Thursday, April 18, 2019

Matzah and Blossoms, Spring Green and Tambourine, Pesach Sameach

A long title, and a short post to wish you a Pesach Sameach!! As the Blossoms turn to spring green, reflected in a Tambourine!!  Time to change the header to "Matzah and Cherry Blossoms"!!

A song of Praise,
with blessings,
with LOVE !

The singers go before, the musicians last, between maidens beating tambourines.
"Bless God in the congregations--
ADONAI, from the fountain of Israel".   Psalm 68:26~27

Passover Post-cards as the blossoms give way to new green!

 H A P P Y     P A S S O V E R !

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!   
  John 8:32



Thursday, April 11, 2019

Timbrels and Matzah , O my!

As the Cherry blossoms are fluttering off the trees, in a soft and  flutter,
and the leaves turn to green
the season is flowing in perfect harmony into the days of  Passsover
  as if it was out of  a movie scene.

As we prepare to clean our hearts of leaven
and our cabinets of hametz,

a delivery arrives.
Matzah!  On time!

And then the doorbell rings again.

Oh heavens!

Shabbat Shalom!! the last Shabbat before Passover!  The Great Shabbat (this Shabbat is called Shabbat Gadol! the Great Shabbat)~~~!! Notice:  This  Post may contain photos and scriptures to follow, for now just posting a few words in the excitement of receiving the Matzah and the timbrels!!  You may be able to guess the two scriptures I have in mind!!  (OK, if anyone is up for the challenge, and gets them, then a tambourine is in store for you!)!! Blessings and Love,  Shayndel, off to clean my cabinets!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Nisan 1 Reflections

Today I am His bride.
He said the words "I forgive you."

He told me I don't have to keep apologizing over and over,
for the things of the past.  He has already forgiven.
He said it's done.  I'm forgiven.  He has done it.
Clothed her in righteousness.
His bride.

Through His once and once only sacrifice of Himself.
There is no bridegroom
like The Bridegroom, Yeshua.  There is no other One.

Today, its Nisan 1.

 The wedding is set,
through time eternal, though when the actual
wedding day will be only His Father knows.
The bride is approved and sealed, as only through the Father can we be given to the Son
in eternal betrothal.

Today is the month of springtime
when everything begins a new.
Receive His bouquets of blossoms.

Everything, Yeshua,
begins with You.

                   with You.

I said  I will prepare the bread, beloved.
It will be the taste of
cherry blossoms.
 This time, the guests will partake with You.

5.  I'll pour the wine,
He said.

This time, it's
all New Wine.

I will drink it together with you,
my bride.

6.  All welcome the Sabbath, singing,
"Lecha Dodi".
All rejoice in the new month of Rosh Chodesh Nisan.

Now ADONAI spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, "This month will mark the beginning of months for you: it is to be the first month of the year for you. "  Exodus 12:1

Shabbat Shalom!


notes on this post:  I was so excited today's Shabbat was Nisan 1~ !! The first day of the first month , the month of springtime on God's Calendar.  Passover is on the 14th day of Nisan.  This is writing that just came from my reflections in the morning of Nisan 1, from a personal conversation with Yeshua and my excitement for the first day of Nisan.  I have written posts that are more "explanatory" about Nisan if you would like to read more about this month on this blog please see here

Blessings and a Happy Nisan 1

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Morning, afternoon, blossoms! Psalms!

Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;
bring tribute and enter before Him,
bow down to the LORD, majestic in holiness.
Psalm 29:2, 1 Chronicles 16:29

Glory and majesty are before Him;
strength and splendor are in His temple.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Declare among the nations,
"The LORD is king!"

Psalm 96: 6, 10

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Blossoms and blessings in the light of evening

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who brings on evenings with His word, opens gates with wisdom, alters time periods with understanding, changes the seasons, and orders the stars in their heavenly constellations as He wills.  He creates day and night, removing light before darkness and darkness before light.  He causes day to pass and brings night, and separates between day and night--ADONAI Tz'vaot, is His Name.  May the living and enduring God continuously reign over us, for all eternity.  Blessed are You, LORD our God, who brings on evenings.

---evening prayer, Maariv, from the Art Scroll Siddur "Blessings of the Shema"

Blessed evening and morning to all, bless the LORD who brings on mornings and evenings with His word.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Blossoms and Birthday in the Spirit!

Yeshua answered, "Amen, amen I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be surprised that I said to you, "You all must be born from above."  John 3:5~7

Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation.  
The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  

2Corinthians 5:17

This year my "spiritual" birthday came in full blossoms!!
Today is my born-again birthday!!  Five years in Messiah Yeshua!!

Walking out amidst the blossoms that speak of re-birth I looked up to heaven in thanks for the re-birth in my Messiah!!

Breezing past bunches of blossoms seen from the bus, I breathed in the day.

This year my spiritual birthday also came on the day of the spring recital!! I was in a recital of students age 5 to age 75 for the voice training lessons I take!! Three years ago, I started taking voice training because of back problems.  After finding out I would need to strengthen the muscles around the spine to avoid further problems, I started taking voice training!! It became not only a way of healing my back,  it has opened a new door to sing songs of Praise to my maker!! And share and minister His heart to others through the songs!!  As well as get to know and grow with a wonderful teacher, who is also my friend,  and be part of the spring recital and continuing learning...and healing!  Thank you Yeshua!

