Don’t Miss the Boat!

Greetings! As we move forward in Genesis we come to Noah and the Flood. Chapters 6-10. What stood out to “me” the most was the Faith, Commitment, and yes Obedience Noah’s story reveals. Think about it, Adoni (G-d) tells him to build a boat big enough to house not only his family but, 2 of “every” species of animal and is told he Must build it to certain specifications for it to survive what is coming. While the reasons given by G-d logically made sense: that mankind was out of control, filled with violence, & corrupt and G-d was not going to allow mankind’s total destruction of His creation, the “doing” of what G-d asked had to be daunting. I can imagine Noah thinking and likely asking, ” Lord, how am I to accomplish this? You know few if any will be willing to assist me in this project. It is doubtful even my own flesh and blood will willingly help me in the building of this boat. I still need to provide for my family too during this process, how much time do I have?” The answers to these questions are not literally written in the Bible’s writings however, the message still comes thru loud and clear. It was thru Faith, Trust, Love, and Belief in G-d that he began and “accomplished” the task given him. In these key components he withstood ridicule, ostracism (exclusion from a society), and really hard work (both mentally and physically) Noah and his family were saved and ultimately blessed to restored G-d’s creation/plan for us and Earth. All this because Noah’s relationship and heart for G-d was one of unconditional Love and willingness to walk together as One in the grand plan. You notice I mentioned he likely had questions. One of the things I used to feel when I read the Torah was that G-d was a demanding borderline abusive G-d, so I would skip these books. I can’t help but wonder did Noah or his family members have these thoughts and want to “skip this” calling of G-d. For some time, I couldn’t see the Love, Mercy, Compassion, or the Pain G-d experienced in His relationship with Us, mankind. It took me years and the Holy Spirit continuously pressing me to “really” seek all the Truth. And to do that I Must start in the beginning. I am so grateful now I submitted my will to His will and did just that. You see, G-d is not the bad guy in any of the stories of the Old Covenant. We mankind, were and are still the ones rebelling, being disrespectful, violent, and corrupt. While He gave us authority on Earth & freedom to “choose” the Way in our relationships, not only with each other but, with Him and with the Earth, He did Not give us the right to demolish and destroy His Creation. There is a limit and so far history has shown right up to this day and age that we, the people press that limit to the very edge. What His word and the experiences of those with us and before us are shared for is given from a place of Love, Mercy, and Hope that we will wake up and have ears to hear and eyes to see there are consequences to such negative behavior. His Word is to give us a Chance to repent and restore our relationship with Him, one another, and the Earth. Time repeatedly reveals, as recent as 2020, “a house divided Cannot stand.” Only when we realize it is thru Love & FAITH like Noah’s, and Unity of ALL mankind will Earth be restored to it’s created order and thrive to bear the good fruit and Blessings most of us pray and ask for. It is not thru Religion but, the “the Way” of Yeshua (Jesus) teachings. Have you ever noticed Yeshua (Jesus) didn’t refer to The Way of the Father by a religious name? All He kept saying is we must follow the ways of G-d and that is what He came to do, bring clarity to that Way. Another important thing in His teachings is His telling us, it is not our place to judge one another which includes non judgment of the “religious practices” of our neighbor…that is G-d’s to handle. Our part, as individuals who Love and Believe in The Way of the Father, is to listen, be obedient to his path for Us, Trust and just walk in the Love and Service He did. In seeking and choosing the Good things in life we are promised to reap the consequences and good fruit that comes from cultivating the good seed within us. In this we restore Life on Earth as it is in Heaven.

My assignments for this coming week, will like Noah , require some commitment to accomplish but, trust me I believe you will find these well worth your time. in segments all a week Read Psalms 119 & the book of Hebrews. Also watch at least the documentary. I pray you have eyes to see and ears to hear as you complete these assignments. I pray the visual in the documentary and series touch your heart and give you the desire to get involved in the restoration of G-d’s design. Whether it be in NOT throwing trash out on our streets, planting your own gardens, donating to organizations, or joining a group in your area that is dedicated to the restoration of sustaining Earth & the people living on it. Know this: In our disrespecting God, the Earth & One Another we are destroying Our very own survival . Just as in times of Noah and many after him, it has been proven; we are creating dire consequences if we continue down the paths of self indulgence driven by greed and division. Let us Not keep repeating the Falls of History.

