May 31, 2020

Celebrating Pentecost with The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

Come Holy Spirit!

On Pentecost 2000 or so years ago, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in that upper room with a mighty gust of wind and appeared as tongues of fire and the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus to all those who heard them. Acts 2:1–31. It was the opposite of the Tower of Babel; everyone heard the disciples speaking in their own language! Jesus sent The Holy Spirit of understanding, not confusion. Amen!
The Catholic Church was born that day. I like to think Mary, Our Mother dandled the newborn church on her lap even! What a glorious mystery indeed!


The Lord’s Prayer in the Ancient Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke.



Aboon Dbashmayo (Our Father who art in Heaven)
Nethcadash shmokh (hallowed be thy name).
teethe malkoothokh, (thy Kingdom come),
nehwe sebyonokh, (thy will be done);
aykano Dbashmayo off bar’o. (on earth as it is in heaven.)
Hab lan lahmo dsoonconan yawmono, (Give us this day our daily bread).
washbook lan howbain wahtohain (and forgive us our trespasses)
aykano doff hnan shbakn il hayobain (as we forgive those who trespass against us)
lo thaalan il nessyoono (and lead us not into temptation)
elo fasson men beesho (but deliver us from evil)
metool ddeelokhee malkootho, (for thine is the kingdom)
ou haylo ou Teshbohto, (and the power, and the glory)
loalam olmen Amin. (for ever and ever. Amen.)

May 3, 2020

The Good Shepherd

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JN 10:1-10 

Jesus said:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
 So Jesus said again,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

 Prayer: 
 "Lord Jesus, you always lead me in the way of true peace and safety. May I never doubt your care nor stray from your ways. Keep me safe in the shelter of your presence."

Daily Quote from the early church fathers: 
Green pastures and still waters, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

"The pastures that this good shepherd has prepared for you, in which he has settled you for you to take your fill, are not various kinds of grasses and green things, among which some are sweet to the taste, some extremely bitter, which as the seasons succeed one another are sometimes there and sometimes not. Your pastures are the words of God and his commandments, and they have all been sown as sweet grasses. These pastures had been tasted by that man who said to God, 'How sweet are your words to my palate, more so than honey and the honeycomb in my mouth!'" (excerpt from Sermon 366,3,1)

May 1, 2020

30 Day Bible Reading Journal - Isaiah 61


♡ I've started a month-long Bible reading journal I got online from arabahjoy.com. It begins with Isaiah chapter 61. I never expected this chapter to be so full of the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord! I mean I am pretty familiar with the Bible but I have never delved into this chapter in its fullness before! Admittedly it has been a considerably hard chapter to wrap my head around but it's incredible to discover and to understand. For example. Did you know that it holds a lot of promises for the end times in which we are living? So Praise God!  :)♡♡

April 30, 2020

Z is for Zut Alors!



 "Zut Alors" is a french expression of annoyance that basically means "darn it". For example, when you lose your keys, you say "zut alors" or spill wine on your shirt then it's simply "Zut!" I will end this Alphabet Challenge with the same dissatisfaction.

ZUT!


April 28, 2020

X is for eXodus

#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter X 
Exodus 1:13: So they made the people of Israel serve with rigor,

You know the story right? How Moses was sent on a mission from God to tell Pharoah King of Egypt to 'Let My People Go'? God's people being the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob aka the children of Israel.
If you've ever watched the movie with Charleton Heston, The Ten Commandments, then you have a general idea of what the Exodus is about or maybe it was Prince of Egypt that reminds you of the awesome Trek of the Israelites through the wilderness?
Regardless, Moses grew up in the House of Pharaoh but upon learning his roots from a slave woman, he was called to search out the God of Israel who gave him 10 Laws to live by on a stone tablet and Moses was forever deemed holy by the Lord.

Exodus 3:2: And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.

He was Israel's leader that led them out of Egypt into the Promised Land. Oh Yeah, Great and Mighty is God who has shown His mighty deeds and miraculous wonders in the journey through the desert, but the people rebelled against everything because they could not handle God's Way. Sin turned them wicked. So God promised to put an end to sin once and for all by sacrificing His own Son for us so that we might have everlasting life, mercy and forgiveness by being redeemed through the Cross if only we believed in His Son Jesus Christ. Numerous occasions for that but it was only by God's grace that people could even believe and understand who Jesus Christ really was *sigh. Do you think by now we could all exclaim like Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”?


April 27, 2020

W is for ...Walking with God

#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter W

I've been reading the Bible more lately and I want to keep a bible journal 1. because you can get creative 2. It is time well spent 3. I love the Word of God. So I found following a schedule helps. I could read Genesis to Revelation like I do with any normal book but the bible isn't normal and I prefer meditating on scripture and cross-referencing to get a better understanding of it, and besides I find more joy in studying the Bible. There is so much to learn in one bible verse that I feel I will miss out and forget what I've read by reading it straight through. Idk. Here is a plan to get me Walking with God all month.

 "{She} is like a tree planted by streams of water
which yields its fruit in season 
and whose leaf does not wither— 
 whatever {she} does prospers." Psalm 1:3, NIV
  To get a copy visit arabahjoy.com