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 Joseph of Armethia :  The man who laid Jesus in his Tomb 
I was wanting to listen to God on whatever scripture was in my daily reading one morning and found it interesting that God would speak to me on Mark 15: 43-47

I pondered on that and felt the spirit leaning in quite strongly
I felt he was telling me how things can go with authorities but also about the dignity of Jesus  after his death. I was struck on how easily Pilate just gave Joseph the body of Jesus , no questions asked.   Joseph, the member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action against Jesus

..... and I thought in light of releasing , not "in death"  but an understanding that we can go boldly and ask for "release"  but it was more..... Joseph asked for something quite remarkable and he got it -  it went smoothly with just a brief  conversation recorded in Mark where Pilate heard the Centurion's "report" and quite soon after, the body of Jesus was released. 

I can't explain but the spirit leaned in - there is something there - Joseph's role, the dignity of Jesus, helpers working with Joseph (the 2 Mary's) and right after, Mark 16, Jesus is risen -  he died, he rose

We die, we rise with Christ... still thinking and praying and I was happy that the Lord taught me something here. 

We have dry days in prayer but every once in awhile, God speaks deeply and makes me think quite a lot on it -  this was one of those days  

Matthew 27:57 described him simply as a rich man and disciple of Jesus, but according to Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea was "a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God"; and Luke 23:50–56 adds that he "had not consented to their decision and action".

According to John 19:38, upon hearing of Jesus' death, this secret disciple of Jesus "asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission." Joseph immediately purchased a linen shroud (Mark 15:46) and proceeded to Golgotha to take the body of Jesus down from the cross. There, according to John 19:39-40, Joseph and Nicodemus took the body and bound it in linen cloths with the spices that Nicodemus had bought. The disciples then conveyed the prepared corpse to a man-made cave hewn from rock in a garden of his house nearby. The Gospel of Matthew alone suggests that this was Joseph's own tomb (Matthew 27:60). The burial was undertaken speedily, "for the Sabbath was drawing on".

The story of Joseph of Arimathea

The story of Joseph of Arimathea is told in all four gospels.  Joseph was a wealthy man who came from Arimathea in Judea. He was a good and righteous man who managed to be both a member of the Council (the Sanhedrin) and a secret supporter of Jesus - which is why he did not join in the Council's actions against Jesus.

After the death of Jesus, Joseph asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus' body and bury it properly.

Permission was granted and the body was taken down. Joseph, helped by Nicodemus, wrapped the body in cloth with the addition of myrrh and aloes. They buried Jesus in an unused tomb that Joseph may have intended for himself, where it was protected by a heavy stone rolled against the opening.

What the Bible says about Joseph of Arimathea


When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.

So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.

Matthew 27:57-60


When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.

Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

Mark 15:42-64


there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God.

This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.

Luke 23:50-53

JOHN  19:38-41 

And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.  And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.   Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.  Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.

JANUARY 8 2019   I had an interesting dream about being in a war. I was carried by a wounded soldier in a war zone and then into the civilian area where he continued to be chased by the enemy. He had also had no legs because he was run over by a tank and yet was carrying me on his shoulders, even while he was being viciously attacked. 
My husband was there in the civilian area but was peacefully playing guitar with another man, as the battles carried on. Then I was instructed to go out to the dark woods to retrieve someone.  After I was asked to do this, I responded," argh! I  don't like being interrupted every 5 minutes" and I was complaining that I had to get my boots on!!  Anyway, there was a Lion outside there to protect me. The dream said to me that there is a spiritual war. The soldier carrying me was Christ, wounded for my transgressions and my reluctance to "putting my boots on" was an indication of me not wanting to battle. The Lion was also Christ protection. The music being played was "praise" to give those who battle strength as illustrated in Exodus 17:11   As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Isr which aelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage.

SEPTEMBER 29 2018  


The Service of Ordination of Andrew John Asbil to the Sacred Order of Bishps was inspiring on many levels. Andrews Father gave a little speech at the dinner upstairs afterward which moved many to tears. He expressed how moved he was to see his son ordained. What struck me later in the evening after I came home was the significance of the wedding at the Cathedral. The "WEDDING" downstairs became something prophetic.  We had to pass the guests frequently going up to the vestry and down again a few times for lunch and dinner. We also saw photographs being taken near St Lawrence Market when I went with a walk with my daughter. The day Andrew came to this office was the same day as a WEDDING. The song chosen for the procession was  "Beautiful Day" by U2 and when I looked this song up to listen again, I came to a Wedding Music Video using this very song.   Jesus is preparing his people (often represented in his earthly CHURCH) for a wedding. We are the bride and  he is the groom and in this, we will see God positioning people to their office. It was a Beautiful Day and Gods Church has many more Beautiful Days come! 

God is moving in a Beautiful way  

("Beautiful Day" - U2) Wedding Music Video:

OCTOBER 1,  2018 

Praying for justice and healing is usually moving but especially interesting whan God inspires specific prayers but when you see movement in regards to prayers, it is extremely encouraging, proving that perserveance in prayers is always worthwhile

With that said, I am NOT a prophet or an activist but the Lord does give me things to pray for and sometimes, very specific things. For me, focused prayer targets, specific to God's perfect timing and individuals he points to is important. 

I have peace and confirmation. I am not a person given to great responsibility over large areas or huge political  issues or a spokes person to these issues but I will persist in prayer with others on issues God shows me to pray for. Currently, I am  led to pray for USA and Canada .
I am praying over Judges and the court system because it is in this system that Justice and injustices are often meted out . My husband had a vision where he went into a cave and cut the hem off the garments of nine Judges. Basically it was the Lord doing this, cutting the garments of the Canadian Supreme Court regarding the injustices occuring within office they are called to. Its idiomatic meaning is to trimming off injustices, or rearranging offices.  In 2009, I saw an Angel storm across Canada, hurling and removing corruption and shaking up Canada like a Red Sheet. It is posted on this page below.
Recently, I was moved by Isaiah  26:20-21.  I believe God was saying, to go into our houses, shut the door and wait because he is doing a work to deal with the corruption. I knew this to be a word from God because like the vision I had, it riveted me in peace. I sat with it many days. Go into your house meaning literally where God blesses us with a home but also to refrain from running to and fro, in a distracted manner, to  be in your "role, your station and office" , your circle of freinds and believers in service. It is not frantic , but peaceful as we are behind those doors God puts us (whether at home, at school or at work)  It is like we have blood on the post of our lives and are protected. During the Exodus, God instructed his people to go behind closed doors as he meted out judgements.  
In this time, God will move to address corruption. It is his job to bring balance. Our Job is obedience in the role we have and to pray for those people he has chosen, the perfect Solution 
Isaiah 26:20-21

20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain

AUGUST 24 2018 
I was awake so not a dream but praying and watching a field and it was vast - light brown grain blowing in wind - beautiful purple flowers - also blowing softly and vast bright green lush hills and lots of land with  hills like heaven -very  beautiful. Then I saw a brown bear happily walking through the grain - I could only see his shoulders and his  head - it  was very  peaceful 
It may be a harvest as God cleans  out his house 
JUNE 2018 
This is what I received in prayer
 I saw a book opened and it was on fire - the pages were brownish and the book was LARGE and dark all around
The pages were burning furiously - I was scared  or certainly awe struck. But then I saw to the right of this book on fire, another open book - smaller but full of light and peace, held by 2 hands which I understood to be Jesus - it was so revealing and healing. 
I did not know what it meant at first but later the Lord gave me understanding that the book on fire was simply all the lies written up in a legal matter going up in flames - that is what struck me deeply.
Then I understood that the book of Light being opened and held by Jesus was HIS record.  As my earthly Father says often in times we need to be patient: "Be impatient a little while longer!"  God reveals HIS records in his time.  They will a good read for those waiting in anticipation for his perfect and true verdict. 

