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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daddy Day Tax

This morning when RJ woke he said: “Daddy today, I have a good report. Today I have no school, so we can have a daddy day and you really need one." Then he started walking around the house with a little bank in his hands. He told daddy that first he had to pay his taxes. So, then daddy gave him a quarter. Daddy day started by running across RJ's campus and pretending they were horses. From there they went to the Whale Boat Museum and after that got lost. They made the best of it and stopped and ate some pizza and then visited Teddy Roosevelt’s grave. From there they went to the toy store. While at the toy store, RJ saw a helicopter that he wanted. He took it off the shelf and said, “Oh daddy look it's only $4.00. That's, what do you call it, when it's only $4.00...oh cheap, this is really cheap." The lady at the counter couldn't stop laughing. So he went to pay for his helicopter with four one dollar bills. Then the lady told him he needed 35 cents for tax. "Taxes?" RJ asked. “Just this morning, I was pretending I was a tax collector." The lady said, “A tax collector?" He said “Yes." She stood there looking at him in stunned disbelief. “Yes, I was working for the Roman government." With that they left. God is good.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Prayer Blanket

Isaiah 26:3 tells us, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Over the past few days our family has received phone calls, e-mails, texts and Facebook postings. They have been kind and wonderful words spoken about our beloved Patriarch who has passed away. It is as if a literal blanket of peace caused by everyone's prayers has wrapped around us. We are sad and at moments we break down and cry,in the midst of it all,there is peace. God truly gives perfect peace. To all who have said kind words and prayed for us, I thank you. God is good.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Music in Heaven

This past Sunday my Father in law passed from this life and went to receive his reward in heaven. I know that God likes music, so I would like to think that he is playing a guitar in heaven as he worships the king of kings and lord of lords. Our hearts are broken to have lost such a wonderful man in our lives. We were not ready to lose him and this is where we must trust God in his timing. He was taken from us before we were ready, but we know he is in a good place. No more sickness, no more pain, no more sorrow. Robert Mangeruga was a simple man of great faith and wisdom. My little boy is very sad and goes from not wanting to talk about it, to expressing his sorrow. Tonight as he lay falling asleep he said," Mommy, I bet Jesus is laughing really hard right now..you know..because Grampy was really funny and told some good jokes. I bet they are having a real good laugh together. Grampy is so lucky, he gets to be with Jesus." God is good.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tears

As I write my Father in law is in the final stages of life. Today he was surrounded by his children and some grandchildren. Pastor Hanscome and family came and prayed with him in the morning. He was surrounded my a lot of love. As the evening progressed it was clear that he was in the final stages of life. We were so thankful that Pastor Doug and Sis Vicky came to pray with him and us as well. Even though death is near, the peace of God surrounds us in the room. 
He has lived as a bright light for Christ I can only hope I can do the same. God is good.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lifelong Laughter

We threw together a very last minute birthday party for RJ. He wanted to celebrate with his friends from church. So, we put together a very simple birthday party using minimal decorations, ordered pizza and cooked hot dogs. I am learning, less is truly more. These kids have pretty much been together since they were in their mommies wombs. I watched them all sing their birthday song to RJ and marveled at how quickly 6 years has gone by. There was harmony filled with laughter amongst friends who have been together their whole life. I treasure these moments and am so glad for those who were able to make it on such a short notice. RJ will be dreaming of playing pirates, having sword fights and of glow in the dark creations tonight. I thank God for days like this..simple and filled with laughter. God is good.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Praise & Worship: The Differences and Similarities

Tonight Pastor Davis taught on Praise & Worship: The Differences and Similarities. You can sings a song with your lips, but your heart will be far from it. Praise and Worship, look the same, but they are different. Music can be praise and worship, but you can do these things without music. Praise is to express approval or admiration. It is the vocal act of adoration of God. It is not passive, detached or reserved. Isaiah 43:2 and I Peter 2:9 show us that we were born to praise and worship God. Worship is an act of offering submission. When we are worshiping God we are acknowledging that he has all power over us, we are in total submission to him. Anyone can sing a praise to God, but not everyone is worshiping. When you are praising you are putting God on a pedestal. You are lifting Jesus up. We need to have praise in our life. When we praise God, he is lifted up and his presence arises. This is when praise turns into worship. When we began to worship, we are lowering our selves in submission to God. True worship is submission. We submit it many areas of our life to authority, like the police office. Yet, only God is to receive absolute worship/submission. When we submit to God, we rise in a new identity in God. Everything we do needs to be in active worship to God. God is good.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Touching Jesus

