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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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ressurection Sunday 2013

This morning around 5:30 am RJ comes running into the room very excited and telling me that the Easter Bunny must have come because all the candles were lit (RJ really likes candles) and there were tons of baskets full of candy and stuff. I, going on a few hours of sleep stumbled out of bed and enjoyed my boy's excitement over all his new-found treasures. The best part for me was when he opened an empty egg and immediately became excited. For you see..the empty egg is a reminder to him of what Easter really is..it's Resurrection Sunday. For us, it's the day we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. We went to church and let me tell you, church went to another level. The worship and music was anointed and by the time the choir was singing their second song, it was almost as if you could feel Jesus walking up and down the aisles and in between the pews. I looked around the church today and realized it was completely packed. The choir was sitting in the choir loft and it seemed as if every seat in the sanctuary was full. I am thankful for all who came and heard the sermon preached today. Pastor Davis preached an intense sermon on the Resurrection of Christ. It's a matter of you believe He resurrected or He didn't. If you believe He did, then you will allow Him to fill you with His spirit. When service was over 7 people were filled with the Holy Ghost and 7 people were baptized in Jesus Name. God is Good!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Eggs and licorice

Today we had an Easter egg hunt in NJ. Some of the cousins came over and they had a blast looking for the eggs. While on their egg hunt a very excited little boy starting shouting for his dad. Why was he so excited? The licorice tree had bloomed. The children and RJ enjoyed picking the licorice off of the tree. I think tonight RJ is dreaming of candy filled eggs and licorice.
We had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to Resurrection Sunday tomorrow at Bethel. The eggs are great, worship to the King if Kings is greater !
God is good.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday 2013

Today we attended a play at the church my sister in law attends and was also acting in. I don't get tired of the resurrection story. When we get to the part of Jesus being nailed to the cross,I still get choked up. Jesus was nailed to a cross and died for me and for you. I thank Him for being the sacrificial lamb.
God is good !

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Flesh and Blood

Tonight we had communion at our church. These times are always good reminders of what God has done for us. It is also a good time to repent and ask God to forgive us or as RJ was praying tonight..he asked God to clean the black off his heart and make it white again. Before we took communion a type of Flesh and Blood of Christ, I thought of all the little things that I know only God sees and asked Him to forgive them. What an ultimate gift...Jesus died on a cross and rose again three days later, so that I could have the opportunity of freedom in Christ. God is Good!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Birthday Fun

Today we celebrated the birth of RJ's bested buddy in the whole world. As I was watching all the children and parents interact I was marveling at how time has truly flown. The majority of the kids at the party literally have been playing together since they were born. You could see how close they were and how much they truly cared about one another. My prayer is that they stay close like until Jesus comes. There is something to be said for true friends..they can carry you throughout the toughest times and bring such joy. I'm thankful for RJ's little friends, for you see through them, I have made friends with their parents..and for a transplanted girl from California, I value them immensely. God is good!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Christian Seder

Tonight our care group decided to have a Christian version of the Seder. We read about the Exodus and for every part that is read, we paralleled it to life as a Christian in the supernatural sense. It was also RJ's first Seder and he was really enjoying it. It's so wonderful knowing that the blood of Christ is applied to my life. I'm thankful for Passover and for the blood Jesus shed on Calvary for my sins. Sometimes when I catch myself making a very big mistake, it's almost as if I am hammering the nails into His hands to the cross. I thank you Jesus for shedding your blood on Calvary and washing my sins away. Thank you for forgiving me every time I fail. Your love never ceases to amaze me. God is Good!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Loveshine

Today was a very dreary snowy/rainy day. RJ slept through the night and woke up still a bit sick, but much better. We were cuddling and RJ broke out in song..which is always a good sign because he sings when he is happiest. Here is what he sang: " You are my loveshine, my only loveshine, you make me happy when skies are gray, you'll never know mommy how much I love you, so please don't take my loveshine away." Yes..that was a very happy moment for me followed by lots of hugs and kisses. God is Good!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dead Rainbow

