Five Agreements That Are Killing Millennials | Ransomed Heart

February 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm (Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


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The Fall into Self Absorption 

December 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In Hebrew, the phrase ‘the eyes of both of them were opened’ can be correctly interpreted in our English comprehension today as:

‘Then they became aware of themselves.’

Before this pivotal moment awareness of one’s self was non-existent. That is phenomenal! Notice closely how the second half of this verse confirms this. 

So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths.’ 

First of all fig leaf was a ridiculous choice of covering. Neither hardy nor even comfy. Later in verse 21, God makes them fitting cloths to accommodate their new self aware self. Sturdy and comfortable. Yet it cost an innocent life. Self absorption always cost a life! Secondly, they had never before this moment even thought to ‘make something for themselves’. It simply wasn’t needed, desired, or known; this idea of making something for oneself or of one’s self. They did die in that moment. Not from our human perspective after the fall. Death means one ceases to exist, physically present to touch and be. Yet to Adonai, the death was that now we had the capacity to live like we were the most important thing to consider. True life has no need to consider itself. This is why Yeshua was able to say so simply: “Do not consider/worry about what you will eat or what you will wear.”  Really what He was saying was ‘don’t think about yourself.’ Self absorption kills life. Envy, jealousy, hatred, rage, greed; these things killed Yeshua, these things killed many and still do. These things are prime examples of how everything around one becomes all about them. Worry grows where contentment was planted. Considering oneself becomes the cancer, all of humanity was infected by it. There’s no scripture that says, think about yourself, not one. In every scripture that refers to a personal inventory, it’s God who is the one considering us, cleansing us, making us new. We are told to consider our actions, namely how they will – first of all reflect and effect Adonai, –  secondly how they will effect others. How they effect us is determined by the result of Adonai and others coming before or after one own self. Most of us know it’s usually ugly if it’s after.

Let’s fast forward to the next pivotal moment. Where Yeshua (Jesus) points out the key to following Him.  

John 15:9-14

Just as My Father has loved Me, I too have loved you; so stay in My love. If you keep My commands, you will stay in My love – just as I have kept My Father’s commands and stay in His love. I have said this so that My joy may be in you, and your joy be complete. This is My command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you.   

I say somewhat loosely that this is a pivotal moment. On one hand every Word that came from Yeshua’s lips was pivotal. Yet here we see Him adress the first pivotal moment in the beginning where self absorption took hold. No, He doesn’t mention Genesis 3. Not like we in our reference minded ways tend to do. From the Hebraic mind that moment was never needed to be recalled only on occasion. That moment was the focus of all misdeeds in the whole of history. It was never forgotten, always in the mind of those who sought after and followed the One True God. Yeshua spoke from history at every point in the present for the future. He covered every aspect of time in every Word He spoke. He is, was, and always will be infinite! Our minds do not naturally process this way. It requires the Holy Spirit to even begin to. Hence why so often Yeshua said, “He who has ears let him hear.” In essence He was anointing each soul at the moment to be opened, much like the eyes were opened at the fruit-fall but in reverse. To become more aware of one’s self will never be the goal of God’s Kingdom. Let your communion with God be where you get your revelation time for your own self – from His eyes only, who we are, what needs changed – there is no condemnation but more importantly – there’s no focus on one’s self.  Self help is evil as there is no such thing. We could no more help ourselves than we can dance and the rain pours. If man kind wants to be ‘bettered’, to improve upon what they are in and of themselves, it will take God alone to conceive a new perception in the heart and mind of us all. For only in Him can our love become true love, our kindness true kindness, selfless and unaccounting. 

I’ve known only a few people whom I would consider having been given the gift of love. It’s as natural as breathing for them to drop anything for someone without thinking of inconvenience or their own self. Without accounting what they do for who and especially with no expectation of any return. The majority of us, if honest, will admit that it takes work to weed those ugly things out with the help of the Spirit of God. Not that the joy Yeshua speaks of isn’t an instant reward. Most people I know really feel joy at helping another, giving to someone. Yet we must remember what the thief comes to steal in God’s Kingdom. Joy. How does he do it? By bringing back to mind awareness of self. Expectation creeps in, resentment erodes gratitude and begins to take account of time lost, energy expelled, feelings hurt, thank you’s not expressed, love not returned. In other words the fig leaves of self absorption begin to find their ways into our hands and not even a second has elapsed before we find we sew to cover what our God created soul automatically knows is shameful. 

