Mikketz – At the end

At the end is just the beginning for Joseph…the beginning of his destiny! The beginning of his dreams coming true! This week, begin to focus on “but God meant it for good” in Joseph’s life. There are so many times in our lives that we don’t understand how “all things work together for the good for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Prayerfully consider that from a child’s point of view and look for ways to show the good coming out of something they consider bad. Encourage yourself in the Lord and journal the times you’ve found these truths in your own life – it will bring you to a place of willingness to dedicate your entire life to the Only True God.

You will need a couple of poster boards to display the life of Joseph. On one poster, display the bad things in his life and those who participated in his suffering. On the second board, list the bad things and how God used those things to prepare Joseph for his destiny as well as how it blessed others. This exercise will be life changing, especially if you make your own “board” in your journal.

Bite-sized Bible:

1st Day: Genesis 41:1 – 41:14, Ezra 6:15-17, 1 Kings 3:15-4:1

2nd Day: Genesis 41:15 – 41:38, John 10:21-23, Acts 79-16

3rd Day: Genesis 41:39 – 41:52, Psalm 30

4th Day: Genesis 41:53 – 42:18, Numbers 7:1 – 7:17

5th Day: Genesis 42:19 – 43:15, Numbers 7:18-29

6th Day: Genesis 43:16 – 43:29, Numbers 7:24 – 7:35 | Shabbat Chanukah

Sabbath: Genesis 43:30 – 44:17, Zechariah 2:14-4:7 | Shabbat Chanukah

Have your children make a list of people who have wronged them, hurt their feelings, or anything they consider “bad.” Have your children make a list of people they have wronged, hurt, or anything they consider “bad.” Discuss ways to give and ask for forgiveness…and bring your children to a place of repentance with others and with God.

Tis the season to make latkes! Be creative with this recipe by adding cheese, onions, peppers…use your imagination and consider your taste buds!

6 medium potatoes, peeled
1 onion
2 eggs, beaten
¾ Cup fine matzo meal or all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
Apple sauce or sour cream, to serve

Grate the potatoes and onion in a food processor (or by hand) – put this mixture in a clean dish towel and wrap and twist out the extra liquid. Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and add the potatoes and onion. Combine well and put the oil in the frying pan to heat it up!

Drop a spoon full of the mixture into the hot oil and heat until browned well on both sides. Place on paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Serve with applesauce and sour cream. Enjoy!

Now for edible art! Make a pan of Rice Krispie treats…the recipe is on the box! Cut the pan out so as to create a Hanukkiah. Decorate with candy…eat this Hanukkiah as you discuss the miracles of victories of the Macabees. And then there’s the Taco Hanukkiah!!!

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Blessings and shalom in your home….
Gayla

New Moon of the 10th Biblical Month

New Moon of the 10th Biblical Month

December 29, 2016/The 6th Candle of Chanukah

HOPE IN GOD!

Romans 15:13

May God, the source of hope, fill you completely with joy and shalom as you continue trusting, so that by the power of the Ruach HaKodesh you may overflow with hope.  
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Now, take a minute:  Anchor by Bethel

A friend shared this with me recently…”the biggest thing any of us needs in the world is hope and that is exactly what a genuine testimony of our Savior’s work in our lives gives. The hope Jesus brings should move you forward and into action.  What we HOPE for doesn’t have to happen here and now. Time and again we see in scripture where God promises something and it is not fulfilled until decades later. If you’re like me that can feel discouraging, but God intends it as just the opposite. It is meant as a promise to give hope that sustains you and helps you grow until the proper time…God often tells me, ‘step by step.’ ”

Another friend said, “Do you know why they won?  They had HOPE!  The knew they had everything to succeed.”  I had to add…and they were all in…even in OVERTIME!  OSU VS MICHIGAN 2016

Do we live as though we have everything we need to succeed because we have a relationship with the One, True, Living God?  Do we move forward step by step knowing that even a “mis-step” can be a step because the God we serve is bigger than any “mis-step” we may take?  Do we take Him at His Word that who He intended us to be when He formed us in our mother’s womb is who, indeed, we will be?  Has He changed His mind about your identity and purpose because circumstances, or people, or lies of the enemy has spoken something different to you?  Will you give HOPE a chance and trust that He will lead you to your destiny and purpose?

Will you let Yeshua, The Good Shepherd, shepherd you?  Shepherd by Amanda Cook
Remember:  Time to journal…

Celebration Station Introduction

011_11Who doesn’t like a party? We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and winning the big game, but what about celebrating Yahweh? What about celebrating all Yeshua has done for us? Let’s consider – why do we do what we do?

