This weekend, Bob, Ross and RJ had a boys weekend and went to Cape May, New Jersey. When they returned, they arrived with a bucket full of Cape May Diamonds in the raw, ready to be tumbled. While they were away, the Rock Tumbler arrived in the mail. Today, a place was chosen in the basement and the tumbling of the Cape May Diamonds has begun. This is a 20 day process and it will be interesting to see how it turns out. God is good.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Today we had a guest speaker, Bro. Steve Smith, who pastors in Westchester, NY. I like it when he preaches, it's usually in depth and full of information. True to form it was an excellent sermon. His title was, It Is Finished, from John 19:30. Job descriptions come in all forms, Jesus had an incredible one. In Luke 19 we read that He came to seek and to save those who are lost. His mission statement guided his every waking moment. From the manger to the cross, it is what drove him. When he taught in parables one thing stood out, lost people matter to Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross he bruised his heel when he crushed the devils head. The last words Jesus uttered was a statement of finality, a statement of victory. When he said it was finished, that same statement carries on into today. He became victorious over death, hell and the grave. Jesus when he died on the cross and rose again, won the victory to our trials today. The only way our situations can overcome us is if we allow sin into our lives. When we allow sin, we allow the devil to have victory. When we keep our lives focused on Christ, we are able to stay the course because we know that the battle was already won at Calvary. Unwavering determination is required to finish this race. Our victory has been delacare are we need to walk in victory claiming it to be so. There is power when we pray and when we pray in the name of Jesus, according to the will of God, nothing can stop it from happening. No matter what it is, keep pushing, don't give up. Stay the course and stay with Jesus. God is good.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Last night I posted about Little Q. I am thankful to say she is home and has been seizure free for at least 24 hours. We give thanks to God for this. Her fever is still high and her parents are keeping a close watch over her. Please continue to pray for her and for her parents. This is not an easy time and every prayer that is prayed will give them strength. Doctors are saying they are lucky she lived..we know it's not luck, but the saving grace of Jesus Christ. My friend John is also still in the hospital after an extensive heart operation, he is recovering, but it will be a long road. Today is my adopted Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. Both of my birth grandparents have already passed away and I miss them. I give thanks for Grandma and Grandpa Brollier. I love their sense of humor and their steady walk with God. Today most of the family came together where they live to celebrate 60 years of married life. I admire them and wish I could have been there. Hopefully soon, I will make it to their side of this good ol, USA, and visit them. God hears our every prayer and knows our need. I'm so glad that he not only hears our prayers, but answers them. God is good.
Friday, June 27, 2014
The past two weeks our church family has been hit with a lot of really "hard stuff". Many are in the hospital and just as if it seems we are recovering, we recieve more bad news. Our Youth Pastors, The Walker's have an amazing little girl. She is so happy and cheerful. Being around her makes you smile and you walk away finding your step a little lighter. She is a precious little girl. Yesterday she was rushed to the hospital for a very high fever and has been having seizures. I am asking you, the reader of this blog, to take a moment and pray for little Quinci. I love this family dearly and it breaks my heart to know this sweet little girl is going through this. I know there is power in prayer and so much more with many praying. Let's join together and pray for little Q. God is good.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tonight Bro. Vayna taught a very thought provoking lesson on The Submissive Savior. He gave a statement that summed up Jesus Christ as a Submissive Savior. "What do you do if you are the most important person in the room? You wash their feet." Submission is to be subject or to be subordinate to someone. There were three ways that Jesus was submissive. 1) He was submissive to his parents as a child. You read examples of this in Luke 2:40 and 51. He submitted to his parents when they told him to come home from preaching as a young child in the temple. 2) He was submissive to authorities, Mathew 22:15-22 and Romans 13:1-7. The order of submission given by God was: God first, The husband, then the wife, and then the children. That is the order of authority in the home. 3) He was submissive unto death, Luke 22:39-42. We need to be humble and not only look out for our interest. Being right is not as important as being at peace with one another. Holding a grudge is like holding your breath, it only hurts you. God wants you to let it go, he wants you to breathe to live. Our greatest example of submission is Jesus.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
This week RJ received some money in the mail from people wanting to be a part of his project. We went to the bank today and I taught him how to make a deposit. He was very nervous about it, but he did well. As we were standing in line the man in front of us commented on how great it was that we were teaching how to make a deposit. RJ told him it was not for him, it was for the missionaries. The man was stunned into silence for a while and then told him he thought it was a great idea. When we arrived home, there was a box on the porch. The grit needed to help polish the rocks in the tumbler had arrived. He was jumping up and down and could hardly contain himself as he opened the box. I can't get over how excited he is to be doing this. Be a light everywhere you go. God is good.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Today I took RJ and Ross to the Whaling Museum. I was amazed at how my 6 year old could have so much fun and spend a lot of time in a very tiny museum. He loves anything to do with boats, so I should not have been surprised. I got some really cute pictures and the two of them had a good time. Since we were near water, we spent most of the day looking at the sail boats, watching the swans on the Bay and then collecting some rocks to tumble. The weather was perfect and it was overall a nice day. God is good.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I know I just blogged, but I wanted to give a report on the status on RJ's project. My mommy heart rejoices at the outpouring of support from his family, friends and church family. I want to give a very big thank you to Pastor Davis for supporting this and allowing RJ to do this project. He raised more than enough to purchase a double sized rock tumbler. When we arrived home, the first thing he wanted to do was go online and purchase the items needed. He was so happy he was jumping up and down. The joy of the Lord truly does come from the Lord. You will hear more as this progresses. For those who gave I say a very big thank you. If you know RJ and want to be a part, you can, the extra money raised will go straight towards Sheaves For Christ (missions). In September he will be selling the rocks he has tumbled and I have no doubt he will raise a good amount of money for a great cause. God is good.
