The Hope of the Promise

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“And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.”  Acts 26:6 NKJV

Jesus is our Hope and our Promise.

Thank You, Lord, for the hope Your promises contain.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Jesus is the hope
of the promise

that God gave us
long before

coming to bring

and eternal life

God bless you as you have Hope today!

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Prisoners Of Hope

“Return to the stronghold,

You prisoners of hope.”  Zechariah 9:12


Hope can be a stronghold.

Thank You,  Lord, for setting us free to hope.  And here’s a simple poem . . .


Rescued from

the waterless pit


we are now

His prisoners of hope


set free to believe

love and trust


in the center of

His strong hold.


God bless you as you hope in Him today!

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Breath of Life

“Now when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them and kill them.”  Revelation 11:7 NKJV

“Now after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.”  Revelation 11:10 NKJV

I’m reminded of the utter shock and devastation the apostles must have felt seeing Jesus nailed to a cross and placed in a tomb.

Thank You, Lord, for breathing life into what appears to have died.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

When it looks
the darkest
and prayer has seemed
to fail

that’s when God says
“Come close to Me
and watch how I

God bless you as He breathes life into what seems hopeless today!

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No Better

“Are you better than No Amon
was situated by the River . . .
Whose wall was like the sea?”  Nahum 3:8

“Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength
And it was boundless . . .
Yet she was carried away . . .”  Nahum 3:9-10 NKJV

Greatness and strength can be a slippery slope.

Thank You, Jesus, for being my stronghold and my hope.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

I am no better
than any other
rich or poor
sinner or saint

only in that
my life is Yours
do I have hope
come what may.

God bless you as you hope in Him today!

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Hope In Mercy

“The LORD takes pleasure in those
who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.”   Psalm 147:11

I can feel woefully inadequate.

Thank You, Lord, for showing me what I can do today . .. hope in Your mercy!  And here’s a simple poem . . .

What To Do

I listen to their stories, their testimonies
see all the miracles You are doing in their lives

it is beautiful and wonderful
and truly You are glorified.

So what can I do, Lord
that will make a difference at this time?

“Fear Me and hope
in the mercy only  I can provide.”


“Both the singers and the players on
instruments say;
‘All my springs are in you’.”  Psalms 87:7

The water systems in ancient Jerusalem were complex as the kings tried to guarantee a water supply in times of siege.

Thank You, Lord, as everything good for us comes from You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

In You

All my springs
are in You

every drop of my hope
is Yours

as mercy splashes
from You

and abundant life
is poured.


Oh My Soul, Hope In God

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.”  Psalms 42:5

The outlook for America, and the world in general, sounds bleak.

Lord, forgive me for when I make reports bigger than You.  And here is a simple poem . . .

My Help And Praise                                              images

Oh my soul
why are you  cast down
at the reports
you read today?

Hope in God
and remember
He will always be
your help and praise.

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“And now, LORD, what do I wait for?
My hope is in You.”  Psalms 39:

And our Hope does not disappoint us.

Lord, thank You for being with us now and being what we wait for.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

My Hope Is You

I will not wait on                                      images
something other

something that
is untrue

for all my hope
is in Jesus

in Who He is
and what He’ll do.

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Everlasting Good

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,

comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

He Who loves us gives to us like no other.

Thank You, Lord, for everlasting consolation and good hope, for comforting and establishing us in You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .


There is everlasting

and good hope
by grace

when Jesus Christ
our Lord forever

and our God and Father
in us is placed.

Inside Israel

Hello and thank you so much for coming by for a look at life in Israel through a Jewish believer in Yeshua, J of Jerusalem. God bless you as you pray for Israel and for our sweet J and family!  Now, here’s J . . .

