Effectively Putting Hands to the Plow 

Here I am again with another post. A really short one actually.


First, I sincerely want to share the gratitude I have for my spiritual sisters. From our talks, inside jokes, rebukes, and holding each other accountable to living according to Yahweh, it has taught me so much in such a short time span in my life.

A topic we focus on this past Shabbat was being effective in A L L that we do. Whether it’s washing the dishes, helping a bethren, going to school/work, we ought to do it with a good spirit and with our all. We are not Christians. Christians focus on going to church and doing their THING there. Hebrew Israelites focus on living according to their culture daily. I must be a Hebrew at work, home, and within the presence of my assembly.
Can I be honest y’all? I hated my job so much as a caseworker, I became careless of it. I desired so much to learn to be a helpmeet at home or on a community that I began to slack in my caseload. And the Most High sure did show up about that. How Can I be an effective Hebrew everywhere I enjoyed but not in the areas I despise? No no, it doesn’t work that way. But more importantly, the POINT is, I, we, you, NEED to beacon a light wherever we go and whatever we do. 1) we represent Yahweh and He does not half step in His marvelous works. 2) we are Hebrews, we are taught to keep the Laws and love them with all our hearts. Therefore we should experience living in love and giving our selves…with all of our heart.

So sister, I encourage you to plow with all your heart. Serve your father, husband, etc with a song/psalm on your heart. Find peace in the task you despise the most and do it with love. It’s not about our feelings. You’ll eventually suck it up and be proud that you pleased the Most High Yah and your earthly master. I challenge you (whenever you read this) to make the commitment to effectively put your hand to the plow.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Master and not to men, knowing that from the Master you shall receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Master, Messiah, you serve.” ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭
“Commit your works to יהוה, And your plans shall be established.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:3

Chosen Daughter of Zion


Susie walks into Goodwill Thrift Store with a goal to find a matching living room chair for her burgundy set. Walking around the store for the 5th time, she ends up in front of the dirtiest chair on clearance for $9.50. Susie stares at the chair and smiles. “Upholstery”. She thought. She grabs it and walks to the register. As she waits in line, customers and employees walk by looking at the chair and Susie in a funk, and then back at the chair. As Susie walks to the register, the cashier mumbles under her breathe, “that chair is filthy.” Susie chuckles and says I think it’s beautiful. It has a lot of rough areas but I can put some work into it and make it brand new. “Whatever.” expresses the countenance of the cashier. The manager comes to Susie, overhearing her and says we have more of those same chairs out ready for trash tomorrow. Would you like them for free? We don’t want them. Susie agrees to see them. And when she does, she jumps for joy because it was the exact number she needed for her dining set. “I’ll pay $20 for them all. Thank you thank you thank you.”
FAST FORWARD

When Susie has family over for Sabbath service, they praise the chairs and Susie for them. “Oh, Susie, I just love coming here and sitting in such comfort.” ” Susie these are ONE of a kind, beautiful and rare.”  Those are the things they say.

Daughter of Zion of Israel, I would like to say, The Most High thinks the same for Israel. When we were chosen, it was not because our ancestors were off the chain, but it’s because we were few. (Deuteronomy 7:7). It’s nothing we did and nothing we could of ever done.


We played a whore, was rebellious but The Most High still dealt with us like a faithful Husband He is.

Daughter of Zion, you were chosen to leave your own life to walk the life that Yahweh has for you. That is in Holiness and obedience. We ought to act like it. Don’t sell yourself for short. Invest in yourself. Being set apart is far from being average. Be great and love to be great. Understand that you were bought with a price by the Most High Almighty Elohim (what!) and are being made new daily. Remember? Upholstery! That’s us!  We are not that old chair anymore. Sisters, I urge you, to walk in obedience to ALL of Yahweh’s law. Seek perfection and strive to please The Most High first in all your doings. I leave you with this:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:20‬ ‭


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Trust Yahweh and Let Him in.

