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Just for Fun

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM Comments comments (440)
Moody's Mood For Love
from Tito Puente's Golden Latin Jazz All Stars "IN SESSION"
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Roles of women and men in Yahweh's creation have been top of mind during recent couple of years... With His Holy Spirit helping me think through issues of life, I've looked through the lenses of experience at knowledge available in Hebrew words inspired by Holy Spirit in Genesis 1-4. I've come to the conclusion that the female is given a mouth to speak, not to be silent, and the culture of oppression has made me and other women too ashamed to pour out of our tender mercies the truth that needs to be spoken. And it's made a lot of men unwilling to hear it. I'll probably write more on this later, but for now my thoughts are on the ideal of how men and women get along one-on-one.

That's not because I'm reading Song of Solomon. It's because I've been listening to an amazing song by James Moody. On the record's liner notes, Mr. Alfredo Cruz writes: "Bop legend James Moody steps in to close the recording with a unique rendition of his classic Moody's Mood For Love as only he and Tito can do it. Tito dusts off his vibes here and goes for a fun-loving ride with his bebop buddy. Kindred spirits, both Puente and Moody share a long and ongoing association as their careers have crisscrossed and overlapped over the last 50 years. This collaboration perhaps best reflects the common bond shared by all these musicians -- and a poignant way to close this installment of the All Stars."

This song was recorded as a bonus on the end of Tito Puente's Golden Latin Jazz All Stars "In Session" and I agree with James: Is there any wonder why I'm really feeling in the mood for love?  Just listen to this hilarious song that is so full of TRUTH!  It's enough to put you into the mood to trust, to try, to hope... in all that Yah has created and ordained!

The Wells of Salvation

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (5)
What would life be without MUSIC? Today I invite you to join the angels and lift your voice, because with JOY you will draw water from the wells of salvation!

This day, say:
Give thanks to Yahweh
Call on His Name
Make known among the nations
What He has done
and proclaim that His Name is EXALTED!

Sing to Yahweh
for He has done GLORIOUS things!
Let this be known
To all the world!

Shout aloud and sing for JOY
People of Zion!
For great is the Holy One
of Israel among you!

p.s. Don't forget that YOU are the People of Zion, YOU are Israel, if you put your faith in the One Who died on the cross and was resurrected into the Heavenlies, the One Who will return to judge the world and to establish His kingdom on earth! Yahshua haMashiach, often called Jesus Christ... in Him are the Covenants of Promise and in Him is the Citizenship of Israel! EPHESIANS 2:11-13

Check out a cool pictorial lesson about Isaiah 12:2 that is finally posted in my essay called THE GIFT at www.chayah.info ...

Enjoy some foot-tapping music by Daniel Botkin along with my essay called HOLINESS...

Your feedback will be appreciated, if you desire.

Yahweh bless you!
Wells of Salvation
BJ Harris
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He Loves Me. He loves me NOT.

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM Comments comments (4)
You know that old picture of the young girl with a daisy, plucking petals and sighing, "He loves me" for one and "He loves me not" for the next? I just figured out what that means!  

That was originally a teaching tool, preparing our little girls for making the right choice for marriage! Just think if all women everywhere knew in their heart of hearts that it was their privilege, right and DUTY to choose the one man who loved them for their husband. WOW!  Then they would behave in their daily talk and walk like nobility!  Full of charity yet still head held high and tits up, as a beautiful grey-headed survivor of domestic violence once advised me. We would have no divorce because we would have no abuse because we would have no women willing to put up with hate. We would have no fighting, none whatsoever, because we would have no discord. When a man loves a woman, he takes every moment and every interaction as an opportunity to fulfill his mission in life... which is to love a woman into being all that she can be. And if a man doesn't already know that, there's nothing a woman can do to change his heart.

I have found a man who is loving me!   I cannot tell you how refreshing this is!  I am free to be me!  I am free to make mistakes!  I am free to be beautiful!  I am free to speak my mind!  I am free to be kind, gentle, respectful and loving just as I was designed to be!  I am free to be creative and caring, nurturing and organized, capable and normal, curious and ignorant, powerful and weak.  I am free!  

