Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Today, Bob and I had the pleasure of watching the last play RJ will be in as a 5th grader. Time is really going by quickly. We have enjoyed all his plays and performances since he started at Portledge School in 1st grade. I watched a very confident little boy recite his lines and make the audience laugh until their sides hurt. He was pure joy to watch. I couldn't help the tears that welled up in my eyes. I know how far he has come. I remember the little boy in Nursery class who would sit on the very fringe of the carpet and far away from the other classmates as his teacher read a story. I watched as his teachers at Westbury Friends School showered him with a lot of TLC as they begin to instill in him a depth of kindness and character. Of course we can't forget all his Sunday School teachers and his Thursday Night Teachers from church. They too instilled and satisfied his hunger to know about God and grow as a person. When RJ came to Portledge in 1st grade, he was still shy and very unsure of himself. He wanted to make people feel better about themselves, he wanted to see them laugh. He hoped that if he was kind, they would somehow become kind too. He has a big heart. One by one, grade by grade, his teachers have helped him find who RJ is. He is still on this journey and truly, you never stop learning. The confidant boy I saw today, caused my heart to feel as if it was going to burst. When the play ended, he was so excited because he saw and heard everyone laughing. The shy little boy who couldn't seem to find his way, has now blossomed into an amazing big boy. Some of the teachers who were in the audience today, have known him since he was that shy 3 year old. Today, they too had a glimmer of a tear in their eyes, because they know how far he has come. One of these teachers, captured a picture of him today, that truly is worth a thousand words. We love RJ and have nothing but gratitude and a thankful heart for every teacher that has poured themselves into his life up to this point. God is good.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Today is Pentecost Sunday. We had a guest speaker. He didn't give a title to the sermon, so I decided to call it, " Jesus The Master Kintsugi". The main text was taken from Luke 19:10 and II Corinthians 5:17-21. Jesus came to seek and to save those that were lost. If it's not lost it doesn't need to be found. Jesus was crucified and buried. He rose again three days later. Why did He go through all this? He did it to seek and save those who are lost. You can't be saved if you don't feel you are lost. You never look for something that is not lost. He came to heal the broken hearted, heal the sick, comfort, to save and give. He didn't come to receive. Make sure that when you come to the Lord it's to give and not to receive. When you come to give and not receive then God gives to you in an abundance. In Japan when you visit the museums you will see many types of art. They are beautiful and priceless. Amongst the many paintings and sculptures you will find broken pottery that has been put back together. They are beautiful, but you can clearly see the flaws and where the pottery has broken. They were clearly damaged goods. There is a history behind this. 15th Century Japan, there was a Shogun who was very powerful and respected. He had a very valuable and treasured piece of pottery. One day is fell and was broken into many pieces. He sent it off to be repaired and when it was returned it was not put back together as a whole. It was uneven and unusable. He then asked some craftsmen to try and put it back together again. When they returned it to him, it was even more beautiful then it had been before. They had created the art of Kintsugi. This is when a master craftsman makes a formula out of precious metals of gold, silver and platinum. This mixture is used to put the pieces back together again. This combination makes it usable again and even more beautiful then what it had been in it's original state. The cracks can still be seen, but it adds to the beauty and story of the pottery. Due to this process, pottery repaired in this manner makes each one unique. There is not one that is alike, making it priceless. Jesus is the Master Kintsugi in our life. He takes the broken pieces of our life and puts it back together again. He fills us with His spirit and makes us so much better than what we once were. We can see the "scars" or evidence of brokenness of our lives and remember where God has brought us from. It's good to not forget where God has delivered you from. It's good to not forget when God healed you. It's good to not forget what God has done for you. My story is not your story, but we all have the story of Pentecost in our lives. We do not need to try and be like another person, we must strive to be more like Jesus. God is not trying to hide our scars, he is trying to show the beauty of what He has done for us. A song was sung that was written by Gloria Gaither. I want to share the chorus with you. "Something beautiful, something good. All my confusion He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful, out of my life". God is good.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Tonight I was asked to be a guest teacher for the 4 and 5 year old Thursday Night class. The lesson was on Jesus healing a blind man's eyes. The teachers wanted the children to meet someone who was alive and that they knew that Jesus had healed. I told the boys and girls about how I was deaf in my right ear and almost deaf in my left ear most of my life. Then several years ago, in a church service, God healed my ears and I was able to hear the wind for the first time. I was able to hear a lot of things for the first time. They were very sweet and enjoyed the lesson. I kept it short and simple because they are still very young. As I left I began to think about how life had been before God healed me. Oh, I have my days when I get a cold and my ears clog up just like everyone else. I almost become afraid that I will go back to how it once was and then they open up again when the cold goes away. I didn't know much sign language and survived by reading peoples lips. If you were talking to me and had your back turned, I didn't hear a word you said. I have actually started to take my hearing for granted. I'm thankful that I was able to speak to the children, because it reminded me of the precious gift God gave me, the ability to hear. God is good.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This past Sunday was Mother's Day. To be honest, I almost like it more than any other holiday of the year. My mom and Mother in law come to stay for the weekend and attend Grandparents Day on Friday with RJ at his school. This is followed on Saturday by purchasing flats of flowers from our church flower sale. Bob and RJ go to the church and pick out flowers that they think I will enjoy. We spend the day all of us, planting flowers. My once dreary backyard turns into a rainbow of bursting colors. The birds come out to join us and it's such a wonderful day. Even though it started to rain on us this year, we still planted them into pots and Bob put them outside. Sunday was followed by enjoying hearing the children singing a beautiful song to all the Mothers. I enjoy the time with my mom and mother in law. My flowers lasts all summer and bring a smile to my face and heart every time I look at them. I'm so grateful to be a mother. God has blessed me with such an amazing son. There is no greater calling for me then to be a mom. God is good.