Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tonight we had a guest speaker. Bro. Benson is a missionary to the Central African Republic. He preached a very encouraging sermon in the middle of telling us about CAR. He read from I John 1:1 and his bases was Hearing, Seeing and Handling. When we look at the circumstances of our situation it will cloud your mind and cause us to no longer be able to see what God is doing around us through the situation. The Lord doesn't always answer immediately,he will in time. While we are waiting, we become so consumed at why he's not answering that we can't see how God is getting us through. When we read God's word, it gives us power to keep going. Reading the word is hearing God's voice. Hearing God's voice allows us to see what is happening while you are waiting and to help you understand what you are going through and how to handle it. When you know what you are handling, which is God's promise,you are able to keep walking. When Daniel did his 21 day fast, he kept on going even though it seemed God was not answering him. When the answer finally came on the 21st day, the Angel who brought the answer, told him that he had been fighting the adversary that rose up while on the way to Daniel. God heard Daniel and answered on the 1st day, but while the Angel was on his way to deliver, Satan sent an adversary to hinder the answer. God hears us, the devil doesn't want us to be victorious and will rise up to fight. God sends angels to fight on our behalf. We need to not become discouraged and keep walking in faith believing God's answer is on the way. Bro. Benson clearly has a love for the Central African Republic. I pray their deputation is a short one and they are able to return soon to a place that is ready for the outpouring of God's spirit. Within great adversity comes great revival.God is good.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
This past Sunday, RJ decided to stay in the sanctuary with us. During prayer for the sick, I saw him get on his knees and start praying really hard. We didn't mention it to him and he didn't talk about it until tonight. He said he was on his knees praying really hard for Israel to come back to God. I was taken back a bit by this because I was not expecting him to say something like that. The whole world is watching what has been taking place between Israel and Palestine. We have not been discussing this in front of him. The Bible says there will be a day when Israel will once again turn their hearts back to God. I think we need to join my little 6 year old in his prayers. I don't know where the thought to pray that way came from, but I have a feeling it was placed in his heart by the Lord. God is good.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Lately we have had a lot of serious things happening to the families at our church. Recently, our Bishop and his wife were in a very bad car accident. In the same week a young lady was also in a car accident. So, today when I was notified by my nephew that my mom had been in a car accident, I felt super sick to my stomach. After several attempts to get ahold of her, she finally called me back. The car she was driving in is pretty banged up, but thanks the Lord, she is ok. I'm so thankful that God was with her. She is very shook up and I ask you pray for God to give her peace. We never know when our time will come and I'm thankful that today was not her day to go. God is good.
Monday, July 28, 2014
We are at the Mid-Summer point. July is coming to an end and August is just around the corner. Once August comes, the summer flies by. Today while at the store, I saw all the school supplies and realized I needed to purchase them for 2nd grade. It seems summer is just not long enough..however it's still not over. For RJ and I, August is going to be super special. He and I are flying to California and spending some high quality time with my family. We are also going to take a special trip to Idaho so he can meet his great grandparents for the first time. He's so excited to finally meet them. It will be a quick trip, but one that is well worth it. God is good.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
It was so wonderful to be in service at Bethel to today. We had a guest speaker by the name of Bro. David Norris. He is a brilliantly phenomenal speaker. I have never heard anyone preach the way he preaches. Before he spoke he had his wife come up to speak. She has a little hand puppet named Snuggle. I love it when she goes around the congregation having Snuggle give random hugs. Her laugh is so cute and you can't help but be ticked right along with her. When Bro. Norris, taught he had the entire church audience participating. We all had a script, and he had different people say different parts. Before he spoke he said something that really stood out. “There is no place that you can go that God cannot reach you. Where you are, he is there for you. The Lord knows where you are." This statement was the foundation for the "skit" he had us all participate in. He used the story of a young man walking into the sea and eventually starting to drown. He calls out for help and people from all walks of life give the diagnoses or opinion on why he is drowning. Then God gets involved and begins to tell him what he needs to do, to stop drowning. At the end, he asked for 5 people to give their testimonies of what God has done for them. I was one of the 5. I gave my testimony on how God healed my ear. He was reaching out to everyone and it seemed the theme of the whole service was that God can and will heal you. It was a unique service and very powerful. Once service was over, Bob and I joined the marrieds for fellowship by the sea. We had a wonderful time with everyone. Watching the sun set over the ocean, helped bring me back full circle. I love seeing God's handiwork on display and tonight, God gave us a masterpiece. God is good.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
We arrived safely home in NY and made good time. I have to admit, the closer we got to the city, the more surprised I was, that I was having a bit of culture shock. We have been gone long enough to have started to get into a routine in the mountains. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the big buildings and lack of mountain view. I heard the city sounds in a higher volumed level. I had become used to falling asleep at night to the gentle hush of the trees and the melody of the birds. Now, I hear the cars honking and see instead of moonlight through my window, street lights. I wanted to cry. Tonight as were doing our Bible reading, Bob read from Isaiah 66. It mentioned that God gives you a place of rest. I realized, that the mountain home was a place of rest for me. God had given us a place to go and we found rest in it. Tomorrow we will attend church in Bethel and I am looking forward to being in the cascading waterfall of his presence. I'm sure by Monday, I will have adjusted to being back and will snap back into a routine. I give thanks to the Lord, for the rest that was given and trust that God does all things well. God is good.
