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Begins 10/25/22 at sundown and ends 11/24/22 at sundown.

Welcome to the new Hebrew month of Cheshvan! It is the 2nd month on the civil calendar and the 8th of God’s spiritual calendar.

Cheshvan is the only month with no holidays, no feast days, and no days to fast. I believe this is one of the most important aspects of Cheshvan because it points us to REST and to SABBATH! It’s downtime to reflect, regroup, and settle into a new rhythm of life after the celebratory and transformational month of Tishrei. I believe we all shifted into some new areas, and we need time to stabilize and integrate into the new. This month is critical for sustainable growth. Below the surface in our soul and spirit, roots are growing deeper and stronger. Therefore, embrace this transition.

Rest is not the absence of activity. Rest is trusting in the presence and authority of Jesus, our King! The REST of God means the REIGN and RULE of God. We are a people whose King is on the throne! Psalm 39:6 says, “all our busy rushing ends in nothing.” So slow down beloved, cease from toiling, and practice Shabbat (Sabbath) this month. During Cheshvan, many presume Messiah will rebuild the temple. If you believe that Jesus is Messiah, then YOU are the temple. Therefore, allow Him to rebuild you from within this month!

Noah is associated with Cheshvan and his name literally means “REST”! The Great Flood began on the 17th of Cheshvan and ended the following year on the 27th of Cheshvan. The 28th day of Cheshvan is the day mankind received the covenant symbol of the rainbow from God. His promise to never again destroy life with a flood. Rainbows point to God. They are a reminder that God hasn’t forgotten us, His covenant of mercy is sure, and that He is the glorious King of all creation!

The tribe connected to Cheshvan is Manasseh, the first born son of Joseph (Jacob’s grandson). Manasseh represents letting go of the past, and forgetting all your troubles. Gideon is from the tribe of Manasseh. Proving that even if you consider yourself small and irrelevant, God calls you a “mighty warrior”, and He is ALWAYS with YOU!

The constellation linked to Cheshvan is Scorpio. It is a giant scorpion with a powerful stinger and a bright red heart, which is the star Antares. Directly over the stinger is the foot of a man; a reminder of Luke 10:19, “I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.” The star, Antares, is a red super giant. Its color tells us that it is cooling down and its days are numbered. Just like the days of our enemy are numbered!!! Scorpio represents the enemy but it also represents the promise that Christ came to destroy the works of darkness and bring life instead of death!! Our Messiah has warred against death, and won on our behalf!!

Revelation should be abounding in you this month and enabling you to walk in your anointing to gain the upper hand against darkness! We have authority in Jesus and in Him we are a new creation! Let’s have a YES in our spirits! Let’s be willing to take action in whatever God is calling us to do, even if it means doing it afraid. Let’s declare Hebrews 4:11, “we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” Let’s step out of our same old patterns, let go of the past, and lean into the NEW thing God is doing! - 🕊 Shalom Blessings, Stacey Cain Woodley

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