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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.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fireworks and a Storm

Today we went to the park for a live concert which was OK, but not really my cup of tea. The fireworks that followed were fantastic and overall we had a nice time just being together. We are looking forward to church tomorrow and hope for GREAT things to happen.
Our evening was dampened when we heard news of the horrible storm that went through South Jersey. We have a lot of family there and they are without power. We tried to get ahold of our in-laws and of course since they don't have power, it was impossible. Thankfully through the family grape vine we heard they were OK. We are hoping they can come up to NY and stay with us until power is restored. It's just too hot for them to be without power.
We don't know if they are able to get out to come up here. There are many without power and it's very hot, say a prayer for all who have been affected by this storm.
God is Good!

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Czar and The King of New York

Today for lunch I purchased a kids meal from Burger King for RJ. Their kids meal comes with a paper crown and RJ declared he was going to save it for his dad. Thus, tonight as we sat down to eat dinner, he placed the crown on his dad's head and declared : "Here is the crown for the Czar." We asked him why daddy is the Czar and he replied :"Daddy is the Czar and I am the King of New York."

God is Good!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Ants

This evening after we ate our dinner, we went in the backyard to enjoy the pleasant weather. RJ was busy playing with all his boats while Bob and I enjoyed a cuddle on the hammock. It was so relaxing and then RJ starts yelling all paranoid because he saw an ant hill. Bob being the good dad he is, took the opportunity to turn it into a lesson. He brought out RJ's magnifying glass so RJ could seem them much better. The ants were marching in a single file line and they were carrying their eggs. We followed their line and realized they were preparing for a storm that was coming. They were carrying their eggs to a better and safer place, where they would survive the storm. Bob and RJ decided to give them a reward for their hard work and put a small piece of chocolate right in the middle of their path. They took a break and enjoyed their treat. You could see them carrying chunks of chocolate to their new destination. Their break didn't last long and they went back to work. The ants knew when to stop and they prepared in advance for what is to come.
God is Good!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Zither

In past times when RJ would wake me up he would give me a kiss and say wake up my beautiful flower, or ask me to get up and pray with him, or just a simple request for milky. This mornings wake up surprised me. RJ came quietly into the room, climbed on the bed and began to play Swan Lake on the Zither. I laid there for a long time listening to him play beautiful song after song and silently gave thanks for the awesome gift of music God has given him. Grant it, he did have notes to follow that fit into the Zither, but who knows of a 4 year old who can play Swan Lake on a Zither?

If you don't know what a Zither is, you can learn more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zither

God is Good!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Puddles

We have been getting a lot of rain lately,yesterday it was POURING.
Thankfully we got a nice break in between and the sun came out. RJ took one look outside and saw all the puddles and convinced me that we needed to go for a walk. He put his rain boots on and I enjoyed watching him jump in all the puddles. It was a joy to watch him being so carefree and getting soaked. Something so simple and yet so fun. I found myself giving thanks that we took a walk on a rainy day. I found my silver lining in the clouds..rain puddles.
Next time you see one..find your inner child and jump in them, it's exhilarating.

God is Good!

Care Group

I have no doubt that we are going to stay at full capacity and will soon be overflowing in our attendance at our church. Tonight as we were having our weekly care group, I realized how important it is to be plugged into a care group. Your care group becomes your family. It's almost impossible to meet everyone on a Sunday, but when those who live near each other come together in a home setting for a Bible Study, it becomes much easier for your lives to intertwine.
We are all flawed people, the miracle of it is, that even with our flaws, when we pray together for each other, we experience amazing results.
God is Good!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Gerbils

So, we are taking care of the Pre-K class pets for the summer. We have two Gerbils that RJ has renamed Snoopy and Mozart...he has a thing with that name since our dog is Mozart too. They are a lot of fun to watch and I get a kick out seeing Mozart get all excited when I give him a peanut. The plan is that when school starts in September they will return to the Pre-K class. We are having a lot of fun with them and I'm starting to get attached. Hopefully by the time September comes around, I'll be able to part with them. I know the kids will take great delight in them, so I'll give them back. God's creations are amazing, from the small ones to the big ones...I think I can live without the mosquitoes though!

