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Jerusalem’s Abominations (Ez 16)

Ezekiel Chapter 16

I have never been to divorce court, but I imagine that it cannot be much worse then what I am reading in Ezekiel 16. Every abomination, every reckless act of a whore with her objects of lust, are laid out before her. She can deny none of it. Then…

img_20190208_102702209488220.jpgTherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD, “Because your lewdness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered through your harlotries with your lovers and with all your detestable idols, and because of the blood of your sons which you gave to idols, therefore, behold, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, even all those whom you loved and all those whom you hated. So I will gather them against you from every direction and expose your nakedness to them that they may see all your nakedness. “Thus I will judge you like women who commit adultery or shed blood are judged; and I will bring on you the blood of wrath and jealousy.  Ezekiel 16:35-39 nasu

Beautiful Jerusalem, the apple of God’s eye, blessed beyond any other. She went out of her way to please everyone except the God who loved her when no one else even saw her.

Such a sad story. Of coarse we would never act like Jerusalem, right?

I am an American; I know from looking at the stats for this blog that there are people from all over the world who give me the honor of reading my blog. I try to stay within the context of a passage, knowing that Ezekiel wrote to Jews from Israel. I am not a replacement theology person. But I see a lesson in chapter 16 for America. Please indulge me.

America began as nothing special. A harsh destination across an aggressive ocean. We sing, “God shed His Grace on Thee.” and know it to be true (at least those of us who remember what America was). We became the whore, we “spread our legs” for everyone, those we liked and those we hated. We paid them instead of them paying us for our lust. We sacrificed the blood of our children but instead of dropping them into the belly of an idol, we take them from the belly of their mom’ma. If there was something we could do to spit in the Almighty’s face, we made sure we did do it. The shrine to our self is our insane belief we made America great, not the Almighty.

I will also give you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your shrines, demolish your high places, strip you of your clothing, take away your jewels, and will leave you naked and bare. “They will incite a crowd against you and they will stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords. They will burn your houses with fire and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women. Then I will stop you from playing the harlot, and you will also no longer pay your lovers. So I will calm My fury against you and My jealousy will depart from you, and I will be pacified and angry no more. Because you have not remembered the days of your youth but have enraged Me by all these things, behold, I in turn will bring your conduct down on your own head,” declares the Lord GOD, “so that you will not commit this lewdness on top of all your other abominations.   Ezekiel 16:39-43

Some thirty or so years ago, the Reverend Billy Graham, whom most of America respected, proclaimed, “If God does not judge America, then He should apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” We thought then that we are as bad as it can get. We are so much worse today then we were 30 years ago. But are we at the point of no return? Anything less then a great intervention and time of repentance to God, a time of sack cloth and ashes in the great cities and in the countryside of America and we are done. I do not see the Left repenting and turning to God. I do not see the Right forgiving others and confessing their own sin. Our one hope is 2 Chronicles 7:14

“If I (God) shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.  2 Chronicles 7:13-15

How will we ever break the wall between the left and the right, between denominations, between one generation and another? The division that divides us is huge and we are a people who hate one-another not based on any action but on our acceptance or rejection of President Trump. How does that stop? Is our doom sealed? Every side is passionately convinced that if only everyone else would follow our lead, if THEY would compromise and do as we do, then all would be set right with the world. But each of us is deeply offended by the other side, how do we overcome? It is impossible!

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going…” From the Childrens Church song “Pass it On”

In High School, I needed a quarter credit in social science for my graduation requirements. I waited so long, (really did not like social sciences) until there was only one quarter credit class left. I do not remember what the class was called, but in it I learned why American Indians hate people like me, I learned why black people hate me, I learned why citizens of other nations hate me. (The conclusion, the solution… suck it up buttercup, just get used to it and accept it, you are hateful because someone else who looks like you did them dirty… this was in the 70’s) We learned that there was one country that was so busy hating themselves that they had no time to hate Americans. The Irish. They hated each other because one side was protestant and the other side was catholic, and that could never be resolved, they were doomed to live under the heel of their English masters (whom both sides hated). The teacher (a man named O’Neil) seemed to believe the solution was to outlaw church. He himself was a Buddhist and spent half of my quarter class teaching us how to be buddhists. I got my quarter credit with my belief that I am hated for no reason that I could put my finger on other then someone looked different then me.

