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Your WORD

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who gave us Your TORAH, Your Word, Your instructions, Your teachings, Your directions for us to follow.  Through the power and anointing of “Ruach haKodesh”, the HOLY Spirit, You have written TORAH, Your Word, on the pages of our hearts, that we might walk in holiness and righteousness before You.  ABBA Father, let our lives SPEAK, that all would KNOW to whom we belong.  In the Name that is above all names we pray, Y’shua of Nazareth, our Messiah King, AMEN! 
2Tim 3:16; 2Pet 1:20; Isa 51:4; Jer 31:33; Acts 4:13 ©2012

Open to the Day

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who fills my lungs with YOUR breath every morning, who gives light to my eyes as they open to the day, and anoints my ears to hear the sounds of the world.  ABBA Father, I am very aware that without You, there is no life, no life worth living, and I choose to give thanks for all of the simple, yet necessary things that I tend to take for granted.  The air that I breathe, the light from my window, the soft carpet when my feet hit the floor, even the alarm clock that notifies me another day’s routine is beginning – all of these ultimately come from Your hand.  I give thanks, my Adonai, for every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of all Light, that Father of all LIFE, who never changes.  Hallelu-YAH
Job 33:4; 2Kin 6:17; Isa 42:7; Mark 4:23; John 14:6; James 1:17 ©2012

Overflowing

      “… For his mouth speaks what overflows from his heart.”  (Luke 6:45 CJB)
Avi, my ABBA, my heart is overflowing.  Words seem so inadequate; to say ‘I love YOU’ is insufficient, it does not begin to express the wealth of emotion within me toward You.  You are the breath that I draw, for without You, there is not breathing.  You are the light and the delight of my eyes, for my with my eyes I look upon all that You have created, and all that You continue to do to bless and honor Your children.
You are the beat of my heart, for You are the One that formed me within my mother’s womb.  You continue to monitor this heart, making sure it functions in the capacity for which You created it.  You are the sweet fragrance in my nostril, letting me know that You are near, the gentle touch upon my head.  With my hands, I reach out to You, and You take me by the hand, leading me and guiding me in the paths of righteousness.
You are my “Joy unspeakable and full of GLORY” (1Peter 1:8), my “Bright an…

WHOM Do You Know

“Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. TEST AND PROVE YOURSELVES [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and KNOW [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected? (2Corinthians 13:5 Amp, emphasis mine)
How do you gauge the extent of your KNOWLEDGE?  Whom do you KNOW?  Who do you hang out with?  What are you certain of?  What can you test and prove within yourself, and evaluate against the standard of the Torah, the Word of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?  What is the ONE statement that you can make that you know is absolute truth, nothing but the truth, so help you, YHWH?
“For I KNOW that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, and at last He [the Last One] will stand upon the earth …. Whom I, even I, shall see for myself and on my side! And my eyes shall behold Him, and not as a stranger!”(Job 19:25, 27 …

Wisdom

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the Universe, who IS wisdom, and gives us wisdom, when we ask in faith, believing we receive.  Thank You, Father, for Your unfailing and never ending wisdom.  When we stop to consider it, You are teaching us common sense, the practical application of the knowledge you have given us.  How awesome are Your ways, Lord, and Your patience with us! What an amazing ABBA Father You are, for You are training us in the way we should go!  Hallelu-YAH!
1Cor 1:24,30; Job 12:13; Prov 2:6; James 1:5-6; Prov 4:5-7; Prov 22:6 ©2013

My Desire

“TAKE DELIGHT in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”  (Psalm 37: 4 NLT, emphasis mine)
Mankind, just by being human, are by nature SELF-centered – focused entirely on having MY needs met, MY wants fulfilled, MY desires catered to.  Once an individual enters into Adonai Elohim’s kingdom, the focus should then become completely opposite; WE (or ME) are no longer the center of attention or importance.  It is no longer ‘all about ME’; it is now ‘ALL ABOUT HIM.  As we turn our eyes on Him, and allow our Creator and God to become the desire of our life and heart, then taking care of our desires becomes important toYHVH.
This word ‘delight’translated from the original Hebrew, is the word ‘αΊ­nag’ (Strong’s #H6026), and included in the meaning is the essence of being soft AND pliable, delicate and dainty of habit.  So not only are we to take exquisite delight and great pleasure in our Father God, we are also to be happy and merry as we remain pliable, moldable, easily shaped an…

