Shabbat Message: Teaching The Truth In Love

Safe. Comfortable. Reasonable. Predictable. Air Conditioned.  Life as many of us live today.  But is that what YAHUAH wants?

What is all the knowledge that we believe, we have attained, when others need so much more?  Others are needing salvation through Love In Action; yet we – sacred namers and other flavors of The Religion, those who have come to know the unchanged name of the Father YAHUAH  and name of His Son YAHUSHA  Messiah -do nothing.  We do nothing but search out more knowledge through word pronunciations and self-taught righteousness all the while looking down on others who Do Show Love through Teaching The Truth In Love.

We have become the 21st Century Pharisees and Sadducees.  We look down on others who do not have the knowledge of The Father’s True Name and His Sons True Name but  yet who Do Possess Love.  We Lack Love.  We may be rich in knowledge and self-righteous yet we are poor in spirit because we are “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” to The Truth of Love.

We’ve become comfortable in our knowledge, sitting in our homes with all our understanding without showing the Love of the Father to all who are in need.  We put down people who ARE showing Love and Changing Lives, because in Our Eyes they lack the knowledge of truth (or haven’t been shown) the Father’s True Name or His Son’s.

Most of us have been so self-righteous with our knowledge, even our family members won’t listen.  We’ve turned them away by spewing the truth with Hate instead of Teaching The Truth In Love.

We pray our pompous prayers filled with “I” yet YAHUSHA Messiah declared to people that More IS Needed.  We must give up our comforts (dying to self) and help others.  We must stop glazing over His words and focus on what is Really Important.

Though this week’s Shabbat Message: Teaching the Truth In Love is not easy to listen to, yet it IS Necessary.  We can choose to listen or we can choose to ignore it, but one day YAHUSHA Messiah will ask what have we done.  Have we fed the hungry, visited those in prison, clothed the naked and/or wept with those that weep?

 

 

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Who Was She? Avigail

Recently in our morning devotion, we read about Avigail (Abigail), the former wife of Naval and one of King David’s wives.  Avigail’s story is found in 1 Samuel 23. There are two aspects of her story that have been on my mind daily.

The first is that she was known to be a woman of good understanding.  People knew that if they came to her with a problem she would understand.  They knew that she wasn’t foolish and could be trusted.

The second is that she wasn’t selfish.  When the servant came and told her that David was going to kill everything due to her husbands foolishness, she didn’t hesitate to take action.  Immediately she instructed her servants to take from what they had and sent it David.  She had on had what was needed to help.  She didn’t have to wait or plan for it and she definitely wasn’t selfish.

So while meditating about these two aspects of Avigail, I think about myself. What am I known for?  Am I known for the laws I can repeat or for the good common sense that is evident to all?  Am I known for outward beauty (that this world glorifies) or for a heart that fears YAHUAH and worships him?    Am I willing to listen to the plea of others when they are in distress or am I too self-centered to see others?  Am I too wrapped up in my own house that I can’t help others?

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be known according to the worlds standards.  I want a heart that follows passionately after YAHUAH and fears Him.  I want my ears to be open to hear and recognize when YAHUAH is leading me to help others.  I want to have some extras not for my own needs but for others.  I don’t want my hands to be tightly closed unable to extend Grace and Mercy to others.

For me this means letting go in some areas.  Letting go is not easy though.  It is necessary if I want to follow YAHUAH’s will.  Over the last few months I have been lead to make many changes in many different areas of our life.  At the time I thought the changes were small but now I believe that YAHUAH was slowly preparing me for what He is moving us into doing soon.

I highly encourage you to listen to today’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy and allow YAHUAH to speak to you today.

There are still more lessons from Avigail coming soon!

 

Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy

We have been given many rich and immeasurable gifts from YAHUAH.

The gifts of Grace and Mercy are some that are new everyday and YAHUAH never runs out of them.  There is nothing we can do for these gifts.  We can’t keep enough laws to receive them.  We can’t do enough good deeds to keep them.  We can only stand with our arms open and our arms raised to His Glorious love and receive them.

These gifts are not for us to take for granted nor abuse.  They are for us to receive and give to others.  Sometimes though we can get in the way of receiving YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy as a result of our own thoughts and ways of doing things or self-righteousness.  Yet even still in our stubbornness, YAHUAH extends Grace and Mercy to us time and time again, without fail.

