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!

Preparing for Sabbath

As soon as one decides to keep the Sabbath (Shabbat in Hebrew) set apart, the lessons start! Like all of YHVH's commandments, they are intended to shape and mold us into His image. They are to teach us the difference between His ways and the world's ways. They are to reveal His purposes and teach us to love them above all else. They are to train us to release the lies and sin that we once walked in and trade it for holiness (set-apartness) for His purposes. They are to show us the "reality of duality" as one of our favorite teachers likes to say; which means that there is always a spiritual aspect and a tangible physical aspect to Yah's lessons and to our obedience. They are to shape us and mold our hourly and daily walk, as we learn to live lives of worship...and they DO! Those who embrace and love His ways will ALWAYS testify to that fact. His commandments draw us closer to Him when we carry them out in love for Him. It is my hope that this page reflects that "reality of duality" in preparing for this sacred Appointed Time each week. We prepare not only in the Spirit but also in the "flesh". These preparations effect the rhythm of our entire week! I have linked resources that I believe will be helpful in that process. May you be challenged. May you be encouraged. May you grow in the beautiful blessing of the Sabbath, as it was made for us, to grow and to increase our intimacy with our Creator and Savior (as well as within the Body)!

I will add resources to this page from time to time.  Please come back and look for encouragement again!

Study Resources for Shabbat:
See our BIBLE Page
A long and informative video series on the History of Sabbath by SDA.  (We are not SDA.)
Memorize Scripture
Traditional Torah Portion Study with Aish
Learning Biblical Hebrew with the Torah Portion (video lessons)
Torah Portions Schedule including Brit Hadasha (New Testament)

Spiritual incites to preparing for Shabbat:

Sabbath Poems:

Sabbath Videos (music and other):

Practical incites to preparing for Shabbat:


*When meal planning, I use organic whole food ingredients.

Since meals are such a big part of what I do for my family of 9, it is a real blessing to prepare my meals ahead for Sabbath.  One day a week, it is already taken care of!  Different people do this differently.  Some people will premake but cook or heat their food in a passive way (like crock pot or oven).  Others will only heat unheated food.  Others will make assemble food on that day (like sandwiches, salad or fruit or cereal).

(Challah is a DELICIOUS traditional Sabbath bread made for Friday evening meal that starts Shabbat at Sundown.  We always make ours with wheat or spelt flour.  Many people use white flour, but we much prefer the whole grain flavor.  A simple and steady Challah recipe is all you need...but we have experimented with many and these are some of our favorite tips and variations.)

Erev Shabbat Meals:
"Erev Shabbat" is Hebrew for "entering into Sabbath".  It is a special meal that is prepared to "set apart" the coming in of the Sabbath as the sun sets on Friday.  It is the most special meal of the week. Extra care is traditionally spent on preparing and presenting this meal.  The pace from a very busy week slows to good conversation, good food, and often candle light and wine Challah.  Prayers and songs are often song...topics of conversations are set apart for Him.  It is the entrance into a weekly "retreat" from daily work and into focused worship.
Orange Beef Stir Fry (over rice)

Fully Pre-cooked or Pre-made Food:

Make-ahead breakfast that needs to be cooked or heated:
Any quiches, Stratas, egg casseroles, or scones can be cooked ahead or prepared ahead, stored int he fridge and baked at the time of the meal. 

Make-ahead lunch & dinner that need to be cooked or heated:
Easy Meat Sauce (Crockpot)

Any soup can be made in a Crockpot or reheated in a Crockpot.

Pre-made snacks and treats:

*To make-ahead meal prep seem less on Friday, you might consider doubling a couple meals during the week and freezing them.  You can pull pre-made frozen meals out of the freezer on Friday and just reheat in an oven or crockpot on the Sabbath.

*If you do not want to make coffee or tea in the morning. you might consider making it ahead on Friday night as the sun goes down and storing it in a thermos.


Anonymous said...

Just what I was looking for. Thanks you. :)

Samuel Albert said...

As a Sabbath keeping Christian I have found out over the years that Jews who have kept the Sabbath for over 2000 years have a lot to teach me and other Sabbath keepers on how to keep the Sabbath. You guys have made my family's sabbath enjoyable in terms of food and other ways to prepare for the Sabbath. My God continue to bless you as you share your wealth of knowledge about YAHWEH.