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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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

End of 2012

In a few hours 2012 will finally be over. It has been a roller coaster ride of a year. When this year started out, I was very sick and was diagnosed with IBS. At the beginning of this year I claimed it was going to be a year of taking back what the devil had stolen from us. Well..it was a very rough fight, but a lot of good things did happen. For starters our church was finally able to move into our new sanctuary. Things happened for us business wise that I truly believe are going to blossom in the new year. To make it so much more awesome in the end, I was healed of my IBS several Sunday's ago. One thing we did not receive and that was another child. I am not discouraged by this, for all things are made perfect in God's time. We have been feasting on manna in a time of famine and I thank God for it. I still don't have a feeler for how 2013 is going to be, but when I do, I'll share it. All in all, I can say I am happy to see 2012 end. God has been good to us and I thank Him for being with us through every trial and for every victory that was won. We are happy that Ross is here with us to bring in the new year. God has great things in store for his life and I'm glad we are playing a small part in it. God is Good!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fever and Growing

Last night RJ woke up with a fever, thus I was up most of the night with him. Sadly because he was not feeling well, he didn't play in the snow (there was not much on the ground anyways) and he and I didn't go to church. I hate missing church, especially the last one of the year, but it is what it is. Bob said it was an amazing service and I'm sad I missed it. Later this evening, RJ seemed to be on the mend and ate a good amount of cereal and declared he must have grown while he was eating. I hope so and I hope his tummy grew too! We are having a hard time getting him to gain weight. At least he is eating. Tomorrow is that last day of 2012,it's been a rough year mixed with many blessings. I thank God for what is to come in 2013. God is good!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Date Night

My Adoptive parents sent Bob and I a date night package..so tonight, Ross agreed to watch RJ and we went out on a date. I love our nights out together..always reminds us that we are more than just parents. Tomorrow is Sunday, hopefully we will wake up to snow on the ground...but just enough to play in and not enough to cancel church. God is Good!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Extended

Today the door bell rang and the mailman delivered two boxes from my family in California. RJ was so excited about how Christmas just kept on going as he unwrapped all his presents. True to form, he was beyond ecstatic over one of his presents, a book about the Titanic. We enjoyed our gifts. Every year when they ask Bob what he wants, he usually gives a random off the wall request. Last year it was for coal, so they sent him a stocking of coal with a gift card to Kohl's hidden inside..it was truly creative. This year he said he wanted Real Estate..they sent him a game of Monopoly..very funny. Thus, tonight we taught RJ how to play Monopoly..he was doing pretty good. Simple things in life with your family bring about lifelong memories. 2012 will be ending soon, I already have a goal for 2013 and that is work harder at being in contact with all my family. To truly know what is going on in their lives, I MUST make time to connect. God is Good!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Christmas Miracle

This Christmas something very special happened. As I have mentioned before, my nephew Ross is staying with us for the Holidays. Recently we came in contact with his dad. The last time he saw his dad he was a very little boy. When I learned that over the years his dad had been saving presents/cards for David and Ross, hoping that one day he would be able to give it to them, I cried. With the help of one of his friends, I arranged to have the box sent to my house and RJ helped me cover the box with a bunch of bows. At Christmas time we gave it to Ross and he opened a box filled with love to him and his brother from their dad. Christmas day, Ross was able to talk to his dad on the phone. It was an unexpected Christmas miracle and we are so thankful for such a special gift. God is Good!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Family fun

Tonight we went to Bobs sisters house. We had a good time playing games and the children were having a blast. All the kids are having a cousin sleepover, so RJ is so excited.  This has been a wonderful Christmas!
God is Good!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Best Present

This morning RJ tells me I'm his best Christmas Present. He then proceeds to tell his piggy : " mommy is my best gift but do you know what's best about Christmas?  Jesus, yes Jesus. Christmas is really about Jesus. It gets better, you know why..Jesus is in my heart. Yep best part of Christmas, Jesus. "
Merry Christmas everyone and happy birthday Jesus.
GOD IS GOOD!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Don't argue with an Angel

Today Pastor Davis preached a sermon titled " Don't argue with an Angel". He talked about Zaccaria and Elizabeth having a child in their old age. I have heard this story many times, but never from this angle. The Angel of the Lord came to Zaccaria and told him he was going to have a child because God had heard his prayers. Zaccaria had a hard time believing what the Angel had said because facts are facts, they were way beyond child bearing age. Mary on the other hand when the Angle of the Lord appeared to her didn't argue with the Angel, she wanted to know more about how it was going to happen and pretty much agreed to go along with whatever God wanted in her life. Both received the promise of God. The difference between the two of them was that when Zaccaria argued, he became mute and was not able to rejoice with his wife over the miracle as it was being birthed in their lives. Mary was able to fully blossom in the promise of God as it was being fulfilled. We have a choice when God makes a promise to us. We as human beings will naturally think..how can it be, but it's up to us how we will respond when God makes a promise that just does not seem to be able to come to pass. We must hold on to God's word and not allow ourselves to doubt that it will come to pass. God is Good!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Presents, Cake, Box & Date

Today we celebrated our Christmas. RJ woke us all up at 4am because he had a dream that Santa came and only gave presents to mommy and no one else. So he went out and wallah there were presents under the tree and he woke us all up in his excitement. Thankfully he is a good boy and I was able to convince him to go back to sleep a little longer...6am and we were all up and had a wonderful time. To make it even better we skyped with my mom and Lisa, so they were in on the fun for a while. Ross received a very special gift in the mail. His dad, whom he has not seen in years, sent him a box filled with cards/gifts he had accumulated over the years and was never able to give him. It was very touching to see that he had remembered birthday's for both of his boys over an 18 year period. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner and followed with a birthday cake for Jesus, for He is the true meaning of Christmas. To end the night, Bob and I went on a date in the city and RJ played with Ross. Bob and I had a wonderful time just walking around the city..a simple date..those are the best. When we came home, you could tell two creative minds had been at work building Lego's and all kinds of fun stuff. Tomorrow, we look forward to attending church and then spending time the rest of the week with Bob's family. On a side note: I added a picture of RJ with the present his Great Grandparents sent him in the mail. He was SUPER excited to get something from them. God is Good!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cookies, Milk, Clementine and Jelly Beans

Tonight is our Christmas Eve. Since we will be with the entire family on the 24th, we have ours early. We baked cookies for Santa and a birthday cake for Jesus. RJ has decided that this year we should put out jellybeans as well, since they are an Easter candy and therefore, he may have never tasted how wonderful jelly beans are. Then because of all the cookies, he needed a tiny Clementine to have something healthy along the way. We put a very excited boy to bed tonight. I am looking forward to a wonderful Christmas day tomorrow with RJ, Bob and Ross...and of course I can't forget our dog Mozart. Tomorrow we will celebrate Jesus' birthday, this is a highlight for us, for Jesus is the real reason for this season. On a side note, we are super proud of Ross, he got his drivers permit today! God is Good!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

School Concert

Tonight was RJ's school concert. I feel I can truly say the light of Christ shone through their songs. We really enjoyed watching the kids and hearing them sing. RJ lit up so bright when the K-5th graders ended with the Hallelujah chorus by Handel. Tonight once again reminded me of why I love RJ's school so much. God is Good!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fort Fun and Coal

Due to flight delays and one cancellation, Ross finally arrived at 1am. Thus, when RJ woke up this morning Ross was still understandably asleep. When RJ came home from school, he was super excited to see his cousin and they promptly went to work building a fort out of my couch pillows. The whole house is a bit upside down, but I don't mind. We are enjoying hearing our son's laughter and are amused to see our 18 year old nephew playing with our 5 year old son. It's so nice having Ross here with us and we look forward to a wonderful Christmas with him. Today a package arrived for Ross and Bob, RJ thought it was for him. He was so excited he gave the UPS man a cookie. When I told him it was not for him, he started to cry and say that Santa was going to give him coal in his stocking because nothing ever came in the mail for him. God is Good!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Latkes, Cookies and Ross

Tonight RJ was inspired to make Latkes and sugar cookies to make the time go by quicker. He is super excited that his cousin Ross is coming for Christmas and due to a delayed flight we decided to bake. I wish I could post pictures, but my little boy decided to dress in minimal clothing with his red blanket draped around him like a cape and proclaimed he was a super hero. So...I just went along with it and we baked sugar cookies. We had a lot of fun. Daddies had no frosting, mine were decorated and RJ's were covered with rainbow sugar dots..yes...covered. He then announced he was in the mood for Latkes. I have never made them before, but thanks to a recipe from his school and RJ's guidance we made them..they were delicious! RJ ate and ate and ate..mental note..make then again..if RJ eats it, I'll make it. As I type Ross still has not left due to a very delayed flight. The weather out here has not been the greatest today and I pray that he eventually does make it here. We are looking forward to spending time with him, our hope is that eventually he will move to NY and attend school here, God knows best. God is Good!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Worship, A Magi and Candle Light

Today pastor Davis preached an amazing sermon on worshiping the king of kings. Jesus truly is the reason for the season. He is the light that shines away the darkness. As long as we keep our eyes on Jesus Christ, we will have joy, true joy during this holiday season. After he preached, the children did their Christmas production. RJ was a Magi, it was so cute! He didn't sing this year because he has a part that was at the end of the play, I was sad to not see him sing, but I was glad to see how cute he was in his Magi robe. We ended the evening by taking Bob's parents to The Riverside Church for their Christmas Concert. They did an amazing job and it was a nice treat to drive through the city afterwards and see all the lights, while staying dry and warm in the car. RJ was a very good boy all day and we are super proud of how well behaved he was today. I love my son and give thanks to God for him. God is Good!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Music and Lights