Imagine my surprise, not many years after graduation, when I first heard that there were two mothers in Ireland, walking hand in hand down the deadly streets of Dublin praying for Ireland. One was a catholic, the other was a protestant. Other mothers began to join them in their prayer walks, hand in hand, catholics and protestants. The news in America began to pick it up when those mothers formed a parade of prayer warriors. Not just in Dublin, but everywhere.

if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,  2Chrionicles 7:14

Two women of faith, held hands and prayed for the children of Ireland. I’m told that Ireland is a completely different country these days. What if a conservative and a progressive held hands and walked the streets of Everett, or Seattle, or LA or New York or DC? What if WE humbled OUR SELF, and let the other person worry about humbling them self. Might we save America before she falls? I once thought Ireland had passed the point of no return.

Debs in Everett, Washington Remembering Mark Lowery (author of the hymn, “Mary Did You Know”) Who says he is a recovering Baptist. He tells me, “Love the sinner… and hate your OWN sin.

Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?  But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”  Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…   James 4:5-8

You will want to read Ray’s essay on Ezekiel 16, he gets it.

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Living Stones

1 Peter chapter 2 #NTin2018
November 7, 2018 Coming to YHVH (God)as a living stone, rejected by men , but choice and precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 2:4

Isaiah tells me that Y’shua-Jesus was despised and rejected by men (Is. 53:3) My beloved was despised and rejected. It is an honor to stand by his side. Living stone has the word engraved on the heart (2 Corinthians 3:3).

Living stone is for we who believe. Those who do not believe trip over the stone they have rejected. Living stone is used to build a spiritual house for spiritual worship. What a beautiful fellowship!

Debs in Everett, WA, with a fervor, stuffy head and a burning throat. Wishing I could write more of what Abba has given me today. Instead, I’ll give you a spring dog walk, the first video I ever filmed with my cell… and is it ever bouncy.

Missing Bomber Dear.

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The Original Back to Eden

I truly appreciate L2Survive as much as Paul Gautschi. Thank you thatnub for taking the time to film your well done videos.

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Peppers Planted

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Guardian of the Pepper Plants.

I always start my tomatoes the first week of March and my peppers the last week of March. That is just how I do things around here. Had a little switch up this season. Peppers planted; I still do not know what tomatoes I am NOT going to plant. I love them all, but honestly, can a girl live all year on tomatoes? I suppose the same can be said about peppers.

Peppers March 6, 2018 Peppers are tricky in the PNW. Unlike tomatoes, if I am forced to pick them before they are ready, they will not ripen up on the side board. Most peppers need 80 to 90 days of decent weather to make fruit. Decent seldom describes summer in the PNW.

Normally I hate plastic in the garden (that was not always true) But if I want peppers they will go through different sizes of plastic pots before they go to the garden. Then they will live under a plastic tent to boost the air temperature. Some years it is mid July before summer finally comes to Everett, Washington. Without the plastic I would see few peppers.

Fat, thick walled bells and big, luxurious chili peppers come from the store. For homegrown sweet peppers we grow Italian frying peppers. For chili we grow short season Czech Black (67 days instead of the normal 90!) But even our blacks do better in a sunny season. We can grow a decent amount of Spanish Pardons which are supposed to be eaten immature. They have a nice spice. I am quite impressed with my season if it includes a few ripe peppers.

Loved this video from Donna at Rainbow Gardens. She is a great pepper teacher!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWsaXKBhzAk

Luke 3 March 6, 2018 Now you know as much or more then I know about peppers. Thanks Donna!

See the little Anna’s hummingbird in the picture? He (she?) hoovers by my office window and taps on it with her beak when the feeder is empty. If I step off of my deck and into the garden she chatters at me. I think she is telling me I am trespassing. Spunky little hummer!

Debs in Everett, Washington… where I spent my morning making soil-block-mix, up-potting peas and broccoli, and planting my peppers in soil blocks made from brand new mix.

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Day 12; Peas

Sunshine and 35 degrees outside, 85 degrees in the greenhouse!

June 20, 2014 (14) Peas
Peas in the greenhouse! If not for the snow and hungry squirrels, they could be planted outside. I’ve always planted my peas outside on Lincoln’s birthday. I’ve pressed those first seeds into frozen soil and into soft soil on sunny days. This year (2018) there was snow on the ground on pea planting day. Thankful for my greenhouse!

