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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who abhors “enmity” between those that are called by His Name.  “Enmity” equates a hostile attitude, and it is impossible for me to walk in unity with the “brethren” while nursing such an attitude.  Thank You, my Father, for revealing to me that “enmity” has its root in pride, which will always bring a person low.  And I thank You, ABBA, that as I humble myself under Your hand, You are the One who lifts me up! Hallelu-YAH!

Rom 8:7; Gal 5:20; Jam 4:4; Pro 29:23; Jam 4:6; 1Pet 5:6
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who is my Lord of the Sabbath, my beloved betrothed, that I spend this appointed time with every week.  Ancient Jewish wisdom teaches that the Sabbath is referred to as the “wedding ring”, between me and my heavenly bridegroom, one of the symbols and tokens of our commitment to each other. With joy, I look forward to the continuous, 7-day circle, which gives me the opportunity to repeat my vows, and renew my commitment to my El Elyon, my Elohim, the Most High Elohim! I love You, YAH!

Mat 12:8; Rev 19:7-9; Ps 9:2
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who is teaching me how NOT to be “rude”.  Though my actions will many times speak louder than my words, if both my actions and words reveal a lack of respect, care and concern for my fellow man (one who was also created in the image of Elohim), I am in big trouble.  I am to “love my neighbor as myself”, and being rude and unmannerly is not appropriate.  Thank You, my Father, for all of Your instructions, as You lead me in the Way I am to go.  Amein.

1Cor 13:5; Luk 6:45; Lev 19:18; Luk 10:27; Ps 27:11
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who has blessed me with children and grandchildren, all for me to nurture and enjoy.  And while I delight in my family, I give You thanks for being the ABBA Father You are, always loving and caring for me.  May all of my household know and honor You, serve You in love and joy all the days of their lives. Thank You, Elohim Avinu, Elohim my Father, for all the promises in Your Word, the promises that cover all of my household.  AMEIN!

Ps 127:3-5; Isa 9:6; Ps 68:5; Joh 17:3; Acts 16:31
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who leads me to the still, calm waters.  When the waves of this world are flooding the boat, and everything appears to be sinking fast, here You are, walking on the water, reminding me who is in control.  You speak, and the storms of life obey Your Word.  My eyes remain focused on You, the El Elyon, the Most High Elohim, while this world, as I know it, spins like a whirlwind.  I know that You have Your way, even in the whirlwind …Thank You, ABBA, that You will never betray one that trusts in You.  AMEIN!

Ps 23:2; Mat 14:25; Mar 4:41; Ps 9:2; Nah 1:3
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who is my Adon Kol-ha’arets, my Master of all the Earth.  As I watch international news, I see the nations of this world in chaos, turning this way and that, looking for the “quick fix” that will solve all of their problems.  I look to You, my Creator, and I give thanks that You are the One in control, and that all of these things must come to pass before THE Day of my Elohim.  May it be soon, ABBA, even in my day …

Ps 97:5; Mat 24; Mark 13; Luk 21; Isa 30:27-30; Isa 40:13-15; Mar 13:29
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who alerts me of DANGERwhen I allow myself to become offended.  Thank You, my Father, for showing me that when I allow myself to become offended, I am not loving my neighbor as myself, as You have instructed me to do.  I am also reminded, ABBA, that I am not to think of myself first, but last, and in so doing, all offenses will vanish.  AMEIN!

Mat 5:23-24; Mat 18:15-16; Lev 19:18; Mat 5:43-48; Rom 13:8
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are YOU, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who speaks to me quietly in the stillness of the early morning hours.  Line upon line, step by step, You open up to me Your TORAH, Your Word, and give me the understanding that I need to walk in the way that I should go.  I hear Your voice behind me, in my ear, saying, “Yes, this is the way, continue to walk in it.”Thank You, my Adonai, for You truly are “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”.  I know that I am nothing without You, and it is Your presence that I long for, each moment, each hour, each day.  My YAH, my King, my Bridegroom …Amein!

Pro 8:17; Acts 13:52; Isa 48:10; Isa 30:21; Joh 14:6; Joh 3:29
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe.  Thank You, my Father, for the six days of creation, when everything, above and beyond my imagination, was made.  And thank You, ABBA, for the “rest” that You ordained for the seventh day.  I am commanded to join You in the 7th day Shabbat, and it is with pleasure I do so.  Shabbat is enjoyable, and it is also exciting! Hallelu-YAH!

Ex 20:8-11
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who brings many things to remembrance, exactly when I need to know them.  You urge me, throughout Your Word, “to remember”, and when I see this admonition, I know that it is something important.  I remember the deeds of Yah, For I remember Your wonders of old.  Help me, please, Father, to remember, to not ever forget, those things that are important.  Amein.

