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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.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Breaking Point

There comes a time in your life when you feel like you have reached a breaking point. I felt that way tonight. I am sure it has a lot to do with the fact I am getting over being sick, still recuperating from my husband being gone for a week. Throw in the fact that we don't know what is going on with my Father in law and it's been a zoo trying to get him to the hospital in NY. As I type I think he is in an ambulance on his way to NY. There are other things that I chose not to share with the whole world, but they are huge in my life. I sat and thought well..I can cry or I can laugh. I spent the whole day taking care of my little boy who who woke up sick and marveled at how in all the chaos he was dancing in the living room, hands raised in worship to the Lord, while the music played. Breaking point...breaking point...breaking point. I can break down or I can break through. My 5 year old boy showed me in his pure sweet faith in God..you break through. With the help of God I am breaking through and rising above this raging storm. How can I do that? Because I know the peace speaker. When I breath his name, Jesus, He shows up. I don't know what tomorrow holds, I don't know what is going to happen. I do know that I am resting in the palms of my savior's hand and that is how I break through and not break down. God is good.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Abide in Me

This morning I woke up with no voice and feeling very sick. It actually took me by surprise because on Saturday I was feeling fine. My wonderful husband promised me that he would take notes so I could still blog about the sermon. I will do the best I can to give his sermon justice as I was not there and I am sure it was very well done. Bro. Ferragamo preached and his title was Abide in Me. He based his sermon off of John 15:15. Living for God is the greatest life. If we were not living for God today, where would we be? We would be lost. The battle is not ours it belongs to the lord. Do not be complacent, be vigilant. Even though the devil is seeking whom he may devour, you can be strong because greater is He that is in you, then he that is in the world. The Bible shows us that God says "Abide in Me" 6 times. When we try to fix our own problems we end up with an Ishmael, that is what happened to Abraham. God is in control of everything in our life. If we abide in Him, the vine, he will guide us. Bro. Ferragamo gave an example of when Balaam wanted to go with the King and God said no. Balaam continued to press and finally God was angry. We need to abide in Christ. Abiding in Christ also means loving your brother. There is no greater love, then laying down your life for a friend. This is not an option, it's a commandment. Think about it, Christ went to the cross for his enemies, knowing they would never come to him. Would you die for your brother? Do you love your brother with a sacrificial love? Being prejudice does not belong in the church. We see the color of our skin, but God only see's the Holy Ghost. I want to add to this..there is a wonderful young lady in our life. Her skin color is not the same as ours. RJ ADORES her and tells everyone she is his Auntie. You cannot tell him any different, she will be his Aunt forever. I'm so thrilled he feels that way about her and the color of her skin doesn't matter to him. What matters is that she showers love on him. All RJ see's when he looks at his Auntie Christinea is his Aunt. That is the beauty that should and needs to be in the church. When we abide in Christ, we are a family, we are of one body. Color, race or even culture should not separate us from one another. We are the body of Christ, we are a family. God is good!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Waiting

This morning as we were getting geared up and ready to move my Father in law from NJ to NY. Then we received news that there were no more beds available. Thus, we are now in a waiting period for a bed to open. I know just as God did in the past He can cause my Father in laws blood platelets count to go up. If this happens, the risk of bleeding to death is diminished. I see this as a wonderful chance for God to do a work so that when a bed does open up, they are able to remove the spleen without the danger of loss of life. I also am giving thanks because my husband comes home tomorrow night and I would sure like him to be here when his dad changes hospitals. Sometimes things don't make sense, in the end however it does. To top it off I started to feel ill on Wednesday and today I felt like my head was one big cotton ball. Thankfully I am starting to feel a better after many cups of tea and lots of hugs from RJ. The best part is that today when RJ and I went on our weekly date he was glowing with happiness. He had no sorrows or worries because he feels like he goes to the best school in the world and because he has Jesus in his heart. In the midst of all these "things" going on, we have peace in our home and hearts. I give thanks for God is good.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Spleen

I received news today that my Father-in-law is going to be moved to a hospital here in NY. His platelets are at 2 and they need to remove his Spleen. I'm not a medical professional, but it's clear to me that if he is at a 2 that he could bleed to death. Thankfully he is going to one of the best hospitals and I know that God is with him. He is almost 80 years old and has lived a very full life, we of course are not so ready to let him go. I spoke to him tonight on the phone and he said his trust was in the Lord. Join us in prayer that God will guide the doctors hands and that his blood will be able to clot as it should under normal circumstances. God does all things well and He is good.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Too close to home