Today I spent this Palm Sunday at home with RJ. I was up most of the night with him, he had a fever and was having nightmares. I gave him medicine, prayed for him and he finally fell asleep. Thankfully this afternoon, he was feeling better and hopefully he will sleep through the night. Today Bob went to church and told me that we had a guest speaker, Bro. Marvin Walker. He taught on that God's promises are as sure as the rising of the sun. He told a story about a little boy who saw an oil slick at a gas station after a rainstorm and told his dad it was a dead rainbow. You might think sometimes that your rainbow is dead, but God has given you a promise, it will come to pass as sure as the sun will rise in the morning. Wow..what a sermon!! Be encouraged..don't give up on the promises of God. God is Good!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Keys From The Heart

Today there was a special ladies service at our church. The guest speaker was Sis. C. Walker. Without fail, every time I have heard her speak,she says something that revolutionizes my life. Today she spoke from her heart to us. She showed us the different tools/things she has learned along the way to get through the trials of life and to become the person God sees her as. That in itself was a oh wow..yeah moment for me. She said that she prays that God will allow her to see herself as God sees her and that she will become when He sees her to be. What a prayer to pray! I liked her idea of putting your worries or main prayer into a bag and holding it up to God (which she got from Sis.Nonna Freeman..missionary). As she was talking I remembered a little girl's dress a friend had given me. She gave it to me by faith that I was going to have another child and that when I did, the baby would be a girl. For a while I would walk around the house waving the dress before the Lord. I stopped, I don't know why, but I did...and you know what with it, went some of my faith and I stopped praying for my daughter. Today I determined to pull that dress out again. All the other things, I am going to write down and put them in a bag and I'm going to wave them before the Lord. There are things I have been praying about for years and just don't seem to get anywhere..well.I'm going to put them in the bag! When I am discouraged and things seem to be falling apart of I'm having "one of those days"..I am going to wave the bag in the air and tell the Lord it's in the bag...you are in control. I love Jesus with all that is within me, I walk with Him and He walks with me. I want to be closer to Him! God is Good!

Friday, March 22, 2013

fuggedaboutit

On Saturday Bob has a meeting in Brooklyn and we were discussing how he was going to drop me off at the church for a special service for the ladies. While we were going over the details, RJ pipes up " Daddy where did say we were going?" Bob " Brooklyn" RJ " Oh.. you mean the fuggedaboutit town called Brooklyn..yeah sign says leaving Brooklyn fuggedaboutit. I would love to go with you" One of the wonderful things about living in NY...always something to bring a smile to your face. God is Good!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Not My Home

Tonight Bro. Joe taught the Thursday night lesson. He was teaching on choosing to live for God. He said there is good news and there is bad news..There is a Heaven and there is a Hell. I wish I could say I paid close attention, but to be honest my mind began to wander. I began to think about how rapidly the world around us is changing. We as Christians are starting to really look like we are out of touch. I guess you can say we are out of touch with the world and are hopefully becoming more and more in touch with God. It is seen as rude when we stand up for what the Bible says is right. When we start standing up for the words of God even when it doesn't agree with all the voices around us, we are beginning to look strange. I truly feel like this world is not my home and I am just passing through. As the days pass by, more and more I am longing for my Heavenly home. There is an old song written by Jim Reeves that goes like this. : This world is not my home I'm just a passing through My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue The angels beckon me from heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you If heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do The angels beckon me from heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore Just over in Gloryland we'll live eternally the saints on every hand are shouting victory Their songs of sweetest praise drift back from heaven's shore And I can't feel at home in this world anymore Oh Lord you know... God is good!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring

Today is the first day of Spring for 2013. Happily I can say that the sun came out and declared Spring! It's still on the cold side and yet the warmth of the sunshine on my face caused a spring in my step. I'm looking forward to the beauty that Spring brings and the hope and joy that always seems to come with it. God is Good!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Warmth

Tonight I want to give God thanks for something so simple, yet so great. I want to give thanks for a warm home. This March has been a cold one and we have gotten a lot of snow. There are a lot who are cold and are enduring through this cold month. I have a home I can go to that is warm. True, we like it warmer than most, but it's warm. I thank God for having a warm place to lay my head to rest. The simple, little things that truly go a long way. God is Good!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Circus

As I type it is snowing..again. I hope this is the last of the snow. On to happier thoughts. Last night RJ attended the circus with his Aunt and Uncle. He came back super happy, woke up super happy and full of stories about the circus. I love it when he spends time with his Aunts and Uncles, they are important in building his character and allowing him to feel love from other sources, than just us. Tonight as is snows, RJ will continue to have happy dreams of his night at the circus. God is Good!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Case of The Carpenter

