Monday, December 28, 2009

Life of a Tree -Torah Life!


These pictures were taken in Seguin. They reminded me of many beautiful Scriptures about trees. Torah is likened to a tree of life in Proverbs 3:18 -" 'She' is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her;" The subject "she" refers to wisdom (see verse 15) and Wisdom can also be translated as Torah. Torah is the teachings, commandments and precepts of YHWH that HE has provided to us to teach us how to walk in HIS ways and to know HIS Will. When you make Torah a part of your life, your life becomes a part of HIM and HIS plans. If you have no Torah, you are part of those that are "lawless" or Torah-less and you have no place in Him.

"Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on Elohim, and whose hope and confidence Elohim is for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding its fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Making Like a Squirrel!

This was the highlight of Seguin for us - the trees! There are beautiful OLD trees everywhere in this town and none are more beautiful than the ones we found in the Max Starke Park. The trees were even more incredible because so many of them are pecan trees and this park is literally covered with them.

People come out daily during the harvest season to "make like squirrels" and pick up pecans. We spent a few days ourselves out with the squirrels enjoying the warm sunshine and the thrill of "the hunt". Our first time out we didn't know just how much fun it would be to pick up nuts and soon we filled DannyLee's pockets on his jacket. The second time out we filled his jacket pockets and his jeans. This was a little bit too "squirrelly" for him so on our third adventure we took along a plastic bag and saved his pockets for other things.

At first, I was feeling a little guilty about the cute little squirrels and taking their nuts, but there are so many that I'm sure the squirrels have far more than they could ever eat squirreled away. I don't know who Max Starke is and the website for the park doesn't share that information, but he's a hero in my sight! He's created a beautiful place for the people of Seguin to get away from it all. DannyLee even managed to "squirrel away" a few golf balls on their beautiful 18-hole golf course and that's always a winning proposition for him. Bless you Max Starke!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut........

In our winter travels, we have been blessed with a lovely stay in the quaint little town of Seguin. I can't say that we ever figured out how to pronounce the name of this place, but we did find lots of reasons to fall in love with the town. The Guadeloupe River passes right through town and pecan trees are everywhere!

This "nut" (uh, the one on the left) is NOT the biggest nut in town. There is one that's much bigger. Find that nut and you'll find yourself at a place with some very tasty treats. We managed to eat quite a few pecans while hanging out in Seguin. We have this place on our "come again" list.

Friday, December 25, 2009

"Let Your Light So Shine...."

One of my long time favorite Scriptures is Matthew 5:16. "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven". This verse has followed me throughout my life and comes to mind every now and then.

Hanukkah is called the Festival of Lights and is believed to be the time of Yeshua's conception with His birth occurring at the time of Feast of Sukkoth (Tabernacles). Understanding the meaning of His feasts and festivals helps us to see YHWH's timetable for the world in its correct order. This picture captures for me a few of the most beautiful elements of the person of Yeshua. HE is the Light of the world (Luke 2:32), the true Bread of life (John 6:33) and the Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18) (with the understanding here that the subject "she" refers to wisdom which is also known as Torah which is also known as the Living Torah which is Yeshua Messiah).

Those who truly know Him as their Saviour and Messiah are blessed indeed. For the promises that HE has made to us can only become more precious as time goes forward. We believe that we are moving into times of darkness that will far exceed all that has been before. Only His Light will be enough to overcome the things that we must face in these end times. May the Light of His countenance be a blessing to you!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Weathering the "Weather"

Weather is an unavoidable part of life and eventually we all must face the storms that come our way. Some storms are easier than others, but the one storm that has the power to rock our "world" the most involves wind. This is when we really relate to being in a "Nest" and in a "blow" it feels like we're sitting at the very top of a tree.

If your house has ever rocked on it's foundation as much as ours was last night, you just might live in an earthquake zone. Throughout the night we were rocked left and right, forward and back and up and down. I was joking with DannyLee that this would be a good time to have an anchor lest we find ourselves flying off somewhere into the unknown. We are grateful however, that our only problem is the wind. We're not envious of all those that are out there shoveling snow or chipping at ice today. While it's not all that warm after the last couple of days in the 70's, it's really not that cold either considering.

We'll weather this storm and look ahead to better days for as the Scriptures promise,

"To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:" Eccl. 3:1

As everything around us appears to be changing faster than ever, one thing remains a constant throughout all of our generations - the love of our Father YHVH. HE will see us through this storm and every storm that comes our way. Our faith is sure in this. Blessings!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Celebrating the Festival of Lights - Hanukah

The final holiday of the Hebrew year is Hanukah or the Festival of Lights. This holiday falls during the month of December every year and has become for many messianic believers somewhat of a substitute for the pagan holidays inherited from our fathers. (1 Peter 1:18) It's hard not to fall into that especially in a household with children.

We will be celebrating this Hanukah in our new home with limited space for burning lots of candles. Our first challenge was in finding the candles that we needed for our menorah. Ordering such things from the internet requires a bit more forethought and planning than we seem to be capable of so we found ourselves on a hunt for them.

Last year we found the T.J.Maxx carries a limited supply, but a search of four stores in driving range of our current space turned up nothing. Fortunately, a World Market in the area of the T.J.Maxx store had a variety of candles on display at the front door completing this task.

We then turned our thoughts to latke's or potato pancakes, a traditional Hanukah food. Our local Wal-mart had run out of hash brown potatoes last week so I faced the prospect of making them from fresh potatoes which is not all that fun. Again, our prayers were answered and Wal-mart came through with a supply of hash browns. It looks like our plans for this holiday are well in hand and we look forward to celebrating the miracle of the oil and the time of the conception of our Saviour, Yeshua the Messiah. Hag Chanukah sameah!