What if we change – documentary on ecosystem restoration – YouTube. If you really want to get into restoring Earth watch the whole series: #1 What if we change – Hope in a Changing Climate by John D. Liu – YouTube

And here is good one to watch to get involved Urban Permaculture with Geoff Lawton – YouTube

Have a great week. Renee’

Humanity in the Garden

Hi again. We are going to tap on a few things in this segment in which I pray give you that inner drive to seek further in the assignments I give & seek further within yourself. After Creation was completed notice the 7th day was taken as a day of Rest! (cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.) This is something that has all but been lost in our society however, should without a doubt should still be observed. This is good teaching on Sabbath: The Sabbath Day (Remastered) – 119 Ministries – YouTube At the time of this Sabbath rest mankind was not required to observe as G-d took care of all things in the garden. And then came the “Fall into Temptation” or in better terms “disobedience and dishonoring of the Father“. The One rule asked of mankind and that slick willie Lucifer came along to show how he isn’t the only disobedient one in YHWH’s Kingdom. It is sad that still today his temptations start when, like Adam & Eve, we are young, immature, and so curious that we are easily led astray. Even sadder are the adults, who if honest do know better, have chosen to lead their young down the road of self indulgence, greed, and division. All in the name of success and power. Sorry that’s another post, let me get back on track. One thing I want to bring to attention to is when God began to question Adam and Eve concerning their sin (Gen. 3:11-13), they passed off the responsibility to someone else, committing yet another sin, lies and not taking responsibility for one’s actions. The Blame Game: Adam blamed Eve; she in turn blamed the serpent. And worse still that blame game has been carried down through time in the way many religions blame the woman. Which is inaccurate. Adam sinned, fully aware of his actions with Eve. The command was given to Adam prior to the creations of Eve. Genesis 2:16-18 therefore, “Adam was not deceived” (1 Tim. 2:14). No doubt that command was shared with Eve either by Adam or Yah himself. Further proof is Gen.3:6 which clearly shows Both chose by an act of their own will & desires to disobey the Father and fulfill their own desire. Those desires were encouraged by the temptation of Satan then “she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her.” That said, put the blame where it belongs, with that smooth talking liar Lucifer who provided the occasion for the entrance of temptation & disobedience into the world. The temptation itself falls into three categories which still hold true today: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16). All this said, your assignment is to continue and read Genesis 3 and Genesis 4. These chapters show there were consequences to man’s choices. They had rushed into the knowledge of good and evil – greed/selfishness/disobedience while still immature & yes, there Must be consequences. That being learning the hard way. If G-d had not done this mankind would take further advantage and Earth along with mankind would be destroyed. However, while he gave them authority on Earth, G-d did show Grace, Love, and Mercy in His willingness to show mankind The Way to get back on track. He did not just leave them. Gen. 3: 20 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.[g] 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” Then He, the Father showed even more grace in letting us know while it is now “all about our choices”, if we have Faith in Him, He will be there to help and guide us saying: Gen.4:7 “ If you do well, will you not be accepted?[b] And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” Note: Sin’s desire is contrary to our design as we are created in His image and He let’s us know we Can rule over it. You see, G-d cannot and will not be a part of sin and destroying all creation but, if you choose to rule over greed, selfishness, etc. cultivating and walking in the Love that sustains all things, He is right there with you willing to fight the good fight.

My daughter said once, ” mankind ruined Earth’s beautiful garden” This is true and still holds true for many in mankind however, we do Not have to ruin Earth, ruin ourselves, or our neighbors. It is a Choice to Seek the Way of G-d and restore what has been damaged. That is done thru turning from & resisting evil with the Word(s) as one thinketh so he will walk. We can change our ways with that two edged sword and rule over temptations by the way speaking and living a life of Love, service, mercy, compassion, non-judgment, accepting All things are and were meant to be for the Good. We All have good & bad seed within, it is up to us which fruit we wish to cultivate and bring forth.

This year in 2021 we really, really need to choose to restore, cultivate & bring forth good fruit back to the Garden. I pray if you are reading my post that you take this to heart, sacrifice some, and together let’s do it.

Surely by now anyone with eyes to see can see how this verse is oh so true: Mark 3:25 “ if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Shalom!

In the Beginning…..

1st let me say, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021! I know most are praying for a shift and a much better year that 2020. Ya know, some of that shift depends of US, our perception of the circumstances, and how we respond. We can look for the Blessings within our day, think on the good things, and keep sharing Love in the safest best ways we know how Or we can be full of anxiety and negativity which only begets more darkness and damage not only for ourselves but, for those around us. The Choice is yours.

