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I’m all over the place (+ AM Devotions)

October 19 2017 Lk Conner Park
What do we do when it is pouring down rain and the money’s low? Ray and I like to get out to do some birding. Our idea of birding is going to a favorite pull off with our binoculars and (usually) a thermos of coffee (we forgot to bring coffee).

October 19 2017 mergansers Common Mergansers …or maybe Red-breasted Mergansers? We were not sure. Ray said Red, I said Common. The day was so gray, making the afternoon light flat. All we know is that they are Mergansers because of the wild “doo” the guys had after a dive. The crazy crest is something we love about this bird.

October 19 2017 Kingfisher Kingfisher Sitting on the signpost, watching for any fish the Merganser miss was a shy Kingfisher. We did see him hop to the water and come up with a minnow. You may need to look carefully for him in the picture. I only had my phone, not my powerful camera. Ray had his camera, but it has been a while since he used it and the settings were off. If you are having a difficult time seeing Mr Kingfisher, you could make a pilgrimage to the Everett Waterfront in Washington state… or you could just go to a river or lake near your home. If you sit still and are patient, you will see him.

Port of Everett, Everett, Washington saltwater

  1. Mew Gulls
  2. California Seagulls
  3. Malards
  4. One Bald Eagle
  5. Four Crows
  6. at least 7 Mergansers
  7. Pigeons, pigeons, pigeons!
  8. One Osprey (usually there are many)
  9. One Kingfisher

Lake Conner Park: Lake Stevens, Washington freshwater

  1. One Stellar Jay (an old friend from Robe Valley)
  2. Mallards
  3. Harlequins !!!
  4. Golden Eyes
  5. Sparrow (flew by so fast, I’m not sure what kind)
  6. One Shy Poke (Great Blue Heron)
  7. Dozens of Coots

October 20 2017 Morning Devotions; Psalm 50:23 “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his Way aright I shall show the Salvation of God.”

I am thankful that I am not in the business of translating Scripture. It seems like a holy work of guessing.

In Hebrew, the word we see translated “sacrifice” means “praise with uplifted hand” I think it is translated “sacrifice” because it is something we offer to YHVH even if we do not feel thankful. In my overview of 1 Thessalonians, I keep coming across the idea of giving Thanks because it acknowledges the will of the Almighty over my will. It is the same idea here, in Psalm 50:23.

The idea of “who orders” means ‘to set someone on something’.  Between the phrases, “honors Me” and “to him who orders” is the Hebrew letter Vav which is a picture of hooking two things together. In this verse, the sacrifice of Thanksgiving and The Way (living for YHVH) are “hooked together”. The result of walking The Way with Thanksgiving isn’t always happiness in this world, but there is Joy! (and the Joy of the LORD is our strength! Nehemiah 8:10) The Almighty makes you a promise, He will show you the Salvation of God, You can not earn salvation, and you cannot walk The Way by determination. In point of fact, I doubt that you will be able to honestly give a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Almighty without being born again! If you are not born-again, take care of that before anything else! For those who believe, what are you facing today? Give a sacrifice of Thanksgiving! Are your children doing something or facing something that causes you distress? Acknowledge God’s control and will for you by giving him Thanks. Do not live your life doing what makes sense, walk The Way (live a life that He tells you to live in the Word) You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Is your marriage unsatisfactory or even in trouble? Did you make a huge mistake? Offer the sacrifice of Thanksgiving for your spouse (never stay if you are being physically hurt, do not participate in evil) and live your life for the Almighty. How is your health? your finances? your job? Give a sacrifice of thanksgiving and walk The Way!

I shall show the Salvation of God… What is it that God rewards you with? The Salvation of God. But you say, ‘I am already born-again’ and besides, you know you cannot earn salvation by what you do, so what does that mean?

Salvation is from the Hebrew word, Y’shua. The One we call Jesus. God will show you how much He loves you by showing you Jesus. When was the last time you read Isaiah 53? He feels your suffering, your grief, your every pain. Have you been angry at Him because of the circumstances you face? He isn’t angry with you. Talk to Him. He will show you the love of Jesus. What are you waiting for? He heals broken hearts. (Psalm 147:3) Go to him now.

