Ladies in the House!

Greetings to ALL whose eyes are reading this post! I want to start off saying, this is Not a Feminist post. This is a post about women in the Word & those of you walking with & in the spirit of Yah. LOVE.

Acts 17: 23-31 puts my digging into God’s word in a nutshell along with I truly feel the heart’s desire “In Me” to seek Him with all my heart, soul, & mind & when the Holy Spirit presses me to share, I obey. Not to mention, I always have wanted to know things for myself, not just listen to what someone else says, it says. I am not saying discussions by others, are nothing. I watch videos on You Tube about God’s Word, Religion, the study of Theology, & the Culture surrounding His Word. I often take notes, then I pray asking Yah (God) to show me what’s true and what is misconstrued. Then, I set off digging into His Word for myself. It was in the listening & watching the findings & teachings of others, I realized how few discuss the women of the Bible, their accomplishments, and how God used so many for important purposes. First and foremost, Ladies you All have been given important purposes & He will show you what that is “IF” you seek Him. One purpose whether you literally have children or not is: we are the ones predominately Raising the Men & WOMEN of mankind. We are the fertilizer and cultivators of Love in the gardens of the hearts of children. You know those seeds, in His image, God planted within us.

This is one of the reasons for my post, because it has been my experience we only hear about a few of the women of the Bible: Eve, Ruth, Esther, Naomi, Mary, Sarah, & of course Mary Magdelene being the most prominent. This has me on a CSI mission about “women of the Bible”. So today, I am going to share a few of these women & for the next couple of posts I will be sharing info on women of the Bible & how some of the women of today purpose walk hand in hand with these Fabulous women.

https://religion.fandom.com/wiki/Bathsheba — Bathsheba like many of us was married twice. 1st she was the wife of Uriah, the Hittite and later King David. Depending on who you are, her story may strike home with you in your life. Check her out.

Deborah #2 – yep there are two Deborah listed – God used her in mighty ways. She sure was not a wallflower speaking only when spoken to. NO, she was a prophetess and the fourth, and the only female, Judge of pre-monarchic Israel in the Old Testament (Tanakh). Her story is told twice, in chapters 4 and 5 of Judges. Did you know this about Sandra Day O’Conner: On September 25, 1981, she became the first woman to serve as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Now think about this, Deborah #2 was a woman of the Old Testament and in the article I read on O’Conner they were talking about how she finally crashed thru the final wall to serve in 1981! Yep, God had a purpose for her too, in 1981.

  • Hogla – One of the 5 daughters of Zelophehad who fought and won the right to inherit their deceased father’s property. Numbers Joshu [66] [67] You think that was an easy thing in the culture of these times? Don’t ya know her fight had purpose in our right to inherit our Father’s property?

https://religion.fandom.com/wiki/Rahab — I can’t leave out Rahab. She risked her life to have a Life. Did you know she is in the lineage of Jesus? She is another one that it took Great courage for her to survive & help her family in her times. I am not supporting her line of work at the time however, do we know her story and why she was living as she lived? Does anyone bring attention to the fact she repented, was grafted into the family of God, forgiven, then followed God obediently?

These are just a few I chose to mention. Please feel free to check out the site below, that list All the women of the Bible, do some deep dive digging yourself, and Comment on who you found most interesting and why did she speak to your heart?

https://religion.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_women_in_the_Bible

I pray you enjoy this little series I am doing and may these women inspire you to greatness too.

Shalom!

Day 6 of Daniel’s Fast

Hi! How’s it going ya’ll? I am doing well. Do I think about cheese and crackers daily? Yes! However, I have abstained. LOL It is getting easier as each day goes by not to think on these. One other thing I noticed is I miss yogurt and mayonnaise a lot too. Then today, in my daily readings book, Torah for Living it talked about the story of Esau and Jacob and how Esau gave up his birthright because he was very hungry. (Gen. 25: 29-34) Now you would think that’s pretty dumb or at least extreme right? Then it said: BEWARE: Don’t let short-term pleasure trump long-term gain. Don’t put self-indulgence before long-term spiritual gain. That made me think and ask myself, how many times have I let short-term pleasure mislead me? I don’t even want to admit how often now that I thought on it. And it drove home once again how mankind continues to repeat this story Still! So, who’s the dummy now? Esau or Us from not learning from this story.

