Sleep… This word has been on my mind this weekend. During this time of “unrest” and “pause” (although the pause seems to be ending), I actually had trouble sleeping at times. So much to process, so much to consider…

And yet, sleep is important to our bodies. I was reminded of this after a sleep over my girls hosted this past weekend. I remember the days of being able to stay up until 3 am… This time it affected me. I felt slow and groggy in the morning.

Sleep. We all need it. God commands us to take a day of rest. He may not slumber or sleep, but our physical bodies require it.

There are many verses about sleep. Here are a few:

Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

One of my favorites is Psalm 127:2 In vain do you get up early and put off going to bed, working hard to earn a living; for he provides for his beloved, even when they sleep.

A Promise that HE never sleeps…

Psalm 121:3-4 He will not let your foot slip —your guardian is not asleep. No, the guardian of Isra’el never slumbers or sleeps.

Do you put off going to bed? Do you get up early thinking it will “bring you wealth?” Getting up early is okay, but when we do it for the wrong reasons and with the wrong understanding about WHO is providing for us, than why rise early? The verse in Psalms tells us that HE provides even when we sleep!

I truly believe that if we are TRUSTING Him, than HE does provide! HE takes care of those who follow Him. I’m not saying, “Don’t work.” The Word of God is clear that we are not to be lazy. However, too much work is also unhealthy. Too much activity, and constantly being on the go, takes a toll on our bodies.

As we prepare to enter another Shabbat, remind yourself that YOU are important and that your body NEEDS rest. Don’t try to “plow through” another event or crazy schedule because you think you have to be a part of ALL that is out there.

The “quarantine” happened for a reason. It should show us that we don’t HAVE to participate in everything. It should show us that we can have time for “us.” You don’t have to be involved in everything around you. You need time for YOU!

Shabbat Shalom…

Enjoy some sleep!

Rose Horton

Tzizits and Healing

Today I want to link you back to a daily blog I have started. Back in April I decided to begin in the book of Matthew and use a few verses a day as a devotional. When I can, I explain Hebrew/Jewish insight that I hope brings clarity to the passage. I share the link daily on my FB wall, but wanted to give you as readers the opportunity to read along as well.
The link below should take you to one about the woman healed by touching the “hem” of Jesus’ garment. It is always one of my favorites because of a site in Israel called Magdala that has an amazing painting depicting this scene. I’m trying to find the picture and it is proving to be difficult!
This writing is actually a bit longer than most of them, but I hope you will take time to explore the blogs and catch up on the book of Matthew. Most are short and an easy read. Thanks for following along on this journey with me. Praying it is a blessing to you.

Shabbat Shalom,Rose

This is a link to a devotional book I put together. Most of 2019 I was using a verse a day and writing about it. Often I had a short video to go along with it. I finished the writing project late 2019 and published it on Amazon.

House Of Peace

Whenever you enter a house, first say, ‘Shalom!’ to the household. If a seeker of shalom is there, your ‘Shalom!’ will find its rest with him; and if there isn’t, it will return to you. Stay in that same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for a worker deserves his wages — don’t move about from house to house.” —Luke 10:5-7

Peace, Shalom… Something we all desire, especially right now as there is so much chaos happening in many places.

My first thought as I sat down to write tonight was the word, “home.” When I began looking for verses about “home,” many were listed, but the ones above caught my eye.

I have heard comments from different people about the “House of peace.” I have actually heard people say that when they enter a new city/village they search for the “house of peace.” They search for a place that they are welcomed. A place they can join in and become family.

The times we live in should cause us to make our homes places of peace. We should desire to be a safe place for people to rest and find nourishment for their souls. We should be a secure haven for those who need a place to hide from the turmoil in the world around them.

I am not suggesting that we invite just anyone or everyone into our homes. We need to be wise. However, we have become people who “hide out” and never invite anyone in. I don’t believe that was God’s intent, or His heart.

The challenge for us today is to ask HIM for wisdom, and then follow through with actions. Actions that bring LIFE and LIGHT to our communities. Actions that bring PEACE and comfort to those who are hurting.

Offer a cup of coffee or tea. It doesn’t take much to make one. Pray with someone. Even better, laugh with someone! The world needs all of this right now.

Be a house of peace… be the respite that this crazy world needs.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Chaos And The Body

Chaos… I may not live in the US, but I have been reading all of the posts from my friends, hearing about a friends granddaughter who was assaulted, and restaurants torn apart. This is chaos. The world is going a bit crazy…

We must find ourselves grounded in His Words and His Promises. Chaos may not be something God wants to have happen, but He does say it will happen. I found this interesting verse in Proverbs:

Proverbs 16:4 Adonai made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of disaster. (CJB)

The Lord works everything together to accomplish his purpose.