Look at the difference between these two pictures. 

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. In application to what we’ve covered so far, what do these pictures say to you? It’s a lifestyle and total change in thinking in every way. The difference will astound you. One is community and selflessness. The other is convenience and self centered. One invest in the currency of the Kingdom of heaven, the other invest in the things that rust and moth destroy. One is the way of this world, my house, my life, my responsibilities, my needs, my timing, my opinion, my rights. One is the way of God in this world. Where we live, we have responsibilities, we have needs, we have time to give, energy to share. Where my heart is not settled until those around me are better fed than I. 

What would the world be like, according to the Father and Yeshua’s ways? The question has been asked, written about, talked about forever. Yet we can not read, study and listen our way into application. What can you do to enter in, now, where you are, today? This is always the purpose of the question. The purpose of such writings and talks. Action, trust in action, love in action, our walk with God evident by what becomes a natural flow from the Spirit from our union with Yeshua. His coming is imminent. Yet, the mission, the call, – has not changed. We wait, we look for Him. But we do so by looking at others. The church is failing in this. The average Believer is failing in this. So the world looks like a empty plot with cranes lifting heavy objects into place for one person at a time, for physical comfort and individual needs and wants. Completely clueless of the neighbor, unaware of the Father’s heart breaking. The Father who made all things, for the purpose of love. Not self reliance. 

I leave off with a small handful of the Word that shares this view. From the beginning of our Bible to the end, Adonai, over and over again, points to this fundamental element of His heart. It would be wise for anyone desiring to enter into that Heart to look every single one of them up and ask the Living Word to breath this life into their soul, to again go back to the garden – where self absorption was non-existent. Discovery of God and all He did, does and desires to do is the only thing that matters. May we all be shaped by the wind of His mouth in it! Again just like at the beginning – where He said: “Let there be Light!” And there was! 

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens – in this way you will be fulfilling the Torah’s true meaning, which the Messiah upholds.  

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves – look out for each other’s interest not just your own.   

1 John – the entire book.

Proverbs 21:21

He who pursues righteousness and kindness finds life, prosperity, and honor.  

Proverbs 28:27

He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who hides his eyes will get curses in plenty.  

Proverbs 29:13

The poor and the oppressor have this in common: Adonai gives light to the eyes of both.    

All of Matthew chapter 6.

All of Isaiah chapter 5. 

Deuteronomy 10:12-21

So now, Israel, all that Adonai your God asks from you is to fear Adonai your God, follow His ways, love Him and serve Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being; to obey for your own good, the mitzvah  (general principles for living) and regulations of Adonai which I am giving you today. See, the sky, the heaven beyond the sky, the earth and everything on it all belong to Adonai your God. Only Adonai took enough pleasure in your ancestors to love them and choose their descendants after them – yourselves – above all people’s, as He does today. Therefore, circumcise the foreskin of your heart; and don’t be stiff necked any longer! For Adonai your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God, who has no favorites and accepts no bribes. He secures justice for the orphan and the widow; He loves the foreigner, giving him food and clothing. Therefore, you are to love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. You are to fear Adonai your God, serve Him, cling to Him and swear by His Name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which you have seen with your own eyes.  

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

If someone among you is needy, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which Adonai your God is giving you, you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from giving to your needy brother. No, you must open your hand to him and lend him enough to meet his need and enable him to obtain what he wants. Guard yourself against allowing your heart to entertain the mean-spirited thought that because the seventh year, the year of sh’mittah (release) is at hand, you would be stingy toward your needy brother and not give him anything; for then he may cry out to Adonai against you, and it will be your sin. Rather, you must give to him; and you are not to be grudging when you give to him. If you do this, Adonai your God will bless you in all your work, in everything you undertake – for there will always be poor people in the land. That is why I am giving you this order, ‘ You must open your hand to your poor and needy brother in your land.’  

