Monday, July 1, 2024

Golden Cottage Happenings


I'm BACK!!  Wow! I can hardly believe it's been three months since my last post.  A lot has happened.   (This might be a long post, Gail-Friends.)

Most recently, Jem put out his flags for Flag Day - 100+ of them.  It's a back-breaking task, but he loves doing it.  He does it on Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, and Veterans Day.  He had a young man come by  who stood at attention and saluted.  They had a nice conversation about their mutual love of America.  The young man is a disabled veteran.  They thanked each other for their service.😊

Let's see -- what happened in March?  Oh, yes - Purim!  We always enjoy that holiday, but I didn't take any photos.  I always am convicted by the yearly reminder from the book of Esther:  "Perhaps you were born for such a time as this." Each year, I take it to heart and recommit myself to working for Adonai's kingdom.  I have this reminder that I wear.  And then, there's a reminder in my living/dining room:   Both were given to me by the ladies of Ma'gen Da'vid and I treasure them. 


In March, we celebrated our youngest daughter, Amanda's, birthday. Elijah loves to blow out candles, so he helped.  

He's a busy little boy, and he played with a basket of apples while they were here.  After they left, I found them hidden all around the living/dining room.  So precious, right?

If you see any dust, just look over it. I will get to that one of these days.  My motto has always been

 My house is clean enough to be healthy 

and dirty enough to be happy. 

 Jem had a speaking engagement at the local SCV meeting and sold several copies of his book, Blow Gabriel, Blow!  If you're a Civil War buff, you would enjoy reading it.  Here's the LINK

I started going to a chiropracter, which has helped somewhat.  I won't go into my complaints, but suffice it to say, getting old is not for sissies.  This beautiful painting is in the chiro's waiting room, and I had to share it with y'all.  Isn't that comforting?  His hand is always reaching out to us, Gail-Friends.

My friend and critique partner Betty, held a great event at the end of April.  Peggy, our other critique partner, and I attended and had a really good time.  Betty recently moved to assisted living where she started a writing group.  The group is focused on writing their memoirs and published a book with their first essays.  At the event, all of the writers sat at tables, and we met them and had them sign our copies of the book.  It was a beautiful event and well attended, too.  The most exciting thing was that several of the writers at first said they couldn't remember things well any more; but when they started writing, their memories began to improve.  Isn't that amazing?    

Their stories are in this collection, titled Monday Memoir Moments by Betty Jackson.  It is available on Amazon.  Here's the LINK 

April brought Passover.  Once again, I forgot to take pictures.  It was a good seder, but bittersweet.  Why? Because it was our last one at Ma'gen Da'vid.  Rabbi Jem announced at the end of the seder that he had decided to retire.

Why?  There are many reasons: mostly our age, health, and strength.  Jem has been in ministry for thirty years, and is almost seventy-eight. I'm almost seventy-four. We both had been seeing it coming for the last year.  There are other reasons, but I won't go into them here.  Suffice it to say that we will always minister for Hashem because that is our calling.  

 We are committed to taking the truth of our Messiah Yeshua and His Living Torah to those around us.  We take The Great Commission very seriously and have opportunities almost daily to minister.  We just don't have a building any more, and that's a relief in some ways.  We often say, "We're footloose and fancy free!" It does feel good to be "retired", but we fill our days with busyness, believe me.

 I'm making room in the shed for the precious things from Ma'gen Da'vid that we cannot part with yet.  May was spent clearing out the building, packing up the precious Judaica used for the past thirty years in ministry, giving things away to members and friends, and donating things to other ministries.  God blessed us with kind and willing helpers to move and pack up everything, and we are grateful for their hard work. It was a big undertaking, and we officially closed the doors on May 30.

Most of all, we’ve been remembering, with tears, the precious ones who have come through the doors of Ma’gen David over the last eighteen years.  We remember celebrations of the  holy days, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, baptisms (in rivers, ocean, and pools), weddings, births, deaths, and most of all the friends we've made. We've had so many blessings and so many happy memories. Most of them are recorded in posts on this blog.

