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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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Old Maid

This morning I enjoyed a Ladies Breakfast put on by our church. It was nice to be with everyone and eat some yummy food. The testimonies shared were uplifting. It's always good to hear someone's story. It helps to know you are not alone and you can learn from others. This evening after dinner, we decided to play some card games. I came across my Old Maid cards from when I was a little girl. I was so excited. For whatever reason, I never taught RJ how to play this game. It was fun to use my childhood cards with my own little boy. Electronic entertainment is fine, but it's good to break out the old fashioned games and have quality interaction. God is good.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Finally A Kiss

We bought RJ a Charlie Brown DVD for Valentines Day. We finally watched it tonight. Growing up I always felt sorry for Charlie Brown because he never really met the Little Red Head girl. This episode,he not only meets her he gives her a kiss on the cheek. I was so happy to see this. I always liked the Peanuts stories. God is good.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Farewell To Tabby

I know I already blogged for the night, but I wanted to dedicate another one to Tabby. If you have read my previous blogs, you would know that Tabby is a stray cat that has hung around our house for years. Recently, after years of coaxing, she finally decided to come in the house and stay. We took her to the vet last night for a checkup. We were told that she was very old. It seemed that this winter had been very harsh on her and she was very weak from it. This morning when we woke up, we could see she was not well. Bob took her to the front door and asked her if she wanted to go outside or stay inside. It was clear she was going to die. She smelled the air and turned around and laid on her blanket. Things started to get very rough for her, so Bob prayed for her. She went into a deep sleep. This afternoon, I could see she was getting scared and I could smell death in the room. I sat down with her and started talking about when she would wait with me for RJ to get off the bus. All these years, when I could not touch her, she loved to wait for him to come home from school. The more I talked, the calmer she became. I told her the sun was shining and RJ was coming home soon. By this time, I was trying really hard to not to cry, I didn't want to scare her or distress her. I went into the other room to compose myself and to call Bob. He must have felt something was up, because he walked through the door before I could call him. She was waiting for him. He sat down and rubbed her back and she used the last strength she had to twitch her tail to let him know she was happy. We sat and talked calming to her. Bob told her she could go to sleep and she did. With on final breath, she passed away. Tabby loved Bob. He was the only person who could hold her on his lap. I'm amazed at how much love and affection she poured out on us in such a short time. She knew we loved her and wanted to love us back in return. RJ was so sad when I told him. Now who will wait for him on the front porch? Who will lay in the middle of the sidewalk soaking up the sunshine? Even though she was a stray cat, she was a very big part of our lives. We will miss her a great deal. I'm thankful for the gift she gave us before she passed away, the gift of her trust and love. God is good.


Blessed To Bless

Tonight Pastor Davis taught a lesson on being, "Blessed to Bless". His main scriptures were from Genesis 12:1-3. God said that he will bless you so that you can be a blessing. It's important to remember all of God's callings come with a blessing and covenant. When God calls a man or women to do something, he always gives a promise with it, If you will, I will. God will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you. Everything has a purpose and a plan. The promises of God come to pass no matter what happens. Pastor then talked about paying our tithes. When we pay our tithes we allow ourselves to be blessed by God. Many people come into the church because they have a need in their life. When we become a part of the body of Christ the focus needs to change from what can we get to what can we give. Blessings means to enrich someone, to add value to someone, to benefit someone, a favor or gift bestowed. Blessing is a spiritual word. There are three principals to blessings. 1. God is a blessing God. 2. God wants to bless people especially children. 3. God wants to use us to bless others. No matter how long we live, God blesses us each and every day, he loads us with blessings. There will be a time of judging of those who have been wicked. This day grieves God, he desires to bless and not curse. God desires to bless you. How does God bless you? 1. Blesses you spiritually: Ephesians 1:3. 2. Emotionally: Romans15:13, joy, peace, and hope. 3. Materially/Physically/Financially: Malachi 3:10-God will bless you where you cannot contain it. Remember if you do not tithe you are guilty of robbing God. You remove yourself from the blessings of God, his grace does not make you exempt from paying you tithes. Luke 6:38 tell us that when we give, it will be given back to us above and beyond. As you give in like manner, you will receive. As you bless, you will be blessed. God blesses us to bless. We need to bless our children. When we bless our children, they are seeing that living a Christ centered life is filled with the blessings of God. Kids today have to stand out, now more than ever, bless your children for doing this. How do we bless? 1. Bless the Lord: Psalms 103:1-2. 2. Bless others: 2 Samuel 6:18 and Matthew 5:44. To bless others you: Value them and express it, Care about their needs, Fulfill those needs, Strengthen their faith, Express confidence in them and Help then to fulfill God's purpose in their life. It was a great lesson! God is good.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tabby is a Tabitha

