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May I remember- verses about joy, salvation, and surrender

This post is thanks to my friend Joy’s blog, blogofjoy.com. Check her out!

Note: As you already know if you’ve read my previous posts, I call my Father by His name, Yahuwah, and my Saviour by Yahusha. The below blog is unaltered, as Joy wrote it.

Enjoy!

May I remember…

Salvation

that God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)

that He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2)

that for our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Surrender

that I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galations 2:20)

to deny myself and take up my cross daily and follow Him (Mark 8:34)

that Jesus being found in human form, humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8)

that whoever does not take his cross and follow Jesus is not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:38)

to only boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world (Galations 6:14)

Power

that the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but for those who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Joy

to look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2)

Freedom

that He canceled the record of debt that stood against me with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14)

that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1)

that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)

Redemption

that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— (Galations 3:13)

Healing

that He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)

that He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24)

Sanctification

to know Him and the power of his resurrection, and share His sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11)

that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin (Romans 6:6)

Peace

that He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16)

that the Father reconciled to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:20)

Love

that God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)

that by this we know love, that He laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers (1 John 3:16)

Source: http://blogofjoy.com/when-i-think-of-the-cross/#comment-287626

 

Shalom,

Yah’s girl

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A little about me – with pictures

 

Who am I? Well, I’m Yah’s girl, of course. But what am I like?

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A Bible- believer, fun-loving lady. Someone who needs to work on patience. Who loves her family and pets. I love writing, if you have not noticed. (I have something like 7 blog posts as drafts right now. Yes, I do procrastinate. ) I get scared of what people think, and pray for Yah’s joy and peace and love. I want to learn more about the anchors of my faith, and am interested in apologetics.

I’m someone who loves people, and hates the violence seen today. I am sad for the inner-city kids. I am someone who needs to pray a lot more, and worry less. I try to “be good”, but I am sooo human. I love singing, art, making bracelets with friends, and drawing. As you might tell from reading my blog, I want to spread joy & truth, and help others.  I’m not a main-stream christian (And don’t call myself a christian), but am more on the Messianic-side.

There’s a peek into my life.

Below are a few fun pictures that show a little more about me.

My darling 3-yr old, Cara.

 

 

 

 

Fannie Fae, a darling kitten who died due to a rabies vaccine overdose. See my post Why would ANYONE be ‘Vaccine-hesitant’?

 

 

 

I love baking 🙂

 

 

Kitten we rescued (Still needs a furrever home!! Contact me if you are interested. 😉 )

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My son, Fido the cat

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Our chicken house (It’s made out of palets. Oh yes! 😀 )

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Shalom TTYL

Love you all!  -Yah’s girl

Reach out to others (near you)

     Sometimes I get really frustrated; kinda weighed down. About the world’s problems. I ask myself “What can I do?“.

I think about my goal of being a missionary. About wanting to help homeless people. About wanting to tell my fellow Americans about the wonderful love of Yahuwah. I think about the children and all people harmed by domestic abuse/violence. I think about the people who have lived through extreme wars, like in Bosnia. I think about people who have been harmed by their government. About misinformed people. I think about the Native Americans, the way they were treated and all the information about their culture they’ve lost. About mistreated animals. I think about all the American Veterans and all the teenagers who commit suicide every day.

That’s a lot to think about. Too much. Like I said, I get overwhelmed.

But these problems are real. How do I deal with them; how do I help?

     First of all, I need to remember that Yahuwah (God) is in charge. So I can leave it in His hands. Just give it to Him. He made everyhting.

     Secondly, I need to think about my circle of influence. I can worry all I want about problems in Zimbabwe, but (not being rich and being the kind that wants to see who I am helping) I may not be able to do a lot of good. That is, I am not going to Zimbabwe, and I don’t want to send money blindly. So what can I do?                                                                  Let’s talk about what my circle of influence means- Basically, “Who around me do I have the most influence on?” My influence should start very close, in my family and co             Here is an example – If I want organic food growers to thrive, I may not be able to lobby for them in Congress, or anything ‘big’. (Out of my circle of influence.) But I can try to buy & eat organic foods (preferably from my own neighbors), which funds these growers. (Within my circle of influence.)                                                                                               So, that all basically to say… Maybe I should go to comfort my neightbor who is a domestic abuse survivor, rather than travelling an hour to volunteer for an organization. Now, volunteer organizations are great. I myself volunteer at them. But how much better to work with people or animals super close to home? (I have to travel 1/2 an hour or an hour to volunteer at an organization).                                                                                                   It’s a lot less overwhelming when you concentrate on the problems near you. And you may actually be able to do more good, too.

