Tuesday, September 18, 2018

El Shaddai (Acoustic Spiritual, Amy Grant)

Hello Grafted In Friends,

This is Sept. 25, 2018 in my corner of blog land and the evening of Yom Kippur. Traditionally, Yom Kippur is a Jewish Holiday, a Sabbath of Sabbaths, where Jewish people around the world make annual restitution before G-d (God) and friends or family in their life that they need to make amends with over wrongs that occurred during the previous year. A positive way to view it is a time of repair. Many believers also take advantage to observe this time as well from Sun down to sundown. Synagogues hold worship the evening before and the actual day of Yom Kippur, or day of Atonement.

In five days, Feast of Tabernacles, booths, also called Feast of Joy is celebrated for eight days. One has confessed their sin on Yom Kippur and begun the process of transforming their life and now celebrates the fact of being clean. That is a gift necessary today, to be clean and free from the stains of the past!

Editing is in the final phases on my autobiography, and next post I will share a brief snippet with you. My plan is to publish this in mid to late October. It will encourage and entertain readers, and take about three hours to read.

Until next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, the Lord be present with you. Celebrate who you are and what you have been created to do!

Mellow Rock
David Russell

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Somewhere In The Middle Kieran Kane (acoustic)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is August 30, 2018, Thursday in my corner of blog land. We are having temperatures in the mid 20s Celsius, after having a heat wave for the past several days with the high feeling like 40 degrees Celsius. Yes, we visited a local pool a couple times to find relief and enjoy some water aerobics, too.

On occasion, we talk health in our blog visits, and this visit will be health oriented. Do you want to look and stay younger?

According to "Reader's Digest" magazine, some of the following foods can help us appear and stay younger looking and feeling. They slow the aging process our bodies all eventually will succumb to.

- Green and yellow legumes are suggested that include whole cooked peas. These contain fiber and anti-oxidants that help slow aging.
- Nuts, and in particular walnuts, are recommended to have as a snack perhaps three times a week. These slow the progression of heart disease and minimize the risk for cancer as we grow older.
- Those of us who enjoy a good steak or a piece of roast beef do not have to give this up completely. However, going meatless two or three meals a week will not hurt us either. Plant sources of protein are said to help ward off kidney ailments and problems.
- Fish is recommended for omega-threes and sauerkraut is considered a good food for the brain.

In Brief
On the writing front, my autobiography, which will be titled, Seasons Revisited, is being edited and planned publication is scheduled for October 2018. I am strongly considering publishing with Barnes and Noble Press, B&N Press, and SmashWords.com. The book will be in print and EBook form. I have had several places to call home and have known many in my 60+ years of life. It is quite amazing when one looks back to see the road you have traveled.

I am completing the reading of a Denise Mina novel, titled, "The Dead Hour". It is a crime thriller and well written with descriptive narrative and typical Denise Mina dialogue.

We have had a couple recent visitors that I would like to thank for stopping by and encourage you to visit them at their pages.
Winged Words by Aradhana Mishra, a writer and Mass Communications specialist from India.
www.aradhanamishrah.com

is her URL.

Until next visit, Kevod Yeheveh, the presence of the Lord accompany you on your journey.

Mellow Rock

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wait A Minute (acoustic, Seldom Seen)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is August 8, 2018 in my corner of blog land.
I titled this post, Wait A Minute, because of the pasted news item below from Breaking Israel News, about Chinese Christians studying the Torah, first five books of the Holy Bible.

Since one of our blog intentions is to encourage one another in the study of God's instruction, this post is fitting: Other news on my life afterward.
Chinese Christians Are Praying For The Peace of Jerusalem
By Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler August 8, 2018 , 9:22 am
Look! These are coming from afar, These from the north and the west, And these from the land of Sinim. Isaiah 49:12 (The Israel Bible™)
Christians from around the world come to Jerusalem every Sukkot to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. (Credit: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News(
It’s risky to be a Christian in China today. Despite this, the numbers of Chinese Christians interested in studying Torah, learning Hebrew and visiting Israel is skyrocketing.
According to San Diego, CA-based Pastor Grace Wang, underground churches are very active and growing rapidly in China. Wang told Breaking Israel News that her weekly Torah messages, which she records in Mandarin Chinese using her iPhone, are distributed through an underground network of churches and are heard by more than 10,000 people each week. “They are hungry for Torah,” she explained.
Wang shares a passion for the Temple Mount with Rabbi Yehuda Glick. She translated Glick’s book Arise and Ascend: A Guide To The Temple Mount into Chinese. The first 2,000 copies sold out quickly and she just got funding to reprint another 2,000 copies.
Asked how she understands the phenomenon of Chinese Christians being fascinated by Torah and Israel, she said, “We are almost in the End Times. This is the work of God, to open the heart of people to have a desire for Torah. It’s above nature. It’s so powerful. This is totally supernatural.”
Wang noted that, after studying with her for a time, many of her students begin to celebrate the Biblical festivals, although it’s not safe for them to observe Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) outside of their homes in China.
“They celebrate with the Jewish calendar. They fast and pray on Yom Kippur (Jewish day of Atonement) and Tisha B’Av (day of mourning for the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem).”

They do this, despite the fact that, according to Wang, “In Mainland China, there is no freedom. It’s really amazing! They love the God of the Jewish people. They don’t have money to come to Israel, except maybe once in their lives. They never see Jewish people. They study the Bible. Their only wish is to come to Israel.”
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Yes, it is exciting to realize God so loved the world, not just the west, not just North America, but the world.. Consider for a minute or two.

- In my writing life, I am still working on my autobio with regard to editing, revising and spell-checking. Someone even showed me how to correctly note
Simon and Garfunckel, the acoustic duo from the late 1960s. I hope to publish, Homecoming, in a couple months and will let you know!

- We are living through the 'dog days' of summer here. August has felt much like July with temperatures in the high eighties Fahrenheit with accompanying humidity. Soon, our nights will become cooler, which mean improved sleep.

Thanks for dropping by. May His Presence ever be with you!

Mellow Rock
David Russell