Are We A Part of Israel and Must We Keep the Law?

Recently I received a comment on an article that I wrote a couple of years ago about the fact that I believed that both males and females are commanded to wear fringes, scripturally. Because of the depth of this question, answering it via a comment was almost impossible.

Lori, one of my precious readers, said: “The Israelites are black, hispanics and native indians according to Deuteronomy the 28th chapter! What you are doing is blasphemy! You are not Israel!”

First I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts! It is always good to hear from my readers and I pray this answers your comment in depth and help you understand a little bit better, why I said what I said.

I would like to first address your comment about the fact that Israelites are only “black, hispanic, and native Indians” according to Deuteronomy 28 (and for my other readers who may not know what this chapter is, it is the blessing and cursing chapter).

I must admit, this is the first time I have ever heard this claim. And nowhere did I see anywhere in the chapter that you gave, Yhwh explaining to us that the Israelites are only made up of these three people groups, in fact, I see just the opposite. Could you please explain how you are getting this? (And please quote the verse(s), not just the chapter so I know what you are referring to).

In the meantime, I would like to explain why I believe that we, as born again believers, are apart of Israel, and thus (and other reasons), why we are required to keep the law.

Ephesians 2:11-12 says, “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were WITHOUT the anointed, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having NO hope, and WITHOUT God in the world:”

I think you’d agree with me that this is speaking about who we were before we knew Yahshua, not now that we do know Him. We were in times past Gentiles (unbelievers)…we were without the anointed (Christ), we had no hope, and we were without God. I think scripture is pretty clear on this one. :o) Let’s keep reading this passage.

13 But NOW in the anointed Yahshua ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of the anointed.

So the first two verses were talking about us before we came to the Messiah, but the below verses are speaking about “the here and now”. Now that we are made nigh by the blood of the Messiah (the anointed).

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

HalleluYah! Again, pretty self-explanitory.

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are NO MORE STRANGERS AND FOREIGNERS, but fellowcitizens WITH the saints, and of the household of God;

Lori, we are no longer strangers and foreigners, but we have been made fellowcitizens, because we are now adopted into the household of Yhwh, through Yahshua’s blood!

But I skipped over something that I want you to read back in the first two verses. :o) Let’s re-read those two verses now that we understand the context of who this is speaking about; who we were before and after we received Yahshua’s gift of salvation.

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without the anointed, being aliens from the commonwealth (citizenship) of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

IN TIMES PAST, yes, we were without God, without hope, without the anointed (the Messiah), and that also made it so that we were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and we were strangers of the covenants of promise. BUT THIS WAS BEFORE, this is not now, my friend! Please let me requote verses 19 once more. It says, Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

It’s not just the blacks, hispanics, and native indians…although they are certainly included!

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Again we see that salvation is for one and all who accept Yahshua, and those who have accepted His gift of salvation, are (remember the first passage in Ephesians 2) no longer strangers or foreigners of Israel, but now have citizenship rightly due to him, through Yahshua.

So now that we realize we are one in Yahshua, I want to share something else with you. Whether you are a Jew or in times past, a Gentile (unbeliever), let’s see what Yhwh says about His Torah being kept.

Revelation 14:11-12 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience OF THE SAINTS: here are THEY THAT KEEP the commandments of God, and the faith of Yahshua.

These are born again believers in Yahshua, who are obeying the commandments of Yhwh! We have those in the first part of the passage who are worshipping the image of the beast and have the mark of the beast, but then we see the opposite ones are those who are the saints (believers) who are keeping Torah and the faith of Yahshua!

But let’s read on. Let’s see more of what scripture says concerning the keeping of His Torah.

Exodus 12:49 says, “One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.”

Even the stranger is commanded to keep the Torah! There is, and only has been, one law of Yhwh. The law is not just for the natural born Jews, or Israelites (and remember that Israel was made up of twelve tribes, not just one – or in your case, three), to keep! It is for everyone to keep.

Again, we see in Matthew 5:17-19 that it tells us something profound about His law. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

People often dwell on the whole “I came to fulfil” part and say “well, He fulfilled it, so we no longer need to keep it”. And yes, Yahshua came and fulfilled His part of it. But that doesn’t mean that the law has been done away with! He tells us that until it has ALL been fulfilled, not one jot (yod…the smallest letter in the Hebrew aleph-bet) or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law.

Let me ask you this, is heaven and earth still here? Of course, or we wouldn’t be writing each other! :o) So we see the law, or the Torah, is still to be kept! And not only that, but if we teach against it, even in the smallest commandment, we WILL be called least in His kingdom! But if we do it and keep it, we will be blessed! And truly, we are! Keeping the Torah has been one of the biggest blessings of my life! It is by no means a burden…I mean seriously, it tells us how to remain in good health, to love our neighbors, and to love our God, among other things! What is so burdensome about that???

And speaking of loving our God, I want to draw your attention to some more verses. How do we love our God? Unlike what people often say and think, scripture is quite clear on the subject.

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

John 15:9-11 “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

John 14:24 “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”

Scripture says that those who don’t love Yhwh, don’t keep His commandments (law, Torah, whatever you wish to call it). We can see this more clearly in 1 John 2:3-4.

1 John 2:3-4 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

This is pretty serious, my friend. These are not my words. They are His. If we say that we know Him, and do not obey His commandments (Torah), Yhwh says we are a liar and the truth is not in us!

