Hearts: Can you trust them?

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Can I trust my heart?

This is a valid question, and one many including myself have asked. You’ve heard and possibly even said, “ follow your heart” “listen to your heart” or “ what’s your heart telling you”. You may have said or heard the exact opposite, “ Don’t listen to your heart, it can be deceitful” “ you can’t make proper decisions with your heart because it isn’t logical” and other things.

Lets look at this scripturally first, then we’ll look at it in our own lives.

(Psa 10:17)  יהוה, You have heard the desire of the lowly ones; You prepare their heart; You incline Your ear,

(Psa 37:4)  And delight yourself in יהוה, And let Him give you the desires of your heart.

(Psa 84:5)  Blessed is the man whose strength is in You; Your ways are in their hearts.

(Pro 3:5)  Trust in יהוה with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

(Pro 16:9)  A man’s heart plans his way, But יהוה establishes his steps.

Each of these verses have something to say about the heart. They tell us that our heart gives us ideas and can in fact be right about some things, but we need to give it over to Father so that He can guide us.

Now lets look at the verses say the almost opposite of the ones above.

Pro 28:26  He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely is delivered.

Mat 15:18  “But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and these defile the man.
Mat 15:19  “For out of the heart come forth wicked reasonings, murders, adulteries, whorings, thefts, false witnessings, slanders.

Mar_7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Then we have it saying that its foolish to trust your heart, but if you walk wisely you are saved. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of YHWH, that’s somewhere in Proverbs.

Matthew gives us good reason not to trust the heart, for it is filled with vile things.

Still yet:

(Psa_119:11)  I have treasured up Your word in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

If He and His word is in us we don’t need to fear what is in our heart, for He has said that He will write his commands upon our hearts. We will still need to be cautious and continuously check it for what is not good but, for the most part all we want to do is follow Him. And so that is what our heart will want too.

We can’t always trust our heart but, we would also be foolish to shove it to the side and not check and see what’s inside. To discern what is right in there and to cast out what is not. Because the more we check ourselves and what is in our heart, and replace the bad with the good, the less wickedness will dwell there. We will also be able to catch it faster, for we will have a better sense of right and wrong.

But, we need to be careful, because there are times when we are afraid to see what’s in there. We don’t want to see it, for two possible different reasons.

One: Afraid that it won’t be right.

Two: Afraid that it is.

Both these aren’t reasons to be scared, because if it isn’t right then you can replace it with something that is, and if it is right well that’s another time to count when your heart was right. Can you see where I’m going here?

You can’t trust your heart 100% but, you shouldn’t ignore it either. Because Father puts it in our hearts first then confirms it. We always need to inspect our hearts and make sure they are right with Him, then if they are clean we have no reason to be afraid of what’s in there.

I guess that is the conclusion. Search your own heart, is Father trying to show you some thing though it?

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Our Little Kitchen Friends

This afternoon Mom was doing the lunch dishes, and she commented on how old our spatula was. Then we got on the topic of our other kitchen utensils, so I decided to do a very special post for our hard working, devoted, long suffering kitchen utensils.

So here they are:

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Let us begin with the oldest, we have had this knife who will be known in this post as Mr. Broken Nose. Now his story is a little tragic, he’s been a faithful knife ever since Mom brought him home over seven years ago, and has been her best knife since.

We took him on a camping trip with my newly married Aunt and Uncle. Now he didn’t have a very good introduction to the rest of the family, as while cutting tomato’s he accidently sliced my Aunts thumb. Nothing serious, but she didn’t handle the sight of blood well and my brother and I didn’t help by sprouting off facts about blood, and how to slow down the bleeding so you don’t bleed to death so fast. I suppose the only good thing about those facts are that my brother and I knew a bit about first aid? Anyway after that not so good first impression on my extended family, he has provided very good service.

He has gone from a house to van and trailer, to house, to tents, to apartments. A very long life.

Now he has not always had a broken nose, actually in his younger days he was quite a sharp young thing, and through the years he has kept in shape. Until the sad fateful day a few months ago when my brother was using him and his nose broke off. It was really quite sad, and since that ill fated day he has slowly been in decline and has been considering retirement.

 

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This is Ms. Fiona, we are not quite sure when she came to live with us, it is like she has always been here. But, we think it was around five years ago give or take.

She has been indispensible in the kitchen and will not be looking at retirement in the near future. Unless her back breaks then she will be immediately retired (once a replacement is found). So much has she been involved in our daily lives we can’t even imagine of how we would manage without her.

 

 

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Ms. A-peel-ing, is a-peeling her life away. She as well has been an important part to our kitchen. We at one time thought she should retire and hired a replacement. But, she was right and alas, the replacement was not reliable and was let go. Much to her relief as she did not want to retire anyway. She has been with us for about the same amount of time as Ms. Fiona.

She has taught many hands how to peel and is not in the least picky on whether its carrots, potato’s, or even your average squash. She loves a challenge. But, one thing you learn quickly enough is that she will only peel forwards, for she has a fear of going backwards and cutting someone, unless you’re peeling a potato, that’s different.

