Tree of Life
When I was five years old, I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. Each week my Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Bowen, would teach us stories from the Bible. She would explain how almost all these stories would point to Jesus and how He had willingly shed His blood to cover our sins because He and the Heavenly Father loved us so much. She told us if we would just admit that we were sinners and ask for forgiveness, G-d the Son, Jesus, would come to live in our hearts and become L-rd of our lives. He also promised to send the Holy Spirit to help us and angels would watch over us. I loved G-d so deeply. I not only asked Jesus to come into my heart, I made a promise to obey the Holy Scriptures. To this day Abba, Father G-d, holds me to that promise I made when I was five, even though I fall short at times. At age seven, I was baptized, but only because I got upset about being passed over for baptism and so I begged and begged. I asked Pastor Kruger why he did not want me to obey Jesus and follow Him in baptism. So they lined me up and the deacons questioned me, just like they did the adults, to make sure I really understood what I was doing. When I was nine, I had a dream that I was swimming at our neighborhood pool. I was in the deep end and enjoying playing under the water. I realized I had not been up for air. As I was swimming to the top for air, I thought NO! If I stay down here, I'll drown and that means I get to go to heaven. I won't have to wait to see Jesus. I love You Jesus and I want to come home now. RIGHT NOW! In the dream, rather than coming up for air, I pushed myself down deep into the pool. The very next moment, an angel was sitting with me under the water. My head was resting on him and his arm was around me affectionately. He told me that the Heavenly Father was pleased that I loved Him so and wanted to be with Him, but if I come home now too many people's lives would not be touched. I woke up and just laid there. I was trembling a little but I was not afraid. I knew at that moment, He had a plan for my life. It was just after this dream that I wrote, "When I Think of Home." My life has been blessed in so many ways. I have also suffered much heartache in my 30 some years. Most of which I can see now have been my own doing by not obeying the Scriptures or the wisdom of those who G-d has lovingly placed in my life. So, I ask for forgiveness and I make changes because the Father chastens those He loves, and I've spent enough time in the woodshed. Thank you very much! What an awesome thing it is to realize that G-d loves the people of the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who trusts in Him may have eternal life, for the Father did not send the Son into the world that He may judge the world (that comes later), but rather so that through Him every human being might be saved! I am blessed to have been brought up in a Christian home. I am proud of my Christian heritage. Now, as a non-Jewish Messianic believer, I have embraced the Jewish roots of my Christian faith. I live a Torah submissive lifestyle and am raising my children likewise. At this point in my journey, when I speak of the Son of G-d, I most often use His Hebrew name, Yeshua. But I remember still so fondly the day I called on Him to be my Savior in a little Baptist Sunday school classroom in Western Michigan. And Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is still the sweetest name on earth. -Kimberly Kay Kimberly Kay Thanks: Abba: I thank You and praise You. All this and heaven too? What You ever saw in a speck of dust like me I'll never fully understand.Thanks for all the trips to the woodshed. I get it. Finally TOL: To my family, my friends. You have become the wind beneath my wings.Thank you for your love and support and seeing something in me I did not have the courage to see or believe in myself. I'm only sorry I made you wait so long for this CD. Jade: My most precious jewel, my treasure, my daughter. You have motivated and inspired me to reach down inside myself and become more than I thought possible. You've got the world by the tail. It will be a pleasure to watch where you and the L-rd will go with your life. Thank you for your help on this CD. Let's work on yours next. Hal, Bonnie & Christina: Thank you for sharing your talent, time and expertise with me.Your music and direction turned noises in my head into beautiful songs. Without each one of you, I could not have done this. I also want to thank everyone who had a part in this project. This is no one man show. It takes a lot of people, time, talent and patience to put it all together. May HaShem, the G-d of Avraham,Yitz'chak and Ya'akov (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) bless each and every one of you for sharing a part of yourselves to make this happen. It is my hope and prayer, that as you listen to the words and music of this CD, that the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will whisper to your heart a call of love, which is obedience to the will of the Father for your life. All praise to G-d the Father All praise to G-d the Son All praise to G-d the Holy Spirit How can I bless the three in One? There is but one way The answer is.... I must obey 'Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.' -Revelation 22:14 Sponsor - Adat Eytz Chayim (Tree of Life Congregation)- TOL Producer - Hal Leath Orchestration - Hal Leath Drums - Terry Steward, Hal Leath Percussion - Hal Leath Flute - Amanda Phipps Hebrew Language Coach - Christina Oakes Hebrew Language Advisor - Shirah Nelson (1952-2005) Vocal Coach - Jeanette Robinson Keyboards - Hal Leath, Bonnie Lohrberg Bass - Hal Leath Guitar - Hal Leath Arrangements - Hal Leath, Bonnie Lohrberg, Christina Oakes, Kimberly Kay.