Sep 19

Shabbat Shalom, Day 5

Shabbat Shalom my friends!  Which means: Peaceful Sabbath my friends!

Shabbat is Judaism’s day of rest and seventh day of the week, on which the Jewish people remember the Biblical creation of the heavens and the earth in six days and God resting on the seventh. Here among the Jewish Believers in Israel is where I am enjoying my peaceful Sabbath today.

This week I’ve been on a study tour throughout Israel with a small group of women. We are traveling with Lysa TerKeurst and Proverbs 31 Ministries. While seeing some amazing sights, it’s really been the study along with the learning of historical and current events, geography, and agriculture that has been life-changing. Yes, life-changing. I don’t use that term lightly.

I thought when I came here, I would be most excited to be “where Jesus walked.” To see “what Jesus saw.” To pray “where Jesus prayed.” And Oh my goodness, that really has been … well, unbelievable! It’s humbling to think that I’m looking and walking on the land where Jesus, Abraham, Moses, David and Joshua were, just to name a few. But here is the blessing for all of us. We don’t have to be here to be close to Jesus. We don’t have to see what He saw or pray where He prayed. Our prayers and faith are just as strong anywhere else in the world. After all, God knows our hearts. Acts 15:8-9 is just one passage of Scripture where this is referenced.

What I’ve been most excited about on this trip is that I’m learning more about the Bible than I ever pieced together before. The order of the Lord is astounding! It is so evident and clear that He has a plan for our world. This land and it’s geography alone confirms Scripture. The Old Testament Scriptures are so intertwined with the New Testament in ways I didn’t see before until this intense study and learning of the land and history. My heart and brain are full! And I still have the Sea of Galilee and Mt. Arabel to explore!

Today we attended a Shabbat service, which takes place each Saturday here (at Yad Hashmona) at 11:00 am Israel Time. What a wonderful time of worship among this family of Jewish Believers. It was in Hebrew with English translation. After a time of worship, prayer and specifically praying for the children, a message based on Acts 15:1-12 was given. Y’all seriously, I could write 10 pages from this, but I’ll save that sharing for another day (and it will come because I can’t keep it to myself!!!).

Here are just few pictures from the day today~

IMG_3637Worship today at Shabbat service.

IMG_3639Under these vines, we studied John 15 in the afternoon. Jesus is the True Vine.

IMG_3628Sunset over Israel. Stunning.

Something to Think About

I’ve shared with you today how I spent my Shabbat (Sabbath) today. How did you or will you spend yours this week?

Thanks for coming back to read today. We are heading to the Sea of Galilee as I type this! Have a great day!

Shabbat Shalom!




  1. robyn crippen says:

    I was able to go wee War Room today. It was such an awesome movie. I am sad that the first part of my life, the part I shared with my husband, I didn’t know how to pray like this. We didn’t know how to talk to the enemy and tell him to leave us alone. It was stuff that was not spoken about enough in my generation. I apologized to my husband for not knowing how to pray for him and the both of us when we were married. It was a life changing day here in America too I guess.
    Thank you for sharing with us Melissa. We love you.

  2. Beyene Nigist Shiferaw says:

    Dear Melissa,
    Thank you for this service. I was reading the last couple of days and I was so much moved. But today’s is different to me I don’t know I felt so happy and I felt anointing from God. It means there is a guidance of holly spirit in all this journey and the way you organize the message.
    Thank you again and God bless you.

    • Thank you Melissa for all the updates. I feel like I was walking with you!!!! God is good all the time!

  3. Charlotte Askew says:

    Thank you for transporting me to Israel with you through your writing. John 15:5 is my life verse and I treasure the photo of the vine arbor and knowing that John 15 was studied there. How perfect is that!

  4. I will go and worship with my church family. Then to a funeral home for the visitation of a family member. Then I will spend sometime reading then back to church to be with my church family again.

  5. So excited to read your daily posts. Thank you for sharing. Today, I will attend church with my son, one of my daughters, her husband and son. We will sing unto the LORD a new song. We will give the LORD the glory due His name and give to a special offering for the children. Please pray for us today as we begin our campaign to send shoes to the Syrian refugees. Praise will be the theme for the coming week as we count our blessings. I will spend time this afternoon studying the sixth chapter of John. Looking forward for your insights into Acts 15. Safe travels.

