Harp and Story

A Birthday and a New Birth Celebration!

We made it to California! Temps are over a 100 down here in the valley, but at least it is dry heat! But heat is heat, wet or dry its still hot!! Steve has spent four long and intense days in the Sound Foundations recording studio of Gene LeSage in Paradise, California.

On his 65th birthday, the 12th of July, Steve finished recording and two beautiful harp CD’s were born! Of course like all newborn babies they have to be cleaned up before they are presented to the family. Our friend Gene will spend this 3rd week of July “mastering” these CD’s and then they will be ready for duplication! recording5

The first CD is Psalms 90 -100 and it is being titled, Living Water. As many of you know, Steve has discovered a mathematical formulation for deciphering musical notes from the Hebrew text. This CD is another of his projects of bringing the Hebrew text to life through the harp. What makes this CD slightly different from his others is that he is accompanying his harp with a selection of other instruments as background fill-in.

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The second CD is 5 long-play recordings of chord progressions from the Psalms mixed with sounds of nature; bird song, geese on the lake, night sounds, thunder with rain, river to the sea. This CD is titled: All Nature Sings.

Every time Steve records another harp CD, I have a new favorite! We’ll be sure and let you know when they are ready for distribution!

Then it was birthday celebration time! Gene and his wife Linda joined us for a lunch in the shade of their huge back-yard walnut tree. Caren and Joanne also came up from the valley to join in the fun. It was a good day even though acknowledging one is now on the MediCare roles is a bit off-putting!birthday3

Birthday lunch was Garbanzo Burger Lettuce Wraps with Mango Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. Dessert was Thumbprint Cookies with Blueberry Banana “Ice Cream”. Recipe for Thumbprint cookies follow for those who are interested.

THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Ingredients
1/2c. Almond flour
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
Mix these ingredients together and set aside.
1/2c. Coconut sugar
1/2c. Tahini
1tsp. Vanilla
Use food processor to mix above 3 ingredients until well blended. Then add flour mixture and mix until soft dough forms. Add water by the tablespoon as needed to form soft dough.
Roll into ping pong size balls and sprinkle with sesame seeds then press your thumb down into the middle of each ball. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes.
Then put about 1/2tsp raspberry jam in the thumbprint of each cookie.
Enjoy.

 

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Travel Journal 2018 Oh My, A Day is Missing!

A funny, interesting, Yahweh thing happened on our way to Reno this week. We left Iowa Tuesday morning, stopped for a Costco run in Omaha and spent the night in Kearney, Nebraska. That night fireworks were popping off almost all night and it wasn’t even the 4th! The next day as we were traveling along Interstate 80 we were both struck with the idea of making a slight detour to visit our friends John and Kelly Mills in Eaton, Colorado. We have plenty of time to make it to Reno in a leisurely fashion — we both thought this! Three days, a thousand miles, no problem! 4 of us

Our short visit with the Mills was a divine appointment; Yahweh orchestrated the visit, there is no doubt in our minds about this at all. We left their home around noon the following day and drove to Rock Springs, Wyoming where we spent the night. It wasn’t until this morning that we realized today is not Thursday but Friday! Where did we lose a day?!

We, as human beings, get so caught up in our dimension of time and space. Time dictates the order of our day. Do we have time to stop and pray, stop and speak, stop and listen, stop and enjoy something beautiful? What am I running toward or away from that demands I take time from something to give to something else? What opportunities do we miss because we give time or the lack of time such an imminent place in our life? Yashua says in  Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Live today, this moment, NOW! Where does Yahweh want you Now? What does He have for you to do Now? Live in the present of NOW!

We would not have made the detour to visit the Mills if we would have had the correct order of days in mind. Yahweh wanted us to stop in and see John and Kelly — He had words and confirmations that all of us needed to hear. What happened was His plan, but now we have 700 miles to go before we sleep — that works out to be a 14 hour day for us. Sorry Terry and Marti, I guess we’ll be a little late for dinner!