RJ's Grandparents are here for the weekend. Tonight they attended the concert at Bethel and tomorrow will be in church to see RJ sing in the children's Christmas concert.RJ is supper happy they are here with us. We were planning on taking them into the city tomorrow night to see NYC all decorated, but learned it might be raining, so we took them in impromptu into the city. We enjoyed looking at all the pretty lights together. All day in the back of my mind and weighing heavy on my heart has been of what happened in Connecticut. We have chosen to not speak about it with RJ, he has such a tender heart and it would stay in him for a long time. Our hearts are breaking and we pray for these families, for God to bring them peace. Our world is falling apart, I will look up and keep my eyes on Christ. God is Good!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hold Closer

As many are aware the USA has experience a devastating day today. I don't know what can cause a young man to kill his parents and a classroom full of little children. As I heard the news, I started to weep for the families of these children and all who have been impacted by this act of violence. My little boy is so precious to me and today was a stark reminder that I need to cherish him, for I am not promised to have him tomorrow. Today when I picked him up from school for our Friday date, I held him closer and tighter. He hugged me right back with his little arms and squeezed me real tight. Tonight when we said our prayers, we prayed for those who have been impacted by this tragedy. Hold your loved ones close and if you haven't told your children you love them in a while, stop, hug them and tell them you love them. God is still Good!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12-12-12 & Books

Since today is 12-12-12 I figured I would say something about it. I like it when we have unique days like that. I don't get all worked up and except something huge to happen, for me it's another day that the Lord has made and I will be glad in it. Tonight RJ's school had a school night at Barnes & Noble. We enjoy going because it's a nice time to interact with other parents and the kids who even though they have been together all day, act like they haven't seen each other in days. It's also good because any purchases made by us, contribute towards the school library..so it's a win-win situation. I am very thankful for RJ's school, it truly is a rare gem and I'm glad the staff/teachers are such a vital part of my son's life. God is Good!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sweeter

Tonight RJ wanted me to cuddle with him while he fell asleep. As he was sleeping he was telling me how sweet I was and how much he loved me and then he paused and said.." Well..you are sweet mom, but there are two girls who are sweeter and would never yell at me..yep..my Ima and Nana...so sorry..you are sweet, but they are MUCH sweeter than you,but I still love you." There you have it the love of a grandmother...put a smile on my heart. God is Good!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Beyond Reason

Today I was reflecting on the month of December and on how it's a time when Christians celebrate our Lord and Saviors birth. I was thinking about how to believe Jesus was born, died and came back to life takes a step of faith beyond reason. There are moments in our life we we must make a choice on what we truly believe. Do we believe that Jesus is an immaculate birth, do we believe He was God and man at the same time? I chose to believe. Yes, we give gifts in our home and I will admit I LOVE giving gifts...isn't that what Jesus did for us? He gave the gift of His life for us. As we do every year, we will be baking a cake for Jesus to celebrate His birthday. We give Him a gift before we ever open one or ours, we give Him our praise and faith beyond reason that He does exists and because of Him, we can celebrate life. God is Good!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Christmas Sounds

Today we had our first Christmas concert at Bethel. I think this years was by far the best I have ever heard. I sat there wishing famous singers like Josh Groban could come and hear this wonderful singing. The songs were an awesome variety saturated with anointing. Since they were ending with the Hallelujah chorus and it's RJ's favorite song in the whole wide word, we took him out of class and brought him in. I got a kick out of watching him directing the choir as they sang. They will be singing again this coming Saturday and we will be going again to hear and experience the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ. Also, we look forward to Bob's parents coming up for the weekend. Our Sunday School department is putting on a children's Christmas concert and RJ's super excited they will be there to see him sing. God is Good!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Joyous Mall

Our church choir sang in three malls today. I applaud them because even though I am sure they were tired, they did a great job. Usually when you hear music in the mall it's a rare occasion to hear Christmas music that is about Christ. Hearing Bethel sing today about the true reason for the season, Jesus Christ, made my heart glad and put a smile on my face. For a small amount of time, a bit of heaven came to the malls today. Tomorrow the 90 voice Bathel choir will be doing their first concert at 12 and then another next Saturday at 5pm and 8pm. We are looking forward to hearing them sing about Jesus, the true reason for this season. The concerts are free and you can get more information at: www.bethelupc.org/ God is Good!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Eggplant Parmesan

RJ has expressed to me on several occasions that he wanted Eggplant Parmesan. Since we are trying to get him to gain weight, I am willing to cook something he is asking for. I have never made this dish and found an easy recipe and gave it a whirl. I being who I am changed things a bit and wallah I actually made a very delicious dish. I don't even like eggplant, and I liked it..to make it even better, I ate the CHEESE and didn't get sick...yes..I didn't get sick...so thankful. This month is going to fly by and I wish I could push the slow button and really enjoy every moment of it. God is Good!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

City Christmas

Today is Sister Deckers' birthday and we celebrated it by taking her and Bro. Decker into the city. We had a wonderful time showing them the beautiful tree in Rockefeller Center and all the other pretty sites of the city at night. I am enjoying our time with them and hope they will be able to leave for Panama soon. The Deckers have a true love for the country of Panama and I have no doubt we will hear of great things taking place while they are in the country of their calling. God is Good!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Grinch and Jesus

Tonight we decided to let RJ watch The Grinch. When we got to the end and everyone is talking about how Christmas is not about presents RJ says: " Of course Christmas is not about presents..Christmas is about Jesus." Yes..RJ is right..it is about Jesus. We like to give gifts and it's a nice thing to do, but don't forget who this season really is about..the birth of our Lord and Savior. God is Good!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Deckers and Weight

This week we have special guests staying with us. The Deckers are Missionaries to Panama. We love having Missionaries with us and already have enjoyed our conversations with them. Our prayer is that they are blessed and find rest while they are here in our home. RJ had his yearly doctors appointment today. We noticed he was on the skinny side, but attributed it to his rapid growth. I was shocked to hear that over the year he has only gained 3 pounds..NOT GOOD. So, we are on an increase calorie count in his diet. He is such a healthy eater. I have two months to get his weight up..so tonight I snuck butter(RJ is not a big fan of butter) into his favorite vegetables and smothered them with cheese. He ate a lot, so hopefully this will help in his weight gain. We are not too worried since he does eat a lot...we are just going to have him eat a bit more. God is Good!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Gloria Concert

This month our church will be having it's annual Christmas Concert. We are very excited about it since it will be in the new building this year. If you live in the NY area and would like to attend, they are free, they will be singing at several malls and will also have three concerts in the church. Information is as follows: Mall Concerts Saturday, December 8th Green Acres Mall - 11:00 AM At the Center Court near JC Penny Roosevelt Field Mall - 1:30 PM & 2:30 PM At Macy’s Court, Main Level Broadway Mall - 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM At the Santa Court -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Concerts at Bethel Sunday, December 9th 12 noon Saturday, December 15th 5:00 PM Saturday, December 15th 8:00 PM Located at Bethel United Pentecostal Church 357 Jericho Turnpike Old Westbury, NY 11568 Please call 516-338-1032 for reservations for the concerts at Bethel. Concerts are free of charge. God is Good!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Supernatural Miraculous and No Fear

Today we had a guest speaker in church. Rev. Eli Hernandez preached. From the time the church services started you could feel God's presence and by the time he walked to the pulpit, the anointing of God was so strong, there was no way you couldn't feel God's presence in the building. I have heard Bro. Hernandez preach many services, this one was so different that you knew he came with a message directly from the Lord. He talked about Fear and how the devil will use it to rob us of the miraculous that is hanging over our heads. If we allow ourselves to get caught up with the negative around us, then fear will rule us and we are not the fertile ground God needs. He said that God will still work the miracle in our lives, but it depends on what we give God to work with. Do we give God fertile ground to plant a tree in, or does he need to put a seed in the little patch of ground we give Him. A tree will bear fruit in due season. When God is given fertile ground of faith, He can plant a tree that bears fruit immediately. If not, we must wait until the seed grows and becomes a tree to eventually bear fruit. The power of God was so strong. He had those raise their hands who had pain in their backs. I knew that Bob's back has been hurting him for a long time. The past couple of times he has gone to the chiropractor, they have not been able to alleviate the pain. Today in the service his back popped four times and he is pain free. As we prayed for each other as a church you could feel people being healed of all kinds of things physical and emotional. By the time the service was done, the whole church was shouting in the aisles. It was AWESOME! Where the spirit of the Lord is there truly is liberty. I can say this, I felt a heat in my stomach today and when we had dinner, I ate food that normally would have made me super sick and NOTHING happened, except for a satisfied feeling of being full. God is Good!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Christmas Begins

Christmas started today for us. We went to pick out a tree and were happily surprised to see his best buddy doing the very same thing! This year RJ was really into it and we enjoyed hearing his excitement over all the tree decorations and of course the train going around the tree. Every year I think our tree gets prettier. This year was no exception. RJ really wanted to make it gold and red, so we did, while still putting up all the cute ornaments. To end it perfectly we baked marshmallow brownies in our new oven. (Our oven stopped working due to power surges from the power going out). A very happy boy went to bed tonight. Now, I am going to cuddle with my husband and enjoy our pretty decorated tree! God is Good!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fun and Akward

