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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.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fun and Akward

Tonight RJ attended the birthday party for his "sister" Melissa. He had a blast running around I had fun chatting with all the mommies and daddies. Tonight on the way home he asked if we could stop and get him a Slurpee. Since he behaved himself very well at the party, I thought it would be a good treat. As we were waiting in line to purchase the Slurpee, a group of teenagers where in front of us in line. Watching them brought back memories of my teen years. I stood there and realized I would not want to go back to those awkward years. I am in my 30's and have learned a few things and learned how wrong I was when I was 15 years old and thought I new it all. Today things are very different and the cultural pressures our teens face now, makes me want to hug them when I see them. I pray for our youth, the examples they have to follow in this world are not the examples, I would ever want my son to follow. Thankfully, there are positive roll models in the church and I am so grateful for them! God is Good!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Back of the Book

Tonight Bro. Joe taught our last Thursday night Bible study for the year. I like it when he teaches,he gives good "meat and potato's" lessons. He taught on looking in the back of the book, meaning the Bible. The main verses came from Revelation. When we read the last book of the Bible we are given a window into what is to come. God is coming back. He made a good point. He said that some say they will serve God after the rapture and think they will be ok by not taking the mark of the beast. Bro Joe's question is, if you can't live for God now, when there is no persecution, how do you expect to live for God when there is persecution. It's true, we in America are free to worship God, if one cant' decide to give their life to Him now, who is to say they will do it when God has already come and now a gun is pointed at their head. I don't know the exact day that God is returning, but I do believe He is coming back. I live for Him like He is coming today and plan as if He is coming in a 100 years. God is Good!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bounty Treasure

RJ has a little pirate treasure box and it's full of all his treasures. In his wonderful imagination, what would look like arts and crafts or toys to us, look like beautiful things to him. Tonight we spread his treasure out on the floor and he divided it among us. He wanted to make sure everyone got an even share..well, actually, he was giving more to his dad, because his dad was bigger than he was. I got all the rubies and precious stones. We were impressed that he was being so giving. It was a nice thing to see in our little boy..especially in a day an age where the world is becoming "all about me" in their philosophies of life. We love our little boy. God is Good!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Encouragment

I read this today and wanted to share it with you :Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. God has plans to give us future and a hope..wow..if we could just grasp that and truly believe it, no matter what happens, we will keep our head up and stay focused. We have HOPE and it's a beautiful hope, when we put our full trust in God. God is Good!

Monday, November 26, 2012

3 Green Pigs

RJ has a love for all things pigs. He has had this type of attachment since he was 2 months old. If you know anything about Angry Birds, you will know that there are pigs involved and well..my son happens to gravitate towards the pigs. Over time, here and there, we have purchased, or he has been given, two of the green pigs in a stuffed animal form. One is larger than the other and he decided they were the King and Queen pig. For some time he has lamented that they needed a kid pig. This weekend, we happened to come upon a small green pig from the Angry Bird family. Thus, he proceeded to convince us that the kid pig was in need of a family and the King and Queen pigs were lonely and needed a kid. We felt he gave a good argument and purchased the kid pig. Last night as we tucked him into bed, we overheard him having this conversation.."OH Mommy..oink oink...Daddy..oink oink..Oh we love our kid pig..oink oink..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" It was super cute. Now RJ has three green pigs and they along with piggy(his beanie pig since he was 2 months old)do everything together. God is Good!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Liberty and feasting

Yesterday we took RJ to Philadelphia to see the liberty bell and important places of history. A lot of it was over his head but he was a good boy and paid attention.  We had a wonderful time just being together as a family.  Today most of the kids came and we had another feast. No one is perfect and there are times when we don't get along, but when you decide to forgive and work through it peace reigns. Forgiveness is powerful and the holidays are a good time to forgive.
After we cleaned up and everyone was gone Grammy gave RJ a haircut.
God is good.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving. A time to reflect and give thanks for all the good and yes even the bad that has happened this year. We celebrated this year in NJ with Bob's parents. I'm not the greatest cook in the world so I give thanks that my husband is an amazing cook. We made a great team cooking a feast today. God has been kind to us and we are thankful for our family and to be alive. This year is coming to a close. Many things have been restored. I'm thankful for this journey and am glad Christ walks with me.
God is good.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Choice

