Harp and Story

To Go, or to Stay

To Go, or to Stay

We were in Paradise, California this past July where Steve recorded two new harp CDs with our good friend and sound engineer, Gene LeSage. We celebrated Steve’s 65th birthday in their spacious backyard and throughout the time we stayed with them we enjoyed much pleasant and stimulating conversation and good friendship. Now, in less than 24 hours Paradise is in ashes. As I watch the video footage of the carnage from this “hell” fire my heart breaks for our friends we have who lost their homes and all their possessions; and for all the others impacted by the devastating loss of property and lives. This Camp fire is being called the worst fire in California history with over 6,000 homes destroyed and as the forensic recovery teams begin their work more and more bodies are being found buried in the debris.

Paradise, California was a beautiful town situated in the foothills of the Sierra’s nestled among lofty pine and fir trees. The town’s leaders were so proud of this idyllic setting that they forbade the cutting down of these giants without special and costly permits. Steve and I presented Harp and Story at a local church last July and one lady I was talking with made the comment that Paradise is a paradise, but God help us if a fire ever comes through. Was she uttering a prophetic statement without realizing her words would have such an impact only a few short months later?

As I have watched this horrible destruction unfold my thoughts have turned to characters in scripture being told by Yahweh to leave and go to a place “that I will show you.” An obvious example of this is Abraham when Yahweh told him to leave Haran and journey to Canaan. Another is Lot when the angels told him to flee Sodom lest he be caught up in its destruction. The family of Jacob going down to Egypt and then the children of Israel leaving Egypt to return to the land promised to Abraham is another example. Joseph being warned by an angel to flee Bethlehem because Herod was coming to kill the child, Yashua, another example. And what about the apostle Paul wanting to go into Bithynia, but being directed to go to Macedonia instead. And for us, perhaps, this is a warning to not get so tightly attached to our things and/or our surroundings that we cannot get up and go at the command of Yahweh to a place that we know not. Like one man said concerning the Camp fire, “I have lost everything, but I still have my life. I’m going, but I don’t know where yet.”

Remember these folks in your prayers that Yahweh will be wisdom for them as they make critical decisions in the days ahead.

 

 

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Travel Journal 2018 — Joining the Snowbirds!

October is coming to a close and our time in Iowa is also ending, but what special and precious memories we will be taking with us of our time spent with friends in this state! The past three weeks we have been helping start a Joy Starts Here study group. Speaking as a teacher one of the most, if not the most rewarding thing is to see a “lightbulb” turn on; that ah-hah moment when a concept and reality meet forming a new identity in a person’s mind.

Our last time together, for this year anyway, we talked about masks and maturity. Maturity is about reaching one’s God-given potential. It means maximizing our skills and talents and using them effectively while growing into the full capability of our individual designs. (Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You, p. 33)

And masks are what is used to cover up our God-given potential. Many of us grew up without consistent and strong “glad to be with you” joy experiences. When joy is inconsistent, weak or missing, our fear, anxiety and stress systems shape our brain’s structure, chemistry and growth. The lack of joy leaves gaps in our relational style, identity and ability to respond to upsetting emotions. Before long, these malfunctions become such a part of us that we tend to see them as totally normal. We are the last to know we even have a weakness. (Joy Starts Here, p. 36)

Scripture tells us in Proverbs 15:4, “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” 

“You are stupid,” said to a child causes that child’s brain to make that statement become fact, as is “You are fat,” “You are ugly,” “You are bad,” all these become self-fulfilling prophecies as they are repeated over and over re-shaping the child’s brain to believe and act on that belief.

Every mask we put on removes us farther and farther from the person YHVH created us to be. We become a shell of what Jeremiah was told in chapter 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 139:13-14, “For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

“Be very courageous,” YHVH told Joshua. “Be very courageous,” YHVH tells us. It takes courage to ask YHVH to reveal our masks and again, the courage to ask for His help in removing them — one by one — until the REAL you is finally revealed and you stand fully matured in the Light of His glory and Grace.

 

Travel Journal 2018, Autumn in Colorado

I love fall! The warm days, chilly nights; the leaves turning varying shades of yellows, golds, reds, and oranges. And anything and everything to do with pumpkin; tea, coffee creamer, pie, cheesecake, milkshake, ice-cream, donuts, soup…yum! Now, I don’t eat most of that anymore, but I do have many fond memories of when I did!

