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My apologies for the long absence, I took a long ‘hiatus’ and dabbled in a couple other projects and a couple of breaks.

Now I’m back and starting a new series, called Bible Study where I take some verses of the Bible and using a couple of techniques really open up the Word of God to offer some messages of encouragement to draw us near to Christ and His amazing love for us. 

This series includes some Jewish Roots as Yeshua/Jesus IS Jewish and the entire Old and New Testament is Jewish, with the exception of the book authors, such as Luke. Another technique I love to use is taking some of the words that pop out at me and finding the symbolism to open up the scripture and re-writing it with desire to know what is God’s heart and what He wants to reveal to me about this passage. 

God speaks to each of us in our own language and I pray you will learn to hear His voice and how He is revealing Himself in the text, drawing you closer to Him. If you looking for books on hearing His voice I would recommend you watch some of the episode of Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” as he has invited many guests to talk about that very subject. So that whichever episode God is speaking to you through, by your interest and desire for their material, God can then use them to teach you to hear Him more clearly.

I’m currently reading from a book purchased on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” called A Prophetic Calendar: Feasts of Israel by Jill Shannon and reading the first chapter had this amazing verse to start it off: 

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover

among the young men.

I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.

He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.

Song of Songs 2:3-4

Biblical Symbolism (in order):

Apple: spiritual fruit; apple of God’s Eye (Jews); God’s care; security of the believer [because we are loved by God.

Tree: individual person/church; covering; sanctuary; Jesus; a nation or denomination; * note the health or where the tree is planted.

Forest: Nations of the world or church.

Sitting: Power; Throne or [authority/God]; rulership; rest; position; mercy seat; Kingship of the Lord.

Shade/Shadow: covered by the LORD for safety; to be protected. [*Under His Wings…]

Sweet: reflection and meditation in the Word of God; Christians in service unto God; Word of God [bread/mannah]; fellowship with the spirit.

Banquet: having plenty and being well satisfied with needs [physicial and spritual]; abundance; joy and blessings church; service; worship; celebrating victory [in Christ]; not regarding the Lord by partying; choosing what you want as opposed to receiving what you need.

BIBLE VERSE EXPANDED

I like to interpret the scripture section from start to finish, like an Amplified Bible and/or Passion Translation using the symbolism highlighted above that digs deaper into His Word. As Proverbs  25:2 would say “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.” (Messianic Jewish Family Bible)

Like [God’s Chosen People, the Jews/ Bride of Christ] in the midst of the nations of the world, we are set apart. I delight to rest and rule over the Kingdom of darkness from a position of authority under the covering of the Lord, Who is my Protector. In His sweet presence He feeds me mannah from Heaven, a divine download of His Spirit, His Ways and revelations of being a beloved Child of God. He has taken me out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God where all my needs are cared for, because He cares for me. As a beloved child I have a life of abundant joy and blessings, where everything I touch is marked by His unmeritied favour, a life of grace. Touched by a love so passionate, every breath I breathe is a passionate service and act of worship to a most beloved King. Victory is a cry of the heart of a believer who knows they are loved, like the shofar that sounds as a signal praise unto God. Praising God is the sound of victory, the sound of one who is most beloved.

SHOFAR/SHOPHAR: “The shophar was to be blown on the Day of Atonement in the Jubilee Year to signal the release of slaves and debt [SALVATION]. It was also used as a trumpet of war as the Israelites were campaingning against their enemies. ~Mike Mitchell ” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.)

The use of the shadow is in parallel with being under God’s Wings and relates symbolically to the Jewish Prayer Shawl and how it is used in a Jewish Wedding. I would like to quote the Jewish use of the Chuppah from The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations by Ronald Tauber, illustrated by Yelena Bryksenkova. p.168-169:

THE CHUPPAH:

The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah, an often ornately decorated wedding canopy that is open on all four sides, symbolizing the open and welcoming home the bride and groom intend to build together. The groom enters the canopy first, and when the bride arrives, she circles the groom seven times, symbolizing their protection of one another; at some weddings, the room also circles the bride.

The religious compoenent of the ceremony then follows and is broken into two parts, which today occur sequentially at the weeding. The ceremony begins with the first part kiddushin (bethrothal, sometimes also called erusin). The rabbi leading the ceremony recites two blessings: the traditional blessing over wine and a blessing acknowledging that God is a partner in sanctifying the marriage; the second blessing ends with the phrase, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Kind of the universe, who sanctifies His people, Israel, by means of the wedding canopy and consecrated marriage.”