Tonight as Bob was tucking RJ into bed, RJ randomly asked this question: "The old lady that was bleeding, did she need platelets?" Bob replied: “Yes, they were probably at 2." RJ: “Did touching Jesus save her or did her faith save her?" Bob: “That’s a very good question, it was her faith in Jesus that caused her to touch him, and Jesus saved her because she had faith in Him." With that answer he went to sleep. If you would like to read the story yourself you can read it here. God is moved by your faith. God is good.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Unseen

Tonight's care group lesson was based on faith. Can you have faith enough to believe that the unseen will happen? Can you believe that God will answer even when things look like they are not working out as you think they should. Life has shown us that the longer you wait, the sooner you will realize that things truly do happen for a reason..or do not happen for a reason. God responds to our faith and the more we trust in God, the more of the unseen we will watch come to pass. God is good.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A New World

My whole life I had ear problems. If you have been reading my blog you know that the doctors told me I would not be able to fully hear without a hearing aid. Yesterday I had something supernatural happen and when church was over I could hear out of my right ear. Since I have woken up this morning the world has been much louder than what I am used to. I am hearing sounds that I have never heard before. For example, I was boiling water. I never knew it had a sound when it boiled. Tonight as I was cooking, the water started to boil and I was looking all over the kitchen trying to figure out what was making that strange sound. Then I realized it was the sound of water boiling. I never realized how much I truly was not hearing. Tonight while RJ was taking his piano lessons I started laughing out loud. I had been amazed in the past at how the music rooms were sound proof because even though I was sitting directly next to the door of one of the practice rooms, I didn't hear a thing. Tonight when I sat down, I could hear the the music from every piano room! I am enjoying the new sounds and most of all I can clearly hear my little boy singing in the backseat of the car..singing such beautiful songs under his breath...songs I couldn't hear him sing in the past. Thank you Jesus for such a wonderful gift..to hear! God is good.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The King's Seal

Today Bro. Eli Hernandez preached. Let me tell you...the atmosphere was charged with the Holy Ghost. From the moment he opened his mouth to speak the words God had for us to hear the power of God started falling. So much stuff was going on all around the sanctuary. His main point was about having the King's seal on your life. When God moves upon you and places his seal all kinds of things happen in your life. I don't think it was possible for someone to not be impacted by today's service. In the middle of his preaching, he stopped and started to say "Platelets, Platelets. A man in his 70's..." He asked everyone to pray..I have no idea what he said after that because I started praying for my Father in Law. I knew exactly what he meant by platelets. We received word that his platelets jumped from 2 to 16. God is doing a work. We went to see him today and he looked much better. To top all this off, those who were in need of healing were asked to come to front. I went up. By the time the service was over my ears were popping. They are still popping. I can't get over how loud everything is. I have always felt the wind on my face, but never could hear it. We walked outside and I could hear the wind...what a beautiful sound. God is good!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Maintaining

We went to visit my Father in Law today and spent a good amount of time with him. I wish I could report that he has made major improvements. I can say he is maintaining. His blood platelets are not where they need to be, but thank God the bleeding has stopped. We know God is in control and in that knowledge, we have peace. We decided after leaving the hospital, to come home and do nothing. It was so nice to sit at home and relax. We did, however carve pumpkins. RJ wanted to carve a cross and the word Jesus into his pumpkin. He said it was because Jesus is the greatest. Ross carved a pretty awesome Owl. All in all, it was a very restful evening and we are grateful for it. God is good.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Living in Life

As a parents we are aware that we need to be honest with RJ about how sick his Grampy is. He is sad about it and every once in a while he will make a comment about how he feels. Also, as parents we need to try to keep life as normal as possible in our home. Today was one of those days. Even though I was exhausted from driving a total of 4 hours to do the simple task of dropping my Mother in law off at the hospital, I took RJ to a birthday party. This party literally started when school ended. He had so much fun that I didn't mind that my stomach was growling or that all I wanted to do was find a pillow and lay my head down to sleep. My 6 year old little boy was having a wonderful time with his classmates. His laughter eased the sleepless nights and made me thankful to be a mom. He was worry free and being as silly as he could be. We don't know what is going to happen with my Father in Law. The doctors are trying a new medicine and it may or may not work. We do know that God is in control and because He is, we can continue to interact and live in the life going on around us. I treasure the fun my boy had today. In the midste of our house being upside down...there was normalcy today in a child's laughter. God is good.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Peace

Tonight we had guest speakers. Bro. Eli and Sister Kathy Hernandez. Tonight was unique in that Bro. Hernandez spoke to only the men and Sis. Hernandez spoke to the women. I have to say when she said that that her theme was, Peace, I smiled. It was for me as if God was telling me that he heard my cry out to Him. I didn't take notes, I wanted to soak it all in, I needed to soak it all in. She spoke about finding peace and keeping peace. To have peace we must seek after it. If we seek after it, God will give it to us. The closer we are to Him, the more we have of Him, the more peace we will have. When God gives you peace, you can go through anything. The circumstances don't change, but God's peace carries you. When you have the peace of God, it's a light to those around you. She told us that if we don't have peace in our situation then we are not truly trusting in God with everything. I must have that peace. I want God's peace in my life, daily. I can tell you this morning, I had a really good time in prayer. When I was done, I could feel the peace of God all around me and inside of me. I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I am confident in who holds my tomorrow. I'm so thankful for God's perfect peace within my soul. God is good.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rise Up