In May, we celebrated eighteen happy years of marriage and went on our mostly annual vacation to the Florida Folk Festival.  First though, we stopped by to visit Mama and Daddy's graves, and I got to get a hug from one of my favorite cousins, Sharon.

At the Folk Festival, we attended a lecture about The Devil's Millhopper.  It's a huge sink hole in north Florida.  Amazing that I've lived in this state all my life and never heard of it. It's on our list of places to visit now that we're retired.  Here's the LINK.

We also heard a gentleman talk about what it was like living on a Florida farm before all of the modern machinery.  This photo shows some of the implements used on the farm.  The items in the foreground are brushes made of corn husks.  This interested me because my parents grew up in the 1930's and 40's.  It was a very tough life.  Is it any wonder that my paternal grandmother had seven sons, my maternal grandfather had eight, and only one of them chose farming when they left home?   I can't blame them. 

 We enjoyed the festival, especially the performance by  Jim Stafford.  He's always so funny. You might remember one of his big hits, I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes.  He's quite the songwriter and an accomplished guitarist.  Look him up on YouTube.  You can also find videos about the festival there.  It's a three-day event with music, dancing, cultural lectures and crafts, storytelling, and great food.  We've been going for many years and try not to miss it. 

Also in May, we celebrated Elijah's third birthday at a local restaurant.  Bless his heart, he fell asleep and didn't get to blow out his birthday cake candles.  So, they did it with him later that day. 


Our in-loves were there, too.  B & Ray are our son-in-love's parents and also our good friends.  It was a happy day.  Both of the grandsons are getting so big.  Time flies, Gail-Friends.  Seize the day!!

On Memorial Day, we attended a ceremony in Titusville, remembering those who've given their lives for our country.  Then we went to a ceremony at the American Legion, in memory of those members who have passed away in the past year.  We remembered our dear friend and synagogue member, John Reindl.  We sure do miss him.  

Since then, I've been doing a huge project at home -- getting rid of STUFF!  We have two sheds - one is mainly a catch-all of miscellaneous STUFF. It's full of spiders and is very scary! I think I'll name it The Shed of Doom.  Jem's paint and yard equipment is in there, and it houses my massive collection of canning equipment, glass bottles, and jars. I think I have a hoarding problem related to glass jars.

The other shed is bright and clean and full of important stuff - like boxes of my mother's dishes and linens, her papers, cards, letters, and photographs, recipes and cookbooks, and various sentimental things I haven't had the heart to part with yet. (She passed away in 2015.) I found the big, fat piggy cookie jar that tempted me every single day of the seventeen years I lived at home with Mama and Daddy. When they weren't around,  I used to climb up on the kitchen counter, stand up, and help myself from the jar which sat on a shelf above the sink.  I think that was the beginning of my sugar addiction. 

I also found things like baby mementos from both of my daughters.  Would you believe I had my oldest daughter, Melissa's pacifier? She's fifty+ years old!  ACKKK!  And of course, I had boxes of my older grandson's toys and games.  He's almost fifteen!   Jem and I both found boxes of clothes we'll never fit into.  I closed my eyes and bravely sent all of the clothes to the thrift store.  I've been diligently going through the other boxes and have made amazing progress.  I feel so good about it. 

Golden Cottage Garden is growing like gangbusters. (Thanks to Jem/aka Mr Green Jeans.) We even have bananas!!  This tree is probably ten years old and and has only born fruit one time.  We were shocked to see this abundance: 

 Well, that's about all from Golden Cottage.  I'm hoping to post more regularly now that I'm footloose and fancy free.


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

He Saves Us



There's an ad circulating currently that was released by the group 'He Gets Us' and was first shown during the Super Bowl.  This ad, while well intentioned, failed to show the true gospel to the millions who are now seeing it. (I've seen it on YouTube)

This ad is not biblical.  Yeshua is shown as accepting of the sins of abortion, homosexuality, and more.  He is loving and full of mercy when we repent, but He also says, "Go and sin no more."  

