Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Valiant Warrior, Proverbs 31:10, Lesson 1

 A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. Proverbs 31:10  rsv

Note: Proverbs 31: 10-31, commonly referred to as “The Proverbs 31 Woman” are presented as an acrostic in Hebrew. Therefore each lesson begins with a brief and simplistic lesson on the Hebrew letter that begins the verses. I hope this blesses you as it has me. MsH

  1. The Hebrew letter Aleph
  2. Review of the Prologue 
  3. The Hebrew word Chayil (excellence)
  4. Her worth is more then Rubies 
  5. What is wisdom?
  6. Conclusion

(1) Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (alphabet). Unlike our English letters, which only represent a sound, Hebrew letters suggest an image, known as a pictograph, and a numeric value as well as a sound.

The letter Aleph is the first Hebrew letter. It is silent. The pictograph for Aleph is an ox head. Aleph pictures strength and leadership. It represents the Almighty, Elohim, as the master and leader. 

The letter Aleph has the numeric value (gematria) of both 1 and 1000. It is first in everything and it adds great value to all it is connected to. Y'shua--Jesus taught us that the first and the greatest commandment is “Love God with all your heart.” As believers, our first passion is to love God!

An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. Proverbs 31:10 nasu

(2) In the Prologue I talked about “One woman, one man, for one life” as a source of strength for men. We saw that Solomon’s mother rebuked him for his many women because that destroys his virtue, his strength.  Walking “The Way” (the spiritual path of life) requires us to have the strength known as virtue, It is what makes us chayil - valiant.

We saw that Adam’s ministry was to keep the garden, meaning to guard or protect it and to make it fruitful. Chavvah-Eve was created to protect and aid Adam. THEY are created in God’s image.  When the two become one in marriage, something supernatural happens. We become strong for the ministry God created us for.

This week we will look at Proverbs 31:10 the excellent wife who is far more valuable then the rock she wheres on her finger.

(3) Chayil (pronounced khah’-yil) is from a root word that means “to dance” or “to twist or whirl in pain” (many subjects in Hebrew have both a positive meaning and a negative one.) Chayil describes a force which can be used to describe an individual or an army. The attributes of virtue, valor and strength describe chayil.

Proverbs 12:4 A chayil- excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
A women of strength and virtue is not a door mat! She is actually the crown on a man's head. Not to be walked on, not even equal. A woman of valor is the glory of a man, polished and well cared for. She isn't about gold or pretty stones, she is his helmet, his protection. More then a pretty helmet, her power is supernatural. Many husbands say that their wives "intuition" has protected them from foolish mistakes. She is the crown. The opposite is a woman who is all about herself instead of all about us.

 1 Samuel 10:26 Saul also went to his house at Gibeah; and the chayil-valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him.
Chayil is not just about being a good woman. It is a person whose life has been touched by the Almighty. They have responded to his touch. The hand of discipline is harsh. The person who is chayil, men and women, need only a touch to respond.

 Exodus 18:21"Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people chayil-able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
Out of all the choices you have available to you, "select" a spouse (don't settle for a life-partner the way the world does) who is chayil.  

 Psalm 18:32 The God who girds me with chayil-strength  And makes my Way blameless?
The chayil person is supernatural, touched by the Almighty, born from on high. Chayil is not a character trait that a person is born with. It is who a person is because they submit their will to the Almighty.

 Psalms 60:12 and 108:13 Through God we shall do chayil-valiantly,
And it is He who will tread down our adversaries. 
 My personal life verse is Micah 6:8. It teaches that Elohim-God shows us what good is. Y'shua-Jesus is our visual aid for living a good life. The Almighty has told us what he requires of us in the Torah (the first 5 books of the English Bible). We are to live a life of truth and justice while loving mercy. That is what it means to "walk humbly" with our Elohim-God. The key that unlocks a chayil-excellent life in the eyes of Elohim-God is being born again. Only when we are reborn from on high can the Ruwach-Spirit of God live in our hearts. Did you know that the Hebrew word for heart is a pictograph for Shepherds House? According to the Prophet Jeremiah, we have a "change of heart" from stone to flesh and the Torah-the Word of God is written right on our heart of flesh. A stone heart can be all about justice (usually for others). The opposite kind of person can be all about no justice and believe they are showing mercy. Only the Almighty can make a person chayil- born again, able to live the truth in justice while loving mercy.

(4)…Her worth is far above rubies

The chayil woman has great value to God. She brings this virtue into her relationships. There is no greater worth in marriage then chayil from the man or woman. With the attribute of chayil; they (the two as one) have great value as a godly couple.

