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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.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

" Membership Has It's Privileges"

Pastor Davis has been teaching some awesome sermons! Today his topic was on Membership Has It's Privileges. He was preaching about how when you are the child of God you reap the benefits. I wish I had taken notes, but I had a splitting headache from the time I woke up and still have it. Either way the sermon was amazing. He talked about the Titanic and how they had three classes on the ship, but after the ship sunk the only distinction there was, was Saved or Lost. Talk about hitting it home. With God you are either on the Saved or Lost list. If you have the seal of the Holy Ghost in your life, have been baptized in His name and living a Holy life, you are on the saved list, but if you are not living according to the word of God and His plan for Salvation you are on the Lost list. I want to be on the Saved list.
This world is becoming so "dark" in what is mainstream and "normal". I don't fit in anymore. Things that are considered normal to be taught to our kids, are things I want to keep my son very far away from. More and more, this world is not my home. As I type this, my son just built a church out of Lego's...this is what I want him to do.

Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

God is Good!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pure Immagination

A while back when my mom was here we were at a playground with RJ. He was in his little world running and climbing and sliding. I started to pay close attention when I realized he was playing Titanic. RJ is totally enthralled with the story and has "read" many books on the subject and seen clips on YouTube of when it hit the iceberg and sank. At this point he knows more about the Titanic than I do. My mom and I are watching him and getting tickled as he is running around in his pure imagination world of Titanic. Next thing I know he is standing at the top of a very high slide, with his back towards the slide and he is holing on to the "rail" of the slide. I am now running towards him yelling for him to turn around. He is so lost in his world that as I am running towards him, he lets go. Yes..instead of sliding down the slide, my son is falling down and yelling "hold your breath when you hit the water." I don't get to him in time and he hits the ground. Thankfully the fall was not that big of a fall and the ground was made of the rubber ground and he bounced when he fell. He laid there looking stunned and said.." OH..I thought I was falling into the water, OH..I'm not on the Titanic." I checked him to make sure he was not hurt and thank the Lord he wasn't. I told him if he wants to play Titanic fine, but no more jumping or falling off the boat.
Tonight, he reminded me of what happened and he says to me : " Did you know mom, that I have angles who watch over me?" Me: " Yes I believe you do." RJ: " remember when I fell from the slide when playing Titanic..well I felt Angels catch me and carry me to the ground..that's why I didn't get hurt. My Angels carried me." Let's just say I wanted to bawl my eyes out at the moment, but I stayed calm and told him I did believe his Angels caught him. I advised him that it would be wise to not try that again, even if they are there...he needs to be careful.
I thank God for those Angels and with the imagination he has, I pray God gives him more!

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

God is Good!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Marble Jar

So..RJ is getting older and the "baby" in him is quickly disappearing. I am sad to see this, but know it's a part of the growing process. He's not perfect and in typical 4 year old fashion will show some disrespect to test boundaries and we deal with it when we get home or sometimes on the spot if the occasion allows. He is of the age when he "feels" it when something he likes is taken from him. So, we have started the Marble Jar. Every time he helps out around the house, does something extra kind, has a really good day at school...and I can go on and on...he gets to put some marbles in the jar. Once the jar is full, he is able to obtain his goal. His goal happened to be a much wanted water table for water play outside. Let me tell you, it took him a while to fill it. If he misbehaves, we would take marbles out of the jar and well, that just about did him in. We only had to do that once and he made sure he got his act together quickly when he knew marbles were going to be taken out. Yesterday he obtained his goal and let's just say this boy scored. He had to "work" hard for his goal and he was rewarded justly. It took him a long time, but he was proud of his accomplishments. For now the jar is working and we are thankful for it.

Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Isaiah 28:12
To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

God is Good!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Honest Eggs

Today I decided to purchase my groceries in the self check out line. I had a lot on my mind and pretty much was half focused on what I was doing. I paid for my food and continued my thoughts as I walked out the door. When I put the bags into the car I realized that I didn't pay for the eggs. For a split second the thought crossed my one will know..and then I said out loud." No Devil, it says in God's word thou shall not steal. If I don't pay for these eggs that is stealing and I will know and God will know and He is the one who matters most." I promptly marched back into the store. There was a cashier working near the self check out stand. When I walked in she gave me the biggest smile and said: " I saw that you didn't pay for the eggs and just hoped you would come back, because all these years you have shopped here, you have always struck me as an honest person. I'm so glad you came back with the eggs!" You see...I didn't know she has been watching me all these years, and today she was watching me again. If I had not been honest with the eggs, I would have blown years of being a light for Christ. Something so simple, but yet so big.