Here's Pastor Jamie Bambrick's take on what they should have done:   HE SAVES US    

This ad shows the saving, transforming power of Yeshua the Messiah.  He is the Living Word, and He is holy.  When we repent, He writes His Torah on our hearts.  He changes us.  Sadly, there are many churches today that teach "the come as you are, do as you please gospel."  Some even teach that the Torah and the Old Testament are not relevant.  They are wrong.

I've often heard people say that Yeshua "hung out" with sinners.  That is so very wrong.  When He met someone, He immediately recognized their sin, pointed it out, and invited them to follow HIM.  That person either followed Him and "hung out" with HIM, or continued on in their sin.  Read the Gospels and see this for yourself.  

He came to call sinners to repentance. More and more, it seems that word isn't used in leading people to be saved.  The Hebrew word for repentance is teshuvah and it means "return to Torah". 

Growing up in the Southern Baptist church, I was taught what I now call "easy believism":  Just say these words and you'll be saved!  Get baptized!  You're good!!

I remember years ago, I attended a class on soul-winning.  The word repent was never mentioned. The focus was on showing them that God loves them and accepts them as they are.  No need to give up any sins.  This is wrong, friends.  It's not the true gospel.  

As Southern Baptists, we were also taught The Great Commission in Matthewe 28:19-20:  "  ...go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 2 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.

That last part is what is now missing from the current "feel good" gospel.  Hashem's commandments are not being taught.  I'm speaking of the Torah.  The church of today has its own commandments.  In example: disobey the Sabbath, go to church twice on Sunday and on Wednesday, worship idols, light candles, don't raise your hands or dance in church, and their favorite one -- tithe. I could go on and on.

The reality of this truth was pressed on to me years ago.  I was a teacher in the Baptist church and was attending a training class.  I walked into the nearby snack shop during a break and found a gospel tract lying on a table.  What I read completely turned my life around.  I read these verses: 

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. 22 On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

I shook with conviction.  My heart was pierced with the truth that day:  Yeshua would tell ME to depart from Him because I was not obeying His laws.  I was a Southern Baptist, law-abiding woman. How could this be???????

In the weeks following, I was deeply convicted and one day, I asked God to show me if those words of Yeshua were true of me.  I opened my Bible, looked down, and there was that verse, underlined (by me) staring me in the face.  Yes! He answered my prayer immediately.  I realized this in that moment:  I'd gone to church all of my life, but deep down wanted MY way.  I had been following the laws of the church, not His laws.  I got on my knees, asked forgiveness for my lawlessness, completely surrendered my heart to Him, and got up as a new woman.  

I kept seeking to know and do His will.  I went to several different churches, seeking His will.  None of them felt right. Eventually, I wearied of the search and prayed, "God, I don't want a church, a denomination, a preacher, or a teacher.  I want to know that I am following You, Your will, and Your ways."

Ever since I was nine years old, I wondered why we weren't with the Jews and why we didn't keep the Sabbath of the Ten Commandments. When I asked that question, I was told, "Those things have been changed." That made no sense to me, as a child nor as an adult.

So, I went to several "Jewish Roots" churches.  Even those didn't feel right, mainly because they made their own laws like the Southern Baptists. For example, one teacher with a large following didn't even obey God's law about the Sabbath.

Finally, Hashem led me to Messianic Judaism.  There, I learned about the Torah and the importance of obeying God's laws. I learned that His ways are the ways of blessing, and I have been consistently and abundantly blessed by obeying His Word, His Will, and His Ways.

Gail-Friends, please think about this:  If we're not to keep His laws, why did Yeshua have to die?  Why did He tell His disciples to teach them to their disciples? Pray about it.  Ask Him the question I asked:  

Am I following You? 

 Am I following Your will?  

Am I following Your ways?.

Click on this link to hear a beautiful song about  Teshuvah

Friday, March 22, 2024

The Encouragement of Psalms


Dear Gail-Friends:

Do you know the encouragement of the Psalms?  My practice is to read one psalm every night before bed. Psalm 91 is my favorite and I've been working on memorizing it.  It's not easy at my age, but I will persevere.