Friday, July 25, 2014
This week Ross and RJ have been attending Vacation Bible School at a local church. They have had a really good time, and have made many friends. The theme was Spy based and RJ told me his mission is to spread God's word. Tomorrow we will head back to NY. It has been a wonderful time here and I will miss the people and the mountains. I am looking forward to being home and worshiping at my beloved Bethel. There really is no place like home. A few days ago I asked you to pray for our Bishop's wife. She is home and is in recovery. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. God is good.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
A couple of days ago I was talking with a young girl who's mother has been recently diagnosed with cancer. She comes every summer to the mountains to be with her grandparents. This year it was also a time for her to leave her sorrows at the foot of the mountain and be a teenager. When you are here, it's as if your troubles stayed the foot of the mountain and you are able to relax. I have do admit, it's been that way for me. I know for many who live up here, it's not an easy life and their sorrows are very real and are here with them on the mountain. This evening as I was taking in the majestic beauty of the clouds drifting across the mountains tops, I thought of the girls comments. I then thought of a cross that stood on a hill. At this cross I can lay my sorrows and leave them there. I'm thankful for the cross at Calvary that gives me peace. God is good.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Today I experienced the most intense thunder storm of my life. Due to the location of the house, and the storm being directly above the house, we were given an intense show. I stood on the front porch and watched the lightning strike right in front of the house. The roll of thunder was so intense it shook the walls of the house. It was followed with a loud clap of thunder and I could feel,it vibrate through my entire body. The rain was pounding the pavement and created a cascade of water flowing over the front of the house. It was thrilling and left me in awe at the might of our God. Every time the thunder rolled it echoed off the mountains giving it an awesome effect. I stand amazed at the handiwork of the almighty creator. God is good.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Today Ross, RJ and I had a playdate with the Mayor's wife and her grandkids. She took us to where the locals go to swim and play. There is this enormous park smack dab in the middle of the mountain. We had so much fun with them today. Later in the evening Ross and RJ joined their newfound friends at the local church for VBS. While they were at VBS, Bob and I decided to explore the neighborhood. We visited a tiny cemetery on top of a mountain and then came across a house that had bee hives. If you know me, you will know I love honey. We decided to introduce ourselves to our neighbors and see if they had honey to sell. They did not have honey, but opened their home and hearts to us. We sat down with them and got to know them a bit. After a wonderful chat, we said our goodbyes. As I left I realized, they don't have much, but they are beyond wealthy. Their wealth lies in the love from their family. Most family live nearby and on Sundays they get together to eat and spend time with one another. There is no such thing as a man is his own island. The deep family connection amazed me. They work together and take care of each other. We have stumbled upon a rare place. A place where family, respect and love for one another are top priority. I'm thankful to be able to be a small part of this community. We will head home soon, and I will be leaving a part of my heart here in the Applachien Mountains. God is good.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Often you will see products that have a mountain rain scent. I have often wondered, if the smell was true to its name.Since we have been here, we have had our fair share of rain storms. Today as we were driving through the mountains, we could see the rain clouds rolling in and in some cases rising up to the mountain tops. You could smell the rain coming. As the rain fell and mixed with the trees I could smell the mountain rain. It was a very refreshing smell. The rain was clean and pure. Nothing I have purchased has come close to what I have smelled.We have a few more days here and I'm going to soak it up as much as possible. On a side note, please pray for our Bishop and his wife. They were in a car accident , he is bruised, but ok. She has had some injuries and the last I heard was still in the hospital. I know God is able and I am fully confident they will be ok. God is good.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Today we attended church at Riverside Apostolic Church in Kentucky. We have been trying to find a church closer to the house here in Virginia. We found a nice church just over the border from Virginia to Kentucky. The people were very friendly and we enjoyed the old fashioned gospel music. The songs brought back many happy memories for me. The Pastor preached a lesson from II Timothy 4: 6-17 with the subject matter of God is Standing With You. He also read from the 23rd Psalm and explained the different stages that God is with you. We are his sheep and he is the shepherd. He watches over us and if danger comes, he will protect us. No matter who we are we will have trials that will come our way and God promises to give us a place of rest to restore our souls. When we are in a battle and need to endure, God will carry us until we finish and when it is done, we will find rest. The pastor exhorted us to not be shaken by things of this world. We need to stay focused on God and he will keep us and take care of us. God is good.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Since we have been here in Virginia, we have been super busy. I have not had time to sit and truly enjoy the mountain view. Today, I pulled my chair out to the front of the house and with a cup of tea In hand I sat and enjoyed God's beautiful handiwork. The sun was setting,there was a gentle breeze and then something beautiful happened. The mountain began to sing. In the stillness and quiet I heard a melody arise. The trees made the rhythm as the birds began to sing. Slowly as dusk arose the beetles and crickets joined in. I have been in the country and heard it's song, but this, was like nothing I have ever heard. I marveled at the peaceful sound and understood the call of the mountain. I'm thankful I took the time to stop and listen the the mountains song. God is good.
