Counting our Blessings

This week was long and mentally draining and that is why on Shabbat I am writing a post for the Shabbat Series instead of a day or two before.

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This was taken a Couple Days ago with my Android Phone

Last night, I went to bed a little frustrated that I didn’t have a clean home during Shabbat. There is pans piled on the stove, dishes in the sink, my dining room table is distorted and I still have 4 baskets of laundry needing to be folded in my room. I messed up on supper and had to keep two little boys entertained while my husband got the pickup truck ready to drive to church. I started snapping at everyone as I felt my brain just not relaxing.

This morning, I didn’t want to wake up at 6 to do the goats. I did anyways and felt great to listen to the night time noise as it was still dark out. I was able to take care of the milk and head back to bed before the children woke up around 7, which is unusual. I was able to spend alone time with my husband.

After the children got up, it was kind of a bumpy start with toddler and a baby but we managed to be already to get in the pickup without forgetting to much. The boys looked great and I was actually dressed up decently.

Church, I had to give my oldest son a talking to and correct his attitude but once he did it was actually a smooth sabbath school and church service. My youngest didn’t complain much and even fell asleep in my fathers arms, he managed to sleep through being transferred to the car seat and maybe the car ride(the truck is loud).

The sermon was actually decent and was able to pay attention, it was mighty long a little drawn out but the he did make his point. The truck ride home I actually took a small nap which shocked my husband since the truck is a loud cummins truck.

I got home, the oldest boy ate some decent food, the youngest boy got nursed, my husband ate left over supper and me well I actually ate vegetables. My lunch was huge and on the way home I managed to eat a lot of muskmelon, I don’t usually have fruit either. I hope to keep this up and it wasn’t that hard.

Fast forward to now, as I am writing this, I woke up from a 2 hour nap with my little boy. I am hearing my oldest playing outside with his father and maybe grandpa. I feel refreshed and blessed.

Today wasn’t perfect but I am feeling blessed. I feel blessed that I am a mom to two little men that even though are difficult are wonderful boys. I am a wife to a husband whom even though can frustrate me and pick on me, I know that he deeply loves me and does his best for me and the boys. I have a home that even though is small but is perfect and cozy where I am able to learn to be a daughter of the Hashem and a wife, mom and Homemaker. I am blessed beyond Measures even when I don’t see it.

Today is made to see the blessing that was given by Elohim. Today is a day to recuperate from the long week. Today is a day that I can rest on so I have the energy and mindset to start the new work week. Today is a blessing not just for me but for everyone!

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat, A list of Ideas

What can we do on Shabbat? I mean we can work, do household chores, go shopping or even sell anything so what is that we can do on Shabbat? Its nice not having to do anything on Shabbat that will possibly make me feel overwhelmed but sometimes we get bored or we think that we are being lazy.

Fact: Shabbat is from Sundown Friday to Sundown Saturday

Activities You Can Do on Shabbat A Small List of Ideas

Here is a list of things that you could possibly do on Shabbat! 

Things to do with meaning!

Go to Church- It is the time of the week to get dressed up a little and head to church to worship with others that believe in the same way you do.

Put a Sermon on TV- If you can’t make it to church, find some good sermons on TV. I like watching 119 ministries and Joyce Myers.

In Home Bible Studies- Invite people over to have a meal and Bible studies. It is a great way to create connection with others while studying the bible. It is more personal than going to church and watching a sermon on TV, as you go along in the study you will be able to bring up questions or thoughts of what you are reading.

Volunteer- Helping those that are homeless by handing out food or clothes. Helping out after a natural disaster. There is many different volunteer groups that are for helping those in need. If those whom have needs, don’t have there needs vanish when it comes to Shabbat.

Visiting the Elderly- Visit those that are not able to leave there homes or nursing homes. They are too humans and need a little love! Take a musical instrument, a good book or a listening ear. They love to tell their stories and they love to hear about what is going on in the world and to hear about you. Many of those don’t have family members who visit them and are lonely.

Fun Activities

Board Games

Simple Crafts

Hiking

Swimming

Canoeing/ kayaking

Biking

Dinner Parties

Visit Family, Friends or Church Members

Christian Movies

Read a Christian Book

Study the Bible

Take a Nap

Chose an activity that doesn’t feel like work to you. Do the activities with a good heart and mind. To remember Yeshua when you are doing things on Shabbat!

This was a small list of things that you could do. There is so many different ways of spending you Shabbat and how you honor Adonai. I hope that you find this list helpful and maybe gives you some new ideas, they are not out of the box but sometimes that is a good things.

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Keep Shabbat

I don’t know how many times, I have been asked over the years on Why I keep Shabbat? I was very proud of the fact that I kept Shabbat and wasn’t shy about it either. So I thought I share a couple reason’s why I keep Shabbat with a couple Fun Facts.