February 23 Chickens (1) Bomber Debs in Everett, WA …whose broken heart and emptiness is slowly starting to heal. It still hurts, but it isn’t as sharp of a pain.

We still have ten hours and 35 minutes of daylight. If you have a hoop house or green house, you can still plant winter salad in Everett, Wa. It is getting late, but you can if you want. Ray and I will still plant Garlic and Fava (Broad) Beans on October 31. You ?

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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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Morning Devotions: Psalm 4

Hear me when I call, O God of my right! Thou hast given me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1 rsv+

Front Garden tomatoes. October 2 and we are still getting tomatoes from the neglected front garden.

Front Garden tomatoes. October 2 and we are still getting tomatoes from this neglected front garden. Our main garden on the south-east side of the house was done a month ago.

This week’s Psalm is Psalm 4. It is a song about the connection of prayer and peace.

Psalm 4 begins with restlessness. Whatever it is that David is facing at this time in his life has him in distress. He reminds the Almighty that he (David) is righteous because of his relationship and obedience to God. He remembers that in the past the Almighty has given him relief from the circumstances that cause him distress. I personally think that David wants a sign that he is not just saying words but that God hears him and is answering. I can almost hear David begging the LORD to show him something, let him see that his words have been heard. I bet you know how that feels.

As believers, we try to live our lives in The Way that we believe is pleasing to YHVH (the LORD). Sometimes we have an attitude that living according to what we understand the Bible to say about The Way is some kind of currency we can spend when life gets hard. “I’ve been careful to tithe, I do not swear, I hang with people who love Jesus, I try to be kind… “ but our prayer does not seem to be answered. We know why those who do not believe in Jesus are having distress, but why are we?

The Cucumbers are nearly finished. Nights are down to the high forties. A long summer of drought was hard on all of the vine crops. We still have just enough pickle and lemon cucumbers to keep fresh, crisp veggies in my bentos.

The Cucumbers are nearly finished. Nights are down to the high forties. A long summer of drought was hard on all of the vine crops. We still have just enough pickle and lemon cucumbers to keep fresh, crisp veggies in my bentos.

Psalm 4 lets us in on one of the Almighty’s secrets! We have nothing to offer to YHVH but listening ears and a heart that will do exactly what He tells us to do. Psalm 4 is telling us to sit still and listen to the Almighty. Verse 3; the LORD has set apart believers for himself and hears our prayers. Maybe we need to stop talking when we are distressed and start listening from our heart.

Verses 4 and 5 remind me of Proverbs 3:5 and 6.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. nkj

During your most distressful time the Almighty will give you supernatural peace even while you sleep. He has heard you pray. If you feel as if things are not going your way and you are still feeling restless with worry, you do not need to repeat your prayer, you need to listen.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 nkj

No more big central heads. In point of fact, there are no more large side shoots. I still have broccoli daily in my bentos. This late in the year the plants are getting desperate to produce seed and it is difficult to stay ahead of the flowers. But I love the flowers in my lunch and in my salads. Nothing goes to waste.

No more big central heads. In point of fact, there are no more large side shoots. I still have broccoli daily in my bentos. This late in the year the plants are getting desperate to produce seed and it is difficult to stay ahead of the flowers. But I love the flowers in my lunch and in my salads. Nothing goes to waste.

With each prayer YHVH answers, you will grow in confidence that you are precious to Him. He protects you with his mighty hand. Do you think that the last thing he will ever do for you was done at the cross? Or in the upper room (Acts chapter 2). I’m telling you, the life you live as a believer is dynamic, up-to-date, in the moment.  (Galatians 2:19-20) Keep walking The Way, keep your eyes on Jesus. You will grow in your trust in the LORD and the sweet rest of Psalm 4 comes when we are able to stop being frantic about what we want God to hear and start to listen to the Almighty. Remember Peter in Acts chapter 12? Go read it if you don’t remember. Peter was about to be killed for political gain. The church prayed through the night. Peter was in prison, chained between two government thugs, men who were accustom to keeping the public safe from murderous criminals. What did Peter do? He slept soundly, just as Psalm 4 says. (really, go look at Acts 12 and see for yourself just how soundly Peter slept on what could have been the last hours of his life on earth).

