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Dearest Sisters,

I received this email today. Sisters, this is the group that I spent a month helping and working with. They are sincere. They are true believers, Ya’acov is Israeli himself, and they truly want to bless these families. Your money WILL go towards this! Please help them make this dream a reality. Below is a video that someone took in Ashdod. Those bright lights are rockets. This is what these families go through day in and day out. Let’s show them we care for them. Please spread the word. Let others know.

Blessings,

Samantha

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Feminine Modesty Monday

Shalom Precious Sisters!

Sorry this is coming in so late. We ended up with a couple of emergencies this morning that needed first priority, so I’m just now getting on here to post this.

Today’s picture was actually taken a couple of weeks ago, but is the outfit that I am wearing today. :) The skirt is actually one that I just designed from a skirt one of my sisters had (a big “thank you!” to my wonderful sister for helping me over the phone!) it is made up of 12 panels and 12 gussets. The gussets start 8″ from the waistband (which there isn’t one…I just did a facing), and then I put a blind-zipper in the side seam. It has to be one of my all time favorite skirts now and it is SOOOO comfortable!!! I wasn’t too sure about how much I’d like it, but I am thrilled with how it came out! I’ll share my rough draft picture to give you an idea as to how each piece looked like. I did end up rounding the bottom edge a little bit more.

Oh, one sewing hint…sew the first 8″ at the top of the skirt FIRST, then just add the gusset to one side of the V you’ve created with the two panels, and then the other and then repeat. Works MUCH better! :) I also did the front of the skirt, and then the back, and then connected them together. Even though they were the same things, it just made it easier to not have to be working with all the panels together.

The shirt was also a gift from a dear friend.

Also, I was wearing my all time headband from Lilla Rose…the Freestyle!!

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Why the Gregorian Calendar?

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I received the comment below, but due to the length of the reply, I thought it would be best to answer via a post. I pray you don’t mind!

I am curious about your family’s decision to celebrate the feasts according to the Gregorian calendar. The feasts are based on an agricultural, lunar calendar. Wouldn’t using the Gregorian calendar put the feasts in the wrong seasons?”

Hello Rebecca,

Thank you so much for your comment! I would love to answer why we came to this conclusion…but I’m going to warn you, this may be a long reply! :)

My father has always instilled in us children that the Word of Yahweh held the answers to our questions and has always encouraged us to study it for the answers, instead of going to another source to see what others thought. We are all humans and therefore, out of 100 opinions, only 1 is correct…and that’s not very good odds! Yet, when we search the Word and have Yahweh teach us, we can be assured His ways are perfect!

The first thing that we can see is that Yahweh teaches us that All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”2Tim 3:16

Which told our family that even the smaller things in scripture provides useful information to be used to figure out what was right and what was wrong…in other words, to train us in righteousness/doctrine.

The other thing that we realized (and this was a really hard one for me personally to accept) was that all people, even the Jews (Yahweh’s chosen people) fail. None of us are perfect. So following the Jews wasn’t the right thing, necessarily. We needed to follow the Word of Yahweh and what it taught, and no matter what another taught, we needed to be like the Berean’s and search out the scriptures to see if what was being taught, was correct, biblically.

With the calendars, people tell me constantly that the Jews wouldn’t be keeping it on the wrong days, as it’s been past down from generation to generation. But they forget what the scripture teaches.

We can see how in the past, the Jews were deceived (led astray) about when to keep the feasts…

1 Kings 12:32-33 “And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.”

And we see in verse 27 that the reason that he changed the time that the feasts were celebrated was specifically to cause them to stop following Yahweh. 1 Kings 12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

1 Kings 14:16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.

If we read the story, the way in which Jeroboam made the children of Israel sin, is he changed when the feast was supposed to be kept.

