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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 11.3.18 ♥

🎶I was sick and tired, fed up with this
And decided to take a drive downtown
It was so very quiet and peaceful
There was nobody, not a soul around
I laid myself out, I was so tired
And I started to dream
In the morning the parking tickets were just
Like a flag stuck on my window screen
I says, “hey, you, get off of my cloud
Hey, you, get off of my cloud
Hey, you, get off of my cloud
Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd
On my cloud, baby🎶

While spinning some Rolling Stones tonight, I realized even Yeshua/Jesus knew that He needed to stop and rest. My all time favorite Stones song is “Get Off of My Cloud”. It was written as a follow up single to the successful “Satisfaction”. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in early September 1965. As many of you know, I’m a drummer and the song is noted for its drum intro by one of my influences Charlie Watts. And also known for the twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards. The lyrics are defiant and rebellious, which was common practice for the Rolling Stones around that time, they were beginning to cultivate their infamous “bad boy” image. The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of “Satisfaction”. The song deals with their aversion to people’s expectations of them. In the gospels we find Yeshua/Jesus from time to time taking himself off from the crowds to be on his own. He did not say “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud”. I believe for His own sanity, for His own survival he needed time alone.

“And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there” ( Mark 1:35)

Yeshua/Jesus simply needed space. We all need a bit of space. The main character in the Stone’s song wants serenity and to hit pause on the chaotic outside world. Disconcertingly, people continue to present new tasks and hassles to interfere with his life. After two such episodes, the main character travels farther into a desolate part of town, hoping to find peace, yet he wakes up to find that someone gave him a parking ticket. He accepts that there is no longer such a thing as privacy. Yeshua/Jesus wants the same in the gospel passages, space will replenish Him and equip Him for further ministry. Unlike the song Yeshua/Jesus admits that everyone needs privacy and that you need to take the opportunity to make sure you get it. Although good relationships with friends and family are critical, the ability to get alone time is fundamental. Choosing to have alone time frees us from other people’s opinions and our need to entertain. Aloneness allows us to meditate and separate from our needs and issues that relate to others. This could be what Yeshua/Jesus is doing in the Gospel passages when He goes to be alone. It’s this principle that He offer to us too. Facebook friends, people have their own clouds, which is conducive to a mindset of tranquility. On each person’s cloud, the individual can perch up and appreciate the surrounding divine aspects of life. If only we could schedule time like our Messiah to break away from our phones and TVs and take nights off to stay at home by ourselves and read. Like Yeshua/Jesus in those passages we need to take time by ourselves to find our inner peace, because sometimes we shouldn’t have people on our cloud and we shouldn’t be on theirs. Sometimes for our own sanity we just need to get away. Amen?

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Personal Journey

UKRAINE: God Hears Your Prayers, Precious Ones!

 

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If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up!
Daniel 3: 17-18

Precious People of Ukraine, this one’s for you!

God hears your prayers, so keep sending them up. No matter what. You have the prayers of many around the globe, as well.

You do not belong to Russia, nor this man, Mr. Vladimir Putin! You belong to The Lord God Almighty, who reigns from Heaven! You are God’s children! He is your God! He is King! His hand of protection is upon you right now. I don’t know exactly what you are feeling right now, or what parts you are living in, but what I do know is that God will never leave us, or forsake us.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

No matter how horrific, or painful this oppression is, you are His! I encourage you to seek Him if you do not know Him yet. For it is a fact, He is already there, with open arms ready to welcome you in. Jesus Christ, The Son of God is the only way for salvation and to make it to Heaven. There are many verses on this in the Holy Bible. Seek Him, and you will find Him…

I don’t know how the nations of this world are going to react to the situation in your nation of Ukraine, and all of this which is going on right now, but I do know that God knows. He still has plans for His people. Do not give up, my dear ones. You are our family, our friends, and our brothers and sisters, Ukraine! Please know that, we love you…

Even though I am just an ordinary housewife living in The United States, without a job, or many friends, what I have to offer you is better than anything. I send my love and prayers up for all of you! Prayer is powerful beyond what we know it to be! I am encouraging many others to do the same as well.

Ukraine, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

God bless, everyone!!!

-Amanda

 

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