1 John 2:5-6 “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

Lori, how did Yahshua walk? He obeyed the Torah perfectly! How are we supposed to walk as He walked, and yet not keep the Father’s commandments, which He kept perfectly???? It’s impossible! Not only that, but we are also told that “sin is the transgression of the law”. 1 John 3:4 says, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

This is how we know what is sin and what is righteous. The law teaches us how to live a righteous life, a holy life. It’s not up to our interpretation…we can’t compare ourselves with our nextdoor neighbor and say that because we “look” more holy than they do, we are! In order to live a life without sin, we must compare our lives to Torah and how we are obeying the law of our God. There is no other way. We don’t say that “we think” adultery is sin…we KNOW, why? Because Yhwh says “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. Period. We don’t steal, why? Because Yhwh says “Thou shalt not steal” and thus stealing is sinning. Thus, I also wear fringes, why? Because my God says to and to not, would be sin.

Numbers 15:38-41 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of Yhwh, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41 I am Yhwh your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yhwh your God.

Yes, I want to be holy unto my God, and this requires me to live according to His law, in obedience to His law. We are not our own, we have been bought with a price.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

I am no longer my own, but my God’s. And therefore, I choose to love Him and obey Him to the best of my ability, although I know being human, I fall terribly short at times. But my goal is to live a holy and sinless life before my God.

I want to love Yhwh my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my might (Deuteronomy 6:5), and therefore, I also must obey His commandments (John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”).

I pray this helps you understand that if I did not acknowledge being a part of Israel and wearing the fringes that my God commands to be worn, that is when I would be blaspheming and disobeying my God.

Much Love,

Samantha

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Storms – How do we view them?

Correction, it was June 29, 2012 that I wrote the below article.

Yesterday Yhwh brought to my mind something that I started writing back in June of 2013 about the “Storms of Life” and how we handle them. I had totally forgotten that I had started writing it, so tonight I pulled out my pc and opened the file. I had to smile as I read through it. The trials have only continued in intensity through the years (do I dare ask Yhwh what He is preparing me for? ;o)), but I have to admit, I totally agree with what I wrote back then. :o) Yhwh is sooo good! His love is so amazing! And girls, He is SOOO faithful!!!!

Since 2013, something that He has really been teaching me to do is to also “thank and praise Him in the storms”. When we’re in the middle of a trial, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to get down on our knees and actually “thank and praise Him” for the very things that are bringing us such intense pain…but it’s exactly what we need to do!! That, and also the need to embrace them…but then again, I won’t bore you with that, as I touched on that in my last post. So I will sign off and leave you with what I wrote in 2013. May it richly bless you!

 Storms – How Do We View Them?

When trials and storms come into our life, how do we view them? What do we see? How do we react to them? What do we learn from them? Or do we learn anything? These are some of the questions that I would like to talk about today, as everyone will have trials and storms come into their life, it just depends on what those storms are and when they come. As Godly young ladies, we need to know how to respond to them Biblically, when they come into our lives.

The first question that I’d like to address is how we view them.

Girls, how do we view storms? Do we scream out “why?”? “Why did you allow this into my life, Yahweh?” Do we view them as ways to learn and grow? Do we resist them? Run from them? Do we look at them with the eyes of Yahweh? Or the eyes of man?

In my short lifetime, Yahweh has brought me through many, many trials and storms. Some of them, I must confess, were outright hard and heartbreaking to go through. You can’t look at a dying 4 year old, who you loved like your own daughter, and smile. You can’t look down at your precious sister who was stillborn at 28 weeks, and smile. Let’s face it Girls, storms ARE hard! They are painful, and they are tough. But regardless as to what storms you go through, we need to know how Yahweh wants us to see them. We need to instead of looking at them through man’s eyes, look at them through God’s. Because Girls, this will make all the difference in the world! Let’s see what Yahweh says about things He allows into our life.

Isaiah 29:16 “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?”

Isaiah 64:8 “But now, Yahweh, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”

Jeremiah 18:1-6 “The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith Yahweh. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Rom 9:20-21 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay…?

You see dear girls, we are the clay in the Master’s hand. EACH and EVERY storm and trial in our lives, is Yahweh molding and fashioning us! Just as the preparing of the earthly clay, hurts the clay, so often the preparing and molding in our own lives, hurts. But, it isn’t because Yahweh has no understanding of what is going on. It is because He HAS understanding, that He is allowing the things into our lives! Listen to this beautiful passage, Ecclesiastes 3:11says, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

You see Girls, Yahweh, as the Potter, can see a lump of clay, yet not see the lump (or broken pieces), but see the beautiful vessel that will be created at the end of it! He doesn’t look at brokenness and say “Oh, man! There is nothing I can do with this clay!” No! He sees this refining process as only that! The entire time a Potter is preparing, and refining, and creating, He sees nothing but the beautiful vessel that He can create! The clay is His to mold, not ours to dictate how it will be molded. And this is a hard truth, because often when storms hit our lives, WE want to be in control of them! We want to mold our vessels, yet that is just not the way it is, and PRAISE YAHWEH that it isn’t! Amen? Girls, Yahweh is the Potter of our lives. He is the Potter of everyone around us, too.