Joh 14:26; Deu 8:2; Heb 10:32; Ps 77:11
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who has blessed me with the ability to hear.  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 – I give You thanks, YAH, for this gift.  Hearing, I hear Your voice, the still, small voice with which You lead and guide me.  Thank You, ABBA, for all of Your words of love and encouragement – words that I treasure and keep close to my heart.  May I always be like the young Samuel, and respond with “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

Pro 20:12; 1Kin 19:11-12; Ps 23; Joh 10:27; 1Sam 3:10
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who has given me keys on how to recognize like-minded individuals:  those who strive to live the Torah lifestyle, and by their love for one another.I am called to “love my neighbor as myself”, and this is only possible as I submit myself and my life to You, my Creator and King.  Thank You, my Father, that because of Your love and mercy to me, I am able to reach out to others in the same way.  And I thank You, ABBA, for those others who do the same to me.  Amein!

Joh 13:35; Lev 19:18; Rom 13:9-10; Phil 2:3-4; Rom 5:5
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe.  My Father, I ask that, according to Your Word, You would “give me understanding in all things”.  I recognize and appreciate that all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding originates with You; help me, ABBA to understand more of Your Word, Your Torah, Your ways, and this walk that I am on.  Please, my Elohim, let me not be “blown and carried about by every wind of false doctrine of men, who through their craftiness are very skillful in deceiving the people”. Thank You, YAH, that You “watch over all who love You”.  Amein.


2Tim 2:7; Pro 2:6; Pro 9:10; Eph 4:14; Ps 145:20
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who is teaching me how to be kind in all that I do and say.  From Your example, my Father, I learn that I can still be firm while yet being kind, and that my words and actions should always be gracious and kind.  Oh, my ABBA, may my life reflect the kindness and loving commitment that You use when dealing with me!  Amein.

Gal 5:22; Ps 145:17; 1Cor 13:4; Eph 4:32
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, to whom I am grateful.  I am thankful and grateful for all that You do – for me, to me, in me, and through me.  Thank You, my Father, for I can daily – hourly – see the work of Your hands in my life.  Hallelu-YAH!
“I bless יהוה[YHWH] at all times; His praise is continually in my mouth.”

Eph 2:10; Ps 34:1
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who reminds me that Shabbat is also a time to reflect on my passage out of Egypt, and all that You, my Father, have delivered me from.  This is just one of the reasons to celebrate Shabbat, and to rest, ABBA, in Your embrace.  Thank You, my El Gibbor, my Mighty Elohim, for all that You have delivered me from.  Hallelu-YAH! 

Deu 5:12-15; Ex 35:2; Isa 9:6
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who is the definition and example of love.  I look to You, my Father and Creator, who loves me in spite of all the situations and circumstances I find myself in.  Even when I didn’t know who You were, You still loved me enough to die for me, to suffer a death more horrible than I can ever imagine.  And You love me so much that You are coming back for me, to gather all of Your people together, to honor and worship You, my Messiah King!  Oh, glorious day! Hallelu-YAH!

1Joh 4:8-10; Joh 3:16-17; Joh 14:2-3; Mat 24:31
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are YOU, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe.  You, by Your example, reveal to me all that I am not.  Many are the twists and turns in the path of life that I stumble through, while from each one I pull a valuable lesson, always pressing on toward that goal in Messiah Yeshua.  At each turn, I throw away more unnecessary baggage, cut off more flesh, and eat more of the humble pie that tastes remarkably like Torah.  Through it all, I love You more, for I know that as all things are working together for my good, I will come forth as pure gold.  Thank You, Elohim Avinu, Elohim, my Father.  Amein.
Eph 5:1; Phil 3:14; Heb 12:1; Rom 8:28; Job 23:10
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who continually warns me of the hazard of telling untruths.  You have shown me, ABBA, that should the truth not be spoken, in entirety, there is then the danger of agreeing with the adversary, who is the “father of all lies”.  May my mouth always be filled with Your truth, Your Word, Your Torah, for You are the El Emet, the Elohim of Truth.  Amein!

Ps 5:6; Prov 6:16-19; John 8:44; Ps 31:5
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who gives me water, water to satisfy the thirst of a tired and dry body.  You give me water to cook with, wash with, sustain my pets and livestock with, and to raise my garden with.  My Father, You freely have given me of Your Living water, that I may drink, and drink, and drink to my heart’s content.  By the washing of water and the Word, You continue to cleanse and sanctify me, preparing me to be the Bride You desire me to be.  You are my El Tsaddik, the Righteous Elohim, and I thank You for Your precious water, that I appreciate so … let it rain, YAH, let it rain!

Isa 44:3; Isa 55:10; Lev 26:4; Job 5:10; Joh 4:10-14; Rev 21:6; Eph 5:26; 1Pet 2:9; Isa 45:21
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who teaches me, again and again, how the principal of sowing and reaping prevails in every area of my life.  When I act (sow) in haste, I reap the consequences of it, generally not to my benefit.  When I give (sow) generously, with wisdom and discretion, I reap a bountiful harvest.  When I speak (sow) words in spontaneous anger and haste, I will probably reap a “tiger by its tail”.  When I submit every area of my life to the Master Gardener, allowing Him to do the work within me of pruning, fertilizing, and watering, what I sow, at Hisdirection, I will reap accordingly at His discretion.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener… Stay in Me, and I stay in you. As the branch is unable to bear fruit of itself, unless it stays in the vine, so neither you, unless you stay in Me.”

