Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thankful Thursday - Loving Reproofs




Have you ever been reproved?  Do you even know what it means?  The Hebrew word used in the verse above is  "tokhakhat" and means "correction."

I've had experience with being reproved as a teenager, as a young mother, and as a mature woman.    As a teen, I was rebuked by a teacher at school for hanging out with the wrong crowd.  She did it in a very kind and loving way and I received it.

As a young mother, I was reproved by an older woman about my mothering methods.  Her words were harsh and unkind.  I didn't take it very well.  Looking back to that day, I see that she was right, but her delivery was all wrong.  It was not a loving reproof.  It was an angry slap in the face.

I've been reproved as a mature woman several times.  Each time, the reproof was kind and caring and I received their wisdom.

In each of these cases, the person really did have my best interest at heart. I'm glad they cared enough to correct me.

I'm concerned that there is not enough reproving going on in the synagogues and churches of today because of the misconception that reproving is judging.  We are told in both the Old Testament and the New that this is our duty.  Would we please Adonai if we did not warn someone who was about to go over a cliff?

Having gone through reprimands myself, I've learned a good way to reprove others.  Here are the steps I take:

  • When I see someone going down the wrong road, I pray for them.  
  • I seek God's face about whether I am the one who should confront the problem.  (I am the women's minister at our synagogue, but sometimes my rabbi husband is the one who should have the talk.)
  • If I'm to be the one to confront the problem, I read and meditate on these passages in Scripture:  Matthew 7:3-5 and Luke 6:41-42
  • Keeping those verses in mind, I begin a season of prayer, searching my heart about my own sins.  
  • I confess and ask forgiveness for any sin Hashem reveals.
  • I pray for the right time and place to talk. 
  • I pray for my heart to be in the right place, full of love and compassion.
  • I pray for the right words. 
  • I pray for the person to be receptive to my counsel.
  • I meditate on this passage from Galatians 6:1-5 (CJB) ~
 "Brothers, suppose someone is caught doing something wrong. 
You who have the Spirit should set him right, 
but in a spirit of humility, keeping an eye on yourselves so that you won’t be tempted too.
  Bear one another’s burdens — in this way you will be fulfilling 
the Torah’s true meaning, which the Messiah upholds. 
  For if anyone thinks he is something when he is really nothing, he is fooling himself.  
So let each of you scrutinize his own actions. 
Then if you do find something to boast about, 
at least the boasting will be based on 
what you have actually done and not merely on a 
judgment that you are better than someone else;
  for each person will carry his own load."


I've used this method many, many times.  I wish I could tell you that it's always successful.  It's not.  Sometimes the person humbly receives the counsel of God's Word.  Other times, the person becomes angry and completely turns me off, or even accuses me of "judging" them.  Their reaction reveals the state of their heart.  As the Scripture in the graphic above says:

"The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise."

I'm sincerely thankful for the reproofs I've received over the years.  It's not easy to be corrected, but it truly is life-giving when done God's way.

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Can you receive a reproof? Or do you just say, "Don't judge me..."  It's something to ponder, Gail-Friends.

