Day 1 – A 28 Day Journey (for now) . . .

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For the past month I’ve been feeling out of sorts on so many levels. It is true, we are on a journey–and some of us are completely separated from like-minded believers, not by force, but by choice. It is a hard road of suffering. Yahweh created us for fellowship. Genesis shares that God saw that it was not good for man to be alone–He saw Adam’s need for a companion of which He created a helper for him.

Society now tries to destroy that fellowship by encapsulating us into these social media bubbles. It gives us the appearance of belonging, companionship, fellowship with others who are likeminded, but beneath the surface it is a façade. The connection that God intended was person to person. Not computer to computer or cell phone to cell phone– it was and always will be person to person.

I can literally go out and about around town and what I see is incredibly heartbreaking–people walking around looking down at their phones texting, reading or playing games–I see people talking on their phones, I see people in their cars texting or talking on their phones. It is an epidemic of mass proportions–we have become trapped within SELF and we don’t even realize it. It has become a subtle and ever growing norm.

I began to see it a while ago and then I stepped back from social media to take a look. I began to question -Did I really have any “friends” on Facebook? Facebook was the vice that I was chained too. Being without fellowship for so long–I craved fellowship with likeminded believers. I thought Facebook was a perfect place for this. Oh how I was wrong. Little did I know that what I was really needing and looking for was what Yahweh saw in the very beginning–face to face fellowship. The very thing that none of us are really good at. Why? Because our own selfishness gets in the way. We don’t want to suffer– and we certainly don’t want others to see our imperfections. So what do we do? We turn it on and off whenever it suits us. We don’t need to let others really see who we are. And that selfishness is subtly exposed all over social media. But we cannot hide from Yahweh–He sees it all.

One night recently I was pouring my heart out to Yahweh from not having any solid friendships online and not understanding what I was doing wrong. I so desired that those friendships would be cultivated–and yet all I saw was a dead plant. I suddenly heard the Spirit speak to my heart from the 2nd chapter of Song of Solomon…

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

When I heard this Scripture bubble up from the depth of my being, I was confounded. I thought–how can the winter be past? It has not yet even begun. What is Yahweh speaking about? Here my heart is sore about the lack of fellowship I am experiencing for now well over 12 years–what is He saying? It literally took a few days for me to figure out that the Lord was saying–“Enough! Come away from that. Move your heart close to Me. I am your Bridegroom who desires to fellowship with you! Come near to Me.”

From that point on, it was extremely hard to break away from Facebook– I have no idea why since it truly is just false fellowship with others. I took a week to try and decompress from it. There were moments where I wondered–will anyone realize I am gone? Will they care? Will they reach out? And maybe I entered in to self pity over it–because even when I asked these questions, my heart broke– because deep inside I already knew the answer. A very sobering one indeed. A very lonely road travelled.

I don’t know what this next month will bring. One thing I take away from this experience is that Yahweh wants our complete attention on Him–not our attention through Facebook or any other social media outlet–He just wants our whole heart. He may not call you out from the pack of nonsense–but I still challenge you to give Him your undivided attention. Something that I have lacked for a long time…

Yahweh’s Calendar

Download a copy of the Enoch Calendar

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life happens. . . and you follow Him through it as the road weaves in and out and paints the world in front of you vivid colors of who He is and who He is not.

Recently I have been learning about time. Time is so precious and delicate–like a flower. You see a flower sprout from just a small seed, bloom into something beautiful, and then it displays it’s beauty for just a while, and finally the flower begins to fade off to never be remembered–or will it?

Did you know that when the earth was created that God created a time table too for us to follow? Currently we understand it as Sunday-Saturday. But this was a calendar set up by man not our Creator. The calendar link at the top is a calendar that you can print off and follow for the 2016 year that was set up how Yahweh intended it to be.

Here is a concise breakdown how the calendar of Yahweh was lost. It’s time it be restored.