Tonight we had our Thanksgiving service at church. Pastor Davis taught a lesson on "The Choice of Giving Thanks". By the time he was done, I was sitting there in my mind asking God to please forgive me for those many, many moments when I chose to grumble and complain instead of being thankful through the circumstance. I don't have to be thankful for what has just happened, but I can be thankful through it. Pastor used these scriptures I Thessalonians 5:8, Psalms 34:1, Romans 1:21, Philippians 2:14 and Jonah 2:9. I highly recommend you read them. We are born ungrateful and unthankful and it's up to us to chose to give thanks for what we do have. We take so much for granted and at times forget to be thankful. Sometimes RJ does not appreciate the little things we do for him and I get very upset and frustrated with him. I can only imagine what God is thinking when I become upset over something and complain under my breath. We are not perfect people, yet we do have a choice on how we will react to a situation. All we need to do is say thank you..can you imagine what would happen if instead of getting all upset and throwing a fit, we just say thank you. Wow...what a thought. I have a LONG way to go, but I am going to try and do much better and hold my tongue when I feel like grumbling. Also tonight, we had communion...I have been in church my whole life..tonight's communion really struck a chord within me. I don't know if it's because we just came out of a Hurricane..but I truly was thankful for the blood Jesus shed for me. In Him, I have salvation. Thank you,Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins. God is Good!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tobias

I am dedicating this blog today to Tobias. 3 years ago we lost our baby. We never had the chance to hold, squeeze or kiss the babies cheeks. The baby died before he/she could be born. We were not able to find out the sex of the child, but wanted to give the baby a name. My instincts told me the baby was a boy, so we decided on the name the baby Tobias. I don't have a place to go to remember him, he is however forever etched in my heart. We don't understand why he was taken and there are days when the grief rises up and I remember my lost baby. I hope when I get to heaven he will be there waiting for me. I don't have much scripture to back it up, but I let my Mommy's heart hold on to that wish. Maybe while he is in Heaven waiting for me, my Nonna is taking good care of him. One day when I walk on streets of gold, I believe I will walk with him hand in hand and we will worship Jesus together. Losing Tobias caused me to cherish RJ all the more. Children are a precious gift from God. The Lord gives and He takes away, I will say blessed be the name of the Lord. God has promised to restore what was lost. This year many things have been restored to us. I know He can't give Tobias back to us, but maybe, just maybe, we will conceive the very month we lost our son. Maybe that's a huge request to ask God, but I asked Him of it anyway. Tonight my heart is sad for my boy, yet still I rejoice,for God is sovereign in all He does. God is Good!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sanctuary

Today we had a guest speaker from Canada,I didn't catch his name, my ears are closed and to be honest I was a bit under the weather today. I woke up this morning not feeling so well and my stomach was not having a good day. I still loved Jesus, but was not as "in" it as usual. However,I do recall he preached a very moving ceremony about how we can run and hide into the Sanctuary. Jesus is our hiding place, in Him we can find rest. He talked about how we have two worlds around us..the spiritual and the natural. Depending on what world we allow to rule us, will determine how we react during a crises. We are all human and when "stuff" comes our way, we can run to our Sanctuary in Jesus Christ and He will help us through it. I can say this, the presence of the Lord was very deep and sweet today during the service. God is Good!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shower of Love

