Rejoice Every Day

.כד זה-היום, עשה יהוה; נגילה ונשמחה בו

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. תהלים Tehillim Psalms 118:24

Know what day that is? Every day. There are always blessings to be thankful for. We just have to look with faith.

Todah rabah to all my friends who pray for my family and me. Praying for each of you also and your families. ❤ Trust HaShem always.

Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום

L’Chaim לחיים
שלום,
Chaya חיה 🇮🇱 🇺🇸 🇮🇱

פסח Pesach 5782

Just a few of the many thoughts and concerns in my heart this Pesach…

ישוע Yeshua Jesus sets each person free who seeks Him with a prayer of asking Him and trusting in Him to save from sin.

ישוע Yeshua freed everyone with His life and resurrection. Sweet freedom from the bitterness of any sin.

They are still trying to kill us, HaShem is still stopping them, let’s eat.

It’s antisemitic not to invite ישוע Yeshua for seder – He’s always present at ours.

You can always, always, always trust our wonderful Creator.

I love all of you and I’m praying for you. 🙂 May everyone reading this trust in their souls that ישוע Yeshua Jesus, is their Savior.

חג פסח כשר ושמח Chag Pesach Kasher v’Sameach Have a happy kosher Passover beginning this Shabbat evening. 🙂

Happy Resurrection Day the beginning of next week. 🙂

See you after Pesach! 🙂 ❤

L’Chaim לחיים
Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום
Chaya חיה 🇮🇱 🇺🇸 🇮🇱

Research

Research is important. I’m of a family of believers and researchers. We want to know what’s real. That’s how I’ve felt since I was little, whether it’s about fun subjects or serious ones, finding out more can be enjoyable as well as very necessary. Be a Detective. Ask Questions. Free to ask questions is freedom. The desire to know the truth is in my soul and I believe most people feel that way. Knowing the facts is essential in discerning what to believe and making accurate decisions. As we’ve seen, it could make a difference on whether a person lives or dies. That’s worth even more than a good grade.

The first thing to do when researching is to pray and ask the Creator to guide you to the truth, to open your eyes, to give you wisdom. He will. 

There are many good ways to research and find treasures of truth. Reading carefully selected books is important and especially talking with knowledgeable people. Listening to and asking my family questions – my parents and sibs wisdom – all of whom I trust to know an answer or find it out. Discussing, debating, asking questions are all essential to critical thinking.

I love and enjoy learning real things. As my family members have noted, and myself, everything you need to know to help you decide what is good and right, you can find in the Bible. That’s available to everyone. You can go right to the Book and read for yourself what is written on the pages. My mom has read through the Bible many times and knows a number of verses from memory. The words and truth they contain are most important to remember, even more so than the reference. They are always in your heart and you can recall them at any time to help you. Our Comforter, רוח הקודש Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit), given by ישוע Yeshua (Jesus) helps us and guides us in that. When you’re trying to share a verse with someone unfamiliar with the Bible, and you have the words, but not the reference, you can quote the verse then encourage them to read the Bible until they find it. 🙂

Careful and discerning online search can be very useful. It can also be pretty funny – intentional and unintentional. I find it hilarious that paid “fact checkers” think that people can’t tell that they are beyond compromised and lying. Anyone who’s done any research knows that some “answer” sites provide wrong answers. Just because an organization or website says they are fact checkers or experts….doesn’t mean they actually are. For the same reason con artists don’t inform a potential victim that they are con artists – they’re going to lie because they want to trick people. It’s like a counterfeiter assuring you that an item is real when it is a fake. If those doing the “fact-checking” are paid by those same counterfeiters – guess what their answer will be. Same principle.

A lie told often enough may be accepted by some as a fact, but it is still a lie. It remains unchanged. Just because someone says or believes something doesn’t give it the status of truth. Empty false words are only empty false words no matter how often repeated or by whom.

The suppression of truth does not change truth.

It’s necessary to be careful to do your own research fully, don’t just accept someone else’s so-called research. Some will have a few facts mixed in with lies that stem from their own prejudices. That’s how they trick people – like a cult.

It really helps me praying in my heart as I research and find the truth. Sometimes I find out way more than I really want to know, so I need help with that, too.

May each person’s search for truth be guided by the Creator, for those who truly seeks will find He’s there for you in everything.

