Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Almost Every US President Related to King John of England

Using both male and female ancestry a 12 year old girl has linked every US president but one to the former King of England as they are all of the same bloodline and one common ancestor. It’s the first family tree of it’s kind according to the report, linking the presidents to the signer of the Magna Carta, John “Lackland” Plantagenet the King of England in the year 1166.  Pretty interesting.

To fing out more about the US Presidents see - http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents

To find out more about John Plantagenet see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John,_King_of_England

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 29 ~ Memory Verse

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all liberally and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Guest Post - Are You An Antinomian? by Mike Hensen

Are you an ANTINOMIAN?

Websters Definition of ANTINOMIAN:
one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation.

Those who believe that the 10 commandment laws were nailed to the cross (stake) and therefore do not have to be kept are ANTINOMIANS (against the law).

2 Thessalonians 7_10
For the mystery of LAWLESSNESS is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
And then the LAWLESS one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming.
The coming of the LAWLESS one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders
and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Once again we need to review what the Bible defines as SIN.

1John 3:4
"Every one who commits sin is guilty of LAWLESSNESS; sin is LAWLESSNESS".

Sin is breaking the 10 commandment laws of God, now remember what the apostle James says about keeping the WHOLE law;
James 2:10
"For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it".

By not keeping the 4th Commandment (Remember the Sabbath day (7th day), to keep it Holy) you have become guilty of breaking ALL 10 commandments.

1John 5:3
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome".

Is following the 'traditions of your fathers' (sun-day worship) which began in Babylon, more important to you than showing God that you love Him?.....Remember, we are talking about your eternal life here, are you willing to keep your traditions, which can't be found in scripture, over the sure word of God?

Mark 7:8
"You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men."

Our time is running out fast and soon it will be too late and you will seal your fate......think about it...


First shared by Mike Hensen.

To find out more on Antinomianism see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antinomianism

Friday, April 26, 2013

Isaiah 5:8-10

Woe to those who join house to house;
They add field to field,
Till there is no place
Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
9 In my hearing the Lord of hosts said,
“Truly, many houses shall be desolate,
Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,
And a homer of seed shall yield one ephah.”
Isaiah 5:8-10

Monday, April 22, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 23 ~ Memory Verse

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Adonai (master) and not to men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
for you serve the Adonai Ha Mashiach (master, the Messiah).

Colossians 3:23-24

3XB Three By Bunker - Released on Amazon Today!

Michael Bunker has published a collection of 3 short fiction stories to entertain us.  While I have not yet read them, I am eager to get this book and spend some hours there.

I really enjoyed reading Surviving Off Off Grid, which challenged us to move towards sustainability, and not continue dependence on the system.  While many who foresee trouble ahead have purchased their freezedried foods and generators, most have no experience with planting and harvesting a garden, milking a cow, and putting up foods for long term storage.  Michael Bunker urges us to think PAST the initial collapse. How can we truly survive unless we know HOW to produce our own needs??

I was also able to enjoy W1CK, a fictional story about a possible collapse situation.  I will say that even following Michael's blog and day to day posts, I was surprised by this book.  It was not what I expected and had twists and turns that I did not see coming.  While I finished it in just a couple of days, my mind was lingering in it for weeks.

Reading is one of my favorite pasttimes.  And Michael Bunker's books truly offer a different perspective and enlightening outlook.

Amazon description - 
#NaNoWri War Z, a Novelette A government experiment in creating super-soldiers goes awry when a new virus is tested on a struggling independent writer from Leeds, and now peculiar zombies are on the loose in London and they are only eating good writers. As bad writers struggle to be validated by being eaten by zombies... who refuse to eat them... will England be left without any good writers at all? Will the country become just another France? #NaNoWri War Z is a short book written by Michael Bunker during the real #NaNoWriWee competition in about 20 hours.

