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