The Enoch Calender is shown in the 1st Book Of Enoch and was given by the Angel Uriel, and is the original Priestly Calendar that was used in the Torah. The Enoch Calendar is a 12-Month Solar Calendar having 364 Days Only, and it was used by the antediluvian patriarchs and by Noah, Abraham, and Jacob. It was taught to Moses by the Angel of the LORD and it continued in effect through the 2nd Temple period under Ezra and Nehemiah. It was the official Hebrew calendar until the 2nd Century BCE, when King Antiochus IV Epiphanes ended the use of the Enoch Calendar and forced the Hebrew people (sons of Eber/Heber) to observe the Lunar Calendar.

The New Moon Calendar was the official calendar of the Greeks, and when “Alexander the Great” conquered the middle in the 4th century BCE, the Lunar Calendar was introduced and was gradually accepted by most of the people, except for the Hebrew people. In 172, King Antiochus appointed Menelaus, as Jerusalem’s High Priest, to introduce the Greek way of educating the young people, and to completely Hellenize the Hebrew people. He also sent a Senator from Athens to give the Hebrew people an ultimatum, to forsake the Laws of their God Jesus and follow the Kings orders or to be put to death, so most of the Hebrew people followed the Kings orders to save their families, and many were put to death. King Antiochus forced the Hebrew people to celebrate the “Birthday of the Month,” every month, at the time of the moon’s first visibility.

Hephaistio of Thebes was an astrologer in the 5th Century CE, who compiled the historical Hellenistic Astrology Records in his research work called “Apotelesmatics.” Hephaistio quotes King Antiochus saying that the New Moon is the time when the “Moon is Born” and is the “Birthday of the Month:”

But Antiochus of Athens says also that this method has a certain truth to it. “Observe,” he says “On a given day that the Moon is Born” and to this number add 180 and always deduct 29 from the Birthday [γενέθλιον] of the Month.

(Apotelesmatics, Hephaistio of Thebes, Book I,Vol VI, Compendium, tr. Robert H.Schmidt & Robert Hand 1994 p.82 lines 21-24)

In 167 BCE, when King Antiochus returned to Jerusalem after his campaign in Egypt, he immediately banned the Hebrew religion and the Enoch Calendar, and prohibited all religious practices. He dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem to Zeus, the Lord of Heaven (Baal Shamen), and ordered the people to worship Zeus. Forty Five days later, he began sacrificing swine and making abominable offerings on the altar, and this began the Maccabean revolt (1.Maccabees Chapter 1 and 2.Maccabees Chapters 4, 6 and 7):

2 Maccabees 6:7 On the Monthly Birthday Celebration, the king had the Jews taken, under bitter constraint, to partake of the sacrifices; and when the feast of Dionysus came, they were forced to walk in the procession in honor of Dionysus, wearing wreaths of ivy.

1 Maccabees 1:41-51 Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, 42 and that each should give up his customs. 43 All the Gentiles accepted the command of the king. Many even from Israel gladly adopted his religion; they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath. 44 And the king sent letters by messengers to Jerusalem and the cities of Judah; he directed them to follow customs strange to the land, 45 to forbid burnt offerings and sacrifices and drink offerings in the sanctuary, to profane sabbaths and feasts, 46 to defile the sanctuary and the priests, 47 to build altars and sacred precincts and shrines for idols, to sacrifice swine and unclean animals, 48 and to leave their sons uncircumcised. They were to make themselves abominable by everything unclean and profane, 49 so that they should forget the law and change all the ordinances. 50 “And whoever does not obey the command of the king shall die.” 51 In such words he wrote to his whole kingdom. And he appointed inspectors over all the people and commanded the cities of Judah to offer sacrifice, city by city.

King Antiochus died 1,335 days after he dedicated the Temple to Zeus and 1,290 days after he sacrificed swine on Gods Altar. It happened in exactly 350 years, as Daniel said; from the time King Darius began his reign in 521 BCE to the time King Antiochus enforced his Hellenization policies on the people in 171 BCE. The Jubilee Timing is 350 years, (Time = 100, Times = 200, ½ Time = 50), or 7 Jubilees:

Daniel 7:25 He will say commands against that of the Most High, and harass the holy ones of the Most High. His intent is to change the times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that lives for ever, that it shall be for a time, times, and an half, when he shall have accomplished to shatter the power of the holy people, and put an end to it.