I wonder what He has for us Today?!

Travel Journal 2018 Good- bye North Woods

I realize it has been a while since I posted, but between lack of adequate internet connection, in mortal combat with mosquito squadrons, and just plain ole fashioned table fellowship, not to mention traveling north to Wisconsin then back south to Iowa  and now west toward Reno, Nevada for Shabbat, we have been hard pressed to find writing time; but the roads of Nebraska stretch long and straight  and there are still miles to go before we rest tonight, so here goes!

We made a quick trip to Wisconsin the last week of June. We spent a few days with Dean and Susan Wheelock at their home, Beit Shalom, in the Northwoods where we enjoyed kayaking on the Pestigo River. Thankfully, the mosquito squadrons plan their ambushes from the bushes that line the river and don’t follow you out onto the water!

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Our beautiful, young friend, Shawna Dose joined us for our trip to Wisconsin. She is a very talented musician and worship leader. Shawna also was responsible for conceiving and bringing to birth the vision of Proclaim Music Festival held the second weekend of June. Shawna also led worship for the Appleton fellowship where Steve and I shared Harp and Story.

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Sunday we were with our friends at Upper Room Family Church in Elcho, Wisconsin and Monday morning saw us headed back to Iowa to drop Shawna at her home and continue our journey toward California.

We did make a small detour to spend a “too short” bit of time with our very good friends, John and Kelly Mills at their home in Colorado. A lot of thunder activity with ping pong ball size hail today, but thankfully the storms passed us by!

We will be in Reno, Nevada this weekend celebrating Shabbat with the McHenry fellowship. And then California where Steve will be in the recording studio with our friend Gene LeSage putting together two new Harp CDs.

Thank you all for your prayers for safety in travel — they are greatly appreciated!

Next post will be about the other very special thing we did while in Wisconsin!

 

Travel Journal 2018 Finally! A Break from the Storms

Greetings from Iowa! It’s been stormy day after day, but we finally got a bit of a break; a couple of afternoons ago we went for a bike ride and this morning we finally got the kayaks into the lake!thumbnail

Living in California for most of my adult life and Steve a native Californian, we often get asked about earthquakes, as in; “Aren’t you afraid of earthquakes?” We shrug our shoulders and say, “it’s part and parcel of living in an earthquake zone, you deal with it.”

We have been settled in a sweet, little county park in Rodney, Iowa for almost 3 weeks and we ask the Iowa natives, “don’t you worry about tornadoes?” They shrug their shoulders and say, “not really, it’s part and parcel of living in this part of the country.” So there you go, each region seems to have it’s particular nemesis that people have learned to live with! I, for one, when the rain is pounding, the wind is whipping the trees around, the clouds are black and swirly, the thunder is a continuous rumble, the lightning is one amazing flash after the other, and the trailer is rocking; I’m thinking, maybe, I would prefer earthquakes!DSC_6018

thumbnail (1)A question for you: Does YHVH orchestrate severe weather to test you; to see if you will call out to Him for protection or maybe just see if you will trust Him to keep you in the midst of the storm? Isn’t that what happened to the disciples in the story found in Mark 4:37-41,  “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” DSC_6029

“Trust Me, Believe Me, Know that I will never leave you or forsake you,” Yashua says to us. What is it in each of us that keeps this absolute assurance of Yashua from being more than a nice thought in our mind, instead of the intimacy of KNOWING settled deep in our heart that Yashua is always with us? If our heart and our mind do not line up in agreement then we are what James describes in chapter 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

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Finally some good weather! Took a paddle around the lake at Peter’s Park.

Dr. Jim Wilder of LifeModelWorks.org, Dr. Karl Lehman and his wife Charlotte of Immanuel Approach, and Chris and Jen Coursey of Thrive Today have answers that will help you synchronize your mind and your heart. (This is also what Steve and I are sharing this year.)

Be blessed in your journey to Wholeness and Holiness in Yashua!

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