Mark 16:17
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.

God is Good!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Life Stuff

Sometimes life throws a curve ball our way called stuff. These things can cause us to become angry and even lash out at an innocent person. Today I got caught in such a situation and found myself pretty grumpy with someone over the phone. Of course after we prayed tonight, I felt really bad for being grumpy and complaining. I found myself asking when is it ok to be angry and sin not...I don't think I sinned, I did get angry and hang up on the poor person.
Thankfully, tomorrow I can apologize in person. I want peace to reign in my life, but I guess I need to hold my tongue, so it can reign.

Isaiah 28:11
For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

God is Good!

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Mango

RJ is usually running around the house singing some type of song. Tonight's made me laugh and marvel at the same time.
Here is what he was singing as he ran in circles holding a mango up in the air.

" Mercury,Venus,Earth,Mars,Jupiter,Saturn,Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and a Mango."

It was funny that he made the Mango a planet and refuses to accept that Pluto is not one. I was amazed that he knew all the planets in a row..he is only 4. I have one smart boy. I have to give Bob credit for teaching him about the planets.

Romans 8:9
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

God is Good!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

His Voice

Pastor Davis preached a very thought provoking and soul searching sermon today. He talked about knowing God's voice. The whole time he was preaching I kept thinking about the family in the grocery store. I knew it was the Lord nudging me and I hesitated. I don't want to do that again..hear His voice guiding me and wait before I answer. I remember a time when on Fridays I would go to the church and pray for hours. Now that I am married and have a child it's not so easy to just drop everything and pray for a long period of time. However I do make it a point to pray and read my Bible on a daily basis. I do set aside Friday mornings for the Lord. I turn off the phone and shut the world out for a while. These prayer times have brought me close to the Lord again. I want to know His voice. I want Him to talk to me. We are so careful at to what we allow in our home. We want our home to be filled with the presence of the Lord. How can God feel welcome if we turn on the "one eyed devil" as pastor called it and allow words and actions to be portrayed in our home, when these things are against God. We don't have a television in our home. We do watch DVDs and some movies online, but we are very careful on what we look at. In this crazy world, the last thing we want to do is bring that chaos into our home and into our son's heart.
Pastor Davis challenged us today to know God and to know His voice. To push past all the "voices' around us and listen for the still small voice of God.

Turn off the noise and may find out God has been speaking to you.

John 7:39
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

God is Good!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Next Door

The past two days the boys from next door have been coming over to play with RJ. He is having so much fun that he falls asleep before his head hits the pillow. I have a feeling our house is going to be the place where all the kids hang out over the summer. My neighbor told me that she can't get over how peaceful her boys are after they have played at my home. I guess you can say we are a bit old's just play over here. You won't find video games or a television on, but you will hear children's laughter and a lot of imagination going on.
It's been very good for RJ, he has been very sad lately because he has no brother or sister to play with. Thankfully, we have the boys next door who can come over and they can play and play and play!

John 7:38
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

God is Good!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Missed Opportunity

I discovered we were out of milk and went out for a quick late night trip to the grocery store..ok early for young people, but late for me. While in line there was a young couple in front of me. She was pregnant and they had a little boy about the age of 5. The man they were with was a bit on the drunk side and having difficulty paying with his EBT card. The couple you could see were very embarrassed and I figured it was going to be a while and went to pay for my milk in a different line. As I was walking out, I felt a check in my spirit and I felt like I was to pay for their groceries. I walked to the car and the pull was so strong that I turned around and went back to the store. I was too late. They were walking out with an empty basket and the drunk man was wandering all over the street. I tried to catch up to them with my car, but instead I must have scared them and they drove away quickly. I cried all the way home and repented. I missed an opportunity to be a blessing to a family. All I could see was the little boy and knowing he was going to go home hungry. I prayed for God to make up for my mistake and provide for them. I don't have a lot, but I can give what I have. When the Lord tugs on your heart to do something for another, don't push it away, respond immediately. God's grace is amazing and I believe He heard my prayer and made a way for that family.

