Saturday, November 30, 2013
This morning we picked out a tree for our living room and a small tree for RJ's room. Of course RJ was up way before the sunrise because he was very excited about having a tree in his room. We picked out our tree's and headed home. Since I was heading for my sister in law's baby shower, RJ wanted me to help him with his tree first and we would do the living room one after the shower. I have to say he did a very good job on his tree. It was nice attending the baby shower and I enjoyed being among family and friends. The rest of the evening was spent decorating our home and I must say it turned out beautifully. I LOVE this time of the year and especially enjoy watching RJ get excited. Every year Christmas through his eyes bring much laughter and joy into our home. God is good.
Friday, November 29, 2013
A chill in the air and our bellies still full from the previous nights feast. Propping my feet up eating a slice of pie for breakfast. It's a fireplace kind of day. Cozy and warm, I snuggle with my boy, coffee in hand. I'm enjoying this rest on a fireplace kind of day. God is good.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
We had a peaceful night of feasting among family. The food was delicious and the pies were outstanding. Tonight I was thinking over the year and all the things I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for freedom to worship, my family, friends, Bethel and RJ's school. Most of all I'm thankful for the blanket of peace I can feel this evening. In everything give thanks. God is good.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This will be our first thanksgiving without my Father in law. It was strange being in the house and waiting for him to say something silly to RJ or something to get his wife riled up. I miss hearing him play his guitar while sitting by the lit fireplace. I baked his favorite pies and wanted to cry when I realized he wouldn't be there to eat it. My heart breaks for his wife who remembers him in everything around her and starts crying. We are cherishing our time with family. Don't take your loved ones for granted, you are not promised to have them with you tomorrow. God is good.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tonight we are traveling to NJ to spend Thanksgiving with my mother in law, Joe and his family and whoever else comes over. The rain on the way has been pretty heavy and we have found ourselves giving thanks for God's protection and for our car. I'm looking forward to a time of rest. God is good.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Tonight I took RJ into a store that was full of Christmas decorations for sale. He really gets excited this time of year and likes to look at all the pretty and shiny things. We happened to come across three small boxes that were decked out and super shiny. He became very excited and asked if he could have them to put under the tree he is going to have in his room ( it's going to be a small tree with a nativity). I was about to tell him no, when he explained to me they were to represent the gold, frankincense and myrrh brought to Jesus by the Three Wise Men, I relented. As we were purchasing these three wise boxes, he excitedly told the cashier what they were going to be for. She was so taken back that she just looked at him and then said..yes..Jesus is the real meaning for this season. From there we went to his piano lessons. He told his piano teacher the story and then commented on how the student in the other room was playing Noel and coyly asked her if she knew who that song was about. She was taken back and said yes, about a gift. He asked her if she knew who that gift was and she smiled back and said Jesus. RJ was so excited. He said that is how he knows if someone knows about Jesus. He will ask them what the best gift of Christmas is. Depending on their answer, he will know if they believe in Jesus. From three wise boxes, my boy is sharing the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. God is good.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Today Bro.Maki preached for us an inspiring sermon about how God can not lie. When God says it, He does it. His main scriptures were Hebrews 6:18 and I Kings 8:56. God never deceives us, he won't say one thing and mean another. We need to trust God and believe in what He says. Fear can come when we stop taking God at his word and focus more on the external things instead of what God says. The Bible needs to be your source of faith and our instruction book. When we read and hear God's word our faith grows. When we are trusting in God, we need to go beyond what we can see and how our emotions feel. God is beyond and above that. No matter the circumstance, God can not lie and when he says it, he will bring it to pass. God is good.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
This morning RJ asked his daddy if they could have an impromptu day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bob being the good daddy he is, put his day on hold and he and RJ rode the train into the city. I was told they spent a lot of time in the Egyptian exhibits..I'm not surprised at this since they are both huge history buffs. When they returned home, RJ declared he had a grand time in the city with his dad. Life can become hectic and busy. Please don't be too busy to stop and have a grand time, you will be glad you did. God is good.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Friday's for the most part, are date days with RJ and I. Since he has been in nursery we have been going to the same starbucks and he orders the same coffee cake. Recently they changed their pastries and his beloved coffee cake is no longer there. Thus, today RJ decided to change things and go somewhere else. We went to Hicks Nursery which at this time of the year is decorated very beautifully for Christmas. Much to my boy's happiness they had a cafe and they sold his coffee cake. While we were having our date, he declared that things were changing and we would now have our date at a new place. My boy is growing up so quickly and I cherish my time with him. I don't care where we go on our date, just as long as I can continue to have this special time with him. God is good.