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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Keep Reaching

Tonight we had a guest speaker at church for our Thursday night Bible Study. Sis. Crystal is a missionary to Tonga . I have to say I really enjoyed her lesson. Her topic was "Keep Reaching". I sat there and soaked it all in. Her scripture was Luke 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. Sis. Crystal talked about how we all have issues in our life. It can start with something physical that begins to turn into mental/emotional issues which lead into spiritual issues in our life. The women with an issue of blood had to keep pushing to make it to Jesus..stuff happened along the way to get her sidetracked and not reach Jesus..but she kept pushing and reaching...eventually she made it to her goal and was healed. Sis. Crystal then told her story about how life threw many things her way, but stepping stones were put into her life. When she gave God everything, He took her down an unexpected path that went from the intention of being a doctor and instead put her on a path to becoming a missionary. It is clear she is making a positive impact in Tonga and she is the right person to be there. She encouraged us to keep pushing and not give up. God has something for us, as long as we give Him everything, He will guide us on the right path. She truly ministered to me today..I am so thankful she came to Bethel tonight. My prayer for her is that she is able to return swiftly to Tonga and continue teaching about Jesus. God is Good!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Praying Husband

Today while in prayer I was praying for my single friends who are wanting a spouse. While I was praying I started to thank God for my husband. I remembered the nights crying out to God and asking Him why it seemed no guys seemed to even notice me. I had given my whole entire life to the Lord and truly believed that if I put God first, He would give me the desires of my heart...my heart's true desire was to be a wife and a mom. I'm so glad that I didn't rush into a relationship with just any guy..I'm so glad I didn't marry some of the "crushes" I had. God knew exactly who I needed to be with..and who my husband needed to be with him. Bob is the last person I would have expected to marry..yet he is the right one for me. What more can a woman ask for than a husband who starts pretty much every day with prayer. What more could a mother ask for than to know that when her son awakes, he will join his daddy in prayer. My husband is teaching our son to be a praying man...by being a living example in front of him. A husband who talks with the Lord, will be guided by God and will do the right thing. No man is perfect and we all make mistakes..Bob makes mistakes..yet I know that he always goes to the Lord in prayer. I do NOT want to go back to my single days..why because I have a taste of what it is like to be married to a man who puts God first. To all my single friends who do want to marry..I tell you..don't settle. When you wait on God, He WILL give you the desires of your heart...be it a spouse or something else. The waiting part is not easy..I still remember how bad it could get sometimes...yet I encourage you..wait on the Lord. God will renew your strength and your will see your desires come to past. God is Good!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Communion and Group

On Sunday we had communion and as pastor was explaining why it is important RJ whispers to me that he really wanted to take communion and that he knew he needed to pray first. I got on my knees and he whispered quietly a prayer between him and God. It was very sweet and he was 100% sincere in his prayer. I let him eat the "bread" and drink the "wine" because at that moment, he truly prayed. I am thankful that he is aware of God and is wanting more of God on his own. Tonight we had our home group Bible study. We had a first time guest who has been attending church for some time..I am not sure if she received the Holy Ghost since I was not able to see..but she sure was moved on by the Lord..this excites me! God is Good!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Refuge and Shield

I came across this and wanted to share it today. I have my moments when I am tired and feel down..it's when I read His word and read the Bible that I find a refuge in Him Psalm 119:114-115 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! God is Good!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Glory and Whisper

It was so nice to be in church today. I have not been in service in Bethel for about a month. I am still not a 100%, but am well enough to attend church and not get anyone sick. Everyone was in church even the kids because today we had communion to end our 21 days of prayer and fasting. RJ really enjoyed being inside and was thrilled when the choir sang his favorite Spanish/English song. I got a kick out of his little dance he was doing. Bro. Costa preached and the basis of his sermon was about seeing the Glory of God in our life and how it will affect others. To be honest I was a bit distracted with RJ and still not feeling "with it" due to being sick for so long. Either way I was glad to be in church and in a place of free worship to the King of Kings. Hopefully by next Sunday I will be better connected...however I learned in being sick that you can feel God very close to you even when it's just a whisper of a prayer to Him. I may have been super sick, yet I could feel God with me the whole entire time. God is Good!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Conductor

