Sister Girl

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We know Jezebel (Isabel) was the original sister girl. Remember she sent word to Yliyah saying ‘so let the gods do to me and more also if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time. Jezebel threatened a man of Yah! 1 Kings 19:2. But there was another ‘quiet Jezebel’ whose name was Michal, the Jezebel spirit overcame her.

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I first came across the story of Michal when I was researching the bible to see if there were any women that did not have children. Children are a blessing from Yah.  I came across 2 Shemuyah 6:23, therefore Michal the daughter of Shaul had no children to the day of her death. If you go up you see what she did. 2 Shemuyah 6:16, Now as the ark of Yah came into the City of David, Michal, Shaul’s daughter looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling (dancing) before Yah and she despised him. Then she got in David’s face. 2 Shemuyah 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household and Michal the daughter of Shaul came out to meet David and said ‘how glorius was the king of Ysrayl today uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself@!’ Then David replied to her in 2 Shemuyah 6:21-22 It was before Yah who chose ME instead of your father and all his house to appoint me ruler over the people of Yah, over Ysrayl. Therefore I will play music before Yah. And I will be even more undignified than this and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken by them I will be held in honor.

After I read this story, I thought maybe she never loved David, her husband. But that was not correct. She loved David in the beginning I read. 1 Shemuyah 18:20, Now Michal, Shaul’s daughter loved David and they told Shaul and the thing pleased him.  She even helped to save David’s life in 1 Shemuyah 19:12-18. She helped him to escape out of her window and she put goat’s hair in the bed to look as though David was sleeping when Shaul’s men came to kill him.

I wondered what happened? Why did she fall out of love with him? Did Shaul bad-mouth David in her presence? She even married another man. 1 Shemuyah 25:44, But Shaul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife to Paltiyah the son of Laish who was from Gallim.  But David does not let her out of the covenant. 2 Shemuyah 3:13-16 And David said ‘good I will make a covenant with you (Abner) but one thing I require of you. You shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Shaul’s daughter when you come to see my face. So David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Shaul’s son saying ‘give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for a hundered foreskins of the Philistines. And Ishbosheth sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiyah the son of Laish. Then her husband went along with her to Bahurim weeping behind her. So Abner said to him, ‘go, return ( leave)! And he left.

I wondered if she had no children because she got sister-girl in David’s face and Yah did not like that or if she just didn’t want to lay with David because she despised him? Maybe all of the above.

2 Shemuyah 21:8 says Michal had 5 sons but this is a mistranslation. Shaul’s other daughter Merab had 5 sons.

 

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The Drinking Gourd

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Beautiful gourds made in Africa made for carrying and storing water.

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Notice the gourd bowls and especially the gourd spoons. Someone is ready to cook or serve food in Africa.

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Children in Africa making gourd bowls probably to sell. When we were in Africa we also used gourds for our cooking utensils. We also used gourds for the base of our drums and we used the gourd for a string instrument called the kora.

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Fulani woman with a gourd bowl on her head.

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http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/Itc/special/mlk/gourd2.html

The above link is from NASA and  explains the codes in the secret song the drinking gourd that the slaves used to escape.  I read there were at least two versions of the song. I guess the song depended on what route or rivers they were crossing and on the big dipper.

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Children’s book: The Israylites called the big and little dipper gourds or drinking gourds. The slaves followed their way north via the north star or the drinking gourd.

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The big dipper in this picture: The big dipper lays in the northern sky. It is apart of a constellation called the great bear. The big dipper is composed of seven stars. The bible refers to the formation as ‘the seven stars’ in Amos 5:8 KJV.

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Image of the big and little dipper with the north star. The far part of the big dipper will lead one to Polaris or the north star which is part of the little dipper.

Update 11-07-2015: After I made this post, I came upon another scripture but I did not come back to this post to add it . But, after hearing the Israylites do a lesson about constellations and stars yesterday, it reminded me of the scripture that I marked in my bible. Revelation 1:16, Yahoshua has 7 stars in His right hand. We know that the right hand represents authority so these stars are under His authority.

Books From the Past

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Do you know who this woman is?

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You may recognize her in this picture.

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Norman Rockwell painted her picture. She is Ruby Bridges the first ‘African-American’ child to integrate the school system in New Orleans. She is originally from Mississippi. There was a children’s book and a movie done about her life called Through my eyes: the Ruby Bridges Story.

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Did you know that Bugs Bunny and Peter Rabbit are based on the children’s stories of the Israylites? The slaves told stories of a rabbit called Brer Rabbit who taught the children morals and values and how to out smart the tricksters, brer fox and brer bear. The stories are narrated by a character in the book named Uncle Remus. It is so good to see children are still reading stories that were once told in Africa (see above picture). Oh yeah, brer or br’er means brother, brother rabbit.

Beautiful Pictures

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David the shepherd boy!!

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We know when they say racist that they mean prejudice.

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Friends til the end. John 15:13.

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Boys like to fix things like dad.