So this should make all of us stop short of thinking that the Jews have kept the feasts perfectly all these years. Yahweh condemned them for following Jeroboam and said that Jeroboam made Israel sin because they followed him in this. If they kept the feast at the wrong time before (and remember that Yahweh condemned the kings after Jeroboam for following in the sins of Jeroboam), we have to acknowledge that it is quite possible that they are now. We can’t simply rely on man’s wisdom. I say this simply to explain that we must go back to see what the Word says.

If so much of what Yahweh does and will do and wants us doing, revolves around the calendar, our family knew He wouldn’t leave us in the dark concerning it. We also realized that Yahweh says in Daniel 7:25 that, “…he shall speak great words against the most High,…and think to change times and laws:…” This made us be even more cautious about just accepting what was being taught by everyone, knowing that Yahweh warned us that there would be a time when the laws and times would be changed. Have they already been? It’s a thought that our family had to seriously consider and find out.

This brought our family on a journey of studying the Word and laying aside everything else that people have said. We wanted to know what Yahweh said, as really, He’s the only one that matters (or atleast should matter).

Someone once asked my father (back when we did a partial lunar calendar) if he had ever looked up the words for moon and month in scripture. Little did he know, that would be one of the first gold mines in helping us find the answers we needed!

Many people have said that they are interchangeable. I would encourage you to seriously look up each and every passage in scripture and see which word was used! It was such an eye opener for me! I did an entire study on the solar system…sun, moon, stars, planet, etc…and WOW! It was incredible! But I looked up each and every word in the Hebrew and wrote which one was used for each verse. That way I could see in which context each was used and it was consistent in each verse.

The Hebrew word for Moon is Yareach and is Strong’s #3394 and means…moon! :) Imagine that! ;)

I’m going to give you a couple of verses to help show you the context that each word is used. Below are some of the verses that yereach is used.

Gen 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

Deu 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;

There are MANY other passages, but yereach in these verses are obviously speaking about the literal moon.

Now lets look up the word for month and see what it is. And realize I am randomly choosing verses. There is no rhyme or reason to them, I’m just trying to help you to know what we did and what I did to help me understand what the word was saying. We wanted to let the context speak for itself. If the words were interchangeable, then we would see that by both words being used in contexts that clearly showed both meanings. And if they meant two totally different things, we would see that too, by whenever the context clearly meant one or the other, only a single word would be used for each meaning.

The Hebrew word for month is Kodesh and is Strong’s #2320 and it means…month. :) Let’s read the context that word was used in.

Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Exo 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

So we can see here that this word was obviously speaking about a date, a time, a month as we know it. And each of the verses, the context is always the same. The word for moon was never used. KJV translated verses to “new moon”, but I’d like you to look up those verses too. That Hebrew word is not Yereach. It is Kodesh. Never do you see Kodesh as being used to refer to the moon. And when it is speaking about the actual moon, each and every time, the Hebrew word is Yereach.

That makes one think…why did the translators, translate it the way they did? They obviously had an agenda. But was it right? Or was Yahweh trying to tell us something totally different?

Also, if the words could be used interchangeably, why are they never used interchangeably in the Hebrew? And if we took out the phraseology of “new moon”, and using “moon” to mean “the beginning of a month”…but brought the words back to their original form, what would we see? We would see Yahweh saying “new month”. Never would the moon be even mentioned in reference to time, as in the calendar sense of time. It would be used as part of the host of heaven…like stars and the sun are.

In my own study, this brought me to the next word in my study, the sun. Yahweh uses the sun all the time in scripture, to tell us when a day would end and when it would start, how a week is structured, etc. So if he used it for telling time throughout his word, he used it for telling us when a day would be and how long a day would be, and that there are “seven” of those days in a week (thus we get our week), why wouldn’t he also use that to tell us how long a month should be? Why would we all of a sudden change to using the moon? It made no sense to me. It puzzled me. But when I looked at the context that the Hebrew words were used in, it began to make sense…sense that someone changed the meaning of the words on purpose to confuse the reader.