Only You

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who gently calls to me to come, come and fellowship, come and let You LOVE on me.  It never ceases to amaze me that You might desire my company more than I desire Yours, and Your presence is the one place that I can never get enough of. Oh, my Father, my YHWH, my Adonai, my King, my Elohim.  You are the every breath that I draw, the every beat of my heart.  “Better a day in your courtyards than a thousand [days elsewhere]. Better just standing at the door of my God's house than living in the tents of the wicked.”  “Elohim Chayim”, You are the LIVING God, and I worship You.
Ps 84; Deut 5:26; Ps 84:10; Matt 16:16 ©2012

Favor

And Yeshua grew both in wisdom and in stature, gaining FAVOR both with other people and with God.(Luke 2:52 CJB, emphasis mine)
Let not kindness and truth forsake you – Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, Thus finding FAVOUR and good insight In the eyes of Elohim and man.” (Proverbs 3:3-4 The Scriptures [ISR], emphasis mine)
For many years, most of us have been taught friendship with the world means being an enemy to YHVH(see James 4:4), and to a certain extent, this is correct.  However, ‘favor’ is something completely different from friendship.  Noah Webster defines ‘favor’ as:  “to regard with kindness; to support; to aid or have the disposition to aid; to wish success to; to befriend; to encourage; to be merciful to” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828).
Favor with ABBA Father is evident every time a prayer or petition is answered, every time a need is met, and a care is dealt with.  Favor with Adonai Elohim is His grac…

None Like You

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who orders my steps, one step at a time, one by one.  You bring calm out of chaos, peace out of panic, and a sense of direction from total disaster.  You are the ‘El Roi’, the God Who SEES, and to know that Your eyes are fixed upon me, caring for me, is beyond my comprehension.  “Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the mighty? Who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”  There is NO ONE, no one like our YAH, like our ABBA Father.  Hallelu-YAH! 
Ps 37:23; Gen 1:2-10; Mark 4:39; Gen 16:13; Ex 15:11; Isa 46:9 ©2012

For ALL Eternity

O Lord, YOUR NAME is eternal; and the memory of you will have no end.”  (Psalm 135:13 BBE, emphasis mine)
In the Hebrew language, a person’s ‘name’ is not JUST for identity purposes, so that others can recognize who he/she is.  A person’s name is a description of WHO, and WHAT, that person is; the name will say something about the character of the individual.  So, when YHWH Elohim is telling us that HIS name is for all eternity, He is also telling us that the person BEHIND the name is of a continuous existence, and will never cease to be. 
The “El-Gibbor”, the ALL-Mighty God, will always be ALL-Mighty, for that is His character, and that is His name.  The “El-Shaddai”, the ALL Sufficient God, will always be ALL Sufficient, willing to meet ALL of our needs, for that is WHO He is.  He is the “El Yeshuati”, the God of our Salvation, for that is also His name, and from everlasting to everlasting, that will never change.  And He is the “El Olam”, the EVERLASTING God, the One who has no beg…

In The Night

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who gently speaks to me in the dark hours of the night, teaching me, and giving me instructions on things I need to know.  You even fill my heart with a song, and when I wake in the morning with a hymn of praise on my lips, I know my ‘YHWH Elohim’ has visited me, giving me HIS ‘song in the night’.  I find answers to questions, decision where there was indecision, and resolve where there was wavering.  Truly, You are the “El Hannora”, the AWESOME God, our 24/7 God, for You never slumber, and You never sleep!  Awesome, so awesome, is WHO You are!
Ps 16:7; Job 35:10; Ps 42:8; Neh 9:32; Ps 121:4 ©2012

