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Devote Yourself to Prayer

We are not Islands, untouched by the wickedness of the Powers and Principalities that promote this final war that is drawing all nations to Idlib, Syria. Who knew?

chris sunrise September 10 2018 - Copy From the most ancient of days, the Almighty knew, and foretold of the events that are happening in the unknown Syrian city near the boarder of Turkey. Daily we hear of prophecy either being fulfilled or of events being perfectly set up for fulfillment of prophecy. It moves faster then the lava from the Hawaiian volcano. What should we who believe do?

Colossians 4     #NTin2018

If you are a believer, then you are a brotherhood, a band of warriors under a heavenly Master (Col 4:1). Warriors fight, we are not here to run and hide, that is what our enemies will do (Rev. 6:16). We fight, we stand, united, not under denominational unity, but under our Messiah. Pray for your pastor, pray for each other too.

Devote yourself to prayer. (Colossians 4:2a) Our unity as a band of believers, as valiant warriors, comes in prayer. Here is what Paul, who fought to a wicked death in Rome, instructs us on the topic of prayer in Colossians chapter 4.

  • keep alert… (Colossians 4:2b) The days of falling asleep while praying may be past. Even so, it would be better to fall asleep praying then to fall asleep watching TV. Yet, Y’shua himself pleads with His followers, stay awake! (Matthew 26:40)
  • have an attitude of thanksgiving… (Colossians 4:2c) Scripture is filled with the call for us to be thankful in all things and for all things. When we are not feeling it, then we have the powerful option of offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving. (Psalm 116:17)
  • Pray for “divine appointments”…. specifically, Paul asks us to pray for an open door to speak the mystery of the word of Christ. (Colossians 4:3) This is what I want you to pray for me, it is what I will pray for you if you ask me to.
  • Pray that we make “The Way” clear… (Colossians 4:4) Personally, I know that I can be confusing when I speak. I pray for the words I speak to be God’s words, and that what I say is pleasing to the Almighty, as well as praying that those who hear will hear with understanding.

1 salvation Virginia Jones Finally, Paul encourages us to “make the most of every opportunity.” (Colossians 4:5) I would personally add a request that I would be alert to opportunities. Am I the only one who finds herself deep into a book or a bible study, when the Almighty sends a soul who needs Jesus, and I am reluctant to stop what I was doing? At those moments I can ooze an attitude that says, “Go away” even if I never say it with my mouth. In those moments, the Almighty is always gracious to me. Paul reminds me to show that same lovingkindness (Grace) to those He sent to me for a divine appointment. (Colossians 4:6)

The last word to the Colossians about the prayer of warriors is, labor in prayer for each other to stand perfect and for full assurance that we are in YHVH’s will, not our own. It is time to wake up. This army does not fight with an AK or a 9mm. Our weapons are not of this world, they are far more powerful then guns and bombs that can only take away physical life. (refresh yourself on our weapons, read 2 Corinthians 10:4 in context)

Are you ready? Put on your uniform (Ephesians 6:10-20) and let us encourage One-another!

Deb August 26,2018 Debs …on a beautiful day in Everett, WA, so far away from Idlib, but kneeling in prayer for the Christians who are on the front line, once under the protection of Assad, now dependent on our Almighty God…. those of whom the world is not worthy.

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The secret strength of Paul

This day is holy to YHVH your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the Torah. Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”       Neh. 8:9-10    nasu

September 4, 2018 Philippians chapter 4   #NTin2018

Paul knew the secret. He had been whipped, persecuted, he was on more then one “hit-list.” His whole life was about life in Y’shua-Jesus but the enemy of souls had made it his purpose to kill Paul. To say that few people appreciated Paul’s struggle for their soul, would be a gross understatement. He knew what it was to be hated. How did he go on?

Rejoice in the KING (the Lord) always, and again I say rejoice. Philippians 4:4

I like to say that “rejoice” means to rehearse what gives me joy. To remember it, to practice saying it, to give thanksgiving for it. Think on these things. They are my strength. They will be yours too.

Sometimes I feel anxious about my day, my beloved husband, my sons, my life. That doesn’t have to be bad. Feeling anxious is a red flag to stop and pray. Plead with the Almighty, it is OK to speak with urgency, even to beg. That is all part of supplication in Prayer. Pray with thanksgiving. Start where you are at because we are to give thanks in everything. Let me be clear, thank God for the circumstance you find yourself in. He is near, he is about to work through you.

Paul began the epistle (letter) to the Philippians with a prayer, “open the eyes of the heart” …in this last chapter, when the eyes of your heart are opened, you will find the attributes of Philippians 4:8. They are evidence that the Almighty is near to you. Rejoice! You are not alone AND you are about to have your weakness, whatever that may be, become the means to defeat the devil who hates everything that God Loves. So again, I say…

Deb August 26,2018 Rejoice!

Debs in Everett, WA     September 4, 2018

a word spoken at the right time is like the fragrance of apples on a silver tray …My September 2018 theme. 

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Faith…

Stan Faith 

noun …describes (labels) my reliance on Y’shua-Jesus for Salvation.

Faith is the technical term for the means to approach YHVH (the  Almighty God) IN Y’shua. Faith results in the transformation of character to live “The Way” of Eternal Life.

 

Thanks to Strong’s and Zoehiates

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A voice of ONE…

August 18, 2018 Joli COEUR Who are you?