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Shalom sisters, man has it been sooo long. I desire to write so many blogs but fail at completing them. I truly am not going to make an excuse and say I don’t have time. I haven’t prioritize this blog as I should. BUT. Now that I’ve told you (especially myself) that, I will be working on more frequent posts.

I don’t celebrate my birthday but I am a year older, and prior to this time I reflected a lot about my life and where I was with myself and Yahweh. I reflected on where I am and where I want to be or more so where Yahweh wants me. And I realized something. I’ve spent 20+ years trusting myself and have gotten nowhere. Jokes on my flesh, right? I live with my parents rent-free, college graduate, Master of Social Work candidate, working a job with great pay, “self-sufficient”. This is everything that “I” did because I always wanted it. This is what I defined as success. Independent black woman, right? please. I realized I spent the majority of my life trusting myself, and yes I climbed up WORLDLY ladders. But let’s be real, my self esteem was crazy low, I did not have a prayer life where the enemy knew he couldn’t mess with me, unless someone was lifting me up in prayer, I was not in peace, did not have a sound mind, bitter, mad at soo many people and myself. I mean, what wasn’t I dealing with? And it’s all because I did not Trust the Elohim Almighty. For many women in the world, this may not hit them/you (maybe) hard, if it doesn’t maybe you need to re-evaluate yourself. Seriously, do it.

Being the driver of my life for so many years, the Most High BROKE me and humbled my derriere. I truly thought I had it together, but I didn’t even have Him! WHAT?! Have mercy!!! DANGEROUS!!! Yes ma’am He humbled me cause I couldn’t do it myself. I am not going to be prideful and say I got tired anyway, because it’s nothing I did ( tearing up). If I wanted to, I could of drove my life some more, but HE helped me realized I was not going anywhere. Oh how the heart is wicked. But when the Most High chooses you, you can run as far as you want, but you have to make your choice if you will obey or be condemn. I made my choice.

The point of sharing all of this is to say: STOP trusting yourself. You know nothing. You know some vocabulary, proper English, some math, some history. That’s cute. Good job. But do you have applied knowledge, any spiritual gifts, a relationship with the Most High? Can Yahweh call YOU a friend? Are you at peace in the midst of the storm? Have inner joy? Have a passion in pleasing Yahweh? I don’t know about you but it’s recently I realized WHERE JOY was. DUH! in Yahweh! not me! Without Yahweh, I am foolish and without. NOTHING! UNWORTHY!

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” Psalms 40:4

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” Isaiah 26:3-4

Set thy heart upon thy goods; and say not, I have enough for my life. Follow not thine own mind and thy strength, to walk in the ways of thy heart: And say not, Who shall controul me for my works? for the Lord will surely revenge thy pride. Ecclesiasticus 5:1-3

Purpose your heart to be set apart for the Most High and watch how He will take care of you. I love the back seat. Because I know that Yahweh has a better route for me then I EVER would’ve chosen for myself.

Be at peace sister. 🙂

 

Chastisement from the Father


I haven’t written for two weeks and there is a reason. Sis, be mindful I actually am filled with topics and ideas as I usually share on Instagram. But let’s just say my Father has been disciplining me and I’ve been listening and obeying His voice.

I praise Him for the chastisement because He told me:

“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”‭‭ (Proverbs‬ ‭3:11-12‬)

“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”‭‭ (Hebrews‬ ‭12:5-8‬)

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”‭‭ (Revelation‬ ‭3:19‬)


Because of His reproof, I know HE LOVES ME. I am grateful, cause my heart doesn’t deserve love, but because He loves me, I love Him and I must obey Him.

Okay.

I want to remind my sisters who read this blog that I am a babe in my walk. Literally, more like an infant crying for mama and her milk (The Word) in desperate need.  Which means the things I share are things I’m convicted by in my own life and what I’ve gained understanding of BUT is very little. I practice it in my walk but I still have a way to go. I’m not better. I don’t have it together. It’s the Father that’s keeping me together. For real, for real!

