Tree and Me

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Have you hugged a tree today?

though it may seem silly

it’s quite therapeutic

It gets you over a fear of seeming silly

Quite true

It can ignite a conversation

or it can lead people to thinking you quite loony

But have you hugged a tree today?

 

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Growing up

Small I may seem

But big I will be

Don’t let my size fool you

I’ll be big before you know it

Don’t look down on me

Because I’m not as big as you

One day I’ll be as tall as you

When I grow up

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Family

Family that’s what we are

Solid as a tree trunk

With many different branches

Some more nuttier than others

But all still come from the same roots

You are and Family you shall always be

Because the nut never falls far from the tree

And when you’re on the ground you’re closer

To the roots than where you began

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Different

I stand out, I don’t fit in

While everyone else is wearing dull colors

I’m wearing all bright

But that’s alright

You are you and I am me

We don’t have to be the same

There’s always got to be someone different in the crowd

 

This is dedicated to some dear friends of ours who introduced us to tree hugging. Sorry but we’re missing one, as my brother didn’t want to pose for a “hug a tree” photo.

Our Trip To Australia

Ok here’s the post about our trip and how Father brought us here.

(typed last week posted this week)

Well as you may or may not know we were in Israel, and before that in Jordan because our visa expired. Our visa was about to expire again, and there were next to zero funds. A huge test for us. Its not like He hasn’t put us through that before but, it hasn’t gotten any easier through the years either.

We knew we could go to Jordan, how to get there and all that. We were just there 3 months ago. We had also had the thought of going to Australia. We knew the work wasn’t done, and I knew that Father was calling us back. But, because there were no finances to go, I figured it was my head and flesh wanting to go.

We all got ready for Jordan, got our brains around it, and started to figure out how we would keep ourselves occupied in an apartment for 3 months. I mean, like, because of the culture we wouldn’t be out much, we don’t know the language, the culture and all that.

Then around 6 days before we were leaving Israel, someone (who will remain anonymous due to privacy reasons) offered us the tickets to go to Australia. At first we weren’t so sure. Was this a test to see if we would go the easy route (Australia) or the hard one (Jordan). All this time we still hadn’t found a place to stay in Jordan. By easy, I mean, like: the same language, a place where I can walk and not feel censored because I wasn’t wearing a head covering, family, friends, a possibility of a drivers license, and much more. And by hard, I mean: not knowing the language, and it’s hard to describe but, if you’ve been in a Muslim country then you can understand.

Back to the story, so we prayed about it. Father had already showed me something a few weeks or so before but, I wasn’t going to say anything until someone else got something to confirm it. On Sabbath we got together as a family and made a decision based on what Father was showing us. We were heading to Australia, which required us to get our minds around something totally opposite of what we were prepared for.

Now we had to find tickets. When Sabbath ended Dad went on the famous –or is it infamous- airline ticket search. I call it that, because Dad’s airline searches can last from hours to days to weeks. In this case we only had a day, as we wanted to leave either Monday or Tuesday.

We contacted some friends (who will stay anonymous) in Queensland which we wanted to go see before we left Israel earlier this year, but it didn’t quite work out. They said that it was no problem for us to stay with them. So we got tickets to Brisbane.

A fellow we met in Israel (he makes the soap that my brother blogged about on “fromthericefields”) drove us to the train station on Tuesday evening. From there we caught the train (a double decker) to the airport. Everything at the airport went smoothly. And we knew it was what Father wanted us to do. He was with us the whole way. The lady at passport control even wished me a “Happy Birthday”. I’ve never in my whole life that I can remember been wished a happy birthday from a passport control agent. That just kinda made my day, my birthday wasn’t even until the next week!

Anyway, we flew out at 10:10 that night,

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to Seoul, South Korea, where we had a layover of 4 hours.

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After we flew straight to Brisbane where, the wife of this family picked us up.

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We met 3 members of their family when they went down to Victoria, so it was really good to meet up with the rest of their family.

They took us to the Beach last Sunday. It was AWESOME! My first time in Queensland and my first Sunshine Coast Beach!

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We also went for a walk in the Sub-Tropical rain forest. But those pictures are for later!

So that pretty much covers it all

Sorry about the long absence

Hey Everyone!

sorry but this will be a short post until I can get another one up and out. We arrived in Australia! We’ve been having a good time. Father has been faithful and He’s brought us back to finish the work that He started us doing last time we were here.

