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In a land, far from Home

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This was originally posted Nov 1, 2011, two months after my marriage ended and revised on Oct 31, 2012.  Some things have changed, (see the notes at the bottom),  there’s been a lot of healing… However, the intent of the blog remains the same.
*Reader’s note – Please do not take this blog as a personal attack, nor as judgement towards you. I respect choices of my friends and family in how they live their lives. I will not, nor do I want to force my beliefs onto you – if you want to know more, please ask, I’m not likely to offer other than bits tucked here and there on this blog. If you disagree, please do so respectfully.  The following is my story and where I’m at, my processing tonight…

Tonight, I feel a bit out of place. Ok. A lot out of place. Very much like the exile – in a foreign land, far from home.

image of costumed people and craggy tree in black against orange sky

For the last 6 years, on this night, especially, I have prayed for “my mountain”, Yahweh’s Mountain really.  He claimed it and pressed me to pray for it and all the people who lived there within a few months of moving to it. I’ve claimed it regularly since then, for Him, His use… I dedicated it once more before I left the place that I’d once made and called home. The place I’d poured my heart into, the place my children know as home… the place my husband always felt foreign to cause he was on the road for most of those 6 years and somehow had bought the miserable ass lie that he didn’t fit, was an outsider…  It was home to us tho, the boys and I, and I dedicated it, and our Mountain to Yahweh one last time before leaving.  I let it go.  I had to. There were way too many factors that made it not a safe place to be. I don’t regret that decision. I returned to my Father’s house and I know that is the absolutely right place for me to be… still, it’s hard, still I feel like an exile.

Tonight, it feels more poignant. Usually, on this night, after the boys were in bed at their normal bedtime, with no sugar overdoses; I would spend time in prayer, warrior princess warfare prayer, for “my” mountain.  Backwoods boys do tricks in ways that are dangerous.  Bonfires lit in the middle of the road, trees felled across it…  So, those prayers were first for literal, physical safety for the inhabitants of the mountain who might come across such “tricks”… but those prayers were also for the spiritual safety and sanctuary to be felt by the inhabitants of the mountain – human and animal.  Yes, I prayed for the animals who lived there too – the deer, the fox, the bear and our resident mama mountain lion (she should have been sighted this year, but I’ve not heard any reports of her or her cubs – I’m a bit worried about her this fall), as well as the black panther that had been sighted further up the mountain. Part of the prayer for the animals did have an ulterior motive… namely that they would feel the peace of their Creator when they were on my property, and that they would recognize the presence of the Divine in ways that was honoring of them, and protective of my children who daily played in the yard, despite the fact that both the bear and the mountain lion have been sighted within sight of the cottage.
I also prayed for the people… for their spirits to feel the Presence of their Maker, for protection from demonic forces, and from the sinister nature of our Enemy’s use of this and other of his “holy” days in ways that are unspeakably horrific and terribly evil. I prayed against any such events from taking place on “His” mountain, and dedicated the land therein to Yahweh.
That’s how I normally spend Oct 31….

Tonight tho, I’m not there… it’s not my mountain, tho I do still love it – the elevation, the climate, the wildlife…. Tonight I’m an exile wandering in the wilderness and desolate land of broken trust.

Yes, of course, I could pray. I could dedicate this mountain to Him. I could dedicate “That” mountain to Him… but, the sense of need, of calling isn’t there tonight as it has been the last 6 years…

This tho, is just a little taste of something I’ve always felt on this night… A longing for my True Home.

My first “school” experience was in a little preschool program that started at the end of my driveway, when I was 4 or 5…  Being so close to home, my mom thought it was a good opportunity and enrolled me. The teachers were nice, and I got to meet some of our nearby neighbors, as most of the teachers and staff lived nearby.  Things went well, to my memory till Halloween rolled around.  I was a gentle child, Highly sensitive, not only to external stimuli like noise and textures, but also to His Spirit and to all things Holy & Good, as well as all things sinister and evil, including innocuous things like toys that depict any degree of evil intent.  As such, Halloween decorations absolutely frightened me.  Put me quickly into tears.  Mom tells me she removed me from the school at about that time, cause, to her credit, she saw that it was not good for my tender heart. Still, as I recall, we went trick or treating that year. That was the year that the witch came out of one house, the one just above the entrance to the “Piper’s” development, and I broke into tears on the spot.   I think I “might” have gone trick or treating another 3 years… maybe. Seems like I chose to stay home after that….
A 4 year old exile, wandering… so far from Home, not belonging in the foreign culture I found myself in.

