Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Dayenu (It would have been enough)"

Thank You L-rd, for Your Love and Faithfulness;
Your love endures forever!

And if we weren't led out of Egypt,
Your love would still be enough.
Carrying our sorrows and burdens
Upon the Staff of Your Salvation

And if we were slaughtered by the Pharaoh,
it would have been enough.
For no death can redeem as the Blood of Your Flesh

And if the Dead Sea drowned us,
and had our corpse lay stiff,
Your love and faithfulness endures,
and Your Majesty still would have made us alive
For there is only life in You
And our bodies lay without reason
But Your love endures forever

Your love endures through the blackest night
Candles flicker in sustaining light
Through the trials by fire
Through the mocking and cruelty
Through hell and heaven
Your love endures forever

Never letting us go...
You are Never letting us go

And we thank You, thank You
That You have become our flesh
that all disease lay upon Your breast
And that You have come and come again
And You have come and will come again

We thank You through the tears of our age
The Rock of Ages so soft upon our cheek
That You have wiped everything
from sin to sorrow
and in You, though our flesh weakened
It is weakened by Your love

We fall to our knees
And we fall to our knees...

...And if the day came
That our tears could never dry
and yet we cried out
And our tears never dried...

You would have been enough

And if our voices still cried "DELIVER US!"
You would have been enough...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Another Quite Personal Blog...

"Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 'Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.'" Luke 2:28-32, NIV

One of the biggest questions I get asked is, "If you've never dug, then how do you know that Archaeology is your passion?"  An extremely reasonable question, which I often have trouble answering.  I'm not sure.  I know that my favorite thing to do when I was a child was to dig in the dirt outside my house, convinced that tree roots  were ancient artifacts, and burying change to only later dig it back up... that was before I knew what Archaeology was, and even before my parents let me watch Indiana Jones (or at least the full movie - even still some of the scenes are a little intense for kids).

Lately, I've been planning my last 4-months in my town.  After next fall, I will be moving (G-d willing) into my own house or apartment, and pursuing the rest of my Bachelor's in Classical Archaeology and French Studies; not in the least intimidating (ha)! I thought it wise to venture on a real dig before entering a top university in which most of the people in my program will be veteran dig volunteers, or offspring of professional diggers... So again, why is this field my passion?  Well, when a girl gets teary eyes because of a romantic movie, and knows that her prince will come... is it the same as reading  the following paragraph, and getting teary eyed for the same reason?:

"Excavations vary widely in their living conditions, but unless you know otherwise, it is best to anticipate the worst: a crowded tent or dormitory, cold showers, smelly outhouses, food that may range from lack-lustre to downright intimidating, and local wildlife that may include scorpions, poisonous snakes and big furry spiders." - (I Volunteered for This?! Life on an Archaeology Dig, Miller)

For me, it's not about being rough and tough.  Many people want the novelty of archaeology, and are not serious about pursuing an actual career (which is fine, we need all the interest and enthusiasm we can get!) - for me, however, my passion is to learn and do more than just a summer program.  I don't know why I fell in love with it.  I don't know why the L-rd is preparing a career in this field.  I do know that I want to travel and be an influence on the world... and so this career He is giving to me.

I can't wait for the rest of my life, and I know He will give it to me - bit by bit - in His good timing.

Blessed is the L-rd our G-d, King of the universe; for He has provided the bread from the earth, and the fruit of the vine.  Amen.

Monday, December 23, 2013

How do you know what you worship?

Just a moment ago, I came across this blog I had begun to write. I stopped for various reasons, but now feel that I can publish it with a clear mind of the intent...  Admittedly, there are times when I write things and am not sure of the purpose or intention.  But now, after rereading this blog, I can share it with the knowledge of the purpose it serves - and it serves quite a big one!


Earlier today, as I was coming home from taking my French exam, I had a curious thought enter my mind: How do we know when we are worshiping a false god?  I began by reciting the Shema...  Shema Israel, Adonai Elohaynu, Adonai Echad...

 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." - Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)
One of the most astounding passages in this scripture is that G-d himself gives us the criteria, a reference of sorts, for knowing where we need to go.  What idols remain in our hearts, and where can we go to get rid of them? ...they shall be written upon our hearts, they will tell us when to lie down, when to get up, and where to go and what to say... that is very dangerous, indeed.

  • What do you dwell upon during your alone time?
  • What is your main concern in your daily life?
  • What do you speak to others about more significantly than anything else?
  • What has become a symbol that represents your current state of being? 
For a lot of people around the world, the answers can be anything from money, work, school, to family, children, and the home.  Anything, including repentance.  Anything we place above the complete Divinity and Authority of G-d becomes an idol, and should be examined.  Lately, I have witnessed people putting fear above His Sovereignty, as well as pain and depression.  At one time, in my own life, my idol was acceptance - doing whatever I needed to do to be accepted into any given crowd.  Those days have long gone, and for that I am grateful.

