Even Me Also

“And Esau said to his father, ‘Have you only one blessing, my father?  Bless me, even me also, oh my father!’  And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.”  Genesis 27:38  NKJV

Esau’s plea breaks my heart.

Thank You, Father, for the unlimited blessings for us all through Jesus Christ, Your Son.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Do not fear
you have missed out

do not worry
that it’s too late

for I have loved you
with an everlasting love

and My blessings are
both endless and great.

God bless you now and forever more!

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Another Side of Love

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”  Revelation 3:19 NKJV

I usually look for blessings as a sign of His love.

Thank You, Lord, for loving me through rebuking and chastening.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

I look for Your favor
and blessings
as signs You
love me

but You have made
rebuking and chastening
even more precious
to see.

God bless you as you see how much He loves you today!

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A Present Tense God

“The LORD opens the eyes of the
blind
The LORD raises those who are
bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the
strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow . . .”  Psalm 146:8-9

I really loved all the present tense verbs used in this portion of scripture.

Thank You, Lord, for all You are doing right now, for so many.  And here is a simple poem . . .

His Goodness On Display

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I see Your goodness to me
like the first star in the sky

I am blessed and humbled
then You ask me to multiply

my experience times a billion
of peopled Milky Ways

to imagine Your lovingkindness
spread out on display.

The People Who Know

“Blessed are the people who know
the joyful sound!
They walk, O LORD, in the light of
Your countenance.
In Your name they rejoice all day long . . .”  Psalms 89:15-16

People of God hear, walk and speak differently.

Lord, we thank You for the joy and the light of Your countenance and name!  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Blessed Ones

They can hear their Lord singing
over them with delight

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and walk in the joy
of His Holy might

all through the day
they can’t help but rejoice

in the beauty of His name
and at the sound of His voice.

Only Wondrous Things

“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who only does wondrous things.”  Psalms 72:18

Each of us are some of the wondrous things God has done.

Oh Lord, we love You and all that You do. May we see and understand more how wondrous You are, through and through.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Blessed Be Our God

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You are our God
there’s no one greater
and You only do
wondrous things.

Like give us sight
so we can see You
and be the Song
our hearts can sing.

Inside Israel – Please Enjoy This With Us!

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Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel today!  I’m so blessed to be able to bring you this latest letter from our Sis in Jerusalem as she shares about the recent snowfall and rain they’ve been having.  Hope it blesses you too! Thank you for reading and praying.  Now, here’s our sis . . .

Dear brothers and sisters,
It is a privilege to be a ‘witness’ here – and sometimes it is more ‘fun’ then others.  This is one of them.  I will keep this short so that those of you who don’t care for long letters can enjoy it too:
My husband I take a weekly walk in a rural area that borders one of the local lakes that serves as a reservoir.  It has been dry for some time, and not ‘full’ for over 7 years.  Today, as we drove to park our car in the usually EMPTY area (if there are 3 cars we think it is crowded), we were shocked to see the area as full as any country fair grounds, or city park on ‘rides day’!  HUNDREDS of cars packed every open spot as young families and dogs made their way laughing and skipping toward the reservoir.  Because of my foot, I read until my husband and dog returned an hour later, laughing.  “You wouldn’t believe it!” he chuckled.  “All around the lake people threw mats on to the mud or mud packed grass and sat down with picnic lunches oohhing and aahhing over the full lake!  I mean…they were sitting in the mud and the cold gazing at the water as though it was… well… “; he couldn’t come up with the word.  ‘Miracle’ is what I filled in.  And it is true.  The ‘children of Israel’ DO pour out to see what God has done!  These are the ones who did not brave the traffic jams in the North as most of the country traveled north to see the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) full again.  There is utter joy and thanksgiving!  A dear sister sent me these two priceless ‘witnesses’ that you will enjoy more then my words.  But may the weather…something so totally from The Lord God Almighty, always remind us of His witness displayed before us day by day.  He is only Good, isn’t He!  Please read these (and see the photos – they ARE excellent!) and enjoy!  Lovingly, your sis
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When it snows in Jerusalem
By Naomi Ragen
All over the world, when it snows, most of the time people take it for
granted. But not in my city, Jerusalem.
When it snows in Jerusalem, people in Petach Tikva and Tel Aviv pile into
their cars and head towards the capital.
Old folks (like me) go out at eleven p.m. to throw snowballs at their
husbands and to sit drinking hot cider in the only café open for business
Your kids call you from far away Rechovot begging to spend the night
You clean off your windowsills and put some of it in the freezer, to
remember when the skies turn hot and blue again, as you know they will
You can hear the children in nearby schools scream with delight, in a
chorus, as the first flakes fall
You get out your iphones and sms photos to your entire family
You watch people pile up more snow on their cars to take home to show the
family
You get to take out the clothes you bought the last time you were in a place
that has a real winter (i.e. outside the country) and wear them again
No one goes to work, or school
The streets are empty, except for the teenagers having the time of their
lives
At the first forecast of snow, you look longingly at the sky, hoping wishes
alone might milk a little of the white stuff from the reluctant sky
And when it starts falling, you stand, mesmerized as the flakes transform
the familiar landscape into something so strange and beautiful you can hardly move
And even as it snows, you hope the sun won’t come out too soon and melt it;
that it will stay cold long enough for the roads to reopen and so the
grandkids can come and see
You get ready to walk to the Kotel no matter where you are, because it is a
sight no one should miss if they get a chance to see it in their lifetime
And when you get there, although all public transportation has been stopped,
the roads in and out of the city have been closed, and schools and almost
all businesses have shut down, you bless G-d for giving the city so much joy
You find yourself already dreaming about the next snow day in Jerusalem
 
