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Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 17

Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 17

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Today already the seventeenth

The time is really flying

How I’ve loved the fellowship and trials

The hard times even the crying

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Oh the lessons I have learned

Learning to work the field has been trying

I’m so glad He invited me

Teshuvah is more than gratifying

 

I never thought or planned

Wasn’t certain I could do it

Now I know and understand

If He brings me to it, He takes me through it

 

How could I have doubted

And thought we would’ve quit

Never look back He said

Hand to the plow, eyes ahead, commit

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The field is cleared and ready

We are sowing seed today

Seeing the freshly cleared ground

Simply takes my breath away

 

© laurette laster

Day 17 of 40 Days of Teshuvah

 

A Season of Repentance and a Season of returning back to The Torah and back to His word.

Teshuvah is an appointed time set by God, a time to prepare, a time to return, a time to continue on with The LORD just as in a covenant or marriage. Yom Teruah or the blowing is the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe. Our rich Jewish heritage teaches us that they decided to add the twenty nine days of Elul as a time of preparation allowing for more time to spend with God. I believe it is a time God accepts as sacred and loves that His people are seeking Him. It is said The King is in the field.

A time to meet with Him and become one with the Almighty

This morning as I was meditating and thinking about the verses in the bible that call us “return to Me says The Lord,” and I will return to you, I realized an amazing fact. I already know this and most of you probably do also, however this morning it was like a light bulb moment.

The majority of the verses for turn, SHUV or return to Teshuvah are found in the First Testament. Or as some say the Old Testament. That wasn’t news to me, but the ‘why’ is what hit my spirit this morning.

God is basically saying, Hey……Come away with Me, come over here I want to show you what I am about to do. Come away with Me, look what I’m about to do. If you Return to me I have a huge blessing to share with you. I Am going to be unwrapping gifts and mysteries soon, and you don’t want to miss this.

We know that the New Testament or the Renewed Covenant is necessary because the old was to show us how far we missed the mark. Mankind continued to transgress against the law. The law was given to show that we couldn’t obtain righteousness on our own. We needed a Savior; we needed a Redeemer, and a Restorer of the breach between God and man.

Sin is missing the mark, or a transgression of the law. What law are we talking about? I am talking about the law of love. Jesus commanded that we are to love The LORD our God with all our heart, all our strength, all our soul, and all of our mind, and our neighbor as our self. This is the commandment Jesus quoted from the book of Deuteronomy. He says all the law and commandments are fulfilled when we love. The law was perfect and we know Jesus said “I have come to fulfill the law, not do away with it.”

When Jesus was teaching He would say; you have heard it said, but I say……………………….. Then He would show the way to fulfillment or how even our thoughts are seen as transgressions or missing the mark, like to hate is as to murder. Or if you look upon a woman with lust you have committed adultery. With this being said we need a time to renew our minds and make sure we are on track with the word.

God was and He is continuing His pursuit of wooing us. Elul is a time of preparing our hearts to accept His covenant of marriage.

In the scriptures God was about to send His only begotten Son, Jesus into the earth. In sending Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life, God was making a way for us to return, to Teshuvah, unite with Him. What was Jesus first message? He said, “Repent for the kingdom of God is near.” Jesus says, repent because you sure don’t want to miss this amazing time.

 

When we think about a marriage proposal, the man proposes to the woman, she will become one with him in covenant, Holy Matrimony, and then be a co owner of all he has.

Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say to the people, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Return (Teshuvah) to Me, and I will return, (Teshuvah) to you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

 

Meditate on that for a moment, isn’t that like a face to face reciting of vows, and then the wedding dance of the bride and groom? Let yourself imagine this.

James says draw nigh unto to God and He will draw nigh unto you.

 

This is our appointed time to have our hearts and minds cleared of all lies and obstacles that hinder our relationship with our LORD. It really does take my breath away. I remember the newness I felt when I knew I was forgiven when I repented of my sins and my heart was new; when I realized He loved me it wrecked me. It is the most amazing encounter I have ever experienced. I can only imagine what heaven will be like. I pray we return with our whole heart. We do not want to miss the Wedding Supper of The Lamb.