The room then takes a ring and places it on the bride’s forefinger on the right hand and recites the ancient prescription for marriage: “With this ring, you are wedded to me in accordance with the law of Moses and Israel.” In many modern wedding ceremonies, the bride also places a ring on the groom’s finger and recites: “With this ring I am wedded to you in accordance with the laws of Moses and Israel.”

The ketubah is then read in Aramaic and often summaraized in English as well. From a religious point of view, the couple is now legally married under Jewish law and the ceremony prodceeds to the second part, called the nissuin (marriage). Seven blessings celebrating the marriage are recited by the rabbi or by invited guests. The blessings focus on God’s creation of humanity and the union of man and woman. At the conclusion of the blessins, the couple drinks from a single cup of sine to seal their union.

Sheva Brachot: (Hebrew for Seven Blessings) During the week following the wedding, the bride and groom are feted at dinners and parties. A the Grace after Meals at these events, the same Seven Blessings that were recited under the canopy are reprised and the bride and groom again share a cup of wine. (Tauber)

*This book is written from the point of view of a Jew who does not believe or follow Yeshua/Jesus and because of the false teachings (ie rabbinical Judaism), it is important to always use the Word of God as a framework to check all ideology presented in books when learning about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith from those who have not given their lives to Christ.

The reason I wanted to reference a Jewish wedding is the Chuppah compenent where there is a covering over the Bride and Groom, which is symbolic of Christ and the Church. We are covered under His Wings and I am reminded of an elaboration of the Prayer Shawl in the glossary of William J. Morford’s The One New Man Bible: Revealing Jewish Roots & Power:

“One of the most beautiful scenes in Scripture involving the prayer shawl is Ruth 3:9. Ruth pulled the prayer shawl of Boaz over her when she lay at his feet. Most translations say she pulled his skirt over her, but the Hebrew says she pulled his wing over her. The wing alludes to the long established Hebrew tradition referring to the way a male bird opens his wings when he mates with his bride. The tradition in Jewish has been for a bridegroom to cover his bride with his prayer shawl at their wedding. This tradition evolved into the present hupah, which is a prayer shawl held up by four poles to cover the bride and groom for their wedding ceremony. When Ruth pulled the prayer shawl of Boaz over her, she in effect was saying “Let’s get married.” Boaz understood that by his immediate response, acknowledging is role as kinsmen redeemer.” (Morford)

In addition to how Ruth came under Boaz wings, this Jewish Boaz himself would greet the Gentile Ruth with a prophetic blessing, knowing not what was to happen: “Boaz replied and said to her, ‘All that you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband’s death has been fully reported to me-how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people you did not know before. May Adonai repay you for what you have done, and may you be fully rewarded by Adonai, God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.’ 

As I hope you know, not only was Ruth and Boaz in the Messianic lineage, but they were also representative of how Christ is our kisnmen redeemer and their whole story is a parallel of Christ and the Church. It is a blessing but still in standing with Yeshua/Jesus’s promis in John 14:13-14 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” So low and behold Boaz blesses the Moabite woman, Ruth, in the name of Adonai, the God of Israel, and He became her Provider … by providing her a kinsmen redeemer and husband.

So let me take a moment to bless you, in the name of Adonai, the God of Israel, that you may know Him personally as your Provider. May He cover you with His Wings and find shelter and rest in His sweet loving presence. May you know and be so moved by the love of God that you cannot contain the fire. May you be so deeply rooted in His unquenchable love for you that you cannot be moved by any storm you face. May your love for God burn so strong that you are purified and refined as fine gold, for you are precious in His sight.

Other similar stories include the prophet Hosea’s marriage to the scandalous prostitute and the redemption story symbolic of Christ redemption on the cross for the nation of Israel. Each of these stories illustrate God’s mercy and ultimately the overwhelming power of His love to redeem those He loves. “…but love covers up all transgressions.“Psalsms 10:12

I am including a list of verses that illustrate how we are under His wings: 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem who kills the prophets and stone those sent to her! How often I longed to gather you children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but but you were not willing!  Matthew 23:37

As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young,  He spreads His wings, catches him, lifts him up on His pinions.   Deuteronomy 32:11

Protect me like the pupil of the eye. Hide me in the shadow of Your wings,  Psalms 17:8