That is a lemon cucumber, but the orange tomato and the broccoli are from the plants pictured above. The tiny egg came from one of this years hens.  There are even a few ground cherries from the Toy Box in this Bento. Underneath the steak and tomatoes there is a layer of spicey greens that we grow for fresh winter food. The watermelon and blackberries come from TJ's but we save so much by growing our own food, expensive store fruit does not break us.

That is a lemon cucumber, but the orange tomato and the broccoli are from the plants pictured above. The tiny egg came from one of this years hens. There are even a few ground cherries from the Toy Box in this Bento. Underneath the steak and tomatoes there is a layer of spicey greens that we grow for fresh winter food. The watermelon and blackberries come from TJ’s but we save so much by growing our own food, expensive store fruit does not break us.

Is something bothering you today? Is your stress level making you feel as if your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling? Remember what God has already done for you, starting at the cross. Remember the day you were born-again (and if you do not remember, then please, take care of that right now!). Go to your favorite Psalm or passage of scripture. Look for what God says about himself and praise him for it. It can be as simple as, “Abba (Father) I praise you (or love you) because you are my righteousness” Ps 4:1 Or, “I Love you because you hear prayer” Ps 4:3. Or maybe, “I praise you because you are trustworthy” Ps 4:5. Or even,” I love you because you are my safe place” Ps 4:8. You get the idea.

It used to bug me when my mother-in-law would tell me that reading scripture and praying would put her to sleep when she was restless. I wondered if it didn’t bother the Almighty that someone would fall asleep while He was talking to them. I am pretty sure that Psalm 4 answers that question. He is the one who gives us peaceful sleep when our mind is on him. Give it a try.
Mrs. Hagerty; September 29, 2015

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Morning Devotions: Jeremiah 17:5-10

Jeremiah 17:9-10  “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?  “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds. nasu

I work at a small Christian school for seed money but in one way or another I bring the farm with me in my bento-lunches everyday. They are made of a couple of ounces of protein from dinner the night before, a serving of carbs and fruits and vegetables in the five colors. Just because I love it, I also like to bring a silicone cupcake of plain yogurt with fruit (or, in this case, with Trader Joe's chocolate coated sunflower seeds. This bento also has thinly sliced steak and cubed baked potatoes. The green comes from raw broccoli and celery, th red is from sliced strawberries and beets, yellow from raspberries, white from cauliflower and blue-black from blueberries and blackberries

I work at a small Christian school for seed money but in one way or another I bring the farm with me in my bento-lunches everyday. They are made of a couple of ounces of protein from dinner the night before, a serving of carbs and fruits and vegetables in the five colors. Just because I love it, I also like to bring a silicone cupcake of plain yogurt with fruit (or, in this case, with Trader Joe’s chocolate coated sunflower seeds. This bento also has thinly sliced steak and cubed baked potatoes. The green comes from raw broccoli and celery, th red is from sliced strawberries and beets, yellow from raspberries, white from cauliflower and blue-black from blueberries and blackberries

I love my apple tree. It celebrates spring with flowers that awaken the bees from their winter nap. In the summer she provides rest in her lush shade. But in autumn there are apples. Some sweet, some refreshing in their pucker power. Bright reds and yellows that call me with my eyes, even from a distance.

I’ve been to the desert like dunes in summer. The “trees” there are like bushes, but even bushes are more lush then the junipers at the beach where the water is too salty for life and the winds too harsh for lush growth. The berries of the juniper are rejected even by many of the birds. Crafters collect them to scent their candles but not to sustain life.

Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD.  “For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant.  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD.  “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. nasu

Chopsticks and a cloth napkin means I do not have to add anything to the trash. Bento is so simple. This was Taco Tuesday. Tortillas were cut with a cookie cutter. I rarely use the microwave at work but for this bento the beans and beef mixture was placed in a silicone cupcake and covered with the tortillas for a hot lunch. The chopped tomatoes and onions were also in a cupcake to keep their liquid from getting everything else wet. I love taco-tuesday.

Chopsticks and a cloth napkin means I do not have to add anything to the trash. Bento is so simple. This was Taco Tuesday. Tortillas were cut with a cookie cutter. I rarely use the microwave at work but for this bento the beans and beef mixture was placed in a silicone cupcake and covered with the tortillas for a hot lunch. The chopped tomatoes and onions were also in a cupcake to keep their liquid from getting everything else wet. I love taco-tuesday.