But Yahweh said that we needed 2-3 witnesses. There had to be more in his word explaining his calendar. Don’t you agree? :)

Then we saw some dates and times (days between specific dates). Yahweh never writes anything in His word, for naught. Yes, we’re going to now read about the flood and then we get to do some math! :)

Gen 7:11-12 “…in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month…and the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights…”

Gen 7:24 “And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days”.

Gen 8:3-4 “…after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated…the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month.”

So we now have some times. Let’s look at how many days are between the second month, seventeenth day of the month and the seventh month, seventeenth day of the month.

First we will look at the Lunar calendar. A Lunar calendar is made up of months of 29.54 days. In 5 months time, we would have 147.65 days (29.54days x 5 months=147.7 days). Problem is, that’s not how many days Yahweh said would be within a 5 month period of time. So we have a slight problem. It’s not adding up. We are 3 days short! That is almost 10% of the lunar cycle.

Now let’s calculate a solar calendar and see what it comes up with. The second month is February, and the seventh month is July. If we count the number of days from February 17th through July 17th, we have exactly 150 days. Furthermore, we also tried assuming that perhaps the second month wasn’t supposed to be February, and so we tried each of the 12 months being the start of the year to see if perhaps the year shifted, and the only 5 months that total 150 days were the two months that Yahweh stated, February to July.

But again, this was only two witnesses. Could there be more to lead us with what calendar Yahweh wanted us using for his appointed times (feasts)?

In a Lunar year, you will have what they call a “leap month” about every three years. If this was the calendar Yahweh intended for us to use, and it happened this often, His word should definitely have something to say about it, right? Only problem, it doesn’t. But, it does have something important to tell us…the calendar does have 12 months in it.

1Ki 4:7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision.

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

1 Chronicles 27:1, 15 Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the chief fathers and captains of thousands and hundreds, and their officers that served the king in any matter of the courses, which came in and went out month by month throughout all the monthsof the year, of every course were twenty and four thousand. The twelfth captain for the twelfth month…”

So again, there was never a 13th month mentioned…and there were only 12 cycles of priests for the 12 months and notice that it says that was for all the months of the year. Why would such an important aspect be left out of consideration? Since Yahweh’s ways are perfect, and we serve an orderly God, don’t you think He would have made provision for the 13th month that happened just about every 3 years? But he doesn’t have a fruit for that month, and he doesn’t have a set of priests! Why? Do you think it could be that there wasn’t a 13th month? It made us seriously think about it, especially since once again, 1 Chro 27 specifically mentions that the 12 months were all the months of the year. There was no room given for a 13th, month, and notice if there was one, then Yahweh’s word is not true when it says that there were only 12 months.

But again, it didn’t stop there. Yahweh doesn’t leave his people hanging. His word truly does hold all the answers to our problems; we just need to search it out.

Jos 3:15 says “And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)”

Israel is a dry climate and because of what they now do, the Jordan doesn’t overflow its banks anymore. But we can tell when this would happen from the rain fall. Also, remember, they now cultivate and arrogate their fields, so they can now grow things for much longer periods than they once could. So we can’t use their harvests now, as they are different. So when does Israel get its rain?

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We see here that the average rain fall in Tel Aviv in mm is 165mm in Jan, 64mm in Feb, 58mm in March, 13mm in April, 3mm in May, nothing in June, nothing in July, nothing in Aug, the 1mm in Sept, 14 in Oct, 85mm in Nov, and 144mm in Dec.

If the Jordan overflowed its banks all the time of harvest, and the wheat harvest isn’t until firstfruits, how could the first month be March/April and the firstfruits be April/May? The first month is supposed to get a lot of rain…but April doesn’t hardly even make enough to talk about (when I was there, we got a light shower which everyone was talking about as being unusual!) and May doesn’t even get rain!

Deu 11:14 “That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.”

The latter rain and the early rain…which we know would have to be around the first month…and look when the rain fall happens…Dec/Jan are the heaviest rainfalls in Israel! Thus it would make sense that the Jordan would overflow then, too.

