Light on the Horizon

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Looking over the valley

Watching the sunset

Feeling the wind

Beautiful, spectacular every time

The colors, the clouds

Except tonight I do not see it

It seems so gray and empty

Like a world without hope

But then in the horizon

I can see a bit of color

Letting me know not all is lost

I am still here

I am still alive

Therefore there is still hope

The sunsets still have color

And will continue to

Even when I cannot see them any longer

So I will praise you Abba

For the hope that you have given me

Though it may seem small

And hard to see

In a world of gray with no hope

It’s still there full of promise of a day that is coming

Psalm 113:3

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From the rising of the sun to its going down the Name of YHWH is praised

Psalm 113:3

I memorized this verse a few years ago, actually the whole chapter but, I remember this verse particularly. Now every time I see the sun set or rise I think of this verse.

Truly, He gave us these things as a thing to look forward to. Seeing His beauty first thing in the morning and then seeing it before heading off to bed. What a way to start and end a day!

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Both these pictures are of the same sunset. I haven’t been able to catch the sunrise as that means getting to the top of the hill at 5:30 in the morning. I don’t think so.

Mashed Art

Last night we had mashed potatoes for supper, we made gravy and steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Oh and we can’t forget the garlic in the potatoes, its essential, and we usually have between 3-10 cloves. We tried 15 one time but that was a bit much, and our stomachs weren’t too appreciative of it. This time there were just 7.

Now as a usual tradition, that’s only done when it’s the six of us or others who do the same thing or won’t be offended by us “playing” with our food, we shaped our potatoes before we put the gravy over them. Ranging from lakes to volcanoes, and anything in-between, it’s a fun past time with mashed potatoes.

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Everyone else had already started to eat theirs so I couldn’t get a picture of theirs.

But it was fun, and its even more fun when you get to eat it! What a great start to the week, with food art.

Joyful Thoughts

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Just as we thought

On this day

Yahushua is waiting for us to

Finally call on Him

Up there He hears us and

Listens to us even if we don’t make any sense

Tough though it may be to believe that

He listens when even

Our family and friends think of

Us as nuts and questions our sanity

Goodness coming from their

Heart they try to understand but

Try as they might no one can understand as our

Savior can.

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quick news update

Yesterday a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel-Aviv, 10 people were injured.

Israel and Hamas declared a cease fire last night after 8 days of fighting.

Forgive your enemy

I was reading in Matt chapter 4, where Yahushua talks about loving your enemy.

Here in Israel, we’ve been getting rockets everyday and more than 2 or 3, we’re talking about around 100-300 rockets a day. Some even with enough range to reach Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. That means over 3.5 million Israelis are in danger, and if one of those rockets (fajr 5) hits Tel-Aviv’s metro center, it would shut practically everything down, the economy, school system. It’s a big threat.

A recap of the 4th day of fighting

Rockets Stuck Israel: 170

Iron Dome interceptions: 57

Israeli’s wounded: 5

Strikes by the IDF: 300

Things are really ramping up. I’m feeling more anger over the injustice that the world’s throwing at Israel than being scared that I’m in a country that’s had over 600 rockets fired at it and even more are being fired.

People think that all of a sudden this just sprung up out of no where. No, this has been going on all year, Israel is just getting fed up with it and wants to put a stop to it.

Maybe its hard for you to imagine but, imagine if:

Sydney and the area around it got hit by rockets. What would you do? well you would demand war on the country that fired, immediately right? Of course it’s a logical answer.

or If Vancouver got hit, well Canada as a whole would be in an up roar, and wanting justice done.

What about LA? yeah that’s what I thought, someone hit LA and they’ve made themselves a permanent enemy of Americans all over.

But the entire southern region and two major cities in Israel, you could care less, actually you think that Israel deserves it. Because all you’ve seen are the children in Gaza that are suffering. But, what about the kids here that aren’t having much of a childhood because they’re running to a bomb shelter?

(<-from the haaretz newspaper)

I’ve got cousins this age, I wouldn’t want them to have to live like this always running for the nearest bomb shelter. Nor for my Uncles and Aunts to have to constantly wonder if their kids are alright after each siren.

Now back to the topic at hand. Scripture says to love your enemy as yourself and do good to those who hate you. Israel has sent help to countries that hate them, they’ve sent aid to many different places including Gaza. They sent help to Christ Church when they had their earthquake (yeah you probably forgot about what happened there). So no matter how many hate them they still reach out a hand to help people. To me that’s a good example we can follow.

I know many Christians are doing shoe box gifts this time of year (I don’t do christmas anymore but, I remember doing the shoe box thing when I was really little), what if you sent some of them to Afghanistan and Iraq. You’re thinking WHAT!? After all that they’ve done to us? Well, its not really all they’ve done to you. You’re the one in their country, destroying their homes, and many more things. The people haven’t done anything it’s the Taliban, but that’s beside the point right now.

How many children there could you bless with a simple shoe box gift. That could most likely be the only new thing they receive this year. That would be doing as Yahushua said to love your enemies as yourself. This is what Israel has done.

So before you say that Israel is nothing but, a murderer, think about what they’ve done for others that hate them, yet they don’t let that stop them. Think about what your country has done for others that hate you. America either has buddy buddies or total enemies. Have you ever sent a team over into Iraq just to help people and give them food and clothing, absolutely not! what about medical, no because you can’t stomach the thought of them getting anything like that. Well Israel did, they sent a team into Syria to do just that. Same as they’ve done for many other counties that would rather see them at the end of a rifle dead, than living and helping them.

That’s loving your enemies. That’s doing the right thing.

Support Israel, don’t let them fight on their own.

