Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tonight's home Bible study lesson was an encouraging one for me. The lesson talked about when God told Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice. Abraham obeyed God, even though it didn't make sense. Inside his heart, he believed that God would provide another sacrifice in the place of his son. His obedience pleased God and a ram was given in place of the boy. Life likes to pull the foundation right from under your feet. Things can seem to be a bit on the roller coaster side of things and we get so dizzy we don't know how to stand any longer. Yet, in the middle of it all, God is near. As long as we trust in him and obey him, he will provide. Even when we can't see it, God will provide. God is good.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Apparently, snow does not want to go away from NY. My weather app and Twitter feed tells me that it may snow this week. Really!!!! It looks like our staycation is turning into an insidecation. I know that is not a real word, but I'm making it one. This weekend RJ spent most of it outdoors in the NJ woods with his dad and cousins. I will find something to do this week for RJ. Most likely indoors, like a museum. I just can't get over how the cold won't let go. Regardless, I'm enjoying my time with RJ. God is good.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Today is Palm Sunday. Since we are visiting in NJ, we attended church with my Mother-in-law. Bro. Hamscom preached about the importance of Palm Sunday. We have a choice to follow Jesus and have peace in our lives or choose to walk away from God. After church was over and we returned to the house, we had an impromptu egg hunt for the boys. They had a lot of fun finding the eggs and were surprised to see that the candy tree had bloomed! All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. God is good.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
I heard it snowed in NY today. Even though It was on the cold side here in NJ, I'm glad to say we had sunshine. RJ and Joe Joe helped Bob clean the yard of sticks and leaves. Ross spent the day with Noah and Aunt Jen. Me, I spent a big part of the day vaccuming up water out of the rug from a busted pipe. Later in the day we all had dinner together and the boys colored eggs. Now as I write, I'm sitting by the fireplace with my Bob. It was a work day, but one filled with peace. Tomorrow is church and Palm Sunday. God is good.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Tonight, I had the great joy of holding a precious baby girl. My niece gave birth to a beautiful baby girl yesterday. Bob, Joe and I went to visit her today. It was a joy to hold her. Her mom and dad are doing great and I'm confident that they will be awesome parents. She is a little ray of sunshine and I'm so glad I got to see her. Of course, we didn't forget to take our first selfie together. God is good.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
We had plans to visit my mom in TN over RJ's spring break. Life happens and we will not be able to go. RJ was disappointed and I will be honest, I cried when I found out. I really wanted to see my mom. It's hard being away from family, one of the not so great things about living in NY. However, having a staycation in NY is not a bad thing. People from all over are always coming to NY for their vacation. I'm not sure what we will do, but I will do my best to make it a fun week for RJ. Even if it's as simple as a picnic at his favorite park. It's supposed to be warmer next week, so anything outside with the sun's rays on us, will be wonderful. I wiped my tears away, put my chin up and we will have a great staycation! God is good.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Presently RJ is on his Spring Break. I had plans for outside activities, but due to the cold, we have been inside. We are waiting for Spring to Sprung. When we woke up it was in the 20's. I was thankful that it reached the 40's in the afternoon. Can you believe that this California girl felt like 40 degrees was warm! I'm looking forward to warmer weather and will soak it up when it finally comes. God is good.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Tonight in our Bible reading the phrase," The Rooster Crowed." Stood out to me. Even more was what Peter did after the second time it crowed. He remembered and he wept. How many times in our life have we made choices that we knew were not right? Even people around us could see that we really were not in a place we should be and we try even harder to be successful at making bad choices. Then, something happens and we remember who we really are and where we really should be. It's at the moment of the rooster's crow that we have a choice to make. We can remember and change our ways, or we can sear our conscience and no longer hear the rooster's crow. We are in a day and age where if we are going to be a Christian, we must stand up for what is right. Christian morals are becoming ever more unpopular. Be awake, be vigilant and do not let yourself get caught up, to where you need hear a rooster's crow to wake you up. God is good.