This morning I was getting ready to head over to Toys R Us to pick up RJ's birthday present. As I was heading out the door my phone rang to let me know the repairman was coming early today. Normally, we are the last on the list, but today, I was the first on the list. I thank God for that change. There was a shooting today in the very area I was going to be shopping at. The entire area was put on lockdown and I would have not been able to leave for several hours. My nephew Ross was at school and his entire campus was put on lockdown as well. Unfortunately this man who has killed one and critically injured another is still on the run. From the news report it seems to be a work related incident. Either way, I am thankful I was nowhere near the place when it happened. My prayer is that this man will either be apprehended or turn himself in before the sun rises and that there will be no more loss of life at his hands. We live in a very crazy world and this time it was way to close to home for me. I will not let fear rule and I will not live in a hole, I will pray and seek God's face. I will trust in my Savior who loves me enough to change the time for the repairman to come, so I would not be near the shooting. God is good!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Monday

Today was a happy day. I wish I could say it was because my Father in Law was able to leave the hospital and go home. At the present moment his condition is the same. It was a happy day today because Jesus was with us. His peace filled our hearts and His joy was real. RJ came home in the happiest of moods and told me a very funny joke that I would like to share with you. " Mom..you know what...a Ghost doesn't say ooooooo...there is only one real ghost and it's HOLY..so it's says blabeyababaddebabbyaaba." Smile..Jesus loves you. God is good.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Arise Dirt

Today's church service was run by the Bethel Youth Group. They did an outstanding job leading worship and all the extra stuff that comes with running a church service. The BYG choir sang some of their songs from the concert and of course when Te Amo was sung, RJ was out in the middle of the aisle having a good time in the Lord. I just want to say that Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and all the famous singers of our day are nothing like our singers. There is so much more to a great voice. Our youth sang our socks off and they did it with an anointing. Anyone can entertain, not everyone can do that with anointing that literally changes lives for the good. Today was one of those days where God's Spirit was very strong. The preaching by Rev. David McGovern was outstanding. His sermon was very basic and RJ was even into it. Due to RJ sitting on my lap I couldn't write notes. I can tell you he preached from the book of Timothy and Genesis. His title was God of Dirt.. His bases was that we were formed and made by God out of dirt. God loves us enough that He was not afraid to get dirty when he formed us. I wish I could do his sermon more justice, I can say it was GREAT and if you can order the CD I would recommend it. He and his wife are starting a church in Los Angeles and I am certain great things are still to come. All in all, it was a wonderful day and I am as my pastor says, Sanctified Proud of the BYG! God is good.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

BYG Arise

Tonight was the Bethel Youth Group's concert. They have spent many hours in practice and it was evident tonight. It truly was wonderful to see my nephew up there singing with the BYG. Every song was well done and I felt my heart soar to know that there are young people in this day and age who still love the Lord. RJ sang along pretty much to every song and when they got to Te Amo, he was in the aisle having a very good time right along with them. I enjoyed watching him worship God with all his heart, mind, body and strength. To the Bethel Youth Group, I say Bravo and keep on singing for Jesus. The alter was packed and Jesus' presence was very real tonight. In regards to my Father in Law he is doing better thank you for your prayers. God is good.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Arise

Tomorrow the Bethel Youth Group from my church will be having a concert. If you are in the area the concert will start at 7pm. My nephew Ross will be singing in the choir. We are super happy that he is involved in the youth. Since Ross is in the choir, we have been listening to the compilation of songs they will be singing. I think they will have a junior choir member in the pews.RJ is very excited about tomorrow night. I have no doubt they are going to do a great job and am confident that the Lord will show up and His presence will Arise among us. We received some very bad news today regarding my Father in Law. The doctors are doing their best to turn things around. We know God is able and if he did once before, he can do it again. God is good.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Back to School Night 2013

Tonight was the Back to School Night for RJ's new school. I must say again, I adore his teacher. I really wish I could clone her and have her be his teacher for the rest of his time in the lower grades. We also met all his other teachers in regards to Art, Library, French, Chinese, Drama, and Music. All in all, I am confident that my boy is attending the best school for him. Ross is doing well in school, we are confident this will be a very good school year for him. My Father in Law is still in the hospital and in need of prayer. In all things I give thanks. God is good.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

First Assembly

Today RJ's school had a Getting to Know You Assembly. I was deeply moved hearing the children pledge allegiance to the American Flag and especially moved when they sang God Bless America. For all it's faults, I still love and am thankful for America. When I left today, I was even more convinced that my son was attending the right school. I appreciate their love for our country and the care they have for the children. There are blessings in life's storm. My Father in Law is still in the hospital. He is improving and we are giving thanks for any good news we receive. God is good!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jumping

Tonight in our Care Group the lesson basically talked about not jumping to conclusions. I'm guilty of doing this and I have to stop myself and wait to hear the whole story first. It's very easy to take a part of the story and start pointing fingers. It's not so easy to hold your tongue and wait to see what the end result truly is. This is a work in progress for me and I am trying very hard to get much better at it. I'm thankful for God's grace the covers my mistakes. My Father in Law is still in the hospital. For now, he will not be moved to NY. For his wife's sake I am thankful, it's much easier for her to see him and be with him if the hospital is close to home. Please continue to keep him in your prayers. God is good.

