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Devotional Cheshvan 20, 5780

He Is Our God Who Sees – El Roi 

The Lord reminded me of a song He had me write years ago. Though I never made it to a worship team nor did I become a well-known songwriter; it is humbling and amazing that my little song mattered to God. We must use our gifts whatever they are because He is watching and they abundantly matter to Him. His Love is something we do not want to miss out on! 

Genesis 16:13?Then she called the name of the?Lord?who spoke to her, “You are?God Who Sees”; for she said, “Have I not even here [in the wilderness] remained alive after?[seeing Him [who sees me with understanding and compassion]?” 

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So then whether you eat or drink or whatever you do all to the glory of our great God. 

 When I was just a little girl I looked up in the sky; I knew why I was created, I was created for You! But then, I followed a path I made my own, I didn’t look up for every pathways shown, I didn’t bow my knee in everything to my precious King. Then I remembered, why I was created, I was created for You. I tried to tell them I said too much. I pushed them from you because I wanted them so much to know they were created for you too. I tried to reach them I sought still. I tried to tell them, I still will, You are our Father, we are Yours. We were created for You. So many things warring for their love. If they could look up, look up above. Then they could see it, what I could finally see, we were created for our King. When I look up in the sky I know why I was created. I was created for You! 

Write your song, poem, or letter to Him today. 

Devotional Tishri 12, 5780

Glory Key – Exercising Faith/Spiritual Gifts 

Christians in general tend to overlook Heb.11:6 where it says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Why do we let this amazingly powerful truth get pushed to the back of the stove, or to the back of our garage workbench? This one scripture tells us our faith is a top priority and our faith walk can’t be ignored. The thought of hearing Christ saying,”oh you of puny faith”, is not very exciting. 

So what can we do to make our faith a priority? Exercise our faith muscle! How? Bring faith in God’s Word and promises into every area of our lives with these following steps: 

  1. Seek out God’s word/instruction for situations we are facing, 
  2. Speak that Word out loud over that situation, 
  3. Thank Him for moving on our behalf, 
  4. Be ready and attentive to obey and act as the Holy Spirit directs. 

For instance, we feel like we are coming down with a nasty cold. We immediately find some scriptures on healing.  Maybe, there is trouble with paying some bills, but instead of talking about the problem, we speak scriptures about our practical needs being supplied by God’s abundance. 

Here is some encouragement: this is a growing process and there will be hurdles to deal with. The same goes for learning how to exercise our spiritual gifts. We don’t need to beat ourselves up if we make mistakes. Hey, we all start out with flabby faith muscles, but the more we exercise our faith in various areas of our lives, we are moving closer or getting better at pleasing God. We will start hearing: “I have not found such great faith as here.” Matt 8:10 

Let’s spend today gathering the key scriptures necessary and decide to believe His Word over any circumstance or situation, exercising our faith in our Faithful God! 

Remember to enjoy an evening and day of Shabbat rest beginning at sundown today till sundown tomorrow. Shabbat Shalom! For some easy Shabbat meals you can download our free cookbook @http://familylifewinners.com/gods-calendar-cookbook 

Devotional Tishri 5, 5780 1st Shabbat Celebration of the New Year

Quiet Times 

Mark 1:35?Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there. 

Lamentations 3:40-41?“Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the?Lord; ?Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven.” 

Psalm 139:24  “And see if?there is any?wicked?way?in me, And lead me in the?way?everlasting.” 

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments?are?in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

 I learned the most valuable lesson regarding my walk with the Lord when I attended a youth conference as a youth leader. Though I had been serving the Lord, loved Him dearly; I had never heard about “quiet times”, which seems so ludicrous now, even as I am writing this. 

I was reading my Bible, praying, doing lots of Spiritual things; but this quiet time thing revolutionized my life. This should be a regular part of every day. (A quiet time is time set apart every day–to hear the Lord, to seek Him, to read and study His Word, to worship, and to enjoy the benefits of a relationship with Him.) These are dangerous times. We must hear Him and walk in a close personal bond with Him.  

 1 Timothy 4:1-7?Now the Spirit?expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed?to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,?speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience?seared with a hot iron,?forbidding to marry,?and commanding?to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God?is?good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is?sanctified?[set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer. If you point out these instructions to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus,?constantly?nourished [through study] on the words of the faith and of the good [Christian] doctrine which you have closely followed. But have nothing to do with irreverent folklore?and?silly myths. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness [keeping yourself spiritually fit]. 

Prayer: Father, may we never depart from the faith. Sanctify us by Your Word and prayer. May we be constantly nourished through Your Word. Help us to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness remaining spiritually fit. Help me to make a daily habit of quiet times with You. 

Confession: I will never depart from the faith. I will discipline myself for godliness and remain spiritually fit.  

Shabbatthe original Hebrew word for Sabbath which comes from the root word Shin-Beit-Tav?which means “to cease, to end, to rest. It is connected to God’s day of rest after His six days of creation. In Exodus 31:15 it actually says this day is so sacred to Yahweh that those who disavowed it would be put to death.