 

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Mr. Potbelly, was adopted, he quickly became a much needed member. His short stumpy stature was very important indeed, and has been in the family for around five years as well. He has been faithful and has not let us down. Though because of his shortness he feels that he lets us down a lot. But, we assure him that this is not the case but, that it is because if his size that we agreed to bring him with us instead of giving him an early retirement.

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Mrs. Flat has been with us for 3 years. She was always very frail and constantly had a fracture of some kind in her leg until the day came that it finally broke. We would have had it fixed but it was too long gone so she had to have it amputated.

She doesn’t let that slow her down and works just as hard as the rest of them. Being younger than Ms. Fiona she is still learning all Fiona’s techniques.

Mrs. Flat has been patient and has been adjusting well to her new handicap. But may be looking at an early retirement depending on her health.

 

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Mr. Flipper has only been with us for two years and does the job but will be let go as soon as we find a replacement.

He was a last minute decision and we have partially regretted it ever since as he keeps mucking up on the job. Even the easiest such as scrambling eggs he cannot preform to an adequate level.

Even Mom who has had years in the cooking department cannot keep him in line.

 

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This is Sparkle, she is Mr. Broken noses apprentice and eventual replacement. She hasn’t been with us long only about a week. When Mom brought her home we were so happy, we think it has something to do with her color as well as her personality. She was immediately accepted into the family.

She’s doing well and learning quickly, she hasn’t cut anyone, and over all has a wonderful personality and lets everyone know where she is. We are glad that she comes with a guard as she has a sharp temper when upset, but, is trying to control it.

Other than that we will be looking forward to working with her for years to come. If she does as well as Broken nose has through the years we will be very happy and she won’t be looking at retirement any time soon.

 

So now you have met our kitchen friends, heard their stories, and laughed. I hope you enjoyed their stories from grouchy old Broken nose to shiny new Sparkle. We wouldn’t leave home without them.

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.

Doll house

My sister and I made a paper doll house. We are furnishing it right now, and drawing people to go with it.

Supplies to make a paper/cardboard doll house:

  • 1 medium-small cardboard box
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • markers or pencil crayons
  • fabric to make curtains (optional)

Step one: Take the cardboard box open it up so that you can draw on the inside.

Step two: Pick where you want each room and start drawing.

Step three: When finished drawing, colour it.

Now you have a doll house.

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Have fun!

SUMMER!!!

It has been so hot here. It’s like you need a shower everyday, at the beginning and end of the day! Not that I do, but it is almost necessary to do so. But we’ll get through it. You go out in the morning and make sure you are some where cool by Noon. After 4:00 it is cooler so it is a bit more manageable and you can do the rest of things. Australia is no cooler in the summer so I shouldn’t complain.

It is still great to be here. I missed the bus transportation that we had to use while here last time. Trying to figure out what they’re trying to say and what we need to do, it makes you feel like you have accomplished something every time. Not at the time when it is happening but afterwards, when you look back on it.

It is just really good.

I haven’t been taking pictures. It has just been too hot to go out right now. So as of right now I don’t have any new pictures to post.

I am having an awesome time, and I would recommend a trip to Israel anytime. Except for in the middle of summer unless you want to spend all day in front of a fan. Smile 

Have a good summer! And for those in Australia and Oceania have a good winter. Enjoy the coolness before the heat hits.

Shabbat Is Almost Here

Shabbat is almost HERE! I am so excited! Yesterday we walked down to the grocery store to miss the rush on Fri.

Oh I forget to mention that we left Jerusalem earlier this week and have now moved to Afula. We are staying on top of Givat Moreh. This is where Gideon 300’s stood with the midianites below. You also get a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley, which has so many stories and references to it that I won’t name them all but I will put down one.

Hos 1:11  Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

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We aren’t even 1/2 way down to the store yet. But all the valley is full of fields below. 

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Now back to my original subject. The walk down took 30 min and then we took the bus back up. I now wish I had a picture of all the grocery bags we came back with but I don’t. So just imagine enough food for six people to last until Monday or Tuesday. That is how much we had to hull up.

So we took the bus. Which was fun, and Dad lost his balance about 4 times going around tight turns and once he nearly fell over if it wasn’t for the strap he was hanging onto he would have. It was a good bus ride, and I am learning the importance of when coming to Israel or any country to at least learn the numbers in their language.

Well have a beautiful Shabbat.

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Arrived!!

