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Morning Devotions: Psalm 25:1

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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!

September Bomber & Rudy 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!

September Fruit 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 organizeSeptember TJ Pumpkins 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

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Morning Devotions: Unmasking Jesus

Can Jesus be found in the “Old” Testament? Yes, once you know where he has been hidden by the translators. I do not think less of those brave translators who spilled their blood to bring the words of the Almighty to me and you in a language we can understand. There were some things the Almighty hid from them. There were no conspiracies in their life’s work.

September 20, 2017

O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, and in your salvation how greatly he will rejoice!

You have given him his heart’s desire, and You have not withheld the request of his lips.     Selah.

For You met him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head.

He asked life of You, You gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.

His glory is great through Your Salvation, Splendor and majesty You place upon him.

For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in your presence.     Psalm 21:1-6 nasu

Did you see Jesus? He is mentioned twice by name and once more as the “Alpha and Omega” in this passage. Let me unmask Him for you.

Salvation. The Hebrew name of our Jesus is Y’shua. The name Y’shua has become a popular way to call upon the name of the Lord in this era. The name is almost always translated from Hebrew as “salvation,” do you see him now?

21:1  O YHVH (LORD) in Your strength the king (David) will be glad, and in Y’shua (Jesus) he will rejoice!

David said that in Y’shua he rejoiced! That is the first unmasking.

21:5 His glory is great through Your salvation, splendor and majesty You place upon him.

Salvation. David recognizes that his worth (glory: a manifestation of deity) is because of Y’shua. Through the ages there have been many kings of multiple nations. Few of them are remembered the way David is. What sets him apart? He tells us that it was Y’shua; it wasn’t the “things”. I agree with him. Psalm 21 declares that YHVH gave David “good things” including the crown of Israel (verse 3). But the “things” were not the desire of David’s heart. Most people fix their eyes on the “things” just as Eve fixed her eye on the beautiful fruit of the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Like Eve, we miss what is really valuable, and like Adam, we want what someone else seems to have instead of seeing that our God really is our greatest treasure.

21:6 For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence,

‘ot The Aleph and Tav. Have you ever wondered why Y’shua-Jesus said that He is the Alpha and Omega? I have heard a lot of preachers and teachers come up with a lot of different reasons. I will tell you what I know, you can decide if the facts lead to my conclusion.

The “New” Testament sitting in your lap has been translated from the Greek language. The first and last letter of Greek is the Alpha (we get our Latin letter A from it). The last letter of the Greek alphabet is Omega. Track with me… Salvation (Y’shua-Jesus) is from the Jews. The Jewish language is Hebrew. Throughout the Hebrew Scripture you will find a little word, ‘ot. That word is spelled with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph, and the last letter of Hebrew, Tav.  When Aleph-Tav is translated to Greek it became Alpha and Omega. Most English translators simply transliterated Alpha and Omega instead of translating it to A and Z. They must have known it was important but did not make the connection.

Hebrew is a unique language. Letters in Greek and English represent sounds. When the letters are put together into words, we readers are able to “sound them out” and speak the written word. Hebrew letters are different. Most of them represent sounds, but not all of them. Aleph, the first letter, does not represent a sound. That is why it is often represented with an apostrophe instead of a letter. (the “o” in this word is from the vowel marker, not from the Aleph) Hebrew words are pictographs of ideas. Aleph represents “Almighty God”. Tav does represent a sound, it is the same sound as our letter “t” but there are two Hebrew letters that make that sound. The more important aspect of Tav is “a sign” from the Almighty. Tav is the cross! When you put them together, you can say that the Aleph and Tav are “the God of the cross” (…and this shall be a sign, the ‘ot, for you… Luke 2:12; the angel was telling the shepherds who the babe is. The sign was not the swaddling cloths, that was just how they would distinguish this baby from all the other babies in Bethlehem)

Three times in the Revelation, Y’shua-Jesus told us that He is the ‘ot, the Aleph-Tav, The God of the cross. But what does that have to do with Psalm 21:6?

