A Call To Prayer And Fasting

A Call To Prayer And Fasting - Temple Mount Ascension

Many people have heard this simple child’s prayer at some point in their life.  Few seriously give much thought about a child dying in their sleep.  For Hallel Ariel, a 13 year old Israeli girl, this prayer became a reality.

A Call To Prayer And Fasting - Temple Mount Ascension

On Thursday June 30th, she was brutally stabbed to death in her sleep, by a 17 year old Palestinian  man, who jumped the fence that encircled her Israeli community.  On a side note, after living in Israel we noticed how the Israeli communities had fences around them and the Arab communities did not.  Why?  Israelis generally don’t go into Arab areas to murder innocent people. Read more

How To Submit When I Think He’s Acting Unreasonable

How do I submit my husband when I think he is acting unreasonable?

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Shalom Anna,

I am sorry for the delay in responding to you.  Part of the reason is I have had a lot going on, the other part is that I have been doing a lot of thinking and praying about your question. ​

In no way can I answer this as an expert at being under submission, because I still sometimes struggle with this one.  It is not because I have any doubts about it being the correct thing to do but I am a strong willed person and if I think my way is right, it is hard to submit to a way I may think is wrong.  But I guess that is the key point: my thoughts.  Are they in line with the Heavenly Father’s thoughts?  Let’s put it all into perspective.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:9-10


When Yeshua had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Yeshua said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Yeshua heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. – Matthew 8:5-10

How great is your faith?  Can you trust the Heavenly Father’s system to work things out if you follow in the way He has asked you to walk, being in submission to your husband?  It’s not about us; it’s about the Heavenly Father’s Will being done on this earth by us, because we love Him.  Are my thoughts about what I want or what the Heavenly Father wants?

I do not want to disregard that your husband may realistically be unreasonable at some point.  He is human, right?  Each one of us can struggle with being unreasonable at times since we struggle with our own sinful nature.  So what do you do if there truly is unreasonableness?

First, consider if you may be feeding it.  Are you peacefully approaching him on an issue you want to deal with or are you emotional, angry, argumentative, etc?  Sometimes our husbands feel pushed against a wall by us and they react, as opposed to consider a matter.

If you are not feeding the unreasonableness, and you have presented your concerns with a right heart, let it go.  You can trust your heavenly Father to take care of things the way they need to be taken care of.  Bring it all to your Father.  In any way you feel wronged by your husband, let the Father minister to you.  His comfort can minister to any hurt you have.

As for your husband, try to apply this Scripture:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Forgive him for any unreasonableness and hold your peace.  In 1 Peter 3:1 we are shown how to act with a husband not walking as he should, but did you ever consider what the “likewise” was referring too?  If you consider it in light of this passage just before, it gives you the strength and motivation needed.

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.  For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:21-25

I hope this helps.  Shalom to your home!

Do you have a question that you would like to ask Annie.  You are welcome to comment or email it to us!

A Mother’s Day Tribute To My Husband

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When I was younger and bearing children, my husband would say to me nearly every day before leaving for work, “Make sure you lie down and get a good nap … I know you may have a lot to do but you need your nap.”

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I do not remember when I transitioned into “not needing naps” but today I thought it would be a nice treat to get a little nap.  As I laid down on my hubby’s pillow, I enjoyed his scent that was left there.  That made me think back over the years.

When we were first married, I often enjoyed the luxury of laying in bed a little longer as my husband dressed for work.  I would watch him in wonder and awe.  He was such a beautiful, strong creation of YHWH and it amazed me that I was blessed to have him as my husband.  As the years have passed, his body has aged and put on some pounds here and there, but I admire and love it even more.  What a joy and blessing it is to “grow older together”.

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How can this be a “Mother’s Day Tribute”, you may ask?  Well, as I was snuggling down to enjoy my nap and thinking of my precious husband, I realized I would not be the blessed mother I am today if it were not for Tom.


  • If Tom were not willing to give me children, we would not have these most priceless possessions in our home to enjoy.

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  • If Tom was not willing to work hard to support our family, I would not be able to stay at home to enjoy raising our blessings.

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  • He is my strength; when I struggle and feel I cannot do something, Tom directs me to my Heavenly Father Who meets every need.

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  • Tom sees the good in people that I do not see and he encourages me to think the best.

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  • Tom loves and teaches our children in the ways they should go so that we can enjoy peace in our home.

