I really liked this guy's article on sprouts. Specifically, what sprouts are best for travel and different conditions. Check it out...
This website has tons of videos, how-to articles, and all else you may need for sprouting! I stumbled upon it tonight when I got curious if I could eat sprouted flax seeds. Went to their search page and found my answer....pretty awesome, I'd say! So here's the site: http://sproutpeople.org/
I don't know how I wound up there, but tonight I stumbled onto the Voice of the Martyrs website, and was moved to tears reading the stories of those being persecuted all over the world for their faith in our Messiah. I know that we are all preparing ourselves for great tribulation, and I know what I would want if it were my time to stand for the faith: prayer and encouragement. This is exactly what these men and women are asking for and VOM is making it extremely simple for you to help.
This morning, on the day of our Messiah's resurrection and becoming the firstfruits offering, I sit alone with my littlest babe. On a day of holy convocation and a day to do no servile work, most (including the rest of my family) are in church worshiping the Messianic resurrection mixed with the name of a pagan fertility goddess and rituals commemorating eggs dyed for hopes of new life for the following year. For a long while I have wanted to go screaming through the streets trying to yell what I have learned about these things and that mixing what our Messiah did with these traditions cheapens the story and dulls its amazingly bright light, but I have sensed this morning the story of Joseph ministering in my heart to keep from uncontrollable tears.
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Here is an app that we can all smile about: a reminder for Counting the Omer! How cool is that?
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I found this insightful article online regarding the Feast of Firstfruits, which begins tonight...the celebration of Yeshua's resurrection and the firstfruit offering to be waved before our Heavenly Father! I was just studying the Scriptures and remember, the instructions regarding this feast are to hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
As a card idea for the kids, I bought a package of pearled barley from the grocery store. I'm planning on making little sacks of grain, and rolling up a note inside with the barley, as a more tangible example of the feast day we are celebrating. Very simple, but yet so was Yeshua's first coming. His glorious coming will be soon...His first coming was in humility.
As our family prepared for Passover tonight, we had such a joyous time observing the mitzvot of the Holy Day. Cleaning the last bits of leaven out of our home helped me understand how much leaven can sneak around your home. I kept thinking how spiritually true it is that leaven is just something I will have to keep my eye out for and continually clean up in my life. And then, before dinner when we all bathed and chose our commanded garments (the belts, cloaks, and sandals...err, shoes for us) I really felt as if I was preparing the leave after the plague happened. I truly appreciated the rehearsal. I tried to make sure we were wearing clothing that could withstand heat and cold, but obviously not perfect in this attempt. Then, to keep the kids occupied until sundown, I had them go outside and find staffs for each one of us to have during the seder. This turned into a remarkable hands on adventure for the kids. They came with long twigs at first, but then the sticks turned into branches, both thicker and wider each time! Finally, when they came with their Daddy's staff, it was an enormous branch and I'm thinking, "How in the world are we getting this inside?" Well, with a little pruning, it was the PERFECT staff. My husband even started carving the kids names into their respective staff as we conducted the seder. And I think they may be keepsakes for future seders. The kids really enjoyed themselves and I praise and thank Yahweh for speaking to their hearts. Observing just these simple commands for Pesach yield such great results and woo one's heart like no other. I know that good ol' horseradish matzah sandwich got me good. Several times. My love for these feasts is growing and my childrens' hearts are being romanced before my very eyes by our Creator. I pray this feast is as memorable for you and your loved ones too. Happy Pesach. Happy Passover. Praise Yeshua, our Pesach lamb and the firstfruit offering! (But we'll get to that in more depth after Shabbat this weekend...)
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Just a little reminder...because from what I have observed of Passover Seders, they take FOREVER to get through and the kids are bored and there seems to be a long running joke about the length of a seder. But this is not the commandment of our Heavenly Father: Exodus (Shemot) 12:11 says, "This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked in your belt, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is Yahweh's Passover." So don't delay!
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Every commandment from Him is important and has good reason for instructing us in such a manner. We may not always understand why, but usually obedience brings forth wisdom. So don't forget to get in your Passover garments (belt, sandals, and staff) and eat quickly! It is His passover!
I saw this video on the Jerusalem Post's website and thought it might bring you a laugh or two as we get closer to Passover. Have a happy time preparing to do Yah's mitzvot!
(Photo and song courtesy of http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Gradeschool/Songs/1song01.php)
Here's a cute little song to retell the plagues of the Passover story!
It can be sung to the tune of "This Old Man."