Thank God, we are not under the law, but we can see how important this is to us and to Him; therefore celebrating this time from sundown today till sundown tomorrow is a great benefit to us. 

We like to start the evening with a prayer, light our menorah, listen to some music, enjoy a special meal remembering His goodness from the past week and praying a blessing over the coming week. No laws to follow, just a way to honor God on this day of Sabbath rest! Find your way to honor Him! Shabbat Shalom!

Devotional Tishri 4, 5780

Be Separate 

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 “Wherefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you. And I will be a Father unto you and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord.” 

Psalm 119:133 Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word; Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be?separated from You]. 

Growing up in the New Orleans area, Mardi Gras was just a part of life. I always saw it as good family fun until I became a born again Christian, and my eyes were opened. I was with my parents awaiting a typical day of bead catching when I saw a group on the opposite side of the parade route marching to a different drum beat.

I heard their chant: Give me a J, Give me an E, Give me an S, Give me a U, Give me an S. What’s that spell? JESUS! I knew from that moment that was the parade I needed to follow. Sometimes following Him can be incompatible with family or friends, but we must be bold to follow His path. There must be “no turning back”.  

I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus;  I have decided to follow Jesus; No turning back, no turning back. The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back. 

Though none go with me, still I will follow; Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow; No turning back, no turning back. 

My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus; My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus; My cross  I’ll carry, till I see Jesus; No turning back, no turning back. Will you decide now to follow Jesus? Will you decide now to follow Jesus? Will you decide now to follow Jesus? No turning back, no turning back. 

 Prayer: Father, show me anything or anyone I need to separate myself from. Whatever it is, give me the strength to sanctify myself to You fully, to follow You fully-no turning back! 

 Confession: I will come out and be separate, set apart for You Lord. You are establishing my footsteps. 

Devotional Tishri 3, 5780

My Refining Fire

Yeshua is our refining fire. He has sanctified us through His sacrificial blood.  

 2 Timothy 2:2:19-21 “Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, let everyone that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. ?If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 

Zechariah 13:9 “And I will bring the third part through the fireRefine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will listen?and?answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The?Lord?is my God.”  

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be?the Lord, Who?daily loads us?with benefits, The God of our salvation!?Selah 

 When I first heard the song below, it did something deep within my heart. For some reason I couldn’t let go of these words. I had always loved the scripture, Matthew 5:8?Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

It always seemed unattainable to me; however, His Word tells us it is surely possible. I sang this song on my honeymoon overlooking a ridge by the ocean in Hawaii where new construction was beginning. Because of God’s goodness, He brought me back to the same location when we revisited Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary as we stayed in the completed hotel! What an overwhelming blessing! God sees each of us and daily desires to load us with benefits like this! 

Let us spend some time singing or reading this song today as we prepare for 5780 to be everything He created it to be. He wants us to receive every blessing; in fact, He wants His blessings to overtake us!  

Refiner’s Fire 

 Purify my heartLet me be as gold and precious silver
Purify my heart Let me be as gold, pure gold
Refiner’s fire, My heart’s one desire
Is to be holy, Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy, Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will, Purify my heart
Cleanse me from within, And make me holy
Purify my heartCleanse me from my sinDeep within 

Devotional Tishri 1, 5780

Happy New Year

 Leviticus 23:23-25 ”And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, On the first day of the seventh month [almost October], you shall observe a day of solemn [sabbatical] rest, a memorial day announced by blowing of trumpets, a holy [called] assembly. You shall do no servile work on it, but you shall present an offering made by fire to the Lord.” 

This festival celebration marks the beginning of the Hebrew Civil New Year (1 Tishri). Celebrating God’s New Year is so fundamentally different then celebrating the typical New Year we have been used to. Even though I believe God loves to give us new beginnings and uses the Roman calendar for us as well, I have found entering into a new year created by our Creator is monumental. Aligning with His calendar is simply the best thing we can do! 

There are many ways we like to celebrate this special time.  We like to blow the shofar to begin this holiday.  This is the Lord’s New Year, so making and sending greeting cards is a wonderful way to give blessings out to friends and family.  We have fun eating apples and honey cake to remember the goodness of God. 

Honey is a reminder of hope for a sweet future! This is one recipe from “My Jewish Cookbook” you can enjoy on this great first day of God’s New Year. If you want to download the entire cookbook go to  http://familylifewinners.com/gods-calendar-cookbook or our Facebook page-“A Royal Invitation from God”. 

Honey Cake 

2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda  

1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 eggs 

3/4 cup honey 1 cup sugar  

1/2 cup oil 1 cup hazelnut coffee (cooled) 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease the pan.  Cut the wax paper to fit the bottom of the pan and put it in.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon, 35-40 strokes.  Set aside.  Beat eggs till foamy.  Add honey, sugar, coffee, and oil to the eggs while continuing to mix.  Add flour mixture.  Mix until smooth.  Bake in 13 X 9 pan for 35 – 45 minutes, or till a toothpick comes out dry when poked into the center.   