It also got me thinking about my fast, especially the food part. All these questions popped up in my head: How often do we just eat stuff or “get addicted” to certain foods that are clearly not for our best benefit? Our bodies and health are part of our birthright ya know. Are we thinking through our choices of what we eat and the consequences/ implications of those choices? Is getting what you want in the Moment always what you Need? Are our immediate desires beneficial in living our best life?

After I thought about my answers, I then felt the need to pray: ” Lord, stop me from just feeding my immediate impulses and remind me to Think before I act. I want to live wisely; I want to honor the temple you have given me and love according to your will and plan for my life. Thank you, Lord, for giving me eyes to see and ears to hear the benefits in the story of Esau and Jacob. in the name of Yeshua (Jesus) Amen

Shalom! I’m off to make my Spinach and Kiwi salad with a side of noodle soup

Noodle Soup

Vegetable broth, 1 cup purple onions, 3/4 c. thin sliced zucchini, 3/4 c. carrots, 2 tblsp. garlic, uncooked whole grain pasta, 2 tblsp. soy sauce or tamari, 1 tblsp. dill minced, 1/2 tsp olive oil, & my fav a nice pinch of Herbs de Provence. Oh, and if you don’t want to do whole grain pasta you can spiral your zucchini using 2 whole zucchini and they can be your noodles. I love that little thing!

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TOMORROW IS THE DAY!

Ok, Daniel’s Fast begins tomorrow, Feb. 1st for the whole month! Well, if you so choose you can do 21 days however, I do believe you will gain more benefits if you do the full 28. Just my opinion.

I came across a really a couple of sites I want to share: How to Do a Daniel Fast – YouTube

DANIEL 1 – Daniel’s Diet makes you 10 times wiser! – Doug Batchelor – YouTube

I so agree with the 1st one in spending set times every day with God. Ya know, Daniel always prayed to God three times every day. Three times every day, he bowed down on his knees to pray and praise God. Daniel 6:10-28 This habit sure makes the day flow smoother. It doesn’t have to be long time, you can even do it on a 10 min. break. Then before & after work spend some designated time instead of whatever other Media stuff you usually do. Just sayin’.

While you work consider listening to Praise Worship, if you are able. https://www.klove.com/

I don’t presume to know where you are in your walk but, this is a good teaching series on the whole word: Love & Torah It’s call Love & Torah. If it’s too much for you, you can always choose to turn it off however, maybe it would be good to listen even if it is tappin’ some doors. Isn’t that what part of the fast is about, cleansing Mind, body, and Soul. smile

Well, I am off to have my last supper with no CHEESE & Crackers for 28 days! Praying these 28 days will break that daily addiction. LOL Not that cheese is terrible thing but, when you are feeling like this; “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything” something needs to be done.

Have a good night! Hope to hear how your fast is going in the comments & please feel free to share any helpful tips/recipes too.

Shalom!

One week & our Fast begins

If you are reading this for the 1st time, be sure and go back and read the last 4 posts prior to this one. All January & February 2022 posts are related to our doing a Daniel’s Fast for the 28 days of February.

Today I want to share another tasty recipe so you can see this is not a starve me or awful fast. LOL

Asian Noodle Salad. Yummy!

