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

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Rock

Today was one of those days...

Where do I go when there's nobody else to turn to?
Who do I talk to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there's no foundation stable?

I go to The Rock
I know He's able
I go to The Rock

Chorus
I go to The Rock for my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and The Mountain stands by me
When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the solid rock I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend
I go to The Rock

Where do I go, where do I go,
When the storms of life are threatening?
Who do I turn to when those winds of sorrow blow?
And is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?

I go to The Rock
I know He's able
I go to The Rock

I know here's the rock for my salvation
I know here's the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and The Mountain stands by me
When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the solid rock I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend
I go to The Rock
- Chorus -

I go to The Rock (4x)
You can go to The Rock (4x)
Oh I can go
I go to The Rock (8x)

When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the solid rock I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend
I go to The Rock
Where do I go when there's nobody else to turn to?
Who do I talk to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there's no foundation stable?

I go to The Rock
I know He's able
I go to The Rock

Dottie Rambo wrote this song...today it is carrying me through an unexpected and very rough storm....all is sinking sand..I cling to the only One I know to be true and that is Jesus Christ.
Family will fail you, church family will fail you, friends will fail you, but Jesus will never fail you.

God is Good!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

24

This was our reading tonight....try reading it outloud a couple of times, pay attention to the words as you say them...it gave me goose bumps, our God is mighty! The earth is HIS!!!

Psalms 24

1The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.


God is Good!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Usually on Memorial Day we have a bar b q and take it easy. This year we decided to to attend the Memorial service taking place on the USS Intrepid. Thankfully we joined as members to the Franklin Institute and this membership allows admittance to it's fellow Science Museums. The USS Intrepid happened to be one of these such museums. RJ was pretty excited to be on such a huge ship and we really enjoyed the Memorial Service. It was pretty special and I feel we taught our son a very valuable lesson today. I have to say we had a blast and didn't realize how much we had been in the sun. Unfortunately, we forgot sunscreen and Bob and I got sunburned on our faces and arms. Thankfully, RJ didn't get it like we did. I kept shielding him from the sun, so he got a little color, but nothing too bad. We ended the day by having a bar b que in the backyard. I really enjoyed it and found myself appreciating New York,America and our Military a little bit more.
God is Good!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Our March/Pentecost Sunday

Since RJ and I were not here to march from the old church to the new church,we decided to march on our own as a family. He was so excited and marched the whole way up the hill. We picked a spot and sat down and just looked around at how big it was inside. RJ kept saying how pretty it was and then said he liked the old one better because in the new one he can't see where the people are getting baptized. I explained to him that it was higher up so everyone could see the person get baptized and then realized what he meant. He can't see things that are in a far distance, the doctor said he may have to get glasses in October. I told him not to worry, he would either be healed and able to see the people get baptized or he will have glasses and be able to see, either way, he will see. This made him happy and he enjoyed worshiping and enjoyed the space. Today is also Pentecost Sunday, so it was fitting that the first sermon preached in our new building be on this day.
It felt strange to be in a new and much bigger place. I think soon, we will be adjusted and back to "normal" if not we need to get an extra dose of the Holy Ghost and step it up!
I'm looking forward to the 5 am prayer meetings we are going to have the first week of June...there is something so special that takes place during those prayer meetings. Every time we have them, things that were impossible, become possible by only God. I'm so excited I can hardly wait!
God is Good!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

"cool your jets"

Today was a daddy day and while they were in the car this is the conversation that transpired
Bob: " Oh, I forgot to hang up the American flag outside."
RJ: "Cool your jets dad."

Children, you never know what they are going to say.

God is Good!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Deelicious!!!

Tonight is a bit on the warm side and RJ took a very long nap and is wide awake. He tells me that he wants an ice cream sandwich which is then followed by a need for "something cool and refreshing." Of course he means an ice Popsicle..so as he finishes his off, he says." Ahhh...this is Deeeeeeeeeeliciouuuuuuuuuuuuus." Yes..Summer is just around the corner and my son, there are lots more deeeeeeeeeeeeeeliciouuuuuuuuuuuuus things for you to discover. I have a feeling this summer is going to full of laughter and discovery for RJ. We are loving this age and so thankful for our boy.

