Author: Debbie Cummins

There Is A Scripture 10-01-21

In past years when we haven’t gone away for Sukkot I’ve put up a sukkah.

This year we were home so the thought came almost like a reminder from some outside source “It’s just a day or two. I want to have one.”

I’d had a procedure done and wasn’t able to do much more than walk around and that slow and in short spurts. So I enlisted the help of  my grandson and we spent three quarters of the day putting things together. I had enough left over materials from other projects so we walked around, I pointed to this and that and he carried it all to the spot where we would build.

Then I took a chair off the front porch, sat it and myself under a tree and watched.

As he would be about digging holes for the corner posts I would be seeing the next step of connecting the corner posts with cross pieces, how to lay it out, screw it together and lift it into place, each step and convey that to him as he went from one step to the next, till all was done.

Sitting there not actively working allowed me to visualize not just the big steps but also to see all the little details needed to bring it together. It kind of made me think along the lines that physical work is necessary to get things done but quiet thoughtfulness, a specific kind of inactivity is needed if the work is to be done orderly and without confusion and the final product satisfy the purpose for which it was made. “Think first then act” you might be condensing this down to.” What’s so novel about that?” Well it’s just that this was the first time I ever sat in a chair  to watch as others worked. And maybe it shouldn’t have been. My tendency is to jump right in and think along the way. That has caused many a missed detail and mistakes, and…well  I’ll leave it to your imagine how that often turned out.

But what I’m actually getting at is that a set apart time from activity is beneficial and needs to be a part of the overall work. It allows for taking a breather, discussing things, making sure something hasn’t been forgotten and that everything’s on track going forward…ideally speaking.

A pattern was taking shape.

So Sukkot came and we all spent time under the sukkah my grandson built. We read special readings, the Torah portion, scriptures we’d been lead to. We talked unhurriedly, saying and hearing and learning things from one another… 

that we might not have in busy circumstances.

 We sat quietly, sometimes together, between conversations, sometimes alone in thought… acknowledging Yahweh’s realness and presence by talking to Him… experiencing awareness of Him and enjoying  that the Spirit of God is with us…

He brings to mind the progress we’ve made, things done right and corrections that need to be made going forward. He brings back into focus His purposes and our purpose in them and we are refreshed and reenergized in body and spirit. 

We watch as first sunlight touches and lights the high branches of trees facing east and spreads slowly across the yard, hear as birds seem to have awakened and begin vocalizing back and forth, catch the movement of little lizards in the grass, butterflies fluttering about, feel as a breeze moves the air from the shade and cools the warmth we feel from the sun. Squirrels make their appearance running and chasing erratically along the branches above. We gaze at pure blue shy, follow the motion of low clouds passing overhead swiftly, and very thin high clouds above moving ever so slowly. We see the moon and stars, through darkness, their light far out in space, and then again as it shimmers on the leaves of the trees and the surface of waters below. 

Sitting there we are on break in the yearly work day, so to speak, that our Creator and Master has scheduled for us. Work in the employ of our Master is not all work and no play.

The sukkah will remain for a while even though the set time has passed because maybe there is a residual sense of having stepped out of one world into another when I sit in it and I want to hang on to that.

But it will have to go till next year because there are other set times our Father has scheduled along the way for the rest and refreshing we will need… each with its own medicinal qualities and all able to work in us what our Father knows we need and He wants for us…

all getting Him the glory that is truly and only His.

We thank You Father for Sukkot.

We thank You that in You and only You is provision and permanence and that this is a time to remember and look forward to the Day when we will permanently tabernacle with You .

You are faithful and able.

You are attentive and gracious.

You love Your children and would have them with You.

You provide for those who wait on You that they might…

…”renew their strength;

mount up with wings as eagles;

run and not be weary;”

and…

…walk, and not faint.”

We love You Father.

In Yeshua’s name we pray.

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Elder.

Isaiah 40:31 KJV

Minchah Prayer 09-29-21

We thank You Father that as time goes on life goes on.

