Glory And Brilliance


Blessed are you
when you do

what I ask
you to

for you will see
My glory

and promises
come true .


Lord, I long to see You glorified.


“Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory and brilliance of the LORD [the Shekinah cloud] appeared to all the people [as promised]. Leviticus 9:25 AMP

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I Will Keep You


I am with you
and will keep you

wherever you
should go

bringing you
close to My heart

accomplishing all
I’ve spoke.


The Lord of Abraham and Isaac is with me.


“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will,bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

Genesis 28:15. NJKV

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Yes And Amen


Your promises
are ‘yes’, O Lord

Your promises are

in Jesus Christ
Your Holy Son

our Savior, King
and Friend.


You continually remind me of Your promises, for You are with me.


“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us”
2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV

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We are not waiting
for nothing

for only more pain
and emptiness

for we have a God
who loves us

who always keeps
His promises.


You are with me and reward me as I seek You.


“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11 NIV

“Blessed are all those who wait for Him. You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.” Isaiah 30:18,19 NKJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV


Inspired by Aimee Walker’s ( )’The Power Of Quiet” and The Joyful Life Company (www.THEJOYFULLIFEMAGAZINE.COM ) .

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God Almighty Appeared


“Then Jacob said to Joseph, ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, “Behold I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.” ‘ ”  Genesis 48:3-4

God still meets with us.

Thank You, Lord, for speaking into our lives.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

As You met
with Jacob

promising to multiply
and give the land

so You meet
with us each day

speaking Your word
Your covenant, Your plan.

God bless you as He meets with you today!

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The Peace Of Jerusalem

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
‘I will now say, “Peace be within
Because of the house of God
I will seek your good.”  Psalm 122:6,8,9

A  president visited Jerusalem in the middle of her Passover preparations, causing businesses and public transportation to be closed down.

Lord, teach us how to seek the good of Jerusalem and each other.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Seeking Good

Western Wall in

Western Wall in Jerusalem

I am for you
I am with you
and I will seek
your good.

Peace, peace
I will give you
coming as I
said I would.

What Ails You?

“What ails you, O sea, that you fled?
O Jordan, that you turned back?”  Psalm 114:5

Nothing will stop God from His plans and promises.

Oh Lord, let me not get bogged down by what I see.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Whole Earth Trembles

The Red Sea didn’t
block My people

nor did the Jordan keep them
from where they were to be

so do not think
what’s in front of you

is too big
for even Me.

Inside Israel – First installment – Passover



Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel today, as our sis in Jerusalem shares about the Passover preparations!  Thank you and God bless you as you read and pray! Now, here she is . . .

