Today we will be visiting Christina from torahitisyourlife.blogspot.com. I hope you enjoy getting to know her better.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Christina. I am married to my high school sweetheart and am a homeschooling mama to four. I love to read, photograph, write, sew, among many other things.
2. When and how did you begin your journey of following Torah?
I spent much of my life in the church and shortly after I entered adulthood, I began studying my Bible. For years, I read through the “new testament” over and over, again. Then, a couple of years ago, I was led to begin teaching the “old testament” for history in our homeschool and, shortly after, I began reading through it in my own personal, quiet time. Immediately, it was like a whole new world of Scripture was opened up to me! I had no idea the “OT” could be so rich!
Last summer, we moved from the east coast to the west coast. At the time, I did not see it, but I believe YHVH was using the transition from ‘church to church-seeking’ to open my eyes to His wonderful Truth. When we arrived on the west coast, I was reading through the book of Isaiah and came across some verses about the Sabbath. I attempted to ‘shrug it off’, resolved that it only pertained to the Jews, only to encounter more verses about the Sabbath, calling it His Sabbath (not the “Jews”) but I still resolved that it did not pertain to me and that I could prove it in the ‘New Testament’. After reading all of the Scripture pertaining to the Sabbath in ALL of the Bible, I sat dumbfounded. I repented and resolved to obey Him and begin observing the Sabbath, even though I had no idea how. Once my eyes were open to the Sabbath and once I took those steps of faith and obedience, He soon opened my eyes to the truth of His Torah! And it has been an amazing journey!
3. What truth really sealed the deal for you?
When I realized who I was, who Israel is, it sealed the deal for me. I knew He was calling me to walk in His Torah.
4. What has been your greatest blessing since beginning this Torah journey?
There have been SO many! But if I could pick just one, it is how His Word has come so alive for me, how I can see how much more deeper and rich it is, since understanding Torah.
5. What has been your biggest challenge?
There have been many challenges along the way. I think the biggest, so far, has been learning how to walk and obey amidst the lack of unity in the home. But YHVH is faithful. It has been a challenging but a beautiful journey of growth. And I look forward to seeing how He works!
6. What does a typical Shabbat look like at your house?
After only a year of observing Shabbat, we have, yet, to develop anything that I would call “typical”. 🙂 And though each Shabbat is different, we do aim to enjoy supper together as a family as Shabbat is welcomed in. I spend much of Shabbat reading, studying, and meditating on YHVH’s Word. I try to spend some time sharing Scripture with the children and we enjoy singing, too. A few months ago, YHVH blessed us with local fellowship and in the afternoon, on Shabbat, we often enjoy fellowshipping and studying Torah with our group. I look forward to how Abba works in the future and how our Shabbats will come to be. 🙂
7. At your season in life, what is your most significant contribution to the Messianic community?
I do not know what my most significant contribution is.
As a homeschooling mom, YHVH has put upon my heart to encourage other mamas to train their children up in the way they should go.
As a wife, He has put on my heart to encourage other wives, especially those that may share similar circumstances.
As a woman, He has put on my heart to reach out to, teach, and encourage other women.
As His daughter, He has laid on my heart to pray for His multitude of children, to share His Truth, and compel them to come.
8. What would you like to share with other believers?
As we learn to walk in His Torah, may we not forget His law of love.
May we not grow weary in well doing. May we run the race He has set before us.
May we be faithful to the end. May we bring praise to His Name.
Thank you so much, Christina, for sharing a bit of your life with us.
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