8 oz. whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles

2 tblsp. canola oil, 1/4 c. chopped cilantro, 3 tblsp. soy sauce, 2 tblsp. fresh Lemon Or Lime juice

1 tsp minced garlc, 1 tsp. minced ginger or 1 drop doterra ginger oil, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. creamy peanut butter, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 Cup peeled, seeded, and sliced cucumber

1 C. sliced snow peas,1/2 c. diced red bell pepper, 1/2 c. pineapple chunks cut in half & dash of pepper

Cook your noodles, drain well (do not rinse), coat in canola oil and set to the side

Combine all your seasonings along with the peanut butter, add remaining items & then toss with your noodles. Let stand for 1 hour at room temp. Stir occasionally for full flavor. Just like that, Let’s Eat! Notice how there is very little cooking involved on this one. Gotta love that.

That one hour wait time would be perfect time to turn on some tunes and get some dance exercise in. Alone or with your hubby and/or the kids. smile Fun, laughter, song, and dance raise your serotonin levels lifting your mood. https://www.livestrong.com/article/22590-effects-exercise-serotonin-levels/

Don’t feel like dancing, it would be a good time to spend in His Word. Maybe memorize some verses. I love 1John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. The site below has many good ones.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/choosing_good_over_evil

That’s it for this post. Shalom & Enjoy!

What can I eat?

10 days! That said, today I am listing foods you Can eat during this Daniel’s fast. smile Note these foods are great for your mind, body, and your spirit year-round. I am praying as was said in the book of Daniel:

Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. JUST Think how good you will look and feel after 28 days! To read the full story which includes the foods the King wanted to feed them read: Daniel 1: 1-15.

Foods to Eat:

Fruits & Vegetables: fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned. These should be free of additional sweeteners using herbs to add any extra flavoring. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/salt-alternatives One of my fav alternatives is herbs de provence: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/what-are-herbs-de-provence

Whole grains: amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, whole wheat – Love them all!

Nuts & Seeds: almonds, cashews, macadamia, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, nut butters. You guessed it unsalted. Herbs can spice these up too.

Unleavened Bread: whole grain breads made without yeast, sugars, or preservatives = the website: The Biblical Nutritionist has good recipes for these. https://thebiblicalnutritionist.com/how-to-make-unleavened-bread-recipe/

Legumes: Canned or dried. black beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (checkpeas) great northern beans, split peas, kidney beans, pinto beans, & lentils

Quality Oils: canola, coconut, flaxseed, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame. A plus on the coconut oil is it is good for your memory. https://draxe.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-benefits/

Beverages: distilled water, filtered water, spring water. Yep, Water the key to our survival. https://wellnessmovementcenter.com/water-key-life/ & https://www.thoughtco.com/how-much-of-your-body-is-water-609406

Ok, there you have your shopping list and some sites to lend a hand when creating your tasty dishes.

As we enter this Fast keep in mind, we were given authority on Earth to take care of ALL God created. That includes yourself. To fulfill our roles, we are to be good stewards with the Blessings given by the Father. For us to be a good steward we must feed not only our bodies good food but, our Minds and Hearts. The Good Food for that portion of the fast is, you guessed it, the GOOD News – The Word of God. Not only are we cleansing the body but, our goal is to “break up the fallow ground of the hearthttps://biblehub.com/sermons/auth/pearse/the_garden_of_the_heart.htm

Shalom! Enjoy!

The countdown…

14 days until we begin our Daniel’s fast! I am excited. As mentioned in prior posts, this time is the time for you to prep and get ready. Have you pondered and written down your intentions during the fast? Have you made a list and plan? I took a 2022 calendar and listed my daily plan. 1 hr. in His Word daily, at least. I love doing deep dives in His Word not only for guidance, growth, and because I love the Lord but, to learn about the history of the times, the culture of Jesus, and the people in those countries. It’s interesting and it helps a lot in the understanding of what I am reading. On the other end of that, I love Crime shows & for 40 yrs. I have watched General Hospital & Young & the Restless, yep you got it. I am fasting on those too allowing myself only One a day during the fast. Why? Neither of these shows “feed” my spirit a whole lotta love. My intention is to replace my TV viewing with healthy programs like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thYaqPu-5jQ Or just don’t watch TV at all and dive deeper into His Word and use that time for better things in Life, like working out this body! You got it, that’s another item on my calendar, 4 days a week turn on the music and work out for at least 20 mins. At this season of life, it is even more important to keep the body moving and those muscles, especially the lower body strong and protecting these ole bones. LOL