PENNSYLVANIA, a short story and first entry in the Pennsylvania series Jedidiah Troyer signed up for an emigration program that is colonizing the planet of New Pennsylvania. He just wants to start a farm and homestead on some affordable land in a new Amish community on a distant planet. Space pioneering isn't as easy as it sounds when you're "plain." Things might work out for Jed... if he can ever get to his new home.

FUTURITY, a short novel Everyone wants to travel to the past. Not Malcolm. He wants to go into the future... and he's just found out that Dr. Paulsen, Professor of Optics at Rochester-Finney University has figured out how to do it. Malcolm is a third year physics student and a gamer. He's about to get more than he ever bargained for and he's going to take you along for the ride.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Shelter in Place, ie Sucks To Be Unprepared

Michael Bunker shared today,
"So, if the question is 'Can a large American city be militarily taken over and martial law imposed within 16 hours', the answer is, 'Yes.'"

I sure hope Boston-ites have some supplies put up for this unforeseeable incident.  Anyone attempting a quick jaunt to the grocery store for milk will regret it.

Photos were originally shared at OffGridSurvival.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 19 ~ Memorizing the Books of the Bible

This will probably take us a few days.  But the songs are fun and very upbeat and I am sure they will help them sink in our brains and make our bible reading easier when we know where to find each book.

"These are the books of the Bible, the Wonderful Books of the Bible.  It's a letter from God that sets everyone free! A gift for you, for me!"

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 18 ~ Memory Verse

Galatians 5:22-23

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Micha'el Ben David Singing Psalm 40

Weekly Bible Reading ~ Ephesians 6 ~ The Armor of God

Our Homeschool focuses on a section of scripture at a time.  I will share the resources I use for my own personal bible study and those I use to help my children understand and enjoy the bible story.

Ephesians 6 - The Armor of God

NKJV Ephesians 6

Sacred Name Bible Ephesians 6

Hebrew Interlinear for Hebrew Scriptures Ephesians 6

Matthew Henry Commentary on Ephesians 6

Printables, Coloring and Notebooking Pages
Practical Pages shares these beautiful printables!
For Girls

For Boys


I also utilize several children's bible story books.


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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Day of the Lord

As I began to study this topic, I began to realize that I would need a list to even truly start.  I will not say this is exhaustive.  These are the scriptures that I found that pertain to the Day of the Lord, ie End Times, End of Days, Coming of the King, Armageddon.  If you know of a section of scripture that I did not include, please share that.  Below I also included some teachings and other resources that I will consider after reading the word.  I share my list because I was UNABLE to find a comprehensive list of these scriptures online.

May your study of the word be blessed and may the Ruach Ha Kodesh write the word in your heart as your put your eyes and ear to it. <3

Scriptures that speak of the Day of the Lord

Isaiah 2
Isaiah 13
Isaiah 34

Jeremiah 46

Lamentations 2

Ezekiel 13
Ezekiel 30

Daniel 7-12

Joel 1-3

Amos 5

Obadiah 1

Zephaniah 1-2

Zechariah 14

Malachi 4

Matthew 24
Matthew 25
Luke 21

Acts 2

1 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 1

1 Thessalonians 5

2 Peter 3


Teachings on these readings that we might consider - 

119 Ministries
End of Days Part 1 - Yahweh's Prophetic Calendar
End of Days - Part 2 - Confirming the Covenant
End of Days part 3 - the Bloodmoon Tetrads and the Greater Exodus
The End of Days - Part 4 - Daniel Unsealed
End of Days - Part 5 -Blow the Trumpet!
End of Days Part 6 - The First Five Trumpets
End of Days - Part 7 - The Last Daze

Passion for Truth Ministries
The End of the Age Part 1- Understanding Prophecy
The End of the Age Part 2- Understanding Prophecy
The End of the Age Part 3- Understanding Prophecy
The End of the Age Part 4 - The Rapture
The End of the Age Part 5 - The Afterlife

J. Vernon McGee
Revelation Bible Study - Dr J Vernon McGee
War of Armageddon - Sermon by J. Vernon Mcgee

Other great resources we might use to consider this topic -

Matthew Henry's Complete Bible Commentary Online

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Online

Counting the Omer Day 16 ~ Memory Verse

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:4

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Challenge To You

I have a challenge for you, those who are believers in the scriptures....