Blossoms and song, a family atmosphere and listening to others share their gifts  was a beautiful gift to me as well!!  I never imagined I would be singing in front of people, and the thought of being "good" or not didn't even cross my mind.  Its funny as I am not a "singer", but  I know it is a gift from God to do this voice training,  and if He wants us to share something, then its something we will be delighted to share!!

  You must be born again I tell you!!  That is what Yeshua, Jesus, says!

Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven!
The youngest student performer in the recital today was 5 years old!  I think now, that is the same age as my years since being born anew!! We can be 5 again, through being born in the spirit!! We must be born again, says Yeshua!!

And for a gift for you, here is the song I sang---it is a  beautiful song by Misha and Marty Goetz called "The Plans I Have for You",  that they wrote together based on the scripture of Hope that many of you are familiar with from Jeremiah 29:11.

As in Japan a new year starts in April, after the cherry blossoms, it seemed like a fitting song to sing when many of the students would be graduating and going into a new school year.  I translated part of it with the help of my teacher in Japanese, so we added some verses in Japanese so those listening could understand the words!!  It will be a little while still and  a few more years training until I share my singing here!!! Please stay tuned with patience!

Meanwhile,  I will share the anointed singing by Marty and Misha, from Jerusalem!!Its a beautiful song, and a beautiful backdrop, please enjoy it HERE!!

  With a message of hope for all.
 It says
" I know the plans I have for you!  You're always on my mind.  And all the thoughts I think towards you are lovingly designed.  To bring you through and give to you a future and a hope.  They're for your peace they're for your good.... the plans I have for you!"  (from lyrics by Marty Goetz and Misha, based on Jeremiah 29:11 )


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cherry Blossom Fragrant air

Its happening, we are entering the cherry blossom season!!  It is like an anointing in the air.  Its not even a scent , but rather an infused sense.  Palpable in pink, and yet it doesn't really have a color, its just like the air is cleansed from the opening of the blossoms, and

Everything is bathed in its fragrance.

You'll want to look up towards heaven, as the blossoms open first one by one, and then all at once!!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Challah Diary, "TODAH" Challah of Thanks to the Beloved

 A smaller "half" portion of Challah this week, like the "half shekel" we are one half of a whole, made complete in God.

"TODAH"! The Hebrew word for Thanks
I became excited about making it and felt His presence with me as I shaped four Hebrew letters  that spell "Todah" from the three strands.  Once they were shaped and arranged on the trays to bake, I  held them up  towards Heaven.  Thank you in Hebrew is the word "Todah", spelled in four Hebrew letters from right to left--tav..vav, dalet, hay.

He is to present his offering with the sacrifice of his fellowship offerings for thanksgiving along with cakes of bread with hametz.   Leviticus 7:13
עַל-חַלֹּת לֶחֶם חָמֵץ, יַקְרִיב קָרְבָּנוֹ, עַל-זֶבַח, תּוֹדַת שְׁלָמָיו

The voice of the beloved speaks to each of us in a unique way as we seek Him.  

I have found that one of my Love languages that the Holy Spirit engages me in is  the language of "Challah"!! (perhaps you've noticed!)

This week the Challah itself took the form of a Word!!  It is the word "Thank you" in Hebrew!!!  Which is pronounced, "Todah".  You will notice this word in many of the scriptures that speak of Thanksgiving and Praise.

You can see the word being shaped above and it is spelled out in challah on the Shabbat table here:

 "Todah"  means "Thank you" and is an offering of praise in Hebrew.

When baked,  the second letter , the "Vav" became a little too short, so the actual balance of the word is a little off, but you can see there is basically how the word "Todah" looks in Hebrew, in Challah!

On every Shabbat, we say the blessings giving thanks for the bread and wine and break bread in remembrance of Yeshua.   We thank God for He creates the bread from the earth.  We thank God for Yeshua, who is the Bread of Life, whose body was pierced and broken for us. In a moment when we broke the bread, both my daughter and I reached for the second letter, the "Vav".  We broke it and ate the bread and drank the wine (grape juice)  in remebrance of Yeshua who gave His life for us.  I realized then that the "vav" that we just broke off also has a particular meaning, one of which is "connection".  Yeshua is  the connector between Heaven and Earth.  And only through Him can we reach the Father.  As we ate the bread, we could feel His presence.

When I looked again at the word with the broken Vav,  
the Holy Spirit revealed another word for me to spell out!!

I did as He showed me, and re-arranged the remaining letters, and voila!

What a wonderful surprise!
It was this:

This word is "Dodi".  It means "Beloved".

You can see the word in the scriptures here, 

Ani le dodi, le dodi Li.
 אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי
I am my beloved's  and He is mine.
Song of Songs 6:3

Our Challah of Thanks revealed the Beloved!! Or rather, He revealed Himself to us through the Challah of thanks!!

It was a  special Shabbat!

”Dodi", Beloved

This past Shabbat we  read in the Parsha Tzav, which speaks of Thanks offerings and that is what inspired the Thanks TODAH challah !!

Offer God a sacrifice of thank offerings,
and pay your vows to the Most High.  Psalm 50:14

Blessings and Shavu'a Tov.  Have a blessed week!


Note: for a word study of where to find scriptures that have the Hebrew word "Todah"  you can find it HERE,
and for "Dodi", HERE