Today I attended a baby shower for our youth leaders. Sis. Lindsi is loved by many at Bethel and it was fun to be a part of the showering of love for her and their baby to come. Her mother in law or I should say mother in love was there and she said some very nice things. Also, there was a video that her mom sent, since she was not able to come. As I was sitting there, it dawned on me that when I had my baby shower, I didn't have any of my family there. I was sad my parents were not there to celebrate the day. However, I remember the tremendous shower of love I felt from all the church ladies who were in attendance. The church was and still is my family. My son may be far from my family, but he has a huge church family that looks out for him and cares for him. I'm so thankful for the church family. The church family is not perfect, but as a family even in it's imperfection, we do love each other very much. Today the Bethel church family showered Sis Lindsi and their princess to come with a lot of love and gifts. She is being born into an amazing church family and has been given two very wonderful parents. Tomorrow is Sunday and I look forward to worshiping the King of Kings with my church family. God is Good!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ugly

I really like Friday's because it's my date day with RJ. These days are so wonderful because he usually opens up to me and let's me know how he really is doing..or he is super funny and we have a good laugh. Today's date was a real eye opener. He told me that he was ugly because he didn't listen to his mommy, daddy or teacher. I gave him lots of hugs and told him he was a good boy and that it can be ugly when he doesn't listen but all in all he is a wonderful, sweet and handsome boy. He was so happy and the tears were gone. From there our date was great and he was very funny..so funny that he made the lady sitting near us laugh even though she was trying very hard to act like she was not listening. I'm getting excited because the holidays are upon us. I'm thankful for what we have and for my family. I pray for those who are still without much and am doing my part to make a positive impact for them. God is Good!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Mind of Christ and Winter Tree

Pastor Davis taught tonight in our Thursday night Bible study on having The Mind of Christ. I forgot my pen and found myself wishing I hadn't, the lesson was a good one. I will do my best to cover it by memory. He gave some points that are a part of having the mind of Christ. One was loving your brother or sister in the Lord (or in the natural) and another was to have an unselfish mindset, to be concerned about others. He talked about how NYers tend to be about their world and he challenged us to not let the NY attitude come into the church. We need to know our brothers and sisters in the Lord. He also talked about when we receive the Holy Ghost we have taken on the DNA of Christ. Pastor Davis told the story about when scientist sliced a brain cell DNA of a chicken and put it into the DNA of a Quail egg. When it hatched the quail looked and walked like a quail, but it clucked like a chicken. We as Christians have the spiritual DNA of Christ in us, we need to talk and act like Christians. It was a good lesson, I enjoyed it. I have a LOOOONG way to go. On a side note, Hurricane Sandy and storm Athena, took a toll on our winter cherry tree. Sadly a lot of the limbs had to be cut off today. We give thanks that part of it is still intact and hope that it will survive. God is good!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

1st Day since Sandy

Today was the first full normal day we have had since Hurricane Sandy arrived. It was a bit surreal and everywhere I drove today there were constant reminders of what had happened. Broken branches still dangle from trees and the streets are lined with clean up efforts on every block. The gas lines over here seem to have disappeared I am sure that has a lot to do with the power being back on in most places as well as the mandate to rotate days on who can get gas. Today I went to RJ's school to drop off clothes for those in the North Shore, who had lost everything. It was so good to see the staff and hug their necks. We heard good news that our Pastor and Bishop's electricity was finally turned on, we are so happy for them. Today Bob and I focused on making today as if the Hurricane never came, for RJ's sake. Tonight the lights flickered a little, something they always did when the heater kicked in, when it did, RJ became a bit nervous. He was afraid the power was going to go back off again. It's so important we get life back to normal for his sake and allow him to express his concerns and fears. Thankfully, we have the peace of God in our home and we can all sleep tonight in a warm place. God is Good!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Goodbyes and Routines

