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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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

To Save the King

We are enjoying our time with Stephen Corbin. Today Bob took him for a ride in his Alfa Romeo(he has had this car since college days). RJ is enjoying having someone to build Lego's with him. Me, well, I'm having fun cooking all the foods that he misses when he is in Bangladesh..like Burritos.

Tonight we started reading from the book of Esther in the Bible. RJ was really getting into it and asking lots of questions. I think it's going to take us a while to read it, but that's ok, we are glad he is connecting to the story. Bob had just read about the two men who were plotting to have the King killed and RJ sits up and says. " Well...if they were riding horses when they were on the way to kill the king, I would go up to them and tell them they should not be careful when they were riding the horse. They would listen to me and then when they were riding the horse they would fall off and then I would save the king's life."

I like it that he wanted to save the King.
Esther is my favorite story in the Bible and one day I will have my own Esther. For now, I am enjoying the precious boy God has given me.

God is Good!

Special Guest

The picnic was a great success and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Sunday we attended a local church with someone we have been witnessing to and after a yummy lunch headed home. Due to our late start, we didn't get home until 1 am....so tired, but glad to be home. Today we got our house and the guest room ready for a special person,Stephen Corbin (his parents are missionaries to Bangladesh..well, he's one too). We are thrilled that Stephen will be staying with us for the week. RJ was so excited, but fell asleep on the way to the airport, so I am sure when he wakes up he will be looking for Stephen. Hopefully his time here will be a good one and he will return home with happy memories. He already has been mightily impacted by the Missionary Kids retreat that took place this past weekend in Florida. Our prayer is that what the Lord has done in his life, will be strengthened while he is here with us in New York. We love the Corbin Family dearly and it's so wonderful to have him here with us.

God is Good!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Lamb and Beast

Whenever we drive into Manhattan, I always try to get Lamb on rice to eat. The past couple of times we were just driving through and the street we were on that normally has the food carts only had hot dogs or chicken. Bob started to call me his little Lamb and would say "No Lamb for my Lamb".  This past week as we were driving RJ says " Mommy is my Lamb and I'm her little Lamb." I asked what daddy was and he replied, " Well he's the beast! "

God is Good!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekend Away

So it seems we missed the big storm in NY while we have been in the mountains of Virginia. Everytime I come here I am in awe of God's beautiful creation.
Today we will be having a company picnic and I am looking forward to meeting all the employees and their families. I have a heart for those who live up here. It's not an easy life to be in the coal mine world and if you live way up here you are many miles away from "city" life. I will say if you are looking for a place to "get away" from the rest of the world, Breaks Interstate Park is the place to go. You will litterally be on top of the mountains and surrounded by God's creation.
We will head home tomorrow and look forward to spending next week with a very special guest in our home....Stephen Corbin! We are excited he will be with us and hope he has a wonderful time during his stay.

God is Good!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lego Boats

So..RJ took a very long time to fill his rewards marble jar and his request when it was finally filled to the brim was for 1000 random Lego's. I started pricing Lego's and learned that they are not on the cheaper side. I am a bargain hunter and discovered that on eBay you can bid..yes BID on Lego's! I lost several bidding wars and the little guy was getting very sad. Finally, I won exactly 1000 random Lego's and let's just say I got a REALY good deal. He has waited and waited every day for them to come in the mail...they arrived today. OH happy day for RJ. I am not kidding when I say he built boats and all kinds of great things out of his imagination for three hours. I had to drag him to his bath tonight and convince him the Lego's will be there waiting for him in the morning. I am thankful that he wants to use his mind and creativity instead of playing video games or watching DVDs.

God is Good!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Still Standing

Today was one of those days...so I am going to put the Word of God as my foundation...we are still standing, but by the grace of God, still standing.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.


God is Good!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Stiches and 10 Miles

Happily today, Bob's stitches were removed and he is feeling much better. I think he was super happy to go back to work and I was very glad to be able to take RJ to a friend's birthday party.

Tonight during our Bible reading the lights started to flicker and RJ got a little scared. When I tucked him into bed he told me that when the electricity goes out at night he gets scared because he can't see in the dark. I told him to not be afraid and to pray to Jesus, I also told him that I would come and find him in the dark and bring him to safety. Here is what he said. " Well, you know, I do pray to Jesus...did you know you can't see him? Well..He's in my heart and I'm not that afraid, only 10 miles afraid and that's not too far for Jesus to get to me because He's already in my heart, so I don't have to be too scared."