I have chosen to trust God’s Word to seek my solutions and to walk in the relationship of Love He has been showing me for some time now. I will admit I have my days where I wander off and get distracted by all the mess going on, it gets to me for a bit, and then I feel or hear the Holy Spirit saying, “come back to Me.” That said, I felt compelled to kick off 2021 with a walk thru the Word starting “in the beginning” What I ask of you, if you are interested in walking with me this year, is to read & complete the assignments I list at the end of this post. I have read Genesis 1 many times however, this time I realized the work involved in the design planning of His creation. And then the actual speaking of creation into being was His Love made visible for us to view & use Daily. A design to sustain and provide for each and everyone of us, throughout time. No Big Bang or science of evolution could create the complexities, the intricate details, the LOVE involved in Earth and All Life within it. I had to read the Chapter over again, the question of who is “let us create in our image” popped in my mind. Then in a snap it brought a memory of my Dad speaking and helping me thru the development of one of my gardens & then how to resurface and paint a deck on a house. Then right behind that memory came the vision of Yeshua being the son of God and how the Earth is His Kingdom. How the awesome design plan was His for His future inheritance and family, US. I saw how the US in the beginning very well could be God the Father, Holy Spirit Mother, and Yeshua their son and like my Dad did they were there assisting and guiding Yeshua in bringing his design to Life. From their heart they wanted their son and his family to thrive and survive with everything they could possibly need. Yes, I can see those 6 days of creation were truly a work of Love for one another and generations to come. I had to laugh because then I could see how The walk, the way, the survival of Earth and all that is in it is really very simple: It really is Love and all it’s attributes that make Earth and us thrive and remain alive. We, mankind are the only ones making it complicated and a struggle. Think about it. When you are full of Love you are creative, spontaneous, full of Joy, what to be with the ones you love and to share it with the world. You are full of Hope, forgiveness, and even patience. When we let Love come forth we see the good in others. In most cases couples want to have children and share their love. When there is a loving home it just bears more good fruit of Love. Things do flow better and even outside circumstances that might not be so loving are easier to handle cause you know Love and where to find it. As I sat thinking on these things memories of how Much love God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have shown me even when I wasn’t giving it back, then how family members, loved ones, and friends over the years have shared so much Love Especially during the rough times. That Love flooded me over Christmas and New Years driving me to want more than anything to grow in my relationship with the family of God. It gave me the desire to really Let Love come forth within me and without to all who care to share Love with me. I felt a weight lift off me and energy be restored. I found myself praying the readers of my post want to join me in the seeking of how the Word works and still applies today.

So take a moment and read Genesis 1. Let it sink in all the Love and provisions given to us. Let it sink in what the intention was. Can you see how every need was provided and now look around. Do you see how it is all still there? Can you see how if we choose to utilize the provisions we too can create a Beautiful garden for ourselves and our families. After all, We do still have the master plan that works when you work it.

Have a Great week.

PS: And that master plan is not about religion…it is about LOVE.

Christmas or Not?

Greetings All! I pray your Holidays are bringing many Blessings. Mine sure did. Like many of you prior to Christmas I was struggling a bit. So today I want to share two of those.

First was the issue of Missing my family and many friends. It wasn’t really Christmas bringing the longing to see them but, it was drawing attention to how long it has been since I have seen them. It had not been my plan when I moved across the country for more than a year to go by and not see them. You see I stayed in last winter planning to take a workcation for a month or so in spring. After all, I was already working remote. My struggle was how hard it is to travel in/out of New York not to mention the question, “should I even be considering travel to California in these crazy times?” I wasn’t concerned with my getting covid, I was concerned I might pick it up and carry it into my family and friends homes. I wasn’t very concerned as I have the good sense God gave me and I do wear my mask, gloves even, & I do respect the social distancing requirements. My concern was that somehow I could unknowingly carry this weird virus to the homes of family and friends. You see many of my friends are older and/or have high risk health issues. So of course I began praying, asking the Holy Spirit to guide me & give me clear signs. It wasn’t long I got my answers. The travel requirements became even more stringent & I could hear nervousness in some friends voices at my flying in. There were some other signs too but the point is, I would not be flying Southwest after all. Then I thought well I can drive to my grandson’s at least, it’s an 8 hr drive but, I wouldn’t be so exposed and he’s only 25 and was fine with the idea. Well, God said, “Nope, you are staying home” The weather forecast shifted 2 days before I planned to leave and it wouldn’t be a safe drive. I was so bummed.