There is one word to describe today's service and that is WOW! Yes..Wow with an exclamation point. Bro. Jonathan Walker preached an outstanding sermon today. The more he got into his sermon, the more electrified the place became. He preached on Isaiah. His main scripture reading was from Isaiah 6:1-5. By the end of his preaching, he pretty much had covered the entire book of Isaiah. Isaiah saw visions from heaven. He was the mouthpiece for God for the present and the future. He hated sin and sham religion. In Isaiah chapters 42 and 43 you read that God blots out your sins and forgives you. He doesn't remember them anymore. We read in this great book the beautiful truth that there is only one God and no other. He is THE mighty God. Then Bro. Walker began to name the 7 Everlastings of God. 1) Strength Everlasting: When your strength comes to an end, God gives you everlasting strength to finish and keep on going. 2) Judgement Everlasting: There is coming a day when he will the righteous judge. 3)Joy Everlasting: our circumstances do not dictate our joy, joy everlasting comes from God and nothing can take it away. 4)Salvation Everlasting: What you have stays with you. No matter where you are, God is with you. If you try to live a life without him, he will still be there in the background, reminding you of his love. If you feel you are alone, you are not, God is there right beside you. 6)Kindness Everlasting: Jesus doesn't have anger management issues. He loves us, he cares for us. 7)Light Everlasting: He is the light of the world! Isaiah had two sons. Their names were in direct parallel with the prophecies that Isaiah gave. His first son's name meant, one who is swift to spoil. The people at the time were mixing the holy with the carnal and God was not happy about it. His second son's name meant a remnant shall return. As you read in the end of the book of Isaiah, he begins to declare that no weapon formed against us will prosper. By this time, Pastor Davis was preaching right along with Bro. Walker and the power of God fell, my notes stop there because strength and peace from heaven was falling and I wanted a part of it. No matter where you are or what you are going through, Jesus will be with you. God is good.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
When RJ is feeling down, he calls it being in the "depths of despair" moments. We have not had much of those lately and I very glad about it. When we do have them, he goes deep and will tend to have a hard time coming out of it. More often than not, he will run and hide somewhere. Today as he and Ross were building Lego's he calls me over and says, " Mom..you know..I'm glad you bought me the movie Robin Good ( Veggie Tales version of Robin Hood)...you know why? In the movie the sheriff get's thrown into the depths of despair jail. When Robin Good came to rescue him, he didn't want to leave because he was sooooo deep in the depths of despair." Me: "Oh, he was? What did you learn from that?" RJ:" Well, I learned that it's not good to stay in the depths of despair or it will get so deep you can't get out." Me: " How do you think you can get out of the depths of despair?" RJ: " Oh that's easy...do what I am doing..give to the poor." Me:" Why, how does it make you feel?" RJ: " Ooh, so happy.It pulls you right out." God is good.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Tonight Bob taught RJ how to make a Prospectus. He is prepared and ready to present his business plan with Pastor Davis on Sunday. For everyone who invests, they will receive a prospectus to make the deal official. He worked very hard and the end result was fantastic. If he raises more than he has projected, he will purchase a more heavy duty rock tumbler. He has a lot of work ahead of him and we will be there to guide him and offer a helping hand. I'm so thankful for RJ's kind and giving heart. God is good.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Tonight Bro. Ferragamo taught on The Be-Attitudes number 2- Happy Are The Sad from Matthew 5:4. The statement does not make sense. How can we be happy if we are feeling sad. This is not something in the natural, but in the spiritual. Happiness does not stem from riches or success. As you read the Bible you will see that Jesus turns the worlds perception on how things should be upside down. There are three types of mourning. 1)Improper mourning is when you are feeling bad for being caught doing something wrong. When you are unrepentant when caught and feel sorry for yourself, this is not the right kind of mourning. 2)Proper mourning is when you are weeping over the loss of a loved one. It's ok to be sad when you are separated from someone you love. When we cry in these times, they are good for us, it helps us to heal. 3)Godly mourning is what the Bible is talking about. We are aware that we are sinners in need of God's grace. When we have a truly repentant heart and weep in brokenness before the Lord, God will answer. Sorrow leads to repentance, repentance leads to forgiveness and forgiveness leads to freedom. The happy part of being sad is knowing that Jesus will be a comfort to us. When we come to him in our brokenness, he will answer and give comfort. Tonight was very fitting since a much beloved young man from our church, who is a new father, recently had an unexpected open heart operation. His wife was there tonight and we all wept and prayed with her. I would like to ask you in joining us in prayer for John. He is in need of God's healing power and his wife is in need of God's perfect peace. I believe that God is going to heal his body and he will have a healthy recovery. God is good.