My Word Is Sabbath

24 hours delivery sign.I often think back to life during the 70’s and 80’s, before this crazy 24/7/365 world we have created. A time when if you needed gas for your car you had better make it to the gas station before 6:00pm the latest or you would be out of time and most likely out of gas. And, if it was a year of oil rations you would probably find yourself in a bind. Back to a time when “what is Black Friday and Cyber Monday?” would be valid questions. Back to a time when most business establishments were closed on Sundays, yes, even the grocery stores.

As a side note, I do not look fondly on the 70’s.  Though I was a young girl and teen during this time, I was not a fan of the hippie free love movement. My oldest brother was a hippie and drug addict during this era and my family and I experienced first hand some of the worst of this movement. As Providence would have it, my oldest brother was also the first sapphire-encrusted-peace-sign-in-vector-format_GJ1dEEjuto come to know Jesus in the 80’s and soon became the family evangelist. A visit could not be had with him without hearing the gospel message in some fashion. We didn’t have caller i.d. back then and so we took our chances when answering the phone because if it was my brother you were going to hear about Jesus one way or another. I miss that about him, heck I just miss hearing his voice. Sadly, he passed before knowing that some in our family have also chosen Christ as their Lord and Savior and have the hope of seeing him again one day in Paradise. He died in Paradise, really, in Paradise, CA. Isn’t that just like God?!

Back to sabbath. Sabbath is a way in which our living pattern imitates God’s. In that work is followed by rest. Sabbath was what God did after he finished creating earth and everything in it.

By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Genesis 2:2.

Keeping the Sabbath is the fourth command of the Ten Commandments. It is part of the Mosaic Law; the Law of Moses. As believers in Christ we are no longer covered by the Law, we now live by the power of the Spirit. The Law is still pertinent and active today and shows those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior, their need for Him. For those who already believe it is the power of Holy Spirit and his conviction in us to live a life of righteousness according to his will. (2 Corinthians 3:7-11).

Some of my friends have been posting on another social media website a single word they believe God has given them to meditate and live by for this new year. As I pondered this, I realized my word is Sabbath. Holy Spirit actually began speaking to me about a Sabbath day last year and my desire to practice this has grown in intensity. So, while I’m not one to make New Year resolutions, my goal is to practice having a weekly sabbath. To work hard six days a week and rest on the seventh day, just like God did. What better way to model my life than after the One who gives life?!

Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee taken by my cousin B. Passentino.

Whatever this new year holds for you, I wish for you the deepest Shalom in Christ Jesus.

Shalom!

 

It’s A Party!

Party poppers on whiteIn 1982 actor Laurence Tureaud coined the phrase, “I pity the fool!”, with his role as boxer Clubber Lang in the movie “Rocky III”. We know him more readily as Mr. T., well you will most likely know who I am talking about if you are as old or older than me!

Pity is the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others.

A pity party is an instance of feeling sorry for oneself and/or seeking pity from other people.

This morning I came across this:

Yet I curse the day I was born! May the day of my birth not be blessed. I curse the messenger who told my father, “Good news-you have a son!”  Let him be destroyed without mercy. Terrify him all day long with battle shouts, for he did not kill me at birth. Oh, that I had died in my mother’s womb, that her body had been my grave! Why was I ever born: My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow, and shame. Jeremiah 20: 14-18.

Goodness, that is a whole lot of pity partying going on! Jeremiah was upset at the job God have given him to do. Jeremiah spent most of his ministry speaking pending doom over Israel and Judah. He was unpopular among his peers and contemporaries and his prophecies were unwelcomed messages. The Israelites were in a perpetual cycle of rebelling against God, then turning back to God and then rebelling again. In essence they loved living in their sin more than they loved God and the desire to obey Him. Jeremiah was sent to give them message after message of their consequences if they chose to continue down a path of sin. They would hear none of it and even plotted to kill Jeremiah.

By the time we get to Jeremiah 20: 14-18, we read that Jeremiah had enough. He was having a pity party and complaining to God. He cursed the day he was born and the messenger that told his father of his birth, saying, “my entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow and shame.”

Have you ever been there? Smack dab in the middle of a pity party or have someone in your life who always seems to look at the cup half empty? Pity parties and I use to be quite good friends, until one day Holy Spirit began showing me that attending a pity party put the focus on me and took the focus off of God.

Pity parties are about pride and pride is sin. So, while Jeremiah was prophesying against the Israelites and their continued sin, he himself was sinning by having a pity party! Do you see God’s love here? God was gently showing Jeremiah the sin in his own life by allowing Jeremiah to have a pity party, while at the same time sending him to give messages to the Israelites about their own sin. I have found that God works in my life to show me sin and the area’s that ought to change by allowing me to teach what I most need to learn.

Pity parties and I are no longer friends and when I feel them trying to get a foot hold into my life again, I call upon Holy Spirit for his help because that is the only way for me to avoid falling deep into a party that I have no business attending.

Believe it or not, Mr. T.’s “I pity the fool!”, is actually a form of tough love and a technique he uses to motivate others to make positive change(s) in their life.

Precious One, it isn’t about you, it is, has always been and will always be about serving the One true God, however that looks like in your life. And, you can be sure that He loves you beyond your imagination. Many times God’s love is tough because of his great love for you. Don’t be a fool and play into the hand of pity. Know that God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Shalom!

 

Eviction Served!

