Sunday, April 7, 2013

Power of Praise Poem

Oh, how I love to praise the Lord.  The very thought of Yeshua fills my imagination with fields of lilies that I can run through and the scent of lilac and honey to flood my nose while the warmth of his arms are there to catch me at the back of the pasture when I run full force into Him.  The pools of his eyes fill mine till my soul knows no sorrow, and bitterness is a taste I'll never sense again.

And so Frances Metcalfe lived the Praise Life and penned these words:

Praise unlocks heaven's portals;
Praise causes doubts to cease;
Praise brings precious blessings;
Praise leaves the sweetest peace.

Praise breaks all bands asunder;
Praise sets the captives free;
Praise lightens every burden;
Praise is the master key.

Praise changes circumstances;
Praise establishes the heart;
When praise becomes perpetual,
Praise is a Holy Art.

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Hiatus

Due to writing projects and a desire to spend more time with my family, this blog is taking a nap for awhile. Feel free to check out archived posts.

Be back sometime in the future...........

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av – the ninth day of the month of Av – is an annual day of fasting for Jewish people around the world. It is a day of mourning in remembrance of the many tragedies that have happened on this date throughout the centuries.

In particular, it is the date that both Temples were destroyed and the Jewish people forced into exile.

587 BCE (3338)- The First Temple is destroyed by

Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.

70 CE (3830)- The Second Temple is destroyed by Titus and the Romans

It is interesting to note that other tragedies have fallen on this date as well:

Sin of the Spies that started the 40 year exile from the promised land

135 CE (3895) - The Romans defeat Bar Kochba's and Emperor Hadrian turns Jerusalem into a Roman city.

1290 (5050) - King Edward I of England signs an edict expelling allJews from England.

1492 (5252) - The Alhambra Decree takes effect, expelling the Jews from Spain and from all Spanish territories.

1914 (5674) - World War I begins when Germany declares war on Russia

1940 (5700) - Himmler presents his plan for the "Final Solution" to the Jewish problem to the Nazi Party.

1942 (5702) - Nazis begin deporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.

This year, Tisha B’Av begins at sundown on Monday, August 8, 2011 and ends one hour after sundown Tuesday, August 9th and the same type fasting as for Yom Kippur applies. Because of the tragedies that have befallen this day, it is considered the saddest day of the Jewish year but there is good news!

Adonai has said that He is closest to the ones who need comfort.

“How Blessed are those who mourn! For they will be comforted.” Matt 5:4

It is also said that this fast day marks the time of a coming great joy! Zechariah, the prophet, foresaw the time when the fast days of Israel would be turned to appointed times of great joy. This will occur at the coming of Yeshua, Ha-Maschiach of Y’Israel (Jesus, Messiah of Israel).

And so we declare: “Nachamu, Nachamu ami – Comfort and keep comforting my people, says your God. Tell Yerushalayim (Israel) to take heart, proclaim to her that she has completed her time of service, that her guilt has been paid off, that she has received at the hand of Adonai double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1

Why should we as Messianic Jews and Gentiles relate to the days of Israel? Because Israel beats with the heart of God. Her goodness is His blessings and her future belongs to Him. His throne shall abide there in the coming reign of Yeshua and her pulse shall beat in the heart of every believer. Stand strong with her believers in Yeshua. Stand and know the Lord Adonai is with you and with her and His goodness, His favor, His Shalom shall be upon you. Amein.

Tzom Kal – May your fast be easy.


Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blessing Your Home

Ever thought about marking your home with the Word of God? In the above scripture the Lord commanded that we mark our door frames (or rather our homes) with his word and most Jews do this with a Mezuzah.

A Mezuzah is a kosher parchment scroll that has Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 inscribed on one side and the Hebrew letter Shin inscribed on the other. The letter Shin stands for Shaddai, one of the many names of Adonai meaning: The Mighty.

The scroll is rolled so that the Shin can be seen, and is then placed inside a tube of sorts. These tubes can be made of wood, glass, metal or plastic. They can be very simple or extremely ornate.

