What did I…
Offer thanks for?
I’m thankful for Levi Samuel, my new nephew! It was such a blessing to see him enter the world. I was also able to see him after his circumcision, which he took quite well. He is a dear with a delightful head of hair that wants nothing more than to snuggle into his momma’s warmth. <3
I have felt great lately, and with that, lots more has been getting done around the house. Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s still dirt everywhere, we live on a farm. But things are getting organized, like the kids’ school materials. Daily tasks are getting done with a fair amount of consistency. And I have nine jars of fermented veggies on my counter. Nothing like some housework to make a woman feel virtuous.
My first couple of days on my new anti candida diet were pretty rough. Losing a farm animal is never easy. Deciding on big spending decisions is never fun. But YHVH has been very good to me. Dayenu!
Teach my children?
I have begun teaching Sadie to read. We are keeping the lessons simple and short and she is thriving. We are using HOP on POP by Dr. Suess. Each day, we review the pages we have already done. Then she copies a new page. We practice the new sounds together and she reads the page! She is doing so well, considering remembering the sounds was a real struggle for her not that long ago. Then she gets to draw a picture of what she read, and of course, she gets to write her name on the paper.
We have also begun some simple math with all the bottle caps I’ve been collecting.
Study and learn?
Candida, candida, candida! I knew I had a problem with sugar (I snuck sweetened coconut and chocolate chips every time I went in the kitchen.) but when I took a self assessment for candida, I knew I had a serious problem. My score was double the severe number eeek. So I did lots of research and felt YHVH led me to the Body Ecology Diet. I switched my eating habits shortly after Passover. It is so different, lots of veggies, and absolutely no sweetener, even the natural ones. But after the initial detox yuckiness, I am feeling much better. Who would have thought that sautéed veggies could taste so good?
Two years old, blond curly hair, big rubber boots, diaper, and a large winter hat with tassels. Enough said.
Prayers of thanksgiving, prayers asking Him to make me a blessing, prayers for wisdom, prayers of daily conversation with my Abba.
What is this week’s Torah portion and what did I learn from it?
If you don’t mind, I’d like to back up to last week’s Torah portion because we learned so much while studying it on Shabbat. We spent a lot of time in Lev. 13-14. I know, you’re thinking, what is so interesting about the leprosy laws? Well, let me share with you some of our thoughts.
- YHVH sends leprosy, and we wonder if maybe it is connected to sin. Miriam, Moses’ sister is a possible example.
- The leprosy laws are a tremendous picture of grace. The inflicted person went before the priest about 4 times before being declared a leper. YHVH is very patient before He doles out punishment.
- When a person was healed of leprosy, they brought offerings to the temple. These offerings included a sin offering and a burnt offering. A sin offering is a physical demonstration of our guilt and our willingness to acknowledge it. The burnt offering shows our 100% commitment to avoid that sin in the future.
- The former leper was anointed with blood in three places, the right ear, the right thumb, and the right big toe. Does that sound familiar to anyone? The high priest and his sons were also anointed in that way. To me, this is like a picture that the person is being accepted back into the covenant that YHVH made with Israel.
- The leper was also anointed with oil. This immediately reminds me of how a king is anointed. This gives me a picture of someone who is not only forgiven, but has been given a special task to accomplish. When YHVH forgives, He not only removes our sin far from us, but He replaces it with purpose. Praise YHVH!
Levi is so tiny compared to Gramps’ big hands.
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