     We can’t just think about helping! I can sit here all afternoon yearning for things to change. But how can I expect them to if I never lift a finger? Can I then blame everybody else?!

We may not be able to do things we think of as “big things”. But our Saviour Yahusha did “Little things” – he held children on His knees, He sat among normal people telling stories. Maybe we are called to little things. (Which can really be pretty big). Maybe we are called to do big things (But need to do little things for practice first?) What I’m saying is; if all you can do is a little thing, do it. That’s way better than waiting for the big thing to come by and call your name.

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Ideas: Maybe you want to lift people’s spirits. Give the cashier a compliment. Sing a Patriotic song at a restaraunt. Pick up stray animals. Give the homeless guy a sandwhich. Visit your neighbors- the ones you’re used to avoiding.

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Be the change you wanna see.

Shalom,

Yah’s girl

 

A thank you to every American Veteran and all volunteers!

Atonement for everyone

Atonement for everyone

All have sinned and come short of the glory of Yahuwah. But all can be atoned for, because He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

By grace we are saved. Not through our own power, but His. We are not saved throgh works, lest any man would boast. Yet, faith without works is dead. By their fruits you will know them. We can be a new creature, and can be set free in His truth.

We ought to come before Yah every day, to search for what seperates us. We should also strive daily to be on good terms with our fellow men, as our Saviour did. Luke 2:52  And [Yahusha] increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with [Yah] and man.

Some Bible believers also keep the day of atonement. Even if you don’t believe in keeping the Feasts, we can all learn from them!

Tomorrow, I’m going to observe this Day of Atonement. Unlike a normal day, it is from sundown to sundown, spanning two calendar dates, the 9th and 10th of the Scriptural 7th month.

Before I move on to what we can all learn from this day, let me give you two links to posts I wrote awhile back that give some of my reasons for keeping the Feasts.There is much more information – pro and con – out there. Is it o.k. to feast with the Father? (Updated) & On the Fringe of the Law

Let’s dive in!

Yom ha’ Kippurim – The day of Atoenment

1:) Notes on the day: (What it’s about, what I do)

Although it’s classified as a Feast, it’s generally accepted that, due to the somber importance of the day, you don’t eat or drink anything during the whole 24 +/- hour period. (Why? See Leviticus 16:29, 23:27+32, and Numbers 29:7) Your hunger and thirst reminds you of the day’s mission.

Because of the day’s job and dire possibilities (Leviticus 23:29,30), the preceding ten days of the month are labeled “The days of awe”. In fact, the first of the month (Right before the beginning of The Days of Awe) is the Feast of Trumpets – a day of blowing, warning everyone Atonement is coming. (On the Feast of Trumpets: Leviticus 23:23-25)

The Day of Atonement is a foreshadow of the final judgement day. All will be atoned for, or face the punishment of their un-repented of and thus un-cleansed sins. Our Saviour Yahusha will come to take His children home. Those who refused His love will die. (Free will) 1 Peter 4:5, Revelation 6:10 + 19:11

In more modern terms, it’s a little like the night before january first – when many people make “New Year Resolutions”. You think back over the last year and make goals of being a better person. (Note we have Yah’s help so we CAN change in the coming year).

Some of my goals are “Be a better listener”, “Help out so-and-so more”, “Pray more”, and even “Spend more time with my dog”.

On this day, I contemplate my relationships. With Yahuwah, and other people, and think of what problems and inconsistencies I have. It is a day for prayer. Contemplation. And maybe writing some letters or ringing a friend (or non-friend) to apologize.

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2:) Notes on the idea of the day:

Summing it up, the idea of atonement, and the nature of the Day of Atonement, is really a day to admit and say that;

1:) I acknowledge I mess up.