Solomon’s mother mentions the great value of this woman as being more then rubies, but what has greater worth than rubies?

The word translated “rubies” should have been translated “pearl.” (strongs #6443 Paniyn pronounced paw-neen’) People say that rubies, or diamonds and emeralds are costly, but God does not see the world the way people see the world. Gemstones are rare and that makes them valuable, but they are  just pretty rocks. A pearl is something beautiful that has been created from pain (a painful irritant in the soft flesh of an oyster).

Matthew 13:46  …and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Being chayil is not an automatic attribute of a person who has been born again. Salvation begins the process but it takes time to become a person of valor and excellence. It is an attitude of contentment and thanksgiving in all things. 

Revelation 21:21  And the twelve gates (of the new Jerusalem of God, the Bride of Messiah) were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold (gold must be refined in fire to be pure), like transparent glass.

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Almighty YHVH is upon me,
Because YHVH has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives  And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of YHVH
And the day of vengeance of the Almighty;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of YHVH, that He may be glorified.
(a garland is a necklace and something as tiny as ashes are irritants in an oyster)

What is it that is worth more than pearls to God?

Job 28:12-18 "But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?  " Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living (the physical world).  "The deep says, 'It is not in me'; And the sea says, 'It is not with me.'  Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it, Nor can silver be weighed as its price. It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx, or sapphire.  Gold or glass cannot equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold. Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.

 Proverbs 3:13-15  How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.  For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.

Proverbs 8:11  "For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

(4) What is wisdom?

 1 Samuel 16:6-7 When the prophet Samuel came to the house of Jessie to anoint one of his sons the king of Israel without knowing which one God had chosen.
When they (Jessie’s oldest sons) entered, he (Samuel) looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him." (apparently Eliab is handsome and tall)  But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but YHVH looks at the heart."

Wisdom is “seeing" from God’s perspective”

Beauty when all we see is filthy ashes
Joy (our chayil-strength) when the world brings mourning
Praise when circumstances are heavy.

(5) The reason the chayil woman has great value is because she does not fake her attitude. God is her strength and her life. She is human, so, like Samuel when he saw Eliab, she may think that the beautiful things and people of the world are chosen by the Almighty. But just as it only took a word to redirect Samuel, you could say, "a touch," she does not dwell on earths beauty, but looks for the Almighty's choice. The Bible is the light on her path. We know that heaven is our home but how we live our life until we get there is described in the Torah and powered by the indwelling Ruwach-Spirit of God for the chayil woman. The lesson of the pearl is that it is God Himself who makes us chayil-strong. That is what Matthew 25: 14-30 and the “talents” entrusted to the servants teach us. What we do with the gift of chayil- determines our worth.

Note: nothing bad about beauty, Esther spent a year perfecting it. But Esther was a Chayil woman first and beautiful second. Beauty always fades but Chayil-excellence, virtue grows stronger.

BE THE ALEPH WOMAN! (not the alpha) A woman of chayil-strength, a leader bringing others to Messiah, A woman who trusts the Almighty when life is hard.

Mrs. Hagerty, September 15, 2014
Updated November 13, 2015 MsH

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Valiant Warrior; Proverbs 31 Prologue

Do not give women your strength and the way to destroy a king
Proverbs 31:3 (advice from Solomon’s mother).

The Proverbs 31 Woman She has been preached in pulpit after pulpit, I have come to dread Mother's Day because of her. As a matter of fact, I would rather be just about anywhere but church on Mother's Day. Her unattainable standard, loved by every man who has proclaimed her perfection, has given me a dread of this chapter of Scripture. Then I heard Frank Seekings talk about her in a way that touched the core of my soul. I see her with new eyes, Hebraic eyes. I have began loving who she is. Now I like the woman I can be when walking in her shadow.

Solomon’s mother isn't trying to warn him to stay away from women. She is rebuking him, telling him the consequences of loving more than one woman for one life. By loving many women he will lose the virtue (inner-moral character) that keeps him on the path of life (The Way) and allows him to be a righteous king because of his commitment to his virtuous warrior-wife.