Tabby's eyes became swollen and Bob wanted to try and get the cat to a vet. We managed to get the cat into an animal crate and went to the vet across the street. When the vet examined Tabby, he declared that our cat was a girl. We have been calling her a he for about 10 years. I guess, we should call her Tabitha instead. Tabby fits and we will keep her name the same. The vet gave us some antibiotics for her eyes and hopefully she will rally. He warned us that once she is feeling better, she may want to go back outside. For now, we will care for her and continue to shower her with lots of love. God is good.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tell Me A Happy Story

For a while now when Bob is tucking RJ into bed, RJ , wants to hear a happy story. These stories have become a treasures time. We are sharing with him happy moments in our life. For me, if it happens that I'm telling the story, it puts me back in focus. Life comes and goes and it has its up and downs. If we focus on the negative, we lose sight of all the good around us. God has been so good to me and I am so thankful for the happy stories I can tell to my son. God is good.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bittersweet Love

I have been talking a lot about a stray cat that we have finally convinced to come in out of the cold. For years, he would come up to me, but never let me pet him. He would come when I called his name, but never crossing the line from stray cat to pet. A couple of days ago, we were able to pet him briefly. Then he wanted a bit more. Today, it was love overflowing. It's bittersweet for me. Age and this harsh winter has taken a toll on him and he is very weak. He is having a hard time walking and is not eating much. I sat down with his today and he let me rub his ears and run my hands down his back and all the way up his tail. He could not get enough. Later while I was in the kitchen, he tried so hard to walk in-between my feet and purr. At that moment it hit me the total transformation of this cat. I sat down and petted him for a long time and wept. Our constant and unwavering love won him over and in return, he has given me total trust and full adoration. This street cat opened his heart and is pouring out his love. I don't know how much longer he will live. We have resolved to give him a warm bed, food/water and pour on love filled affection. His body is frail and his meow is almost gone. I'm thankful to be a haven for this little cat that has taught me what the power of love can do. God is good.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Watchman

Due to snow, church was canceled today. Thankfully via live streaming on the web, we watched the church service taking place at The Pentecostals of Alexandria. It's always a treat for me to hear Sis. Mangun sing and she sang a beautiful song about Jesus. Bro. Mangun preached a compelling sermon about the coming of Jesus. He declared he was being the watchman calling out the warning for the church to wake up. The signs are all around us, the stage is being set for the Anti-Christ to rise up. The church needs to be awake and aware. He said we are the battleground between the devil and God. We need to live our lives for Christ and not let our actions be one that give the devil glory. We must be awake, aware and full of Jesus Christ in our life. It was compelling cry out to be aware that Jesus is coming and he is coming soon! God is good.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Good Morning Tabby

Tabby stayed inside all night and woke up rested. He ate breakfast and then wanted to go outside. Later, when the snow started to fall he was at the door patiently waiting to come in. He sat still a let Bob and Ross pet him. A complete change in this cat. He's old and if he had not come inside, I don't think he would have made it through the winter. We have given him a warm blanket to sleep on in his favorite spot. The snow is still falling and I hope this is the last of it. We are so ready for Spring. God is good.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tabby's Paw

