Entering Into Sabbath – Hebrew Worship Music

Ruthie was going to share a modest outfit post today but this week has been a little busy!  My father has been working around the house, accomplishing some of the remodeling projects, and we have been tackling one of the rooms that never got any attention when we first moved in!  We’ll have to share pictures once it’s finished.

We also took a day to go out on the lake with a friend … it had been a long time since we did that and it was a very nice time.  Pictures coming soon!  All the children (except me) also spent the majority of yesterday splunking in a nearby cave!  Now we have several dogs that are about to whelp and one that had a litter of 8 this morning.  Altogether, it has been a very full week and we are looking forward to Shabbat!

The Sabbath.

Entering Into Sabbath - Hebrew Worship Music

I know that among readers, there are both some people who observe the seventh-day Sabbath and some people who don’t.  Our family has been keeping the sabbath for over 20 years and it has always been such a great blessing.  I don’t know what we would do without it! Read more

Should Christians Celebrate Passover?

It is sad to discover how many Bible believers have never celebrated the Biblical feast of Passover.

Should Christians Celebrate Passover?

The title of this post is a question: should Christians celebrate Passover?  I would love to hear how you answer it but I also want to share my answer!

One of the most common and accepted definitions of the word “Christian” is “follower of Christ”.  If we call ourselves Christians, it means that we are following in His example to the best of our abilities.  Right?

Well … did you know that He celebrated Passover? Read more

Celebrating National Shabbat

Last summer, a friend of ours in Georgia started organizing a once a month gathering called B’ney Yosef (Sons of Joseph) National Shabbat.  The vision is for Believers, especially those who believe they are grafted in and part of Israel through Yeshua (Jesus), to come together and share a meal, fellowship with one another and sing and dance together!

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Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  This is the foundation for these meetings.  There are so many churches, congregations, denominations, etc, out there and there is so much division over religious beliefs, etc.  The National Shabbats are organized so that people can come and fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Messiah, and not focus on our differences but rather on the thing that ties us all together …. and that is Yeshua!

Last August we were blessed to have friends from Israel, James and Liz Block, join us.  James has some beautiful worship music – there are a few videos below and you can find more information on his website.  We highly recommend his CDs … they are a blessing! Celebrating National Shabbat

We have attended almost every meeting in Georgia since that first one last summer, and they have been such a blessing!  People come from hours away … many different states and the fellowship is so sweet!

The meetings have not been limited to Georgia though – people have hosted gatherings in South Carolina, Texas and Arizona … and there are other locations being planned and scheduled across the United States.

With the Rambo family from South Carolina – it has been a blessing to get to know them!Celebrating National Shabbat

Our family was actually asked to lead worship at the gathering in South Carolina on Shabbat two weeks ago!  It was so awesome to see a couple hundred people get up and dance together around the building!  It was also a miracle that we were able to participate, since many of us were getting over the flu and we certainly were not feeling up to par!

If you would like to see more videos, please visit my YouTube channel.

I just wanted to give you a little taste of what we do once a month, and I also wanted to invite any of you who are in the area to come join us sometime!  If you aren’t local, you can check out the website to see if there will be any events in your area.

Celebrating National Shabbat

The National Shabbats are an awesome time of worship and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Messiah and we would love for you to join us.  Even if you don’t believe “like us” … that is okay!  The Father has us all in different walks of life … but we are all His children and we want to come together and worship His Holy Name!

For more information regarding upcoming gatherings and locations, or if you are interested in possibly hosting one in your area, please visit the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat website.

Have a blessed rest of the week!

Dance, Worship and Praise!

Dance, Worship and Praise!

I have a treat for you today!

Our family loves to sing.  We love to worship.  We love to dance!

Today I would like to share a few videos from the last several years … from jamming in our living room, to joining in large children’s dances, or uniting with others for simple fellowship.  I hope everyone will find at least one dab of blessing to take away from here! 🙂

Israeli Folk Dancing –  too funny!  If you want to laugh, check out these adorable babies dancing … better than the adults? 🙂 – Fall Creek Falls TN

Come Alive – Jasper GA

Psalm 24.  Sung by one of our (many) favorite bands Sons Of Korah.  Danced by many little (and a couple older) worshippers – Watertown TN

Dance, Worship and Praise!

