14th day of the 12th month, Adar of the year 6013 or 5774
(February 15, 2013)
Shabbat Shalom Everyone!
I would like to share a Sabbath miracle from last week, February 8th:
My Aunt Iris, who is 5½ years my senior, is my last living relative of my mother’s generation. When she passes, I will be the matriarch of our family. Scary! When we were growing up, she was like my mean big sister, she was uncontrollable and my grandparents continually sent her to our house for my Mom & Dad to deal with, Mom was 17 years older than Iris and the complete opposite. Iris was the epitome of the 60’s generation, she hitch-hiked across the country so many times, we lost count. She went from Hippie to Soldier and capped off her youthful years with a stint as a medic in the army at the end of the Viet Nam era. When Iris was a teen, she persuaded both my adolescent brothers and myself to smoke cigarettes so we wouldn’t tell on her. When I think back now, it was a little more devious, she had recruited three cigarette thieves (really only two, I wouldn’t do her dirty work!). But, the most important thing to know about Iris, other than the fact she is a born again believer in Christ Jesus, is that she is a hypochondriac with a nursing degree. God love her.
Back to the present, Iris is a Christian, but she lacks discipline. *For years and to this day, I try to tell her not to speak negative out of her mouth, especially concerning her health. Let me just say one word, Bi-Polar. It has been an uphill battle praying for Iris.
When my mom died in 2007, my aunt was diagnosed with throat cancer. She immediately had herself buried and in the grave, she was convinced no amount of faith would change her fate, but did agree to conventional treatment. I told her that I had enough faith for both of us, and that Jesus had told me in the book of Mark; “You must have faith in God. Truly I say to you that whoever would say to this mountain, ‘You must immediately be removed and you must immediately be cast into the sea,’ and would not doubt in his heart but would believe that what he is saying is happening, it will be to him.”
It was a very long year, but she did survive the cancer, although it decimated her immune system. Sadly, she has fought infection and C-diff continually since then. And of course this means continuous diarrhea.
She constantly reminds me to pray for her and I do. Well, last Friday afternoon I spoke with her, recently my uncle had experienced a stroke and was off and on the ventilator and had been moved to a recovery facility (nursing home). He was unable to walk or function on any normal physical level and was suffering from severe dementia. Now Dave loves Jesus. About 15 years ago, he was saved delivered from addiction and has never ceased to show the Lord his gratitude, but not long after he was saved, Dave was robbed and hit over the head, causing severe brain damage. Dave has had at least 3 surgeries where they removed layers from his right frontal lobe. So a stroke is not good.
That same Friday night, after we had lit our Sabbath candles, said the Kiddush and wound down from dinner, Paul was sleeping and I was doing my normal, watching “Shabbat Night Live!, reading the Word, reviewing videos for ministering, checking email, tweeting… So it’s getting close to midnight, Laptop in bed with me. I was listening to some healing praise music on the computer and the Holy Spirit said to my inner spirit, “You have become complacent in the way you pray for your aunt.” (I pray for others constantly. My daily routine could be described as a prayer with an on/off switch.) Wow! I couldn’t argue. I had found myself in a place with her where I would hurry her off the phone because it was always about how bad she felt. She always asks me to pray for her kids and I would think “Are you praying for your kids?” Boy, I was ashamed, immediately I had to repent.
I jumped out of my bed and fell to my knees and repented, I was so ashamed because Yahweh has been confirming the way for my prayer ministry to grow. He has been faithful to answer my prayers so that my steps are directed by His clear voice. Yahweh has blessed our home with Shalom unspeakable. I am the happiest person I know. How can I call myself a prayer warrior with such a blessing from God and lose the zeal to pray for someone so close to me. The Holy Spirit reminded me that Yeshua/Jesus is on the right hand of Yahweh, interceding for us continually, without stopping. I was completely humbled.
