Tallie’s writing mystery


If you look at the top image you will see Tallie’s handwriting practicing her letters on the words “Hug Caitlyn”. she wasn’t copying anything but just trying to spell out the words phonetically. Of course she miss-spelled a couple letters in Caitlyn’s name but the interesting thing here is that she actually wrote out the letters you see in the image below. the above image is a mirror image of what she wrote. It definitely has us thinking…this wasn’t something she consciously deliberated over and isn’t ordinarily dislexic and is only 5 years old. She regularly impresses us with her drawing ability and it’ll be interesting to watch how she grows creatively

Fear of the Lord

I have been looking for deeper understanding of some of our Christian terms and language as i suspect that for many of us the richness of meaning sometimes gets cloaked by a familiar sounding term that seems to settle a matter rather than to invite a deeper degree of probing. How many of us when asked about what “sanctification”, “holiness”, “glory of the Lord”, or “propitiation” could turn and respond with a clarifying parable or analogy, “the glory of the Lord is like…”. the revealed truth behind terms like this must be profoundly internalized before we can deliver a moving description or testimony of what they tell us about God.

Brad Jersak described a way of understanding the pattern of writing used in Torah scriptures which we can use to help us understand what is meant by the author’s when they use the phrase “fear of the Lord”. they will often use parallelism which is to pair another phrase along with “fear of the Lord” which may look like a separate idea adjacent to the first but is in fact another way of saying the first which further defines what they mean to say….

for example Dt. 10:12 says “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear
the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the
LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? ”

the first question is to ask what the Lord YOUR God asks of you. the next statement states what is required, “to fear the Lord YOUR God” (notice the term of belonging). The the subsequent phrases all serve to describe and emphasize what is meant by “fear the Lord”.

other references to explore

Dt. 6:13
Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;

Ps. 33:8
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.

Pr 8:13
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Ps 128:1
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways.

Jos 24:14
Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the
gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and
serve the LORD.

Job 28:28
And he said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.’ ”

Prov 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (contrast)

Prov 15:33
The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

When Jesus arrived on the scene of this world a common understanding of God was of God as the judge…but Jesus rarely describes God as a judge but says “I myself judge no one.” He frequently refers to God as Father. Bear in mind that God is like Jesus and vice versa, “if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father”

John 8:14-16

Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.

John 5:21-23
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

So we see from these two verses that neither the Father nor the Son are here to judge anyone, although we understand that there will be a time of judgment to come. We should understand something of the fear of the Lord by this…that God is rich in mercy, kindness and grace, self-sacrificing love and great patience…slow to anger. Fear of the Lord has nothing to do with cringing or grovelling but is more about putting trust in Him and following His way.

A Fun Rhythm Rhyme

I found a hair on my pear and i think it’s kind of rare
I got ants in my pants and it makes me want to dance
I got bling on my ring and it makes me wanna sing
Got a fly in my pie and I think i’m gonna die (it makes me wanna cry)

gotta jiggle gotta wiggle when i really start to giggle
I hug my bear without a care when I’m in my underware
Feel like lead in my bed, i can’t even raise my head
I am tired, I got fired, I drink coffee to get wired

verse omitted at Kendra’s request:

I see red in my bed and I think i might be dead

Bereans misunderstood

I caught a fiew minutes on the New Day channel with Brad Jersak being interviewed in a discussion about discernment. He pointed out a common misunderstanding about the Bereans as many today who look at developments in faith communities with a skeptic’s perspective, often criticizing other denominations, considering themselves to be like the Bereans. Brad pointed out that those people aren’t being Bereans at all because they were commended for testing the words spoken to them with open hearts. That openness to God’s word coming from “other” sources along with the diligence to test it by scripture is what makes them memorable…I think it’s about willingness to put in the effort to sort the wheat from the chaff.

God can speak from very unlikely sources and we need not be fearful or cynical in order to protect ourselves. there are many voices out there that aren’t God but it is possible to discern the difference. My experience is that it takes a steady progression in trust and faith…putting our weight on sometimes precarious feeling footholds.