Beloved sisters and brothers,
 I look forward to sitting down to write to you because I picture you – and over the years I have grown to stand in love with the body, His body, more and more in wonder.  May each of you be blessed and encouraged in Him.  May we all draw nearer to Him in spirit and in truth.  May His Word be our delight and daily food and may we walk in it for His glory alone, particularly as the time grows short. 
I’ve had a repetitive ‘message’ in my heart lately, actually growing in intensity, ‘to be ready’- ‘prepare’.  That is the wonderful thing about The Lord; I don’t need to know ‘WHAT’ exactly it is that I must be ready for, but He leads in the preparations of heart and path ANYWAY.  That gives me such peace!  I have ‘suggestions’ in my heart, and some understanding, but most real to me in this time is:
 “Trust in The Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He WILL direct your path”. Proverbs 3:3-5.
These ‘instructions’ that I have felt so deeply in my heart of late are reflected in the natural as well, as it is time to prepare for Passover – Pesach in Hebrew. 
Pesach begins a month after Purim.  If you have been reading these letters over the past 18 years, you know that the preparations for Pesach are INTENSE!  Several years ago the rabbis grew alarmed that so many women were having nervous breakdowns and even committing suicide during this preparation season of cleaning and ‘koshering’ the home, and they realized that many women became deeply burdened trying to remove every possible crumb of leaven from their homes.  When I say ‘intense’ I mean that people on the third floor were removing screens from windows and boiling them, least there have been a ‘dust of leaven’ caught in the screen.  Scrubbing every crack in the home with toothbrushes when you have 8 or 10 children can be quite a challenge.  Many people felt compelled to REPLACE sofas, refrigerators, stoves…and for some…ALL furniture, because there MIGHT be some leaven stuck somewhere.  The ‘joke’ was; ‘And we thought we were slaves in EGYPT!’, but there was much more truth to that then ‘joke’. Then there is the replacing of all of the food and the cooking for 20 or more people…the list drove many women to true madness.  THANKFULLY, the rabbis began to speak with one mouth the message that God was more interested in the leaven in the heart then a possible crumb in an undiscovered corner…AND…encouraging women to remember that dust is not leaven.  In other words, preparing the house for Pesach does not necessarily mean that it needs to be immaculately clean.  The commandment is simply that there is to be no leaven seen in our homes for 8 days. It has not done away with all striving, particularly in the most religious communities, but it has seemed to lessen the panic as Pesach rapidly approaches.   
Pesach is perhaps the most significant of all of the prescribed holy days in Judaism for many reasons.  What a beautiful and deep study the study of Pesach is, and it is surprisingly marvelous to many at just how much the observance of Pesach has remained the same since it was commanded by God to the Jewish people some 5,000 years ago. 
I myself look with wonder as the preparations begin yearly…seemingly planted into our very genetic material…similar to the migration of animals; they lift their noses to the wind and ‘know’…it is time to move.  So it seems with us.  ‘Prepare for Pesach!’
All of the foundational meaning and directions for the observance of the holyday are found in the book of Exodus, clearly laid out.  During the years that we raised our children in the ‘diaspora’ or ‘exile’ (how BLESSED I was to be ‘exiled’ in such a wonderful land!) we used the book of Exodus as our ‘haggada’ during our Pesach ‘seder’.  A haggada is a small book read through the ‘seder’ meal – which literally means ‘order’ (as there is a prescribed ‘order’ to the meal and ceremony).  The content of the haggada has changed over the years and each community has their own style and content, although they all contain the basic story of Passover.  History and traditions of each community is added to their haggada over the years (sometimes they don’t change their haggada for 100 years or more and continue the reading of the teachings of the old sages as they wrote many years before) but the little beautifully illustrated ancient books are used in each home during the seder meal.  As I said…we used the book of Exodus and we added in the fulfillment scriptures proclaiming The Lamb of God Who came to take away the sin of the world.  We wondered at the Precious Blood that spoke of better things then the blood of Abel and washed our sins away as the blood of lambs and goats couldn’t do…The Blood that, applied to the doorposts of our hearts, prevails even today…and we worshipped The Risen Lord even as we ate the unleavened bread and recounted the extraordinarily intricate perfect plan of God from its inception!  It is quite a vivid revelation to understand that sin costs dearly…that God gave us a perfect picture of just how awful sin is in His sight- and how loudly blood speaks!…that the death of a pure innocent lamb was needed to cover the awfulness of sin…and it still is…but has been paid once and for all at the cost of even greater pain.  What a mystery, so full of love and pain and exquisite wisdom that His children would follow Him in His way!  And yet we haven’t.  How can this be? 
Oh, but I am WAY ahead of myself!  Forgive me for getting caught up in the meaning of Pesach.  It is part of the preparation of my heart personally. 

(Stay tuned for part 2!)

ani b’derek

Near To Save

“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”  Psalms 34:18

Our broken flower pot let dirt fall out and light come in.

Lord, thank You for being ever near.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

He Comes Close                                      index

You specialize
in broken hearts

when our lives
are torn apart

and so humbled
by all the mess

You draw near
in tenderness.



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Inside Israel – Day 1 of Operation Pillar and Cloud

Hello and welcome to a look inside Israel again today. J of Jerusalem had been sending more updates last week as events unfolded. I felt it was important to share what she is sharing right now,  and not wait until Sunday.  Thank you for your prayers for Israel and J, and God bless you!  Now, here’s J . . .

