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Day 22 of 40 Days of Teshuvah Elul 22

Teshuvah-You are God’s own workmanship, His creation.

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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.(Ephesians 2:10 KJV).

Strong Concordance 4160 Greek poiema

Workmanship. Transliteration: poiéma
Phonetic Spelling: (poy’-ay-mah)
Short Definition: a thing made
Definition: a thing made, a work, workmanship

From poieo; a product, i.e. Fabric (literally or figuratively) — thing that is made, workmanship.

 

Wings of the Morning

If I had wings

I could’ve flown,

To the rising of the sun

let this beauty be shown.
But I hear You whisper,

oh,awake come see

Yes, My heavens

declare My Glory.
But you must come

and see for yourself….

For it is not just in pictures

sitting idly on a shelf

 

I Am here I Am there

I Am indeed everywhere

And all tis beauty

I created to share

 

I was, I AM,

And I will be

Awake arise

can you see?

 

Take the wings of the morning

And cast your care upon Me.

 

laurette laster © 2017 My first poem Sept. 2, 2017 when this door opened to me.

 

Psalm 139:9-10

If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will hold of me.

What a glorious sunrise. A picture couldn’t do it justice!

 

Psalm 139:7-10
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there Your hand shall lead me

 

A Time of Returning to God with all our heart. During Teshuvah 2017 I received an incredible blessing and gift. I received the gift to write poetry. This outpouring of poems and this gift utterly amazes and humbles me today. On September 2, 2017 I wrote my first poem. I had gone to prepare to take pictures of the sunrise. It was so beautiful and I thought to myself, I would like for others to see this beauty. Our Father began to impress on me that I cannot make others desire to see they must desire to see. Then they must set aside time and come away and seek Him. He longs to be sought after. He wants to be found.

 

 

Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.…( Isaiah 55:6-7)

As we set our hearts to return or turn back to God, God has gifts and blessing to bestow on the repentant heart. I know the gift is from my Heavenly Father. I also believe more than ever today, it is more than a coincidence and even confirmation that it poured out during the 40 Days of Teshuvah. As The Lord placed the desire to study and learn more about His appointed times and feast, the blessings have flowed. He has shown and taught me many wonderful truths. What is our Heavenly Father longing to share with you? I believe He has gift in each of you.

 

Selichot or slichot (Hebrew: סליחות‎; singular סליחה, selichah) are Jewish penitential poems and prayers, especially those said in the period leading up to the High Holidays, and on Fast Days. The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy are a central theme throughout these prayers.

Selichot are communal prayers asking for divine forgiveness, taken from poetically writing the verses of the Torah that are recited during the forty day of Teshuvah leading up to Yom Kippur. The poems and prayers make mention of the thirteen attributes of God. You can find books for Selichot prayers and poems at any good Jewish bookstore. It is recommended that the reciting of poetic penitent prayers be done throughout the year not just Teshuvah. However Selichot prayers are additional prayers asking for forgiveness from God.

13 Attributes of Mercy

“The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longer suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity or the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (KJV)

I did not discover this truth and fact about prayers being written in poetic form until last year. I was certainly amazed as I read this fact. I found it amazing as the gift of writing poetry opened to me during the season of Teshuvah in 2017. The Lord graced me with this gift and I have written many poems since. This gift was served to me and has had a continual flow ever since September 2017. Often it is during my Morning Prayer time that these poems just interrupt me thoughts. It is almost like Holy Spirit saying, “We interrupt this morning prayer time to speak this poem through you.” I keep my phone close by and write the poem out in my notes. This has also happened to me while I am driving. When it does I immediately grab my phone and record the poem in my voice memo recordings. Then when I stop I write it out.

I had written a whopping three poems prior to the opening of this gift in 2017. The three poems I had written were over the span of approximately thirty three years. Isn’t that an interesting time frame? Three poems in approximately thirty three years are what I had written. One poem, the first poem I had written, I have no idea where it is, and I believe I also know why it is gone. The other two poems I still have. Both of these poems are definitely a gift from God.

Last year just prior to the season of Teshuvah I had a strong prompting I was supposed to build a sukkah and have our bible study in the sukkah during the Feast of Tabernacles. Oh how my heart longed to build the sukkah. I had plans of decorating the sukkah and celebrating before The Lord during our bible study in this sukkah. The desire to build the sukkah was so strongly impressed upon me and I knew it was God. I discussed this with Greg. Greg was concerned because he did not have the time to help me, and he said how you are going to do this? Greg was extremely busy with our business and barely had time for sleep. At this time he was fortunate to get all day Sunday off. I continued to have this impression to build a sukkah. During prayer one morning I was telling my Lord, oh Lord I am so willing but did not know how I could possibly fulfill this desire that I know is from You. About a half hour after I had taken this issue and dilemma to God in prayer, our dear friend, Irby, from our bible study text me. In the text Irby asked, “Do you want to build one of those (things)?” He couldn’t remember what sukkah was. I almost jumped out of my chair. Before I could pray and answer, I received another text saying, “The Lord has put it on my heart to help you if you want to build one.” He said I know how busy Greg is.

I will always believe the gift of the poetry was tied to the obedience of building the sukkah. For all my gifted talented writers I realize it comes naturally for you, but for me it only began to flow last year. I also am eternally grateful to our friend for his obedience to hear and obey.

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I am amazed and eternally grateful for this gift from my Heavenly Father. I cannot wait to build our sukkah again this year. Several of us are planning to be a part of this building and the decorating.

 

Pray this prayer

Dear Heavenly Father. I thank You that You are gracious and long suffering. Father I ask that You show me the gifts that flow freely from You to Your people. Oh Lord let my mouth be Your instrument of praise. Let my heart be a continual feast for You where You are comfortable to dwell. What did you have in mind when You created me? I am Your workmanship created in Christ Jesus. Thank You for my salvation and for a repentant heart. I long for a heart that You can call home. I pray this prayer in Jesus name, Amen.

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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