Sunday, December 15, 2019

REJOICE !

"Rejoice in Yahuah (the Lord) always: and again I say, Rejoice." -Philippians 4:4

"Rejoice in Me !" that is what I hear in my heart this morning. Not rejoice in myself, but to rejoice in HIM! It was a very personal message from Yahuah (God) to me. He knows me so well. The past few days have been punctuated with news of the passing of a family member, the passing of another dear person and the fragile health of another loved one. All this during what can be the most melancholy season of the year...add to that the sun seems to be taking a vacation, making the days sometimes cloudy and dreary.

 I know that I should not complain; as I was talking to my sister the other day and said that there are people that have it so much worst than me. I've had some intense times, but it is nothing compared to what others have suffered. So I never want to ever seem unappreciative to how faithful and wonderful that Yah (God) has been to me because I surely don't deserve it, yet He loves me still. Still, I do not under estimate the things I have experienced on my journey and how they have molded and made me into who I am today. Each life is personalized and customized by Yah (God) when we are submitted to Him. When you are on the Potter's wheel sometimes the clay is being shaped in ways you know not of and though sometimes we want to get off, we have to stay on that wheel in order for the process to be completed and into a beautiful piece of art...a masterpiece...a True MASTER's Piece.

So, even though this time of the year is melancholy and has some additions of not so good news, I must REJOICE ! Not in myself, not in the season, but I must choose to Rejoice in Him! Not one of us knows what tomorrow may bring and that is not a negative statement, its just the truth; but we cannot live in the fear and uncertainty of that truth because then we would lose all hope. So let us Rejoice In HIM, the Maker of All things the Maker of us. He knows us and knows what we have need of and He is so faithful!

 I give Him public Praise! I am thankful for His Mercy that endures forever, I thank Him for His Goodness even when I don't deserve It! I thank Him for His Love that is unconditional! I thank Him for keeping me in times of grief and when I thought I could not go on! I thank Him for His Power and that He is in Control even in this crazy world! I give Him praise for Who He is and Who I am in Him! Rejoice in Yahuah (the Lord) and again I say REJOICE! Halleluyah!!!!!! have a blessed day y'all !

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Follow the Instructions!

Something (Pet Steps for dogs to get on the bed/couch) that should have taken minutes to put together, ended up being an hour plus long, almost getting ready to send it back or pull my hair out PROJECT. WHY? and I answer this sheepishly 🐑 baa baa...I. Didn't. Completely. Read. The. Instructions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I kept trying to fit a couple of pieces where they shouldn't have gone, all the time calling the manufacturer stupid for making this dumb thing! All the while it was ME making the stupid and dumb mistake. I taught my son when he was a child never to say those words (dumb and stupid) but now they seem so appropriate)

Anyway here's my point... you know I can't leave well enough alone, but have to find a Truth lesson in it right? RIGHT!

 Proverbs Chapter 8:33-35 says... “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from Yahuah (God).

 We do life the same as I did with the "project", we try to get through each day without "reading the instructions" first. We try to walk this life without consulting the Manual that our Creator has set before us. Who could possibly know better how to put something together than the one who made it? Yet we tend to let Him be the very last One to turn to for consultation...sometimes waiting until we have an emergency or backed into a corner with no perceivable way out. We can waste a whole lot of time trying to fit the pieces of our lives into places where they shouldn't be when we try to "fix" things ourselves. Am I right? You know it.


 So... I 've learned a lesson with my little project and hopefully by sharing my shortcomings, it will give you a nudge to begin consulting with Your Creator more often...to read the "Manual" of instructions more often. It really helps to make your day go better and will make a big difference in your life!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

You are FAITHFUL!!!!!!!

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS O YAH MY FATHER!!!!!!! That familiar and popular hymn was written by Mr.Thomas Obadiah Chisholm who had to resign after only one year from what he believed to be his life's calling...a minister of the Word. I'm sure that must have been very disappointing to Mr. Chisholm, but he went on to become an insurance agent to earn a living , continued to write poems and lyrics to songs and died at the age of 94 right here in our state of New Jersey.