  1. Hebrew letter of the week (none for the introduction)
  2. Hebrew word study: "EZER" "to protect"
  3. No review lesson for this introduction
  4. The Valiant Warrior 
  5. What kind of woman will you choose to be?
Each week in this study I will follow a pattern. (1) Proverbs 31 is an acrostic which means that the study follows an alphabetic pattern. Each instruction begins with a Hebrew letter so we will start by learning about those letters. Hebrew letters do not just represent sounds in words, they also communicate a mental image known as a picto-graph. (2) Next will be a word study. The letter of the week is used in the word of the week which will add depth to our understanding of each verse. (3) Finally we will begin the lesson with a short review of what we have already learned, followed by (4) the current lesson and end with (5) a conclusion. I will post these at the start of each lesson

Our introduction does not have a letter to study but we do have a word of the week. 
First lets look at the word Bathsheba uses. When she says "women" it is plural. She is telling her son that more then one woman will have consequences in his life

The Way has become one of my favorite concepts. I use it often in this study. Those who followed Y'shua-Jesus in the first century of the common era were "followers of The WayThe Way is your path of life. Either you are on the popular "Broadway" which most people follow, or you are on the steep and narrow Way which very few choose. This is The Way of eternal life. It is The Way of following Jesus. The broad way is the popular path of life but it is the way of death, a destructive path that leads to eternal damnation.    

The word "strength" is Chayil is a Hebrew word that should be translated as virtue or excellence. Virtue is moral excellence, and is always a factor in a righteous life. This righteousness has the Word of God as its foundation.             

Here are some examples of men who gave their strength, their Chayil to many women.

Samson from the book of judges is known to have loved many women. The wife he chose was a pagan who did not love or honor YHVH, the LORD, she betrayed Samson and as a result he murdered 30 men. (Judges 14:12-19). Even though they did not divorce, she married another man, throwing Samson into a rage. In his anger he burnt the food supply of the Palestinians (Philistines of Gaza) by tying the tails of foxes together and attaching burning torches to them in grain fields. In retaliation the Palestinians killed the cheating Mrs. Samson and her father who supported her being with another man. Samson got into more trouble with another prostitute, before he met the infamous Delia, who humiliated him by joining a plot to take away his chayil-strength and enslave him. This is not something we expect from a man of God’s people. It was not the haircut that brought down Samson. He gave his virtue-chayil to women (plural)

David gave many women his chayil - virtue and he suffered in a wild, unhappy home with many woman and his fighting children.

Solomon also gave his chayil-strength to many women, causing the wisest man ever to become a fool (the fool says in his heart, “there is no God”. Psalm 14:1)

Women can also give up their Chayil 
  • What kind of a woman is she who loves one man; a man who has only one woman for one life?
  •  What are her characteristics? Can we learn anything useful from the women of Scripture and from Solomon’s mother?
  • We cannot control men or anyone else, we can only control ourselves.
  • There is another question…. Should we even worry about being this kind of woman? Is it important to God that we are Chayil - a Valiant Warrior?
  • Is it important to learn to be this woman even though you are only in JrHi? If it is important then I expect to see this truth with the very first woman, Eve.

'EZER from the Hebrew root meaning, surround, protect, aid. Sadly translated help meet in English

'EZER; A person that gives help in difficult times providing relief and aid.

After God created Adam, He put him into the garden to work it and keep it. To keep is to guard and protect Concerning Adam, God said….                      
 … "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;  but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."

 Then YHVH God said,
 "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."
 Out of the ground YHVH God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.  The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.         Gen 2:16-21 nasu

Question:  Why isn’t a horse good enough as a farm helper?
                Why isn’t a dog or a wolf a good guard help?

Of all the animals, surly there were many who would be loyal companions (like cats) who could be trained to do farm work and to guard the garden and be a companion to Adam. Even today we train animals to do these things. Why were none of them suitable for Adam?

The animals were part of the creation that Adam was to guard and protect. Even though they can be trained to do amazing tricks and submit to work, an animal cannot be a co-warrior, an equal. They will ALWAYS be subordinate (under in a dependent way) to men. In all of creation there was no animal who was a co-warrior who could stand as an equal to Adam.

