Saturday, November 13, 2010

We Delight


Setting an entire day aside involves preparation and work.
The work, however, takes on a whole new joy
as the heart is directed toward YHVH,
anticipating the welcoming of His set-apart day...

Sometimes, too, things do not go exactly as planned,
but, as with many things in life, these times can be
wonderful opportunities for us to grow,
laying aside our will and our way,
conforming to Him and what He has for us to learn.

It isn't always easy, but there is always peace and joy
when we submit to His way.

My day of preparation was like that. :)
I had ideas and plans, yet, there were many 'curve balls'.
How easy it can be to get wrapped up in the "doing"
and get, what is commonly known as, the "Martha" mind set.
But as we keep our hearts right before Him,
taking joy in serving,
thanking and praising Him in the process,
how much easier it is to turn from our own plans
and rejoice in His!

I learn so much each Shabbat
but I learn so much, too, each day of preparation.
What a blessing it is! What a joy it is!
How thankful I am that He teaches me,
grows me, molds and shapes me.


After a trip to a store or two on our day of prep,
enjoying an outing with my lil' girls
and rejoicing that Daddy and son had their own outing,
we returned home to continue preparations.
With the alterations of our day,
our preparations continued all of the afternoon.
But we made the best of it, working together,
and singing together (loudly, too, which can be such fun!).

Our Shabbat supper was not, by any means,
what would be called a 'traditional' Shabbat meal,
but that was okay. ;o)
And we rejoiced in the opportunity
to share it with others.
What a blessing hospitality can be!


Variety of sourdough pizzas and lemon bread to boot! :)


Let's count our blessings.
In 'good' times and in trying times...
May we choose and resolve to praise and give thanks
to the One from Whom all blessings flow.

Shabbat Shalom!
May YHVH bless
as we seek, honor, and obey Him.


"Blessed is the man that doeth this,
and the son of man that layeth hold on it;
that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,
and keepeth his hand from doing any evil...
Also the sons of the stranger,
that join themselves to YHVH, to serve Him,
and to love the name of YHVH, to be Hs servants,
every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,
and taketh hold of My covenant"
Isaiah 56:2,6



Here are the words to one of the songs
we so joyously sang all afternoon during our preparations:

We Delight
by Steve McConnell

Avinu Makeynu, our Father, our King
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We enter Your rest and Your praises we sing!
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!

We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!



In six days You painted the face of the earth
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!
And carved out a day when You'd rest from Your work
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!

We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!



You brought forth a nation from Abraham
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!
And spared his son Isaac, providing the ram
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!

We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!


The prophets foretold that Messiah would come
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!
Sh'ma Yisrael, the Lord God is one!
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!

We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!


And just as Your rested when Your work was done
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We enter Your rest by the work of Your Son
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!

We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!


The lilies You dress and the sparrows You feed
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!
You, Elohim, provide every need!
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!

We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!


Your people will enter Your rest when we cry,
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!
"Baruch ha ba b'Shem Adonai!"
Lord, we delight in Your Shabbat!

We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!
We delight, we delight, we delight in Your Shabbat!


May you delight in His set apart day.





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5 comments:

Tammy said...

It IS a delight! :)

Moira said...

Shabbat Shalom(may your Sabbath be whole and complete)
Moira

Mommy Set Free said...

We ALL have those weeks. Once in great while if I get way behind (and our budget allows) we will have a "Chinese Shabbat". Papa will pick up a large amount of Chinese take-out, and we will eat it for our Erev meal and than munch on cold Chinese left overs for our main meal the next day!

What a treat to meet you through the Shabbat Linky! I can see you have alot to offer in the way of ministering to other ladies!

I look forward to browsing your blog more in coming visits.

In Him,
pamela
www.Homeshalom.blogspot.com

PlainJane said...

Wonderful post. I'm not familiar with that song, I'll have to look it up.

Enjoyed catching up with your other posts as well. Cute about the orange jello.

Nice to come over here for sanity, it seems like the longer I live, the more out of step I am with others...friends are further & fewer between...this world is not my home. As friends and churches are getting more worldly...it's nice to know of a few that are not. ((hugs))

HsKubes said...

Tammy ~ Indeed, it is! :)


Moira ~ Thank you. I hope yours was a blessed day of rest, too. Shalom!


Pamela ~ Not that I rejoice in others difficulties, but it is encouraging to be reminded how we all have those times. ;) And I love your "Chinese Shabbat". ;o) Thank you for sharing and for the encouragement. I look forward to getting to know you. :)


Jane ~ We have enjoyed this song, a lot. I like to listen to it as I make preparations... reminding me to delight. ;o)
I understand how friends become fewer and it seems there is much less like-mindedness and, yes, so much worldliness, such lack of separation, etc... It blesses me to know that your coming here encouraged you. I hope to chat with you soon, friend. I feel like it's been such a long time. {{{hugs}}}


~ Christina

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