The article below inspired me to write this post today, and it's really good counsel.

~~~


HOW CAN WE RECEIVE A REBUKE?
By Nancy Campbell on Facebook

Do you find it difficult to receive a rebuke? It’s not easy, is it? At first, we may feel offended. But then we must change the attitude of our hearts.

“Dear Father, please give me a soft and tender heart to receive reproof. Teach me Your ways from this reproof.”
And instead of getting bitter, we open our hearts to instruction. This is the way we mature. This is the way we grow in our walk with the Lord. If we cannot receive reproof, we may stay in the same habit, the same sin, or the same rut for years!

The other day I read this powerful Scripture in Psalm 141:5: “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil.”

I looked up the Passion translation and was challenged when I read: “When one of your faithful ones rebukes me, I will accept it like an honor I cannot refuse. It will be healing medicine that I swallow without an offended heart.” What wonderful words to take to our hearts.

Can we receive instruction and reproof to heal us like medicine? And without being offended?

This Scripture calls reproof a healing medicine. Proverbs 15:31 calls it “the reproof of life.” It brings life to our souls.

This is how we need to live our personal lives and then teach this habit to our children. We must teach our children HOW to receive instruction and rebuke. It is natural to resist. We must show them God’s way.

I think this would be a good Scripture to pin up in your kitchen for the whole family, don’t you?"


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Friday, March 15, 2019

Sabbath Music - Gadol Elohi








Gadol Elohi is Hebrew for "Our God is Great" and this song is a wonder-full meditation for your Sabbath.  You may recognize this as the popular song, How Great Is Our God.  The song alternates between Hebrew and English, with English words so you understand what's being said.   Gadol Elohi by Joshua Aaron. 

I hope you will meditate on all the ways Adonai is great in your life.  Why not make a list in your journal?

Here are a few of mine:

He keeps the sun shining in the sky.  Just the perfect distance away from our planet for our existence here on Earth.  With every sunrise, I'm reminded of His greatness and His glory.



He tells the birds when to migrate to warmer weather in winter and then go back to their homes when the weather warms up.  The painted buntings have been here at Golden Cottage since late October.  They'll be headed back to their northern homes soon and I'll miss them.  I love having these colorful snowbirds visit.




He tells the seas where to stop on the sand.  What a marvel.  We're so blessed to live near the ocean.  It's a perfect place to see His greatness and majesty.



Yes, our God is great!  I praise Him with my whole heart and give him glory!

Have a wonderful Sabbath, Gail-Friends, and I'd love to know how God shows His greatness to you.





Friday, March 8, 2019

Sabbath Music - Standing on the Promises







This is a song I grew up with and I always enjoyed singing it.  Standing on the Promises by Alan Jackson takes me back to that little Baptist church as I hear the piano in the background.  This song always makes me remember the time when I was memorizing this Scripture:


14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.  I John 5:14-15 (KJV) 

I complained to my teacher about having to memorize Bible verses.  I've never forgotten the excited look on her face and her response:  "Oh, Gail, this is a most precious promise from God to you!  Think of it - if you pray for something that you know is His will, He will give it to you!"  

She gave me a gift that day.  As I read the Word, I learned there are many promises to believers.  Here's one of my favorites:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 9 (KJV)

Most of His promises have conditions, such as the one above.  I have to acknowledge Him before I take off running down the path I'm thinking of.  When I seek His face about my decisions, He always gives a good outcome.  

A good meditation for Shabbat is to think about and journal the promises you've learned to trust.

What promises do you cling to, Gail-Friends?  I'd love to hear about them.

Have a good Shabbos and a good week ahead.
graphic from MiYah Music on Facebook, used by permission


 








Friday, March 1, 2019

Sabbath Music - Amen





Don't you love sunsets and sunrises?  I feel His presence as I watch Him paint the sky with all the colors in His rainbow pallette.  Last night's sunset was glorious with pale pink near the earth, then deep purple, and a golden yellow above.  I took a photo but it did not do justice to the scene before me.  It will always stay in my mind.  And then, He was not finished. The Great Artist painted  pink and blue stripes that reminded me of the stripes in our country's flag.  I praised Him and worshiped His majestic and powerful creativity! 


I know so many people who are going through hard, long trials right now.  Often we wonder why we have to go through hardships. The following poem always speaks to me during those times:

We may wait till He explains,
Because we know that Jesus reigns.
It puzzles me; but, Lord, Thou understandest,
And wilt one day explain this crooked thing.

Meanwhile, I know that it has worked out Thy best--
Its very crookedness taught me to cling.
Thou hast fenced up my ways, made my paths crooked,
To keep my wand'ring eyes fixed on Thee;

To make me what I was not, humble, patient;
To draw my heart from earthly love to Thee.