Many of you have told me, "That is nice that you observe the Sabbath, but I don't feel I have to."

Many of you have told me, "That is nice that you celebrate the Bible Feasts, but I don't feel I have to."

Many of you have told me, "We don't have to obey the law."

You admit there is nothing scripturally hindering me or anyone from celebrating and studying the Biblical Feasts.

So I have a simple challenge for you.

Let us pick ONE Holy Day from the scriptures.  Let us say Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, simply because it is the next feast coming up.  This year this Holy Day begins at sun set on May 18th, and continues to sun set on May 19th.  Until then, Jews, Messianics, and Torah Observant Christians are 'Counting the Omer' (omer: a tenth of a ephah of flour or grain that was given daily during this season) as the bible directed in anticipation of this beautiful, joyful gift from YHWH.

I challenge you to join me, or do this with your own family.  Observe, and celebrate this ONE Holy Day of the bible in ALL of it's fullness.

Read the story of the Israelites receiving the written Law on stone at Mt Sinai. - Exodus 19-20:21, 24, 32,33
Read the story of the Ruth and the Kinsman Redeemer. - http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=ruth&qs_version=NKJV
Read the story of the Disciples receiving the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), who would write the Law on our hearts. - Ezekiel 3:1-3, Jeremiah 31:31-40, Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 11, 2 Corinthians 3, Hebrews 8, 9, 12  (I bet there are more :) )
Read this great commentary that includes historical points that we might not know about, and how some of these scriptures and practices point to our beloved Messiah -  http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Shavuot/shavuot.html

Stay up late reading the scriptures.  Rise and immediately pray and praise YHWH for the giving of His word and pray that He writes it in YOUR heart.
Eat a special meal that includes a dish made with milk and honey, in celebration of entering the promised land and the hope of entering the Kingdom of YHWH.  As you feast remember that the word of YHWH is like milk to us, and that it is sweet like honey to those who receive it.

I challenge you.

Just ONE Holy Day.

See if it does not light a fire in your soul, and spark a joyful song in your mouth.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 14 ~ Memory Verse

All things were made through Him,
and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:3

Friday, April 12, 2013

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Praised be God, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, compassionate Father, God of all encouragement and comfort; 4 who encourages us in all our trials, so that we can encourage others in whatever trials they may be undergoing with the encouragement we ourselves have received from God.

5 For just as the Messiah’s sufferings overflow into us, so through the Messiah our encouragement also overflows. 6 So if we undergo trials, it is for your encouragement and deliverance; and if we are encouraged, that should encourage you when you have to endure sufferings like those we are experiencing. 7 Moreover, our hope for you remains staunch, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, you will also share in the encouragement.

8 For, brothers, we want you to know about the trials we have undergone in the province of Asia. The burden laid on us was so far beyond what we could bear that we even despaired of living through it. 9 In our hearts we felt we were under sentence of death. However, this was to get us to rely not on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead! 10 He rescued us from such deadly peril, and he will rescue us again! The one in whom we have placed our hope will indeed continue to rescue us. 11 And you must add your help by praying for us; for the more people there are praying, the more people there will be to give thanks when their prayer for us is answered.

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (CJB)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 12 ~ Memory Verse John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ELOHIYM, and the Word was EL.

John 1:1

Psalms of YHVH Youtube Playlist

A friend shared this playlist with me today.  Absolutely gorgeous and powerful praising songs, Psalms of YHVH.  May they uplift your own hands and heart to Him today as well.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 11 ~ Memory Verse

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

Matthew 7:7

Monday, April 8, 2013

Counting the Omer Day 9 ~ Memory Verse

Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah,
he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Friday, April 5, 2013

Guest Post - Time is up. I am no longer withholding My hand from My judgments.

