Being Holy Being Whole – NISSAN 2020
THEME: SEA / BIRTH and REBIRTH
CORE QUESTION: How does our theme this month affect your relationship with God, with yourself, and with others?
VERSE: “Be strong, be courageous! Do not be afraid or downhearted, because Adonai your G-d is with you wherever you go [or stay!]”. (Joshua 1:9)
Shalom dear fellow students on this sacred journey of life,
It is both interesting and disappointing to think that today, together with one of my sisters and her husband, I would have been setting sail from the beautiful city of Cape Town, in South Africa, into the Indian Ocean on the lovely liner Queen Mary 2. We had booked our 17 day “once in a lifetime” cruise many months ago, little knowing we would find ourselves in the global crisis we all are now experiencing. They were able to get home to America before the airports were closed here in South Africa, but I presently am on lockdown in Cape Town, gratefully with kind, caring friends. Now, rather than perusing the beautiful, physical ocean ‘landscape,’ I have time to contemplate my own inner personal ‘landscape.’
Our inner landscapes are, in fact, very similar to that of the ocean. Both are constantly changing, often unpredictable. They contain much life and beauty below the surface. When calm and undulating the ocean reflects the sapphire blue of the sky; much like when our souls are at rest, we can reflect the goodness and peace of our Father in Heaven. The glory and radiance of the sunrise and sunset glow from its surface, and the gentle lapping and rhythm of its waves are soothing and pleasant.
However, when a storm blows in, its power is unleashed – the waters churn and become steely gray. The waves crash and become dangerous to enter. Yet, when one views it from a place of safety, there also is a unique beauty in the power of a stormy sea. Life always presents us with different types of storm. They can be brief, such as an emotionally upsetting encounter with another, or one on a larger scale such as loss of a loved one, or severe illness; or even on an unprecedented scale such as the global CoVid 19 pandemic we now are experiencing. In whatever storm we encounter the only factor we have any control over is how we react and respond – how we allow it to affect our inner ‘landscape.’
Will we exhibit calm and strength, reflecting trust in the One who said, “Peace, be still!” And who enables us to calm the storm? Or do we churn and crash in fear and panic and block out the Shalom of His presence?
This is the year, and decade, of Peh – the new Hebrew year is 5780, tav-shin-peh. The word ‘peh’ means mouth. It is of great importance to note, not only what goes into our mouths but also, particularly, what comes out of them – the words we speak. Our focus needs to be on Prayer, Praise, Positive speech (as opposed to negative words of criticism, gossip, slander, judgmentalism, anything false, etc.) and Proclamation of truth and the Word of God.
1. Ponder upon how you can increase and enhance these 4 P’s in your daily life.
2. Write down and speak out daily affirmations about who you are as a beloved child of God, redeemed by the Lamb, and a radiant soul deserving of honor.
In case you don’t receive the monthly HIs-Israel newsletter, here are 3 daily proclamations you may consider:
1. By your Spirit, Father, I have the strength I need for today. (Zechariah 4:6)
2. I take every negative, fearful thought captive and align it in accord with Your Word. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
3. I am grateful for every day and every breath You give me. I will breathe deeply and speak words of praise, hope, and kindness.
And, dear ones, remember to pray for family, friends, the nations, and pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and all Israel.
In Him who loves us with an eternal love,
PS: REMINDER – you will find the Journal Prompts for Nissan and other material in the Being Holy Being Whole Group on the His-Israel FB Page. Please join us there if you have not yet already done so.