Today the stray cat we call Tabby decided to come in. It's been very cold and he has been coming in to warm up and then begs to go out. When he came in today he came up to me and reached his paw out. I put my hand out and he placed his paw there. He then let me pet him. Wow!!! It has taken years to build this trust with him. I fed him and he then wanted to go back out. Tonight, he was at the door and we let him in. He found a warm spot and has not moved. Today was the coldest day in 60 years. He has found a safe and warm place in our home. I'm so thankful to provide a place of shelter to Tabby. God is good.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cold Cold Cold

If you have been paying attention to the weather, you are aware that the East Coast and parts of the south are being bombarded with very cold temperatures. I never thought I would see the day when I would think 28 degrees felt "warm". Tomorrow night it will go down to the single digits, I am hoping that it will be over soon. I think warm thoughts and thank God for a house with heat. God is good. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Master or Slave

The other day on the way home from school, RJ was deep in thought. I stayed quiet knowing eventually what was on his mind would soon be revealed. He then said to me, " You know...money is not bad. It's ok to be rich, it's what you do when you are rich is what matters. You can be a slave to your money or you can be its master. If you are its master,you control it...you know...like give it to the poor...stuff like that. Nice things are ok...just don't live for the money or nice things..you live for Jesus. Just don't serve money". This was followed by more silence and followed with him humming some happy song. God is good.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hope Beyond What You See

This is the time of the year for those of us in a wintery state,we start to long for Spring. In the beginning we are excited about the first snowflake to drift from the ground. I even described them as kisses from heaven. Now, we have snow that has turned into solid ice. Everywhere you look there is frozen snow on the ground. The weather forecast is that we will have more snow tonight. Of course for the children, this is a wonderful thing. For the parents and adults it becomes tedious. This is when we start to hope for what is beyond what we can see. We began to hope for Spring. We know when Spring comes, there will be an abundance of life and beauty all around us. This season called Winter that shuts us in our homes, the cold that takes our breath away, will pass. Soon, our breaths will be taken away by the colors of Spring. Life will burst forth once more. We can hope beyond what we see. God is good.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Are You Awake?!

The news is reporting that ISIS has beheaded Christians.  You can read about it here http://nbcnews.to/1797kkk .  We read about this coming in the Bible. We have been told what signs to look for to know that Jeus is coming. Are you awake? Are you ready? This is not the time to be playing church, this is the time to be living a Christ centered life. Are you ready? Will you die for Christ? Our Egyptian brothers have died for Christ. Wake up church of the living God. Stand strong, hold fast to this truth and do not waver. For God I live and for God I die. Do you feel that way? Do not be afraid, rejoice and look up for Jesus is coming!!!! God is good.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

So Happy Together

Today my honey gave me red roses and a box of chocolates. We had a double date with Joe and Jen. It was a wonderful time. I used to hate this day when I was single. I waited and God blessed me with a good man who loves me. He's my King and I'm his Queen. I love my Valentine and he loves me. Of course can't forget my little Valentine, RJ! God is good.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy 40 Years

Tonight we celebrated my sister in love Jen. She is now 40 and fabulous! We also sneaked in a happy 50th to her husband Joe.  The house was filled with lots of people and the air filled with laugher. There was an abundance of food and we can't forget my niece Taylor's chocolate covered strawberries. They were outstanding! I wish Jen a year of love and laughter. Happiest of birthdays. God is good.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Venezuela Hope

We had a guest missionary in church tonight. Bro. Burton and his family are missionaries to Venezuela. He grew up in the country and God gave him a love for the people, so he is now a missionary there as well. He was very funny and the stories he told were encouraging and inspiring. Woven throughout if you listened carefully, you also heard of the many sacrifices that missionaries make to bring the gospel of Christ to the country of their heart. Missionaries are heroes to me. They give up a lot and hide the tears behind a smile. He is there because he loves the people and God is honoring his radical faith. There is hope in Venezuela and the hope is Jesus Christ. This hope is being brought in day by day through a man with a passion for the people of Venezuela. Thank you Bro. Burton and all the other missionaries who bring the gospel of Jesus Christ and do it with love and compassion. God is good.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Landed

