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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.

 

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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!

Colorado State Hwy 550
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!

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