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  • ​I used to be afraid of elderly people but watching Tom be loving and compassionate to the aged, delivered me from my fear.

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  • I used to be consumed with my goals but Tom taught me how to enjoy life along the way.

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I could go on and on about Tom’s wonderful attributes but simply put: I would not be the blessed mother I am today if it weren’t for the awesome, YHWH-fearing, loving and compassionate husband with whom I have been blessed.​  To him I am grateful.

A Mother's Day Tribute To My Husband

Women In Need Of Prayer

Shalom y’all,

This is Annie writing.  I would like to bring something to your attention that I hope you will prayerfully consider.  YHWH has allowed me the blessing of meeting with the female inmates in the local jail, once a week.  It has been an awesome opportunity to get to know these ladies and spend sweet times of fellowship with them.

Each week when I go into their cell, I write down the names of any new ladies and I also write down the names of their children, if they have any.  When I get home, I make an index card of this information and hang it by our table so we can pray for these ladies and their families throughout the week.  This blesses them greatly and they are truly thankful.

This is what I am seeking help for.  Would you be willing to pray for an individual lady and her family on a regular basis?  Please do not volunteer unless you can truly commit to spending time doing this.  These are real people with real and difficult situations.  Once they leave the jail, they often have nowhere to go except to the same setting they left … broken homes, alcoholic and drug-dependent family members, no jobs, no cars, etc.  It is truly a vicious cycle.  And sadly, there are more “men” waiting to help these ladies out, rather than followers of Messiah.

If you are able to commit to praying for one or two of these ladies, please comment or email us and I will give you a list of the ladies with a brief description.  You pray about which one you would like to lift up to the Father and then let me know.  I will then keep track on the list of who has prayer coverage and who still needs it.

Thank you and shalom to your home.

How Do You Keep It All Together?

How Do You Keep It All Together?

How did you “keep it all together” with a bunch of little ones?  I have 3 and am expecting number 4.  It’s so hard!  I want to be that joyful mother but I’m more of a frazzled mother.

Shalom Chana,

This is an excellent question and yes you are right, it is hard … but you can do it.  Since I do not know you and your family personally, I am unaware of your family dynamics so I will answer this question “generally” and hopefully my answer will help.

To have peace in the home and “keep it all together”, the children need to have peace and the only way this is accomplished is revealed in the following proverb: “Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.” – Proverbs 29:17

The best book my husband and I ever read on the subject of how to raise our children is What the Bible Says About Child Training by Richard Fugate.  There are many books out there on the subject of raising children but this one gives you such a good foundation and explanation of how to apply Biblical directives, that when followed, your children have peace and in turn you have rest.

If you are already aware of the blessing of properly raising your children, then the next thing to do is to put it all into perspective.  Organization and thinking ahead helps tremendously.  We all need good food and restful sleep.  A clean house and clean clothes help us to relax.  How to accomplish these things with your family takes thinking ahead and prayer.

Each family has different things going on in their life and therefore planning ahead and scheduling can look different for each family.  Do you have a lot of company?  Do you leave your home much to go shopping or visiting?  Do you travel as a family?  Does your husband work a regular schedule or does his schedule change depending on what he is doing?  As much as you can, have a “routine” and a schedule but it needs to be one that works for your family.

How Do You Keep It All Together?

If you have too much going on, it may be that you and your husband need to decide what needs to be removed from your lives to alleviate some of the “frazzle”.  Sometimes, it just comes down to needing to pray for direction in what to do next.  There are times that our family has so much going on and I have so many things pulling for my attention, there is no way to accomplish the “need to do” list.  At those times, I ask the Father, “What do I do and what do I let go?” Sometimes, we make our lists without prayer and we add to our load something the Father hasn’t put there.  Work with Him and the work is doable.

In closing, I want to share something I saw recently that was an amazing sight.  An obviously pregnant mother was holding a toddler, while she held the hand of 3 year old.  By her dress and manner, it was apparent she was a believer.  The young woman was walking at a very slow pace so the young’un she was leading could keep up.  She looked like such a beautiful, strong, healthy woman and the thought came to me how rarely you get to see a sight like this.  Often in advertising or other places, young women like this would be seen walking a fast pace with clothing suited for the office, or dressed up in a  sports-type suit running a race or doing some other sporty activity.  But never in these “pictures” have I seen such a look of joy on the woman’s face as on the face of that young mother … who was walking at an incredibly slow pace.

