Forty years as a Believer in Y’shua/Jesus, and I still get surprised when His Word takes me a direction I was not expecting. So there I was, going casually through Psalm 25, an acrostic (like A is for apple, B is for boy… ), which I love (Psalm 119 is a famous acrostic psalm)
To Thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. Ps 25:1
Aleph is for EleKaa, which is a word for moving toward the goal. Believers walk The Way of the path of life (Which Y’shua promises will be narrow and difficult, Matthew 7:14) We do not walk The Way without a purpose. The Almighty is our goal. That is fairly straight forward. Then, for some reason, I looked up the Hebrew for soul. I know what that word is, but I did it anyway.
The meaning of the word for soul has to do with life. David said he lifted his life, his soul to YHVH. That was when the phrase, “The life is in the blood,” (Lev. 17:11) floated through my mind.
I am the temple of the living God (1 Cor 6:19). All those Sunday school lessons about “Inviting Jesus into your heart” came flooding back. The pictograph for the Hebrew word “heart,” LeB, is the shepherds house; just in case you, like I once did, think that telling children that they should invite Jesus into their hearts, is an incorrect concept. From the beginning, the heart actually is the throne of Y’shua! Track with me, it is the heart that directs the blood. The blood receives life giving oxygen and brings life to the body. It is directed and empowered in that task by the heart. Y’shua said, “…apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Believers are empowered and directed by Y’shua. Like blood without a heart to direct, refresh and empower it, so we are nothing without Y’shua-Jesus.
To Thee, o LORD, I lift up my life. Do with it as you will. I’ve been feeling a little mopey at night. Night time is when I listen to my YouTube peeps. Coach Dave on Hagmann, Pastor Paul, Sky Watch. All of them have been talking about “doing” at a time when I no longer have a familiar place to “do”. I took that to the throne. I had a lousy attitude. Abba (Father) gave me a quick, encouraging response. I love being loved!
Part of that answer has to do with taking care of Bomber (the white Jack Russel). He has had some kind of event that makes it nearly impossible for him to stand up by himself. Added to all of his old injuries (he is a scamp!) he shuffles along with his Grandpa McCoy hobble. In just four days he went from being an active, older terrier to a weak, sad old man. Poor puppy! It has been two weeks now and he doesn’t seem sad anymore. He has accepted his new normal a lot quicker then I have accepted mine. The Almighty has given me inspiration in the loyal warmth of my son’s dog. Hallelujah!
There were three other main parts of my “answer” of where my life is to be directed. One has to do with continuing to write (YES!) and the another has to do with farming our little bit of suburban land. I love both of those ministries as much as I love people. I will go where He directs me. Joy!
Ray and I have lived on far less money then we have right now. We are looking at the fun challenge of spending as little money as we can and still living large. The fun part is living a pioneer life in town and watching Abba provide everything we need, and a whole lot of what we want! Faith!
Another aspect of the answer was clear, “Kneel warrior!” Take up the cross and follow Y’shua. Pray!
Debs in Everett, Wa…. trying to organize a menu guideline and a shopping list for October. Remembering that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)
*The picture of flowers was from an outdoor display at TJ’s in Everett, WA. Since we did not plant any pumpkins this year, I also took this picture of pumpkins from TJ’s… cause we gotta have pumpkins. September 26, 2017