EVEN IF YOU HAVE SEEN ALL OF THE PICTURES, I BET YOU HAVEN’T SEEN MOST OF THESE.  THEY REALLY ARE GREAT!  ENJOY!
Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
YHWH bless you and keep you
YHWH make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you
YHWH lift up his countenance upon you and give you Shalom
ani b’derek
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Global Warming?

“God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us.”  Psalms 67:1

We can communicate in countless ways through the expression on our faces.

Lord, thank You for shining upon us, causing our inner shadows to flee.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Nothing More Wonderful

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When You shine
Your face upon us

our coldest
places melt

and we know
in an instant

there’s nothing
more wonderful
than You.

Inside Israel – from your sis in Jerusalem (part 2)

Hi and welcome to a  Sunday peek into life inside Israel as seen through our sis J’s eyes and His heart.  God bless you as you pray for Israel and J today! Now, here’s J (Part 2 of a longer letter) . . .

Weddings are often celebrated here with fireworks being set off, both by Jews and Arabs, and it is particularly common to hear them during the summer evenings, but Thursday night they began at sundown and were continuing intense until I finally fell asleep around 11pm.  Once I discerned that it was NOT gunfire and must be fireworks, I realized that it was likely marking the start of Ramadan (when moslems fast all day and eat and celebrate all night).  Ramadan is considered a most religious and serious holiday, so I really wondered at the cause of this extreme and unusual display.  Fireworks are very expensive and I thought of the sheer cost of so very many for so long made me wonder what was happening that was different…could it be the ‘successful’ terror attack?  How often I wish that I could read Arabic!  I gained an interesting insight the following morning (yesterday) at Fri morning prayer meeting.  One of the ladies in my small prayer group is not Israeli, but has been a volunteer at the Garden Tomb for the past 20 years, so her vantage point is different then mine.  She told me that she has been amazed at the changes during Ramadan over the past 20 years and has wondered about it as well.  When she first came, the holiday was celebrated with quiet and piety in the nights and the eating was modest.  She said that the ‘party atmosphere’ has been increasing yearly until now it has become an all night party without the feeling of ‘hush’ that it used to have. I do wonder what the significance of this change is.   
My ‘vantage point’ as a window into our way of life most often comes from the many hours that I spend each week battling the crowds on the train and buses. One 6:30am, about two weeks ago, as I was riding the train to the bus to work, I was in an almost empty car and sort of dozing.  Suddenly a man sat down beside me and I could feel him staring at me.  With no grace in my heart at all I thought ‘Oh great!  A ‘crazy’ at this hour and with the car nearly empty he sits next to me!  Just stare ahead.’ Which I did (really ‘loving’, eh?)  “Boker tov!” (good morning) the man said.  I nodded, still staring and replied “Boker or” (morning light- the correct response) He kept staring and I could see a grin from the corner of my eye: “Boker tov” he said again. I turned to smile not too warmly mind you; “PHILIPPE!!!”  He burst out laughing.  “My dear dear brother…I thought you were a ‘crazy’ too early for me this morning!  I am so very sorry!”  He continued to laugh.  “So where are you heading?”  I asked him.  He is a very talented nurse working in a hospital near us but in the other direction.  He has also recently birthed a wonderful ministry gathering health care workers from all over the country to meet for prayer and encouragement. “I’m heading down to Aroma (coffee shop) to pray.” He answered.  “Do you pray there each morning?”  I asked.  “No, usually it is a different place each day, where ever The Spirit leads me.  He has brought me to pray for some very interesting groups of people.”  I was so blessed and thought back to days when this was a way that He had lead me as well.  I mentioned that to him and, as he pinpointed my heart with his reply “There is a season for everything.” I am so prone to condemnation and this loving remark settled me before the enemy could squeeze a ‘condemnation-dart’ in.  “Here we are already. It was such a blessed way to begin the day!” We hugged one another and I jumped out into the morning, already refreshed.  In a city (and country) where we are such a small minority, meeting a brother like this seemed like a kiss from The Lord Himself.  The body, of which you and I are part, is so incredibly precious!
blessings and love from J!