2:) I have/will apologize to those I’ve harmed or hurt, whether by speaking to them, writing them, or by whatever the best means are.

3:) (This is huge) Yah is perfect and forgiving.

4:) I will strive, through Yahuwah’s power, to change and be more like Him this coming year.

5:) I will Praise Yah in hard times and good, and will do so even in the presence of unbelievers.

Whoever you are, wherever you are- Become better friends with your family, friends, neighbors, pets, and most importantly- Yahuwah.

This may seem awfully simple.

But maybe that’s because it is.


Beautiful as it is, Atonement is not even the end! We have a fantastic and loving Father. Once we are right with HIm, we celebrate! For Feast-keepers, this means a week-long HalleluYah party! See Leviticus 23:33-44 and Deuteronomy 16:13-17. Also see my post Tabernacles! Dancing! HalleluYah! and my re-blog Make A Booth, Y’all!. To see where I attend Tabernacles, see 2centsoapbox -Gatherings!

 

To read about the specific sacrifices of these day, feel free to look at the context of the verses I have supplied or look up any of this in an online Bible. (I.E. atonement or tabernacles, etc.)

 

Shalom, y’all. Talk to you later. 🙂 

Have a good week.

-Yah’s girl

 

Have Faith

Faith is a journey that stretches you, challenges you, and most importantly, gives you hope. Without faith in Yhwh, there is no better life that lies beyond this one. Life is just a cosmic accident, ruled by unguided processes or chance. Where is the meaning in that? The feeling at the bottom of the bottle is worse than before. The drug must be stronger to ease the emptiness. Surely, we can find individual some superficial meaning, but eventually, most people get to the end of that rope quickly.

What do you find at the end of that rope? If not Yhwh, then you will try to hold on to the rope in a futile attempt to keep yourself from falling. Yet, your hands will tire and you must release your grip on it. When that happens, to what do you descend upon? If not Yhwh, then the place where you land can be a tenuous one that tosses you about from the winds of change that life ultimately brings. But when you place your faith in God, you fall onto a firm foundation, one built on the knowledge of Yhwh and the experience of His love for you. That is the best place to land in this journey called life.

I slightly altered this from some good thoughts out of the blog https://thinkdivinely.com/loving-the-unseen-god/ 

The life of the believer

should be based in both

the knowledge of Yah’s provable existence

& knowing

His love.

Shalom for now,

Yah’s girl

Does Yahuah Dance? Oh yes!! :D

Note: I did not write this, although I altered it slightly. A good message! L’ Chaim!

A Bible verse recently caught my attention:

“[Yahuah] your [Yah] is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy. He will be quiet in his love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NASV)

The Hebrew word, ‘rejoice,’ means to “spin around under violent emotion.” The phrase “rejoice over you” literally means to “dance, skip, leap, and spin in joy.”

So, the latter part of this verse is more accurately translated, “He will dance over you with singing.”

I love the visualization that comes to my mind when I read this. Yahuah is portrayed as a mighty warrior, singing and dancing over me with shouts of joy.

It describes how a warrior must have felt in the Old Testament after winning a hard-fought battle and realizing the victory was his.

I can envision power, authority and strength exuding from him as he steps into a victory dance. I imagine whooping, hollering, leaping, dancing and victory shouts.

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We see it today, as well. It’s not much different from a team hitting a winning field goal on the final play in the Super Bowl or striking the winning goal in the World Cup. There are tears, shouting, rejoicing, dancing and singing. It’s not hard to picture because we see it all the time.

For generations, singing and dancing have been the ultimate expressions of joy.

Yet, many people perceive Yahuah as stern, gloomy and servile, but Zephaniah does not describe Him this way.

The prophet portrays Yahuah as glad and happy as He delights in His creation — His sons and daughters — you and me! Therefore, we should not be ashamed or embarrassed to dance with joy, since Yahuah is in our midst rejoicing over us.

It is a holy union as Yahuah delights in us and we in turn rejoice in His love!