Oh My people, why?  Why do you still go on with business as usual?  I have warned and I have warned for My people who are called by My name to repent of your lukewarmness, complacency and conformity to this world.  Oh, My people, you do not know nor understand the gravity of what is about to strike.  Millions, I say, MILLIONS shall lose their lives when this thing happens.  Woe unto those who are at ease in Zion.  For now the sinners in Zion shall be afraid.

Did I not warn you of these things in My word?  Do you not perceive that you are in the last days that My word speaks about?

Oh, My people, why?  Why do many of you not take My judgments to heart?  I will tell you why.  It is because you are a backslidden people and do not desire My holiness.  You have set up for yourselves teachers and prophets that speak lies of comfort to you.  But I tell you now, unless you all repent before me now, many of you too shall be swept up with the wicked when this thing happens.

Oh, but many of you say in your heart, “I am a Christian and therefore I am not appointed unto the wrath of God”.  Oh you foolish ones!  Who has bewitched you to believe such lies?  Do you not know that My wrath is stored up for all the wicked in heart?  Do you not know that My word tells you that My wrath is against ALL unrighteousness?  Therefore, if you do wickedness, do not tell yourselves that you shall not see My wrath.  For I am a HOLY God and I shall take vengeance against ALL unholiness.

Oh, My dear little ones, can you not perceive My heart crying out to you all to repent?  It is not My desire to bring judgment.  For I desire mercy over judgment.  But it is because of your wicked ways that I must do this thing.  For does not My word say that if those who are called by My name would humbles themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I shall heal their land?  Oh yes, many of you pray for Me to heal and protect your land.  But where is your repentance?  Where is your turning from your wicked ways? Many of My people are no different from those of the world.  And for this reason, I shall judge ALL the land and begin with My house.

Oh yes, you have heard Me right.  I shall judge MY people even more harshly than those of the world.  For you, My little ones, know the truth, though many of you deny My holiness for yourselves and those around you.  Oh you wicked and perverse generation.  Do you not discern the times that you live in?   It is now time that I shall fulfill My word.  And I now declare that I shall come down as a consuming fire.  And who of you can stand in this day of My coming?

Oh, but many of you have said in your heart that you shall be raptured at My coming.  Oh foolish ones, have you not read My word?  I never said I was going to take you out of the earth.  When I do come in physical form for all to see, it shall NOT be pleasant for those on the earth that have not been cleansed by My fires of purification.  For I will gather those left on the earth that have made themselves pure through the fires of My tribulation upon the earth.  And then a fiery destruction for all those that are not joined with Me.
Those of you that think that you are My bride and yet do not reflect My holiness are fools of your own choosing.  For My bride shall be spotless and without ANY blemish of man’s stench of flesh.  You who think that I will take you as My bride while you are but flesh are foolish and do not have the truth of My word.  For My word declares that what is corruptible shall NOT inherit the incorruptible.  Oh you are foolish ones to believe anything contrary to this truth.

But I tell you all now, repent and get right with Me and maybe, just maybe, I shall relent and turn and leave a blessing with you instead.  Oh, but many of you say that you are already blessed in Me because you call upon My name.  Again, I say to you, “FOOLS”.  You do not study My word to show yourselves approved unto Me.  For I am not concerned with the words of your mouth as much as I am your heart.  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  And many of you call upon My name with an unrepented heart.  Do you really think that I shall hear your prayers?  Do you not know that it is a broken and contrite heart that I shall not despise?  But I shall turn a deaf ear to the prayers of those that regard iniquity in their hearts.
Oh, My little children, I come to you all this day with truth.  And many of you find My words hard to bear.  This is because you have followed after lies and not My truth.  The prophets and teachers that many of you follow are of the devil.  They lie to you for gain and many of you love to have it so.

Oh, My precious ones, can you not see the seriousness of this warning to you all?  Time is up.  I am no longer withholding My hand from My judgments.  Oh, but many of you say that I no longer judge.  Well to those who say this, I say to you this day, “Lullaby and Goodnight”.  May you keep on sleeping unto your death…….