Does anyone else feel Fall allergies are exceptionally wretched this year?! Unfortunately, I have been afflicted with year round allergies and allergy induced asthma for many years. I never asked for allergies/asthma, who would or does?!!! And, I don’t refer to them as my allergies or my asthma because I don’t own them. In fact, they have overstayed their welcome and I hereby declare an eviction notice to them! That is my new prayer battle cry, “eviction served!”

I believe God chooses different ways to heal us. Maybe its a miraculous healing, well any healing is miraculous, I’m thinking of Divine touch here; He has given us doctors and treatments and natural remedies and the ultimate healing is when we are Home with Him! While we are still here on earth it is our responsibility to follow his lead in whatever that looks like.

Those of you who know me, know that I don’t like, despise actually, taking prescription medication. Hold on, don’t get your feathers ruffled. There are many prescription medications that work wonders for those who must take them, myself included and especially during times like Fall allergies. However, I continue to research natural and homeopathic remedies that I supplement with in addition too and until I can completely come off prescription medication. Yes, I am holding out for my miraculous healing from the afflictions of allergies and asthma here on earth as it already is in heaven. In the meantime I found some natural remedies that I thought I would share with you. As with all things medicinal please check with your doctor first before taking.

Read about the benefits of Grapefruit seed extract here.

Xylitol is a sweet crystalline carbohydrate that occurs naturally in virtually all fruits and vegetables. Our bodies even produce small amounts of it each day. Xylitol’s powerful oral and upper respiratory health benefits come from its unique five-carbon structure.

You can find Xclear Nasal Spray with xylitol and grapefruit seed extract here.

Check out the benefits of Garden of Life Immune Balance Sinus for sinus and upper respiratory health here.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Shalom!

 

On Being A Mom

Being a mom is the greatest blessing and job in the entire universe! I wouldn’t trade the trials, challenges and struggles we’ve faced in raising our lovebugs so far, though daunting at the time, because they have helped us grow as individuals, bond as a family and grow our faith and trust in God, knowing we can depend on Him for all things.

Screenshot_2014-08-29-13-47-29-1Our older two are one year two weeks, and according to our oldest, 1 day apart. They were 4 and 3 and a half when our littlest lovebug was born. I remember fondly the days when the middle seat, of our now retired Suburban, had one booster seat and two car seats lined up. In those days, a full night’s sleep seemed like a distant dream, these days horror mones are the cause of sleepless nights, but perhaps that is a story best left untold. Like clockwork, every night, one of them would wake up and make their way into our room and lay on the floor on my side of the bed, where I kept pillows and blankets, you know, just in case. Soon and as if the other two knew it was their turn, they too would end up next to their sibling and sleep the rest of the night snuggled up to one another. Just recently, I remembered those nights and wondered, “when did this season end?” The change happened so subtly it was as if it had always been that way. But my momma heart still holds onto those precious memories.Garrett, Hannah playoff 2013

20140212_135910These days I look into the faces of you younger moms and I see the tiredness in your eyes or hear the cries of your little lovebugs and without you knowing it, I am silently cheering you on and praying for you! You can do this!  The message you send your children with your perseverance is that you love them and you think they are worth all the tears, the crying, the struggles, the smiles, the accidents, the homework you don’t understand, and all the other challenges you may face by being called to the most important job ever. 20140506_213503

One day your children will remember how you poured all your heart and then some into them and they will call you blessed.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31: 28-29

Shalom!

 

I Had A Dream

earthLast night I had a dream. In this dream I was in a classroom with other much younger students, I couldn’t see them but I knew they were there. The teacher was telling us her zero tolerance policy on doing any other work in her classroom other than what she had given us to do. I look over and see another women about my age, and who looks exactly like the teacher, balancing her checkbook. I could sense the astonishment of the other students that this woman would be disregarding what the teacher had just told us AND the teacher wasn’t doing anything about. Well, if you know me, when it comes to a battle, especially a spiritual one, I usually jump in, take names and ask questions later, yeah, I’m working on this one. Any way, I am standing next to the woman who is balancing her checkbook and I say to the teacher, “everyone needs to follow this rule except her?” The lady balancing her checkbook takes my hands and tries to bind them at my wrists. In my dream I am thinking this is a total spiritual attack. I was so angry at this woman that I woke both myself and my husband up by yelling out loud, “Let Go!”

Lady Blindfolded Holding Scales Justice SwordI couldn’t go back to sleep and I laid there with goose bumps all over and my heart pounding. I asked the Holy Spirit what the meaning of this dream was. In my mind He took me back into the dream and I am standing in between these two women, who look-alike, and I heard the word, “Justice.” Then the Holy Spirit told me, “I want you to be a voice for those who don’t have one.” After that, I fell back to sleep.

This morning as I was reading my Bible I came across these three verses:

nx_man_pavement_sadSeek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17b.

The LORD destroys the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. Proverbs 15:25.

O LORD, hear my pleas for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Psalm 17:1.

A coincidence? Perhaps, however, over the past several months the Holy Spirit has been talking to me about fasting and human trafficking. Not long ago, I came across true fasting in Isaiah 58. Part of a true fast is to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke. To share our food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter and when we see the naked to clothe them. And, not to forget our own flesh and blood. (Isaiah 58:6-7).

I am excited to see where this leads as the Holy Spirit continues to unravel his plan in my life with regards to being his voice piece, along with others, for those who have none.

Shalom!