If you know any young girls, do your duty. Take your young friend aside and instruct her that she has choices to make in her future. Teach her what the bible really teaches: that a good woman reserves to herself the joy of uniting with the one wise, kind, peacemaking gentleman who is tested over time and anointed by Yahweh to be her KING. Because everyone who acts like a princess is destined to be a QUEEN!!!!!! 

Reunion

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM Comments comments (5)
Waiting. Patiently waiting. Imagine the one person that you were made for is waiting patiently for you. Something is holding you back from going to your one and only to make love by making a life together. Circumstances create time and distance which results in simply occupying your space expectantly until you are free to go to your lover. 

This scenario is mine. My betrothed is Bryan Armstrong, who is not able to come for me quite yet. I cannot go to him, either. We have certain roles to fulfill until our duty is complete. In the Fall of 2015 we will be free to Unite. Until then, we celebrate the fat that Yah took me from Bryan's rib and made me for him. One day, Yah will reunite us and we will be One Flesh! 

Meanwhile, I resonate to songs like Warrior by Matisyahu
   Reunite them  
   Return the princess to her King  
   Reunite them, 
   She’s been taken for so long  
   Reunite them, 
   Then she’ll be filled with joy  
   Reunite them 
   Like the days of her youth!   

I imagine the truth constantly... that my lover is our savior, Messiah Yahshua. And now that I know how easy it is to wait for a man like Bryan, someone so loving even from afar, I am finding it harder to wait for Yahshua to return. Why is that? 

Running Swiftly to Love

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (29)
Love is Full of Wonderful Colour by The Icicle Works  "My friend and I were talking one evening Beside some burning wood Trading tales of places we came upon When the times were good He spoke of a girl he viewed like no other Whom he had come to know I swallowed hard and listened intently Resigned, beside the glow…   Always there it’s standing proudly When all else falls down It’s all around you Didn’t it find you When you said It couldn’t be found?  When love calls me I will be running swiftly to find out Just what all the fuss is all about. Unrelentless, Deep in the strangest feelings, Believe me, Love is full of wonderful colour.   I insist that you picked the wrong one To preach that fear is true. Simmer down. We’ll run for a reason To see What faith can do.   Love is a beacon on the horizon Watch when you touch down. Reality finds you Fumbling for reasons When the chance comes round.  When love calls me I will be running swiftly to find out Just what all the fuss is all about. Unrelentless, Deep in the strangest feelings, Believe me, Love is full of wonderful colour.   When love calls me I will be running swiftly to find out Just what all the fuss is all about. Unrelentless, Deep in the strangest feelings, Believe me, Love is full of wonderful colour.   Take my confidence to guide you. Fools have fallen; look beside you. Love is full of wonderful colour. Take my confidence to guide you. Fools have fallen; look beside you. Love is full of wonderful colour."   Thoughts from Melissa:  When I was 14 this band’s music was what I sang aloud while driving my mom’s bright red Fiat Spider with the top down! At the time I had not been called to give my life to the Lover of my soul. He waited a long time. But I had already made profession with my mouth — as a teenager singing along with such happy music — that I would answer the call when it came. Thank Yah He sent Yahshua to hold my heart! For Yah is Love, and absolutely He is full of wonderful colour!  WooHoo!  Wanna know more about His colors? Visit www.chayah.info/love.html  and turn up the jams!  

The Icicle Works
Love is a Wonderful Colour
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Transitions

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:23 PM Comments comments (4)
This is the tail end of the beautiful garden.... garlic and parsley in seed simultaneously. The heat hit Texas HARD, the rain stopped, and the harvest withered. Yet Yah gave just enough fresh ripe heirloom tomatoes to feed everyone at the Pentecost celebration. HalleluYah! 