Today we had a guest speaker, Bro. Omar Jolly ,he was dynamic! His title was The Case of The Carpenter. The sermon was based on the fact that Jesus was a carpenter by trade and from the age of 15-30 that is what he did with Joseph, he was a carpenter. After Bro. Jolly laid the groundwork and background of Jesus as carpenter, he then applied it to how he is a carpenter in the supernatural sense in our lives. He repairs things in our lives, builds things back up that have been broken and will build a new work in us. I can't describe to you the power of the sermon. It may seem so simple and my words truly can't do his sermon justice. He used these scriptures: Mark 6:1-6 ,Matthew 12:20 and John 1:3. The sermon was very encouraging and reminded me that God has everything in control. No matter what is going on, He can build things back to where they should be. Just by speaking it, it happens, because as God, He does not need tools, all He needs is His voice. Tomorrow, I will blog about RJ's time at the circus with his Aunt Claudia and Uncle Tim....I will say this, he had a wonderful time. God is Good!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Midnight Hello

In the middle of the night we had one very happy little boy. He in half awake state threw his arms around his daddy and then promptly fell right back to sleep. Most of the day today, they took off and had a daddy day. I'm thankful for a husband who will stop and take time for his son. There is a lot of love in our home and I know it's because we keep Christ the center and do our best to be balanced in what we do. Tomorrow will be church and I am super excited to be able to go..my heart is full and I am looking forward to being in the sweet presence of my Savior, Lord, Heavenly Father and Best Friend. God is good!

Friday, March 15, 2013

11:1

I am anticipating my husband's return home tonight and am very happy..tired and happy. RJ is thrilled his daddy is coming home and has fallen asleep in our bed so he can make sure he sees his dad right when he comes home...yep..I think he missed his dad. So as I say goodnight, I leave you with this scripture: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for , the evidence of things not seen . God is Good!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Two Sides of Almost

Tonight we had special speakers who are missionaries to South Africa and Botswana, The Abernathy's. Bro. Abernathy is a missionary kid who grew up in Africa, so he is no stranger to the customs and ways of where he is going. I am sure for him being in South Africa will feel more at home for him, then being in the USA. He preached that there are two sides to almost and it's up to use to decide which side of almost we are going to be on. One side is where you are not fully persuaded and give up before you completely give everything to God. One this side, you never fully give everything and we stop short of obtaining all the God has and wants for our lives. When we decide to give God everything, we become on the other side of almost. We no longer are living in the what could have been, but are living in the very thing's God has for our lives. God is not looking for your least, he is looking for your all. It was a good lesson on not giving up and holding on to God's promises. I am sure we will hear great things about South Africa while they are there. They did mention they are raising funds for their son's education. I know when living overseas if you want your child to have a good education, you need to pay for it. If you would like to help them in this area, please click here and you can make a donation or sign up as a partner in missions with them. You will need to choose the Brandon and Adrian Abernathy family as who you want to support or give funds to. I will leave you with this..tonight when we came home from church I overheard RJ singing this: " Give myself away for God's Kingdom...Give my self away for you Jesus." God is Good!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ear Scan

Bob is out of town and I give a huge shout out to my wonderful friend Christinea for staying with RJ and I for a couple of days. I LOVE her and am so thankful for her friendship. Since Bob is out of town I went in for my CT scan of my ears alone..that was a bit nerve racking, but hey I'm a big girl. The CT scan felt like it went on for ever, but when I was done, I saw all these doctors and people looking on the screen. They kept asking me if I have ever had an operation or an accident that involved me years. I kept telling them no..and that was it, and I was told I would get a call from my doctor. OK..so now I am wondering what they saw to have them acting so strange. I guess in a few days I will find out. I am choosing to not let my imagination get away with me. I wish I could say all of a sudden my hearing has gotten better, but it's pretty much the same, so I'll just put this on a shelf and trust the Lord. For the time being, I am going to enjoy staying up late talking about girl stuff with Christinea and look forward to spending quality time with my son. God is Good!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As It Seems

I read a blog a while back about how social media has a way of making life look rosy. Not everything is at it seems a times. We smile and push down the tears. No one wants to be the one who brings down another's day. Then comes along the one who doesn't really know all that is truly going on, they don't have the facts and they began to accuse you of things that are not true. Then you have to defend yourself and still with the facts, they make the choice to believe what in their mind they perceive to be truth. Today has been one of those days. I smile, and go about my daily life because I want God to be glorified. Living for God is not based on how I feel or what is going on in my personal little world. Today, my warrior armour has fallen and I want to sit and cry for just a while. My tears flow and the smile is faded. I know the truth and I will stand by it. Despite my tears, I will still raise my hands to my Heavenly Father and trust in Him. Let God be true and every man a liar..still I will trust you Lord. God is Good!