Yes, you are doing hard work right now that often goes against things you may rather be doing (like walking faster) but it is a good work.  May the heavenly Father help you as you seek to glorify Him.

Do you have a question that you would like to ask Annie.  You are welcome to comment or email it to us!

The Responsibility Of Love

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Everybody loves love.  You find it trying to be portrayed in the majority of movies, songs, novels, etc.  If people are in it, they want to talk about it; and most people want to hear all about it. Why?

These thoughts and more ran through my mind one warm, sunny winter day as I was in our Coton de Tulear yard (these are dogs we raise) cleaning up droppings.

“Ima, Abba wants to talk to you,” a child called to me, from the house.

“Did you tell him I was outside?” I asked.  Usually if I am outside when my husband calls, he tells the children to have me call back when I go in.

“Yes,” was the response.

“Okay, then bring the phone here please,” I said, as a thought went through my mind that something was wrong.

“Where are you and what are you doing?” Tom asked as I answered the phone.

I responded with, “I’m in the Coton pen, cleaning up droppings.

“Well, speaking of that, Jack is back, needing work.  He is divorced.”

“What?” I was shocked.  Jack had gotten married and moved away less than a year earlier.  With a heavy heart I listened as Tom explained Jack’s sad story.  As I turned off the phone and handed it to the child on the other side of the fence, she said, “What’s wrong?”

“Jack got divorced.”

“What?” she responded in sad shock.  As I considered my child’s response and the sad situation, I spent a lot of time thinking as I was picking up droppings.  The following conclusions are from those thoughts.

If you are an unmarried person, regardless of your age, hoping to be married one day, please, please, please consider the responsibility of love now, before allowing emotions to become a part of your thinking process … when a “possibility” comes along.

What do I mean by saying “the responsibility of love”?  The bottom line is; it is not about you. Yes, you get to experience a wonderful blessing with many wonderful feelings, hopes, desires, joys, etc.  But the bottom line is; it is not about you.  A couple in love is a representation of what love is and it should show Who is the author of this awesome experience.  Without Him, it is impossible to make any relationship a true representation of love.

Strong, good marriages give strength and hope to the communities they touch.  They glorify the Father in heaven and give faith and courage to many who need it in this dark world we face daily.  Broken relationships foster sadness, sickness, discouragement, bitterness and despair. THEY FURTHER THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE A PART OF THE DESTRUCTION.

Love is a decision, not an emotion.  Yes, there are some wonderful emotions that are byproducts of love, but before you stir those up, consider the seriousness of the decision.  I do not think anyone would think it wise to make a major life decision based on feelings with no facts to consider in the decision process.  So look for, and seriously consider, facts before beginning any relationship.  Here are some random thoughts, if you would like to consider some of my advice.

Don’t look for love.  Our society is so focused on “finding” love.  YHWH and Yeshua are love.  If you do not know Them, get a Bible and get to know Them.  If you know Them, get to know Them better.  Spend your time “in love” with Them, until the time is right for your earthly love affair to begin.  Seek the heavenly Father’s will for you and your spouse.  Since He knows each of us intimately, wouldn’t it be best to allow Him to bring your spouse into your life?  Avoid “romantic” movies, books, songs, etc that stir up “longing” emotions.  Yeshua gave us an example of how to live our lives as servants.  Follow that example of how to spend your time and look for opportunities to serve.

If it looks like “a possibility” may be coming into your life, go to the heavenly Father in prayer. Find out everything you can about this “possibility” from a distance … not as you are getting emotionally attached to this person.  Examine the matter through the counsel of your parents. Examine it with the counsel of mature believers.  Prayerfully consider all the facts BEFORE entering into a relationship.  Why start something that has no hopeful future?  Make a list of what facts need to be known before you can consider if someone is even a “possibility”.

It is our responsibility to portray an accurate example of what love is so that our heavenly Father can be glorified, for the furtherance of the kingdom of heaven.  Please be a good steward and fight the good fight.  Bring a smile to the faces of our heavenly Father and heavenly Bridegroom, Yeshua.  The reward you will receive will be well worth any personal sacrifice on your part.

Can The Heavenly Father Heal Today … Without The Medical System?

This article will step on some toes.  It will shake some support walls.  It will offend many.  That is not my intent.