How precious is Your love, O God! The children of men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.  Psalms 36:7

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for in You my soul takes refuge. In the shadows of Your wings I take refuge until destruction passes by. Psalms 57:1

Let me dwell in Your tent forever. Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.  Psalms 61:4

For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.  Psalms 63:7

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. His faithfulness is body armour and shield. Psalms 91:4

In times when we study His Word, God would like to draw us close and in His sweet presence reveal to us personally, in our own language, the truth of His Word. He wants to activate what you have studied and empower your spirit man with His love which is woven throughout the pages of the Bible. That is was revelation is. It is not anything we do to obtain because we need some kind of spiritual progress. It is the love of a Father teaching us the Ways of His Kingdom to His children. As Jesus taught the disciples: “But Yeshua said, ” Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Messianic Jewish Family Bible)

REFERENCES:

Brand, Chad, Charles Draper, and Archie England. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible, 2003. Print.

Morford, William J. The One New Man Bible: Revealing Jewish Roots & Power. Travelers Rest: True Potential, 2011. Print.

Tauber, Ronald. The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations. San Francisco: Chronicle LLC, 2014. Print.

*DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for purchases with any vendor linked throuhout the content. The links are only for reference to material used and sourced for this post. All links for materials are default to US sites unless specified to country of origin. If you are purchasing from another country and the site has a local url to your region for better pricing, discounts, or determines availability. 

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Want to surprise your loved one with an original piece of hand made art?

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NOTE: This is simple and easy to do, but make sure you set aside some time to do it. Depending on how much detail, texture, size of canvas, etc, this may take you a few hours.

You will need the following supplies:

DOLLARAMA:
Canvas
Paint Palette
Paint Brushes (Assorted Sizes) / Sponge / Old Toothbrush
Acrylic Paints: (Christmas) Red
White
Black (if you want to darken the red in some sections of your art, add some character), Gold (optional)
White Tissue Paper
Liquid Glue
Water
Small cup
Yarn

Write a personal message or poem, or perhaps the lyrics to a special song.

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DIY Jewellery Display out of old picture frames, hardware cloth, paint and more.

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I’m getting more organized this year and that includes making something to display my jewellery where I can see it, so I’ll be prompted to wear it more often. I made two frames, one for my mom and one for me, and it cost me approximately $20 for both. This will alternate if you already have some of these items or you can find a better price. You can also compensate for the cost if you make additional ones and sell them. (If I were to sell the ones I made, the larger one would be $35 and the smaller one $30, simply b/c it was painted).

What you will need:

THRIFT STORE:
Vintage and/or carved wood frames (Bible’s For Missions $2.00 each in the wharehouse, ask clerk for assistance, prices may vary)
Vintage Door Knobs to match frame (you may need to repaint them to match)

WAL-MART:
Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Gold (or another metallic of your choice) [the hardware cloth already comes in silver, so repaint it to match your frame as desired]
OPTIONAL: Hot Glue Gun (depending on the thickness of the base of your door knobs, they may not screw on all the way b/c of the tight space)

HARDWARE STORE:
Hardware Cloth (smallest roll was approx. $7.99)
1/8″ or 3mm Peg Board (smallest size and you can ask them to cut it down to desired sizes for you)

DOLLAR STORE:
Acrylic Paint
OPTIONAL: Sand Paper (My door knobs needed to be sanded down in order for the paint to adhere)
OPTIONAL: Hot glue for glue gun

PAINT STORE (that sells wallpaper and gives samples):
FREE samples of wallpaper (if you cannot find desired pattern or colour, you can choose a plain white with or without embossing and paint yourself)

GARAGE/ TOOL SHED:
Pliers
Snips
Hammer
Electric Hand Drill
Drill Bits (for Pre-Drilling the holes for your door knobs to prevent your frame from cracking)
Bits (to push screws into your frame for door knobs)
Square bit (to hammer staples into frame if they’re longer)
Industrial Staple Gun
Industrial Staples
Electric Saw or Chop Saw (to cut your boards to desired length if they don’t do it at the hardware store)
Measuring Tape
Work Gloves
OPTIONAL: Handy Assistant knowledgeable in construction (My brother Stephen helped me)

RUMMAGE:
Tape
Scissors
Ruler
Marker
Sponge (check your cleaning supplies)
Old Rag (or you can use an old sock and cut open)
Paint Palette or paper/plastic plate
Newspaper

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Christmas Decor: Metallic, Glitter and Lights

 

Happy New Year! I’m getting organized with some new changes.