“For as a young man marries a virgin. So your sons will marry you. And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your [Yahuah] will rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:5 NASV)

I love to dance in worship to [Yahuah] during worship services. I sense His presence and that He is very close to me.

Sometimes, I feel like Yahuah is dancing with me even as I revel in His presence. I rejoice in Yahuah as He rejoices in me.

This is not the perception of Yahuah that many of us have. We need to begin visualizing Yahuah’s love for us in light of this passage.

 

 

 

Does God Dance?
(written by Barb Smith via opentheword.org)
Picture Credit: Jonathan Chen/Flickr/Creative Commons

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Credit: Jonathan Chen/Flickr/Creative Commons Credit: Jonathan Chen/Flickr/Creative Commons

A Bible verse recently caught my attention:

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy. He will be quiet in his love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NASV)

The Hebrew word, ‘rejoice,’  means to “spin around under violent emotion.” The phrase “rejoice over you” literally means to “dance, skip, leap, and spin in joy.”

So, the latter part of this verse is more accurately translated, “He will dance over you with singing.”

I love the visualization that comes to my mind when I read this.  God is portrayed as a mighty warrior, singing and dancing over me with shouts of joy.

It describes how a warrior must have felt in the Old Testament after winning a hard-fought battle and realizing the victory was his.

I can envision power, authority and…

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Make A Booth, Y’all!

Why? ‘Cause that’s what Dad (Yah) told us to do.

       It’s Tabernacles Season! Time to celebrate the harvest, fellowship with family and friends, Commemorate the time spent with the Almighty Creator in the wilderness in temporary dwellings when the children of Abraham were leaving slavery, and to look forward to the time when during the millennium, all the redeemed will again be with him, in temporary places, celebrating the antitypical harvest!
       I know people keeping the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, this winter on five
different date spans. And most people will not keep it at all. So you know I have
something to say later about the reasons to observe the appointed times, and the
principles of calendation on which to determine the Scriptural timing. But for this post I will speak to the purpose of Tabernacles.
       The Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, or simply, Booths. Why was this time given, and how does it benefit us?
       The American holiday called Thanksgiving is a dim counterfeit of the festival
celebration inaugurated for the people of Yahuwah by himself for their benefit. We no longer perform animal sacrifices, which were a notable part of the daily activities from Sinai till the Temple was destroyed in AD 70. But the other symbols and activities are still doable and beneficial. It is a great time to get together and spend time as a family. A great time to make new friends with other families. A great time to worship together with old friends and review the Scriptures together.

 

 

       Dancing was a regular part of the yearly event in old times, and I am sure we will be doing a lot of that in the earth made new. Scriptural dancing is radically different than the modern sensual dancing of the world. Scriptural dancing is a form of worship which occupies the body in movements calculated to integrate the self into the pattern of others as a group and not detract from thoughts of the above or allow one to focus on a single dancer. It is designed to make you a part of something bigger and higher than yourself.
       Building a booth to shelter the family was a key event in a family of pilgrims to old Jerusalem. And even if you have no place to gather with others, and no place to travel to, you can arrange something in your back yard or even in your living room that will create a break with routine, involve the family in creative colaboration, and furnish occasions to learn new skills and discuss important teachings.
       Helping others is a theme of the feast of Tabernacles as well. The tithe was designated in part for the purpose of celebrating and ensuring that other observers were able to enjoy the festivities and afford more than the essentials during that time. Again, the size of your gathering need not limit your imagination in how to relieve suffering and lack in other worthy people and causes during your Sukkot time, even among those who do not understand the motives you celebrate by helping them.
       Reading the law together is a matter of opinion, interpretation, and private
application among the groups I am familiar with, but most agree that Scriptue enjoins the reading of the books of Moshe during the Tabernacles time at least every few years by some scheme. Discussion is also encouraged if not commanded.
       Beyond these, your imagination and conscience are the limit. Anything the family can do together to strengthen relationships with each other and the Creator, relatives, and friends should be prioritized. This may include study of astronomy if you can camp outdoors at night. It may include lots of hiking in nature, or watersports, field trips, or whatever activities are appropriate for the group’s interests and skills.
       Make every effort to leave school, work, and routine behind for the duration. Make the most of looking forward, looking back, and appreciating the countless gifts of the year.