Swords, Sons and spiritual Lessons about the Word of God
December 2016

My son called me over the his computer and asked me to sit down and look at swords with him because his girlfriend lost interest and he was in that mind space to look at swords. He was up all night on the computer on skype talking to another fellow sword enthusiast friend and I guess it just wasn't enough! He could have got my daughter. She loves knives. She would love a throwing knife but I am not sure that is safe!

Anyway, the look on his face was pretty convincing. I was looking to have some heart to heart in some way and I guess looking at swords is the closest “heart to heart” I will get with a young man when it comes to Mom/son time.   When he was a kid, I used to teach him about the armor of God and when I talked about putting his armor on each day, he would say, "I just never take it off!" 

So we looked at hundreds of swords and knives from dirks to fencing swords, from one handed swords to two handed, double edged, broad swords, medieval, Gladius,viking, rapier, saber, foil and the list goes on quite long! 

I started thinking of the spiritual terminology related to “swords” and in biblical terms, the sword “of the spirit” and the word of God. It is listed as part of the Armour a believer is supposed to put on and carry. The sword, along with a helmet, a belt and a shield, proper shoes and a breastplate.

Wiki describes the The phrase, "Armour of God" which is derived from Ephesians 6:11 as a protection against evil. "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. " (King James Version). “As a Biblical reference, the metaphor may refer to physical armour worn by God in metaphorical battles, or it may refer to vigilant righteousness in general as bestowed by the grace of God (Romans 13:12, King James Version): "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light."

The full Armour of God quote outlines these aspects of belief: truth, righteousness, preparation of the Gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God and Prayer.”

Here is the verse

Wear the Full Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks. 12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. 13 That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. 14 So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest. 15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One. 17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God’s people.

So I was thinking of the sword primarily as we looked at swords. I wondered why the scripture referred to a “sword “ as being the word of God. Initially, a sword is a weapon of either defense or offense. It was used in war for a long time and gradually became a tool used  more as an Art form, like a martial art of sorts in which the swords became very lavish and decorative. During the Bronze age, they were quite “short” and then they got longer. The long heavy ones were used to easily disarm an enemy and ones with a wavy blade were meant to lock onto the enemies weapon and bring it to the ground. Otherwise, both engaged weapons would slide. The idea was to lodge your weapon with the enemy and bring it out of his hands. The design of your weapon was important but also how you use it.

At first, when sword were short, more like daggers, made of bronze and they didn't have a hand guard of any kind but as they got longer and your opponents sword could slide down your weapon and cut your hand, they developed guards. Even in the sword fighting as an art, you can see very elaborate guards in fencing swords.

The point I am trying to make is there were many types and many styles, sizes and purposes of swords and if the word of God is a “sword” and I were to speak metaphorically, I could conclude that the word in our deference has many uses and many ways and purposes to defend our faith. If the word of God is a sword and the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then once we take up the sword of the spirit, we would need that wisdom to yield our swords and defend ourselves. This means we can't take up the sword and yield it without wisdom. The word is like a double edged sword in which no matter which way you direct that sword, it cuts deep into ones soul if the spirit is behind it's thrust. It is not a weapon dangerous in the fact that it murders ones opponent, It is simply a tool to root out untruth, to confront and exhort,  and this can be painful but a also a comfort if it is the wounds of a friend.

Hebrews 4:12 New Century Version (NCV)

12 God’s word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.

So the purpose of this part of our Armour is also in direct contact with our opponents, our friends or potential friends. It is a needed piece unlike the protective pieces like the breastplate, the helmet, the belt and shield. The Footwear is the most peaceful Armour but without our protective Armour and the word, we can't really bring the Gospel of peace. It is not so simple, peace.

I was very intrigued by the variety and beauty of the swords I observed and was fascinated with this time spent where I learned about swords.  I picked up our Scottish dirk , not a particularity attractive piece but never-the-less, what we have and I understood why people have such an interest in knives and swords. When I held it , I felt it was something one has to learn to use and respect.  I liked the feel of it in my hand.

The steel, the metal was crafted especially for a purpose. Some with great love and detail as an Art form. Others for more practical purposes or to use in the woods for survival.

Whatever the use, there are many swords and knives and they have been a part of many cultures for many years and posses a spiritual personality about them, that which it's owner knows.

There is a fondness that develops of ones tools as we grow deeply in the word itself as we begin to understand the meaning and the power of the word of God and as it says in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Rightly dividing the Truth”

The NCV states “Make every effort to give yourself to God as the kind of person he will approve. Be a worker who is not ashamed and who uses the true teaching in the right way.”

And this is the important thing with the sword. It is a unique and special tool requiring knowledge and wisdom to use it correctly. If not, and used by those who lack understanding and don't care for what is right and true, a dangerous weapon.

I trained in silver-smithing so I was able to meet many craftspeople, including those who did black-smithing , some who made knives. I found a great deal of respect amongst crafts-people for the materials, how an object is made and a continued respect for it's use and care.

We too can learn from this – how to respect the word of God, given to us to protect our lives.


It may sometimes take an Angel to roll the stone away.....
but once this happens.................

....... the truth is resurrected. (It's unstoppable)

My DREAM March 15 2015 and unfolding JUNE 2016

In my Dream, there was an issue of a Grave. In fact a tomb. In order to gain what was in it, the treasures, the inheritance, someone was given a task to go into the tomb and excavate in order to get it out. It was a treasure to do with ones life. It was an inheritance. It was not clear at all how much excavation was required and it was not an old tomb of someone who died long ago, it was a grave of that actual person. It seemed that way anyway. It seemed the person was to go fetch his/her own inheritance. It was also dangerous. At any time during the excavation the entire area could collapse and fall on the person or the people doing the work. Again, it was not clear who it was for but I was there objecting because of the dangers. I had a picture of a large area underground where one had to go into tunnels to get at the area where the inheritance was. The tunnels were narrow and just made of dirt. The walls therefore were not solid and because of this, could easily collapse. NO clues were given as to where the treasure was or if in fact it was simply in a box laid out in the open for one to fetch. The dream seemed to confirm again and again it was for the “inheritance” of this person. I continued to object because I could clearly see the dangers and how impossible the task was. Also how nonsensical it was. However, it was inevitable that the quest was there and the rules were not going to change. I remember in the dream objecting several times and quite vocally but I was the only one objecting. When I woke up, I took note of the dream and prayed about how long one may endure something that was not created by the mind of God, but created by the mind of darkness, the enemy. Then I thought of families and that key commandment about honour, that is to honour parents. It seemed more deeply evident in my mind that God has set up a commandment that has been broken over and over again in so many lives and in fact by the entire court system. I then asked God to honour his own commandments by honouring parents. Do we endure suffering because we are not honouring him? Is suffering to test us?  I thought of affliction against families by the enemy, not God. However, after thinking about this, I realized what the dream meant. It was about a finding in our lives, a verdict not designed by God but men.  In order to inherit salvation or this gift from God, our inheritance, our freedom,we are sometimes given an impossible task by entering into a situation as in this dream,a tomb  much like a prison which may collapse, sometimes ushering death. No wonder I was objecting!  I could see the tomb was a dangerous enclosure, like a prison. This quest was not necessarily "from" God but similar to what Daniel faced in the lions den. He was forced by the powers of that kingdom to enter that cave. Those were the rules. But Daniel was saved by honouring God so I learned that when we honour God, it can result in being freed from situations like this. But I am asking God to honour us too as parents and to save us. Jesus honoured parents and in fact brought up this very commandment in Mark where Jesus rebuked the leaders for ignoring this commandment, (stealing money that belonged to the elderly.) But more to the dream and the tomb in the dream, an inheritance lay and by entering into a type of death is our free gift from God in Christ Jesus who also entered a tomb. We don't have to excavate a tomb at risk of death to get it though. Jesus rose from the dead and left the tomb. So can we. That was my prayer.