What ways can we show Grace and Mercy to others?  What does the Bible say?   What changes do we need to make to allow YAHUAH’s Grace and Mercy to shine in our lives to be imparted to others?

This week’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy, is one that you must listen to if we expect to live  with purpose and passion for the Father YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA Messiah.

Shabbat Message: YAHUSHA Has The Power

Every week, the Shabbat Message is given and every week I take notes for my own-self.  A small portion of the notes I have taken are shared in the Shabbat Message posts.  The brief posts are just snipet of what the messages truly are about. To get the full and complete blessing that I get, I encourage you to take an hour or less, to get water for your soul, a breathe of fresh air, strength for your journey or whatever YAHUAH desires to give you, I encourage you to listen the Sabbath Message(s).

Think back…have you ever had that experience?

That experience that happens when you have a hard set goal, a focused mind, or thought that pattern one or belief of a certain understanding that is “the one and only way” and then…

YAHUSHA Messiah crosses your path and gives you instruction.

A Damascus Road Experience.

A Street which is called Straight Experience.

One that changes your life so unbelievably that it may affect the lives of others.

YAHUSHA Messiah Has The Power to cause us to have an experience that brings change in our lives and those around us.  YAHUSHA Messiah Has The Power to change any and every area of our lives; But it is up to us to recognize the change that He is working to bring to us – no matter how it comes.  Through pain, sorrow, joy…even other people who just happen to be in the area, Remember The Father YAHUAH’s ways are limitless and boundless.

Today’s Shabbat Message: YAHUSHA Has The Power is just what we need to encourage us to look for our own ________ Experience or to follow instruction and help someone on the Street called __________  (the name of your experience will be different).

 

15 Years, 15 Encouragements: #2 Forget the Past & #3 See Change

We’d watched this movie before, but this time when we watched it, I felt like I had a bunch of fingers pointed at me.

Specifically one scene, is one that YAHUAH used to bring about change in my heart.  The movie was WarRoom and  the scene I am referring to is when the old wise woman, Mrs. Clara came back in the room and asked  Elizabeth “Did you finish your list?”

Elizabeth responds by saying that she had a lot more to say and how her husband had offended her so many times and she goes on and on!

Mrs. Clara then asked her how much she prayed for her husband.

Elizabeth admitted she really didn’t pray for him.

Earlier that week same week that we watched WarRoom, we’d had a spat again.  And once again, I ran upstairs, slammed the door and grabbed my journal and started writing.  After a few minutes of writing out my “prayer” I went back and read old entries.

They were nearly the same.

I had been writing the same sad words for years.  Why?  Oh sometimes the entries looked like prayers but really it was me having my own pity party complaining to YAHUAH.  Woe, is me…Why me..When will he…the same thing over and over.

So that night, I thought, if I am writing the same things, maybe I need to do something different.

Right at the end of that scene in War Room, YAHUAH directed me to get rid of all my journals.   He said that by writing my complaints in my journals, I was harboring unforgiveness towards my husband.

That hurt.

I thought I had forgiven him, but not really. Not from my heart.

See if I really had forgiven him, I wouldn’t be holding his past mistakes as ammunition for our next disagreement.  I wouldn’t be keeping a tally mark for what “I” saw as wrong.  So I shared what YAHUAH had said with my husband and I threw away my journals.  Now when I pray in my journals, I am not writing a list of complaints, nor “woe is me” entries but rather lifting him up and changing my anger in to prayers.

Which leads me to share #3 – See Change

YAHUAH also opened my eyes to see how much my husband had truly changed.  He really is not the same man I married nearly 15 years ago – and I am H-A-P-P-Y about that!  Praise YAHUAH.  YAHUAH began to show me his awesome qualities and things that I truly needed to be thankful for.  For example, he is not out running the streets with his “boys” he loves being at home – he is a “home hubby.”  He loves YAHUAH and worships Him.  He reads the scriptures to us.  He prays with and for us. He is crazy about me and an awesome father.  He is good with our finances – I don’t worry whether or not stuff is getting paid – I know he takes good care of us.  He is funny and is a good bowler.  He is self-sacrificing.

