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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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Abundant Thanksgiving

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

God is still good!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy day 3

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

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Day #2 2012

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

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Day #1 2012

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

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bday with the Classmates

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

Friday, October 26, 2012

Weather Drama

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

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Patterns and Cough

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I Spy a......

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Growing Pains

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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tired Tears

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

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Serving and Party Weekend

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

RJ West

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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Food

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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

True Waiting

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hope

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shrinking

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

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cake # 2

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

Sunday, October 14, 2012

6 Years Happily

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

Friday, October 12, 2012

Only Girl

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy 5th and Pies

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

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Big Day

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

Monday, October 08, 2012

50 Years Celebrated

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

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Access

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

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Writing

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

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

5 , 6 and 50

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

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New Grace

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

Monday, October 01, 2012

Bus Song

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