Now we know that Exo 9:31-32 “And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. But the wheat and the rye were not smitten: for they were not grown up.” and this was during the plagues. Remember, the barley was smitten. It was already grown up and this was the first month.

Exo 34:22 “And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest…”

Again, this showed that first fruits was a wheat harvest, not a barley harvest.

The Quram Jews (who have preserved our Bible, kept a Gregorian calendar…?http://www.jstandard.com/index.php/content/item/14393

As far back as the Second Temple the calendar has been a divisive matter between the different sects of Jews…http://uscj.org/scripts/wa.exe?A3=ind0701&L=MISHNAHYOMIT&E=quoted-printable&P=43865&B=——%3D_NextPart_000_0011_01C72FE3.5A71D640&T=text%2Fhtml;%20charset=iso-8859-1

There is evidence as far back as the flood of the Jews keeping a Gregorian calendar…http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa070701a.htm

We can see how over 4000 years ago, the Jews were indeed keeping a Gregorian calendar…it isn’t something that we simply “came up with”. Some of the sects of Jews, namely those who Yahweh had preserve His word, have always kept the Gregorian calendar.

Yahweh’s word says in Deut 19:15 “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” This meant for our family to settle the matter, we needed to have atleast 2-3 witnesses proving what we were doing, was wrong and that something else, was right.

So let’s recount some of our witnesses and see if it passes as being enough witnesses to establish the matter.

  1. We have the words month and moon not being interchangeable in scripture and how it was new month, not moon.
  2. We also see that Yahweh has always used the sun in reference to time and days.
  3. We have the specific number of days mentioned in Genesis only being fulfilled with the Gregorian calendar
  4. We have the Jordan overflowing its banks when Yahweh said it would…only within the context of the Gregorian calendar.
  5. We have Yahweh telling us that all the months of the year were only 12 months, not 13.
  6. Furthermore, we also see that He only gave us 12 sets of priests (one set for each of the 12 months).
  7. We only have 12 fruits, once again, a fruit for each of the 12 months.
  8. But we also see that we have historical proof of Jews keeping a Gregorian calendar as far back as Noah’s time.

This told our family that we had more than enough evidence that we needed to change where we stood on calendars…thus why we now believe in using the Gregorian calendar for Yahweh’s calendar as well. :) Thank you again for your comment!

Blessings,

Samantha

1Th 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

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Back from the Feast of Tabernacles

Shalom Precious Girls,

Sorry for the absent of the last week. I forgot to tell you that since our family used the Gregorian Calender for the feasts, we were celebrating the feast of Tabernacles this past week, so I wouldn’t be able to write much, if any.

But wow! What a feast it was! Our family has a goal each year (but especially make it a point every 7 years) to read the whole Torah (first five books of the Bible).

Deut. 31:10-11″And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, When all Israel is come to appear before Yahweh thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.”

This year is the seventh year, so we made it a point to finish all five books. It was so incredible! Each time we read it, we are reminded why we do what we do and why we do it how we do it, as well as being reminded of the things we aren’t doing or aren’t doing correctly,etc. It’s always such a thought-provoking and wonderful experience!

Well, this year was no exception to the rule. It was by far one of the best years we have had. As we were reading through it, the conversations we had were incredible and SO thought-provoking! Each day we would see things that we seemingly never saw before or had forgotten was there, or had new questions or thoughts concerning different passages, etc. We all came away from it feeling so refreshed, challenged, and inspired in our relationships with our precious Heavenly Father!

And yes, we didn’t want it to end!!! It is by far one of our favorite feasts, as we camp and cook on a fire pit, play games as a family, read and study the law, sing, fellowship, etc. It was definitely a bitter sweet night last night as we slept out for the last night. How I thank Yahweh for such a beautiful time of being refreshed in His word, being refreshed as a family, and just having a wonderful time!!! :)

Which brings me up-to-date. I have quite a few articles running through my mind in which I hope to very shortly write down and share with you. But it may take me a couple of days as I finish unpacking and getting back into the swing of normal, non-vacation time! :)

Praying you all had a wonderful week! Keep pressing on!

