Days of Awe

The entire ten days from the first day of the Feast of Trumpets through the Day of Atonement are known as the Days of Repentance or Days of Awe, (Yaman Noraim).

Rosh Hashanah, (Head of the Year, Yom Termah) is the first day of Tishri, ( The Jewish New Year).   It is celebrated with the blast of the shofar.  (Lev. 23:23-32; Num. 29:1-7)  It is the only Jewish festival or appointed time observed for two days.  Furthermore, it is also the only Jewish feast that occurs on the new moon.  Therefore, because it falls on the new moon, no one really knows when exactly it will occur.  (Matthew 24:32-36)

The Feast of Trumpets is a celebration remembering God as King of the Universe, a time to request for a year of Peace, (Shalom), Prosperity and Blessing.  The blowing of the shofar is a spiritual wake up call, warning all to repent and get right with God’s before His return.

Here are some reasons why the shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah:

  1. Recognition of the King of the Universe and His continued reign forever.
  2. Observance and Celebration of the Creation of the world.
  3. Blast of the shofar is God’s holy alarm to awaken from spiritual slumber.
  4. A call to examine our words, thoughts and deeds; correcting our ways and returning to God.
  5. A divine holy reminder to rededicate ourselves to study God’s Word.
  6. An invitation to follow God’s command; seeking reconciliation with people you have wronged.  A time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur, (Day of Judgment).

Jewish eschatology teaches that on the Day of Atonement, after the six thousand years are complete, the Day of the Lord will come.  On that day the shofar will sound, the righteous will be resurrected andwill attend the coronation of the King.  Also according to Jewish eschatology, the gates of heaven are opened on Rosh Hashanah and closed on Yom Kippur.  (Revelation 3:7-11)

Celebrate Roshanah by teaching your children about repentance, turning our hearts toward God and looking forward to the Second Coming of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

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Work in process…

We are all in process. We all have imperfections.

The beautiful part is when we start to love others with forgiveness for their flaws and see them as God does in their future.

When we allow God to take over he can help us stay patient because hey, transformation takes time…
Let's stay patient.
~LaQuenta

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Becoming…

There is always a struggle between who you were and who you are becoming – 

That’s what growth and development is…

The time it takes for us to let the better part of us to become all of us..

-Pastor TD Jakes

#WhySacrifice ?

That moment in life I’ve always struggled with…When I stop making deals with God (yep, I have done this in prayer time) and stop negotiating. Instead we know we are changing when we begin to build alters. Point where we say something has to die. Understanding the required action to obtain, retain and maintain what I’m “hoping for” – This is the point of acknowledging the required sacrafice…

I want to loose weight by summer so I will sacrafice desserts and salty snacks.

I desire a healthy marriage relationship with my spouse so I will sacrafice selfish attitude and serve them without expectation fully our of love. 

I want to be out of debt so I will sacrafice excess impulse spending and traveling for one year to save more money and pay down what I owe.

Sacrifice: a loss or something you give up, usually for the sake of a better cause. …

Seeds die so a plant can sprout. 

I would sacrifice my life in order for my sons to live. That choice to sacrifice is based out of love,  I know my parents would make the same decision to  do the same for me. God sent his son Jesus to express the definition of sacrifice in a way that we could relate to as humans. 

We all love movies where someone does a huge act of love and a leader dies for his people, the couple dies for their family, a mother for her children…So now in life, how can we all apply the principle of sacrifice?
Our growth in Christ and steps of faith while we learn to follow Him will require sacrificial decisions. Many of the areas all we need to get better in (patience, compassion, pride, insecurity) or gain more of only comes through sacrafice to my “old self”. You know, all the ways I used to or have done in the past. Sacrafice means I die. My will, wants and desires are gone. And then at that point there is a new beginning a brand-new start to gain more and see what new life comes beyond. 

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Luke 9:24 | NIV

“No longer I but Christ that lives in me” #Gal2v20

the Princess and her crown


Some days I don’t feel very princess-y. Even though I know I am special, unique, treasured, valuable (and all those other affirmations we say every day ladies)… yet with no makeup, when hair is a mess and my home looks like this castle was attacked my “royal” crown starts to feel like I don’t deserve it. I’m growing more to learn that identity has little to do with feelings, it about belief and knowledge. Personal identity is defined in a different manner…

Identity: 1. the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another 2. the character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, (etc.) that distinguish or identify a person or thing

Identity comes from confidence about who you are regardless of circumstance. It can be based on facts, statements we have told ourselves, words others have said to us, or what we hold as truths.

If I don’t feel royal because I am having a bad hair day then “my look” is what determines my identity and it shouldn’t.

If I don’t get a position because I am not the “right fit” or have more than the qualifications required for the company, that shouldn’t impact my identity.

If a guy says they don’t see a long term relationship because we aren’t compatible (and have completely different values), that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with me or my identity.

Identity is about knowing. 

Knowing who you are.

No matter what situation arises.  

Healthy inner identity says “because I am…

…strong, smart, beautiful, capable, precious & I have a extremely high worth, I will continue to move forward each day with my head held high”….

Identity becomes more permanent if you allow it to grow roots from a renewed and transformed mind to your spirit. 

Keep your crown straight. You are made in the great image of God and He says you are royalty…

-LQonPurpose

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Revitalization…

You ever wonder why we cant get enough HGTV? Because at the end of every show, there is a incredible gorgeous home.
That’s the process of revitalization
re·vi·tal·i·za·tion – “the action of imbuing something with new life and vitality”…
I am growing to understand this word & learning a principle too. The dilapidated, run-down, moldy, uninhabitable parts of any dwelling or structure have to be demolished to clear space for the new construction.
We have no idea what God has in the city plans and blueprints. When The Lord clears out the whole house, he is really about to blow you away at the big reveal, there is a reason and design in mind, so let the construction happen, ya’ll! And then be amazed by the beautiful building that will stand in the end (with increased property value, too!)
~LQonPurpose
 
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” (yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end)

Grace, its a gift

GRACE:

Defined: the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

So what does that mean?

Grace is a gift with no strings attached. Hard to accept but its real – So when we get grace… We can live free.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Remember, no matter what your past is broken or weakness – it can be restored…

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

“Not one mistake, can undo grace…” All Things Get Better, song by Geoffery Golden

 

-LQonPurpose

Firey Pursuit

What are you #pursuing in life? Is it what sets your #soul #onfire?? Will it blaze a trail for others to follow???

-LQ

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#fearless #forward #focus