After repenting and conveying my love and fear of my most Gracious and Merciful Lord, I began to intercede for my aunt. I explained to the Lord that this was the sister of my birth, that there was no other that would intercede for her like I would, it was my place to stand in the gap and intercede for her, I told Him that she is of my household. I bound Satan and all his minions of illness, pain and disease and cast them out, I laid spiritual hands upon her, cried out with every healing scripture I know. I prayed fervently for her, specifying every ailment. I charged God’s holy angels to go forth and minister healing and faith to her. I did this for more than an hour and then I told the Lord that I echoed every single word of that prayer for her husband. Of course, I woke Paul up in the process. Glory to God!
When I finished, I looked at the clock, it was 1:27am. I said to my hubby, Iris is going to call or text us in the morning and tell us she is feels better and she don’t know why. Needless to say, the Holy Spirit was upon me and I didn’t sleep much that night. I had an intense experience for 2 to 3 hours where the Holy Spirit let me feel the coming sorrow and despair that is about to grip the world. I couldn’t stop crying and praying. But that’s another experience to share later. About 5:30am I had calmed down, just lying in bed, resting in the Lord when I heard the sound of the message alert on our cell phone. I got up and took a look, low and behold, it was my aunt. The text read: Emmy, you’re not going to believe this. For the first time in 2 years, I did NOT wake up with diarrhea. Well of course I could believe it! I began to Praise God, it was all done at the cross! I looked at my husband who was now mostly awake and he said, “Iris?” I said, “yes, no diarrhea for the first time in three years.” He just smiled and said, “Wow…, thank you Jesus”.
Later that day when I spoke with her, I told her I had prayed and that she should expect Dave to be better as well. She was skeptical and said, “Well, I appreciate what the Lord has already done”.
That afternoon she went to the Nursing Home to see Dave and she grabbed one of the wheel chairs next to the nursing station as she went by towards Dave’s room. The nurse said, “Wait! Where are you going with that chair?” “It’s for Dave”, Iris responded. The nurse then proceeded to say, “I don’t think you’re going to need it. We found him out by the front door this morning walking about on his own.” Iris said she couldn’t get back to that room fast enough. When she got there, he was sitting up and he was talking and thinking clearly. Dave is real shy and has a hard time testifying. Iris said when she told him about herself and that I had fervently prayed the night before, she said he got up and preceded to testify to his roommate and their guests about how he had just been healed by the Lord. I said that’s what happens when the power of the Lord touches you, you can’t help but tell!
The miracle doesn’t stop there, you know Abba doesn’t do anything half-way. Iris said, “Emmy, they still won’t let him come home because of my health. They said that all the infection in my body must be gone before he can come home. I am having tests on Monday.” I said, “No worries, they will all come back negative.” I want you to know that Dave is at home with my aunt as we speak.” Oh, Father, I praise your awesomeness. I thank you so much, not only for Iris and Dave, but for keeping me with a right attitude in prayer. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.
God is so good. Father God wanted my Aunt healed, but He also wanted me to get my attitude right!
It is so important to pray for others. Not everyone knows the power of prayer. Many don’t even know how to pray. I urge you, share your prayer life with others. There are Christians and Messianic believers out there that are too embarrassed to tell others that they don’t know how to pray. Set the example and extend your prayers to others.
May the Lord of All Creation bless you and keep you.
In Christ, Emma
Behold! I have been standing at the door and I am knocking: if someone would hear My voice and would open the door, then I will enter to him and I will dine with him and he with Me.
*Aside for February 15th, 2014:
THERE IS POWER IN OUR WORDS! There are literally 1000’s of references to the word “word” in the Bible. We see over and over again in the Scriptures, “this is the word that the Lord has spoken”. Heaven help you when Yahweh speaks! The Torah devotes an entire portion D’varim, words, to the matter. See Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22. And of course, we know The Father spoke creation into existence.