Today we said goodbye to the Long Family, missionaries to Nicaragua. We truly enjoyed having them with us and I will miss my chats with Emily. Since Hurricane Sandy came normalcy and routines have been completely thrown off. Today we were able to finally start to get back to "normal" life. RJ went to school on the bus, came home from school on the bus and we had our day like we always do, as if the storm never came. He was so calm and happy and fell asleep during our last home group for this year. When he wakes up, daddy will be home from his business trip and finally, after two weeks of chaos, life will be back to normal. I am thankful for routines, they give us a since of direction and safety. Our life is calming down, for many it will never be the same. I am going through all RJ's winter clothes and will be giving them to those who have lost everything. Even though our life is coming back full circle, it will be a long time before that happens for many here in NY. Please continue to pray for NY..recovering is going to take a very long time. If you would like to be a part of helping NY recover our church has set up a recovery fund for those affected by this storm. You can send financial assistance to Bethel United Pentecostal Church located at 357 Jericho Turnpike Old Westbury, NY 11568...please indicate that it is for Hurricane Sandy Recovery and 100% of funds given will go to families affected by this storm. God is Good!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Longs and Day 3

Thankfully we still have electricity and when I say thankfully, I truly mean that. We are on day three of having consistent power in our home. There are still many people on Long Island who still do not have power in their homes. For the hardest hit areas it's going to be a very long time before their lives are anywhere close to how it was before Hurricane Sandy came. Today was a day of rest in our home and since it is Veterans Day, there was no school..by the way..I am thankful for all those who have fought for our freedom and for those who are fighting for others freedom. I enjoyed chatting with Sis. Long and RJ had fun playing pirates in the back yard with Emily and also making mud soup in the sandbox....I appreciate her willingness to be a 16 year old and play with my 5 year old. We have enjoyed their company and I am sure great things are in store for Nicaragua. I pray their deputation is finished soon so they can return to the country of their calling. It's always wonderful to meet real people. If you would like to Partner in Missions with them you can find out how at http://globalmissions.com/support/enroll-as-pim?view=rsform their names are Jayson and Nellie Long, missionaries to Nicaragua. We are honored to have had them in our home. God is Good!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

80 Years and God is For You

Today was our first church service since Hurricane Sandy and Nor'easter Athena slammed into New York. It was so nice to be able to be with the church family and just worship freely. The service was special for another reason too. We surprised our Bishop by honoring him for his 80th birthday. He surprised us by being the special speaker for the service. I LOVE it when he preaches. His topic was that God is For you. I don't think I have ever seen him get so fired up. Our platform is huge and he was practically running back and forth. His passion for souls and the church people is very evident and it was wonderful to listen to him preach. He talked about how God is our friend and He wants us to have a relationship with Him where we can just sit down and talk with Him. God is for us and He truly does fight for us. The more we get to know Him, the deeper our friendship with Him becomes. We forget that we can talk to God about anything..He loves it when we come to Him. Once service was over we all went to the annex building and celebrated Bishop Davis' birthday. Please continue to pray for NY...several of our church family lost everything, others homes were flooded twice...thankfully there was no loss of life, but it has impacted us all in some way. This morning our Bishop as well as others still did not have electricity in their homes. We are thanking God that our power is still on in our home. The simplest of things when gone have such a huge impact on your life. The Long family is still with us and we are enjoying their company. It truly was a wonderful day. God is Good!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The City and a Girl's Day

Happily our electricity is staying on. There are still many who are without power in their homes and I just can't understand why that is so. The weather today was glorious and the sun was shining. Bob and RJ went into the city with the Long's who are Missionaries to Nicaragua. Emily stayed with me so they could go into the city in one car. We took advantage of this and had a girls day. I love getting an opportunity to spend time with Missionary Kids. So, we went out had frozen yogurt at 16 Handles, walked around the mall...did a little shopping, came back to the house ordered Thai food and watched Miracle on 34th street. We had a blast! I love having girl time since I'm usually the only girl in this house. It's been wonderful getting to know Emily and my prayer is that her time in Nicaragua will be a good experience for her. For now, we are enjoying our time with them. It's always a blessing to have missionaries in our home. Please continue to pray for NY. Today was the most "normal" day we have had in a while. For many, they are still living in a form of chaos and their lives are still very upside down. We have not been able to have church due to electrical issues from the storm. Tomorrow I am looking forward to spending time with our church family worshiping the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God is good!