I Do Not Change

All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.” (2Timothy 3:16-17, The Scriptures, ©ISR)
For I am the Lord, I do not change …” (Malachi 3:6 Amp)
I have been born again for approximately 30 years, and have been teaching YHVH’s Word, either in writing, or orally, for more than 20 years.  For several of those 20 years, I devoted time to the research of the origin of the Christian Bible, as to how and when it was translated.  Accuracy is always questionable, especially when we look at all of the many versions available today.  There are many reference books available for the reader on this subject; I will not engage in a debate as to who, what, when and why.  It is because of the research that I have done that I now limit my Bible use to a few select translations: the Complete Jewish Bible (translated by David Stern) together with Jew…

My YAH Reigns

Blessed are You, YHWH our God, King of the universe, who not only set the sun, moon, and stars in their place, but set in order the pattern for their coming and their going.  No matter the circumstances and situations of my personal life, I know that as long as my YAH reigns, the sun will rise in the east, set in the west, and the moon will shine its light in the night sky.  As I look to the east, and watch the sky beginning to lighten with the coming dawn, I anticipate Your imminent return.  You are MY “El Elyon”, the Most High God, and I am very thankful, very grateful, that I am Your child.  Your ways are truly higher than mine, and excellent above all the earth! 
Gen 1:14-17; Job 38; Ps 113:3; Acts 1:9-11; Zech 14:4; Ps 9:2; Isa 55:9 ©2013

WHO Are You Hearing?

“What has been is what will be, what has been done is what will be done, and THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN. Is there something of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It existed already in the ages before us.”   (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 CJB, emphasis mine)
When the serpent appeared to Eve in the Garden, his plan was to twist and pervert the WORD that YHWH had given to these first humans, causing them to doubt the sincerity and integrity of the Father (see Genesis 3:1-5).  When Messiah Y’shua was tempted in the wilderness by the adversary, it was the same plan and purpose that was used in the Garden.  Twisting and perverting the TORAH, the WORD of God (see Luke 4:1-13), the adversary tried to trick and trap our Lord. Please understand, brothers and sisters, our adversary (the devil) is very familiar with the WORD of YHVH, and knows it backwards, forward, and inside out.  He has studied God’s Word since it was first spoken, which is why he is able to so easily pervert and twist it.
Cult…

To Hear

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who has blessed us with the gift of hearing.  To be able to hear the multitude of different sounds that You have created – from the whisper of a gentle breeze in the tree tops, to the roaring thunder of the majestic Niagara Falls – we give You thanks, YAH, for this gift.  Hearing, we hear Your voice, the still, small voice with which You lead and guide us.  Thank You, ABBA, for all of Your words of love and encouragement – words that we treasure and keep close to our hearts. May we always be like the young Samuel, and respond with:
“Speak, for Your servant hears.”
Prov 20:12; 1Kings 19:12; Ps 23; John 10:27; 1Sam 3:10 ©2012

Draw Near

“… let us DRAW NEAR with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”  (Hebrews 10:22 NKJV, emphasis mine)
The Greek translated for us in this verse as ‘draw near’ is from one word: “proserchomai” (Strong’s #G4334), and has a rich meaning to it.  Within the phrase ‘draw near’, we find the concept of coming TO someone, approaching them, with the desire to have a conversation.  When used in reference to Adonai YHWH, the phrase implies “coming to God, drawing near to Him in prayer, sacrifice, worship, devotion of heart and life, with the intention of becoming His disciple and follower” (Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament ©1992).
However, there is FIRST a condition that must be met BEFORE we are able to draw near to our ABBA Father.  We must appropriate for ourselves the cleansing blood of Messiah Y‘shua, and allow His blood to remove all of the sin stains that are still lingering upon us.  On…

The Invitation

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who invites us to come, and BE with You.  You never force us; You invite us, but with the invitation is the promise of a loving welcome, and fellowship like no other.  You provide for us a place of security and rest, a calm haven from the storms of life.  You are our Father; we are Your children.  It is to You that we run, not for what is in Your hand, but because of what comes from Your heart.  We love You, adore You, our ABBA, and we thank You for WHO You are.
Isa 55:23; John 7:37; Ps 144:2; Ps 61:3; Ps 119:32; Ps 42:1 ©2012