Gal 6:7; Rom 2:6; Joh 15:1-6
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who fills me, fills me to overflowing with Yourself! You have taken this empty, hollow vessel, poured into it of Your Ruach, and it is through this fullness that You are teaching me how to live my life according to Your Torah.  Because of Your presence within me, I am able to walk as Your light, and be the city on the hill that You, ABBA, desire me to be. May I always remember that You are the Melekh Hakavod, the King of Glory, and all glory belongs to You. Hallelu-YAH!

Eph 3:19; Acts 2:4; Acts 13:52; Joh 14:26; Mat 5:14-16; Ps 24:7-10; Rev 21:22-24
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who created one day out of seven to be Your day, kadosh and set-apart.  Thank You, ABBA, for the Shabbat, where I can focus completely on improving my relationship with You.  Thank You for the rest and refreshing that comes from spending the day with You, charging my “battery” to face the coming week. I honor You, the El Chaiyai, the Elohim of my Life, for all that You do … AMEIN!

Gen 2:2-3; Deu 5:12-15; Acts 3:19; Ps 42:8
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who has created each person as an individual, unique, and completely original.  You have filled each one with a blend of talents and giftings, and then placed us where You wanted us to be.  I am neither carpenter, nor law enforcement officer, but I admire and respect those that are.  I cannot perform delicate surgery on the human eye, neither can I understand a complicated blue-print of a multi-story building, but I rest in the place that You, ABBA, have chosen for me to walk in.  I acknowledge and recognize that all wisdom and knowledge has its source and foundation in You, my Father, for it is Your wisdom that laid the foundation of all that I know!  You are the El De’ot, the Elohim of allKnowledge, and worthy of all honor, praise, and glory!

Rom 12:6-8; 1Cor 12; Jam 1:5; 3:17; 1Sam 2:3
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who fills me with Your strength when I am weak.  You not only walk with me through the water and fire, through the valley of the shadow of death, but You also carry me on eagles’ wings, that my strength might be restored.  You teach me that it is not necessarily the one with the greatest strength that prevails, but it is the one whose strength is submitted and yielded to You.  My Father, how awesome You are!  You have made provision for everything I might need, if I would only seek You first!  Hallelu-YAH!

Phil 4:13; Joh 15:5; Isa 43:2; Ps 23:4; Ex 19:4; Isa 40:31; Mat 11:29-30; Mat 6:33
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe.  Today, my Father, I just want to say “thank You” for everything You have done: for me, to me, in me, and through me.  I am continually amazed at the evidence of Your work in my life. The saying proves true: sometimes I need to look in the rearview mirror to see how far I have really come. Help me, ABBA, to continue to run this race with endurance, always looking to You, my Creator, who is the author and perfecter of my emunah, my faith.  Amein …

1Chr 29:13; Heb 13:15; Phil 1:6; Heb 12:1-2
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who by Your example, is teaching me to love those who hate and despise me.  Only through Your love in me, and because of all that You do for me, am I able to learn to love those around me, to be the light that You desire me to be.  May I always extend the hand of mercy in Your Name, ABBA, that all would know to whom I belong, the El Rachum, the Elohim of Compassion.  Amein, and amein!

Luk 23:34; Mat 5:43-44; Mat 5:14-16; Col 3:12; Jam 2:13; Deu 4:31
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who covers me with the wings of Your shalom, Your peace. When I recognize and understand what shalom really is – the destruction of all the forces that create chaos – I learn to appreciate Your shalom more and more.  Thank You, my Sar Shalom, my Prince of Peace, for who You are! Hallelu-YAH!

Ps 57:1; Ps 17:8; Ps 29:11; Pro 16:7; Isa 26:3; Isa 55:12; Eph 2:14; Phil 4:7; Isa 9:6
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who is in the business of “character development”.  Through each trial, situation and circumstance, You are refining me, removing more of the excess baggage that is not conducive to my walk with You.  I thank You, my Father, that as I see more and more of the dross being stirred up, I know“who is perfecting all matters for me.”  Thank You, ABBA, that You will never leave me “halfbaked”!  Hallelu-YAH!

Phil 1:6; Mal 3:2; Ps 57:2; Rom 8:38-39
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe, who created a special place in time, and called it Shabbat.  You, my Father, sanctified and called the Shabbat holy, and instructed us to honor and keep this set-apart day.  Thank You, ABBA, that I have this one day every week, a place in the middle of a dark and evil world, a place filled with Your light and Your love.  Amein!

Gen 2:2-3; Ex 20:8-11
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Yom Berekha

Blessed are You, YHWH our Elohim, 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 this world that You have created. My Father, I am aware that without You, there is 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 Elohim, 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; Mar 4:23; Joh 14:6; Jam 1:17
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