Memorial Day


We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.”

1 Thessalonians 1:2 NIV

Photo credit: Deb Feller

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I’ll maintain your cause
when you’re afflicted
and bring justice
when you’re poor

and you shall dwell
in My presence
and give thanks

A laid down life has a caring and just God.

“I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted and justice for the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.” Psalm 140:12,13 NKJV

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Tender Mercies


You are My people
the sheep of My pasture
and your thanks
is always heard

lean into
My tender mercies
as I deliver you from
this world.

A laid down life is in God’s pasture.

“Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, for we have been brought very low. So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever.” Psalm 79:8,13 NKJV

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Got Breath?

“Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD.”  Psalm 150:6

It we do this, we’ll never have to worry about wasting our breath.  😀

Lord, let me not waste the breath that You gave me to praise You with.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

All Given To Glorify

All that I’ve been given
are tools with which to glorify
to praise You and exalt You
until the day I die.

Dear friends and readers,

I’m going to be stepping away from blogging a bit, but I hope to stay in touch, reading and commenting on your blogs when I can.  🙂  I’ll be leaving my blog up, but closing the comments.  And maybe coming back to it in the future.  🙂

Thank you so much for teaching me, inspiring me, challenging me and always lifting me up!  Blogging has been such a huge blessing to me.  YOU all have been such a huge blessing to me.   

For those who’d like to get J of Jerusalem’s letters sent to you directly, please email me at with “Inside Israel” in the subject line and I will hook you up! 

Thanks again!!  God bless you!!!

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Inside Israel – A Thank You Letter


Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel. Well, today we look inside our Sis in Jerusalem’s heart as she thanks all of you for reading and commenting and praying like you do!  I second her  . ..Thank you and God bless you! Now, here she is . . .

I am sorry that I am writing this from work.  I would so rather sit down with some quiet time and space and really share (or try to) the thankfulness in my heart for you.  Alas, there is no quiet spot at home right now, (my husband’s injury has added many demands.  As he is backslidden, he is also very depressed and I would be ever so thankful for prayer for him to return to his first love)  so if it is to be done, it will be done this way, and I ask for your grace.
For more then 18 years I have written these letters to dear friends…the changes – having come to the center of the world from the ends of the earth (a small village in Alaska) – at not-a-young age…were dramatic, and it was given to me to share what I was seeing, hearing, experiencing as HIS.
Over the years, so many of my friends have ‘moved on’ and I often feel a sense of ‘disappointment’ or even ‘loss’ as I hear from people less and less.  Then Deb began to re-post my emails.  I can not tell you how moved I have been by your responses.  They are fresh!  They are real!  So many of those whom I write to now have come on tours and read much and really know more then I do about so many things.  They have met other people from here and receive other newsletters…and suddenly I get responses from YOU.  And some of you say ‘I never knew this’ or ‘I wanted to understand this’, and my heart literally flutters with joy that there is still a reason to share what is still so amazing to me…and what I will still be learning until He says ‘It is finished’…and then we all shall STILL be found learning!
I have been so encouraged by your encouragement.
Thank you!
I am not NEARLY as ‘spiritual’ as some of you seem to think :-[  I am just a sheep trying to do what I am told…like all of you.
Thank you for ‘receiving me’.  You are really a blessing!
lovingly, your sis (from work)
ani b’derek
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Got Praise?

“And I will sing praise to Your name forever
That I may daily perform my vows.”  Psalms 61:8

Like dreaming, sometimes I forget about singing.

Lord, may I awake each day with a song of praise in my heart and on my lips.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Sing Praise

When I praise You
something happens
inside of me
faith explodes
and hope grows
each time I thank You
for everything.

“He Loved The Soil”

“Also he built towers in the desert. He dug many wells, for he had much livestock both in the lowlands and in the plains; he also had farmers and vinedressers in the mountains and in Carmel, for he loved the soil.”  2 Chronicles 26:10

My youngest likes to grow things.

Lord, thank You for loving us and tending to the soil of our souls.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Growing Us                                                            

Oh He loves
the soil we’re made of

delights to plant
and see what grows

what has become hard

pulling out stones
as He goes.


“Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.”  2 Chronicles 21:5

“And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife; and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.”  2 Chronicles 21:6

I wonder if this is the result of Jehoshaphat, Jehoram’s father, allying himself with Ahab.

Lord, I thank you for those precious people You lined me up with years ago, that continue to be a blessing to me and my family.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Godly Allies

Allies Day, May 1917, National Gallery of Art
wikipedia – Childe Hassam

Newly washed
in His blood
God sent those
who greatly loved
confirming Him
in my life
blessing my children
with the gift of Christ.


Thank you, dear Ruth, if you are reading! You are one
the precious Godly allies He sent my family and I!  Love you!

Of Counselors and Companions

“Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion.”  1 Chronicles 27:32

So thankful for all of our counselors and companions!

Lord, we praise You and thank You for being our most Wonderful Counselor and Companion, who never leaves us nor forsakes us.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Through Human Lips

We have the Holy Spirit
Jesus inside of us

still He understands
our needs and weakness

and gives counselors and companions
that we might hear from mere lips

His desires and love for us
conveyed through humanness.


Photo credit: Cousin Brenda ❤

Picture of Julie Sellner, Aubrey’s counselor at Mended Hearts and Apache, a horse companion!

He Will Complete It

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,

for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 1:3-6

We sometimes begin things we don’t finish.

Thank You, Lord for this precious promise that You never leave a job half done.  And here’s a simple poem . . .




Getting There

We thank You, Lord
as we joyfully pray
for You are faithful
and working always
in our lives
finishing what You’ve begun
’til we’re no long “in progress”
but complete, with Your Son.

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