In Eccl 3:1 it says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Girls, my question to you is, do you believe it? Do you believe that Yahweh has a purpose for allowing these trials and storms into your life? Do you believe that He is the Potter and the One in control of your life and your surroundings? Do you believe that He is allowing these things into your life, to mold you and make you, after the image of His Son? Why is it that we sing “Have Thine own way, Lord, Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, While I am waiting, yielded and still”, yet when He tries to do just that, we scream “no!”, “why are you allowing this?” “not me!!”? Dear and precious sisters, the question comes down to, are we going to say to the Potter, “I am the clay, mold me and make me after thy will” or are we going to say to the Potter, “I am the clay and I shall tell you how I want to be molded”?  Will we allow Yahweh to use our lives and the lives of those around us? Because dear precious girls, we must realize that in order for Him to do so, we MUST go through a refining and molding process that WILL hurt! But, are we willing to go through it, to see the beautiful artwork that will be made through it? You know, just like a painter, the first couple of strokes on that paper makes it look like anything but a masterpiece, yet if we were willing to stay for the whole time that picture was being created, what would we see in the end? Would our viewpoint be the same? Would we still say “What a mess?” or would we say “Wow! That is breathtakingly beautiful!!!!!!!!”?

We are talking about seeing things through Yahweh’s eyes, and this means that we must sit back and not  see things through nearsighted eyes. We must learn to sit back and view things, not from the beginning of the refining process of the clay, but the end results of the masterpiece that He is creating! We must learn to not see brokenness as something horrible, but as the process that must be taken to create something far more beautiful than we could ever humanly imagine! And Girls, this means that we must, let me say that again, this means that we MUST NOT lean on our own understanding! This also means that we must not fear what Yahweh is doing, but have that child-like faith, knowing that He is in perfect control and will do what is truly best for us. I love this verse in Jeremiah. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” He also says in Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Yahshua the anointed:

So you might be thinking that this is all good and great, but what about the pain in the meantime? So we know that Yahweh is in control, we know that He is the Potter and we are the clay, we know that He is performing His work in our lives and the lives around us, we know that He is going to give us an expected end and that there is a time and purpose for everything under heaven and that this is all molding and making us into the image of His Son, purifying and refining us for eternity with His Son, BUT WHAT ABOUT NOW?! How do I deal with the storm, NOW? What do I do with this pain, NOW?

I’m glad you asked! :-) No, seriously. I’ve been there. The pain, at times is excruciatingly heartrending! To say that Yahweh is molding us and those around us is true. But that doesn’t do away with the blinding pain that we are facing. What do we do with this pain?

As hard as this may sound, we need to trust Yahweh with all of our hearts and fear not! Girls, when we totally grasp the fact that Yahweh is in control of the situation, not man, we really have nothing to fear! We don’t have to fear the outcome; we don’t have to fear anything about it, for we know that it is not in man’s hands, but a loving God’s! No man will do anything outside of God’s will. As the Psalmist said,

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”

Girls, the only reason why we let fear take root in us is because we do not trust that Yahweh is fully in control OR we are afraid to accept Yahweh’s will. But when we accept both Yahweh’s process AND realize that He is in-control, really, what do we have to fear? And when we realize this, we can know that Yahweh also promised us this wonderful truth in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not, why? for I am with thee: be not dismayed, why? for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Italic words added)

The truth that is shown to us in these passages and many more is the fact that because Yahweh is our God, we don’t have to fear because He promises to “never leave us nor forsake us”! He promises to be right there with you…all the way! The Potter NEVER leaves His clay while He is molding it. He is right there, all the way! So when the pain gets to be too much, all you need to do is lean on Him. He will see you through this storm and it is only for a time. It is only for a needed time.

And this is why I would like to talk about what we can gain from each storm in our life.

I brought up two intense storms that Yahweh brought me through; losing a little girl who I loved as my own and losing my darling baby sister. What Yahweh taught me through those two very intense storms was the fact that He was not bringing me through them, just to bring me through them. There was a purpose to each and every part of it. He also showed me that I could stiffen my back and not accept those purposes and lessons that He had in-store for me, or I could soften my heart and learn what it was that He had in-store for me. I had two choices…to let the things He brings into my life to better me, or make me bitter? The choice was mine. I had to be willing to allow my clay to be soft and pliable, for no Potter can mold stiffened clay that refuses to be softened. It must be pliable first. Then and only then, can it begin to be molded. This is why when hard times come into my life; I will sit back and say “Yahweh, what is your purpose in all of this? What is it that I can learn through this? What do you have for me in all of this…for I know there is something, what is it?Yes, Girls, I will plea with Yahweh to know what it is that I need to learn through and from it! Do I enjoy going through the pain? No, but I certainly don’t want to waste it, either! If I’m going to go through pain, why not learn what I can through it? Why not prosper and grow through it? Why not use it to better me?

Girls, we can’t change anyone. We can’t, as much as we may like, protect others from being hurt or molded. In fact, we don’t want to stop Yahweh’s hand at work in their lives and only He knows what that person must go through. BUT, what we CAN change is us! The question is, will we? Will we waste the storms of life, or will we use them to the fullest potential?  Will we allow each storm to draw us to our knees? Or will we allow these storms to stiffen our necks even more so? You know girls, being weak and having to lean on Yahweh is not a bad thing. We must know that we can not go through life on our own. We need Him. We need to know His strength, not our own. Joel 3:10 says, ”…let the weak say, I am strong.”

I’d like to leave you all with this poem that has become so precious to me. It is SO true! May Yahweh bless you through it, as He has me.

 If you never

If you never felt pain,

Then how would you know that I am a Healer?

If you never prayed through,

How would you know that I am a Deliverer?

If you never had a trial,

How could you call yourself an overcomer?

If you never felt sadness,

How could you know that I am a comforter?

If you never made a mistake,

How would you know I am forgiving?

If you knew all,

How would you know that I will answer your questions?

If you never were in trouble,

How would you know that I will come to your rescue?

If you never were broken,

Then how would you know that I can make you whole?

If you never had a problem,

How would you know that I can solve them?

If you never had any suffering,

Then how would you know what I went through?