And Your purposes get closer and closer to being accomplished.

Your purposes are good coming down from above and You do not waver.

Your Word and Your set apart Times You’ve given to us as reminders along the way… that You are able and faithful… of the good You have done and have planned for us… so that we will not forget and we can be glad when day to day circumstances fill our thoughts and spend our energies…and the evil one would use those to separate us from You.

May we draw from Your Word and Your set apart Times through Your Spirit, continual strengthening and energy, glad anticipation and present peace… have “common union” with You and one another as time and life go on,

and daily:

We work or way through our illnesses and reassemble…

We build strong and loving marriages…

We are an example of, and raise up our children in, Your Ways in Your love…

We treat our neighbor and fellow man honestly and respectfully and kindly…

As we work together to be Your light, in all ways, in all circumstances, to neighbors and community and country…

May we do so from hearts that truly are in love with You and wills determined to glorify You.

Thank You Father… Abba Dear Father for Your set apart Times, each day between and for this moment in this day we are at right now…

Blessed are we by You and in praise we offer…blessed are You…Oh Lord our God!

In Yeshua’s name we pray.

Amen.

There Is A Scripture 09-24-21

God is the God, a God of order and balance.

It’s one of the things that has become clearer to me over the last few weeks from Feast of Trumpets to Yom Kippur and now into Tabernacles.

The wisdom and kindness of Jehovah God through His servant Solomon declares that:

“…To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 AKJV.

We live out our lives not only weeping but also laughing, not always being silent but also speaking, not always losing but also getting, not always dancing but also mourning…and so on… we experience the extremes and struggle and battle between them.

It’s not reality or real to expect anything different and Solomon’s observation is that since things don’t always make sense to us what we can reasonably do is:

“…a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion…”  Ecclesiastes 3:22 AKJV.

…but also:

“…if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity…” Ecclesiastes 11:8 AKJV

…and do so according to the advice to:

“…Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man…” Ecclesiastes 12:15 AKJV.

The shout of the shofar is a call to remembrance, to recall, examine and judge;

what we were, who we are now, who we belonged to in the past and Who we belong to now, what we did we shouldn’t have and what we should have we didn’t.

It’s a call to remember our God is forgiving and loving, a God of blessing but also a God who judges and punishes, a God who can curse, a God who can be found now but at some point will not be found.

We continue in all our remembering to a place of affliction… at the memory of all the times and places, all the words and thoughts and actions where we fell short, reminders that we are still prone to wander and do damage…we remember a price was “paid” and bow before our Father… stricken, smitten, and afflicted…convicted, confessing, repenting… and giving thanks for The redeeming blood and His forgiveness.

“…Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions… For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me…

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

…The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise…  Psalm 51:1,3,10-12,17 AKJV.

…solemn joy, loving reverence and humble thanksgiving… on the Day of Atonement… for what has been done…once and for all in this world and will be brought to perfection in the next.

Tabernacles is the dancing our mourning has been transformed into.

In our temporary bodies in a temporary world we engage in celebration before God for a few days, rehearsing, in obedience to and in harmony with the command:

“…rejoice before the Lord your God seven days…” (Leviticus 23:40 AKJV.),

in happy anticipation of the final ingathering… where and when the constant struggling and battling between opposing extremes is no more.

 “…In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11 AKJV.

Father…our Father…

You know us so well.

As imperceptibly as sleep overtakes us in the night… so we can find ourselves apart from You as days go by.

In Your wisdom and because You love us, You have created for us and directed us, to and on a path of Your creating… a path of life.

Along this path with its directions there are stopping points to rest and spend intimate time with You, be refreshed and on the strength of these times be able to proceed to the next one…without losing our way.

We thank You for Your set apart times and the instructions You give to properly observe them and so reap from them all the blessing You intend for us.

As we enter into one… cause Your Holy Spirit within us, please to stir, remind us, teach us and make us sensitive to Your nearness and Your desires.