Tonight RJ attended the birthday party for his "sister" Melissa. He had a blast running around I had fun chatting with all the mommies and daddies. Tonight on the way home he asked if we could stop and get him a Slurpee. Since he behaved himself very well at the party, I thought it would be a good treat. As we were waiting in line to purchase the Slurpee, a group of teenagers where in front of us in line. Watching them brought back memories of my teen years. I stood there and realized I would not want to go back to those awkward years. I am in my 30's and have learned a few things and learned how wrong I was when I was 15 years old and thought I new it all. Today things are very different and the cultural pressures our teens face now, makes me want to hug them when I see them. I pray for our youth, the examples they have to follow in this world are not the examples, I would ever want my son to follow. Thankfully, there are positive roll models in the church and I am so grateful for them! God is Good!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Back of the Book

Tonight Bro. Joe taught our last Thursday night Bible study for the year. I like it when he teaches,he gives good "meat and potato's" lessons. He taught on looking in the back of the book, meaning the Bible. The main verses came from Revelation. When we read the last book of the Bible we are given a window into what is to come. God is coming back. He made a good point. He said that some say they will serve God after the rapture and think they will be ok by not taking the mark of the beast. Bro Joe's question is, if you can't live for God now, when there is no persecution, how do you expect to live for God when there is persecution. It's true, we in America are free to worship God, if one cant' decide to give their life to Him now, who is to say they will do it when God has already come and now a gun is pointed at their head. I don't know the exact day that God is returning, but I do believe He is coming back. I live for Him like He is coming today and plan as if He is coming in a 100 years. God is Good!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bounty Treasure

RJ has a little pirate treasure box and it's full of all his treasures. In his wonderful imagination, what would look like arts and crafts or toys to us, look like beautiful things to him. Tonight we spread his treasure out on the floor and he divided it among us. He wanted to make sure everyone got an even share..well, actually, he was giving more to his dad, because his dad was bigger than he was. I got all the rubies and precious stones. We were impressed that he was being so giving. It was a nice thing to see in our little boy..especially in a day an age where the world is becoming "all about me" in their philosophies of life. We love our little boy. God is Good!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Encouragment

I read this today and wanted to share it with you :Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. God has plans to give us future and a hope..wow..if we could just grasp that and truly believe it, no matter what happens, we will keep our head up and stay focused. We have HOPE and it's a beautiful hope, when we put our full trust in God. God is Good!

Monday, November 26, 2012

3 Green Pigs

RJ has a love for all things pigs. He has had this type of attachment since he was 2 months old. If you know anything about Angry Birds, you will know that there are pigs involved and well..my son happens to gravitate towards the pigs. Over time, here and there, we have purchased, or he has been given, two of the green pigs in a stuffed animal form. One is larger than the other and he decided they were the King and Queen pig. For some time he has lamented that they needed a kid pig. This weekend, we happened to come upon a small green pig from the Angry Bird family. Thus, he proceeded to convince us that the kid pig was in need of a family and the King and Queen pigs were lonely and needed a kid. We felt he gave a good argument and purchased the kid pig. Last night as we tucked him into bed, we overheard him having this conversation.."OH Mommy..oink oink...Daddy..oink oink..Oh we love our kid pig..oink oink..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" It was super cute. Now RJ has three green pigs and they along with piggy(his beanie pig since he was 2 months old)do everything together. God is Good!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Liberty and feasting

Yesterday we took RJ to Philadelphia to see the liberty bell and important places of history. A lot of it was over his head but he was a good boy and paid attention.  We had a wonderful time just being together as a family.  Today most of the kids came and we had another feast. No one is perfect and there are times when we don't get along, but when you decide to forgive and work through it peace reigns. Forgiveness is powerful and the holidays are a good time to forgive.
After we cleaned up and everyone was gone Grammy gave RJ a haircut.
God is good.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving. A time to reflect and give thanks for all the good and yes even the bad that has happened this year. We celebrated this year in NJ with Bob's parents. I'm not the greatest cook in the world so I give thanks that my husband is an amazing cook. We made a great team cooking a feast today. God has been kind to us and we are thankful for our family and to be alive. This year is coming to a close. Many things have been restored. I'm thankful for this journey and am glad Christ walks with me.
God is good.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Choice

Tonight we had our Thanksgiving service at church. Pastor Davis taught a lesson on "The Choice of Giving Thanks". By the time he was done, I was sitting there in my mind asking God to please forgive me for those many, many moments when I chose to grumble and complain instead of being thankful through the circumstance. I don't have to be thankful for what has just happened, but I can be thankful through it. Pastor used these scriptures I Thessalonians 5:8, Psalms 34:1, Romans 1:21, Philippians 2:14 and Jonah 2:9. I highly recommend you read them. We are born ungrateful and unthankful and it's up to us to chose to give thanks for what we do have. We take so much for granted and at times forget to be thankful. Sometimes RJ does not appreciate the little things we do for him and I get very upset and frustrated with him. I can only imagine what God is thinking when I become upset over something and complain under my breath. We are not perfect people, yet we do have a choice on how we will react to a situation. All we need to do is say thank you..can you imagine what would happen if instead of getting all upset and throwing a fit, we just say thank you. Wow...what a thought. I have a LONG way to go, but I am going to try and do much better and hold my tongue when I feel like grumbling. Also tonight, we had communion...I have been in church my whole life..tonight's communion really struck a chord within me. I don't know if it's because we just came out of a Hurricane..but I truly was thankful for the blood Jesus shed for me. In Him, I have salvation. Thank you,Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins. God is Good!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tobias

I am dedicating this blog today to Tobias. 3 years ago we lost our baby. We never had the chance to hold, squeeze or kiss the babies cheeks. The baby died before he/she could be born. We were not able to find out the sex of the child, but wanted to give the baby a name. My instincts told me the baby was a boy, so we decided on the name the baby Tobias. I don't have a place to go to remember him, he is however forever etched in my heart. We don't understand why he was taken and there are days when the grief rises up and I remember my lost baby. I hope when I get to heaven he will be there waiting for me. I don't have much scripture to back it up, but I let my Mommy's heart hold on to that wish. Maybe while he is in Heaven waiting for me, my Nonna is taking good care of him. One day when I walk on streets of gold, I believe I will walk with him hand in hand and we will worship Jesus together. Losing Tobias caused me to cherish RJ all the more. Children are a precious gift from God. The Lord gives and He takes away, I will say blessed be the name of the Lord. God has promised to restore what was lost. This year many things have been restored to us. I know He can't give Tobias back to us, but maybe, just maybe, we will conceive the very month we lost our son. Maybe that's a huge request to ask God, but I asked Him of it anyway. Tonight my heart is sad for my boy, yet still I rejoice,for God is sovereign in all He does. God is Good!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sanctuary

Today we had a guest speaker from Canada,I didn't catch his name, my ears are closed and to be honest I was a bit under the weather today. I woke up this morning not feeling so well and my stomach was not having a good day. I still loved Jesus, but was not as "in" it as usual. However,I do recall he preached a very moving ceremony about how we can run and hide into the Sanctuary. Jesus is our hiding place, in Him we can find rest. He talked about how we have two worlds around us..the spiritual and the natural. Depending on what world we allow to rule us, will determine how we react during a crises. We are all human and when "stuff" comes our way, we can run to our Sanctuary in Jesus Christ and He will help us through it. I can say this, the presence of the Lord was very deep and sweet today during the service. God is Good!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shower of Love

Today I attended a baby shower for our youth leaders. Sis. Lindsi is loved by many at Bethel and it was fun to be a part of the showering of love for her and their baby to come. Her mother in law or I should say mother in love was there and she said some very nice things. Also, there was a video that her mom sent, since she was not able to come. As I was sitting there, it dawned on me that when I had my baby shower, I didn't have any of my family there. I was sad my parents were not there to celebrate the day. However, I remember the tremendous shower of love I felt from all the church ladies who were in attendance. The church was and still is my family. My son may be far from my family, but he has a huge church family that looks out for him and cares for him. I'm so thankful for the church family. The church family is not perfect, but as a family even in it's imperfection, we do love each other very much. Today the Bethel church family showered Sis Lindsi and their princess to come with a lot of love and gifts. She is being born into an amazing church family and has been given two very wonderful parents. Tomorrow is Sunday and I look forward to worshiping the King of Kings with my church family. God is Good!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ugly

I really like Friday's because it's my date day with RJ. These days are so wonderful because he usually opens up to me and let's me know how he really is doing..or he is super funny and we have a good laugh. Today's date was a real eye opener. He told me that he was ugly because he didn't listen to his mommy, daddy or teacher. I gave him lots of hugs and told him he was a good boy and that it can be ugly when he doesn't listen but all in all he is a wonderful, sweet and handsome boy. He was so happy and the tears were gone. From there our date was great and he was very funny..so funny that he made the lady sitting near us laugh even though she was trying very hard to act like she was not listening. I'm getting excited because the holidays are upon us. I'm thankful for what we have and for my family. I pray for those who are still without much and am doing my part to make a positive impact for them. God is Good!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Mind of Christ and Winter Tree

Pastor Davis taught tonight in our Thursday night Bible study on having The Mind of Christ. I forgot my pen and found myself wishing I hadn't, the lesson was a good one. I will do my best to cover it by memory. He gave some points that are a part of having the mind of Christ. One was loving your brother or sister in the Lord (or in the natural) and another was to have an unselfish mindset, to be concerned about others. He talked about how NYers tend to be about their world and he challenged us to not let the NY attitude come into the church. We need to know our brothers and sisters in the Lord. He also talked about when we receive the Holy Ghost we have taken on the DNA of Christ. Pastor Davis told the story about when scientist sliced a brain cell DNA of a chicken and put it into the DNA of a Quail egg. When it hatched the quail looked and walked like a quail, but it clucked like a chicken. We as Christians have the spiritual DNA of Christ in us, we need to talk and act like Christians. It was a good lesson, I enjoyed it. I have a LOOOONG way to go. On a side note, Hurricane Sandy and storm Athena, took a toll on our winter cherry tree. Sadly a lot of the limbs had to be cut off today. We give thanks that part of it is still intact and hope that it will survive. God is good!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