I have a couple of announcements including schedule changes from every Thursday to every other Sunday, starting today. So the next episode with be in two weeks.
Also I have added an interactive element to the Handi Mandi TV website where you can see what projects I have in the works and leave feeback, requests, comments, etc. The next project is a jewellery display out of an old picture frame, door knobs, etc. So be sure to check that out.

The rest of the episode you can follow along with me as I get organized with an at home organizer that was inspired by At Home With Nikki, another youtuber that happens to follow me and I followed back. She has some great stuff on getting organized, at home entertaining, etc. So check her out here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AtHomeWithNikki

As always, I look forward to hearing from you all. So if you have any requests for an upcoming episode project, comments on this episode or feedback for improvements, etc. Please sound off in the comments below.

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You can now get interactive with Handi Mandi as she plans out upcoming projects . . .

  • Make requests for upcoming project episodes;
  • input on current and upcoming projects;
  • input on creating projects using current supplies;
  • feedback on previous projects;
  • etc

For example (as of Early January 2013):

Inspiration

Creating a jewellery display using an old picture frame, metal mesh and some small door knobs.

Here are a couple of tricks to spice up your Christmas or New Year get-togethers.


Just a quick FYI: all drinks featured in this video are completely virgin, not a single spec of alcohol. So these are safe for kids during your holiday festivities.

TIPS:
Freshen up your cheese platters with gourmet crackers and cheeses.
~ The good gourmet crackers can be found in the deli section at the grocery store or at a gourmet shop.
~ Deli cheese that I would recommend are double or triple cream Brie cheese (single cream is almost a liquid), plain or flavoured goat cheese, Camembert, or anything smoked or featured at the deli or gourmet shop.
*Be sure to try a sample if can, so you can make sure it’s a good choice before purchase, staff are usually quite accommodating.
~ Toppers for your cheese can be any combination of the following:
nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachio, etc);
fresh or dehydrated fruits or even the pie fillings (cranberry, apricot, pitted dates, orange, tangerine, clementine, apple, pear, pomegranate, figs, etc);
herbs (parsley, cilantro, cayenne, chili, etc);
jellies, like roasted red pepper;
honey;
maple syrup;
etc.

Toppings or additives to your hot beverage (like coffee, hot chocolate, some teas):
powdered candy cane (can also be mixed into bakery mix before cooking or into or onto frosting)
cinnamon
whipped cream
shaved chocolate
cocoa powder (or just a sprinkle of hot cocoa mix as a cheaper alternative)
etc.

Tropical Shirley Temple:
1/3 – 1/2 glass of fruit juice (completely or mostly real fruits; mango, orange, etc)
Ginger Ale (fill the rest of the glass)
Grenadine Syrup (add to taste)
Fruit slice and/or maraschino cherry on a toothpick, sword or tropical umbrella

I would love to hear your requests, comments, feedback or what you do to spice up your Christmas, New Years or Holiday Festivities.

Links – Christmas Decor:
Glitter Pine Cone Centerpiece
Super Easy Candle Centerpiece on a Budget
Decorative Porch Planter
Metallic, Glitter & Lights
DIY Vase with Epson Salt
DIY Wreath
DIY Tree Make Over

Do you have a Christmas tree from last year that needs a Makeover?


Using most of the decor already on my tree and making some ornaments to match, I’m going to give it a much needed makeover. Here’s what you’ll need:

WAL-MART:
*Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Silver (or another metallic of your choice)
*Elmers Spray Adhesive
*Elmers Glitter in desired colour (I only saw gold and silver, you may have to go to Michael’s or a craft store for other colours) *This is if you find ornaments that need a make-over using these items

DOLLAR STORE:
Rubber Gloves
Cheap Christmas Ornaments (I pick up some small apples and pears that already had tassels on them at a craft surplus, so pick something all ready for you or that you can update with spray paint and/or glitter)

RUMMAGE:
Newspaper or Flyers (if you don’t have any you can take them from your neighbour’s recycling bins when they’re being collected)
Cardboard Box

I hope you have fun. I would love to hear back from you and hear how your project(s) turned out, feel free to video reply or leave any requests, comments, suggestions, questions, etc in the comment section below. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Links – Christmas Decor:
Glitter Pine Cone Centerpiece
Super Easy Candle Centerpiece on a Budget
Decorative Porch Planter
Metallic, Glitter & Lights
DIY Vase with Epson Salt
DIY Wreath

Want to make your own wreath or have one kicking around that needs an update?