Ephesians 1:11-12

(11) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (12) that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Here is the passage on honour: Mark 7:6-13King James Version (KJV)

6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Here is a  commentary on the Tomb where Jesus honourably laid. Though like a prison, Jesus was the "inheritance" in the Tomb. 

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record that this tomb belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, suggesting that it was the tomb he had prepared for his own burial. The fact that it was a tomb “hewn out in the rock” (Matthew 27:60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53) confirms the personal wealth of Joseph of Arimathea. Only royalty or wealthy individuals could afford to have their tombs carved out of a wall of stone or in the side of a mountain. Poorer men were buried in simple graves.

The word “hewn” in Matthew, Mark, and Luke comes from the Greek word laxeuo, meaning not only to cut out, but to polish. It implies that it was a special tomb, a highly developed tomb, a refined tomb, or a tomb that was splendid and expensive. Isaiah 53:9 had prophesied that the Messiah would be buried in a rich man’s tomb, and the word laxeuo strongly suggests that this was indeed the expensive tomb of a very rich man.

John 19:42 says, “There laid they Jesus….” The word “laid” comes from the word tithimi, which means to set, to lay, to place, to deposit, or to set in place. As used here, it portrays the careful and thoughtful placing of Jesus’ body in its resting place inside the tomb. Luke 23:55 tells us that after Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb, the women who came with Him from Galilee “…beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.” The word “beheld” in Greek is theaomai, from which we get the word theater. The word theaomai means to gaze upon, to fully see, or to look at intently. This is very important, for it proves the women inspected the tomb, gazing upon the dead body of Jesus to see that it had been honourably laid in place. http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/onlinediscipleship/easter/renner_buried.aspx

The Tenacity of the Syrophoenician Woman

I am fascinated by the story of the Syrophoenician Woman which is in the book of Matthew in the 15th chapter where 

Jesus had withdrawn into the "district of Tyre and Sidon and a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”  But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once."

I am fascinated by the story because it seems as though disciples were dictating to Jesus who was worthy of his presence, worthy of being heard and worthy of being healed. They simply ordered Jesus to send her away because she was annoying, Much like the story of Jarius's daughter where there is some conflict to delay healing but the characters are very different. Jairus was the leader of a synagogue and an important Jewish leader, but now he was helpless. His 12-year-old daughter was dying (Mark 5:42).

Those outside Jarius's house told Jesus that the little,girl was dead but of course Jesus knew better and to quote Jesus in my own language, I would say he told them, "Nonsense!" and scolded them saying, "Get out of here ! You are interfering with what I do" And from there, only allowed the parents and his disciples into the house where he went into  the little girls room and said , “Get up!”

In Mark, it states:  "“Why all this confusion and sobbing? The child is not dead. She is only sleeping.” But they laughed at Him.He made them all go outside. He took only the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with Him. And He went in where the child was. He took her by the hand. Then He said to her, “Talitha koum!”

In Acts 9:36-42 Peter follows in Jesus steps and  raises a woman. 

 A woman who was a follower lived in the city of Joppa. Her name was Tabitha, or Dorcas. She did many good things and many acts of kindness. One day she became sick and died. After they had washed her body, they laid her in a room on the second floor.  The city of Lydda was near Joppa. The followers heard that Peter was at Lydda and sent two men to ask him to come at once. 39 Peter went back with them. When he came, they took him to the room. All the women whose husbands had died were standing around crying. They were showing the clothes Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter made them all leave the room. Then he got down on his knees and prayed. He turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes and looked at Peter and sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then he called in the faithful followers and the women whose husbands had died. He gave her to them, a living person. News of this went through all Joppa. Many people put their trust in the Lord.

In these stories there is a child who needs healing and a parent who comes to have their child healed. In the case of  Jarius's daughter we see a situation where Jesus and his disciples willingly went to heal a child with no fuss. He even sent people away who were annoyed and unbelieving.  Peter too, sends people away in Acts 9.  Yet, in the case of the Syrophoenician Woman, the Mother is also desperate but the disciples are uncooperative and it seems Jesus could not be bothered until he sees the faith of the woman that surpasses those in Israel.  Both parents knew Jesus could heal their child and pressed him but the Syrophoenician Woman seemed to have to work harder. The father of Jarius simply asked and Jesus came and addressed the obstacles promptly but not so for the Mother. Why was this? Was is because one child, lying in a bed, helplessly dying drew more empathy from Jesus than the daughter that was oppressed by demonic possession or oppression?  That ailment is quite a bit different.

Was Jesus partial to healing those with greater stature? Jarius after all was well off but the Syrophoenician Woman was not. She referred to herself as being a "dog" which is a term for those who were not of the house of Israel. Jesus didn't deny it either.  However, the woman pressed in and reminded him that even the "dogs" get leftovers under the table. She wanted her daughter healed so she was not going to take no for an answer or go away!   She ignores the disciples complaints and challenges Jesus claims that he comes first for the House of Israel. She tell Jesus she is worthy too. She bows before him and worships.  She did far more than Jarius did. In fact, she practically had to beg.

Jesus acknowledges her desperation and faith and heals her daughter, that very hour without even having to go to her. This is a lesson that shows that Jesus may well have wanted to be convinced he was recognized as Lord. But more so, a lesson to show we must persist and stand in the gap for our children when they most need Jesus and where nothing else will help but the healing touch of the Master.  No matter our stature and no matter who is around protesting our requests, we must persist when we know the Lord is able. If we ever doubt this, remember Luke 5:12-13  "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.

Jesus IS willing. After all, he raised  dead!   

Jesus Sitting in our Chair - Feb 2016

For the last several months, I have had the sense when I prayed, Jesus was sitting in the large flowered chair in our Living Room. He was just sitting quietly. He did not say a word. He never looked up or talked. He was just sitting. All he had to do, to make it known to me what he was asking was to sit there. And I knew this. He was not asking me to do much else either or go “out on some excursion or mission” with him. He simply wanted me to sit quietly in the room. I knew it was about silence and prayer and he was doing much.  I got the sense it was very crucial and serious. At first I thought it was just because he wanted me to sit in silence and not talk, to pray and listen to what he may have to say. Although I believe this was what he was proposing, I also believe there was more. He knew he had to come in my living room in this way to get me to pray more deeply. It was also my company he was requesting while he was simply reminding me to “abide in him for without this, I can do nothing, he will do nothing” I had that sense he was doing something very deep (and isn't he always!?) and he was stopping along the way to pay me a visit because I was supposed to pray. He wanted to include me. I felt it was very important and crucial that to prepare, I must sit with him, and abide in him. And he stayed. 

After several weeks of this, I sensed he was still there. At times when I was unsure, or I had not prayed, I would ask him to please stay in the Living room, "the door is open,  please don't go",  I would say. Though he is silent, I know he heard me.

So that seems to me that this is all he is asking of me now. He will do the work. All I have to do is abide in him.

It is him, not us that will speak, act, walk.

John 15:4 says Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.

It also says in Zechariah 4:6 “So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.


March or April 2013 Dream

I had a dream where the Lord was kneading the heart of a Judge with his hand but even with Gods hand, the heart was still hardened: will it change?

6 months later, I was to learn it did not soften at all, despite my prayers. It remained cold and hard showing what the prophet says is true 

Jeremiah 17:9 (NKJV)

“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?

  WHO JUDGES THE JUDGES?    Writing "Chasing the Lord"   Summer 2013

 I wrote the song I called CHASING THE LORD  using the scripture , Psalm 58 and Habakkuk   2:2–4.  “Chasing the Lord”  was in my mind.  Chasing him and running WITH him in his will where he was going but praying to execute justice and fairness.