Letter to a Young Man

To my nephew Tyus,
It’s a great honor to write these words of both encouragement and counsel as we invite you into the journey of manhood. Although the adventures of boyhood still fill the skies of your horizon, you have set foot today on a path that will lead quickly away from the realm of the child and on toward the calling God has been equipping you for and towards the particular influence you are meant to have in this world. I’m excited about what that will be and delighted in the young man you are becoming. I have always enjoyed watching the way you have interacted with our son and taken time to both entertain and enjoy him. Kendra and I are both proud of the kind heart God has given you and we thank him for this gift in you. Perhaps some of the gentleness and kindness of our grandpa George has been passed to you. The one thing that makes you quite different from him is how well you are able to have fun and let yourself go when the occasion arises. That is also something we appreciate about you…that you are not cold, distant and aloof like a lot of young people who are “too cool for school” and really just covering up their fear that they might be mocked or appear like a fool if they do anything peculiar that draws attention.

Your musical interest and gifting is also starting to show itself and I’m very curious to see if that becomes a growing passion in your future…no pressure though.

Explanation of Kosher requirements

this Link presents a balanced view on why God required his people to only eat certain foods…to simply say that unkosher foods are unhealthy is not the full picture and may not be true in all circumstances. Sometimes we need to resist the need to explain a directive from God in order to feel good about following it. Many things i ask my children to do or not do are beyond their comprehension yet they still must learn to obey…sometimes for their own sake, sometimes for other’s sake, sometimes for both, and sometimes because it is the law and even I don’t understand it. Here’s an excerpt from the devotional…

The laws of what is clean and what is unclean have to do with being able to participate in the Tabernacle worship system. We really do not know the reason some animals are called fit and others are not. The rabbis explain that the kosher laws belong to a category of commandment that has no rational explanation (chukim, חקים). Asking why a buffalo is kosher while a giant sloth is not kosher is like asking why the Sabbath is on the seventh day of the week and not the first day of the week or why the sun rises in the east instead of the west. Some things we have to accept simply because God says so. Who are we to question God? He decided that certain creatures are not food for His people Israel. That is completely within His prerogative.

God gave Israel the dietary laws to make them holy. Remember, the word holy does not refer to a moral/ethical quality. It means to be set apart. Israel is supposed to demonstrate to the world that it is a nation set apart for the LORD. One of the ways that the people of Israel are to do that is by maintaining a distinctive diet that, on some levels, keeps them separate from others. The distinctive requirements of the kosher diet have forced the Jewish people to cluster together in communities while limiting their potential interactions with other communities.

Some people regard the thought of eating an unclean animal as revolting. Personal taste preferences and appetites are the wrong reasons for avoiding unfit foods. Likewise, health reasons alone are not a good motivation for keeping kosher. A famous rabbi from the days just after the time of the apostles taught that a person should not say, “I think pork is disgusting.” Instead he should say, “I would certainly eat it, but My Father in heaven has forbidden me to eat of it, so I will not.”2

From First Fruits of Zion website

It’s All About to Change

I was working in my office listening to this song by Tree63 when the lyrics stood out to me and seemed to speak to my heart (or to say the words in my heart) and affirm me in our direction of faith before the Lord. Yesterday was a day that started with celebration (easter) and a great family time and then ended in emotional exhaustion as we decided to let go of an offer on our house…reluctantly, but feeling this direction from the lord. We just didn’t have a sense of peace about moving forward and God’s word to me was to “continue to walk in the path of peace I have led you in.” In the end it felt like the enemy was just wasting our time and causing upheaval in our emotions…especially Kendra. She’s so spent physically after 30 house shoppers and around 25 showings . It’s hard not to doubt our decision in that place. Yet the Lord is faithful and we will see his hand come to us and lift up our hearts. I can’t let go of this.

It’s All About to Change (Songwriters: Ellis, John Andrew)

It’s the same thing, the same dream every time
You’re running in a straight line
Speeding through the light

And you’re stronger than you’ve ever been
In a place you’ve never seen
And everything is right

And something’s calling
Something’s haunting you
And you want it – and you want it

It’s all about to change
Nothing stays the same
It’s getting closer every single day

It’s all about to change
It’ll never be the same
Any day now you will start again

And you wake, a stranger to your bed
But science tells your head
That nothing looks the same in the light

And your day’s spent looking for the dream
Is it going to come again?
Could anything be so bright?

Hear it calling
All day long
And you want it – and you want it


Don’t you wanna go, don’t you wanna go?
It’s the same thing, everytime

Well, everything you know and everything that you believe
Far away, far away