God is Good!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Old Ark- Dedication Sunday

Let me just tell you, this Sunday's service was what I believe the young people would call epic. We were packed out and it was a super charged atmosphere. Every song was anointed and the preaching by Reverend Anthony Mangun was top notch.
RJ was beyond thrilled when one of the song leaders sang his favorite song.." Lord I lift you name on high...." His face lit up and he was on cloud nine the rest of the service.
Sister Micky Mangun sang before her husband came up to preach and when she sings, Angels stand to attention and Jesus shows up. He was already there, but OH, you could feel supernatural electricity in the place as she sang. It is true that the anointing breaks the yoke. Anyone can sing and sound good, but when you add anointing, wow!
Bro. Mangun preached on keeping the Old Ark in the new tabernacle. He was admonishing us to be the church and not be all about a building. We must keep all of God in our lives. We are to be a place for all people.
Bethel United Pentecostal Church resides in a beautiful building, put the beauty aside, come and receive all God has for you. I believe phenomenal things are going to happen. Lives are going to be changed, the sick are going to be healed, brokenness is going to be restored.
The best is truly yet to come.

God is Good!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

He's Able-Dedication Service

Today we came together to celebrate and dedicate our new church building to the Lord. The music was great, the worship was intense and the preaching was anointed. It was so nice to see so many familiar faces. I hugged a lot of necks of people I have not seen in a while. From afar I admired people who are heroes to me. The world in general may not know who they are, but since I was a young girl, I used to watch Sis Micky Mangun pray and think about how much I admired her and hoped to have a walk with God like her. She was there, the same, tuned in to Jesus.
Our speaker was the Reverend David Bernard who is the General Superintendent for the United Pentecostal Church International. His words were grand and simple all at the same time and tied in the theme of the whole service: God is Able! No matter what man says, God is able to do all things according to His will. I knew RJ was listening because as we were talking tonight, I mentioned that nothing is impossible for God and he looked me right in the eye and said.."MOM..God is able, there is nothing that He can't do."

HE'S ABLE!
I look forward to tomorrow's service, it's the ending of 3 days of celebration and the beginning of a new level in Christ at Bethel United Pentecostal Church..a place where lives are changed for the good.

God is Good!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Take Flight-Celebration Begins

Tonight was the beginning of a three day celebration taking place for/with our church. To some it may seem a bit much to have 3 days of celebration and thanksgiving. I guess if you are on the outside looking in you may not understand, but for us, who have been a part of the long 12 year process, it's a celebration much needed and deserved. About 200 people came together tonight to celebrate and fellowship with one another at The Cradle Of Aviation Museum located in Long Island. There was an abundance of food and laughter. Many people came from all over and one family came from France. It was heartwarming to see so many people come together to reminisce and give thanks. Tomorrow we will get down to business and CELEBRATE in true Bethel United Pentecostal style infused with praise and worship. The new church is amazing and I am sure it will fill up quickly. I look forward to a time of thanksgiving to the King of Kings as we come together to dedicate a building to be filled with the church of the living God. Let us rise up and walk into a new level and dimension in Christ. We stand together in anticipation of God's miraculous taking place in our lives. This building is a beacon of remembrance that no matter what man says, when God says it will be, HE will make it so!
God is Good!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde

Tonight we watched a documentary on Bonnie and Clyde. I didn't know much about their story and wanted to learn more. It truly made me sad to see the direction they chose in life to follow. They spent their lives running and robbing and killing and it brought them nothing but death. True their names will live on in history and yet, it's no glory story.
What are you doing to write your life story? Bonnie and Clyde left behind a legacy covered in blood and sorrow.
Will your life story be one of sadness or will you make a positive impact? If I am remembered after I am dead and gone, I want to be remembered as one who was a follower of Christ. I truly believe what you do for Christ will last. I don't want to be a Bonnie and Clyde story, I want to be a lover of Christ story.
What will your story be?
God is Good!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How About a $101?