When God gave Joshua instruction to go into the land He had given them and to possess it, God instructed Joshua, “This book of the Torah (Teaching) will not depart out of your mouth, but you will meditate on it day and night, so you can observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then you will act wisely in all your Ways, and then you will have good success.” ~Joshua 1:8
I was born on a Sunday, March 26, 1961 @ 6:07 am. What is interesting about that particular Sunday of that year, is that it was (1)Palm Sunday, according to the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. According to the (Hebrew or Jewish calendar (הַלּוּחַ הָעִבְרִי, ha'luach ha'ivri), I was born on the 8th of Nisan, 5721.
As a child and a great deal of my adult life, I did not understand the pagan connections throughout the Easter & Christmas Holidays. Regardless of changes in my belief system, I feel especially close to my Messiah, Yeshua, during the "Time of the Passover Season". I feel as though Passover is my time of birth, whether it be the beginning of March or the end of April.
The reason I stated the aforementioned background information, is to tell you that I have always felt like God has had a special purpose for my life. What you need to know is that God has a special purpose for all of our lives, if only we would seek His will.
It is my hope that by sharing the story of my birth, you will see how God has His hand on us and how we are chosen even before birth. As Passover draws near, I will share the miracle God gave my mother, the miracle of my birth...
13th day of: Adar, 5774 or 12th Biblical Month, 6013
Friday, February 14, 2014
Everyone! Isn't my husband a lucky man? What a way to wake up, Earl Grey and Cherry Cobbler! Yum! When we all live in the New Jerusalem with our Lord, Messiah Yeshua, everyone is invited to my mansion for Heavenly Baking and Eating! I know the reason my baked goods taste so good is because I prepare them with Love toward my God, Yahweh!
Purim this year will mark the one year anniversary of our household's obedience in keeping the Feasts of the Lord!
My husband was born again right before Hanukkah 2012. What a miracle. I had already shifted paradigm and embraced the Hebrew Roots movement. All my life I knew the connection between the Old Testament and the New. I sought truth about scripture in everything I pursued. What a blessing, the Lord was bringing me along the whole time in preparation of the shift in worship that is occurring as we speak. YAHWEH wants it HIS WAY!
Paul (my husband) and I love the Sabbath! We seek to embrace it as the Lord did on that 7th day of creation! We sit back in awe of the Father and all He has done. We celebrate His creation every week!
Although I am not always able, I try to bake bread every week on Thursday or Friday. It has become a part of my weekly worship. I have such a wonderful time preparing for Sundown on Friday! I play praise music all day while I work and I usually tweet also while I'm baking. By the time the Sabbath comes, a Heavenly host shows up to celebrate and worship with us. The presence of the Lord fills our home as we perform the Kiddish.
Check out the picture on the Home page, taken September 2013, the ball of light seen in the window on the right is not the sun, that light appeared as I took the picture right before time to light the Shabbat candles.
If you worship as the Father instructs, the Holy Spirit will always show up!
More later as we prepare for Purim...
11th day of: Adar, 5774 or 12th Biblical Month, 6013
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Greetings to all who have found their way here!
My name is Emma and I am a 52 year old female. I have been married for nearly 11 years to my 2nd best friend, my husband Paul. Ours is a story of Love, Courtship, Adventure, Tragedy, Miracles, Restoration and Salvation. More on the subject later...
This website was born out of a call to serve my Lord and Savior, Yeshua Hamashiach/Jesus Christ. God the Father, made it clear to me from the time I was a young girl, that Prayer was not just a way to communicate with Him, but it is also a place to reside with Him and to serve Him. And yet it is so much more than just these three things. As we begin together our journey of sharing and encouraging, it's my hope, we can discover just how much more.
My life has been one that was torn apart by Satan and restored by Yeshua/Jesus. I pray that the miracles God has performed in my life will give you hope ,encouragement and inspire your faith and your
I like everyone that has walked the earth in the flesh, have a past. I expect there will be those that seek to discredit as well as degrade my testimony. I promise to do my best to answer your questions and always be honest.
Tune in tomorrow for details on how the Holy Spirit is working in my life and the lives of those around me.
May the Yahweh bless you and keep you till then.
In Christ Jesus, Emma LoSchiavo