I’ve asked that question. I often answer with labels, jobs. I am a daughter. I am a wife, I am a mother, I am a teacher. But jobs and descriptions change. Today I am a wife, but what if something happened to one of us? Then what am I? My children are grown, “mother” does not mean what it once did. I still have a mom, but the relationship is not what it once was. I have been fired as a teacher twice. Both times were in churches. So if you ask me, who am I, what do I say?

This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, ” I am not the Anointing (Christ).” They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am

A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF YHVH,’           as Isaiah the prophet said.”
John 1:19-23 nasu

I am the voice of ONE.

How beautiful and utterly awesome is that? As inspiring as this is to me, I confess that for years, I thought ONE (from the Hebrew ECHAD) was like the old song, “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do” (Three Dog Night). I was so wrong!

“Hear, O Israel! YHVH is our God, YHVH is ONE!
Deuteronomy 6:4

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul… (Chorus to “Oh what a wonderful, wonderful day” -Gospel Music). So many concepts came together for me when I realized that “One” is not a number but a state of being in YHVH.

YHVH is One, The uncircumcision and the circumcision are ONE because of the blood of Y’shua-Jesus. This One new man has One Spirit, being built into One Temple.  (Ephesians 2:11-22). This is why it is imperative that we love One another, it is why we are to submit to One another, because the One is YHVH our God. There is only One body, One hope, One KING (Lord), One faith, One baptism (immersion into the life of faith), and One God, our One Father who is in all who believe and over all who believe. (Eph 4:4-6) Because we are One, when you hurt, I hurt, my joy is your joy (1Cor 12:25-26). Within the assembly, the congregation of believers, we live as One… but how do we live as we walk in the world, which we are in, but not of?

I am the voice of ONE! I am to cry out to the world that the path, The Way to eternal life is straight. It cannot be found on the winding path of more good deeds then bad at the end of biological life, but in a total turn-around, repentance, with our eyes on Y’shua-Jesus, who connects biological life to spiritual living because he and the Father are One, and all who come to God in Jesus are One in him.

The Almighty loves you! He has better things then political hate, sickness, obsession and living for the next memory making moment. He has abundant life, peace…. Oneness in Him.

Debs… Shabbat Shalom

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Does God help those who help themselves?

August 12, 2018 Jenny e il PiccoloAnd the tempter came and said to him (Y’shua-Jesus), “If you are the Son of God command these stones to become loaves of bread.”     Matthew 4:3

We hear it so often that sometimes we think that it must be written somewhere in the Bible. “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ve looked, I’ve looked hard, this phrase, even this idea, is nowhere in the Bible.

Early this morning, while praying for a sister who is still raw from divorce and is now suffering yet another loss, I realized that we cannot help our-self and get the Almighty’s help. But what can we do? We give a sacrifice of Thankfulness.

I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of Thanksgiving and call upon the name of YHVH. Psalm 116:17

Have you ever thought of being thankful as if it was a sacrifice? I like to think of thanksgiving as something I do because I am happy. Someone does something for me or says something encouraging to me, and I say, “Thank-you.” But giving thanks does not always feel like Christmas morning when all my dreams are coming true. Sometimes I tell the Almighty thank you when I am really not feeling it. I must sound just like a two year old who must tell her brother, “sorry” because daddy told her to. But there are times when I thank YHVH (the LORD) by faith and not by feeling. I thank him for the unwelcome events and circumstances in my life because I trust that God sees the whole picture. I only see what hurt me. But guess what, the feeling of thankfulness always comes, even when I only say it because I have been to to.

I love the story of the temptation in Matthew chapter 7. Y’shua-Jesus has fasted in the wilderness for 40 days. It must have been a time to come as close to the Almighty as humanly possible while in the biological world of flesh. What an amazing event that must have been. No one goes on a three day fast, never mind 40, unless they are totally focused on God in the Spirit realm. But who crosses Y’shua-Jesus path at the end of the fast? The devil, a dark, evil creature of the spirit world. And what does he say to Y’shua at the end of his 40 day fast?

“If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” God helps those who help themselves.” That idea did not come from God but from the devil. What Jesus told us was, “if you are hungry and ask the Almighty for bread, He will not give you a stone. Matthew 7:7-11 He will not help you help yourself. Ask and you will receive. If you ask for bread, the Almighty does not point out stones, he does not help you to help yourself, he freely gives to you what you need.

Why does the devil give you stones and challenge you to prove who you are in YHVH (the LORD)? Did the devil really not know who Jesus was? Did he need him to prove who he was before he would believe? I don’t think so. The devil came to destroy Y’shua’s trust in his Father’s love. That is what the devil does. The devil disguises what he does as if he were blessing us. The result is that we do not stand firm against the devil, instead, we listen to him. It happened to Eve in the Garden. (Did God really say…) It almost happened to Job when his friends and wife spoke to him after the tragic loss of his family. It happened to Abraham when Sarah suggested they could have a child with her maid. All of them accepted that God would help them if they helped themselves.

So what do we do if we pray and God does not answer us? Trust him. Remember that The Way is steep and narrow and few go that way.

Wait for YHVH (the LORD), be strong and be of good courage, yes wait for YHVH   Psalm 27:14

What do we do while we wait? The wait is difficult. I say, keep offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving as a sign that you trust God and know that He does not ask or expect you to help yourself.

Debs… still learning to trust God’s Way. 8/12/2018

 

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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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