Monday, November 20, 2017
Today was a rough day. I don't need to go into the details, but it was a rough day. Then, at random, someone sent me a thank you. This person has no idea how HUGE that was for me today. A random act of kindness that reminded me of all the good there is in this world. This week is when we stop to give thanks for what we have. I challenge you to do something kind for someone. You have no idea how much of a rainbow you will be on their rainy day. God is good.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Today at Bethel, we had special guest singers. The Tim Chandler Band came to minister in song and in the word. It was my first time hearing them sing. I enjoyed hearing the Country Gospel music. After they sang a few songs, Bro. Chandler gave a short sermon. His main text was taken from I Corinthians 10:13. He started about by saying almost word for word what Pastor Davis preached last Sunday. We hear all the time that God will never put more on you than you can bear. This is not in the Bible. God says he will give you a way of escape. He will help you through whatever you are going through. He will deliver you. We don't always have the same experiences, but we all have the same feelings. God is a faithful God and he cares about them all. While you are in the middle of your "stuff" and it feels like God is a million miles away, He is really making a way of escape for you. God's will taking place is dependent on us being obedient to his word. He provides a way of escape, it's up to us to take it when he brings it. Make sure you don't miss your exit when you come to it. Sis. Chandler talked about going through some pretty big heartache. She had been hurt so bad that she struggled with it for a long time. Eventually, after singing at one of their services, she decided to go to the alter and pray. She opened her hands palms up and began to put all her hurt and disappointment into them. Then she turned her hands over and laid them on the alter. She left them there and walked away. God gave her tremendous peace. The situation didn't change, in fact it became worse for a while. However, God had changed her on the inside and gave her the peace she needed to go through it. We all did this today. I have some really big things going on. Some really big hurts. Some days, I have to stop many times during the day and give it to the Lord. It's not easy. However, I want to have clean hands and a pure heart. I know what it's like to allow hurt to turn into anger that eventually eats you up with bitterness. I walked the road of depression before. I do not want to go down those roads again. So, when the hurt comes, I stop and give it to Jesus. Every time, Peace comes and fills me. I hold out hope that God will work things out. I constantly love and forgive. Some days are harder than the others. I just make the choice to choose joy. God is good.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tonight our Bible Study was taught by Bro. Joe Ferragamo. His main text was taken from Psalms 103:1-4, with the title of " God's Great Benefits". Sometimes we don't realize the great benefits we have as the children of God. Psalms 103 starts out with great praise and gratitude towards God. David gave praise from deep within because he knew of all that God had delivered him from and forgiven him of. When we do this, we are acknowledging the divine greatness of God. There is no one like him. He is worthy of the highest praise and it is to be done with all our soul. We are to not forget the benefits of a life in God. Our benefits are that he forgives us of our sins, heals our bodies, redeems our life and covers us with loving-kindness and mercy. He blesses us daily with these things. We have great benefits that God has given into our lives, simply because He loves us. Remember to always bless and praise God, no matter your circumstances. God will give you great victory. God is good.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Due to the amount of polyps that had been found in my gallbladder when it was removed, my doctor felt that I needed to have an extensive MRI to see if they had spread elsewhere in my body. I went in last week for one of the worst MRI's of my life. I was not feeling well and didn't realize that I was scheduled to be in the MRI for an hour and a half. Not only was I going to have to lay completely still for this period of time, I was going to hold my breath for 13 to 20 second intervals, a lot over the hour and a half. I lasted less than an hour before I blacked out in the MRI machine. Thankfully, I was able to complete at least an hour with the knowledge that I might have to come back to finish the MRI. I left weak and hoping that I didn't have to come back for at least a year. Today, I met with my doctor and he told me that everything came back clean and clear. I have no polyps anywhere else in my body. I will have to do this MRI once a year and next time it will be when I am not feeling sick. I don't mind the inconvenience of a long MRI, if it means it saves my life. This is the only way they can see if polyps have started to grow and the only way to prevent it from turning into cancer in my body. I'm thankful for my doctors. I truly feel like I have been blessed with the best. Today could have been a day of unwanted news. I am so thankful that it was good news and I have been given a clean bill of health. I appreciate all your prayers. God is good.