Sunday as we were driving RJ to NJ to be with his Grandparents, we gave him some "spending" money. He looks at it and says.."well, thank you, but how about $101 dollars? You know I can go on a lot of rides with that many dollars." Bob: " That is a lot of rides and what we gave you is more than enough." RJ is quiet for a while and then says...: " Well how about $40 dollars since I am 4." He gave us such a good argument, we almost gave in.

God is Good!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Paint and Date Night.

Sunday we had a wonderful time celebrating Father's Day. Bishop preached a very good sermon admonishing us to stay strong in the Lord. After church was over, we took RJ to New Jersey. He will be staying with them for a couple of days and from the few moments we have gotten to talk with him, he has giggled with pure delight at how much fun he is having with his Grandparents. We are enjoying our time together, just the two of us and it helps knowing how happy our son is. We are taking full advantage of our free time together. Bob left work a little early and we went to the church to help paint, clean up..etc..to help get the church ready for our Dedication Services taking place this weekend.. and then went to Manhattan and ate an amazing dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant called The Queen of Sheba. It was so nice to go out on a date with my husband. I think all couples should still have date nights after they are married, no matter how many kids you have, you need to still date each other..keep the romance fresh and alive.

God is Good!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day 2012

Tomorrow, we will be celebrating the Father's in our lives. I don't know where my biological dad is and I wonder how this day affects him. As a kid I never enjoyed this day since he was not very nice to us and I always wished I could have a dad that loved me like a dad should love his daughter. My Heavenly father heard my prayer and years later when my biological dad was long gone and no where to be found, He gave me the most amazing dad a daughter could ask for. Our story is a bit strange, but it just goes to show that God always works things out for the good. The Brolliers have been a part of my life for many years and when Bob and I became engaged, I wanted Steve Brollier to walk me down the aisle. He had become the dad I always needed. Thankfully, I was able to become adopted by them. I'm still the daughter of my faithful and loving mom and am now grafted by adoption (legally) into the Brollier family. I love my dad, my heart soars on this day and I think only happy thoughts filled with love for me from my dad. Stephen Brollier, I thank God for you!
I also want to honor my husband who is an amazing father to our son. I watch them together and I see RJ becoming like his dad. There is no other man in the world that I would want as the father to my children. I thank God for my amazing husband.
Being a God fearing father in this world is becoming a rare site to see.
My husband is the head of this house and I am so thankful for it!
Thus, to my dad and to my husband I wish you both a very Happy Father's Day.
God is Good!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Moving Up Day 2012

It's official, RJ has moved up from Pre-K to Kindergarten! Oh the mixed emotions I had! It was bittersweet since most of his class has been together since Nursery and some are going to different schools for Kindergarten. The kids got up to sing two songs for us and RJ was just not with it. I think part of it had to do with the fact that he was very tired. I tried to get him to bed early last night but he crawled into my bed waiting for daddy to come home.He was one happy boy around 3 am when his daddy came home. Either way, it was cute and I am proud of him. He has come a long way and I enjoyed watching him play with all his friends today. His school is a tiny school, but WFS is a rare gem and I am so glad he has been able to attend. For now, it's summertime and school is out. We shall forget about school and play, play play!
God is Good!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today's Yesterdays