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Today was a wonderful day. I decided to take Ross and RJ out East in the direction of Orient Point. We stopped at Gabrielsen's Farm and enjoyed all the lovely flowers. We then headed toward one of the many little beaches and RJ filled up a bucket with rocks to put in his rock tumbler and then sell to raise funds for missions. After that we ate and then headed towards Orient Point. It was summer hot and we were loving it! To make it all so much more wonderful, Ross shared with us the good news that he was accepted into Stonybrook University. We are so happy! His dream is in the making. He has worked very hard this past year and we know only good things are to come for him. God is good.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I had meant to blog last night about Sunday's sermon. I was so tired that I fell asleep way before my bedtime. I took partial notes since I had RJ on my lap most of the time. I want to do the sermon justice because it was a very good one and I think necessary for this day and age. I want to go over my notes a bit better and then I will blog about his sermon. Today I will focus on Summer. School is out and RJ is happy to be school work fee. What he doesn't know is that he does have summer work, I just need to pick up the books and wallah, he will have some writing and reading to do. I'm looking forward to the break and many happy memories to be made. God is good.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Today is Father's Day. Pastor preached a really good sermon, that I will share tomorrow. I want to focus today on my husband and my dad. If you have read my blog in the past you will know that several years ago, I was legally adopted by the man who was the dad of my heart. Thankfully, my wonderful mom, stayed my mom and I gained a new dad and a 2dn mom with siblings included. Pretty cool deal for me. I never liked Father's Day until Steve Brollier came into my life. Now, for me, the day gives me a warm feeling in my heart. I prayed today for those who do not have a dad. This is a very hard day for many and I prayed God would give them peace and surround them with his love. This was Bob's first Father's day without his dad. Some tears were shed, overall, God gave us peace. As we sat in church I looked at my husband while he held our boy in his arms. Next to him was Ross, our nephew. He has become a father figure to Ross and I am thankful for it. I'm thankful that my husband is the head of this household. He faithfully starts the day off in prayer. Since RJ has been born, they have prayed together in the mornings. RJ's great faith in God has come from his dad. On days like today, I sit back and wonder if this is really all real. I'm happy and blessed beyond measure. My cup runneth over. My dad was right, he told me to put God first, delight myself in the Lord and God would give me the desires of my heart. I followed his advice and God gave me an amazing daddy to my son. God is good.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Today RJ and I were both feeling much better. We have been battling a cold for several days. Unfortunately he still has a bad cough and I don't have much of a voice. Either way, we were out and about and feeling good. RJ was happy because today was a birthday party for two very sweet friends of his. We had a wonderful time. Today something unexpected happened. As we were getting ready to leave for the party, I received an e-mail in French. My husband was able to read the e-mail to me and I discovered it was a cousin who lives in Italy, but prefers to write in French. I was so surprised and excited. I don't know how she found me, but I am thrilled. Now I am more determined than ever to learn French, so I can communicate with her. For now, Bob and google will help me translate. I'm looking forward to learning about my family in Europe! God is good.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Today RJ announced he had a plan. He informed me that he needs a rock tumbler. The plan is to tumble rocks and make them look shiny like diamonds. He then wants to sell them and with the proceeds build churches, give to missionaries and give money to the poor. He is looking for investors to invest in his project. He needs to raise enough money to purchase a rock tumbler and then from there, will be working as he put it," gallons of months", to make his product to sell. Sunday, RJ plans on speaking to Pastor Davis about his business plan and then he will start looking for investors. They need to know that their reward will be a heavenly one since he will not be making any profit. RJ is excited about this and decided to not wait until he is an adult to start doing something. We are proud of him and have full confidence that he will be successful in his endeavor. God is good.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Today was RJ's last day of 1st grade. I can't not began to express how thankful I am for such a wonderful school year. It almost feels like it was a dream. When we said our goodbye's today I wanted to cry. I have become very fond of his teacher as well as the other staff members. I know the summer will fly by and before we know it, 2nd grade will be upon us. He grew up a lot in 1st grade and I have no doubt that 2nd grade is going to be a huge change as well. I love his school and am thankful that he will be attending again for the next school year. Now it's time for summer fun, I just hope I can get over this cold or whatever it is that I have, to enjoy it. God is good.