Now to add in my promised recipe for the upcoming diet, this is one of my favs & perfect for this season:

Butternut Curry Soup

1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/4 c. chopped green onions

2 tablespoons curry powder 2 tablespoons olive oil

1 vegetable bouillon cube dissolved in 2 cups of hot water & you can lightly season with salt/pepper

Boil the squash till tender, drain most of the water leaving an inch in the saucepan.

Use potato masher (or old way, a fork) to smash the squash till smooth

Stir in green onions, curry, and oil add bouillon broth in small amounts until you reach desired consistency. Some people like thicker soup/some thin. I love it “somewhere in between

Add your dash of salt/pepper, simmer 15 mins. (serves 4) Add pumpkin seeds on top for a little crunch.

Shalom & Enjoy!

No Cheese!

Ok, so this week I am listing the AVOID foods for our Daniel’s fast beginning February 1st, 2022. As my title indicates Cheese is not allowed. boo hoo! I am a true cheese lover, eating some form of cheese everyday. I hadn’t even thought about it really until I was reading and prepping for this fast. It’s been part of my daily lifestyle for who knows how long. I decided to look into the effects of too much cheese and found answers to some of my minor health complaints. Check this out! https://www.eatthis.com/news-side-effects-eating-too-much-cheese/

I spent a few days thinking I don’t know if I can give up cheese for a Whole Month! Then I heard that still small voice of the Holy Spirit say, ” Really, think back: together we kicked that smoking habit in one day & even bigger – you had victory over a heroine addiction in 30 days & have Never looked back. That was over 30 years ago. Now you are whining about cheese!” Boy did I feel foolish. That was just the kick in the pants I needed. Thank You Holy Spirit! As I stated in my post last week, this is not “just” a food fast. If you “choose” to fully participate in this fast, as Susan Gregory says, “you are entering this experience to draw closer to the Lord and to hear His directions for your life and/or the lives of others.” So today, part of our prep is to begin daily prayers, have a chat with Jesus, ask for strength, guidance, and submit yourself with a committed heart. A Good prayer to start is: Psalms 25: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+25&version=NIV

Now for those foods to AVOID:

MEAT: beef, buffalo, fish, yes I said fish too, lamb, pork, poultry, ALL living animals meat.

Dairy Products: Butter, CHEESE, Cream, Eggs, and Milk. No surprise here, dairy comes from animals.

Sweeteners: Agave, nectar, artificial sweetners, cane juice, honey molassess, raw sugar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, syrups, and stevia.. So read the ingredients on your purchases to see what’s inside. FYI: this one is a bit harder than it looks as SO Many things have some form of sugar. Even though Yogurt is not on our Can eat list. Did you know Yogurt is Full of sugar? Even the non fruity ones.

Leavened Bread & Yeast: ANY breads with yeast. BTW: Ezekiel bread does contain yeast and honey. Actually, most baked goods do have yeast.

Refined & Processed food products: artificial food flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, & white rice. Don’t give up! Wait till you see next weeks post: there are plenty of good foods and enough you won’t starve! I promise.

Deep-fried foods: Now you Knew this was coming. smile No forms of fried Chips, French fries, deep fried ice cream, deep fried pickles, No Fried foods! Check out buying a dehydrator or air fryer maybe cause you can eat potatoes.

Solid fats: Lard, margarine, shortening

Beverages: Alcohol, caffeine which includes coffee & caffeinated teas, carbonated drinks, & energy drinks.