For most of my life I’ve wondered about some of the Bible, some of the culture… the worship, the Feasts, the meaning…. Almost 4 years ago now, I started on a journey to deeper understanding. It started with the History Channel’s program about Christmas. Sure, I’d heard the origins of Christmas were pagan, but really hadn’t thought it out in terms of what was consistent with my faith and beliefs. Here was a secular program, it wasn’t one of the “Christmas is evil” Christian naysayers.  It penetrated deep.  Did you know that Christmas originally looked a whole lot more like the revelry and debauchery of Halloween and Mardi Gras all mixed together? Did you know that the early Pilgrims from Europe did not celebrate Christmas because of it’s roots?  Did you know that many of the stories, and even the attire of the Jolly Man in Red were introduced in America by retail store advertisers like Sears, Coca-Cola, Macy’s? and were intended to create business for them? Yeah, me either….    When we got to the end of watching that, we very much felt like the nationsof Jer 16:19 “O LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of trouble,
to you shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
“Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies,
worthless things in which there is no profit.”

We knew that our practices regarding Christmas must change.
The following summer, our pastor did a series on the feasts which I missed in person, but got copies of to listen to.  I already wanted to know more about them… He’d invited a local elder of the Messianic congregation to help present Passover – I was thrilled! This was good stuff!  Life caught up with me and flew by and it was early spring before I remembered, and was thankfully able to track down that elder, and attended Passover for the first time with that congregation.  This coming Passover will be my 4th. I learn something new every year… I’ve gone from casual observer, learning and enjoying to dedicated participant still learning and enjoying!  I’ve found home for some of my spiritual questions… many of them really. Not in the Messianic movement, but in the Scriptures… in understanding the culture of the Scriptures. Its a culture I belong to, a culture that is “the People of Yahweh/Yehovah”, the “Bride”… That Spiritual place were my True Husband is Home for my heart.
On the other hand, in choosing this path, in walking the yearly cycle of Yahweh’s Feasts out now for 3 years, and not celebrating Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s etc I find myself often feeling like an exile, in a foreign land.  I don’t regret that decision. I’ve come into my Father’s spiritual house and this is the absolutely right place for me to be.  Still, it’s hard. Still, on nights like this, as I go wandering thru Facebook, I feel like a 37 year old exile, so far from Home (the place He said He was going to prepare for me, His bride) not belonging in the foreign culture I find myself in. …

Tomorrow will be better, I know… but for tonight I long for HOME and My True Husband, Yahshua.  And tonight, I see that on this night when most of my friends and neighbors have gone trick or treating, I’ve been longing for Home for a very long time… some 33 years….

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October 31, 2012
This past year has been good to me and I’m healing in beautiful ways.
The property in the mountains is now mine again, tho I don’t live there… and recently I had the opportunity to truly dedicate the land to YHVH in ways I’d not known to do before. LIFE has been spoken over my property, and over my mountain. It’s a lovely thing!

However, the point of this blog remains… at this time of year, especially, I feel like a sojourner… in a Land, Far from Home.

I can’t in good conscience mix the traditional practices (of Sunday, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Valentines – all holidays with their foundations deeply rooted in paganism) into my life and YHVH’s calling to not mix the Holy with the Profane, and to Come out of Babylon.  (For more on that see: Holiday History… as best as I can figure it  &  Holy days, Holidays – a look at Scripture & Equal Opportunity moment )

Yehovah’s calendar means more to me than it did last year. I love the Feasts including the Sabbath, that our Creator designed to be shadow pictures of Good things to come. I love the Substance they point to – the work and life Yeshua our Messiah.