God is Good!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trust

Pastor Davis taught an outstanding and highly anointed sermon today. His topic was on trusting God. I have to say I was already on a "roll" in my thoughts towards that area after the choir sang a song talking about taking back everything the devil has stolen. When the choir was singing I was thinking about all the "stuff" that has happened since January. In the beginning of the year I truly felt God promised some things to me. I was sitting in church while the choir sang thinking wow...the opposite in one really big promise has happened. The doctors told us we can't have any more children and were pretty much lucky we have RJ. I sat there in church remembering the promises God has given me for a daughter. I remembered all the dreams He gave me. All the people who called me or e-mailed me who don't even know each other and described the same exact girl I have dreamt about. It was loud and clear today...He was asking me if I was going to TRUST Him. Was I going to give up or was I going to hold on to His promises and trust Him to bring it to pass. I am going to trust in God. If God said it, I believe it! Will you trust the Lord? Will you trust Him even when the opposite is happening? Will you trust Him no matter what happens? I am far from perfect and sometimes I am guilty of grumbling and complaining. Today I dusted myself off and I am holding on to God's promises in my life.
I will TRUST God!

God is Good!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

How Much I Love You

Most of the time when Bob puts RJ to bed he will tell him how much he loves him. They have a routine of what they say and normally I am not in the room when they do this. Tonight I was since Bob can't do much and is still healing. As they finished their back and forth of "love yous". RJ says's "Well, I love mommy more than all that." Bob replies : " Well, I love mommy for the rest of my life." Without missing a beat, RJ throws his arms around me and whispers in my ear as he falls asleep, "Me too."
Motherhood bliss at that very moment. As I held my son close as he fell asleep, I began to think of our Heavenly Father. His love goes beyond what we could even describe of what we have for each other.

How often do you tell your parents/children that you love them? How often do you tell your Heavenly Father you love Him. His love is there waiting for you, all you need to do is crawl into His lap, whisper in His ear and His love will carry you.

God is Good!

Friday, July 20, 2012

6 and a 100 days

Bob looked much better today so we decided he could be home alone and I would drive to NJ and pick him up. I have to say I'm proud of myself because I have never driven there alone and I made it there and back without getting lost. As RJ and I were on our way back to NY, he was telling me how much he missed us. Here is what he said. " Mom, even though I was there 5 days I missed you 6 days long." "Me, that is very sweet, I missed you a lot too, especially your daddy, he really missed you." RJ:" Well, I missed you 6 days, but I missed daddy 100 days."

God is Good!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

WWJD

Bob is feeling much better, he looks better, but still has a way to go before he's up and about again. God willing the plan now is to pick RJ up tomorrow.

Since Bob was feeling good enough to be left alone, I was able to attend Thursday night Bible study at church. If felt good to be in the House of the Lord. Pastor Davis continued his teaching on the book of Colossians. I wrote down his main points. Here they are:

Colossians 3:17/23-24

5 Key Principles of What Would Jesus Do

1. Do Everything in Jesus Name
-I John 2:6 (NCV) Whoever says that he lives in God must live as Jesus lived.
- 1 John 4:17 (NCV) That is why we love each other very much. Then we will not be afraid on the day when people are judged. We are like Christ in this world.

2. Speak and act in awareness that you and your actions represent Jesus Christ.
-You are an Ambassador of Jesus Christ

3.Do Everything with a spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude
-Do all thing with the right attitude. Only what we do for Christ will last.
-You can not be happy without being thankful.

4. Do everything as a service performed for the Lord Himself.
- When a you give money to a homeless person, you are doing it as unto the Lord. What that person does with the money is between that person and God...I never thought of it that way...

5. Do everything with the realization that every word and deed will receive it's reward.
-Matthew 12: 36-37(KJV) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
-Psalm 19:14 (KJV)Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Lord help me to guard what I say and do...Jesus is with me, can He shine through me or does He stand there sadly watching me...I have a long way to go to be like Jesus!

God is Good!