In the last year, I have come to love him more than ever.  I no longer magnify nor focus on his faults.  Instead I pray for him and try to honor him more.  I have also read many encouraging blogs and articles that have helped me to see things differently (I will share books and blogs in another post.)

So today, fellow wives, truly and continually forgive your husband and see how much YAHUAH has changed him and you.

Shabbat Message: Back to Basics

When did faith and salvation get so complicated? Rules, man made imposed laws, twisted view points, regulations, genealogies, words and knowledge have all become stumbling blocks to faith and salvation.

Salvation is not technical, it hasn’t changed, it doesn’t get upgrades, it doesn’t expire, it doesn’t get old, dusty, or dirty.

Salvation is simple – YAHUAH the Father loved us so much that He gave His only brought forth son YAHUSHA Our Savior and Master to all who believe.  YAHUAH extends His mercy and grace as a choice and those who choose to receive it, live in the power of newness of life with the resurrecting King YAHUSHA Messiah.

Salvation is simple – Confess, Repent, Receive Grace, Exercise Faith

It is time to get Back To Basics of our faith and live in the joy of salvation!  Today’s Shabbat Message Back To Basics is just the refreshing word we need.

15 Years, 15 Encouragements – #1 Turning the Arrow of Anger

It was bad.

It was the worst argument we have had in years.

It was brutal.

It was ugly.

It was loud.

It hurt.

Bad.

When things calmed down, separation was discussed.  For real.

But for some reason, that discussion fizzled out and we kept our distance from each other for a few days.  Then my husband came to me and said that maybe there was some truth in the hurtful words that were said.  He said that maybe we should pray for each other in those “arrows” that we spoke of in the argument.  He said that many of the things that we said, were things that continually come up (usually in arguments) so maybe there is some truth in them.

What?  Pray?

I thought about what he said.  I had prayed for those arrows somewhat.  But not like I needed to.  I’d given up hope and carried anger instead.

So we began that day to pray.  Sometimes with our kids and sometimes just us.

Surprisingly, change happened.  Not necessarily in the physical but spiritual.  YAHUAH began to change my anger into compassion.  This compassion helped me to see that many issues are rooted in something that has happened in the past and having nothing to do with me.  For example, if you have watched the movie “I Can Only Imagine” you know that Bart’s problem had nothing to do with Shannon but with his own issues.  We all have our issues and like weeds, if you don’t pull them up, they will take over any place they can.

Many times now, YAHUAH prompts my heart to back off in disagreements. In many potential times of disagreement, I have been able to see the enemy’s handy work-by recognizing those arrows of words to start churning in my mind when a disagreement is on the horizon. Words like:

“He always…”

“He never…”

“Why doesn’t he…”

“He’ll never change…”

Those thoughts lead to further destructive thoughts like:

“YAHUAH doesn’t care for me…”

I know I am not alone because the enemy’s tactic has been working for marriages from the beginning.  I am sure that Adam and Chuah(Who-Wah) had their share of arguments too.

But now that we see the wiles of the devil, we have done things differently.  Will we always recognize him?  No.  And just when we recognize one way, he comes another way.  So we must always be on guard.

Here are some Arrows of prayer that I frequently pray:

YAHUAH, my husband’s heart is in Your hands do as You see fit…

YAHUAH, regarding __________________ please, ______ (heal/bring deliverance, guard)  his heart in this area.

YAHUAH not my will but Your will be done in my husband’s life.

Praying the word, even singing the word has helped a lot.

So what I am trying to say is that, neither arguments nor words said within arguments – have to turn into the destruction of what YAHUAH has joined.  Those very arrows that the enemy desires us to use, should be turned into arrows of prayer to destroy the enemy of soul.  Lastly, I read somewhere recently, that the arrows used in battle long ago, were used as a distraction in warfare.  That being said, arrows of anger are just a distraction for us to lose our focus on what really is important-a marriage that brings Glory to the Father YAHUAH and His son YAHUSHA Messiah our Adonai and Savior.

 

YAHUAH Who Sees Me

For a long time, I had felt I was in a valley.  Life was not terribly horrible, but emotionally I felt in a valley.  I felt alone.

Then a few Sabbaths ago, I knew I had to do one thing…

Lift my eyes.

My lifted eyes, met YAHUAH’s eyes of love and grace.

He was there with me.