Lately RJ has been talking about how when he grows up he is going to be a conductor. There are moments when a song moves him, that he will start to conduct the music. It's cute and I enjoy watching him really get into it. This past Friday we were having our weekly date and he looks at me and says: " Mom..you know how Mozart is a conductor..well I think I want to conduct when I grow up...what would I be known as?" " I tell him his music we be called music composed by Manners." He giggles and thinks that's funny. I also tell him of people that he knows who have composed songs and conducted them..how there are all kinds of music from church music to classical that have been composed and need to be conducted. He then says: " Well..I don't think I am ready to conduct at Carnegie Hall yet...so, I'll just stick to conducting from home." It was really cute and I could tell the people around us enjoyed our little conversation. I remember asking my mom when I was little if I could be a dancer a ministers wife and a veterinarian when I grew up. My mom being the wonderful mom she is..told me I could be whatever I was able to be. So...I am in a sense a ministers wife and sure feel like a vet when I take care of the dog..dancer..well...maybe only at home when only Jesus is watching. Either way...I think I'm on a good path and am glad my mom didn't kill my dreams as a little girl. Dream on RJ and conduct away! God is Good!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sparkly Snow

Tonight we had a very happy little boy. It is snowing and the snow on the ground looks like little crystals. It's so pretty. We are hoping the snow sticks so RJ can go out and play in it tomorrow. He is feeling great and eating lots of food, hopefully by the time he goes to the doctor, he will have gained some weight and the worry will be over. Either way, we are happy he is well again and happy to hear his laughter. I give thanks to the Lord for the sparkly snow and for health in my boy again. God is Good!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Refuge

I was trying to think of what to blog and decided to leave you with this scripture. In light of all the "stuff" going on in the world and climate change, we can rest assured for God knows the beginning from the end and has already given us something to hold on to. He is our refuge. Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. "Selah" God is Good!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

School and Brrr

Happily RJ went back to school today. He was so excited to be back in class with all his friends. He came bouncing off the buss today when he got home, so I am sure it was a great day for him. We both still have a cough, but are up and at em and so glad for it. It seems that winter has decided to show up. It's 16 degrees outside as I type...brrr. Tonight is a night to cuddle and stay warm under the covers! I give thanks to God tonight for our warm home. God is Good!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cool Science

Today we attended church in NJ.  Bro Hanscom preached a sermon on Hezekiah. His basis was that God doesn't want you to be a loser, He wants you to be a winner.  RJ slept through the whole service and when he woke up today was feeling great. We were so happy to see him eat all his dinner. Now as I write this he is watching the weather channel with his Grammy, because to him science is cool.
God is good!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Up and about

Happily RJ woke up his normal self. He still has a bit of a cough but is pretty much back to his normal self. Now we need to get him to gain weight. Tonight we celebrated Bob's dad's birthday. Most of the kids got together and we had a great time.  We give thanks that we are feeling better.
God is good!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Much better

This morning RJ still had a fever and his teacher decided it would probably be best he wait until next week to come back to class. Some of his classmates made him a get well card, it was really cute. Thankfully this afternoon he started to rally and by this evening he was asking to do his make up homework which was followed by a burst of energy as he proceeded to conduct the classical music that was playing. I am happy to report that tonight he is going to bed fever free and except for a cough, almost his normal self. I am feeling much better as well and want to say thank you to all who have been praying for us. It has been a rough time and it's so good to be on the other side of this sickness! God is Good!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Better and Birthday Gift