What is ‘EZER
In the  following passages, the word 'ezer, often translated "help" is highlighted 
Exodus 18:4 The other (son of Moses) was named Eli-ezer (meaning “God-Eli, is my ‘ezer -help) , for he said, " The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh."
Moses honored YHVH's direction in his life when he named his second son Eliezer. Moses, who was given as crocodile bait by his father (Eli) when he was an infant, with only his sister there to witness his fate. As a man Moses knew something about YHVH that his father never understood. The Almighty is 'ezer.
Psalm 20:1-2
May YHVH answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!
May He send you help from the sanctuary
And support you from Zion!
The God of Ya'aqob (yah-ak-obe) or Jacob in English translations, In Psalm 20:2 the word 'ezer has the letter kaf (sofit) as a suffix. As a suffix the Hebrew letter kaf adds the idea of YHVH's presence or the King's presence (Y'shua-Jesus) to the word. David seems to be remembering that when Ya'aqob-Jacob was far away from home, the Almighty was still with him and protected or helped him.
Psalm 70:5
But I am afflicted and needy;
Hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O YHVH, do not delay.
In this Psalm, David says that the Almighty is his 'ezer-his help. Spacifically he says that the Almighty is his "deliverer" from the Hebrew word palat which means "way of escape" which is the exact idea that Paul used in 1 Corinthians 10:13 when he said that the Almighty will provide "a way of escape" when we are tempted.
Psalm 115:9-11
9 O Israel, trust inYHVH;
He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in YHVH;
He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear YHVH, trust in YHVH;
He is their help and their shield.
It is the Almighty who is our 'ezer, our help or co-warrior. As our 'ezer he is our shield. Paul said that the shield of the Almighty is faith, from the word 'amen meaning, to stand firm. When we commit our Way to the Almighty, he is the one who protects us on the path of life.
Psalm 121:1-4
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from YHVH,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel        
Will neither slumber nor sleep.    
When the Almighty created Adam he gave him a job in the garden, "Keep it." I used to think that "keeping" a garden meant weeding, mowing, fertilizing and harvesting. The Hebrew word translated "keep" is shamar which is our English word "keep" but not in the modern usage. Today we would say "guard, keep an eye on, to protect" Adam's job was to guard Eden. Eve (or Chavah in Hebrew) was given the job of 'ezer to Adam. She was to be his co-warrior. She is not a "help-meet" unless that is how you think of the Almighty in your life. If you do think of him that way, then you have a problem to solve. That problem is to remove yourself from the center of your heart and put the Almighty there.

Hosea 13:9 It is your destruction, O Israel, That you are against Me, against your help.
If God is our help, then why did Adam need Chavah-Eve?

She was not to just help Adam, but to represent the 'ezer the help that God is. That is how she helps Adam. Are you ready to be that kind of woman? A woman who knows the Almighty so well, that she can stand and wield the sword of the Spirit(Ephesians 6:17, the Word), when Adam needs help.

Later in this study we will learn more about the sword of the Spirit (and of Chavah-Eve). Here is a hint about that sword. It is not a steal blade, in fact it is not even of this world…. But we will save that study for another day. Today I only have one question.

What kind of Woman are you planning to be?

Introduction to a series of Junior-High Ladies Devotions
Mrs. Hagerty, September 8, 2014
Updated November 12, 2015 MsH

On Growing Weary; Isaiah 40: 27-31

"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.  "For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.  Matthew 7:13-14 NAS
I have chosen the way of life. I have bound myself to YHVH. Very unexpectedly I sense a weariness in my walk. Where does that come from? To my surprise, I find that I am like the children of Israel who marched out of Egypt in triumph, witnessing things I can only imagine. 
And the rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat?  "We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,  but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna. " Numbers 11:4-6 NAS
I have not yet come to a place of looking back at the abundance of food, but sometimes I miss being a material girl. I would have denied that label when we still had a big check coming in on a regular schedule. Now, living without that abundance, I can clearly see how much I liked things as much as I liked my religious choices. My life is still very easy. We have a home, a roof over our heads during the unrelenting Pacific North West rain and cool shelter for those rare hot days. We have food to eat, clothes to wear. We do have a good income, just not as much as we once had. Life is good. And yet there are moments that I want to turn back to an earlier time when we could get out the credit cards, go shopping or take a crazy day out. Our God is asking something different of us now. Shall I act like a spoiled child or do I stand firm on the way? Shall I be like the rabble, who were not hungry, just bored with the menu? Do I love my freedom from slavery or the benefits that come with slavery? 

I chose freedom in the Messiah of Israel, I will continue in him!

I suspect that this is why he gave this warning…
Y’shua said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62 RSV
I am often impressed in prayer that we have a privilege during this season of our life. We are preparing for soon coming days that are far more difficult then anything we are experiencing today. Our life feels like a class room, A safe place to learn to depend on YHVH. We thought we were living that way, but with that big monthly check being gone I have come to realize that thankfulness for something and dependence on God are not the same. Thanksgiving is good, but it is easy. My life has not become hard. Hard is what the Kurdish Christians are experiencing.
"If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?  Jeremiah 12:5 NAS
All these words are just prolog to describe the encouragement I experienced this morning, rising in the dark for the powerful filling of the Ruach as I pray, just as the Valiant Warrior (Proverbs 31: 14-15) that I long to be. I found encouragement in the Word of YHVH to Israel.

