God never looks at you apart from Jesus. So don’t ever see yourself outside of Jesus. Everything that is true about Jesus is true about you.
Life Lived in Poetry©️Dawn Minott |with audio
Before-word: Life is line upon line of experiences grouped together like stanzas, arranged like verses in a script // expressed with voice, diction, sound, rhythm, meter // understood through figures of speech, symbolism, allegory, imagery // structured in syntax and scheme // with strong, accurate, interesting words, deliberately chosen to give meaning to life — LIFE LIVED IN POETRY.
Shabbat Shalom: B.I.B.L.E.—Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth | with audio
The people who know God, know life!
Shabbat Shalom: Generational Blessings| with audio
Don’t forget to remember—God doesn’t forget. And He’ll bestow blessings on you that’s been stored up at the request of others on your behalf.
Shabbat Shalom: Fragments of Prayer©
The more I think on why I pray, the more I come to realize that my prayers are really but fragments of my heart. Like when I’m compelled to stop in acknowledgement that the normalcy and routine of my life has been interrupted by the supernatural. Like when my eyes open in the morning and …
Shabbat Shalom, A Poem| God Was©
Before there was before, there was God. God was. God is. God will be.
Shabbat Shalom: Dear God, I’m Grateful | with audio
Extraordinary flowers that look exactly like animals, aliens, fairies and other strange creatures
Shabbat Shalom: Dear God, How Will I Know?
Not every opportunity is a blessing. Not every open door is for us to walk through. Not every closed door is a missed opportunity.
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Shalom (Peace) with audio
One of the benefits of writing is that words live on in perpetuity and can be revisited. This week was very trying for me with some heavy emotional moments on issues that will deeply impact my future. By the end of the week I was emotionally spent. The week also concluded a month of intense …
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Shabbat Shalom: Gucci Cross
Grateful for the old rugged cross! Nothing Gucci about it.
Shabbat Shalom: It’s Worship Time© // with audio
Sabbath is for rest and it’s also for worship.
Shabbat Shalom: Fingerprints in the Sand
Before acting in judgement and condemnation of others, remember how much God has forgiven us.
Shabbat Shalom: Let’s Pray©
When I pray the objective isn’t to change God. For prayer doesn’t change God, it changes me.
Shabbat Shalom: God’s Poem [with audio]
God is the unparalleled Poet. And of all that He’s created, humans are His workmanship, His masterpiece, His best poem.
Shabbat Shalom: Selah! [with audio]
Selah! This may be the most mysterious word in the Bible. There’s no one definition but the operative word that all these definitions have in common—though it’s only implicit—is silence.
Shabbat Shalom: I Wanna Heart Like That Heart [with audio]
Having a heart like God’s heart does not mean that a person will make no mistakes. Rather, you will respond differently when confronted with your mistakes—with humility and repentance.
Shabbat Shalom: God Moments [with audio]
Click👆to listen There are moments that are described as “happenstances” and others as “coincidences”, but I prefer to see these moments as God moments. God moments mark the times when the ordinary of our lives is interrupted and interjected with the extraordinary. God moments are moments that cannot be explained, or they are so perfectly …
Shabbat Shalom: Real Life Living [with audio]
Religion should lead to a deeper spiritual experience.
Shabbat Shalom: Rest Is Power [with audio]
Sabbath reminds me in a tangible way that God is creator. And, allows me the freedom in focusing primarily on God and all He does for me.
Shabbat Shalom: The Tale of Two Daughters Where 12 & 12 Collide [with audio]
It’s a tale in parallelism of two daughters: the dying 12 year-old daughter, beloved of her father and a woman rejected, including by her own father, losing her life source each day for 12 years. For as long as the little girl has been alive, this woman has been slowly dying.
Shabbat Shalom In 7 [with audio]
The moment I came to the realization that I will never be able to fully understand or describe God, and thankfully so because if I could then He would cease to be God, this poem was born as a tribute to God for who and what He is—the “I Am”.
Shabbat Shalom: The Last Week to Easter© [with audio]
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Easter reminds us Jesus conquered death so we can have life and have it MORE ABUNDANTLY!!
