Friday, May 17, 2019

Sabbath Music - As Long As I Breathe




Shabbat blessings to you all, Gail-Friends.  I pray your Shabbat is full of worship, rest, and the joy of rejuvination of being out in God's beautiful creation.  How long has it been since you lay in the grass and looked up at the clouds?  It's been a long time for me, but this graphic** (above) inspires me to do just that.

There is so much beauty in the earth.  Go out and enjoy it.  Let's worship Him and thank Him for that beauty and that we're alive to see it.

If you can't be outside tomorrow, you can see His beautiful creations in this video:


As Long As I Breathe by Zemer Levav

I really love her music and encourage you to support her music ministry.  Zemer Levav

Shabbat Shalom Y'all.

** graphic used by permission from MiYah Music on Facebook.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thankful Thursday - Golden Cottage Happenings



Greetings, Y'all

I'll try to catch up on what's been happening 'round here lately.  I haven't been posting a lot due to still struggling with my injured wrist.  It's doing much better now that I've seen an orthopedic doctor and started occupational therapy. The brace he put me in helps tremendously.  But typing is impossible with it on, so I've been limiting my typing time.



In March, we celebrated my youngest daughter's birthday.  She's got her "love" glasses on.  I won't tell you how old she is 'cause she can get away with a whole lot less.  Isn't she beautiful?


 Early April, we went to the Barberville Spring Frolic.  I attended the mountain dulcimer workshop taught by Laurie Allsbrook .   I met her at the Florida Folk Festival and she's a great teacher.


While visiting one of the vendor booths, Jem fell in love with this instrument.  It's called a bowed psaltery.  He doesn't read music, but it's made with numbers and song sheets with tabbed music.  He has diligently practiced and is getting really good .  He even played for our Passover seder last month.



I love visiting with the peacocks at Barberville.  Here's the female:



And here's the male.  Isn't he gorgeous?


I helped my friend and writing critique partner, Peggy, with an author event in April, too.  It was a smashing success and well attended.  She's a very funny and entertaining speaker.


This book event was a tea party, and every person had a unique teacup.  This one is the pattern of my grannie's dime-store dishes which I wrote about in the book Christmas Moments. 



Betty, the lovely lady in the peach blouse above is one of my writing critique partners, too.   Betty, Peggy, Fay and I meet once a month to critique each other's writing.  It's such a loving group and so helpful.  God sure blessed me when he put us together.  I prayed for writing partners who were believers and good editors.  Both Peggy and Betty are former English teachers, and Fay is an editor.  Isn't God good???

We took a couple of bird rides over the last few months and here are some good shots:


The big bird is a great blue heron, and the other is a roseate spoonbill.


This is a young rosey because its pink feathers are not fully developed.

 

In this photo you can see why they're called spoonbills.  They run their bills along the bottom of the lagoon and scoop up their food.  I love seeing and photographing them.

I got some good shots in Golden Cottage Garden, too.  I love this one of a daddy feeding his baby.


We feed the adopted cats outside my office window, and discovered that the birds love cat food, too.


Like blue jays . . .

and woodpeckers.

My friend, Barbara, told me about a new squirrel-proof bird feeder.  Well, this guy figured it out pretty quick.  He hangs upside down and sticks his hand in for the seed.


Those fluffy-tailed rats are wiley.  Look at this guy caught in the act.  Doesn't he look guilty?


Here are a couple of things that amused me.



I agree, especially when my loving Jem makes it for me in the morning.  I'm so thankful for him . . . his love . . . AND coffee.  Oh, and CHOCOLATE . . . I'm SO, SO, SO thankful for chocolate.  Next week I'll share my recipe for sugar-free chocolate candy.  It's yummy and healthy, too.


Well, that catches me up, and I leave you with a pic of a golden sunset at Golden Cottage Garden.



What are you thankful for this week? 











Friday, May 10, 2019

Sabbath Music - Enter His Gates


Sabbath Greetings To You All.