So I will thank and praise Thee for this puzzle,

And trust where I cannot understand.
Rejoicing Thou dost hold me worth such testing,
I cling the closer to Thy guiding hand.
(author unknown)

My own experience has taught me that every trial comes to teach me something about Adonai.  After many years and many trials, I've learned to relax and say, "I trust you, Father, and I know I will learn something through this trial  that no one can ever take away from me. Amen!" 

Speaking of the word, "Amen",  do you know what it means?  It means to trust, believe, and agree.  The word is related to the Hebrew word "amanah," meaning truthfulness, credence or belief. When we hear someone reciting a blessing, we respond with "amen" thus agreeing with what was said.

If you are going through a trial, I pray you will trust Him.  And I hope this song will bless you as you rest on the Sabbath.    Amen by Jonathan Settel


Friday, February 22, 2019

Sabbath Music - Shalom, Shalom Jerusalem

photo by MiYah Music - used by permission




Here is a beautiful, prayer-full song for your Shabbat.   Shalom, Shalom Jerusalem by Paul Wilbur

And, Please, Join Us in Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem.

Thankful Thursday - The Pro-Life Movement

Today, I'm thankful for those who are on the front lines of the battle against baby murder.  This story at Life News really encourages me. 

President Donald Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding

 At the end of this post, you will find links to important information for those of you who want to join the fight.

Saturday, February 23 is the Day of Repentance and Mourning, and this is a re-post about that event.

 Weep, Mourn and Take Action 

 

used by permission of Above Rubies

Over the past week, we have seen horrible videos of Democrat legislators glorying in baby murder:

New York's Governor Cuomo signed legislation allowing babies to be killed up through 40 weeks gestation.  He even celebrated the shedding of their blood by lighting up the World Trade Center with pink lights.  

 Virginia's Governor Northam advocated for the murder of babies after birth.  This is known by the innocuous word, "infanticide".  It is the next level of the slippery slope that began with abortion (baby murder).

Rhode Island and New Mexico have joined New York and Virginia in heading down the same road recently.

Are you horrified?
Are you weeping?
Are you sick to your stomach?
Do you say to yourself, "How did we get to this point?"  or  "What can one person do?"
Addressing the last two questions, I will start with the first:

We arrived here by sliding down the slippery slope of abortion, which is a medical / technical word for killing a baby in the womb.  I remember going to a gynecologist, as a married woman in the 1970's.  With a big grin on his face he said, "Don't worry about getting pregnant. Now we can just suck it out and get rid of it."  I was absolutely horrified and left the office thinking he was the worst monster I'd ever encountered in my life.  That was my introduction to the word abortion.  Even in my naivete, I recognized his crude description as baby murder.

Over the years, our country was desensitized by the politically-correct liberals' word choices used to describe  baby murder:   abortion, a clump of cells, fetus and, the most evil of all, a woman's right to choose  aka pro-choice.  All the devils in hell must have loved that one because it sounds so positive.  Everybody wants a choice, right?  We were bombarded through television and movies to believe these lies.  Plainly and simply, we were fed mind-altering and bloody murderous propaganda.  When Roe v Wade became the law of the land, the baby-killing went mainstream.  Untold millions of children have been murdered since then.  

Regarding the second question, "What can one person do?"  I hope you will please consider this information found at the  Day of Mourning website
"The state of New York just voted to expand abortion access right up to the birth of the baby! To celebrate this unbelievable depravity they lit the One World Trade Center in pink! 
Women used to celebrate motherhood and find joy in their children. Today, in places like New York City, they are taking joy in destroying their children. N.Y. State has crossed a line of inhumanity that should drive us to our knees. 
46 years of the state sanctioned killing of our most helpless and defenseless children should cause us to weep, to mourn, and to take action. 
What is to be thought of a society that kills her own children? What will the future be of such a heartless society that celebrates such barbaric inhumanity?
“If the foundations be destroyed what shall the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) 
We are calling for a National Day of Mourning and repentance. We are in desperate need for God to move upon the hearts of young and old in our nation. If our hearts do not break over the killing of these little image bearers of God in the womb, then how can we expect those growing up in this lost, confused and decadent culture to take our message seriously? Join us February 23rd for “A National Day of Mourning.”
- WEAR BLACK
- DON'T SHOP
- CLOSE BUSINESSES
- REPENT FOR ABORTION"
What does "repent" mean?  It means to turn and go in a completely different direction.  The Hebrew word is "teshuvah" and means to return to Torah - His Word and Ways.  G-d's word calls abortion murder because all life is created by Him.  These Scriptures makes it crystal clear:

"For you fashioned my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb." (Psalm 139:13)