Those were the words I seemed to be given. Running after the Lord. He allowed me to run with him. It was like I had to rub with his message.  ("that he may run who reads it")  I looked for something fitting to "Chasing the Lord" but it is often a bit random  when I sit down to write!  I just go to scripture to see what inspires me and it usually leads to a study or a better understanding of that scripture or I use it simply as a prayer. I chose Psalm 58 and Habakkuk. 2:2-4. Those scriptures seemed to connect with what I had in mind. (But I was not sure why exactly) 

However, later on, after I wrote the song, I was doing a study  on JUDGES because I wanted to know what a good Judge was and what a wicked Judge was, how they Judge, what is the outcome of  a good  judgement or a bad judgement.  

So I looked up some studies online. Turns out the study I came to, had the exact passages I chose for song!  

The study was specific to Judges, which showed me more about what those scriptures were actually about. Very  similar to how the  scripture addresses prosecutors in Isaiah 29:31 ,  where it uses the phrase "at the Gate"  meaning COURT " where the (prosecutors) twist an honest testimony and tell lies in order to incriminate the innocent. This is all about Judges and prosecutors.

In the Study, it uses the EXACT combination of scriptures  I used for the song and yet, in truth, I chose these scriptures at random really, hoping to get a few phrases to express where I was led to go. It was also a prayer  regarding corruption  with the courts in mind but  I did not know at the time of writing the song, that these scriptures actually addressed Judges specifically. How is that for inspiration!? 

HERE IS THE STUDY       (I bolded the verses that were in song)

Who judges the Judges? - Psalm 58    By Don Ruhl

Psalm 58 shows corruption wearing the apparel of justice. David could see through it so he wrote a Psalm. (a poem)To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” A Michtam of David. He named, it “Do Not Destroy,” telling the wicked judges not to destroy righteous men and women. The preface to Psalm 58 says it is a michtam or miktam of David, which means to stamp, to engrave something precious, like stamped gold, worthy of being saved for all generations.
David wanted justice so he placed the matter in God’s hands.
 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?… David knew what the judges spoke. Did they judge uprightly?

 No, they did not judge with integrity. Why do judges do that?  Some use the facade of the judicial system to promote their wicked agendas, but the righteous see what happens. The question is do the righteous do what David did, or do they just throw up their hands, believing there is nothing they can do? Psalm 58.3–5

Picture of the Wicked 3–5 The wicked are estranged from the womb.
 To show just how wicked the judges were, David exaggerated how soon they began speaking wickedness. Judges learned how to manipulate the system to achieve and justify their own evil. However, the righteous see it all.

Wicked judges do not commit murder themselves, but lay the ground work for it.

Reasoning with such judges is as useless as charming the cobra that does not hear the charmer, although the charmer uses great skill to hypnotize the snake. These judges will not listen to arguments, reason, or the law.
They want something and they use their power to get it. Psalm 58.6

Break the Wicked  Break their teeth in their mouth, O God… The first five verses showed the nature of wicked judges and the last five verses shall show the outcome of wicked judges. Psalm 58.7–9 Curse of the Wicked 7–9

Let them flow away as waters which run continually… A flood of water comes in, but it keeps flowing and goes away. It destroys, but the water soon dissipates. Wicked judges do damage, but they flow away and the righteous restore society. The judges shoot arrows at people, but David requested that God break their arrows in pieces.

See the wicked judge place an arrow in his bow. He pulls the string, ready to shoot. Suddenly the arrow breaks into pieces, because a righteous man prayed that God would do that. Have you prayed for God to do that? As the snail goes his way, he leaves a trail.
He leaves part of himself. Wicked judges act like poisonous serpents and uncharmable cobras, but in truth they are just snails that the righteous crush under foot through prayer and song.
Sing and pray about God’s justice. The wicked are born speaking lies, and because of that they actually are like stillborn children that never see the sun.

However, it happens when righteous people sing, pray, and write about it. Do not give over this world to the wicked. God sends a whirlwind and takes them away.
Habakkuk 2 shows the time of judgment arriving.

The prophet complained of unjust judges and other wickedness, wondering when the Lord would do something about it. Listen to the answer the Lord gave Habakkuk, Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.” (Hab 2.2–4)

Therefore, as verse 9 says that although the poison of wicked judges burns as venom, but they will burn in the wrath of God.Psalm 58.10, 11

The Righteous Judge 10, 11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance… Wicked judgments by wicked judges vex the righteous. Wicked judges operate in the land (vv. 1, 2), but so does the righteous Judge (vv. 10, 11). For that reason, the righteous pray and expect to see God’s vengeance.
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When it comes they do not rejoice to see an enemy fall, but they rejoice to see the cessation of wicked judgments. It is like the righteous washing their feet in the blood of the wicked, as a warrior standing victorious over the one he has defeated, blood pouring out from the wounds of the wicked.

The judges used their corruption to get what they wanted, but the righteous wrote, sang, and prayed against their wicked works. They fought one another, but the Lord helped the righteous and the wicked fell at the feet of the righteous who feared not to engage the wicked in spiritual battle.
All this makes men conclude two things. First, that the righteous are rewarded, whereas the wicked are punished.

Second, that there is a God who judges in the earth, whereas the wicked judges failed to judge in the earth.

Hear the promises and speak the prayers of Ps.58. You shall see the defeat of wickedness

 Our Corrupt Legal System: Why Everyone is a Victim (Except Rich Criminals)

by Evan Whitton

The lawyer-run adversary system used in Britain and its former colonies, including the United States, India, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia does not try to find the truth. It is the only system which conceals evidence. Our Corrupt Legal System explains why trial lawyers, famously economical with the truth, control evidence; civil hearings take weeks, months or years; in serious criminal cases, 24 anti-truth devices allow more than 50 percent of guilty accused to escape justice. By contrast, in the investigative system used in Europe and other countries, including Japan, trained judges control evidence and seek the truth; civil hearings take a few hours; 95 percent of guilty accused are convicted. It is the most widespread, accurate and cost-effective system. Russell Fox, an Australian judge who researched the law for 11 years, concluded: “The public estimation must be correct, that justice marches with the truth.”

Evan Whitton began researching the two legal systems in 1991 after observing at first hand how each system dealt with the same criminal, Police Chief Sir Terence Lewis.

Whitton was chief reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, and Reader in Journalism at the University of Queensland. He received the Walkley Award for National Journalism five times, and was Journalist of the Year 1983 for “courage and innovation” in reporting an inquiry into judicial corruption. He is now a columnist on a legal journal, Justinian.


Stained Glass and Old Flags  (or Hidden Prophets")

Dec 21 2015      

The Sunday before Christmas, the church services were combined so instead of the 5 pm, we attended the 11 am service in the large Sanctuary.

Throughout the service, I looked around the sanctuary at the tattered flags left over from battles. Greg Simmons, one of the elders came over and shared the reasons why these flags can never be repaired.

I understood his explanation to be that repairs would be considered a violation to veterans who defended our country. Any repairs to these tattered old flags would eliminate the battle scars and thereby erase the memories and the virtues of the veterans who fought in the wars

I could not find a lot on this subject but I found some history in relation to the flags at Knox Presbyterian Church saying  :

(QUOTE) “ After the National Defence Headquarters granted permission to redesignate the Mississauga Regiment as The Toronto Scottish Regiment, it was suggested that the a regimental church be located. At the time, several regimental officers were members of Knox Presbyterian Church located at 630 Spadina Avenue, just south of Harbord Street in downtown Toronto. It was agreed that they would approach the church session about arranging an affiliation.