If you never went through the fire,

Then how would you become pure?

If I gave you all things,

How would you appreciate them?

If I never corrected you,

How would you know that I love you?

If you had all power,

Then how would you learn to depend on me?

If your life was perfect,

Then what would you need Me for?

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Have We Lost Our Perspective? The Mountain Climb Experience

Mt. Katahdin

This past week as I was listing to a radio broadcast while driving, they were talking about losing our focus, and what they said, made me really stop in my tracks and ponder what they were saying (and I still am, almost a week later!). They likened life to climbing mountains, how we have the valleys of life, and then the mountain climb experiences, and then the breath-taking view at the top of the mountain, the hike back down, etc. I often relate to life in this way, and so what he said really resonated with me.

He compared how when we are going up the mountains of life (going through the trials and storms of life), we often get so caught up in reaching the top of the mountain, that we lose our focus as to where we are, and forget to look behind us at how far we have come up, and the beauty below us!

For anyone who knows me, knows I really enjoy climbing mountains. I don’t get to do it that often, but I thoroughly enjoy it, especially if its not a race to see how quickly we can get to the top of it! :o)

Mt. Katahdin, the mountain that our family generally climbs, is about a 7-8 hour round trip (up and back down the mountain), and just the rock slide that we like to climb at the end of it, is something like a 2000ft steep embankment! Needless to say, it’s a good climb up!

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But how many of us, as we hike up, hour after hour, get tired and despair of the seemingly never ending trail still before us, wondering “how much longer till we reach the top?” thoughts running through our heads? How many of us just keep our eyes focused on the end-goal, the top of the mountain, knowing the view that awaits us will be SOOO worth it all, yet never take time to enjoy the mountain climb experience itself (for it certainly is an experience all by itself!)? Yet, if we would only take a deep breath, and turn around, the view that we already have, is outstandingly beautiful!!!

I keenly remember after we had been on the trail for hours, hearing my siblings up ahead of me gasp, as they turned around and looked out over the scene before their eyes! You never quite realize just how far you have hiked up, until you take a minute to rest and turn around, so the mountains to your back…but wow, oh wow!!! Yes, the top of the mountain view is breath-takingly beautiful for sure! Nothing compares to it, I will admit! But even as we clear the tree-line, the view is incredibly beautiful! And it makes us realize just what view awaits you at the top of the mountain! It’s a taste of what is to come, and it certainly sends surges of energy through oneself to keep going and not to give up half-way up!

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 Enjoying the view part way up the mountain :o)

So you continue to climb, now with a little bit more enthusiasm, full of excitement as to just how far we have come, knowing the end is in sight (even if it isn’t quite in sight)! But then, as we reach the 2000ft rock slide, it gives us an illusive type of “we’re almost there!” view. I remember the first time up the mountain, how we were all so excited that after such a long hike up, we were so close to the end! But then we climbed and climbed and climbed some more!!! I remember laughing and telling my sister “I thought we were right there at the end!” and she laughed back that she thought so, too! We had no idea just how far from the top of the mountain we still really were! Yet we were so excited, as it seemed like at any minute we’d reach the top!

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Admiring where we had just climbed…but the climb continues upward (not steep at all, aye? ;o))!

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Looking back at the rock slide we just came up…which you hit after you climb the bulk of the mountain!

But then once we do reach the top, all sweaty, thirsty and hungry, we sit down to enjoy the view, to praise Yhwh for such a beautiful creation He has blessed us with, eat, and then we jump up, and almost run back down the mountain!!! The mountain-top experience is such a short lived experience. It’s only a fraction of the whole experience, and I dare say, you hardly get to sit and enjoy it. Yes, it is beautiful. Yes, it is absolutely breath-takingly beautiful!! And you can carry that view with you for quite some time afterwards. But still, it is only a fraction of life’s experiences. We run back down the mountain, to walk or run across the next valley, why? To hit the next mountain and start the climb all over again! :o)

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 The beautiful view at the top!

Isn’t life so funny in this way? Yet, as I have pondered this all week, Yhwh really spoke to my heart. Why is it that when we face these trials of life, that we often seek salvation (escape), instead of holiness? We can hardly wait to get to the top, for this set of work and hardships to be behind us, that we lose our focus as to why we are being asked to climb the mountain in the first place…so that we can become more holy (more like Him)! Why do we totally lose the joy and blessing of the mountain climb experience itself? Sure, it’s hard work! And sometimes, you just can’t keep the tears from flowing! I understand the pain is real. Sometimes, it’s hard just to place your foot in front of your other foot! I totally get it! I’ve been there! More times than I care to admit.

But, think of what it does for us!!! Think about the cleansing work that takes place within our hearts and lives, forming our character to be more like His (and less like ourselves!), and how those climbs purify us of the dross and sin in our lives!!! Is that not what this life is all about, making us holy, pure, and spotless brides for our Saviour and King?

I know this is a totally different view at the trials and struggles we face in this life, but it’s so powerful! I stopped and pondered what he was saying. It was all about embracing and learning how to become more holy vs. simply wanting to escape! Is it not totally worth it all, even if they only make us more holy…more like our God? I find myself on my knees asking Yhwh to fill me with His holiness, to make me more like Him, to continue to cleanse me, so that I can become the vessel that He needs me to be! If He saved us from every mountain climb experience, we would also lose the mountain-top experiences! If He saved us from having to face each trial and tribulation we face in this life, would we not also lose the Holiness that we get from each one? Is it really worth the trade-off?