This graphic expresses my heart.  I just have to praise Him for all He's brought me through and hope I can encourage others that He will use every hard experience for good.  Sometimes it takes a long time to see that good and the purpose.  I promise -- one day you'll see it if you stay faithful to Him.  He will see you through.

I love this song - Enter His Gates by Steve McConnell.  It's so perfect for the Sabbath.  We have our service on Friday nights, and many are tired from a long day.  My prayer is always that the songs I choose will encourage, lift up, and renew strength for those who attend.  This one always does that for me, and I hope it will bless you today. 

Good Shabbos to you all, dear Gail-Friends

Thankful Thursday - Passover Fun


Greetings, Gail-Friends!  It's been a while since I did this weekly post, but I'm still thankful.  I'll try to catch up on what's been happening at Golden Cottage.

Passover has come and gone and we had a wonder-full and fun celebration.


 I always enjoy watching the children when they search for the afikomen and go to the door to look for Elijah!


Our grandson was hilarious as he bargained with Rabbi Jem to redeem the afikomen.  He wound up with $5.00.


We had a special guest duo for music this year. Rabbi Jem and our daughter, Amanda, played Amazing Grace together toward the end of the seder, and the congregation sang along.  You can watch it at this LINK
 
Amanda also led us in singing Pharoah, Pharoah.  We always have a good time singing about the children of Israel escaping from the pharaoh.  Here's the LINK for that song.

Our son-in-love, William, took some beautiful photos.  I love this one of the Torah.  He's so talented.


This is the seder plate for the head table, which has the lamb shank bone, the bitter herbs, and the charoset.   You can learn more about the significance of each item at this LINK.


 This is the seder plate for each member of the congregation. 

After the seder, we sang and danced in JOY for our Passover Lamb, Yeshua our Messiah.  Then we took photos with this great frame made by one of our members.  I'm so thankful for her and many others worked who worked very hard to make this event a big success.  It's a lot of work, Gail-Friends, but so worth it.

Tashunda

Tie and Dye - who always wear tie-dyed shirts!

Such a lovely family!

This post is getting long, so I'll tell you more about Golden Cottage happenings next week.  Blessings to you, Gail-Friends, and I'd love to hear about your seder or any good news you've had this week.

To learn more about Passover, see our past celebrations, and get some good recipes for next year, click on the Passover link on the right side of this blog.

Shalom, and have a thank-full week.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Sabbath Music - Clean Before My Lord


Shabbat Shalom and blessings to you all, dear Gail-Friends.  I hope your Passover celebration was worship-full and full of blessings.  Ours was.  The only bad part was that my phone camera decided to die that day, so I got no photos.  Others did, however, so I'll be sharing those next week. 

We were blessed to have my daughter, Amanda, sing for us.  She did a medley of songs about the blood of Yeshua.  This song was on my mind, so I asked her to include it.  I remember this song from the 1970's, and I hope you enjoy Clean Before My Lord by Honeytree.  She was a popular Christian artist during the 70's Jesus Movement, and is still recording.  I enjoyed listening to other videos by her on YouTube this week.

Have a blessed Sabbath.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Sabbath Music - Passover


Today, we have a double blessing.  Shabbat AND Passover begin at sundown.  Are you ready?  Are you attending a seder?   We're having one at the synagogue tomorrow.

Here's a Passover Playlist for your listening pleasure.


I pray for eyes and ears to open to the truths of the Passover seder.  I'll never forget my first seder when I saw Yeshua in the matzah.  That was the beginning of my journey to Messianic Judaism.

You can learn about Passover by clicking on the Passover link on the right side of this blog.