Even the wicked are included in his plans—he sets them aside for the day of disaster. (TPT)

Obviously God knew that there would be a day of disaster. The wicked, crazily enough, are part of this day. Lately we have seen many “days of disaster.” It is a bit overwhelming. I don’t watch the news, but just reading about what is happening is enough to fill me with sadness.

Everyone is going to respond differently to the situation. Some people will “fight” and some will pray. Some will stay at home, and some will go out and help.

We have different personalities. We are different body parts in the family of God. I often feel like we have forgotten this. We begin to demand that others act like us. We begin to criticize those who don’t “act like us.”

As we face these times, we must WORK together as a BODY. Don’t force someone to go participate in a protest if they are not led by the Spirit. Maybe they are supposed to stay home and care for a neighbor. Don’t criticize someone who chooses to go join a protest. Maybe they will be able to calm an angry person and destabilize a potential crazy situation.

We should encourage one another to listen to the Spirit and follow what He says. Take time to engage with those around you and be there to help as you are able. We need to be HIS HOPE in the middle of the chaos…

Adonai made everything for its purpose… The Lord works everything together to accomplish his purpose.

This is what I needed to be reminded of. This is what I needed to hear. I pray that this simple, yet profound verse, reminds you that GOD is in control. That God KNOWS what is happening.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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God’s Amazing Grace

God’s Grace…

We have all heard it taught over and over. We have sung Amazing Grace so many times we probably don’t even think about the words anymore. And yet, His Grace is exactly what we are supposed to be thankful for!

Grace… is it sufficient for you? Is it a sweet sound to you? Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound!

So many verses about GRACE in the Word of God. Here are two of many…

Isaiah 54:8 I was angry for a moment and hid my face from you; but with everlasting grace I will have compassion on you,”says Adonai your Redeemer.

Titus 2:11 For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people.

God’s Grace is woven throughout the entire Word of God. God, even when He was angry, when repentance occurred – He extended grace. It truly has appeared to all people.

The song Amazing Grace has been on my mind this weekend. Our family friend, Steph Carse, did this beautiful rendition and I believe it will bless you.

Do your best to truly soak in the words and let them bless you. Don’t just “sing it” or “listen just to listen.” The words are truly powerful.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now am found

Was blind but now I see

Was Grace that taught my heart to fear

And Grace, my fears relieved

How precious did that Grace appear

The hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares

We have already come

T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far

And Grace will lead us home

The Lord has promised good to me,

His Word my hope secures;

He will my Shield and Portion be,

As long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we’d first begun.

—John Newton pub. 1779

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Rock Of Ages

Holy Spirit is still placing hymns on my heart. In this time of continued rest, He has been bringing to my mind reminders of His grace and mercy. Reminders of His LOVE for me.

Exodus 33:22 When my glory passes by, I will put you inside a crevice in the rock and cover you with my hand, until I have passed by.

This is what Adonai told Moses when Moses “begged to see God’s glory.” God protected Moses. God wanted Moses to know that He would take care of Him, so He placed him in a rock cleft until He passed by.

Isaiah 32:2 A man will be like a refuge from the wind, like protection from a storm, like streams of water on arid ground, like a rock cliff shading a weary land.

Today I have been singing Rock of Ages. The world has been “shut down” for a couple months now. Less travel by many people. Most have not even had work. Families have been forced to be “hidden in their homes.”

The words to this hymn bring the reminder that God has us “hidden” with Him. He alone is my Savior and He alone is my firm foundation. He alone is the Man Who is shading me in a weary land.

As the world begins to “open up” again, stop and find a way to make sure HE is your Rock and that you are hiding in Him. Just TRUST Him and understand that HE is there to protect you.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee;

let the water and the blood,

from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure;

save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross I cling;

naked, come to thee for dress;

helpless, look to thee for grace;

foul, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,

when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown,

see thee on thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee.

—Augustus Montague Toplady 1763

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Blessed Assurance

What a wonderful, uplifting promise from our Father. We have the CONFIDENCE that He LOVES US! Then we just want to PRAISE HIM for ALL He is doing!

When I submit to Him, I have peace. When I TRUST in Him, I have delight! I will KNOW that He loves me!

Isaiah 32:17 The effect of righteousness will be peace; the result of righteousness, quiet trust forever.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.

This week God has been placing this song on my heart. He LOVES me no matter what.

I am the HEIR of His salvation. I have been PURCHASED by Him! When I submit to His will and His ways, than ALL is at rest. When I am IN Him, than I am happy and blest!

Let HIS Love wash over you. Know that you are HIS. Than praise Him and Thank Him ALL the day long!

