Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Since the last post....

Happy Yom Teruah (Day of trumpets)!! We blew our shofar (ram's horn trumpet) last night after sundown to mark the beginning of the seventh month.

You can read more about it in Leveitcus 23. We also had a feast, which is one of the main things scripture commands folks to do- eat unto YHWH and be thankful for what He has given!

(Note: I realize that the calender tells us it's nearly October which is the 10th month. I have blogged about that here)

Also, the last blog post I told you how my Jasmine got married. We are so blessed! They are expecting their first little one.

If you have seen pictures before of Jasmine you might have noticed that she as super thin! Well, not now! :) 16 weeks and counting!

Also, we got some goats from a friend in early July. That has been fun! They keep us on our toes, that's for sure! We are still tweaking our fences to keep them in the location that is safest! Lots of wild critters out here. 

This is Jill and Marcel. She's our milker!

So, what things are happening with you? 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

What's been happening lately....

Hey dear readers! Well, I would like to share what has been happening in my life and to chronicle my own healing process.

Thing #1- My dear Jasmine got married to Jesse Schools.

 I sure do love these two and pray YHWH blesses them in Yeshua! This has been the result of many years of prayer! Not only have we prayed that YHWH would bring our daughters men who love Him first and foremost, but that He would prepare the young man to lead and protect her in the way the Bible lays out. Whenever we first really jumped in with both feet, observing Torah the way Yeshua taught us to and because Yeshua did and told us to follow Him, the girls were sure that they would NEVER meet young men who also read the Bible and wanted to do what it said. Fast forward all these years, and here came Jesse and his family. We have enjoyed so many Sabbaths, talks, and fellowship with them over these months, and YHWH showed us all that He has made someone perfect for each of these folks! He had moved us to pray, years and years ago, for the future husbands of our daughters and to teach our daughters to do their husbands good and not evil ALL the days of their lives - including the years *before* they met! Our homeschool experience has been to teach the girls to be wives that love YHWH first then whatever husband they each are brought by our Heavenly Father! So, here we are! Now, my prayer for them together has changed somewhat, but I still pray they will love YHWH in Yeshua, and love each other, and be blessed in all ways!

Thing #2- We met a lady named Francessca who is also a Torah observant believer in Yeshua, and she moved into our house on the 19th.

 There are not many of us who love Yeshua AND make every attempt to follow Him in doing Torah as well and if we don't take care of one another, we know no one else will do so!! So, here is part of her story:

Francessca was involved in an "accident." I call it that but really it was preventable as she was walking to work and through whatever negligence on the part of the driver, he hit her with his vehicle. You know, if you have been in an accident, you know how you're not really sore until later? Pretty much the same thing happened.... as in she *thought* she was OK, but really she was very injured! Fast forward and it caused her to lose her job due to not being able to walk, then month later, to lose her apartment. That was this past week. She was going to go to the homeless shelter but having heard this, knowing she was also a TO believer, we wanted to help in any way we could. So we invited her to stay here and moved her in!

#3- I have received the blessing of some colloidal silver and am trying it out. We had the Griffins over for Sabbath last week and they blessed our household with this! Honestly I had never tried it so I did. Here is my one week report on how it has affected me.

I took some and I was a little dizzy the first day or so and even my ears hurt! I have had chronic ear infections since I was a child, so I think that was what the most pressing need was at the moment. After a day or so of regularly taking it I started feeling better. In fact, this past week I have felt better than I have in years! I have noticed I need much more water than I am used to getting, but that's good really because I wasn't getting enough. By the end of the day I would often realize I hadn't gotten enough and by then it was too late! So, here I am at one week and I am feeling pretty good! I will continue on and see how things are with the fibromyalgia as well. I was told that sometimes it helps with this too! I have put in a garden in the last week and it didn't make me take to my bed so perhaps it *is* helping! I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Shema and Yahusha. What does it all mean??

 "Sh'ma, Yisra'el! YHWH Eloheinu, YHWH echad [Hear, Isra'el! YHWH our God, YHWH is one]; and you are to love YHWH your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. (CJB) Deut. 6: 4-5

 "Hear, O Israel: The YHWH our God, the YHWH is one. You shall love the YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might (ESV) Deut. 6: 4-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being. (CJB) John 1:1-3

 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (CJB) Gen. 1: 1-3

This morning I was thinking about this. How do people know Yahushua (Hebrew for YHWH saves or YHWH's Salvation)/ Yeshua at all? Reading the Bible? Listening to other people talk about their idea of him? Let me tell you my story.

