Welcome to Home Shalom!
Welcome to Home Shalom and Shalom Farm. We pray your visit here be blessed. We are learning to walk in the Ways (Torah) of our Father YHWH and follow Y'shua, His Messiah until He returns to "set things straight". We call it a "Messi-Life". Our walk is neither tidy nor perfect, but it is filled with passion, devotion and desire to serve our King. We are learning to be humble servants, and to be good stewards of the things that He has entrusted to us: His Word, our marriage, our children, our family, our community, our health, and our farm. Hitch your horse and stay a while--our door is always open!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Psalm 119 Alef - Hiding Yah's Word in Our Hearts
It is a dream of mine to memorize Torah...in Hebrew! Why? Because I want to be "one" with Yah's Word. Total recall, if you will. I want to be able to call up Scripture clearly and accurately to live by and help others. To comfort when things are hard, to enourage when a little extra strength is needed, to be corrected when I go astray, to become one (echad) with the TRUTH (YHVH)! I don't have a photographic memory, nor do I particularly enjoy the process of memorization. Some people have a mind like a steel trap - I OFTEN describe my mind to be more like a sieve!!! I am the queen of lists, notebooks, labeling and tabs. Why? Because I HAVE TO in order to keep track of things!!! Since we are still learning Hebrew and my goal is a lofty one that will take some time, we decided that hiding YHVH's Word in our heart can not wait for those things to come to pass. So we are learning what we can together -NOW- in English. We thought it best to approach our Bible memorization, one chapter at a time. We actually started with the "Love Chapter" (1 Cor 13) because "love" is one thing we could all use a little more of...and we thought that this would be a great place to start! After that we were encouraged and decided to memorize a chapter that best reflected our passion and zeal for YHVH's Word, so we chose Psalm 119. We learned that it is the longest chapter in the Bible. We figured, not only would it be wonderful to "imprint" the Love of His Word in our hearts/minds, but that it would also serve as an encouragement to our longer term goal of memorizing Torah (one day). In other words, if we could memorize this chapter (being the longest), we could memorize ANY other chapter just the same! We liked that idea!
Psalm 119 is broken into 21 parts. We are learning one part at a time. Each part is labeled by a Hebrew letter. We are making up a tune to go with each section to aid in the memorization process. It is such a treat to have Scripture come to mind in a song through out the day and to "catch" the children singing it alone or together as we "walk by the way", so naturally and voluntarily. Each letter section is added to the next as we keep the WHOLE chapter in practice after we have learned each section.
We will video each section in order, as we learn them. We will also put the words on the screen in case there are any other families that would like to join us in memorizing Psalm 119. If you do - I would LOVE to see (or hear your family) and even share your family videos with others if you are willing!!!
The version of Scripture we are using is ESV (English Standard Version). We transpose YHVH's name for "The Lord" and may use a Hebrew word in place the English here and there. Here is our first section - we hope you like it and stay tuned for the next 20 sections (letters)!
If you would like to see all the section memorized to date, they are all posted on Memorizing Scripture (found in the "page tabs" at the top of the blog). We hope this will make them easy for you access in case you might like to join us in memorizing Psalm 119 at your own pace in the future!
Psalm 119: 1-8