Aliyah – Jasper GA

Hinei Ma Tov (Behold how good and pleasant it is, for brothers to dwell together in unity) – Jasper GA

How Great Is Our God – Jasper GA

Dance, Worship and Praise!

Shevet Achim (Brothers As One) by Exodus Road – Blue Ridge GA

Show Me Your Ways O Yahweh (Psalm 25:7-29) by Exodus Road – Jasper GA

All The Way With You, written and sung by Abigail, Samuel & Lydia – Woodbury TN

Dance, Worship and Praise!

If you have been around awhile, you may have seen some dance videos from our 2014 Tabernacles camping trip at Fall Creek Falls State Park (you can see the 2015 celebration review here).  Here are a couple more dances from the last two years.

Heya – Fall Creek Falls TN.
Keep a close eye out for what happens on the back row at 2 minutes 10 seconds!  Girls with skirts … you’d better watch out for them 🙂

The Wedding (War) Dance – Fall Creek Falls TN

Dance, Worship and Praise!

Mercy Seat – Watertown TN

Happy Hanukkah (and a linky party)!

“I can’t wait until Hanukkah!” I overheard one of my sisters say, “Then we get latkes and jelly doughnuts!”

Hanukkah is probably my favorite festival!  I love that it falls in the wintertime … that we get to light candles and eat tasty, traditional foods … and most importantly, that it is a time to celebrate the triumph of good over evil!  It is known as the festival of light!

This year, Hanukkah begins on December 6th and lasts through the 13th.  For many people, one of the most significant aspects of this festival is the legendary miracle of the oil.  For our family, that isn’t the focus.  There are reasons to believe that the miracle of the oil is a legend without historical credentials.  We prefer to focus on the historical record of what actually happened: the miraculous defeat of the pagan, Hellenistic infiltration and the cleansing re-dedication of the Temple.  There is also reason to believe that the Messiah was conceived during this time of year, which is an interesting thought in light of the many passages that talk about Him being the light of the world, like this one, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” – John 12:46

Since I have had a lot on my plate recently and haven’t had time to write a new post about Hanukkah, I would like to call your attention to several Hanukkah features that have been on this blog during previous years, including why to celebrate it, inspiring historical accounts, how to make latkes, and great resources for children.

P1270310-1024x768The name says it all!  In Eight Reasons To Celebrate Hanukkah, I share my reasons for celebrating it and some of our family fun traditions!

hanukkah-heroinesHave you heard of Hannah and her seven sons?  This account has always been an incredible inspiration to me.  I shared more in detail on Hanukkah Heroines.

P1270224 copyIn Chag Chanukah Sameach, we  shared our recipe for latkes – fried potato pancakes.  My mother has been making these since I was young and I haven’t ever tasted any better ones!  We love to eat ours with applesauce and sour cream 🙂  Even my father who strongly dislikes sour cream says this is the only way he enjoys it!

We are also partnering with several other bloggers for a Feasts of the Lord linky party – please link up any of your blog posts that have to do with Hanukkah.  We would love to see them!
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Sharing Pictures and Memories of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) 2015

Hello dear friends!

During late September/early October, our family went camping to celebrate Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).  Our family has been observing this Biblical festival for 21 years and each year it is such a blessing.

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We camped at Fall Creek Falls State Park – which is a very beautiful park with many different activity options for all ages!  Throughout the whole week, there were around 40-50 of us … we had people come from all parts of the United States.  We had friends from Maine, Indiana, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, of course from Tennessee, and even a guy from California.

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Going to get branches for the top of the Sukkah!
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One day most of us went boating on the lake – it was gorgeous!  Some of us enjoyed peacefully canoeing on the lake … while some of the others enjoyed themselves by having water fights and boat wars 🙂
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We went on so many trailer rides together!  It was so much fun … especially when someone started a song or we started waving to everyone who passed 🙂
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We went on hikes together …
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For those of you who have not been to Fall Creek Falls, the people in this picture are standing on a lookout ledge that drops off hundreds of feet!  The view from “the point” is truly amazing and it is equally amazing to think of the awesome Creator who created such a magnificent earth!  I am reminded of two songs: Creation Calls and God of Wonders.