I found Psalm 124 to be a great lifter of the soul on many occasions.  I've been through many battles in my seven decades of life.  But praise and glory to His Name, I've come through every one victoriously with a Golden Nugget -- a lesson that has helped me know Him better.  Haleluyah!  

This version is from the Tree of Life Bible.

Psalm 124

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
“Had Adonai not been on our side”
—let Israel now say—
“Had Adonai not been on our side,
when men rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us alive,
when their wrath burned against us.
Then the waters would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over our soul,
then the raging waters
would have swept over our soul.”

Blessed be Adonai, who has not given us
as prey for their teeth.
Our soul has escaped like a bird
out of the snare of the trappers—
the snare is broken, and we escaped!
Our help is in the Name of Adonai,
Maker of heaven and earth.

Do you have a psalm that ministers to you? I'd love for you to share it with me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Lord Lift Me Up - Part 7



Today, Nancy Campell teaches about lifting our hearts, our prayers, and our banners.  I hope you've had the experience of worshiping God with banners.  I've attended many worship services that include them and have always been blessed.  Seeing the colorful designs, and especially watching them be paraded through the synagogue is very uplifting.

 This banner was made by one of our synagogue members, Gail Reindl.  I greatly admire her talent to create something so beautiful for God's glory.  This banner is one of a set  that she and other ladies made to remember the twelve tribes of Israel.


Today's post is the final part of the seven-part series by Nancy Campbell.  Her teachings have been so encouraging to me and I hope they have blessed you, too.  It's from Nancy's weekly e-mail devotional (used with her permission).  You can sign up for the e-mails on her website.


Part 7

  “In the name of our God, we will set up our banners.”

(Psalm 20:5).

We are now up to Point No. 7 as we press on to higher ground.




Lamentations 3:41: “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”


I love that this Scripture talks about lifting up our heart and our hands. To lift up our hands without our heart being involved is meaningless. But to lift up our heart with our hands is very meaningful. It gives action to what is in our hearts and God loves to see that.


Job 11:13 (NLT): “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!”




What does it mean to lift up our prayers? We pray quietly in our hearts of course and we do this so many times throughout the course of the day, don’t we? Especially as mothers we are continually praying for wisdom and seeking God’s guidance as we mother and nurture our children.


But there are times to lift up our prayers. We are so desperate that we must give voice to them. We also lift up our prayers when praying with others so they can join with us and say Amen to what we are praying.


Isaiah 37:4: “Lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.”


1 Timothy 2:8: “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting.”


In the Bible, lifting up the palms or hands is a metaphor for prayer.




A banner is not meant to drag in the dust. It is meant to fly high! It is a sign of victory. It is a warning to the enemy. It is a proclamation of truth.


Psalm 60:4 says: “Thou has given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.”


God has given us truth in His word, and He wants us to display it, not hide it under a bushel. We must continually lift up the banner of God’s truth—to our children and to whoever will listen to us.


Isaiah 13:2: Lift up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them . . .”


Jeremiah 50:2 (BSB): “Announce and declare to the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it, hold nothing back . . .”


Isaiah 59:19: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”


We read an amazing description of the bride of Christ in Song of songs 6:10: “Who is this that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, terrible as an army with banners.” This is not the picture we would equate with a bride, is it? But this is how God sees His church, the bride of Christ. This is a picture of an army marching to battle with their banners lifted high. They are not retreating. They are on the attack. They are a scary sight as they push back the enemy.


Let’s look at some other translations:

HCSB: “awe-inspiring as an army with banners.”

CJB: “formidable as an army marching under banners.”

ESV: “awesome as an army with banners.”


Banners are a sign of victory. They reveal what we believe and what we stand for. God is a banner holder. One of His salvation names is Nissi, The Lord is my banner (Exodus 17:15).