Image of Blackberry cottage, sunlit yard, dark clouds rolling across the mountains

Final goodbyes; Blackberry Cottage, Oct ’14

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Nov 1, 2014
This year I’m in an even different place…. Last week, I removed all of the rest of any belongings from the little cottage on “my mountain”.  Very likely, by next October, it will be in the bank’s hands. So, I’ve said my goodbyes…
Today, there is snow on the mountain… I love snow. I love snow in the TN mountains, snow that comes and is beautiful for a few days.. occasionally kept us in for a week, but mostly melts within 2-3 days. Just enough snow to play in, not so much snow that all you see are shades of white and grey for 3 mos.. Perfect! Where I am now, and where I’ve lived much of my life in southern TN, NC & AL it snows rarely, and usually less than 6 inches. Most of the time, it’s sleet or biting rain and 35 degrees. Just drop 3 degrees and snow will you!? I whine at the clouds… So, there’s the weather I miss.
There is also the solitude, the stillness, the wildlife, the sense of being “out”. Sure, it’s very convenient to be 5 minutes from town. But I miss feeling like I’m in the middle of no where.. or as the map says it, “Backwoods, TN” lol yep, that’s it. Backwoods…
Of course, I miss the people too, but telephones and visits make that manageable… and if I moved again, I’d miss the people here…
As time goes on, I’m learning from how my heart responds to healthy love & grace just how much ugly I’ve endured…I still don’t regret my decision to leave the mountain, to take solace in my earthly Father’s home, to not go back up there to live. In fact, after a conversation I had a few weeks ago, I know even more than ever that I am not to live there, in that house again, tho I love the house and the mountain…  But knowing you are doing the right thing doesn’t make the longing or the loss any less…  and so, this week the soundtrack in my head that has been constantly running has been Grant’s song, “Homesick” which he wrote after I posted this blog in 2011.

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Oct 27, 2015
How life changes… How we grow… I was right, Blackberry cottage is no longer mine – due to unfulfilled commitments, the bank took ownership in April, and I’m emotionally okay.  It was the first place I truly made “my home” and so I’m proud of it, but I don’t in any way regret having left 4 years ago.  We’ve fully settled in here, tho the boys would love more room, more space.  I have no idea what the future holds, but I feel on the cusp of new, good, moving forward, further healing, and that’s delicious. I’ve realized this fall, that what makes the mountains feel like home is the sweet cold spring water and fresh vibrant air of the Appalachians above 3000 feet elevation.  My youngest son, the other day, compared that sweetness to Heaven Food.  Maybe that’s why the mountains make me long for our True Home in Him 🙂 .  In addition, my heart is tentatively considering the deeper meanings of “home” on earth. The “home is where the heart is” kind of home. The question,  “What it is to know and be known deeply?”   I know the coming year will bring even more changes.  I’m no longer homesick for a geographical location… this year it’s another kind of homesick, another kind of longing ..

Homesick for an actual location on earth  or for “where the heart is” makes me even more poignantly aware that I’m Homesick for Him… to be with Yehovah.  I’m reminded of the end of the Chronicles of Narnia.. As the children moved away from Narnia, going further up and further in, the land before them was, to their surprise Narnia, only bigger, brighter, MORE… and it joined with their homeland of England, only bigger, brighter, MORE…   That’s what the New Earth is all about… Home, just more of it!  And most importantly the ultimate fulfillment of Sukkot which we celebrated just a few weeks ago… Immanuel… God living with US and we with Him – in arms, intimate, loving togetherness.

