January 9, 2019

To Breathe After... and you shall love

A little while back I was looking up the meaning of love, in context to Deuteronomy six: verses four and five, and came across an interesting word phrase. One lexicon, within a bible study website, shared a definition of love like this... to breathe after. At first I just though hmm, how interesting. But the more I pondered this, the more it struck my soul.

To Breathe After...

"You shall breathe after the LORD your God with all your heart 
and with all your soul and with all your strength.

To Breathe After...

To Breathe: taken in part from the 1828 Webster's Dictionary

  • To respire; to inspire and expire air. Hence, to live. To take breath; to rest from action; as, let them have time to breathe. To pass as air. To inject by breathing; to infuse; followed by into. To exercise; to keep in breath. To inspire or blow into; to cause to sound by breathing; as, to breathe the flute. To emit as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfume. To utter softly or in private; as, to breathe a vow. To give air or vent to; to open; as, to breathe a vein. To express; to manifest.

To Breathe After...

And you shall respire, inspire and expire. Hence to live, to take breath, to rest from your own action. To pass as air, to inject and follow unto. To exercise, to infuse into and cause sound and to emit. Uttering softly, expressing after YHVH your Elohim... with all your heart, with all of your mind and with all of your strength.

Definitely something to ponder.

P.s. please note; I am not changing the Word of God... but rather sharing the word phrase and meaning within the framework of the Scripture verse shared.

December 19, 2018

Start : My Word for 2019

Today - I have been working on my Power Sheets prep work, and was semi undone to discover that I : a voice that often says to another that Redemption is messy, struggles with chasing perfect... often striving for perfection within myself and my circumstances. Accepting the messy in others, long before accepting the messy in me.  I love how Abba is revealing things to my heart - one layer at a time, here a little - there a little.

Although I am still discovering what 'chasing perfect' fully means, in this season of cultivation : I have chosen my word for the year. A simple word with loads of personal meaning and lengthy definition. My word for 2019 is : Start.

START: lightly defined, by a 1828 dictionary...
  • To set out; to commence a race, as from a barrier or goal.
  • To rouse suddenly from concealment; to cause to flee or fly.
  • To bring into motion; to produce suddenly to view or notice.
  • To invent or discover; to bring within pursuit.
  • To empty, as liquor from a cask; to pour out; as, to start wine into another cask.
  • A quick spring; a darting; a shoot; a push; as, to give a start
  • First in motion from a place; act of setting out.

To Start, in 2019 a beginning place, all of the above, in full context of Abba's will for my life. Through and within context of the Scriptures, through and within the contextual cultivation of my goals for the year. I say yes to START, I say yes to commencing this race. To rouse from concealment, to bring these things into motion, to discover and to empty... to pour out, and to receive what is poured out upon me from Above. To be in motion from any stagnant place with me and my life.

Yes, I am ready to start this year's journey.

August 31, 2018

Expired Herbs for Flower ' Fetti ~ An Eco Exit Toss

Hi. How have you been? Me - um... apparently absent. But I am here now. Here to share with you a wonderful way to use up those expired herbs that you have tucked in the back of your cupboard.

Flower ~ fetti

A dear friend of mine's daughter is getting married, and I was invited to be one of the photographers, and bake the wedding cake. During one of the many conversations I suggested creating a special blend of flower-fetti for the exit toss. An eco version of a traditional practice with an interesting history... of with fall-ish colors perfect for a Sukkot wedding.

Sukkot weddings are at the top of my list as extra special, one reason being the beautiful symbolism that is wrapped into this eight day celebration. Of course all weddings are extra special, and beautiful because... let us realize that weddings are Holy business.

My Fall Flower-fetti Recipe: {use dried, spent or old herbs to create your special blend}
  • Hibiscus - this was put through a small blender to create smaller pieces
  • Chamomile - offers a strong floral scent to the exit toss
  • Calendula Petals - the main giver of color in my blend
  • Lemon Balm - used for hints of green and supports a well rounded scent
  • Rose Petals - used for color and scent support
  • Lavender Petals - I would have used the buds, however what I had on hand were leaves

I made sure each of my herb choices were dry, and chopped into small safe tossing pieces. Then I added all of them into a large bowl and mixed well. Once the fetti was well blended, I bagged the mixture in some pretty wedding favor bags and tied up them up with a ribbon. These are now waiting for the special day... and to make sure the fetti remains dry, I poked a few holes along the sides of the bag with a pin. Creating small air holes for breathing ability.

Simply Beautiful.