For many years, I never questioned the many family traditions that I participated in – actually, I can’t even say I called them traditions – it was just what we did! In the late 90s when I was well into my 30s, I began to ask the questions “Why do I believe what I believe?” “Why do I see festivals in the Bible and I don’t do anything with them?” “Why isn’t Christmas or Easter in the Bible?” I must say that this line of questioning probably started with “WWJD?” I realized that I had no idea. Jesus/Yeshua was not a Christian…He was THE CHRIST – the Anointed One, the Messiah – who also was – are you ready for this???? Jewish. There was nothing about my life that looked Christ-like in regards to culture, traditions, or lifestyle. So, I went in search of the Jewish Jesus and began asking God what that meant in the area of looking more like Him. I ran across Isaiah 16: 19b

“Surely our fathers have inherited lies,
Worthlessness and unprofitable things.”

and thought I should look at what I had inherited. I grew up in the Church of God based in Cleveland, TN. I have been and will forever be grateful for my Pentecostal heritage but as I began to study church history, the pagan origins of the Western culture holidays, and the compromise both of those entities brought to my understanding of the Bible – I knew I had to make some changes in my attempt to be like Jesus. What did He do? How did he live? Why would that change in regards to His Father’s expectation of me? Who added to or took away from TRUTH?

Sadly, another layer was found in Mark 7. (NKJV)

7 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. 2 Now when[a] they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.

5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

6 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
7 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’[b]

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men[c] —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’;[d] and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’[e] 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Ouch! So, the traditions of man make the word of God of no effect in my life…what traditions should I be looking at? Do I throw the baby out with the bath water? In some regards, I realized, yes – they both have to go! Many things stayed, many things had to be scrutinized under the lens of the Word of God and filtered through the Holy Spirit. And walking out a Jewish lifestyle in a Greco-Roman denominational Christian world – what did that even look like? What plumb line was I going to use? Was I going to fear God or man? Was I going to respond to what God said about a subject or tradition? Was I going to be one of those who say, “Well, that’s not what it means to me?” It had to matter what it meant to God. I know…I ask too many questions!

Ice my cake and be done with it all! This was the Scripture that sealed the deal and turned my world right side up…
Jeremiah 10 (NKJV)

Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.

2 Thus says the Lord:

“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven,
For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are futile;
For one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold;
They fasten it with nails and hammers
So that it will not topple.
5 They are upright, like a palm tree,
And they cannot speak;
They must be carried,
Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them,
For they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good.”

6 Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord
(You are great, and Your name is great in might),
7 Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For this is Your rightful due.
For among all the wise men of the nations,
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.

I’m quick like this…those verses were a word picture that I didn’t hesitate to understand. I’m not an idiot but I had learned the way of the Gentiles – the pagans, the heathens, and those who are without God…I had cut down a tree and decked it with silver and gold and secured it so it wouldn’t fall over. I had “knelt” before it to get presents from under its branches. And I didn’t do it little! I did it in every room of my house and outside as well…all the while making a birthday cake for Jesus on December 25th. By the way, just to interject here – my birthday is in January and I don’t celebrate it in July. In this personal “revival” – I found Scriptural evidence of Yeshua’s birth being in the fall. (See below)  How could I know Him and not know when He came to earth as an infant?

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I could share many more of my “clue by fours” but at this moment, you’re either hating me or laughing at me. You may even be recalling your own revival and the sweet tender way God got His Truth to you. He was gracious and kind and gentle yet not relenting in His pursuit of His Truth setting me free – truly letting me go so that I could worship Him. There is nothing so freeing as walking out the Truth by the Spirit. No bondage, no legalism, no tradition, no shame…no religion – just relationship.

The process of becoming an Ivri (Hebrew) – one who crosses over actually took me about 3 years – 3 Torah cycles. Patiently, Yahweh helped me to separate the holy from the profane. He gave me His cycles of righteousness in His festivals as a way to experience Him in His intended manner. He allowed me to question and wrestle with what I was learning as He changed my perspective. A greater explanation of the Greek vs Hebrew thinking is found in Brad Scott’s teaching:

http://www.wildbranch.org/teachings/hebrew-greek-mind/

The next Celebration Station post will be closer to Hanukkah/Chanukah!  Stay tuned for the weekly Praying the Portion and the Portion Study.

Until then – enjoy the journey!

Bereshit – In the beginning GOD!

What better place than the beginning to begin my weekly postings of the cyclical study of Scripture? These posts will include such family fun ideas as Scripture study, edible art, crafts, games, and links that will allow you to glean from other teachers who have a heart to train up a holy generation.

Bite-sized Bible:

1st Day: Genesis 1:1-2:3, Isaiah 42:5-43:11

2nd Day: Genesis 2:4-19, Proverbs 3

3rd Day: Genesis 2:20-3:21, Psalm 1

4th Day: Genesis 3:22-4:18

5th Day: Genesis 4:19-22, John 1:1-14

6th Day: Genesis 4:23-5:24, Psalm 119

Sabbath: Genesis 5:25-6:8, Revelation 22:6-21

Pick a beautiful fall day and head outside for a scavenger hunt! The articles found will be used throughout the week to create a creation collage. Mom, Dad, or one of the older children (tweens and teens) should be armed with a camera. All the other participants are to be given a grocery bag or a gallon sized storage bag for their treasures. The photographer – “scribe” must spend time with each participant to capture the finds in living color.