July Hail Storm

Since I have been in the house for the past 48 hours taking care of Bob I have been a bit disconnected with the rest of the world. I knew we had a big storm today because it rained pretty hard by my house, but I didn't think much about it. Tonight when I called RJ to say goodnight for the second time...yes..second time..he's worried about daddy, he told me about the big storm in Cap May. After we said our prayers over the phone and calmed his fears ( and decided he needs to stay till Friday), I went online and low and behold saw lots of footage of not only a storm in NJ, but also in NYC! I couldn't believe what I was reading/seeing. Hail in July!!! Call it what you want, but this weather is putting me on spiritual alert. You may think that is a bit over the top, but I have always believed that the supernatural matched the natural. Nature is screaming something, turn your spiritual ears on, maybe God is saying something too. God is Good!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Little Tears

Bob is doing better than yesterday but still in pain. RJ is still in NJ and tonight he started crying over the phone when I told him once again that he will probably have to stay there until Friday. Hopefully Bob will feel well enough tomorrow, that I can pick RJ up. I love my husband and am so glad I have been able to stay home and take care of him. This quiet time together has been nice and I look forward to seeing my husband up and running around again. I miss the sound of RJ's laughter and look forward to having him home soon.

God is Good!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Operation

Today Bob went in for his operation. Thankfully all went well and he is now home resting. We called RJ to let him know that his daddy was ok and that he might have to stay in NJ with the grandparents until Friday. He started crying over the phone because he wants to come home Thursday. It's so hard for me to hear my boy cry and not be able to hold him and comfort him. Most likely I will drive there on Thursday and get him. He's a good boy and will be understanding and gentle with his dad. It's been a long day and I am thankful for God's presence that was with me while I waited at the hospital. I am also thankful for family, I didn't worry about my boy, because I knew he was in good hands.

God is Good!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Death of a Friend

Tomorrow Bob goes in for his operation. We decided it would be best if RJ was in NJ with his grandparents for the week since it's going to take a couple of days for Bob to heal. Thus, last night after we dropped him off we were on our way home discussing the amazing sermon preached by Pastor Davis, which I will blog about on a different day. As we were talking, Bob's phone rang and we received news that someone who had been like a second father to him was in the hospital dying. We were a little over an hour away from the hospital and decided to go straight there. He was just hanging on to life. Understandably everyone that was there was in a very somber mood when we arrived. We sat and talked and reminisced with one another. There was some laughter mixed in with tears. The family was saying they couldn't understand why he was holding on since he was in so much pain. As we were leaving I stood next to him and felt the Lord whisper in my ear and I knew why he was holding on. His daughter had not yet come to see him. My heart broke because I knew she was not going to come and he was suffering waiting for her. I bent down and told him she was not coming and he turned his head, opened one of his eyes and looked right at me. I told him again that she was not coming, but I was there in her place instead. He smiled at me. I then began to talk to him from my heart and tears began to stream down his face. He is a Jewish man and I quoted " Hear Oh Israel the Lord our God is One Lord." He sighed and I told him he could go, The Adonai was there. I could feel the peace of God surround him. He took one more breath and then he died. Our hearts are broken for the loss of a dear friend and so sad because his daughter was not there to see him. Pride will get in the way of so many things and rob us of love, joy, peace and happiness. Don't let pride keep you from your loved ones, one day they will be gone and you will be filled with regrets for what could have been.

I'm thankful that I was able to speak to him and allow God to use me to bring peace to him.

God is Good!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tree House




Today was a restful day. Bob spent most of it doing the finishing touches on RJ's tree house. RJ took it easy and by this evening was pretty much back to his normal self, we are glad for that.

While doing the finishing touches Bob used something called "The GreatStuff" which is liquid styrofoam. He was not wearing gloves and we found ourselves with the predicament of how to get this stuff off his hands. I spent some time looking on the web and was not too happy with what I read. Being a mom I have lots of stuff on hand and we tried something that none of the other people who made the same mistake did...we used RJ's Aveeno Oatmeal lotion. So far it seems to have made this stuff soft enough that Bob is getting most of it off. Lesson learned..next time wear gloves.

God is Good!

Music Under the Raindrops

Thankfully RJ was feeling more like himself and we had a great day together.
Every year one of our Summer highlights is to attend a free Concert Under the Stars in Central Park. It's a wonderful treat to hear the NY Philharmonic play out in the open. We always have a good time sitting on the grass and having a picnic. This year we invited Bob's good friend Leong to join us. RJ was feeling up to it, so we went. The place was packed, but we found a spot and thoroughly enjoyed the music. In typical NY spontaneity a group people began to ballet dance to the music. Someone directed them and it went right along with the music..such a nice treat. Then all of a sudden a light summer rain began to fall and we now were listening to music under the raindrops. It was very refreshing and the night ended with a wonderful fireworks show.