Oh, but many of you say that this warning is not of God for God would not speak like this to His children.  Oh foolish ones.  You do not have, nor do you seek after the fear of the Lord.  For if you truly had fear of Me, you would not tell yourselves such lies but would fall on your knees instead.

But I tell you now, many of you, I say, MANY of you will reject this last warning of Mine to repent.  And so I say to those mocking this word of Mine, “Get ready to meet your God and Maker.  And when you do, it shall not be pleasant for you.  For I will declare to you, “Depart from Me for I never knew you”.  And then you shall both realize and accept the fear of the Lord.  But as I said, it shall not be pleasant for you…….
Repent, My people.  Time is short.  It is now just a matter of time before this thing strikes.  I love you all, My dear ones and do not desire that any of you perish.  So I say again “REPENT”, before it is too late……

First Posted on April 1, 2013 by Kevin Barrett at Hear His Heart.

Note: The author of this word is NOT the Kevin Barrett that has converted to Islam, is affiliated with the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance (MUJCA) and political activism of this nature.  Having read much of the author's blog, I feel that he is a true believer and that this word is indeed inspired.

A Quick Note, "YAY!"

I just checked my plum wine that has been doing it's stuff for about 9 months now.  Yes, I know, that is SUPER long.  But it really seemed like it wasn't working out.

It tastes AWESOME!

Like a dry white with a touch of plum taste afterwards.

I am thrilled.

I will bottle it up later tonight and share pictures. :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I Will Show You My Faith...

James 2:14-26

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that FAITH was working TOGETHER WITH his WORKS, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and NOT BY FAITH ONLY.

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Counting the Omer Day 4 ~ Memory Verse

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;"
Proverbs 3:5

Whose Holy Days Are You Celebrating???

Of course you know that people around the world celebrate many days of the year, and use many specific practices and rituals for each.

Would it surprise you to know that in ancient Israel, long before Christ, the bible reports women baked cakes in the spring in celebration?  And that even then people dyed eggs?

Would it surprise you that in the dark of winter, people would bedeck themselves in their finest clothing and have huge feasts and exchange gifts for 12 days?

Would it surprise you to know that TODAY Wiccans and Satanists, Pagans and Atheists and Christians, around the world celebrate these two feasts, Easter and Christmas, also known as Ostara and Saturnalia, with LITTLE difference in practices from household to household?

These links are to the google search only.  It will pull up the google images search of their holidays calendar.

Did you know that these feasts are CLEARLY spoken of against in the scriptures?  Jeremiah 7:18, Jeremiah 10:1-5, Deuteronomy 12:30

Did you know that the Bible CLEARLY gives us Holy Days to celebrate that are pleasing to God? Leviticus 23

Would it surprise you to know that Yeshua was crucified on the exact day that the Passover Lamb was to be slain as a blood covering for the people of YHWH?  That he rose on First Fruits, becoming the perfect providence of YHWH for His people?  That the Holy Spirit was poured onto the disciples on Shavuot to write the Law on their hearts of flesh, the very day that they were to celebrate the giving of the Torah on stone tablets from Mt. Sinai?

This will also pull up the google images of the Feasts of the Lord calendar.  One example is shown here.

As you learn these amazing prophetic points of the Feasts that are given to us by YHWH in His Holy Scriptures, you may begin to consider... is there more to these Holy Days that I have missed?

Consider the Feast of Trumpets.... Celebrating the coming of a King and His army with the blowing of trumpets.

Yom Kippur... fasting and repentance before the Book of Life is closed.

Sukkot, the Festival of Booths.... Living in temporary structures, in joy and celebration, structures that are beautified and decorated to look like a Wedding Sukkah.

They may be only 'shadows' of things to come.

But at least they are not LIES from the adversary and enemy of our souls.

Never compromise.
Never accept second best.


You can learn more about this topic from these great resources....