The right of self-defense

As you’re probably heard on the news the last couple of days. Many rockets have been fired into Israel, and surprisingly people are saying that Israel’s wrong to respond.

Just in the last few hours 4 rockets fired from Gaza struck Ashdod. One hit a house, another a car, a third hit near a kindergarten, and one in an open area. Yesterday a rocket hit near Jerusalem, and another near Tel-Aviv.

Seriously people all you can think of is Gaza!? Look at Gaza they are not as bad off as they make themselves look. Israel has endured over 600 rockets in the last 48 hours, and you’re thinking that Israel’s wrong to retaliate?

Hamas runs into hospitals, set up their rockets and terror points, near or in playgrounds, schools, hospitals and in other places where civilians can get hurt. Israel has no other choice but to hit those areas. Where, Hamas isn’t hitting military establishments in Israel they are aiming for civilians, not the military.

Israel has lived through terror all of its just over 62 years of existence. Most of us would have run with our tail between our legs but, the people here have stuck it out. They know that this is the promised land, the land that was promised to our forefathers and they won’t let it go. Because as the Bible says it is our inheritance, just as we are His inheritance. We shouldn’t forsake it, just as He has not forsaken us.

Defeat terror.

                      Stand with Israel.

                                                  Stand with His people.

Sunset and Moon

Last night was the new moon. We went down to the look out and took some pictures of it.

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Earlier yesterday I was down at the look out with Ben taking pictures. Then we decided to go down to spot the new moon. The sunset was awesome too.

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(my brother isn’t taller than my sister yet, he’s just up on the railing, he’s getting there though)

It was fun, but, all too soon we had to head home for supper. I enjoy taking pictures there. The only down fall of it is that it never changes and the only difference is the the sun, clouds, moon and stars.

But, the view down on Afula is truly beautiful.

The moon last night was so big it wasn’t a problem to spot. It was right there!

Tonight is the beginning of Shabbat. So we have a cleaning day ahead of us!

Openness

Mom found this video a couple of weeks back. Watch it, it might explain some things about our family. Such as our openness during some conversations.

 

I know that our bluntness in conversation, blog postings and other things, have disturbed people, so has many other traits we have. Like when you talk we look you in the face. I know that annoys hearing people A LOT. I’ve had people ask me why I’m staring at them, I just reply that’s how I was raised.

There has been several times when my siblings and I get talking, and I would say 75% of these things would disgust people who aren’t used to it. And there’s usually someone there who doesn’t know ASL, so of course they want to know what we’re signing about, and, I usually tell them you don’t want to know. As usual curiosity, or my sibling, I end up telling them. They’re usually totally disgusted or at least try not to show that they’re disgusted, but that all depends on the conversation.

These conversations can range from the toilet, to guts, to animal facts, to nature facts, to facts of any kind, or just anything in general. It could be a general plain conversation, or one that you wish you’d never asked. And the great part is you never know… until you ask.

Which now brings me to our table manners. Now we have tolerable manners at the table, knives and forks, plates, etc, etc, no worse than the “kid next door”. But, when it comes to table conversation, we gross our relatives right out! Not that its not fun, at times we’ve even done it on purpose! It’s fun to see how long you can go without them totally losing their appetite or someone telling you to stop. Which ever one comes first.

We don’t do it often for that purpose, that’s a rare special organized occasion (so consider yourself special if its happened to you). Most of the time its just normal, and it just happens. Usually we keep it to ASL but, the laughter gives it away. There’s times that its just harmless story telling.

The four of us are used to, -when among other people, because most are adults and don’t like our sense of humor-, doing that. It’s a habit we picked up years ago. I know that our humor isn’t humor that some people appreciate. It seems to be one-of-a-kind Davies humor. BUT, don’t fear, it just seems to have affected us, the rest of the family’s safe.

ITS… wait for it, wait for it

DEAF CULTURE!!

 

Now don’t get this wrong, there are Deaf people who are more reserved than others. And it has varying degrees.

So next time you’re wondering why, where, or how we got this open, its how most of us were raised. It’s a good thing and it can be a bad thing. My friends have had to learn over the years. My moms parents have learned when we say “do you want to hear a fact?” at the table, you say “NO!” unless we clarify and say its not disgusting.

Its funny, those conversations don’t ruin our appetite. But, it took Dad awhile to get immune.

Speaking of food its nearly time to get supper ready

Bon-Appetite!

Goodbye

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Here today gone tomorrow

Life is but a moment

Living but a memory

 

Bringing joy where ever you go

Leaving behind a lasting glow

 

We will miss you

But, we know that its time

For you to go home

 

We will see you one day

Free of sorrow

Free of pain

 

How hard it is

To let you go

But, we know

You will be safe

In the arms of our Creator

 

No longer is that ever ready smile

Made to brighten a persons day here

Only a lasting glow

Of memories treasured

In our hearts

           Forever

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This morning my family got some very sad news. We are all still trying to process it right now.

As I wrote in a past blog post that we went down to Samaria, to see some friends who were with the Waller group picking grapes. We hadn’t seen them in around 2 years, and the wife of the family was dealing with breast cancer.

We’ve known their family since I was around 11 or 12. Their son and daughter were good friends to my brother and I, their whole family was like a second family to us. The wife was a second mom to me, and her 4 children like extended siblings, her husband was like an uncle.

So when we went down we knew it might be the last time we saw her. Little did we know how true that was. We got an email this morning saying that she died yesterday.

It hasn’t totally hit us yet, I‘m still coming to terms that she’s actually gone. She was always a strong woman. Always so happy and willing to look at the bright side. I’m glad she is in no more pain now. But, its still hard, I know its harder for her family.

I can’t believe she’s gone!

Father Yah: I pray that you would help us all as we grieve her death, and that you would be especially with her family.