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tonight we had a guest speaker Bro. Maki. I love it when he comes, he is one of those meat and potato preachers that always tell it straight and true from the word of God. Tonight he read from Acts 2: 37-42. His main topic was Doctrine. He said that if you believe something you will have actions to back it up. The Book of Acts is how the Apostles acted, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus name. If that is how they were then, that is how we are to be today. We are to keep this Apostles doctrine and hold it close,we are to never to leave it. John 12:48- we are not judged by what we think, but we will be judged by how we lived our life according to what God has said in His word. We must have a sound doctrine. Acts 5:28 tells us that with great revelation comes great responsibility. Romans 16:17 tells us to avoid those who cause division and tries to take you away from the truth of the doctrine. God puts a spiritual fence around us because he loves us. He read from Deuteronomy 13:1 and it was like a light bulb went off in my head. I have been in church my whole life and often wondered about those who do not follow and believe the same doctrine that is in the Bible. They have their own interpretation and I see them at times in operation in the works of the spirit. Things happen and you see their prayers answered, yet they do not preach, teach or believe in doctrine. The Bible tells us to not follow them and to stay away from them. Signs and wonders are great, but they are not what saves you. Sound doctrine will save you and keep you saved so you can make it to heaven. He then read from II Timothy 4:3-4. Many churches will tell you what you want to hear, but it's doctrine that will save you. We must continue to hold strong to the doctrine that is given to us in God's word. My Father in law believed very strongly in the Acts 2:38 message and doctrine. He would not waver and stood by it until his death. I stand with him in agreement. We must repent of our sins, be baptised in the name of Jesus and be filled with the Holy Ghost by evidence of speaking in other tongues to be saved. This is the beginning of salvation and I will stand strong on it. God is good.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Most children tend to not want their mother or father to show affection in front of their classmates at school. Yesterday the bus didn't arrive at it's normal time, so Bob decided to take RJ to school. When they arrived to the school building RJ raised his arms to his father and asked him if he would carry him. Bob happily obliged and carried him into the school. We are thankful that even at this tender age, we can still hold him close. Cherish the little moments, take the time and you will have no regrets later in life. God is good.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tonight was our last Care Group for the year. In light of the celebration of thanks that takes place in November we had a feast and gave thanksgiving. Everyone was asked to give thanks. It was very heartwarming to hear the words that were spoken. We all come from diverse backgrounds, yet share a commonality, we are a part of the family of God. I am thankful for our group and the feeling of a family as we all come together. God is good.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Last night RJ was being rude in how he was speaking to Bob and Ross. He was being very bossy and unfriendly with his toys. Even though he wanted them to play with him, nothing they were doing seemed to be right. Eventually, Bob sent RJ to his room and told him he had to be in his room for 6 minutes in a time out. When Bob returned to check on RJ after six minutes he found RJ under his covers crying. RJ then came out of his room and told his dad not to watch what he was doing. He proceeded to take the container that holds the marbles and brought it to his marble jar. Bob of course assumed that RJ was going to dump it into his marble jar in defiance to getting in trouble. RJ then did something unexpected. He took all his marbles out of the marble jar and put them back into the marble container. He knew he had not been behaving properly and felt he didn't deserve the marbles he had already earned. My husband was so touched and happy to see how RJ realized his mistake and was trying to make it right, that he poured all the marbles from the container into the marble jar filling it to overflowing. God is good.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Today's service was...wow. That's the word I use to describe it, wow. From the very first song to the 7 people being baptized at the alter call, it was a, wow service. Pastor Davis preached a soul stirring sermon on " Pressing Towards the Mark". He talked about how Paul spoke to the Philippian church on staying focused on the goal and not giving up. Paul was persecuted from every side, even within the church, yet he pushed forward and didn't give up his fight to continue to live for God. When things come at you from the left and the right, we are to keep our eyes of God and stay focused on our goal, Heaven. Pastor challenged us to keep Jesus the center of our life and to not give up when things become rough. He also told us that we need to leave the past behind us and press forward towards the calling and promises God has for us. With God, things don't go from better to worse. The best is always yet to come when you are living for Christ. We need to keep pressing and pushing forward and do not allow ourselves to go backwards. The alter was packed and before the service had ended 7 were baptized in Jesus Name. God is good.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