I don’t know about you, but I know what my life was like before each one I’ve had to face, and I know the blessings that I have gained through each one! I am never the same person starting up a mountain, as I am the one coming back down! My life is always so much richer, so much more filled with His love, His righteousness, His cleansing power! I find my relationship with Him growing to deeper and deeper depths, becoming more and more rich with each passing day! It is just so amazingly beautiful!! So as much as I enjoy the mountain-top experience as much as anyone, I am beginning to learn how to thoroughly enjoy these mountain climb experiences with Him, too! For that is where I know the bulk of my growth has stemmed from…and I wouldn’t trade that for anything!! I long to become the woman of Yhwh that He can use! If sending me up a steep mountain is what I need to go through to become more like Him, I want to do it with such joy and surrender, thanking Him and praising Him for loving me so much, that He was willing to send me up it!!

So the next time you find yourself climbing a mountain, wondering when in the world you will ever reach the top of it, try turning around and looking at just how far up your God has already taken you!!! Look out at the beautiful view you already have before you, and let it encourage and bless your very heart! Sit down and rest by His side, looking out at this beautiful scene He has prepared just for you! Think about the work He is doing deep within your own heart and life, and instead of asking Him why in the world you have to climb such a steep mountain, begin to thank and praise Him for being there with you, helping you, cleansing you, and creating you into the beautiful vessel that He needs you to become! Ask Him for His holiness, not for a way out of the experience. Embrace all He has for you, all He longs to show you, and to teach you along the hike up! Yes, thank Him for allowing you to have this mountain hike experience with Him!!! For we are climbing these mountains with Yhwh Almighty!!!!

I’ll leave you with this song which I heard this past week. The words were so encouraging to me. Whatever mountain you are facing, no matter how high of a climb you are being asked to climb, remember, there is NO mountain, that our God is not bigger than!!! None! Zero, girls! Not a single big one of them is bigger than our God!!! That ought to encourage you!!! You serve an amazing God, and one that loves you more than you will ever truly realize!!! Bask in His love and His holiness!!

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Feminine Modest Outift – Day at the Ocean

Hello y’all!

Yesterday we went to the ocean side, and it was super exciting!!! It’s been a long time since we’ve gone to the ocean and it was AWEing and exciting!!! When I walked towards it the rocky shore line below me, I paused slightly in delight and amazement to catch my breath, as I emerged from the thin tree line before hurrying forward more to see it better. It was very exciting and awemazing!!! The wide expanse, the glare of the sun on the middle of the ocean seeming to turn it white in color, seagulls, the rocks, shore-line…it was so wonderful!!!

 photo DSC04909.jpgAfter getting my coat liner,to help break the cold wind, I sat in the sunshine on a rock to eat my sandwich, when a shadow passed over head. A Seagull was soaring above me, facing the oncoming winds, as he just stared at me and my food begging. It was funny to watch, especially as he circled around, eyeing me, and then would come right back. :-) He was cute! Sometime later, after swooping over me a few times, I noticed that his shadow had gotten much bigger! When I glanced up, I saw that he flew much lower, and looked like he was just floating in the wind by me, only about eight feet off the ground. Soon he came to join me on a big rock near mine and watched me closely, begging for my food.  We both enjoyed lunch and it was so fun having him for my lunch buddy!!! My brother took this picture, I think, as we ate.

 photo DSC04849.jpgWhile we were at the ocean, we got some pictures of Samantha’s outfit for y’all. :)

Samantha made the tiered skirt with material that she bought at Hobby Lobby. I’ve found that Hobby Lobby has beautiful, good quality material and they aren’t super expensive!! They have definitely made it to the top in my list of places to shop for material at! She bought the sweater at a thrift store for $1 and her shirt from Ebay.

 photo DSC05076_1.jpgThe earrings were handmade by a sweet friend of ours.

She is so beautiful, isn’t she!?!!

 photo DSC05091.jpgSamantha had her bangs up in two plastic claws, and her bun is held in a Tidepool Treasures hair clip from Lilla Rose.

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I hope you enjoy the pictures and are encouraged even more to dress beautifully in modest and feminine ways.

Love;
Sarah

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So…Which Would You Choose?

Shabbat Shalom!

Wow! It feels SO good to be home with my precious family once again…and I have to say, that I am very much looking forward to Shabbat! :o) It seems like as each one passes, I grow more and more fonder of the coming next one! And after traveling well over 30 hrs this past week, I don’t know about all y’all, but a nice relaxing Shabbat is something I am really, really looking forward to! :o) We are truly one very blessed people, loved by an extremely loving and merciful God! What other god blesses his people with a day of rest, each and every single week?! Talk about merciful and loving God who truly cares for His own!!!

Okay, so…

Did I get your interest peaked with the last post? The question was; If Yhwh gave you a choice to stay here on the earth, or leave to be with Him, which would you choose? What made you decide the one you did?

As I was driving pondering the close call we had, the excitement that ran through me at the idea of being that close to being in my loving Saviour’s embrace, followed almost immediately by the thought of “this is sooo selfish!”, and I had to stop and smile! What was wrong with me?! Like I had mentioned in the past post, I found myself smiling at the fact that not too far in my distant past, I had thought it was selfish for wanting to stay on this earth…yet here I was, on the completely opposite side of the equation and thinking the same thing “this is so self!”…which in my line of thinking…it was!!! But why was it? How could two completely opposite things, still be equally selfish and equally wrong?

As I thought about this, I must admit that what Yhwh brought to my mind right then, once again saddened me at the thought of leaving this world…but this time, it was for a totally different reason than before!

