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Blanket Forts and Playground Castles

Updated on December 22, 2017


Yom Hamishi sameach!! Happy Sixth Day (Friday)!! What a glorious preparation day today will be!! What a wonderful Shabbat that approaches!! What a mighty Elohim we serve today!! And every day!! We shall rejoice with song and instrument at the glory of Yeshua, Who was and Who is and Who is to come!! Yay and amein!!

Scripture to Read

B’midvar (Numbers) 23:19--”Elohim is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

Tehillim (Psalms) 91:1-2--”He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty. I will say of Adonai, ‘He is my Refuge and my Fortress; my Elohim, in Whom I trust.’”

2 Corinthians 1:20-22--”For however many are the promises of Elohim, in Him is the ‘Yes.’ Therefore also through Him is the ‘Amen,’ to the glory of Elohim through us. Now He Who establishes us with you in ha-Meshiach, and anointed us, is Elohim; Who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of Ruach HaKodesh in our hearts.”

Blanket Forts and Playground Castles

It’s been a while since I’ve been a kid; but, I do remember being a kid. I grew up the oldest of four- two sisters (Danielle and Jennifer) and one brother (the baby of the family; Matthew), and we spent many a day building forts at the neighborhood playgrounds and tents in our living room. We felt there was always something to be protected. One of us would be the gatekeeper. A couple of us would be the workers in the fort. And still, another would stand guard in the deepest part of the fort; that part of the fort that was the best and most sacred place … oh, like maybe the king’s throne room or the supply room, something like that … that part of a fort that if it gets captured, there really is no hope for survivors or survival.

When I stop to think about all those hundreds, maybe even thousands, of forts that I and my siblings protected and saved from whatever or whoever was the enemy de jour, I think of my heart. My heart itself is a fortress. My outer body, my skin, protects it, much like the gatekeeper. My inner body, my bones and surrounding internal organs, are the providers and maintain my heart from within. At the deepest part of my heart, the core of my being, the depth of my soul is the most sacred place where Yeshua has sent Ruach HaKodesh to keep guard and watch until He returns again.

Ruach HaKodesh was a promise- Yochanan (John) 14:26 says, “But the Counselor, Ruach HaKodesh, Whom Abba will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.”. Yeshua also promised He would return again to us- Yochanan 14:18 says, “I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.”

Going back to our forts and positions as guards. Sometimes, we had to put away our play on the playgrounds or dismantle our forts of blankets- maybe it was supper time or there was an errand to run or baths to be had for preparation of the following day. And, all our hard work as guards and keepers of whatever or whoever we were protecting from whatever or whoever was attacking us got put away for another day.

The guard and the keeper of our hearts will never leave us, Ruach HaKodesh is ever with us, protecting us, showing us the Way, keeping us in the Truth, and providing the Life that we so much need. Yochanan 14:6 says, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.” (Ani ha-derekh ve ha-emet ve ha-chaim.)

Within the walls of our forts, I knew I would be safe, and I knew that my siblings would be safe … as long as we, and whatever kids were playing with us at the time, adhered to the rules of the make-believe game.

In my heart, I know I am always safe as long as I trust and obey Yeshua ha-Meshiach in all His ways. As long as I walk like Him and talk like Him, forgiving others as He did, promoting peace as He did, walking with grace and mercy as He did, and obeying Abba as He did, though He did so much more perfectly, even giving His life for me. Yeshua ha-Meshiach is the Way and the Truth and the Life, and I will trust and obey as long as Ruach HaKodesh maintains His vigil in the very core of who I am.

I will always have the fondest of memories of my fort days with Danielle, Jennifer, and Matthew. We saved many a fort, protecting many a person, saving many a day.

And, now, today, I know that all is well within my soul because I follow the Way and the Truth and the Life with the leading protection of Ruach HaKodesh for and to the glory of Elohim.

A Blessing

Baruch ata, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, shehakol nikeyah bidvaro, shehakol bara likhoda, shetamid zokheir b’rito, shekhocho malei ha-olam, b’shem v’vodam Yeshua Meshiacheinu. Amein.

Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the universe, Who brings about everything by His Word, Who creates all for His glory, Who always remembers His covenant, Whose power fills the universe, in the Name and blood of Yeshua ha-Meshiach. Amen.


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    • ShirleyJCJohnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Johnson 

      7 months ago from Sallisaw, OK

      As an encourager (I'm also studying for a psychology degree), I am expected to edify, not tear down. The best way I know how to do that is to pull from my own life's experiences, because, chances are, someone else has been or is going through something similar. We share as members of the family of Elohim. Thank you for your kind words, sir. Much love and many blessings.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      I love your devotion. Our God is a mighty fortress which we can feel sheltered in at all times. I appreciate the beautiful words. You wrote your article with sincere passion for the Father and all He has given us. May your holidays bring you peace and love.



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