Micah 6:8

Human being, you have already been told what is good, what Adonai demands of you – no more than to act justly, love grace and walk in purity with your God.  

I will forever be grateful the Lord led me to Mr. George McDonald’s writings. The best thing I’ve ever read about ‘Self’ has been written by his hand. See link below.

✡ May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be found in us, dying to ourselves and living fully in Him with each passing day in 2018! ✡

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One Person Wrote…

December 19, 2017 at 1:04 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , )

One person wrote…and many agree

But do they do the practice of returning unto Thee?

Many eyes have read, and hearts have leaned towards

But have those hearts sang along with heavens wooing chords?

If we read such prayers, and our feet should fail to turn

These words become the smokey air as this paper burns. 

2 Chronicles 7:15

Now My eyes will be opened and My ears will pay attention to the prayer made in this place.   

Ecclesiastes 5:4-7

If you make a vow to God, don’t delay in discharging it. For God takes no pleasure in fools, so discharge your vow! Better not to make a vow than to make a vow and not discharge it. Don’t let your words make you guilty, and don’t tell the Temple Official that you made a vow by mistake. Why give God reason to be angry at what you say and destroy what you have accomplished? For this is what happens when there are too many dreams, aimless activities, and words. Instead, just fear God!  

(For further reading: James chapter 4 and 5)

✡ Grace and peace to you in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah ✡

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Awake! – Part 10 – Counter the Culture

April 27, 2017 at 12:42 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , )

1 Peter 3:13-17

For who will hurt you if you become zealots for what is good? But even if you do suffer for being righteous, you are blessed! Moreover, don’t fear what they fear or be disturbed, but treat the Messiah as Holy, as Lord in your hearts; while remaining always ready to give a reasoned answer to anyone who asks you to explain THE HOPE you have in you – yet with humility and fear, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are spoken against, those who abuse the good behavior flowing from your union with the Messiah may be put to shame. For if God has in fact willed that you should suffer, it is better that you suffer for doing what is good than for doing what is evil.   

(Note: it doesn’t say “if” but when! And also that it’s not just any answer, but reasoned meaning we have taken the time to study, research, and have reasoned it out.) 

Being awake is like having your eyes opened to seeing things for the first time, in perpetuality. Yes, to the delight of things delightful and joyful; horror that brings recoil to the spirit, humility that brings one to their knees, mindfulness that brings real discerning thinking, justice that calls forth a voice to raise in the Name of Him who is Just, sorrow of real loss and bereavement, frankness that comes from calling right – right and wrong – wrong, excitement over a newly discovered things, love realized after trial and error, and so on and so forth. Living fully alive as God intended is a full investment. Half asleep is aiming at dead. Yet one must know that anyone half asleep has lost hope. Or rather, the thief of hope, has succeeded in suggesting that God didn’t really say to give you a future and a hope”. It’s at this point we must have the answer for the hope within us, the hope that God holds out to all! 

So…how do we achieve this?

First we must counter the cultural influences of the times we live in! God always gives us hope that applies to right where we are, and where we are headed. It’s not old, worn out, or inapplicable. The things that gave hope 20 years ago may indeed still apply, but they have grown at the very least! The hope God gives keeps multiplying, growing, becoming more applicable with time – not less!

Answering serious questions from our hope in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is critical! Such as:

♡ How has God given freedom and hope to being a woman? Unashamed and without need to change what He made? How do I stand on this hope, how does this make one free?! 

♡ How has God given freedom and hope to being a man? Again, unashamed and without need to change what He designed? How do I stand on this hope – how does this make one free?! 

♡ How do children give us freedom and hope? How does taking full responsibility for them bring joy? What did King David know that made him say, “happy is the man whose quiver is full of them?”  What is God’s delight in them? 

♡ How is freedom and hope found in following Yeshua by eliminating all affiliations with political, social and even denominational sects?