When I was in the Christian church, my own understanding was largely fleshly. As the "Son" of course I thought of him in the way sons are- flesh of their Father's creation, but I never thought of what "the word made flesh" meant. It was cliche, a byword, like the term "died for your sins" has become. No one thinks about either of those with much depth because the preachers tell us all what things mean and that is all there is. Well, not really but that's how I thought for a long time. Then I read the Bible for myself again. About a dozen years ago I read it aloud to my children each night at bedtime. I read with church-glasses on so I *did* hear some new things but I dismissed the things I did not understand or thought of the "old testament" as stories and that was it. My husband read the Bible with new eyes around the same time. He didn't have "church glasses" like I did so he read, learned, took it to heart, and started our family on following what the Bible said. Then we went to church. It was a disaster. He learned church stuff, to thin in church ways, things that completely were contrary to what scripture said. So we stopped reading the Bible ourselves and just listened to the preachers. Then my husband would read the Bible again and we would study at home and after discovering the church's ways were not at all Biblical, we finally quit and stayed home, studying on and off for years. In the meantime we were resting on Sabbath, but in our own way, without real regard for what the scripture said to do or rather not do on the Sabbath. Last year, our family had a life altering experience: my husband was fired from his job, accused of theft by his former employer, and largely judged in the public eye as guilty without any proof by those folks. We lost friends and gained a few very faithful friends too! We dove back into scripture study, and went back to a Christian church at the same time. It has always been my thinking that we *needed to go to church* as it was *the right thing to do* so it has been my own thoughts about what it means to be a believer that has led us in this back and forth tug'o war! Last year, after all this mess started, I gave in and just decided to do whatever my husband said to do as far as the church/ study scripture thing. We still went for fellowship, but the more we studied scripture at home, the more we realized that what we were doing with the church was actually anti-Messiah. Were we killing people? No. It was not anything obvious to anyone who would have looked at our lives. We were worshiping YHWH 1-on the venerable day of the sun as proclaimed by the anti-Messiah Constantine and the like and 2-in the ways the pagans (the Hebrew word for pagan is goy, which is also translated as gentile- a term largely misunderstood) do. It is part of the great deception of mankind- that what we have been taught- what we have believed- is really against YHWH. So, what does this have to do with the Shema? What the heck is a shema anyway? And what all does this have to do with understanding the Messiah as written in the "new testament" anyway? I'm so glad you asked. Shema is a term that means listen. As above, you see in Deuteronomy 6, it's used for "Listen to this" or "Hey, hear what I am saying!" It reminds me of talking to my children when I know they were playing instead of listening. So, if YHWH was very serious about telling us to listen up then tells us that YHWH is the one and only God there is it we can understand the Son of YHWH, Yahushua/ Yeshua? How can he be God as well? Is He God? He told us not to worship him and that there was none good but the Father. So, where did Yahushua come from? The concept of spoken words putting on flesh is so foreign to us as our words don't do that. Or do they? We are judged for everything 1-done in the flesh and 2-every idle word we speak. So, words have meaning deeper than what we can see with our own eyes. So, what *is* the Word of YHWH? It is the WHOLE Bible. It is not "red letters" only. It is not "new testament" and to disregard what is called the "old" testament. It is EVERYTHING!!! It has just been this past year that we have dived in with both feet and it doesn't look anything like what church looks like to me. Some folks accuse us of being "Jewish" or denying Yahushua/ Yeshua, but we are just beginning to understand Him as He is the very words from Genesis 1:1 all the way to the end of Revelations that most churches say are not really important (until you get to Matthew). So, if you, like I did, think that what comes before Matthew is only a bunch of stories or only just history, you would do well to try and think of the book as a whole AND of Yahushua/ Yeshua as the "old" testament wearing skin!! There is no understanding Him, what things He said or did, or the expectations He has until you read the front of the book seriously, like your life depends on it, because it does!! It will be just like starting over, because you have to start over, forget everything you thought you knew as truth, and read with open eyes. There is only ONE God and He is YHWH. His Word (the entire "old testament" if you will) put on a body of flesh, lived as a man, walked completely perfectly as Torah (instructions/ law) tells us to, then took every punishment from said Torah in our place. The Torah is alive and well! Do not be like I was and believe the lies because you have always heard them! Investigate without having an idea of what you are looking for.... without preconceived notions....and you will come away with the TRUTH - and it will stand bare before you and you can choose to either 1-believe the lies you have learned from man or 2-accept the TRUTH, that there is only ONE God, His Word (Torah, Prophets, etc...) is our Salvation as He (YHWH's Word) has put on Flesh at having been sent by YHWH to actually BE our salvation.... to save us from what? The wrath of YHWH for lawbreaking (sin). We are to love YHWH with all that we are just as Yahushua/ Yeshua came and showed us! Beloved!! Do not be stubborn and just stay with the ways you have been taught! Look into the TRUTH and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will teach you! Do not look to man for answers, because guess what? We are all mankind and all in the same boat and no one can teach you the TRUTH except He who gives us the TRUTH- YHWH Himself! Shabbat Shalom beloveds! Praise YHWH for His goodness to us! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Year, New Moon

While it's been a while since I've blogged, I have not been idle. Winter was very cold and long! I pray we get more and more warmth and no more snow and ice. I have enjoyed the slowing down we have had, but I'm itching to get seeds potted and thinking towards the gardening season.
Our living room view a week or so ago