 

Joel 2:12 Yet even now,” declares The LORD, “Return to me with all your heart and with fasting, weeping and mourning:”

Hebrew 12:25 See to it that you do not refuse Him

Don’t miss this season of Teshuvah

My favorite time of the year

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

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

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 16

Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 16

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Elul 16 is the day

More than halfway through

My outfit has been perfect

For the work we had to do

 

This plowing and preparing

Breaking up the fallow ground

What I didn’t understand then

The weeds sure had me bound

 

With the old stalks

From harvest of days gone by

No room for the new

Plant and water as I try

 

Only freshly plowed fields

Offer the hope of sowing

Now together we watch

Plant a harvest that can be growing

 

How I love His instructions

How I love His voice

He is always helping

Guiding my every choice

 

© laurette laster 2019

 

Teshuvah is a time to reflect and return, and it’s never too late.

Isaiah 53:6 says

We all like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned to his own way; and The Lord had laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

The Jubilee bible says we have become lost.

YLT says all of us like sheep have wandered, each to his own way.  We have turned and wandered off from the teachings of God.

I believe this is one reason God set aside a special time to Teshuvah each year. It is to give us the chance to slow down and reset the needle. Have you ever caught yourself repeating patterns or repeating mistakes over and over? I thought about some ideas that I’ve had in the past. The ideas were not particularly bad ideas but they were not ‘God’ plans or ideas. In my broken and damaged emotions I was able to convince myself, “this must be God.” Without knowing or understanding the word of God, sitting under good Shepherds and teachers, and godly leaders, we can easily go astray. Without a working understanding of the Torah or the teaching, we are in danger of being led away by our emotions. Feelings are very deceiving, they not good leaders they are good deceivers. Our emotions and feelings do not have to line up with the word for the word to grow or sprout. The word of God is alive and powerful. I do not have to feel like moving the lamp closer to an outlet and plugging it for it to work. Once I plug the lamp in to the outlet it is connected to the power and can be turned on, no matter what my feelings or emotions are. It is the same for us. Beware of being led by feelings that is how many a sheep have wandered off and become cast. Cast is to be turned upside down and unable to get back on their feet.

A good idea that isn’t leading us toward the will of God is still a wrong turn or turning away from God. When we are traveling and make a wrong turn we do not convince ourselves that we will reach our destinations just the same. This is why it is very dangerous to listen to messages that tell us any old road, and any old turn will safely take you to your desired location. No, that would be foolish. If we have gone astray, or wandered off following our feelings, we must repent and then get back on course.

We may learn some valuable lessons along the way. I know I sure did. Lessons that taught me to pray: Dear God, I’m so sorry, help me, I never want to do that again. Please forgive me and give me ears to hear Your voice. Teach me to love Your word, and Your directions.

 

In the bible sin is said to miss the mark. The apostle Paul states; “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Missing the mark is missing the mark. If we miss our mark by 1/16 of an inch or by 1600 miles we still missed it. Think about that. To be so close, as if we can taste it, then to allow the deception and the lies of the enemy take us off tract and rob us from Gods best. This is why I have come to love the season of Teshuvah and the Fall Feasts that God has ordained. It is a time to evaluate and come away with Him for introspection. Have I allowed any old weeds room to grow? Have I overlooked a small part of my field allowing some old unwanted scrub brush to choke out my soon to be growing harvest? After doing the work of repentance I want to keep a close watch on my field or like the bible says to guard my heart with all diligence.

 

Jesus has laid a foundation and we can shuv, turn, Teshuvah, return and build on this foundation. He is the Rock of our salvation.

 

He is our Great Shepherd. He says my sheep know my voice and another they will not follow.

This season I pray we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Jesus said let him has ears hear. He goes on to say consider or pay attention to what you hear. With the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

How does He does He measure our hearing? Is there a test?

Yes and we are graded based on our obedience. There is hearing, then there is HEARING.

Just like a diagnostic hearing test, it is by the ability to follow the verbal command that allows the diagnostician to evaluate our hearing. Pretty simple huh?

 

When we blow it we can Teshuvah. We admit we have gone astray and missed it. We tell The Lord we are turning back to His heart and His word. And we return, Teshuvah with our whole heart.