John 3:7
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

God is Good!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

One Body

Pastor taught an excellent and soul searching lesson tonight. Of course we are still in the book of Colossians and with the pace we are at, most likely will be in it for a while, no complaints here, because I am enjoying the details and all the nuggets I am getting from the lessons. Tonight is one I will be thinking on for a while. It's one of those..oh dear me, I have some work to be done on me, type of lessons. If I apply what I have learned as a daily principle, I will be a better person and a better Christian. It's going to take some work and probably most of my life, because I am far from perfect.

Here are the four basic principles that if we apply to our life and how we treat others and those within the church, our world will be a better place.
Bob jotted down the core of what was taught and I am going to share it with you:
1.Don't think of yourself more highly than you ought.
Proper self respect is good, but you're not to have unrealistically high self esteem. You cannot be everything you want to be, but you can be everything God wants you to be. Not everyone is made out to be President of the USA.
2. Think Soberly-have sound judgement.
Don't judge yourselves by others around you. Judge yourself by the word of God. Comparing yourself to those around you is not wise.
3. Be kindly affectionate with brotherly love toward one another.
The church is to be a family, we are the family of God. If we can't love one another, we are in trouble and peace is not ruling in your life.
4. Prefer that your brother/sister is honored higher than you.
Sometimes we disguise self-promotion as the work of God. Being humble can be a hard lesson to learn.

The Body is ONE, the spirit is ONE

All these things are so simple yet complex and don't happen over night. I am going to try to work harder at applying these steps. Lord, help me, I have a long way to go.

M90( I for some reason put the same scritpure 3 days in a row, sorry)
Mark 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
John 3:5
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.
Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

God is Good!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pleasant Food

Tonight we had dinner with some new friends. Originally we were going to just stop by and drop off a baby gift since we missed the baby shower on Saturday. We don't know them very well, but were pleased to accept their invitation to dinner. The hostesses father cooked an AMAZING authentic Chinese dinner. Her parents are visiting from China and are anticipating the birth of their first grandchild. I have not had such delicious Chinese food like what he cooked in years. RJ of course was thrilled when the fish ball soup was brought out. He ate and ate and ate, we all did. We arrived acquaintances, but I feel we left friends. I truly enjoyed myself and look forward to building a friendship with them.

II Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God is Good!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


While we were in Virginia, RJ purchased with his own money, two little stuffed birds. He picked out a Robin and a Bunting. These birds make their actual bird call when you squeeze their belly. He loves these birds almost as much as he loves his piggy and if you know RJ, he LOVES that piggy. We also purchased him a new coon skin hat since he outgrew the first one we bought him. Well....he got the bright idea that the hats make a great nest for the birds. So now, after our nightly routine, he makes sure he tucks his birds into their nest and then goes to sleep. It's cute to watch.

II Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God is Good!

Monday, April 16, 2012


I have heard that your child is a reflection of you, the parent. There are moments when I see this in RJ. Sometimes I don't like the reflection I see and know that there are things in me that need to change. Then there are moments when he does something that tugs at my heart and make me feel like I am doing something right. We had one such instance while in Virginia. The church we happened to attend on Sunday had a late Easter Egg hunt..score for RJ..he got a lot of eggs filled with candy. While we walking into a restaurant to have lunch, he ran up to a random little girl and gave her one of his candy filled easter eggs. He wanted to share with someone and put a smile on a their face. He accomplished his mission, because the little girl was thrilled. I want my son to be a kind, loving person, I need to be that type of person in front of him. I have a long way to go, but with the grace of God, I hope the reflection of me in RJ, will be one that the Lord is pleased with.

II Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face,and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
II Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering tous-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God is Good!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


I can honestly say for most of my life, I didn't give much thought towards the subject of coal. I was neither for it nor against it. This past week has changed all of that. Since Tuesday I have driven through the Appalachians of Virginia and Kentucky and it is clear that without the coal industry these people would no longer have their means of support. They live simple lives with few of the worldly pleasures we take for granted. Poverty is very high out here and the ones who find jobs working with the coal are hard workers who are doing everything they can to keep food on the table. The culture out here is very different than anything I have ever known. Everyone has been very nice to us and the pace of life is much slower out here. Yes, this city girl started itching for some type of city in the midst of the woods. I don't know if I could live out here, but for those who brave it and do live happy lives, I get the importance of coal. I pray for the coal industry and I pray it thrives. I also pray that a cleaner way in regards to energy in how coal is produce is brought to life by some genius. There are two sides to every story, those on the side of coal are in it to stay alive. I hope someday to see the Appalachians alive and with a better connection to the rest of America. It takes a long time to just get to a Wal-mart or even a grocery store. I never again will take for granted life on Long Island, NY. I am blessed beyond measure.

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God is Good!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Nay Nay

RJ was given a little red blanket for his first Christmas by Angela and Colleen Prather. It was an instant connection for him and it has been his Nay Nay ever since. Tonight we were reading out loud from the Bible and when Bob got to the part where it says, let your Nay be Nay, RJ perks up and gets all excited because he thought it meant Jesus had a Nay Nay just like him. We told him Jesus did have one, except he called in swaddling clothes. He didn't get the joke, but we did. Either way, he was excited to know that Jesus had a blanket.
We are still in Virgina. The weather today was so beautiful and RJ is blossoming in this mountain air and sunshine. He spent over two hours just throwing rocks into the creek, such simplicity and fun. He declared today that it was much better here than New York and he wanted to move here. Bob is still not done, so we are staying an extra day and this made RJ super happy. Me, I like it and have enjoyed it and feel refreshed, but I am ready to go back to NY. However I am looking forward to attending church here in the Appalachians. We won't be attending church in Kentucky, since once we leave church we will be heading home. We are going to have to drag RJ out of here.

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
God is Good!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

McVeigh in Kentucky

Today was a restful day in Virginia. RJ helped Bob paint at the company and had a blast getting paint everywhere. We decided to attend church at McVeigh United Pentecostal Church located in Kentucky. Unfortunately, we underestimate how long it would take to get there, but did enjoy the absolutely breathtaking drive. By the time we got the church we were an hour late, and RJ was lamenting that he missed church. We walked in at the end of what seemed to be a very good sermon and heard some anointed alter call singing. I found myself wishing we had been there for the whole service. Everyone was so nice to us and RJ made instant friends with some of the kids. By the time we left, I had a bounce in my step and was refreshed, just fellowshipping with fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. We enjoyed meeting everyone and I have a feeling when Bob is in this area again, he will visit their church, hopefully next time, it will be for the whole service.
It's so pretty and relaxing out here. I am glad we came.

Revelation 22:14
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
God is Good!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Oh Magnify-RJ Version

This morning as we were driving up the "crazy mountains" as RJ likes to call them to our destination, he broke out in song. We were enjoying his robust rendition of "Oh Magnify the Lord" and I even recorded a clip on my phone. Then we listened closely and became tickled when he sang: " Hosanna, blessed be and up, let the God of my salvation be exalted." We told him the words were blessed be the rock, not blessed be and up and in an instant he replied. " Well, I know, but my God is not a rock because rocks can roll, he is alive, so I changed the words to lift Him up." We decided his logic was pretty clear and told him, his new words made perfect sense.

When we arrived here in Virginia at The Breaks Interstate Park, RJ was so smitten with the beauty of the place, he declared he wanted to live here. Well..we will see what he thinks two days from now. It truly is beautiful up here. We were here last summer and it was very nice, but something about the is budding everywhere. God's handiwork is in the trees, they sky, the birds and the stars. I feel "closer" to God here, it makes me want to sing out Hosanna in the highest, to the one who created such beauty.

I Peter 1:19
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
God is Good!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Road Trip

RJ is on spring break, so we are on a road trip to breaks interstate park.I'm blogging from my phone, so tonights blog will be short. It truly has been a beautiful drive.
I will post m90 tomorrow.
I want to give a shout out to Christinea for watching our dog and house while we are away. I appreciate her!
God is Good!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

High Five Alive!