1st Day since Sandy

Today was the first full normal day we have had since Hurricane Sandy arrived. It was a bit surreal and everywhere I drove today there were constant reminders of what had happened. Broken branches still dangle from trees and the streets are lined with clean up efforts on every block. The gas lines over here seem to have disappeared I am sure that has a lot to do with the power being back on in most places as well as the mandate to rotate days on who can get gas. Today I went to RJ's school to drop off clothes for those in the North Shore, who had lost everything. It was so good to see the staff and hug their necks. We heard good news that our Pastor and Bishop's electricity was finally turned on, we are so happy for them. Today Bob and I focused on making today as if the Hurricane never came, for RJ's sake. Tonight the lights flickered a little, something they always did when the heater kicked in, when it did, RJ became a bit nervous. He was afraid the power was going to go back off again. It's so important we get life back to normal for his sake and allow him to express his concerns and fears. Thankfully, we have the peace of God in our home and we can all sleep tonight in a warm place. God is Good!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Goodbyes and Routines

Today we said goodbye to the Long Family, missionaries to Nicaragua. We truly enjoyed having them with us and I will miss my chats with Emily. Since Hurricane Sandy came normalcy and routines have been completely thrown off. Today we were able to finally start to get back to "normal" life. RJ went to school on the bus, came home from school on the bus and we had our day like we always do, as if the storm never came. He was so calm and happy and fell asleep during our last home group for this year. When he wakes up, daddy will be home from his business trip and finally, after two weeks of chaos, life will be back to normal. I am thankful for routines, they give us a since of direction and safety. Our life is calming down, for many it will never be the same. I am going through all RJ's winter clothes and will be giving them to those who have lost everything. Even though our life is coming back full circle, it will be a long time before that happens for many here in NY. Please continue to pray for NY..recovering is going to take a very long time. If you would like to be a part of helping NY recover our church has set up a recovery fund for those affected by this storm. You can send financial assistance to Bethel United Pentecostal Church located at 357 Jericho Turnpike Old Westbury, NY 11568...please indicate that it is for Hurricane Sandy Recovery and 100% of funds given will go to families affected by this storm. God is Good!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Longs and Day 3

Thankfully we still have electricity and when I say thankfully, I truly mean that. We are on day three of having consistent power in our home. There are still many people on Long Island who still do not have power in their homes. For the hardest hit areas it's going to be a very long time before their lives are anywhere close to how it was before Hurricane Sandy came. Today was a day of rest in our home and since it is Veterans Day, there was no school..by the way..I am thankful for all those who have fought for our freedom and for those who are fighting for others freedom. I enjoyed chatting with Sis. Long and RJ had fun playing pirates in the back yard with Emily and also making mud soup in the sandbox....I appreciate her willingness to be a 16 year old and play with my 5 year old. We have enjoyed their company and I am sure great things are in store for Nicaragua. I pray their deputation is finished soon so they can return to the country of their calling. It's always wonderful to meet real people. If you would like to Partner in Missions with them you can find out how at http://globalmissions.com/support/enroll-as-pim?view=rsform their names are Jayson and Nellie Long, missionaries to Nicaragua. We are honored to have had them in our home. God is Good!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

80 Years and God is For You

Today was our first church service since Hurricane Sandy and Nor'easter Athena slammed into New York. It was so nice to be able to be with the church family and just worship freely. The service was special for another reason too. We surprised our Bishop by honoring him for his 80th birthday. He surprised us by being the special speaker for the service. I LOVE it when he preaches. His topic was that God is For you. I don't think I have ever seen him get so fired up. Our platform is huge and he was practically running back and forth. His passion for souls and the church people is very evident and it was wonderful to listen to him preach. He talked about how God is our friend and He wants us to have a relationship with Him where we can just sit down and talk with Him. God is for us and He truly does fight for us. The more we get to know Him, the deeper our friendship with Him becomes. We forget that we can talk to God about anything..He loves it when we come to Him. Once service was over we all went to the annex building and celebrated Bishop Davis' birthday. Please continue to pray for NY...several of our church family lost everything, others homes were flooded twice...thankfully there was no loss of life, but it has impacted us all in some way. This morning our Bishop as well as others still did not have electricity in their homes. We are thanking God that our power is still on in our home. The simplest of things when gone have such a huge impact on your life. The Long family is still with us and we are enjoying their company. It truly was a wonderful day. God is Good!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The City and a Girl's Day

Happily our electricity is staying on. There are still many who are without power in their homes and I just can't understand why that is so. The weather today was glorious and the sun was shining. Bob and RJ went into the city with the Long's who are Missionaries to Nicaragua. Emily stayed with me so they could go into the city in one car. We took advantage of this and had a girls day. I love getting an opportunity to spend time with Missionary Kids. So, we went out had frozen yogurt at 16 Handles, walked around the mall...did a little shopping, came back to the house ordered Thai food and watched Miracle on 34th street. We had a blast! I love having girl time since I'm usually the only girl in this house. It's been wonderful getting to know Emily and my prayer is that her time in Nicaragua will be a good experience for her. For now, we are enjoying our time with them. It's always a blessing to have missionaries in our home. Please continue to pray for NY. Today was the most "normal" day we have had in a while. For many, they are still living in a form of chaos and their lives are still very upside down. We have not been able to have church due to electrical issues from the storm. Tomorrow I am looking forward to spending time with our church family worshiping the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God is good!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Getting Radical and House Guests

Right before we went to sleep last night the power went out again and let me tell you it was COLD. To keep warm we huddled under the blankets and slept through the night. In the morning we were all on the couch together and we decided to pray as a family for God to take over the power lines and get our power back on. Our prayer may seem radical to some, but for us, we were tired of being cold and we knew we had guest that were coming. So, we prayed and you know what...several hours later the power came back on and it has stayed on. We keep praying and thanking the Lord that it's not going to go off again. We have special guests staying with us for a couple of days. RJ is excited because they are Missionaries. The Long Family are missionaries to Nicaragua and we are looking forward to getting to know them while they are here. RJ didn't miss a beat and is interacting with them as if he has known them all his life. Our prayer is that their time here is a good one and they leave rested and refreshed...and that the power stays on while they are here! God is Good!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Snow and Lights

Well...we woke up this morning to a world covered in A LOT of snow. RJ being the happy 5 year old he is was thrilled out of his mind and couldn't wait to go out and play in it. Play in the snow he did and we all had some fun. I have to say I was super proud of him. He cleaned the snow off our car and his Auntie Nell Nell's car too. He even wanted to save the bushes and brushed them all off. He was a trooper and did this all on his own. I love my son. The entire day we have endured multiple power outages. I feel like we have been on a roller coater ride called electricity. Thankfully our power is on again and I am making sure the house gets real warm, just in case it goes out tonight while we are sleeping. We have been told that warm weather is on the way, I sure hope so! On the bright side, my mother discovered how to skype and we had a blast today skyping with her. RJ took great joy in putting his foot over the camera and telling her to smell it...it was funny. Then we got a skype call from Sis Corbin. I LOVE talking to her and deeply appreciate her and her family. God is with us and even in the little things I am giving praise..like the power went out literally right as I finished cooking dinner. Dinner by candlelight..hey find the silver lining and go with it.. God is Good!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Gas Line, Snow and a Tree

This morning I got in the car gas line. The first line I was in was moving and just stopped, so I followed my instincts and got out of line. Good thing I did, the station had ran out of gas. At the next gas station the line was much shorter and I only had to wait 30 minutes. I was so happy to be able to fill my gas tank. I am hearing stories about people who have waited for over 2 hours to only find out there was no more gas. I must give a shout out to Christinea because she gave me information over the phone on where the closest open gas station was. I'm so thankful for her! This morning it started to rain and by the afternoon it turned into snow, it's been snowing ever since. We made a snowman, threw snow balls and took RJ for a ride on his sled. During this time the power kept going off and on and we kept praying it would come back on and it did. Later this evening we heard a thud and we looked out the window to see that a tree had fallen over in our front yard..yes a tree. We are thankful that it fell in the front yard and not on the house. Tonight we prayed for God to protect us, the cars and the office. We have a guest with us tonight. Some of our good friends from the church still do not have power and due to the cold have asked if their dad can stay with us. We are thankful we can do something small for them. I also begged my elderly neighbor who is without power to please come and stay with us, but he said he didn't want to leave his home. Please pray for him tonight, pray for us, pray for NY. Many are still without power in their homes and that means they do not have heat. It's very cold and still snowing. I don't understand why NY is getting hit so hard back to back with two very big storms. The trees are already weak and still full of leaves that have not fallen off. The snow accumulating on them cause them to become heavy and fall over, like the one now laying across my front yard. God is faithful and I trust in Him. My life is in His hands and I pray He is merciful to us and the state of NY and NJ. God is Good!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Voting and Power Outages

Today our power went off several times. We have been told it's because they were working on getting power on for the rest of the neighborhood. I pray that it stays on through the night. It's very cold outside and a storm is approaching. Tomorrow is expected to bring strong winds and snow. I am praying that it's not as bad as they are saying. So many people are still without power and a snowstorm will be devastating. Please pray for NY. Today was also a day to go and vote. I am so thankful that I was able to vote without fear and allow my voice to be heard. RJ went with us and he has a pretty clear cut view. In typical childlike fashion he feels Romney should win because Obama already had a turn. Who knows...maybe RJ predicted it right..we will know for sure in the morning. Either way, no matter who wins, I will pray for God to guide them. God is Good!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Rejoicing and Reflection

