Inside Israel – Back On Line

Hello and God bless you for joining me today for a look inside Israel. J, a Jewish believer in Jesus, living in Jerusalem, sends us a thankful e-mail and shares about her Yeshua, her life in His care, and her and His nation, Israel. Thank you so much for caring, reading and praying! And now here’s J . . .

I am not sure how to begin this email. It has been so long since I wrote, but daily I have wanted to.
I will begin the best way possible. I greet you, lovingly, in The precious Name of Yeshua h’Meshiach.
May HE be blessed, and may we, as His body, be blessed and encouraged in one another. I have needed
encouragement during this time and HE and His body is where it comes from!

While events in our region, and our own lives, swirl around us at a fierce pace, I have been given so much
opportunity to prove that Yeshua, Jesus, truly IS able to keep our hearts and minds at perfect peace. He is
just so perfectly faithful! That does NOT mean that ‘the path’ has been ‘easy’, nor does it mean that I have
always felt that peace and soundness, because I haven’t, but, I am learning to return to that place of peace more
quickly and more steadily…to forget that which is behind and to press on to HIS calling… (loosely from Phil 3)

Tomorrow will be a month since my husband’s heart attack and we understand more now then we did at the beginning.
It was a serious heart attack and there was a lot of damage done to the heart. We saw his cardiologist for the first time
this past week and he did a second eko cardiogram, which was only slightly improved, however my husband is feeling well
and was able to return to work yesterday, and begin driving today. This is now FOUR months that his shop has been closed
(3 months following the broken hip and now another) and he was really looking forward to returning. He is now going to
heart rehabilitation 4 mornings per week and enjoying it, but who wouldn’t…a state of the art gym with paid for, mostly,
by the health fund; a real blessing! He was encouraged to take some additional therapy that is not covered and it was
explained to us that it is well worth it because of his age (relatively young, nice to hear!), his very good overall
physical condition and the seriousness of the damage, it is worth it to maximize his recovery. He is to take physical
therapy for a year…as well as a PILE of medications.

Thank you all SO much for your prayers!

I have just finished reading the books of Jeremiah and Luke, and am now in Ezekiel and John and I am daily breathless to
see how the scriptures speak to my daily life and the events in our region and the world. My husband and I took our first
drive today into the hills surrounding Jerusalem and sat on a lovely quiet mountain top overlooking the city. When we first
moved here we had often come to this area which are dotted with natural springs that had been enclosed for purposes of
both drinking water and either mikvas (ritual Jewish cleansing sites) or baptismal sites in ancient times. There was a sign
near them reading ‘Danger, deep water, danger of drowning’…however they were all dry as a bone. The continuing drought
here is a major concern following yet another very dry winter…is this the 7th or 8th already? The price of water (we pay for
water to the house) has gone up dramatically, but, we all know, that only affects the poor…to the wealthy it is not a problem.
I listen to the prophets and lift my heart in prayer. ‘Open my ears, Lord.’ That has been a major concern to me through this
time of upheaval here…no…not water…but the opening of my ears. ‘HOW TO PRAY into all of this??’ Oh yes, I pray and I do
get all of the prayer letters that tell us what we should be praying, and how we should be praying, but my spirit does not bare
witness that I have yet found God’s Heart in the matter! So I pray for salvation of those in the midst of rebellions…on both
sides…KNOWING that, of course this is His will, His general will…but…there is a discomfort in my heart that I am still NOT
hearing concern…and I pray for things brought up by my brothers and sisters here and around the world…but…Lord? I have
read letters telling of wonderful miracles in the midst…some I believe and some I feel, sadly, are not truthful. And I speak to
the people around me about the Words of The Lord through the prophets (you know…my bus goes down ‘Prophet’s street’, but
what good is a name if we do not listen?) and some listen and some don’t…

By now I think that many other countries around the world are beginning to understand that the problem is that there just are
no groups prepared to step in and govern, so a vacuum is left when the ruler is overthrown…and into that vacuum your choice
is tribal leaders, intellectuals, Islamics. It is way too big for me, and God knows. We watch as country after country is destabilized
in the name of ‘democracy’…which is an alien idea here…one alien to the cultures that go back to the beginning of time, and one
that may not be able to be learned and applied ‘overnight’. Yes…’change’ has become a sacred word as all that truly IS ‘Sacred’ is
scoffed at. “The Lord is good and a stronghold in the day of trouble…and He knows all those who put their trust in Him.”