♡ Where is the hope of glory and freedom in giving, especially to the poor, orphan, prisoner  and widow? What is the “poor”? Why did God hone in on these groups of people so ardently? 

♡ Why and how, is there freedom and hope, to pay bills first and at the expense of wants? What is the joy of being debt-free? What is personal responsibility? Why does it “pay more” to not feel entitled? 

♡ Where is the freedom and hope in living in truth – albeit uncomfortable and hard – than a lazy lie?

The list of questions goes on and on for the times we live in. Topics on:

  • Transhumanism
  • Geoengineering
  • Health
  • Technology
  • War
  • Terrorism
  • Rights
  • Spiritual warfare in our day.
  • Occults and all other practices that are contrary to God’s Word. 
  • True History
  • Truth behind current events
  • Understanding government 
  • True Biblical history – origins of creation, this topic will shape everything! 
  • How to know if you’re hearing from God
  • How to be full of confidence but still need help
  • How to ask questions without letting the enemy trick you into feeling stupid or less than. How is this a sign of being grown up/mature? 
  • How to question/test everything without getting lost in seeking the answers
  • What is freedom and hope in pure sexuality? Why do we become corrupt in anything less? What is God’s design in it?
  • How do we call out false teachers without condemnation? How do we teach discernment?
  • What is prophesy? Why is it freedom and hope to go towards it. How is the enemy robbing Adonai’s body by making it fearful or taboo?

    With God and His Word the foundation of these answers are the building blocks of that hope that is within us; that will not only give answer to those by watching how we live, but be a ready and confident answer when the time comes to speak. 

    Jeremiah 29:11

    “For I know the plans I have in mind for you,” says Adonai, “plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.”   

    Isaiah 40:26-31

    Turn your eyes to the heavens! See Who created these things! He brings out the army of them in sequence, summoning each by name. Through His great Might and Massive Strength, not one of them is missing. (Speaking of the creation and stars) Why do you complain, Jacob; why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from Adonai, my rights are ignored by my God”? Haven’t you known, haven’t you heard that the everlasting God, Adonai, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow tired or weary? His understanding cannot be fathomed. He invigorates the exhausted, He gives strength to the powerless. Young men may grow tired and weary, even the fittest may stumble and fall; but those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired.  

    Proverbs 10:28

    What the righteous hope for will end in joy; what the wicked expect will come to nothing.  

    Proverbs 24:14

    Know that wisdom is similarly sweet to your soul; if you find it, then you will have a future, what you hope for will not be cut off.    

    Romans 8:22-25

    We know that until now,the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons – that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free. It is in this hope that we are saved. But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope – after all, who hopes for what he already sees? But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see, then we wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.   

    Here is why we must know what hope is! And here below is why History, it’s accuracy in solidifying our hope, is so important. 

    Hebrews 6:13-20

    For when God made His Promise to Abraham, He swore an oath to do what He promised; and since there was noone greater than Himself for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself and said, “I will certainly bless you, and I will certainly give you many descendants”; and so, after waiting patiently, Abraham saw the promise fulfilled. Now people swear oaths by someone greater than themselves, and confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. Therefore, when God wanted to demonstrate still more convincingly the unchangeable character of His intentions to those who were to receive what He had promised, He added an oath to the promise; so that through two unchangeable things, in neither of which God could lie, we, who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us, would be strongly encouraged. We have this hope as a sure and safe anchor for ourselves, a hope that goes right on through to what is inside the Holy of Holies, where a Forerunner has entered on our behalf, namely, Yeshua, Who has become a Cohen Gadol (High Priest) forever, to be compared to Melchizedek.  

    This takes us back to a scripture in part 1.

    1 Thessalonians 5:8

    But since we belong to The Day, let us stay sober, putting on trust and love as a breastplate and the hope of being delivered as a helmet.   

    There was a saying back in WWII, 

    Don’t you know, there’s a war going on?” 

    This question was met usually by a question that complained of lacking something. It applies today. See how hope becomes a very important part of the battle to stay awake?! Helmets are for the head, the mind, we must have our minds made up about what our hope is! What is our hope no matter the subject? Or better yet, WHO? 