Little did he know that even though his physical health restricted him to do what he considered his Life's calling and desire, that Yah (God) would use his gift to write a song that has blessed and encouraged millions of people around the world. What Mr; Chisolm may have considered as failure was really success a thousands of times over. You see, it only takes one person to reach many...more than you can comprehend. When we decide to continue to remind ourselves and others of the Faithfulness of Yah (God) even when it seems there is a failure in our lives, He will bless our trust in Him and use us to the be a blessing to many.


Are you experiencing what you may feel is a failure today? Continue to praise Him and be reminded of how He has brought you through so many times before...He changes not, what He did for you then He WILL do for you now. He is Faithful.

 “Great is Thy faithfulness,” O Yah (God) my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

 “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!” Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided— “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

 Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!"

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mom, I miss you...

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name." Psalms 100:4

 Today is my late Mom's birthday, and if you don't know by now writing is cathartic to me; it actually does give psychological relief when I can put down on paper what I am feeling...well that and thrifting 😊 but that's for another post. 😊

 I was thinking how blessed I am having a Mom like her. Now don't get me wrong she was not what we surmise as being perfect, none of us are, ESPECIALLY me and My Mom would be the first to say that about herself...but to me she was very perfect. Now that I am older, I appreciate her even more, in fact the saying "I'm becoming my mother" is so true, particularly when I pass by a mirror and see not only the physical resemblances but the gestures too! lol

 I have my regrets of course that I did not show her that I appreciated her more, that I gave her my terrible, turbulent, teenage years, that I did not have more patience and sympathy when she was grieving my Dad when he passed (I understand more clearer now Mom)...that I did not say "I love you" more. Those regrets will always be with me, but there is one thing that sustains me and keeps me above the waters of regret that try to drown me from time to time, and that is, my Mom loved me. I know that she loved me because she never forsook me, even when I rebelled and thought I knew more than her; My Mom nurtured me, she was all the things that a Mother should be for their children, she was the black June Cleaver. My Mom took care of me in sickness and in health, she was always there for me, through thick and thin, even in my rebellion.

She was the shining example of what Yahuah (God) created her to be..a mother. I hold precious the phone calls we had every Saturday morning. She would answer sometimes with sleep still in her voice and when I would ask "Oh! did I wake you up?' she would always go out of her way to make me not feel that I actually had by saying "No, No, is everything alright?", then after being assured that I was ok, we would talk for sometimes 2 hours ending with "I love you." I really miss that... 

So...I am thankful, I am thankful because I miss her, sounds crazy? Well, as a wise person once said "You never miss something unless it was good, 'cause if it wasn't good you wouldn't miss it." I am thankful that Yah (God) blessed me with a beyond good Mom, one who loved me and taught me about Him and sowed the seeds of His Holy Word into me by reading me Bible stories and most importantly by her example. So thank you, thank you to my sweet Momma and to Yah (God) for His many blessings!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Letting go...

Looking from my back porch this morning I can see that in my neighborhood the leaves on the trees are beginning to change colors. The leaves changing colors seems a bit early for my part of the country this year, but nevertheless the process has begun and the trees are following suit in accordance with what nature is doing. The obedience to the call of nature always astounds me in the plant and animal kingdoms; you don’t see them fighting against and resisting the change of seasons…they just flow with what is and fall into Yah’s plan.

 I guess that we humans are the ones that really have a hard time flowing with the seasons of change in our lives. I have had many conversations with folks that are going through challenges and most of the time the simple answer is “let go”. Letting go may very well be one of the hardest things that we have to do in our lives…at least it is for me at times. Letting go means that you lose control and that is not a comfortable feeling is it? No matter what personalty type you may be, “letting go” is always a process. Whether it is letting go of a person, place or thing, it takes time to come to the realization that when you release your control, no matter how minute that may be, then it is out of your hands…and so is the outcome…and that is where trust comes in.

