Sacred marriage & modesty

Hi there! This is part two of my “Girls thinking about life” series. (See part one HERE) This one is great for guys, too, but still written for the female perspective. 😉

On the one hand it sounds like I’m talking about two different topics. (Marriage and modesty.) But it seems they are so intertwined (or should be?) that it makes sense to me to discuss them together.

Marriage is a beautiful thing. Our society is trying (and largely succeeding) to degrade the entire concept. (See my post about the trans-sexual concept here) But I think, in a way, once you establish a good, pure relationship with your spouse, having that in our society is not only amazing, but even more special than if a pure relationship were the norm.

The Bible makes it clear: Yhwh values marriage. I mean, He invented it! (Genesis 1 & 2) And He explained who it involves;

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;”

Please see Leviticus 20, Genesis 20:3, 24:67, & 39, Titus 1:6

Funny side note- some guys were forty when they married!  Gen 25:20 & 26:34

With Genesis 16:3 and 29:25, 30 we see the problem polygamy brings.
But that’s another story. See also Matt. 5:27-32

Genesis 24- The Father should have a part in the choosing of a groom. This is not always possible, but it should be taken into consideration if nothing else.

Genesis 28:1 We should marry within our belief system.

———————————-Marriage represents our relationship with Yah——————————-

The incredible thing is, Yhwh has betrothed us!

“And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know [Yhwh].”

See also Isaiah 62, Revelation 19:7, 21:2 & 9 (Or just search “bride” and betroth”!) To the upper right, do you see that movie called “Kosher halftime show”? The first song, V’erastich, is quoting Hosea 2:19 & 20! Very cool.

Is this great or what? (Will we say “Yes!!” to Him?)

Well, I think that’s enough Scripture for you to look up. There is more information in the Bible on the subject if you wish to find it.

Indeed, marriage is beautiful. DSC00230It was a wonderful experience for me to see the above wedding of my friends. The ceremony (And the whole evening!) was a mixture of Jewish and “christian” traditions. They had the Chuppa, the walk down the aisle, and the glass for the groom to break… It was awesome.

Coming from a back-ground where dancing and even raising your hands in church was unacceptable, all of the wonderful Hebrew dances were amazing! (I had already found that the Bible approves (& I think I can safely say encourages) dancing. Psalm 149:3 & 150:4)

See this video by you-tuber Meir Kay of his sister’s totally-Jewish wedding. It is beautiful, and reminds me of the wedding of my friends! (See pic. above)

———————————————————–modesty—————————————————————

Well, I shall move on to my second part- Modesty. This is largely covered in my post “Part 1 of Girls thinking about life series (w’ added content)” which is about, naturally, modesty. ;D

I just want to re-state that when a single girl is modest, she is helping young men around her stay pure, as well as simply guarding her beauty/body to be shown only to her future-husband. Also, a man who becomes interested in her will more likely be attracted to her because of who she is inside rather than what she looks like. He may also respect her for her modesty. This is largely why it ties into marriage.

Something I am still learning is this: modesty isn’t just clothes and external things. Rather I think it includes your heart’s state, and the way you carry yourself. If you wear a dress that touches the ground but yet flirt with every guy that comes by, what have you accomplished?

There are different ‘levels’ of modesty, with extremes. Just like most anything.

Some girls feel fine in a bikini. Others never let a hair or inch of leg show. (See video “Victoria and Abdul”, where Abduls’ wife was completely covered except for her hands- due their religion.) We are all in different stages, and hold our own beliefs. This is heathy. (Although I personally dislike the bikini scenario.) The lady in the video below is more to the no-hair-show side of things. I think it’s nice, although I’m not so sure of me going there..at least not yet. 🙂

I think a woman’s modesty should be discussed with her husband, if she is married. And either way, she should talk to her Heavenly (and maybe earthly) Dad about it. I feel it is ultimatly up to her, Yhwh and “her guy”.

PTP(Point to Ponder):

img001Caption: Who keepeth her beauty for her husband? (Girl on left or girl on right?)

I wish on all of you a wondrous relationship with your spouse, and an even better one with Yah. (Click for fun video.)

Shalom & Simcha chaim! (Peace and Happy life!-Hebrew)

-Yah’s girl

 

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Yup. Miracles DO happen.

