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Friday, September 16, 2011

Fearless Friday, September 16th

"But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground."

  Genesis 2:6 

I am praying for each of you today.  And I have so many things to tell you......unfortunately, so little time at the moment!
Feel free to leave a request or a comment!   

YOU, are special!

Also, be sure and visit Angela's blog....Free Spirit Haven!
You can find all sorts of contact information in my sidebar ......many
people are praying for your needs.

So many praise reports.....
Biggest ONE......

visit Linda @ Prairie Flower Farm!!!  You'll be blessed!!!


It is raining in OKLAHOMA and TEXAS!!!!

Praying this brings an end to the fires.

While I am praying for many things....

I am  


all GOD is doing!

HE is answering the cries of HIS people!!!

"Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you."   

 2Chronicles 20:17 
I hope to be back a little and share some is busy, but you know that.
Stacy, I am praying for the stress you are feeling to be replaced with the peace that passes all understanding....that your strength will be renewed and that you will run and not be weary!

Shoshanna, claiming 2Chronicles 20:17 for you and your household!

Bren, Ashlyn is in my prayers and my heart!  Believing God for an end to the hurt she is feeling.

~many, many more and I will be praying.

I'll be back.....the war is on, but the VICTORY is HIS!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday's Top Ten and Stuff

Note from Beth:

I am out of town today. And even if I was here … chances are that I would struggle to think up a theme. I’m in one of those phases where I can stand lost, in front of the pantry or open refrigerator, wondering what on earth to make for dinner! So trying to come up with a topic for not just myself, but you to expound … well … it’s just beyond me! And since I can’t come up with a theme … I decided to make that the theme. Make 10 suggestions for future top 10s. And link ‘em up below! Thanks!

Here are mine!  Where are yours?

Top Ten Suggestions, for Top Ten Thursdays!

If you could only have ten (different) foods to eat for the rest of you life, what would they be?

If you could witness any historical event you wished, what would be your top ten?

The subject:  the Night Sky!  List ten things it reminds you of or ten memories you associate with the night sky.

We all dream of things we would like to do or would have liked to have done.  List your ten unfilled dreams.

Are there ten people (alive or dead) you would like to meet?  Who and Why?

Ten habits that annoy you!  (yours or other people's)

What are your top ten favorite desserts?  Post the recipe for your most favorite!

Ten things that make you smile.

The book police are coming to your home!  You can only keep ten books!  Which ten will you keep?

List you top ten favorite quotes.

 * * * * *

Our weather is changing....change we can actually notice!  This morning the temperature was 61.  It's nearly noon and the temp remains in the 60's.  It is drizzling off and on.  The ground needs this!  We need this!  Hopefully, we can get the turnips planted soon!

I am thankful for the change, however they are predicting 90 to be the high on Sunday....still, better than last Monday's 109.
Tomorrow is our day set aside for prayer.  If you have a special need, please let me know.  I will be praying for you and your family.
This has been one awesome week, for answered prayers!  I hope to be able to share with you will build your faith!

With the appearance of the full moon, the Month of Elul is half over.  I haven't done this study justice on here.  For that, I am sorry, because it is  chalked full of blessings.....but before the month has completely slipped away, I hope to do a few more posts.  Life has been very busy for us the last week or so.

Still blessings abound!

We are on a journey and the road is rough....and will become more so with time.

Which brings me to this week's Parsha (Torah Portion/Bible Study).  It will be for tomorrow night, but here is a glimpse:

Ki Tavo "When you come"
Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29
Isaiah 60: 1 - 22

Remembering the Journey!

My friend Pam passed this along and I want to leave it with you.

"Love comes while we rest against our Father's chest. Joy comes when we catch the rhythms of His heart. Peace comes when we live in harmony with those rhythms. "
May HIS rhythm, be yours! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday, September 9th

It's Friday.  The Sabbath will start for many in a few hours.  Whether your Sabbath starts this evening at sundown or Sunday morning, it is a time to rest in HIM.

Today is the day many of us have set aside for prayer.  We want to pray for you.

You can leave a request my comments, send me an email or contact Angela....see the side bar for contact information.

Even though, at this time, I am not writing out all of the requests, know I am praying for you and your families.

Everyone who visits this blog means a lot to me!  I appreciate you, more than I can tell you!

This is where I want to be!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Month of Elul ~ The Vision

Good morning…..

I love when God gives me a picture… own illustrated lesson!!!  A picture is something my mind can grab hold of….think about……remember…..when things are difficult, I can think back, remember the picture and it builds my faith.

The month of Elul is about preparing our hearts to meet with the KING ~ preparing ourselves for a new year.   
The KING is in the field, but where are we spiritually?  Where am I?

If you could see where I live, you would flip…..literally!  I know, many of you live in nice houses, with beautiful yards and lovely gardens.

I don’t.

We live in a mobile home….an older one.