The Almighty kept the ‘ot a mystery. You can find it all over the place in the “old” testament. Translators did not know what to do with it. It is in Genesis 1:1 but it is not translated into English. Plenty of times it has been translated “the”. My Hebrew teacher told me that it is usually the “definite article,” but not always. He believes in Jesus the Messiah (a big deal for a Jewish man). When I asked him about the Alpha and Omega, he sat back. I could see him making the connection as he thought it through, but he did not answer me at that moment. It seems that the Almighty kept ‘ot  a mystery to more then just the translators. It is mistranslated in Psalm 21:6 as “with” in kj. In Hebrew the phrase is ‘et-panneykaaPanneykaa, or Paniym (H6440) means “the face” and is translated “presence” or “countenance” in kj. Strong’s says that the word is plural but is always used as a singular word (like many of the words for deity). David says, ‘YHVH (You) makes David (him-the king) joyful with gladness in ‘et-panneykaa (‘et because of a different vowel marker) in the face of the Alaph-Tav is joy! Have you experienced it?

In His presence is fullness of joy!!!

Debs in Everett, Wa. September 21 (Rosh Hashannah) 2017

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Moments of Doubt

Tuesday, the day before school starts and I was not getting up to go to a teachers meeting. That is never going to happen for me again. I almost couldn’t breath. This is no way for a warrior to start her day.

20170907_061744 Strong coffee and a little bit of time on Face Book. Does anyone care about me? The Almighty answered me… FROM FACE BOOK! His answer came from “Hebrew For Christians” by John Parsons, who posted…

What are you seeking today? The Lord says, “Seek Me that you may live” (Amos 5:4). If you feel empty today, ask God to feed you with His life giving food. Ask Him for energy, power and strength. Seek YHVH and His goodness. He is faithful and true and will surely answer the sincere heart. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

Well that was nice.

Into the word, which happened to be John chapter 4; I thought it was about some woman at a well. Turns out that it is about Y’shua (Jesus) and the food he eats. “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34)

I was back to thinking that being a teacher was my work, but that is only how I got a check. That isn’t God’s will for me. I was looking at things all wrong. I need to be about the work the Almighty wills me to do. I am not exactly sure yet what that IS but I do know what it isn’t. There was a time, not so long ago, when I sat in my Garden, praising Abba, telling him that I loved the life he had given me (an urban homestead), in fact I loved it so much that if He wanted me to do anything else He would have to drop it into my lap. He did just that, one day later. Now he has lifted it from my lap. I’m picking up from where I was that day. My garden needs some attention, but if this is the Almighty’s will for me then I’ll get it back in order.

20170908_112625 It is September. I am very limited on planting options. Ray is in the midst of making a hoop house for some VERY late winter crops for our farm. (If you look carefully you can see the structure out my office window.) Today, just to start getting dirty, I bought a tiny little philodendron, a small pot and cord to make a hanger (for the plant hook Ray put above my office window.) Before I had children (was that really 40 years ago?) I discovered that this little plant was always forgiving. A good place to start. Even as a tiny baby plantlet it seems cheerful. The next job, straighten up the green house.

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Me oh my! I had a jungle full of weeds growing in my beautiful green house. The outside walls and roof need a good cleaning, but while I build up my energy levels (there is a whole lot of sitting down when you are a teacher on a computer) I settled for cleaning  up the mess inside. I worked my way back, foot by foot. I knew the measurements because one square foot is the size of the bricks that make the path down the center of the green house. Bit by little bit I weeded and straightened my way down the aisle. There was color in the planter box to my right. Could it be? Tomatoes I had started from seed? When my hip hurt too much to get up and down to plant those little baby plants outside, I sat on my garden stool and planted my little tomato plants in the green house planter box. They had not been touched all season long, though Ray told me that he did water the box during the summer. I got the vines under control and harvested the pretty basket of tomatoes in the picture. Persimmons, Brandywine, Black Plum and Stripped Romas. We feasted on Pesto Pasta with some amazing tomatoes. All because the Almighty said, “Be fruitful and multiply” They live up to their calling. Ray was thinking Tomato Sandwiches sounded really good.

