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I started this blog several years ago as an outlet. To whomever reads my blog, I hope you are encouraged. I do my best to keep it short, so it can be a breath of fresh air.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Are You Persuaded

First, I have to say a big Happy Birthday to our Pearl. She shares a birthday with my Father in Law who is now in Heaven. We like to think she was a gift from Heaven sent to us by Grampy. She's the sweetest dog and is very devoted to RJ. We celebrated her today with doggy ice cream and doggy chocolates. Tonight in church, the Thursday night Bible lesson was taught by, Bro. Ausanio. He did a great job, I like it when he teaches. He preached on being a child of God and asked us if we were persuaded of this. He gave many scriptures to back up and convince that we are children of God. I missed a few, but here is the majority of the scriptures he used: Philippians 3:1-3, Proverbs 12:25, Romans 8:14-6, John 1:12-13, I John 3:1-2, Galatians 3:26-27, I Peter 2:9, and 5:10, Acts 1:8, Mathew 21:21, John 14:12, Hebrews 2:4, I Corinthians 6:1-3, Romans 16:17-18, Exodus 4:10-1, Joshua 1:2-5, Psalm 30:1-5, Romans 8:31, Isiah 54:17, I Peter 1:13 and Isiah 41:10 Ephesians 4:22-30. We are an ambassador of God. We are his children. When we have been baptized in his name and filled with his spirit we become a child of God. Our Heavenly Father is the King of Kings, we are royalty. Are you persuaded of this? Do you really believe it, do you really know who you are in Christ? If you do, you will walk the walk, talk the talk and carry yourself like a child of God. Do you live like you know you are heir of Christ? Are you persuaded that you are a child of God? He changes your life and makes you new. When you are persuaded, then when things come you way, you know that God is for you. When life is rough and things are not going right, you can still stand, because you know God will make a way. When you are persuaded you know that you can speak to problems in your life and apply the name of Jesus and God will move on your behalf. When you are persuaded, you will pray for the sick and they will be healed. Greater things will happen through you, when you realize who you are in Christ. Make sure you pray and life right. Be aware of those that are not living as God's words guides us to live. If you see it, be aware of it. Don't follow their example. This doesn't mean that you hate them. You are to love everyone. You are to be kind to everyone. Follow those that are walking right, according to God's word. God is for you, he will give you the courage you need, the strength to stand and he will never fail you. Fear not for God is with you. Are you persuaded? He will strengthen you, He will hold you up and He will lift you up. God is good.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fire And Rain

Recently, I discovered a "new" artist, Charity Gayle.. I learned that she actually has been writing and singing for some time now, but I just learned about her yesterday. Apparently, I have heard some of her songs, but just didn't know who the songs came from. I was playing her music tonight, while RJ was building a Lego set. When the song, "Fire and Rain", came on, Pearl went crazy. She started barking and running all over the house. It was so funny. We let the entire album play and Pearl was her regular, dog self, laying around and chewing on a bone. We wanted to see what she would do if we put the song on again. Sure enough, when the song began to play, she started to run and bark all over the house. She was excited. It would seem to me, that Pearl has a new song. I would have to agree with her, the song is a fun one. If you would like to hear the song, you can see and hear "Fire and Rain" here. God is good.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kindness Matters

There is a song we learned in Sunday School that said that Jesus Loves The Little Children. Today a package filled with thank you cards from the students from Sandlick Elementary came in the mail. As I read the cards, tears of thanksgiving ran down my face. The cards were filled with many thanks and well wishes. More than one indicated the toys they received were the only toys they got for Christmas. We had brought Christmas to the kids. One child wrote that we had brought hope to their life. It's really not about me or about you, it's about taking care of others. It's about loving others more than you love yourself. I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve others. Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red or Yellow, Black or White, they are precious in his sight. Rich or poor, he loves them all. Kindness matters. God is good.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Love One Another

Today is MLK day. The schools are closed and it's a day to remember a man who stood up for what he believed very strongly in. I didn't spend the day talking about him with my son, he knows a lot about him. Instead, we had a friend over and made it a simple and peaceful day. Even though we are on a media fast, I went off of it this weekend and plan to go back on tomorrow. Normally, I do not comment on videos that would be deemed to be political or states someone's opinion. I like to stay out of that as much as possible. Today I did, I wanted to be transparent. I share a lot on my blog, and post it to my Facebook page, but I rarely will come right out on my page and talk about my life. If you want to know, I am happy to tell you, I have nothing to hide. I went through some hard times and I am so thankful for what I have today. So, out of character I responded from my heart. I can't prove it, but another person made a comment that sure felt like it was directed to me. The stone they threw hit it's mark. I deleted my comment and cried. Lesson learned, I don't have to comment. Then I wiped my tears and gave thanks to the Lord for every experience I have gone through. I learned that loving and forgiving is so much more powerful that carrying a chip on my shoulder. Yes, I was poor. Yes, I lived in really bad neighborhoods. Yes, I was homeless. God was with me every step of the way. He wasn't there because of the color of my skin, he was there because he died for everyone. Yes, I live in a house that to me is huge. Yes, I am middle class. Yes, I am white. Yes, my son attends a school that I could only dream of as a kid. God has been good to me. He was good when I had nothing and he is still good when it looks like I have everything. Life can be hard. People can be cruel. I challenge you to make a choice. You can walk around talking about how bad it is or how different you are. Or you can look for similarities and love one another. I don't care what your race is. I don't care what your zip code is. I don't care how much money is in your bank account or how much isn't in your bank account. I make the choice to love you, all of you. Stones are going to fly, but I will do my hardest to make sure that stones don't come from me. LOVE ONE ANOTHER. God is good.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Divine Moments

