I will teach you
to number your days
so your hearts
can be wise

to see My beauty
upon you
and how My mercy

A laid down life has the beauty of the Lord upon it.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Oh satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. And let the beauty of the Lord be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands. ” Psalm 90:12,14,17 NKJV

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IMG_0296 “pink elephants”
fill the sky
movie night


So often she has made sure I don’t miss a sunset.

“You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.”  Psalm 65:8 NKJV


I am the God
of your salvation
the confidence
of all the earth

the provider of
through whom goodness
is birthed.

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I Will

“I will bring them back

Because I have mercy on them.”  Zechariah 10:6


God’s mercy is a powerful thing.

Thank you, Lord, for all Your mercy has done, is doing and will yet do.  And here’s a simple poem . . .


I will strengthen them

and save them


I will hear them

and have mercy


I will bring them back

and redeem them


so they will increase

and rejoice in Me.


God bless you with His great mercy!

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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

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.

Rejoicing In The Middle

“He turned the sea into dry land;
They went through the river on foot.
There we will rejoice in Him.”  Psalms 66:6

How many of us are in the middle of the river, on foot, right now?

Oh Lord, we desire to rejoice in You right now, before we even know what the outcome will be.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

We’re There

How did it feel there
between the walls of water
walking on the sea’s bottom
following the way He’d made?

Let us rejoice now
in the middle of the miracle
that happens each time
we trust Him and obey.

Inside Israel – Already August, Part 2

Hi and welcome to a late look inside Israel today!  J of Jerusalem is our sister in Him, sharing what she sees living in the land where He walked and talked. Thank you so much for supporting Israel and J and her family, and lifting them up in prayer! Now, here’s J . . .

I always get pretty ‘grave’ when I am reading in ‘grave’ places, don’t I.  And so it was this week as I came toward the end of my reading in the book of Revelation and read chapter 18…again.  Once again I looked at these holy words and once again I wondered: ‘Can it be describing any other place beside USA?’  This time, however, there was an added personal ingredient as I see all of my children moving back there while they have been through trying if not traumatic times.  Those times have both ‘tried’ and ‘changed’ their faith and understanding of Him and they are in a state of ‘openness’ and ‘change’ and seeking to know ‘what’ they believe…and I found myself reading with a personal fearfulness for my loved ones perhaps not ready… It was only a few hours later, while still groaning in my heart, that I received an email from another dear sister speaking of the apostasy of the ‘emerging church’ being so strong in the USA.  I had not heard of this movement so looked it up on google and my heart literally reeled.  I am far away.  I didn’t know.  He has graciously sheltered me…and I was shocked.  How could this happen? 
I have been wrestling with these two issues in prayer over the past several days and asking The Lord ‘HOW He wants me to pray?’…’HOW does He want me to stand…in what ‘stance’ should I be found?’ And I began to wonder about all of you.  Do you see these things taking place around you?  Are they affecting your loved ones?  How are you praying?  What is The Lord speaking to your hearts?  When I read about the movement of the ‘emerging church’ I remembered a woman saying to me one time ‘If THIS is all that there is to Christianity, I don’t want it!’  I was shocked.  She was not a new believer, but we were in a ‘stand still’ stage (perhaps I should say a ‘wilderness’ period) and she wanted “Power!”, “experiences!”, “excitement!”… not to stand still and wait. I remember saying to her ‘You know…He reached down and saved me.  If it were His choice to never speak to me again…that would still be enough reason to follow Him.’  I do not know what became of her.  He is well able to keep and lead His own, and so I must trust Him with our children as well.  Thank you so much for your prayers for our family! 
I see that this can become a very long letter, so I will not share all I want to.
This land; Israel – such a wonder and testimony to the absolute faithfulness of God to keep His promises as He has set down in His unchanging Word!  Summer is hot now and drawing to its inevitable end.  We can ‘feel’ the change in the angle of the sun as well as in the appearance of ‘back to school’ sales –stacks of books, backpacks and pencils stacked outside of stores and other ‘school stores’ opening just for the occasion.  Since our kids must buy their school books here, it seems to me a mind boggling science-we approach the store with our very specific lists: “kita bet (second grade) at Ein Kerem school…Ok…let’s see (a bag is picked out and a name is pinned to it)…she needs these books, 10 #2 pencils, 4 (specific) notebooks, one pack colored pencils, 2 pencil sharpeners, 2 erasers (this brand), colored markers…’ on and on the list goes while the shop keeper defies the speed of light pulling items off of their stacks and putting them into the ‘Ana bag’ or the ‘Noach bag’.  When it comes to back packs, it is also organized: ‘A second grader? These are the packs here…and there are the packs for third grade.’  No, they definitely do NOT ‘look alike’, one design is more worldly or violent then the next, but their structure is made specifically for the backs of the children who will carry all of these books back and forth…quite a science!  Because the fall feasts (Rosh h’shana – feast of trumpets; Yom Kippur-day of atonement; and Succot-Feast of Tabernacles) are in September, school begins at the end of August for a week or two before the 3 week vacation, so even our kids will get some school in before leaving the country. 
And while all of this scurrying around is intermingled with end-of-summer-restless-children, rockets continue to fall in the Negev from Gaza.  Not lots…just one or two a day…or 4 a week…sometimes more sometimes less.  When it gets too unbearable, we attack back. There was a major attack in Sinai several days ago.  We had specific ‘hot’ warning of an attack on our south and contacted Egypt, but none the less 16 Egyptian border police were killed and a tank and guns stolen and driven into Israel.  Since we were on high alert we were able to bomb the tank, but the loss to the Egyptians brought a swift response from their new President and government and there was a 5 hour very real war in the Sinai as Egypt asserted its control over this vast and very lawless area.  You most likely remember that Israel gave the Sinai back to Egypt as part of the peace treaty signed between Anwar Sadat and Menachem Began. To our north Syria is embroiled in its very sad war, but of course, this is getting a great deal of attention. The area is quite unstable with terror groups, legitimatized as ‘freedom fighters’, having become quite bold. 
And then there is Iran.
In other words…very little has changed. 
And yet the seasons follow one another…fall following on the heals of summer…moon following sun…the weather patterns shifting dramatically worldwide, sin abounding, yet GOD remains FAITHFUL!  Revelation 18 was written 2,000 years ago and was as true then as it is now…it is simply closer to fulfillment.  And in the midst of Rev 18, in the very MIDST, it STILL says:
20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles[f] and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
   RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF THE GREATEST DESTRUCTION OUR EYES…AND HEARTS…WILL EVER BEHOLD … WE ARE TO REJOICE!  As long as we have repented and are walking IN Him IN that repentance found of Him at peace and doing His will, cleansed by His Blood and lead by His Spirit…MAY GOD ALONE BE GLORIFIED, and may, you, my DEAR sisters and brothers, be blessed and be encouraged.  Lovingly, your too busy sis in Jerusalem 
ani b’derek
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A Holy Day