Here is a couple reason I keep Shabbat!

 

It’s Part of the Ten Commandments

Moses was given the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai in which was to be kept among YHVH people. We have managed to keep half the commandments but the world has wiped out the Sabbath Day Commandment with the explanation that Yeshua Crucifixion wiped out some of the Commandments. I am a believer that I am to keep to the commandments until Messiah Comes back for Us.

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and all they work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, not thy son, maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11

 

It’s a Feast Day!

Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.” Leviticus 23:3

I keep the Feast in the bible and this is the first on the List of Feasts. What is fun about Feast is that is kept in remembrance. Feasts are to be spent in fellowship and to praise YHVH and Yeshua has done in the past and present as we look to the future in what will possibly happen.

A Rest From the Work Week!

Our bodies and minds needs to rest from the work. It helps us to not burn out from the constant task that is place in front of us. We let the stress go and it makes us less weary. We are able to take on the next week with renewed strength.

As a mom and homemaker, I am constantly taking care of children and the home. I am either trying to keep up with the never ending laundry or dishes and picking messed from the children. It is nice when I just step away from some of the task especially the chores.

My husband is able to spend time with the boys for he will be home. My husband is a Logger in which everyday he is walking up and down tough terrain to cut down trees. So on Shabbat he is able to rest and destress from the work!

Fun Fact!

Sabbath is mentioned 172 times in the Bible!

Shabbat is Hebrew, meaning rest or cessation. Shabbos is another way of saying it.

Sabbath is the English form of Shabbat.

Shabbat is also mentioned for other Holy Convocations that are part of other Feast Days.

This is was the First of the Shabbat Series that will be Posted on Saturday. I thought I would start off with this one since it is heavy with information.

Simple Bible Studying

Studying the Bible doesn’t have to be difficult and understanding could be much easier than you thought. I have seen so many different ways of studying the Bible and none worked for me and seemed to me to be added work. I found a couple ways that I found to make it easier to read the Bible and not feel overwhelmed.

Simply Studying The Bible Tips and Tools

First, I thought I could tell a little about how I got into Bible Studying and Digging Deeper. I grew up with my grandpa whom taught me that it was important to Dig Deeper into the Bible and to push past Boundaries. Around 4 years ago I became a Sabbath School Teacher and was the Head for Youth Classes at our Church for 3 1/2 years, where I learned about ways of Studying the Bible and even taught it.

I didn’t start Studying the Bible consistently until December of 2018 when I challenged myself in which created a great habit of getting into the Bible and learning new things every day.

Easy Ways Of Studying The Bible 

You need an Open Mind when you are reading the Bible, so put aside the Church’s Theology and society’s Ideology. If you are closed minded you will struggle with what the word says. It is tough to be open minded especially when the church or society has their own ideals so pray for the Holy Spirits guidance.

Read the Bible the fact that it was to be simple for even a child to read. Many people have made it seem that the Bible is full of layers. There is some translations that make studying the Bible so find the right one that helps you get to know Yeshua. If you do find something that you don’t understand than write it down in a notebook to check it out later.

When starting out reading for the Bible daily, finding a reading plan on Pinterest than writing the verses in your planner is a great to keep track what you are reading. Normally its small amount of verses so you won’t feel overwhelmed. If you don’t want to do that, there are small easy books to jump into like Ruth, Esther, Luke and John are great to start off with just start small when it reading it daily.

Topic Studies usually has you jumping around to different parts of the bible with you reading a couple verses here and there. I found that the verse that you weren’t sent to might be kinda vague so read the verse before and after it. It will broaden the meaning of that specific verse you are reading.

I am not a fan of jumping around in the Bible when it comes to deeper studying. I found that I would miss some important information and felt mighty lost to what was being spoken to me. Studying a chapter of a book gives me more insight on what is being said and what I am to understand.

I never Highlighted my bible until a year ago and I love it. It helps me find some of the important verses that jumps out to me for many purposes. I also write down notes, mostly if their is a couple verses a chapter that I find need to be put into a summary to help me understand than I will do that. I also write down any thoughts about a verse if it speaks volumes. If you have thoughts on what you are reading or questions than you should write it down to look it up or ask someone else for questions.

In my bible I have a book introductions telling me about the author, time, place and what the book is about in a synopsis. When it comes to Paul’s writings which is the most confusing one of all, you are also told whom he is talking to and the situation that he is addressing. If you don’t have the introductions, go online and research a little bit to get some knowledge of what is going especially if you are confused.

For Deeper Bible Studying, have more than one translation on hand to cross check. I found that I get a lot of information from the Jewish/Christian bible especially when it seems that there is a topic mentioned for different things.