Since we celebrate Passover for eight  seven** days, I won't be posting during that time.  Chag Pesach Sameach and Shabbat Shalom to you, Gail-Friends.

graphic used by permission from A Little Perspective on Facebook

**my mistake (I must've been thinking of Chanukah, Gail-Friends!  (Laughing at my self.)

 

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thankul Thursday - My Crown & More Good News



I'll never forget the first time I saw my grandson's little face on the sonogram.  My heart filled to overflowing with LOVE and JOY!!  Did you know they have 3D color sonograms now?  I found this image on Bing.com of a baby laughing in the womb.  You have to see it - a photo of the baby before and after birth Oh, Gail-Friends!  Isn't this amazing? 

Did you know I have a crown, Gail-Friends?  

 See the source image

You might have one, too.  Proverbs 17:6 says so:

 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.

I'm so thankful for my grandson - my (nine-year-old)crown from Adonai.  He's such a JOY!  

 
my crown at age 5 or 6

I prayed for him a long, long time before he came into this world. His mother, Amanda, miscarried four little ones before Jonathan arrived.  We'll see those precious ones in heaven one day (my other crowns).  I'm praying for a granddaughter now!  

And good news --  I could  be getting another crown!!!  After nine, long years, Amanda said she's ready to have another baby and hopes for a girl! I can understand her reluctance to go through another pregnancy. After four miscarriages and a three-day labor with Jonathan, plus the fact that he was NOT a good sleeper, anybody would be reluctant.  Amanda never slept through the night till she was six years old!  I think it took me about twenty years to make up for the sleep deprivation she caused me!  But, she was worth it for sure.  Anyway,  I'm on top of the world, and pray it happens soon.  I told her that diet has an impact on what gender your baby will be.  Who knew?  Such good news, and you can read about it  HERE

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Praise the Lord!  Halleuyah!  Just look at all of the good news this week, Gail-Friends!

The movie, Unplanned, is having a tremendous impact:   Almost 100 abortion clinic workers seek to leave the industry after seeing Unplanned


Conceived in rape, former Miss Pennsylvania shares why every human life deserves protection.  Read the story HERE

Florida's House passes pro-life bill requiring parental consent for abortion.  Read the story HERE.  

I'm so thankful for these steps forward in the fight to save the little ones.

Please join me in praying for more states to pass pro-life laws and for more babies to saved.  

Pray for the pro-life workers.

Pray for Roe v Wade to be overturned.

Pray for the girls and women who suffer anxiety, depression, and other mental torment from having an abortion to find the forgiveness and peace that Adonai offers through Yeshua, our Savior..

Many of the pro-life clinics show girls and women a sonogram of their little one, and this has a huge impact on their decision to keep the baby.  This color 3D image, mentioned above, should be even more successful.  Thank you, God, for this innovation!

Blessings to you, Gail-Friends, and I'd love to hear any good news you've had this week.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Sabbath Music - A Jewish Prayer & a Bonus





I've been thinking about the return of Yeshua our Messiah.  The Scriptures say He will return with the sound of the trumpet, which is the shofar.  Since we always begin our Sabbath service with the shofar blast, I was thinking, perhaps He will come on that blessed day.  Something to ponder.

This song speaks of the longing for Messiah to come.  I long for it, too, and seek every day to be ready, with my lamp filled with His holy oil.  (See the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25).  The song is in Hebrew with English lyrics.

A Jewish Prayer


And I have a bonus for you, Gail-Friends.  Here's a song we sing every week.  The song speaks of welcoming the Sabbath and of the return of Messiah for His bride.  This song is also in Hebrew with English lyrics.

Lecha Dodi 

In the week ahead, we'll be preparing for Passover by getting the chametz (leaven) out of our homes.  This is a commandment of Adonai.  Leaven is representative of sin. We also search our hearts for any sin and get that out of our lives, too.  Such a wonderful and tangible lesson He has given us.

Good Shabbos to you, Gail-Friends! 