And so…yet again…  at this time of year… my heart feels, in heavy doses, a longing for our True Home. …

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The Month of Aviv & Passover

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Thank you for bearing with me in my absence.  I didn’t get everything read I’d hoped to, but I’m still working on it, and back online…

It’s an exciting time of year!  Almost upon us is the first month in YHVH’s calendar – the month of Aviv! Which means, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits are coming soon!  There is such a richness in the feasts. I learn something new about the plan of Salvation, about the heart of God with every feast I attend, every study I embark on, every event I attend!
The downside, this year, is Passover/Pesach falls between now and April 15, which, means I have a LOT of work to do, so my posting isn’t going to be as thorough on the subjects most deeply on my heart as I would like…

Aviv Barley in the Northern Negev, Israel , March 19, 2012

First off tho – Aviv Barley was found in Israel yesterday, March 19! (Thanks to Nehemiah Gordon for making that sighting, and providing the pictures!)  Which means that in approximately 2 weeks, it will be ready to harvest in order for the Feast of First Fruits to be celebrated.  This is big news.  Just a week ago, it was looking iffy, which would have put an extra month into this year also (last year was a 13 mo year) and would have put the Karaite Calendar and the Orthodox Calendar off by an entire month.  Both have happened in history, but point being, the jury was very much out until just yesterday on whether the coming new moon would start the new year.

Since Aviv Barley was found, when the crescent renewed moon is sighted in 2-4 days, it will begin the 1st Month in YHVH’s Calendar, and set in motion the feast cycle for this year..  (Added 3/24 – New Moon sighted in Jerusalem at 6:14 PM 3/23 from the Mount of Olives!  We also sighted it here atop our mtn! )   YAY!!!

Some friends and I recently watched the following message from Jim Staley of Passion for Truth Ministries. It gives a nice overview of why learning about the feasts would be something we’d want to do, as well as gives a brief overview of each feast.  The one thing to know is when he speaks of Israel vs Jews, he is referring to the fact that Jews are not all of “Israel”, but only from the Southern Kingdom tribe of Judah (as well as Benjamin & some of Levi). They are the only ones who returned from exile, and became the Jews we know today. The Northern Kingdom of Israel  (referred to in scripture as Israel, Ephraim or Joseph)  encompassed the other 10 tribes who were scattered amongst the nations where they still remain today. They became the literal “fullness of the gentiles”(multitude of nations) as Jacob/Israel, the man, prophesied over Ephraim, the child of Joseph. If you hear Israel and think Jews, or think the country of Israel, you may be a bit confused 🙂

This last Sabbath I participated in a small home church. We shared some favorite songs, and then read and studied some of the Passover references in the OT. Below is a list of all the OT references to Passover, with a brief summary beside each one.  I’ll then talk a bit about some of them in depth – sharing some of our observations.  I encourage you to take time to read thru each as we enter the month of Aviv, and head toward Passover – which starts on the 14th day of the month of Aviv – so it’s just a bit over 2 weeks away 😀

Here is the list of the larger references to Passover and Unleavened Bread in the OT, to get you started:

Exodus 12 – the first Passover
Exodus 34:5-27 – The giving of the 2nd tables of stone, God declaring who he is, and God’s instructions from Mt Sinai regarding the feasts, including unleavened bread/Passover
Leviticus 23 – the List of the Feasts
Numbers 9:1-14 – the Second Passover
Duet 16:1-8  A few more details added to how to celebrate the Feasts in the land, in the “place where YHVH will put His name”
2 Chron 30  Hezekiah the King of Judah invites Judah and Israel to celebrate the Passover in accordance to Torah instructions in Numbers 2 regarding what to do if the people are not “clean” in the first month. This celebration is so joyous & healing that the people continue it a second week!
(read on into chapter 31 to see what the result of this turning to the Lord provoked in the people)
2 Kings 23:21-25 After Josiah cleans up the land, both Judah and Israel of their idolatrous places and altars, he celebrates a Passover like no other.
2 Chron 35:1-19 More details on Josiah’s Passover
Ezra 6:15-24  Dedication of the 2nd Temple and Passover, following the Jews return from captivity in Babylon.
Ezekiel 45:18-24  More instructions for cleansing the Temple for Passover.  I believe this is part of the larger instruction for the building of the 2nd temple, following the return of the Jews to Jerusalem.
First, a song to get us started… Passover Us, by Andrew Peterson – presented by King Street Church featuring solo vocals by Bob Jones, with the King Street Kids Choir and Drama team