Let me take you down a road and back to a time when I would be grieved when I heard of a younger girl/lady who had passed away. Knowing that they would never know the joys of loving a husband (or being loved by one), bearing a child, nursing them and training them up in the ways and wisdom of Yhwh, my heart would grieve for their seemingly huge loss. Not that being with our Saviour is a bad thing…anything from it! But coming from someone who thoroughly looked forward to experiencing these great joys and blessings, it broke my heart that they wouldn’t be able to experience something so beautiful here on earth. And when I would think of myself passing away before I could also know them, it really saddened me. Then I would find myself chastising myself for even struggling with such a thought, knowing it was so selfish, because I mean, what could be more beautiful than life with my Lover of all time? Yet, maybe you could say it was a sensual struggle, but as much as I looked forward to the day I could be with my Saviour, this aspect has always saddened me. Not ever knowing such a joy here on earth? Something I so looked forward to with every fiber within me? But sadly, this was what went through my mind for years and I found myself asking Yhwh to please not let that happen to me.

Was wanting to know the joys of married life, wrong? Marriage is a beautiful, beautiful thing! It’s a holy union and Yhwh created it! But, in a way, yes, this mindset was wrong…because I wanted it for all the wrong reasons.

Now let me bring you back to the other day. Why was it equally selfish when I was actually excited at the thought of how close I was to being in my Saviour’s loving arms and leaving this sinful world behind me? In a matter of seconds, Yhwh had totally convicted my heart, and the same thought that had excited me, quickly saddened me as this passage came flooding into my mind…

Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

As I thought about all the work that still needed to be done here on earth, so that our Lover could come back for us, I began thanking Yhwh for not taking me home and allowing me to work in His fields! Does life get overwhelmingly hard at times? Yes. But as I thought about the two choices, I had to pray that He would see fit to continue using my life as long as He could, no matter what price I had to pay to further His Kingdom!! Being brought into His presence, seemed like the “easy road”, and yes, I can heartily say, I look sooo forward to serving my King in His presence! But at such a price that the work here goes undone??? How could I, looking around me at all the work that still needed to be done, wish such a thing?

You see girls, Yhwh showed me just how much He had changed my heart. Do I still long to be with my Beloved? With all my heart, yes! But even my prayers have changed drastically the past few months and even the last few years. When they did, I can’t say. I just knew that they had. Before where I had almost pleaded at times for Yhwh to bring us together for selfish reasons, I now find myself not just praying that He would bring us together, but that He would for His Kingdom’s sake! I longed to further His Kingdom, to furthering His gospel, to really be able to work in His fields which are so ripe and ready to be harvested! It was no longer a desperate plea for selfish motives. It was a desperate plea for eternal purposes! Even if my husband and I could never “come together” as husband and wife or have children, the plea of my heart would be the exact same, for I know that “where two or more are gathered together, there He is in their midst” and “a three-fold cord is not quickly broken”. Yahshua sent His disciples out by two and two, because when one is weak, the other can be strong. When one soldier is down, there is another to pick them back up, and help them to safety. In essense, there is safety in being sent in pairs of two. When you are alone in the midst of a battle, and are hit, whose there to help you? When the firy darts start flying, and you begin to get tired and worn, whose there to help you ward them off and shelter you as you recover your strength? Or better yet, help you look out for the enemies advances, and stand beside you building that wall, so that he can’t get behind the armies front lines?

Over the past few years, Yhwh has shown me more and more what a spiritual battlefield we are in…and it is only getting worse, as Ha’Satan knows his time is drawing to a close! Yes, he has already been defeated, but he sure tries to convince everyone that he has not been! And as I kneel in battle, I have to admit, many times I feel weak, knowing I kneel alone in one sense and I realize this is what I long for most, knowing my battle partner is kneeling right beside me! Do I look forward to the other blessings of married life? Of course! Who doesn’t?! Marriage is honourable! It IS something to be desired! Yet, I realized more than ever, what I longed for most was to be able to be partners in a spiritual battle, with my love, fighting my Lover’s battles with Him! And knowing that if He had taken me, I would no longer be here to be one of His soldier’s here on earth, preparing the way for His return, is what made me sad!

Sisters, no matter how hard your life’s battles become, be thrilled you are worthy to fight within them!!! Thank Yhwh for calling you and blessing you, and allowing you to fight beside Him in them, preparing for His return!! And for those of you who are married, praise Yhwh and thank Yhwh for blessing you with a battle partner! Don’t take your beloved for granted! Don’t take this treasure and gift that He has blessed you with, for granted! And remember, your man is not your battle enemy, he is your God-ordained, battle partner! Don’t fight against him, fight with him!! :o) And watch where Yhwh can take the both of you! You may be totally surprised and so richly blessed!! Oh sisters!!! There is SO much work that still needs to be done!!! Use your time wisely here on earth and don’t take even a minute for granted! He needs each and every single one of them, to be used for His glory, honor, and praise! He has enough people wasting them and throwing the time they could be working in His field, away. Ask Him how you can be busy about His work and run the race He has given you, well! It truly is worth it all!!

And for those of you who are single, don’t allow a single day to go by where you do not get down on your knees and pray for your spiritual battle partner! Ask Yhwh to prepare you both for the coming battles, that you may both fight well together, and stand strong, even in the hottest of battles!! And especially as you are apart, cover them with prayer. Ask Yhwh how you can be bathing them in prayer, now! Don’t wait! Yhwh will lead you as you pray, and more than ever, while you are apart, Ha’Satan is going to (not may) take full advantage of the fact he is fighting in this battle, alone, and he is going to fight against your man all the more!! So get on those knees and ask Yhwh how you can fight alongside of your man, even while you are apart. He’ll show you in which ways he needs your prayerful support. But whatever you do, don’t think since you aren’t together, you don’t need to be in prayer for him! Bathe him in prayer continually!!! Regardless if you can see the battle he is in, I assure you, if he is one of Yhwh’s children, he is definitely in one (praise Yhwh!!!)! So start learning how to fight well, now! :o) You won’t be disappointed!

