Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel today. Our sis in Jerusalem shares some of what is going on in her country and in her heart! Thank you for reading and praying! Now, here she is . ..
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I greet you from Jerusalem, where we are preparing for Elections this coming Tuesday. It has been a grueling battle as our notorious political system exhibits its ‘colorful’ nature. That is a nice way of putting it I guess. The display of some 37(?) (I lost track.) political parties battling it out in the mud is something that grieves me. I try to listen to enough to be informed, but even more so to bring it to Him and find His direction, for certainly He cares about this country… these countries (yours and mine)…and we try to be good stewards…walking in the world but not being of the world. The will of The Lord for this country, which is more then a country…a country engraved with a mysterious and ancient relationship with God…a country who is called to unfold prophecy today and to display His Name… what a responsibility! I am thankful that it IS HIS responsibility and not ours, but we ARE called to be stewards, and so we move toward an agonizing voting process and I do ask for your prayers. Although ‘polls’ show an ‘easy win’ for Prime Minister Netanyahu, I do not trust polls, the media, nor do I trust the world’s ways…so prayer to Him Who knows the way ahead is our only hope through the pea soup of this crazy world.
The annual Intercessors for Israel (ifi)(this is the prayer group that I participate with every Friday morning) prayer conference here in Jerusalem is scheduled to begin this year the night before elections (next Monday night) and of course it was set way before elections were called. What perfect timing for a gathering of prayer warriors from around the world with a heart to pray for Israel! Because of my work schedule, I will only be able to attend 2 morning meetings, however my husband has agreed to come to the meeting this Monday night, so I also thank you for your prayers for his heart to be warmed. J
Thank you for having borne with my reports concerning our weather. I had a lot of fun writing them! I was surprised (but shouldn’t have been) by those who wrote from ‘wet Europe’ saying that they hadn’t really thought of rain as a ‘blessing’ and thanking me for the reminder. I had to stop and wonder…if I didn’t live in a desert would I be thankful for the cold torrential rains and snow? I also lived in the California foothills during severe drought, but in Alaska we had abundant water (where I lived)…HOWEVER…we were subject to some very extreme weather conditions. One of the ‘children’s songs’ that we sang at our fellowship back then, became a ‘stepping stone’ for me and I actually still sing it when I am particularly uncomfortable ‘weather wise’:
“It’s a happy day, and I thank God for the weather. It’s a happy day, and I’m living it for my Lord, Halleluyah! It’s a happy day, and things are going to get better, just living each day by the promises in God’s Word”
It’s just a little child’s song, but it moves my heart toward Him. I was thinking these thoughts the other night after receiving some responses to my email and then the next morning (davka! Wouldn’t you know it!) in my regular morning reading I was in Psalms and read these wonderful words:
“He sends out His command to the earth; His Word runs very swiftly. He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; He casts out His hail like morsels; Who can stand before His cold? He sends out His Word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters to flow; HE DECLARES HIS WORD TO JACOB, HIS STATUES AND HIS JUDGMENTS TO ISRAEL.” Psalm 147:15-19
The following morning was my spiritual birthday! Tuesday the 15th of January I celebrated 38 years in Yeshua… what a miracle! The day never ceases to ‘tingle’ me…to bring me to my knees… to humble me… to remind me that He found a literally barren waif on her way to kill herself with NOTHING worth redeeming and said ‘I will show MYSELF in this dark, filthy pit. I will banish the enemy and display MY LIGHT where darkness thought it had the victory!’ And HE did! As I sought to offer something to HIM as a token of thanksgiving…He instead filled me with such JOY this Tuesday… all I can say is that it was a ‘baptism of joy’! I hope that doesn’t sound pretentious, I just don’t recall such a feeling of every cell full of joy and thanksgiving! ANYWAY…I began the day as usual in my time with Him by reading. Currently I am reading in 4 places each morning: First covenant (OT), Second covenant (NT), Prophets, and a Psalm. The night before I had shared from Ps. 147 with you (above) and here in Psalm 148, that wonderful Psalm of exhortation to praise, I read: (I am so tempted to write the whole Psalm here!)
…“Fire and hail, snow and clouds, stormy wind, FULFILLING HIS WORD…”
Oh my! What a picture! It seemed to me that He was showing me that whenever I am REALLY in the center of the will of God…doing His will…what I am created to do…I am FULLFILLING HIS WORD! Is that crazy and perhaps carrying it too far? It just suddenly all made so much sense…His ‘order’, His ‘harmony’, His ‘shalom’… it is even witnessed in the weather… (dramatic weather or calm) – all of nature proclaiming His glory. As I read the Prophets and see how often He told Israel that they would be dispersed in their disobedience so that ‘the land could have her rest’, I began to picture the quiet and order taking over from the noise and disorder…the balance being restored. It seems to me that when we ourselves as His children seeking to please Him, walk in His will, there is a certain ‘balance’ that quiets us and worship is a ‘natural’ outcome.
Uh oh, I have let my joy spill a bit too far over into this letter perhaps. Will you take this opportunity to forgive me for my occasional ‘over exuberance’ and let it be turned into joy and thanksgiving for your own salvation? This great gift that we have received, totally unworthy, this mystery… it is what has made us brothers and sisters and has put such a love in me for each of you! May you be greatly refreshed today and may we each be renewed in our first-love for The One Who has done far more then we will grasp in this life time.
I miss you, dear brothers and sisters. I send love from dramatic Jerusalem. Your sis