Its taking a while to get used to being here. We were in the middle east for 7 months, so you can imagine the culture shock I’m going through.

I will write more later but this will have to do for now. And I will tell you later how He came to bring us here again.

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Our trip to Tiberias

We went to Tiberias yesterday, to help out a friend, then we took a walk along the marina. It was hazy over lake Kinneret. After that we came back to Afula.

But it is now official, I like Afula better than Tiberias. Tiberias is nice, its touristy and on the sea of galilee and all that. Still even though Afula doesn’t have any major tourist attractions it’s a whole lot calmer and not the busy whirl wind that Tiberias is. You don’t feel the bustle and hustle that you do in Tiberias.

Here are some pictures of the Marina.

Afula and Tiberias 073 signedI didn’t realize that there were sparrows in the pipe until after I downloaded the pictures and went through them. I was aiming for the seagull. I got a nice surprise there.

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At the marina they’ve built the front end of a boat that kids can play on. It isn’t much and its more for decoration but its still fun for the kids.

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Then there’s this old mosque that’s just up from the marina, its not in use any more I don’t think it has been for years.

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It was a good day but, by the time we got back both Mom and I had a colossal headache. I guess going to bed at 10 and getting up at 5:30-6:00 don’t mix. Oh well…

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?

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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.

Faith, living it.

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Last night I went outside to sit on the swing, and I thought to myself/said to Father Yah, You have taught me faith. You have taught me how to rely on You. Yes, we must all rely on You for our daily necessities. But, some have had to rely on You more than others. I remember times in the past and still to this day, when I’ve had to trust in You for even my next meal, a place to sleep, and clothes.

Every time I look at my clothes I am always reminded how blessed I am even just to have the little that I do. Each item has a story behind it, a blessing, a small miracle. Its never the same with each article of clothing.

It’s the same with a place to sleep. Each night I lay my head down I’m always in awe of how well He cares for us. Never once have I had to sleep on the streets, He’s always provided a place. Though if that’s what it came to, to do His work, I would do it.

Even with food, I’m always thankful for everything that I eat, living this lifestyle has taught me what its like not to have enough to eat. I can’t get it out of my mind, even though while we lived with my Dad’s family for a while and there was always more than enough. It always stuck that every mouth full is a blessing. More than many people can understand.

I don’t think I will ever forget those times when we didn’t have enough food. Its happened more than once, and longer than just a few days.

He’s taught me truly to trust Him, like the birds of the field, but, my clothes are not like the lily of the valley. In fact they don’t even come close to comparing to the grass flowers. Not that I’m complaining. I would be satisfied with a pair of Levi jeans, a knee length skirt, a tee shirt, and a pair of work/hiking boots. That’s me, I don’t need fancy things. I’m “plain Jane”, He made me this way for a purpose, and that’s the way I am.

Its just who I am. I also reminded myself last night. He’s dreamed a dream for me, and He knows me better than I know myself. So His dream for me is better than one I could ever dream up. Because He knows exactly what I was made for.

Would I sound crazy if I said I love the nomadic lifestyle? Ok, not the tent part but, more living on wheels style. Living how we are right now, isn’t too bad when its 1 or 2 people but, when you get 6 its much, much harder, and almost impossible.

Afula in the rain

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Israel hasn’t been getting their average rain fall so far this year. But that may change as, today it rained most of the morning. Mom and I got caught in a downpour while waiting for the bus. We laughed about it though, it was even more funny because we didn’t bring our rain jackets. So we had to stand under a tree across the road. There was a lady waiting for the bus too but, she had an umbrella. When the bus came, she let us go first, she was chuckling about it too. It was good. I love it when it rains, especially when I have something dry to go back to, that’s not a tent.

On the way back I got off below our street instead of the top so I could take some pictures. Mom kept going to the top. It felt really good, I like taking pictures when not in a hurry. Then I walked up the hill to the Apartment.

Both Pictures are of the valley, Afula is below and Nazareth on the hill.

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The valley is known as the Jezreel valley, its full of farms and other agricultural businesses. Between here and the Hula valley, that’s where the majority of farming is done.

I hope they get plenty of rain this year, it will help with next year. I love seeing Israel become green after being dry and brown, from the dry summer. Last year we got to see it literally grow before our eyes.

Shabbat Shalom

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