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Today after school, RJ's classmates had an end of the year pool party at one of the classmates house. They had a lot of fun..I was hesitant because it seemed a bit overcast. RJ had a lot of fun climbing from the hot tub to the pool and vise versa. It was nice to see how well they all got along. Tomorrow is his last day of school and I am hoping he is not getting sick. He was coughing when he went to bed. One more day left...we need to hang in there. Then he can sleep all he wants. I'm thankful for his happy school year and am looking forward to summer fun. God is good.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I can't believe that 1st grade is coming to an end. I have to say it's been a dream year for us. His school has proven to be an amazing place and well..I'll say it again, his teacher is an Angel. RJ has grown leaps and bounds, emotionally, socially and educationally. Not to mention physically...I look at him and think wow..he's almost as tall as me...well not yet, but he's getting there and he's only 6. I wonder if being happy has something to do with growth. I'm sad to see the school year end. He has 2 more days and then it's goodbye 1st grade and hello summer. I'm thankful for his wonderful school and the best 1st grade teacher he could have ever had. God is good.
Monday, June 09, 2014
I have had a lot of thoughts going through my mind and heart today. This present day and age is all about me..what can I get for me, what can it do for me. Society tells us to defy authority and rise up in rebellion. Movies are teaching their religion of good is evil and evil is good. The voices around are shouting in their attempt to drown out the still small voice of the Shepherd. We must be careful to not be distracted by the flashing lights, the sirens. Shut out the noise and find a quiet place to hear God's voice. His words will guide you to peace, love and joy. The noise only leads to chaos and destruction. Stay away from the darkness and cling to the light! May I never think I am not in need of the Shepherd. I stand on the rock of my salvation and by God's grace will not be moved. I don't need man's approval, I need God's saving grace. Oh, that I be covered by his blood. I put on the full armour of Christ and I want him to walk with me everywhere I go. Jesus, be the center of it all. God is good.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Today is Pentecost Sunday. This day marks for the church, the first outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Bethel is a Pentecostal church and we came excited about this day. You could sense that God was moving and the atmosphere was electrified. Then, wham, the power of God fell. Pastor didn't even get to preach. He did throw in a mini sermon in the middle of all the praise and worship about being drunk on Holy Ghost wine. On the day of Pentecost when when the disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost, people thought they were drunk. They were full, but not full of wine, they were full of the Holy Ghost. The alters were packed with people shouting, dancing and praising God. I went to get RJ out of his class because I wanted him to be a part of what was going on and when I went to the room, I was met with a wonderful surprise. All the kids were praying. The same outpouring happening in the main sanctuary was happening in the Super Church room with all the kids. My boy was praying..I was not about to interrupt that. By the end of service, 6 were filled with the Holy Ghost and 6 were baptized in the wonderful name of Jesus. God is good.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Today Bob and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding ceremony of a lovely couple. He being from Mississippi is whisking her away from NY. We will miss her and his family is very aware of the gem they are receiving. The sanctuary was decorated beautifully and for the first time, I head the Bridal March played by violin, it was lovely. The bride was radiant and the groom, well he looked very happy. From beginning to end, there was an overwhelming presence of peace. There is no doubt that God is the center of their lives. We enjoyed the fellowship during the reception and of course the photo booth was a lot of fun. The highlight for me was when the groom along with his brothers, played some good ol gospel music with bluegrass thrown in. I LOVED every minute of it. Truly, it was a beautiful occasion and I'm thankful to have been a part of it. May God richly bless them on this new journey in life. God is good.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Tonight Pastor Davis taught part two of Exercising Ourselves, this time with he added part of into Godliness. He did a recap on the first part which I blogged about a week ago. I did however miss an important part in my last blog and I will add it here. When we are exercising our spiritual senses and we are doing something in our lives, we need to ask ourselves these questions: 1)Is it condemned in the Bible? 2)Is it similar to something that the Bible condemns? 3)Does it hurt or violate my conscience? 4)What do mature Christians say about this? 5)Could it hurt my testimony? 6)Could it encourage others to commit sin? 7)Could it increase my appetite for worldly things? 