It is time for me to get ready to go to our fellowship, so I will close this first email in weeks. Our new Grandson, Asher, is a
blessing and a joy! Thank you for continuing to pray for our daughter to be emotionally healthy and not to experience a repeat
of the severe post postpartum depression that she did last time. Actually…THANK YOU for keeping our whole family in prayer!

And thank you for not forgetting me (us). I do not forget you. I am awfully tired…even weary, but I am safe in Him!
Lovingly, your sis

ani b’derek

Inside Israel – With Thanksgiving

Hi all! So glad you have stopped by to read today’s Inside Israel. J of Jerusalem shares some things that she is thankful for and one of them is YOU! I’m with her in that! And here’s J . . .

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus (Meshiach Yeshua) concerning you.”
1 Thes 5:18

How blessed are my friends in America and Canada to have days set apart for public and private Thanksgiving to God! Perhaps each country has a holiday of this sort? I don’t know. But we know that we each KNOW that this IS God’s will for us: to give thanks!

American Thanksgiving is one holiday that I do miss. I remember my first public thanksgiving service in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calif, back in the 70s, when all of the fellowships came together in with a public meeting full of testimony and thanksgiving, praise and worship. I thought I would bust open with thankfulness.

I am thankful for each of you. You are His body, His temple, and you glorify Him and I am encouraged by you so very often. It is His gift to me, and I am thankful.

I have not been able to write for the past month as the country goes through turmoil…seemingly never ending. This past Thurs the rabbis called a day of fasting, prayer and repentance for rain as we are entering the 8th year of severe drought. In 10 days there will be another day set aside for this. Our country is being tempted (bribed? will we be bought??) by the US administration to institute another 90 day construction freeze in Judea and Samaria which is threatening to rip the country to pieces emotionally and politically. I read yesterday in Isa 30 AND 31 “Woe to those who go down to Egypt…” for strength, weapons, help against the enemy…instead of consulting GOD our shield! And I tremble, for that is what we are being tempted to do…and what almost half the country wants…to trust in the waning strength of America instead of the Eternal Strength of God. Our lack of rain speaks volumes to us…are we listening?

My husband and I just finished reading Voice of Hope by George Otis, written in the early 80s about the work that was done in N. Israel and S. Lebanon in the mid 70s to early 80s. It was very sobering to recall the historical events of the time (if not edifying to have a time to read of His work with my husband!!). The book records accurately the atrocities of the PLO and their roots and history…It was good to remember what was done and where they came from…the history, when all around us the incitement and delegitimization of Israel is taking place at a shocking rate in the media and world governments and agencies. Blatant lies are reported so often, repeated over and over as if they were fact, that I become confused…”is this TRUE?” Lying is a very effective tool. Keep repeating a lie over and over, convincingly and you are able to turn Truth upside down. It can happen in the body as well. Yes, we MUST know Him and His Word so well, that we can’t be fooled by lies or errors. And our FAITH and meekness must be so real and grounded in Him that when we are foolishly deceived, He is able to turn us in His mercy.

For those of you who do keep up with the news here and pray for Israel, THANK YOU! THANK YOU FOR HOLDING US BEFORE HIS THRONE FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF HIS PROMISES!

For those of you who hold our family up in prayer, THANK YOU! Our family continues to be tossed and turned, with particular prayer needed right now for our older daughter and their family…and our 7 year old Grandson. I take courage in the exhortation in Isa “Worship Him in the midst of the fires”. My husband is still in the rehabilitation hospital. Tomorrow is a month since his accident. I am weary, but take with joy the exhortation that I began with: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus (Meshiach Yeshua) concerning you.”

May HE be glorified at each of your Thanksgiving celebrations. And to my many friends in other countries that don’t celebrate Thanksgiving this week, may your heart also be blessed in giving of Thanks to Him Who alone is worthy.

ani b’derek

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