~Samantha

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Feminine Modesty Monday

Shalom Girls,

Here is some pictures from a dear reader (and my precious sister! :)), Sarah. I pray that you enjoy them! ~Samantha

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The shirt, i got at the thrift store for $3.00. The skirt was a gift from one of my sisters, the shoes I got from K-Mart with something like a buy one get one for one dollar sale. I’m not positive what it was, but I know it was something like that.

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The headband is a 100%  polyester scarf, and the bobby pins are from Lilla Rose called Princess Tiara, and are so heavy duty and I have absolutely no trouble with them slipping out. The Black Eyed Susans were picked by my loving brother for me.

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Israel…What does it matter?

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Note: I’ve been trying to figure out how to put my thoughts into words with what is going on in Israel, what I’m feeling, etc. but just didn’t know how to express myself in words. My dear friend (who I was with in Israel) put it perfectly and so I asked her if I could share with you all what she wrote and she readily agreed, so here it is! I do pray that it will be a blessing to you all. Love always, Samantha

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About 24 years ago, shortly after my parents were married but before I was born, my father was reading a newspaper in their apartment. There was a report about a terrorist attack in Israel and as he read about it, he began to cry. Confused, he wondered what it was about Israel that had called for such a reaction. Growing up a southern, Christian gentleman, he did not understand why he should care about that little country over in the middle east but he knew that it was tugging on his heartstrings for some reason!

As a little girl, my biggest dream was to go to Israel one day. Of course, as our family grew, it didn’t seem like a realistic option for us all to visit there, but the desire was in all of our hearts. Then in 2004, my father had the opportunity to visit for almost three weeks. He called us back in the States and told my mother that our whole family would be going there. When she asked how we would afford it, he told her that someone was going to drive up and buy our house. It seemed highly unlikely, since we were living in a non-electric community, our house wasn’t even finished and we certainly were not trying to sell it. But before my father got back from Israel, a man had driven up in our driveway and asked if our house was for sale!

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By the time we had sold our house, gotten all our paperwork and were heading to Israel, it was November of 2005. As tourists, we could only get a three month visa, so when our first visa expired in February, we crossed the border to Jordan, spent a very unpleasant one hour there, and returned to Israel to receive another three month visa. After six months, we were out of money and could not work as tourists, so we retuned to the States. Our plan was to work hard, save up and go back to Israel within a few months.

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Eight years later … our desire for the whole family to be in Israel together was made reality. In the meantime, our hearts ached as we longed to be in Ha’Eretz (the Land) and we prayed every day that the Heavenly Father would take us back there soon. Why did we want to return? Because our family thrived there! We loved the land, the people, the culture, the language … and we loved the countless opportunities we had to share our faith. Nearly every time we went out, as a family or individuals, people asked us questions like “who are you?” “where are you from?” “why are you here?” “what do you believe?”

Over and over we would share our love for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and His Messiah – Yeshua. It was this love that caused us to love the land and the people of Israel. We would share with the people that Yeshua was their Messiah too, and we encouraged them to examine Him and His life for themselves by reading what He said and what those who knew Him said about Him. People were intrigued that we observed the Torah and believed in Yeshua, since most of them believe that you can only have one or the other.

After having these thrilling conversations nearly every day for six months, we found it difficult to return to the States where there is no perceived need. Especially here in the South, most people claim to be Christians or to know God … and yet their lives are a mess! How can you present help to someone who doesn’t think he needs it? On top of that, few people understood our longing to be back in Israel because few people could comprehend what we had experienced and, hence the title of this post, few people understood the importance of Israel … it’s just another country in the middle east … what does it matter?

From a Biblical viewpoint, here a few indications that Israel does indeed matter.