Now we're working the field for a good harvest before the Feast of Tabernacles, which this year is Oct 13 - 2011... depending on when that crescent moon appears at the beginning of the 7th month! Keep your eyes up on the skies. Behold! He comes! Shining like the sun at the Trumpet's Call! Out of Zion Salvation shall come! Yahshua, who was and who is and who is to come. HalleluYah! 

Lunch Break

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM Comments comments (1)
Between editing three calendars of events for three magazines today, I took a lunch break to check on my ailing chicken who had been "played with" by my dog, Prissy. The chicken was standing near the water trough, but looking kind of tired. I tried to investigate, and her skin looked a little green. I figured she needed more than prayer, and I picked her up to take her closer to the hose where I planned to wash her down and dry her off and then douse her with hydrogen peroxide to speed up healing. A little drop of blood rolled off her toenail and I realized there was a puncture would somewhere. I got her to a quiet place in the grass near the hose, and put the dogs in the house, and gathered my Schreiner's Veterinary Ointment and a towel and the peroxide, and went to her aid. Lo and behold, I discovered a lot of 1/2" white worms crawling in and out of her body. Yes, that grossed me out. But I knew that there was no saving her so I went and got the shovel, and I placed its tip behind her skull and I did the unimaginable... Praise be to Yah and the Wisdom He gives to me, I was able to be very clear with her and with myself about why I was doing this and she died quickly. I prepared the burn pile with a cardboard box for her body, poured gasoline on the pyre and lit 'er up. I committed a mercy killing on my lunch break and went about my day in great peace, all thanks to Yah's work to make me a new creature, one able to be a good steward.

Have you ever had to do such a thing? Maybe you had to commit a child to a mental institution? Maybe you had to break off a "friendship" for the sake of somebody's health? Tell us about it! How have you learned to do the right thing?

On Eagles Wings

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM Comments comments (30)
Freedom. Do we live in the state of true freedom? Do we want to? 
I know I want to be free to be me, the me that I was designed to be. 
Today my Heavenly Father healed me supernaturally, 
and led me into more freedom than I thought possible just 12 hours ago! 

I was praying to Him from my bed, and reading the scriptures that His Holy Spirit inspired. Matthew 10 quotes Yeshua, the savior of this world, instructing me that if I do not love Yahweh more than my parents then I am not worthy of Yahweh. Plus, He said He came to put a man at variance with his daughter. So, I told Yah from my bed that the challenges to me seemed complex and overwhelming. Forgive my parents, honor them, love them, detach from them, accept the variance between us all, and even shake the dust off my feet if they do not receive my peace. All that is so hard when I, on my own, have no idea how to love them. I told all this to the Holy One of Israel, knowing that I am His daughter and that He wants me to confide in Him so He can help me. 

Well, help me He did! I stared for awhile at the sweet bird of freedom on the slate-blue T-shirt that my beautiful sister gave to me. I relaxed, knowing that somehow Yah was working all things for good. Then I read today's devotional, which challenged me to adore and revere and pray for the SPIRIT OF WHOLENESS, and it quoted Psalm 124:7... WE HAVE ESCAPED LIKE A BIRD FROM THE SNARE OF THE FOWLERS; THE SNARE IS BROKEN AND WE HAVE ESCAPED!  The devotional went on to challenge me to imagine Yah's love for those I fear, and to pray: Yahweh, be with us. Be with them. May we all escape hatred's trap. 

Wow, can I tell you how praying that one little prayer opened the way for Yah's Holy Spirit to come work in my heart this morning? I anointed my right toe, right thumb and right ear with Oil of Hyssop and prayed for Him to restore a right spirit in me, and then I anointed my feet with a lovely blend of essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils called TRANSFORMATION and I repented of expecting anything from my parents and of all the anger built up after each dashed expectation. With total forgiveness and unconditional love I invited Yah's Holy Spirit to transform every physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problem and inappropriate behavior based on my old anger. I chose to accept the chasm between me and my parents. I chose to stand strong with Yahweh as my eagle, supernatural healer, lover, guide, king, master, friend, provider, defender, husband, father and comforter. I chose to feel at peace about asking Yah to defend me in every situation, and to feel confident that I am a worthwhile human being and I deserve to come to my own defense as He guides me in each moment. I chose to honor my parents as Yahweh guides. I chose to love my parents in the ways of kindness and truth. I chose to accept the new program that Yah has worked in my brain and my body, believing that the Oils were anointed to reprogram me at the very DNA level and that His ways would become my ways as I willingly submitted to His transformation in my soul. 