"Do not murder" (Exodus 20:13)

You may not have murdered your baby (had a abortion), but  . . .  if you paid for an abortion for your daughter or granddaughter, you must repent.  If you voted for a legislator who was pro-baby murder (pro-choice), you must repent.

Prior to the 1980's, I was not politically aware.  I never watched the news.  I was busy rearing my children and didn't keep up with anything related to government or politics.  I voted without even researching the issues or candidates. I've repented for not being aware and for neglecting my duty in vetting  / voting for my legislators.

I've repented of listening to and believing the lies of the mainstream media once I did become politically aware.  I remember when the Equal Rights Amendment was in the news and I was all for it.  At about that time, I began to read and listen to Phyllis Schaffley and Beverly LaHaye about the subject.  Those two G-d fearing women changed my mind, helping me see the truth about the law.  It would have taken away many of the rights women continue to possess.

I repented of giving money to groups like the United Way and the Girl Scouts.  These, and many others, support baby murder.  Now, I am diligent to know what an organization supports and believes before I support them in any way.

"When My people, over whom My Name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

I meditate and humbly seek G-d's wisdom about what I am doing today.  Am I following Yeshua who walked this earth as a Torah-observant Jew? Or am I following a religion, denomination, preacher, or teacher?

I've repented of my evil ways and I thank G-d for His grace, patience and forgiveness through the blood of His Son, Yeshua.

I'm making amends by praying and working to end baby murder, and by doing my duty as an American citizen.  I'm raising my voice and thanking Him for the freedom to do so.

I'm thankful for a pro-life president.  During the State of Union address this week.

 “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days,” he said. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”

 “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.”

I hope you will join me in praying during the Day of Mourning on February 23.

Here are some web resources to aid in praying and taking action.

Free Prayer Guide
from Intercessors for America

The Activitist Mommy
She's also on Facebook

Life News

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sabbath Music - Nearer To Thee



Is there a desire in your heart to draw nearer to G-d?  That has been a driving force in my life since I was a child.  I always wanted more. Through the good times, and even more in the bad times, He has drawn me nearer to Him.  So, my song for you this week is Nearer To Thee. 

This is a slow, thought-full song with a dynamic message.  Bethel is mentioned in this song and is mentioned several times in the Bible. It makes for a good Bible study - a perfect meditation for Shabbat.  I challenge you to study on it.  Let me know if you have any Golden Moments (aka epiphanies).

Friday, February 8, 2019

Sabbath Music - Where Does My Help Come From

graphic used by permission from A Little Perspective


Are you weary? Are you heavy laden?  Are you anxious?  Here is a beauty-full Psalm and a song for your Sabbath rest.  Lay your burdens down at His feet and He will give you rest.  This song is based on Psalm 121 - a good meditation for Shabbat.  Where Does My Help Come From? 

He Watches Over You

Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains—
from where does my help come?
My help comes from Adonai,
Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip.
Your Keeper will not slumber.
Behold, the Keeper of Israel
neither slumbers nor sleeps.
Adonai is your Keeper.
Adonai is your shadow at your right hand.
The sun will not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
Adonai will protect you from all evil.
He will guard your life.
Adonai will watch over your coming and your going
from this time forth and forevermore.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Weep, Mourn and Take Action


used by permission of Above Rubies


Over the past week, we have seen horrible videos of Democrat legislators glorying in baby murder:

New York's Governor Cuomo signed legislation allowing babies to be killed up through 40 weeks gestation.  He even celebrated the shedding of their blood by lighting up the World Trade Center with pink lights.  

 Virginia's Governor Northam advocated for the murder of babies after birth.  This is known by the innocuous word, "infanticide".  It is the next level of the slippery slope that began with abortion (baby murder).

Rhode Island and New Mexico have joined New York and Virginia in heading down the same road recently.

Are you horrified?
Are you weeping?
Are you sick to your stomach?
Do you say to yourself, "How did we get to this point?"  or  "What can one person do?"

Addressing the last two questions, I will start with the first:

We arrived here by sliding down the slippery slope of abortion, which is a medical / technical word for killing a baby in the womb.  I remember going to a gynecologist, as a married woman in the 1970's.  With a big grin on his face he said, "Don't worry about getting pregnant. Now we can just suck it out and get rid of it."  I was absolutely horrified and left the office thinking he was the worst monster I'd ever encountered in my life.  That was my introduction to the word abortion.  Even in my naivete, I recognized his crude description as baby murder.