 

 

SINNERS MUST REPENT IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. There is no doubt that sinners are called to repent, and that their repentance is required for their salvation. Jesus said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).

 

The words of Jesus remove any doubt about the requirement of repentance for salvation, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish,” (Luke 13:3). “All men everywhere,” according to God’s requirement (Acts 17:30), are commanded “to repent.”

 

Christian churches are the ones addressed in Revelation 2 and 3—seven congregations to be exact. They are given direct messages suited to their situations from our risen Christ, and five of the seven are called upon to repent (the Ephesians’ church in 2:5, the church in Pergamos in 2:16, some in the church of Thyatira in 2:21, the church in Sardis in 3:3, and the church of the Laodicea in 3:19).

 

Don’t miss this season of Teshuvah it is my favorite time of year.

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

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

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Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 15

Welcome to Teshuvah Elul  15

Teshuvah Day 15

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What an exciting morning

Elul fifteen we meet

Time to prepare for planting

The plowing is now complete

 

Set the plow for deep

He ask what I had learned

Excitedly I answered

It is depth that does discern

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And I thought I’d like to share

My Lord, I get it about water retention

Because after this hard grueling work

It insures against crop prevention

 

Furrows dug within my heart

What a sweaty mess I’ve been

Digging plowing and hauling

Hasn’t seemed so difficult with Him

 

I’m glad I didn’t think

To go this on my own

Without His grace and love

No telling what I would grow

 

He is bringing seeds to show

I have the opportunity to choose

These Teshuvah truths

Oh, I never ever want to lose

 

© laurette laster 2019

 

Welcome to day 15 of the 40 days of Teshuvah

 

Why should we repent, turn or shuv?

When we Teshuvah, or RETURN to The Lord, His word comes alive and draws us closer to His heart. It is during repentance our spiritual life is awakened, or renewed, or even reborn. We are given a new heart at the initial act of repentance and conversation that brings us to salvation. He will remove the heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. How amazing is that?

Many years ago I began to realize that if someone hurt me or was callous, I would unintentionally harden my heart and act like it didn’t hurt me. If we deny pain or hurt it is actually hardening our heart. We may do this due to ignorance or fear, ignoring the pain because we have not learned or been taught to effectively deal with pain. This was an old survival reaction that I had to learn to guard against. When I got this weed plowed up I don’t give it opportunity to grow back. Today I am secure enough to address the hurt or damage without that old nagging fear of rejection. If rejection and fear are not dealt with it can choke out the good seed God wants us to plant and harvest in our heart. But it can choke out the very thing we are desperate for, His love. After the initial hurt would subside I would realize I was hurt and not angry, but still continual hurt that is not dealt with causes us to harden out heart. Denying damage to our heart can cause us to pull back; and we may unintentionally pull away from all the good The Lord has for us, and believe He has pulled away from us. We have so many promises of His faithfulness found in scripture.

 

When reading our bible we find Our Father is long suffering, not willing that any should perish but longing for ALL to come to repentance.

How often does He call us? How many scriptures is God Himself wooing us to RETURN, or to come back to Him, to TESHUVAH? To meet with Him face to face.

The acronym for the Hebrew month of Elul is said to be Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li, which is, I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine. This is what The Lord desires, He gave all and He desires we give all in return.

This is the season He is drawing His people. It is a mo’ed or an appointed time to meet Him face to face. He has set appointments for us. We don’t want to miss this special time by not preparing our fields and plowing under anything that is hindering our closeness with Him.

My prayer is that you feel His heart calling to you as you read these scriptures below.

 

We can begin to trust!

Joel 2:13 And rend your heart and not your garments ” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in loving-kindness And relenting of evil.

 

We learn sin has not disqualified us if we confess!

Hosea 14:1

Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.

 

We come to understand He cannot be our God no matter how He longs to be, until we return to Him!

Zechariah 1:3

“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.

 

We will find safety, we come to know Him as our, Good Shepherd if we are obedient.

Nehemiah 1:9 but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’

 

And there is so much more.

More Verses on Returning To God

We are restored!

Job 22:23

“If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; if you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,

We are given an undivided heart!