Greetings and Blessings from Jerusalem, where God Himself put His Name and promised to reveal Himself in a manner unique to mankind…and of course The One Who was born and ‘died’ and rose again here … HIS imprints are everywhere, not just in history but TODAY!  HALLELUYA!
Liora and I went out for a rare cup of coffee together after work today.  We had barely sat down when her phone rang. ‘Yehudit?!?’ she exclaimed, surprised.  ‘How is it down there?’ I heard her say.  ‘I haven’t heard from her in 5 years!’ she mouthed to me.  She continued ‘Oh no…just boom boom boom all night. I’m so sorry!’ Soon she suggested ‘Why don’t you come up here and stay with us?  It’s quiet here in Jerusalem… at this point.’ She was right…almost ‘too quiet’.  We walked through the day today as if it were a ‘usual one’.  Ofcourse, I am very aware that my fellow Israelis ‘steel themselves’ inside and remaining calm is our way, but it was really ‘life as usual’ here today.  I was at work when we heard of 3 killed in Kiryat Malachi. Two men and a woman who could not get to the stairwell in time took a direct hit in a building that also saw several infants and a young boy injured.  The Palestinians too are suffering from the fighting.  It is very hard to know who are ‘innocents’ since their reporting is ‘inventive’ and then so many of the rocket firing weapons are in the midst of densely populated areas, however our army really IS careful to use ‘surgical strikes’.  This is not fun.  I listen to Liora’s side of the conversation wondering how long it will be until our ‘day as usual’ is changed.  I make a mental note to double check our ‘safe room’ supplies.  Yehudit decides to stay in Be’er Sheva for now as she doesn’t want to bring her cat up to Jerusalem. She says that they will keep in touch.  I ask about Liora’s children.  Three are out of the army now.  Two daughters have babies.  One son is still in the army and is stationed up on the Northern boarder.  There was another ‘stray’ rocket shot across the northern boarder from Syria into Israel today.  I comment about another dear friend’s son who is also stationed up north, wondering if they are able to fellowship together.  What a blessing to know that there are more and more believers among our soldiers!  Please pray that they are anointed with The Holy Spirit to share boldly…to reap a harvest…to know how to walk. 
I see on YNET that an emergency ‘limited call up’ of reserve soldiers has been issued, so more and more of our young people as well as the older ‘reserve troops’, will be traveling on the buses tonight and tomorrow.  As of 5pm our time over 200 rockets have been fired at our southern communities today.  Egypt has withdrawn their ambassador and is calling an ‘emergency defense meeting’ and our ambassador has come home as well. They have also deployed additional troops in the Sinai…our southern border.
I was so blessed by receiving many emails today from you.  A number of people mentioned ‘fear’.  The Lord is Good …AND…perhaps I am a bit stupid…but I would rather give Him the glory that I can honestly say that I feel no fear.  Of course I am not hearing the sirens over my head at this moment, but if the ‘worst’ is death…what power does that HAVE over me?  I really DO believe what He said that He is the Victory over death and the God of the living and not the dead…and I know that He is my God…so whether I live or die in this flesh, I will live to Him.  No…as of TODAY…I am not afraid.  IT IS NOT NOT NOT ME!  I AM NOT A ‘STRONG LADY’!  IT IS ALL HIM Who commands my soul NOT to be afraid!  HIS GRACE!  Believe me I have other problems but by His grace, fear is not part of it today anyway. This is NOT so for everyone and so many down South are being treated for shock and trauma.  Thank you for praying for them…and for HIS WORD to go forth in the midst!  For Him to reveal Himself to many…and for a great hunger for The God of Israel to RETURN in the fullness of Himself.  And, yes, thank you for prayers for protection and wisdom.  What would the enemy love more then to destroy this nation and with it…His promises?  We KNOW that can’t be done, but that is the key to the battle (I believe)…that the promise will be preserved unto the revelation…the fullness of all that He has planned.  It is far more then just flesh and blood…it is the revelation of The Lord to this people…and to the lost and dying world. 
God bless you from Jerusalem – lovingly, your sis   
ani b’derek
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