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tonight our home Care Group came together and had a time of feasting and giving thanks. I invited my friends and students from China to attend. Everyone brought something to eat. Watching everyone have such a wonderful time made my heart full. Children’s laughter filled the house and mingled in with happy conversations of the adults. My home was filled with love and joy. I could feel that Jesus showed up too and he walked amongst us. My body is tired, but my heart is overflowing. God is good.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Today Pastor Davis preached an impassioned sermon on, "God Of The Impossible". His main text was taken from Jeremiah 32:27 and Luke 1:37. He started out by asking how many of us enter situations in life that seem to be impossible. We all have experienced this. Some of us are going through what seems to be impossible today. The church of the living God can not survive without the miraculous. God's church is born into the miraculous. In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. With ten words from God, nothing became something. God is not ordinary, He is the God of the impossible. We serve a big and powerful God. He takes matter and ant-matter and keeps it in balance. When God says let it be, it shall be. If God's word says it, I believe and that's enough. He came to this earth, died on a cross and rose form the dead. He ascended into Heaven and His spirit lives with us. He will return once again. Because God is not ordinary, we can not expect things in our life to be ordinary. We are not normal in comparison to how everyone around you lives. You are a child of the King. You are above normal. He tells us that he is The Lord God and there is nothing too hard for him. Your belief or lack of belief in Him, does not make a difference. You can't make something not exist simply because you don't believe in it. You can say there is not moon until the day you die. The moon will still be there. God is still God if you believe in Him or not. We must realize that there is nothing that God can not do, except lie or deny His word. When you are filled with His spirit, he goes wherever you go. When you go to sleep, He is there. He is the God of the impossible. He turned water into wine. He fed 5,000 people with 2 fishes and five loaves of bread. He caused a donkey to speak. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? No! We all have things happen to us; terminal illness, financial devastation and family problems. These are things that we can't handle on our own. They are tough situations. The saying that God won't give us more than we can handle is not in the Bible. We do read that if God allowed it to take place in our life, He will give us the grace to go through it. It's by the grace of God that we are able to smile as we go through our impossible situation. When God says something is going to happen, the devil can not stop it. We must claim and believe that if God said it, then it can happen. His word tell us that by His striped we are healed. His blood still heals all diseases. His blood covers all sins and delivers. His blood has saving power. It's so important that we speak positive into our situation. We need to learn to not speak negativity into it. When the negative thoughts and discouragement comes, we need to speak the Word of God into it. When we murmur and complain we are getting in the way of the promises of God. Doubt is the opposite of faith. We are human. We have real moments of wondering how in the world we can face the impossible situations in our life. We must speak life into it, by speaking the Word of God into it. Our God is able. Pastor Davis then asked us to all pray. He asked us to speak to the impossible situations in our life and speak faith into it. Family situations, be healed in Jesus Name. Terminal Illness, be healed in Jesus name! Financial situations, be resolved in Jesus Name! God wants you to have health, peace and a job. He will bless you with the ability to work. God will not bring a job you way that will keep you from His House or will take you away from a walk with Him. God will direct your steps. If the doctor tells you there is nothing that can be done, God says he can heal your body. If your family seems to be imploding from within, God is able to heal and restore relationships. God is able to do the impossible. God is good.
Friday, November 10, 2017
A few days ago I mentioned that it was too warm for Autumn. Well, now it's much colder than normal for November. At least how I know Novembers in NY to be. Of course RJ is hoping it brings snow. I'm looking outside at the wind and watching the temperature drop and I'm hoping the power stays on the house stays warm. Tonight, RJ has a friend over and they had a real good time playing nerf guns with Ross in the basement with the lights off. Pearl of course enjoyed it too. I'm hoping the weather will warm up just enough to be sweater weather. I like the Autumn crisp air and hope it returns soon. For now, I will bundle up and cuddle up to my honey. God is good.