Thankful Thursday - Unplanned & The Pro-Life Movement




Today, I'm thankful for the many people in the Pro-Life Movement who have continued to work to end baby murder in the womb.  When Roe v Wade was passed in 1973, they didn't just shrug and give up.  They continued to pray and put feet to their faith to end this abomination.  They've continued to fight for the past "46" years!!!!  That's commitment.  That's faith!

I believe Roe v Wade will be overturned.  Great strides have been made since President Trump took office.  State legislators are putting new laws on the books to protect the little ones.  Granted, abortion has not been outlawed nationwide, but great progress is being made.  For these, I'm am thankful to Adonai and see them as answers to prayer.

Just this week the following states have made big changes:

Mississippi Governor Signs Abortion Ban: I Want to Tell the Lord “I Fought for Innocent Babies”

Texas Senate Passes Bill Stopping Infanticide, Requiring Medical Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortions. 

Ohio defunds Planned Parenthood and abortion industry

Let's all say a BIG HALLELUYAH !

We went to see Unplanned this week and, Gail-Friends, you just absolutely MUST see this movie.  And take a teen, or pre-teen, with you.  The movie has an R rating due to graphic content. I'll tell you there a couple of very short scenes with blood, but they are necessary to understand the truth about abortion.

I learned so much from this film. For instance, about the RU486 method, aka the morning-after-pill.  The media makes it sound so simple and painless.  Not true and the film shows the impact of this drug.

I was touched by this film to the very depths of my soul.  So many girls and women have believed the lies about abortion.  I've personally known some who have killed their babies through abortion.  It's an issue so close to my heart that I wept through the whole movie.

I wept, not only about the ones who aborted their children but for the babies who were never born. 

I wept for the workers who are so blinded by the lies in their industry.

I wept for the fathers, and grandparents, and other family members who lost having those little ones in their lives.

Abortion is thoroughly horrible.  It impacts so many lives.  Statistics show that girls and women who abort their babies suffer terrible emotional and mental problems afterward -- many for the rest of their lives.  I know some of them.

But, I also wept for the pro-life workers.  I'm so thankful for those faithful ones who stood outside the killing clinics day after day, holding signs, and speaking truth to the ones who came to kill their babies.  God bless them for their steadfastness and faith.  In the movie, those workers waited eight long years to see their prayers answered for Abby Johnson.

God bless Abby for telling her story.  And God bless the people who provided funds to make this movie.  One benefactor is Mike Lindell - the My Pillow guy.  I'm going to buy two of them this week!!

Unplanned is having an impact:

“Unplanned” Movie Gets 93% Positive Rating From Viewers, Moves Up to 4th Place at Box Office



I've thought about the movie all week -- and cried.  I feel convicted to do more to stop the killing.  I've stood on the street with signs. I've supported pro-life causes.  I've written and spoken out about the killing.  I've contacted my legislators.  I've prayed with and counseled girls and women about it.  But, I know I can do more.  I'm seeking Adonai's face about what my role is to be going forward.   One thing I know to do is to encourage you to see the movie.

Another thing I know is this:  If you've had an abortion, God will forgive you.  

When we turn away, disobey and follow our own way, we reap death.  When women choose abortion, they experience death. Not only the death of the aborted baby but death in their spirits.

The aftermath of an abortion is like a beautiful piece of furniture with a deep scratch across the surface.  Marred, but still beautiful and still useful.   There is hope.   Peace is possible.

Beloved, if you have had an abortion, you must agree with God that abortion is murder.
Ask His forgiveness for your sin.
Receive that forgiveness as an unmerited gift.  Yeshua died and rose again to pay for your sin.
Thank Him for it daily.
Make amends by speaking the truth about abortion.  Share your experience so that others will not go through what you did.

REMEMBER:  You are loved and forgiven. God can use you to help other women.  