We moved our mobile home here, back to the land my husband was raised on it the mid 90's.  We’ve stayed here because at different times family members have needed our help.  ~ We did spend three years, living with my mother, taking care of her before her death. ~ But basically we have been here in this spot, for 16 years.  When we first moved here, I said we would live here for eight years……I wonder if God laughs at the our “plans”?

My oldest brother-in-law never married.  He took on the task of helping raise five younger brothers and the financial responsibility for his mother.  My f-i-l was never very responsible when it came to taking care of his family.  But he has long since been forgiven and he passed away a number of years ago.  Shelby, the oldest, made is living dealing in government surplus.  Some of you really don’t have a clue when I say that…..think junk!  We live on six plus acres, much of which is covered with junk….interesting junk, junk that has value monetarily ….but junk!

It isn’t until you get out by our garden, the junk begins to grow less and less….you can see the areas we have cleared, making room for the garden and places for the animals to graze.  You can see the clearing between the trees where we want to build.  And just beyond that, you see the pasture.  We share a rather large pasture with other family members…a “junk free” pasture….the FIELD.

Here is where I always picture the King…..when HE IS IN the FIELD…funny, HE is always walking west to east….like HE is returning from a journey.

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting out by the garden.  From where I sat, I could see junk, less junk, clear areasthe field.  And it was as if I was that little girl ……and as I ran from the house to the field, I passed all of this.  The closer I got to the KING, the less junk!

The vision (translated)….the closer we draw to God, the King of kings, the less junk we have in our lives.  We lay it aside ~ it no longer weighs us down.  We are free in HIM.

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings.”

~ 1Peter 2:1

It’s time.

Time for us to break free from the junk that holds us back, that separates us from our KING!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Building Our Homes Together ~ September 7th

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31

Building Our Homes Together, With JESUS!

Week # 14

Be sure and go visit Linda at Prairie Flower Farm, for more 
*Building Our Homes Together With Jesus* posts!

Hi Y'all!

I have been working on a Bible Study ~ covering the Month of Elul ~ but after taking two days off over Labor Day, I decided to post a Building Our Homes Together segment before continuing the study.

Praying God is blessing your homes!

Our weather has been so much better….cooler, the last 3 days!  I love it!

Last week was the local County Fair.  For us, the County Fair has always been a family thing.  Something we do together.
It is one of those “traditions” that we all enjoy.

(My favorite part of the fair, is watching the youngest grandbabies in the Ag barn, while visiting with old friends.  That leaves Papaw and the grown kids free to chase the older grands up & down the midway!  I admit it, I am too old mature to enjoy riding the rides. LOL )

And usually (like this year), fair time also marks the first few evenings of cooler ~ *jacket weather*.  The air begins to have that certain crispness to it and you realize *A*U*T*U*M*N* in all its glory is just around the corner!
All of this reminds me, it is time to think about preparing our homes and pantries for fall and work on a few projects for the up coming holidays.

Have you been thinking?  Maybe unlike me, the procrastinator, you have already begun preparing your home, stocking your pantry, and working on projects for the holidays.

Here are my “lists” for fall

For the home…..

Preserve some fall leaves in glycerin to use in fall flower arrangements.
(you use 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water)
I’d like to find some pretty red maple leaves, along with some yellows and browns.

Make a dried apple garland ~ alternating dried apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

Make some fresh apple jack scented soap.

For the pantry…..(& freezer)

We are getting ready to plant fall turnips.  They are so good!

This month I plan to stock up on the following:

1 case of crackers
3 large containers of peanut butter
A variety of canned soups
Add to the amount of flour in the freezer
Buy one turkey for the freezer

I plan to put up…..
More grape jelly
*Make jalapeno jelly
Apple pie filling
And continue freezing okra

*Usually, I make Chow-chow, however this year we don’t have the green tomatoes.  So, I’m going with jalapeno jelly.

Projects for the holidays…..

I have been making “what for who” lists.
This year we will be sticking with practical/useful items….
This isn’t the time for frivolous gifts that may or may not be used.

I will be making candles, soaps, along with jellies for many of our gifts.  These will be added to decorated baskets, along with a few other things.

For the two youngest grands, I am planning on making fleece-tied quilts with pillows to match.

The *middle* group of grands….art and craft supplies.
The girls will be getting the weaving looms (and loops) for making pot holders.  The boys the copper sculpture sheets for making wall hangings for their rooms.

The older boys….hunting/camping supplies.

Grown kids….
(These are the most difficult and I am still thinking!)
Plus they read…here, from time to time.

I'm thinking about putting together a family cookbook!

That's what I will be up to for the next few weeks!  That, along with homeschool and the normal everyday chores!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Month of Elul ~ Day 5

Okay, on checking the calendar, we are actually Day 3!  I think this is the first time I have ever been on time, much less ahead!

Yesterday, we learned the 13 Attributes of God. I had planned for us to start examining our own attributes - the good, the bad, & the ugly - but it seemed fitting that first we look a little deeper into what the Elul of Month is truly all about.