Shabbat Shalom: If Jesus Lived on Earth Today©
What if Jesus—in His physical form—stopped by to visit me today? What would I do? Invite Him in? What would I say? “Come on in. Take a seat. May I get you something to drink?” Or maybe I’d be too astounded to utter even one word. Maybe I’d just sit at his feet and wait for Him to speak.
Shabbat Shalom: What in God’s Name?! Jehovah Shammah (God Is There/Here) [with audio]
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Shammah—the God who is there/the God who is here.
Shabbat Shalom: Who Writes Your Story?
As long as we are alive, God’s still writing our stories.
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Raah (Shepherd)
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Raah—the God who is our Shepherd.
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Tsidkenu (Righteousness)
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Tsidkenu—the God who is our Righteousness.
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Jireh (Provider) Part II
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Jireh, the God who sees you and provides in the now and the future including your salvation.
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah-Jireh (Provider) Part I with audio
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Jireh, the God who sees you and provides in the now and the future.
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Rapha (Healing) with audio
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Jehovah Rapha is the God who is present to heal in times of extremity and to redeem as the Word made flesh.
Shabbat Shalom: What In God’s Name—Jehovah Shalom (Peace) with audio
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). While we are climbing our way out of this current global storm, Jehovah Shalom is able to give us calm and strength because PEACE is who He is!
Shabbat Shalom: New Year—New Thing [with audio]
PLAY👆to listen as you read along Some times it feels unreal, but we’ve actually been hunkered down for almost two years. Can you believe it?! Just about every aspect of our lives have been constrained and in some instances crippled by an infectious agent that is so small it requires a microscope to visualize it. …
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Shabbat Shalom: Making Peace With Your Present [with audio]
Hi Everyone. Sharing this week’s Shabbat Shalom post a day early should in case you’ll be enjoying Christmas celebrations too much to be on WordPress 😊
Shabbat Shalom: Be Still [a poem]
Imagine a conversation with God about being still when all around you is in chaos. This piece is such a conversation.
Shabbat Shalom: Tears’ Voice & Harvest [with audio]
👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along Tears have a voice. Whether tears are as a consequence of joy or sorrow, they speak volumes—even more than words can say. As I mentioned in last week’s Shabbat Shalom post, I was writing it from my own heart experience. What I didn’t say was that it was written …
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Shabbat Shalom: …comma-but-God Moments
👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along At a concert a couple years ago I bought a tee-shirt that read: “…but God”. I was drawn to it because I’ve always been fascinated with the power associated with that two-word combo in the Bible. It’s such a compelling combination that you’ll often hear folks use it as …
Shabbat Shalom: Heaven’s Grocery Store [with audio]
👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along Today’s Shabbat Shalom post is a poem I used to recite as a child which crossed my path again this week. Stroll with me through heaven’s grocery store. As I was walking down life's highwayA long, long time agoOne day I came upon a sign that read“Heaven’s Grocery Store” …
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Shabbat Shalom: Name-Changer God [with audio]
👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along For today’s Shabbat Shalom post we’ll talk about God as name changer. One of the reasons why I love God is that He is a doer of astoundingly-great things. One of those exceptional things He does is to change names. Throughout the Bible there are examples of God’s name-changing …
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Shabbat Shalom: Wholeness is Worship [with audio]
👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along For today’s Shabbat Shalom post the focus will be the wholeness in worship. And I’ll explain it using an ancient story told in the Bible in the book of St. Luke, the 17th chapter. One day Jesus was passing through a town and came across ten men who were …
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Shabbat Shalom: Haunted Heart | with audio
Be at home in your own heart.
