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Never Forget

Never Forget

The shock the horror
Utter disbelief
Dear God what has happened
The shock, the fear, the grief

A moment in time
That rocked the world
Some cheering for evil
As the Eleventh of September, 2001 unfurled

An attack on our country
An attack on our soul
The heart of our nation
Suffered a horrible blow

Had we known then
What we know now
What would we do different
Why not now

Return to God
Embrace His covenant
Retrace the sacred
Remove this evil government

Stand up tall, unite
Speak up loud
Square our shoulders
Bring back American proud

It’s not enough to remember
If we do not learn
The church has a duty
Our nation’s government is our concern

Given a charge
By Christ alone
Before departing into glory
I can almost hear His tone

If they hate you
They hated Me first
I have chosen you
The work disbursed

Remember and Never Forget
To the end of the age
I Am is with us
Church Reengage

© laurette laster September 11, 2022

Deuteronomy 32:7
Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.

The Lord 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

poetry

Twelfth of Elul-Forty Days of Teshuvah

Day Twelve

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

The kingdom work
Created quite a stir
I am more than excited
Yet exhausted for sure

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

The work so 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 first prepare the field
Or our harvest won’t show

© laurette laster Sept 12, 2019

A visitation from heaven, an encounter with Adonai, the Lord God, is serious business.

Why would The Lord visit? What invokes a visit? Is a meeting required? What can we find out?

Many visitations came through prayer, a time of pleading intercession, while lifting up our petitions to heaven. However “our” sense of timing is not ours. Time belongs to our Father. Time belongs to His kingdom creation. Our Sovereign Creator painstakingly set the purposes, the plans and every appointed time, for His people.

Encounters detailed in the Bible show evidence. Evidence of people, places, promises, landscapes, and destiny’s changed.

Rearranged and changed, plowed under, then freshly planted, sown with seeds of purpose, brought into right, and eternal alignment.

God said, and God saw.

Don’t miss your appointment. Eternal assignments are hidden in His glory. Our work is either eternal or futile, light or dark, good or evil.

The plow has been set for deep.
Plowing under what no longer is producing, exposing fresh new ground. Ground that will receive and nurture seeds, and produce fruit that will remain.

“Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li”

“You didn’t choose me, but I’ve chosen and commissioned you to go into the world to bear fruit. And your fruit will last, because whatever you ask of my Father, for my sake, he will give it to you!”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:16‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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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Day Eleven of Forty Days of Teshuvah

Day Eleven of the Forty Days of Teshuvah

Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li

September/Elul
It’s the eleventh today
We are meeting early again
No time for delay

The work is serious
No time for games
Every seed He shows me
Has a specific name

The kingdom He said
Begins when we repent
He keeps bringing this up
He won’t budge or relent

I don’t completely understand
But I’m following all of His orders
The tall and the short
Expanding my borders

© laurette laster September 11, 2019

An appointed time, a call to prepare. A mo’ed or mo’edim, a set time, a kairos, a time for eternal purpose with the purpose of God clearly felt, but still unknown. A desire so deep I can’t articulate, but so near I sense Him. Feelings of the heavenly realm wrapping around us like righteousness that can’t be shaken or penetrated by the world. A time for renewing our vows.

Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li

Felt like a drought in a thirsting soul, calling like hunger pangs, etched in our innermost being, calling out to the God of our salvation. Crying out as a lost child, bleating as the wayward sheep about to fall off the cliff; but knowing somewhere the answer will come. Why? Because Love always answers.

“As the crowds emerged from the village, Jesus said to his disciples, “Why would you say, ‘The harvest is another four months away’? Look at all the people coming—now is harvest time! Their hearts are like vast fields of ripened grain—ready for a harvest.”
‭‭John‬ ‭4:35‬ ‭TPT‬‬

[“Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li” is a phrase often quoted in reference to love and Judaism, and it is a quote from the Song of Songs, written by the wise King Solomon. It translates to “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” But what is the meaning behind it? Why is this specific passage such an iconic symbol of love?

The meaning behind the passage starts in an unexpected place. The first letters of each of the words of “Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li” spell out Elul, in Hebrew, the month before the high holidays, a time of repentance and self examination. What does that have to do with love though?