  6. Melissa Henderson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us! God is so good and He loves us so much. Today and this week, my hours will be used for many things, but, most of all, I give thanks to God for allowing me to have those moments to love Him and be loved by Him. :-)

  7. This morning I am spending some quiet time reading my Bible. I am away from home with a dear friend as we reconnect and visit a beautiful area in upstate Pennsylvania. Am missing services at my home church, but I love being here alone to read God’s word and enjoying the majesty of nature’s beauty. Missing my church family today. Love your stories , Melissa. Look forward to each day’s post and photos.

  8. Stacey Mendro says:

    Thank you for sharing with us what it is like to be at a Shabbet service. What an amazing time of worship this must be, hearing the message in the beautiful language of Hebrew and translated to English. And a teaching under the vines on John 15…oh my that must have been incredible!

    Today, as we prepare to go to the worship service at our daughter’s church, I am so very thankful to the LORD that we will be a part of seeing and hearing our our daughter and her husband dedicate their second born to raising her to know who God is and that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

    Have a beautiful day absorbing all that God has for you today while visiting the beautiful people, history and geography of Israel.

    ? Stacey

  9. I feel as if I’m there with you Melissa as I read your posts. John 15 is one of my favorite books and v5 I repeat during hard days and I so love God’s blessings of color in sunsets. I have been doing Read Through The Word with Wendy and I fill so full of seeing God’s Word become new and how the Old and New Testament weave together but now seeing Isreal through your trip just blesses me beyond words. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Krista Williams says:

    Sweet Melissa,
    You know I am hanging on EVERY word!! I cannot wait to see you because I know all that the Lord is doing in your heart will spill over on me (and everyone). I may bring a cup to catch some of the “run off”. Drink deeply & be refreshed! Today I’m spending my Sabbath at the lake. Our Sunday verse from boat church this morning was Psalm 105:4 “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” Girl, you are living this one!!! Love you. Holy hugs, Krista

  11. Thank you so much for sharing!! I have truly enjoyed each post and can’t wait to get to the next one! I am spending my day serving at my church and being given the gift to hear the message of gratitude today three times! We are learning that When we don’t turn a blessing into praise it turns to pride and that It is not happy people who are grateful it is grateful people who are happy! Such an amazing day! And then to read your message on top of it!!!! I am truly blessed!!!!!

  12. Ann Marie Peterson says:

    I appreciate your pics and posts, it has been a blessing following your journey. Thank you!

  13. Thank you Melissa for sharing your messages and photos. It’s delightful to be there through your discoveries and heartfelt sharing. Wonderful!

  14. Dearest Melissa. You are an inspiration in my life with this journey and opening my heart to the Holy Spirit which I have needed so badly.
    My Shabbat was spent going to church services to praise God and say prayers for many people I promised to pray for. I have a long list and I like to lift up the intentions of those i pray for at church services. I know He is listening to my prayers. I enjoyed the story of John! God bless you on your travels and I await your next email
    Annie N.
    Please say a prayer for all of us here!

  15. I just want to thank you so much for sharing all of this. You truly have a gift, Melissa, for caring, for sharing, for being open & honest so others might risk being vulnerable, too. It would be so amazing being a part of a “small group” with you….hmmm, that’s exactly what you’re enabling all of us to do with your special sharing with us. THANK YOU!!!!! Please know there are thoughts and prayers and hearts with you also. May God continue to fill you, sustain you and show you how precious and worthwhile you are.


    12/04/2014 by Marie Fitts
    Not born of the root
    Of the Jewish vine
    Israeli descent
    Not in my bloodline

    Just a Gentile
    Who received the Christian faith
    Grafted into the Jewish vine
    Though NOT by mistake

    God’s plan was set in motion
    In the beginning of time
    The Gospel given to the Gentiles
    When His Jewish people declined

    It was His plan, His purpose
    For us to share The Good News
    With our Jewish brothers and sisters
    To try to change their views

    Of JESUS… who they call a prophet
    Just a wise man
    And we must help them understand

    So speak boldly your Christian faith
    To all who will listen
    We were grafted into the Jewish vine
    There should be no dissension

    Israel, is the first love
    The apple of God’s eye
    He wants none of His people to perish
    No, NOT one to die

    Without the saving grace
    Of His son, JESUS CHRIST
    The King of Kings, Lord of Lords
    Offers “All” eternal life

    But, you must request it
    And yes, His grace is free
    Paid with His blood
    At Calvary

    So don’t be shy
    Go on…raise your hand
    He will call on you
    And at your command

    Give you saving grace
    From His Royal Bloodline
    Grafting you in
    To the one true vine