So, you all hear a lot from me, but I want to hear from you.  So this is my question to you (the readers!):  What do you think an idol can be?  How do you know if something is becoming bigger than G-d in your life?

To be continued...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Where do you stand in the Kingdom?

"Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 'Look,' he said to his people, 'the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.'  
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly." Exodus 1:8-14, NIV. 

Part of my devotions lately have been recording my own thoughts on things I have witnessed / been a part of lately. I'm not trying to sound profound, this is just how I write.

Are you, or are you not? A simple question of where you stand (on any situation of faith.... any situation): 

Are you, or are you not a believer in the Law?

Are you, or are you not a believer in the Messiah, Yeshua?

Are you, or are you not a believer that all written Word from the Holy Bible is the Word and command of Jesus of Nazareth?

Are you, or are you not a supporter of His Word, and His Word alone?

Do not conform to what this world desires of you. If you cannot show adequate love to another without conforming to the world, then don't show it... lying is not loving. If you feel that you can believe what the world has to say, then believe it, and do not mix it with the word of G-d. Do not agree with someone if they are wrong, simply because you do not want to "stir the pot". Simply don't respond, or say you do not agree. Move on from there. 

Let the person seek the L-rd by knowing your peace in all situations governed by man,

"then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being." (Job 33:26) 

Likewise, if you see wrong, and cannot respond with the utmost love and compassion and humility - do not respond. These are the simplest things... only speak (communicate) in love. If you see something is wrong with another believer, pray for them, but do not seek them outright. Do not seek the person out, but let the L-rd seek them out for you. Never confront the person before you have a contrite heart, and a soul that longs for the Peace and Love of G-d. Seek them, if you must, as a friend and fellow disciple, that you may work things out in Peace and with the spirit of Restoration. Remember, never seek them out in a state of anger, sadness, or otherwise discomfort. Remember that other believers are on their own journey, they seek the L-rd and the things of His Kingdom. Do not attest to the sin of the world, but rest in the Kingdom of Messiah.

And finally, don't look for the bad. Seek Him, and you shall find Him. Likewise, if you seek the devil, him you will also find. Do not be greedy in the Word, for the word of the L-rd is our Salvation.

Scripture: (Exodus 1:8-14, Job 33:26)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Word of the L-rd...

"And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven..."
Luke 1:76-78 (NIV) 

We are fools to think that the Holy Word was written to warn humanity. No, it was written as our book - the book, the play, the movie, the actions that are to govern us - the believers. If a man doesn't know who G-d is, then how are we to judge him for not knowing the word? Likewise, if a believer knows G-d, then who are we to judge them? If we know G-d, then we know that all Glory, all Power, and all AUTHORITY goes to Him. We are not a requirement for His Kingdom, yet we have been openly invited to partake, and to rule along side Him. Again, I say, do not be trapped by the temptation of deception, for our own knowledge is the biggest deceiver. Know NAUGHT of this world, know only the Grace and Mercies of the Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach. Know this, that in Messiah there is no condemnation, there is NO pain, there is NO guilt...

"For those who suffer for My Name's Sake shall be blessed by the inheritance of my Kingdom... Blessed are you, O' My children, who are persecuted for Righteousness, and who are torn between the world, but choose to walk on the straight and narrow path. For this path goes away from the world, and enters into the Gates of the Kingdom of Heaven." (Paraphrased, book of Matthew). 

Do not be deceived by your own flesh, for the flesh only senses the lies of the enemy, but the Heart of G-d only hears His own words... Do not be fooled by your own senses, for these are not the foundation in which we are to trust, but trust fully in the word of G-d; for this is the tool He has given us.

Do not be fooled by emotions, for even though they are given to us, created for us, and set in place by the G-d of our Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach, they are naught but a tool - an aid to hear what HE is going to say. Do not think that sadness is always evil... for G-d Himself has given us time to grieve... but do not grieve forever, for He has allotted us a time and a place for grieving. Do not let grief take over your life, for that is the consuming power of the enemy.

Children of G-d, do not let the grief take over... for G-d has given you a life worth living, and no lie has the authority to take it away from you. Only the Authority of the One True G-d has the power to move in you. Know it, believe it, and let it shine forth as He has created in you the brightest of the morning stars... in You, we will find our light. In You, we will never be lost...

Blessed are You, my L-rd and G-d - King of the universe! For You have separated the sacred from the profane... Blessed are You, Giver of the Torah. Amen.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Be Still"

(We can't be the Messiah,
 we can't nail ourselves to the cross
 and expect to find freedom.)