Monday, September 16, 2013

I go to the Rock

Today is one of those sinking ground days. My Father in Law is back in the hospital. Add to it life situations and it feels like the ground around me is quickly becoming sinking sand. There is an old song that used to be sung in church when I was growing up. I think I shared it once before, I will share it again. First you can click here and hear a Youtube version by Whitney Houston. I Go To The Rock :Songwriters: Dottie Rambo Where do I go when there's nobody else to turn to? Who do I turn to when nobody wants to listen? Who do I lean on when there's no foundation stable? I go to the Rock, I know He's able, I go to the Rock I go to The Rock for my salvation I go to the stone that the builders rejected I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me When the earth all around me is sinking sand On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock Where do I hide till the storms have all passed over? Who do I run to when the winds of sorrow threaten? Is there a refuge in the time of tribulation? When my soul needs consolation, I go to the Rock I go to the Rock for my salvation I go to the stone that the builders rejected I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me When the earth all around me is sinking sand On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock I go to the Rock for my salvation I go to the stone that the builders rejected I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me When the earth all around me is sinking sand On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock I go to the Rock for my salvation I go to the stone that the builders rejected I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me When the earth all around me is sinking sand On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock I go to the Rock for my salvation I go to the stone that the builders rejected I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me When the earth all around me is sinking sand On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock I go to the Rock for my salvation I go to the stone that the builders rejected I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me When the earth all around me is sinking sand On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock I go to The Rock for my salvation I go to the stone that the builders rejected I run to the Mountain and the Mountain stands by me When the earth all around me is sinking sand On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock God is good.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Autmn Cool

Today we had a guest speaker, Bro. Richardson, who is a missionary to Madagascar. I took some notes, but I can't find them, so I will do my best to share with you what I remember. He talked about things that are important for the church to know. He spoke about how when we have God in our lives, there is power when we pray, preach and in our worship. I have to say that today while the choir was singing that is exactly what happened. For a moment it was as if we had gone into a heavenly place. Music is so very powerful and when we use it to praise the Lord He will respond. I am looking forward to Autumn. I love this time of year. The weather cools and everything seems to slow down a bit. Nature sings forth the beauty of our creator and we get to enjoy God's handiwork in every tree around us. God is good.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Loose Tooth

This week RJ's other set of molars have been coming in. The dentist told us that when this happens he will start to lose his baby teeth. I sighed within my self because that is another milestone that means he is no longer a baby. Today RJ out of the blue starts to get all excited. He has a loose tooth. I wanted to cry. Where did my little baby go? He is rapidly growing up and my tiny little baby I used to cradle in my arms, now climbs into my lap and is falling off on both sides. I'm thankful he is healthy..I shall do my best to cherish our times together. God is good.

Friday, September 13, 2013

First Week of School

Today RJ and I started our Friday dates again. I was very happy to know that his first week of school wet well. He adores his teacher and I'm convinced she's the best teacher for him. Already we can see a change in his temperament and have a feeling that his new school is going to be very good for him. I'm looking forward to many more dates and seeing how happy he is. God is good. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Final Authority

Pastor Davis taught an excellent lesson tonight entitled " The Final Authority". This is one of those lessons that make me do a lot of inward thinking. At the surface it's easy to say oh yeah, I do this..but do I really? Here is the basics of his lessons. I apologize for not taking in depth notes..I was listening and doing a lot of reflecting, so I didn't write down everything he said. Pastor Davis gave 4 points or truths that need to be applied to our lives. 1).The Word of God will test us. Jesus will allow things into our lives that will test us to see how we will respond. The Word of God challenges us, if it's not challenging us, you are not really hearing the word of God. 2) The Word of God challenges us to trust God rather than our own understanding. Proverb 3:5. We need to obey God even if it would seem we know better about the situation and have a lot of experience. 3). We struggle with God's words in areas where we think we have experience, knowledge or differing ideas. There is no need for faith if you always understand God. 4).We are called to make God's word the final authority in every area of our lives. Stop fighting God and obey his word and then there will be a blessing in your life. Like I said I was doing a lot of soul searching. I want God's word to be the final authority in my life. I at times fall short in this area, and I want to do better. God is good.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kisses of Grace