Today, Pastor Davis preached a dynamic sermon and spoke into our hearts. He preached on "Divine Moments" and his main text came from Esther 4:13-14, I Samuel 17:36-29 and Galatians 4:4-5. It's time that we all realize that we are not normal. We are supernatural, beyond the normal. We are sons and daughters of the living God. We all have a destiny, a divine purpose. Heaven is focus is on us as well as is Hell. If God's people would get a hold of who they are and what their purpose is, they would smash the adversary. Today, in January 2018, we are standing at such a moment. What we decided today will effect our natural lives as well as our eternal lives. We need to stop living life as normal and get out of the routine of life. We need to rise up and do what God has called us to do. God created time. His time is not our time. His time is perfect. Time has a purpose. Mary, the mother of Jesus pushed Jesus to do a miracle before it was his time. He told her that it was not the time for him to reveal who he really was. She being his mother told him to do it anyway and he listened. God plans his events according to schedule. For three and a half years he walked amongst the Jews and they did not know who he was. They did not realize that their time of visitation with the Messiah had arrived. They didn't see it and they missed it. There is a divine moment in the life of every child of God. We must not miss it when our moment arrives. Esther was raised by her Uncle Mordechai in a place that was not her true home. She became the wife of the king. It was not all about her. God allowed this to take place to save her people. We must realize that when God places us where he wants us to be, it's not about us, but it's about others. When Joseph was in prison, he was put there for a purpose. God has his hand in the entire thing. His dreams, were dreams that God had given them and he brought them to pass because Joseph didn't miss his divine moment. He didn't do it to become in a position of power, he did it to save his people. Esther and Joseph's divine moment looked like the end of everything. They rose to the challenge and saved many lives. 2018 is not just another year, it's a new door opening. God is calling his people to walk through the door in a new dimension of power and anointing in Jesus name. We need to realize that not everyone who is living in 2018 is going to make it to 2019. This is your year to live in your divine moment. There always seems to be a reason to hold back. There is always someone who is not going to believe in you. Don't hold back, push forward. David was a shepherd boy. He decided to answer the call and fight Goliath. This was his divine moment. As he was walking into his moment, his brother comes by and tells him that he can't do it. When you walk into your destiny do not listen to the negative voices around you. There will always be someone who says you can't do it. Most of the time it's someone you are close to and can be a family member. Do as David, he stood up and declared there was a purpose greater than him and a great motivation for what he was going to do. Challenges will face us and at times we are not qualified for what God brings us to. There is where God becomes greater in you and brings your divine appointment to pass. Remember with great revival, comes great persecution. Do you want a move of God or do you want to stay in your comfort zone? Each of us has a divine moment with God. Your destiny is facing you. Will you hold back or will you seize your divine moment? You may not like where you find yourself. Not everyone is in a castle. Some were in a jail. Regardless of where your moment is, if you will rise to the challenge, it will not just save you, it will save others as well. Get over yourself and start thinking about others. Walk in purpose and destiny into your divine moment. God is good.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Apostolic Message

Tonight for Thursday Night Bible Study, Bro. Joe Ferragamo gave the lesson. His topic was on, "The Apostolic Message". His main text was taken from Acts 2:37-39. He also tied it into the four gospels of Mark 16:15-18, Mathew 28:18-20,Luke 24:46-47 and John 20:21-23. Bro. Ferragamo was showing where the heart of what Peter preached on in Acts 2:38 was all tied into. He was teaching what Jesus himself had taught them all over time. When you look at these scriptures you see that they were told by Jesus to go into all the nations preaching what we call the good news. They were to tell them to be baptized in the name of Jesus, repent for their sins and be filled with God's spirit. You can not be saved by works alone. You must have faith and by the grace of God you are given salvation. That same command applies to us today. We know this wonderful Apostolic Message and we need to do as Jesus instructed us to do. We must do this if we want to see the Kingdome of Heaven. We must do this to be saved. God is good.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

More Than Conquerors

This past Sunday Pastor Davis preached the first sermon for 2018. His title was, "More Than Conquerors". His main text was taken from II Corinthians 2:14; 4:8-9 and Romans 8:35-39. 2018 will bring good things and bad things. No matter what happens, we can make the choice to be triumphant in Jesus. We are more than conquerors. Today many people have a victim mentality. Everyone wants to play the blame game. God is asking you where you are and what are you doing? We need to realize that life is not perfect and things will go wrong. The rain falls on everyone. We need to realize that God has everything in control. We are troubled, but not distressed, we are more than conquerors. When you look at the Greek words used for conqueror in the Bible it literally translates into Super Heroes. We are super heroes because our God is more than enough. Nothing will happen that Jesus can not handle. God is bigger than the devil. God is bigger than any of your problems. Life happens and you lose everything. God will make a way for you. The problem may be great, but God is greater. It's time we start believing what God says about us. Who you are is not dependent on someone else's opinion of you. Stop whining and start winning. God created you to be a conqueror. Remember Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. God will always cause you to triumph. No weapon formed against you will triumph. God's got it and everything is going to be OK. God is good.