As the storm rages both in my family life and outside my window, I believe it is a good time to share of God’s Goodness and, again, to be a witness of life here. 
These beginning rains, although later then usual, are very good and promising so far, and that is a great blessing in our dry and thirsty land.  Daily there have been articles on page one of our newspapers about the weather, usually rather poetic and thankful.  It’s fun; a ray of light in the midst of doom and gloom reporting.  My one pair of (non sandals or dressy)  shoes (I know that sounds pathetic, but it’s just how it is right now) got soaked in a puddle the other night and so I made my way to the shuk to buy a pair of knee high rubber boots.  Day one of rain and they were sold out.  I got a stop-gap pair of shorter ones that our daughter can use as well, but I also had so much fun standing in line at each tiny shops behind rows of small children trying on boots!  These children were so excited about the rain and the chance to wear BOOTS and go out splashing!  They were stomping around the closet sized shops in assortments of pink and blue boots while frugal mothers checked toe lengths arguing with sales men to give them yet one size larger so that they can be used also next year.  It was quite a sight! 
The rain brings another sudden change to Jerusalem (all of the country).  Thursday morning, as I was walking  (the walk part of my daily journey) to work, I passed a vacant area that I love to roam with my eyes as it has been dormant for a long time and the trees, plants and grasses give me a moment’s respite from ‘city life’ and I frolic with my eyes through the country.  I stood still…There they were…straight as arrows; brand new blades of grass shooting up from the earth where they were not to be seen the day before.  My heart beat more rapidly and I nearly cried!  No, I’m not exaggerating…I really do, and did, respond that way.  It took my breath away and took me back to another similar special moment in my life many years ago:
I seem to have spent all of the ‘long’ parts of my life in…hum…somewhat ‘extreme’ places.  I grew up in NYC where everything was huge, noisy, fast.  Next I lived (as a hippie, a story for ‘a book’) in Wash state on an Indian Reservation (with Indians as an Indian) near the majestic Mt. Rainier.  That life was extreme.  From there we lived a simple life in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the ‘way’ to South Lake Tahoe.  We had only wood heat (at first for cooking too) and kerosene lamps, horses, chickens, ducks, no phone, no locked doors…The life that we led there was wonderful.  That is when and where I got saved. J The weather there prepared us for here in many ways as it is really similar to the weather in Jerusalem.  From there we moved to remote bush Alaska where we lived for 15 years along the coast of the Bering Sea.  Winters are long and harsh there.  We lived on the tundra, which is flat and can look ‘barren’ (although it is rich!), especially after the snow and ice when it is brown…only brown.  There was one road in our village, 15 miles long connecting us to the only other village accessible by land.  One day a friend and I were driving on that road and at the very same moment we both, literally yelled, ‘LOOK!’, and I screeched the truck to a halt.  At the same moment, while DRIVING, we saw one small patch of new green tundra grass!  We jumped out, ran to it and entered into a wonderful time of worship and prayer so spontaneously that I remember it with joy to this day.  That is what God’s natural wonders do to me (and likely you too). 
The wonder…the yearly reminder… renewal!  Seemingly dead, brown nothingness springing to life overnight.  Color from ‘non’ color.  A little seed lies dormant and a drop of water enters in giving it strength to shoot like an arrow through the rock hard earth.  What a miracle!  What HOPE for the promise prayed for concerning the hardened hearts, be it of loved ones, neighbors, people in far away places, or our own!  It reminds me of the ‘hope’ for our daughter. 
And…I had a new (for me) Israeli experience this week.  I did a ‘Grandma thing’ and took our 6 year old Granddaughter to ‘a show’.  Since we moved here once our youngest was already 13, I did not experience ‘Israeli childhood’ up close, so was clueless as to what I was about to enter into.  I knew, beyond a doubt, that there was something ‘special’ about Israeli childhood.  I sensed this as I watched patients meeting one another in the waiting room at work…people who hadn’t seen one another for years… and I would listen to them reminiscing.  I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something about it showed me that there was a special ‘connection’ forged between those who grew up together here…something very different then I had seen before. 