Before I go into what I want to blog about I first want to give my respect to those lives lost 12 years ago today on 9-11-01. Losing a loved one is never easy and lives for everyone drastically changed that day. Life has a way of filling up with weeds that can try to choke the joy from your heart. A phone call, or event can literally change your day. Then there are those moments that I like to call Kisses of Grace. The Bible tells us that Grace and Mercy shall follow us all the days of our life. Today I felt like I had a kiss of Grace. RJ's teacher truly is amazing, and I am beginning to think she must be an angel in disguise. She sent us an update on how RJ has been doing at school. She ended her email by telling us that at the end of the day she and RJ were humming the Star Wars theme together. Call me silly, but I started crying. It was as if a kiss of grace came into my heart and life. Something so simple, yet so huge for my boy. When he came home today he was on cloud 9. I thank God for RJ's teacher and I thank God for the kisses of Grace that he sends into our lives, just at the right moment. God is good.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday; I actually had to think about how old I was turning. RJ gave me lots of kisses this morning combined with hugs. Last night we received a call that the new school bus and driver would be picking RJ up. I was so happy to see how nice the bus driver was. I felt confident that RJ would be ok and he was. Peace of mind regarding the bus situation was a present in itself. Bob took me to breakfast and lunch today. It was nice to spend simple quality time with him. I didn't really do anything exciting, it was a relaxing day and it ended with our Care Group meeting. I didn't get to hear the lesson since RJ was very tired and said that since it was my birthday he wanted to spend the evening with me reading books together and cuddling. I was glad to grant him his request. During the day, I would read my Facebook wall and see many Happy Birthday wishes. It was nice to be "remembered" and to read all the kind words. Tonight I am thankful for another year. God is good.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Foot Cuddle

When RJ was a baby he used to love to put his foot in Bob's mouth and would laugh hysterically when Bob would make all kinds of silly sounds. As he was falling asleep he would put his little foot into my hand for comfort. Tonight as we were on our way home from my birthday dinner he was crying because his molars are coming in and it hurt. At first I grabbed his hand to hold and that was not working, so I held his foot in my hand just like when he was a baby. Even though he was crying, it worked. RJ will be six soon and is growing up quickly. However,some things stay the same and I can still bring comfort to him by cradling his foot in my hand. God is good.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Bread Basket and SFC Parade

Today at church we had a guest speaker Bro Chavis who by the way was the one singing on the YouTube video I posted last night..small world. His sermon was so simple and basic and very profound. It was one of those life changing sermons. His title was," The Misfortunes of a Missed Miracle." His sermon was based on the story of the loaves and fishes in Luke 9:12-15. The multitude that was there had come from far away and they didn't have food to eat. They were there because they were desperate for a miracle. As Bro. Chavis was preaching he was breaking up pieces of bread and dropping it all over the platform. When he had finished there were fragments everywhere. He then began to talk about how when the people were full they left and there were still fragments of the miracle that God had performed all over the ground. Jesus didn't want to leave behind the fragments, separated parts of the whole, the miracle that he had performed. The fragments were picked up and they had enough bread left over to sustain them for a while. He talked about how if you want a miracle, you must come and get it yourself. Many times, we take of the miracle and walk away, missing the fragments that are left behind. We miss on the sustaining power, the fragments that will carry us for a long time. If you stick it out in your trial, with God there will be more than just a mouthful from him to you. When you give what little you have to Jesus it's enough and He makes it greater than you could imagine. He challenged us to reach out and not walk away from the miracles that God has waiting for us. When the service was over the church headed out for our annual church picnic. This year the children were raising funds for Sheaves for Christ. As I mentioned before RJ was working very had to raise funds for something that is very dear to his heart. There were two winners. One was an 11 year old girl who raised $2,000 and the other was RJ and he had the most sponsors. He was so excited because the winners were able to wear sashes and lead the pinwheel parade with Pastor Davis walking with them. He told me tonight it was the most special he has ever felt and it made him feel really good inside. We are proud of him, not only did he have the most sponsors, but he raised $532.00. I love my boy and his heart for missions. God is Good!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Break Every Chain

Tonight we had a semi spontaneous play date with some classmates. It was so nice to see everyone again. On the way home we were listening to some praise and worship music on a CD. The first song is called Break Every Chain by Tasha Cobbs. I really like this song and every time I listen to it, I want to find a place to pray. I want every chain in my life to be broken. RJ has really taken a liking to it and I will hear him spontaneously start singing part of the song. I want him to have this song in is heart. There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. We can live a balanced life and not be ashamed of Jesus Christ. You can view it being sung at this years North American Youth Congress here and also a music video here. Tomorrow we will attend church and after church RJ will walk his three laps to raise funds for SFC. I'm super proud of him for how much he raised and will post pictures tomorrow. God is good!

