My name is Meranda… Love blogging, and everything that life has brought to me so far! I am a 30 something small town girl, who,…… when first moved out of her parents home, wanted to go to the big city. I moved there, and returned to an even smaller town than where I grew up in. I am having the time of my life!
My husband and I blog for a living. We sit at home, with a beautiful view of the mountains, and feel like God has just blessed us tremendously to live the life we do.
Michael and I are close to our 11 year anniversary. I lived in Canada when we first met, and he lived in Virginia. We met on a Christian dating website, had a wild romance on the phone and got married a few months after.
We both started our lives as a couple, 30 minutes away from DC, in Virginia. Michael was an attorney at the time, and I managed a couple apartment complexes. While I considered myself to be pretty creative before getting married, the position allowed me to experiment with so much more.
A couple apartment moves later, Michael started blogging at night after work, while I was busy attending auctions and estate sales which allowed me to re-sell furniture. We got to the point where we were outgrowing our small condo in Virginia, and Michael’s blogs were starting to take off that we took a leap and moved across the country to Seattle. We loved the rainy city, but didn’t last too long, before we packed up and moved to Idaho. Our family is small, but we have lots of love!
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Who Am I?
I am really a girls girl… I really feel blessed to have come across some great friends in life. It is funny as you get older, you don’t stick to your age bracket when it comes to who you bring into your life. My husband and I are 10 years apart, and I have some girlfriends who I keep up with that are 30+ years older than I. Just to say, when you find someone you click with, it just works, and that’s all that counts.
7 years ago, I started a really primitive blog, Evidence 4 Christianity, for all the proofs that exist for God. If he does exist, there should be tons of evidence for him. I try to also add content to our current blog, Why God Really Exists, showing There IS A God, and that He cares about our lives. Since then, we had over 60 blogs, on a wide range of topics, and today we have got rid of most of them, and are trying to focus on just a handful which is more than enough!
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There are many people that come to this site that are curious about what what we believe and about what I stand for. We are Bible-believing Christians. Unfortunately, most people do not know what Biblical Christianity is these days. For a detailed explanation of what I believe, please see my statement of faith.
There are large numbers of people that come to our sites from literally all over the globe. Some of you may not even know about the God of the Bible or that He sent his Son to die on the cross for your sins. The truth is that the God of the universe loves you very much and He wants to have a relationship with you.
Unfortunately, humanity has rebelled against God. The Scriptures tell us that we all have violated God’s laws and that we all have sinned against Him. We stand guilty before the judge of the universe.
God could not ignore our sins, but He still wanted to have a relationship with us. So God sent His only Son to die on the cross to pay the price for the sins of all humanity.
If you will repent of your sins and invite Jesus Christ into your life right now, your sins will be forgiven and you will be given eternal life. For a much more detailed explanation of how to become a Christian, please see the following article that we put together on this topic….
Once again, we are glad to try to answer any questions that you may have.
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Several years ago Michael and I did something drastic in our friends and families eyes. To many of our friends, what we were doing was unthinkable….. We actually gave up Christmas.
We abandoned the holidays of Christmas, Halloween and Easter, and instead ….switched to celebrating the biblical feasts found in the bible such as (Feast of Tabernacles, Passover and so forth) You can find out the significance of these holidays at the bottom of this post……
It was quite a shock to our families, as you can imagine……..and for us, it was very new.
We had to get used to the idea of new celebrations on different dates. It wasn’t out of obligation, but rather excitement to find all the celebrations in the scriptures were backed by more meaning than the ones we had kept for years and years. What we found was, the financial burden of Christmas was taken off our shoulders, and the actual biblical celebrations cost no money, and held a lot more meaning.
For us, it was easier than most people who start following the biblical holidays. We didn’t have kids, and we didn’t live near family. So we could do our own thing for a number of years, before we faced the questions of why, why, why???
After a couple years celebrating them, it is nice to know that we can make them our own, put our own traditions and spin on them, and have fun with them as well.
The best thing about these celebrations is they are for ALL those who believe in the God of the Bible. It just so happens to be that Judah, (the Jews) (one of the 12 tribes) was the only ones who really have kept them going over the years. They are not called Jewish feasts, because they belong to all the children of God. Millions of Christians are grabbing a hold of these things, and a big movement of this has occurred in the last 30 or so years.