“‘This day is holy to the LORD your God, do not mourn nor weep.”  For all the people wept, when they heard the word of the LORD. ”  Nehemiah 8:9

“And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.”  Nehemiah 8:12

There is a sorrow that leads to repentance , when we hear God’s word and are convicted.

Lord, we thank You for not wanting us to mourn and grieve forever, but desire to forgive us and pour out Your love, joy and understanding upon us.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

From Weeping to Rejoicing

When I first heard Your Word
and understood my sin

I asked for forgiveness
and was born again

You trade my sorrows
for Your joy and strength

adding to my days
Love’s eternal length.

I Can Smile

“I smile at my enemies
because I rejoice in Your salvation.” 1 Samuel 2:1

It was good to see our youngest daughter smile again after a recent time of seizures.

Lord, we desire to walk, talk, pray and sing like the saved. And here’s a simple poem . . .

All Bow Down

When the enemy attacks
I can forget who I am
one of the saved, the redeemed
blood bought by Him.

Thanks for reminding me
I’m more than a conqueror in You
and though the enemy stomps around
he must bow down too.

Every Good Thing

“So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given to you and your house, you and the Levite and the stranger who is among you.” Deuteronomy 26:11

The people were taught to practice thankfulness as a way of life.

Lord, I chose to see the good in each day over the bad , and rejoice. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Seeing The Good

We come down sick
can’t leave the house for days
yet, we’re saving money on gas
and food this way. . .
each time something bad happens
I know God is doing good
because He has promised
and said that He would.

Your Names Are Written

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20

I love that while we can celebrate each victory, it’s still all about Him and what He’s done.

Oh Lord, thank You that whatever good or bad happens today, it can never overshadow the fact that we are Yours. And here’s a simple poem . . .


Satan’s constant lies
eat away at our joy
we get knocked down
feeling lower than before

but our names are written
where they can never be erased
by Heaven’s pierced hand
in the blood of His grace.

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