The Waters.

Here are the waters.  The things you drown in.

Piles of Laundry.

Self Pity.

Diet Plans.






Ice Cream and Challah.


Other People’s Problems.

Other People’s Pain.

Your Own Problems.

Your Own Pain.


Laundry. (It keeps coming back.)


Dirty floors and muddy walls.

Lack of clarity.

Self-deprecation. (Mean, Nasty Inner Voice!)

A Man’s World.


People Pleasing.



What’s the difference between a Fire and a Water? I have no idea; I’m making this up as I go along. But I FEEEL the difference.  One burns, one drowns.

Then there’s a verse, a verse that consoled me during the hottest, wettest year of my life…  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. Nor will the flame kindle upon you.”  Isaiah/Yesheyahu 43:2.

And in looking for the most Jewish version of that verse to quote it correctly just now, I looked at the verse before, and I can’t stop smiling.  A little background before I write it out for you –  If you know me, you know I work for Redemption International (we just expanded the name today… but it includes the Redemption Retreats, Redemption Coaching School, and Redemption Events).

Redemption is another religious word that I use often in marketing now, but also FEEL the meaning.  Redeemed. (Christian hymns are echoing in my ancient memory.)  “Redeemed how I love to proclaim it!” That’s for you, Mom. =)  Phew, I’m off track with church flashbacks… but guess what my point is?  The verse before my fire and water verse.  A winking message from Hashem to me tonight…

“And now, so said the L-rd, your Creator, O Jacob, and the One Who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, and I called by your name, you are Mine.'”

My Hebrew name inspired the name of this blog. Rina means joy, and I want to BE JOY, live joy, feel joy.  I named myself during a religious conversion, but no.  Hashem called my name.  He redeemed me.  And then put me to work in Redemption. !!

Have you ever gotten one of those “signs” that you’re right where you’re meant to be?

Thanks for being here with me and my ramblings…