He wants us to hold up our banners too. We must be banner holders in our homes. Holding God’s truth high. Never letting it fall to the ground. Are you holding the banner of truth high, mother? This takes purpose, tenacity, and strength. Never let the enemy grab your banner, carrying it off and laughing in your face. Keep standing strong in this evil day and “having done all, stand” with your banner lifted high.


You are the protector of your home front. You are not cowardly hiding from the enemy. You are waving your banners high. You will not allow the enemy to come against your marriage, to woo your children from the truth, or to enter your home. The only way you see the enemy is a foe to be utterly defeated and routed.


Let’s be banner waving mothers . . .

Holding up the banner of truth against all deception.

Holding up the banner of love against all bitterness and hate.

Holding up the banner of righteousness against all evil.

Holding up the banner of purity against all immorality and uncleanness.

Holding up the banner of unity against all dissension and strife.

Holding up the banner of contentment against all discontentment.

Holding up the banner of faithfulness against all faithlessness.

Holing up the banner of motherhood against all counterfeits of Satan.


Blessings from Nancy Campbell



“Dear Father, please help me to hold the banners of Your truth high. Save me from compromise. Give me courage to stand strong even when others are caving in all around me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”



I am a banner holding, banner waving mother. Look out world!




Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Lord Lift Me Up - Part 6

This series by Nancy Campbell has been so encouraging to me and I hope it will bless you, too.  It's from Nancy's weekly e-mail devotional (used with her permission).  You can sign up for the e-mails on her website. 

 Today, Nancy continues verses that speak of lifting our hands.  One of the practices of Judaism is lifting our hands to bless the children each week.   I wrote about that in this previous post that I think will be interesting to you:  Blessings


Part 6

  “And one of them some the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear and healed him”

(Luke 22:50,51).

We continue discovering Scriptures about lifting up our hands.


e) We lift up our hands in affirmation to truth

Ezra 8:6: “And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And ALL THE PEOPLE answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands . . .”


Do you find you like to do this? I love to raise my hands in agreement when someone is speaking the truth, don’t you? Oh yes, we can agree in our hearts and nod our heads, but did you know that you are allowed to raise your hand? It’s biblical. And there’s something about doing some action! Why don’t you try it in church one day? You can even shout Amen as the people in Jerusalem did! You’ll only have a riot or a revival. More likely a revival!


f). We lift up our hands to bless others

Leviticus 9:22: “And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people and blessed them.”

1 Kings 8:54: “And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD from kneeling of his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying . . .” Read also 2 Samuel 6:7-20.


Luke 24:50: “And Jesus led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.”


It is a lovely thing to lay your hands on those you pray for and bless in the name of the Lord.


g) We lift up our hands to bless our children

Don’t you love this Scripture in Mark 10:16: “And Jesus took them (the little children) up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” The Passion translation says: “Then he embraced (caressed) each child, and laying his hands on them, he lovingly blessed each one.” Read also Luke 18:15, 16.


h) We lift up our hands to serve others and help those in need

I love the way God’s Word is so practical and tangible. God writes words to us that get right down into the nitty gritty of how we live. 1 Peter 4:8 says: “And above all things have fervent love among yourselves.” The word fervent in this passage is “ektenes” and means “to stretch out, to extend the hand, intense.”


Love is more than a feeling. Love is action. If we have fervent love, we’ll be stretching out our hands. Of course, we do this all day long as mothers, don’t we? We are always reaching out for babies. We nurse them, hold them to us, or wear them in a baby carrier more than we leave them lying on their own. We continually reach out our arms to touch, caress, and hug our children. We cook for them and serve them food. We clean the house. This is love in action.


We extend our hands in hospitality. Immediately after reading “fervent love,” we read the admonition to “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” Hospitality doesn’t just happen. You have to cook. You have to prepare a table. Yes, you have to extend your hands. Get them working. But this is fervent love. It is biblical Christianity. It is the lifestyle of the early church. It is part of our “one anothering faith (Romans 1:12).


Our God is an hospitable God. He loves to reach forth His hands to bless people, but He is looking for our hands to use here on earth.