September 8, 2017 OAYSE - CAFeI even finished my next Ephesians study.

The will of the Father Ephesians 1:7-10

Debs… praying for Mexico (8.1 earthquake), Huston (still recovering), Everyone in Irma’s path, the firemen and citizens of the NorthWest while everything burns, and for the wisdom and wise counsel of those in DC who need to respond to N Korea. May God have mercy on America and Americans. ….Are you saved?

September 8, 2017

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It all comes down to this…

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We have finally settled on a business name, Lavender Deb’s Boxed Lunches. Chris said it out-loud after we had gone through a small list of other possibilities. It is a phrase that I use often, it makes sense. One more purposeful step toward something that fills me with anxiety and, at the same time, joyful determination! I’ll start a tab on this site. It will have to do until either Ray or I have an idea of what we want for a website.

Today’s Ephesians study was all about “In Him.” How odd to be familiar with something and still learn new things about it. I have so much because of the prepositional phrase, “in Him.” You do to if you are a blood bought believer. Of everything that we have In Him, there is purpose. Tribulation is for GLORY (the manifestation of deity). In Christ (the Him of “in him), YHVH has an eternal purpose. That the manifold wisdom of YHVH might be made known in the heavenly places. Toward this purpose, In Him we have bold access to the throne through faith “In Him”

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Caramel Apple Fairy Cakes

What does Ephesians 3:12 have to do with Lavender Deb’s? Time will tell the full story. But today I have confidence “In Him” that even in loosing one job, YHVH has not thrown me away, he still has an eternal purpose for me “In Him,” who took bread and fish (as an American I like to think that He made sandwiches for everyone, and that the ravens deliver… who gets that last one?), the little bit that was given to Y’shua, which became enough to feed 5000 men and their families. A defeat for the wicked rulers in the heavenly places.

Lavender Debs… testing Parmesan garlic sticks for the Meatball Marina box. (hoping to survive the 82 degree weather today while baking).

August 27, 2017 Happy Birthday David!

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Does God really love me?

It is the day of the great American eclipse. Serious fog is blocking my view in Everett, Wa. We cannot see across the valley, never mind seeing to the sky.
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The dogs are acting a little weird, at least Rudy is. He is jumpy and acting like he either hurts or will be hurt. He doesn’t want to eat. It’s hard to watch. Coincidence? Of the many details I prayed for last night, one of them was that the Almighty would take care of my dogs if Scott Clark is correct and the rapture of the church takes place this year on the Feast of Trumpets. That is so exciting! Yet, while I write that thought my eyes turn to the warm body with the faithful eyes who is tightly cuddled next to me. What will become of my dog?

3March 26, 2017 (18)I know that there are animals in heaven. Y’shua returns from heaven on a white horse. Surly there is a place for Rudy and Bomber too. I will trust Him, whose eyes are on anonymous sparrows.

My title isn’t really my question. I KNOW the Almighty loves me. I’m actually a little overwhelmed by that fact after a very brief study of Ephesians 1:5-6.

In Love YHVH predestined us to adoption as sons through Y’shua haMashich to Himself according to the kind intention of His will to the praise of the glory of His grace which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

My pre-study starts with 5w’s and an h. I’ve already looked at some word studies during my overview. (I was well trained by Kay Author’s Precept Ministries a long time ago) Looking at the question of when this this passage took place, the enormity of the little phrase, “before the foundation of the world” began to sink in.

Y’shua is famous  for telling us that He is going to prepare a place for us. John 14:3 But it occurs to me that I was “predestined to adoption… before the foundation of the world. My take on this is that, like we know Y’shua is doing, the Almighty prepared a place for us. To prepare a place for us agrees that he already chose us “before the foundation of the world.” Y’shua paid my price with his blood, YHVH accepted the payment and raised Him from death. Y’shua returned to the Heavenly realm to ‘prepare a place’. Now we are simply waiting for Him to come again and receive us to Himself.  I’m not sure which direction this study will go, but “In love” is how it is speaking to me today. Are you ready?