Over the years, our country was desensitized by the politically-correct liberals' word choices used to describe  baby murder:   abortion, a clump of cells, fetus and, the most evil of all, a woman's right to choose  aka pro-choice.  All the devils in hell must have loved that one because it sounds so positive.  Everybody wants a choice, right?  We were bombarded through television and movies to believe these lies.  Plainly and simply, we were fed mind-altering and bloody murderous propaganda.  When Roe v Wade became the law of the land, the baby-killing went mainstream.  Untold millions of children have been murdered since then.  

Regarding the second question, "What can one person do?"  I hope you will please consider this information found at the  Day of Mourning website


"The state of New York just voted to expand abortion access right up to the birth of the baby! To celebrate this unbelievable depravity they lit the One World Trade Center in pink! 

Women used to celebrate motherhood and find joy in their children. Today, in places like New York City, they are taking joy in destroying their children. N.Y. State has crossed a line of inhumanity that should drive us to our knees. 

46 years of the state sanctioned killing of our most helpless and defenseless children should cause us to weep, to mourn, and to take action. 

What is to be thought of a society that kills her own children? What will the future be of such a heartless society that celebrates such barbaric inhumanity?

“If the foundations be destroyed what shall the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) 

We are calling for a National Day of Mourning and repentance. We are in desperate need for God to move upon the hearts of young and old in our nation. If our hearts do not break over the killing of these little image bearers of God in the womb, then how can we expect those growing up in this lost, confused and decadent culture to take our message seriously? Join us February 23rd for “A National Day of Mourning.”
- WEAR BLACK
- DON'T SHOP
- CLOSE BUSINESSES
- REPENT FOR ABORTION"

What does "repent" mean?  It means to turn and go in a completely different direction.  The Hebrew word is "teshuvah" and means to return to Torah - His Word and Ways.  G-d's word calls abortion murder because all life is created by Him.  These Scriptures makes it crystal clear:

"For you fashioned my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb." (Psalm 139:13)

"Do not murder" (Exodus 20:13)

You may not have murdered your baby (had a abortion), but  . . .  if you paid for an abortion for your daughter or granddaughter, you must repent.  If you voted for a legislator who was pro-baby murder (pro-choice), you must repent. 

Prior to the 1980's, I was not politically aware.  I never watched the news.  I was busy rearing my children and didn't keep up with anything related to government or politics.  I voted without even researching the issues or candidates. I've repented for not being aware and for neglecting my duty in vetting  / voting for my legislators.

I've repented of listening to and believing the lies of the mainstream media once I did become politically aware.  I remember when the Equal Rights Amendment was in the news and I was all for it.  At about that time, I began to read and listen to Phyllis Schaffley and Beverly LaHaye about the subject.  Those two G-d fearing women changed my mind, helping me see the truth about the law.  It would have taken away many of the rights women continue to possess. 

I repented of giving money to groups like the United Way and the Girl Scouts.  These, and many others, support baby murder.  Now, I am diligent to know what an organization supports and believes before I support them in any way.

"When My people, over whom My Name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

I meditate and humbly seek G-d's wisdom about what I am doing today.  Am I following Yeshua who walked this earth as a Torah-observant Jew? Or am I following a religion, denomination, preacher, or teacher?

I've repented of my evil ways and I thank G-d for His grace, patience and forgiveness through the blood of His Son, Yeshua.

I'm making amends by praying and working to end baby murder, and by doing my duty as an American citizen.  I'm raising my voice and thanking Him for the freedom to do so. 

I'm thankful for a pro-life president.  During the State of Union address this week.

 “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days,” he said. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”

 “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.”

I hope you will join me in praying during the Day of Mourning on February 23.

Here are some web resources to aid in praying and taking action.

Free Prayer Guide
from Intercessors for America

The Activitist Mommy
She's also on Facebook

Life News



Friday, February 1, 2019

Sabbath Music - Elohim Lanu Machaseh Va'oz





Shabbat shalom to you, dear Gail-Friends.  I hope you have a worship-full, peace-full, and rest-full day.  Here's a song for your Sabbath enjoyment:

Elohim Lanu Machaseh Va'oz

Did you get dancing feet while you listened?  I did!  Oh, how I love this song and the psalm on which it is based (below).  Oh what a wonder-full meditation for Shabbat.  What a blessing is our G-d and the Word He has preserved over thousands of years.  Listen to the song, read the  psalm, and praise Him for all of His benefits to His children. 

Psalm 46

For the music director, of the sons of Korah, according to Alamoth, a song.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth change,