Tonight as I type this blog I am sitting on the couch, typing on my computer with a lamp as lighting behind me. For the past 7 days we have been without electricity in our home. On the 2nd day our neighbors hooked our furnace to their generator and we were able to have heat and hot water during the night. In the day time we dressed warm and kept ourselves busy. Tonight when the lights went on, we all jumped up and started to thank the Lord and then prayed a blessing on the workers who have been working long hours to make this happen for many people. We then prayed for the many, many people who are still without power in their homes. The nights have been brutally cold and my heart breaks for all those who are still waiting. Each day brings a new overwhelming sense of desperation for many. We are rejoicing for our electricity and I hope I will remember the lessons I have learned through this. Being a good neighbor is so important. From this I have a renewed sense of all that is around me. I do not want to forget those who are still without power and once things are "back to normal" I do not want to forget to reach out to my neighbors, especially those who are alone. Today I opened my home to RJ's classmates, one of them came. RJ and his friend has so much fun and it was a pleasure to do something to help out in this time of need for many. My work is just beginning and I want to make sure I don't get caught up in having life back to normal. I ask you to pray for NY and if you can, give to the Red Cross or Compassion Services International. A storm is predicted to come on Wednesday. I am praying it away. The last thing NYers need is another storm. God please be merciful to us. For all those who have been praying for us, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. God is Good!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Waiting

We are still waiting for our electricity to come on. It was a bummer that we didn't have church today, but the good thing about God is He is everywhere and we can celebrate Him at home too. Half of our block now has electricity and we just happen to be in the half that doesn't. Thankfully we still have heat....there is no school tomorrow due to lack of gas for parents to bring their children in and to I believe a lack of electricity at the school. Either way, RJ won't go back until Wednesday, thus for those parents who have to work and can't find anyone to watch their kids,I have opened up my home to his classmates. Already one has taken my offer...let's see how it goes. I still have my chin up and I am hoping this does not last much longer. God is Good.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Too much

Today I'm giving thanks for heat and my neighbor,if not for them we would be freezing.  I'm perplexed as to why we are on day 6 of no power. We are next to a major street that is alive and we still don't have power. There are many without heat and tonight its going to drop to the freezing level. I have offered my home to those without heat and many have indicated they are ok. Please pray for NY and all that are without heat tonight.  We are at the mercy of LIPA and I know they have a big task. I pray more help comes quickly and that the 6 hour gas lines will be a bad memory of the past.
God please help Long island New York .
God is good!

Friday, November 02, 2012

A Good Deed

We have an elderly neighbor who had two trees fall on his house. Another  neighbor and I are doing our best to keep an eye out for him. Tonight RJ and I brought him some Chinese food.  He was so happy!  When we left our spirits were lifted and we skipped back to our home. So many people are still being affect by this storm. We still don't have power in our home, but we are happy and joy is in our home. Get out of your world and help someone else who is worse off than you. All of a sudden your day will become brighter when you do.
GOD IS GOOD!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Storied

We are slowly hearing from our friends and loved ones. There are those who have lost everything to those who have hardly been affected. Our hearts break for the lives that have been lost and homes that have been completely destroyed. We are doing fine and today enjoyed time with good friends. Its going to take a while before everything is where it should be. We rejoice over the small victories that happen in our lives.
God is good.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Abundant Thanksgiving

I don't have much reception and I'm blogging front phone so please excuse the typos. We are so greatful for our neighbors. They have hooked us up to a generator and we now have heat and hot water. We are deeply appreciative of their kindness. We plan to replace it by doing something amazing when given the chance. We truly love our neighbors. Tonight we found a Chinese buffet and RJ ate a lot. We have not eaten much the past couple of days. We all feasted. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much. NY has a long way to go to recover. Pray for us.

God is still good!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy day 3

We woke up this morning and gave thanks to be alive.  We have no power and it's cold but we are keeping warm. Our house has a small hole in the roof due to a large branch that fell on the roof. Thank the lord it didn't go all the way through. Our neighborhood has several huge trees that fell in the road. We have had joy and peace.our neighbor has joined with us and we cleaned up the mess. All in all we give thanks to be alive and our house is still intact.
God is good!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Day #2 2012

Power is about to go out..our rain gutter has fallen off the side of the house...lights are going on an off..I am sure we will be in the dark soon. We are praying that we have the electricity for the duration. We plan on sleeping in the basement tonight since we are supposed to get 90 to 100 mile per hour winds tonight. Already it's getting very windy and I am sure it's only going to get worse. We have painted pumpkins today, built legos and eaten an awesome breakfast all while listening to Christmas music. The best part of this is we have perfect peace from the Lord. Outside is raging, inside the peace of God reigns. I know people are praying for us, because I can feel their prayers covering us. Lord willing I will be blogging again tomorrow. God is Good!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Day #1 2012

This weekend we did preparations for the upcoming storm. We didn't panic and still are not in a panic. As I type it has become very windy and our power went out for about 10 minutes, not a good sign, I will admit. Thankfully our power came back on and we are able to get last minute things done in the house. Our hope is that this passes quickly and we are praying that it's not as bad as the news is saying it will be. RJ is pretty excited and like a good boy said, well at least I have toys I can play with. If you read this and pray, say a prayer for Long Island,NY and for the East Coast. We know God is with us and He gives perfect peace. God is Good!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bday with the Classmates

Today RJ had his last 5th birthday party and this one was with his classmates. I prayed and prayed that we would have nice weather and I am so thankful the Lord heard my prayer. The day was perfect and the kids had a blast. It's always a pleasure when there are a lot of kids in my backyard. I feel more alive when I hear a lot of children and it does my heart good to see my boy so happy. They ran all over the backyard, played in the tree-house, painted mini pumpkins and ate cake. RJ really had a wonderful time and I will admit, we did too. I hope to plan more playdates with all his friends and their parents. Now, RJ is wide awake because he has a special treat, His "sister" Melissa is here for a sleepover and they are having a blast. God is Good!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Weather Drama

Today as I was driving I was listening to the news. I wanted to hear the updates on Hurricane Sandy. I finally had to turn it off because it seemed to me that they were sensationalizing what may happen. I am fully aware that it is a storm and it could turn out to be a bad one here in NY..but there is a key word..COULD. We are not sitting here with our heads in the sand, but we are not going to let it cause us to become afraid either. I am praying that this storm heads out to the Ocean and leaves us all alone. Devastation is never a good thing to hear of and already it's done enough damage. God controls the winds and the waves, if He says peace be still, they have to obey. I pray He speaks peace to the storm, either way, He has spoken peace to my soul. God is Good!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Patterns and Cough

Tonight there was a guest speaker, who pastors a church in Brooklyn. He taught a very good lesson on following the pattern that God has set for us. God is not the author of confusion, so when He puts things in place for us, they are not mistakes and He will guide and direct our every step, as long as we allow Him to do so. There was also the mention of the Tabernacle Plan as an example of how we are to approach God. All in all it was a pretty good lesson. On a side note: RJ has had a cough for a while and the doctor wanted to make sure everything was ok. Thankfully, it's just a cough that has been lingering, but all is well. The doctor asked RJ how he was and RJ says: " Well, I think I am going to have this cough until I leave this world behind and go on to Heaven." The doctor tried very hard not to laugh out loud, he was so serious. She did a great job of reassuring him that the cough will go away and it will be sooner than when he leaves this world behind. God is Good!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I Spy a......

Tonight as I was preparing dinner, RJ decided to turn off all the lights in the house and declared he was The Spy Boy. I quickly prevailed and told him he could play his game as long as I, the Spy Girl could keep the kitchen lights on so our spy dinner would not be burned. He complied and had a good old time running around the house with his faithful companion Spy Dog. Thus, when Bob arrived at home, I had finished dinner and now ALL the lights in the house were off. Being a good daddy, he ran around a bit and declared it was time to spy the spy dinner. Once dinner was finished the Spy Master, Spy Boy and Spy Dog proceeded to run around the house in the dark with their flashlights shouting out the things they spied. It was a lot of fun. I, the Spy Girl, proceeded to inspect the couch by putting my feet up and testing how strong it was while I laid my head on the pillows. Yes..we had a very fun evening of Spy. God is Good!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Growing Pains

I have a feeling that RJ is going through growing pains. He has been eating a lot of food and keeps telling me that his bones ache. The past couple of nights he has been super sensitive and will cry very easily. He is five now and I believe becoming aware of the world that is going on around him in a very real way. I pray that we as parents are able to guide him in the right direction and that as he grows in body he also grows in spirit as well. He keeps talking about Heaven and how he hopes that when I go, he goes to. Such deep thoughts for a little child, he is destined for great things. For now, I'm trying to get him to laugh and to just be a child. God is Good!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tired Tears

RJ really missed his daddy while he was out of town this time. He was so excited last night that he couldn't fall asleep and told me, " No sleep tonight for anyone until daddy comes home." So regardless of how tired he was, he kept himself busy so he could stay up. When Bob did arrive, he was waiting at the door and greeted his dad with the biggest hug. It was very sweet and touching to observe how much he loves his daddy and how much his daddy loves him. Today he woke up early because he wanted to spend time with his dad..apparently I just don't pray like daddy does in the morning. He had a full day at school, which will be another blog for another day, let's just say he was tired when he got home. By the time 7pm came he was in full tired tears over everything mode, but didn't want to go to sleep because he wanted to spend time with his dad. We prevailed and he relaxed while we were reading the Bible out loud. I'm very thankful that RJ is close to his dad and that they have a very loving and healthy relationship. Boys need to be able to connect with their fathers. I as a mom, must at times step back and let them bond. The end result is a happy and healthy boy who has a healthy trust in his dad. God is Good!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Serving and Party Weekend