  • It is the apple of YHWH’s eye – Zechariah 2:8.
  • We are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem – Psalm 122:6
  • Jeremiah 31:35-37 “Thus says YHWH, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (YHWH of hosts is His name): ‘If those ordinances depart from before Me,’ says YHWH, ‘then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.’ Thus says YHWH: ‘If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says YHWH.’” I don’t think we have reached this era … the sun is still shining, the moon and stars will be out tonight, and the heavens haven’t been measured!
  • YHWH promised to Abraham and his descendants that He would bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him – Genesis 12:3.

From a secular viewpoint, Israel is the only democracy in the middle east, where Jewish and Arab citizens hold the same rights. Israel made incredible advancements in technology, agriculture, the medical field, etc, by which the world has benefited.

pg-23-khdeir-2Have you been following the news about what has been happening in Israel recently? The tensions started heightening several weeks ago when three Israeli teenagers, one of them an American citizen, were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists. In retaliation, some Israeli teenagers murdered a Palestinian teenager last week. Both incidents were terrible. Tragic. But have you noticed the difference in responses?

140615061730-missing-israeli-boys-story-bodyWhen Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah were kidnapped and murdered, the Palestinians openly celebrated and passed out candy in the streets. The mother of one of the kidnappers announced that she was “proud of him”. According to recent reports, the kidnappers have not yet been found and arrested. When Muhammad Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and murdered, Israelis were horrified. The government immediately arrested those involved in the crime and have even refused them lawyers while they undergo interrogation. The prime minister and other officials apologized to the boy’s family and even the mother of one of the murdered Israelis expressed, “No mother or father should go through what we are going now … Even in the depth of the mourning of our son, it’s hard for me to describe how distressed we were over the outrage that happened in Jerusalem.”

See the difference? Don’t get me wrong … Israelis are not perfect and neither is their government! There are some hateful, aggressive Israelis but they don’t teach their children that they only way to heaven is to die while killing others in the cause of their religion, as Islam does. As you dig deeper into what is happening the middle east right now, it becomes very obvious that the Islamic terrorists are the aggressors and Israel is simply exercising her right to defend her citizens.

And for that, the world condemns her.

During the past week, Hamas terrorists in Gaza have launches hundreds of missiles into Israel. Some have been stopped by the Iron Dome system and others have landed in unpopulated areas. But unfortunately some have “hit home” so to speak. People have been hurt, one elderly woman died while attempting to get to the bomb shelter. Israel has retaliated by bombing targets in Gaza such as rocket-launching areas and Hamas terrorists. They have also called up 40,000 reserve troops for a possible invasion. People in Gaza have been killed. But once again, look at the difference: Israel targets militants and weaponry – usually giving warnings that they are getting to ready to bomb a certain area or house so that innocent civilians can get out. Hamas targets civilians.

Many people around the world are watching what is happening in Israel but can’t relate to it. For our family, this is impossible. Let me explain …

Have you heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”?

On Tuesday night, an Iron Dome battery intercepted rockets over the city of Rishon Lezion. Last year we sang and danced on the streets of this city …

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… and several months ago, we were hosted by a generous couple who have a beautiful mini-farm just outside of Rishon Lezion. As I remember the peaceful setting that we enjoyed while grilling out and fellowshipping together, I try to imagine the screech of rockets overhead.

IMG_7519 copyWhen the news source reports that rockets struck Zichron Yaakov, with shrapnel from the rockets starting a brush fire in the area and one person sustaining shrapnel injuries, it reminds us of these dear friends who live just a few miles from this town.

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On Thursday we learned from a friend that there was a protest march on Yefet street in the city of Yafo (where Jonah fled on the boat, and Peter had the vision), with 400 Palestinian-supporters shouting “Death to the Jews”. Our family lived on this very same Yefet street for six weeks in March/April.

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Yesterday a rocket hit a fuel tank in the city of Ashdod, causing severe damage and fire, with one Israeli critically injured and seven others lightly injured. Last year we visited a coffee shop/bakery in Ashdod that is run by an Israeli believer … they had delicious pastries and coffee! It was here that I took this picture with a little girl from Germany who was part of our group.

