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Sabbath Ponderings: Shabbat Project

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Sabbath/Shabbat/Shabbos….what is it? Is it for us today?

  • Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3)
  • You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 24:22)
  • Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. (Ezekiel 22:26)
  • And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)

I have only recently been exploring the issue of Shabbat. I started the learning process by working through an amazing study, available free to us Homeschooling Torah curriculum users, and written by a friend of theirs. I LOVE this curriculum and I LOVE our Facebook community that comes with it. Along with the study, I looked up every reference to the Sabbath in the Bible, began studying Shabbat traditions, and so much more. What an AMAZING, beautiful gift our Creator has given us in this day!! It is one of HIS “appointed” times–a day He set apart as ‘clean’ and ‘holy.’

I was so excited to hear about the Shabbat Project! It is a WORLDWIDE event, that “big brother Judah” is celebrating TOGETHER!! While I am only grafted in, my Creator gives me permission to follow His commands….and yep, Shabbat is one of them. He also gave Shabbat as a “gift” to us. Some of the traditions of Judah (the Jews), are SO beautiful and so meaningful. We, as a family, have added in some of our own to see Yeshua (Jesus) within the midst of them as well!!

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Each Friday, my girls get SO excited to make Challah bread. Adding the yeast mixture reminds us of the “false leaven” (doctrine) of the Pharisees and the “true leaven” of Yeshua (Christ). To us, the kneading/beating reminds us of the beatings Christ took for us. Then, we wait for it to rise. To us, that is Christ rising from the grave. Finally, after it is all finished, it is reminding us that Yeshua (Jesus) is THE Bread of Life. As we pass the Challah around at the Shabbat meal, we each break off a piece. This is similar to the Last Supper. We also do a short “school day” and spend the rest of the daylight hours preparing the meal, cleaning the house and running errands if need be all so that at sundown….we can rest and relax with God and each other.

How do we spend the day? Starting this weekend, with the Shabbat Project, I pray to make it a technology free day, with the exception of some fine Bible studies and music. I also pray to get into the “heart” of the Shabbat with family fellowship. In the past, I have used this day to rest, to study my Bible, to craft, and spend time in fellowship with my family. I have also not been true to following Shabbat every week and I have felt unrestful and uneasy about that.

How do you celebrate Shabbat? Do you plan to join the #shabbatproject? If you never have celebrated Shabbat before, can you? What Scriptures impacted you the most in your decision?

SHABBAT SHALOM MY FRIENDS!!!

Women In The Word: B’resheet/Genesis 4 and More!

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Some great discussions/learning tools are happening in the group right now! Our reading for today (Wednesday) was B’resheet/Genesis 4. One particular verse that seems to have caught many of our eyes is this:

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7)

Oh, how we hear our Father’s heart here, and hear our own as well. Do well-be accepted. Do not-choose sin. Here we see him warning Cain that this sin, (his anger), desired to overtake him but Cain needed to ‘rule’ over it. While reading it, I am reminded of 3 NT verses that go along here.

  • And the Lord said,[a] “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat (Luke 22:31). Here we see Yeshua, (Jesus), warning Peter that satan/sin had asked/desired for him.
  • “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother  will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire (Matthew 5:22-23) Here we see Yeshua (Jesus), turning the Torah (law) ‘inward.’ Cain is just such an example of what anger can cause.
  • For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Another interesting concept was introduced by a fellow sister, Rosemary. Beginning to draft a ‘family tree.’ I know many of times I have created one from the NT accounts of Christ’s lineage, however, I have never started at Genesis. Let’s call this the Family Olive Tree (Romans-grafting in).

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Can’t wait to see what this looks like from all of you as we go further!

And last, but certainly not least, a dear sister spotted one of the same things I did, but she expressed it way more deeply and passionately. Abel was a shepherd! The Good Shepherd laid down His life for us!!

Please share with us your findings. Have you ever mapped out the line starting in Genesis?

 

Blog Bible Study Community!