Why do you say[1], O kquy[2],
and dabar-speak, O Israel,
"My way is hid from hwhy,
and my mishpat-justice is disregarded by my “Elohiym"?
28 Have you not yada’-seen? Lo! Have you not shama’-heard ‘”Elohiym?
hwhy is ‘owlam-everlasting,
HWHY the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint nor grow weary,
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives vigor to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for[3] hwhy shall renew (spring-up) their vigor,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run (rush) and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40: 27-31

It is not by my strength that I continue in the way but by binding myself to YHVH whose strength is mine…. And in Y’shua ha Machiach it is yours. Be encouraged and put one foot in front of the other. He will get you to the Kingdom on this steep, narrow path.

[1] “to say” rma with a t prefix: when prefixed to a verb stem like amr it indicates 2nd person, future tense You will (with a suffix it can be 3rd person, feminine, future tense she will) …why will you say..?
[2] Ya’aqob, known as Jacob in English
[3] But they that wait for: ywqw (kaw-vaw’); a root meaning “to bind together”. I take this to mean that when my life is folded into YHVH, praying “Thy will be done”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

God knows the heart (effects of prayer)

I like to think I am easy going, that I can "roll with the punches". It pleases me to have the privilege of serving. That is how I like to think of myself, but YHVH knows my heart.

Farmers Market in Everett, Washington

Tishri 13, at morning light, and I am in my chair, keeping my commitment to start my day with prayer. Only two days past Yom Kippur and already I find my joy fleeting. Extra work was dropped in my lap yesterday afternoon. Work I knew would be coming to me today, not yesterday. Work that I thought I was very clear about not doing until today. I felt an irritation in my heart that quickly worked itself into a bitterness. In asking for prayer, I polluted another teacher with my bitterness (trying to pretend you are ok is far worse then saying up front, "I am angry about this.") I polluted a second teacher who wanted to help me with the extra load AND instruct me on the use of the word, "NO". A student thought I was mad at her for needing help. My husband had to hear about it when I came home.

Honestly, I am pleased that the person I am covering for got to go to a conference with friends. I just did not want it her way but mine. I wanted to be able to minister to her by letting her feel free to go... in my time.

So I enter my time of prayer with a clenched jaw.

Psalm 13 was my passage this morning. David (in my head) is whining to God. "How long.... will you forget me forever?" "How long... will you hide your face from me?" How long... am I on my own" (take counsel in my soul) How long...will the enemy be exalted over me (she is not my enemy!). David prays for enlightenment, then the page is turned.

Verse 5 I have trusted (baaTach--safe refuge) in Thy loving kindness (checed--grace). My heart shall rejoice in Y'shua (salvation).

At some time in the past, I wrote in the margin, Romans 8: 37-39; 1 John 4:16; John 13:1 and 15:13.

Take a moment to read them for yourself. They spoke to me of the love of God, of Him knowing the secrets of my heart and that nothing could separate me from His love for me in Y'shua. They spoke of being able to love because I am loved.

There is also a warning.
If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4 20
I have some spiritual clean up to do before bitterness spreads to those I wounded with my own bitterness. God be merciful to the beloved people I polluted and give me grace to make it right.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

In the morning (thoughts on prayer)

Tishri 11 5775 (October 5, 2014)
Thoughts on prayer, which I suddenly realize is no longer a strength in my life. This first day after Yom Kippur, I begin with the knowledge that I must guard a  time to sit with the Word and pray.

Early Morning at The Toy Box subUrban Farm

The first thing to be done in the morning is prayer.

Prayer in the morning was my reality for a long time.... checking out facebook with my morning coffee has become my thing in the morning. I see people write about taking a break from facebook because it has taken over their lives. I probably won't do that. But today, my desire is to get back to prayer first. The men and women of scripture were known to wake up and take time with YHVH

  • Mark 1:35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he (Y’shua-Jesus) rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. 
  • 1 Samuel 1:19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before YHVH; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elka'nah knew Hannah his wife, and YHVH remembered her; 
  • Psalm 5:3 O YHVH, in the morning thou dost hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for thee, and watch. 
  • Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of thy might; I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning. For thou hast been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. 
  • Psalm 88:13 But I, O YHVH, cry to thee; in the morning my prayer comes before thee. 
  • Psalm 143:8 Let me hear in the morning of thy steadfast love, for in thee I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to thee I lift up my soul. 
  • Ezekiel 12:8 In the morning the word of the LORD came to me: 
I know that we who believe are to pray at all times, to not limit ourselves to one appointment. Elohim is my Father, Y'shua is my beloved and there are times through my day that I call out to him. I hear him throughout my day and into the night, but I am missing an intimacy that we once shared. I know that it is not him who has become too distracted to speak to me.