Prayer: Father, I give you the first day of your new year and every day proceeding to do with me as You will. Help me to hear, hearken, and follow You daily. Thank you for aligning me with Your very own calendar. Alert me to any way I need to shift to truly bring You glory. 

Confession: This year will be filled with the sweetness and goodness of My Lord!  Psalm 17:5 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” 

 

Stargate Birthday Party

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Planning a Stargate Party can be great fun for you and your guests.

Stargate Birthday Menu:
Carter’s Jello: Various colors of jello cut into squares
Jack’s Fish & Beer: Goldfish and ginger ale in cans
Hammond’s Ham: Baked ham with pineapples
Daniel’s Archaeological Find: Shrimp and cocktail sauce served in an unusual bowl-ancient looking
Teal’s Staffs: Stick Pretzels dipped in chocolate                                                                       Stargate birthday cake: Bake the cake of your choice in rounded cake pans.  Frost as usual. For top create a border that looks like a Stargate adding blue jello for the center.

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Games:

1. Create stargate at front or back door. With cardboard for a rim and black plastic inside this can be a fun project for the party goers or party planners whichever you choose.

2. Alter reality game
This is great fun but you have to cue party goers before hand. Tell everyone attending the party about the game. Have everyone in the game pretend the birthday girl or boy is in another reality. Choose a new name, favorite foods, games, likes and dislikes for your birthday girl or boy and have the time of your life as they try to figure out what is happening. After that, put alter reality-identities in a hat and let each one take turns playing various identities in alternate realities.

3. Stargate capture the flag stargateflag
Make special “stargate flags” and territories and take turns capturing the flags. Use art paper or material and have teams draw stargates creating a flag. Use these for the game when finished.

4. Fishing with Jack. Make a fishing pond and fishing poles. Place some black plastic on the floor in the shape of a pond. Create fishing poles with rods, string, and paperclips. Cut out fish and put magnets on them. Put numbers for prizes on fish and enjoy the fun.

5. Watch stargate season 1. http://www.amazon.com/Stargate-SG-1-Richard-Dean-Anderson/dp/B000F8O2Q0/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1442838582&sr=8-14&keywords=stargate

 

Are We Believers?

truebelieversMark 9:23 And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes!

We call ourselves “Believers”, but do our actions show others that is who we are?

Yesterday, I woke up at about 3:00 a.m., and couldn’t go back to sleep. I had been blessed with watching 2 of my precious grandchildren for a week, and I really needed some sleep:)

It was as if the Lord was prodding me with questions, and I continued with more questions for myself. Am I really a “BELIEVER”? I think I have faith for anything, but what am I truly believing?

If with God all things are possible, am I always believing for the impossible?

Why are my sheep mostly believing the worst is ahead for the United States? Did My Son die in vain? Can I not turn the heart of the King? Did not Israel get the King they wanted which was not in My heart?

Does anyone really believe every jot and tittle of My Word? If I say it, can I not do it? Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?

If these are the signs which follow those who believe, Mark 16:17 “And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.” Am I really a believer?

Aren’t we supposed to be doing the works Jesus did and even greater? John 14:12 “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as [a]presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorifiedand extolled in (through) the Son.14 [Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as [b]presenting all that I Am].”

Wasn’t it in Nazareth that no miracles occurred because of unbelief? Matthew 13: 54 “And coming to His own country [Nazareth], He taught in their synagogue so that they were amazed with bewildered wonder, and said, Where did this [Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s Son? Is not His mother called Mary? And are not His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And do not all His sisters live here among us? Where then did this Man get all this?57 And they took offense at Him [they were repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble]. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.58 And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus)”

Are we really Believers, or mostly doubters? Do we believe the enemy’s lies more than Our Heavenly Father’s paid in full promises– Jesus, His Word become flesh?

With all my heart I do believe there is nothing too difficult for Our God! I really believe Jesus paid in full, not only for my sin, but for an abundantly life, and days of heaven on earth. I believe by His wounds we are healed! I believe His shalom is ours, our children s and bloodline’s, and it is ours to give.” Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.

This is the Hebrew month of AV (God’s calendar) when the Israelites could have entered the promised land, but instead let unbelief and fear of giants postpone their blessings.This cycle has continued in Israel. Especially, in this month may we do all that is required to rise up in faith like an army with banners! (Thank you, Glory of Zion!)

Forgive us Father!, To the best of my ability, I do believe (believe, put in trust with.From pistis; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. Credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ) — believe(-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.) You and Your forever settled in heaven Holy Word! May my mind, my will, and my emotions always align with this truth! You will find faith on the earth when you return! The Body of Christ will rise up in faith and please you. All things are possible with you! I refuse to allow one thought that tries to think otherwise. May your glorious bride rise up in faith and totally please you every second! In Your precious Son’s name, I pray!