Jeremiah 24:7

‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

We become safe enough to look at our sins and confess them openly!

Lamentations 3:40

Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

 

We realize the breaking we experience is to make us aware of our need for a Savior, and that He has come to heal us and reveal Himself to us!

Hosea 6:1

“Come, let us return to the LORD For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.

 

We learn to wait and to be patient!

Hosea 12:6

Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.

 

And as we study these verses, hearing the heart of our Father we become intimate with Him, secure in His presence. We begin to understand His love for us. We realize He is for us, calling us, and that He will continue to lead and guide us.

Teshuvah is returning to the Torah, His word and learning and then doing what pleases Him. This is a time for prayers and doing acts of kindness. After we have plowed under dead works, cut down deadly thorn bushes allowing them to be burned, we begin to see that we have missed the closeness with our Lord. Our landscape begins to take on a new look, or a brand new outlook.

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

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

Teshuvah Blessings

 

 

 

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Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 14

Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 14

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We are halfway through the month

It is Elul fourteen now

I couldn’t imagine this journey

Or that this would be how

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I never once envisioned

The rough rugged hard terrain

I thought it like a picnic

Blankets spread, umbrella in case of rain

 

What He gave me were boots

A belt, gloves, hat, and a shovel

We’ve dug and plowed together

My strength remarkably double

 

Pulled out roots of fear

Dug up sneaky deadly lies

Turning over the dirt

Offered a blessed surprise

 

He ask what I thought

We should do with all this debris

I said let’s burn them up

Allowing more water for the seeds

 

The joy that stretched across His face

My heart just melted inside

My Teshuvah Date

In Him I will abide

 

© laurette laster 2019

 

Today as I reread this poem that I wrote several days ago, I’m reminded that all sin isn’t necessarily character damning actions, or actions visible to others. God told Samuel men look on the outside, but I look on the heart. Jesus said to the Pharisees you wash the outside of the cup but what is inside is what contaminates, clean the inside and the outside will be clean.

In the bible when we read about evil, it is described as not believing or having faith in God and His word, and the courage to act on His word. Failing to act on His instructions is disobedience and requires repentance.

During the season of Teshuvah we are returning to the Torah or the teaching. We have our bible, The Book. So The Book is the book of teachings. As we begin to study the word of God, Holy Spirit begins to convict us of wrong doing, and urges us to begin doing what the teaching instructs us to do. The word of God is living, described in Hebrews 4:12 as a discerner between thoughts and intents of our heart, between soul and spirit, and joints and marrow. The living word of God acts with laser precision, revealing truth to us, shining light on what is real. This allows for the cutting away of deadly lies, all the lies of the devil that have become ingrained in our souls. So often we are unable to discern or see with our physical eyes where the lies begin or got their origin: but God.

When we begin to read the word the word speaks to us and by His Spirit of truth we can see light. We begin to see into things we’ve never seen before. Revelation and knowledge of His truth are powerful and quicken our mortal bodies. Psalm 119:130 tells us the entrance of Thy word gives light

If you are dealing with some old nagging fear, or still believing the lies of the enemy that you are not good enough, or smart enough, or that your family will never be made whole, or whatever he has attacked you with, I pray that in the coming days of this season of Teshuvah, you will attack this lack, and all the evil reports of the enemy. We must uproot these lies with The Word, who is Jesus Christ. I pray that the word will give you light and light up every dark lie the devil has hiding in your path. And then plow it under.

When clearing fields, not all the brush can be plowed under. Some of the brush must be cut and hauled to a central area to haul it off or burn it. I say take the word of God and let it burn up this old debris. Cut down and haul every lie of the enemy to a central location and put it under the word. Burn down all the lies of the enemy and plant the word of God directly into your heart for a new harvest.

Farmers usually do not plow in the dark but now with better and more modernized equipment, if they know their fields and are in familiar territory they sure can work after the sun goes down. We cannot dig out the lies of the enemy without the light of the word of God. It is dangerous to be in dark unfamiliar territory without light. Today tractors are equipped with headlights for direction, and cabs for protection. So like the farmer climbs into his tractor we get in the word and turn the light on and get busy.