Aug 20 2017 Eph 1 3-4 Par ici et par la Speaking of the Ephesians study, the 2nd lesson has been posted. I loved what the Almighty was speaking to me. It was almost hard to keep up it came so fast. Pour a cuppa coffee, then click here “Who are you?” Ephesians 1:3-4 I promise it is not as long as the 1st lesson I did. It will give you something kewl to do while you wait for the eclipse to pass over.

Debs in Everett, WA 8/21/2017

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Every season starts with onions

1january-21-2017-2 Tiny onion sprouts. I need to look closely at the container of dirt on the window sill. The morning that they suddenly show themselves my new garden has begun. I am a long way from onion rings or soup, but hope spring up with the onion sprouts.

It is almost obscene how many stony black seeds will be sprinkled on the plastic container of soil. In January I do not need to worry about where I will plant, or what I will do when I discover that I have far too many babies to find homes for. My eagerness to get dirty overcomes any good sense that may have been passed on to me. I will worry about that later. Today I just want to plant something.

1january-21-2017-7-onion-seed Just in case you wonder (and the video titles roll by too fast)

  • Cipollini: a small speciality onion that Ray loves in a roast. The right balance of sweet and pungent. Even these tiny bulbs need a full season.
  • Italian Tropea: or Red Torpedos as most Americans call them. These are somewhat sweet, purple to pink summer onions. They can be used at nearly any stage… and should be since they do not store well. We start using the biggest torpedo in the onion patch about mid June (really they will still be scallion like) and continue to use them until late September when they can get to the size of a small nerf football. Beautiful!
  • Ailsa Craig: A huge sweet onion that we put in everything from Late September to mid November. They are good enough to give as gifts. I no longer bother much with Walla Walla’s AC’s are so good (and do not need to be started in September for best size!) No real store-ability, eat them fast, eat them often.
  • New York Early: The very first storage onion I have had success with (in wet Western Washington) I’ll stick with what works. In a good year we have had New Yorks into March.
  • Ed’s Red Shallots: I do plant cloves of shallots in the fall, but these shallots grown from seed are just as amazing!
  • Leeks: This year they are the Italian Gigantia. Just when your storage onions get scarce, it is time for the garlic of the onion family… make sure you cover them in fall with straw and leaves so that you can still pick them with out a pick-ax from the frozen ground.

That’s it… here’s the 2017 Movie.

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In the morning when I rise

July 29, 2016 WP Jenny e il PiccoloCreate in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 rsv

I wonder what today holds? Most mornings I wake up, ready to put on the coffee and jump into the Word, eager to watch the Almighty order my day. But this morning I slept in late. The dogs were going crazy over some intruder (four-legged) in the night, putting us all on alert. 

Call upon the Name of YHVH Before I knew that I was awake, I was aware of the vile “dream.” Trapped in my own head, panic but for one thought, “Abba, give me your Word to hang on to!” But my thoughts went back to fighting the characters in the “dream.” I almost missed it. Fighting the battle in my mind with the darkness, I realized that another voice had floated quietly by. The me in the dream spoke what I heard. Create in me a clean heart Abba, renew a right spirit in me! It was as if a bubble popped. Can it really be that easy?

but they who wait for YHVH shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 rsv

It can be as easy as simply saying the name Jesus. When I was younger there was a season when I would awake in the dark feeling paralyzed and filled with unreasonable fear. Even my jaw and tongue would be paralyzed and the best I could do was think the name of Jesus, trying with all of my will to speak the name out loud. Time would stand still as first my throat, then the back of my tongue would work The Name. My lips would join in and soon I could say The Name of Jesus…. and whatever it was that had frozen me would be gone… just like that! There is power in The Name!

The steadfast love of YHVH never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 rsv

Doing spiritual warfare is not physical, but I feel physically weary when the battle is done (Luke 4:13) I do feel like I could use an extra cup of coffee. I feel safe and loved, but I feel like I’ve been in a battle. But I wonder, where would I go for help if not for Y’shua? (The Son of YHVH lovingly known as Jesus in English) …Do you know Jesus?

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