God is Good!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Still I Will Trust

I'm not sure who wrote this song, but today it has been running through my mind.
" Still I will trust you, Still I will follow, Still I will listen to your every calling. Though the storm rages on and I can't find my way, still I will trust you Lord."

Life can throw us some interesting and sometimes hard situations, but no matter what, I trust in the Lord. He knows all things and knows what is best.

God is Good!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Race To Nowhere

Tonight I attended a viewing of a documentary at RJ's school. "The Race To Nowhere" http://www.racetonowhere.com/, was so thought provoking that I wish all parents who have children in school from K-12th grade watched it. In fact I think every youth pastor or youth worker should watch it. Our kids today are under such intense pressure that they are caving inside. My little guy will be starting Kindergarten next year and I am so glad that his school is very aware of the pressures placed on children. He will be able to excel and still be a child and PLAY! I lived in Taiwan and I saw how those kids were pushed from early morning to late at night to learn and "better" themselves. They were never allowed to be children and I saw many of them have nervous breakdowns from all the pressure. Education is important and I am all for it. I do not think that a child should lose their innocence and sweetness and freshness in how they look at life, due to intense pressure to perform something they are not ready to do yet.
I am sure many parents do not agree with me, but I challenge you to check the web site out. Talk to your children and make sure you know what really is going on inside of them.

God is Good!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

ross graduation &victory

Yesterday we had the pleasure of watching Ross graduate com high school. He most likely will attend mtsu, even though he got a late acceptance to nyu farmingdale. Who knows maybe he will get a good schlorship offer and come to NY unsteady. Our door is open to him. This morning rj was crying because we were missing the victory March from the old church to the new church at Bethel.so at the house I put on some praise music and we had a Victoru dance. A high thank yo to Bro Freeman for loading a Facebook clip of the church marching, cutting the ribbon and entrance t new church so we could see it. I'm excited because I know the best has come and great things are going to happen. I love my family and have enjoyed this time with them I look forward to going home and walking into a new demonstrations of God's power and promises. God is good!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fire on the walls

We are in TN visiting my mom and also here for Ross graduation. We are having a lot of fun with everyone. Last night rj woke up in the middle of the night. He said he saw fire on the walls of our room. He wanted to pray so we prayed and he went back to sleep. This morning he woke up telling me it was Holy Ghost fire and God had made a wall of protection around us. He said he was a little scared, but knew it was from God, so he figured we should pray. GOD is Good!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Skin and Perfected

RJ on occasion gets into some very deep theological discussions with his fellow 4 year old classmate who happens to be Hindu. Today RJ told me they had another one of those such discussions. It went something like this: " He told me that he has lots of gods, they can be bricks and stuff like that. I told him that all those gods are dead and can break and fall apart. I told him that my God was real and alive because He has skin because He was Jesus and Jesus is God. So his god is dead and mine is real." I was very proud of him for not being afraid to speak what he believes. We did explain to him that he needs to respect his classmate, and be his friend because that is what Jesus would want. We told him to never be afraid to talk about God with anyone.
The Bible says in Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
I often think of this scripture when I observe RJ in full worship mode. Today was one such occasion...he was sitting in the stroller as we walked around the mall and he tells me that during outside play time, he climbed the bridge to the slide and felt like giving God some praise so he lifted his hands and began to sing " Hosanna, Hosanna, Hossana in the highest, let my King be lifted up, Hosanna." He said he had a good time in worship with the Lord in the middle of everyone. I told him that was good and he then proceed right there in his stroller to raise his hands, close his eyes and sing. My little boy got so lost in the Lord, he became oblivious to where we were. People were staring at him and he didn't care. I saw today what perfected praise is. If we would just grab a hold of that and praise the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as a child, imagine what God could do in our midsts!

M90
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.