No Account

“{Love}… takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].”  (1Corinthians 13:5 Amp, insert mine)
There is recounted for us a story in the Old Testament, of how ten brothers, jealous of a younger one, sold THIS brother into slavery, never expecting to see him again (Genesis 37:12-36).  ‘But GOD had other plans, and working all things together for the good of everyone concerned (Romans 8:28), used these circumstances for the deliverance of the entire family, teaching a significant lesson to all concerned.  This younger brother, Joseph, rose from the status of a lowly slave in a prison, to that of prime minister of ALL of Egypt, never holding a grudge against his brothers for what they did to him (Genesis 45:5-9; 50:19-20).  Joseph’s trust was in his Adonai Elohim, knowing that God would turn all things around for good, because he trusted in the One who cannot lie (The Lord was WITH Joseph – Genesis 39:2-3, 21,23; 41:38).
I have asked myself if I should …

No Offense

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who reveals to me the importance of releasing EVERY hurt and offense, real or imagined.  You have shown me that I cannot nurse these offenses, hold them close to my bosom, for they will become a cancer, and ultimately destroy me. Looking to the example of Messiah Y’shua, I must choose to release every hurt and offense, and walk in complete forgiveness toward others – then and only then can You forgive me for all of my sins and failures.  ABBA – Father – forgive me for all that I have held on to, in my self-righteousness and pride.  Thank You for cleansing me, THIS day, as I walk in newness of life, life everlasting, and joy unspeakable.  Hallelu-YAH!
Matt 6:14-15; Heb 12:15; Luke 23:24; Matt 18:21-22; Matt 6:12; 1Pet 1:8 ©2012

MY Support

“I took my rest in sleep, and then again I was awake; for the Lord was my support.” (Psalm 3:5 ERV)
Not too many years ago, on a trip to Las Vegas, my husband and I took some ‘time out’ to visit Hoover Dam.  Construction was, at that time, in progress on the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, which consisted of an ENORMOUS bridge a short ways downstream of the dam.  The purpose of this bridge was to eventually carry the bulk of traffic back and forth from Nevada and Arizona, diverting them away from crossing over the narrow dam.
The span of this bridge was awe-inspiring, and I did not envy the workers up there at that height.  I later learned (thank you, Wikipedia!) that the bridge is some 900 feet above the Colorado River (gives me the shudders), and is the longest concrete arch in the western hemisphere.  It is the first of its kind to be built in the United States – a concrete and steel composite arch bridge – and is the second highest bridge in the nation.
Without that foundation of concrete…

Twists and Turns

Blessed are YOU, YHWH our God, King of the universe.  You, by Your example, reveal to us all that we are NOT.  You then patiently take us by the hand, turn us around, and show us how to achieve what YOU desire us to be.  Many are the circumstances, the twists and turns in the path of life that we stumble through.  From each one we pull a valuable lesson, always pressing on toward that goal in Messiah Y’shua.  At each turn, we leave more unnecessary baggage, cut off more flesh, eat more of the humble pie that tastes remarkably like TORAH, and gives us LIFE.  And through it all, we love You more, for we know that as ALL things are working together for our good, we WILL come forth as pure gold.  Thank You, “Elohim Avinu”, God our Father.
Eph 5:1; Ps 119:105; Prov 6:23; Phil 3:14; Heb 12:1; Rom 8:28; Job 23:10 ©2013

TRUTH

“Still, you want TRUTH in the inner person; so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart.”  (Psalm 51:6 CJB, emphasis mine)
̛Emet” (Strong’s #H571) is the Hebrew word for ‘truth’, and it is a foundational word to LIFE.  In the Hebrew language, the word ̛ emet” is spelled with three letters, the first, middle, and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Ancient Jewish wisdom has  interpreted this  to mean that truth bonds everything YHWH created together, from the first to the last, including ALL that is in the middle.  Truth denotes a dependability, a reliability, a trustworthiness, and something, or someone, that you can stake your life on.  And that is exactly what we do, when we take our Messiah Y’shua at HIS word:
“Yeshua said, "I AM the Way — and THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE; no one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6 CJB, emphasis mine)
However, truth is also an intense light (see John 8:12), and will bring under inspection certain areas of our lives that might not be l…

