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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!

Staying Centered in a World Gone Crazy

Our time in Australia has come to an end. It is with both sadness and anticipation that we pack our bags and say, “we will come again.” Hugs are long and lingering with lots of kisses while grandchildren cling to our arms and waists and plead for just one more day, but alas the plane won’t wait and we must go. It is hard to leave, not knowing for sure when we will return or how much things will have changed during our absence. Was this what it was like when Yashua said “I will come again…” and then left His disciples watching His ascent into heaven? Was it hard for Him to leave those that loved Him and go back to His Father’s house? Did He cry tears of sadness at the parting? Were those tears mixed with the anticipated joy of His eventual return?

Look up! for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28) There are so many things that are working overtime to try and get us to take our eyes away from our redemption. But Yashua told us these things would happen. Should we be surprised that there are frightening and out-of-the-ordinary weather phenomena? Should we be surprised that the earth is experiencing a massive die-off in the Pacific ocean? Should we be surprised that the world’s governments are being overcome by greed and corruption? Should we be surprised that wars are erupting all over our planet? Should we be surprised that the things Yashua told us would happen before His promised return in both Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are taking place?

If any of these things are surprising you, catching you off guard, then it will be virtually impossible for you to stay centered in this world gone crazy. Yes, it is heart wrenching to witness the deception, fraud, cheating, lies, greed, manipulation of the masses, famine, war, poverty, disease and every other manifestation that the enemy of the brethren can think of to throw at us. The devil’s ploy is to deteriorate the hope that we have as believers in our Savior, Yashua. And with the devil’s persistent, day after day foul play the frantic prayer of the masses that ascends before the Throne of Grace is, “God, don’t you care enough to save us, look what is happening, how can you remain silent!”

But, He has saved us, He sent His Son to die for us. He promised to NEVER leave us or forsake us. We, humans that we are, tend to forget this great truth when we are in the middle of the crocodile infested swamp; that is when we have a tendency to take our eyes off our redemption. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  If we want to stay centered in a world gone crazy we must believe His Story; believe that He is real, believe that He is going to come again and that He will take us home with Him, believe that what He said in His Word is alive and real for us today.

Make His Story alive in you! Yashua is the LIGHT of the World and those that believe in Him will not walk in darkness. (Isaiah 9:2) Believe and then act on that belief. Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Staying centered in Yashua is the only way we can live in a world gone crazy!