Following is a quote from the Session Minutes of Knox Church dated 26 May 1925:

"John Gibson Inkster, the Moderator, placed before the Session a suggestion that the 75th Regiment - "Toronto Scottish" - be invited to make Knox Church their church home, pointing out several close connections some Officers of the Regiment had with Knox. After a full and free discussion, on motion of Captain Sutherland, seconded by Mr Jamieson, it was decided to convey to Colonel Harbottle Commanding Officer of The 75th Toronto Scottish Regiment, an invitation to make Knox Church the Spiritual Home of the Regiment, and extending the usual courtesies relative thereto and that the clerk advise Colonel Harbottle accordingly".

So ever since 1925, Knox Presbyterian Church has been the Spiritual Home of The Toronto Scottish Regiment.


But what really caught my interest during the service were the 10 stained glass windows above the organ pipes.

My husband thought they may be the Apostles but there are only 10 so I looked again and saw vaguely the names of the Prophets. I could only make out some of the names. Moses was obvious because he was holding the tables with the 10 commandments. Elijah was another one. I think Hosea and Amos but the lettering was very dark. 

My first thought was I wanted to see these hidden prophets names more clearly. 

The prophets are my favourite people in history. They should not be hidden and if the windows had a good clean we could make out the names but even then, you still had to look up very high to see the windows.

My next thought was it would be a massive job requiring great skill. Since the windows would probably be very old, who knows what would happen after you start the job. What I was really thinking though deep down was how beautiful it is to see the prophets represented in these windows and my prayer was that one day, I see them. Is that possible? How could such an amazing thing happen? Did you have to be a very special saint or could this be our normal future community in heaven, to meet these amazing people we have learned so much about in scriptures?

Anyway, my imagination took me there. I told my husband that the stained glass windows did not represent the Apostles but the prophets. There may well be a story as to why they chose the prophets instead of the Apostles to be up at the front of the sanctuary.

After the service, many of us went to the Winchester room for coffee and I had a conversation with a parishioner. He asked me my background and when I told him one of the things I trained for was silversmithing, he immediately said I should get into stained glass repair because the windows in the sanctuary are very dirty!

Talk about synchronism !

I told him I was thinking about those stained glass windows during the service and although I have some training in the Arts, I am by no means that technical and this would require more training. I was thinking more along the lines of meeting the prophets themselves rather than “preserving” their images!

(Although I appreciate the fantastic work in preserving their stories in stained glass)

They are still beautiful, like the flags.

And though the flags are tattered and the stained glass prophets are dark and dusty, they will be remembered. The flags are for wars we faced and veterans that fought and the prophets for the people God chose to speak his message and prepare us for the kingdom. They too fought battles. Real ones. They also spoke of our Messiah, Jesus.

Jesus said in John 5:46 , For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me.”

We may all meet the prophets one day. Something to hope for.

For now we can appreciate they were never forgotten along the way. We can continue to learn of them. They too looked forward to the Lords coming who we will all see at the appointed time.

How Should a Christian Interpret Dreams?

"Dreams often appear to be some sort of 'mish-mash' of our various subconscious thoughts and fears. An overall biblical approach to the world of dreams is probably found in Ecclesiastes 5. We are told this:  'For a dream comes through much activity..'

The meaning appears to be that if we have many cares, or, perhaps, decisions to make, or if we are feeling fretful, we will dream rather more than if we are at complete peace. The 'activity' in the NKJV rendition should probably be seen as mental activity. So our cares and concerns and subconscious fears are going to lead to dreams - but this is more or less normal.

However Verse 7 of Ecclesiastes 5 adds a warning:
'For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God' (NKJV)
So here we have a warning not to fret too much about dreams, nor to discuss them too much; they are just dreams!   (Ecc 5:3a NKJV).


Two Dreams Mid Sptember, 2015

A Christian relative I have not seen in years was in my dream sharing homeschooling ideas using wooden tiles to teach Math. A young woman wanted to learn more about what she was sharing and to explore more opportunities available to her .
An old associate was there as well and I was excited about seeing her.  
I mentioned to the young woman that  that my old friend had prayed for her but this woman felt a bit uncomfortable with that so I  joked saying, “Anglicans pray for everyone! The Anglican Common prayer book has a whole list of special prayers, even for pilots!” We were both "Anglican” at one time so that is why I said that. Everyone was happy after not seeing each other for so long. It seemed we were just trying to adapt to changes in our lives. 

Then the dream switched to another scene where I was alone and I had to go across a steep muddy hill. It was also quite dark.

There was a Bull and a black cow there blocking my way. They got very close to me so it was a bit scary. I was not very comfortable being so close to these big hairy animals, especially the black slobbering cow! I was trying to get around them on this steep muddy and slippery hill but they kept blocking my way. They were not attacking me but making it quite impossible to pass. I tried pushing by them but they were right next to me stubbornly  blocking me. Then I woke up.

Psalm 22  says,

“Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.”

To the ancient Hebrews (who were the writers and the intended audience of the Psalms), the “bulls of Bashan” are demons.

In the next dream, this same woman was with me again. I had some special paper that was frosty. Not clear but not opaque either. You also needed a light table to see what was printed on it. There was music notations and songs printed on this special paper.  I asked her to sort them out in a pile but it seemed she lost them so I became frustrated that she could loose them so easily. She  left deflated and went down stairs and hid under a blanket! I went to her after I found the papers and told her I was sorry for being angry. I felt very bad for being impatient and I told her I appreciated her help and was not mad.

Then she was not there with me and I was somewhere else by myself again. An alarm went off and I looked to see it was a stop watch. I was surprised it still worked because the watch was owned by this woman years ago. It had grey plastic casing and looked like a wrist watch with no bands. It had a bit of clear tape on the side as I think it was broken.  I kept it as a keep sake because it meant something to me.


The cow and the Bull in my dream seemed a concern. They were an obstacle to my path and smelly and I was a bit overwhelmed and scared of them because they were so huge. I was trying hard to pass them but they would not let me. I remember looking square into the black cows face and she would not budge. The Hill was very slippery and muddy. I thought for sure I was going to slide down. It was also quite dark. My sense is that the Bull and the Cow were stubborn obstacles in my path.   I will say the slippery Hill was danger in my life. I was not covered in mud but I was trying to get over it or pass through I was being prevented me so it was as if I was crossing enemy territory to get to my destination or they were blocking neutral ground I had to pass. Whatever it was, they were making it hard for me to pass. However, it could be the "cow and bull"  were stubborn "blessings" or an obstacle to prevent something worse, as in the story of the donkey in the story of Balaam. Numbers 22:21-39 - Balaam's Donkey 

I will say the stop watch and sound of the alarm was a wake up call and a time frame or symbolic of running out of time for a situation or maybe that time has run out for a resolve. The watch was an important symbol which caught my attention.

As for the Musical Notation on paper, I believe they were songs which symbolized praying and a hope for an awakening. That is why I believe I was frustrated when I thought they may be lost but they were not lost at all.  The young woman was there for me to help. This is just my sense.

Train into the Sun

August 2015
I had a dream where there was a fast train moving into the sunset. It seemed the train was taking believers very quickly to a good place. The train was also going only one way.


March 28 2015 early morning

I woke up suddenly by a loud rapping so I jumped out of bed to move the car thinking it was my neighbor who would often rap on the window to alert me  to shuffle the cars but this is usually at a different time. When I went out, I didn't see her there but I moved the car because I figured she was just coming out in a minute. I went inside and asked if anyone heard the loud rapping and.....NO. I then knew immediately I was dreaming. Especially when I looked at the time. It would not have been my neighbour. This has happened before where I heard my name being called out, in a dream and 3 times too.  I actually woke up and answered out loud !  My husband heard me one of those times. At the time of this rapping at the door dream, he had a dream too and he shared his dream. His dream was about coming head to head with an Angel that was guarding a large area he was trying to enter to help others. In Luke, it states we are equal to the Angels so in the dream, he knew he was equal  but he still had to ask permission to enter. In order to do this, he went head to head with the Angel, forehead to forehead.    Luke 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

JUNE 2015   Dream

I saw a tall building with solar  windows with a projected image advertising an event. It named the place and time and it was some kind of Christian event in TORONTO, a big event with big advertising (the building and image was at least 40 stories high) 
The image at the top was a FIRE, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.  
I knew the meaning was not about an "event".