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When we hear statements from Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the Israeli chief of staff, it brings back memories of meeting him last year – you can watch a video of this event by clicking here. We pray YHWH would grant him wisdom in this operation, as well as the other government leaders involved.

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We pray often for the safety of our friends who are soldiers … Noam is active duty and, last we heard, stationed near the Gaza border. This picture was taken after we had spent a day walking around Jerusalem, including an incident where Arab boys threw rocks at us.

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Ziv lived in the house that we stayed in for six weeks, he is a reservist who was called up several days ago and is now, from what we have heard, near the Gaza border. He and the younger children often played basketball together.

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We also pray for the soldiers that we don’t know … those that we sang and danced with …

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… those that we took pictures with …

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… those with whom we shared our faith.

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Do you have an iPhone? I encourage you to download the free app “red alert”. It works like an air raid siren, giving notifications of rockets that are launched and where they are aimed to land. Several days ago my brother installed it on his phone and as we all sat around our living room chatting with a friend, it went off multiple times. Even though we knew that we weren’t in danger, we could all sense the tension when the alarm went off. I think it is the best way to relate to what the Israelis are experiencing without actually being there in person.

But what about those in Gaza, you may wonder? What about the innocent civilians who want to live in peace but are unable to because of their government?

In March we met these ladies in Tel Aviv-Yafo … they were from Gaza, what was formerly the well-known Jewish community of Gush Katif. In 2005, Israel forcibly evicted the residents of Gush Katif, a thriving agricultural community, from their homes as they turned Gaza over to Palestinian government … in an effort for peace. Of course, the Palestinian leaders don’t want peace – as they have sent thousands and thousands of rockets into Israel in the past several years. But when we hear report about deaths among Palestinian civilians, we can’t help but to think of people like this. See that cute little baby that my sister was holding? What if she is one of the innocent children who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?

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Or think of these young ladies who stopped to take pictures with my little sister on the beach one afternoon. They were from Shechem (modern day Nablus), which is under Palestinian control, and had to wait a year to get the papers from the Israeli government, allowing them into Israel for a short visit. They were ecstatic to be at the sea! These are the type of people who do want to live in peace, and yet they are caught in the middle because their leaders prefer hatred.

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So what is to be done? Does Israel stop attacking Gaza and allow its own civilians to be targeted, terrorized and murdered? Or is it the responsibility of the peace-loving Palestinians to stand up and say “no more!” to their government?

As I was typing this, my brother started reading a news report that thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in London and Paris on Friday, demanding an end to the Israeli strikes on Gaza. What about calling for an end to Gaza’s rockets on Israel? Why do the news organizations make an effort to report that Israel is killing civilians in Gaza, but forget to mention that Hamas is targeting and trying to kill Israeli civilians?

Most news sources are very biased against Israel but there are some that tend to be more accurate in representing what is happening there.

Jerusalem Post
Arutz Sheva
HaAretz
Ynet
Jihad Watch (this site isn’t specifically dedicated to Israel but to radical Islam and jihad around the world)

There is a saying that neutral people are the devil’s allies. It isn’t true of every situation but I believe it is definitely more accurate than most people would like to admit. When it comes to Israel, you can’t take a neutral position. You can either stand with the people and the land that YHWH chose to be His own thousands of years ago — which, as believers in the Messiah, we are brought into the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2) and are children of Abraham (Galatians 3:7), is our land too … or you can stand with those who hate this land and these people simply because they are the chosen, and these people will be destroyed – it may not be today or tomorrow or this year, but YHWH does not bless those who curse His people.

Ultimately, there will never be true peace until the Messiah returns. The closest that we can get is to have the peace that passes all understanding in our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7), and this can only come through a personal relationship with Yeshua. That is our prayer for the people of Israel … that they will recognize their Messiah and cry out Baruch Haba B’Shem YHWH – blessed is He Who comes in the name of YHWH (Matthew 23:39).