Daniel 12:11-13 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he that waits and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

The Book of Jubilees was written during this time and it preserved the Enoch Calendar. It warned the Hellenistic Jews to guard themselves against keeping the Athenian Calendar that begins the year on the first New Moon after the Summer Solstice. The writers of the Book of Jubilees feared that if the Hebrew people observed the Athenian Calendar and King Antiochus’ monthly New Moon Birthday Festival that begins the Greek months, that they would forget the Enoch Calendar and Gods months that end the year on the Spring Equinox, They would lose track of their Sabbath Day and forget their monthly Festivals.

Jubilees 6:34-38 And all the children of Israel will forget and will not find the path of the years, and will forget the Months, and Seasons, and Sabbaths and they will go wrong as to all the order of the years. For I know and from henceforth will I declare it unto thee, and it is not of my own devising; for the book (lies) written before me, and on the heavenly tablets the division of days is ordained, lest they forget the feasts of the covenant and walk according to the feasts of the Gentiles after their error and after their ignorance. For there will be those who will assuredly “MAKE OBSERVATIONS OF THE MOON −how (it) DISTURBS THE SEASONS and comes in from year to year ten days too soon.

For this reason the years will come upon them when they will Disturb (the order), and make an Abominable (Day) the Day of Testimony, and an Unclean Day a Feast Day, and they will confound all the days, the holy with the unclean, and the unclean day with the holy; for THEY WILL GO WRONG AS TO THE MONTHS AND SABBATHS AND FEASTS AND JUBILEES. For this reason I command and testify to thee that thou mayst testify to them; for after thy death thy children will disturb (them), so that they will not make the year Three Hundred and Sixty−Four Days Only, and for this reason they will go Wrong as to the Months and Seasons and Sabbaths and Festivals, and they will eat all kinds of blood with all kinds of flesh.

The Birthday of the Month Festival was observed by most of the Hebrew people because they feared King Antiochus. After the death of King Antiochus, in 164 BCE, the Hebrew priests tried to restore the Solar Calendar, although the Greek New Moon influence was all around them. Later, in 359 CE, Hillel II introduced the fixed calculated New Moon Calendar that is based on the conjunction of the earth, moon, and sun, and this Lunar Calendar has been used by Jews and others to this day, to determine the 1st Day of the Months and the Annual Feast Days. However, the term “New Moon” (yareach chadash יָרֵחַ חָדָשׁ) is Not Written anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures. The Scriptures only use the word “month” (chodesh חֹדֶשׁ) and it pertains to a Solar Month. The translators mixed up a few of the Hebrew words due to vowel point errors, like CHODESH חֹדֶשׁ which means either “month/s” or “new month” and the word CHADASH חָדָשׁ which means “New.” They also confused the word YERACH יֶרַח which means “Month,” as in a “Complete Month,” with the word YAREACH יָרֵחַ which means “Moon,” and this is where the translation error of New Moon came into the various books and bibles, as it was commonly known that the Hebrew people observed the New Moon and kept a New Moon Festival every month. However, observing the New Moon is not commanded in the Torah, nor is the term “New Moon” ever mentioned in the whole Tanach when you look at the original Hebrew text, and the word moon (yareach) is only mentioned THREE times in the Torah, of which two times are warnings not to worship or serve the moon:

Deuteronomy 4:15-19 Take therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no manner of form on the day that JESUS spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire. 16 Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make yourself an engraved image in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth; 19 and lest you lift up your eyes to the sky, and when you see the sun and the Moon and the stars, even all the host of the sky, and be drawn away to worship and serve them, which JESUS your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole sky.

Deuteronomy 17:2-5 If there be found in the midst of you, within any of your gates which JESUS your God gives you, man or woman, who does that which is evil in the sight of JESUS your God, in transgressing his covenant, 3 and has gone and served other gods, and worshiped them, or the sun, or the Moon, or any of the host of the sky, which I have Not commanded; 4 and it be told you, and you have heard of it, then shall you inquire diligently; and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain that such abomination is done in Israel, 5 then shall you bring forth that man or that woman, who has done this evil thing, to your gates, and that man or the woman you shall stone to death with stones.