Most Bible-believers agree that the Messiah, Yahusha, performed miracles. But we don’t usually think about the fact that His true believers today should be performing miracles too. (As well as prophesying, but that’s another story. See Joel.) Through His power, of course. Just look up ‘miracle’ in the Bible. Also see miracleS Below are a few of the verses you will find…

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We see here that not all believers perform miracles. But I have a feeling we believers now-a-days ought to be seein’ a bit more of this type of thing.

Of course, Yhwh doesn’t need humans to work miracles, although He does use us. He does plenty of miracles every day-if we’ll just think a moment and see them.

He makes the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

He makes the flowers bloom, gives the birds life, gives us life, and keeps the earth stable under our feet.

He brings the summer in it’s time, and He gave us an inventive brain. He keeps us considerably healthy (for the world we live in).

Yes, I know it sounds like I’m just listing things to be thankful for. And yes, I am. But these things are all miracles.

Now I want to tell you a (true!) story… a miracle story. 😀

“Was lost (even though I didn’t know it) but now I’m found” –The chicken

My family has chickens.

Over 7 days ago now, I heard squawking over in their pen. Were they okay? Finally I checked on them.. We could only count 13 chickens- there should have been 14. Last year, a fox took the lives of about 3, so after we didn’t find the missing hen, we supposed she had also succombed to this fate. Especially after we saw a fox in our road. (Note: We took precautions for the remaining birds.)

However, we still had hope. We’d read about a lady who’s chicken went missing and returned in spring- after being gone months. (WOW!!) But what were the chances?

My brother and I were herding a stray rooster back into my Grandma’s pen, when I looked over at the feeder.. “Um, Does Grammie have a black chicken?” “no…” “I think… is that...Amelia??” (We name all our chickens.)

It was! After about 5 days -during which it was snowing and raining- our lost hen had returned. She was safe! HalleluYah! My brother watched her for a while, and saw that she went back to our Grammie’s fenced-in garden. Soon we followed her. She had a reason for being gone. A motherly mission.

She was nesting on 19 little green eggs.

We moved her to safety- but she basically refused to set on the eggs anywhere but where she had laid them. “They’re not in the garden, they’re not my chicks!” Needless to say, she’s back in the garden. With another fence around her- we gotta help how we can!  (Ah, a chicken’s brain!)

We again have 14 chickens- always did during this time, just didn’t know it. (Praise Yahuah!) Plz pray the eggs hatch & she’s safe in her perhaps ill-chosen haven. 🙂 That will be another miracle!

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So yup, miracles happen. 

 

Shalom & Simcha chaim! (peace & happy life!-Hebrew)

-Yah’s girl

Video: Drop Your Mask: Why We Dress Up on Purim

 

Purim is coming up! It’s when Yhwh (through Esther & Mordecai) saved the Israelites! Read the book of Esther for more info on this Feast!

“The Jews” enjoy dressing up in costumes, saying; “By making fun of the facades we hide behind, we get in touch with our inner self.” Join me, Yah’s girl, on mar 13th as we praise Yhwh for His deliverance and enjoy our family and friends! Shalom! Thanks to aish.com for making this video! (Check them out for Purim recipes!)

Source: Video: Drop Your Mask: Why We Dress Up on Purim

HAMENTASHEN (Purim cookie recipe)!!

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Here is a classic recipe for hamentashen, originally from eastern Europe but now enjoyed the world over.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Zest of one orange, minced
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups flour (approx.)
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 ½ t baking powder
  • ¼ t baking soda

In a large bowl, blend together the sugar and oil. Mix in the orange juice, zest, vanilla and eggs. Fold in the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and baking soda to make a soft but firm dough. Cover the dough with a clean tea towel and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.

Work with half the dough at a time. (Cover the remaining dough with a tea towel.) Roll it out on a lightly floured board to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Using a glass, cut out as many 3 inch circles as you can. Brush one side with egg wash (made by mixing one egg, one yolk, 1-2 T water and a pinch of sugar).

Fill the hamentashen with a generous teaspoonful of your favorite jam. Or chocolate. Or whatever. (You can also use prepared poppy seed filling, available in the kosher aisle of many supermarkets.)

Bring the three sides or flaps together to form a triangle. Brush the pastries with additional egg wash.

Bake until lightly golden (18-25 minutes).

Makes 4-6 dozen pastries.

Recipe from A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking by Marcy Goldman (Doubleday 1998).

 

This video shows some Hamantashen cookies!

Shalom,

Yah’s girl