The valley was necessary for me.  Instead of looking at the high mountains, the rocky cliffs, the deserts and potential things waiting to destroy me, I had to look up.

By looking up, I was taking my eyes off the situations, circumstances and potential storms, and seeing our Heavenly Father – YAHUAH – who is above and aware of all – and whose eyes are always on me.

Shabbat Message: Create In Me A Clean Heart

Do you ever feel like you are stuck?  Do you ever feel as if there is something holding you back?  Maybe there is.

Maybe there is something in your past that needs to be dwelt with.

One day it might show up, then what do you do?

Do you deny it? Push it under the rug? Pretend it doesn’t exist? Run away? Or…

Humble yourself, acknowledge the issue/problem, allowing the Pain to EXPOSE your heart so that YAHUAH can Heal and Create a New Heart in You.  That’s what YAHUAH wants anyway…Our Hearts.  Not our Self-Righteousness-but a heart that is BROKEN before Him.

This weeks Shabbat Message is encouragement for all because we all need to be continually asking YAHUAH to Create In Me A Clean Heart

No More Devouring!

Recently we have witnessed, the ending of three families on our street.  Many of the people in our subdivision, are people in their late thirties to early fifties.  They are families raising children of various ages-a few children, have just begun their college journey.

While we don’t make it our business to know what is going on in the homes of other people, when a spouse seems to be missing, houses are suddenly for sale or a different woman or man is coming around, one can’t help but notice that things have changed.

As we have noticed these changes we have been grieved.  Grieved for the children that are now living between two homes.  Grieved because a partnership and possibly a friendship has ended.  Grieved because what was meant “to be for the rest of my life” is now torn asunder.

Over the last few months, we have faced our share of marriage challenges.  Sometimes the challenges were intense enough to have a thought of getting a divorce (destroying our own family).  Sometimes there have been just minor misunderstandings.  Sometimes it seems as though there are days that we cannot make it through without being upset with each other about something.

Marriage is work.  Marriage is hard.  The enemy hates marriage.  As I have thought about writing the next part of Sarah’s Life, I have begun to take note that often the enemy comes in with destruction through subtle ways, seemingly harmless thoughts, moments of doubt and/or in ways/people/situations that we don’t have our armor up for.  In Sarah’s life, she did not recognize the enemy speaking to her (Yashar 23:76-86).  He came to her twice in a form that was not threatening.  The form that he took, was viewed by Sarah as an old humble meek man-she did not recognize him so she let his words stir up her worst fear and cause her to panic (I’ll finish her story later).

Many times lately, I haven’t recognized the enemy.  I’ve gotten caught up in the moment of whatever the situation was-not even realizing who was behind it.  In some cases, I have recognized the hand of the enemy and in those times, I have chosen to do things differently.  But this takes continual work and prayer.  We must stay on guard, in every area of our lives.  We must not let our marriages become devoured.

Soon my husband and I will have been married 15 years and so I have been working on writing a post, about some important things I have learned.  But whenever we have an issue, it is the last thing I want to write about.  That is a tactic of the enemy.  Keeping the knowledge to myself, keeps me fruitless but it also stops someone who might be encouraged-from receiving encouragement.

It is time to stop letting the sneaky lion, find ways to devour our homes, marriages, children, faith, belief and hope.  With much prayer and continual forgiveness and love with YAHUAH’s help, our marriages don’t have to become another statistic.

Coming soon…

How A Father’s View of Other Women Often Affects a Daughters View of Herself

I dreaded going to see him sometimes.

He lived in the 3/4 finished basement of his mother’s house, and in order to get to the bathroom, I had to walk down a hallway.  The hallway was dark with one dim light.  Along the wall were pictures of….women (inappropriate magazines) that as a child at that time, I should never had to see.

As a young girl between the age of 7-11, my stomach hurt when we would go for a visit to see my dad.  Part of me wanted to see him, but I did not want to see the women displayed on the wall.

As my dad began to bring us around his other girlfriends, I began to notice somethings.  They weren’t like me.  And they weren’t like my mother.  They were fair skinned (very very light brown in color) with straight long black hair.  My skin is brown.  My hair is kinky.  They were very thin and tall.  I was not.

As my body began to change (I was just slightly plump, but looking back I was just fine), I’ll never forgot the words he said to me one day, “Hey girl, you’re getting fat.”