I am forgiven! I am healed! It is done! The transformation is finished, because Yeshua took stripes for me (Isaiah 53:3)! 
I am free to walk forward, to run and not grow weary, to leap on hinds feet, to fly on My Eagle's Wings! Thank You Yahweh! Thank You Yeshua! You have made all this possible by Your death and resurrection! 
HalleluYah! 
I am FREE! 

By the way, for anyone who feels this is all too private and that it shouldn't be shared publicly, I shall quote Yeshua, from Matthew 10:27... WHAT I TELL YOU IN DARKNESS, SPEAK YE IN LIGHT; AND WHAT YE HEAR IN THE EAR, PREACH YE UPON THE HOUSETOPS! 

Yahweh works supernaturally through His son's lovingkindness and judgment, which is found not only in every word on every page of scripture, but in all things... even the gifts of sisters that usually hang in their proper place but since I wore the outfit just yesterday, it just so happened to be hanging directly in line-of-sight this morning, which is the very morning that I was blessed to read Psalm 124:7...

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; 
the snare is broken and we have escaped! 

Perfection Requires Patience

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM Comments comments (1)
Patience is more than tolerating another, or gritting your teeth to get through a task you'd rather not be doing. Patience is acceptance with joy and gratitude and wonder! Surly endurance brings no glory to Yah. But Cheerful Endurance inspires longer, more effective work in the fields so that the harvest is greater. 

Today I worked in my garden under the sunshine, receiving its rays on my bare skin, happy to be in the heat and dirt. This was not my old experience of gardening. In my less-mature state as a new gardener (and new believer) ten years ago, I was totally results-driven and never could "get into" the work in the garden, but I certainly enjoyed the harvest time and the preservation of the goodies.

However, today I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the hour spent not only on my knees, but also bending and standing and searching with my eyes for newly sprouted wonders from Yah. While discovering up-start edibles that I hadn't remembered planting (Thank You Yahweh!) I found other wonders, from lady bugs to caterpillars to flowers that I hadn't noticed yesterday. This was a strange new joy that has only come from a combination of experience, time in the dirt and Holy Spirit knowledge. The resulting wisdom helped me accept with joy the arduousness of the task. Only by Yah's help can we endure anything that He gives to us.  I pray in Yeshua's name for all who read this blog entry that He deepen your relationship with Him so that you are able to endure anything and everything with cheerful, grateful hearts and that His joy becomes your strength! Have a great week and CHAYAH

A Week of Firsts

Posted on March 27, 2011 at 12:51 AM Comments comments (3)
This week I had a few firsts. On the first day of the week, Sunday, I hit my father for the first time ever. Hit him, kicked him, told him I hated him. How's that for a follower of Yahweh? Not cool. My next first is that I felt love for Daddy and pity for him and also love for me and pity for me. No fear, just love (which involves reality-based thinking). My next first is that by the end of that very day, I had put the whole situation in Yah's hands and did not over-think it, and  I got a good night's sleep. My next first is that I did not assume that I could figure all this out alone and I did contact a few trusted friends, including my wonderful therapist, so I could make a plan for how to proceed. My next first is that I realized that in all this, Yah was at work on everyone's behalf so there was no use crying over spilt milk and this was, in fact, NOT the end of the world. The week was, in fact, a good one, ending with a brief visit with family that included me and my dad and we obviously love each other. Things will not ever be the same though. There will now be intentional respect at all times from both of us. Praise Yah for the mysterious ways He works! 

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