God is Good!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Power"

Today while RJ and I were standing in line to purchase his reward for filling up his marble jar (he bought an intreactive angry bird game), a lady behind me made an interesting comment to me. She said. " I don't know what kind of power you have over your son, but he sure is a very well behaved little boy. I commend you on his good behavior." I was so taken back by her word power that I got out a thank you as I was attempting to pay the cashier. She and her friend who were in line behind me, both had boys the same age as RJ and they were all over the place and a bit out of control. I gave RJ a big hug as we jumped into rain puddles and then rain to the car because it started "raining cats and dogs" as RJ was putting it. If I had been given the chance I would have told her he is a good boy because of the Holy Ghost. God is a big part of his life and of course his mommy and daddy love on him all day long, combined with the very good school he attends. We pour ourselves into him and we pour the things of God into him. We are careful of what we let him eat physically and spiritually..these things make a difference.
M90
Mark 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

God is Good!

Monday, May 14, 2012

At Last

For several years, our church has been in a building program and it has been a huge battle and a lot of work. I respect my Pastor,the Bishop and staff for working tirelessly on this project. Next Sunday the whole church is going to march from the old building to the new building. I am sad because RJ and I won't be there to experience it. We already purchased our plane tickets to be at Ross' graduation and we plan to make sure we do not miss the official installation services taking place in June. It's bittersweet for me that we are missing it, you see, since they started digging in the ground, RJ and I have gone almost every day to watch it be built from scratch and to say a prayer for the workers and the whole project. Even though we won't be there for the "first" service, we will be there for the second one and the other's after that. I know for those who has spent years on this, it's going to be a sigh of relief. I believe that great things will happen and the church is going to fill up quickly. Thankfully Bob will be there this Sunday and he is going to shout with a voice of triumph for us. Every time I look at the building I am encouraged and know that nothing is impossible for God. When man says it can't be done, God steps in and makes it happen. It's been a long hard road, but finally at last, we will have a new place to worship. We need to enjoy it while we can, because I feel, a day will come and we won't be able to worship the Lord freely.

M90
Psalm 150:6
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
John 4:23
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
I Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

God is Good!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Today is Mother's Day and I have enjoyed the love from RJ and my husband. I was excited because this is the first Mother's Day that RJ was old enough to sing in the Children's Choir. He did such a good job and knew all the words. He was waving to me and telling everyone, while pointing at me, that I was his mom...ooh..I loved that! These moments are precious and I pray that when he is older and "cool" he will never be too cool or too old to give me a huge hug and turn to his neighbor and say, hey that's my mom.
I LOVE being a mother. There are those moments when I want to cry, scream and hide, but the good moments ,the amazing moments make it worth it all.
To make it even better Pastor preached an amazing sermon. This was our last church service in our present building and next week will march from the old sanctuary to the new one. Pastor Davis preached a victorious sermon about claiming God's promises. God can not lie and if He says He is going to do something, nothing can stop Him. If you get in His way, He will move you out of His way. We are to claim God's promises and believe that if God said it, then He will do it.

After church, we enjoyed a yummy dinner in Oyster Bay and ended it by the bay feeding sea gulls. Such a beautiful day filled with love, joy and peace all wrapped up in the presence of God.

I'm thankful for my husband and my son. I am thankful for my mom and all the sacrifices she made, I'm thankful for my adopted mom, who loves me as if I am her own flesh and blood. I am thankful for all the other "mom's" I have had in my life who have poured themselves into me and loved me.

God is Good!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Flowers

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. I love Mother's Day weekend...and this year I am really enjoying it because RJ is expressing himself so much more. He has been showering me with a lot of love filled hugs and kisses. Friday he gave me his school project which was a plastic champagne glass that was colored using bright tissue papers. Inside the "vase" were two "flowers", the petals made from cutouts of the shapes of mine and his hands..along with it was a matching card. OOH I LOVE this gift from him, I'll cherish it forever. Today, Bob and RJ went to purchase flowers from the church's annual flower sale. We spent most of the day planting flowers and turning the backyard into a colorful oasis. I am looking forward to spending this summer in the hammock and enjoying all my beautiful flowers! To top it off, we discovered that a chickadee had made a nest in one of my bird houses and we saw one of the babies poke it's head out...such a wonderful weekend. I am looking forward to hearing RJ sing in the children's choir tomorrow in church.