God is Good!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

His Lifesong

Today with RJ was a bit on the rough side. When he was 6 months old he had a radical behavior change several days after he received a vaccination. Today, we had one of those days. I don't think I have ever seen my son act the way he did. I have been pleading the blood of Jesus over his mind and praying for God to fill him with peace. I don't like what the vaccinations do to my son. I am sure that this will pass and my boy will be back once they work through his system.

Tonight was the first Thursday night Bible Study in the new building. It was very nice to have church again on a Thursday night. Pastor Davis continued his lesson on the book of Collosions. Once again it was VERY good. He talked about making sure you have the word of God in your heart. We need to make sure we truly know His word and apply it to our lives. He also touched on the importance of music and praise. I know that if things just don't seem to be going right, if I began to sing a worship song to the Lord, my mood changes immedfiatly. The circumstance has not changed, but I change. I try to play a lot of worship music around RJ. He is young and the more he hears, the more it will be a part of who he is. I want the Lifesong of God to be what resonates inside of me and also in my son. I am very far from perfect and especially after a rought day like today with RJ, I have to admit, I sat in church today and soaked in the music and presence of God.
I'm thankful to have a place I can go to that lifts up the name of Jesus and makes His presence known in song and the Word of God.

God is Good!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

RJ's Phenominal Dream

Today RJ slept in and ran a mild fever. We are hoping this is it in regards to reactions to the vaccinations he got. He wanted to go for a ride in the car so we were driving around the neighborhood while listening to his favorite worship CD ( A compilation of songs that our choir sang for the dedication service). He then tells me that he had a dream. RJ is always having dreams and remembers them in great detail. This dream caught my attention. Here is what he told me: " MOM, I had a dream. In my dream there was a lot of people in the sky singing this very same song! (You Are Worthy sung by IBC)And do you know who was in the middle of them singing. I bet you can't guess...I'll tell you...It was JESUS! When they finished the song he made a BIG PROMISE...can you guess what that was...it was a rainbow and it covered the whole earth! Then he started to talk to me. He told me all kinds of things. I don't remember what he said..well, I do, but I can't tell you, but I can tell you He told me the 10 Commandments! It was great, the dream was so great. Jesus talked to me and the rainbow was so pretty..yep the rainbow, God's promise for me covered the whole earth."

Wow.. I was speechless..what a dream.

God is Good!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Eleven

Thankfully RJ is feeling good, in fact he was feeling so good today he was super hyper and let's just say I am wiped out.
Tonight he was sitting on the couch with the Bible on his lap and declared he wanted us to read from Chapter 11 in the first book in the Bible. We read it and it was about The Tower of Babel. It got me to thinking about how advanced we have become in this day and age. Back in the days of the Bible when the people were in the process of building the tower, they were at their peak of intelligence and power. God saw what they were doing and sent confusion among them. I wonder if this will happen again. Scientist are discovering some very big things in regards to how we are put together. They feel that they may have found the "God Particle". Isn't that almost the same as The Tower of Babel? I am watching and waiting to see how God is going to respond to this. It's ok to want to discover and learn, just never try to outsmart God. He is all powerful and can take all your intelligence and turn it upside down on you. I do my best to have a healthy fear of God. I respect Him in all his power and majesty.

God is Good!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Vaccination and The Sparrow

Today RJ completed his vaccinations that he was behind on as well as what is required for Kindergarten. He had to get two shots in each arm. He was very brave and I let him have all his favorite snacks when we got home.
We are hoping there will be no major reactions and so far he is doing well.

While RJ was resting on the couch I looked out my kitchen window and observed something very special. In our bird feeder there was a family of sparrows. In the middle of them was a baby sparrow and one of the parents was feeding it by mouth. When they were done, the baby attempted to fly from the porch to the trees, but only made it to the swing set. I watched it sit there alone looking a bit lost. The mother and father came to their baby and sat with it. One of them cuddled real close to the baby to give comfort and encourage it. The baby then spread it's wings and flew up into the tree with the parents following.
We are God's child and when we reach towards our goals in this spiritual journey, sometimes we miss the mark. Our Heavenly Father comes to us and patiently waits for us and nurtures us until we take flight once again in the direction of our Heavenly home.