As it turns out, a lot. The love referred to in this passage is that of our relationship with God, a compassionate relationship, full of understanding and forgiveness, a love that understands that life is a work in progress, and nobody is perfect from the start. The month of Elul gives us a chance to re-focus our attention and ensure that we are making progress in the right direction, towards letting the bit of God within us shine out in a beautiful way.” Quoted from Israel-catalog.com]

Elul, the seventh month, was first recognized, and used while in Babylonian captivity. What a blessing to hold deep in their hearts. A wayward people longing for their God and their land. And God…

And what a wonderful loving, long suffering God.. Exodus 34:6-7

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

poetry

The Tenth of Elul- Set The Plow For Deep

(Excerpt from Now the Tenth)

Tonight over dinner
He ask something strange
If I had ever considered
The depth of change

Time for equipment
Set the plow for deep
My Teshuvah Date
I’ll need extra sleep

© laurette laster September 10, 2019

“For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you [in favor], and you shall be cultivated and sown.”
‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭36:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon 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

poetry

There is No Place I’d Rather Be Day 10 of 40 Days of Teshuvah

There is no place
I’d rather be
Than beside the One
Who first loved me

Called and summoned
Invitation of return
So long gone
Hardened to yearn

Thirsting and waiting
Unquenchable desire
Christ alone
Hearts love, life supplier

No other place
I long to be
Than bedside the One
Who first loved me

© laurette laster September 6, 2022

Have you been gone so long, you’ve forgotten? Have you tired of thirsting, and given up? Have you decided it won’t work? Have you?

May I encourage and challenge you? Will you believe once more? Will you agree like Esther?, if I perish I perish, but I must go and meet The King, for my people.

Like the woman pushing through the crowd, can faith speak again, cause you to rise up, and to believe, if I can but touch the hem…

The King is available, The King is in the field.

Make your condition known to Him, show Him the enemy attacking and advancing against you and your family. Run to the One who first loved you. Reach out and Run to Him! He is there, and waiting!

“But I have this against you: you have abandoned the passionate love you had for Me at the beginning. Think about how far you have fallen! Repent and do the works of love you did at first.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Teshuvah- the Return- the Appointed Time!

Run to Him!

Ani l’dodi v‘dodi li

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

poetry

Elul 9

Day 9 of 40 Days of Teshuvah

Season of Return- my favorite time of the year!

return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];”

September/Elul
Today is nine
He said our work schedule
Is right on time

We rise early
Then meet and go
If it weren’t for my Lord
I wouldn’t know

So much to learn
About deadly weeds
I didn’t realize the danger
Or know about seeds

He’s begun teaching me
About multiplication
Good or bad
And soil saturation

Words have power
Check the seeds sown
Once in the ground
What is planted is grown

He speaks in parables
While explaining this stuff
Is my Teshuvah Date
Making this rough

He said it is given to me
The mysteries To know
We have much more work
Before we can sow

© laurette laster Sept. 2019

Hard work on a hot day causes us to sweat. It is then we truly appreciate the cool breeze against our skin…

Don’t miss your appointment. Preparing fallow ground is hard work, but harvest brings untold joy! The apostle Paul reminds us;

“The harvest you reap reveals the seed that you planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self-life into this natural realm, you can expect a harvest of corruption.
These are the roots we are digging up, plowing under, burning and destroying.

And then we are free and taught by His Spirit what to plant. We are free from the dead, and can choose our new and future crops-

If you plant the good seeds of Spirit-life you will reap beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit. And don’t allow yourselves to be weary in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:8-9‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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

poetry

Teshuvah Elul 7

Welcome to Day 7
40 Days of Teshuvah

Face to face encounter. Abiding in the Vine! By Invitation only!

“Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li”

A set time, a season of deep introspection, an appointment, an invitation, a calling, to be set apart with The Lord.

Appointment in Merriam Webster’s Dictionary is defined as: an agreement to be present at a specified time and place.

Each year, by God’s design, we are summoned (invited) at a set time, a specified date, for an engagement, a rendezvous, an arrangement, by invitation only, to a meeting place…

Intercession; asking for God’s great mercy to triumph over judgement by the blood, for His people!

These appointed times are known in Hebrew as
Mo’eds and Mo’edims. Appointed or Set times.

September/Elul 7
Today is the seventh
Time to get real
He said we’ll bring joy to Heaven

He said repentance
Is joy to their ears
Who is He talking about
What do they hear

In the field today
We dug up roots
I’m so glad we had shovels
And I wore my boots

Much harder now
Than I imagined at first
Wow this work
Can make a girl thirst

I’ll rest good tonight
After all this hard work
He said we’d meet tomorrow
Down by the brook

© laurette laster Sept 6, 2019

In 2019, the Lord began the season of Teshuvah, giving me a poem each day. Each Teshuvah season is very precious to me, but this one was especially precious to me. The Lord met me, and taught me, and explained the process, using very practical analogies. Hard Work! Gardening, and the hard physical labor of clearing and preparing my field.

Showing how physical points and defines the spiritual. He explained, while detailing topics of work clothes, garden and field tools, heat, thirst, sore muscles, blisters, tears of sadness and joy along with excitement, and yes complete exhaustion.