The virtuous woman “STRETCHES out her hand to the poor; yea she REACHES forth her hands to the needy” (Proverbs 31: 20).


When God reveals the picture of the lifestyle of the godly woman, we read that she reaches out her hands to embrace children, practice hospitality, wash the saints’ feet, relieve the afflicted and help those in distress, and continually stretches out her hands to all kinds of good works (1 Timothy 5;10). Nothing happens without reaching out our hands.


i)  We lift up our hands to pray for the sick

We reach out our hands in fervent love when we pray for the sick. The word is used in Matthew 8:3 when Jesus touched the leper: “And Jesus put forth (ekteino) his hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Jesus was willing to touch the leper.


We should always be ready to touch or lay our hands on those who are sick and pray for them, beginning in the home with our families of course. God loves to “stretches forth His hand to heal (Acts 4:30).



“Dear Father, Please help me to be always ready to reach forth my hands. You want me to reach forth my hands in praise to You. You want me to reach forth my hands to bless and pray for others. You want me get my hands working and reach them forth to serve others. Please anoint my hands to be “reaching forth” and “stretching forth” hands. Amen.”



I am not ashamed to be one who raises my hands to affirm the truth. I know God love us to affirm His truth.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Lord Lift Me Up - Part 5


Are you weary? Are you in despair? Are you in a battle?  I pray this post will encourage you today.

This series by Nancy Campbell has been so encouraging to me and I hope it will bless you, too.  It's from Nancy's weekly e-mail devotional (used with her permission).  You can sign up for the e-mails on her website.


Part 5

  “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain?

Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain”

(Zechariah 4:6, 7)

We continue our point No. 6 about lifting up our hands to God.


b. We lift up our hands when we are in desperate need of God

Ezra 9:1-7: “And I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice. And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness: and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees and spread my hands unto the LORD my God, And said, O, my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” Do you notice that He cried out to God at the time of the evening sacrifice? This was a specified time to call upon the Lord.


Psalm 88:9: “Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.”


Psalm 143:6: “I stretched forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.”


c. We lift up our hands to God’s commandments

Psalm 119:48 says: “My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.” Have you ever been reading God’s Word, and something hits you so powerfully that you can’t help lifting up your hands in awe to God?


When Ezra read God’s words to all the people, they all stood up and lifted up their hands: and the bowed their heads and worshipped the LORD . . .” (Nehemiah 8:5, 6).


d. We lift up our hands when in the battle

I am always challenged by the story of Aaron and Hur holding up Moses’ hands to win the battle against the Amalekites. Do you remember this account in Exodus 17:8-13? The children of Israel, under the command of Joshua, went out to fight against the Amalekites? Moses was up on the hill, lifting up his hands with the rod of God. When his hands were up, the Israelites prevailed. When he got tired and let down his hands, the Amalekites prevailed.


Let’s read what happened: “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; the one on the one side and the other on the other side; and his hand were steady until the going down of the sun” (verses 11 and 12).


We also have “Amalekites,” haters of God and all that is pro-life, pro-constitutional, and righteous in our land. We have enemies to fight, and our greatest weapon is the power of prayer. Many times the battle is so severe, either personally in your own life, or as we fight the battles in the nation, that we must do more than pray. We must also lift up our hands toward God. There is something about doing this that adds desperation and power to our intercession. It’s not my might, nor by power, but only by the power of the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6).


We also need one another as we fight our battles. No soldier goes to war as a lone soldier. We go against the enemy as an army. Notice how Israel prevailed against the enemy when Aaron and Hur continue to hold up Moses’ hands up to the Lord. They each needed one another. Gather others together with you in the battle.


Blessings from Nancy Campbell



“Dear Father, I reach out my hands toward You as I battle in prayer for the victory. I also realize that we need to encourage one another as we intercede. Help me to never miss the prayer meeting where we can fight in prayer together against the enemies of the Lord. Amen.,”



I am not ashamed to raise my hands in prayer. My intensity in prayer outweighs any embarrassment I may have.


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Lord Lift Me Up - Part 4


Are you comfortable raising your hands in worship?  Did you know that it's Biblical? 