State Hwy 550 from Ouray to Durango over Molas and Red Mountain Passes

We spent Feast of Tabernacles with the Montrose, CO, Covenant Hebraic Fellowship. Steve and I shared from the Life Model with those gathered, about 35 or so of us. We taught on Remaining Relational in a Non-relational World which included topics on Grace, Living in the Now, Maturity, and Joy and Quiet. Howie and Aline of Mishkanim were also with us. What great musicians and ministers they are! Our time spent with this beautiful group of people was delightful! We thank you for the invitation!! But wouldn’t you know it when it came time to return to the eastern half of the United States it turned cold and down came the snow! Quite a drive over Vail and Loveland Passes on Interstate 70!

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Aspens in their fall glory!

We are in Iowa at present helping a Joy Starts Here group get going. This is also a part of the Life Model. For more information on the Life Model go to http://www.joystartshere.com and/or http://www.Thrivetoday.org. This tour we helped start a Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You group, (also a part of the Life Model), in Wisconsin, and helped initiate a group start in Reno, NV.

I have been thinking about fall turning to winter and then to spring. In Exodus 12:2 we are told that “This month shall be unto you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” That is the month of Nisan, in the spring of the year. This has come to be called the beginning of the religious calendar while the month of Tishri, in the fall of the year, remains the beginning of the secular year. As I have pondered the significance of these two beginnings of the year, some patterns begin to emerge.

Colorado State Hwy 145 over Lizard Head Pass

Genesis, chapter 1, tells us that the evening then the morning begins a day. All feasts as noted in Leviticus 23 follow suit beginning in the evening as does the feast of the first of the months. So, for the year to begin in the fall follows the pattern of night beginning a new day or season or month or feast, as fall is ending a time of harvest leading into a time of winter rest. 

So, why change the beginning of the year to the spring? I believe we have insight into that question found in Revelation 22:5, “And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

United States “Matterhorn” on Colorado State Hwy 145

YHVH changed the beginning of the year, in my opinion, as a promise of what is to come. The end of darkness in the presence of the eternal light of Yashua who was quoted as saying in John 8:12, 

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

What an amazing and wonderful promise and reason to celebrate the beginning of each year in the spring, Nisan 1.

Even so come, Adonai Yashua!

Travel Journal 2018 Catching Up

There is a saying that goes like this; “Does a fish know what water is? No, not until it jumps out of the water and gets a different perspective.”

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Leaving Long Beach, CA, for a 7 day cruise down the Mexican Riviera on the Carnival Cruise Ship, Splendor. Ports of call were, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Steve and I were enjoying this time away with my sister Tammy Rossi.

Our week at Thrive Training in Holland, Michigan, was like being the fish that jumped out of the water and got a different perspective! I am beginning to realize how much I let the “world” dictate my life, my joy level, my quiet time. I let priorities, forced upon me by the needs of the moment, push to the back of my mental “bus” — Yahweh.

How did Yashua order His day? What can we learn from the pages of scripture?

Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

Mark 6:31, “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”

Matthew 26:11, “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.”

As I read these verses I hear Yashua saying, “Put me first, rest in Me, find your strength and joy and quiet in Me. The world only takes, I give. Receive from Me and be filled with every good and pleasant thing. My yoke is easy and My burden is light. The world is full of cares; please don’t get so caught up in the cares of this world, your current existence, that you lose your connection with Me. Please don’t let Me become just another task on your list of activities to check off.”

I have begun reading a book on the benefits of infrared light and how almost none of us get enough infrared light, with the possible exception of those who spend entire days working outside. This book also talks about the harm we do our bodies with too much blue, ultra-violet and green light. Our bodies are designed by our Creator Yahweh to wake up with the sunrise and go to sleep after sunset. We have lengthened our days with artificial, ultra-violet light from all the technologies that we have surrendered to. Our bodies are operating less than maximally because of a confused and disoriented circadian rhythm of activity and quiet.

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Mazatlan

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Steve

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Shirley and Tammy

So, to help put myself more in line with the wisdom and direction of Yashua, and implement the counsel of the Thrive Training on Quiet, and put in to practice my gleanings from the infrared book, I have begun to turn off all artificial lighting around 9:00p.m. and light candles instead, which emit infrared light.

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Tammy, my beautiful sister enjoying local culture!

This change of night-time lighting is amazingly quieting and relaxing; it doesn’t take long to feel the effects of quieting in my body. During this time of quieting before sleep I meditate and pray; bringing to mind the needs of the day and releasing them to Yashua. I think on His greatness and majesty and how there is no lack with Him, for truly His arm is not too short that He cannot save!

There will always be urgent needs that demand your attention right now, but I tell you the truth, “You will always have the poor (these pressing needs) with you.” It takes courage to change, but with Yashua’s help change is possible — a little at a time, bit by bit will come to reap huge rewards. Go ahead and take a tiny step today!

 

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