In this morning’s devotion, Jeremiah 17:5-10, believers are compared to trees. Those who are dependent upon strength in the flesh are said to be like those junipers of the dunes. They just survive, stunted, unable to even give shade in the heat of summer. Not only fruitless, even their leaves are prickly. The juniper is like the Christian who is an off grid prepper, the rugged individual with his gun at his side to protect himself and his meager provisions instead of the sword of the Spirit to rescue those who perish. He see the needy as predators instead of those sent by the Almighty for mutual blessing and aid.

The believer who puts his hope in the Almighty, who puts his confidence in the provision of God with thanksgiving is like a lush tree planted near water. Unafraid for itself when the rest of the world is tested by harsh conditions, this believer still blossoms with hope, protects others in the shade of their healing leaves and gives abundantly of their fruit (Love, joy, kindness, gentle self-control, patience, goodness, and a bubbling faithfulness that the Creator has put them here to serve others instead of living simply to survive. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Edible flowers-kale blossoms and johnny jump-ups. Fruit slices cut with star-shaped cutters. I put my boys through school as a florist (part of my duty as the produce girl at a small grocery store in an even smaller town) , making bento scratches a creative itch. Micro greens from the garden and Ray's enchiladas made this bento one of those

Edible flowers-kale blossoms and johnny jump-ups. Fruit slices cut with star-shaped cutters. I put my boys through school as a florist (part of my duty as the produce girl at a small grocery store in an even smaller town) , making bento scratches a creative itch. Micro greens from the garden and Ray’s enchiladas made this bento one of those “can hardly wait for it” lunches.

In Malachi 3:10, the Almighty issues a loving challenge for us to give. Try to give more than you think God can. Throw down! You will not be able to keep up with his blessing. The trouble with us is that our hearts lie to us. Our own heart tells us that if we give then there will not be enough for us. If we give stuff away we will not have enough to live. “God helps those who help them-self.” That is the old way of thinking, but the Almighty has given you a new heart and a new mind. You may have a difficult time trusting that new way of living, the way that gives and gives because you are an arm of blessing from the Almighty. There was a time when taking care of yourself because no one else will was how you lived, but no more. Now you have a benefactor, a provider who wants to use you to make others rich. Test him and see for yourself. I am.

Mrs. Hagerty, September 18, 2015

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Morning Devotions: 1 Peter 1:22 — 2:12

1 Peter 1:22-23 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another earnestly from the heart.  You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;  rs

What does it mean to “purify your soul”? To purify is to wash, to make ready for a special event or service. Purify points us back to the Levites who served the Almighty in the temple. They had to be physically clean from the dirty world we live in. Peter is telling us we need to do this to our soul.

The Toy Box Suburban Farm September 2015 We use both SFG and BTE. Though we are making a transition to the majority of the growing areas being BTE, Deb is not ready to just stop doing BTE. That is our neighbors house towering over our chicken yard.

The Toy Box Suburban Farm September 2015 We use both SFG and BTE. Though we are making a transition to the majority of the growing areas being BTE, Deb is not ready to just stop doing SFG. That is our neighbors house towering over our chicken yard. The SFG in this picture is filled with early winter food that does not need to be coverd, Brussels sprouts, Kale-etts (kale flowers, a brussels sprout-kale highbred) and something we are growing for the first time, collards. The framework on this bed held support for the peas that grew here in spring.

The soul is a difficult word to translate. Usually our word study tools tell us that it is what makes a living, breathing animal or man alive. It is different than spirit, which is a gift we receive when we are born again. I have read that the soul has to do with the DNA that is written into every cell of our body. The DNA or soul is where our life is written by God and it is what will be judged at the end of time. Is this what Peter tells us to purify? How do we purify what we cannot see? Peter teaches us that it is by obedience to the truth. (doesn’t that hit you like a ton of bricks!) If your soul is your DNA, if the soul is who you are, then it is possible, according to Peter, that it can be purified by obedience to the truth.

Jesus said to him, “I am The Way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. John 14:6

From my father-in-laws estate. Ray gave the old windmill a paint job that reflects our current farm but the sound of the blades in the breeze reminds us of where we come from.

