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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!

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Way of Love

In a recent post we shared about some "personal growth" type studying were are doing as a family during this season of Counting the Days Between First Fruits and Shavuot. We mentioned a list of "5 things" Ben and I had made to work on in our own character and also to instill into the children by example and correction...Well...long story short...Yah put 1 Cor 13 on our hearts...so this is what we have chosen to work on in this season together as a family (in addition to our other studies). Doing this will be our main focus, our overarching "theme" to cultivate and develop in our "way". This 50 day period is kind of like our "Love Boot Camp". (Is that a contradiction?? Yah Help me!) Our goal is to really shift our focus in this direction as a family...We pray that this be our direction and aim always and forever after...This 50 day period is one of changing habits, accountability and correction for all of us...If we come to mind please pray for us during this time...Yah has probably brought us to mind for that reason! :-)

These are our initial plans - but of course we will remain open to hear the leading of Yah through all this (adjusting things as needed)!!

1. Hide the word in our hearts! We have started memorizing chapter 13 together as a family. Each morning, we will read the whole chapter. Then we pick the first section (often a verse - but it will be done in "thought chunks" not just by verse numbers). Mamma or Pappa will read the day's section we intend to memorize and discuss it. (Defining words, and making sure everyone in the family has a clear understanding of it's parts and it's context to the whole chapter.) Then we will spend time exercising it together and repeating it until everyone can repeat it without looking - word for word - and it is committed to memory. Sometimes hand motions, faces and makeshift sign language can be very helpful for the little ones in this process! Then the next day we read the whole chapter, review what we memorized, and repeat the process with the next new section, adding on to the end of the last and always reviewing them together the next day. We will try to review it "as we walk in the way" through out the day. We will also repeat the whole chapter at bedtime.

2. Love Song It is my hope that I can put this chapter to a tune, and we will start singing our love chapter. We have found that music is a very effective tool to remembering the Scriptures - not to mention a very pleasant one. It is recalled more often in the day and really implants JOY into the process which lightens our souls. If we are successful with this, we will record our little song to share with you.

3. Changing Habits This is the hard part... catching ourselves and correcting ourselves when we behave in ways that are not "loving" as is so clearly defined in this chapter. We will need to make new choices in considering others as more significant than ourselves!! We have pledged to remain teachable and pliable and WANT this to be our normal way...there is no place for impatience, irritability, pride, selfishness and haughty attitudes in Yah's house.

After we do this with 1 Cor 13 - we intend to do the same thing with Philippians 2:1-12

The Way of Love
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Messiah's Example of Humility

Philippians 2:1-12
So if there is any encouragement in Messiah, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Messiah Y' Shua, who, though he was in the form of Elohim, did not count equality with Elohim a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore YHVH has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Y'shua every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Y'shua Ha Messhiach is Lord, to the glory of YHVH the Father.


1 comment:

kare'nmomofmany said...

I can think of a couple of really neat songs based on I Cor. 13--one is "Ubi Caritas" Latin for "where there is love" and the verses go through the words of the chapter. Another is, I think, titled "Charity". The words of the chorus are, "If I have not charity, if love does not flow through me, I am nothing, [Yahshua] reduce me to love..."

Anyway, it was wonderful to meet your family at Sukkot. Hopefully we'll meet again.