 As we depart from that special time may we be looking ahead to and be in anticipation of the next pausing point along the path… all our days and years and life times until we finally make it to the final and permanent dwelling prepared for us… dwelling in uninterrupted and eternal fellowship with You and one another.

We are born anew from above Father, clean, implanted within us Your love and Spirit, nourished by Your Word, yoked with You and one another.

We depend on You Abba Father…keep us so we pray,

In Yeshua’s name,

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Elder

Minchah Prayer 09-01-21

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12 AKJV

Father, as You father us, raise us from infancy to adulthood. School us in Your ways that we might be able to deal with the physical manifestations of spiritual forces.

Give us eyes to see the physical activity around us but also eyes to see beyond the physical to what lies at the heart, and is the motivation of it all.

For powers of darkness are present and at work whenever there is difficulty in relationships, whenever there are decisions involving right and wrong to make, honest and dishonest, fair and not fair, whenever one is in pain or fatigued, whenever one feels wronged or taken advantage of, whenever loss is suffered, whenever the choice exists between forgiving or being vengeful, whenever the choice is to remain prideful  or to humble ourselves and seek forgiveness.

Enable us to be strong and victorious against what we cannot see in those things going on around us… that we can see.

Grant us wisdom to be able to react and respond in Your character… take advantage of the capacity and the opportunity to be “God- Like” as Your children in this world… by Your Word and by Your Spirit.

Bless us with Your peace, that it be with us and independent of whatever circumstances may be.

To the Power, to the Ruler, the Spirit of light and good, in heavenly places, to whom we belong and by whom we are guarded, we praise You and love You.

It is… well with our souls.

Thank You Father.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

Minchah Prayer 08-04-21

We thank You Father for giving us time, the precious coinage of life You give each one of us… in quantity, limited quantity, of Your own choosing… to spend according to our own choosing.

Grant us the good common sense to study the Prospectus…which is Your Word…as we survey this world’s marketplace and all it offers.

In It is documentation, a historical record of performance… what has failed, in the world marketplace, and what has succeeded.

As we examine and interpret the data Father, grant us a Spirit of discernment for what is profitable and what is not… and wisdom…and guts… to invest our limited time in product that will bring a return of infinitely valuable and infinitely lasting reward.

May the area into which we feel most comfortable and confident to spend and invest our time … be that area which offers opportunity to demonstrate our love for You and our love for one another…in which what we touch… will turn into golden heavenly treasure…

bring honor and glory to You.

As family united, brothers and sisters in Christ…

we pray in Yeshua Messiah’s name…

Amen.

Minchah Prayer 07-21-21

Father… You know the end from the beginning… You always have.

It was in Your heart to create companions upon whom You could lavish Your love and by whom You would be loved in return.

And You knew, from the beginning, that there would be those who would reject You and Your ways and that many, out of those You created, would doom themselves in so doing.

Yet, knowing this… You created us all… anyway, and from the beginning have continued to reveal Yourself to us… provided instruction… and the aid we would need to apply those instructions to our lives successfully… in deeds…yes… but also from a heart of love.

How hard it is to do acts of love… with a heart that loves… to involve ourselves with others in whatever way You prompt, and do so as You do so…knowing full well the good that is meant may not be appreciated or achieved…yet to do the work anyway… because You care…and so we care too.

Father, You are perfect and You know the minds and hearts of us all…

We have no such power.

The pure motive of Your heart, is flawed in us by our flesh and in our efforts to do Your will… too much of self can get in the way and create an adversary of the one You want us to help, to be an encouragement to. We say things or word things in a way that can be perceived as…or actually is at times… accusatory or condemning. Assuming we have complete knowledge and understanding we speak beyond what we actually do see and know.

So that Your purposes can be presented through us and perceived as a good by another Father… anoint our contact and words and actions with Your wisdom and spirit of caring… to bring about willingness, in them, to consider what could be… as opposed to what is.

Grant us patience in ministering to one another and a sense of commitment that extends beyond the moment.