Read His Word -- the Holy Bible -- and obey it.  His ways are LIFE 


 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Sabbath Music - Amazing Grace

graphic from MiYah music used by permission

I'm preparing for Shabbat this afternoon and looking forward to a restful, worship-full day ahead.  The song, Amazing Grace is a perfect meditation for this day.  This rendition by the Soweto Gospel Choir gives me glory bumps (aka chill bumps).  I don't think you can listen to it and not want to raise your hands in praise.  So, just do it!!!  Stand up! Raise your hands and thank Him for saving you!

Let's meditate on the grace that drew us to Yeshua our Messiah and His Torah of LIFE!!!!    Let's worship him and praise Him SEVEN TIMES TODAY!!  I was reading this verse today in Psalm 119:164(CJB)


I praise you seven times a day
because of your righteous rulings.
 Those who love your Torah have great peace;
nothing makes them stumble.

I thought,  SEVEN times - Wow!  Could I do that?  YES, I CAN because I have been so blessed "because of His Torah and Yeshua's blood!"  It's easy peasy if you do it like this:
  1. when I wake up
  2. at breakfast
  3. mid-morning
  4. at lunch
  5. mid-afternoon
  6. at dinner
  7. at bedtime
    HAVE A BLESSED SABBATH, GAIL-FRIENDS!

Thankful Thursday - A Movie & A Pro-Life President



This week, I'm so thankful for what's happening in my country.  We now have a president who's putting America first and working tirelessly to Make America Great Again.  He's keeping his promises.  But, sadly, he's hated unmercifully for it.

I've listed previously the many accomplishments he's achieved over the past two years, and there are many more since that post.  If all you watch for news is the MSM (main stream media = ABC, CBS, NBC, and the worst of all, CNN) you will not hear a word about the good this president is doing.   Here's an updated list:  PROMISES KEPT

I'm most encouraged by the steps he's taken over the last month to defund Planned Parenthood.  God will bless him and America for doing this.  Here is a list of what he's done related to preserving the lives of the unborn:

PROTECTING LIFE: (from the Promises Kept link)

"President Trump recognizes the precious gift of life and protects the sanctity of life at all stages.

In his first week in office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that prevented $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the abortion industry.
  • President Trump de-funded a U.N. agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization.
President Trump worked with the Congress to sign a bill overturning an Obama midnight regulation that prohibited States from defunding abortion service providers.
  • The Trump Administration published guidance which promises to enforce the Obamacare requirement that taxpayer dollars should not support abortion coverage in exchange plans.
Reinstated the Mexico City Policy to ban any U.S. foreign aid to organizations that perform abortions.

Signed a Congressional Review Act bill to allow states to restrict Planned Parenthood Funding."

AND just today, Vice President Mike Pence encouraged us to see the movie Unplanned, which is about an abortion provider who turned Pro-Life.  AMAZING!!!!


The movie is playing in many theatres this weekend, and we hope to see it.  I've heard good things about it.  It's actually the #4 box-office moneymaker right now.  Halleluyah!!!

 I'm so thankful that President Trump and Vice President Pence are NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT.

Please pray for our president.  He is hated and is in constant danger from people who are crazed with violent hate.  Especially pray for him this weekend as he visits the border wall.  I love the graphic attached to this article.  And the scripture verse about building the wall.

  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/04/05/prayers-for-president-trump/?fbclid=IwAR2iYBKLfJePlls_PT1jdrVog2KonkAFvQDEb_D33m3n1KGM4OuDgXVCNMI

And if you have the time to read a LONG but VALUABLE AND WORTH IT article about the crime of the century, carried out by Obama and Hillary and others, check this out.  I am praying for swift justice for the treasonous acts of these people.  And I BELIEVE justice is coming.

 http://dcwhispers.com/the-full-story-of-how-obama-hillary-and-brennan-carried-out-the-crime-of-the-century/


Again, I'm so thankful that we have THIS president.  I pray for him and his family daily.  They are paying a high price for their courage and determination to right the wrongs done in the past by traitors to America.