Today while I was picking RJ up from school, I had an overwhelming feeling that my baby was about to "disappear". Since he was only in Pre-K we decided to keep him half day. I have enjoyed our adventures and the big hugs and kisses I have gotten every day when I picked him up in the afternoon. I realized that today was the last time I will ever do it and the last time, he will poke his head out from his classroom door and jump into my arms. Tomorrow will be full of excitement, but the sweetness of our daily routine is over, forever. Next year he will be in Kindergarten and I won't be walking him to his classroom or picking him up half day. It's going to be a different world come September. I know Kindergarten will bring out the big boy in him and the baby I have left will be mostly gone. It's bittersweet and I know it must happen, for it's a part of life. I am going to cherish this summer with him and let him play and be carefree, for come September school life will change. Thankfully he attends a wonderful school that knows how important play for a child is....a new adventure awaits us this summer and I shall dive in and enjoy it as much as I can.

Parents, cherish your children, for one day they will fly away and you will wish you had held them closer than you did.

God is Good!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2 More Days

On Friday RJ will be "moving up" from Pre-K to Kindergarten. I can't get over how quickly this school year has gone by. RJ is chomping at the bit to start summer and as he put it. "I'm done with school." Sometimes I feel like I am dealing with a 14 year old and not a 4 year old. His new word for no is negative and he likes to tell me what his options are and if it's not his option it's "nothing at all." I usually reply with: " Then I guess if those are your options and they are not my options you get nothing and since you are sassing me, you lose 4 marbles from your jar." That usually gets his attention and he starts to recant quickly. I can see I am going to have my work cut out for me. All in all, he is a very good boy and I am thankful to have him. This summer is sure to be interesting and full of laughter and fun.

God is Good!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

To Stress or Not to Stress

Tonight in our group Bible study lesson the topic was on stress. The basis was that there are all kinds of stress that comes into our lives and that God gives us His word to guide us through these situation and give us peace.
I was thinking about this and when we give God our worries and frustrations the situation may not change, but God can change the way you handle your situation. Do we focus on what is in front of us to the point that we are no longer thinking clearly, or when the day is done and you have done all you can do, will you leave it for tomorrow? The body needs sleep to heal, mend and to be of a sound mind. Ask yourself, am I stressing over this so much that I am not sleeping? Your body is the temple of the Lord, take care of it and leave whatever ever is bothering you at the feet of Jesus. He will help you deal with it and He will give you peace that can not be explained.
You decide...are you going to let stress rule you or are you going to allow God to rule the situation through you.

God is Good!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rise Above

Every time my husband goes away on a trip, the first night I always have the same dream. I start to dream that something bad has happened and he dies. I know RJ gets the same fear because he will randomly say that he will take care of me if his dad dies. I make sure to tell him that we can't think like that and we must pray that God will protect his dad and bring him safely back home.
When these dreams start, I wake myself up and began to pray for God's protection upon my husband and I pray blessings and favor to be with him. I share my fears with the Lord and He then takes my fears and replaces them with peace. I remind myself that Bob still has greater things to be done and it's not his time to go yet. I find myself having to surrender him once again to the Lord every time he goes on a trip. Our lives are a vapor and they are literally in the hands of God. I place my trust in Him.

I give thanks to the Lord for his protection. It also helps that my friend Christinea stays over with us while Bob is away. Having her around is a very good distraction for RJ and we both sleep better just knowing she is here with us.

God know what you need, right when you need it the most.

God is Good!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Fun in the sun

Today was beach day for RJ school. We had so much fun and he sat right down in the water and went through three sets of clothes, but he had a blast. Next week is his last week in pre-k, I can't believe how fast time went by. God is good!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Thank You

I have decided to say " Thank You Jesus!" at random during the day. I am going to thank Him for His promises. I have been calling out my healing and thanking the Lord for it. Calling out other things and thanking God for it. If I start to get doubts, instead of voicing them I am giving thanks instead. Nothing is impossible for God, so I am going to thank Him in advance.

God is Good!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

5am

This morning when we got up for 5am prayer, we asked RJ if he wanted to go. We honestly figured he would not wake up. He was at the door before we were. while at the church I got misty eyed when I looked up from prayer and saw him walking back and forth praying with his daddy. Father and son, starting their day off with the Lord, what a legacy.