The New Year has begun (see Exodus 12). Of course, we in the modern world have other calendars we have gone by for generations. The current one (created back in the 1500's) is called the "Gregorian" calendar. This makes one wonder about the time we live in. The Bible tells us in Daniel 7 "He (speaking of the anti-Messiah) will think to change the times.... and here we are, not even recognizing the way YHWH our Creator and Father has made time to flow! So, armed with new knowledge (well new to me anyway) our family has decided to recognize YHWH's time. A new year has just begun. I realize that the rest of the world has celebrated a new year in the middle of winter, but it has not always been the way and we are going back to the old ways- the way of YHWH. In Exodus 12, we find this: 

12 Adonai spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you. Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household — except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, then he and his next-door neighbor should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it. Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year, and you may choose it from either the sheep or the goats.
“‘You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of the month, and then the entire assembly of the community of Isra’el will slaughter it at dusk.They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame at the entrance of the house in which they eat it.That night, they are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire; they are to eat it with matzah and maror. Don’t eat it raw or boiled, but roasted in the fire, with its head, the lower parts of its legs and its inner organs. 10 Let nothing of it remain till morning; if any of it does remain, burn it up completely.
11 “‘Here is how you are to eat it: with your belt fastened, your shoes on your feet and your staff in your hand; and you are to eat it hurriedly. It is Adonai’s Pesach [Passover]. 12 For that night, I will pass through the land of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both men and animals; and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt; I am Adonai13 The blood will serve you as a sign marking the houses where you are; when I see the blood, I will pass over [a] you — when I strike the land of Egypt, the death blow will not strike you.
14 “‘This will be a day for you to remember and celebrate as a festival to Adonai; from generation to generation you are to celebrate it by a perpetual regulation.
15 “‘For seven days you are to eat matzah — on the first day remove the leaven from your houses. For whoever eats hametz [leavened bread] from the first to the seventh day is to be cut off from Isra’el. 16 On the first and seventh days, you are to have an assembly set aside for God. On these days no work is to be done, except what each must do to prepare his food; you may do only that. 17 You are to observe the festival ofmatzah, for on this very day I brought your divisions out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, you are to observe this day from generation to generation by a perpetual regulation. 18 From the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day, you are to eat matzah19 During those seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses. Whoever eats food with hametz in it is to be cut off from the community of Isra’el — it doesn’t matter whether he is a foreigner or a citizen of the land. 20 Eat nothing with hametz in it. Wherever you live, eat matzah.’”

YHWH has declared this month to be the first month. What month is that? The same one that a few chapters before is told that the barley was destroyed but not the wheat because it was still not ready. It is March/ April in the Gregorian calendar.... but why would that be the case? Well before things changed and the head of the year started being celebrated in January, most folks celebrated in early spring. In fact, the names of the months are either a number (as in October means 8th month and December means 10th month) or names of false gods (as in January is named Janus, etc...) and spring was the head of the year. Over time much of the world has adopted mid winter as the beginning of the year, though this is not what YHWH has said in His Word. So, in order to have Passover, Feast of unleavened bread, and Firstfruits at the proper time, the barley has to be coming into ripeness (or aviv) AND there has to be a new moon (that is the beginning of the month) so that a short time later (17 days) Firstfruit sacrifice can be made. Why is this important? Because Yeshua is the Firstfruit sacrifice- he was sacrificed on Passover when the lambs were killed (died at 3 on the 14th of the month), put into the tomb and stayed 3 whole days and nights (the "good Friday"through Sunday not- enough-time-for- 3-days is for another post) then was presented to the Father as the Firstfruit sacrifice (John 20:17).

Nothing is done haphazardly by our Father! Well, I had never heard these things in church but they are right here in the Bible for the reading and understanding. 

I say all of this to bring up this: when does the new month start? Many people say the new moon starts at conjunction and others say at the first sighting of the moon sliver (crescent moon).  Last year we were on the fence on which was the right time. We studied and found that there was no description in the Bible about what a "New Moon" consisted of. Well, after much prayer and study, our family has decided to go with the conjunction (which is in complete darkness) for a couple of reasons. The most obvious one to me is this: the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon and why would our Father give us a pagan symbol to watch for every month? There are many other reasons as well but this one has been discussed at length in our home. So, this puts our family a full day ahead of the current calendar's estimate of Passover. That's alright with us though. :)

I saw this today and it's what has inspired this post: 

Yeah, you know, crescent moon and star (symbol of false god) and a giant graven image (another false god). It wasn't this exact picture but it was similar. Thought you'd like to know.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Go Read Blog Life

Alright, I might be a little biased, but here is my daughter's blog post for the day. She is an excellent writer that, although we homeschooled her, I can't take any credit for. YHWH has made her this way and she uses it for Him!

Without further ado, welcome to Blog Life with a  post about Feminism.