We are heading into a time of festivities. November brings us a time of Thanksgiving and December is Christmas. Already the mad dash to the deals for the best toys and gifts have started. I found myself in the middle of the hub bub today because RJ was feeling better and he wanted to go buy something with his birthday money. We soon learned we had chosen a bad day to do this since he was still feeling a bit sick and I was not feeling so great myself. The toy store was swamped with people. RJ being the good kid he is found what he wanted and was more than happy to leave as soon as he could. I'm thankful that he was not one of the many screaming kids I saw in the store. Tomorrow is church and I can't wait to be in the atmosphere of praise and worship. God is good.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I didn't attend church tonight since RJ came home from school not feeling well. I am sure the rapid change in weather has caused him to get sick. We spent the evening cuddling on the couch while he ate Dinosaur Oatmeal. Since I am not able to share tonight's Bible lesson, I do want to address the very sad situation in the Philippines. For many when we see the images of the devastation caused by the Typhoon, we feel helpless. There is a way you can help. You can donate to the Red Cross or to Compassion Services International. To learn more about them and what they do click here. Sometimes we can't explain why bad things happen to good people. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. One thing I can say for sure..God always is there even in the storm. God is good.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Last night's Care Group lesson was about the Little Foxes that spoil the vine. If we do not keep our borders of protection around us, the little things can come in and destroy us. Tonight in our Bible reading Bob read a passage that stood out to me. In Jeremiah chapter 6:16 "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls..." All I could hear echoing in my mind was to walk in the old paths and you will find rest for your soul..rest. I have not been sleeping well and this struck a cord with me. I desire to please God more than anything or anyone else in this world. The old time way can be the good time way. I cling to God's word and His promises. I am going to hold on this and believe tonight I will sleep well. God is good.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
How could I not do a blog with this date on it? Today we woke up to a very blistery and cold day. By the time I dropped RJ off at school it was snowing. I was actually happy to see the snow. Grant it, it's a bit early for me and made me want to skip November and go straight to December. Either way it was beautiful to watch it as it fell to the ground. Tomorrow, I plan on blogging about tonight's Care Group lesson. God is good.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Today is Veterans Day and I wanted to say thank you to all who have put their life on the line for the cause of freedom. America as unpleasant as it can be at times, is still, a free nation. I don't know how much longer we will be a nation under God, but for now, we still are. Men and women have sacrficed their lives so that we can sit in our homes without fear. Thank you for being the ultimate friend, for laying down your life for me. I would like to dedicate this song sung by Shara McKee to all those who served or are presently serving in the military. "Wherever I Am" by Shara Mckee. God is good.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Several months ago we promised to attend a baby Christening of a friend of ours. For whatever reason I put on the calendar that it took place this Saturday. We learned yesterday that we had the date wrong the whole entire time. Thus, we went to church this morning, slipped out for the Christening and came right back to church. I do not like to miss church and I could tell we had missed an amazing service. Thankfully the preaching was still going and Bro and Sis Grandquist were the speakers. I wish I could have been there to hear the singing and the story Sis Grandquist read about Humpty Dumpty. I will just need to buy the CD to hear it. However, I can tell you that the end of the sermon was wonderful and balm to my hurting soul and heart. He was talking about the grace of God. God's grace can cover all things and helps us. With God's grace we can have a second chance. With God's grace we are overcomers. He asked everyone to come to the front and just lay down all their questions at the feet of Jesus and let His grace cover them. I wept and poured out all the things have that have been so heavy on my heart. I felt God's peace and I am thankful for it. God is good.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
This morning Bob, Ross and RJ went outside to rake the leaves that had fallen on the front lawn. RJ had a blast jumping into the leaf piles. It was one of the best parts of this season. Tonight, RJ decided to tell a joke," What kind of cheese goes to church? Swiss Cheese, because it's holy." God is good.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Tonight Bro. Joe taught a lesson on God's Dwelling Places. He named four dwelling places where God abides. 1) The Tabernacle was where God abided when the Israelites were dwelling in the wilderness. He was with them everywhere they went. The Sanctuary had two purposes. One was short term and that was a place for God to dwell, He wanted to be the center of their lives. It was also a way of pointing them to their messiah. 2) God in Christ, He tabernacled amongst us. God was living in the "tent" of Jesus. He was the Lamb of God, our redemption. 