The Mezuzah is then hung at an angle on the right side of the door frame of the home. Some Orthodox homes have one on every door in the house (except the bathroom), but having only one on the front door will suffice.

Upon entering or leaving the home, it is customary to touch the Mezuzah with your right hand and then kiss your fingers, while giving silent or audible thanks to the Lord for the covenant he has made with his people.

Whether you mark your home in a visible way or by the spirit of your heart, I pray the Lord watch over you, your family and your home.

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Friday, May 6, 2011

Western Wall

Rooted Living's
Yeshiva of Jewish Identity

It is said that Jewish identity is as much our story as it is genetic.

With that in mind, I invite you to enjo

y a bit of our story. My hope is that in Yeshua (Jesus), Jew and Gentile will embrace the same story and become one as we endeavor to live a biblical way of life.

~ ~ ~

A heart poured out through ink on paper. Folded and sealed with tears, placed tenderly into the crack of an ancient wall, an act of faith that God will answer the cry of one’s heart.

Every day, this happens at the Western Wall. Ancient stones that have become the symbol of the Jewish people and yet it is a symbol for all who believe in God.

The wall border Mount Moriah, the religious epicenter of all who believe in the God of Israel. It’s the place where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, the place where Jacob wrestled with God and dreamt of a ladder filled with angels, and the place where the Holy Temple was built.

To read the rest of Yeshiva article published in May's issue of Rooted Living, Click Here.

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Blessings

I hope that no matter how you celebrate, this time of year brings you great joy, time with family and memories that last a life time.

But most of all, I pray Yeshua shines bright in your life and spills out to everyone around you.

Below is a repost of some thoughts I wrote back in 2008. Although I know the controversy of Christmas in regards to being a Messianic Jew, I still find this time of year a special one between myself and my King. Things may change, and how we celebrate may change but at the heart of it all is family and intimacy with the King. I hope you enjoy.

As I Think About Christmas

The steam from the mug warms my face. With every breath, the sweet indulgent vapor of cocoa penetrates my body. On the couch, snuggled beneath my mother’s quilt, I am surrounded by a domesticated display of northern lights emanating from the tree adorned with memories past.

It is here that I think about Christmas.

I think about the time I spent selecting each present bought for loved ones. Each gift that is painstakingly decided upon with the hope that the smile displayed at the unveiling of the present matches the joy exploding within my heart.

I think about the tears I will shed over the delight of our children on Christmas morning as they run to the tree to find their anticipated treasures. I am amazed at the rejuvenating power of a child’s laughter, joy and faith in that which can’t be seen.

I think about the food that will be meticulously prepared and the family that will gather to partake of it. Each one, in love with the day, will come in contentment to sit and visit, renewing and strengthening their bond of kinship.

But most of all, I think of a child nestled at the breast of a virgin mother. Born in a manger, born in seclusion, born to be chased, mocked and scorned, yet born a King, born to save, and born to be our greatest gift.

Amidst the dreams of a beautiful Christmas will I rest in the arms of my King. I will hug his neck, kiss his cheek, lie beneath his shadow and offer him my heart, for it is the greatest gift that I can give to the one who gives all things.

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Monday, November 15, 2010

Shabbat School

Shabbat School Holiday Module

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to embark upon a unique adventure.

Our Shabbat School (kid's sunday school that takes place during Sabbath service) put on a holiday module. 8 Tables....approx 40 kids....and lots of food.

Every table represented a different Jewish feast or holiday and had foods that are traditionally eaten on that day.

I was in charge of the Rosh haShanah table. Typically, we eat apples dipped in honey as it is representative of the sweet things of the Lord coming to pass in the new year. However, the thought of 40 kids dipping apples in honey was a bit more than my OCD could bear so I baked honey cake. Oh kids were drooling!

Our dear friend and Shabbat School Coordinator, Brian, put together the following trailer on his Mac. (makes me totally want a Mac).


Shalom, Spring M Fricks