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It was not always beautiful and sunshiny … actually, for the first half of our time there, it rained!  But the rain did not dampen the spirits of those there (although we were EXTREMELY happy when the sun shone again!)  We rejoiced anyways and we sang and read Scriptures in the rain.  One day we went to the pavilion across the field and danced for hours.  Sometimes people played games.group pics (3)

Twice during our stay groups of people went to get firewood!  We would fill our 16 foot trailer with large chunks of wood and then bring them back and split and stack it so that we could have campfires roaring!  It did not take very long because, as the old saying goes, “Many hands make light work”!firewood (2)

I cannot tell you how many volleyball games were played!
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One morning we went to the swimming hole!  Some of the group went swimming while the rest of us talked together and watched them shiver 😉
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We THOROUGHLY enjoyed holding and playing with the babies and toddlers!
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Oh!  One day a young wild deer walked up and several of the people were able to feed it!  It was so amazing being so close to it … a few of us even got to touch it!
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We had sweet times of welcoming in the Shabbat (sabbath) together!
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And the food was delicious!

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We worshiped together …
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I love this picture, it reminds me of Titus 2:3-5, “T he older women likewise … that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
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We did so many fun things together, it is hard to list them all because I don’t want this to turn into a book 🙂
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Playing a game of Spoons…
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Do all young men feel the need to arm wrestle?!? 🙂
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We had a very blessed time and the verse from Psalm 133, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” really came alive! families (12)

I hope you have enjoyed this little recap of our Sukkot in the hills of Tennessee!  If you would like to see more pictures, I posted a slideshow that you can view by clicking this link.  Also, if you would like to see some the videos of us dancing together, please visit my YouTube channel.

Many blessings and may we all look forward to the day when we are in Jerusalem together keeping Sukkot with our King of Kings, Yeshua/Jesus (Zechariah 14)!

P.S. We wanted to let you know about two special deals that are happening right now …

Lilla Rose is having a sitewide sale plus there are new items/styles available!  It lasts one day only – November 2 from 7am to 7pm (PDT).  New customers who order 3 or more items can get a 4th one free (contact us for details)!lilla rose sale 11-2

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on sale and available for two days only.  It is an amazing collection of resources!

Celebrating Sukkot … With The Dance (And A Linky Party!)

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Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, is probably my favorite Biblical festival.  The Scriptures instruct us to dwell in booths, or temporary dwellings, for seven days to remember what the children of Israel experienced when they lived forty years in the desert.  This is also a rehearsal, so to speak, of when the Messiah returns and the whole world will be celebrating Sukkot:

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, YHWH of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, YHWH of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. – Zechariah 14:16,17

For our family, Sukkot usually means a nine or ten day camping trip at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, TN.  We love to join other friends, brothers and sisters in Messiah, for a week of camping, fellowshipping and feasting.

Next week we will be celebrating the feast and we are definitely looking forward to it.  But since it is time to host another linky party, and we haven’t experienced this year’s Sukkot yet, I wanted to share a bit from previous years.

I could post so many beautiful pictures and wonderful stories (we shared some about last year’s experience here) but since I’m short on time and want to get this scheduled before I meet several puppy buyers and continue unpacking and setting up here at our new house … I will just share some videos of praise and worship dancing 🙂  These are a few from last  year and if you want to see more, you can visit Sarah’s youtube channel.

This song is totally in Hebrew but the lyrics are very beautiful and meaningful:

I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah.  And even though He may tarry, nonetheless I will wait for Him.

May that be the prayer of all of our hearts!

Now, you are invited to join the linky party!  Please share any posts that are related to the Feast of Tabernacles in the linkup below.  If you don’t have a blog, please share a comment about what you and your family do for the feast!  Please also visit the other hosts to read their posts!

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