Always with the promise that He would see me the next morning to assist and teach more.

Face to Face.

Jesus told His disciples, the fields are white unto harvest, but the laborers are few.

Trained and taught by The Lord of the Harvest, through His word, ensures our own field produces fruit that lasts. He then sends us to teach and help others. Ground conditions are crucial to harvest, and to our assignments, but often overlooked.

His people are called to tend His field, have dominion and become fruitful.

John 15: 16
“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:16‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Seek the Lord while He may be found.

Amplified Bible
Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call on Him [for salvation] while He is near.

To change a nation we must reconcile (and teach and train) His people back to The Lord of the harvest. His field, His harvest!!

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

poetry

Hello September

Hello September

Change

Change holds wonders
All it’s own
God makes clear
To those His own

Prepare for new
Ripening of harvest
Change ushers in
Nearest, oft appears farthest

© laurette laster September 2022

When normal is shaken, I hear The Lord saying, the best is still yet to come, and closer than we realize. The seasons, the months, the days, the weather, they all train us to prepare for change, not fear, not dread, but a call to prepare.

In a universe so marvelously created, we see and know without a doubt, God is All Powerful, All Sovereign, All Knowing, and His word endures…
Forever!

Change is beautiful when embraced, and only a heart that has loved can break.

Embrace the change,
We are built for this,
Blessings, Laurette

“He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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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Teshuvah-Elul 3

Teshuvah. My favorite time of the year.

Elul 3, 5782
August 30, 2022

Moses, ‘returned’ up the mountain, summoned by God, to meet with Him. Moses knew the purpose of this visit. Moses said, perhaps I can atone for your sin and God will pardon your sin of idolatry. The newly delivered nation of Israel, impatient and ignoring the command, quickly reverted back to idolatry.

Moses dealt with their sin, he did not make light of their sin. Moses called for and demanded alliance to God, through repentance. The wicked and rebellious were put to death, by their brothers.

Acknowledging the seriousness of their sin, Moses, reminded God of their identity, and chose to stand for them. Moses reminded God, He chose to bring them out. Deuteronomy 32-33

May we never cease to understand the value of repentance……….
The foundation of Christianity is repentance (Teshuvah, Shuv, Re-Turn). Strictly speaking, a person cannot repent when he chooses— repentance is a gift of God.

Teshuvah, a season, an appointed time, an invitation to come back, return and live.

Gentle Rains
(Excerpt)

Soften the hearts
With Your tender touch
Gentle rain coming down
Teshuvah season don’t rush

In repentance
Turning back to You
Rain is the blessing
To bring in the new

Harvest is sure
O the fruit we shall yield
Because our Master Gardner
Is watering our field.

“The old Puritans used to pray for “the gift of tears.” If you ever cease to understand the value of repentance, you allow yourself to remain in sin. Examine yourself to see if you have forgotten how to be truly repentant.”

Wisdom from Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest

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

poetry

Teshuvah! The Return! Elul 2

Teshuvah! My favorite time of the year.

The return.
The second set of tablets.
A new and deeper understanding, sharing in the work of carving out the tablets. Presenting to Jehovah God, blank stones. Not for God to write something new on them, rather to rewrite His original plan.

Presenting our heart and mind to God, understanding we are forgiven and redeemed, allowing Him through His word to reprove, transform and renew our covenant. A renewal of our vows.

Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li”

Day 2
2nd of Elul 5782
August 29, 2022

Required to return with two freshly carved stones. A new set of stones, freshly chiseled, eagerly awaiting the finger of The Great I Am to etch, engrave, carve, to form by cutting. Leaving a definite and intelligent, intelligible mark, deep incisions. Two stones. Ten words. An eternal mark.

An invitation and a responsibility to partner with, and become one with God cuts deep.

The first sign of a deep incision was from Adam’s side, the second cutting was on our Lord’s body.

The King is in the Field, and readily available to His people.

Legal U Turn
As You Go
(Excerpt)

Pay attention to the signs
Along the paths you walk.
Some are smooth and pleasing,
Others hard as rock.

Pay attention to the scenery,
As you go along your way,
There are many, many signs,
speaking, as if to say.

Yes this is the way,
Or do not venture here.
Others seemingly shouting;
Run, take cover, danger is near.

While we must be able
To discern as we travel,
Wisdom first in the heart,
As the mind works to unravel.

Thoughts locked down,
Unable to bend,
Will create a life
That has to mend.

© laurette laster August 2018

““This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.””
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:33-34‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Don’t miss your appointment. God has carved out and appointed sacred times to meet with us.

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