Friday, November 09, 2012

Getting Radical and House Guests

Right before we went to sleep last night the power went out again and let me tell you it was COLD. To keep warm we huddled under the blankets and slept through the night. In the morning we were all on the couch together and we decided to pray as a family for God to take over the power lines and get our power back on. Our prayer may seem radical to some, but for us, we were tired of being cold and we knew we had guest that were coming. So, we prayed and you know what...several hours later the power came back on and it has stayed on. We keep praying and thanking the Lord that it's not going to go off again. We have special guests staying with us for a couple of days. RJ is excited because they are Missionaries. The Long Family are missionaries to Nicaragua and we are looking forward to getting to know them while they are here. RJ didn't miss a beat and is interacting with them as if he has known them all his life. Our prayer is that their time here is a good one and they leave rested and refreshed...and that the power stays on while they are here! God is Good!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Snow and Lights

Well...we woke up this morning to a world covered in A LOT of snow. RJ being the happy 5 year old he is was thrilled out of his mind and couldn't wait to go out and play in it. Play in the snow he did and we all had some fun. I have to say I was super proud of him. He cleaned the snow off our car and his Auntie Nell Nell's car too. He even wanted to save the bushes and brushed them all off. He was a trooper and did this all on his own. I love my son. The entire day we have endured multiple power outages. I feel like we have been on a roller coater ride called electricity. Thankfully our power is on again and I am making sure the house gets real warm, just in case it goes out tonight while we are sleeping. We have been told that warm weather is on the way, I sure hope so! On the bright side, my mother discovered how to skype and we had a blast today skyping with her. RJ took great joy in putting his foot over the camera and telling her to smell it...it was funny. Then we got a skype call from Sis Corbin. I LOVE talking to her and deeply appreciate her and her family. God is with us and even in the little things I am giving praise..like the power went out literally right as I finished cooking dinner. Dinner by candlelight..hey find the silver lining and go with it.. God is Good!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Gas Line, Snow and a Tree

This morning I got in the car gas line. The first line I was in was moving and just stopped, so I followed my instincts and got out of line. Good thing I did, the station had ran out of gas. At the next gas station the line was much shorter and I only had to wait 30 minutes. I was so happy to be able to fill my gas tank. I am hearing stories about people who have waited for over 2 hours to only find out there was no more gas. I must give a shout out to Christinea because she gave me information over the phone on where the closest open gas station was. I'm so thankful for her! This morning it started to rain and by the afternoon it turned into snow, it's been snowing ever since. We made a snowman, threw snow balls and took RJ for a ride on his sled. During this time the power kept going off and on and we kept praying it would come back on and it did. Later this evening we heard a thud and we looked out the window to see that a tree had fallen over in our front yard..yes a tree. We are thankful that it fell in the front yard and not on the house. Tonight we prayed for God to protect us, the cars and the office. We have a guest with us tonight. Some of our good friends from the church still do not have power and due to the cold have asked if their dad can stay with us. We are thankful we can do something small for them. I also begged my elderly neighbor who is without power to please come and stay with us, but he said he didn't want to leave his home. Please pray for him tonight, pray for us, pray for NY. Many are still without power in their homes and that means they do not have heat. It's very cold and still snowing. I don't understand why NY is getting hit so hard back to back with two very big storms. The trees are already weak and still full of leaves that have not fallen off. The snow accumulating on them cause them to become heavy and fall over, like the one now laying across my front yard. God is faithful and I trust in Him. My life is in His hands and I pray He is merciful to us and the state of NY and NJ. God is Good!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Voting and Power Outages