We already talked about this being the time when 
"The King is in the field!" 
HE is approachable during the month of Elul and HE is waiting for you to 'turn around' to make, in Hebrew, TESHUVAH! Turn around, right now and be paniym paniym - face to face (פנים אל פנים) with your Maker. Acknowledge your sins, your shortcomings, and your failures in order for you to make the straight mark of Torah. Then commit your ways to walking as Yeshua walked, humbly before the Father. Forgive freely, as He has forgiven you!

Elul is the first month of the rest of our lives. The Hebrew letters are Alef, Lamed, Vav, Lamed and is based on the acronym produced from the first letter of the words in the verse in 
Song of Songs 6:3,
AniL'Dodi, v'Dodi Li' ~ I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.

It is the month that holds the key to unlocking the inner and most potent intentions of our heart. The beautiful and romantic phrase from the Song of Songs represents our relationship with our Creator and our relationships with each other.

When we begin to examine our own hearts, remember it is because HE desires us to be in a face to face relationship! HE desires to forgive us, that we might achieve this very thing. This is a time of love, forgiveness, and growing a deeper relationship, not a time of condemnation.

AniL'Dodi, v'Dodi Li'


Friday, September 2, 2011

Life has given us a full plate today!

A very full plate! ;)
A quick note ~  to cover a lot of things.
Yes, it's Friday!  I will still be fasting and praying for everyone's needs.  You can leave your request in the comments if you'd like.  You can also email me or leave a comment on Angela's blog, Free Spirit Haven.
Look in my sidebar for more contact information! 
Many of you, I have talked to this past week, I will definitely be lifting your needs to our Heavenly Father.

Several of you also follow Linda's blog, Prairie Flower Farm.  If you haven't read the post she put up last night, do so...NOW.  Prayers are being answered!!  God has moved!  HE did as HE promised!!  He has made the crooked path straight and the rough places plain!!!  J & T got to visit  with V....he said, YES!!!  He is ready to be adopted and will be coming to America!  (He'll be a Kansas Jayhawk.....oh, well - just teasing).  God has done an amazing work!  So much to be thankful for!!!

My friend, Pam ~ In Ancient Footsteps
is doing a newsletter during the month of Elul.  If you would like, go by and sign up to receive her teaching!  Pam is much more knowledgeable than I am and you will enjoy! 
If you do, you will notice mine and Pam's dates do not match.  There is a reason for that (I am probably wrong ;) ), but it is okay.  If I am a little ahead, I won't feel bad should I have to miss a day.  Plus I will have the option of writing or not writing on some really busy days.
One last thing, you may have noticed my "button" is missing.  Beth, my friend who designed this site, has been experiencing some problems.  Her blog was "hacked".  Because of that, she lost some of the info she had worked on and is having to reload some things.  My button will be back soon!
If your blog needs some work, go visit with Beth.  She does an awesome job. 
New followers, WELCOME! 
Well, I think that about ties up my "loose ends."  Praying each of you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! 
The Month of Elul ~ Day 4
This chart lists the 13 Attributes of God and it is from 
They have a tremendous site and it is loaded with different resource and teaching materials.
As you can see, the attributes are numbered, then written in Hebrew.  They then provide the transliteration, the English translation and the meaning of that particular attribute.
Today, I just want you to look at the different attributes.  The Father's personality is complex.  It is like a diamond with many facets.
Because we are made in HIS image, we also, are complex creatures.

After looking over this chart be sure and read Galatians chapter 5.

Over the weekend, we will begin to look at some of our many faults facets.

Have a wonderful weekend, a blessed Sabbath, and may your home be filled with Shalom (peace!)

            The Thirteen Attributes of God   (Ex 34:6, 7)         


Yood-Hey-Vav- Hey, the tetragrammaton that means the Lord
His Covenant Keeping
Unchanging Nature

Yood-Hey-Vav- Hey, the tetragrammaton that means the Lord
Emphasizes His
Unchanging Character
and His Mercy

El means creator, the King
God The Creator/King
Underscoring His
Capacity For Mercy

Rachum means compassionate
As For a Child in the

Chanan means gracious
Showers Grace and
Favor to the
Erech Apayim, Slow to anger
Slow to Anger
Patiently Waits
For You To Repent

Rav Chessed means abounding in lovingkindness
Abounding in
To Both the Righteous
and the Unrighteous

Emet means truth
He's Fair and Equitable
in His Justice

Notzeir Chessed L'alafim means keeps lovingkindness for thousands
Lovingkindness for
His Generational
Covenant Devotion is

Nosei Avon means forgives iniquity
Forgives Iniquity
Intentional Sins

Nosei Pesha means forgives transgression
Rebellious Sins

Nosei chatah means forgives sin
Forgives Sin
Inadvertent Sins

Nakeh means (the one) who cleanses
Who Cleanses
He Cleanses Sin