Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Pictures taken by Emily and Lydia.
Joe and Naomi came for a visit in May! While they were here Emily and I did a photo shoot with them. It wasn't a very long one, but we got some good pictures and had fun. We went to a local park for the shoot. So here they are!
These were taken when she was 7 months pregnant.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Pictures taken by Emily and Lydia.
While I have known of Jocelin for a few years, I just recently met her in May, at Purify 2013. Jocelin is very much a 'take charge' personality. Her passion for purity is wonderful to see. I'd encourage any Hebrew singles to consider attending Purify 2014. It could change your life.
I am an only child and was born and raised in Florida. When I was in my early teens, my family moved to Ohio where we live out in the country with cows, chickens, and cats. I have enjoyed learning and having my hand in our food production as almost all of our meat (beef and chicken) as well as eggs and milk come from our own animals. I was homeschooled which I feel was a great benefit – not only in protecting me from the world, but also by enabling me to grow in many ways beyond the typical reading, writing, and arithmetic. I’ve learned scrapbooking, cake decorating, sewing, crochet, tatting, smocking, and so much more as my parents sought to provide me with well rounded training.
I accepted Yeshua as my personal Savior just before I turned seven and was baptized a few months later. Since I was saved at such a young age, I struggled in my teen years with feeling as though I did not have a “dynamic” testimony like many people who have been saved out of a difficult lifestyle. I was sharing this with someone who had a “dynamic” story, and his reply will always stick with me. “Jocelin, you have a more amazing testimony. God saved you from having to go through all the trials and tribulations. That is an even greater illustration of His love and protection.” It really made me appreciate my testimony, and I share this because I know many young people who have grown up in believing homeschooling families have asked this same question I once asked.
My family came to a Torah life and understanding of our Hebrew Roots in late 2004/early 2005. After growing up Southern Baptist, we had been going to a Mennonite church which had challenged our typical thinking on modest dress and the headcovering. It allowed us to ask the question of “What else have we been taught based on tradition versus the Bible?” That question led us to realize that Christmas and Easter were pagan and Yahweh’s seventh day Sabbath had never been done away with. As a result, my family began keeping Shabbat, the Biblical Feast Days, eating Biblically clean, and keeping Torah.
I have the privilege of serving through Standing in YHVH’s Hand Ministries, which I founded in February 2011, where the mission is to train believers how to be stronger in their walk with the Messiah and free of the "world" through lifestyle, finances, and relationships. Since I worked for Crown Financial Ministries (founded by Larry Burkett) and was over the financial coaching department with approximately ten thousand coaches, I brought that passion for Biblical finances into my ministry. I have also always had a heart for purity and have taken that into working with singles particularly focused on that topic. Also, I have had the blessing of working with many of the top Torah Teachers here in the US and learning much from their willingness to mentor and teach. My life goal is to take what I learn and pass it on to others. Luke 12:48 (CJB) “From him who has been given much, much will be demanded.” I want to encourage others to come along on the journey with me!
One question I was asked to address in this post was “What words of encouragement would you give to other young ladies who are seeking to please the Most High with their lives?” I would say that the three most crucial pieces for me personally growing in my walk as a believer are having a daily quiet time of reading the Scriptures, faithfully praying and communicating what is on my heart with Yahweh, and having an open relationship with my parents. If you are not connected with your Heavenly Father, you will struggle in all areas. I would encourage every young lady to make sure she takes the time in our busy world to be connected with and have a deep relationship with Yahweh. He cares about us and wants to know us intimately. If you are not healthy in your personal life at home, then it will play out into the rest of your life. I feel that I can tell my parents everything that is on my heart, and they will be a good sounding board helping me think through each area logically and Biblically while understanding my emotions that play into the situation. I have also been blessed to have two close girlfriends who are believers. We encourage each other in our walk and do not mind holding one another accountable when needed. Taking the time to have deep relationships where you can be open and vulnerable is very important.
Finally, I was asked to share some lessons that Yahweh has taught me in the past year. This past year has been one of learning to trust Yahweh even more so…and I continue to learn that lesson every day.
I had the privilege of hosting Purify 2013 – Retreat for Hebrew Roots Singles a little over a month ago. The entire seven months leading up to the event was a faith walk of seeing Yahweh work from the smallest detail to the grand climax. I had to take a leap of faith that the event would even go, and as I followed His leading by faith and obedience, He blessed beyond measure. You can read the entire story here. It encouraged me to be secure in His plan for my life and know that as long as I’m in the center of Yahweh’s will, He will take care of even the most minute points!
I hope and pray my sharing has been an encouragement to you! Feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During Passover this year, I knew I would most likely be getting married sometime this year, so I bought several headcoverings in the MarketPlace (at Family Week). At this time, I do not believe it is commanded in Scripture for a woman to cover her hair, but I do believe it is a way to show honor and respect to my husband as the head of our family.
This is the first head covering I wore, and also my favorite. My mother-in-law gave it to me on the morning of the Betrothal. :)
An interesting note, this week when I applied for a drivers license in my
married name, they did not make me take off my head covering! Several months ago when my mom renewed her license, they made her take her scarf off for 'facial recognition'.
The next two I bought because they have many colors that I normally wear, so they go well with a lot of my solid color shirts.
It's easy to just pick out a color from the scarf to wear that color of shirt.
This scarf has yellow, red, green, and blue.
This one has orange, red, greenish blue, and purple.
Having some clips in the front really helps hold the whole thing on my head, and having my hair in a bun helps keep the scarf from sliding up.
I like this flowered one, it has one of my favorite colors, green. As you can see, using two scarves is an easy way to accent a color I want to emphasize.
All of these head coverings were tied pretty much the same way.
Hopefully, I will be posting more articles sharing how-to tie and why I wear head coverings.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of my first week of wearing a head covering,
Some great resources about covering your hair;