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine

O, what a foretaste of glory divine

Heir of salvation, purchase of God

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

Praising my Savior, all the day long

This is my story, this is my song

Perfect submission, perfect delight

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight Angels descending, bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love

Perfect submission, all is at rest

I in my Savior am happy and blessed Watching and waiting, looking above

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

Frances J. Crosby 1873

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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What A Friend

What a friend…

Jesus calls us His friends. He wants to be with us so much that He desires us to be His friends.

John 15:15 – I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

We are separated from friends right now. Things are beginning to reopen, but we have not had the contact with most people like we are used too. We might not have the ability to truly share with a friend because we can’t meet for coffee. It isn’t as easy to share via text or video calls. I am thankful for this technology, but it just is not the same as actually being with someone physically.

My thoughts as I write this are drawn to WHO He wants to be for me. WHO He wants to be for you!  We do need to have a healthy “fear” of God, but we also must recognize that He sent Jesus, His Son, for a reason. He brought Him to earth to dwell among us. When He dwelt among the people He became their friend.

Remember, He left us Holy Spirit, so we still have His Presence with us. We might not be able to see Him, but we can feel Him and know He is with us, just like a friend.

Take heart today and let Him be your friend. The hymn “What a Friend we Have in Jesus” reminds us of all His Promises for us. Listen and let it bless you, then take all your burdens to Him in prayer.

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh what peace we often forfeit

Oh what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” is a Christian hymn originally written by preacher Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother, who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. (basic information from Wikipedia)

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

I put two links in, one for a basic hymn of worship and one done by a young lady with a verse that I have not heard before, but that I enjoyed.

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My Jesus I Love Thee

I pulled out some “old” CD’s the other day and started listening to them. One of the songs was “My Jesus I Love Thee.” I had to stop and ask myself, “In the midst of this time of stopping and resting, when it sometimes is hard to see what is to come, can I truly say, ‘My Jesus I Love Thee?”

We are told many times in the Bible to:

Deuteronomy 6:5 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.

So often we focus on the love God has for us and we tend to “forget” that the first commandment is to “LOVE the Lord your God…” We sing songs that remind us of all He has done for us, but we fail to sing a love song back to Him.

This hymn does that. I see it as a love song to Jesus. We give Him the glory He deserves when we sing it. We truly worship Him.

From the little bit of research I did about this hymn, I found out that it was written by a young man who was either 12 or 16 when he wrote it. He died at the age of 27 (Wikipedia did not say cause of death). Obviously this young man had thoughts of seeing Christ and loving Him in every circumstance that he faced. He knew the Promises of mansions and endless glory.

Are we holding to those Promises? Are we ready to LOVE with ALL the breath we have?

May this hymn bring refreshing LOVE to your soul and may you SING with everything you have to the Creator Who LOVES YOU! By bringing Him honor and worship YOU will be blessed in return.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

My Jesus, I Love Thee

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;

For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.

My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,

And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.

I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,

And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;

And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,

I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;

I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

William Ralph Featherston, 1864

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I Surrender All…

During this time of rest, reflection and refreshing ourselves, we should be asking ourselves what does HE wants us to surrender? What are we to let go of? What are we to place on the altar so He can burn it up?

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding.6 In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths. (CJB)

5 Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions.With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make.Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. (TPT)

These are well-known verses, but a good reminder that when we TRUST Him, we must SURRENDER to Him our thoughts and ideas. We have to BELIEVE that HE knows what is best. His ways are higher than our ways. I know this is something we have all heard over and over, and yet… we often continue to hold on to things that HE doesn’t want us too!

As I was reflecting this morning, the song, “I Surrender All” kept playing over and over in my mind. With the world at a standstill, it is time to surrender and let go. Here are the words and a link at the end to the hymn:

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

I will ever love and trust Him

In His presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender

Humbly at His feet I bow

Worldly pleasures all forsaken

Take me Jesus take me now

I surrender all I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed Savior

I surrender all

All to Jesus I surrender

Make me Savior wholly Thine

Let me feel the Holy Spirit

Truly know that Thou art mine

All to Jesus I surrender

Lord I give myself to Thee

Fill me with Thy love and power

Let Thy blessings fall on me

All to Jesus I surrender

Now I feel the sacred flame

Oh the joy of full salvation

Glory glory to His name

—Judson W. Van DeVenter, 1896

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

The link to the song does not have all the verses, but Robin Mark is a favorite artist of mine and I love the photography in this video. You can find other versions (CeCe Winan has one too) on YouTube.

Take time today to SURRENDER to Him. FEEL the sacred flame and the JOY of HIS SALVATION. Let Him FILL you with LOVE and POWER. Give GLORY to HIS NAME! He is your blessed Savior.

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