I for one love my One cup of coffee in the AM & my afternoon teas. So right up front, I will not lie, I will be eliminating the caffeinated teas and will drop down to 1/2 cup of my chicory coffee with no cream. That is a huge sacrifice along with eliminating my CHEESE! I still have to work, & giving up my coffee and teas at the same time, I know will result in a headache. No-one wants wo work with Countess Cruella for 28 days. LOL I am not saying I endorse making lots of changes to the Fast. I do not. And I am not. Just this one tweek & I Fully understand if you need this tweek as well. God knows who I would be, so I am trusting He will have mercy on me in allowing 1/2 c. chicory coffee. Like I told my friend yesterday, I am not much into extremism and that is extreme!

Good News: Next week will be Foods we Can Eat and a couple of tasty recipes! Just keep in mind the end results: A healthier Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Shalom!

2022 KickOff!

Here we go into 2022! Can’t believe how fast 2021 went by.

For me 2021 brought several changes both within & without. In the beginning of 2021 I could hear the Holy Spirit still small voice saying, “It’s time for change.” I knew what that change was and I was anxious about it. I decided I wasn’t sure I was hearing that still small voice correctly. I knew better but “my” fears had me asking “myself” should I pull this weed? Am I ready for this & all that goes with it? That time questioning the Holy Spirit only resulted in turning my anxious feelings into down right stress and frustrations. Finally my hard head listened and yanked out that weed. The cultivating of His seeds that had been going on within my inner garden and outer garden came to pass and bore the beautiful fruit He had for me. I semi-retired! His perfect Love caste out the fear within & provided the perfect Part time employer for me. This experience opened my eyes to see how much More He has for me if I will but Obey His whole Word and the Way of Life He created from the beginning. This resulted in the 2nd half of the year my seeking Him and His way more diligently. This in turn brought more clarity on the benefits of being obedient to His Word beginning to end & how walking it out on Earth really does bring much of how it is in Heaven. It’s awesome see & hear Him more clearly. To be in relationship not just studying and listening to others talking about what the Word means. He began to & continues to guide me in “what is His Word” & what is man’s interpretations. He is showing me how important it is not to just listen to a pastor, teacher, scholar, or Religion but, to seek Him with all my heart for myself, test out what I am hearing am I hearing whatever it is in its full context? Was the whole Truth shared? What is the Hebrew meaning of some words, as it can affect the meaning of that verse. It became more clear how important it is to obey Jesus and as He says, “ Follow Me & allow my spirit to come forth thru You

All this said, my Legacy sisters Bible study group & I are kicking off 2022 with a gift I received from my new boss, the book “52 weeks in the Bible” by James Merritt. We’ll be seeking & Learning from the whole Word beginning to end all year long! I’m So excited!

Also, beginning February1st I will be starting the Daniel Fast for the full 28 days cleansing, healing, and restoring my mind, body, & spirit. In this, I invite you to join me if you so choose. I will be posting preps for this in January, including recipes, & continue posting thru February with my experiences, readings you might enjoy, & recipes. If you choose to join me, I would love for you to post in the comments your experiences & any tips you may learn. My starting resource is Susan Gregory’s book, ” the daniel’s fast” Should you buy this read the whole book, it is so worth it. Don’t like to read, check her out on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3cEbcURsI — She has her own site too: https://www.daniel-fast.com/tag/susan-gregory/ — it is set up for the beginning of the year so if you want you can get a jump start. I just felt like February being the month of Love and the heart fit and it fits my schedule better.

For today the only other thing I have to say is, I pray you choose to join me in both these studies & together we will Trust the Father, Jesus, & the Holy Spirit to guide us in the cleansing, clearing, and restoration of the gardens in our hearts.

Shalom

Mistakes don’t limit us

All to often we allow our mistakes or poor choices to limit us going forward in life. We let these mistakes/choices to take root binding us in emotional fears which grow and define us. And there are so many fears that can limit us. You/We can control these fears. Life continues to reveal to me anyway, all is founded in our choices.