Exodus 12 – The first Passover.… Most of us know the story – so I won’t repeat it, but if you are unfamiliar, read thru Exodus 4-12 for the full story.  A few details jumped out at us…

1. Some variance or reference of verse 14 seems to be repeated almost every paragraph (4 times) :

“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to Jehovah: throughout your generations ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. ”

2. The lamb was to all be eaten – and if your family was too  small to eat a lamb then you needed to join with another family. (vs 4)

3. The lamb can be taken from the sheep OR the goats. (vs 5)

4. The blood formed the points of the cross on the door. (vs 7)

5. The entire lamb was roasted head, legs, inner parts and all… (vs 9) (doesn’t sound so tasty)

6.  Unleavened Bread only is to be eaten for 7 days… Leaven represents many things but can be summarized in Sin – it was to be completely cleaned out of the land, and we were only to eat unleavened bread … May our hearts be cleaned, refreshed & renewed, and may we eat only the unleavened bread of Yeshua’s sinless life and sacrifice!! (vs 15)

This is My Body, Which is Broken for You….

7. The first and last day’s were “High Sabbath’s” kept as Sabbath would be except that meals could be prepared, these days were Holy Assemblies. (vs 16)

8. I noted that as the Hebrews were fleeing Egypt, they stopped in Succoth (which means tent/tabernacle)… A place which now has ruins which seem to be capable of holding vast amounts of grain, and was next to an immense open space capable of holding many tents of travelers.  Potentially where Joseph had stored the grain, and distributed it, and was eventually entombed. They stopped to pick up his bones which were carried to Canaan, in accordance with his request. (vs 37) (See Michael Rood’s presentation  “The Sinai Connection” – Episode 1 found here (be sure to watch them all, but the first 2 or 3 cover the Exodus from Egypt):  Sinai Connection, Episode 1 for more on the archaeological finds in Succoth)

9.  A foreigner, if they were circumcised, could partake in the Passover Seder.  The New Testament says we must be circumcised of heart.  Interestingly, vs 49 says, “One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you,” which, frankly sounds remarkably like the NT idea that we are “grafted in” to the promises of Abraham! 😀

10. We also talked abit about the first born, the one’s who were saved by the lamb’s blood. Of interesting note is I Chapter 13:12-15  where YHVH says,
 “thou shalt set apart unto Yehovah all that openeth the womb, and every firstling which thou hast that cometh of a beast; the males shall be Yehovah’s.
And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck: and all the first-born of man among thy sons shalt thou redeem.
 And it shall be, when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand Yehovah brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:
and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that Jehovah slew all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast: therefore I sacrifice to Yehovah all that openeth the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.”
Next up is:
 Exodus 34:5-27 – The giving of the 2nd tables of stone, God declaring who he is, and God’s instructions from Mt Sinai regarding the feasts, including unleavened bread/Passover…
This is just an incredible chapter – I love it! Here,  YHVH shows Moses His backside AND He Proclaims who He is:
vs 6, 7, 8
“Yehovah, Yehovah, an Elohim (a God) merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth, keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation.And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.”
 The last verse gets me every time… You’d think, if Moses was in the presence of Almighty, that he might be bowed to the earth already, but once YHVH declares and proclaims His Character, Moses wastes no time in hitting the deck in worship.
He then asks for forgiveness for the people, and begs YHVH to take “us for your inheritance.”
YHVH replies, “Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been wrought in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of Jehovah; for it is a terrible thing that I do with thee.  Observe thou that which I command thee this day:” (vs 10,11)
He goes on to command them to remove the false worship practices and articles from the land, and, instead, to keep the feasts… Unleavened Bread/Passover, Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) and Tabernacles (Ingathering)….

And, in coming away from this meeting, Moses’ face shines…


2 Cor 13:15-18

“But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.  But whensoever their hearts shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.”