Bible Sources and Bible Tools

I found that all you need to read the Bible is a Notebook, Pen, and Bible Highlighters (don’t bleed through the pages). My bible area is normally at the Dining room table but you are always on the go maybe a great pouch for everything so you don’t loose it and easy to grab out the door.

If you are Studying the Bible deeper you will probably like to have access to a couple different Bible translations. A Concordance, Dictionary and Atlas are other great sources.

I hope this helps you on your Bible Studying Journey and makes Bibles Studying simpler. I wish that I had these tools when I was in high school and even the mindset that the Bible is pretty simple to understand and that the Bible has no boundaries when it comes to understand Yeshua and his plan for our lives.

 

Moses and the ‘Mission Impossible’

If you ever watched the Mission Impossible Movies you know that the mission isn’t really that impossible, It’s the mindset that it’s impossible, makes it seem you can’t accomplish it.Moses is now being sent on the Mission to Deliver the Israelites out of Egypt, you will notice something that we all do now a days.  How he has set his mind to think that Adonai is asking him to do something Impossible. Moses on 'Mission Impossible'

Exodus Chapter 2:15- Chapter 4:23

“Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.” Exodus 2:15

In the The Fears of Pharaoh, As a Mighty Nation Rises, Moses killed a taskmaster out of ANGER and ran out of FEAR of Pharaoh, ending up in Midian were he met the daughter’s of Jethro (Priest) whom he helped water their flock. Moses was then invited to Jethro’s home where he was given one Jethro’s daughter Zipporah whom bared him a son.

“And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.” Exodus 2:25

During the time that Moses was in Midian, the Pharaoh died and a new Pharaoh came to reign. The Israelites cried to the YHVH about the BONDAGE that they were in, which Elohim heard their cries and groans and remembered the COVENANT that he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Moses is now a shepherd to Jethro’s flock, taking them around the backside of Mt. Horeb in which he sees a bush in flames. Moses was going to go closer to the bush for he noticed that it was not being consumed by the flames, as he was stepping closer Moses were he was commanded to stop and to take off his shoes for he was on Holy Ground.

“Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face: for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt , and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;” Exodus 3:6-7

YHVH is calling Moses to serve as a guide for the Children of Israel out of Egypt to the land of Milk and Honey.  YHVH reassuring Moses that he will be with him through the whole ordeal, guiding him in what he is to say and the actions to take.

“And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11

“Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them. The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:” Exodus 3:16

The Elders will heed to your words and go with you to the see and to talk to Pharaoh. YHVH warned Moses that Pharaoh will not listen to him and will not let the Israelites go.

“And I will stretch out my hand and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst therof: and after that he will let you go.” Exodus 3:20

YHYH will show favor to Israelites over the Egyptians and that the Israelites will not go empty handed,  that the women will have abundance of clothing, jewels of silver and gold in which they will cover their children.

“And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.” Exodus 4:1

YHVH told Moses to toss his rod down on the ground and it became a serpent than YHVH told him to pick it up by its tail and it became a rod again. Which will help them believe that Adonai appeared to Moses.  Exodus 4:2-4

YHVH then told Moses to place hand chest in which he did and he took it away from his chest seeing that it was leprous as snow. YHVH told him to put it back on his chest again in which he did and took it off and looked at his hands as it was looked normal. Exodus 4:6-7

If they were not going to believe any of the two signs that he was to take water from the river and pour on dry land in which it will become blood. Exodus 4:8-9

Moses doubting that he doesn’t have the right ability to speak in front of Pharaoh for he is slow speech and tongue. YHVH saying that he was the one who created the mouth and tongue and that he would be his mouth and guide him in what he was to say. That didn’t stop Moses from freaking out and doubting YHVH in his abilities which angered YHVH. Moses asked for someone that would help him speak for the People.

YHVH told him that Aaron his brother will help him speak for he was on the way to see Moses. Moses will be able to tell Aaron what to say to the Pharaoh when it comes time. Moses and Aaron will both take the instructions from YHVH to guide the people out of Egypt, with the rod in hand, to do the signs that was shown to him.

“And Moses went and returned to Jethro  his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethen which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.” Exodus 4:18

Moses took his wife and sons with him to Egypt with the Rod of YHVH in his hands. YHVH told him that he needed to do all the miracles that he was told to do before Pharaoh but to expect that Pharaoh heart will be HARDENED.

“ And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.” Exodus 4:22-23

How many times have we doubted the abilities that YHVH has given us? How many times have we felt that we weren’t worthy of the mission that we were sent to do? Moses doubted his abilities, he doubted that he could deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. When we place the thoughts that we can’t do something, that we are weak and that we have no abilities,we are looking at life as a Mission Impossible.