Genesis 37:9 He dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed yet another dream: and behold, the sun and the Moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.”

Later, when the Hebrew people adopted the Julian Calendar in 45 BCE, the 7 Day Week continued as usual and the Names of the Week Days remained the same, so the Hebrew people felt that the calendar changes would not affect them. However, the extra Day that was added, for a 365 Day Year, totally disrupted the weekly Sabbath cycle, as only on a 364 Day Calendar will the Sabbath be on a Fixed Day of the week every year, like every Saturday. The extra 365th Day made the 7th Day rotate to a different day of the week beginning on the last day of the year.

The Enoch Calendar is determined by the Sun and the Stars, giving us a year of exactly 364 days that have exactly 24 hours in each day. The Julian and Gregorian Calendars are determined by the Stars only (the zodiac constellations that are ruled by planets/gods), giving a year of 365 days that have 23 hours, 56 minutes and about 5 seconds per day:

Enoch 74:12 And the SUN AND THE STARS bring in all the years EXACTLY, so that THEY DO NOT ADVANCE OR DELAY THEIR POSITION BY A SINGLE DAY unto eternity; but COMPLETE THE YEARS WITH PERFECT JUSTICE IN 364 DAYS.

Jubilees 2:9-10 And God appointed the Sun to be a Great Sign on the earth for Days, and for Sabbaths and for Months and for Feasts and for Years and for Sabbaths of Years and for Jubilees and for All Seasons of the Years.

The Julian Calendar reduced each hour of the day by 9.86 Seconds so that the hour has about 59 minutes and 50 Seconds, and the change was so subtle that the Hebrew people were unaware that this minor change could affect anything, let alone their Sabbath Day. The “9.86 Seconds Per Hour” equates to almost 4 minutes per day (3.9452 minutes per day or 236.7 seconds per day), that is taken out of each of the 364 days to create the 365th day .The “365th Created Day,” is inserted into the calendar each year next to the Last Day of year, The same procedure is followed again to create a Leap Day every fourth year, where additional minutes are taken out of each of the original 364 days to create the 366th day, which is inserted into the Gregorian calendar at the end of the 50th week every Fourth Year; (i.e. 2/29/2008, 2/29/2012, 2/29/2016, 2/29/2020, etc.).

The following is the formula that governments use to make a Sidereal Day or an extra day, and it basically just takes out minutes from the original 364 days to create another day:

1) 364 days X 1440 min. per day = 524,160 min. per 364 day year

2) 524,160 / 365 = 1436.05479… min. per day in a 365 day year

3) 1440 – 1436.05479… = 3.9452… minutes taken out of each of the 364 days OR 9.86 seconds taken out of each hour: (3.9452 min. X 60 sec. = 236.7123… sec. per day / 24 hours = 9.86 seconds taken out of each hour)

4) 1436.05479… min. per day / 60 min. = 23.934246575… hours in each of the 365 days

5) .934246575 X 60 = 56.054794520… minutes & seconds

6) TOTAL: 23 hours, 56 minutes, and .05… seconds in each of the Gregorian 365 Days, as compared to Exactly 24 Hours in each of Enoch’s 364 Days.

So you can see that the Extra Day (365th ) does not exist, but the Minutes do exist, and the Enoch Calendar leaves the minutes where they belong for a 364 day year that has exactly 24 hours in each day. The Gregorian Calendar adds extra days by reducing minutes, and therefore it throws off the Sabbath Day and throws off the Feast Days, and places them on an “Abominable Day,” just like the Lunar Calendar does:

Jubilees 6:37 For this reason the years will come upon them when they will disturb (the order), and make an Abominable (Day) the day of testimony, and an unclean day a feast day, and they will confound all the days, the holy with the unclean, and the unclean day with the holy; for they will go wrong as to the Months and Sabbaths and Feasts and Jubilees. 38 For this reason I command and testify to thee that thou mayst testify to them; for after thy death thy children will disturb (them), so that they will not make the year three hundred and sixty−four days only, and for this reason they will go wrong as to the New Months and Seasons and Sabbaths and Festivals, and they will eat all kinds of blood with all kinds of flesh.