Since I knew that my feeble interpretation of the flier that had inspired this outing was OBVIOUSLY wrong from the moment that I went to pay for the tickets (I THOUGHT they were 40 shekels each…not 80! Gulp!  What drawbacks there are to being an immigrant!), I realized that not only was my Granddaughter about to have a new experience, but I was in for one too.  Thursday night, we approached the lovely Jerusalem Theater along with (? A thousand?) other children, parents and grandparents…the air charged with excitement.  My 6 year old Granddaughter had such a look of wonder on her face as I squeezed her hand and she looked up at me, I knew that this was ‘the right’ thing to do to help her through some tough adjustments that she was having just now.  We found a quiet corner and prayed together and thanked The Lord for this special evening.  “So.  Just who IS Rinat?” I asked Ana. “What, Savtali??  Don’t you KNOW?  EVERYONE knows who Rinat is!”  She laughed…’knowing’ that I was just kidding ofcourse.  It soon became clear that Rinat is THE children’s tv star.  Even though my Grandchildren don’t have a tv, they had seen her tapes and sung her songs and she was very beloved.  I soon found out why.  Ana and I found our reserved seats and Ana pointed out that I was the ‘oldest one there’ :-/  “Not either!” I assured her as I quickly found some older Grandparents then I.  “But they aren’t on OUR row Savtali.” This was true.  We were surrounded by mothers in their 30s happily talking away…not one ‘immigrant accent’ in the bunch.  I listened.  The announcer reminded us (VERY important in Israel!) ‘Turn off your cell phones.  No picture taking during the performance.  No eating in the auditorium.’  “Why is he taking pictures?!” Ana asked me indignantly, pointing to a father a few rows away.  “Doesn’t he understand Hebrew?  Why would he disobey??”  The eternal question!  Cameras flashed all around us.  Ana was giving each one a dutifully stern look…but then the play started and distracted us her.  The two hour show was lovely!  It was filled with patriotic Israeli songs.  Everyone sang and clapped and jumped up and down.  It was also filled with good clean values and loving friends (and some hysterical, NOT off color, Israeli humor) and the best part is, this ‘Rinat’ really DOES LOVE CHILDREN!  In the middle of the program they announced a ‘kiss and hug Rinat time’!  I was shocked!… 1000 kids?  Yep!  No lines…no…this is Israel; press and push.  My heart sank.  I figured I had no chance of getting Ana in for a kiss.  I prayed.  Suddenly, there she was right in front of us.  Ana reached out to touch her silky dress and I whispered, ‘Rinat’…and she turned and looked right into Ana’s eyes…threw her arms around her and gave her a big loving kiss and smile.  Ana melted!  I watched as she went back to the stage and stage hands tried to help people back to seats.  A few small ‘hopefuls’ stood at the foot of the stage as the show began again with their arms out to Rinat.  The director shook his head ‘no’…and Rinat looked up…and just picked them up and hugged them.  As the show began again I could not see one disappointed person in the room…adult or child.  It was real…and she won me over!  I love her!  With a Rinat doll in hand, Ana floated out of the theater, hopefully with a ‘special memory’ bringing us a bit closer as she struggles with difficulties…and I have someone else to pray for: Rinat! 
I am off to kehila now.  I feel a bit ragged…it has been quite an emotional week but I have been strengthened by The Lord through the prayers of His body, and I have applied something I learned in the stance that I have taken for our daughter in Psalm 18.  I suddenly saw that there are some things for me to do as I pray through this for her, a pattern:    1- “I will love YOU” (verse 2)  2- “I will take refuge in YOU” (verse 3, direct translation)  3-  “I will cry unto YOU”  (verse 6)  4-  “I will battle IN YOU”  (verse 30)  5-  “I will bend YOUR bow [only]”  (verse35)  6-  “I will pursue these enemies and overtake them” (verse 38)  7-  “I will smite them” (verse 39)  8- “I will cut them off” (verse 41)  9- “I will beat them as dust and cast them out”  10- “I will bless and exalt The LORD” (verse 47)  11- “I will give Thanks and Praise to THE LORD”  (verse 50)even among the nations! 
Thank you so much for your prayers and love.  Thank you so much for having God’s heart toward this people and this nation, as well as for caring for our family.  Love and blessing to each of you, your sis
ani b’derek
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