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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 »

Keeping Passover and 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.

First of all, this quick reference guide shows the 2019 Hebrew and Gregorian dates, the Hebrew names, the purpose of the Feasts and Biblical instructions for observing them from a Messianic understanding.

Although for me the first time through the Feasts was more learning than experiencing, with each passing year, they grew in richness and revelation of Yeshua.  In the following posts I’ve attempted to share some of those insights in the hopes that you will be encouraged to start or continue your pursuit of your own journey into intimacy with him.

 

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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Feast of Trumpets & the New Moon

shofar-newmoonWhat’s the only feast that falls on a new moon? Feast of Trumpets! The Feast of Trumpets always begins on Tishrei 1, the beginning of the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar.  It’s always marked by a new moon.

Genesis 1:14 tells us:

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;”

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Deuteronomy, The Book Of Love

What do you see in this image? What you see depends on your point of view, your perspective.

There’s both a white vase and two black profiles, but one of them stands out depending on the way you see things.

This same principle applies when we read the Bible. We read it from a certain perspective. It may be a preconceived notion we have. It may be through a filter of how we’ve come to understand a certain passage. It may be a perspective we were taught. If we’d never read the Bible and pick it up one day, we’ll see things through our own experiences, sensitivities, fears, orientation to life and our notions of God.

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Yeshua’s Teaching on Deuteronomy 6-8

Sinai WildernessHave you noticed that the enemy often increases his efforts just as we’re about to approach a victory? We don’t always perceive what’s happening in the moment, but we notice that things get very difficult.  Then all of the sudden, there’s a breakthrough in an area where we’ve been struggling or praying for.

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