The following is a 5-Year Example showing that a Saturday Sabbath is not possible in every year. The Gregorian Calendar is an illusion and is deceptive in showing the “True 7th Day,” because when the 365th Day and 366th Day is added to the calendar, the Name Order will rotate to different days on the calendar. Although the “Number” for each day Does Not Change its Order (1st Day to 7th Day), the “Name” for each day Does Change its Order (Sunday to Saturday), and the week can begin and end on any day from Sunday to Saturday.

When the 365th Day (Day 0) is inserted into the calendar every year in the 52nd Week, Saturday shifts Back One Day, and when the 366th Day (Day 0) is inserted into the calendar every 4th year in the 52nd Week, Saturday shifts Back Two Days. In other words, Saturday will fall on any day of the week from the 7th Day through the 6th Day of the week.

EXAMPLE OF 7TH DAY SABBATH ON GREGORIAN CALENDAR BELOW:

1st Year – Saturday (S) shifts back 1 Day to the 6th Day of the week;

2nd Year – Saturday (S) shifts back 1 Day to the 5th Day of the week;

3rd Year – Saturday (S) shifts back 1 Day to the 4th Day of the week;

4th Year – Saturday (S) shifts back 1 Day to the 2nd Day of the week;

5th Year – Saturday (S) shifts back 1 Day to the 1st Day of the week.

The 365th and 366th added days (0) are an illusion and do not exist. The following shows what day of the week the Saturday Sabbath fell on during the first five years, or when the 365th Day, , and the 366th Day,, were originally added to the Calendar. The 7 Days of the Week are in “Fixed” and “Permanent” positions Forever, but the “Names” that have been assigned to the 7 Days are “Not” in fixed and permanent positions, because Week 52 was changed to have 8 or 9 days in that week, which caused the name Saturday to shift back every year to a different day of the week in the continuous 7 day count. So, Saturday has become a floating day and it is not the 7th Day Sabbath in every year:” -David D Cohen

can’t sleep?

This morning I awoke at 2:30am–my heart was troubled. I attempted to get back to sleep but it was impossible to do so. So rather than wrestle with anxiety and be bombarded with thoughts, I decided to get up and talk to the Lord about it. So what is going on I asked? Why is it that I can not sleep in peace? I began to examine my heart and went through the events of the day. And then I found the culprit–it was obvious that my mind was being attacked by the enemy. But I wasn’t going to let him win this time. I continued to inquire of the Lord and ask for His help in the matter and I was given this verse…

II COR 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. KJV

Our Weapons are Mighty in God

Our Weapons are Mighty in God

There are 4 elements going on in this image as I see how it is in the heavenlies. First there is darkness when the enemy desires to defeat us. But as we pray and seek the Lord for His help and read His Word and stand on His promises–the light of Christ and His presence breaks through the darkness bringing that which is out of order back to God’s divine order. Hence the 4 elements–darkness, prayer, Bible, Christ’s light. I deliberately left the hands in part of the darkness to show that at first when we start to pray–things may still seem glum, but if we press in, God is sure to answer us in our time of need.

what is it to be humble?

I came across this quote today in my frustration…frustrations with everything today–how to train up my son in the proper way when he doesn’t understand the value of obedience. Frustrations with my husband not being a very good witness in Christ to a neighbor…frustrations being jobless and not knowing the path he is leading us on…frustrations with knowing that it’s so easy to take life for granted–that we are only given one chance on this earth to serve and love Jesus and others with our whole heart and yet its easy to get sidetracked or to not even care. How sobering it is to know that we can easily be here today and gone tomorrow–and what of eternity? Eternity is forever…now that’s sobering. It is so good to know that He loves us inspite of ourselves and desires that we love Him back.

 “Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.” — Andrew Murray

not my home . . .