When we read the word as believers, our spirit agrees immediately, but our flesh may need some tending or some plowing to break up old hard thought patterns, it may require breaking up old thoughts or fallow ground. Fallow ground is unprepared ground that must be plowed before seed will grow. Hosea 10:12; Jeremiah 4:3 tells us to prepare our ground and not sow seed among  thorns.

Our ground which is our heart needs to have furrows dug to prepare for planting new seed. Prepared ground that holds moisture when watered ensures the seed can germinate or sprout. When we agree with what God says, the lies of the enemy which are represented by poisonous weeds are cut off and chopped up and buried and His truth can sprout and come alive in our heart.

This is the season to dig out any lingering doubt, fear, or lies that are hindering your harvest. This is how we Teshuvah or repent for not having the God kind of faith. Jesus instructs us to have faith in God. (Mark 11:22).

The best is yet to come. If you don’t believe, just apply His instructions and watch as it happens.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

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

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 13

Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 13

 

Elul Thirteen

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September/Elul

The thirteenth day

The work has begun

Making very good progress I must say

 

This plowing and turning

Is definitely hard work

Working steady

I can’t quit, mustn’t shirk

 

Set the plow for deep

Well this is new to me

He said it’s for moisture retention

It’s something new to see

 

I’ve never worked the fields

This is where we spend our days

I’ve come to love the work

He has set my heart ablaze

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The work though hard and grueling

A day with Him is worth it all

This is a labor full of love

Precious season of Teshuvah, ushering in fall

 

© laurette laster

Tonight we have a gorgeous Harvest Moon lighting up our evening sky. I didn’t realize how rare it is to have a full moon on Friday the 13th. Many believe this date is ominous and expect bad things to happen. I for one have never been superstitious. The next full moon we will see on Friday 13th is not for 30 years.

How fitting to have a harvest moon during Teshuvah. When the work of repentance is in full swing we can feel overwhelmed, especially if we are just coming out of the world. We can beat ourselves up wondering why we didn’t know we were so wrong, or how lost we were.

Isn’t it wonderful that our Father who is rich in mercy knew we would require and need support and love to do the work of repentance. Often when we are beating ourselves up is when we feel the Love of our Father closer than ever. As I have been interceding for other’s I have been prompted to cry out that God have mercy on their soul and grant them repentance.

With a fresh clean slate or a plowed field we can begin to get excited as our heart feels and experiences the peace of God, knowing we have done what has pleased The Lord. Then as He directs we continue to plant new crops in our clean heart. Teshuvah is returning to His word and falling in love all over again or perhaps for the first time.

 

God’s goodness is gently drawing us to repentance; softly and tenderly preparing us like a gentle rain prepares the ground. The Father’s goodness is softening our hearts to prepare us for the difficult work of weeding and plowing that we have possibly neglected. Having neglected our field for several seasons can be evident by the overgrowth of brush. In order for our ground to become fruitful and prosperous some hard work is required. The work of removing overgrowth and weeds will make room for new crops to be planted of for the good crops to continue to grow and multiple. Our hearts and our minds are our field to tend and cultivate. When we continuously watch over our heart and mind God can expand our territory. Our minds will become pliable to be renewed. Like the planting of new crops that bring a new harvest. Only after our heart (garden) is softened (plowed) can new seed, (the word of God) be planted in our minds, and be received and thus begin to grow. Once sown and established and rooted, we will need to watch for weeds and insects. This is a continual process as long as we live, much like the season of repentance. The seasons will continue to cycle to keep us on track.

 

In Leviticus chapter 23, The Lord describes the set times as His feasts. According to the scripture the Festivals, Feasts, Holy Convocations, or Mo’edim are His set times.

And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, (set times), even these are My feasts.

Leviticus 23:1-2 NKJV

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

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

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Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 12

Day Twelve

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September/Elul
Twelfth day Of this season
I’m beginning to understand
Teshuvah has deep reason

This kingdom work
Has created a stir
But I’m more than excited
Yet exhausted for sure

Working together
Side by side with Him
My Teshuvah Experience
Is like a spiritual gym

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This work is rewarding
Though hard and dusty
We are breaking new ground
Never feels unjustly

He said we can talk later
About what seeds to sow
But continue to prepare my field
Or my harvest won’t show

 

© laurette laster

An appointed time, A time to turn, to ‘Shuv’ and a time to Return, to do the works of Teshuvah.