We have arrived! We arrived last night at 10:15 in Jerusalem. We departed from my Uncles house at about 6:00 Tuesday night. Then we drove from there to Melbourne airport. There we ran into a little trouble… we had booked one way tickets to Tel-Aviv and on the Qatar airways screen when we went to check in, a warning appeared on the computer screen saying “a return ticket is required”. If there was no return ticket, we could be deported and Qatar Airlines would be fined 5,000 dollars. So because of that they would not check us in. All because of the word “is” and the chance of losing 5,000 dollars. Finally after much discussion, Qatar airways said that they could check us in as far as Ammon, Jordan, then we would have to collect our baggage and recheck in so it would be Royal Jordanian who would make the decision to take the risk and be responsible if we were deported. So we said our goodbyes, which was very short due to our late check in. We arrived on time and were not late. The customs officer was very nice and understanding. We took off from Melbourne just before 11:00. We then landed in Qatar at 6:00 in morning. We got assistance even though we never asked for it, they just gave it to us (probably due to having Deaf in the family). But it was because of that we found out that we were entitled to a free breakfast and lunch by Qatar because our stay was longer than 5 hours. And after six hours in Qatar we got on a plane to Jordan. It is really an odd feeling when most girls and women around you are wearing a head covering, and a good majority only had their eyes showing and a few were also wearing the veil.

When we arrived in Jordan we had no idea what we needed to do. There was a guy there who was yelling out Tel-Aviv, Tel-Aviv, he asked us if we were going there. We didn’t know what he was up to so we told him no. Another guy asked us if we were going to Tel-Aviv and he was more official looking than the other guy so we said yes and tried to explain our situation he told us to go to a desk, we did and the people told us to go with the man. So after that confusion we did go. And they took us and the other people that were going to Tel-Aviv downstairs. They explained to everyone that they had to search everyone’s luggage, we tried to inform him that we didn’t have ours and that we needed to pick it up then recheck it in. He said that they would go get our luggage and bring it to us. And we found out just a while later that they had to bring everyone’s luggage too. We were all exhausted from the plane rides and waiting in Qatar, we could barely stand and if we could sit could not stay awake for more than a few minutes. When ours arrived, he took us to the side asked us questions and then took us to the front/side of the line. THEN we had to take apart our backpacks piece by piece, we didn’t have to say this is my flashlight, that’s, my shirt, hat etc, etc, etc, we just had to recognize that each item was ours and the big bulky things were just put through an X-ray machine. But it was all for a very good reason, and the people that inspected things were very nice and kind. They had to inspect all check-in luggage because we had gone through Qatar and Jordan and there are many people that would like to slip something inside our luggage such as a bomb, poison, things that are sold on the black market, and basically things that should not be on a plane or enter a country. They were very kind during the whole process, and gave us a glass of cold water afterwards (Very refreshing after having to drink airplane water). We got checked in (no questions about one way ticket) everything went smooth. After that we found out that Israel had sent a team to Jordan to make sure that nothing bad would happen while we’re getting on the plane.

When we got on the plane I don’t think I stayed awake for much more than take off and landing. Erin didn’t even stay awake for take off! I don’t understand how she could sleep through that.

After a 45 min flight we got to Tel-Aviv. There were no problems with customs letting us through, we were one of the first to get through (unusual for my family) there were no problems. We got our bags alright. Then we went outside to get a shurut (I don’t know how it is actually spelled). The driver was nice. It was neat to see Jerusalem sitting on a hill with electric lights. You know how big cities look at night with street lights from far away. That’s what it looked like, but just sitting on hill.

Off topic thought: What would King David have thought if he saw Jerusalem like that?

We finally got to bed at 11-11:30, So it was a late night on top of the fact that we were already exhausted. And guess what……… nope we didn’t sleep in until 10:00 in the morning…… We got up at 6:00 in the morning. We had breakfast at about 8:30, then headed out for a walk. It was like as soon as we stepped out onto the street and started walking our feet just moved on their own and we walked down the same path we did almost everyday when we were here last time. Then after lunch we went to the temple institute but we didn’t go through the museum part, only the gift shop. It had some neat things.

It is so good to be back!

So now here are the pictures

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DSCF7844 Background Mount of Olives, Buildings just off the Temple mount.

Yahuweh gets the credit for everything. It is because of Him that we got here. So He gets all the Glory and credit

Flowers and Trees

We went to a nursery near Castlemaine which had a butterfly house, but the butterfly house was closed. So we went in to look at the plants. These are some of the pictures I took of the plants (mostly flowers)

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I had a lot of fun taking these.

The photos below were taken at a park where we went for the afternoon.

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Have a good weekend. And a very good Shabbat!

Shabbat Shalom.. AND Pictures!

Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat Shalom,

Shabbat, Shabbat Shalom………

Part of my favorite song to sing on Shabbat. This has been an interesting week, almost everytime I set foot in the backyard I take pictures, and just have fun with that (of course we have done math this week and so on….) .

It’s amazing how much you zone out of the world around you when taking photos. I find that especially when I take photos of flowers and other plants. I stop thinking of everything else and just what is on the screen and in the garden.

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This is a rose that was just beginning to bloom,

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As the weather is getting colder there are less flowers in the garden. So I want to take the opportunity now to get the pictures before they all die.

I can take around 50-100 photos of flowers alone in a week! This has become a real enjoyment.

May you all have a blessed Shabbat. I better stop before I ramble on and make absolutely no sense of this post.