I am blessed to be in the Land of the King for two weeks. It’s been cold and rainy in Jerusalem, but it’s only made the streets of gold glisten all the more! These photos are from erev Shabbat last night.
I prerecorded a video for the tenth month of Tevet before I left for Israel. Sadly, when I tried to upload to YouTube tonight, the audio had issues that I could not repair. If I am able, I will record again while I’m in the Land. If not, I’ll post the video later this month after I return home. Meanwhile, may Adonai bless your tenth month of Tevet!
Tonight is the 40th day of the Omer! I hope you’ve been counting the days to Shavuot. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Grace in Torah, but I haven’t forgotten any of you, dear readers. I have a few upcoming articles about Proper Speech (The Tongue), Counting the Omer, and Shavuot. If you’d like a taste, you can listen (for free) to some recent podcasts with me and Dr. Deb Wiley on Hebrew Nation Radio.
You do need to be a Hebrew Nation subscriber to hear episodes that have been placed in the archives. But, it’s free to join! Why wait? You can also like Renewed Radio’s Facebook page (renewedhnr) to receive the latest podcasts in your newsfeed. Meanwhile, I’m praying you each have a very blessed Shavuot. May Adonai’s Light and Fire Shine on you and be gracious to you.
“For thou hast possessed my kidneys: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 JB. “I shall bless Lord Jehovah who counsels me and my kidneys teach me in the nights.” Psalm 16:7 AB.
I’m five or six years old and it hurts to breathe. I’m feverish. The doctor puts his stethoscope on my chest and tells me to take deep breath’s, which is difficult. He removes his lighted earpiece and looks deep into my ear canal. He asked me if my ears hurt. I answer in shallow rasps. As he peers, he says something to me that today seems humorous. He says, “What have you been planting in there, corn or potatoes?” I sink down and become embarrassed that I have dirty ears. Forget that I’m dying. Not really, but you get the gist of the situation.
Back this summer, Dr. Deb Wiley and I had the pleasure of interviewing Onleilove Alston of Prophetic Whirlwind on Renewed radio. At the time, she was planning a trip to Nigeria and was in the process of writing a book called, Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny. She will join us again on Renewed on February 14th, 2018 to explore her groundbreaking work.
Recently, she blogged about her mission trip to Nigeria and I am compelled to share it with my readers. Onleilove is an African American with Nigerian ancestry. She and I have had several conversations about the faith and life of the massive Igbo tribe in Nigeria. Though I am still learning about them (and can’t wait for her book to launch), she made me aware that this tribe was hit the hardest in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. One in four African-Americans and about 65% of Jamaicans have Igbo ancestry.
There are many Sabbath and Torah keeping assemblies in Igboland in Nigeria. The pictures and videos of the people made my heart swell and my eyes drip tears. At one point on her journey, the elder that accompanied and drove her from place to place stopped at a particular bridge. Onleilove tells it best: “people were told once you were taken over this bridge you would never see this land again. At first I was sad learning of this and thinking about my maternal ancestors but then the Ruach Ha’kodesh (Holy Spirit) spoke to my spirit and said don’t be sad because though they said your ancestors would never return they did return through you!”
Can you imagine?! She is such a vision of restoration! Though Onleilove dubbed this bridge the “Bridge of No Return,” she indeed returned and crossed that bridge, hallelujah!
I hope you will take the time to read her post, and listen to the upcoming program where she will expound on her trip and her new book. Here is the link to the article on Prophetic Whirlwind. Enjoy!
 Onleilove is pronounced “Only Love.” I just “love” that!
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