Peas February 22, 2018 I have three pea seed varieties that I started for potted peas this year. Dakota which I’ve been saving seed for. I’ve tried Dakota in the garden and was not happy with it. But it shines when planted in a large pot. Green Arrow was also a stinker in the garden. Before I toss the seed to my chickens I decided to give Green Arrow a try in a large pot. I have friends who do not have gardens but love fresh, raw peas so I plan to bring a pot of peas to each of them. Cascadia Snap Pea is great in the garden, but I still grow a pot of them on the back deck to munch on when we have BBQ. They are lovely!

Peas 2 February 23, 2018 Peas can handle cold nights but with temperatures dropping into the 20’s at night, I’ve been bringing all my starts in to my kitchen at night. I’m starting to get quite a collection of starts. It is part of the joy of spring for us at the Toy Box Urban Farm.  It will be nice when the nights start staying above freezing when candle lanterns are all I need to keep my seedlings cozy all night. Until then I’ll keep transporting trays of seedlings into the house at night.

Mark 11 February 22, 2018 More snow predicted for Everett, Washington. 36/33 degrees F. The candle lanterns will be burning all day in the greenhouse. Soup and bread sound good on a snowy day.

While watching the snow fall it would be lovely if you joined me on Instagram or Facebook for #NTin2018. Mark chapter 12 is on for today, February 23 (Happy Birthday to my Nephew Ted!) Hope to see you on the On-line fellowship later today!

Also scheduled for today, planting fava beans. If you have never tried fava beans (a.k.a. broad beans) can I just say, there is so much more to fava beans then Chianti and liver.

I have posted a video from a February when rain was the weather of the month instead of snow and freezing nights. The job of planting peas in soil blocks stays the same. Pop some corn if you have it (the video is only 10 minutes long) and get ready to get dirty!

Debs… fighting a nasty sinus infection but still getting outside

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Coming up for air

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Grin, some little girl made the cone into a wild flower vase, #DogWalk at Mukilteo

Well that was bad. Sinus infection on the right side of my face that was so painful I couldn’t function for a week. Then I felt better on Wednesday (today is Friday)… for about 23 minutes before the sinus’ on the left started to swell. My mouth is raw from mega doses of vitamin C. I woke up this morning at 1 AM and realized that I feel fantastic! Hallelujah!

Since I couldn’t get back to sleep I posted the Ephesians Bible study that I was working on before the head crush came. It is full of typo’s that I need to edit but it is up. If you like, you can click here: Ephesians 1:1-2

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The beach at Mukilteo on the Edge Water Side. Sunset Dog Walk

Stress, why can’t I just talk myself out of it? I remembered to pray for my former supervisor. He is prone to crones disease when he is stressed. I was very worried about him and prayed often for his health. But honestly, I thought I was OK, that this was going to be good for me (not working for the school anymore). But I had a difficult time just letting it rest. I felt so ashamed. That was wrong but it was there.

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The Washington Olympic Mountains and the Mukilteo ferry dock from Edge Water

The Almighty had given me direction last spring. Put in your notice. But not wanting the school to be burdened with the need to find more teachers who will work full time for $800 a month (we are a ministry not a business… at least we keep telling ourselves that, and watch as God supplies our every need) I chalked up my notion to put in my notice to end of school exhaustion. Maybe I could have saved myself and my supervisor a whole load of misery if I had listened to that still, small voice instead of being a team player… and seriously, no one at school thought I was a team player. Lesson learned. I’m finally getting a tiny spark of feeling good about tomorrow. It’s time to get back to work, my work, my life

Debs, August 18, 2017

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Hal Lindsey & Chuck Missler

January 20, 2015: Obama was president and the world was going insane. I can see that looking back. But like frogs in a pan that is slowly being heated we Americans just hunkered down to wait out this presidency for the next, more tolerable executive in the White House. It seems that “tolerable” was not the Almighty’s plan for America.

When Lindsey and Missler first published this informal chat I thought is was interesting. It has only been two and a half years since I watched it. On a sleepless early morning, I put on my headphones and looked for something to watch since I couldn’t sleep. This came up on my “suggested for you” list. Days before the big eclipse that has so many troubled or excited, their talk is even more relevant to me. Have a listen, let me know your reaction.

To the King and the kingdom!

Debs, August 17, 2017 in Everett, WA

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