Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Color Pink, and what is our Purpose?

For You have created my conscience.
You knit me together in my mother`s womb.
 I praise You,
for I am awesomely, wonderfully made!
Wonderful are Your works---and my soul knows that very well.

Psalm 139:13~14

I guess its no surprise,
I like the color pink!!

This week a particular pink has been pursuing me.
First I received  a potted plant ~~~ with pretty pink flowers that look like crepe

Then I took out a pink sweatshirt to wear from my cabinet that I hadn`t worn in a year.

Later I went to do some of my worship dance homework.
One was a prayer.

I was going to change into a white dress, but I felt that the Lord wanted me to keep on the pink sweatshirt, so I did the upload with the pink sweatshirt.  Wearing the pink sweatshirt I felt like a child.  This is the prayer I prepared.  It is for all who are seeking purpose from our Father in Heaven to align with His Vision.  Playing now on this video here:

Have a blessed day!
♡ Shayndel

 He made known to us the mystery of His will, in keeping with His good pleasure that He planned in Messiah.  The plan of the fullness of times is to bring all things together in the Messiah---both things in heaven and things on earth, all in Him.  

--Ephesians 1:9~10

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Nissan 1!

Nissan 1

I took a bicycle ride to the park to see if the cherry blossoms were blossoming.
I knew they probably weren`t quite yet, so I took a cherry blossoms ball with me to bring some pink.
The trees were dotted with buds, buds, buds!

I stood on the grass and threw the cherry blossoms ball
into the sky! 
Maybe the pink would profusely pour down on the trees and the buds would blossom!
This is what happens around now in the month of springtime.
Everyone is looking up!  To see if there is a blossom yet!
Birds are busily finding them first.

People ask each other, did you see any blossom?
Not yet, not yet!
Anticipation is in the air!

A little girl joined me, and we both took turns throwing the cherry blossoms ball up to the sky!  She saw it was fun, and when she threw the ball up, it landed on the tree!  The tree now had pink!! A pink cherry blossoms ball in the cherry tree.  She jumped up to try to reach it, but it was too high.  She ran and got her jump rope to use it to move it and loosen it and get it down.  It worked! 

The ball was set free, but now the jump rope was in the cherry tree!

She pulled on it and it came down too.

We played a little more with the ball, throwing it up to the sky!
She told me her name, smiled,  and when it was time we said,
good bye.

Happy Nissan 1! *

*The first day of the first month, Nissan, of the Hebrew calendar

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Edited! Almost...Nissan 1

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Purim Menu, Post-Purim Post

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place---but you and your father`s house will perish.  
Who knows whether you have attained royal status for such a time as this.
---Esther 4:14

I didn`t get to posting all the Purim posts I wanted to this Purim, there was so much to learn that I wanted to share, and I have drafted many,  but as its already coming to a new Shabbat and as the approach can be felt already to the coming of Passover,  it`s moving past-time for Purim posts!!

 But I wanted to just put this one in ..for the record!
This is our favorite Purim menu!
It is the second year I have made this menu.
I  posted about it in detail last year, so for this round-up I will link to the post about each item,  so you can have it handy for next Purim!   Please check the links at that time for more detail.
This will be like a Purim Feast Round Up!

Since Purim is a fun and crazy day, I will mix it up and start from dessert!

Here at Challah and Cherry blossoms our favorite is our original

Sprinkle the the cherry blossom flakes into the mix and behold, a heart!  

We also love prune, traditional filling in hamantashen, so there is a delectable balance of substance and ephemeral.

Two fillings ---prune and cherry blossoms paste
substance and ephemeral

A personal note, I see this combination of prune and cherry blossom for the filling as representing my Jewish heritage together with blossoming of new life in Yeshua.

 Making these two types of Hamantashen from now through the generations!

For the Meal:

Esther`s Bean Casserole
Recipe on `My Jewish Learning` site HERE
related post on this blog HERE 
To keep kosher in the Palace of King Ahasuerus without letting on her Jewish identity in the days of the exile, it is said that Esther kept a vegetarian diet
This recipe combines beans and cinnimon in a tomato-ey stew

For link, find it HERE,`hidden` in the post

One idea that is popular for a Purim Challah is to make it twisted in the shape of a rope to represent the noose by which Haman was hung

It can also be transformed into Esther`s crown!
That is what happened when I was making it this time!
I filled the rope with Cherry Blossom paste.
Because after all, this is a holiday of rejoicing and Salvation!