Help us to understand and accept that choices offered can be offers rejected, that the potential for change may not be realized each and every time You use us.

Help us to trust and take heart that You see deeper into a person and see the complete truth of them…and us…and so never to become downhearted because things don’t appear to us the way we think they should.

May we be content and have peace and joy in doing as You direct and trust everything else into Your hands.

For there is hope and motivation in not knowing the end from the beginning.

We love You, just and merciful Abba Dear Father.

In Yeshua’s name we pray.

Amen.

Minchah Prayer 07-07-21

Father…knowing Your Word and walking under the influence of Your Spirit is the way we should be as Your people.

That knowledge and Spirit should flavor our thoughts and actions.

When we interact with others in order to… do…  some…  thing…   Father, sometimes it requires an offering of time and effort that we would really rather give to some other purpose.

Maybe it seems as though the cost verses the benefit doesn’t justify the effort, in the end no permanent good thing will be accomplished, maybe no personal benefit.

Maybe the involvement pulls us away from commitments already in the works and affects the expectations of others.

Or maybe our flesh just doesn’t want to be inconvenienced.

And so it becomes a labor of impatience and begrudging and even anger.

As Your children Father, in times and situations like these… that have a way of popping up from time to time, we may be guilty of forgetting to exercise our faith and trust, and to flavor the time and effort of our involvement with the encouragement of Your Word, tears in the night but joy comes in the morning, mourning turns into dancing, all things will work to good, Your mercies are new everyday… and endure forever.

Thank You Father that You are near.

When the impatience and begrudging and anger begin to rise Father… come to our rescue we pray and quell their obnoxious scent and may the Spirit in which we labor be flavored with patience and optimistic willingness and we find joy in the offering.

We will be so Father…come what may.

We love You.

In Yeshua’s name…

Amen.

There Is A Scripture 07-02-21

There is such a satisfaction in order and clean.

I walk into my garage and it is so full of clutter that I can hardly move around in it. So it’s time to clean things up. Throw away all that stuff I was sure I could find a use for or fix. Throw away all the stuff others, my grandson usually, bring that is never going to get used.

Space is made and things are put away. One can walk about, see what one has and actually get to it. Orderliness, it’s a wonderful thing.

Then things get dusted off and the floor swept. It’s incredible how much dust and dirt can collect over time in a space where the door to outside isn’t open that much. But do the sweeping and dusting off and the place, old and rough as it is… well you can see the floor… tools and appliances dusted and wiped down have a newness of appearance even if they are old. Cleanness…you don’t mind being in there or touching the things around you.

 Have you ever been somewhere you didn’t even want to touch the door knob? There is something about uncleanness that can repulse.

There comes a time in our daily lives when we look at the mess we have around us with new eyes. We can visualize how the space we’re in would look and feel if things were put away, if useless stuff whose presence just weighs on our minds would go away, how wiped down walls and appliances, a swept floor, would be a pleasure to the eye and not be something one wouldn’t want to walk on or touch.

We can visualize it and see just what needs to be done. And there is a desire to get about it and do it. Let’s get things cleaned up and in order the way things are supposed to be.

Do you suppose this could be a God mentality, that when He created us, He placed in us something that when it sees disorder or dirtiness or brokenness, that we have this compulsion?…this drawing?… to fix, to organize, to clean up?… to be able to visualized it in our minds and have a sense of how good it would be to actually bring this about?… in our own circumstances and…maybe even to be helpful in  the circumstances of others?

That’s the way He is isn’t He? He has this vision of how things should be and He is about the task of making them that way.

To bring orderliness and clean up things in the garage requires rearranging, cleaning up, getting shed of the useless stuff that just hinders our ability to do something productive. It’s going to mean letting go of some fanciful thoughts and it will mean getting dirty in the work. But the end result is order and clean, a place and resources to accomplish something good and useful.

The world our Father created has become cluttered and dirty and broken. It is filled with useless and nonfunctioning beliefs and ideas and behaviors piled one on top of another, that hinder finding the good and useful things and being able to perform a useful and good purpose.

