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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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Daily Bento Rewind

April 24, 2015 bento (1)

April 24, 2015

I usually post my daily bento on facebook. It is quick during my too busy days. I have two whole weeks of winter break and am free to study anything I want instead of what I need to teach (research is a big factor in why I love being a teacher) AND I can slow down and enjoy bento’s past.

This spring bento uses the first of the spicy mesclun greens mix as micro-greens. We grow them here at the Toy Box. They are the first of the salad mixes, and frankly they make the best salads of the season. The tiny, mild pink radishes (I saved seed) are perfect with the spicy baby greens. The to-go container holds a just a drizzle of of TJ’s fat free balsamic dressing, one of the very few bottled dressings that I use. The season’s first johnny jump-ups are “placed” carefully on the greens and in the yogurt. Soon enough there will be enough of them to scatter (this was April in the Pacific North West) I also see a sprig of Chervil (french parsley) and the last of the kale flowers. The rest of the bento is left over chicken chunks, slices of oranges and watermelon cut-outs. I still had enough Toy Box blueberries in the freezer to put on my yogurt.

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When Broccoli Volunteers

Does this look like lettuce and spinach to you???

Does this look like lettuce and spinach to you???

Not so long ago Ray built a new box for my greenhouse. I immediately planted it with radishes, spinach, both Fordhook and a pretty red, a spicy mescalin mix and some baby lettuces. They have already sprouted! But why are there so many radishes when I only planted a single row of well spaced radish?

Then it hit me, this isn’t salad.

See all the "speckles" in this box? It isn't vermiculite, it is broccoli.

See all the “speckles” in this box? It isn’t vermiculite, it is broccoli.

After drilling Farmer Ray on where he got the soil to fill the new box, I discovered what I already knew. The soil came from the box that was re-purposed for the green house. Guess what it was chock full of last year? Broccoli… four different kinds of broccoli, broccoli for every season! In September, when I went back to school, the broccoli all went to seed…. in the box it was planted in.  I’m going to be laughing about this for the rest of March. Surprise! (Hope it transplants easily)

An early red, a late red and a really late golden raspberry. Not sure which is which.

An early red, a late red and a really late golden raspberry. Not sure which is which.

It has been so nice in Western Washington, Ray has been working on other projects. Among them was finally moving three raspberries that had been growing in a giant plastic pot for the last four years, into the ground. The space back here was a mess, the canes were starting to grow out the bottom of the pot, there was a ratty looking flower that the people before us planted and piles of stuff (an old potato planter that used to look nice, some comfrey that got away from us and a left-over mound of wood chips)  It honestly looks a lot better back here. I suspect the comfrey will be back.

Not as pretty as grandma or mom made, but it does go down easy (I licked the spoon)

Not as pretty as grandma or mom made, but it does go down easy (I licked the spoon)

Did you know that Saturday is Pi day (3-14-15)?  My Junior-High class is celebrating on Friday, so I came home and baked a lemon meringue on a graham cracker crust. Thanks Chris for the lemons! I have enough lemons left to make one more for Sabbath (the actual Pi day) But that one will have a lemon-lavender curd for the filling! Yum.  Today in Everett: The day started out as if it wanted to rain, but by the time school was out we had sweet, clean, bright sky. 66/43, The Underground is saying 71 degrees tomorrow (Friday, 3/13) No precipitation. Sunrise at 7:28 this morning, it will set at 7:09 to a waning (Worm) moon, giving us 11 hours and 19 minutes of a perfect day.

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