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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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More on the Hebrew Word ‘Esher

From Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keeps the Torah, happy is he.

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From front to back, your bible is a revelation from the Almighty. There is no other book like it. Who told Moses, or even Adam, how the world came to be? Who told John how the world will become new again? Only the Almighty knows these things. Without this knowledge, people will perish.

January 19, 2016 (2) - CopyThis will not be popular, but in keeping the Torah we will have bliss at the return of the king. If you hear me telling you that Torah is The Way to Salvation (Y’shua) then you are missing my point. Torah is The Way believers are to live once they have new life. That is The Way of Bliss.

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Hebrew Word Study: ‘esher (happy)

May 31 'esher (1)
Blessed are you if…

If? Sometimes I have the odd thought. I wonder things like, isn’t “if” a flag word for a cause – effect relationship? So I wonder, aren’t blessings by the “grace of God”? Was Y’shua-Jesus telling us that there are conditions to blessing?  And why do some people insist that the word translated “blessed” should be translated “happy”?

Back to Hebrew. Did you know that there are two Hebrew words that we translate “blessed”? The one most of us are familiar with is barak something given to another in worship. It means to kneel, to praise. It is the exact opposite of curse. The other word for blessing, the one that is often translated “happy” is ‘esher.

‘Esher is an action verb. You are doing something if you ‘esher. It is something you do with a goal in mind. The reason it is sometimes translated “happy” is because you do something that leads to bliss. It is a human (believer) word about our choices and the bliss-joy that follows those choices. While it is not “unmerited favor” it is important.

Here is today’s sample ‘esher verse.

Proverbs 8:32   Listen (shama) children, bliss–joy comes to those who guard The Way.

What choice must we do to be happy? Guard The Way, the path of life. Do not let anything into your life that is not of the Almighty.

Does that mean you will feel joy not watching the movie that everyone else is going to see? Maybe not. But when you see Y’shua face to face , the joy you will experience because you do not need to hang your head in shame will be bliss!

January 24, 2009 It is a good day to work in the green house today. 100% chance of January rain. I have a place ready to start onions, spinach (red and green), radishes (pink and french breakfast) and even some mustard that I finally got around to coaxing out of its pods.

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Christmas and the Battle for Ai

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I see angels… and they don’t look anything like I was led to believe.

Like my mother and father before me, I tried to raise my children right. Being a born again believer gave me a slightly different mind set then my parents had. Slightly.

At Christmas we tried to down play the roll of Santa but he was still there. We liked to wear red velvet hats with white furry brims and a jungle ball. We attended candle light service on Christmas Eve, we thought we knew things like, “…the reason we put up a tree is because Christ is evergreen” (where did that come from?) We tried to down-play santa by reading Luke chapter 2 before we opened gifts (and totally forgot about the baby Jesus)

No matter how hard Ray and I tried to make “Jesus the reason for the season” it became painfully clear that Jesus was a story to be endured until the real reason for the season, unwrapping gifts,  happened. What went wrong?

Joshua 7:1-7
But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, … therefore the anger of YHVH burned against the sons of Israel.

Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, ” Go up and spy out the land.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. They returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up; only about two or three thousand men need go up to Ai; do not make all the people toil up there, for they are few.” So about three thousand men from the people went up there, but they fled from the men of Ai. The men of Ai struck down about thirty-six of their men, and pursued them from the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them down on the descent, so the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of YHVH until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.

No kidding, this is the lesson I was teaching when one of my students asked, “Why do some people say that Jesus was born on December 25, but other people say that he was born on a different day?” As a Messianic, I am one of those “other people.”

December 23, 2015 (2) An answer began to flow from my mouth. All the information came from the knowledge I already had, but the Ruach –the Spirit of the Almighty started putting verses and concepts together in ways I had not thought of before. I’d like to be impressed with myself, but honestly, it was a “God Thing” as my Pentecostal friends like to say.

I told them about Constantine, an Emperor of Rome, a man the church likes to call a “christian” because of a vision he had of a cross and conquering in the power of that symbol. Constantine was not a believer in YHVH, not by a long shot. He outlawed all things Jewish. Under his firm hand it was illegal to worship on the Sabbath Day. Everyone in Rome’s domain would be required to worship on Sunday, the day of Constantine’s god. The god of Rome was a sun-god, reborn every December 25, a day the new “Catholic” (meaning “all-embracing) church of Rome declared the birthday of  god, by a virgin mother who immaculately conceived. This just happens to be the story of Constantine’s deity.  Satan is the great deceiver.