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You can tell he is loved by mama by all the kisses.

Beautiful pictures of our sons.

Who Do You Love?

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A few years ago, My mom told me her brother, my uncle said his middle son said he was happy his older brother was going away to college. He said I’m glad so-and-so is going away because now I get to have dad all to myself. When my mom told me that, I said OH!! That is when you are a good parent, when the children are competing for you. My sister and I did not compete for parental attention.

Sunday, I cooked my nephew sweet potato pecan pancakes. I didn’t use all the batter so I cooked an extra pancake and left it wrapped up in the microwave for the next morning. We discovered the next morning by mistake my niece ate the wrong pancake. I cooked her chocolate chip pancakes. I cooked my nephew a banana pecan pancake instead. I told my mom about the mix up. My mom said your nephew is always going to remember you! Thursday, he was still talking about that sweet potato pecan pancake. I realized the children were competing for me.

I was watching this old episode of little house on the prairie on Thursday afternoon. The episode was called Ebenezer Sprague. Ebenezer was a banker that loved no one and no one loved him. Charles Ingalls, Laura’s dad said to him, ‘without love there is no reason to live’. ‘Mr. Sprague, who loves you?!!’ Mr. Sprague thought the people of the town only used him for his money. Laura Ingalls taught him how to love again. Ebenezer and Laura became fishing friends before she found out who he really was. He was known as the meanest man in town. Mr. Sprague ends up buying the children of Walnut Grove Minnesota the books they need. Mr. Sprague especially buys the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet because Laura quoted Emerson to him while fishing.

I have been thinking about love all week long. I have been thinking about Yah’s love, romantic love and the love of children. Love comes from Yah and He wants us to love one another like He loves us, 1 John 4:7-8. Love can cover our sins, 1 Kepha 4:8. John 13:34-35, Yah commanded us to love one another. Don’t sin against each other. Well, who do you love? Who loves you?

Left By the Ship

A few weeks ago, on May 24, I woke up a little after 4 a.m. and could not go back to sleep.  So I picked up the remote control and began to click until the channel fell on PBS. I remember when the PBS channel use to sign off with the American anthem at 10 p.m back in the eighties. I wonder when did they start broadcasting all night long? Anyway, There was this show on called ‘Left by the ship’ by Independent Lens. It was the story of Filipino Amerasian children left by their Navy fathers. The United States closed its bases in the Philippines in 1992. The show focused on two children that were obviously part ‘African-American’, Israelites.  And I was told by someone that many of those children are in orphanages in the Philippines. But the two that were highlighted on the documentary were raised by their mothers.

I wrote down the information about the show on a sticky-note pad. The documentary really struck my heart. I went back and forth on whether to post something about this. I prayed on it. Yah placed upon my heart to tell the children that your fathers may have abandoned you but He has not. Yah is there with you. He remembers you as He remembers all Israelites scattered to the 4 corners of the world.  

The documentary closed by saying that there are 137 United States military bases around the world. So just imagine the children that are left behind.

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When I got up this morning, I saw this other story of a child abandoned. But this time  by its mother in Ghana. A farm dog found the baby and cuddled with the baby to keep it warm. I don’t know the sex of the baby. The owner of the dog was looking for her dog with a search party and found both her dog and the baby. The comments were very interesting about the story with most people agreeing that the dog has more sense than the mother of the child. I don’t believe in coincidences. Y’all know in your hearts that Yah sent the dog to keep the baby alive until help came.

http://shine.yahoo.com/pets/dog-rescues-abandoned-newborn.html

HalleluYah

 

Baby Talk

One of my favorite bloggers named Nikki of   curlynikki.com  taught her baby sign language about 7 months ago. She said by 3 months when she would make the sign for milk (she breast feed) her baby would go bananas! CurlyNikki came back to report that when her baby hit 6 months she could make the sign for milk all by herself! I think it is very commendable that Nikki gives  a lot of time and patience to her child.

ASL (American Sign Language) is the 3rd most used language in the United States. Sign language for infants gives a babies mind a way to communicate early. The babies mind develps a rapid interest in increasing communication ability.

The benefits of teaching babies sign language include:

~promotes the development of language skills

~reinforces language skills already developed

~reduces frustration at not being able to express needs

~increase speed of spatial reasoning development

~develops understanding of language for communication of emotions

~creates feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment

~may increase IQ

~increases creative thinking

~teaches a 2nd language that is formally and nationally recognized (ASL)

~reduces unexplainable emotional outbursts

~increases early literacy skills

~teaches baby how to start (and participate in) a conversation

Older children who used baby sign language as infants and toddlers have better verbal and reading skills. Many parents use books along with teaching sign language.

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The Righteous

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Come you children, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of Yah. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of Yah are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of Yah is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry out and Yah hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Yah is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but Yah delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones, not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. Yah redeems the soul of His servants and none of those who trusts in Him shall be condemned. HalleluYah!\O/ Psalm 34:11-22