 The meaning was about God pouring his spirit out on the City core. It also meant that God is calling people  in a positive way. 

The huge image was reflecting and reaching all over the CITY.

Angel Storms Canada (unveiling)

March 2009  (or so)   I had sensed there was a real danger, a combination of corruption of various sorts in courts and authorities who were running people through the courts or other various types of trials in general and a feeling that it was very dark.

I was praying as I often did at that time during a crisis and I was deeply still when I began to see a very tall angel about as tall as a 10 story building dressed in a white robe with shortish blond hair but not still at all. This angel was an action angel. He  began to STORM down the main street of the City starting at City Hall and down the main street, HURLING every ungodly thing out of its' way. HURLING and THROWING things of useless value OUT far into a place that can not return.  The feeling I got was that there was a LOT of plans and/or plots of various kinds, things that were very displeasing to God, as if God said to this angel, " I am fed up so Go down and Storm this CITY and while you are at it, take on Ontario and then Canada." This is what I saw. I thought, "Is this my imagination?" because I have a visual imagination but I sat with it, watching it, not disturbing my vision with doubts but let it sink in like a movie and it was pretty real. It didn't go away.

The angel continued and STORMED across Ontario and then this angel LIFTED up what looked like a RED SHEET but this sheet was CANADA. Then SHOOK IT violently which continued to HURL every ungodly thing out of its' way. It shook it up good like a dirty rug and then placed it down again.

Then several months later, I saw the angel again! LAUGHING ! Just standing there in one spot with his head thrown back and LAUGHING with JOY as if the job was done, as if there was success in cleaning up this country and taking Canada to town, to the cleaners. I had the sense it was pure success and in control knowing that God was in charge and this angel had SHEER JOY in doing Gods will.

All I know was that I believe it was from the Lord. There was an angel doing SOMETHING. I had a lot of peace and I felt deeply still. I could NOT be moved each time I saw this. I was riveted in awe and in thankfulness that God was good and showed me this. I am  certainly no saint but at the same time, believing, trusting and knowing God is in control. It was weird that it started in this CITY where I was living at the time and not sure if that was significant except I was there at the time. The Angel went West, not to the east so not sure if that means anything either.  The RED SHEET was definitely CANADA though.

 I'll send an Angel- Based on Exodus23:20-33

I'll send an Angel   A D C G
To keep you in your way
and you will listen to his voice

I'll be an enemy to your adversary   F B*  C
My Angel shall go before you

He will bring you to the centre of your foes  A D C G
Refrain from following their Gods

Neither serve them or entertain their works    F B*  C
Over throw them, break down their treasures

And I will Bless you and heal you in your land   A D C G
Fear will accompany your walk

Your enemies will turn away  F B* C
One by One
 and your Borders will increase

They shall not dwell in the land   F B* C
nor be a snare to you

I'll send an Angel  x4  A D C G                                            D.C.

DREAM OF A FIELD    MAY 2015     I was not feeling very good. That is, I was feeling  a bit unsettled and anxious, frustrated and hurt and I closed my eyes. As I was praying, I saw FLOWERS - a path - More very BRIGHT flowers -  of many colours grass - it was bright - and it was a long vision. I also saw a woman walking on a stone path through the garden. I only saw her bare feet and the hem of her long flowing skirt. I described it to my husband and he thought it was heaven and that rang true because it was so vivid and the peace UN-describable. Lately I have seen fields ministering to me - so this is new. 

UPDATE : January 2019 - I was looking up essential oils of the bible and one was hyssop so I looked it up.  They were the flowers I saw in this dream, in the fields!  The flowers in dream were definitely purple (that is why I chose that picture posted above in 2015)   An obvious confirmation of  the healing use of this flower as I walked through the path. 

  "For centuries hyssop has been strongly associated with ritual and medical cleansing. In the Old Testament hyssop was used to sprinkle blood as part of the Jewish Passover. Hyssop, an herb in the mint family with cleansing, medicinal, and flavoring properties, was prolific in the Middle East and was used in a variety of ways.

The Bible mentions hyssop several times, mostly in the Old Testament. In Leviticus, God commanded His people to use hyssop in the ceremonial cleansing of people and houses. In one example, God tells the priests to use hyssop together with cedar wood, scarlet yarn, and the blood of a clean bird to sprinkle a person recently healed from a skin disease (likely leprosy). This act would ceremonially cleanse the formerly diseased person and allow him to reenter the camp (Leviticus 14:1–7). The same method was used to purify a house that had previously contained mold (Leviticus 14:33–53).

Hyssop is also used symbolically in the Bible. When the Israelites marked their doorposts with lamb’s blood in order for the angel of death to pass over them, God instructed them to use a bunch of hyssop as a “paintbrush” (Exodus 12:22). This was probably because hyssop was sturdy and could withstand the brushing, but it also likely signified that God was marking His people as “pure” and not targets of the judgment God was about to deal out to the Egyptians.

David also mentions hyssop in Psalm 51:7: “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” David does not refer to physical cleansing—rather, he is asking God to cleanse him spiritually as he confesses his sin.

Hyssop also appears at Jesus’ crucifixion, when the Roman soldiers offered Jesus a drink of wine vinegar on a sponge at the end of a stalk of hyssop (John 19:28–30). This was, in fact, Jesus’ last act before He declared His work on earth finished and gave up His spirit. While the hyssop stalk may have been used for purely practical purposes (i.e., it was long enough to reach to Jesus’ mouth as He hung on the cross), it is interesting that that particular plant was chosen. It is possible that God meant this as a picture of purification, as Jesus bought our forgiveness with His sacrifice. Just as in the Old Testament blood and hyssop purified a defiled person, so Jesus’ shed blood purifies us from the defilement of our sin. Hyssop was mentioned in the Bible for its cleansing effect in connection with plague, leprosy and chest ailments and symbolically in cleansing the soul. In Medieval and Renaissance times hyssop was primarily used for respiratory and digestive ailments. It was also used externally for treating bruises, sores, earaches, and rheumatism."

Binding the Strongman

MARCH 2013

This was a dream where I saw a bunch of people. They were all silhouettes and it seemed there was one person in particular that was the strongman I had to defeat. I managed to do this and once I did,the rest scattered. It was like a play, black  figures against a light. I was surrounded by people (enemies) and they all had weapons ..... sticks, as swords but I was alone fighting them.
I managed to disarm everyone of them quickly in the air (like in the matrix) and throw down the strong man. (who had no shirt and was bald) He was a fighter (as they all were)  I pinned him down and held him there. 

As I held him down, I looked up to another person there fighting me....she (or he) had a cloak and a hood on. I looked up to reason with that person as I held down this strong man.
I said:   "Look, I have had a few years of fighting you guys. I don't want to fight you anymore. “ 

 The person just stared at me.She (or he) had large eyes,stared but didn't look mad, (or peaceful for that matter ) and did not attack me, just looked a bit stunned perhaps but stared making no attempt to fight me.
I was looking up at him (or her) In fact, it seemed it was a woman. I was on the ground holding this other person (a man) down.  I was not in fear. I was confrontational and direct and I did not attack them ever in this dream, nor fight them. It was just my defense,

 I merely disarmed them successfully. All of them.

Then I woke up.