I told them of Christians and how they decided to make the best of a bad situation by taking over the day for Jesus, a concept that excited my students. I let them bask in that excitement. They were planning a  school “Christmas” party (I teach at a Christian School and usually have very few conflicts with their doctrine). At my request, they dis-invited Santa and all his magical friends from the North Pole. No secret-santa gift exchange (they changed it to anonymous angel), no red and white hats or ugly sweater contests, no red flashing noses or headbands with antlers, just a party please…. and if you can find a way to invite Jesus, then lets do that! They played different games, ate candy and pizza, but I’m not sure that Jesus ever came to our party.

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.  Proverbs 14:12

December 24, 2015 (2)This has been a long story so I’ll try to get to my point. When Joshua decided to “take over Ai for Jesus” he did not consult the Almighty, he spoke to men who knew that “Team Israel” could  easily do the job. God was on their side… except that he was not. Before Jericho fell, and by “fell” I mean it “fell” to Israel, Joshua met a soldier as he was looking at the huge city of Jericho. Drawing his own sword he confronted the angelic warrior and demanded to know, “Are you with us?”

Joshua 5:13-14

Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”  He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”

“He said, NO”

By the end of the book of Joshua, the question has changed. “Who is on YHVH’s (The LORD’s) side?”

The Almighty does not choose sides, people do. Christians determined to take over christmas for Christ. Do you know that they determined the same thing for halloween? That did not work out too well. As far as I can tell, neither did christmas. Children everywhere kinda put up with baby Jesus until they can get to the real Joy, presents for themselves! We say silly things like, “we give gifts because the wise men gave gifts to Jesus” and candy canes represent his purity and his blood and a shepherds staff.

Jesus is not the reason for the season. I challange you to practice December 25 with out the gifts, the pretty tree or the advent candles. Why, you may as well celebrate the actual day Y’shua -Jesus WAS born if you are going to eliminate all the evergreen alters and magic.

Who is on YHVH’s side?

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Morning Devotions; Where Are You God? Psalm 13

Where are you LORD?

In Yesterday’s “JrHi Ladies Devotions” class, we saw what happened when Israel was defeated at Ai, Joshua fell on his face before the throne, the Ark of the Covenant and whined out to the Almighty.

Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. And Joshua said, “Alas, Lord GOD, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all — to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Oh, that we had been content, and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan! Joshua 7:6-8 nkj

The Almighty is so patient with us. Two things went wrong with Israel’s first fight against Ai. There was sin in the camp, sin of the worst kind, Achan had stolen what was dedicated to the Almighty (under the ban, something Joshua had no way of knowing) and The chosen captain of Israel (Joshua) consulted men about Ai instead of the Almighty.

Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, “Go up and spy out the country.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not weary all the people there, for the people of Ai are few.” Joshua 7:2-3

Joshua did exactly what the spies of Ai advised him to do without consulting the Almighty. The Almighty knew about Achan’s theft and the hot anger toward Israel. The principle is Body life. We are the body of our Messiah. When the Almighty is angry with one of us, he is angry with us. If one of us has victory, we have victory.

 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26

Because we are a body, and Messiah is our head, it is important that we look to him for understanding and look to each other with the same intensity that we look at ourselves with. This is what the Messiah said when an honor student (a lawyer) asked him what the greatest commandment was.

Jesus said to him (the lawyer), “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39

Does the Almighty seem far off? Does it seem like your prayers just bounce off of the roof and fall back to you in silence? I feel that way sometimes. “Where are you LORD?”

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How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How Long will You hide Your face from me? Psalm 13:1

You know that he as promised to never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5 and Matthew 28:20) so why don’t I feel his presence? Sometimes it is because he is standing back to let me learn to trust him by faith, not by sight. Other times it is because we have sin to deal with. There are times when someone we associate with in ministry has sinned. But sometimes it is because we put our trust in people instead of the Almighty like Joshua did at Ai. I suspect that is what happened to David in our Psalm of the week. He did what seemed right without talking to the Almighty about it. That is what Joshua did, I’ve done it, and I bet you have too. The awesome thing about Grace is that we can repent at any time. We can stop going our own way, turn around (repent) and follow the Almighty again. We call it Grace, David, in our Psalm called it “lovingkindness”.