 

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Inside Israel – Bits, Pieces, and Thoughts Part 3

Hi and welcome to another look inside Israel, as J of Jerusalem shares what He places on her heart for us!  Thank you so much for your prayers for Israel and J!  God bless you.  And now here’s J . . .

And now, before I share the prayer points from the IFI meeting I would like to share something WONDERFUL that I heard at work this morning!!  Some of you may remember a prayer request from years ago already, for a sabra named Amos BenMenachem, whom I had gotten to share my testimony with and who was really seeking God.  He was in the office today and I felt deeply impressed to invite him to our fellowship.  He whipped out a piece of paper and asked me ‘’where and when’ and said that he had really been wanting to go.  WOW!  I told him that I was thrilled and that I really felt that he would like it.  Then he said ‘Since I started believing Yeshua is Messiah I have needed a place to go.’  WHAT???  I was TOTALLY taken aback…particularly since I knew from his wife that he had pretty recently fallen into shocking sin.  ‘Amos!  When did this happen!  How??!’  he was surprised.  ‘Didn’t I tell you?  It has been about 2 years now…and somehow I feel LONELY inside…as if I need to go to one of these meetings.’  My memory ran back to my beginnings as a believer and how The Lord had SO much ‘cleaning up’ to do and how gently He did it, as I knew literally NOTHING!  I listened to Christian radio back in those days and there were many testimonies shared.  One was sharing who was also, like me, an ex-hippie, Jewish girl.  She shared how she got saved and SOO loved and wanted to please The Lord.  As she read The Word, she kept reading the word ‘fornication’ and it would jump out at her.  One day she said ‘I had better look up that word.  Maybe it is something I need to know.’ And … when she did…she fell on her knees and said ‘Oh Lord!  You mean THAT is a SIN??!?’ Yes…new believers and perhaps particularly new Jewish believers can have a lot to learn.  I see that Amos is a new baby left floundering for the past two years.  Would you please join me in prayer for him as I suspect that all of the temptations available to the enemy might be thrown at him before he can make it to kehila?  (He said that he can’t come tomorrow but will come next week)  I am filled with joy over this news! 
And, finally, before closing I also want to thank those of you who blessed us by sharing our joy over the marriage of our younger daughter as I shared in my last letter, and sharing my deep faith that they WILL INDEED come to Him, and SOON!  Thank you SO much for your prayers!  I will close with the prayer points for those who use them.  Lovingly, your sis
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Allies

“Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.”  2 Chronicles 21:5

“And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife; and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.”  2 Chronicles 21:6

I wonder if this is the result of Jehoshaphat, Jehoram’s father, allying himself with Ahab.

Lord, I thank you for those precious people You lined me up with years ago, that continue to be a blessing to me and my family.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Godly Allies

Allies Day, May 1917, National Gallery of Art
wikipedia – Childe Hassam

Newly washed
in His blood
God sent those
who greatly loved
confirming Him
in my life
blessing my children
with the gift of Christ.

 

Thank you, dear Ruth, if you are reading! You are one
the precious Godly allies He sent my family and I!  Love you!

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