    Titus 1:1-3

    From Paul, God’s slave and emissary of Yeshua the Messiah, sent to promote among God’s chosen people the trust and knowledge of Truth which leads to godliness, and which are based on the certain hope of eternal Life. God, who does not lie, promised that Life before the beginning of time but made public this Word of His in its own season through a proclamation with which I have been entrusted by order of God, our Deliverer.  

    1 Peter 1:13

    Therefore, get your minds ready for work, keep yourselves under control, and fix your hopes fully on the gift you will receive when Yeshua the Messiah is revealed.   

    We can not shy away from answers to questions that will help build up hope in the freedom promised by Yeshua; either in our own minds or in those asleep around us. We are not at war with flesh and blood, but the powers of this world seeking with an unyielding passion to subvert the truth in all things. Thereby, attempting to weaken human kind into giving their authority (we learned last lesson), Yeshua Himself gave us over the enemy! It’s a strong Authority given us, by THE AUTHORITY Himself! This is why I zoomed in on the phrases of how we must keep ourselves awake, “don’t let yourselves be deceived”, it’s our great honor to have been given access to the Truth about everything relevant to us by God Himself. This is why we will, one Day, be without excuse and answer to our eternal dispair or eternal reward, the reason for our hope and whether or not it was within us (part of us, central to us) or not.  

    The questions will be:

    • Who did you say that I Am? With your life, with your mouth, with your money, with your body, with your relationships, with your heart, with your thoughts, with your convictions, with your priorities, and with My sheep!? 
    • Did you believe I was the Truth? Did you seek out Who I Am in all things? Did you speak then, the Truth, at every opportunity? 
    • Did you teach it to your children?
    • Did you train your gifts with it?
    • Did you suffer for it?

    One last note: Is your Life stirring people to ask you about the hope within you? Or at least, accusing or mocking or rejecting you because of the evidence of that hope? If not, may I suggest, your hope looks more like this world’s ‘hope’ than the hope Yeshua came to give?


      Right now, the questions still remain within our grasp to solidify as an answer for ourselves. We are promised, and God keeps His promises, that one day, He will take the choice out of our hands; having given us every opportunity: our hope will land on Proverbs 10:28. 

      Look around you, as you see the sleepy brothers and sisters moving through your scope of vision; then look within you – is your hope firmly rooted within? 

      Will we see it as the grace and mercy of God that He brings a great offence to our conscience to wake us up before it’s too late? There is no reason to be intimidated by any subject of what’s relevant to shaping our hope. Now is the time! Solidify our Hope, O God! And make us like your Son, Yeshua, ready to give that hope to Your precious children! 

      Counter the Culture, dear fellow-sheep! Fight the good fight! The Victory is won, this is our HOPE!

      ✡ Grace and peace be yours in Full Measure, in Yeshua the Messiah! ✡

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      March 3, 2017 at 8:52 pm (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

      Reuben and Achim (A-keem) were walking home from a late morning trek out to fish at the small lake about 3 miles from the family farm. Reuben took his chosen path to swing wide around the Zac Farm to come home at the far end of their own homestead. There was a giant tree there, Achim’s favorite. The tree was said to be two hundred years old, though none could know for sure without cutting it down to count the rings. Reuben’s father, Abe, had carefully constructed a swing on the tree. Unlike most, who usually attached a rope to a sturdy high up limb, Abe had opted to do an addition to the tree. It was a grafted in limb of his making, attached to the main trunk of the tree; a brilliant set of pulleys, chains and ropes gave the swing it’s life. Abe had said to attach the usual way would wound the tree and weaken the whole thing, eventually the limb would fall off threatening to harm the precious child (or adult) who sat upon it to share it’s joy. Achim knew the story well as he had asked for Reuben and his wife to tell him nearly every year. It had become the father and sons special spot recently. Reuben was in the special forces of the military. Whenever he was about to be “shipped out” He found a way to make their way to the tree to tell Achim. He would part with his son, having given him a gift and a nice long swing session the day before he shipped out. Achim was now ten years old, hardly a child anymore. Yet still small enough at heart to carry the tenderness of years before manhood would begin to shape him. Achim was prattling on about the huge fish his friend Danny had caught just before they left the lake. Reuben smiled, ahhh…the freedom of youth with excitement filling all things. Well, most things. 

