As we approach the New Year, my heart is now ready to share with my WordPress friends.
After much turmoil of internal school politics, my family and I made the decision in July for me to quit my “loved” position as an elementary secretary.
We are now enjoying our son’s senior year in high school.
Thank you Faye, from Passionate Creative Christian https://fayerootsauthor.com/ Your comment on July 1, 2016 to my post “The Roar of the Blue” unknowingly guided my feet to find the answer to God’s plan and path for my way.
In A Place Where Two Ways Met
“How could I have known, or ever believed to say,
I found direction and freedom within the Words that day.
One was from the OLD, and the other from the NEW,
But there was no doubt involved,
My heart heard clear from You.
In the “donkey and the lion” and “in the place where two ways met”,
You mightily untangled both my feet from within the fowlers net.
The “donkey” is a servant,
But it’s My Peace I give to you,
Not to be ridden hard, whipped and broke in two.
The “lion” is your strength, not to cast aside.
I’ve given you My Power when in Me you do reside.
So now you find your peace “in the place where two ways met”.
I woke up thinking about the green color of our swimming pool.
My husband, armed with sanitizing items for war,
is waging a fierce battle.
to see the “blue!”
“Good morning LORD!
Waking to thoughts of You.
Your not in the green,
Your in the blue!
Clear and Sparkling.
Bright as Light.
Into understanding sight.
Colors given one by one.
Gifts of rainbow from
Glorify Your Name in waves,
and clouds parade!”
I wondered, “What is the Hebrew definition for ‘blue’?”
An obscure idea of a “peeling off by concussion of sound”; a scale or shell (example a mussel) stemming from the unused root word “Shacal” which is the “roar of a lion”.
Blue – the roar of a lion.
The Lion of Judah
Could it be,
the woman with the “issue of blood,” seeing Jesus passing by,
heard the “roar of the blue” from the hem of His garment?
“The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the people…and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments…and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner.” Numbers 15:37-38 (ESV)
On hearing, the “scales” fell from her eyes to see,
And reaching out, she touched her Healing.
“For she said to herself, ‘If I only touch His garment, I shall be made well. But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well.” Matthew 9:21-22
Hidden treasure in the word pictures of “Shacal” – #7826 Strong’s
Sheen – smile
Chet – full face
Lamed – Shepherd
“…Jesus turned around and saw her…”
The smile of the full face of the Shepherd
He said, “…daughter…”
I’m seeing her smile too,
In the Roar of the Blue!
The “blue” was from the cerulean mussel, the rare color was used to dye the tassels. This prayer shawl is an example of what the “woman” would have been reaching to touch on Jesus’s hem.
I wept like a baby when I purchased this in a shop on the Sea of Galilee.
May you be blessed today with healing and well-being under the blue!
“…Israel called its name manna…and the taste of it was like wafer made with honey.” Exodus 16:31
“Taste and See
In the fatness
Of Your Word.
Rich and Full,
More than a
Hundred calories worth!”
Taste – Hebrew word – Ta’am #2938 – perceive – good discernment.
Ta’am or the Hebrew letters – Tet, Ayin, Mem
Taste and See in the Word Pictures….
ט Tet – snake – encircle, wrap, twisting.
ע Ayin – eye – to see, to know.
ם Mem – water – movement, Holy Spirit
Taste and See…
-Wrapping your eye around the movement of the Holy Spirit!-
And NOT the snake…
Do not look at the twisting chaos of his wake!! –
The snake is all around us…but I want to Wrap my eye around the movement of the Holy SpiritWho is with us wherever we go!!”
Thank You Jesus for your finished work of the Cross!
“This Book…shall not depart from your mouth…meditate in it day and night…observe…for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Be strong and courageous. Do not be frighten, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you whenever you go.” Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
“Bless my hand as I
Knead the dough.
Your Holy Spirit
Is my Guide
As I follow Your flow.”
When I opened the Jesus CallingDevotional book after this time with the Lord, I about fell out!!
May youTaste and See the Holy Spirit’s movement in all the good plans He has for each of you, in Jesus Holy Name!! Amen!!
The Lord “Who makes all things new” has caused a new song of Hope to rise up in my heart!!