Shalom!!

 

This is a re-blog from heaventime.org; here is the original link: Heaventime.org – MAKE A BOOTH

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Shalom! Yesh Tikvah! Simcha Chaim!

(Peace! There is Hope! Happy Life!)

On being real (folks)

Being real is one of those things that is so simple, it’s hard for us to comprehend at first. It’s also a challenge to us; to our lifestyle and how we think. So we may try to avoid the thought.

I’ve met a few out-going real people. Some characteristics stand out. They accept you, but are willing to let you know if their stance is different. They respect you and themselves. One big thing is that being truly real can be the act of trying to tell, believe and be truthful. And to be yourself.

Real people are willing to point out your gross inconsistencies -including spiritually- in a simple and kind way. Also, although it may make you feel uncomfortable, if the time is right, you yearn for their prescence. Real people don’t fault-find. They are down-to-earth. They build you up by showing your shortcomings (Perhaps accidentally, even by just being themselves), and show you a better way.

Another thing about real people is that they are them; everywhere. If they are a Messianic Jew, for example, and are also a “real” person, they will share their beliefs. When out shopping, on Facebook, etc. Their values follow them everywhere. But yet they realize that some things they believe could be wrong. They aren’t proud.

Whether you agree or disagree with them, they stand by their beliefs. And they respect yours. They may even consider yours; they want to improve themselves and believe the truth. But they do not change their story due to who they are with; not simply due to someones else’s out-look on life.

I have a hunch that it’s not easy to become a real person, but that once you are one, it is beautiful, freeing, and empowering.

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Our Saviour Yahusha is a good example of a real person. He cared for everyone, and payed attention to where they were at. But He also “Cut to the heart”. He didn’t beat around the bush (unless to further His point), and He also talked heart-to-heart. If He saw problems and inconsistencies, He addressed them. In a wise manner; appropriately. But even if it was uncomfortable for those around Him.

No matter what company He found Himself in, He was Himself. 

I know Paul says he was a Jew to the Jews etc (1Co 9:20,“And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;”) Ok, great. But he (Paul) didn’t throw out everything he believed to suite them, did he?

Yahusha the Messiah treated everyone the same (although with His ministry on earth He focused on the Israelites.). Whether Rich, Poor, Publican or Sanhedrin. (Although I actually think He enjoyed the company of Publicans more that the Sanhedrin – they were “Real People” compared the Rabbis.)

To all, He (lovingly) pointed out errors. That, I believe, is part of being a true friend! It may sound harsh, but it is -through the truth- bettering their lives. (Don’t get me wrong- there is a time and a place.)

My son, despise not the chastening of [Yhwh]; neither be weary of his correction: For whom [Yhwh] loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

You don’t need to be in someone’s company very long to pick up on whether or not they are real. And you don’t have to agree with them to appreciate them.

I do not feel I am real. Well, at least not like I want to be. Like Yahusha is/was. Or like many folks out there are.



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However, I enjoy the prescence of real people. Sometimes I crave it. Partly because it’s simply enjoyable, and partly because you largely become like those you hang out with.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

 

Interestingly, Revelation talks about some people obeying the beast in their hand OR head. The head part means you agree and follow, while hand simply means you follow. So the beast doesn’t care if you’re real, it just wants you to “act the part”.

Also, as I said, real people “Cut to the heart”. And so I appreciate it when real people ask me questions about myself I hardly dare think about otherwise. They actually don’t even have to ask you per se. Sometimes simply the way they talk and act helps you realize things!

Looking to our Saviour and to our Father more (& more) waters our own attitudes, thoughts, and way of life so as we become real, more and more.

Now, that’s what I want. It’s uncomfortatble, at least at times; Sure. It also takes time. Just like every good thing seems to.

And just like every good thing, it’s worth it.

Will you join me in becoming real, more & more?

P.S. I do hope that I am more of a real person than I realize. But no matter how “real” I am, I know I have room to grow.

Shalom & Yesh Tikvah,

-Yah’s girl

 

 

Verses on “equality”- Jew and Greek being the same in the Believer’s eyes