and evening for our nation and for God to save us from this fascism coming into our nation. Pray against the liberal media that daily fills our nation with lies, deception, and propaganda.

Pray for the youth in our colleges who are being dumbed down and propagandized with all this nonsense by their liberal professors. Pray for a mighty move of God amongst our high schools and colleges. These youth are the future of our nation. What they believe determines the future of our country.

We can’t pray effectively if we don’t know who to pray for. We must pray for our president daily and those surrounding him. Do you know the name of the Secretary of State? Secretary of Defense, The Senate Leader? National Security Advisor? And so on. Do your children know who they are?
1 Timothy 2:1-4: “I exhort therefore, that FIRST OF ALL, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For KINGS, and for ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY: that we may lead a quiet and peace le life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

We have a prayer box which we use at our prayer times in our home called OUR NATION-CHANGING PRAYER BOX. We include the names of our national leaders and the important issues to pray for in our nation. That way, we don’t forget.

We notice that when the righteous get into authority there is more opportunity for people to come to Jesus and the truth. Let ’s pray for the right environment in our nation.

Love and blessings to you today, Nancy

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Golden Rain

My view from the sukkah, with golden rain on the table
The golden rain was really falling heavily during Sukkot this year.  I'll share more about it (and my epiphany) later in this post.

Sukkot has come and gone, and we're celebrating Simchat Torah this week.  Here are a few photos of our sweet time in the sukkah.

Rabbi Jem and Zoe enjoying the sukkah
Rabbi Jem makes his Pampered Princess breakfast for me on Sundays.  So good.
Fans are important in the sukkah here in Florida.  So is mosquito repellant.  We had an army of ants attack the table, too.
I had to cover my cofee cup because the Golden Rain kept falling into it.
 We always cover the top of the sukkah with bamboo branches.  It's a reminder of how the Israelites traveled through the wilderness and camped in flimsy booths (sukkahs).  At night, you can look through the branches and see the stars. All of this is to reinforce that Adonai is our provider.  Just as he provided for the millions of the Jews, He will provide for us.

Golden Rain like manna from Heaven.
Golden Rain trees in the Golden Garden at Golden Cottage - and they are covered with bumblebees.

We got so much Golden Rain, we tried to cover the sukkah to keep it from falling in our food.

Amanda and family came over to help us put up the sukkah.  Then, we celebrated our grandson's 9th birthday.  He wanted a chocolate chip cake, so his GiGi made it to his specifications.  White cake with chocolate chips, white icing with chocolate chips, and vanilla chocolate chip ice cream.  Everybody said it was really, really good.

I love to see this precious face.

I'm so thankful for my daughters, their fine husbands, and my grandson.  This boy has brought us so much JOY!  I can't believe he's nine years old already.  Time flies the older I get.  The plate I'm holding says, "Thankful" and I have a heart overflowing with gratitude for these blessings.

After we eat, he always comes over and gives the cook (me) a kiss. 

I had such a sweet time in the sukkah this week.  I enjoyed it most in the early morning.  Just sitting there listening to the birds singing, the cicadas fiddling, and the bees buzzing was pure bliss.  Speaking of the bees, we have so many that it sounds like a jet taking off.  They love the golden rain trees.  As I sat in the sukkah, the sun came through the bamboo covering and made beautiful shadows on my journal page.

My daily reading in Streams In The Desert was so appropriate and encouraged my faith.  The golden rain was falling onto my page and it reminded me of the manna that Adonai provided daily.  If you look closely at the photo below, you can see a carpet of golden rain covering the grass.

My psalm of the day was Psalm 112 - and it was an answer to a prayer that very morning.

How happy is anyone who fears Adonai,
who greatly delights in his mitzvot.
His descendants will be powerful on earth,
a blessed generation of upright people.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness stands forever.
To the upright he shines like a light in the dark,
merciful, compassionate and righteous.
Things go well with the person who is merciful and lends,
who conducts his affairs with fairness;
for he will never be moved.
The righteous will be remembered forever.
He will not be frightened by bad news;
he remains steady, trusting in Adonai.
His heart is set firm, he will not be afraid,
till finally he looks in triumph at his enemies.
He distributes freely, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness stands forever.
His power will be increased honorably.
10 The wicked will be angry when they see this;
they will gnash their teeth and waste away,
the desires of the wicked will come to nothing.

Oh, how I love it when Adonai speaks directly to me in this way.  As I was reading it and marveling, more golden rain began to fall.  It thrilled me!  And even more exciting was that a mockingbird began to sing . . . and then another!  I always say, "Mockingbirds sing at my epiphanies."  Having two of my favorite birds confirm God's message was so wonderful.

The High Holy Days have brought abundant blessings for me this year, and I'd love to hear about your celebrations.

Blessings to you, dear Gail-Friends.