Leviticus 23 – the List of the Feasts
The largest point of interest here is a bit of news to SDA Sabbath keepers… at least it was to me when I first saw it, and to those I was fellowshipping with on Sabbath..
See if you can find it:
“2 ….  The set feasts of Jehovah, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts.

3 Six days shall work be done: but on the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of work: it is a sabbath unto Jehovah in all your dwellings.

4 These are the set feasts of Jehovah, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their appointed season.”

Sabbath is the first feast mentioned. It is a mo’ed, a set apart time, date, feast, convocation.

I always knew Sabbath was special… it was instituted in the Garden, at creation, and found itself firmly in the 10 commandments… but, here we find it at the head of the list of Feasts of the Lord, at the top of His List of Celebrations. 😀

Numbers 9:1-14 – the Second Passover
This discusses both the second Passover that the Hebrews observed, AND a potential 2nd Passover, for anyone who was traveling, or had been made unclean due to a death in the family, and therefore unable to keep Passover in the first month. The ruling from YHVH allowed such a person to be able to observe Passover in the same manner, but in the 2nd month of the year.  There was grace….

Passover Lambs sacrificed in the Temple - Potentially what this looked like in the Temple at the time of Yeshua's life, as well as in the centuries before.

2 Chron 30  Hezekiah the King of Judah invites Judah and Israel to celebrate the Passover in accordance to Torah instructions in Numbers 2 regarding what to do if the people are not “clean” in the first month. This celebration is so joyous & healing that the people continue it a second week!
(read on into chapter 31 to see what the result of this turning to the Lord provoked in the people)
2 Kings 23:21-25 After Josiah cleans up the land, both Judah and Israel of their idolatrous places and altars, he celebrates a Passover like no other. 
2 Chron 35:1-19 More details on Josiah’s Passover
We didn’t read these verses at all, just briefly mentioned them….
What I find very interesting is that both Josiah and Hezekiah’s Passovers are HUGE events – Passover’s like non other. The people in Hezekiah’s time extended Passover an extra week just because they were so moved and enjoying the Passover!
I also found it striking that both came simultaneously with a cleansing of the Land from idolatry. Josiah did it before hand, and in Hezekiah’s reign the people were so moved that they went out from Passover to cleanse the land.  It makes me think that fully appreciating the feasts, so that they are as No other in history, personal or corporate, requires the cleansing of our hearts and lives of idolatry, and false worship models…. It seems to require a return to the Word of YHVH, to His Heart for us. In that return, we find ourselves drawn into a worship and praise like none other!
We find the Lover of our souls in deep and new ways!!

I pray that you are deeply blessed, this Passover season, in the month of Aviv!

The following song is by Andrew Peterson. Click the hyperlink to hear it sung by him from his Album, “Behold the Lamb of God” or listen below to a great live rendition by Jason Handy & James Keith Posey

Deliver Us, by Andrew Peterson, Behold the Lamb of God album

It’s a New Day! Starting each one in faith…

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The start of the day….


And the evening and the morning, were the first day, second day, third day…. seventh day…

 

And the Lord walked with Adam in the cool of the evening…..

 


I’ve been thinking about Yahweh’s calendar vs our Roman Calendar a lot lately. I’ve already quit celebrating the holidays mostly known to the world as the “church calendar holidays” – Valentines, Lent, Easter, All Saints/Halloween, Christmas, and even some of the “lesser” ones. Scheduling makes Thanksgiving and Christmas – New Years a convenient time to get together with family, but neither has any spiritual draw for me, and all the trappings of Christmas are not part of our December routine.

A friend noticed a few months, something that I noticed when I first started this journey some 3 1/2 years ago… “If a person is going to put away all things that are of pagan origin, that means a LOT of things… like half of the way we do life.” And it’s true… Coming out of Babylon, and the system of daily life and worship does mean changing a LOT about one’s life.  To the point it could overwhelm, especially if the point was about the To Do list, or the point were to be more righteous, or …

It doesn’t have to be tho! In fact, I’ve enjoyed much about this journey! Tho, in part, it started with the strong conviction that it was time to stop with Christmas observance and begin a coming out of that part of Babylonian Sun-god worship… Most of my journey has not been about a religion of “thou shalt not’s” but about a heart desire to know and love my Savior more fully.  The Beauty in His Feasts, is astounding.  I’ve been so blessed, over and over and over again…


So anyway, the Creator’s calendar… The days. They start at sundown. I get that, I’ve been keeping Sabbath since infancy from sunset Friday till sunset Sabbath.
At the same time… I don’t get it. All of my other days start when I wake up, and I hit the ground running. Often I stayed up late the night before finishing up some project.


That’s not how we were created. That’s not what Abba practiced with His children in the garden.  No… In the cool of the day, as the shadows lengthened and the sky began to light up with an orange glow, he came to spend time with his dear beloved.  They talked, they shared a meal perhaps, He tucked them in.  They started their day in communion, in rest, in faith and trust. They went to sleep with this incredible intimacy on their minds and of course, when they woke up, those thoughts were still there….


I wonder….

How much better would we all be, if as we watched the sun fall, we took a bit to spend with Him. We ate, we fellowshipped with our family, and we went to bed. In trust, faith, communion… What if all projects ended at sunset… and the new day began.
What would it look like to go to bed, in His arms, early… and to rise, very early the next morning, to spend a bit more time with him, and then pick up those projects and continue with them…

I wonder, just how starting the day at sunset would impact our lives for the better….
I think I’m going to try it to find out 😀

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Happy Birthday Yahshua!?!?

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Well, I have much I’d like to share – thoughts on each day’s beginning, thoughts on Day of Atonement, which was this past Sunday, a few details of my boys’ lives… but I’ve been incredibly busy the last few days, as we have school, and I get ready for a camping trip this weekend, in part, to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot.

There is SOOO much in this feast.  It is ALL about celebration. Wedding feast of the Lamb kind of stuff,  references from the NT,  Yahshua defining part of the ceremony on the Last Great Day, telling how it pointed to him… The remembrance of “God With Us” both in the past, in the wilderness, and in the future when hardship and “end time events” come, as well as the final end of the age when we will be with Him and He with us! This is a Feast that required all men to go to Jerusalem (and many of course, brought their family’s), where the family builds a temporary shelter in the fields and hills nearby Jerusalem and neighboring towns such as Bethlehem and Bethany; Shelters/Booths/Sukkah’s/tabernacles in which the men were required to spend at least one night (the women could stay in homes of friends, relatives or of course local inns.) and where there is a basket/table/creche for keeping food, as several meals were eaten in the Sukkah’s.  So much to say….

For tonight tho, I’m cheating,  and will ask you to take a look at the links provided for the possible explanation of the “intermediate” fulfillment of this week’s feast (which starts Thursday at sundown 2011, Started Monday at sundown, Oct 1, 2012) in the coming of Immanuel – God with Us!!

Feast of Unleavened Bread - A Sign, A Frontlet?

 

It’s a rather long discussion, so I won’t copy/paste it here, but the following two links give enough information, I think, to pinpoint Yahshua’s birth to the Feast of Tabernacles!!

So fitting, that Immanuel would come, during the feast commemorating “God tabernacling, or living with us”! It seems really incongruous for us to teach our children that Jesus was born in the fall, but to celebrate his birth in the winter – so part of our celebration will be about Yahshua’s Birthday!!

Check out these two links for more – study it out  😀

http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm

Many apologies, but this link is broken…
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gary.h.turner/XmasSept/xmas09.htm

Blessings to you all, and have a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles!! (btw – our  Thanksgiving was likely first celebrated as a feast of Tabernacles 😉 )

Even our traditional manger scenes have it portrayed well…

A Sukkah (in Hebrew it is translated Tabernacle or Booth.  Jacob made Booths for his animals, AND we are instructed to dwell in Booths during the feast of Tabernacles)

A manger scene…

A Sukkah …. (artistic note – the moon should be full in the picture – Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month counting from the new moon…)

A Manger Scene…

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