From my father-in-laws estate. Ray gave the old windmill a paint job that reflects our current farm but the sound of the blades in the breeze reminds us of where we come from.

Jesus is The Truth. Obedience to him is how Peter tells us to purify our soul. Am I telling you that if you work hard enough at being good then your soul-DNA will be pure when it is judged at the Bema Seat (the judgment at the end of this era). In a word, NO. You must be born again. Hebrews 9:22 tells us that according to Torah (the Law) everything is cleansed by blood and without the shedding (pouring out) of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. Your own blood can only pay for your own sin. But there was NEVER any sin on the soul-DNA of Y’shua/Jesus for him to pay for, so he did not shed his blood for his own sin. Therefore the Almighty accepts his blood for our sin. Is this for everybody? It is for everyone who believes. What is it that we are to believe? That God loves the World and gave his only begotten son, and whoever believes will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). You must be born again. But what does that have to do with our soul, our DNA? If we have been born again, isn’t that enough? The answer is both yes and it is no. The reason we learn to walk in The Way is to learn to live in obedience to the truth. Truth sets us free from who we were (John 8:32), and cleanses our soul-DNA. Is that important?

September 2015 at the Toy Box Sub-Urban Farm.

September 2014 at the Toy Box Sub-Urban Farm.

Paul taught us that it is at the Bema Seat that we will give an account of our lives to God. How we love one another (our brethren, fellow believers) is an important element of judgment. (Romans 14:10-12) What we do while living in our bodies will be judged, both the good and the bad (2 Corinthians 5:8-10). The Bema Seat of Christ is only for believers (those whose name is written in the book of life. Revelation 20:15) so it is not for salvation, but is a judgement, in part, of how well you treated others according to the truth that purifies your soul.  Therefore, with Peter, I say to you…

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 1 Peter 2:11 nasu

and from this week’s Psalm,

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:11 kj

What you do with your gift of Salvation is up to you.
Mrs. Hagerty, September 16, 2015

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Morning Devotions: Isaiah 26:1-9

Take a minute to pray and read Isaiah 26: 1-9 and find out what God has to say to you instead of just what He said to me.

Gala Apples. I thought these were boring when I only had store bought fruit. But these apples that we grow at The Toy Box are wonderful!. We can hardly get enough. Even in a drought year, the Back to Eden garden produces huge, juicy apples.

Gala Apples. I thought these were boring when I only had store bought fruit. But these apples that we grow at The Toy Box are wonderful!. We can hardly get enough. Even in a drought year, the Back to Eden garden produces huge, juicy apples.

The Land of Oz Have you ever heard of the old movie, The Wizard of Oz? It is the story of a battle between wicked forces and a beautiful place of sunshine, color and safety. In today’s passage, Isaiah tells of a day (on that day) when conflict will be over, the world that we know will have been laid waist and the city spoken of in yesterday’s Revelation passage (chapter 22) is manifest!

That city, the New Jerusalem, is the home of those who delight in the Torah (the Law) of the LORD, manifest as Y’shua–Jesus! It is the goal of living your life according to The Way of righteousness (From this week’s Psalm 1)

Isaiah tells us that it is a strong city. The word translated “strong” is the Hebrew word OZ. It means strength or power, a place of refuge for those who trust in the Almighty.

Canned pears (Chris bought them, we do not grow enough pears to can yet) and Challah bread. Getting ready for winter and Sabbath.

Canned pears (Chris bought them, we do not grow enough pears to can yet) and Challah bread. Getting ready for winter and Sabbath.

What does it mean to trust? The Hebrew word is BATACH. We looked at this word last year in our study of the Proverbs 31 woman. (31:11) It means a place to run for refuge. Just as a husband’s heart trusts (goes quickly for refuge) so we keep our hearts at peace because we trust in the Almighty!

Must we wait until Jesus returns for this refuge? Absolutely not! The reason Psalm 1 taught us to meditate on the Word and to walk (live) in THE WAY of the righteous, the reason that yesterdays passage in The Revelation encouraged us to heed (listen with an intention to obey) is because we live by faith! Faith is defined for us in Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

The last of the summer Tomatoes at The Toy Box. Most of the plants have already been pulled out and fall crops have been seeded in their place. But these Sweetie cherry tomatoes are still giving up a few sweet fruit to go with those winter salad greens that are just starting to come on strong.