Friday, July 18, 2014
This past week I attended the first night of the Camp Meeting in Tennessee. The speaker for the night was Bro. Aaron Bounds. He preached from I Kings 18:46 and I Kings 19:1-4, with the title "How To Kill A Witch". When Ahab married Jezebel,he didn't just marry a women who worshiped fals gods, he married a witch. Jezebel changed the character and future of Ahab. Her influence on him caused him to bring in the false idols while still keeping his religion. She was the beginning of the thought that truth is relative. She convinced him that bringing other ways of worship, would not change anything. Ahab was wrong to do this. There is only one God, one truth. There are three steps that lead you to being led away from God :Tolerance which leads to Acceptance and becomes Participation. Jezebel knew if she could bring in Baal,she could eventually wipe out all the Prophets. The spirit of Jezebel is alive today and works to stop us from preaching the true word of God. When Jezebel speaks she brings in confusion and a lens covers our eyes that causes us to not see the good that God is doing,but focus instead on the negative. To kill a witch in your life, the spirit of Jezebel, there are important things to do. We need to stay focused on what God is doing in our lives. When we support the man of God and began to pour ourself into the things of God, God will begin to bless you. God will fight your battles for you. We can not give up and lose sight on what God places in our hearts to do. When you preserve the ministry, God opens up the heavens to pour out his blessings upon you. God will never send you somewhere that Gods not going to meet you,where the finger of God points, God will provide. We must hold on this this promise. When we do this, the spirit of Jezebel can have no hold on you. Where the spirit of The Lord is there is liberty. God is good.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Today we said goodbye to my mom and David and headed back to Virginia and the waiting arms of my husband. He has been busy preparing our mountain home. In past times when my husband would come for a business trip he would stay at The Breaks Park. The park is a wonderful and very beautiful place,however in the winter months it is hard to find food to eat in the evening time. The conclusion was to find a house near the company. A lovely house on the mountain top became available. The view is breathtaking and the house is a perfect home away from home. When we arrived to our mountain home this evening, Bob had the house fixed and ready. I'm glad he will have a home to come to on his monthly trips and am looking forward to the summer here. We are not moving here, NY is still our home. We are thankful for this house on the mountaintop. God is good.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Today we went to the Nashville Zoo. We had a blast! They have this huge tree play house area. The boys were having such a great time running around in it. The weather was perfect so all the zoo animals were out and pretty active. The Bamboo walk was my favorite and of course the Big Cats were a highlight for me. RJ, David and Ross really enjoyed the Reptile House. I think for my mom she just enjoyed being with us.We had some excitement in the petting zoo. RJ was petting a small goat when I saw a larger goat head down horns pointing toward his back and running a full speed towards him. I went into super mom mode and ran in between him and the goat. I used my momma hips and sideswiped him and sent the goat flying all while grabbing RJ towards me. I have no idea how I managed that in such a short amount of time. It's true never mess with a mom! Thankfully RJ was on and the goat was ok took. Needless to say the goat stayed away from RJ the rest of the time we were there. All in all it was a wonderful day and we had a really nice time together. God is good.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Today we took a wild ride to Nashville to walk around the Opreyland Hotel and have dinner at The Rainforest Cafe. The food was good and RJ's excitement over all the animals was fun to watch. We lots of fun things planned for the rest of our time here. I think for RJ he is just as happy to stay at his Grandmas house and play. I'm glad to be here and look forward to our day tomorrow. God is good.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Today I attended church with my mom at The Pentecostals of Murfreesboro. It was a unique day as it was completely done by the children. They put on a play about the three thrown into the fire for not bowing down to a graven image. One of the songs they sang had the phrase, I know that I know...and I began to think back on I know that I know. I grew up in an old time Pentecostal church. I know that I know, that I know. I know that God is with me, I know that God is able, I know that with God nothing is impossible. It doesn't matter what is happening around you, God is still God and he never changes. I know this and it is what sustains me through uncertain times. I can stand on Christ the solid rock and know that under his blood, I have clean hands and a pure heart. I know that I know, that I know. No matter what my body is telling me, no matter what may come my way..I know that I know that I know. Jesus is my everything, I know he is alive and is walking with me. I know that I know that I know! God is good.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Today we headed to TN to see my mom and David. We will only be here for a couple of days,but are happy for any time with family. The drive was beautiful and seeing my boy hug his grandma was worth the long drive. Ross and David took off to have some fun since it has been a year since they have seen each other. I'm thankful for this time with my mom and as always will soak up every minute. As we travel the Rock Tumbler comes along and the process continues. The summer is flying by and soon school will be here. For now, we will live in the moment and be thankful for precious time given. God is good.
