Former And Latter


If what you see
doesn’t measure up

to how things used
to be

stay brave and keep
moving on

into My greater


You are with me and change what I see.


” ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?’ “

” ‘Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the LORD; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the LORD, ‘and work, for I am with you,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

” ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

Haggai 2:3,4,9 NKJV

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Wherever The River Goes


and deeper still
water from
the temple flows

taking healing
and true life
it goes.

You establish the flow of healing and life.

“And he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.” Ezekiel 47:1,9

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The Glory Of The Lord


The brightness
of My glory

filled the temple
courts and house

now I am
inside of you

so you can shine Me
all about.

You establish the brightness of Your glory.

“Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub and paused over the threshold of the temple; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s glory.” Ezekiel 10:4 NKJV

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He Came Again



“But early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him, and He sat down and taught them.”  John 8:2  NKJV

Nothing kept Jesus from doing what He came to do.

Thank You, Lord, for coming to us and staying with us.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

You come to us
and stay with us
throughout the day
and night.

You sit with us
and reveal to us
how to walk in Your
marvelous light.

God bless you as He sits with you today!

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I Will Raise It Up

“So the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?’ 

“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.'”

“Then the Jews said,  ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ ” 

“But He was speaking of the temple of His body.”  John 2:18-21 NKJV

These Jewish people didn’t ‘get it’.  Sometimes I don’t either.

Thank You, Lord, for helping me to understand what You need me to today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Your words are life
and light to me

though there is much
I don’t understand

yet I believe
You died and rose again

and can build up
the faith I have.

God bless you as He builds you up today!

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The Branch

“Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!

From His place He shall branch out;

And He shall build the temple of the LORD;

Yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD.

He shall bear the glory,

and shall sit and rule on His throne . . .”  Zechariah 6:12-13


Branches reach out.

Thank You, Lord, for reaching out and building Your temple inside of us.  And here’s a simple poem. . .


You are the only One

who can build the temple

and carry all the glory

that You bear


while You reign and rule

upon Your throne

yet reach out to us



God bless you as He branches out into your life!

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When Everyone Says Glory

“The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth,
and strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “
Glory!” ‘  Psalms29:9

I love that everyone in His temple says , “Glory”.

Lord, I desire that any selfish opinions, thoughts and words fade away so all that comes out glorifies You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Voice of Glory

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You’re the voice over the mountains
the voice over the seas
the voice over the forests
the voice over me.

Calling me to lay down my opinions
to lay down my selfishness
to lay down my own thoughts
and worship You in holiness.

Inside Israel – Tish’a b’av 2012

Hello and welcome to a look inside Israel today, as J of Jerusalem shares with us from her heart and His!  God bless you and thank you for praying for Israel! Now here’s J . . .