Today's sermon was preached by the Rev. Maki..He preached one of those you either go left or you go right sermons. I will admit I was a bit on the tired side and probably didn't connect as much as I normally would. Bob has been out of town and yesterday RJ attended a Birthday party of one of his classmates. However I did take notes so I could share them with you today. His scriptures were found in: Romans 12:1,11 John 8:34 Romans 6:6,12-17 and Acts 2:36-38 to name a few. His basis was that everyone is going to serve someone or something. He gave examples of people who need to smoke a cigarette among other addictions that cane take place in peoples lives. Whatever it is that you will sacrifice for is what you serve. If you chose to serve God you have the reward of eternal, everlasting life. It's up to you to decide who you will serve. We in this house decided a long time ago, that we are going to live for God. It was a good sermon and one that caused you to pause and think about the direction you are headed in your life. After church was over, we attended another classmates party. Needless to say, I am wiped out. Thankfully, this was one of the better weeks, we have had, with Bob being away. Any minute Bob is going to walk through the door and when he does, I'll probably fall immediately asleep on the couch. I have enjoyed my time with RJ and these moments always cause me to respect single parents all the more and I give thanks for all my husband does. God is Good!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

RJ West

Tonight while we were building lincoln logs, RJ decided to start talking with a cowboy accent. I have no idea where he picked that up...he then declared his name for the night was RJ from the West. I wonder who he will be when he wakes up tomorrow! Tomorrow is Sunday and I am looking forward to attending church. I love being in the presence of the Lord and surrounded by people who love to praise Him. God is Good!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Food

Tonight I was discussing with Christinea how much I love food. Being diagnosed with IBS was very hard for me because I literally had to cut out most of the things I love to eat...like cheese and dairy items. However, I have learned to love new foods and am enjoying discovery foods that make me feel wonderful and leave me with a full tummy. To add a cherry on top, due to my radical change in diet I have gone from 175 pounds to 145 pounds. Wow!!! I'm so thankful that I am healthier and I can still enjoy food. I may not be able to eat most of what I used to eat, but I do enjoy all the new foods that I have discovered along the way. God is Good!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

True Waiting

Tonight the Rev. Macki preached what I call a nugget service that you hold on to and apply to your life. He talked about truly waiting on the Lord. We as humans are always in a rush and it's very hard for us to wait..especially New Yorkers. I'm very guilty of this..today I was telling RJ to stop dragging his feet and hurry up...I shouldn't have been rushing my son, there really was no need to do so. The main scriptures for tonight were: Isaiah 40: 28-31 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. The four main points: 1. Silence before God. We need to have a time of quiet with the Lord and allow the dew of heaven to strengthen and saturate us. When we hurry God we are damaging the spiritual environment. We need to digest His word. 2. Expectation and Hope is in God. When we wait on Him and allow His word to saturate us, we began to feel expectation and hope that God is at work. 3. Watch and observe and take note. Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. Stop and wait for the Lord to guide you. 4. Minister and serve Him. It's a huge step from salvation to service. Many times we are asking God to do things for us..when do we ever stop and ask what we can do for Him? Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Pslams 123:1-2 Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Stop and wait on the Lord...you will find in your quiet times with Him, that you can hear Him much clearer and He will guide you. Fill your time doing His work and He will give you strength in the process. God is Good!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hope

Last night's Group Bible Study lesson was about Living Hope. While teaching the lesson Bob brought something up about Moses and the promised land, that I had never fully realized. It truly was an AHA moment. When God gives a promise, many times it does not happen over night. Since He does not lie, His promises will come to pass in His way. He is not confined by our time frames. Moses was able to see the promised land from the distance, but died before the Israelites actually entered the promised land..but wait the promise didn't end there. The Bible says in Matthew 17:1-3 " Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him." Luke 9:28-36, Mark 9:2-8 and II Peter chapter 1 also talk about this taking place. This mountain was in the promised land because Jesus lived in the promised land and Jesus took Moses there..therefore Moses in his death did see and step foot upon the promised land. God keeps His promises...we put Him in a box on how He is going to do it..He is so great and mighty, that when we put God in a box, we limit Him on how He will bring it to pass. Allow God all the room He needs in your life..He will amaze you in how He brings things to pass. God is Good!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shrinking

Tonight as we got ready for our nightly prayers, RJ says:" You know, you need to read the Bible and pray every day to grow. if you don't say your prayers and read your Bible every day, you will shrink and shrink and shrink until you become a baby again." Well said RJ, well said...did you read your Bible and pray today? God is Good!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cake # 2

This weekend we had a birthday party for RJ in New Jersey. He really wanted to celebrate with his cousins and since all except 3 live in New Jersey, we went to them. He had a blast with them and guests. We kept it simple and I think that made it all the more fun. It was so good to see him laughing and enjoying time with family. God is Good!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

6 Years Happily

Today is our 6th wedding anniversary. We were talking about the stages of love. Compared to my in-laws who have been married for 50 years, we are still just beginning. For us, we were thinking back to our first year being married compared to 6 years later and a child added to the mix. Truthfully we are still happily in love with one another. I think we are wiser and have grown closer. The first year was very flighty,don't get me wrong, I still glow inside when I see my husband. 6 years later, my love runs much deeper and I appreciate him more. Life has not been perfect, life never is, but we have been happy. From day one, we have made sure to keep God the center of our lives, that has made all the difference. I do not regret becoming Mrs. Manners and I would do it all over again. I'm thankful for my husband and look forward to many more years of love and the stages it brings. God is Good!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Only Girl

While eating breakfast, RJ turns to me and says : " Mom, you are the only girl I love...well at least in NY. I love my Nana in California, my Ima in Tennessee and Grammy in New Jersey and they are all girls. So, your the only girl I love in NY. "
I like that and hope it stays that way for a long time.
God is Good!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy 5th and Pies

Today we celebrated RJ's 5th birthday. He had the pleasure of sharing a pie with his classmates and also gave one to every class. When he came home from school, he was so happy and excited. Later this evening some of his friends from church came over and celebrated his birthday with him. I think it's safe to say we all had a good time. I'm thankful for my family and friends. My heart was overflowing with the love that was felt and RJ went to bed a very happy boy. God is Good!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Big Day

Tomorrow is going to be a big day,RJ will be turning 5 years old. This moment, 5 years ago I was in labor with my boy. I am forever thankful to the doctors that night...for you see, when I was in labor with RJ, his heart stopped and they saved his life. If it was not for their quick work, I wouldn't have the endless hugs and kisses from my sweet boy. To this day, I still have tears in my eyes when I think of that night. Thankfully, God moved and that following morning on October the 1oth, I gave birth to the most amazing boy. Tomorrow we will celebrate his milestone of turning 5. RJ is a good boy and I look forward to watching God working through his tender heart and life. God is Good!

Monday, October 08, 2012

50 Years Celebrated

This past weekend was the 50th wedding anniversary for Bob's parents. Statistics show that only 5% of married couples make it to their 50th wedding anniversary. All the kids worked very hard to pull it off and I think it was a great success. We met at the church to witness the repeating of their vows and yes I will be biased and say my RJ was the cutest ring bearer in the world! Of course I can't forget my niece who was so pretty as the flower girl. The ceremony was very tender and sweet, bride and groom looked radiant. From the ceremony we all went to the firehouse for a reception. Little did we know,it was the same firehouse that they met. It was wonderful to see so many people there to celebrate a beautiful occasion. God is Good!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Access

Today Pastor Davis preached an outstanding sermon. He preached about having access to the Holy of Holies. He started talking about the veil in the Holy of Holies from the Temple spoken about in the Old Testament of the Bible. It was like he was picking up where Bro.Smith left off last Sunday. It was an intense sermon and you could feel the presence of God so strong from the time church started until the very end of the alter call. The main scripture was Ephesians 3: 8-12 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Main points were Boldness, Access and Confidence. Before Jesus died on the cross, only the priest could enter the presence of God. After He died on the cross, the Veil that separated the Holy of Holies, separated God and man,became ripped from top to bottom. No longer was there a separation between God and man. We now can freely come into the presence of the Lord. He desires for us to come to Him. Now, we have access to the miraculous. When the presence of the Lord is near, He will wait for you to reach out to Him. He won't force you to open your heart or life to Him. If you do, He can do great and wonderful things in your life. There no longer is a barrier between you and God. You can approach Him and He will respond to you. God is Good!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Writing

I love getting RJ's end of the week classwork in his backpack. In a very short amount of time he is already starting to write. We are very proud of our boy and so thankful that he comes home happy from school.
God is Good!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

5 , 6 and 50

This month is a big month for us. RJ will be turning 5 years old, we will be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and Bob's parents will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. There will be a lot of celebrating going on starting this weekend. Let the laughter begin. God is Good!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New Grace

We had an interesting day today, RJ confessed to telling a lie. He was so nervous while telling me and he was trying to laugh it off, but guilt was written all over his face. I was so sad and hurt that he had givne such a big lie. By the time he was done confessing, he was sobbing. I held him and talked to him about why lying is not good and he told God he was sorry and he told us he was sorry.We also to hime we forgave him and loved him. He was a wreck the rest of the day. Tonight, I held him and told him that the amazing thing about God is when we ask Him to forgive us, He forgives us right then. His mercy's are new every morning. He was so happy when I told him, that at that very moment God had forgiven him. Tomorrow was a new day, but he didn't have to wait for tomorrow to have God's, peace, joy and happiness. Within minutes, he was our happy RJ again, the load had been lifted and he was free. It's that simple, really..God will forgive. God is Good!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Bus Song