Friday, July 11, 2014
RJ has had his Piggy and Nay Nay (blanket) since he was about 3 months old, since then, he has never not had it when he went to sleep. Well... We forgot Piggy and Nay Nay in NY. When he realized it he was distraught but didn't freak out. It has been a lot of fun in NJ and in Virginia and he has fallen asleep every night exhausted. Thankfully our secretary was able to send them via priority mail. He knew Piggy was "flying" (in a box making the long journey up the mountains) his way to him. Today when they were reunited a very happy little boy hugged them tight and promptly fell asleep in his chair . Mind you, it was in the middle of the day, he slept for 4 hours. When he woke up he was whispering to his pig all about the "flight".He told his dad that he knows he can sleep without them, but he just really loves them. He's growing up fast and I'm so glad he's still little enough to love his Piggy and Nay Nay.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
We arrived at Breaks Interstate Park late last night. We awoke to the rain clouds coming through the mountains. I spent most of the day helping Bob with work related things. Ross and R.J along with an employes son had fun exploring the park and going on a hike in between rain storms. Tomorrow if the sun stays out they will go on more adventures. I love watching the sun set on the mountain tops. God gives a beautiful masterpiece every time. I recovered a call from my sister in law. Her cousin recently had a baby and has an infection that has turned into gangrene. Please help me pray she will recover and be able to go home to her newborn baby. Remember God does all things well. God is good.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
This morning we boarded the Cape May Ferry to head towards Delaware. It was a bit out of the way of our intended destination, but since Ross and I have not been on a Ferry we decided to go this way on our way to Virginia. We enjoyed the ride on the boat and I think out of all of us, Mozart (our dog) enjoyed it the most. He stood in front of the steps and had the ultimate wind blowing in your face experience. Soon we will arrive in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. I'm looking forward to our time here. We have made friends and it will be good to see familiar faces. A summer hideaway surrounded by Gods amazing masterpieces. God is good.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Today is my husbands birthday. He wanted to spend his birthday in New Jersey. Last night we sat by a campfire and the boys camped in the woods. Today we went to Cape May and enjoyed the beautiful weather as we collected more Cape May Diamonds. It was so nice to have his mom there as well as Joe and Joe Joe. To top it off we saw a dolphin swimming in the water. That was a major highlight! We ended the evening with dinner on the Ocean City Boardwalk and a few rides. I have to say overall it was a wonderful day. I think his birthday was a happy and peaceful one. God is good.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Tonight we were reading from Psalms and there was a part where David was lamenting that he felt God had forgotten him. As I was putting RJ to bed he made a comment," God doesn't forget, he does hear your prayers, he just sometimes answers in a weird way." It may seem that you are forsaken and God has forgotten you. He has not and will answer. Your answer may not be what you want, but it will all work together for the good. Don't allow the way God answers you, to cause you to walk away from him. Trust in him, trust beyond what makes sense to you. God is good.