Friday, September 06, 2013

Crisp Air

Today I woke up to the feeling of Autumn in the air. I love this time of the year, the cool weather and the changing of the leaves. Living in NY always makes this time of the year so much better. Today was a regular day and RJ had to get his last cavity filled. He was superb in his behavior. He was so well behaved that the Dentist sponsored him for SFC. This Sunday RJ will be walking 3 laps to raise funds for Sheaves For Christ. I won't announce yet how much he has raised, but I am super proud of him! I love his passion for missions and orphans. God is good!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Overcoming Temptation Part 3

Tonight Pastor Davis taught the last part of his lesson Overcoming Temptation. His main scripture was James 1:12. Pastor covered the last four keys to overcoming temptation. Picking up with # 4, Use your sword, the word of God, in your mind and mouth. We need to memorize God's word and have it in our heart. #5. Eliminate the opportunity of temptation. We need to make a deliberate removal of things in our life that will lead us to temptation. It's not wise to purposely put yourself in the environment that is your temptation. Romans 13:13-14 and Matthew 26:14. Don't' plan in advance to sin. Clean the things/people out of your life that can bring temptation. Stop watching and reading things that you know will cause you to sin. Ask yourself if Jesus would be comfortable and if the answer is no, then maybe you shouldn't be in that place or situation. Fill your life and home with things that invite the presence of the Lord. Bad company corrupts good character, be careful who your best friends are. #6. Plan in advance. Quote scriptures to overcome temptation. Give praise to God for the power of the Holy Ghost to be an overcomer. Pray for God to give you self control. Get out of your current environment that is causing you to be tempted. Call a spiritual friend and talk about the things of God to encourage you. Get busy doing something for the Kingdom of God. #7. Fill your time with Godly people and Godly activities. There are two natures in you the fleshly one and the Godly one. They will fight each other, the one you feed the most will win. There is nothing wrong with entertainment, everything you read or spend time doing does not have to be spiritually based. However, make sure it's not something that can lead you down the wrong path or takes up your time with God. #8. Believe that the battle can be won. God gives us three promises. 1) You will never be tempted more than another person. 2)God will not allow temptation to come to you that you can't handle. 3). God always will provide you a way to escape out of temptation. It was a very good lesson and I think we all have to learn to find that balance in our lives. God is good.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Bus Fun Day 2

Our Bus adventures carried into our day today. We were patiently waiting outside and waited and waited until we decide to just drop RJ off. As we were getting in the car the bus finally arrived. RJ gets on the bus. My instincts tell me to drive to the school. As I am doing this I realize that one of the parents is following the bus and marking the times at each stop. The entire bus was about 20 minutes late to school. Then add that when RJ finally arrived home, it was past 5pm. I spent several hours at the school district office with other parents prevailing upon them to make a change. Thankfully, something is going to be done and my little boy will get to school on time and arrive home at a decent hour. The beauty of all this is I made two new friends and RJ loves his school so much that the bus madness is not bothering him. He told us today that he has the best first grade teacher in the world. I have decided the next time I see her I am going to give her a big hug! God is good.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

First Day of School 2013

Today was the first day of 1st grade for RJ at his new school. The bus comes earlier than last years, but he was up and ready and looking forward to a new adventure. A new adventure is what he received. I went to the school to be there for hugs and kisses and support. When the bus arrived, late, he was no longer on the bus. To my horror and dismay, RJ had been dropped off at the wrong school. I promptly went to the school, which happened to be up the street. When I arrived I found my little boy, along with a fellow classmate, reading from some books, the staff was very kind. He loves his new school and even though the bus was super late dropping him off today, he came off the bus skipping. All night he raved about how much he loves his new school. It was so nice to see familiar faces as many children from his old school are now attending as well. I have no doubt this is going to be a wonderful school year for my boy. I already adore his teacher and as RJ put it, "She's Amazing." God is good!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Goodbye Summer

Tomorrow is the first day of school for RJ. He will be in first grade and at a new school. The bus comes earlier and the distance is further than what he has known since nursery. He feels he's not ready to say goodbye to summer, but I know he will enjoy his new school. As I did last year, I will be at the school when he gets off the bus. I want to greet him with a hug and take pictures of his first day in first grade. This summer went by quickly and tonight I say goodbye to summer. God is good.