Continental Divide

Sometimes we all realize that things we take for granted are really somewhat unique and special.  For instance, I’ve crossed the Continental Divide many times in multiple states.  The first time it seemed like a historic thing seeing something I had only heard about in school and movies.  Over time, as with most things you become more accustomed to, the luster wore thin.  But I realized, there is a large part of the nation’s population that will never see this sight.  So, the last time I passed that way, I made sure to capture the moment in photos. (Although there’s only so much you can photograph at 70 miles per hour!)  This is driving along Interstate 90 east of Butte, Montana.

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For more information on the Continental Divide, click this graphic from the Wikipedia article on the topic.

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Compass Set to Jerusalem

There has not been a Holy Temple for the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob since 70 A.D. when the second temple was destroyed.  Many in the faith believe that Adonai hears more of our prayers if we face the location His house once stood, in Jerusalem.  Most observant Jews throughout the world, from my understanding, try to face the Holy City each day in their prayers.

With this in mind, and knowing so many people get turned around easily, I found the Kosher Compass to be a fascinating invention (see link here).  It is a compass that instead of pointing North, always points toward Jerusalem.  I don’t have one (yet!), but I find it incredibly creative!

Yes, listen to the plea of your servant, and also that of your people Isra’el when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven where you live; and when you hear, forgive! ~~ I Kings 8: 30

What is Right?

How often do we assume that we know what is right? How often do we act in our own power using our own judgment? Be very careful!  Be warned! Our Elohim tells us plainly we are to follow His ways, not our own.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says Adonai. ~~ Isaiah 55: 8

Whenever there is repetition in Holy Scripture, we should take careful note. It happens often, since our loving El Shaddai wants us to seek and find Him and His ways.

At that time there was no king in Isra’el; a man simply did whatever he thought was right. ~~ Judges 17: 6

At that time there was no king in Isra’el; a man simply did whatever he thought was right. ~~ Judges 21: 25

There can be a way which seems right to a person, but at its end are the ways of death. ~~ Proverbs 14: 12

There can be a way which seems right to a person, but at its end are the ways of death. ~~ Proverbs 16: 25

All a man’s ways are pure in his own view, but Adonai weighs the spirit. ~~ Proverbs 16: 2

All a person’s ways are right in his own view, but Adonai weighs the heart. ~~ Proverbs 21: 2   

RECIPE: Paula Deen’s Cinnamon Rolls

Often when we make cinnamon rolls we use the Cinnabon Clone recipe that you can find online.  But recently we located this one for more “normal” size rolls and it turned out very nicely. You can locate this one online from the Food Network, but I thought I’d post it here as well.   

Paula Deen’s Cinnamon Rolls

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Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1/4 -ounce package yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional

Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons hot water

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

 

Homesteading: Chicken Coop Ideas

Becky’s Homestead has another interesting video that you may want to watch.  She shows three types of chicken coops that she uses on her farm, so you can see some variability and get ideas on what might fit your needs.  One issue she doesn’t address, that I think she should, is predators.  The large coop she shows would definitely need to be covered, not to keep the chickens in, but to keep predators out.  Dealing with possums, raccoons, hawks and other animals that want to get to your flock is a basic consideration for anyone that has chickens.

Winter Storm Jonas

Note that the name Jonas is another spelling / translation of the name Jonah, as in Jonah the Prophet.  The Bible book bearing his name is very short, but full of incredible insights on Adonai’s mind, His mercy and love.

I saw an interesting comment online regarding this weekend’s winter storm named “Jonas”:

Jonas, bearing a “sign” unto the capitol. It took three days for one to cross ancient Nineveh and this storm is expected to last three days. The end of the storm will be this Monday which will be the 15th of Shevat… or Tu b’Shevat.  40 days was the call from Jonas to the Assyrian capital of Nineveh (built by Nimrod) until destruction would come. They repented.

Tu b’Shevat is the “New Year for Trees” and is symbolized by the almond branch budding and bearing fruit, just like the staff of Aaron. It is also viewed as the day God looks upon the earth to see if indeed “fruit” is bearing in the lives of those who are redeemed.

Incidentally, 40 days after the sign of the storm ends, 40 days from Tu b’Shevat, you will come to the 25th of Adar. Historically, this is the day in 396 B.C.E. when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was slain. It is also the day in 1933 when Hitler was granted full dictatorial powers.

While there’s absolutely no guarantee that judgment will befall our nation or it’s capitol 40 days after this storm, it is another thing to watch.  Adonai has His own will and timing, but we are called to keep awake and watch so that we aren’t caught unaware.  And regards to the exact date that 40 days would be complete, that is up for debate.  The forty days count could start when the storm hit on Friday the 22nd.  We don’t know.

In my opinion, we should not focus on date setting or day counting.  That’s an unending rollercoaster that only leads to discontent and ridicule.  Being aware of possible situations is one thing, FOCUSING on it is another.  We should have hearts and minds so firm in a true faith that we are prepared for tribulation at any moment.  We should live with a humble repentant heart, always with our sights locked tight on Adonai and His kingdom.

Putting judgment date setting to the wayside, it is interesting to see the similarities between the Biblical account of Jonah and our current day.  Ancient Nineveh was known for its wickedness and had received prior warnings from Elohim.  It was the capitol of the Assyrian empire.  Nineveh was eventually taken over by Babylon because their repentance at Jonah’s warning didn’t last.  America has had warnings of coming judgment (remember The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn), and had short-lived, surface level repentance (turning to church after 9/11).  The American empire, once thought to live by Christian ideals, now is known for the perversions and wickedness it lives and promotes.  Our government certainly has few, if any in my opinion, true believers in the Elohim of the Bible.  Their fruits (deeds and words) testify to their ungodliness.

Again, I’m not saying anything tragic will happen the first week of March 2016 (40 days after this storm), because Adonai is sovereign and does as He wills.  However, if something does happen, I will not be surprised because our wicked “leaders” have driven Elohim out of this land and openly reject His authority.  May YHWH have mercy and protect His people in these days.

A Certain Hope

Brad Scott from Wildbranch Ministry has some awesome studies on his website (see blogroll to the right for a link to his home page).  I felt someone reading these words today might need the encouragement of reviewing the Biblical concept of “hope”.  In his word study on this (link here), Brad says:

Another word in Hebrew is yachal which is used in context of confidently waiting for something. Not as in waiting to see if your friend shows up or if it rains today, but rather waiting for the baby to come or your W-2’s to come in the mail

Look to Adonai, our Divine Creator, and find encouragement in His love and tender mercies!  We don’t have to “wish” He will do as He promised, we can KNOW it.  Dive deep into His Word and learn His ways.  Then truly we can have hope, joy, and peace!  Praise YHWH!