God is Good!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Persistence

Tonight RJ was lamenting again on how he has no brothers or sisters. We sat down with him and had a long talk in regards to his desire. We reminded him the story in the Bible of the unjust judge and how the lady kept coming back until she got what she was asking for. We told him that if he really wants God to hear him, he needs to keep on asking God for his brother and sisters.
Tonight as we said our prayers he asked God to please give him three more kids because there should be 4 kids in this house.
It's not easy being an only child and I pray God hears his little prayers and answers them.
Don't ever give up and throw in the towel..keep pushing, keep asking.
M90
II Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

God is Good!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Contagious Praise

The boys from next door came over for a while and RJ wanted me to play the Spanish/English worship song for them. I put in on and boy did he get to shouting and dancing all over the living room. They looked at him like he was nuts and then the younger of the boys picked up the ukulele and started jamming to the music and dancing too, then he started to shout right along with RJ. The older boy sat there the whole time and looked at both of them like they were crazy..then his facial expression started to change and I saw him start moving with the song. By the time the song was over all three of them were clapping their hands and shouting hallelujah. My son's praise was contagious!

M90
Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

God is Good!

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Heart

This past Sunday in Sunday School the kids made a heart. There were three hearts that were combined together in a way that you could slide them back and forth..the pink one in front, the black one in the middle and the white one on the back. I wasn't sure what the "story" was with the heart until this morning when RJ decided to take it to class. When we got to school he ran to the first classmate he saw and began to tell them all about his heart. Here is what he said: " This is my heart..the pink one..when I sin it becomes black like this one in the middle, but when I repent, then Jesus makes my heart white..see like this one on the back..yep..that's my heart. Jesus forgives me and makes it white and then it's pink again."
OOH how my soul soared...I am going to hug his Sunday School teachers when I see them again!

M90
Matthew 17:21
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

God is Good!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

"On A Hill Far Away"

Today we had a guest speaker, Rev. Steve Smith. He preached a sermon titled " On A Hill Far Away." His sermon was based on the story where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his only son on Mount Moria which was a 3 days journey from where he lived. I heard something that I had never picked up on before...he told his wife that they would be back. He said..we will be back..God had just told him to sacrifice the his only son a promise that was given to him. Yet, when he left, he believed somehow that he would return with his son, alive. As the story goes, he did as God instructed, but before he could finish it, an Angel appeared with a ram to give as a sacrifice instead and his son was saved. Abraham knew of what God had promised him and because he obeyed, God made a covenant with him because he was willing to give to God what he treasured the most. Bro. Smith was asking what our greatest treasure is...if God asks for it, will we give it to Him? Will we believe that the promise that God has given to use will still come to pass even when He wants us to give that promise back to Him. It's really a test, do we want what God really has for our lives, or do we want to make things happen the way we want them to happen?
It was very thought provoking. I experienced what he was talking about firsthand. My whole life I just knew I was going to be a Missionary and my life goal was to tell the Chinese about Jesus. When I graduated from college, I bought a one way ticket to Taiwan and as far as I was concerned that was where I was meant to be. I went there several times and the last time, I went, I truly thought I would never move back to the USA. I loved it in Taiwan and I loved the people there. Then after a year it felt like everything was falling apart for me. I couldn't understand, why I no longer
"felt" at home there and after prayer, I literally felt like I was "done" and it was time to leave. I did a lot of crying and didn't know what to do with my life when I got back. Finally, I just gave my life and my future to the Lord and told Him to do what He wanted to do. The next thing I knew was I was dating Bob and then moving to NY and then married. My heartbeat has always been missions and I didn't understand how that would tie into my life once again. Yet, here I am married to a man who's whole goal in his business is to give to Missions. His dream is to build orphanages, churches and schools all over the world. My "mission" was not over, it was going in the next step and direction God had for my life. I am so happy and thankful that I am on the path I am now on. I realized that God was testing me..will you give up the missions field and follow me, or will you insist on doing it your way. I'm glad I followed.

M90
Joel 1:14
Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord.