I am writing this article for the lady who has been called to trust the Heavenly Father for her health ….. without putting her faith, hope and trust in the medical system.  You know who you are.  I have been that lady and know very few other people who have walked in this way.  It is a lonely place …… some think it ridiculous.  That is why I am writing this article for you …… so that you know you are not alone and what I have walked through can strengthen your faith.

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One hot summer night in 1990, as my husband and I were taking our nightly stroll past the hospital (we lived right in the heart of the city back then), I was stopped.  An overwhelming feeling came over me.  The thought “this is a very wicked place” came into my mind.  What? This does not make sense to me.  I told my husband what happened and we could not make much sense of it.  We discussed it a bit, then tucked the thought away.

As the years (and our marriage) progressed since then, we have had to face different health issues for ourselves and our children.  My husband and I have never said, “We will never go to a hospital!”  Yet each time we face one of these health crisis and we pray about what to do, we have never been led to seek medical help.  The Heavenly Father has miraculously healed our family of various difficulties, over and over again.  His arm is not too short and He has not needed the medical system to do His work.

I will give you one example of His faithfulness.  In November 2011 I started noticing a problem. I could not get enough air.  I could take a deep breath, there was no congestion in my chest …… but it seemed the air was not getting into my body.  It got progressively worse.  The Sunday following Thanksgiving, my husband and I got stuck in traffic congestion for hours. Couple that with a slight exhaust leak in the vehicle we were in, and a dismal overcast day with thick heavy clouds making the air stifling, and my breathing difficulties were exasperated .

I was in bed for a week after that.  The following Sabbath, I woke up and tried to get out of bed. I experienced a bizarre sensation.  My head felt huge ….. like a watermelon.  I could not control my body parts.  When I tried to walk, I was completely out of balance like I was extremely drunk. I felt like I was suffocating.  I awoke my husband and asked him to take me to the emergency room.

This request startled my husband awake.  I had not seen a doctor in over twenty years, let alone an emergency room.  His response was, “Let’s pray.”  As we prayed, I felt the Heavenly Father’s peace come over me.  I also felt to look up James 5:14.  I asked Tom to read me the passage. After reading it, we did not feel led to go the emergency room.  We called the elders.  They came as soon as they could.  We lived over an hour away.  They prayed for me, then left.

I would like to say I got up then and everything was fine …. but it was not.  I was confined to bed for almost a month longer.  Truthfully, it was one of the best times of my life.  I spent the day communing with the Heavenly Father.  It was wonderful!

Sometime, when I talked to friends, they would question me and make me feel like I had to have some answers as to what was wrong with me.  These conversations influenced me to go to Google to investigate.  UGH!!  This is an easy way to rob your faith and instill fear.  When I noticed this happening, I got back into the Word.  It had all the answers!!!  My dear friend, Sister Carolyn, encouraged me to study in the bible where healing comes from.  I encourage everyone to study this.  It is very freeing.

Near the end of December 2011, our family had plans to go to a Hanukah conference.  My husband got a wheelchair for me to use.  The plan was for me to stay in the hotel room while
our family attended the conference.  After being there a day or two, Tom asked me to go to one of the meetings on “Worship” by Tony Robinson.  I responded by saying if he got me dressed and wheeled there in time, I was game.  It was at this meeting that the manifestation of my healing began.  It involved many people praying for me.

ima-latkesThe morning after this meeting, I leapt out of bed, completely restored physically.  I had all my physical abilities again.  Halleluyah!!!  As we packed up the hotel room, I loaded up the wheelchair with all our coats and wheeled them to the vehicle.  My family was totally amazed! We made it home in time for me to cook a batch of Latkes (our family tradition) for the last night of Hanukah.

As I bring this to a close, I want to encourage each one of you to trust our Heavenly Father in a greater way than you already do, in regards to healing.  As the government works to get more control of the medical system, it is important to know who your healer is.  The days are getting darker and if we do not have faith and believe that our Heavenly Father is true to His Word, we may find ourselves compromising because we see no other option.

It may be that at times He works through those in the medical system to accomplish His purposes but too often people limit Him by turning to the system for healing instead of turning to Him.  My daughter recently read a comment in which the author discussed her birth complications and stated “My baby and I would have most certainly died if not for ultrasounds and C-sections.”  This is what I mean by limiting the Heavenly Father and putting our trust in the system.  Our Heavenly Father takes good care of us and He does not need the medical system to aid Him.