I'm waiting at the airport for my love to arrive. Looking on the board for the words that say landed. I see these words and become excited and once again I feel like a newlywed. 8 years and I still get butterflies when I see his face. Yes, landed, I'm so glad my Bob is home. God is good.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Half of Me

When my husband is out of town the day seems to go a lot longer and I don't sleep very well. I was thinking about this tonight during our Bible Study group. When I was single, I was very self-reliant. I didn't need anyone’s help and I did it all. Now that I have been married for 8 years, I have become dependent on my husband in many areas. I know the same is for him as well. We have become one. When he is away, I feel like half of me is missing and everything is double the work. Ross is here and he helps out a lot and even RJ pulls his own weight in help around the house. Yet..still, it's not the same. Without fail, the moment my husband walks through the door, I feel a release and my whole body instantly relaxes. I don't realize how much I was not relaxed until he comes back from a business trip. There is a difference in who I am today as a married women then who I was as a single lady. I don’t ever want to be single and walk this life without my husband. If we are the bride of Christ, then it must be the same when we are not "with" the lover of our soul. If we take a break from our walk with God, it's double the work. I understand what it means to rest in him. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Just as I feel so much better when my husband is home, I feel so much better when I am in the presence of the Lord. God is good.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Snow Ice Day

So...we had another snow day today. This was not the kind of snow day where you go outside and play. We got at least a half an inch of ice. Most of the day it was hailing or sleet rain mixed in snow. The foot of snow that still has not melted has now been encased in ice. You could probably ice skate on it, if it was a smooth surface. RJ tried jumping on it and instead slid..so yeah, not your typical snow day fun. He was a trouper and did his best to break up the ice that had formed on the sidewalk. He and I are not equipped with super strong arms, so we both gave up and went inside. Bob is out of town and Ross was at school, so tomorrow morning's attempt to get to the car is going to be an interesting one. All in all, we had a good day together. I'm blessed with a very good little boy. Even though he was getting a bit stir crazy, he never once missbehaved. I thank God for my boy. God is good.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

When God Sets You Up

We had a guest speaker today, Bro. Hobson. He is the secretary for the Home Missions Division of the United Pentecostal Church International. He was very funny and his humor reminded me a lot of Bro. Billy Cole. It was very refreshing to hear a sermon that was deep, not intense and very life changing. You know his preaching was anointed, because when he was finishing, the sweet presence of the Lord swept over the entire church. His title was "When God Sets You Up" and he preached from Exodus 14:1-2 and Psalms 77:19-20. In life when we are being set up by someone, it usually is not in a positive sense. When God sets us up for something, it's always for our good. He will take us down paths that do not make sense to us, but it's to get us to the place where he wants us to be, to set us up for a miracle. We must remember that God can make a way where there seems to be no way. He will make a way, even if he has to split the ocean wide open. When we worry it's like we are putting a question mark where God has put a period. No matter where we are at, we need to know that with God in control, everything is going to be ok. When Moses led the Isrealites out of Egypt, God guided them into a cul-de-sac. They had mountains on both sides and an ocean in the way, with an army coming behind them. They were sitting there and it seemed they were trapped. In their possessions, they had the riches of the Egyptians. God had provided them with an abundance and wanted them to realize they were slaves no longer. God set them up to get back everything that belonged to them. God took them out of Egypt and led them to an impossible place. Then when it seemed that everything was going to go wrong, God opened the seas and delivered them. The very things that once held them captive were drowned in the sea. Your perspective changes when you realize that God put you in the situation you are in. Sometimes God will bring us to a place where it seems like we are going to fail. With God nothing is impossible. The enemy knows when you are about to have a victory and he believes that it's going to happen, that is why he fights you so hard. If we could have faith and believe that God is going to bring us through, we would not lose our victory. God allows all things to get you to where you need to be. He ended with Romans 8:28, all things work together for our good. Remember God knows exactly where you are, he placed you there and it will work out in the end. God is good.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Sunshine Tooth

A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I was missing the sunshine. The very next day, the sun came out! It was cold, I bundled up and went outside to soak up some sunshine. It gives me hope for Spring. Today we had some excitement, RJ's top front tooth fell out. Needless to say, the tooth fairy is coming tonight. God is good.