I started reading the Bible from the beginning and this time around, this Fact is really jumping out at me. Example: let’s take David who made a real poor choice and it was eating at him, binding him, and affecting his reign as King. Then he chooses to repent, shift his attitude & He seeks God, starts praising God, & looking at hos Blessings which results in making good choices. His Life shifts, is transformed, and begins once again to bear good fruit.

One area for many is the mistakes we make with our financial choices. Or delusion of thinking we “need” to keep up with fads – often expensive fads or as the old saying says: “Keeping up with the Joneses”. All to often these choices of spending are whether you/we actually have the income to support that lifestyle or not.

So the point of this post is that if this post taps you up, you take heed, really take stock of your finances, how you look at yourself and your life. Look at how you are making your decisions & driving your thoughts and “needs”. I had to make those hard choices 4 years ago and Wow what a difference it has made in my life. Yes, I had to make sacrifices – some tough ones in fact however, I can honestly say now I fully understand Romans 8:28: ” we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ” The part who have been called according to His purpose, I always thought meant a literal ministry type purpose. What I realize now is “called according to His purpose” is our transformation to living in The Way of His plan and purpose for our life. Our being obedient to His Plan and purpose in our creation of Being who we were designed to BE. And while we do minister in all we do there is more to it. It applies to our own personal daily life & our choices, good & bad determine whether all things work to the good. It is through our discernment, growing in wisdom, living in the Love He shares with us that All Things work to the good and All our Needs are supplied and many of our Wants. It is when the “wants” become selfish, greedy, or beyond our means that things no longer work to the good for us. Why? Because we are not living according to His Plan.

That said, Here are a few questions to kick off your review of what you are allowing to limit you/to bind you.

Do you believe being in debt up to our ears & hording Stuff is part of His Plan?

Do you believe speaking bad about yourself and others is His Plan?

Do you believe holding onto and beating yourself up about your mistakes is part of His Plan?

Last one: Do you believe the distruction of our Earth just to have a bunch of our stuff is part of His Plan?

Verse to Ponder: Matthew 18:18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “ Have you really considered this verse? Has it hit you, What you choose to to allow to Bind you and what you choose to let loose of in the Now, are part of the Keys to Heaven & Hell? Right here on Earth in this Life what you choose has consequences in this life and the next.

The imagination of man is like a canvas, what are you painting with your thoughts and words?

Here are a few videos I enjoy & I hope you enjoy too, should you choose to listen. And there are many more encouraging/helpful videos and readings out there. smile

Wayne Dyer- There is a Spiritual Solution To Every Problem/ Dr Wayne Dyer – YouTube

Making Right Choices | Joyce Meyer – YouTube

Choosing Which Doors You’ll Walk Through with Rick Warren – YouTube

My prayers are with you always as you grow.

Shalom!

Defilement comes from within

Matthew 15 – Bible Study

Weekly I have an online Bible Study conference call with my Legacy sisters & this week I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Share” In the 1st few verses Yeshua brings out 2 good points: a) we shouldn’t judge b) careful not to be a hypocrite

In these verses He is directing his comments toward “religious” followers & their focus on He & his disciples transgressing the traditions of the elders. (one of man’s add’l 613 laws)