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Today Bro. Hernandez preached on the Footsteps of God. He preached from John 10:10, James 4:5-10 and Geneses 3:8. There is no way I can describe what happened as he was preaching and during the alter call. It was like healing waters from Heaven flowed through the place. It was not the type of physical healing as it was the hidden hurts of the heart being healed. When we hear the footsteps of God approaching, the devil will do all he can to try and convince you that as God comes closer that he is coming with comdenation. When really, he's coming to heal your hurts and wipe away the lies the devil has told you. God is making his strongest appearance when you are in your weakest state. The walls around you that you put up out of fear, loneliness, and hurt, keep you from God. If you will reach out to him when you hear his footsteps approaching you, he will heal you. His footsteps are the sound of redemption coming to you. They are not of destruction, but of love. He will go to the extreme that we might have life. The alter was opened for those wanting life from God. Those willing to walk forward and be vulnerable before God. The alter was packed and his healing presence flowed through the congregation. For myself, I wept and I could feel his arms around me. Later when I went to pray with Bob and RJ, I felt to wrap my arms around them from behind in an embrace. You can think what you like, but I could feel Angels wings wrapped around us. The peace and strength that flowed over us, had me an awe. I can't fully express what happened, there is a change inside of me. An inner strength and peace that can not be described. Thank you Jesus, that when your footsteps passed by me, you stopped and touched me. God is good.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Tonight we attended the Spanish Conference. We had been told there would be a translator, but when we arrived, it was looking like it would be in only Spanish. Even though we didn't understand everything being said, the presence of God was there. You don't need to speak the same language to feel God in the room. Worship unites everyone no matter what language is being spoken. Bro. Hernandez preached in Spanish. I understood a few words and knew he was preaching about fire. He preached from 2nd Kings. I wish I knew what he had been saying, it was clear the anointing of the Lord was upon him. I'm glad we went, I crave being in the presence of the Lord, no matter the language being spoken. God is good.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Today is the first day of Spring. In most places the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. For those of us on the East Coast, we are bundled up and dealing with not a rainstorm, but a snowstorm. Plans have been canceled and we once again, find ourselves snowed in. Presently, the snow is still falling and will continue to do so until the morning light. It's beautiful and it still does feel like kisses from heaven. However, I'm ready for sunshine and warmth. If I could, I would put myself and family on a plane and go somewhere warm,alas, this is not possible and we will endure the cold snow. I will be wise with this time and while Ross and RJ have quality time, I will have cuddle time with my husband. It's a day of rest declared by God. Tomorrow, we work as we shovel. For now, we rest. God is good.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
How do you describe the atmosphere in tonight's service. There was a heavenly presence and it was filled with the power of God. This weekend is the Spanish Conference. Bro. Eli Hernandez is the guest speaker. He walks in a realm that changes the atmosphere. He preached tonight about transparency. He talked about changing from being in spiritual warrior mode to being in harvest mode. When we get alone with God and are real with him, he is able to heal and deliver us. As he takes things out that are hurting us, he replaces it with him. His light shines through us and we become transparent. When We are transparent, it's no longer about us , but about him impacting the atmosphere we are in. People will see Jesus shining through you. The things that hurt you in the past can no longer hurt because it's been taken out and you have been healed. It was phenomenal tonight. God is good.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I have been thinking about going back to work on a part time bases or as a Substitute Teacher. I had not done much about it and have been focusing on housewife life. Then, today as I was dropping off paperwork regarding school stuff, I learned that the local school district was in need of substitute teachers and would I consider subbing for them. I was not even looking and wallah they asked me. I sent my resume in and I will wait to see what happens. I learned a long time ago, when God opens a door, no man can shut it. I also learned that when he shuts a door it's for my own good. I can't rely on what I see, I must rely on my God whom I can not see. He is in me, around me and with me. He is fighting for me. I know where to place my trust and I trust fully in him. God is good.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Today is St. Patrick's Day. In all honesty, I don't know much about who St. Patrick was. Growing up in California, we would wear green and pinch anyone who didn't. When I first moved to NY, I wore green and was surprised that my fellow NYers were not amused by my pinch due to their lack of green clothing. Apparently on this side of America, you wear green if you are Irish and if you are not wearing green, it really doesn't matter. We are not Irish, but I had RJ in green anyway and I wore green too. I decided to make my first Irish stew to go along with the day. The house was filled with the aroma of Irish Stew cooking in the crock pot. I did not get a chance to taste it since I was at a meeting. However, I was told it was very good. Tomorrow, I will try it out for myself. God is good.