As in the story of Purim the scheme that Haman devised to wipe out the Jews fell back on his head.
He is hung by his own noose, on the gallows he made intending it for Mordecai. 

Mordecai and Esther bring the Jewish people together to unity and they are delivered from the wicked scheme.

Mordecai is crowned, there is a parade, and the challah crown goes to Esther!

I will end this post with words from today and a verse from a psalm:
Chazak, Chazak V`nitchazek!
Be strong, be strong, and be strengthened~ 
We say this after finishing reading each book of Torah, and as of today`s Shabbat we will have finished reading the book of Exodus for this cycle, I say those lines with you now!! And really finish the post with this verse,

Chazak! Let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for ADONAI.

---Psalm 31:25
Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sharing Purim

I love making these kinds of deliveries!

These days of Purim shall be observed at their proper time, as Mordecai the Jew--and now Queen Esther--has obligated them to do, and just as they have assumed for themselves and their descendants the obligation of the fasts with their lamentations.
And Esther`s ordinance validating these observances of Purim were recorded in a scroll.
--from the Book of Esther 9:31 &32

We celebrate Purim on the fourteenth and the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar, which this year was this past week.

The same days on which the Jews enjoyed relief from their foes and the same month which had been transformed for them from one of grief and mourning to one of festive joy. --Esther 9:22a
A dear friend recently shared that she would be celebrating her first Purim.   She wrote to ask me to confirm what it is we are supposed to do and if she was missing anything.  I was happy to hear that she would be sharing in the joy of Purim for all God`s people!!  If you are considering celebrating your first Purim, we can see right in the Book of Esther how to do so!

 We are told these things to do at Purim:
They were to observe them as days of feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor.   ---Esther 9:22b
In this post I want to share one of them, that is sending gifts!
In Hebrew, it is `Mishloach Manot`!
Since I began celebrating Purim again in my born-again life in Japan, I have enjoyed choosing and sending them to my family in the US by internet, but this year I also wanted to connect with the people in my near community, so this was my first time in my adult life to make Mishloach Manot gifts to `send`.
There are different ways to do it, but the fun thing is, doing it!!
As you know I live in a city and in a state ( Prefecture) where I haven`t yet found even one other person who observes Shabbat or the Feast days of ADONAI, so it has been a challenge, and recently I have been seeking God to help me to find people and ways to share them with.

This time I didn`t have to look far for the way, its right there in His Word!!

The sending of portions, or Mishloach Manot, seemed  perfect  and it is something we are told to do, so I set out to get some supplies and make a few to start!

 I got some cute boxes from the 100 yen shop (thats like the dollar store!).
  I put in some homemade hamantashen.

Next, I had an inspriation because the Book of Esther is read as a `scroll` or `Megillah`, I took some pretty origami paper and made little scrolls with a few scriptures to include in the boxes.  I made an English version, and a Japanese version, depending on who would be the recipient.  It was also good practice to write scriptures in Japanese, as I recently purchased a new Japanese Bible!!

These Misloach-manot.  are unique Japanese Purim Gift boxes, as they include original Cherry Blossom hamantashen.(see post HERE and one to follow!) and some other Japanese touches like the origami paper.  You can make yours unique with what you have special where you are.

I delivered the first to a friend and neighbor just a short bicycle ride away. 
I rang her bell, and it was such a nice face to face moment.  That is something wonderful too about this thousands of year old observance.  Of course, we can send through the internet too, but this year it was the face to face that I have been seeking!
 I even received  a food assortment as a gift in return!  Totally unexpected.   It  took me by surprise.

On the second gift box that I delivered I got an even greater surprise.  When I gave it to the person,  this one with a Japanese `scroll`, there just happened to be another person there who knew a little about the Bible, and so we got into a conversation.  I ran and got my Japanese Bible to share about the holiday with them. The person who I gave the box to hadn`t read the Bible before, so  I handed it her to look at, and once it was in her hands....  one thing led to another and in the most natural way,
I was able to leave her with not only the gift box but with the Japanese Bible as well!!