God is Good!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Everything

Today we attended church in NJ with my in-laws. Rev. Hanscom preached a good sermon on Jesus being the I AM. He is everything and everything is in His name.  He told some compelling stories regarding the power of the name of Jesus.
When you call on His name, He answers.
God is Good!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

49 Celebrated

Today we celebrated Bob's birthday.  It was a wonderful day for him. We went to cool off in the ocean and were thrilled that RJ overcame his fear of the waves.  Most if Bob's  siblings were able to come to the parents house to celebrate and have dinner. All the cousins were having a blast together.  It truly was a wonderful time filled with laughter and love.
God is Good!

Friday, July 06, 2012

Woods Lake Rides

Today was a very pleasant day. We started it by going for a walk in The Pine Barrons. RJ cousin Joe Joe came with us. God's creation never ceases to amaze me. From there we went to Lake Absegami and spent hours in the water.  When we got home we enjoyed a very yummy dinner cooked by Tim and Claudia.  We finished the night in Ocean City watching RJ go on some rides. Today truly was a lovely and relaxing day.
God is Good!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Family

Saying goodbye to my mom today was not easy and I'm thankful for the time I had with her. This weekend is Bob's birthday and his only wish is to go to the lake with his boy and then have a BBQ with his parents and siblings.  Family is precious,no matter how busy you are, stop and spend time with them. We are not promised tomorrow.
God is good!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

4th of July 2012

We decided that since Bob ended up not getting his operation and he was feeling great, that we would go out and celebrate this great nation and it's Independence. There are two places we usually go to celebrate. One being Sagamore Hill to watch the Rough Riders and hear "Teddy Roosevelt" give a speech from the porch of his home. The second being a trip into NYC to view the Macy's Fireworks. Since my mom is with us, we decided to do the first one and improvise on the second one. We had a wonderful time and it was so nice to celebrate with my mom! RJ really wanted to see fireworks so we did some searching around and discovered a gem right here on Long Island. The Penny-Saver Amphitheater was putting on a free show by the Long Island Philharmonic to be followed by fireworks. It was wonderful. The music was patriotic, the fireworks were great and best of all the crowd was nothing like the craziness of NYC.

God is Good!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Postponed

For various reasons, Bob's operation was postponed. Thankfully it's not a life or death situation and the timing of the operation does not matter. The bright side of this is that my mom is here and now we can celebrate the 4th of July together, which is something we have not done in years. We plan to find something close to home since the chaos of Manhattan is not something any of us want to deal with this year.
Tonight's group was a nice one and I was happy that our friend Caren came.

God is Good!

Monday, July 02, 2012

An Unexpected Surprise

Tomorrow my husband is going in for surgery. He will be coming home the same day that he goes in for his operation. We had made plans for someone to babysit RJ so I could take him to and from the hospital. This morning as I was chatting with my mom,she mentioned she had 4 days off in a row. A light bulb went off in my head and I went to check flight prices, just to see how much it would be to fly her out here for a couple of days. I could not believe the prices! They were so low it was a no brain-er and the perfect solution. Just like that and she is now sitting here next to me as I type. I'm so glad she will be here while Bob recuperates and RJ is thrilled out of his mind that he gets to spend a couple of days with her. I kept thanking the Lord for making a way for her to be here. I love my mom and cherish any time I can get with her. This was an unexpected surprise and I am so glad for it!

God is Good!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Not On Your Own

Today we had a guest speaker, the Nowacki Family, missionaries to France. I love it when he has his wife speak before he preaches. She is full of "fire" and I always find myself wishing I knew her better. I wish I could be as in tune with the Lord as she is. She is amazing.
Bro. Nowacki preached on ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ from Zachariah chapter 4. He gave several stories about people being led by the spirit of God to speak to people or to go somewhere. We live in a day and age where it's easy to be comfortable and go through the routines of life and never really be connected to God. If we want to walk in the Spirit we can not do it on our own, we must have God in our lives to direct us.

I did a lot of inner reflection today. I remember a time when I was younger that God spoke to me in such a real way that I was always listening for Him to tell me where to go, who to speak with, to guide my day.
I was so sensitive to the voice of God. My prayer life was very strong and I remember on Fridays' going to the church and shutting out the whole world and praying for hours. Life now does not give me that opportunity, yet I hunger for more of God. I realized I must keep Him in my day, all day. In the mornings, I read His word and pray, I do the same at night. His voice is speaking to me and the fog is clearing. I don't want to be afraid to speak and act when the Lord moves upon me. This world is full of people who are not afraid to live their life how they want to live it. I will not be afraid to walk in the light of Christ!

God is Good!