Yeshua reprimands the scribes and Pharisees from Jeruselum showing how God’s laws are not transgressed & He reveals how even they have conformed His laws to suit man and his view of needs thru their traditions. He does this thru the commandment Honor thy Father and Mother.  I can speak personally on professing to walk with Jesus yet justifying for years not speaking to my parents and bad mouthing them. For years, I held hurt, anger, bitterness toward them based on their abusive and at times cruel treatment of me. Not to mention their racist attitudes & they way they hated on anyone of color. I was sure God did not mean for me to honor them when their behavior was not worthy of my respect or honor. In time He taught me, holding a grudge and all the anger within only defiled me. It did not change anything, did not change who they are, & affected many areas of my life including the life of my daughters because out of the heart the mouth does speak. So do you think they heard much of anything good out of my mouth about their grand-parents? Nope. And even though I tried to mend fences a couple of times things would go bad quick. Both their fault and mine, they were still who they were and I was quick to pounce and again cut them out of our lives. Ok, you get my point. Do you think God left me alone about this disobedience and defilement sitting within my inner garden?  He took me right on into Verses 8 & 9 which talk on how we talk the talk of Christ but, my heart was far from Him.  Right when I felt like I was growing in God, living in the cutest cottage with a fabulous garden and with a family that made me feel like I was part of the family, I got a call (or should say calling) from my parents & God.  My parents called asking me to leave my family and friends, and come take care of them. At 1st I was like, “you are kidding right?”  I didn’t say that directly to them but, I did say it to Jesus. I told them I needed a few days to pray about that. Well the next 3 days all I could hear was the Holy Spirit saying, “ Honor thy Father & Mother, this is your calling – will you Honor Your Father God and obey or is your love of God lip service?.”  The next few days I spent convincing myself of the benefits of being obedient and that maybe just maybe some much needed healing could take place. Yes, I went. The next 3 years were most assuredly transforming and nope not easy.  I can say it was a time of lots of weed pulling in the garden of my heart but, ultimately God’s seed deeply rooted within me over the years, begin to come forth. It was amazing to see and hear what Love & Forgiveness can do.

Can I say I am always obedient to His Word, No. I am still a work in progress. I can say, my relationship with Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit sure have grown and I do hear, see, and listen quicker now. And out of that, I consistently see His harvest intended for my life come to fruition. The coolest things is My inner garden, just like my natural garden outside is Awesome to watch as it transforms and grows. Not to mention, those He uses to assist in the cultivating of my inner garden. Carol, a friend here, of which I am working in her garden, made the comment the other day, Isn’t it awesome how God brought us all together? How He uses us to lift one another up. I just love Char’s morning encouragement text & the relationship that’s growing between us all. And now we are your family here.  

As I was writing my presentation for Bible study it hit me, my most significant experiences in life always start in a Garden. Then verses 13-20 made more sense. Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are the blind leading the blind.  It was not wrong I had left my parents alone in their blind ignorance. What was wrong was that I had been walking with Jesus for some time and still had not understood it was my MOUTH that was defiled & planting bad seed in the hearts of my children and grand-children. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts and blasphemies. These were the things that had defiled me, affected some of my relationships, and slowed the growth of good fruit in my inner garden.  I could have stepped away, prayed for them, and taught my daughters, grandkids, and others that no God doesn’t expect us to allow abuse or to enable racism yet, He does expect us to share His Words of Truth when the doors open in a loving way, He does expect us to forgive as He forgives us, and if the seeds planted are accepted Great and if not, dust my feet and step away and Leave the Issue to HIM to handle.

The rest of the chapter shows the introduction to Gentiles being accepted into the heart (kingdom) of God. read it for yourself. Did you see how Yeshua was obedient to his calling at all costs initially? Not answering the woman’s pleas as He had been called to the lost sheep of Israel. Yet, He couldn’t find it within his heart to send her away. Then thru her pleas and reply “even dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master’s table” it was revealed to Him her belief even though she was considered a lowly dog (non believer-Gentile) was just as strong, even stronger than many in the house of Israel.  In the sharing of her Faith His heart melted in compassion and her prayers/pleas were answered…that very hour her daughter was healed.  Yep, I believe this was an eye opener for Yeshua, a growing time, a time God showed Him His Word was meant for All His Creation. First those that were deeply rooted in His Word but, lost and then those seeds that had been falling into the heart gardens of the gentiles. Those seeds had taken root and were coming forth too. Then he goes on healing great multitudes showing how the Faith of the multitudes made compassion grow within Him and from that Faith & His heart of mercy and compassion Much can be brought forth from little. 

Shalom.