Second struggle was Christmas itself. Should I even be celebrating it? It is not Yeshua birthday & it’s become so commercial and so stressful for many. Especially this year since so many have lost their jobs, fallen ill, and so on. The fact is the majority of it’s traditions stem from pagan holidays. While it is referred to as a Christian Holiday, it is not Biblical at all. However, for me and many, it is a time of sharing Love, time together, and yes Gifts. It is a time of year many donate and show Love to perfect strangers. For many it is a set time to express Joy, Jesus (Yeshua) was born and whether it was his actual Birthday is not the point. And then there is this fact: While the holidays are synonymous with peace, love and joy for many Americans who celebrate, the holiday season is actually filled with physical and emotional discomfort. In fact, 88 percent feel stressed when celebrating the holidays and the average couple will have seven arguments throughout the season, according to new research. Are you seeing the struggle? I know I am not the only one experiencing these struggles. Then pile on top of these, COVID ruining so many family gatherings! Augh! So, as usual I began to Pray asking, “is this a sign I shouldn’t be celebrating this Holiday anyway? Is that part of the point in all the 2020 chaos, our disobedience and being so far off track from your design plan?” Pretty quick, that still small voice within said, ” you have a lot of Christmas cards and photos from days gone by, send them” I thought well if I shouldn’t be celebrating Christmas this is how to use up those cards. So I went thru my tons of pictures pulling out fond memories to send and hopefully bring smiles with the memories. I am a picture nut, real photos, not discs/etc, and for this it really paid off. Then 3 days before Christmas I felt compelled to go by small gifts for each of my immediate neighbors (7 total) . The fact there were Seven brought thoughts, seven often symbolizes completion or perfection, so maybe I was right 2020 is the end of my celebrating Christmas. Is that my answer? The next day, I kept hearing His Word: “my 2nd most important commandment is “Love thy Neighbor as thyself.” This made me look at myself and I realized I love getting cards & little personal gifts at Christmas (anytime actually) so maybe my perception of signs is not correct. So off I went picking out items I thought they would enjoy. While I speak to my neighbors, we don’t really hang out, (well except one my friend Gwen) & 2020 we, the neighbors and I, have barely seen one another. And there was one other issue in this mix, my one neighbor and I had tensions due to his playing his music so loud it rocks my house. Yes, I did ask him to turn it down and no he didn’t respond well but, he did turn it down. I had been praying on how to resolve the tension as I don’t like not getting along with my neighbors. Then on Christmas Eve I went around and handed out my gifts and if not home I left them on the porch or hung them on the door. (I always use gift bags so that was easy). Much to my surprise several of my neighbors had gifts for me too! Even my newest Muslim neighbors had bought me a gift and Islam does not believe in or celebrate Christmas. He said they really appreciated how friendly & welcoming I have been & wanted to share a gift in my faiths season. I went to bed feeling confident it wasn’t about whether I celebrate Christmas Tradition it was about the attitude/intentions of my heart. Then the Very best gift, Blessing actually, was the definitive answer to my struggle which came at 7 AM Christmas morning. The neighbor that I had tensions with, he rang my bell to give me a gift with a beautiful apology for being so disrespectful and rude earlier in the fall. It took all I had not to break down and cry. I of course forgave him, we shook hands (yes, shook hands) & it hit me just how much God had answered my prayers including waking up to a White Christmas, which made the visit from the neighbor even more special, he had come over thru the 3 inches of snow and cold to give me the gift. I closed my door giving thanks and praise and yes cried tears of Joy on this Christmas 2020!

I will end this post with something my fabulous boss says, “Life is 10% of what you make it and 90% of how you take it” . I could have stayed in my bummer state of being, frustrated and confused OR I could pray & trust God/Jesus/Holy Spirit would come show the The Way. Once again it was revealed: The Answer to it all is as Yeshua (Jesus) said in Matt 22:36-40 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”. It was made clear to me, It’s not about man’s perceptions or traditions, it’s about walking in Love and that my friends is the answer to all things!

I love theology, even though it did make me struggle a little this year, so for those that might be interested this video provides the history of Christmas. (1) The Christmas Question: Full Documentary – YouTube

I pray your Holidays and this post bring a bit of Joy and Love as we wind down 2020! Shalom

PS: Know I am not trying to sway your views, what I share is my experiences & knowledge I’ve come across. After that your choices are between you and God, just as my choice & the path I take is between me & God.