To end, I beg you to understand that again: I do not know a lot. If anything, I’m ridding myself of some knowledge I thought was my truth. This walk can be overwhelming because I thought I had it together… BUT Yah. Man oh man He fixed me. He is breaking me and reforming me into His own. Hallelu Yah.


This blog reflects my walk. It does not reflect my knowledge, for there’s nothing I can boast about. What I know comes from Yahweh, my Father. And this blog is a public statement to encourage other sisters to walk towards the Father on the strait and narrow way. Few will find it, few will have ears for what they hear but the path IS there.

I pray that this blog continues to point you to the Father and not my walk. I’m not important here, becoming better for the Father is what is important. As the Father works with me understand that my uploads may decline. I will share only what my spirit moves me to share. Not what I learned and have studied. There’s a difference. Shalom and blessings to you.
“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”(James‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭KJV)

Hard Work makes the Dream Work

Hey there Daughter of Zion!!

I simply wanted to share a small thought on the title.

I am 24 years old, working full time, in school for my masters part time, living for Yahweh full time (not just on sabbath), while trying to stabilize a side gig at least part time.
It’s a lot. On most days I wake up like:

Now if I feel this way, I can imagine how much you may be working and feeling tired on most days. Yet, you know you’ve got a long journey to walk to get where you want to be. I just wanted to encourage you and say, don’t work to be seen. Continue to work hard and stay committed. In today’s society, rarely anyone works for what they want sis. But you and I, we’re going to sweat this out, set our goals and we are going to work those long hours to accomplish them. Below are some scriptures to encourage you:

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” II Chronicles‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭

* Yahweh was talking to His people, which are those who abide by His Laws. Which also means, do not expect a reward from the Father if you’re not living for Him.

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:5‬

“Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.” Proverbs‬ ‭24:27‬

Do not give up.  On your worst day, simply work your hardest. And watch how what you’ve beautifully sown, reaps beautifully. Stay encouraged sisters. Shalom.

Submitting to the Father 

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ‭‭(James‬ ‭4:7‬)

Submitting: (v) to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively).
Submission is really major when it comes to our relationship with Yahweh. At least for me it is. Boy, I am a control freak. I know what I want, and I know how I want. Therefore, I make it happen my way, not God’s way.

Point is, being a control freak and set apart for the Father is hard to do. It’s like two drivers in one seat pulling for the wheel! Ah!

But, submitting is simply trusting. Yahweh told the Israelites that He is their husband. Which means, Israel is His wife.

According to scriptures, what is the role of the wife towards her husband?

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”(‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:22‬)

In other words, (Israel), submits yourselves unto your (Father/God).

Sister, married or not, we CANNOT submit to our husbands if we do not KNOW and practice submitting to God everyday. It’s truly impossible.

We must learn to trust God by:

  1. Casting our cares to Him (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬)‬
  2. Loving/Obeying Him (John 14:15)
  3. Having total faith in Him (Revelation 14:12)

THINK: what holds you back from truly submitting your life to The Father.

  1. Fear?
  2. Idolatry?
  3. Hate towards others?
  4. Hate towards the Father?
  5. Hate towards yourself?

Sin, in general, keep us from submitting totally to the Father.

DO: pray and ask the Savior to search your heart for WHATEVER and WHOMEVER that’s keeping you from submitting to God. If they’re keeping you from submitting your life to God, evaluate the relation.

Sister before you think any farther into marriage, make the Father your husband and submit your love, your life to Him. All of it.

It’s totally worth it.

Dear Father,

As I work to become a better woman for Your Glory, I let go all of my cares today and I submit my life to You. I submit and obey every Word that is written in Your scriptures. I know You love me and once I leave everything in Your hands, everything will be alright. Thank you for taking care of me. Thank you for building me into who You’ve called me to be. I worship You for this and more. In Jesus’ name I do pray, Amen.

The Problem with Emotions

I’d say I spent my whole life being emotionally led. If someone hurt me, I had a bad day and if someone did good to me, it was a glorious day. The problem was I allowed others to control my life and I sinned every day not trusting my Father in heaven to direct my path. I allowed man to direct my path and to turn my eyes away from The Father.