God is Good!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Uncharted Treasure & the BYG

Tonight RJ really wanted to attend youth service, so with the blessing of the youth pastor we took him. He was so excited and pumped up to be with the Bethel Youth Group. When the BYG start off the service they have everyone come up front and start with worship and praise, which is then followed by songs. They stay up there pretty much the whole time they are singing. Well...RJ went as close as he could get to the platform and he shouted and danced with all his might. I was super happy to see him giving God all he had in his little body. During the second song, he wanted to go sit down and that was soon followed by his milky and he fell asleep when Christinea Tate was speaking. The theme of the service was Uncharted Treasure. Christinea did an excellent job and her message was clear that all the treasures of this world are really nothing, because Jesus Christ is our true treasure. It was followed by a skit and then some AMAZING singing by Deborah and Sara B. All I could think was that Adel and Beyonce had nothing on these girls. They could out-sing any famous female artist because not only did they sound good, they were anointed.
Bro. Jonathan Walker did an excellent job of wrapping it all together in his sermon. I wish every young person could hear his lesson. Being a teenager has a lot of pressure to fit in, to be like everyone else to be the most different and unique, but if they could just realize that to Jesus Christ they are the most precious treasure. If they could just keep Jesus first and the center of their life, there is joy and happiness and yes you can have a happy life being a Christian. Living for God is only a burden if you make it to be a burden. I have found the greatest treasure in living for the Lord. The benefits of living a Christ centered life bring me much happiness and peace.
I'm so glad we went and so glad my little boy soaked up as much as he could before he fell asleep.

M90 Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

God is Good!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Seeing Through The Window

Tonight James and Stacy Marse the missionaries to Bolivia visited our church. I enjoyed the stories he told and the history I learned about the different climates and lifestyles of the people of Bolivia.

He did preach a sermon I believe was tittled "Seeing Through The Window" His scripture was based on when David came back from battle and was worshiping with all his might and his wife was watching through the window with scorn. His premise was that you only see a window of a persons life when at church and you don't know all that is going on in their daily lives. Many of us have gone through all kinds of things and when we come to church we have a reason to shout and praise the Lord. We are not to judge others by their praise or lack of praise, you don't know what they are going through.

I can see they are very much on fire for the Lord and am sure will do great things in Bolivia.

M90
Matthew 6:12
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

God is Good!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Unexpected Praise

For a couple of days now I have been playing a CD of the songs the church mass choir will be singing for our Installation service in the new building. I am going to attempt to join the choir for this celebration. The songs are great and already I am so thankful to have been listening to them. Today while in the car during one of the songs, it's a slow one, I looked into my review mirror and saw RJ with his hands raised and eyes closed while singing on the top of his lungs. Let's just say I had a hard time not breaking into tears, I did however join him in singing along. Something took root in him today during this time of worship. The next song is Spanish/English and let me tell you, RJ was getting with it. We went home and played it LOUD in the house and he shouted and danced through the whole song. We decided this will be the song we play while having our praise march in the house. I'm telling, something happened in his heart and soul. It gets better, tonight after his bath he pulled two chairs out and said he wanted to have church. He played all his instruments and then ended with this sermon: " There is ONE God, One Lord, One Faith , One Baptism. Amen."

My soul is shouting Hallelujah!!!!!

M90
Matthew 6:11
Give us this day our daily bread.

God is Good!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In My Skin

This morning as I was getting RJ ready for school, I told him that we are going to start something new. When we get home, we are going to have five minutes of praise and worship. We are going to march around the house, blasting worship music and give God some high praise. He asked me why, and I told him that we pray as a family and read God's word as a family, but we need to praise as a family as well. I told him I hoped that he would have Jesus in his life every day. He then replied: " Well, I do have Jesus every day, you see..He's in my skin. When I look at my skin, I know Jesus is with me." I then asked if Jesus was in his heart. He replied. " Of course MOM, he came in my heart already, He goes with me everywhere and I love Him."

Well..that was that...and we had a praise march today when we got home.


M90
Matthew 6:9
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 6:10
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

God is Good!