What’s in your Heart?

Hello, Hello…nope I have not forgotten my posting. I just was having some heart issues. Not literally. Praise Yah! Just all the stuff going on in the world and some personal stuff too, which put me in a funk with a writer’s block. The positive out of the whole thing is it made me dig deeper into His Word for solutions to the issues. I realize I have some heart issues that need healing so Yeshua and I are still digging – there is some hard ground in some areas. So during this process of digging out the weeds and softening the ground I just wanted to give a shout and let me readers know, I just need till the end of 2020 and “I will be back!” In the meantime, before 2020 ends, have you taken a look at your heart? It was the reading of this verse that pricked my heart and the deeper I dug the more I realized I had some deep rooted weeds doing some damage I wanted to STOP! Matthew 15:18 starts off: 18But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart”

I pray you are all doing fine, healthy, and have a Fabulous ending to your 2020, regardless of what the media predicts. Know this: God is in control and those who are in life’s journey with Him can count on His promises will be kept. So if you are struggling some too, here are a few to remember:

Isaiah 40:29. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. “I will never leave thee” (Heb. 13:5) “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil” (Jer. 20:11) “All things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28)

Watch for my New Year’s kick off post on January 1st! I think you’ll like the direction He is leading.

Shalom

Some things bear repeating

Yes, sometimes I repeat myself in my posts especially if they “bear repeating”: to be important enough to state more than once : There are actually a few reasons: 1.) I posted so long ago, I forgot I posted something about that subject before. Nope, I don’t go back checking before I post again. 2.) The same issue is still repeating itself so why shouldn’t I? 3.) All forms of media and even people’s conversations are repeated over and over so again, so clearly some things need repeated. 4.) Most of all, there are new readers that come to my site and they aren’t rolling back thru all my posts either, well most aren’t. So if the subject is still relevant, I may Repeat.

On that note, as we step into the Flu season, a yearly repeater, remember there are some natural things to help your body out. While I was a bit surprised to see this on Fox news, I was happy to see their list of helpful natural tips. Then there is WebMD tips. My Fav is the 19 remedies listed on https://simplyhealth.today with #1 on the list: Stay Hydrated- One of the very best things you can do to speed up recovery no matter what ails you is to drink more fluids. Did you know: drinking apple juice will also provide you with vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant and immune-system booster that can help you to feel better. And my very Fav is #3 Have some nice hot soup. And yes, I mean that literally. While Chicken soup is Great! some spices in the soup recipes help break up congestion and get things movin’. I can testify! So here are some good ones you may enjoy.

https://www.brit.co/spicy-soup-recipes/

https://www.foodandwine.com/soup/spicy-soup-recipes

https://www.foxnews.com/health/8-natural-remedies-for-cold-and-flu-season

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/12-tips-prevent-colds-flu-1#1

Well, that’s my sharing today. BTW: The soups are great whether well or feeling under the weather. So try a few, I know I am!

Shalom!

Will Earth Survive Man?

If we continue down the road at the pace and the way we are now, NO. I know many don’t believe in global warming. Those same people believe somehow magically everything we thrive on to live will just keep showing up no matter how we abuse the Earth. Wake Up! The Earth & it’s “Natural” resources is our sustainer, the provider for these bodies that house our Spirit and soul.

David Attenborough has a Great New documentary on Netflix Called ” A Life on Our Planet” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

It’s not on You Tube yet however, I know many of you do have Netflix and I pray you will take the time to watch. I for one believe the whole world needs to watch the documentary. We must educate ourselves & do our part Before we destroy our Planet, our Life and that of our future generations. Are we really so selfish we just don’t care about Truths revealing themselves right before our eyes? If my words are not speaking to your heart, if nothing else watch it to see the awesomeness of Nature and how all life works together for the good, when it is loved and respected. It is not to late to get involved in the “restoration” of Earth and in doing so “soften” the hardness within the garden of your heart that the seeds of LOVE can continue to bring forth new Life. If you are thinking, “what can I do?” Here is one of many sites that gives some tips or just google it for many more.

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/save-earth-top-ten.htm

Also, there are on You Tube many of David Attenborough’s videos on about life on Earth. They all are amazing. I personally enjoyed the one on the Jungles of the Earth. So pop some popcorn, have a family gathering, and enjoy as you all learn how Life works when it’s original design is respected. I can hear the Earth singing these verses of Aretha’s song: “RESPECT, Find out what it means to me, All I’m asking is for a little Respect, just a little bit!”