Friday, July 04, 2014
At first it seemed our 4th of July festivities were going to be washed out. We had a pretty intense rain storm and it was not letting up. When a break came we decided to head out to Bethpage State Park with umbrella in hand and even though we ended up getting wet, had a great time. While at home we decided to risk the firework show in the city. Fully equipped for rain we arrived in Brooklyn and were pleased that the rain had cleared. We found an excellent spot along the East River with a magnificent view of the Manhatten skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. When the show started I couldn't believe how awesome it was. RJ was exclaiming that he must be dreaming. In the middle of it all we were given a treat, fireworks started shooting off the Brooklyn Bridge! Truly it was the best show I have ever seen. Our day celebrating the birth of out country turned out amazing. God is good.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Tonight's lesson can save a life, save a soul. I think if every person were to apply this lesson to their life, the world would be a better place. It's a hard one to swallow, but oh so necessary in life to be happy and free. Sooner or later, no matter who you are, you are going to be offended by someone. You can be offended by God, a family member, a friend and even your spouse. This is a reality, we all will be offended. When this happens, we need to be prepared and know how to handle it. Pastor entitled his sermon, The Root of Bitterness and read from Ephesians 4:1-2 and Hebrews 12:15. We need to be patient with one another and give allowance in love for mistakes to happen. What we do when someone offends us is very important. It can be very dangerous when we are offended. If we do not handle it right, it can turn to bitterness and bitterness can destroy you. We are to put away; Anger, Wrath and Bitterness. Bitterness is an animosity that is bitter tasting full of hatred. Bitterness is: 1) Festering Anger 2)Slow burning hatred 3)Cynasims 4)Holding a grudge 5)Unforgiving Spirit 6)Nursing and hersersing over and over the pain of the past. Bitterness is anger that is buried and, that's why it's called a root. When you are bitter you can't bury it for long, it will surface eventually. These are signs that suggest there is bitterness in your heart. 1) Frequently explode in rage or temper either physically or verbally. 2)Keep your temper in check to the outside world, but blow up at your family 3)Lose control in traffic, honking or yelling at other drivers 4)A critical attitude towards others. 5)Verbally attack those that you feel have wronged you 6)Constantly talk about the injustice you feel have been done to you. 7) Write vengeful letters to vent, even if you don't send them to the person. 8) Justify hard feelings as righteous indignation. Any anger towards a person is unholy. 9)Claim other's actions are responsible for your anger. 10) Don't care about the needs of others. There is a Biblical perspective on Bitterness. 1)It hinders your walk with the Lord and harms your relationships. Ephesians 4:31-32, Hebrews 12:14-15 and James 3:8-18. It's like a rattlesnake, eventually you will bite yourself and die from your own poison. 2)Resentment against God's chastisement. God will allow others to be used and it can hurt. 3)Defiles those around you, it can be contagious. Spirits do transfer, the more you hang around a bitter person, the more likely you are to become bitter yourself. 4)Connect you to Godless and immoral people. Hebrews 12:15-16. 5)Question God's Authority, you assume you know more than God. I Samuel 1:8-11, Isaiah 38:9-20 6) Unforgiving Spirit- which is sin. There is hope, we can overcome bitterness. To overcome: 1) Forgive Everyone- completely and unconditionally, Just as Jesus Christ forgave us. This is a choice, you may not feel like it, but God cares about the choices that we make, not how we feel about it. 2) Remember God's forgiveness to you, depends on your forgiveness of others. Matthew 6:14-15. If we refuse to forgive we take the chance that we take back all our own sins. 3)Kill any thoughts of vengeance- don't be a vigilante. Romans 12:19. Only God can be the judge. 4) Confess all angry and bitter thoughts to God and ask him to help you to overcome your feelings of hurt towards others. It Thessalonians 5:17, James 1:5 and I John 1:9. 5) Embrace the truth God has promised to take care of you no matter the situation. Remember Joseph, God will turn it around for your good. 6) Rejoice and give thanks in every situation knowing you are being conformed into the image of Christ. 7) Ask God to help you think kindly towards the person that has wronged you. Ephesians 4:32,James 1:5 and 3:13-18. 8)Make a vow with your lips to not slander them or hurt their reputation. 9) Do not bring up another persons weakness in an accusing ir vengeful way. 10) Memorize scripture verses related to bitterness and anger. Psalms 119:9, 2 Corinthians 10:5, 2 Timothy 2:1. 11) Be accountable to a spiritual friend who can challenge you to be consistent in you battle with your anger. Forgiveness sets the prisoner free and that prisoner is you. Forgiving the person doesn't mean it was right what they did you to. When you release that person into God's hands you are freeing yourself to live and overcoming life. God is good.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Tonight for our nightly Bible reading, we read from Luke 8. As Bob was putting RJ to bed, RJ speaks up and says, “I know why Jesus fell asleep on the boat. He was teaching them to trust in him." He's only 6, but he gets it. We all go through trials in our life and we find ourselves hanging on for dear life and it seems that Jesus is just there asleep. When we trust in Jesus, even though the boat is rocking, he will wake up and calm the storm. He will get you through the storm and peace will prevail. Please continue to pray for Quinci. I believe that God is going to heal her little body and she will be 100% God is good.