though the mountains topple into the heart of the seas,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains quake at their swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God—
the holy dwelling place of Elyon.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be shaken.
God will help her when morning dawns.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms totter,
He utters His voice, the earth melts!
Adonai-Tzva’ot is with us.
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah
Come, see the works of Adonai,
who brings devastations on the earth.
10 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear.
He burns chariots with fire.
11 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I am exalted among the nations.
I am exalted in the earth.”
12 Adonai-Tzva’ot is with us.
The God of Jacob is our strong tower. Selah

Do you know what the word "selah" means?  According to Jewish tradition it means to pause and prayerfully consider.  These are power-full words and beauty-full words to think about as you rest, refresh and renew during Shabbat. A good exercise is to read this psalm and in every place you read "selah" to stop, meditate and journal about how Adonai has made himself real in that way in your life. Then give Him praise for that! 

Shalom, shalom, shalom . . .




** Graphic used by permission from A Little Perspective website.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thankful Thursday - People Who Make Me Laugh


I'm so thankful for people with a good sense of humor.  My daughter and son-in-love are just such people.  On our recent trip to the Smoky Mountain, we bought them these sleep shorts.  His says, "Wanna Moose Around?"  Her shorts say, "Don't Moose With Me."  Amanda's face says it all.  It cracks me up every time I look at this picture.  I asked them if they'd mind me sharing it, and they said, "Sure!"  We also got their son a pair of house slippers with little moose on them, but I forgot to take a picture. (Sad Face...)

Amanda has made me laugh every since she was born with her antics.  Example: "Mama, can black-eye peas see me?"  

 

They were over for a visit last week, and Jona-FUN made us laugh . . . as always.  He comes up with some of the most profound statements.  They're more like lectures, really, that begin with, "Did you know . . ."  or  "Actually...".and usually involve something to do with science, technology, engineering, or math.  Here's an example:

Him:  "GiGi, did you know that the square root of (I can't remember the number) is . . . "  followed by a lecture about math.
Me:  "Wow . . ." (All of this is way over my head, so I just nod because I can't think of anything else to say.) 

Amanda said it's not a bit funny when he wakes her up at 5:30 AM to explain all of this because he's just so excited.  She's excited, too, but would appreciate it more if he told her after coffee..

His father, William, told us that morning epiphanies are common with Jona-FUN.  Recently, he was awakened at 6:00 AM with Jona-FUN's request to explain the fourth dimension.  William is fully competent to explain it, but told his son it was a bit too early and he had to have coffee first.

Having a good sense of humor is priceless when living with a brainiac.  G-d surely gave him the best parents in the world.  They're doing a great job of homeschooling him.

And this memory always makes me laugh:

Me: "Jona-FUN, what makes you happy?"
Him:  (After a long period of thought.) "Conveyor belts."
Me:  "Why is that?"
Him:  "Just the way they work, moving one object to another place, makes me happy."

He loves to play chess with his pawpaw (Rabbi Jem) and beats him on a regular basis.  Jem gave him this book (Bobby Fisher Teaches Chess) and button and I don't think he'd have been more excited if he'd gotten a new Nerf gun.

When they play,  Jem spends time teaching him about chess moves, and showing him how to beat his opponent.  Jona-FUN listens, and then quickly beats Jem with a whole different move. I always laugh about it.  Jem not so much, and that makes me laugh, too.

My sweet husband makes me laugh every day of my life.  I've never known anybody who sits around thinking up jokes.  That's what he does, along with silly songs and funny stories.  People at the synagogue ask me if he's always so hilarious and fun-loving.  I tell them, "This is his serious time!"

Both Rabbi Jem and William love Monty Python type humor.  In example, they play a game where they choose an object and then ad-lib funny stuff like pretending a banana is a telephone.  Then the next person has to make the banana something different.  When they get together, they are always cutting up, making jokes, and playing off  each other.  Jona-FUN is following in their footsteps with the same sense of humor because he always joins in the jocularity. 

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

Sabbath Music - Create In Me A Clean Heart




It is Shabbat - well, almost as I type this post.  I've been listening to harp music this week.  I love this artist's channel on YouTube, titled Peregrinnatti - Calming Harp.  He teaches how to play the harp, and also sells his music at his website.   This song is based on Psalm 51 

This psalm is a good one for Shabbat. It is a reminder of Yeshua's sacrifice for our sin, and of the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father when we repent.  Let's meditate on His forgiveness and praise Him with clean hearts on this day of rest.

Create in Me a Clean Heart

Psalm 51

For the music director: a psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