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Saturday was Pi Day. Yes, I meant to leave the e off of the word Pi. Apparently it is a rare occasion for the dates to be, 3.14.15, which is a mathematical formula for Pi. Ross did a much better job of explaining it to RJ and we then enjoyed a piece of Pie to celebrate Pi day. Now that is a play on words! Social media was abuzz of pictures of people eating pies with the Pi symbol on it. I didn't do that, but I was tempted to. Today was Dairy Queen Day and if you were near one, you could have gotten a free ice cream. We have all these "days" to celebrate something special that happens. I want to do my best to celebrate life. I tend to get caught up on the rat race of it. I don't want to do that, I want to celebrate every moment with my boy, my husband and Ross. It's not just another day, it's a moment of time that is quickly slipping away. God is good.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
There was an ongoing theme in today's service. Bishop Davis got up to give his exhortation and it was very thunderous. I use that word because he was very fired up and it was as if the Lord himself was shouting through him. He was declaring that Jesus was coming back soon and we needed to stop playing church and get right with the Lord. He was very bold in declaring the soon coming of the Lord. Then the choir sang a song about being ready because Jesus is coming soon. You can listen to it here. Bro. Ferragamo then preached an impassioned sermon about the soon coming of the Lord. His title was, "The Best of Times, The Worse of Times". His text was taken from Genesis 6:5-8 and Luke 17:26-30. It is becoming more and more evident that we are most likely living the last days. As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, the present world we live in is becoming more and more evil. What is right is now wrong and what is wrong is now right. We can be discouraged when we see this. As Christians we need to rejoice for it means God is coming soon. Also, it will be a time of the greatest outpouring of God's spirit we have ever seen. There is a danger of being too near the things of this world. We need to be so careful on what we allow into our lives and hearts. This is not the time to play church, it is the time to be totally dedicated to God. Does Jesus have all of you? Are you truly living for him with all you have? Who truly has your heart? It is time to make a 100% commitment to live for Christ. Wake up! Jesus is coming soon, are you ready?!? God is good.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
I came across something today that for me is a sensitive issue. I have talked about the miscarriages I have had in the past. I recently learned there is a high possibility that I have lost more babies, then I thought I had due to a genetic issue. This news was like someone had ripped my heart into a million pieces. I have the sweetest little boy who I adore. All I ever wanted was for him to have siblings to play with. I give thanks that Ross is here with us and I appreciate that even though he is 20, he takes time to play with RJ. Still, it's not the same as a sibling your age. I see the difference and the hurt in his eyes when we are with his friends and they have siblings. There is another pain that really never goes away. It's there in my heart, silent and at the oddest of times, I will break down and cry. I attend church, I know all the right answers that have been spoken to me by many. Yet, it's like I am a part of a silent club that no one wants to talk about. I think that this is something that should not continue to be ignored. I agree with the writer of this article and wish more would talk about the pain of losing an unborn baby. This also includes families of babies that are born and only live for a short time. The pain is real and sometimes, you just want to talk, without someone giving you empty words in return. I would never wish this type of sorrow on my worst enemy. Yes, I am a Christian. Yes, I have the joy of the Lord as my strength. I know this and I live it, but hello, I am human. To all the parents who have lost a child before they had a chance to live, I hug you. I hurt with you, I weep with you and I "get" you. We make the choice to not be bitter and we overcome our fear and "try" again. The sorrow and pain is great, the question always lingers in the back of your mind of who they would have become. I hope when I get to Heaven, my babies will be there. I want to hold them, kiss them, and tell them I love them. For every tear I shed on this earth for them, I have a Heavenly Father who wipes the tears away. I'm thankful for this. I just wish, someone would not be afraid to reach out and help heal the broken hearts that cry in silence. You can read the article here. For me, when I hear of a women who is hurting, I will hug her and weep with her. No empty words, just a hug filled with what words cannot say. God is good.