The last of the summer Tomatoes at The Toy Box. Most of the plants have already been pulled out and fall crops have been seeded in their place. But these Sweetie cherry tomatoes are still giving up a few sweet fruit to go with those winter salad greens that are just starting to come on strong.

This city of OZ, described in the Revelation, is our destination. We make our pilgrimage to the New Jerusalum by walking (living) The Way of Righteousness. Verse 8 of Isaiah 26 says, …”we have waited for thee. This was a very difficult Hebrew passage to translate. The word for “waited” (KAW-VAW) means to live for what we hope in. Not the same as “hoping” I’ll get a Ferrari for my next birthday…. Cause that ain’t gonna happen. This hope is more like keeping yourself pure for the person you will marry someday. It is living your life in a way that is difficult but worth it because of the joy that IS coming. Paul talked about this hope in Romans 8:24-25.

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Live for the city of OZ. Be like Abraham, the father of our faith… for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is the Almighty Hebrews 11:10 This is the city that Jesus has gone to prepare for you. He return to bring you there! John 14:3

Getting ready for my day at school. Coffee and morning Bible study at the Toy Box Sub-Urban Farm.

Getting ready for my day at school. Coffee and morning Bible study at the Toy Box Sub-Urban Farm.

Stay the coarse, Walk The Way; He is coming soon (and very soon) Have a beautiful Friday!

Mrs. Hagerty

Originally published September 11, 2015 07:26 am PDT,

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Way Points: Deuteronomy 6:7

and you shall teach them (the words which YHVH your God is commanding you) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by The Way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:7 RSV

Toy Box Tomatoes

Toy Box Tomatoes

Teach them, talk about them. Walking in The Way is not something we are suddenly good at because we have been born again. Walking in The Way is a skill that needs to be sharpened. Young believers and buddies need the fellowship of the word, which, by the way, does not just happen for two hours on Sunday (two hours and 20 minutes if your pastor tends toward rambling). Fellowship in the word happens on your commute to school, it happens around the game board or after-school snacks, at bed time and breakfast. It is as natural as knowing how to grow tomatoes.

I’m going to go off subject here and say, growing tomatoes did not come naturally to me. It has required lots of reading and talking with people who have successfully put ripe tomatoes into my hands. It is an art that requires skill. Buying a package of seeds is the having the potential for success. Fragrant fruit that I can share with others is more then just good seed. It is the same with successfully living the life of a Christian.

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

Moses gave us YHVH’s plan for life but nearly everyone who came out of the slavery of Egypt failed and died in the wilderness. Y’shua (Jesus) paid our penality for violation of Torah (sin-lawlessness) and the Spirit of YHVH (a.k.a. the holy spirit) has written the Torah on our heart. We have every advantage yet we still stumble. Why is that? Here is my $0.02

We do not read Torah for ourselves. Few of us even read the letters of Paul or John and Peter. Few of us have read the Gospels for ourselves. We just go by what we hear. One day someone invites us to a Christian Yoga session. Great! Christians who stretch together! We invest in yoga pants and a cute top, a yoga mat, maybe some blocks and a band (guess what I have done). We get ourselves to the church basement with fellow believers, we listen to christian pop music and position ourselves into lion poses or dog position. We are encouraged to find our center and think about Jesus. It’s a fun time. But we still have a question, Is it OK for Christians to practice Yoga?

Why do we have to ask? Why don’t we just know?

For what it is worth, my opinion is that we do not read the Word for ourselves, we just go with what other Christians are doing. Other Christians celebrate Easter and Christmas, the Bible doesn’t say anything about either of those adopted holidays. We worship on Sunday knowing that Friday night to Saturday night is the appointment the Almighty has made with us for rest in worship. We do not know if Yoga is ok or not because we do not know the Almighty’s word or how He feels about practices that come from the worship of other so called gods.

Read the Word of God, the Bible. Do not be content with just reading it, pray it. Insist that the Almighty give you understanding so that you can walk The Way with skill to please him. Talk about what you read, in the car, at supper time, when you pray before bedtime. Then you will know Truth and truth makes you free.

From our devotional passage found in Deuteronomy 7: 4-25

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