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Today, I received a notification in my e-mail that my DNA results were in. I was very excited to find out what my DNA story would be. In some ways, I was not surprised and in other ways, I was very surprised. My DNA gave me this breakdown: Europe West (France and Germany)32%, Scandinavia 19% (this was a surprise), Ireland/Scotland/Wales 14%, Europe South (Italy, Greece) 11%, Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)-a big surprise 10%, Europe East (Romania, Slovakia, Croatia) 7%, Great Britain 3%, Caucasus (Armenia, Turkey) 3%, and Native American 1%. I have enjoyed the journey of learning about my ancestors from the past. Now I am hoping to connect with the living. Already, it has opened the way for me to "meet" my grandfather on my birth dad's side. I never met him or know anything about him. Today, I was able to see his picture and learn a little about him. Such a treat for me. My ancestors from both sides of the family were the first settlers to come to America. They were on both sides of the American Revolution. All of them walked away from their homes, sometimes castles, family and country to start a new life for Freedom of Religion. Their American story starts right here in my own backyard. I'm excited for this journey. Already, some things I have learned have made me sad, while other stories of great triumph have been amazing. As I have said before, I want to learn from the mistakes of my ancestors and soar on their accomplishments as well. May I be bold like them in my steadfast love for my Savior. May, I love America as much as they did and may I be willing to not be afraid to start new things. This journey is just beginning. God is good.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
This weekend has been a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. My mother in law and my mom were here with us. Today the children did a wonderful job singing a beautiful song to the mothers. Pastor Davis preached an encouraging sermon on, "Things Which Are Not Seen". His main text was taken from II Kings 6:8-17 and II Corinthians 4:18. Not everything that is real can be seen. The earth is moving at a rapid pace, but you can't feel it. Don't sense what is going on all at the same time. X-rays are not visible to man's eye, but they are there. There is also an unseen spirit world that exists beyond our spiritual perception. We can't see, taste or feel it, but it's still there. What you see in the temporal will last for a while. The unseen things are eternal. There are Angels in the room with us. They encamp around those that fear and serve the Lord. The unseen world is interacting with the seen world. We don't realize it, but we sit in heavenly places. When the unseen interacts with the see, something happens. We are very aware of the seen things. We have our five senses of taste, see, hear, feel and smell. What we need are spiritual eyes to be able to see the unseen. In the Bible we read about BenHaded who was fighting the Israelites. He thought there was a spy in the camp, because it seemed they always knew what was going to happen before it was attempted. His advisors told him that there was not spy. What was taking place was that there was a God in Israel who knew what was going on. An unseen God was standing there and hearing every plot to destroy His people. There is a God who hears, sees and knows all. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Nothing is too hard for Him. You can live a double life and fool others, but you can not fool God. He sees everything. God knows. This can be scary if you are not living for the Lord. However, if you are living your life for God, this is an exiting thing. You know that your problems are not a surprise to God. He has an all seeing eye and he is watching over you. It does not matter what comes your way. If God says it's not your time to die, it's not your time. He makes a way of escape for us. Years before your situation, God planned your deliverance ahead of time. God will keep you out of your problem, or He will keep you through your problem. Your victory, deliverance, answer is already planned. Your miracle has already been spoken. There is a God in Israel. God cares about His people. We are to cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us. Hard times come and you may find yourself alone, God cares for you. The one who knows you the most, loves you the most. All your failures, He still loves you. Even when you walk away from God, he still is waiting for you and loving you. When disappointment comes to your life, He feels it and He cares. He is touched with the feelings of your infirmities. We struggle with anxiety, fear and doubt. Don't fake it until you make it. Faith it till we make it. Hold on to the promises of God. When we can't begin to understand what God has kept us from. It's so good to thank the Lord for the times you don't even know about when, He delivered you. There is a man that God will send into your life. The Israelites had a prophet that God would speak to. He would give them the words that would save them. When satan hatches a plan, God has a man/woman to thwart that plan. The devil's plan is never a match for the man/woman that God has called. God does not need an army, he just needs a man/women who is a willing vessel. It's time we understand who we are. YOU ARE THAT MAN/WOMAN. You are the man for the hour. You are the woman for the hour. The great Apostles are not here today. Today it is you and I. Don't be asleep in the light. One plus God is always the majority. We must realize there are things that we can not see. When we pray in agreement together, we send thousands of Angels to flight, Deuteronomy 32:30. When you get a real glimpse of what matters. Your house and things don't seem to be so important. When you get a glimpse of the unseen, you see where you have a part. Your problems don't seem so big anymore. May we have eyes to see what is temporal and spiritual eyes to know the unseen is eternal. Jesus is coming, look up for your redemption is coming soon. God is good.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
There are times in life when you know to keep walking forward, even though you don't know where the path is going to lead. The unknown can be scary, so it's good to know that God has not given us the sprit of fear. When we are being moved out of our comfort zone it's never an easy thing. I believe that God always has a purpose and a plan. Our job is to try and trust the process and keep walking. It's true that we are to walk by faith and not by sight. It's good to know the Lord. God is good.