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Tonight Pastor Davis taught a really great lesson. I don't know if I will do it justice, but I will do my best. It's so simple and yet profound. If we can apply this lesson to our lives, we will sleep better and have a joy filled life. His title was, “The Blessing of Problems", and he taught from James 1: 1-6. There is not a person in this world that does not have a problem. Our first response when we have trouble is to become upset and have some type of negative emotion or reaction to the problem. We read in James to count it all joy when trouble comes our way. You can read this and wonder how in the world is the possible. Our spiritual maturity is shown by the things that steal our joy. What is in in your life that has the power to take your joy away? We are to rejoice always. The only thing that should have the power to steal our joy is sin. We do experience loss and suffering. There is sorrow in our life. Yet, through the sorrow the joy of the Lord is our strength. This joy rises up and through the sorrow, the joy of the Lord is our Salvation. There are four facts about problems. 1. Problems are inevitable, they are going to come. James 1:2 and I Peter 4:12-13 tells us to not think it strange when troubles come our way. We are all going to have problems and some of them will be out of our control. We can find joy in these situations when we realize that somehow, this problem will benefit our life. Have you ever noticed that problems seem so much bigger in the dark? We can tend to focus on the problem and lose sleep over it. We must resist the devil and the temptation to dwell on the problem. When we do this, God can bring us peace. 2. Problems are varied, James 1:2. Problems come in all shapes and sizes. A problem that seems big in your life, may not seem that big compared to another's problem. Remember, God is not limited by the size of your problem. Nothing is too big for God. 3. Problems are purposeful, James 1:3. If handled correctly it can be a blessing. No matter the problem you are facing, remember that God can turn it around as a blessing for you. 4. Problems are not permanent, II Corinthians 4:17-18. This thing will come to pass and it will only last for a moment. The problems we see are only temporary. Even if, the problem stays until we get to Heaven. When we get to Heaven, God will wipe every tear from our eyes and we will sorrow no more. The Lord will take the pain from our hearts and replace it with Joy. There are three purposes to our problems. 1. Problems purify our faith. There are times when you will stand on nothing but your faith. The same God that brought you to it, will bring you through it. 2. Problems produce patience. Patience is hard because it is self-denial. It is quietly and calmly waiting. No one ever wants to have to learn patience. If we wait on the Lord, we will renew our strength. 3. Problems sanctify my character. We mature, become whole and complete, lacking nothing. There are way to respond to the problem. 1. Make your request known to God, James 1:5. We can ask God for wisdom in the situation. God will give it to you in an abundance on what to do. With wisdom we gain an understanding on what God is teaching us. He can guide us even when we don't understand what and why it's happening. God is still God and he is in control. 2. Handle the problems with resolve, James 1:6. God will give us wisdom and insight to the problem. God is helping you to carry the burden. 3. Relax!!!! James 1:4 instructs us to rest. Stress is a faith killer. Give it to God and let him take care of it. 4. Rejoice, James 1:2. We are blessed when we endure. He will give you rest when you trust in him and leave it in his hands. God is good.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
When my husband is out of town, I miss him. On the third day of his being away, I began to have a deep respect for single parents. Grant it, I'm not juggling a job while taking care of RJ, but I am a full time housewife. This means that I work 24/7. I'm not complaining, it's a joy and something in all my years being single, I said I would never do. RJ came down with a fever last night. It seems this virus had not taken full course and RJ was sick again. When he awoke this morning, he dragged himself out of bed and begged me to let him go to school. He looked horrible and his temperature was no where near normal. He really wanted to go to school because today was the 2nd grade play and his class has been practicing for months. I had to make a decision. I could give him medicine and send him to school just so he could be in his play. Looking at him, I knew the right answer was to keep him home. He could get others sick and he would just get worse. When he heard he was staying home, he immediately fell back to sleep. He slept for a long time and we he awoke, he thanked me for making him stay home. It's been a long day and I'm happy to say he is back to normal. He ate a huge slice of my homemade lasagna and is sleeping peacefully and fever free in bed. Tomorrow, he will go to school and I will collapse in bed and sleep. I'm thankful that I can do that and I do not take it for granted. A lot of children are fighting this virus and some are ending up in the hospital. Tonight , RJ prayed for God to take it away and no more kids will get sick. I second that prayer. God is good.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
I am so happy to announce that warmer weather has arrived! The temperature actually hit the 50 range and it felt so good. The snow is melting and it's making a mess of things, add that to all the huge potholes, it's a mess. Mess or no mess, I'm so happy to feel warmth in the air. I'm thankful the clouds overhead are rain clouds and not snow clouds. I'm thankful that this rain will bring a beautiful Spring. God is good.