Shabbat Shalom: God’s Art to heART [with audio]
👆Play👆to listen along as you read ART to heART is more than a homophone. It’s a life-changing salvific principle used in the recreative-poetic expression of God. The Greek word poiēma is used ONLY TWICE in the Bible and both times in reference to the creative power of God. First, when He created eARTh referred to …
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Shabbat Shalom: You’re A Masterpiece—God’s Work of Art [with audio]
👆Play👆to listen along as you read God is a master artist, a genius creator. When He created eARTh, He built ART into every nook and cranny of it. And as beautiful and majestic and wonderful as the ART He created in eARTh was, at its completion God pronounced it as merely “good”. Genesis 1:10, 12 …
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Shabbat Shalom: God Knows Your Name [with audio]
👆PLAY👆 and listen along while you read God is passionate about you because God is passionate about God. OK … hold on. Before you think I’m saying God is egotistic, because that He is not, let me expound. God knows who He is. In response to Moses’ question: “Who should I say you are?”, God …
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Shabbat Shalom: Sun/Son & Shadows
👆PLAY👆You may listen and read along Shadow is mentioned quite frequently in the Bible, and usually in the context of God's protective presence. Like: being covered with the shadow of God’s hand (Isaiah 51:16); resting in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1); being hidden in the shadow of God’s wings (Psalms 17:8); or walking …
Shabbat Shalom—Be Like A Tree© [with audio]
👆LISTEN👆as you read along As we’re winding down the season of long summer days and about to enter the season of transition, I’m thinking about trees and the transformation they’re preparing to undergo—the stripping, the letting go—and how simultaneously beautiful and haunting that is. And that got me thinking about the life lessons we can …
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Shabbat Shalom: Of Lives Lost & Longing
Before-word: for today’s Shabbat Shalom celebration, sharing a piece commissioned by my church as a tribute to our members who’ve passed on as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. I did not want a macabre presentation, but rather one filled with hopeful anticipation. Using the abecedarian poetry form, I chronicled our beginning; the joys of …
Shabbat Shalom: The Sacrifice©
Before-word: This epic poem is a parallelism of the Abrahamic and the Messianic sacrifice experiences. Abraham’s would-be sacrifice of Isaac was a foreshadow of the crucifixion of Christ. The sacrifice of Christ was a symbolism of high sabbaths (John 19:31) as the complete story of salvation—that is, the work of Christ beginning with His death …
Shabbat Shalom—Soul Cry: Hiraeth! [with audio]
Hiraeth: “A deep homesickness; an intense form of longing or nostalgia; an unaccountable homesickness for a place you have never visited”. 👆LISTEN👆WHILE YOU READ ALONG Hiraeth! Hiraeth! Something irretrievably lost, beckons Beckons my soul from deep Deep within, this unexplainable, unattainable longing Longing—intense yearning, reminiscing for a place A place I’ve never been but somehow …
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Shabbat Shalom: Sabbath, A Time-Tithe
Sabbath is a tithing of our time. Okay—having put that out there, let me explain: Sabbath and tithing are two biblical principles. Both appear paradoxical or self-contradictory on the surface. And, both are associated with blessings. Paradoxical and a blessing? How? Both are based on you giving up a portion of what you have a …
Shabbat Shalom: Rest in Stillness
I’m a big fan of David. The David of the Bible. Yes, that prolific spoken word artist who was also a master harpist, a warrior King and a murderous adulterer. So bloody were the hands of David from warding off assailants while he fled a jealous crazed king and from wars he waged to secure …
Shabbat Shalom: Why I am A Christian
I came across 12 Bloggerz! hosted by Rory. Rory you asked 12 great questions but one really jumped out at me. So, I’ll answer only that one because it aligned so strongly to something that is integral to who I am—my faith and being a Christian. This is the question: How would you feel if …
Shabbat Shalom: God Started It, Science Confirms It
Before I understood the true meaning and the blessings of the Sabbath, it was more like an arduous religious ritual observance. And as an adolescent, I recall at the end of just about every Sabbath I came down with a terrible migraine headache. Research on the anthropology and psychology of religion have confirmed the psychological …
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Shabbat Shalom: Grace
In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week; and the joy of Sabbath reflection—is the affirmation of GRACE. We know that God established Sabbath as a day of rest at the end …
Shabbat Shalom: Reflection
In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week—is the joy of Sabbath reflection. Sabbath is a time of reflection. Many people tend to think of Sabbath as merely a command given …
Shabbat Shalom: Fellowship
I previously wrote about attributes that Sabbath affords us—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause that we can take throughout the days that are like mini-Sabbaths. This post is about another facet of Sabbath, fellowship. One of the things I miss …
Shabbat Shalom: Peace
“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.” St John 14:27 (Holy Bible) I took this photo last night as the sun was setting, ushering in another Sabbath. And …