Be gracious to me, O God,
according to Your mercy.
According to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions
and my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are just when You speak,
and blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin
when my mother conceived me.
Surely You desire truth in the inner being.
Make me know wisdom inwardly.
Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
10 Let me hear joy and gladness,
so the bones You crushed may rejoice.
11 Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
12 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
13 Do not cast me from Your presence—
take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me.
14 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and sustain me with a willing spirit.
15 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways
and sinners will return to You.
16 Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God—
    God of my salvation.
Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.
17 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
18 For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it,
nor be pleased by burnt offerings.
19 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
A broken and a contrite heart, O God,
    You will not despise.
20 In Your favor do good to Zion.
Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
21 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.


Shabbat Shalom and I pray you all have a blessed and wonder-full week ahead.

**graphic from A Little Perspective used by permission.

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Thankful Thursday - Mountain Trip #3


After our visit to Flat Rock, NC, we headed out to visit the Cradle of Forestry.  It was a beautiful drive and we came upon a gorgeous waterfall.  This is another thing you don't see in Florida.  We stopped to explore.


It was quite a walk to get to the falls, but there were stairs.


Good exercise going down and then back up.  While there, I spotted this beauty.  Isn't our Creator amazing?



There is so much beauty all around if we'll just look for it.  While there, we overheard a woman say she was from Florida.  We talked with her and were surprised to find out she was from our town!  Small world!

We continued on our way through the beautiful forest, filled with glorious color, stopping to take pictures of mountains, streams, and scenic heights.





Then, we arrived at Chimney Rock.  You can see why it has that name.  It's at the top of that mountain in the photo below.


 We drove up and up and up and finally reached the parking lot.


I thought we would have quite a climb.  Jem was telling me how he hiked and climbed all the way to the top (years ago).  This is me when I thought about climbing all that way.


Ummmm.  I don't think so. . .


This is me when I found out they had a gift shop . . . AND AN ELEVATOR!!! YAY!!!

So, we went up to the top and saw the glory of that fabulous view.  Jem is standing here to show me that he climbed up the rocks behind him (years ago).  I was impressed.  Where we were standing was 2280 ft up.


Gail-Friends, it was cold up there, too.  This Florida girl only wears her heavy coat once or twice a year, but it got lots of wear on this trip.  I enjoyed the cool weather in the mountains, but really and truly, I prefer my winter a day at a time, interspersed with several hot days in between.

After Chimney Rock, we headed east to visit our dear friends, Eddy and Carlleen, in South Carolina.  She had prepared a delicious supper for us and even had a birthday party for me.



Carlleen is so creative, and made me this shadow box with the poem, "Touch of the Master's Hand."  I treasure it.  We had so much fun talking and catching up on the happenings in our lives.  She and I are real "sister friends" and our husbands enjoy each other, too.  We spent the night at their lovely home, and the next day riding around their town and then out to lunch.  I only wish we could have stayed longer.  We never run out of things to talk about - especially politics.

That evening, we spent the night in Charleston and rode around the old, downtown area the next morning.  We were in a time crunch and had to start heading back home.  Here are a few pics from my favorite Southern town.  All of the houses are unique.





So many of the homes have flower boxes - something I want to add to Golden Cottage this summer.





I love Charleston's horse-drawn carriages.



And dog friendliness.



And her gardens.








And porches and doors.




There's so much to love in Charleston.

We rode down to the bay and saw this.  Jem had to stop and talk to them, of course.  They display the flag and talk to passers-by about Southern history. Charleston's where the conflict started, you know. They had a great talk, and it was good to meet some proud ol' rebels.


We made one more stop on our way home - to see one of my loves and have a hug.  Don't I have a pretty daughter?  I'm so thank-full for our time together that day.  She's so beautiful - even without make-up.  I love my girl.


Well, that's my mountain vacation story, and I'm thank-full we were able to take it.  We had such a lovely time.  We were planning to go on up to Gettysburg, but snow was predicted.  So, that's on our agenda for our next trip.

I hope to show you some pics next week of our big renovation here at Golden Cottage.  It is finished and I'm so happy!!

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


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