      Finally the big tree came into view and Achim exclaimed his joy, dropping his pole and running straight for the swing. 

      Reuben stooped to pick up the pole. 

      “I’ll set up the blanket and food”, he hollered. 

      Achim was fast and already swinging with gusto!

      So many memories here, Lord God, keep them ingrained upon my heart in the days ahead.  

      The meal laid out, Reuben enjoyed watching Achim and began to nibble on a carrot. He hadn’t realized how hungry he was till then. 

      “Come on, Keem, I’m starved, let’s eat!” He called. 

      Achim flew off the swing in midair, making a perfect ten landing at a run for the food. He came to a stop and plopped down. Reuben pulled out the chicken and salad, chips and veggies and they began to feast. The two o’clock sun was veiled by the giant protector they sat beneath. The day was perfect, blue skies and whispy clouds with a slight breeze to cool them down in the 85° Idaho sun. Father and son exchanged hungry looks and giggles as they consumed their lunch. 

      “Did ye have a good time, Keem?” He asked. Prepping the soil for words to sew the next segment of time. 

      Achim shook his head vigorously, bright eyes gleaming…”Mmmhuummm!” He munched. 

      They continued to eat until they were satisfied. Reuben allowed the silence to water the soil.

      “You’re going away again, huh, Papa.” It was a statement, not a question. 

      “Indeed, I am, Achim. How did you know?” Reuben pretended to be curious. 

      The boy shrugged his shoulders. “Just knew…” came the reply. 

      Again quiet breezes filled the air between them for a time.

      “So what will you be giving me this time?” Again it was more like a statement than a question. No bitterness colored his tone. Reuben thanked the Lord. 

      Reuben reached into his pocket and pulled out a small seed. Achim arched his posture toward his hands with curious aplomb. Reuben opened his hands and pulled the boys hand to him, placing the seed in his sons hand. 

      “It’s a tree.” He said, with a smile, a knowing thought, synchronized with his sons head, as it cocked to one side, unconvinced.

      “It’s a seed Papa, not a tree!” Achim said with youthful authority. 

      “Nope, a whole tree is inside that seed, it just needs to grow, son.” He added, with renewed enthusiasm.

      It was comically predictable when Achim’s head zoomed into the seed in his hand with a look of epiphany.

      “Wow, I never thought of it like that! A…whole…tree…well, of course it’s all got to be there in some way, huh?” Achim was an endless learner and open to big thoughts. He always had been. 

      “But – well it can’t all be in there, it needs the stuff from the ground and water and sunshine and stuff to be a tree, though.” Ten year old deduction flowed out of his mouth. 

      “Let’s think about that a minute. Look around, there’s one tree here. All around for quite some distance, no other trees. But soil and water and sunshine abound. So why do you suppose there are not more trees?” Reuben primed the pump. 

      Achim scanned the scene around them, looked up and down and back at the tree. Then his gaze fell in new wonder to the seed in his hand. 

      “Thank you, Papa, for my tree!” Achim wrapped his arms around Reuben’s neck. “You always give the neatest gifts! When can we plant it? Can we plant it out here next to Grandpa Abe’s tree?” The boy released his snuggle and looked into Reuben’s eyes. 

      Ach, Adonai, what have I done to deserve this son? 

      “Well…I don’t see why not.” He smiled. 

      “When?! When?!” Achim’s excitement was better than the meal they had just consumed. And Laura knew how to satisfy not just the hunger, but the palette!

      “Let’s plan it for the weekend after I return, eh? Sound good?” 

      Achim’s excitement faded and turned introspective. Silence hung and swung in the air like the swing on the tree. Reuben let it gestate. 

      “What if you don’t come home this time?” ‘The question’ wrapped a breeze around them both, cold and foreboding. 

      Reuben pulled his Keem into his lap and wrapped his arms around him. Placing his hands over the seed-filled hand of his son. 