8)Does it compromise my body? 9)Is it good stewardship? 10) What would Jesus do? 11)Would I feel comfortable if Jesus was with me? These are all very important questions to ask. Pastor Davis then went into his lesson. His main scripture was from I Timothy 4:7-8. We need to train ourselves to be Godly,success comes by training. There are requirements for spiritual cross training. 1) We need to have a strong commitment. You can't finish the race unless you have a strong determination to finish. Romans 2:6-7 and I Corinthians 15:58 tell us we need to be steadfast and unmovable. 2) We have a spiritual diet. What you feed your spirit is what you will become. If you are looking at things that are not pleasing to the Lord, you are filling your spirit with trash. We read in Philippians 4:8, we need to think on things of God. These things are the meat of God and bring us peace. 3)We will have a strenuous workout. There is great effort and endurance that is needed to finish this Christian race. We must put on holiness, say no to the flesh, say yes to the word of God, read the word of God, listen to spiritual teachings, listen to praise music,have good stewardship, pay our tithes and offerings..with all this we have a sure hope in God. We have a goal and that goal is to make it to the finish line-Heaven. God is good.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Today RJ's class went on a field trip to the Central Park Zoo. On the way home RJ was raving about how much fun he had. He was telling me all about the King Penguin and the Seal that jumped into the water. We were talking about how soon school will be over and we will have lots of fun together. Somehow from there we got on the subject of God. He began to tell me how he knows he has the Holy Ghost and that he can see lots of Angels in our house. Then he said something that made me want to bawl my eyes out. He said that he can see Mozart's Angel all the time. Then he said these words: “God retired my old Angel, because I have a new Angel....my new Angel is my Grampy. I think God allowed him to be my new Angel because we were so close and I sure did love him a lot." God is good.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Today is my mom's birthday. I love my mommy and am so thankful for her unwavering faith in God. She has taught me to trust in the Lord no matter what the may be happening. Today my nephew David surprised her by taking her to the zoo. I'm so glad she had fun on her birthday. She said while she was at the zoo, the camel tried to eat her hat. RJ and I are making something nice for her...I think it will be worth the wait. I dream of the day when we live in the same state..for now, I can call her and try to visit her over the summer. Thank you God for another year with my mom. God is good.
Monday, June 02, 2014
I have a happy life, a happy marriage, a happy child and a happy nephew in my home. I live in a bubble. I'm thankful for this bubble and I do not want it to be busted. Life happens and at times, it's not a wonderful life experience, but I'm still in my bubble. My bubble is not something you can see with your eye, it's not a physical comfort. It's the peace, love and joy given by God. There was a time for a while that it seemed the darts being thrown in my direction were about to burst my bubble. I held on to God and he kept my bubble in tact. The world is becoming more and more upside down. In my bubble, I can stand right side up, knowing God is with me. To the outside world looking at me in my bubble, they are confused and may not understand. I don't need you to understand. As long as God is in the bubble with me, that is all that matters. God is good.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Today it seemed as if we had multiple mini sermons. Bishop gave a short exhortation on keeping your mind set on Christ, no matter what comes your way. Followed by my husband speaking about hope (He shared RJ's diamond story, before he gave he missions report) and then Sis. Vicky Davis spoke,fired up about making it to Heaven. She was so impassioned you could feel her deep desire for everyone to make it. By the time Pastor was up to speak, we were ready to hear the word of God. Pastor Davis' sermon was entitled, “Under the Circumstances." He preached from Psalms 27:1-5, 11-14. Everyone in life has something they would like to change. There is no such thing as a Utopian world, life is good, but is never perfect. When we use the phrase, “under the circumstances", we are saying it's affecting our life. We can have a woe is me mentality and be the victim of our circumstances or we can be proactive. God never intended for his people to live under the circumstances. We must not allow the circumstances to rule our lives, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. We read in the Bible that David was going through something and almost collapsed, except for the goodness of the Lord. No matter how you feel about the fiery darts being thrown into your life, you cannot go by how you feel, you need to go by what you know. We know that God is greater than our circumstances. God will always cause his people to be triumphant. We read in John 16:33 that we can't escape these circumstances, but God will get us through them. When we put our full trust in God and keep our eyes on Him, we will make it through. God is able and not matter the circumstance, it will not destroy you, if you keep God first in your life. God is good.