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Feminine Modest Monday Pictures

Oy! I know! I’ve getting really bad at this! The past couple of weeks have been pretty busy ones for our family, but I do hope to start doing better at getting you the pictures on time! :-)

Last week, among other things, I decided to throw a skirt together from fabric I’ve had hanging around for awhile now. With summer here and camping right around the corner, I knew I needed to get on the ball! I also knew I needed to really try to get out of the dark browns and more earth-tone colors, into something with a bit more color. You know it’s bad when your family teases you that you are in mourning! :) So this year I decided to really try to get away from my darker colors, and get into some brighter ones. Honestly, I have to admit, this is really trying! I LOVE my earth-tone colors! :) But, a splash of color never hurt anyone, so this gal has been working hard at adding colors to her wardrobe. Thus the pictures you have been seeing. :) Maybe someone else out there is also having some trouble getting away from the dark colors and moving into something with a bit more feminine color to it. For you, I pray these pictures will help give you some ideas and encouragement!

Honestly girls, our men generally like color. For those of us who aren’t married, I’m talking about your brothers and fathers. For those of you who are, its your husband who matters. But go to them and ask them what they think of the choice of colors that you wear. You may be a little surprised! I love putting on something and having my brothers tell me “WOW! I LOVE that skirt! It’s so feminine!” or something along the those lines.

What I wear should matter to me. Not only because I’m a daughter of the King of Kings (and notice all the brilliant colors he adorns us with!), but also because I am an earthly sister and daughter and I want them to be pleased with what I wear, too. So go ahead…ask them and then see what they say! And if need be, change a bit and notice the difference! Instead of being teased you’re in mourning, you may hear how beautiful something is or how they love how bright and feminine something is that you are now wearing! ;)

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Shirt was bought at the thrift-store for around $2, skirt was homemade from some fabric I had laying around. :-)

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Then I twisted my bangs and clipped it back with a extra small Divinely Framed Jewel flexi for $13 (can you tell this is one of my favorites?!)

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I didn’t really use a pattern for this. I started with a a-line front and back, then added a waistband to it (okay, a bit of truth hear…I only had 2 yards to work with, and it came out shorter than I like, so that’s why I added the waistband to it, as it gave me the added inches I needed…and I LOVE how it came out! It fits so perfectly and is super comfortable!), with a blind-zipper down the side. So if you ever run short on fabric, just make due! The waistband was cut from the top portion of fabric that I had my skirt piece laying on (I just folded the fabric in half width wise, and then again length wise). I also flared the waistband out, so it too, was an a-line cut. This allows it to rest very comfortably on my hips without a problem (I don’t have much of a waist at all, so tend to wear everything on my hips as it’s more comfortable for me). I also lined the waistband with the same type of fabric, but with an off-white fabric. I have to admit, I love the “added look” even though I’m the only one who sees it! :)

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Feminine Modesty Monday Up Close

A reader asked me to please post another picture which shows the detail of the front of the shirt. So here you go! :)

The shirt front is made up of 4 pieces. Each side of the button holes/buttons has a panel that has the elastic thread sewn over, making kind of a smocking design on it. Then it has the two outer sides, which doesn’t have anything. The “mock smocking” also adds kind of a ruffled effect on the bottom of the shirt, which adds a really pretty look to it (atleast I think so!).

Anyhow, hope this helps give y’all an idea as to how it was made!

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Feminine Modesty Monday

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10

It’s time for another Feminine Modesty Monday set of pictures! :-) Remember, please don’t forget to send in any pictures that you would love to share with us! I’d love to see some of y’all’s outfits, too!

This has to be one of my all time favorite outfits. A precious friend bought this shirt for me at the Thrift-store, and of course, the skirt was also a thrift-store find…and yes, for only a couple of dollars!! :) Can you tell that I love thrift-stores??

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This skirt is a simple a-line, but is down with panels sewed on the diagonal, and is actually made from a summer weight corduroy. Very cool!

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My hair was done in a simple twist, which is held in with the Copper Rose (size large) Flexi clip. (This one actually has a matching headband, which I also love!)

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