Friday, February 06, 2015

My Reader

Today while RJ and I were on our date day, he decided to branch out and get a book a bit harder than normal for him. It was a topic he likes and he really wanted to read it. I sat quietly next to to him and gave only positive support for his taking a chance. He was super happy and surprised that he was able to read the book. There were a couple of super big words, but he sounded them out. I was so happy and proud of him. I gave him a high five and he was beaming because he came over his self doubt and conquored a new reading level. If you are a parent of a child who struggles in a learning area, don't give up. Stay positive and one day, one day it will click for your child. When it does, your heart will soar. Others may not understand, but every parent like me, will. Stay the course, keep their confidence high and they will conquor. God is good.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

OH Sunshine!

Ok..so this California girl is starting to really need a bit of sunshine in her life. I'm glad we have snow, it's good to have the different seasons. I just need a day of sunshine. Sometime tonight there will be more snow and then this weekend a few more inches. I just really, really need a day where I can stand outside, lift my face up and soak up the sun's rays. I don't care if I have to be bundled up and stand in the snow, I will do it. I think this is what you call the winter blues, although I'm not sad, I just need the sunshine. I said this out loud this morning and I heard feet running my way. RJ threw his arm around me and said, "Here is your sunshine!" as hugged me tight. Thank you Lord for my little sunshine on a snow-cloudy day. God is good.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Blessing and No Desolation

Tonight we were reading from Psalms chapter 34. It starts off with the statement, "I will bless the Lord at all times". The last verse says,"The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate". A lot happens in between the blessing towards the Lord and God keeping those who trust from being desolate. It's jam packed with little nuggets that if we would grasp it, our day would just be so much better. If you are paying attention to the news you are aware of all kinds of crazy things taking place all over the world. Can you really bless the Lord at all times? What if it was your family member that was just killed? Would you still bless the Lord? What if everything is going wrong? Would you still bless the Lord? What if everything is going right? Would you still bless the Lord? We read in Psalms 34 that starting with blessing the Lord at all times, the good and bad, there is an end result. No matter what happens, God will keep you and you will not be desolate. No matter what..bless him, God will take care of you. I am so glad for God's word and his promises. God is good.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Snow in the Romeo

We woke up to a very snowy and icy day. We went from snow to sleet to hail and snow again. Of course to RJ and Ross this was no big deal and a day off from school. They went out and shoveled the sidewalk and worked on their snow wall. Later in the day when the snow started to fall again, Bob had to get into the garage. He parked his Alfa Romeo in the driveway and well the photo op was too good to pass up. He got in the car, put the top down and I took a picture. The caption I put under it was:" Dashing through the snow in an Alfa Romeo". It's good to find laughter in all situations. The boys had a good time and we had lots of hot chocolate today. God is good.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A Friend of God

Today marked the ending of our 21 days of prayer and fasting. I have no doubt that great things will come from this. Today, we had a guest speaker, Bro. Wyser. I missed the first part of his sermon because I was in the back doing a mini puppet show for the children. When I came back in, I did my best to take notes, but I have no doubt they do not do his sermon justice. I will do my best to convey what he was preaching. He was talking about Abraham and the different things he went through to become a friend of God. Abraham is the only person that God calls his friend. You have John the beloved and David who is after God's own heart, but only Abraham does he call his friend. Abraham had to go through many things before he got to that place. He listened to the commandments of God, he obeyed him and he fully trusted in God. After all these "things" that Abraham went through, he was given his promise of a son. Even then, the time of "things" was not over and God wanted to see if Abraham would sacrifice his only son. God wanted to see if Abraham truly had given him everything. It was at the point that Abraham gave everything, the one thing he loved the most, that God stepped in. Abraham, truly lifted his hands in the air and told God that he is God of everything. We all have things in our life that we hold on to. We have that something. In order to reach the point of a friend of God, we must truly let go of everything. Do we really give him all? God knows what we have need of, he cares for us. Just as he provided a ram for Abraham, God will provide for you when you obey him and fully trust him. God is good.