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Know thy self, know thy enemy


Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
Sun Tzu


The Art of War (Sabaton album)

The Art of War (Sabaton album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Shabbat Mevarchim opening to the Summer-holiday period

English: Members of Israeli summer youth progr...

Members of Israeli summer youth programs eCamp celebrating Shabbat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is nice that we do have longer days, Sun going under much later than in most part of they ear.

Tonight we are going into the Shabbat Mevarchim (“the Shabbat that blesses” the new month) when many all over the world shall recite a special prayer blessing the Rosh Chodesh (“Head of the Month”) of upcoming month of Tammuz, which falls on Shabbat and Sunday of next week.

We are thankful that the Most High Elohim beseeches to renew this period of time

“for life and for peace, for gladness and for joy, for deliverance and for consolation.”

Him giving us now the warmth of the sun, enabling us to enjoy the beauty of the flowers, shrubs and trees in their full glory.

After the students their examinations many shall be able to find a month of renewal of energy. From this week onwards one week after the other many people shall go on holiday, either staying at home to take some rest away from work or to go at some place to enjoy themselves, seeing other cultures or just to enjoy themselves on a beach or in the mountains.

Though we may mourn over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the breakdown in our relationship with God that this represents, we may find now some more time to take our bible to study in it. Having not to go to work for some days or weeks we not only have some more leisure time, but should find extra time to study God‘s Word.

This Sabbath we may find the opening to a period of meditation, contemplation and letting our mind and body recover from the stress at work and from the daily worries. It is the start to a period of being grateful for the blessings we receive from our Divine Maker, Him making it possible to earn our money for making daily living not to difficult. At the same time, it is also the Sabbath that “blesses” and calls forth the qualities of the coming weeks characterized by extra quality time to get in intimacy with God.

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Preceding articles

Summermonths and consumerism

Holiday making and dreaming

Going on holiday is… silence in your head

Home-stayers and their to do list

2016 Summer holiday

Allow yourself a chill-out day

Holiday time reading time

Family happiness and little things we do

Luxury

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Additional reading

  1. Holiday tolerance
  2. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality

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When you want to heal

You want to heal?

Separate the pain from the offender.
Once you get passed one, the other goes away!

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Race and Grace

When you run alone its called race, but when you run with God, its called #Grace

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Faith without risk is a contradiction


Faith without risk is a contradiction.

‘For as the body without the spirits is dead,
so faith without works is dead also.’
James 2:26

Dear God, Give me the strength to persevere in the faith
and to perform good works of faith.

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Geloof zonder risico tegenstrijdigheid
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It takes guts to leave the ruts


It takes guts to leave the ruts.
Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was fourhundred and thirty years…
and it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.’
Exodus 12:4
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Fill your hands with the Lord’s work

Fill your hands with the Lord’s work…

The most frequent Hebrew term rendered consecrate is actually a pair of words used together, “mala” (Strong’s #4390) meaning to fill and “yad” (Strong’s #3027) meaning open hand. To fill an open hand, in this context, means for the priests to be devoted to their sacred duty to God and ministering to others. In English there is an expression, “my hands are full,” meaning one is FULLY occupied. So it should be with those consecrated to God during this age. We should have our hands full in the sacred service which is our privilege.

– Br. David Rice.

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Slowing down and intentionally pursue God


In today’s culture, it’s hard to feel productive unless we’re moving fast.
We try to squeeze the most out of every moment. We listen to an informational podcast during our morning workout;
we speed read through a chapter from that business book during our morning commute;
we check our email while in the middle of a conversation.

But sometimes the most fruitful thing we can do is slow down and intentionally pursue God.

Jarrid Wilson, a speaker, blogger, and author, wrote 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, to encourage, inspire, and convict us to dive into a deeper relationship with God, even when our day seems overfull.

 

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Old world falling apart


“The old world falls apart but the new has not yet emerged.
Everything that once seemed permanent and real is revealed as a kind of hallucination.
You don’t know what to think, what to do; you don’t know what anything means anymore.
The life trajectory you had plotted out seems absurd, and you can’t imagine another one.
Everything is uncertain.
Your time frame shrinks from years to this month, this week, today, maybe even this present moment.
Without the mirage of order that once seemed to protect you and filter reality,
you feel naked and vulnerable, but also a kind of freedom.”
– Charles Epstein

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English: Water near the bottom of Rainbow Fall...

Water near the bottom of Rainbow Falls, British Columbia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Little

Eyes + Words

2/10/2017

“It’s amazing how a little

tomorrow can make up for

a whole lot of yesterday.”

– John Guare


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