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The other day, I blogged about a new community we had started on Facebook for studying and fellowship. After the post went live, some of my readers commented that they would like to participate if it was carried over here as well. Sooo…tonight I wanted to announce what the current plans for this looks like. It may change, and I ask your forgiveness in advance. As always, I am WIDE open to suggestions…and hope that you have some! Here is the general run down of what we currently do in our group, with some additions for things here as well.

Format:

  • Each week, as I do in the FB group, I will post a ‘reading schedule’ for the week. (If you would like to catch up with us, feel free to).
  • I plan, with anonymity, to share some of the discussions we have had and ‘summarize’ some of the ideas. No names will be mentioned. Nor will exact details be published, unless prior authorization is given. I want everyone to feel ‘safe’ to share.
  • From time to time I will post those discussions, wrap-ups, findings, possibly some questions, etc. and hope that YOU feel led to join in the conversation via commenting on the blog. I have considered doing blog link-ups as I have in the past, but that will depend on interest in participation as it hasn’t ‘caught on’ in the past.
  • Many of you have already subscribed to my blog, and that is probably the best way, other than the FB page, to get the current info on the study, the posts, and the images. Feel free to use the images!

On to the first week! Here is where we began this past Saturday/Shabbat, and where we are currently, all listed by date:

Week 1

Tonight, a very interesting conversation has taken place on Ancient Hebrew letters! During the day, discussions were brewing on the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. It has been a very busy day over there and I am SO blessed to see so many different women coming together to gently discuss their thoughts on the reading. Hope you will join us!!

Walk To Beautiful~a Book Review

 

What do an abandoned child, homelessness, and a hit country music singer have in common? From outside appearances, it would appear nothing. However, according to Jimmy Wayne, that is precisely what happened to him as a child and on into his teenage years. From the inside cover:

“Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.”

 

This gripping real life story of a child abandoned multiple times by his mother, couch surfing, running away, landing in a detention center and foster care only to be abandoned AGAIN, is a difficult read to put down. It screams of all the injustice done to children these days and the faces of the many that are in our foster care system today. As a matter of fact, it is those faces that have marked Jimmy’s life calling.

Along with his own personal story, the book includes numerous photographs of the author. Join along, cry, get angry and at times even laugh, as the haunting story of Jimmy Wayne goes public. I highly recommend this book, especially anyone (like myself), who enjoy hearing the hearts of humanity.

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New Bible Study Community!!

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Ahhh..Bible study. A long standing passion of mine. Drawing life from the Scriptures. Unity….uniting sisters from all walks of life: Evangelical Christians, Non-Denominational Christians, Catholics, Orthodox, Hebrew Roots, Torah Observant, Messianic..and much more. One common ground: Yeshua (Jesus) is our promised Messiah and a deep desire to read Scripture together. Maybe that is TWO common grounds. Actually, once we ‘kicked off’ this group this past weekend, we found MUCH more in common. We also have homeschoolers, non homeschoolers, stay at home moms, work at home moms, work outside the home moms, volunteers in ministry…and SO much more. Thank you Father….

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My original intent with this Facebook group was for a handful, meaning about 5, of us ‘sisters’ coming together and studying the Word together. FREE. No fancy anything. Just His Word and some original language tools–which are FREE. Sharing points of view. Sharing prayer requests. Sharing hearts. Being Bereans and searching Scripture for themselves. My heart jumped in my throat when that number jumped to 50! Oh, Father…what am I doing? There are SO many differences in this group. Can we truly unite? Our beliefs…or rather the way we walk out our faith…is so different. And, just in that moment, all of these beautiful women began asking questions…seeking to understand things they didn’t know….being gentle. Speaking kindly…not arguing. Thank you Abba for knitting the hearts of your daughters together….

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalms 133:1)

 

It is SO amazing to see the hand of God, but more amazing is to see that same hand uniting those that this world would think should be divided. No Jew, No Greek….all ONE in Christ. I am SO humbled to be a part of this….I am SO excited to see how He will move…I am SO getting out of the way so that He CAN and WILL move!!!

Baruch HaShem Adonai……..Blessed be the name of the Lord God.

 

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