Here is the poem I wrote on the Dream

Holding the Strongman

Pinned to the Floor

Confronting his comrades

who waged this war

Another just stands there

knowing defeat

seeing the anger

of Gods Judgement seat

Confronting the strangers

now held to the ground

stunned is a figure

watching and making no sound

Scattering enemies

disarming them all

binding the strongman

making him fall



I  love the prophets, including the warnings. In fact, I have grown fond of this little guy I drew shortly after I became a Christian. Reminds me of Jonah who was reluctant to go to Nineveh as God requested to tell them to repent. Then when God forced the matter with Jonah and Nineveh did repent and turn to God, Jonah was mad! Love that story


Two cute Stories about our kids 

The Unknown Donkey  

My son really likes Bible stories so I started doing a straight read with him of the O.T. stories.

At his request, I started with Samson and we have just passed the 1st prophecy of Samuel.

My son played with Lego and my youngest daughter sat on the bed and listened with great interest as I read the story of the unruly Samson with his various mistakes and fits of anger over the years!

I ended our brief session after Samson, in one of his last efforts in taking vengeance on his enemies, killed 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.

There was a bit of stunned silence on my daughters’s part!  But it was not because of the Philistines being slaughtered!  It was something else to my surprise. 

She piped up with a question, which diverted our attention to a forgotten character in this story.    The Ass!    (The Donkey.)

“What happened to the Donkey?” she asked me with a forlorn expression

“The Donkey was quite dead already when Samson used him as a weapon”,
 I explained

“Why did he die?” she asked.  My son decided to answer her.

 “Maybe he had no food and he was in a hot desert with no water and he just died”

 It was pretty silent after that.  

Seems our children thought about and discussed many details in stories that are often over-looked. 

When my son was under 10 years of age, he noted a picture in a store we were in. It was a man and a cart and he said that is Sampson.    I said, I don't know, it is just a man in a cart. He said "yes Mom..it is Sampson, see , he is pulling a cart through the mud!"  He remembered the story more that I so it pays to read stories using pictures-get a comic book version of the bible


A Day to Remember, and especially honored by a special lady. 


A Day to Remember, and especially honored by a special lady. 

My Father told me this funny and touching true story after attending a memorial of a woman who resided on the Severn River. She was  108 years old.

She decided that she was rather old and asked a friend one  day, what day it  was and  he replied,"November 11th." 

She thought a bit and said, "That is a good day to die, November 11th."

 SO...she sat there with her arms crossed very earnestly in the chair with a pensive look on her face.

Her friend wondered what she was doing and finally she let out her thoughts.."It's hard!" (hard to die that is!)

But she actually did die, a couple of days later!

Dad told us the story because at Church that day, in the Chapel on the Severn River, the speaker talked about Joshua in which God told him, "You are Old!"  but in the next step, reminded him...that despite this, he still had work to do! 

I imagine this woman finally recognized, after 108 years, that her work was done!

Let us think of those who remember stories where their loved ones died. 


Some kids had to run in a farmers field  and some were shot (tasered) Some were told they could leave game but as they leave they could also be shot (tasered) There were about 5 kids age 10-12 or so. 

I watched on and as I watched I thought, "How can I  circumvent the  game ?

Then something stopped all of this being exposed. It was 
a person in a brown hooded cloak, like a monk with a cross bow. He was also flying into the barn and  then flew out of the barn door. You could not see his face at all and it all happened fast.  The flying monk like figure in my dream appeared to be evil  or maybe just neutral. I don't know. I also don't know what it means but I felt it meant something.  

A  Dream about defending the text

A few years back,my husband had a dream that something was given to him, a box with Hebrew text. The text  was a prayer illustrating a prayer uttered in the mid- 1800's by someone. The prayer was to God asking him to preserve the text and defend scripture.  

In the dream, the box had a lamp of blue Glass but it broke when he touched it but the box with the ancient Hebrew writing on it remained. When he held the box, it electrified him. Now I TOO had a dream that same night in which I also held a lamp and when I touched it, I too was shocked. It also left a  black soot on my hands. My lamp was not as beautiful though. It was just a simple brass lamp. I can't explain the soot or what the quality of my lamp meant or if it reflected my own study, or lack of!  :)  But in each dream, we both had a lamp.

Anyway, I believe that the Lord was saying that someone in real life, long ago really ​DID pray in 1800's for the Lord to raise up men to defend the biblical​ text (probably  ​many texts, not necessarily just John 8:1-11)  The lamp is the word but the light was going out. (It broke in the dream) ​ The text still remains but needs defending due to omission, corrupted text etc (all this corruption of the text is ​explained on his site and it is all verifiable. I believe this reveals something in the spirit of what is happening now but of course there is always debate over it! 

​My understanding is that a real man, 150 yrs ago, prayed and the results are unfolding. The dream is attributed to many people. This does not make one person over the other "more important"  because they had a dream. It just means Gods word is important. That is all it is. Gods will is to have his word preserved for others.

My husbands work is textural criticism but I also see him as a teacher and a scribe. A friend described it this way: Your husband disproved a very dangerous heresy which holds otherwise superior. There are Christian teachers  captive to the belief  that signs and wonders have ceased but it is a blatantly obvious, if you read the last section of Mark and the book of revelation that this is not so but they say this just because it is not in all the manuscripts- but he proved that the most reliable manuscripts are the ones which contain it. He did all the language, literary criticism, cross referencing of extra biblical historical sources, interrogation of the motives of people involved in editing the manuscripts etc."

Martin Collins said: 

A "scribe" in the first century had an important position in the Jewish community. Almost five centuries earlier, Ezra the priest had been the archetypal scribe (Ezra 7:6), trained and skilled in the Law of Moses, which God had given Israel. He read the law before all who could hear with understanding on the Feast of Trumpets, helping the people to comprehend it (Nehemiah 8:2-8). In this, we see the function of a scribe—and similarly, the function of what we call a "minister" of God. A minister is a man who dedicates his life to studying God's written Word so he can expound and illustrate the Bible's laws, statutes, and principles to help people live God's abundant way of life.

The word translated instructed is from a Greek word meaning "to make a disciple" or "to become a pupil." Verse 52 could easily read, ". . . every scribe who has been trained for the Kingdom of God is like a master of a house." In this light, we see the scribe as a student who has been taught and is continuing to be taught. Not only is he a teacher, but he is also learning at the same time. He must continue to learn so that he can continue to teach.


Getting to God through Scripture: Don't let the world squeeze you in

We can use Religion in order to understand God more but after learning what we need to learn from religious teaching or religious icons, literacy and so on, time to go to God himself. In fact in order to interpret accurately any religious teaching, we really need to go to God. It doesn't make sense that we would have to go through a strict Religious Practice or to a Seminary in order to understand God more.

Does God hold himself back so far we have to jump through hoops in order to get to him? Must we always wrestle like Jacob or be tested like Daniel or be persecuted like Paul? It depends. Scripture says: come, you who have no money , come. Salvation is a free gift

There is a point to going deeper and if we believe scripture is the living word, then we must go to Scripture. It doesn't mean we must be “Religious” but it simply means we must read scripture, study it, know it and hope to understand it. Our fore bearers who followed Christ for the last 2,000, despite ignorance on some levels are great resources for us. Why not learn from them?  If you go to University, to learn philosophy, you study the lives and works of philosophers. If you go to University, to learn psychology, you study psychologists theories. If you go to University, to learn History, you read what other historians have written. If you want to learn about Christianity, you can learn from scriptures.