Many blessings and a blessed Shabbat Shalom to y’all,

Samantha

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Which would you choose?

Lailah shalom!
This is going to be quick, as I have been driving all day and its late (or does one consider it early? ;) and I have another long day of driving ahead of me in the morning.
But I wanted to give you a few things to ponder, until I have more time to write y’all an article on this very topic! :) but since Yhwh has had me pondering it, I thought I’d pass it along before this gal falls off to lalaland!
Today I came extremely close to meeting my Lord and Master! As I pondered the closeness, I have to say, it was rather exciting!! Which made me smile as I thought back to a day and time such a close call would have made me a bit sad…for a lot of selfish reasons. But as I thought about the excitement I felt at the closeness I was of running into my Saviour’s loving arms, I had to laugh at the thought I had “this is so selfish!”! But how could two totally different mindsets be selfish?! One I had a selfish mindset for NOT wanting to leave this world, and then I found myself having selfish motives for wanting to! How was this possible?
Well, let me ask you a question…if Yhwh gave you the option to either stay in this world or go to be with Him, which would you choose? Now let me ask you, why? Why did you choose the option you did? :)
I’ll let you chew on that for a couple days while I finish my trip back to my family, and then Yhwh willing, you will hear from me again before too long on what went through my mind and the change I realized Yhwh had done in my heart and life without my ever even realizing it! :) but until then, this gal needs some sleep and can hardly keep her eyes open now that I have finally arrived at our friends place in PA!

So until next time…

Lailah shalom!

Samantha

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Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Shalom my precious friends and family!

I pray this Shabbat finds you ever so close to Him, resting and relishing in His peace that passeth all understanding, so completely full of His joy unspeakable, lifting up holy hands of reverence to our Lord and King who deserves our complete praise and thanksgiving!

Over the past few months, I have been so blessed, as Yhwh calls me into a deeper trust and faith in Himself, and I find myself constantly before His throne of grace, marvelling at Who our God really is and His amazing and great love for us, His children! We don’t deserve such unwavering love, yet He covers us with it, nonetheless, day in and day out!! Have you ever just knelt before Him and thanked Him from the depths of  your heart, for Who He is and for what He has done for you? So often we go before His throne, needing help. And this is not a bad thing! But how many times do we marvel in Who He is and what He has already done, thanking Him with everything that we have, realizing we don’t deserve one single thing, yet He has blessed us with “oh! So very much!” just because He wanted to?! How many of us raise our hands in worship and adoration for our King, blessing Him? How many of us kneel before Him in total surrender, telling Him our lives are owned by Him, and that we just want to bring Him the maximum (not minimal) glory, honor, and praise…so to use our lives, no matter what that may entail, to do just that?

Oh, my precious family, we owe Him so much!!!! He is SO worthy of our trust, through the good times, and the hard! He is worthy of our praise, day in and day out! May I encourage you to greet each new day, with hearts raised to Him, praising Him and thanking Him from the very depths of your being, for accomplishing His perfect will in our lives, for blessing us with His precious Son, for His unwavering love, mercy and grace!

May we be like Nehemiah, truly serving Yhwh with everything that we have, trusting Him for the strength that we need, yet never leaving the work no matter how hard the enemy did try to get him to! May we give Yhwh our all and serve Him with every fiber within our beings! May we lay aside the distractions of this world, truly trusting our God with our whole being, praying for strength as we run this race that is set before us, that we may run well!

Many blessings to each of you this Shabbat!
Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you!

Shabbat Shalom!!! Oh, how I love His Shabbat’s!!!! :o)
Samantha

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Are We Building a Strong Trust and Deep Roots -in Yahweh in His Word?

As I read a conversation going on between two people about Christianity vs. Islam, some thoughts were bursting in my heart. A little of the answers given by the one fighting in favor of Christianity were…mild and watery, in my opinion, while others based on solid fact. The adversary was sending back his darts, trying to win the heart of the believer in Yahshua to be against Yahweh and for Islam. I began to ponder, are we well grounded? Are we actively fighting, deeply growing roots, basing our belief and ground in Yahweh and His truth in this battle? Are we digging our roots down deeper than any adversary can ever dig up?

As I read in Yahweh’s holy Word this morning, I read many verses about digging deeper roots in Yahweh, as well as ways to fight the enemy’s fiery darts. One of the first verses I looked up was 2 Timothy 2:15. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”

Ephesians 6 about the armor of God also came to mind. I heard this a couple times as I did morning devotions with my sweet sister-in-law, Ali, and her children a couple weeks ago. We would read Ephesians 6 about the armor of God, and after she listed each armor, the children would pretend to put it on and say it! Anyway, verses 16 and 17 really stood out to me as I began this search for deepening our roots and stand in Yahweh, and strengthening our weapons and defenses for fighting the spiritual battle.

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” -Ephesians 6:13-17

“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” -Titus 2:7-8

Proverbs 31 is also something that I read and found very interesting. The Virtuous woman is a hard working woman. She “works willingly with her hands” (Prov. 31: 13), she prepares and invests time into the well-being of her family, she is “not afraid of the snow” for her household for all her family is already prepped and ready for it, she looks well to the ways of her household…do we look well to the ways of our household, spiritually-thinking? Do we prepare ourselves and gird ourselves for the heat of the battle,desert storms, and freezing cold? Are we actively strengthening our spiritual body to run this race that Yahweh has called us to?