Sometimes it is easy, sometimes our pride makes it difficult, but it always is for us, not against us.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:28-39

Everyone sins, everyone needs to turn their face to the Almighty who loves us. When we cannot find evidence of him, then we need to trust, more than ever that He is near. Keep walking The Way, stand firm against the darkness of this world, and keep calling upon his name. His love for you shines bright, even in the fog.

But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; my heart shall rejoice in Your Y’shua-salvation. Psalm 13:5 nasu

When it seems as if you cannot see him, trust his lovingkindness, his Grace. He will never leave you.
Mrs. Hagerty, December 1, 2015

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But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation (Y’shua) Psalm 13:5

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Morning Devotions; First Fruits, Revelation 14:1-5

Revelation 14:1-5  The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.  And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.  And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.  These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.  And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.  nasu

Joshua chapter 6 introduced us to the concept of first fruits. The first of everything belongs to the Almighty. The first child or animal to burst from a mothers womb belongs to the Almighty. We raise the child but we remember that he or she belongs to the Almighty, not to us. The first of the harvest of your field belongs to the Almighty and the first bread made from your harvest belongs to him.

Two different kinds of first fruits were seen in Joshua chapter 6. The first was the city of Jericho. In English this was referred to as “being under the ban” or dedicated to destruction instead of being called first fruits. As the first city to be taken in the Promised Land, all of Jericho was to be dedicated to the Almighty as a Burnt offering, which is a consecration offering to the Almighty. We get our word Holocaust from the Hebrew description of “the smoke of the burnt offering that ascends to the Almighty as a pleasing fragrance” (Remember that Jericho means Fragrant). Everything in the city that was not made of gold, silver, or bronze was to be set on fire. Every man, woman, child, every animal was to be killed with the sword and burnt with the city. The children of Israel were not to take anything for themselves, nor to have pity on any person or beast. All of it was dedicated to the Almighty for a Holocaust, consecration to YHVH (the LORD).

Does that seem harsh to you?

There is another kind of first fruits. People who dedicate themselves to the Almighty. People who say Amen to his Word (both faith and believe are needed to describe the meaning of the Hebrew word ‘amen). People who have made a choice to follow the Almighty, to be true to his word and to forsake the pagan ways that they have embraced all of their lives. Rahab and her family were this kind of first fruits. The Almighty saved her and everyone she witnessed to, people who were willing to follow the Almighty while the rest of Jericho was tightly shut against him. (Joshua 6:1 is not just about the city gaits, it is also about the people’s hearts).  After the walls fell down and everything in the city was destroyed, then Rahab and all who believed her testimony were brought out. The first fruits of the gentiles; snatched from the destruction of Jericho into the life of Israel. A “living sacrifice”

Romans 11:28–12:2
From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR?
Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN?
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. nasu

Does first fruits have a purpose or is it just interesting history?

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him (Messiah), you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation (Y’shua)–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

When we are born again we are given a “pledge of our inheritance” a kind of first fruits of what we will one day have in full from the Almighty. In the same way that we trust the Spirit in us as the guarantee of our future inheritance, eternal life, we also trust that the first fruits to the LORD are not just flannel-graph stories to entertain Sunday school children but they are testimonies of what is to come.

2 Peter 3:7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

Because of the first fruits of Jericho, we know that all of the world will one day be “dedicated for destruction”. Because of Rahab we know that those who place their trust in the Almighty will be snatched from the destruction that the earth is dedicated for.

Jude 20-23 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,  keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.  And have mercy on some, who are doubting;  save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

Today’s passage from the Revelation is no afterthought. Revelation 14:1-5 gives you a glimps of just how precious the relationship is between those who are beloved of Y’shua-Jesus and the people who were first snatched from the fire of the judgment on earth. It is an image of what will be yours when you see Him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12). Pure joy, joy that wipes away the tears of anguish that are cried in this world.

Are you “saved”? The world is going crazy. Give your life to Y’shua-Jesus. Time is running out.
Mrs. Hagerty, November 25, 2015

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