All LIFE IS Necessary for Earth’s existence.

Shalom!

The Final Analysis

Yesterday a dear friend sent the nicest card and in it she shared Mother Teresa’s Poem “the Final Analysis”. I had never read it and I just love it. They are words I plan to take to heart & read daily. That said, my post today is to pass on her poem & pray it takes deep root in the garden of your heart.

The Final Analysis

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.”

Shalom

Define Work

Why am I trying to define work? I am observing Rosh Hashanah & the beginning and end, Yom Kippur God said we must observe “complete rest” no work/servitude, as it is a sacred occasion. That got me thinking, what exactly classifies as work? Below are dictionary definitions:

a. activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. b. a task or tasks to be undertaken and completed.

In the Bible it refers to it being much the same as the Sabbath, the 7th day of the week, Saturday. A day of Rest, time with God, family, and to give your mind, body and spirit a rest. Did you notice however, in this occasion it says must observe complete rest. I am going to dig deeper into what that is exactly so more to come on this subject. For now though I can assure you resting from work includes house cleaning, yard work, and so on. So I decided to do just that. Focus totally on my time with God in His Word, watching Faith based programs, Praying, and RESTING! I ended up laughing at myself as it was much more difficult than I expected. I realized I fit in all sorts of “tasks” normally during my Sabbath day of rest. I had to really pay attention to not throw in a load of laundry, step outside to sweep the driveway, pull weeds, & etc. I had to ask myself, “Why haven’t you thought of those things as work before now?” The only answer I came up with was: since it is not “working for my employer”, I wasn’t really thinking of it as work. Shame on me! cause the more I thought about it, I remembered saying in the past, “Housewives don’t get the credit they deserve and should be paid as all the things they do to maintain the house and Family are work for sure and they do exhaust you by the end of the day. I guess somehow I didn’t include myself into that comment. Also, I am pretty hyper so when even on my Sabbath day, I find all sorts of “small tasks” just walking around in my own home. Like, oh maybe I should clean out the fridge, wash the baseboards, trim the hedges, and so on.

So I can safely say in my 1st two days of Rosh Hashanah I learned what “Complete Rest” means & now I must repent for my lack of being observant and listening God. There is a reason He said to follow Him in this. We Need it! Think: God took a day of rest after working (creating) so how much more should it be necessary for us? I must say, it did make for an entirely different two days and I am so thankful. God revealed some new things in His Word, I had some time with a neighbor that ended up in discussion about Faith, and I got to feel what it feels like to really be Rested! I fully understand now how in God’s Plan it is so important to have times of REST.

Shalom!

Vote or Not to Vote

In my opinion, this year’s Presidental race sure seems to raise the question, “Does my Vote really count?” Not to mention of the choices, including the Independent Runner, what if you don’t feel equally yoked with any of them? I don’t have answers to these questions. I am posting only to say, “this is truly a decision that is Yours and yours alone.”

Talk about rights to free choice, this is a big one. It is no one’s place to bully you, & try to make you feel guilty about whatever/whoever your choice is. As an individual, I can say my mind is unable to comprehend why some people are supporting the person they are supporting. While listening to & discussing many views and comments with some of my family and friends, I realized this is one of those areas that I really should listen to God and remember, ” it’s not my place to judge”. All elections result in passionate conversations however, this election it’s beyond passionate for many, it’s down right Heated! Not only about the candidates but, about the Right to Vote & believing we All Must vote. In one of those conversations, I heard the Holy Spirit say, it is just like choosing to Believe in Me or Not, it’s personal. How about you choose better things to talk about & stay out of these conversations. hmmmm . That struck a cord for sure. I have always been a strong believer as an adult that “we should have the right to make our own choices in life.” After all, You are the one that has to live with Your decision. You are the one that should look at the big picture and the facts, to the best of your ability anyway, then make your decision. The Holy Spirit’s wisdom really hit me then & all I heard was my own voice saying, “practice what you preach, Renee“, listen to God & leave this subject out of your conversations. Yep, it’s just too personal, I now fully understand why in the actual act of voting, it is in a private booth or by mail. So you can go in your private “closet”, so to speak, and make your choice.

Bottom line: Your choices are Yours. And if you are a believer, your choices are between You & God.

So, as you are making your decisions in these two very important and personal areas of life ” Vote or Not to Vote, believe in God or Not” just remember:

Life is “all about choices” & those choices are yours & yours alone.

Be Blessed & be Safe.