Now, if you want to get your worship on with a little groove and funk, check out this song. Just makes me want to get up and dance! Hope you love it!
First of all, I want to prepare you for this article. I have debated writing this post for months now, pleading before the Father because in no way would I EVER want to contradict His Word and commandments. Now, with that being said, here's the subject of this blog post (one of the ugliest concepts I have experienced firsthand in this fallen world): DIVORCE.
Not needing to bear all my personal life on the world wide web, I will touch lightly on the subject as to how I encountered the need to dig into the Scriptures and discern the Father's will for my life regarding this issue. At two months pregnant with my little baby boy (the fifth blessing the Father has bestowed upon me), my ex husband matter-of-factly ended our marriage. Caught in a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions, I immediately opened the Scriptures and was overwhelmingly comforted. Not looking for the passage, I simply opened the Bible to 2 Corinthians 6. That was enough understanding for me to know clearly that the Father was present with me, even though my world as I knew it and my family were crumbling to pieces.
Over the next few months I tried to begin adjusting to my new life and tried to picture what the future would hold for me. I had ascribed to the only school of thought I had ever been taught regarding Yeshua's words on divorce (that anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery), and felt now I would walk through this world as if a scarlet letter "D" was on my chest forever. I felt condemned to never get to live out my heart's desire to share in marriage the love of Yeshua and His Father. But even when the words are difficult to hear, I have committed myself to the Father that I would always be fully submitted to Him because His ways are so much higher than my ways and His thoughts higher than my thoughts.
But something about this school of thought was not sitting well with me. My original thinking of this "adulteress" theological interpretation was that it was pretty cut and dry. However, I figured I would at least be fair to assess both sides of the argument (remarriage and remaining single) when the nagging thoughts did not go away. Thoughts flooded my head of YHVH's provisions for women, especially widows and women being covered and provided for including the law of the kinsman-redeemer, providing food for women and the poor, the woman needing to run her home, etc. It just didn't seem to me that with my commitment to my spouse and my children and doing my best to not even hint at indecency let alone adultery...why would I be sentenced to a life of extreme hardship, abandonment and a sentence fit for a cheating spouse?
With all of that said, I don't want to lead anyone down a wrong path. I urge you, if you are facing similar circumstances, to seek the Father first in all things. But in my own walk I did come across a couple of sources of information on these matters in favor of remarriage, and I know for the first time I had felt some comfort on this issue.
Again, pray and seek YHVH in all things. THEN, He will give you the desires of your heart.
First are several posts in a Messianic forum that shed a little more light on what Yeshua himself said about marrying a divorced woman. It is a discussion that is being brought forth to fairly reason out the Scriptures with regards to Yeshua, the Torah, and divorce. I had to read the entries several times along with the Scriptures to deliberate the opposing arguments. I feel that the reasoning behind their argument for remarriage was well supported and presented. Here is the link:
Torah and Divorce
Secondly, I stumbled upon a Torah Talk radio program speaking of these issues as well. During the recording the men broadcasting spoke of a second part to their discussion, but I could not find it! I only wished that I could hear more from these men of YHVH (of whom I highly regard) concerning this matter! You can listen to this particular radio program here:
Torah Talk: Moses, Divorce, and Remarriage
Hope this helps give a little more balanced perspective on the Scriptures. Weigh both arguments fairly and seek the Father above all!
And finally, by all means understand me in this: I am NOT in any way an advocate of divorce. NOT ONE BIT. The vows said before the Father and to another person in this capacity are sacred. I firmly stand for marriage as I hope you do too!
(Photo courtesy of never347ish)
I have to thank my friend Rachel for sending me all these links the other day, showing the correlation between the monthly lunar cycles, menstruation, and fertility! Very interesting reads, I promise.
Personally, I always wondered why women of the same house a lot of time had that "time of the month" together. (Calling out the PMS posse, right?!) I wondered why menstruation was on monthly cycles (Another part of His design that really does have a purpose!). And, as I studied the laws of niddah, I was confused as to how women were able to carry out the laws of separation in times past. Reading that we are MAJORLY off on our cycles with the integration of modern technology (also contributing to the rising epidemic in infertility) helped me make sense of all the random information and put the "whys" into logical terms that more clearly indicate the Creator's design for us.
I am going to list for you several links that discuss all of these issues. I hope you find it helpful. But I warn you, these sites are infiltrated with pagan deities and the customs of unbelieving cultures. However, as my dear friend put it, "The info is very enlightening and beautiful to me... Of course, there may be some hidden fish bones, so don't forget to use your filtering system." Great advice from a great friend. So here are the articles in all their glory:
The Moon Cycle and Menstrual Cycle
*Be warned: Many references to pagan deities.
Fertility and Artificial Light
Women Who Bleed with the Moon
The Full Moon's Pull on Fertility
I know it might be odd for me to post about this, but maybe it's time to get us back on track. I appreciated reading how Native American women who were menstruating went to a designated location and the men and grandmothers took care of the households and kids for the period of separation. That sounds just about right. Who wants to see this implemented today? Happy reading, ladies!
Give glory to His name! One of these days I'm going to choreograph a dance to this song. Stunningly beautiful!
I know I am posting a lot of worship songs lately, but sometimes I just need to rest in the Father and praise Him. Right now I am suffering major pregnancy complications, and knowing the Father and Yeshua are by my side is giving me the peace and strength to press on. Enjoy the video, and I will be posting a few more soon!