One of the things is that we see in the Purim story is God working behind the scenes in the exact timing of all the meetings and miracles.  In our everyday life we can also see how God is working out all the details and timings, and pouring His Spirit out on people at His timing, and it was clear in that brief moment of giving that he made hearts open to Him.  It was an unexpected and wonderful Purim surprise that the Bible would be a part of my first Mishloach manot!!  Praise God! I give thanks to His Salvation.  Yeshua.  For showing me that Purim is about preserving His word and making Him known in our world!!

Your word is a lamp to my feet, 
a light for my path.  
---Psalm 119:105

Blessings and Shalom! Love, Shayndel

This one also included Halvah, from Israel!!
I really need to practice my Japanese writing, but meanwhile this is where I am so I will include it in my Purim package!

Psalm 47:1 and Esther 9:28 are the scriptures I selected in this box
It also was a graduation week in Japan, and this recipient has a son who graduated from High School, same age as my daughter, so the scroll like this has a timely-ness!!  Below, you can see I added a cherry blossom on the box for a finishing touch.  These Misloach-manot.  are unique Japanese Purim Gift boxes, as they include Cherry Blossom hamantashen.

Your decrees are my eternal heritage:
they are my heart`s delight.

--Psalm 119:111

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Happy Purim!

These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family and in every province and in every city.   
---Esther 9:28
O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy.
---Psalm 47:1

We celebrated the holiday of Purim this week, a beautiful time to remember God's great and mighty hand in everything in our lives and in the bigger picture of how He moves and Saves His People. The message of Purim also reminds us about praying for the Salvation of the Jewish people, I am one who was saved, so during this holiday it reminds me of how Precious our Salvation is.

I will write more Purim  posts to follow.  Look forward to hear about yours in the meantime! 
  It was also my daughter`s graduation from High School on Purim day in Japan. 

Happy Purim!  Blessings and Shalom!! Love, Shaynel

Ch & Ch B note:  related posts from  Challah and Cherry Blossoms archives, please visit HERE for a Purim feast and more about this day!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hineni, Abba*

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  ---James 4:8a

Blessings and Love,
Shabbat Shalom!
       Shavua Tov!
                Have a great week/weekend!

 *Here I am , Father 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tulip, part Two! & The Mighty Works of Jesus

 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty and Your wonders.   
 ---Psalm 145:5

The tulip remained the `protagonist` this week.*

And I heard of another tulip doing similar things.**

It opened in a way I never saw a tulip open! 
Fully in splendor!

On my Shabbat table, I also had a book open called The Mighty Works of Jesus.

This Tulip opened so splendidly!! Next to the tulip, on my table I had been reading THE MIGHTY WORKS OF JESUS. It is a book by Wesley Scott Amos we are reading in my worship dance studies. Seeing the Tulip open like that was so wonderful, an expression of His Mighty Works of Creation!! 

This week with watching the tulip I realized how my Shabbat table takes on new life in the week, as the things seem to have a new light after having partaken in Shabbat! 

So I share a few views of the Shabbat table from this week, including some drawings and an Israeli grapefuit, now we see them in almost all the supermarkets!  and of course, the Tulip!
Give praise to our Maker, Glory to God! Praise the LORD Jesus, Yeshua our Messiah,  for His Mighty Works!!

For by Him all things were created--
in heaven and on earth,
the seen and the unseen,
whether thrones or angelic powers
or rulers or authorities.
All was created through Him and for Him.
He exists before everything
and in Him all holds together.      ---Colossions 1:16

Challah, like Manna, raining down from heaven over our city!!

Remember the construction worker with the gold helmet, painting planks gold under the blossoms during the week of Parsha Terumah!

An Israeli grapefruit, mid-week!


Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God breaking into history and showed what kingdom presence looks like as He exercised authority over nature, healed the sick, broke demonic oppression, raised the dead, forgave the guilty and bestowed everlasting life on all who believed in Him....---from The Mighty Works of Jesus, by Wesley Scott Amos***

*Thank you Duta for your giving this `protagonist` expression for the tulip!
**I heard that my blog friend Sandi had a similar tulip, just the reverse in colors. 
*** for The MIGHTY WORKS OF JESUS by Wesley Scott Amos, follow this link HERE.
*****for the first post about the Tulip, see two posts down!

Blessings and Love,
Shabbat Shalom!