RJ did not go to school today.. I am beginning to think he is not going to go until next week. His cough is so rough, but I did find a medicine that seems to be working, so we will see how he is in the morning. Hopefully we will finally sleep completely through the night. Ross went home today, we miss him already. Today is his brother's(David) birthday. It was such perfect timing that Ross went home today because with him, he brought years worth of birthday cards/presents from their dad. As I had posted in an previous blog, the boys dad had sent a box filled with cards/gifts accumulated over the years. Ross opened his at Christmas time, David opened his today on his birthday. I was not there to see him receive them, but was told that he was happy. So another special miracle happened, this time on David's birthday. Nothing compares to the gift of a Father's love. Hopefully this sickness is at an end and life will become normal again for RJ and I. Either way, we have had a wonderful time being sick together and just cuddling on the couch. God is Good!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Neverending Cough and Goodbyes

RJ went to school today but had to come back home because he just couldn't stop coughing. The doctor said to put a humidifier in his room and we will see how that goes. Ever since he has gotten sick, he has not slept through the night. Most likely I'll let him stay home tomorrow, especially since Ross is going back to TN. We have gotten used to having him around, it will feel strange not having him here. We will all miss him. Saying goodbye is always hard for me, especially when it's someone from my family. Hopefully we will see him sooner than later. I love having family close by. God is Good!

Monday, January 14, 2013

2 Slices

RJ was up most of the night coughing, so I didn't get much sleep either. Thankfully, this morning he seemed to rally and then he asked for Pizza. I happily ordered some to be delivered and he ate 2 slices..yes 2 slices of pizza and they are NY sizes. I knew then we had crossed over and he was going to be just fine. He proceeded to eat a bowl of cereal and two apples followed by a lot of juice. I think he will be able to attend school tomorrow. I am still not feeling to great, but hopefully I'll wake up feeling much better in the morning. Either way I gave much thanks to God for my boy feeling better. God is Good!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lingering

The news is saying that NYC has crossed the threshold and is now in a flue epidemic. I would have to agree with them. The flu usually hits our house this time of the year..it's mild and does not last very long. This year, we can't seem to shake it. Last night I was so sick, I could hardly stand. RJ was up most of the night and nothing I did seemed to help him feel better. Thankfully Bob took over and I passed out with a fever sometime this morning. RJ still has a mild fever and I will be keeping him home from school tomorrow. Of course I stayed home sick and didn't get to attend church today..I hate missing church. We are drinking lots of fluids and eating lots of fruit. Thankfully this flu has not touched Bob or Ross. I am hearing some sad stories of friends whose kids are much sicker than RJ. I know this will pass and am enjoying all the cuddle time I am having with RJ. He gives me lots of hugs and kisses and that makes my being sick so much more bearable. God is good!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Jesus Beer

RJ woke up feeling much better today and ate a full breakfast. We were pretty happy and very thankful. Then, today around 3pm he started to get sick again. I am also starting to not feel so well, so I went to the store to pick up some medicine and try to find something extra special to make him feel better. RJ loves root beer, and I came across something I had never seen before. It was Root Beer made from actual roots and of course not real beer. On the cover of the bottle there is a picture of a man with a beard and flowy hair and he is serving some people the beverage. When I showed this to RJ he exclaimed " Oh thank you Mom for my Jesus Beer!" He then proclaimed that it tasted like it had been made in heaven...and would you know it..on the bottle it says that it's so good it taste like it was made in heaven. He perked up a bit, but sadly by 8pm tonight had a mild fever and the chills. We prayed for him and gave him some medicine and he is now sound asleep. I am not feeling so well, so I am going to go to sleep as well. I thank you for your prayers. God is Good!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fever Again

RJ woke up around 1am with a very high fever. I spent most of the day taking care of him and trying to keep his fever down. He had one brief moment, right after Bob and Tim prayed for him, that he was doing very well. Later this evening his fever spiked to a 103.6. Thankfully, he is sleeping and it seems his fever is almost gone. This flue is a nasty one and I pray when RJ wakes in the morning he is doing much better. I don't like seeing my little boy not feeling well. I am sure we were not much fun for Ross today, so I am glad he was able to attend the youth service tonight. God is Good!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Marks of a Disciple