This morning I was signing up again for a Facebook account and the screen popped up and asked where I live and what is my hometown. Pretty simple questions, eh? But if your like me–i always tend to think just a little bit deeper about things. And with the question rose an answer–i don’t consider to be tied anywhere–I am but a pilgrim in this life waiting for my Maker. And isn’t it true that when we are put in a place of suffering that all the sudden we start to truly examine our place and motives before God? For if all was well–we would have really no need to question — even though it should be brought daily before Him. I suppose that’s where things go awry…when we begin to forget Him and become comfortable in our lees. We don’t realize we are starting to forget–it just slowly creeps in through the cares of this world. The only way to stop it is to have a fervant heart that seeks after Him—daily. This is where I failed. I lost my heart…yet still the Lord in His kindness and goodness desires to talk with me about things…He never stops chasing us.

Heb. 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary shares:

We are often called to leave worldly connexions, interests, and comforts. If heirs of Abraham’s faith, we shall obey and go forth, though not knowing what may befall us; and we shall be found in the way of duty, looking for the performance of God’s promises. The trial of Abraham’s faith was, that he simply and fully obeyed the call of God. Sarah received the promise as he promise of God; being convinced of that, she truly judged that he both could and would perform it. Many, who have a part in the promises, do not soon receive the things promised. Faith an lay hold of blessings at a great distance; can make them present; can love them and rejoice in them, though strangers; as saints, whose home is heaven; as pilgrims, travelling toward heir home. By faith, they overcome the terrors of death, and bid a cheerful farewell to this world, and to all the comforts and crosses of it. And those once truly and savingly called out of a sinful state, have no mind to return into it. All true believers desire the heavenly inheritance; and the stronger faith is, the more fervent those desires will be. Notwithstanding their eanness by nature, their vileness by sin, and the poverty of their outward condition, God is not ashamed to be called the God of all true believers; such is his mercy, such is his love to them. Let them never be ashamed of being called his people, nor of any of those who are truly so, how much soever despised in the world. Above all, let them take care that they are not a shame and reproach to their God. The greatest trial and act of faith upon record is, Abraham’s offering up Isaac, Gen 22:2. There, every word shows a trial. It is our duty to reason down our doubts and fears, by looking, as Abraham did, to the Almighty power of God. The best way to enjoy our comforts is, to give them up to God; he will then again give them as shall be the best for us. Let us look how far our faith has caused the like obedience, when we have been called to lesser acts of self-denial, or to make smaller sacrifices to our duty. Have we given up what was called for, fully believing that the Lord would make up all our losses, and even bless us by the most afflicting dispensations?

a new year

I recently posted this to my facebook page and since I have posted much on my blog in a while—thought it was an interesting quote to post for the new year…

Make a choice to rejoice. Make up your mind to be kind. Don’t sweat, don’t fret, don’t get upset. Make a way to pray everyday. Make gratitude your attitude. Let higher thinking keep you from sinking. Don’t lose it. Don’t abuse it. Don’t fail to use it—Amazing Peace in Troubled Times. —author unknown

With each new year comes new adventures as well as new trials. Without Christ I am not sure how anyone is able to survive in troubled times. He is our hope and anchor. He brings us peace when everything else around us tells us the opposite.

Even if we were to try and follow the first quote above by the author who says “make a choice to rejoice…”–I doubt that it would be fully possible without Christ. The quote implies an imperfect human effort that will always fail, whereas when we lean upon Christ and take upon His yoke which is easy, all things are possible…to rejoice, to be kind, to not fret, to pray, to be grateful, to be at peace in troubled times.

Lately I am finding how much more I need Him to help me through each moment in my job, at home, being a mom, a wife, a friend, etc. I drive to work often frustrated because it’s still dark out in the morning and I want to  read a few verses from my Bible during my hour drive but am unable to. Those verses often get me through the day. They are not just words on paper–they are life to my spirit—food, if you will…they nourish my soul and quench my thirst. The Lord fills my cup. He is my coffee for the day.

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. Ps 63:1

I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.  Selah Ps. 143:6

Spurgeon says…

What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to lie passive in God’s hands, And know no will but his. O child of suffering, be thou patient; God has not passed thee over in his providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Sit not down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses. There is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you, his heart beats with pity for your woe, and his hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. He, if thou art one of his family, will bind up thy wounds, and heal thy broken heart. Doubt not his grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that he loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same. If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, he has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God.

peace dear one.

Glory Revealed
Psalms 19:1-4

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.