I remember the first time I raised my hands in church.  I was scared because my Baptist church looked down on it.  But the day I raised my hands in worship I was set free!  I've done it ever since, even in the church I mentioned.  I'll tell you another story about that at the end of Nancy's devotional.

This series by Nancy Campbell has been so encouraging to me and I hope it will bless you, too.  It's from Nancy's weekly e-mail devotional (used with her permission).  You can sign up for the e-mails on her website.


Part 4

 "Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down and the feeble knees;

and make straight paths for your feet . . . "

(Hebrews 12:12, 13)


There are many Christians who don't like to lift up their hands and yet there are so many Scriptures which encourage us to do this. Apart from the exhortation of the Scriptures, I think it is a natural thing to do. When I am reaching out to God in prayer or lifting up my heart to worship Him in song, I find it is inherent within me to reach out my hands to God. When we are longing after God and thirsting after Him in our inner man, we inherently want to do something tangible. As we lift up our hands to Him, we give action to our inner longings and it becomes more powerful and real to us.

Let's look at the Scriptures, shall we? I think you'll be surprised to see how many there are on this subject.

a)  We lift up our hands in prayer and worship

1 Kings 8:22, 23: "And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: And he said, LORD God, of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath . . ." (2 Chronicles 6:12, 13).

Psalm 28:2. "Hear the voice of my supplication when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle." David was speaking of the Holy of Holies which housed the shekinah glory of God. He longed for God's presence in his life. He couldn't contain it only within his heart. He had to lift up his hands toward God.

Psalm 63:1-4: "O God, thou art my God early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee . . . To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live, I will lift up my hands in thy name." How can we thirst and long after God without reaching up our hands to Him?

Psalm 134:2: "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD." Do you lift up your hands when worshipping God in the congregation of the believers? This is a biblical admonition. Encourage your children to raise their hands as they worship God. Children are not as inhibited as adults and it's the best time to get them into the habit while they are young. It should be a habit of their lives and something they should never be embarrassed about. 

Psalm 141:1, 2: "LORD, I cry unto thee . . . Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice." This Scripture gives us the pattern of coming to God every morning and every evening with the lifting up our hands in prayer. The golden alar of incense, which the priest would light every morning and evening, represented the prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:8; 8:3-5; and 9:13).

Lamentations 2:19: "Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the LORD: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street." In the Bible, lifting up the palms or hands is a metaphor for prayer. It is paramount with intercession and prayer.

Lamentations 3:41: "Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens." If our heart is truly lifted up to the Lord, we will want to lift up our hands to Him too.

I must tell you this funny story about a friend of ours. He had grown up in a very conservative church and came into a church where people were lifting their hands in praise to God. He said in his heart that he would never do such a thing and determinedly kept his hands down. As the worship continued a wasp suddenly stung his elbow and immediately his hand shot up! He realized God was speaking to him and he was never afraid to raise his hands in worship after that!

1 Timothy 2:8: "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."

More next week.

Blessings from NANCY CAMPBELL


"Dear Father God, my heart reaches out after You. I need You. I want You more

than anything else in this world. And therefore I reach out my hands to You

too. I cannot help but reach out to You with my whole being. Amen."


I am not ashamed to reach out my heart and my hands to the One who created

me and also died for me. He is worthy of all my praise and worship.



I was a member of a very large Baptist Church and on Wednesday nights, the children attended choir classes and then sat down front in the sanctuary during the Bible study time. One night, I was sitting in the balcony looking down on the little five-year old children's choir.  The orchestra began to play an up-beat, toe-tapping song.  A little girl jumped up, clapping, and dancing with with all her heart!  She made it about half-way to the pulpit before a choir teacher grabbed her and led her back to her seat.  It made me so sad.  I thought how wrong it was to dampen her joy in praising the Lord and only wish everyone could feel that free to worship God.

In our synagogue, we raise our hands, sing and dance, wave flags, play tambourines, and even shout for JOY!  I think it's such a blessing.



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