I was really suffering with indecision and doubt of my future plans.
During quiet time, the Holy Spirit brought a woman who within the past 24 hours and a long period of waiting and lost hope, literally had received a heart transplant.As I prayed for her wellbeing and all the complications and difficulties of a delicate surgery…
The Lord spoke to me…
Just like when I put a “new heart” in you, if your BODY rejects it – it dies!!!
I know what the Word has been speaking to my“spirit” man, but as Paul says, my “body” has been warring with my spirit!! I can either accept the Word of Life or reject it!!!
(I won’t say die, because I know Jesus will continue to walk with me even when I am not strong enough to “walk in the spirit” and let my body lead me the long way around.)
Praise Jesus for His Faithfulness – Mercy and Grace!!!
SO…After a LONG season of drought, He has opened the eyes of my heart to see the “new” in the plans and purpose He has for my life!
Especially for all the Nurses in my life. “LORD on this day of prayer,
Bless the “Day of Nurses” everywhere.
Their helping hands,
Dressed for healing from the start.
Blessed is she who cares for the ill.
Strength and dignity are her fill.
Strengthen each with wisdom and might.
Women in white!”
“She is far more precious than jewels…
She rises while it is yet night…
She dresses herself with strength and
Makes her arms strong.
She opens her hand to the poor
And reaches out her hands to the needy.
Strength and dignity are her clothing…
Many women have done excellently,
But you surpass them all.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:1-31 (ESV)
A funny in Elementary…
Miss Cheryl (in the blue) and I dressed up for the Fall Carnival. I borrowed the traditional “white” nurses uniform from a friend. The kids, Pre-K through 5th grade, DID NOT HAVE A CLUE of what I was supposed to be dressed up as!!!
Kids today are familiar with “scrubs”!! Oh we laughed and laughed! Here we thought we were so “smart,” and the kids looked at us like we were crazy!! Gotta love Elementary!!
“And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.” Daniel 10: Verse 10
This was the verse that opened my eyes to see the Hebrew letters.
“a hand touched me…”
Yood – Is the smallest of the Hebrew letters but very significant.
It can represent:
“the hand of God”
“the work of God”
“the favor of God by His hand”
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” Matthew Chapter 10:29
Matthew Chapter 10 – Ten
Nothing is insignificant to the Father. So much so, Jesus also said,
“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18
He was speaking about the letter Yood.
It’s numerical value is 10. The number10 represents order:
The Ten Commandments
The 10 generations of Adam to Noah.
God delivered Israel by the 10 plagues.
A minyan (a group of 10 men) is required for prayer in the synagogue.
“And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.”
Daniel had the “hand of God”lift him up.
God gave Daniel favor – Daniel 1:9
Yood is the right hand – or the hand of favor, by lifting Daniel up.
God was “working” on Daniel’s behalf.
“Strength and comfort commonly come by degrees to those that have been long cast down and disquieted; they are first helped up a little, and then more. After two days he will review us, and then the third day he will raise us up. And we must not despise the day of small things, but be thankful for the beginning of mercy.” quote by Matthew Henry
God does not,
despise our small frames,
or trembling knees.
He extends His hand of
love and favor.
Picking us up from despair;
and with His mighty
right hand works on our behalf!
And like the “Feature photo” of a tambourine depicting Miriam, the sister of Aaron, who took a tambourine in her hand, went out (with all the women) singing and dancing after the LORD, Who (with a Mighty hand) brought back the waters of the Sea.
Delivering the people from the ten plagues and bondage. Exodus 15:19
So how the heck does it represent the “full-face”?
If the Nineteenth letter – Koof
Is the “back of the head” of a man or person”
The Twentieth letter is the “side” view of a man or a person
Then in makes sense, “Chet” is the front view of a person.
And the person I am looking to find in Scripture is Jesus!
“…for she said to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will be made well.”
Jesus turned, and seeing her He said,
“Take heart, daughter, your faith has made you well.” Matthew 9:21-22
Jesus turned and she saw His full-face.
Jumping into the 8th verse in Daniel…what did Daniel see?
