52 Lists :: the People you Most want to be Like

The action for this list shares: the world is filled with noteworthy people to look up to. Which person do you most want to emulate in your own life... I ask - but what if the individuals I most want to be like are no longer with us, but rather written in the Word of God...

I know, it sounds like I should say these things... but honestly, I have enough worldly influence within me, so those people that I want to most be like are:

~ the Hebrew Midwives - they feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt commanded
~ the Lady with the issue of blood - came trembling to declared in the presence of all
~ Elizabeth - walking in all the commandments of the Lord
~ Mary - sat at the feet of Yeshua
~ Yael - strength with softness
~ Hannah - may I give back, set apart - what Yah has given me
~ Lydia - an open heart to pay attention to His Word
~ the wise woman - the book of proverbs is filled with womanly wisdom
~ the Woman with the alabaster flask - may I always remember the price paid for me

Just to name a few...

the Photo: 

 magnolia trees outside our window

~ Blessings!

My frugal Pantry addition for the Apartment & News

I will save the news for last, sharing quickly my recent addition to the kitchen. We really needed a pantry, and it wasn't going to work to put it in the hall closet. With one metal shelving unit and a heavy duty curtain from the thrift store, a little raiding of the sewing box... and here we have it.

The frugal pantry addition:

When the pantry is not in use, the curtains are closed - concealing the items behind. As you can see the pantry is yet not full, however it will be when the time is right. I would like to add some baskets and pretty organizers to each shelf... again - when the time is right.

The curtains tie on for the reason of easy removal, and the sides of the shelving unit are also covered. This was done using matching pillow cases, which fit just right... to shade the incoming sun rays.

Now for the news:

First ~ By the Eastern Gate will be getting a new and updated look {coming soon} as well as some blog clean up. In a soon to be determined time, this will give way to my new Esty shop... and some upcoming herbal projects.

Second ~ we have finally reach the place in our journey where we have prior authorization for the purchase of a home. Repeat... we have the green light to purchase a home-stead! I don't even know what say at this point except "Thank you ~ Abba!"

Have a great day!

Finding my Blogging feet :: or the Purpose of this

When I first started blogging - I posted about our families homeschooling adventures... documenting a lifestyle of learning. Then it came time for me to shut the blog down, and I was {am} so thankful that I had the fore thought to print the pages before hand.

We still look at them from time to time, reminiscing.

Actually, this is my fourth blog, and from this view... it will be my last. This is home, at least my online home. But finding my blogging feet with a title of By the Eastern Gate has been a challenge, because this blog doesn't really fit a particular mold. And it is okay...

There isn't a handful of topics or a particular audience I am writing for... because By the Eastern Gate is more a place of being... than a place of doing. In the sense of the over all theme being stated. It is a mindful place, a healing place... a place my heart resides.

However, in the book of Proverbs, it states where there is no vision the people perish. We know that having a direction, a goal or a purpose is a good thing, so of late I have been pondering those concepts for this blog.

My main goal for By the Eastern Gate, is to document life. This life God gave us... to create a record for my family and give a testimony of the workings of Yeshua {Jesus} in our every day life. I hope to one day print my postings for a family keep sake...

My second goal is to encourage others - to simply, cultivate their life...

Things can be complicated, and I think - we can make them even more complicated. We add pressure upon ourselves, on each other, and on our children. We carry around false ideas about who we are, where we should be going and what we should be doing. We complicate health, living, education, even our physical appearance... Ha! - we even complicate the Word of God. I know I have...

But here, I hope you will find a seat on the porch and embrace a moment. Take time to watch the chickens peck... and pick dandelions. Take time to taste, smell and breathe life...  to cultivate your home, play in the rain, learn a new skill... to create, or to seek solace and of course - to plant. 

Yes, here you will find posts about agrarian living, faith and the collecting of hope. You will find snap shots of small things and writings about natural living, gardening and keeping a home. There are even a few posts about coffee... so you see, simply - cultivating life.

Blogging purpose defined and it is as clear as... mud.

~ Blessings!