Here is a list of treasures for gathering:

Grass, sticks, rocks, leaves, dirt, dead bugs, beans from a garden, flowers – anything that Yahweh created! NO MAN MADE ITEMS.

But first!!! All participants lay on the grass side by side except the scribe. The photographer will take a picture of the family and then a picture of a male – alone and a female alone. So that the scribe is not excluded…he or she could be the one photographed alone. (Think of Genesis 2) Don’t forget to take a picture of the family (or neighborhood) dog or cat. Note to scribe – take pictures of the sky, trees, all things nature as you do your part for the creation collage.

Creation Collage Scavenger Hunt

Creation Collage Scavenger Hunt

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Ready, set, go! Let the gathering begin! Once the treasures have been found – celebrate by eating dirt! Yes, dirt.

Dirt Recipe:

Oreo cookies – crushed
Chocolate Pudding Cups (Chocolate ice cream or yogurt may be used as a substitute.)

In a bowl, mix one pudding cup with 3 crushed Oreos – the pudding cups will overflow with dirt if you try to put the cookies in them! Don’t forget to take pictures of those sweet dirt covered faces!

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Creation Collage Supplies: Large white poster board, Sharpie marker, white glue and hot glue gun and sticks, treasures from your scavenger hunt, and printed pictures of your family finding treasures, and a typed and printed page of the Scripture below.

Isaiah 42: 5 “Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. 8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Place items on the poster board prior to glueing them down. Place Isaiah 42:5-9 in a prominent place on the board so that it will be a constant reminder of the Torah portion. Once you’re happy with the look of your creation collage – secure the items with the glue that will do the best job for that item. Sticks and rocks will have to be hot glued for sure! Using the Sharpie, put a #1 by the things created on day one, a #2 by the things created on day two, etc. This poster can be used as a teaching tool by push pinning an index card over the number and then “quizzing” each other.

Helping Hand – Day/Fall Festival Calendar 2016:

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Ways and days is one of the many ways to teach the Biblical reckoning of time to our children but one that will most likely stick with them. You will need colored chalk, a jump rope, and you’re own sing songy melody for the following words.

Evening and morning, the first day…hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!
Evening and morning, the second day…way, way, way, way, way, way!
Evening and morning, the third day…day, day, day, day, day, day!
Evening and morning, the fourth day…hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!
Evening and morning, the fifth day…way, way, way, way, way, way!
Evening and morning, the sixth day…day, day, day, day, day, day!
Evening and morning, the Sabbath rest in our nest, nest, nest! Yes! Yes! Yes!

The first color of chalk is to be used to create a “hop scotch” for the first six days. Place the squares side by side on the sidewalk making them large enough to jump rope in the squares. Use only a single number in each square 1-6. Using a different color of chalk, have your child lay down on the sidewalk and trace their body. In a heart, write the word Sabbath on their sidewalk shirt. You will find after jumping roping through the days of the week, they will like the rest, rest, rest and they’ll get the point. 🙂 This exercise is a great way to stress the importance of “six days shall you work” as well as the fact that Yahweh wants us to number our days (Psalm 90:12) so that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. It is wise to rest in our Heavenly Father and enter into the weekly rest He has given us. To place an emphasis on not only the day but the way, weekly take a portion of Psalm 119 to read and discuss with your family.

Enjoy your time with Yahweh and your family!

Praying the Portion – Life of Sarah

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My God, My King, My Maker and My Husband, You are God alone. There is no other. I am thankful for Your Sovereignty! I trust You when You say yes and I trust You when You say no according to Your Kingdom purposes for my life. You are Good. I rest in You. I’m grateful for the way You work all things together for my good. Thank You for being about every detail of my life and the lives of my loved ones. What a joy to lay my life before You…

I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.

It is well. I have Shalom.

In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Praying the Portion – Shabbat Shekalim

Father in heaven, we remember our covenant with You – the ketubah – marriage proposal that You put before us at the mountain.  We lift our eyes and look to You – our Husband and King.  With our brothers and sisters, may we truly walk as Your people.  May we tear down the temple of Baal – all those want to be gods that have exalted themselves against You and Your people.  May we do what is pleasing to You.  Help us to address the shrines – to not leave them standing but to destroy them as we destroyed the temples of Baal – in Yahshua’s name!  Let no enemy be left standing nor be in a position to entice us to walk contrary to Your judgments, Your statutes, and Your commands.  Every knee must bow at the name of Yahshua!

For the sake of Your Kingdom, cause Your people to rebuild the ancient ruins, to fortify You house – Your body and build up Your people in the most holy faith.  Heal, restore and reconcile all things to Yourself is our prayer. 

Come, Yahshua, Prince of Peace, Come!

Amen!

Praying the Portion – Tetzaveh

Heavenly Father, in the name of Yahshuah, we come to You. We give You glory and honor, and praise. You are high and lifted up and Your train fills the temple…You alone are Sovereign! How can we minister to You? How can we be as the Levitical priests of Zadok? We desire to serve You well, love You well, represent You well. Consecrate the altar of our hearts – may our lives be a living sacrifice.

According to Your will,
Amen