Truth or Tradition by Passion For Truth Ministries

Sunburned by 119 Ministries Part 1
Sunburned by 119 Ministries Part 2

Appointed Times by Hebrew for Christians


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tobiah's Story

The picture above is the hand of a local woman's baby lost in utero at 16 weeks. She shared her story with us to pass along to all of you.

Here is our story.

On January 3, 2013 I went for my routine 16 week prenatal appointment. My nurse practitioner put the doppler on my belly but she could not get a heart beat. She was hoping it was just her. I was sent to the hospital to undergo a STAT ultrasound. By this point, my husband had joined me. He wasn't with me at my routine appointment because who would have thought that this would happen. We have 3 healthy children. The ultrasound technician proceeded with the ultrasound and just moments after the wand touched my belly my husband shook his head. He knew that our baby had passed. We had an awesome ultrasound technician who let us see our baby and what he looked like. That was the day we found out we were going to have a boy or at least that was the suspicion. She also printed out a beautiful profile picture for us. Within an hour, my nurse practitioner called my cell phone and confirmed what we had already observed....we had lost our baby. Our next step that same day, was to meet with the OB and discuss our options. We thought a D+C would be the most likely route. Our follow up appointment was for 1pm. Little did we know when speaking with the OB that we would have to deliver our baby. The plan was to show up at the hospital on Friday morning and start the process of induction. We asked the doctor to perform another ultrasound that morning because we were very pro life regardless of what we had seen. Plus, we know that God can work miracles.
We arrived at the hospital the next day, January 4th at 6am. I reminded that admitting nurse about our request to have another ultrasound prior to the induction. Our OB came in the room about 7:30am and repeated the ultrasound which reaffirmed that our son had passed. So the process of induction proceeded. Our minds were clear about our decision following that second ultrasound. Life is so precious to us and we believe that life begins at conception. We delivered our baby at 5:30pm and it was confirmed that we had a son. He fit in the palm of my husbands hand. When I finally got to hold him, I remember saying "I can't believe after looking at my son that there are people who believe he is not a life." Our son had five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot. His eyes were slightly open. I had read that at 16 weeks the ear bones are forming and that a baby begins to hear. Was it possible that he had heard our voices with those tiny budding ears? We spent time holding and looking at our son. The CNA was able to get footprints so we could treasure them among our keepsakes. We named our sweet precious baby boy: Tobiah David, which means God is good and Beloved. Even though our hearts ache for a baby we will never know on this earth, we rejoice in the fact we will know him in heaven .
Isaiah 49:1 "Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name."

I have attached a photo of Tobiah's hand on my husbands index finger.


First shared by Pregnancy Help Center Kent County, Delaware

Counting the Omer Day 3 ~ Memory Verse

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

Psalm 119 ~ Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God

Psalm 119
Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God

א Aleph
119 Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
3 They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.
4 You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
5 Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
6 Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
7 I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

ב Beth
9 How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have declared
All the judgments of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.

ג Gimel
17 Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul breaks with longing
For Your judgments at all times.
21 You rebuke the proud—the cursed,
Who stray from Your commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt,
For I have kept Your testimonies.
23 Princes also sit and speak against me,
But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight
And my counselors.

ד Daleth
25 My soul clings to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
28 My soul melts from heaviness;
Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying,
And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart.

ה He
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.[a]
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
Who is devoted to fearing You.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your judgments are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me in Your righteousness.

ו Waw
41 Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—
Your salvation according to Your word.
42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I have hoped in Your ordinances.
44 So shall I keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,
And will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in Your commandments,
Which I love.
48 My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,
Which I love,
And I will meditate on Your statutes.

ז Zayin
49 Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life.
51 The proud have me in great derision,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
52 I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord,
And have comforted myself.
53 Indignation has taken hold of me
Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I remember Your name in the night, O Lord,
And I keep Your law.
56 This has become mine,
Because I kept Your precepts.

ח Heth
57 You are my portion, O Lord;
I have said that I would keep Your words.
58 I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;
Be merciful to me according to Your word.
59 I thought about my ways,
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I made haste, and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have bound me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy;
Teach me Your statutes.