 When we try to hold on to people, places or things when that season is up, it causes a disruption in the plan that Yahuah has for us. In our places of comfort or possessiveness we want to hold on thinking that we are the key to it’s existence or progress, when in actuality by holding on we are not only slowing the progress but also alleviating any good progression in our lives. Just think, if the leaves held on to their leaves through the winter’s cold and decided to skip the process of releasing its foliage; the leaves would be frost bitten, turn black and the tree would not have a time of rest to replenish for spring when it can produce new and fresh foliage. Instead, as the tree gives the passing season a last hurrah with a brilliant show of color, it releases what is its crowning glory and prepares for a new season…the tree submits to Yah’s call of “letting go” and the plan of progression is in action.

 We have the absolute best example in Yah Himself in “letting go”, when He gave us a free will. He created man whom He could easily have made a robot that only acted on His command; but out of His love and wanting us to obey Him out of our love for Him, He gave us a free will…He “let go”. He knew that we would blow it, but He let go, believing that for those that truly love Him, would one day be redeemed.

 That is how we must live. Letting go is never easy, it is hard to let go of a loved one or a person that you have been praying and believing for years, It is hard to let go of a possession that may be dear to you, it is hard to move on from a place where you have been involved and sown into for years…but there may come a time when Yahuah is calling you to let go and REALLY allow HIM to take charge and direct the outcome. Do you trust Him? Do you believe that Yahuah is big enough to handle something that you may have been holding on to for years? Of course He’s big enough, so try REALLY letting go this time and see what the next season has for you. You can trust Yahuah Who sees and knows all things.

 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says Yahuah. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Encouragement to the Encourager

Rejoice in the Yahuah always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. Yah is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto Yah. And the peace of Yahuah, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Yahshua HaMaschiach. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:4-8 Cepher

 I've had some emotional challenges this past week and boy did I need some encouragement! I love to encourage others, it just comes natural to me, even with strangers. I have no problem walking up to someone who is in distress, sadness or defeat and giving them words of encouragement and a hug or two. I LOVE helping to build others up; but find it hard to find at times an encourager for myself. I think that partly my fault is that I fail sometimes to share with others what my challenges may be, because if they are having problems of their own, I don't want to be a discouragement to them...its crazy. 🙃 So I keep it to myself. But you know what? Ha! Though I have my times of needing encouragement, I have found that if I take the advice of the scriptures above ⬆️ things have a way of working out...for real. When I get my focus back on the things that really matters, all becomes well again and I can continue on; AND my experience of needing encouragement helps me to be an even stronger encourager because I know the importance of having someone to build you up...I know that feeling and it ain't good. So! Be encouraged today my lovelies; pray with thanksgiving and think on the good things that matter and you WILL have Yah's peace in your hearts! 🥰 have a blessed day and remember Yah knows, He sees and He loves you with an everlasting Love!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Lean not...

"Trust in El-Yahuah (God) with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs (Mishlei) 3:5-6

To my friends on FB, there are many, many things that I don't understand, and to be honest many of those things I am constantly working on...they bother me still. It is at those times this scripture is brought to mind. When the things that I do not understand; why that had to happen, why couldn't it have been different... why me...why them?...when those things begin to get to me and I am troubled, sad, brokenhearted...then it means that I am "leaning" on my own understanding and not Him; it means that I am not acknowledging Him in ALL my ways, but instead I am acknowledging my own intellect and strength. Yahuah (God) cannot lead me out of my darkness and frustration until I acknowledge in my heart and mind that He is the Great I AM, and knows ALL... Every reason, every answer, every person, all wisdom.

We can do one of two things: Stay in the position of acknowledging OUR intellect and strength OR acknowledge HIS awesome, grand, omnipotent, omniscient, everlasting wisdom; Whose ways are so much higher than ours. I say that there is no comparison. Isaiah (Yesha'Yahu) 55:9 We can beat ourselves up mentally trying to make sense of something that we may THINK we know all the facts or we can release it to the ONE Who DOES have all the facts and allow Him to direct our paths...allow Him to direct us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.

Abba Father, we thank you today by faith that You DO have all the answers and though we may never understand on this earth some things , we trust that "Father really DOES know best". You have proven your love by Your great sacrifice, now help us to sacrifice our thoughts and trials of trying to make sense of things that we do not understand...we lay it at your feet...

REJOICE !

"Rejoice in Yahuah (the Lord) always: and again I say, Rejoice." -Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in Me !" that is what I hea...