In that moment, I remember all the pictures of those women.  Those were the women who were perfect in his eyes.  The women whose beauty was summed up in how it laid bare for the world to see.  Nope, that wasn’t me-but his words stuck in my head.  Like a record playing over and over.

Wonderful words you say to your daughter, right?  These words stuck.  The images of the immodest women on his walls stuck.  The memories of his girlfriends stuck.  I understood that he could like any woman he wanted, but what did it say about me?  Wasn’t I enough?  Wasn’t I beautiful too?  Was my beauty only tied to my outside?  What about my heart?  Couldn’t that be beautiful too?

I never really understood the power of the images and his words (lack of words too) until later in life.  I often  tried to be like those women but I just wasn’t.  My kinky “4c” hair texture took hours just to get a curl put in when I was in the sixth grade.  I never felt comfortable dressing too immodest-it just wasn’t me.  I tried to be comfortable being me, but acceptance took years.  Later in life, when I learned to use Photoshop, I understood that those images of those women were more than likely altered and YAHUAH began to show me that beauty is of the heart.

I was just beginning to accept myself in my middle twenties but I was still struggling a lot.  At that time, the single males that were around had a similar view of outward beauty and I wasn’t what they wanted.  Yet that was okay because YAHUAH had a plan.  He had a plan for a man who saw my beautiful inward and out.  Who wasn’t afraid of my love and devotion to our wonderful heavenly Father.  He wasn’t intimidated  by the amount of scriptures I knew, because he knew them too.  He wasn’t afraid of my dreams and hopes, because they were his too.  My husband was YAHUAH sent and like in Sarah and Toviyahu’s marriage, she was not meant to be joined to any other man but him.

My husband would (and still does), tell me that I am beautiful.  On the surface I accepted his words, but on the inside, I really did not believe him.  What was his motive?  Surely he must really admire that woman over there?

This went on for years, until I slowly and finally, laid the hurts of my father at the feet of the Master YAHUSHA Messiah and accepted the love of our heavenly Father, YAHUAH.  My earthly father my have left many voids in my life and shown me what he thought beauty was, but YAHUAH has filled those voids and given me beauty that can never fade-a fear and a love for Him.

Now, I still have some issues sometimes.  From having five kids, my stomach is not what I want it to be, but my husband does not care!  I have learned to receive his compliments without analyzing them.  Furthermore, since we have three daughters, I have seen him pour out words of affirmation, tenderness and love-like only a father can.  As I watch him with them, my heart continues to heal.  By him loving me and them, our daughters will have a healthy view of themselves.  Though the world may try to tell them that they aren’t enough, the words of our heavenly Father, YAHUAH and their earthly father will forever be etched on their hearts.

Shabbat Message: Come To My Rescue

Hopeless.

At the end of our rope.

Life’s storms billowing and tempestuous.

The Father YAHUAH has you right where He wants you at this point in time.  YAHUSHA Messiah had a path He had to walk and so do we.  YAHUAH is there with us and we must maintain our expectancy eagerly and with much patience despite what we see and feel.

No matter the storm, we must expect YAHUAH to Come To Our Rescue, believe His word and ask for help when we know that we are lacking.  Nothing-troubles in life, fear, crisis, trials, persecution nor tribulations-can separate us from HIS Love and HIS purpose, nor is any valley Too Low where HE Cannot See or Hear Us.

If you are in need of some encouragement, listen to this week’s Shabbat Message: Come To My Rescue

Shabbat Message: For His Glory

I don’t know about you, but this has been a rough week.  Like extremely rough. Daily fires, battles, tempers flaring, arguments, hurts, misunderstandings…for what? Why? Alone and forsaken I felt.  Somethings have seemed like thorns that keep getting deeper and deeper.

But the truth is…

YAHUAH was right there every moment.  He has a purpose in everything.  When we are at our weakest point, in our worst state, in what looks like impossible circumstances, YAHUSHA Messiah’s strength is perfected.  Through all of it YAHUAH implores us to seek Him in Spirit and Truth.  To seek His face.  We must be born again and receive the Set-Apart Spirit and turn our focus off of the wrong things – realizing that these things are for HIS Glory.

This week’s Shabbat Message For His Glory was strength for my discouraged soul and I pray it will be for yours too.