The Indescribable Love of God
In the autumn of 2004, I heard about the Hebrew word hesed (or chesed) for the first time. My new husband and I had left our jobs to go to a 22-month Bible school in a new city. I remember walking out into the dark night after a class in a trance of joy. The deep, vast meaning of hesed captivated me.
January – I am New
New is the Hebrew chādāsh and means new, fresh, born again.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26v
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great mercy He caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
December – I am Redeemed
Redeemed is the Hebrew nîgāl.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. Ephesians 1:7
How are your sins like scarlet?
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
The Feast of Trumpets
On the Feast of Trumpets and Every Day, We Celebrate His Return!
The Feast of Trumpets will be celebrated this year on September 19th and will begin at sunset the evening before. It falls on the new moon of the 7th Hebrew month Tishrei.
September—I am a Reflector
Reflector is the Hebrew lashaqaph and means reflect, mirror, make visible.
For God Who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
Stay connected with gentle verses that pass along God’s joy!
O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your riches.
O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
If you would like to read the origin of the Full earth card, please continue reading.
His Grand Compassion
In April 2001, I traveled with a friend out west. I took this photograph in Arizona at the Grand Canyon as the sun set. The Canyon was bigger than anything I had seen; I just couldn’t grasp its magnitude in my humanness. And yet…
Celebrate a new birth!
Springs of joy is from the Joy Collection. To see the card in its Collection, please click here.
Whether you are celebrating a new birth, a baptism or a life lived in God, Psalm 87 is a beautiful gem of rejoicing! It reflects with nuances of the joy of the Lord Most High, His city, His kingdom and His people.
This Psalm of the sons of Korah sings of Adonai’s love for His people and the place of their birth. Verses 5-7 read:
Of Zion it shall be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,”
And the Lord Most High Himself will establish her.
He shall count and say, “This person and that person were born there.” Selah.
And the singers and musicians (dancers) shall sing:
All my springs of joy are in thee!
Are you discouraged?
Discouragement comes in many forms. It can be difficult to know the source. Loneliness, depression, and failure can bring discouragement. Some people have had emotional trauma that surfaces at certain times. Others are very affected by the weather. The isolation of the past months can take its toll on us and our families.
August—I am Chosen
Chosen is the Hebrew bāhîr.
Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain…” John 15:16a
Five New Bookmarks!
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Shale Fragments is here!
ShaleFragments.com is here – a new website filled with the beauty of God's Word! It is loaded with free, downloadable Scripture Studies, Short Devotionals, Retreat Material, and other writings for you to enjoy! Many of the writings were designed to make it easy for you to facilitate your own studies and sharing times in your home, church and workplace.
Beloved, you are rich!
You are blessed.
You are rich in lavished grace and inheritance from the Lord.
(This truth is found in the Hebrew word for “blessed” – ashrei.)
Beloved, you are the one!
You are greatly loved by the Lord.
You are the one He loves!
(This truth is found in the Hebrew word for “beloved” – yādîd. By faith let’s think and act on this promise!)