Pastor Davis finished his lesson from last week. He titled it "The Marks of a Disciple".There are four marks that will show you are a disciple of Christ. They are : 1. Continue in the Word: We are to continue in the truth that we know, to continually learn from the word. 2. Loving the brotherhood: having a love one for another. 3. Bearing much fruit: if Jesus is truly in our lives, we will show the fruits of the spirit in our lives. 4. Paying the price: this is the most crucial part of being a disciple and has four elements. A: Deny yourself of your personal plans and take on what God wants for your life. B: Take up your cross-you have a cross you must carry. (side note..pastor brought up that a sickness in your body is not your cross..a sickness is not something you picked up on purpose and it is not something you can choose to put down..your cross is something that you carry and could put down if you chose to do so). Your cross is not something you are looking for to carry in your life, but you do it for the sake of Christ. C: Follow Jesus-go in the path that He chooses for your life. D: Lose our life- giving your life for Christ in all things..even when other's persecute you for it. There is nothing cheap about living for Christ. Easy believism is cheap grace. You can't take the label of a Christian without taking on the character of Christ. What you give for Christ, He will give back a hundredfold. There are great rewards when living for Christ. When we suffer for His sake, we will be given eternal weight in glory! His main scriptures were: John 8:31,Matthew 28:19-20,Luke 9:23-24,Luke 14:26-33,Acts 5:40-41,Matthew 19:27-28 and Romans8:16-18. God is Good!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Lack of Snow

RJ asked me this morning what was wrong with winter. He figured winter must be confused because there is no snow. I agreed with him and said without snow it just didn't feel like winter. I read in newspaper today that 2012 was the warmest year on record. When I first moved to NY it snowed a lot. Now we are lucky if we get a little bit of snow. RJ's reasoning was that God was keeping a warm winter for those who lost their homes because of Hurricane Sandy. It's a sweet thought... God is good!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Another's House

This morning we went to 5am prayer at the church. He stayed up the whole time and told me that he wasn't going to pray out loud, but sit quietly and think. When prayer had ended and we were headed to the car he says to me." You know Mom, I'm really glad you took me this morning..it means so much to me that I would be really sad if you didn't take me. Well..if you didn't take me, I would have to go live at someone else's house, because I would just be so upset about you not taking me." I reassured him that was not necessary and that I had every intention of taking him on Thursday when we had prayer again. The drama of a 5 year old. At least it's because he wants to go to church and not the other way around. God is Good!

Monday, January 07, 2013

21 Days

Today starts 21 days of prayer and fasting at our church. We are on a 21 day electronic entertainment fast and will also have a 5 day food type fast. My favorite part is our 5 am prayers at the church. I am NOT a morning person, but for whatever reason, I get very excited about the 5am prayer meetings. RJ LOVES going too, so we bring him in his pajamas and he joins us. This year the 5am prayers meetings till be on Tuesdays and Thursdays..tomorrow is our first one..I'm super excited!!! God is Good!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Finish Line

Pastor Davis preached a very impassioned sermon today entitled "Crossing The Finish Line" His main scriptures were I Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. He compared our walk with God to a marathon. There are three basic things that are needed to have a successful race and reach the finish line. 1. We must have proper nourishment. If we are putting garbage in our lives, then garbage will come out from our lives. You are what you eat. If a diseases comes into your body, it causes you to lose your appetite. If you consume the things of this world, you will start to lose your appetite for the things of God. When you feast on God's word, you will desire to have more of God in your life. 2. Persistence and attitude. Make sure you are running in the right race..when you are in the right race you can stay focused on where you are headed and you will make it to your destination. You truly can't have it all, so what are you in the race for? What is your focus? What is your goal..what you work towards the most is what you are in the race for...is God a part of it? 3. You must travel light. We need to get rid of unnecessary baggage. If there is something in your life that is keeping you from the things of God, you need to cut it out of your life. If something is consuming you and your don't have time for the Lord, then some changes need to be made. If it stands between you and Jesus..just let it go. The most important thing to hear when you reach the finish line is "Well done thy good and faithful servant." The most important race you will run in this life is your spiritual race. Where are you headed? What is waiting for you at the end? Will you change races? Will you fight on and press until you reach the finish line towards Christ? It was a very moving sermon and once again strengthened my resolve this year for 2013 to Take me to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I want more of Jesus this year...too much stuff is all around me..if I can just get closer to Him..I will be right where I need to be. God is Good!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Impromptu Daddy Day