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Candy Tree

This weekend, we went to NJ to spend time with Bob's family and to celebrate our nephew's birthday. On Saturday the grand-kids came over to the grandparents house and had a good time just playing in the woods and getting very muddy. During lunch Bob and his brother Anthony were talking about how when they were kids they had discovered a candy tree in the woods. Later in the day RJ came running to me all excited and very sugared up because they had discovered a candy tree in the woods. He was raving about all the tootsie rolls they found hanging from this magical tree. Then, he said another tree just magically grew butterscotch. He was so excited and his older cousins were getting a kick out of his true belief that the tree grew tootsie rolls and butterscotch's.The best part is that he heard that there is a licorice tree, but it hasn't' ripened yet! I think you know what Bob will be hanging in the candy tree next time we go down! I'm so glad my little boy is a typical 5 year old boy who has not been jaded by this world. He truly thinks the tree grew candy and I let him enjoy the thrill of his little lifetime. God is Good!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pilate

As we are headed home to NJ, RJ is watching a DVD about Jesus.  All of a sudden he blurts out " Dad guess what!  The governor of Rome in Jesus day flew airplanes! Yeah,  really.  You know how I know that. His name was Pontious Pilate! "  We busted out laughing, it was such a good joke.  He was so serious and didn't get why it was so funny, but finally got it too. Laughter is good for the soul.
God is good!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Miracle Fin

Once a week I clean out the fish tank for RJ's fish,Silly Squiggles. This time he was being feisty and I was having a hard time getting him out of the tank to clean it. In the process of doing this, a huge chunk of his left fin ripped off. I thought great, I just killed my son's fish. He, being a Beta fish just kept swimming. I decided to pray for the fish. The next thing I know he had a brand new fin!  God had healed the fish. Something so small yet huge. If I hadn't seen the ripped fin floating in the water and the shredded remains on the fish, I would have thought I was imagining things.  God answered my prayers and healed my sons beloved fish.
God is interested in the big things of your life and the small things.
God is good!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Storm Saturn Day #2

I know I just blogged, but I forgot to mention how the storm was in our area. Last night we had some snow and a lot of wind. Apparently our power went out during the night, but came back on because all the clocks were flashing when we woke up this morning. When we came out from church tonight, it was snowing pretty hard, so I think what they predicted is coming a day late. We shall see what the morning brings. I'm tempted to let RJ stay home tomorrow and have a mommy day...I think it will depend on how much snow we get tomorrow. God is Good!

Lesotho

Tonight we had special guest for our Thursday night Bible study at church. The Klines are missionaries to Lesotho. They were both very sweet and super funny. There were times I laughed so hard I almost cried..it was great. Bro. Kline did give a mini sermon and it was based on Mark 16:15,17,20 talking about when you are living for God signs will follow you. We are not to follow the signs of the manifestation of God, those signs are to be following you wherever you go. He said that he was taught a long time ago that there is only one God and you or I are not Him. When we make Jesus the anchor of our soul, He keeps you no matter what the opposition is and you can ride out the storms of life. Another tidbit he gave us was that as you are helping someone else, God helps you with your problems. I enjoyed them and the presentation they gave. Their goal is one soul at a time. I believe great things are going to happen in Lesotho. God is Good!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Storm Saturn Day 1

So far this storm has brought us a lot of wind and some very dark clouds. I have heard that there is flooding in parts of New Jersey and there might be flooding near the shore here in Long Island. We are not near the shore, so I don't think we will have any flooding. The clouds look like they are going to pour any minute. I guess it depends on how cold it gets on if it's rain or snow that falls tonight. Thankfully we are warm and our bellies are full. I think since Hurricane Sandy, this storm is not "bothering" many in our area. We have been through worse and will "weather" out the storm. Best part of all is the peace of God..just love living for the Lord! God is Good!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Blood and Ear