Today our power went off several times. We have been told it's because they were working on getting power on for the rest of the neighborhood. I pray that it stays on through the night. It's very cold outside and a storm is approaching. Tomorrow is expected to bring strong winds and snow. I am praying that it's not as bad as they are saying. So many people are still without power and a snowstorm will be devastating. Please pray for NY. Today was also a day to go and vote. I am so thankful that I was able to vote without fear and allow my voice to be heard. RJ went with us and he has a pretty clear cut view. In typical childlike fashion he feels Romney should win because Obama already had a turn. Who knows...maybe RJ predicted it right..we will know for sure in the morning. Either way, no matter who wins, I will pray for God to guide them. God is Good!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Rejoicing and Reflection

Tonight as I type this blog I am sitting on the couch, typing on my computer with a lamp as lighting behind me. For the past 7 days we have been without electricity in our home. On the 2nd day our neighbors hooked our furnace to their generator and we were able to have heat and hot water during the night. In the day time we dressed warm and kept ourselves busy. Tonight when the lights went on, we all jumped up and started to thank the Lord and then prayed a blessing on the workers who have been working long hours to make this happen for many people. We then prayed for the many, many people who are still without power in their homes. The nights have been brutally cold and my heart breaks for all those who are still waiting. Each day brings a new overwhelming sense of desperation for many. We are rejoicing for our electricity and I hope I will remember the lessons I have learned through this. Being a good neighbor is so important. From this I have a renewed sense of all that is around me. I do not want to forget those who are still without power and once things are "back to normal" I do not want to forget to reach out to my neighbors, especially those who are alone. Today I opened my home to RJ's classmates, one of them came. RJ and his friend has so much fun and it was a pleasure to do something to help out in this time of need for many. My work is just beginning and I want to make sure I don't get caught up in having life back to normal. I ask you to pray for NY and if you can, give to the Red Cross or Compassion Services International. A storm is predicted to come on Wednesday. I am praying it away. The last thing NYers need is another storm. God please be merciful to us. For all those who have been praying for us, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. God is Good!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Waiting

We are still waiting for our electricity to come on. It was a bummer that we didn't have church today, but the good thing about God is He is everywhere and we can celebrate Him at home too. Half of our block now has electricity and we just happen to be in the half that doesn't. Thankfully we still have heat....there is no school tomorrow due to lack of gas for parents to bring their children in and to I believe a lack of electricity at the school. Either way, RJ won't go back until Wednesday, thus for those parents who have to work and can't find anyone to watch their kids,I have opened up my home to his classmates. Already one has taken my offer...let's see how it goes. I still have my chin up and I am hoping this does not last much longer. God is Good.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Too much

Today I'm giving thanks for heat and my neighbor,if not for them we would be freezing.  I'm perplexed as to why we are on day 6 of no power. We are next to a major street that is alive and we still don't have power. There are many without heat and tonight its going to drop to the freezing level. I have offered my home to those without heat and many have indicated they are ok. Please pray for NY and all that are without heat tonight.  We are at the mercy of LIPA and I know they have a big task. I pray more help comes quickly and that the 6 hour gas lines will be a bad memory of the past.
God please help Long island New York .
God is good!

Friday, November 02, 2012

A Good Deed

We have an elderly neighbor who had two trees fall on his house. Another  neighbor and I are doing our best to keep an eye out for him. Tonight RJ and I brought him some Chinese food.  He was so happy!  When we left our spirits were lifted and we skipped back to our home. So many people are still being affect by this storm. We still don't have power in our home, but we are happy and joy is in our home. Get out of your world and help someone else who is worse off than you. All of a sudden your day will become brighter when you do.
GOD IS GOOD!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Storied

We are slowly hearing from our friends and loved ones. There are those who have lost everything to those who have hardly been affected. Our hearts break for the lives that have been lost and homes that have been completely destroyed. We are doing fine and today enjoyed time with good friends. Its going to take a while before everything is where it should be. We rejoice over the small victories that happen in our lives.
God is good.