Daniel retelling his story in Chapter 10…“So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. Daniel Chapter 10: verse 8
Daniel saw the face of Jesus – private vision, full face of Jesus.
Protection – Eight people were saved aboard Noah’s Ark.
Covenant – Jesus was taken up to the Temple for dedication on the eighth day.
Kingship – David, a man after God’s own heart was the Eighth son of Jesse.
Joyous – the Feast of Booths is celebrated for Eight days.
Ministry – Aaron, the high priest was called by Moses on the Eighth day of preparation.
I pray as we continue through Daniel in Chapter 10,
your eyes would be opened to see the
beauty of Jesus in Old Testament prophecy of Daniel.
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane…sit here while I go over there to pray…He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed…”My soul is swallowed up in sorrow – to the point of death…He fell facedown and prayed.” Matthew 26:36-39 HCSB
Thank you Wally Fry of Truth in Palmyra for sharing your link with me! I loved what you shared about Jesus being familiar enough in Peter’s home to “go into the women’s quarters.” I did not know this. So much to learn, and makes reading the Bible come alive! Thank you for sharing your journey to the Promise Land.
Capernaum was “home” for Jesus for a good bit of his ministry here on this earth. Many think he more or less lived there for a period of 18 months, and it seems likely that he used Peter’s House as a home base. Capernaum was a fishing village and was likely where Peter and Andrew lived, as well as John and James.
The Synagogue is Caperaum is fascinating. It is actually TWO of them one on top of the other. The one folks can see clearly today is the one built after the Temple period. The 1st century one, where Jesus would have preached and taught, is actually under the old one.
Here is some homework by the way. What were the key differences between the Synagogue system during the Temple period, and how they were used in the post Temple period? It’s pretty fascinating history actually, and explains many…
Healingcame throughThe Door when Jesus entered Peter’s house.
After leaving the synagogue on Sabbath, Jesus’ path took Him right to Peter’s mother-in-law in her time of need. Jesus reached out His hand, “and lifted her up”, and “immediately the fever left her.”(Mark 1:31)
Peter’s house is located within a short walking distance of the synagogue.
“For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.” Isaiah 9:5 ESV
Herod in his zeal to capture and destroy the zealous Jews living in the “craggy mountains”, went to great “length” to “make use of a contrivance that was subject to the utmost hazard, for he let down the most hardy of his men in chests, and set them at the mouths of the dens.”Thereby the soldiers would shoot arrows with fire into the caves or use hooks to pull the people out.
Josephus Flavius who wrote with “The unique perspective and unparalleled historical content”  retells the story of an old man and his family, rather than becoming slaves to the Romans “preferred death”.
The father, standing at the entrance way of the cave, would have each of his seven childrenstep up to the opening. He would slay them, then throw their dead bodies to the bottom of the valley. After slaying his wife in this manner, the old man threw himself to his death upon the dead bodies of his wife and children.
I can’t help but wonder, on their way to Capernaum as Jesus led His traveling companions on the well-worn path through the valley, He knowing what was to come, became quiet as He thought on these “neighbors” of the future.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land deep in darkness, on them has light shined.” Isaiah 9:2 ESV
Jesus and His family would have walked through the Valley of the Doves, passing by the craggy, mountain cliff sides of Mount Arbel on their way to Capernaum. This was the common route from Nazareth to the Sea.
I imagine going to Capernaum was as when we go to the seashore or the lake with our families for holiday. Or possibly His new disciples were excited to have their own families meet Jesus and His family. Young John was the only one to write of this journey in the Gospel of John. Whatever the reason, there must have been great joy as they walked from the overflowing wedding experience to the anticipation of the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Little did the disciples neighbors in Capernaum know, Jesus coming to their town was about to fulfill Scripture and changed its course in history forever.
WordPress has been like a neighborhood to me. As I wondered what Jesus would think about my spending time here in this place of sharing and checking in on others, He opened my thoughts to Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee, the place where Jesus began His ministry.
And what about Jesus? Over the next few days, I would like to share some of my journal notes and travel photographs of this place called Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee…after thisHe went down to Capernaum, with His mother and His brothers and His disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.” John 2:1-12 ESV
Walking With the Dove – Capernaum Part Two – next…
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain