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Kislev: A Contrast Of Light & Darkness

Kislev is the ninth month of the year on the Hebrew calendar.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the ninth and tenth months are the darkest of the year – the nights are longer than any other time.  In the Southern Hemisphere, they are the lightest season of the year – the days are longer than any other time.

But the winter solstice always falls this time of year.  The winter solstice is the day the light and dark begin to reverse.  In the Northern hemisphere the days start getting longer; in the Southern hemisphere the nights start getting longer.

It’s a contrast of extremes – It gets darker and darker until, on one day, it stops, and begins to get lighter and lighter.  On our Gregorian calendar that day is always December 21. Read the rest of this page »

Why 40 Years in the Wilderness?

The weekly portion of Sh’lach L’cha, Numbers 13-15 is the account of the 12 men going into the Promised Land to reconnoiter it and come back to report to the people what it’s like. This is the point at which Yehovah decides that the Israelites are going to spend 40 years in the desert.

40 years! How old were you 40 years ago?  It was the 1970s – What were you doing in 1970s?  40 years ago I was 11 years old.  A lot has happened since then.  What about ten years later in the 80s?  I got my first career job. What were you doing in the 1990s and the turn of the century?  Think about everything that’s gone on in just the last ten years.

40 years is almost half of our lifetime. It’s a long time. It seems like a harsh punishment.  Read the rest of this page »

Learnings From Leaven

Did you know, “about 40 to 50 percent of your day is made up of habits?   But you don’t recognize them because they’re unconscious.”

Michael Phelps started training at the age of 7, but his coach knew habits—not skills alone—would be the driver of his success. So, Phelps’s coach built a series of activities before every race designed to give him a sense of building victory. On the day of the race, he gets out of bed, eats certain things, does specific stretches and exercises, he thinks about certain things. By the time the race arrives, Phelps is already more than halfway through his unconscious habits and the pattern he lives by on a daily basis. That way, the race itself—and winning the race—is just another step in Phelps’s laundry list of things to do.  He’s made winning a habit.

Wow – the mind is an amazing thing!  But how do we transfer that to other parts of our lives? Read the rest of this page »

Passover to Pentecost – The Spring Feasts: When are they and how are they relevant today?

The Lord’s Holy Days, Feast Days, Jewish Feasts, Appointed Times, Mo’edim — whatever term you use, don’t miss these days!  If you are seeking more intimacy in your walk with Yeshua, learning about, experiencing and keeping these feasts (including the Sabbath) will bring you not only into deeper intimacy with him, but Yehovah will shower you with new understanding, unexpected blessings, strengthened faith and fresh excitement daily.  I highly recommend it!
Included here is a list of my blog posts about the Spring Feasts. Read the rest of this page »

Purim – A Reflection of our Own Faith

EstherWhile not one of Yehovah’s commanded feasts, I believe Purim, the remembrance of the story of Esther in the Bible, is worthy of its annual celebration.

Purim is a microcosm of our own lifelong quests:  to walk in Yehovah’s ways despite the pressures around us, to trust that his purposes are being manifest in the events of our nation and world, and to have the courage to submit to his sovereignty and will at every turn.  In short, it’s about living a life of faith.

As you read the story and the following posts, you will see yourself and your circumstances, as well as Yehovah’s sovereignty and guidance in your own life.

You want me to do what?

Have you ever been in a situation in which you wondered what Yehovah was up to? You knew you were in a specific place for a reason, but not sure what it was.  Or maybe you’ve felt you were meant for something more than you’re currently doing and have asked Yehovah to open new doors. You’ve prayed and waited on the Lord for your next assignment.  But once you realize what it is he’s asking of you, it seems daunting, more or different than you had in mind.  You might feel overwhelmed at the prospect, maybe reluctant or anxious.

Take heart, you’re in good company. Joseph, Moses, Noah, Gideon, even Yeshua – they’ve all been where you are.

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