ט Teth
65 You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
For I believe Your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
68 You are good, and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease,
But I delight in Your law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

י Yod
73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
74 Those who fear You will be glad when they see me,
Because I have hoped in Your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,
According to Your word to Your servant.
77 Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;
For Your law is my delight.
78 Let the proud be ashamed,
For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood;
But I will meditate on Your precepts.
79 Let those who fear You turn to me,
Those who know Your testimonies.
80 Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes,
That I may not be ashamed.

ך Kaph
81 My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.
82 My eyes fail from searching Your word,
Saying, “When will You comfort me?”
83 For I have become like a wineskin in smoke,
Yet I do not forget Your statutes.
84 How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?
85 The proud have dug pits for me,
Which is not according to Your law.
86 All Your commandments are faithful;
They persecute me wrongfully;
Help me!
87 They almost made an end of me on earth,
But I did not forsake Your precepts.
88 Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.

ל Lamed
89 Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
You established the earth, and it abides.
91 They continue this day according to Your ordinances,
For all are Your servants.
92 Unless Your law had been my delight,
I would then have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have given me life.
94 I am Yours, save me;
For I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me,
But I will consider Your testimonies.
96 I have seen the consummation of all perfection,
But Your commandment is exceedingly broad.

ם Mem
97 Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

ן Nun
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106 I have sworn and confirmed
That I will keep Your righteous judgments.
107 I am afflicted very much;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
108 Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord,
And teach me Your judgments.
109 My life is continually in my hand,
Yet I do not forget Your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, to the very end.

ס Samek
113 I hate the double-minded,
But I love Your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in Your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
For I will keep the commandments of my God!
116 Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold me up, and I shall be safe,
And I shall observe Your statutes continually.
118 You reject all those who stray from Your statutes,
For their deceit is falsehood.
119 You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross;
Therefore I love Your testimonies.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of You,
And I am afraid of Your judgments.

ע Ayin
121 I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Be surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the proud oppress me.
123 My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation
And Your righteous word.
124 Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy,
And teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant;
Give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies.
126 It is time for You to act, O Lord,
For they have regarded Your law as void.
127 Therefore I love Your commandments
More than gold, yes, than fine gold!
128 Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things
I consider to be right;
I hate every false way.

פ Pe
129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Look upon me and be merciful to me,
As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
133 Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
136 Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
Because men do not keep Your law.

ץ Tsadde
137 Righteous are You, O Lord,
And upright are Your judgments.
138 Your testimonies, which You have commanded,
Are righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeal has consumed me,
Because my enemies have forgotten Your words.
140 Your word is very pure;
Therefore Your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
Yet Your commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting;
Give me understanding, and I shall live.

ק Qoph
145 I cry out with my whole heart;
Hear me, O Lord!
I will keep Your statutes.
146 I cry out to You;
Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
147 I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help;
I hope in Your word.
148 My eyes are awake through the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.
149 Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
O Lord, revive me according to Your justice.
150 They draw near who follow after wickedness;
They are far from Your law.
151 You are near, O Lord,
And all Your commandments are truth.
152 Concerning Your testimonies,
I have known of old that You have founded them forever.

ר Resh
153 Consider my affliction and deliver me,
For I do not forget Your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes.
156 Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to Your judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies,
Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.
158 I see the treacherous, and am disgusted,
Because they do not keep Your word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

שׁ Shin
161 Princes persecute me without a cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
162 I rejoice at Your word
As one who finds great treasure.
163 I hate and abhor lying,
But I love Your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
166 Lord, I hope for Your salvation,
And I do Your commandments.
167 My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You.

ת Tau
169 Let my cry come before You, O Lord;
Give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my supplication come before You;
Deliver me according to Your word.
171 My lips shall utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness.
173 Let Your hand become my help,
For I have chosen Your precepts.
174 I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
And let Your judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
Seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments.

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