We have been going through a lot of things lately, we are in a time of transition and change. A lot of this is at times overwhelming for me and the other day I found myself once again at a breaking point. Only this time, I was tired and didn't have the strength any longer to "fight". I lay on the couch and cried out the Lord on the top of my lungs. "Rise Up". In my mind’s eye I was in a boat that was being tossed back and forth from mighty winds and waves. I was huddling as close as I could to Jesus, because He was asleep. I needed Him to wake up. Not because I didn't have faith, but because I know that when God arises, His enemies become scattered. When God arises, He will speak to the storm and peace will follow. When God arises, He arises with healing in His wings. When God arises, He is victorious. I need God to Rise up. The situations are the same and in some areas getting worse. I am holding on tightly to the Lion of Judah and I know He will fight my battles for me. I rest in Him, the peace speaker of my soul. God is good.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Birthday Rain

As the sun set the rain began to fall. For some it would mean the ruin of a birthday party. For these cousins it was an opportunity to have a glow in the dark, soak in the rain good time. A good group of kids and a birthday boy having the best time of his life. Happy birthday RJ the celebrations for you continue. You are loved and even when the rain falls the Son shines down upon you. God is good. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Best birthday

Yesterday RJ had an amazing 6th birthday. From the time he woke up till the moment he fell asleep he was showered with love and well wishes. He told us that all of it was blowing his mind. I'm so glad he had a great day. To everyone who sent birthday love his way, I thank you.  We received   good news today regarding my Father in law,he is improving. He needs to reach 10 and he can go home. God is good.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Last of Five

Today is the last day my boy will ever be five. You see for tomorrow he will be turning six. Just saying the new number makes me want to cry. Five...he is still a little boy. Six, the baby is pretty much gone and now he is wanting independence. I know these things are as it should be and yet my mother's heart cries out, you will always be my baby! He gave us no problems going to bed early tonight. He knows from experience that when he wakes up, the dining room table will have been transformed into a spread of gifts all wrapped in Birthday colors. Some from mom and dad, others from Grandma and loved ones who sent gifts in the mail. I cherish my gift of a son. I thank God for him every day and especially on his birth day. For you see..6 years ago while I was giving birth, RJ's heart stopped. If not for God's mercy and the amazing doctors, RJ would not be here today. If you have been reading my blog, you know that we have been told by doctors we are "lucky" to have him since we are not supposed to be able to have children. So..say or think what you want. I will be CELEBRATE with all my heart the gift of the birth of my son, R.J. He is a good boy with such a tender heart and wonderful smile. God is truly good!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Rainbows and Cake

Tonight in our Care Group the lesson was about finding God in the Rainbow. The the colors of the Rainbow represent many things about God. When we see a rainbow we are reminded of God's grace, beauty and majesty. God sends us a reminder that He can and will provide and keeps his promises. The next time you see a rainbow,don't just think about Noah and the flood, think about how God cares for you. Tonight Sis. Sherry brought a cake to celebrate her father's birthday and RJ's as well. She is always a very sweet and thoughtful person. In regards to my friend who just had a baby, she is doing much better and her son is breathing without tubes. Also, my Father in law is doing better and as before if his blood platelets get to a 10, he can be released from the hospital. He is presently at a 5. God is good.

Monday, October 07, 2013

A Day

Today was one of those days...at least for me. I'm not a big fan of the dentist and today I finally relented and went. So, I caved and went today. To a normal person it may not be a big deal, but to me with my ear problems, a drill in my ear is so loud that it makes my ears ring and I literally was crying like a baby. When all was said and done, he told me RJ behaved better. He was teasing me. However, I am not thrilled with the drill and will admit the dark cloudy day totally fit my mood. On a happier note, we received news that my Father in law's bone marrow results came back "ok" for his situation. The plan is to get his platelets up to a certain number and when that happens he can go home. I hope and pray that is what happens. I have another special prayer request. My good friend had to have an emergency C-section. She lost a lot of blood and is not doing well. Her precious baby boy is doing good. Please say a prayer for her. These things remind me that my bad day is nothing compared to the day someone else is having. In everything give thanks. God is good.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