2 Peter 2:20-22 For if, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last state has become worse with them than the first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy mitzvah delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, "The dog turns to his own vomit again," and "the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire."

see "Backgrounder" on
writing this song under "Who judges the Judges?" (on this page)

Song is under "Recordings"
Taken from Habakkuk 2:1-4 and parts of Psalm 58

Chasing the Lord as the Lord Chases me Cm B* F
Seeing the Lord as he watches on
Standing by him as he walks through the crowd
Going along where he goes

Write the vision make it plain
Cm B* F
That he may run who reads it
So the vision it will come
At the appointed time
At the end it will speak Am Dm E7
At the end it will not lie
Though it tarries it will surely come

Sing Chours

Behold the proud and break their teeth Cm B* F
(Psalm 58)
Let them flow away like water that runs continually
Let the righteous rejoice
 when they fall
Let them be seen by you and me

So the Just can live by Faith x 2

Do they indeed speak righteousness these silent ones
 Am Dm E7
They're estranged in the womb

But the Just will live by Faith X 2

Chasing the Lord x 5                                                         Music D. Charters  Sept . 2013

I met a young man at Indigo in the Religion section last week. There are usually people there looking at Bibles and often getting into conversations. This persons name was Benjamin. (which means son of my right hand and one of my favourite names which I would have used for my youngest, if she was born a boy! ) Anyway, Benjamin began to discuss how important our names are. They have impact. In the scriptures, it shows individuals who had their name changed at certain times. It was a change in their lives. (Saul=Paul - Sarah-Abraham and Peter is mentioned as rock and many more examples) The first word of the Bible in the first verse of the first chapter in the Book of Genesis in Hebrew script it reads: Bereisheet bara Elohim et hashamayim ve'et ha'aretz. But also, is the beginning word in John (It says, In the beginning was the word.) BR and BN (no vowels) means "son" thus the names BENJAMIN meaning , "son of jamin" so in this first verse of Genesis, the passage mentions "son" which is incorporating Jesus right in the beginning of the word, in Genesis. It is right there in the old language. His name is hidden in the scriptures so Jesus parents who would read in this language would have been aware of what this said. They knew the word "son" and it was next to the word "beginning" meaning their son was in the beginning, the word.

Other common names are  חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour" or "grace". Alanna:  "Elan" AHL-ən (masculine) meaning "Oak" and ELIANA, (feminine) meaning "my God has answered". Scott ("Sofer" in Hebrew) which is interesting because both his parents were writers. Nathaniel and Dorothea means "gift of God". Nathaniel also means "he gave". Alexander means "helper, defender". 
I had a dream (actually it was a vision because I was awake) It was in 1996, immediately after my son was born. I was lying down, minutes after my son was born and I saw Elijah’s chariot as it flew up to the sky and then immediately after, an eagle flying up to the sky in same direction as chariot. I am not sure what it means (especially the eagle part) but it was super clear and riveting!   While I was pregnant, I was meditating on a scripture  about John the Baptist having the joy of the Lord and the spirit of Elijah bringing the hearts of the Fathers to the children (meaning Israel)  I am aware that at the end times, the spirit of Elijah is a significant part of prophecy and it could mean the times we live in and the significance of healing in families (bring the fathers back to children)  LUKE 1:17a And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.    http://www.bible-knowledge.com/traits-of-eagle/

"Let no one split apart what God has joined together." MARK 10:9

Modern enemies have attacked the community by focusing a direct attack against the Family by divorce, the systems own strategies to marginalize, split, limit finances, monitor or limit relationships of all kinds to prevent building strong ties.

The deception and anger of these things within hearts, cause people to disengage from their natural desire to build strong community and reach out.

But what does this all mean? DO NOT SEPARATE are strong words by Jesus himself, who said to let our yes be yes and no be no.

His words were in a conversation about Marriage but we all know his words extend as infinity, to all that is joined by him ..daughters, sons, alliances and anything created by him. It applies to everyone and every alliance and/or partnership which is true. What God has designed, created, inspired within all of our hearts, let NO-ONE put asunder

Lets hope for the Solidarity, with in the hearts of many, as an awakening of truth as we understand it.

We will not in despair

2 Corinthians 4:8

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 2 Corinthians 4:8



I had a rushed morning.  I parked after dropping my daughter off off.  I decided to sit still a bit as I was thinking about some families, needing healing and was also concerned if we had the strength (each of us ) to get through all the experiences we were going through. There were many concerns and questions in my mind.

But as I began (thoughts swirling) I was interrupted by Church bells

 that ring Hymns each hour. I didn't realize that this particular Church had a song that rang and I had passed by it for 3 years and never heard the bells ring.  It is next to the School my daughter attended.

So I stopped my "prayer" because the song brought back memories from growing up. "This is my Story..this is my song" was the chorus.     

The song is called "Blessed Assurance"

I was amazed and wondered if God ordained it. It was so perfectly timed and why that song ? Anyway, it was a blessing for sure and it made me think God was catching my attention. This happened  to me before. (story below)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Di_8H1SAUQ&feature=related


I  went to York Minster Baptist Church for a visit. It is a big Baptist Church with an Organ and bells that ring each hour.

It is open to public 2 times a week to pray with a very big sanctuary. It was  very quiet the day I went. 

I was the Only one there but one man who came and went as I was praying.

I prayed and my mind was swirling with thoughts. I could not focus but then I heard the bells toll. I wondered what the hour was.  Was it 10 am? No..must be past that. 11 or noon?

SO, I listened as I counted each ring and it helped me slow down in my thoughts ...1...2..3.........11! wow

The 11th HOUR !

It dawned on me then! This IS the 11th Hour!



When I was writing  WRITING "ON THAT DAY" , I  used Amos and  had Gods people in mind. Months later, attacks broke out in Israel where Gaza launched rockets. Israel decided to fight back and also later go right  into Gaza onto the ground  to defend themselves. A fellow Christian who lives in Israel asked others to pray. She later posted a site that she found very useful to help Christians pray for understanding the present situation in Gaza.   I went to the site and noticed that the site's banner used  the exact scripture I used to pray and write the  song called "On that Day" : AMOS 9:11.  I have experienced this before  in which an event or situation followed a specific scripture reading I had used in writing. (or in a dream) as the song  I wrote in September of 2013 using the scriptures , Psalm 58 and Habbakuk 2.2 – 4.  I started first with “Chasing the Lord” and used the Psalmists and prophets words.
Here is the site mentioning AMOS   that the Christian in Israel posted     http://davidstent.com/god-of-the-armies-of-israel/

More here on the attacks


Contact me on contact page for Recording 


Dm. Am. Gm   

Amos 9:11

On that day,I will raise

the fallen Tabernacle

On that day,I will close

up their breaches,

raise up its ruins, and build it up

as in the days of yore.
On that day, they will inherit

the remnant of Edom

and all the nations

F. C. G

My Name is called upon them,

Behold days are coming,

the plowman shall meet the reaper

The treader of the vine 

the one who carries the seed,

 the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

and hills shall melt.

 Dm. Am. Gm

On that day,I will return

My people Israel,

they shall rebuild desolate cities

Dm. Am. GmF. C. G.

On that  Day  x 5

HINENI Here I am Lord

Israel comes here

December 12 2014 

I bumped into a person tonight who I met many years.  Ruth Fazal. And I can say she has authentically remained true to her calling. Once again, Gods timetable is shown to be so different than ours. It seemed all things remained a straight path.

 Although my timetable changed around so much, nothing had changed in Gods. When I saw Ruth in Toronto, who actually lives in Israel most of the time, we were both surprised to see each other and gave each other a hug. 

It was a real witness to sustaining loyalty in a people, but also how God has sustained her to  play over and pray for Israel. It also showed a synchronicity  in our paths. 

Her Music (or I should say Gods inspiration in her) is moving and yes, she still remains the Ruth 

I recall years ago who still says to God, "Here I am." 

 Ironically, in the Book of RUTH,  the Ruth who later becomes wife of Boaz says in Ruth 1:16   "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." 

 Ruth Fazal is like this in her passion for Israel and her people and has always been inspirational to me.  

My prayer is that we have a better understanding and passion for Gods people and his will.   http://ruthfazal.com/site/?page_id=422