These are some thoughts that have been going through my mind and heart. I welcome thoughts and input about this.

Blessings; Sarah

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An Invitation to the BYNA Summit! :o)

Shalom my precious sisters!

I realize that I have a lot of readers from different backgrounds on here, but today I wanted to write specifically to those who are traveling down a similar path (faith) in life as I am, and let you know about something very exciting that is happening, and extend an invitation to you!

I am sure you are familiar with Ephesians 2:11-14 where it says,
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without the anointed, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in the anointed Yahshua ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of the anointed.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

And in Jeremiah 31:9-11which reads,
9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 Hear the word of Yhwh, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
11 For Yhwh hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

And then in Ezekiel 37:16-17 where Yhwh says,

16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

These prophecies are being fulfilled before our very eyes! We know that Judah (Yehudah) is already recognized and pretty much gathered back together (to a large extent), but what about his brother Ephraim? Where is he? Sadly, he is still very much scattered abroad…but praise be to Yhwh, that is about to change and is in the process of being changed! HalleluYah! B’ney Yosef (sons of Joseph) North America is part of that regathering of Ephraim, in North America. You can read more about all that has been happening here: http://natsab.com/ and here: http://bneyyosefna.com/ .

But now for the exciting part! We would like to extend an invitation to all our Ephraimite brothers and sisters in North America, to come and be apart of the B’ney Yosef North America Summit, which is being held in Tampa, FL March 4-6th. Please read this post for more details about the invitation: http://natsab.com/2016/01/26/bney-yosef-north-american-summit-invitation/ .

I would highly recommend you praying about it! Even if you can’t attend, could you send someone who could? And if you can’t do either, could you join us through your prayerful support, praying us on as we “put our necks/backs into the work” and “repair the walls” (Nehemiah) before us?

I’d like to leave you with this short video… 

Many Blessings, Samantha

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Samantha ~ my Sister, a Blessing!

…Samantha…  photo 618ecbcf-efb9-42d7-bd9f-19cee7c87bac.jpgMy dear sister has just celebrated another birthday and as we rejoiced and I reflected over what a blessing she has been, I couldn’t help but be very glad that she has been in my personal life for twenty years!!!

Samantha, you shine Yahweh’s light radiantly through your life and I praise Yahweh for the blessing you are! I have seen as you’ve gone through very hard trials, yet as Yahweh led you through the valley of the shadow of death, you proclaimed his love and trustfulness. You looked heavenward and sought the King of kings – Yahweh. Thank you for the love you show very constantly!!! I love watching you and am sooo grateful that Yahweh has kept you in my life and our family’s life so closely, in a way you wouldn’t be if you were married. There were many times when, as I looked ahead at the paths each of my siblings have trodden and prepared before me, I’ve gained encouragement and strength through your example. The path of staying pure and waiting for our spouse, serving Yahweh wherever He calls us, honoring our father and mother and living purely for Yahweh -going against the most common grains of our surroundings, is not always easy; it is very hard to do at times. Yet I’ve watched as you have become a more and more shining light in our Heavenly Father’s kingdom and I am very blessed!!

Thank you for pointing me in the right direction and for staying in Yahweh’s path.

 photo DSC00903 - Copy.jpgI have seen as you choose to praise Yahweh even in hard times, how you delight and spread joy in the family daily. Your smile is bright and your eyes sparkle!!! Words of wisdom and kindness is the law of your tongue. Your compassionate heart and loving gentleness is such a blessing and I am so blessed to be your sister!!!

I praise Yahweh your care and love for me and the rest of our family: from the times you cared for me as a baby and went to bed early because I wouldn’t go to bed without you even when friends were here visiting, (-sorry about that!), for giving up many pleasures and desires of your own so you may do what was best for others, being an inspiration and challenge with your example and words, loving babies, elderly people and Israel as you do so passionately (-it has encouraged a deeper, better love for them in my heart also). Your love and compassion for those around you, and the example you’ve set for trusting in Yahweh, and honoring Yahweh and our parents…Lolly, you may be a natural leader, but I’ve yet to have a great privilege, as I do with watching you, of a daughter who truly loves and honors her parents so well, daily. The way you smile ever and decide to honor them, even when you disagree with the way something should be done, is challenging for me!!! The way you openly reach out to my heart and draw me to my knees in surrender to Yahweh, albeit with a hug and words of wisdom, speaks volumes to me!!! I really do not know where I would have been had you not been there to pull me up when I was falling, or been willing and loving to have a three in the morning talk and prayer time when I had an inward struggle and pain in my heart, or the constant smiles, words of wisdom, your sharing what you’ve been learning. You wouldn’t have been there in those times if you had been married. I would be very happy for you if you were married to a godly man, and am grateful for our sake that He has blessed us with you home for so long! I am humbled and blessed that Yahweh has blessed me with a sister as you!!! It is an undeserved privilege to be your sister, at home, whom you love dearly!!! Getting to see your heart and love for Yahweh is a HUGE blessing and someday a man will receive the blessing you are when you marry!!! The blessings and seeds you have planted in righteousness will continue to multiply as you please Yahweh, not only in our lives and the lives of others now, but to others whom we will be able to bless by the seeds you’re planting in our hearts!!!

I love you dearly, and thank Yahweh for you!!!!
Your sister; Sarah

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