Sister, are you emotionally led? Do you allow people to hand you over your emotions? Or do you rebuke it?  Do you do the most silliest thing while you’re in your feelings?

WARNING: We were created with emotions. Their functions are to help us communicate and motivate action. However we must not let them control us because they can be (1) deceptive and (2) straight up wrong.

Should we act on every emotion?

Are emotion facts?

No. Some emotions can be sinful thoughts which lead to sinful actions. (E.g.: jealous thoughts to hateful actions)

To be emotionally-led is to lack self control. So let’s check what scripture says about self-control.
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭25:28‬)

That doesn’t sound like a safe city or a civilized place/person. When I think of a city with no walls, I visualize a city with no government, unorganized, and disastrous. A unorganized person with no authority (from the Father) is very concerning and dangerous.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-24‬)

Challenge:

Spend tomorrow, this weekend, next week (however long) processing your emotions and understanding how it got there and then analyze the reason why it’s there. Then ask, is it right? Is it healthy? Does it move me to love others? And does it inspire me to enter into the kingdom?

As I do this more often I realize, I struggle with some emotions that I never knew existed within me. I’ve recognized how wicked I’ve allowed my heart to become. But I’m using this time now to become better. I encourage you to take the time to bring that emotion(s) to the Father through Jesus Christ and ask:
Father, how did (emotion) get here? Forgive me for allowing (emotion) to live here. It is not my master, You are. Help me to forgive myself and the person that allowed (emotion) to get there. I just want to have Your fruits so that I can take on Your Spirit and not my flesh. So please, help me fight this emotion until Your return. In Jesus name, amen.

Sister, checking out emotions seems tiny  especially since we are more emotional than men. You might think we are met to be this way. But remember, Christ calls us to be sound-minded. How can we be sound-minded if we’re not talking to our brother because he told us our work appears lazy? Especially if he’s telling the truth. Don’t let your emotions keep you from making it into the Kingdom.

“Deliver us from evil Lord.” (Matthew 6: 13)

Jeremiah 17:9, Mark 7:21-23

Salsa, salsa, Salsa! 

In becoming a better woman, it’s important that we become better at our future roles as a wife to our husband and a mother to our child(ren). And though the American society doesn’t believe it, cooking is a woman’s role in the Bible. Proof? 

Proof. “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” (‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:3-5‬ )

“So I want younger widows to marry, have children, and manage their homes so that they won’t give the enemy any reason to slander us. ”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭

Side note: if you disagree, take it up with God in prayer sister.

So today, I learned to make salsa from scratch.  Yes ma’am. 

Here are the following ingredients I used (I used 1 tomato, a 1/2 of white onion and a 1/2 of red onion):  Above photo: tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, limes, white onion, red onion, cloves of garlic.  (I detox the produces with activated charcoal in water for about 3-4 minutes to remove toxins) 

 Above photo: so I squeezed the 3 limes and got lime juice. I added 1 tsp of cumin, 1 “cup” (not accurate measurement) of cilantro and 1 tbsp of chili pepper.
So I used:

1) 1 tomato but use more to reduce the “hot spicy” taste 

2) 2 3/4 jalapeño peppers

3) 1/2 of a white onion

4) 1/2 of a red onion

5) 5 cloves of garlic ( used mortar and pestle to “mash it” with 2 cloves and desired sea salt: but be careful with the sea salt, you cannot take away)

6) 1 cup of cilantro (that’s a lot I used less than that)

7) 1 tsp of cumin

8) 1 tbsp of chile powder 

Cut all the ingredients to desired size. Use food processor if you want to get the produce really small. I made my own chunky but wish I chopped up my onions a bit smaller. Pour all the ingredients together into a jar and let it sit in the fridge. 

 And just like that I made salsa: 

 
I prepared rice, turkey meatballs, salad,  plaintains and added salsa on top of my dish: Delicioso
Enjoy!!