3) The Church is the place where he fills with his presence. We are the living body of Christ and He desires to dwell within us. 4) The New Jerusalem is Heaven. It is there we will have an unbroken conscience that God is with us. I was thinking about his sermon and reflecting on how much God loves us. Today it rained and the day was pretty gloomy. As I was waiting outside for RJ to come home on the bus, I saw the clouds break and the sun shining through. Then I looked up to my right and gasped. Before my very eyes a Rainbow was forming. It started from the left of my house and made a perfect arch over my home. My neighbors must have thought I was nuts. I was weeping and thanking God for such a beautiful blessing in the middle of a storm. The rainbow stayed until RJ got home and he jumped up and down in excitement. Soon the clouds came back, but inside my heart was still rejoicing over the rainbow that lifted our spirits. God is good.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Over the past few days we have been receiving cards in the mail. Our hearts are touched by the love that is being poured out towards us. It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that my Father in law is no longer with us. I keep wanting to call him to only realize that I can't. RJ has seemed to be doing ok, but today he came home and was very weepy about everything. I know it has a lot to do with the fact that his Grampy has passed away. I'm doing my best to wipe the tears away and put a smile on his face. It's the hardest for my husband. He talked to his dad very often and this is a huge hurt in his heart. We know he is in a better place and we know that many are praying for us. Still...I wish we could have had one more day with him. Cherish your loved ones, spend time with them. Forgive any hurts they may have done towards you...for when they are gone you will be left standing only with regrets and wishing you had chosen to forgive. God is good.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Tonight we had our group and the subject lesson was bridging the breach. The scriptures gave ways that we can build a bridge to cover the things that can cause a breach between us and God. When we read Psalms 62:5-7 5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. I began to feel a heavy weight that had been on my heart and shoulders start to lift. Then at the end of group, Sis Sherry decided to throw in another scripture that was not in the lesson. Isaiah 30:18-21. 18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. 19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. It was then that a peace covered me and filled me from the top of my head down to my toes, insided and out. I felt so much peace I wanted to go to bed right then and there. I have not slept well in months and I could literally feel the heaviness seep out of me. I'm so thankful for God's word. God is good.
Monday, November 04, 2013
RJ at times will randomly pick our text to read for our nightly Bible reading. Tonight was one of those nights. He picked Psalms 22. As I listened I marveled at how this passage was placed/written before the 23rd Psalm. We all know the 23rd very well, but do not often hear of the 22nd. After reading it, I realized how David came to the point of the 23rd Psalm. In order to have a life changing experience with God, you are going to go through some very "bad" stuff and some very "good" stuff. It depends on you if you are going to hold on tight to Christ and allow him to get you through your situations. I'm thankful for God's word, for it truly is a light unto my feet. P.S. Unicorns must have been real because the Bible mentions them. Happy for me, I love Unicorns. God is good.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
This morning RJ was given a priceless gift. As you are aware my Father in law passed away. We were deeply grieved because RJ is only 6 years old and even though he will remember his Grampy, he will not have "known" his Grampy. Grampy loved to talk with RJ about Jesus. At times they would have some very deep conversations about God. Thus, Grammy gave RJ Grampy's most prized possession,his Bible. Like most Christians he had more than one Bible. This Bible was special; it was his very first Bible. It's very fragile and well-worn from much use. The pages are tear stained and scriptures that stood out to him are highlighted. A priceless gift has been given to my son. True, to form, RJ loved his gift. As you can see in the picture I have posted to this blog, he treasures his Grampy's Bible. I have a feeling that when RJ preaches his first sermon, it will be from this very same Bible. I'm thankful for the heritage that has been passed down to my son. God is good.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Today we laid to rest our beloved Robert Mangeruga. He was a good man who loved The Lord with all his heart,mind, body and soul. There was not one person that crossed paths with him that didn't hear the salvation plan. His leaving has left a huge hole in our hearts. A man like him can not be replaced. Since he served in the military there was a beautiful ceremony at the burial site. Even though he served in the military he was not a man of war, he was a man of peace. My hearts desire is to be like him. I have a long way to go, for blessed are the peacemakers. May I be a peacemaker like he was. God is good.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Tonight was the viewing for my Father in law. There were flowers from many wonderful people the most unique was one shaped like a guitar, which was from the grandchildren. He loved to play music. There was one thing he loved more than music and that was to tell others about Jesus. Tonight as people started to come to show their respects it was clear how many lives he had touched. There was a line that reached the door of the church. It took over two hours for everyone to be able to make their way to the front and pay their respects. He loved many and that love was returned. For us his time here on earth was not long enough. The line of love was proof that he made an impact while he was alive. A huge hole is now in our lives and hearts. You can't replace a wonderful man like Robert Mangeruga. I want to love people and souls like he did. May I be a better person just because he was in my life. God is good.