This is a time to repent, denounce evil or wrong thinking, offer up prayers, and do acts of kindness.

I remember when I realized and knew it was The Lord, when finally all the longing, and deep sadness made sense. Some explain this as seasonal depression but I beg to differ and if I may I want to challenge your thinking.

When I realized that the emptiness and deep sadness I felt was actually the desire of His heart longing for me to return and surrender to Him I got it. I didn’t know I had left, how could I know? I never understood that there was more. I thought you accepted the Lord and then tried to be good enough to get into heaven.

Oh how I had lost my way? It wasn’t just a season, the season of summer ending and the coming of fall. It isn’t just an earthly season; it is an appointed time, His Mo’ed. He is beckoning to us and we must listen for the still small voice and answer Him. With other chatter and voices of deception in our lives, we can miss His voice and the time of appointment or not understand what is happening.

I was sensing and feeling the heart of the Lord. Do you find yourself with a feeling or a longing that is unexplainable? Guess what? He has you in His day timer. Don’t miss your appointed time.

I kind of knew about Him, but I didn’t “know” Him. I didn’t know He cared about my earthly plight or that I was sowing and reaping. I didn’t know He had a plan…..I didn’t know I had a part in the plan……..but then I knew,

Yes it was Him. It was Jesus; The Lord was saying return to Me. You were lost but now you’re found. I want to teach you how to sow from My seeds so you can reap righteousness. I want to help you plow under every evil plan and every lie the enemy has had over your life. Then I repented of my ignorance and the rest is His story and it is still being written.

We cannot reap a new or a different harvest simply by sowing new seeds among old stuff. No farmer would ever offer this advice or support this practice. Picture if you would for a moment, a harvested field full of stalks and debris, and now see yourself scattering seeds throughout the field. If a few of the seeds grow and do make it how would they be harvested? How could you get them out? This is what it is like, when we think next year will be better without any reflections on what is causing the repetition of the patterns in our lives.

If we do not dig old stuff up by the roots, we can be certain of one thing, our harvest will not change.

Don’t miss this season of repentance.

Teshuvah, it is my favorite time of the year.

“That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. Who knows? Perhaps he will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this curse. Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine to the Lord your God as before. Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting.” (Joel 2:12-15 NLT)

 

Teshuvah is the Hebrew word assigned to the 40 days preceding Yom Kippur, the Day of the Covering or Atonement. Originally, it only comprised the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Days of Awe). But Jewish tradition extended this time of repentance that all might come to the place of salvation.

Look at the Hebrew: Teshuvah – The root word is the Hebrew “shoov” which means to return. It combines both aspects of forgiveness: turning from evil and turning toward good. The Jews make restitution during this period with those they have offended. Ridding oneself of guilt is a goal of Teshuvah. Repentance, however, only applies to transgressions committed against God. To receive forgiveness from offenses committed against fellow man, compensation must be made and a plea for forgiveness.

 

I was feelin’ that, feelin’ that breeze

Singin’ like a song thru the tall oak trees

It was just another summer night

Had to be the last thing on my mind

Yeah, I was all but lost in the moment

I was young and runnin’ wide open

It was just another summer night

Had to be the last thing on my mind

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When love broke thru

You found me in the darkness

Wanderin’ thru the desert

I was a hopeless fool

Now I’m hopelessly devoted

My chains are broken

And it all began with You

When love broke thru

And it all began with You

When love broke thru

I did all that I could to undo me

But You loved me enough to pursue me

Yeah, You drew me out of the shadows

Made me believe that I mattered, to You (You)

You were there, You heard my prayer in that broke down dusty room

It was the first time I said, “I’m Yours”

The first time I called You Lord

When love broke thru

You found me in the darkness

Wanderin’ thru the desert

I was a hopeless fool

Now I’m hopelessly devoted

My chains are broken

And it all began with You

When love broke thru

And it all began with You

When love broke thru

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

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