God Finishes What He Starts

There are those sermons that you think are great and the ones that you get a little nugget here and there. Once in a while there is the sermon that you feel like wow, this was just for me. That is how I felt today. We have been going through a lot of "stuff" and today's service from the song "I Go To the Rock" and pastors sermon really minstered to me today. Pastor Davis taught from Philipipians 1:6. His title was "God Finishes What He Starts". He said that we need to be sure you can finish before you start. Eccleisatices 7:8 Ending something is far more important than starting something. When the Israelites left Egypt they rejoiced but when they reached the Red Sea and found they were trapped their spirit of joy and dancing turned to fear and questioning. Even after seeing the hand of God do miracles in Egypt, when they faced an impossible situation they began to fear God was leaving in their hour of need. We make the mistake of thinking God is like us, weak and imperfect. We can at times not keep our promises and we think He will be like us and not keep His promises. God is not man. He never fail and never goes back on his promises. Numbers 23:19 When God speaks that which he has spoken is ordained to occur and come to pass. God's word is powerful. His promises are not the promises of man. His word is powerful, living and activating. God desires to speak to us about our situation and the plan for our future. God's spoken word created everything in the universe. He spoke and it was, He is the God of the process and takes his time to complete his work in us.He will take you all the way to complete his work in you. When diffuclt times come satan tells us there is no hope. There is a reason the devil lies to God's people. The devil can live with our past if he can rob us of our future. Hell is fighting who you are about to become in God and what you are about to have in the spirit. You have a devine destiny. People who are not going through anything are not going to anything. You have to go through what is in front of you. When you have a destiny the devil will try to take what God has for you, he will do his best to destroy you before you can reach God's promised destiny for your life.God never focuses on your past. He focuses on your future. When he speakes to us it's in the present and future tense. We need to get focused on the right thing. Don't look at the problem, look at the prize . Look at what you are expecting. The devil can't kill you or you would already be dead.God has a purpose for you in your life. We have survived by the grace of God. We must stand still and see the salvation of the Lord! If you are still breathing God is not yet done. Turn the page you are not yet done. Setback means your ready for a comeback. You have been chosen for such a time as this. We need to see ourselves as God sees us. After church we went to visit my Father in law. He was in a good mood and eating more. We were happy to see color in his skin and a smile on his face. Today is their 51st wedding anniversary. The hospital was kind enough to allow my mother in law stay the night, so they could be together. Please keep the prayers going up for them. God is good.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Light moments

Today RJ had a wonderful day at school. We are so thankful to see how happy he is. Tomorrow my brother in law Anthony will be getting married, so we are on our way to NJ for the wedding. On the way we stopped at the hospital to see my Father in law. He looked very tired but was in good spirits when we left. The nurse allowed RJ to come in (he was wearing a mask) and it made him so happy. RJ sang his favorite song TeAmo for him, that really made him smile. The joy of The Lord is our strength. We are still waiting to hear the results of the bone marrow test. We know God does all things well. God is good.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Come to Jesus-The Great Invitation

Tonight the Bible study lesson at church was taught by Bro. Tom. He started his lesson with a very touching song about coming to Jesus and live. He taught from Matthew 11: 28-30. Jesus invites the weary to come to him, he cares about our problems. You may ask how can Jesus understand what you are going through. How can he understand our burdens and problems? Here are some examples of how. In Isaiah 53:3 Jesus experiences sorrows. John 11:33 he felt anger without sin. John 11:35, Luke 19:41 and Hebrews 5:7, he cried. He knew joy in Luke 10:21. Mark 10:13-16 tells us he loves children. Matthew 14:22-33 and Matthew 16:6 tells us that he was a friend to his disciples. In Isaiah 28:12 Jesus tells us to come to him and he will give us rest. He wants you to bring all your problems and concerns to him. Jesus does not want you to carry your burden alone. He cares about you and reaches to where you are. Please continue to pray for my Father in law. A bone marrow test has been done and we are waiting for the results. God is good.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Swimming

Tonight we read from the book of Isaiah. In one of the verses it mentioned swimming. Being a parent of a young child I automatically could hear Dori from the movie Finding Nemo singing " Just Keep Swimming.". I decided to look up scriptures about swimming that are in the Bible. The one that stood out the most to me was what we had read Isaiah 43:2 When thou passesth through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. When you pass through the waters, God will be with you. Wow! No matter how rough it gets, keep swimming, because God is with you! In regards to my father in law, he is needing encouragement. I ask that you will pray for God to lift his spirits and breath his joy into him. God is good.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Drive

Twice a week I pick RJ up from school. I cherish these moments because more often than not we have worship music on and he likes to repeat the really fast songs. The ride to and from his school is beautiful. Right now the leaves are changing color and we see God's handiwork on display. Today is the first day of October. I have always loved this month, good things have always happened to me in this month. As the leaves are changing around us, I feel that in our lives change is coming as well. My prayer is that as we "drive" through it, the peace of God will be with us and we will find joy that can only come from the Lord. God is good.