      “We have talked about that possibility my dear boy, it’s true, Adonai could make that decision. But He tells us not to anticipate death, but hold on to life, dear Keem. So that we must do!” 

      Achim’s small head rubbed in the affirmative against his chest. Reuben sensed the tears before he saw one drop down into the now open palm with the seed. His heart broke. The tears of a child are a precious gift, but hard to want to receive. 

      “Do you know what your name means, Achim Kaleb Seth?” Reuben hardly realized the words were in his mind before his heart held them out to his voice. He smiled, and looked up to acknowledge His Makers mind.

      “Yes.” sniff. “It’s God made me, or something like that.” 

      “Well…close. Achim means; constructed by God. Kaleb means; to be faithful. And our shared last name means, Appointed One. So, in truth, your whole name means; constructed by God to be faithful to the Appointed One. Do you know what that means?” Reuben again primed the pump. 

      “Yes, it means God made me to be faithful to Him.” Came the half hearted answer. 

      Reuben turned his son around and sat him in front of him to see face to face. 

      “Not just faithful to God, but His Appointed One, Yeshua the Mashiach, God’s Son! You must understand fully, my son, that your name is your character. We chose it very carefully, eight days after you were born, we prayed to Adonai for the direction of the nature He shaped in you while you lived in your Mama’s tummy. You see we didn’t know all He was doing as you grew, like that seed, inside the womb of His construction. We prayed, asked Him for a healthy child, for a child with much heart, but we didn’t know until that eighth day what He wanted us to say to you everyday. ‘Constructed by Yahweh, let’s go fishing; constructed by Yahweh, have you learned your aleph-bet, I love you, constructed by Yahweh, faithful one to the Son of God, my son!’  These words continue to shape you everyday in agreement with Yahweh from the Beginning. It’s no small thing your name, Achim Kaleb Seth, you are constructed by the very words and breath of God. He will care for you with the same detail in every moment of your life. So don’t fear what may come. Only keep your eyes on this One, the One who made you, and all will be well. Do you believe this, my son?” Reuben held his face very close to Achim’s and waited. 

      Light was dawning in the mind of Achim as he let his father’s gaze penetrate his heart. 

      “Yes, Papa, I will remember what you say, and I will try to only think of you alive and just gone for a trip.” Came the world of enormous answer from the lips of this babe! 

      Reuben’s eyes swelled with tears. Again he embraced his child. 

      “We’ll all think the same with you, Achim, well constructed by God! As we all think of our Salvation, remember what He said and think only of Him as on a trip, coming soon, to take us all home! Yes, of course yes!” He laughed. Achim joined him. 

      “What does your name mean, Papa?” Achim pulled out of the embrace and curiosity regained it’s status in his spirit. 

      “Reuben means; see my son. Yashir means; God will answer and our shared last name means; Appointed One. So my name means; See! My son! God will answer His Appointed One! It’s an awesome name, it protects me, guides me, holds me, and shields me!” It had been a while since Reuben had pondered his name. He smiled as big as the tree next to them in renewed wonder. He would keep it in mind as he was away. 

      “It’s an awesome name Papa! I like it!. He will protect you while you are away! Mama says that Adonai hears His Sons prayers all the time and Yeshua always prays for our protection! She showed me the Scripture! I am happy grandpa Abe named you like you named me!” Achim smiled in wonder. 

      “Indeed! And listen! Our names together show us the way. See! My Son! God will answer! And constructed by God will be faithful to the Appointed Ones prayer! What joy we have to be named by Him and put together, eh?” 

      “Yes, Papa! I love that! I will write it down and put it by my bed so I can read it every time I see it and put my prayers with God’s! Thank you for my seed-gift, and fishing today. I love you, Papa!”

      The squeeze that embraced Reuben with those words joined it’s voice with praise to the tree that they sat under and the tree in the palm of Achim’s hand. They sat there for a while together, watching the sun shift it’s path around the veil of the tree until they felt the veil fall away and the sun full upon their faces.


      🔯 May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be with you in full measure 🔯

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