Today when RJ got off the bus, the bus driver smiled and informed me that RJ taught them all a new song. When we were inside the house I asked RJ what the song was and he said: " Jesus loves the little children..did you know no one on that bus knew that song? Well..they know now, because I taught them all the words to the song." God is Good!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

God's Glory On Display

Today we had a quest speaker, Bro. Smith. He preached a sermon titled " God's Glory On Display." His main scriptures were Exodus 33:17-18 and Philippians 3:10. At first he started in the Old Testament giving various instances of how God's Glory was described. From there he took us to the New Testament and tied God's Glory into our daily lives. When we receive God's spirit within us, His Glory is residing inside of us. We need to make sure that His Glory is able to shine through us. He talked about dying to our flesh on a daily basis so our agenda gets out of the way and God is able to guide us throughout our day. He challenged us to start our day off first by praying and reading the Bible. Keeping God in the center of our lives and putting His Glory in display in all we do. I want to end with an RJ story. This morning when I dropped him off at Sunday School, the teacher introduced him to a boy who was visiting. She asked him to tell him how great class was. RJ looked at the boy and said: "Well..really, it's not that great. I'm not too fond of it myself, you know." The teacher was trying very hard not to laugh and the poor boy started to cry. RJ then says," Well, do you want me to tell the truth? I don't want to lie to him. It's not very decorated in here and there are no toys." Lord help his teachers.. I will say this, when I picked him up, he was as happy as could be and he recited to us the whole lesson and was encouraged..yes encouraged that God can and I quote: " If God can give Abraham and Sarah a baby when they were old, well...He can give you and a daddy a baby too, cause your old." I love my son... God is Good!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

For Love of Fall

Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cider, Apple pie and cinnamon scented pine cones. Burst of colors breaking through all around me. A chill in the air, says fall is here. Time to break out the warmer clothes and put the sandals away. A sigh for summer is gone, a smile for fall has arrived. Fall, how I love you...I met my husband in the fall. I married my husband in the fall. My son was born in the fall. One can see the death of things, I see only beauty. God is Good!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rainbow Duster

This month I signed up to help clean the church. RJ loves joining me because he feels it's important to keep God's house clean. While I vacuum, he takes the rainbow duster and looks for something to clean. Its a joy having him with me.
To make the day even better, it had rained and when we were done he played in the puddles.
God is Good!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Class

I wish I could have heard Pastor Davis' lesson tonight. I was volunteering in one of the Thursday night classes for RJ's class. I did enjoy being with him and was super proud when he knew some of the ten commandments. What I did gather as I came into the sanctuary was that we need to allow God to give us deliverance of things that have a hold on our lives. My husband said the title was "Will the real Christian please stand up?" Modern day Christianity is becoming just like the world. We have to be true Christians. God is Good!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Appleseed

Today is Johnny Appleseed's birthday. We know this because this morning RJ informed us of it. Thus, tonight we decided to learn more about this man. He is a real man, even though his last name was not Appleseed. He spent his life planting apple trees all over the USA...he planted more than just apple seeds. He also would read the Bible in the homes of those he stayed with while on his journey during the pioneer days. His life was spent feeding the body and the soul of others. Thus, tonight we ate apples and upon RJ's request sang Happy Birthday to Johnny Appleseed. God is Good!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Giving

Tonight's Care Group lesson was about giving. Of course our typical first thought is money..but you can also give in other ways. You can give of your time and do something kind for someone else. There are tons of places that are asking for volunteers. Once you give of self, you well truly feel that it is better to give than to receive. I have a feeling that once RJ gives his pies to his school, he's going to feel amazing inside..why, because he did something nice for someone else. Are you feeling down and having a bad day? Get out of yourself and help somewhere..you will find your problems are nothing compared to others. God is Good!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Believe

This week while in the car RJ and I were chatting. He was telling me something that happened at school and I must not have responded in a way that he thought I should and he said. " Really Mom, it's true." Me: " I believe you RJ." RJ:" Well, MOM, you KNOW you shouldn't do that." Me:" Do what?". RJ: " You are only supposed to believe in God and if you believe in me, then you are worshiping me and well..that's not good." I then of course gave him a quick definition of what the word believe meant. He was quiet and said.." Ok..well..just make sure you believe in the only true God..there's only one you know." And that was the end of the conversation. God is Good!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Preference or Conviction

Pastor Davis preached from his pastoral heart today. It was not one of those hand clapping, running the aisle types of sermons. It was the kind where you know you better be instilling the words into your heart and applying it to your life. His title was "Preference or Conviction." His main passage of scripture was II Timothy 1:8-12, I suggest you look it up. You can have a preference for something but circumstances or pressure can cause you to change your preference. Your preference is tied into you opinion and an opinion can be changed. However a Conviction is a belief that you will not change regardless of the pressure being put on you to change. Your internal convictions will reveal itself by your outward behavior. We are living in a time where the things in the Bible are now being frowned upon. Can you stand on God's word and let God's word be true and every man a liar? Yousef Nadarkhani was willing to die for Christ. He would not recant and only by the grace of God was he released. I pray now that he is free from prison, he continues to stand strong for Christ and does not give it to the pressures to change. I began to think..can I truly say that for God I live and for God I will die? We are constantly reading in the news about people blowing themselves up in the name of their God. I do not believe in causing harm to another person because of your faith or belief. God tells us in his word that if you live by the sword you die by the sword and our weapons are not carnal, but are spiritual..I do see a day coming when I may have to chose between my belief in Christ or I will die. My whole life has been dedicated for Christ, I will have lost everything and all I stand for if in the end I can not be firm and choose Christ. RJ is already feeling this and he is only in Kindergarten. He declared to his teacher that he does not want to practice yoga in class and preferred to sit it out because he feels in his heart it would not please God. I had a talk with his teacher, they understand. My boy is standing strong on his convictions and we are so thankful and proud of him. Will you be strong? Will you hold to your Convictions..or will you realize God is only a preference in your life? God is Good!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mozart

We have a dog named Mozart. He and RJ are 5 days apart and Mozart became a part of our family when they were both 7 months old. I have had dogs most of my life and am glad that RJ has a doggy too. I think our dog is the smartest dog I have ever had, besides Oreo. Tonight I was enjoying the sight of RJ and his dog running around the house. I like to hear RJ laugh and Mozart gives him company. Pets are not for everyone..for us..Mozart is perfect. I thank God for the big things, little things and the everyday things...I thank God for our dog Mozart. God is Good!

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Gift of Pies

Tonight RJ randomly looks at me and asked if he could give a pie as a snack to every class at his school on his birthday. He wants to celebrate his birthday by giving. Thankfully, his school is not a large one and I think I can pull it off. My mommy heart was bursting with love for my boy, for having such a wonderful request. I know he is four and let me tell you he has his four year old moments, no child is perfect. Tonight once again showed me a window into his heart..He is a giver. To top it off, when we said our prayers, he did it with a smile and whispered.." I know how to pray." God is Good!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Baaa Baaa Lamb

Tonight was the beginning of a 3 church services that are focused on the kids. All the children sat on the front three rows and of course RJ was on the very front with all the little boys and girls his age. I wasn't sure how he would handle it since he is still on the little side and was getting tired. Happily, he stayed awake until it was done. The night started with the children singing three songs and was followed by some very funny singing by some puppets. One of them consisted of three sheep and they sang a song with the words Baaa Baaa Lamb...RJ thought they were pretty funny and was singing the song on the way home. Tonight when the kids were praying, I asked him if he wanted to pray and he put his arms around me and told me no because he didn't know how to pray. When we got home I asked him to explain what he meant..here is what he said.." Well..I don't know want to pray because if I do, I will be sticking my tongue out at God." That is when I had an aha moment...he thought praying was the same thing as receiving the Holy Ghost and then whenever he was asked if wanted to pray, he always said no because he didn't want to be rude to God and stick his tongue out at him. I was able to tell him that praying was using words he could understand and that God loves to hear whatever he wants to talk to him about. RJ was so happy when he found out that praying was using his own words and that he didn't have to worry about sticking his tongue out at God. I also told him that when he received the Holy Spirit, it was nothing to be afraid of and the when it happens, he is not being rude to God. I also told him it will happen when he is ready and God would never do anything to him to make him afraid because He loves RJ. I gave him a quick ACTS 2:38 lesson and made it as simple as possible. He fell asleep with a very big smile on his face because he realized that he can pray and use his own words and God would understand him. Praying is so simple and easy, we make it complicated....have you talked with God lately? God is Good! If you are in the area and would like to bring your kids to see some very funny puppets, the next two times will be this Saturday the 22nd of September at 12:00 pm and Sunday at 12:00pm Bethel United Pentecostal Church 357 Jericho Turnpike, Old Westbury, New York

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Angry Bird Tears

Tonight we attended RJ's Back To School Night. We are thrilled with the direction the teacher is taking the class and are confident that he is on the right track. As I was typing this blog, RJ woke up and came to us crying. He said he was thinking about the yellow angry bird that had no family. He was so upset he could hardly talk. After holding him and letting him talk it out, it went even deeper. He is sad because he does not have a baby brother or sister. We prayed together as a family for God to hear his hearts cry and give him a sibling. Before when we encountered this, he would pray with great faith. Tonight, he wouldn't even pray. I wept when he went back to bed. I don't understand why we still do not have another child. I know what God has promised us and I hold on to that promise. I hope and pray that God saw RJ's tears tonight and is moved to make a miracle happen and give this precious little boy the desires of his heart. Will you help us pray that God answers the tears of a little boy? God is Good!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Storm or Peace

As I type a storm is raging outside, the wind is howling, torrential rains are falling and there is lightning. Outside is chaotic weather madness. Inside our home it's a different story. The lights are dim, soft music is playing in the background and we just finished our nightly prayers. Even though a storm is raging outside, there is extreme peace inside. Walking with God is like that. Life can toss us into some very huge storms and if we allow them, they will put terror into our hearts. When we put God in the very center of our lives, the storms can rage around us, yet we will have perfect peace. Our little boy is sleeping peacefully in bed, there is no fear of the storm outside, because he knows who the peace speaker is. Is Jesus the peace speaker in your life? God is Good!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stone

This weekend we attended service in NJ. Pastor Hanscom preached a thought provoking sermon.  He talked about how Gods love is so great that he will even reach out to a stone.  Its up to you if you will become a paperweight or if you will be a part if the foundation.
We have enjoyed our time here with family. RJ always has a great time with his cousins.

