Creating a Simple Mezuzah :: writing on the doorposts

I found it! It survived two years in a box and over fifteen hundred travel miles... the smallest of things can mean so much to one's heart. You see home, isn't home until we hang up our version of the {Mezuzah}. Mezuzah means 'door posts' in Hebrew, and it often contains the portion of Scripture that is referred to as the Shema. See Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 and 11: 13-21.

Our family chose to type up the Scripture referenced above and add the Ten Commandments. Beginning with "I am the LORD your God... " as number one. Then we printed our door post reminder out on card stock and framed it for our wall - near the door. You can also see the Mezuzah my husband purchased when he went to Israel. A trip that changed his life on so many levels...

We are going to hang both, in respect and honor for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Another reminder of the price Yeshua {Jesus} paid for Redemption. Knowing that what we think and do is so reflective in our relationship with Him.

Simply the Word - written for our going out and our coming in. 

~ Grateful! ~

Again :: another Chapter in my Grace Story

Maybe I should have titled this post with some words about restoration, and gratefulness. But then again may be not... though restoration has been prayed for and of course, restoration has happened.

{because all prayers are answered}

However, most times restoration doesn't always look like... well - exactly like things were, you know where everything goes back to the way it was... He loves us too much to do that.

{and I am most-definitely grateful}

And I have come to a place where I am at peace with how our lives are starting again. Did our lives ever really stop? I know the answer is no, but I also know that all vineyards need pruned and human-ness happens with consequences. Yes. I am {In} Shalom with this next chapter of my Grace Story...

If I told you my story
You would hear Hope that wouldn't let go
And If I told you my story
You would hear Love that never gave up
And if I told you my story
You would hear Life, but it wasn't mine

So here we are. Residing in our first ever big city apartment house, um - yeah... country moves to town! This is 'so not' my style or my roots, but I know it's 'a means to an end'... a resting place to gather strength for the goal. And I know the Hand of my Father was and is in it.

If I should speak then let it be
Of the grace that is greater than all my sin
Of when justice was served and where mercy wins
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him

Y'all a thousand square feet is humongous, when you have lived in roughly three hundred and fifty square feet or less for over two years. This place has a fire place and a balcony... and we are supper excited to walk in this next season. Being intentional and gleaning all we can while we are here. Next month begins my digital camera classes and herbal courses, and we have already started pinning balcony gardens!

If I told you my story
You would hear victory over the enemy
And If I told you my story
You would hear freedom that was won for me
And If I told you my story
You would hear Life overcome the grave

Yes, I am ready. We are ready. Moving forward and living... making a home, picking a college and building relationships. Looking for land within this common wealth, and still singing my Hallelujah!

By the way, about that camper... the home on wheels. I have decided that it's too much for me to deal with right now, and frankly I have learned why I desire a pull behind or tent. 

{saving that for another day}

So it's farewell to the Tipsy Gypsy... and hello to I am looking for a Subaru.

~ Blessings!

* Song lyrics are from My Story by Big Daddy Weave.

21 - Happy Birthday Beautiful - Young Adult & Interview

She turned twenty one today, is it even possible? When I look back over the battles and the victories, I feel like I am going to cry and jump for joy... all at the same time. My daughter, the last of my womb... one of three, beautiful gifts from El Shaddai. 

We have been to the mountain and back... been through the cave, and the storm. And we have come through the other side. Together. Standing for Jesus... Redeemer... Yeshua!

I am grateful.

And I love this young lady...

Mom is always taking blurry - on the spot/no prep shots!

I thought an interview would be fun:

  • Do you prefer writing with a black or blue pen? Black – because it seems more professional and classy. It's more preferable upon the page... 
  • Do you prefer living in the country or the city? Country – but the near a city, as a city has somethings I like too. 
  • If you could learn a new skill what would it be? Art – drawing. Because it would be useful in more than one field. 
  • What is your favorite beverage? Errr – water. Special treat would be a frappe or a healthy soda 
  • Do you prefer peanut butter creamy or crunchy? Either one.

 Her birthday blessing from two years ago...

  • What is your most used emoji? The hysterical laughing one... 
  • Describe yourself, using three words? Quirky, Nerdy, & Relaxed 
  • If you could travel to one place, anywhere in the world - where would it be? Japan - Because I find the Japanese culture very interesting, the country looks beautiful –  and I like the language. 
  • What are four things you would tell yourself at 13? I would tell myself - 1) Stay Focused 2) Be Disciplined 3) Accept Responsibility & 4) Have Determination 
  • Share three pet peeves you have? 1) Nosiness 2) Gossiping and 3) Being Ignored 
  • What is your love language? Not sure, really as more than one apply...

Matcha Frappe - a birthday treat...

  • What is the one thing people misunderstand about you the most? Who I am... 
  • What is your dream job? And why? A cross between a Park Ranger and Author... I like nature, it fits my personality and I enjoy it. I would not have to be around people twenty four seven... and it would give me thinking space. 
  • If you won $1 million tomorrow, what would you do with the money? Pay for College, travel and buy land, pay for violin lessons... Save it and Share it. {BOOK STORE!} 
  • Share five strengths that you have? 1) Flexibility... 2) Patience... 3) Organization... 4) Being quiet... and 5) an easy traveler *Mum is adding humor and walking dictionary ability 
  • What’s the best compliment you ever received? “You have a good head on your shoulders...” & “Your the best side kick – where would Sherlock be without Watson?"
  • What kinds of things bring you the most pleasure now? Privacy, music, reading, writing, art and nature...

  • What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted but still don’t have? Life long friends... 
  • If you could have one super power what would it be and why? Time Travel – Because I could go back and see things, and then to the future too... yeah that is much better than being able to read minds. 
  • What is your favorite animal? I like all animals... and I don't have a favorite. :) 
  • If you could have dinner with one person in history who would it be with? And why? Charles Dickens – because he wrote during an interesting time in history, against various issues and I think it would be an intriguing conversation What would you eat? Japanese Food 
  • What is your favorite instrument? The Violin... 
  • What is your favorite book of the Scriptures? Judges - Why? - Action and Intrigue 
  • What do you see yourself doing in three years? WELL – hopefully: college, violin, learning art and writing a book, being a generally productive person, making money and finding life long friends. 
  • Was this interview hard? Not necessarily, I just wasn't prepared... and now I am stuck in my head. Thinking... 

Twenty one...

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.
{Isaiah 54:13}

~ Blessings!

November Gratitude Photo Callenge:: day thirty - the middle place

Finally getting around to posting the last part of my November Gratitude Photo Challenge, from Middle Places. It's been a long month...

Before I share my photo, let me share with you a small portion of my middle place... just over two years ago my life took on some major changes, some I have shared... some I will not. One of those changes happened when my husband decided to serve in Israel for three weeks... which meant a resignation of job, relocation of family and many many emotional trials. But it also meant growth.

Then my middle place road led us to nine months of no work for him, and two years of camper living in three states... to have it end, here... with a complete restoration of his job, a new home that does not have wheels, and my family together under one roof... with the fear of the LORD before our eyes.

We are beginning again.

Life learned.

Living forward and embracing this new season with intent and thankfulness. And through it all, my Redeemer has never left me {us} nor forsaken me {us}... middle place or narrow road.

We move in on my husbands birthday, and oh is this going to be joyful! One year, to save for our own house... it truly feels like we are beginning again.

~ Blessings!