Many Of Our Previous Articles On This Subject
– Land Sabbaths Here In The Present And Past – Why God Really Exists
– Prophecy Coming Alive In Our Day- Major Obstacle To The Rebuilding Of The Temple Removed Why God Really Exists
– Are We To Keep The Old Testament Law? If So, How? Why God Really Exists
– 9 Coincidental Happenings on Biblical Jewish Holidays –Why God Really Exists
– Sabbath Keeping? Festival Keeping? Should WE Keep Them? –Why God Really Exists
– New Moon Dates From 2014- 2021- Why God Really Exists
– Pagan Christmas? Why Thousands Of Christians Are Abandoning Christmas- Why God Really Exists
– Pagan Christmas? – The Shofar Horn
– December 25th Was Baal’s Birthday Before It Was Celebrated As Christmas-The Shofar Horn
– Was Jesus Born During The Feast Of Tabernacles And Not On Christmas?- The Shofar Horn
– The Biblical Festivals In The Old Testament Are Actually Prophecies That Contain Amazing Evidence For Christianity – Evidence For Christianity
– Jesus Was Born During The Feast Of Tabernacles- Evidence For Christianity
– Happy Passover- Evidence For Christianity
– The Seventh Day Sabbath- The Shofar Horn
– 10 Reasons Why Rosh Hashanah Is A Christian Holiday Too-The Shofar Horn
– Long Before New Moon Was A Movie It Was A Holiday Instituted By God- The Shofar Horn
– Joseph Dumond – The Curses & Why The Sabbatical and Jubilee Years are so Important- Youtube
– Should Christians Celebrate Passover Or Easter?- The Shofar Horn
Passover 2012 Myself
Why The Biblical Feasts Are So Interesting………….
The Festivals that have been kept for thousands of years by the followers of Yahweh are those such as (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits), AND ( Pentecost, Trumpets and Atonement) You also have “New Moon, Shmita, and Jubilee as additional special festivals.
- The festival of “Feast of Tabernacles“, was a celebration held for thousands of years. The believers of Yahweh would gather in Jerusalem, and would set up tents and dwell in them as one of the main requirements of the festival. So think of a week of camping, more or less. Why were they brought to that location….., and why the tents? In fact, Yeshua Jesus was born 5 miles out of the city at the START of this festival in a humble tent. Yahweh was telling them that they would be celebrating Yeshua our redeemer who was to come. Now that he has come, we celebrate his birthday on that day. This happens in the fall season, not winter. Amazing eh?
- The festival of Passover – for thousands of years, the believers would have to sacrifice a lamb for their sins on this festival. A male first born lamb was required without spot or blemish. The very day that the lamb was to be examined by the festival, Yeshua rode in on a donkey, in essence to be examined by the people as THEIR lamb. He died for our sins right on Passover, and in the word, the Romans were responsible to get him down, off the tree before the Feast of Unleavened Bread started. He then fulfilled the festival of “First Fruits” resurrecting on that exact day. Amazing !!!
Every feast was timed perfectly to full-fill prophecy. Yeshua was born on Yahweh’s high holy day, died on Yahweh’s High Holy Day, and Resurrected on Yahweh’s High Holy Day, and WILL return On Yahweh’s High Holy Day. All these festivals have a purpose. Yahweh was telling us to PAY ATTENTION on these days.
- Feast of Trumpets is when Yeshua will gather us up to the Great supper, and just a little while later, we will return with him on Atonement, where he will take down Satan and reign for 1000 years. In the word of God, he tells us WHERE Yeshua will return in advance….. We celebrate this day as millions of other believers have before us, but these two prophecies are yet to be full-filled.
- Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit was poured out. Again, the location of this festival was pre-determined and celebrated for thousands of years, because ONE year, the Holy Spirit would be given, just like Yeshua was born on one of the years of “Tabernacles”
So there you go! Now you know the reason behind these festivals…. and that there is purpose behind them…….
For years, I often wondered how bunnies tied into Easter, or why we celebrate Santa Claus…or so many of the other traditions. I came to learn the history behind them, and even though so many others still keep them, we decided that the feasts actually contain richer meaning for us.
We still have our own special present giving, and other things that make these holidays unique for us. We are learning and growing in them as the years pass. You simply cannot do wrong, if you are trying your best to keep them.
The best thing is knowing that God had created them for a purpose. Stumbling across them changed our lives…. I hope you can find richness in them as well. Meranda~
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– I love decorating and sewing, and if allowed myself to get totally immersed in it, I am afraid I wouldn’t surface. I am happy to come to the point in my life where I don’t have a million projects on the go, but who doesn’t have at least a dozen?
– I originally studied to be a police officer, and wanted something to do with law, but looking back, I wouldn’t have survived. I love shopping flea markets, garage sales, and looking for those unique finds. Who doesn’t like shopping? I don’t apologize for going into the roughest shops in town to find the best deals. I still love a good paint finish, and my dad teases me that our house is held up with paint alone, because EVERYTHING has been painted several times over.
– Antiques must be in my blood. My grandfather spent his Saturdays for 40+ years rummaging through garage sales, and I find myself enjoying that same passion. We don’t have a lot of “new” things in our home. In fact, most of what we have been found has been bought for $50 dollars and under, (except the occasional piece)…. Everything is re-worked, and re-finished with a bit of paint and sanding.
– I regularly feature great pieces from other blogs and sellers simply because I love what they have to offer. I try to lift up others who are also working on their own small businesses, to share the love and hopefully throw the business around. Lifting each other up, than competing is my motto to blogging and business.
– Christ is the center of my life, and when He isn’t, I have to really stop everything to get the balance back in order. I find at this point in my life, that I depend on his blessings to run our business, and for our health and marriage.
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