Today is a big day for Christians since this is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Most people dress in their best and come ready to celebrate Jesus. Today was one of those services and pastor Davis preached an amazing resurrection sermon. He said something that got me thinking. A lot of times when Christians greet each other they say "Praise the Lord" as they shake hands. He said, what if we gave each other a high five and said Christ is Risen or Christ is Alive...imagine that!
I'm not sure if I will go around high fiving people, but I am tempted to stop saying "Praise the Lord..instead I want to say Christ is alive." Why should we only celebrate it in exuberance once a year. A regular reminder that He is alive can wake us up and realize how awesome and great our God is! He is ALIVE! Find someone today and give them a high five and shout out that Jesus is alive.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I Peter 1:18
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.

God is Good!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Belly of a Whale

Tonight RJ asked if we could read about Jonah and the Whale. As Bob read it out loud I started to think about how Jonah's disobedience almost caused innocent life to perish, but when they threw him overboard, God saved their lives. Something stood out to me, when the men on the boat saw that the storm stopped when they threw Jonah over, they realized that Jehovah was the one true God. Even in his rebellion, God was revealed to the lost. From there, in the belly of a whale, Jonah finally came to repentance. He had to go to the lowest of places, but even there, God was with Him and watching over him.
I'm amazed at God's mercy and grace that will follow us to the belly of a whale.

Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

God is Good!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Dreams and Stones

My husband has a saying : " People like to throw stones at things that shine."
Many people have big dreams and those around them who don't see the dream in their best intentions can kill the dream with their words and actions. Dreamers have to push beyond the expected and continue to strive to make their dreams come true. I know of those who gave up the fight and never fulfilled their dream. Yet, there are the ones who push kicking with all their might to rise above their circumstances and make their dream a reality.
My nephew Ross has a dream. He wants to attend University in NY. Life has thrown him some major curve balls. He has been given a nice offer at MTSU. He may take it,but it won't be his dream. We are trying out best to help him reach his dream. I ask that you say a prayer for Ross. He wants to study Physics. God has given him an amazing mind and a heart after the Lord. I think he would do well if he were to come here. I am sure he would do fine at MTSU, but he would have missed out on what I believe is something greater for him. Our door is open to him, I just hope that any stones that may get thrown at him, won't cause him to stumble and miss it.
Do you have a dream? Have you allowed life/family stop you from working towards your goal? If God put it in your heart, allow Him to breath life into it. Shut out the naysayers and listen to what you hear pounding in your heart and your mind. Pursue your dreams!
John 14:26
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach
you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
God is Good!

Monday, April 02, 2012


Today I took my mom to the airport and hugged her goodbye. I cried all the way home. This weekend went by so quickly and it was a clear reminder to me how I cherish any time I have with her. I hate saying goodbye to people I love, yet I know that we all have our own lives to live. I just wish my mom was living hers a whole lot closer than where she is now. If you live near your mom, don't take her for granted. At least once a week have lunch or a coffee together. One day you may not have the chance and you will wish you had spent more time with her. I am blessed to have my mom and my adopted mom. I get a double portion of a mother's love and prayers. I don't want to wait just for Mother's day to say how much I love and appreciate her.

John 5:43
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

God is Good!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Palm and Hosanna

Today is Palm Sunday. The theme of this service was about when Jesus came in on a colt and the people were shouting Hosanna. I learned something I didn't know...what Hosanna meant, save me. They were waving palm branches and worshiping Him declaring Him as the one who was going to save them and then in less then a week with the same breath were shouting for his death. Rev Jonathan Walker talked about it and Pastor Davis talked about it. I was taking in all they were talking and also doing a lot of soul searching. How many times do I shout save me to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and then with the same breath with my doubt crucify him again. I told the the Lord I wanted my life to be a continual Praise to Him. I didn't want to put Him back on the cross. He died for me and then came back to life. He was the bridge for me, so my sins could be washed away. I want my to live my life giving Him praise, not live a life that crucifies Him.
My mom brought something up. She was waving her hand back and forth in the air towards the Lord. She showed her open palm in her hand. When she waves it, towards heaven, she is waving her palm in a Hosanna to the King of Kings.

Matthew 1:21
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

God is Good!