September 20, 2017

Teruah :: Calling Home Again

This year has been a year of starting (again), of rebuilding, of shedding even more. This year has been many things, and a little different for each one of us in our family I am sure. This year - also marks our ninth fall feast year - of the biblical feast days. Yom Teruah, a day of shouting... arriving this week - a day of sounding the Trumpet, or Shofar. A biblical holy day that we are commanded to 'guard' or to 'observe' by the Creator of the Universe. 

But this Teruah will look a bit different for us (again)... as this fall season we are preparing to move (again). Although it is too early to share anything of detail, I can say that God is very gracious and is making the way for us to return... to the state I can't get out of my mind. A state where mama says 'one can see their soul'... a state where if you listen to what your eyes see... will humble a man to their knees. 

This journey - I would not trade for anything, tired - yes I am... but I still would not trade what we have gleaned over the last three years for anything. I would not give back the memories, the hardships, the amazing ability to see the hand of God, the Body of Messiah work... the way it did.

I would not give back the purification, healing and revelation that has happened. Nor the laughter, the tears, the frustration, the skills learned or even those times of doubt, when the tears were the only thing that flowed. I will not surrender the healing of my heart, my lessons on forgiveness or the reality that my Redeemer is alive and active in the lives of His people.

To Israel and Back again... a great title for a book I think. One I may pen, should I find the words to express the experience. Maybe that is part of the journey, a part of this Teruah - maybe I am not meant to express them before the whole world at all. I don't know, but I trust that He will reveal what ever it is I am to do with these emotions, experiences, and words in the proper time.

Mean while, we prepare. We prepare to move, to celebrate, and to love. In Spirit and in Truth.

We prepare to shout. To make a noise. To declare, to make an announcement... to gather and to celebrate Yeshua - the Messiah, Redeemer, and King - and He alone is worth shouting for.

* 52 lists project/personal reference

September 6, 2017

Quietness Here :: Life & Gettysburg

Since ~ I have been participating in the 52 Lists Project, sharing them occasionally here on the blog, this creating of lists relative to life. We {I} have decided to start applying action to them... thus Gettysburg:

My heart and mind are full, and there is nothing that I can add to the importance of this place... save I would encourage every one to stop here... and ponder. This trip was made possible because we chose to eat the same dinner for a week straight, saving and pinching until we had enough... our total cost - which includes two nights camping, food and gas, admission to the museum and s'mores: a couple hundred for our family of three adults and one large dog.