Parched

I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”  (Psalm 143:6 Amp)
The drought conditions we have been experiencing here in the United States in the last two years has been an on again/off again story, and the resulting fires caused by the dry conditions have been heart breaking, as we watch families lose their homes, belongings, and even their lives, to these merciless forces of nature.  A lack of water IN, and ON, the land is a serious and critical issue, one that we have little means of alleviating in our own human capacity.  It is Adonai Elohim , the Lord God, who gives us rain in due season, but when the heavens are shut up, we pray, and trust in our Creator.
However, consider the lack of ‘spiritual’ water in our personal lives.  THIS water is NOT in short supply, and we have no reason for a ‘dry’ condition in our spirit man.  If we have searched our hearts, and KNOW that there is nothing to hind…

His Treasured Possession

“In this vein have those who revere the Lord been talking to one another.  The Lord has heard and noted it, and a scroll of remembrance has been written at His behest concerning those who revere the Lord and esteem His name. And on the day that I am preparing, said the Lord of Hosts, they shall be MY TREASURED POSSESSION; I will be tender toward them as a man is tender toward a son who ministers to him.”  (Malachi 3:16-18 Jewish Study Bible, Tanakh Translation, emphasis mine)
When we are gathered together in fellowship, speaking of things concerning Adonai YHVH, it comes as no surprise that He hears and notes everything that we say and discuss.  When we are careful to show Him all of the love, reverence, and honor that is due Him for WHO He is, He is just as careful to make note of it.  But to realize that a record book is being kept of these discussions is something that bears further meditation.
Therefore, as these days of darkness grow increasing darker, let us be all that much more …

My Instructors

Blessed are You, YHWH our God, King of the universe, who hand-picked all the instructors and teachers you wished me to learn from, and those I am STILL learning from.  Step by step, line upon line, precept by precept, You have shown me those I was to walk with, observe, and allow to mentor and disciple me.  And You have been faithful to reveal to me when each season was fulfilled and completed, and all of the knowledge absorbed.  Thank YOU, my ABBA, for the lesson You have taught me concerning the safety in submission, for as I submit to You, and those who have the rule and authority over me, I will always be in right relationship with You.  My “El Hanne’eman”, my Faithful God, as long as my hand remains in Yours, I know that my steps will always be ordered aright.  Hallelu-YAH!
Deut 11:19; 1Cor 12:28; Isa 28:9-10; 1Kin  19:21; Ecc 3:1; Heb 13:17; Deut 31:9; Deut 7:9; Ps 37:23 ©2013

Great was the Fall

“And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell--and great and complete was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:27 Amp)
A little over a year ago, my husband and I suffered through a particularly severe storm, which announced itself with loud, howling winds.  One of our older cottonwood trees (it stood by the creek that runs through the bottom part of our property) was snapped off approximately 6 feet above the ground, just like it was a tooth-pick. What was equally shocking to see was how rotten the inside of this tree was.  Most of the main part of the trunk was hollow with rot, while the upper part of the tree limbs were still green and firm, covered with leaves, and the appearance of life and health.
My husband and I stood and contemplated this tree for about a week, where it had fallen: half on one side of the creek, and the remaining half on the other side of the creek, with many, many branches trailing IN the creek.  We praised ABBA Fathe…

TORAH Foundation

Blessed are you, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who has given us TORAH.  These are the instructions and teachings of YOUR Word, instructions in righteousness that we can build our lives upon, a foundation that has stood firm and strong through the test of time. We stand in awe, “El Tsaddik”, our Righteous God, that because of the RENEWED covenant we have through the shed blood of our Messiah Y’shua, TORAH is now written on the pages of our hearts!  Thank You, Adonai YHWH, for the ‘Ruach HaKodesh’, the HOLY Spirit of God, who opens WIDE the eyes of our understanding, teaching us, leading us, and revealing to us the hidden things from Your amazing Word!  We delight in Your Word, and we treasure it above all else! Hallelu-YAH! 
2Tim 3:16; Ps 119:89; Isa 40:8; Isa 45:21; 1Cor 11:25; Jer 31:33; Eph 1:18; John 14:26; Ps 119:24, 77 ©2012