This is a simple post today. As I was doing my quiet time earlier, I came across this verse from Isaiah (Yeshayahu) that really ministered to my spirit. I just want to pass along the encouragement to you all, as it is a loving reminder for our daily lives:
Isaiah 66:13 "As one whom his mother comforts, so I (YHVH) comfort you. And in Yerushalayim you are comforted."
All of our actions in our day-to-day lives speak of YHVH's glory and His purposes. So try to find ways today, to mother your children with comfort so that you will shine the nature of the Father for His people by how you live. It may be a cut knee, or a broken heart, but if Abba presents an opportunity to be the comfort your child seeks out, fulfill it. Give that child a spiritual awareness of the nature of his/her Creator with something as simple as a hug or sympathetic ear. Just a gentle reminder for me today, and I hope for you as well!
Today in our home we started our study of the fourth planet from the Sun (or Shemesh in Hebrew) known to the ancients as "Adom." We hear it commonly referred to by the pagan deity name of Mars. "Adom" in Hebrew means "blood" which depicts the color of the planet's surface. It is the planet that you can do a lot of fun, hands-on projects about with its properties and scientific exploration! I have compiled a list for you to quickly access for a great unit study on this part of Yah's creation:
First, NASA hosts a series of resources to explore in order to get better acquainted with this amazing planet: NASA's Exploration Program. This includes up-and-coming events regarding the latest missions to our neighbor in the solar system, activities for students and kids (including packing for your own space mission), as well as resources for teachers to use with educational standards included.
Also, below you can click on the link to a complete teacher guide (which has 128 pages of cool projects and links to point you in the right direction) that NASA released to aid you in your homeschooling quest to the blood planet: NASA Adom Teaching Activities
Then, you can actually view Adom in Google Earth 5.0. This YouTube video will help you do it:
And finally, here is a .gif file to use to make your own worksheet. You could even do an art project by painting the surface of Adom.
My children really enjoyed packing for the space mission. The child really needs to contemplate what to pack when traveling to this planet. (The impact of certain items with the gravity difference as well as the practicality of other items in space made them consider the different environments of our planet and Adom.)
Enjoy this unit study. You could even watch a fun film (like Mars Needs Moms) to top off your educational experience to this red hot planet!
Now that the high holy days are over for a bit, I love this season where Shabbat becomes the focus of our celebrations. I encourage you to pour tons of fun into your weekly worship/rest times because we are COMMANDED to party every week. What an amazing Creator! Here is a short but high energy video to get your blood pumping in preparation of our weekly holy day. So party on and please post your favorite Shabbat activities. I wanna know: how do you get your Sabbath groove on?
Tonight I was scrolling through the YouTube videos for a band who I highly respect named the Annie Moses Band. I have heard them perform live and my daughter and I had the opportunity to meet the lead vocalist, Annie, after the concert that night. (She is as gracious face-to-face as she appears in her videos and performances.) So moved by the band's dedication to worship, their close family ties, their homeschooling efforts, and their poignant songs, I now consider this family an inspiration for raising my own little ones for greatness in the kingdom of heaven. The song posted above is part of a program the Annie Moses Band hosts during the summer each year in Tennessee, which is an intensive performing arts program for those wanting to really embrace their artistic gifts called the Fine Arts Summer Academy. Below I am posting my all time favorite song the family has produced, which inspires me to carry on my own legacy for YHVH's glory. I embarked as the first believer in my family, and am determined to leave a legacy of faith behind for generations to come. Let us remember, even in the everyday moments of life-the hardships and the happy times-that it is worth something and YHVH is faithful "to show love to a thousand generations for those who love Him and keep His commandments." (Exodus/Shemot 20:6)
The Annie Moses Band was built by a musical mother and father and their five homeschooled children. The parents poured years of love into giving their babies classical musical training to prepare them for independent arts careers when they came of age. However, as the time neared to venture off onto different paths, the Father revealed His plan for the years of labor that this family invested into a group effort instead: a band that would travel internationally proclaiming the gospel of our Messiah in songs that would tenderly tug at the listener's heartstrings.
I get completely lost in the words of this song (Love's Legacy). I find myself surrendering all my weariness and remembering what it stands for when I see the example of Grandma Annie's efforts in her family passed down to the fourth generation already. May it encourage you mothers today especially.
I am thrilled to post this new discovery I made regarding green foods. I have posted in the past about the Boutenko family, who advocate raw foods and have triumphed many of today's grave illnesses, including Type 1 Diabetes (which I personally still struggle with myself). Sergei, the Boutenko son who was cured from juvenile diabetes, is now doing a series of YouTube videos to educate the public on green foods, specifically wild edibles to incorporate into your diet. Please watch and educate yourself, as we have no clue what food will be available as conditions worsen around the globe. I am posting the first video in a four part series, but check out all videos from BoutenkoFilms for the latest information for your health.
For a while now I have wanted to learn more about wild edibles, but it is kind of tough to snap your fingers and think you have any clue about plant identification. This video is the beginning of a wave of knowledge that will help us viewers embrace this art of classification and be able to apply it to our own encounters with Yah's creation.
And finally, a note to homeschoolers: this is another chance to bring nutrition, botany, and health science into your curriculum. I plan to use this information for emergency preparedness purposes for my family, as well as offer my children the cutting edge information on the science of a raw food lifestyle. Happy viewing and healthy eating!