L’Chaim לחיים
שלום,
Chaya חיה 🇮🇱 🇺🇸 🇮🇱

 

Seek Truth

 

John 17:17
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” 

With so many things going on in the world, every day there is a barrage of information that should be examined carefully and prayerfully, not just swallowed. A person could choke. There’s plenty of real information to be found online despite the concentrated and paid efforts of evil people. There are also lies repeated over and over by those who are trying desperately to fool people. Truth, however, is unafraid and can withstand questions.

Know the real so you can identify the fake.

Do your own thinking, or someone else will do it for you.

As believers, we have an obligation to search out truth. We are supposed to know and love the truth. We can’t know everything, but we know the One Who does.

Matthew 7:7-8
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Shalom, שלום
Chaya חיה 🇮🇱 🇺🇸 🇮🇱

 

פורים Purim and Poetic Justice

Chag Purim Sameach חג פורים שמח!

My family has already started spring cleaning and getting ready for Pesach, but first Purim! Typing this on my tablet a few minutes here and there the past week or so, whenever it works out – wanting to post it before Purim begins, but I don’t think that’s going to work out…Update: obviously not.

I’m going to try to share some of my feelings and what I love about the celebration – what it means to me. I have a lot (hehe) of thoughts on Purim.

If I could, I would give all of you, my family and friends, mishloach manot, baskets of goodies to celebrate His victory. What I can give is much prayer for many blessings. ❤

Purim is all about the amazing protection of the Creator, trusting Him, and winning against the evil plans of our enemies. It’s powerful because you can see and feel the Creator’s presence throughout the Book of הֲדַסָּה Hadassah (Hebrew name for Esther), even without directly saying so. He is with each one of us every day, whether we recognize it or not.

I’ve always admired הדסה Hadassah’s courage and wisdom. Such faith and bravery it took to give up so much which led to helping to save her people. This wasn’t some silly fairytale where the goal was about being queen and being rich, but so much better a strong and faithful woman who continues to inspire to this day. In the Bible, in the book named for her, there is much faith and much action. There is most definitely poetic justice, which is something I’ve always appreciated. Anyone who reads the Bible knows the Creator is artistic and has a great sense of humor. He lets people find out truth and gives us the help we need to do the right thing. There is nothing He doesn’t know about and He is the ultimate Strategist. No one tricks Him. Ever. Baruch HaShem.

I pray for His protection and help for all the good people who are fighting all over the world against vile, despicable evil. He has things under control even when we mistakenly think things are spinning out of control. He is the Calm in any storm. We can trust Him.

I try to make sure also to pray for present day Hamans – they are definitely out there, plotting evil in their hearts. They have a choice, just like anyone else. In Hebrews 10:31 the warning is clear: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Anyone who mocks Him, doesn’t believe in Him, denies Him, unless they turn from their ways, it won’t end well for them.

Every person, Jew or Gentile, who trusts in ישוע Yeshua Jesus, and believes in Him as HaMashiach, the Messiah, is saved for eternity.

If you want to read about faith, family, truth, justice, bravery, courage, and poetic justice, read The Book of Hadassah (Esther) in the Bible. I recommend hearing, yes, the whole Megillah (Hebrew for Scroll).

Am Yisrael Chai עם ישראל חי
Shalom,
Chaya חיה

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Book Review – Nancy Drew Nancy’s Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene

 

Book Synopsis – By mistake Nancy Drew receives a letter from England intended for an heiress, also named Nancy Drew. When Nancy undertakes a search for the missing young woman, it becomes obvious that a ruthless, dangerous man is determined to prevent her from finding the heiress or himself. Clues that Nancy unearths lead her to believe that the villainous Edgar Nixon plans to marry the heiress and then steal her inheritance.

I haven’t posted a book review in a while and I’d posted a shorter one on goodreads, so I thought I really should do so on my blog! 🙂 As you can tell from the plot, Nancy has her work cut out for her in this race against time. I enjoyed the mystery and I really like Nancy and Ned. They love and respect each other. 

I appreciate that it’s a decent book. I like the way Nancy knows the law and stood up for herself when an obnoxious postal aide tried to give her trouble by wrongly blaming her. I think the mentions of her going to church and also to chapel at Emerson College is very relevant for today and the importance of taking time to worship the Creator in churches, chapels, and synagogues. Smart. 

It’s an enjoyable read and I recommend it.  🙂

שבת שלום,
~ Chaya חיה

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