Tish’a b’av 2012’
Dearest sisters and brothers,
I do greet you with love and pray that this will be an encouragement to some to pray.  To me, the greatest blessing that I can receive is something that truly spurs me to prayer…real prayer…or a correction that enlightens my eyes so that a blockage between The Lord and I might be removed…and I can pray.  Perhaps some of you are the same? 
Tisha b’av, or the 9th day of the month of av on the Hebrew calendar, is quickly approaching and it’s signs are seen as religious and many non religious are reading psalms and scriptures of repentance on the bus and train..  Sunday is the fast day but my chances of writing will be very slim, so I want to drop you a short note now.  I know that I have written a great deal about this day…the day that ‘remembers’ so many of God’s judgments upon the Jewish people…but it bares noting since we are, again, as a people, committing so many of these same sins; will you pray for us and our blinded (by God) eyes?  Will you pray for our traditionally strong wills (or perhaps stiff necks??) not to mention our rebellion and unbelief? Will you pray for the breaking down of the false religious spirit that can so easily masquerade for godliness?  Like ALL generalizations, this is NOT true of every one, and this prayer request is NOT meant to be ‘finger pointing’ or judgmental in any way, but God’s Word is so clear in calling us to Himself and into walking in His Truth and separating the Holy from the profane and the flesh from the Spirit…and we KNOW that coming to Him in His Light is the only way.
Tisha’b’av commemorates, most of all, the destruction of, not only the FIRST, but the SECOND temple in Jerusalem and the expulsion of the Jews into exile. “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hug our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song.  And those who plundered us requested mirth, saying ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’…” (Psalm 137)  Daniel (to whom it was given to recognize the times), Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra, Zechariah, Jeremiah himself, who’s account is so vivid and whose grief is recorded along with his HOPE in Lamentations.  Lamentations is the main book that is read and prayed through during the fast.  Many also read Job, as well as MANY other scriptures.  This morning as my bus passed the yet-shuttered shops, I saw that scripture was spray painted (in Hebrew) on one “I have loved you with an everlasting love…YET…” the bus passed too quickly to see WHICH of the ‘pleading’ scriptures it was, but it was one calling us as a people to return (most likely from Isaiah…I will try to see tomorrow).  Traditionally, the sin of ‘brother against brother’ has been named as the thing that The Lord has hated the most in our people, and truly it is alive and thriving today with secular against religious, division among rich and poor, political opinions flying…it is grievous.  There has been a rash…epidemic really…of suicides and attempted suicides since the death of Moshe Selman, the man who burned himself to death at the ‘social protest rally’ expressing the deep frustration with so many over prices spiraling out of control and the inability to pay for the barest necessities although we work as hard as we can, while luxury apartments are being grabbed up with no shame by the rich.  Indeed today a new 1% rise in general sales tax was announced.  It was ‘justified’ by the announcement that a 2% tax was levied on those earning more then 100,000 shekels PER MONTH!  (equal to 400,000 USD/month).  I don’t need to continue…we are seeing a rise in anger…a rise in crime and hopelessness…
GOD is our ONLY answer, but He always HAS been our ONLY answer.  
The longer that I live here the scriptures speak so clearly that I can not believe how blind I was concerning the connection between ALL of the promises, the Jews, the land,…THE TEMPLE.  I know that MANY MANY anticipate the building of the third temple in Jerusalem, but I have come to firmly believe that the third Temple IS being built and IS here now!  “…for YOU are the temple of The Living God…” 2 Corin 6:16 that the Third Temple is truly HIS temple, His body being built up here for His glory…and surely this temple requires no less for Him to inhabit it then did the first and second, so perhaps you would also pray for the body here as you pray for the people.  I am so sorry that I  am simply pulling these scriptures off ‘the top of my head’ as my Grandson is here…talking much as I type…but I have written more completely over the years. 
There is so much written…if you wish more information you can google tisha b av for basic information and I can send anyone who wishes old emails of mine. 
Please keep in mind that this day is considered a DANGEROUS day by our people and a day in which our enemy seems to have had the upper hand if God were standing to judge.  Below is a VERY short list of historical events noted by our people on this date. 
I must close to RUN and make dinner.  God be with each one of you to bless with more of Himself for His glory!  Lovingly, your sis
1.    The sin of the spies caused God to decree that the Children of Israel who left Egypt would not be permitted to enter the land of Israel;

2. The first Temple was destroyed;

3. The second Temple was destroyed;

4. Betar, the last fortress to hold out against the Romans during the Bar Kochba revolt in the year 135, fell, sealing the fate of the Jewish people.

5. One year after the fall of Betar, the Temple area was plowed.

6. In 1492, King Ferdinand of Spain issued the expulsion decree, setting Tisha B’Av as the final date by which not a single Jew would be allowed to walk on Spanish soil.

7. World War I – which began the downward slide to the Holocaust – began on Tisha B’av.

ani b’derek

Uncontained Glory

“. . .for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” 1 Kings 8:11

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth?  Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You.  How much less this temple which I have built.”  1 Kings 8:27

God would indeed dwell on the earth and fill it with His glory.

Lord, thank You for coming to dwell in such a lowly fragile frame as ours and filling us with the glory of Your Holy Spirit.  And here is a simple poem . . .

Glory Filled

What can contain You
where can You dwell

if heaven is too small
surely we are as well

yet another one of
those mysteries of Yours

how You can live inside us
and make Your glory ours.

No Hammer Heard

“And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.”  1 Kings 6:7

Usually when things get quiet, we think the work has stopped.

Lord, thank You for the quiet steady work of Your Holy Spirit in us. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Temple Building

I’m under construction
God is working in me
though I feel like a mess
He continues patiently
building and adding on
never stopping what He’s begun
a Holy Spirit made temple
of worship for His Son.

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