Friday, March 29, 2019

Sabbath Music - In His Time



Greetings and Shabbat Shalom, Gail-Friends! This morning in my devotions, I read this poem:

 Yes, leave it with Him,
The lilies all do,
And they grow--
They grow in the rain,
And they grow in the dew--
Yes, they grow:
They grow in the darkness, all hid in the night--
They grow in the sunshine, revealed by the light--
Still they grow.
Yes, leave it with Him
'Tis more dear to His heart,
You will know,
Than the lilies that bloom,
Or the flowers that start
'Neath the snow:
Whatever you need, if you seek it in prayer,
You can leave it with Him--for you are His care.

You, you know.
--Selected

The poem is based on this verse:

 Consider the lilies, how they grow (Matt. 6:28)

We can't make lilies grow, no matter how much we fertilize them, water them, or tend them.  It's the same with every problem we encounter.  We can pray, do what we have the power to do, and then leave it to His care.  We cannot control outcomes.  That is God's work.  Leave your burden in His loving, capable hands.

This is good to remember if you are carrying a burden today, Gail-Friends.  Remember, He cares for the lilies and He cares for you.  He will take care of it - in His way and in His time. 

That seems a bit simplistic for a find-a-way, make-a-way woman like me, but I've learned this lesson.  Have you?

The beauty-full, rest-full, worship-full song I've chosen for you today is In His Time by the Maranatha Singers.  The lyrics are provided so that you can sing along.  The video has some gorgeous photos of God's creation just in case you can't get out and enjoy nature in person. 

I hope you have a wonder-full Sabbath.

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Pray for Israel



Dear Gail-Friends, please read this article and pray for Israel:


Israel Prepared for Violent Clashes With Gaza Saturday During 'March of Return' Anniversary

by Emily Jones on CBN.com


Israel is bracing itself for the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return on the Gaza border.

Hamas is urging tens of thousands of Gazans to gather at Israel's southern border to face-off with

Israeli soldiers and demand the return of Palestinian refugees to the land they were driven out of or left behind during Israel's war for independence.

While some have branded the mass demonstrations as non-violent, many Gazans throw explosives at

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops and send burning kites across the border to torch Israeli territory.


Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar said in an address to Gazans last year that the goal is to infiltrate Israel and forcefully remove Jews from the land.

"The March of Return will continue… until we remove this transient border," he said, adding that the ** protests "mark the beginning of a new phase in the Palestinian national struggle on the road to liberation and 'return'… Our people can't give up one inch of the land of Palestine."

On April 27, 2018, Al-Aqsa TV reported on the "Fence Cutters Unit" in Gaza chanting: "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Muhammad has begun to return."

One of the masked members declared: "Today is the day of the march toward our occupied and robbed Palestinian lands. Today, we cut the Zionist enemy's main barbed-wire fence on the Gaza border," adding that Israel is "destined for perdition."

The Great March of Return, which began March 30, 2018, was originally planned to be a six-week protest, but quickly turned into weekly, often-times deadly, confrontations with the IDF.

Last week, a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report accused Israel of committing "serious violations of human rights and international human law" during the mass demonstrations.
According to the report, Israel killed 189 peaceful protesters last year.

Ambassador Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs told CBN News the report ignored violence from Palestinians.

"The report completely and utterly ignores the fact that these are very violent demonstrations, including the use of firearms and throwing grenades, breaking through the fence, people who've been given maps of Israeli towns and villages in close proximity to the border fence so that they can get there and kill as many Israelis as they can," said Baker.

Saturday's demonstrations come after Gazan terrorists launched dozens of rockets at Israeli citizens over the past few weeks.

The Israeli military said it had increased the number of troops along the border with the Gaza Strip to prepare for another wave of violence during the protests.
 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops on the border Thursday and said he is prepared to take further military action in Gaza, but only as a last resort.

"If we need a broader operation, we will enter it strong and confident, and after we have exhausted all other options," Netanyahu said.


Read more at this website:  www.cbn.com