I'm so glad we took him and will do it again on Friday.

It would be so wonderful if we had 5am prayer on the first Monday of every month...it would set a nice start to every month....

God is Good!

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Bun and 5 AM

RJ has developed an interesting obsession. Recently he has been asking me for a hug a lot more than usual. When I get down to his level, he throws his arms around me and as he is hugging me he all of a sudden gets ahold of the bun on the back of my head. He then proceeds to declare his love for my bun and how wonderful it is. It's pretty cute and I am enjoying all the hugs I have been getting. I know a time will come when the hugs may not be so long and sweet, so I'll enjoy this as long as it will last.

This morning started our 5 am prayer for the week. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week, the church is coming together for prayer at 5am. As in times past, we decided to take turns on who goes to the church to pray and who stays at home and prays while RJ sleeps. This morning when RJ woke up he became very upset when he found out he missed the 5am prayer. Thus, we decided if he really wants to go on Wednesday, we will take him. This way, we all can pray at 5 am. I'm excited, and I am expecting great things to happen!

God is Good!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Dedicated and a Miracle

Pastor preached and let me tell you, he PREACHED today. His subject was Dedication. At the end of this month we will be dedicating the new church building to the Lord and will be having a three day celebration. It's going to be a lot of fun and very exciting. However pastor preached today that it's just a building and the true church are the people sitting inside the church building. He preached that we can not dedicate a building to God if the church itself is not dedicated to Christ. Today was a time of renewal and once again dedicating our lives to the Lord. It was beautiful and at the end of the service the sweet presence of the Lord filled the place. I have been "sold" out for a while. My whole life is centred around Christ,even though this is true, I still stopped and rededicated my life to Him. I never want my walk with God to be routine.
Today in the middle of the church service Pastor read a letter from a member of the church who has been battling cancer for a while. In the letter he read that God had healed her of the cancer and she was now cancer free! The doctors could not believe that it would just disappear like that. OOH how my soul soared! It was as if Jesus sat down next to me and whispered in my ear that her cancer was nothing and He can heal all things even my body. What the doctors are saying is impossible, God says is a piece of cake for Him.
I walked out today soaring on the wings of faith and trust in my heavenly Savior and healer.
God is Good!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Trees and Sand

I first want to say a very big thank you to my dear Christinea Tate. She came today and took RJ out for the day. They had a lot of fun together. This allowed us to join the marrieds in their picnic at Old Westbury Gardens. We enjoyed the fellowship as we ate our lunch and then took a stroll. Being around God's creation always reminds me of how amazing and creative God is. As we walked Bob and I found a beautiful tree lined pathway. The sun was shining through the leaves and it was so peaceful. From there, we decided to continue in our date and went to the beach for a stroll in the sand. As the waves crashed and the water swirled around our feet I could feel the stress from the past couple of weeks wash away into the ocean. Being around God's beautiful creation reminded me of how constant God is, He changes not. We had such a wonderful time together and came home refreshed and at rest. Sometimes we need to get away and just be a couple and thanks to Christinea we were able to do that today.
God is amazing, His handiwork is amazing and He holds my tomorrow in His hands.
I love the Lord and am content in whatever state He chooses me to be in.

God is Good!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Peace Speaker

Today I went into my prayer room and shut the whole world out. I sat down with my Heavenly Father and poured my heart out to Him. Many times we know God as our savior, friend and the list goes one, but we tend to forget He is our Father too. Some things are meant to only be spoken to our Heavenly Father because He is the only one who can fix it. So, I laid it all down, and the more I gave it to the Lord, the more peace I received. The circumstances are still the same, but the peace I have changes everything for me. He is my peace speaker and even when life's storms rage around me, I can lay my head down and sleep through the night. I gave it all to God and as long as I rest in Him, it will all work out for His good.

God is Good!