This project is easy and affordable for those on a budget. Here’s what you’re going to need:

WAL-MART:
Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Silver & Brilliant Gold (or another metallic or your choice)
Elmers Spray Adhesive
Elmers Glitter in desired colour (I only saw gold and silver, you may have to go to Michael’s or a craft store for other colours)
Garland
Wreath (Styrofoam for inside or between front door and screen door; wire for outside, because it will be exposed to the elements)
OPTIONAL: Grapevine (Give more shape for wire-framed wreath, otherwise you’re buying more garland)
OPTIONAL: Buy Two sets of Christmas lights in desired colour(s) matching the garland you’re using. (You can also buy them used, but colours may be limited)

DOLLAR STORE:
Rubber Gloves
Craft wire (usually green covered)
Decor or Ornaments (I used 2 packs of small disco balls, two 3-D Stars, and Silver Chain)
~ If you cannot find decor in desired colour, grab the ones that have desired shape and spray with metallic and/or spray with adhesive then add glitter

THRIFT:
Used Christmas Lights (be sure to test them to make sure they work before leaving the store)

RUMMAGE:
Newspaper or Flyers (if you don’t have any you can take them from your neighbour’s recycling bins when they’re being collected)
Cardboard Box
Scissors

I hope you have fun. I would love to hear back from you and hear how your project(s) turned out, feel free to video reply or leave any requests, comments, suggestions, questions, etc in the comment section below. Merry Christmas!

Links – Christmas Decor:
Glitter Pine Cone Centerpiece
Super Easy Candle Centerpiece on a Budget
Decorative Porch Planter
Metallic, Glitter & Lights
DIY Vase with Epson Salt

Let’s Re-Design you Vase with some Epson Bath Salts.

This is a really easy DIY home decor and here’s what you’re going to need . . .

WAL-MART:
Elmers Spray Adhesive
OPTIONAL: Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Silver & Brilliant Gold (or another metallic or your choice)
OPTIONAL: Elmers Glitter in desired colour (I only saw gold and silver, you may have to go to Michael’s or a craft store for other colours)
Epson Salt (unless you already have some at home, whatever you don’t use for the craft you can use to treat yourself to a bath afterwards)

DOLLAR STORE:
Large Vase
Medium or Large Paint Brush (1 from painting section, not crafts)
Decor or Ornaments (I used 1 pack each of large and small disco balls and two fake flowers with sparkly silver ‘berries’ that I ended up plucking off and mixing all together.
~ If you cannot find decor in desired colour, grab the ones that have desired shape and spray with metallic and/or spray with adhesive to add glitter
Rubber Gloves
Painter’s tape (smaller the better, less cutting involved)

RUMMAGE:
Newspaper or Flyers (if you don’t have any you can take them from your neighbour’s recycling bins when they’re being collected)
Cardboard Box
Scissors

I hope you have fun. I would love to hear back from you and hear how your project(s) turned out, feel free to video reply or leave any requests, comments, suggestions, questions, etc in the comment section below. Merry Christmas!


Links – Christmas Decor:
Glitter Pine Cone Centerpiece
Super Easy Candle Centerpiece on a Budget
Decorative Porch Planter
Metallic, Glitter & Light

Got some old glass bottles kicking around that need a new look?
Let’s deck ’em out as Christmas window decor.
Here’s what you’ll need . . .

WAL-MART:
Krylon Aerosol Spray Paint in Brilliant Silver & Brilliant Gold (or another metallic or your choice)
Elmers Spray Adhesive
Elmers Glitter in Silver
Elmers Glitter in Gold

DOLLAR STORE:
Rubber Gloves
40 pack of Miniature Lights (you need at least one)
Paintbrush
Elmers or No-name liquid glue
*Optional: Drop Cloth

RUMMAGE / RECYCLED:
Glass Bottles (in desired shapes and sizes, if you don’t have any you can take them from your neighbour’s recycling bins when they’re being collected)
Newspaper or Flyers
Cardboard Box


Links – Christmas Decor:
Glitter Pine Cone Centerpiece
Super Easy Candle Centerpiece on a Budget
Decorative Porch Planter