All we can do is know who G-d sent
to the cross for us; in Him we find our Rest.
Don't die for me, that your death will be my escape.
Don't cry for me, that your tears would be in vein.
Be still, be still, and know that He is G-d.

Don't waste your breath crying out for pain,
remember the nails that went into His veins.
The Redeemer came, to wipe away the things
that would never have remained...

Be still my brothers, and know that He is G-d.
Be still my sisters, and know that He is G-d.

Be still my heart, that no sorrow should pass the gates
He has set to separate the dark and the past.
Be still my soul, be still my heart,
be still and know that He is G-d.

Be still my soul, be still my heart,
be still and know that He is G-d.

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The Righteous and the Unrighteous

"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago)..." 
- Luke 1:68-70 (NIV)

The L-rd knows the righteous and the unrighteous, and WE are not to assume His plan or Law, but to study it, and seek Him day and night. The L-rd our G-d is not a master of division, for only the devil seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. Hear me O' children of G-d, do not be the victim of division! Be naught but the humble light that shines upon the face of evil, and if the evil does not flee, then either shine brighter, or realize that what you have assumed to be of death is incorrectly numbered. Know this my brothers and sisters, only G-d has come to save, and we are yet so fragile that we cannot save, but may have the strength to lead others to the Spring of Life.

Do not be deceived by your own knowledge of good and evil, for it is this that led to the exile from the garden... friends, stop. Stop. For what you have gathered is rotted grain, and soiled water. Stop, and look into the light that your eyes and heart be made pure.

This is what the L-rd says to the children who cause division:

 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." 
 - Revelation 2:12-17 (NIV) 
Know that the L-rd your G-d is the only True and Holy One. Know that for every lot you cast against your fellow man will be cast 7 times upon your heart. Know that for every judgement, you too will be judged. Know that for every wicked word spoken from the place of authority, you too must drink the cup of judgement, lest you not repent for the wickedness of the mouth, which kills and maims the children of G-d. 
Hear, O' Israel, the L-rd your G-d - the L-rd is One. There shall be none other like Him, and in Him there is peace and justice, and due judgement... take comfort in His judgement, for when He judges, He separates us from the profane of the world. Do not fear the word of the Law, for He wrote it, and in it He made us whole. Do not fear the fear of others, for they have lived differently, and know not of how you live... do not fear the devil, for he is powerless among the Powerful Children of G-d.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d - King of the universe! For You alone have separated the sacred from the profane... amen. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

From Facebook: Giving the praise not prematurely...

From Facebook:

"Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'" John 6:35, NIV.

This is a wonderful scripture / worship combination! His Grace is not only sufficient, it's all that we ever need. I'm not trying to celebrate prematurely, I know I have a little more than a year before I do commencement exercises (December 20 2014, since my last classes are in the summer), but I just feel that G-d has already shown me well enough that I will be moving on more quickly than I had imagined. Right on time... I know the only way I will survive not only finals, but the rest of my life, is to celebrate the Victory of the L-rd, even when I haven't yet completed the task. To celebrate His love is the only thing I truly desire - and not because "He did it for me", but because He is sovereign over all things, He is the full representation of Glory and Honor and Wisdom, and unless I live for Him and by Him, there will be no success in my life.

In Yeshua's Name, I dedicate this final written exam to You my King; no foul word of the flesh may enter my mind, nor shall it escape my lips - for You reside in my heart alone, and in You there is no sin. So I ask that You remain on me and in me, that my countenance will shine forth in the Name of HaShem... that in all things I do and say, I will give You praise.


Phil Wickham: "This is Amazing Grace"

Monday, December 2, 2013

A little tiny post...

...Right now I'm getting ready to go to bed, then wake up very early in the morning to take my final written French exam.  The L-rd has brought me so close to the goal of graduation from the junior college I'm in, and pretty soon I will be leaving my town to go to a pretty big university.  My faith is in the L-rd, always, that He will bring through these remaining two semesters, not only with a wonderful GPA in tact, but emotionally matured in areas that have not yet grown past being touched by small troubles.  But my G-d is greater than all things - He created me, and He ordained for me to be in the university for a time, then possibly on to another country entirely... He is in control, and there is not one fear that can stop Him from bringing Glory to His Name.

I ask that in the morning, I will rise with His Name upon my lips, His song upon my heart, and His words, compassion, love, and understanding in my ways.  I ask that I not only honor Him in public, but that all of my meditations and quiet moments shall indeed bring Him Glory - and bring me to an honorable place within my own mind.

L-rd, in all things I give You thanks; in all trials and sufferings, and glorious victories... to You be the Glory; forever and ever, amen.