This morning RJ woke up asking for a daddy day. Bob being the good dad he is,dropped his plans to work all day at the office and spent the morning playing pirates, took him to a McDonald's with a play area and from there to Ikea..they just spent the whole day together doing "stuff". RJ was so happy when he went to bed tonight..he fell asleep without a doubt that his daddy loved him. If more men would stop from their busy life for their children, can you imagine what a better world this would be? Children need their Daddy Days..I know RJ does and I thank God my husband realizes this and will stop in his busy world and take time for RJ. God is Good!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Cinderella Gets Deep

Tonight I wanted to watch Cinderella, so my good husband Bob, Ross and RJ decided to humor me and we watched it. I had no idea it would spark such a deep discussion from RJ about Miracles and God. He was going on and on about how God doesn't do miracles for Him and that these things just can't be true. His little heart takes such big things on. He said all God ever does for him is heal him when he is sick and that is not much of a miracle for him. He clearly understood that Cinderella was just a movie and not real...that only God can do real miracles. Our sweet boy is becoming very aware of God. God is Good!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

2013 Anthem

We started up our Thursday night Bible studies at church again..it was so good to be in church on a Thursday night! Pastor Davis did not finish his lesson, so I am going to wait until next week, I want to give a completed lesson. I will however give you my theme for 2013. This morning I was talking with the Lord and seeking direction for the year. I read the last chapter of Job and it was talking about how he prayed for his friends who had given him wrong instruction. When Job prayed for them, God heard his prayer and forgave his friends.. AFTER Job prayed for them, God them blessed Job with beyond all that he had lost. I was thinking over this as I was driving in the car and a song sung by Temela Mann came on called Take Me To The King. The Holy Ghost filled the car and began to weep. I could hear God whispering in my ear.." Daughter, do you know I love you? Do you know how much I love you? Spend time with me. I am a King, you are my Princess...come to me." OOH WOW...how easy it is to forget to go to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords..who is all that and our Heavenly Father! My Athem for this year is to please take me to the King! I want to give Him everything, all of me. I want to be in my Father's arms..The King that I will find rest and prayers will be answered...lives will be changed..if I will just take it to the King. If you would like to hear the song and read the lyrics you can find it here: http://www.elyrics.net/read/t/tamela-mann-lyrics/take-me-to-the-king-lyrics.html or http://www.tillymannmusic.com/ This song is my anthem for 2013...I don't want to play church..I want to LIVE for Christ and be surrounded by His glory. If am surrounded by Him, then He can touch others through me. God is Good!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Oil and Stove

This morning we woke up the the cold realization that we had run out of oil. Tomorrow the oil company had scheduled to deliver more oil. Bob called a random company to come and fill our tank just enough to get us through the night, they didn't come until 7pm. Thankfully, our new stove works great and it kept the living room warm. We kept the doors closed to the rest of the house and those rooms were like refrigerators. I found myself giving thanks for my stove today. I am so thankful that we were still warm and now as I put my boy to bed, the whole house is warm again. Such a small thing like heat, yet so big when it's cold outside. Of course I couldn't help thinking about the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins and their oil lamps. I kept telling the Lord today, that no matter what, I do not want to run out of oil in my lamp for Him. God forbid, I run out of oil the day He arrives, thinking I have one more day left to do as I please. I want the center to be hot at all times in my walk with God. God is Good!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2013 Day 1

Today is the first day of 2013. I still have not come upon a theme for this year, however, as my mom reminded me today, 13 is my favorite number. I have always loved this number because many tend to not like it due to superstition. Also, I like to say the 12 disciples plus Jesus makes 13. Either way, I just like the number and always have. So, I am going to say this is my year. My year for what..I have no idea and for the first time do not feel a sense of how it will be. Maybe it will come to me in church on Thursday night or while we are on our 21 day of fasting/prayer. God is Good!