Today I went to the ENT and was told that my right ear now has a hole in the eardrum and that my left ear had significant hearing loss..so much so that I am borderline in need of hearing aids..so if you think I am ignoring you..I truly am not, I just can't hear you. I will be honest and say that when I left, I cried. Who at 36 wants to hear they are losing their hearing? My whole life is still ahead of me and I want to go through it hearing every part of it. I pulled myself together and told myself that if God can heal me of IBS, He can heal my ears. Tonight we had prayer in our Bible study group and I am asking God to restore my hearing. Now on to the GOOD NEWS!!! My Father-in-law informed us his blood is normal! Yes, normal! He feels great! So yes..God is a healer!!! God is Good!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Hot Chocolate Kind of Day

I have been reading on-line via the weather channel that we should be getting another big snow storm this week. I'm going to keep an eye on the reports and will prepare accordingly. I'm starting to get pretty good at this preparing stuff. My first snow storm in NY and I had no clue how to dig my car out and didn't even own a shovel or a pair of snow boots. Now I have a warm coat, snow boots and a husband who shovels.I hope you smiled just now, that last statement was meant to make you smile. I've learned the tricks to keep the house warm and have discovered yummy dishes to bake in the oven. This California girl is starting to thrive as a NYer in the winter time. Don't get me wrong..I crave for the days to wear my flip flops and hear the ocean's roar. I could go hear it now, but I don't feel like freezing while in the process of admiring the majestic ocean. RJ it seems is just about at the end of his winter love. I think this, because when he came home today he said it was just too cold for him today and too windy. He delcared it was a hot chocolate type of a day. I happily made him some hot chocolate and cuddled with him. He has truly been happy with all this snow and keeps hoping for one more storm so the lights will go out for a day and we can light all the candles. I for one, want to keep our electricity and will opt for turning off the lights and playing pretend. Either way, if the reports are correct we are going to get another one..I hope they are wrong. I am longing for Spring, to see the flowers bloom and the trees come to life. Besides the snow and cold, living in NY is not so bad, watching the seasons change reminds me of the cycles of life...there is the bad, but there also the good. God is Good!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Miracle Sunday

Today's Service was out of the ordinary. The first Sunday of the month is Missions Sunday and at the end of the Missions Report there was a clip honoring Bro. Willoughby, missionary to Singapore, who recently passed away. The video clip was of him worshiping and dancing with all his might. He loved to dance before the Lord. While the video was playing, something supernatural happened in our church. You could feel the miraculous in the room, people started shouting and dancing. Things sort of slowed down a bit and service went on..yet you could feel an undercurrent in the atmosphere of God moving amongst us. By the time the choir sang " It's About Time for a Miracle", the power of God was so strong that pastor got up to speak and the place erupted in praise/worship that could not be contained. People were getting healed, receiving the Holy Ghost and slain in the spirit. It was so powerful that the service just stopped and pastor ended up not preaching, at least 4 people were baptized. I couldn't get over the intensity of God's presence and I knew that the miraculous had taken place. I have no doubt we will begin to hear stories of what God did today. I give honor to Bro. Willoughby and I have no doubt he is in heaven dancing before the Lord and today, we danced and God showed up. God is Good!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Boss

Today RJ and I were having a conversation on who's the boss. Here is our conversation: RJ " Mom..did you know God is the boss of me..so you can't be the boss of me." Me: " Um..yes you can say God is the boss of you..but I am the boss of you and so is daddy because we are your parents." RJ: " Well..God is the boss of me before you are the boss of me. Just so you know, I'll listen to Him first." Me: " Yes..it's good to keep God first...you still need to listen to mommy and daddy because God put us in charge of you. When you are 21 you can be the boss of you." RJ is quiet for a bit and says: " Well..all right..but God is the boss of all of us and He is still more boss of me than you." There you have it..God is The Boss. God is Good!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Green Eggs

Today RJ's school celebrated Dr. Seuss birthday. When I picked RJ up for out weekly date, he was raving about how good the green eggs and ham tasted. He proceeded during our date to convince me to make it for dinner..so tonight we had green eggs and ham. The best part of this is he prepared it all himself(I cooked) and was so proud of how good it tasted. So..Dr. Seuss..I wish you a happy birthday and We do LIKE green eggs and ham. God is Good!