God is Good!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Autumn arrives

I love this time of the year. Living in NY makes the changing of the seasons exciting.  I like changing my wardrobe and the colors as the leaves change, take my breath away.  The weather is perfect and it makes perfect cuddle time.  I'm looking forward to observing God's handiwork as the leaves change colors and create a beautiful rainbow carpets on the ground.
God is Good!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Are You Ready?

Tonight for our Thursday night Bible Study at church, Bro Joe taught about the second coming of Christ. He was imploring us to be ready for Christ' return. Many, many things that are talked about in the Bible that would take place are starting to take happen. We need to be ready and watching for Christ' return. The Bible does not tell us the exact date, but we are given clues and many of those things are now coming to past.

Are you ready? Are you watching for the soon coming of our Lord?

God is Good!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hug Time

Since RJ has started Kindergarten and this days are longer, we are learning new routines. Now when he comes home, he likes to have something to drink and wants me to sit on the couch and cuddle with him. I LOVE this time and it lasts, if I am lucky, for about 15 minutes. When he is done, he then wants to go visit his dad at the office which then turns into his begging his dad to come home so they can work on his homework together. Yesterday as we were having our cuddle time, inside I was thanking God for the ability to hold my son and surround him with love. Just as I was thinking this, RJ let out a very contented sigh and gave me a kiss on the cheek.
Parents..do you stop in your busy and crazy life and just hold your children? When is that last time you pulled them close and let them feel how much you love them. Don't let life keep you from precious moments that once they are lost can never be regained.

God is Good!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

School Angels

Today after RJ got home from school he sits next to me and says : " You know mom...I have Angels that go with me to school. When I am there they watch over me. I can't see them when my eyes are open and well..when I close them I can't see them either, but I know they are there."

Yes!!! He is correct, he does have Angels that watch over him and every morning I pray for God to protect him.

If we could only have childlike faith, we wouldn't worry so much. We are not alone. God is with us...we have Angels with us..

God is Good!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Birthday Love

Today is my Birthday. I have to say it's been a wonderful day, the weather was perfect. I went shopping for shoes and scored an awesome deal. I love bargains! Then my sweet boy who hates to see flowers die, gave me a beautiful bouquet of "fake" flowers. He wanted me to have my birthday flowers, for forever. He did a very good job picking out the flowers and arranged them in a lovely way. I think I will always cherish these flowers.
All day I was receiving Birthday wishes via the phone, cards in the mail and facebook notes.

Tonight we had dinner in my favorite restaurant in Flushing,(Queens), NY.
The Red Bowl has the best Chinese Food. We ended the night at home with Birthday cake. It was simple and I'm glad Christinea joined us. Today was a very peaceful day and a happy day.

God is Good!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Lose or Win

Pastor Davis preached one of those sermons that felt like there was a big sign saying "Pay attention Julia, this is for you." Pastor's title was: "Born to Lose or Born to Win". He always preaches good sermons, but this one..well..it's waaaaaaaaaaaaay at the top of my list. He preached on how sometimes nothing we touch seems to work. We feel like we are walking around with a bit loser sign on our forehead. In Ephesians 6:12 it says "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
I Peter 5:8 says "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." The Devil works very hard at trying to convince us that we are losers. If he can get us to give up and believe the lie, we will start to live it and fulfill the lie of the devil
When we are born we are born into sin, but there is hope for us. When we are born again in Christ, we are a new creature.
We must realize that if God be for us, who can be against us!
John 10:10 says "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
Being born once is not enough, you can be born again. With Jesus we can born again, and when we are, we are born winners. John 3:5,6 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
A new birth in Christ brings you into a new world..you are a winner!
As we grow, we take on the Characteristics of Christ and become more like Him.
So when the devil shows you the Loser sign, you stand tall and tell him he is a liar! Once you are covered by the blood of Christ, you become a new person and you are a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Get back devil! I win because I am NOT a loser, I am a winner through Christ that is within me!
God is Good!
On a side note: We had an amazing Sheaves For Christ picnic at Bethel..I truly enjoyed my time with everyone.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

New Bed, a Tornado and Freedom



Lately RJ has been waking up in the middle of the night and telling us that his bed is too hard and he can't sleep. We figured it was a good time to pull his toddler bed and make it the twin size. Tonight is his first night sleeping on his big boy bed. I guess it's a good way to end his first week of Kindergarten. It has been a big adjustment for us, he truly is a little boy and most of his toddlerness is gone. I pray God keeps him and protects his little heart, mind, body and soul.

On a side note, we had a Tornado touch down in NY....I think it's rare for us to have one, but then again last year we had an earthquake.

The best part of today was the news that Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from prison. When I heard the news tears of joy streamed down my face. Many, many have prayed for him. I have inserted a picture of his release and his family running to him...such a beautiful moment!
God is coming soon.

God is Good!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Mail

Today RJ received a letter in the mail from his Ima(my mom) and we made sure it was put into his mail box. He was so happy to find a letter that was just for him.



God is Good!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Boat

A while back RJ saw a boat at the store. He asked me to buy it and I told him no. He never forgot about the boat, but like a good boy didn't ask for it again.
A couple of days ago Bob came home with a surprise for RJ. He unknowingly purchased the boat RJ had asked for several months ago. When RJ saw what his dad had brought him, he almost started weeping and threw his arms around his dad while proclaiming how thankful he was for the boat. He went on to tell his dad about how much he had really wanted the boat, but couldn't get it.

It was so sweet and took us both off guard. Something so little was also so very great.

God is Good!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Kindergarten-1st Day


I didn't sleep well last night,part of it was due to my crying over the fact that my baby was starting Kindergarten and the other to worrying about his first bus ride. I kept checking on him and wondering where my baby boy had gone. He woke up excited and we all prayed together as a family. When the bus arrived he was so excited he could barely contain himself. Me being the mommy I am drove to the school to make sure the bus arrived. It did and I saw a happy boy get off the bus and go into school. He loved riding the bus so much that he wants to ride it every day. When he got off the bus, I knew that my baby had went on the bus and a little boy walked off. I asked him how Kindergarten went and he said it was "fine". When I pressed for more details he says to me." Well...I didn't like Simon says in gym and in class we played a little bit and most of the time she just taught..but I liked it." I know he must be excited because he wanted to trace letters today and all summer I couldn't get him to even try. I love his teachers so I am not worried about that area. He was pretty tired when he got home, but happy. It's a big change for me and I know I must let go and allow him to grow in this next phase. Thankfully he's still my sweet boy and when we got home gave me lots of hugs and kisses.

God is Good!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Kinder Bus

Tomorrow starts a new chapter in our lives. RJ is starting Kindergarten. We don't live far from his school and can drop him off, but he really wants to go on the school bus. So...we are going to let him ride the bus with his other classmates. He's so excited about the bus, he got over his worries about Kindergarten. Me, well, I'm a bit of a mess. I am never really ready when he hits a major milestone. It's hard for me to let go, but let go I must. Of course he is still my baby boy, he will always be my baby boy, no matter how old or tall he gets. My heart is telling me that my baby is getting on the bus and when he gets off the bus, I will be picking up a little boy.
This summer has been amazing and it truly was filled with laughter and love. Now, we move forward to Kindergarten.

God is Good!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Masterpiece

Today's church service was one of those, the water is stirred, jump in and a miracle will happen. The praise and worship was intense and God responded. I could feel faith rising and I have no doubt that in the near future we are going to start getting reports of the miraculous happening in lives.

Bishop Davis gave a short exhortation to the church he said that God being here is not enough, He wants to know if we believe He can do what we are asking for. He reacts to our faith concerning the need. I truly believe that today God honored a lot of faith and good things are about to happen.

We had a guest speaker today. He is the former youth pastor, Bro. Dean, and he preached an outstanding sermon titled " I am a Masterpiece." I have always liked his preaching, today topped the charts.

He talked about how we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that when God created everything He spoke it into existence, but with us, He created us.
It doesn't stop at His creating us, we are a continual work in progress. Since we are His masterpiece He is always pouring into our lives so that we can reach the potential of what He created us to be. When God begins a work He will perform it to the end.
He used I Corinthians 6:10-11 (NIV)10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

God created us and even when we make mistakes, He washes us, He cleans us up and we become His masterpiece. No matter where you are in your life. God cares about you and He wants the best for you.

Bro. Dean also told the story of Samson who was meant for great things, yet became distracted and in the end he finally became what God had designed him to be.

We don't need to walk around with our heads hanging down because we are different. We need to walk with our heads held high knowing we are the masterpiece of God and we are the salt and light of the earth. If God is shinning through you, you are bringing light and hope into a dark world.
Now more then ever before, do not be afraid to be a Christian, stand up, be the light of Christ.

On a side note: RJ went to Sunday School today and came out as happy as could be. I am so thankful..we want him to love attending Sunday School..much love and hugs to the staff!

God is Good!