He has a vision, knows what things should look like and has been at work cleaning things up and putting them in order a long time now. And He was willing to get dirty in the process.

His tabernacle was in the middle of the camp, surrounded by the uncleanness of the people. But He was there.

His Son forsaking the glory of heaven, occupied flesh and walked about surrounded by and touching the defiled of this world.

In the end He made Himself unclean to bring to cleanness those who were not.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 AKJV

We are meant to be our Father’s children…be like Him. And so He created within us shadows of His character that come alive when the Spirit moves… and become who we are if we are willing to surrender and obey.

With hearts clean and lives ordered we are fit to do useful and good things in the Spirit of Him who made us.

Father…in us, dormant or alive, are the makings of Your image and likeness.

Give us eyes to see and hearts of desire for them.

In the circumstances of life enable us to see the need, know what to do and have a willingness to be about it…orderly and clean…and be about it in the hope and joy of accomplishing a good thing in Your sight.

May You be glorified we pray…in Yeshua’s name,

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Elder

Minchah Prayer 06-30-21

Father, we don the armor that You…our King has provided.

Our skin is too thin to protect against the assault.

The boy David refused to use the armor his king provided.

But then…he battled against a human foe.

The assault comes and we don’t always respond appropriately.

The assault comes from an enemy that knows our weaknesses and at times our reluctance to resist those weaknesses.

And he is patient and watchful and strikes at the opportune time.

He uses the most deadly of darts… vapors of the old nature…lingering about…which if we take just a glance at…and linger just a second longer than it takes… to raise our shield and strike with our sword…will swallow us and defile, bring down… the new man.

So Father…we don Your Armor so that when we are in those moments…we may immediately be aware…and not allow ourselves even the briefest of glances, entertain even the flash of a thought, even the tiniest taste of the imaginings in our minds…

And so“…Withstand the evil day…and stand”… protect from tainting… the temple and spirit within.

Father…may the desire of our hearts be for all You have made for us to experience, not adding to or taking away, but to be experienced and engaged in… in the spirit and for the purpose You intended.

May all else cease to exist.

In Yeshua’s name we pray…

Amen.

Minchah Prayer 06-23-21

Father…as Your people who profess to love You and seek to be committed to Your purposes, may we……Father, lead us to an understanding…and a willingness to accept it …that it will mean rearranging our lives, the goals we set and redefining the motives for our actions, and as we do this, may it be done because we love You and it is pleasure for us to do so…not because it may mean pleasure for us in the doing but because in the doing it pleases You…and that is pleasure for us.

Just as we budget our finances and time to accomplish an outcome we desire, may we budget every aspect of our lives to accomplish the outcome that in all things we are approved, and please…and are near to You.

As Your children, being transformed daily into Your image, may we commit the entirety of our being alive on this earth, our entire person, and the actions of our daily routines…may we commit to be about all that we do- to do so in Spirit, in Your Spirit…and to willingly couple that Spirit with  physical actions involving resources and time and gifting… to the measure You have given us…willing to trust for what we feel we may not have.

May we take comfort that there is a body, one that we can rely on to take part in and contribute to the works and by and with Your strength and guidance we can do all the bases can be covered, all the things You task us to do.

If there is a struggle at all in the acting or doing may it be in how to…do…in a way that is right in Your eyes, yet wise towards all involved and may the struggle not be because our doing may be difficult or may involve contention we would just rather not endure.

May we be a different people, a peculiar people from the world… that define right and value, and satisfaction and success by Your standards…Father we pray.

Our spirit is willing Father…yet…

And because it is impossible to do without You… Father…as we at least offer willingness on our part…please yoke that willingness on our part with Your power and willingness… that we might be the people You want us to be…Father…please.

You loved us first. May we experience a conviction that inspires loving You in return and a love and care for one another.

May we redefine our lives and purpose to that end.

In Yeshua’s name out of hearts that love You… we pray,

Amen.

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