Monday, March 09, 2015
A while back we learned that RJ's pediatrician was no longer working at the doctors office we went to. We were not too fond of the new doctor assigned to us and I started trying to find his regular pediatrician. When I asked where she had gone, I was given the run around and finally I gave up. I just couldn't seem to find a doctor for RJ that was like her. RJ prayed that we would find her again and let's face it, I was praying too. Recently RJ has come into a little money. We told him to always pay his tithes and offerings. He did this and also put some into savings ( it's not a lot, for him though it is). This past Saturday, he wanted to spend some of his money at the LEGO store. Since he was fever free and feeling better, I agreed to take him. While we were at the store we heard a very familiar voice excitedly call out his name. It was his long lost pediatrician! He ran into her arms and started telling her about how happy he was to have found her. I was trying really hard not to cry. He then told her all about how he paid his tithes and offerings and because he did, God gave him a miracle, and it was finding her. She was deeply touched. We were thrilled to discover that she is nearby at a new office. I'm beyond thankful to have found her again. RJ's faith has soared and I don't think he will ever have a hard time paying his tithes and offerings. God is faithful and so very Good!
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Today Pastor preached a compelling sermon about the "One Thing" we need to desire the most. His main text was from Psalms 27:4. King David had many desires. In the scripture when he says the one thing that he desires, it really means the thing he desires the most. King David had everything in life. He had a palace, riches, whatever he wanted. He was not a perfect man and made mistakes, yet in all that he was a man after God's own heart. Above all his things, he had desired to be in the house of the Lord. He wanted to be in God's presence more than anything else. At that time the Ark of the Covenant was in a tent. There was no wall to separate from the Ark of the Covenant and the spirit of God filled the tent. Above all the things he had, he desired the most to be a tent, because that was where the presence of God dwelt. We all have desires. What is our main desire? What is the most important to us? Do we desire to be in the presence of the Lord? We can have our own time with him at home, this is good and necessary. There is however something about being with others who are worshiping the Lord. When one prays they send 1,000 angels to flight, when two pray, they send 10,000 angels to flight. When we come together great things happen, supernatural miracles take place. What you love, you will find time for. Pastor then talked about how the things God speaks into existence will be destroyed, but the things he creates or builds is destine for eternal life. We were not spoken into existence, we were created by God. Our actions speak louder than our words. What we say we love or desire the most, must match what we are doing. God is coming soon, let us desire to be in the house of the Lord, more and more. God is good. On a side note, RJ is feeling much better. He has been fever free for over 24 hours and not only was he able to go to church today, he was able to go to the circus tonight with Ross.
Friday, March 06, 2015
Towards the end of the evening last night, RJ started to not feel good. By the time he went to bed he had a fever. This morning around 4 am he woke up pretty sick. Needless to say, he did not go to school today. His fever came and went and you know he is sick when he doesn't even feel like playing with his Lego's. Of course when the Motrin kicked in, he felt so good, he wanted to get out of the house and go to school. That lasted for about 5 minutes and he was back to laying on the couch and needing to cuddle with his mommy. These days are long ones and I am wiped out. I don't complain, because it's a day of lots of cuddles and I know soon that will go away too. The sun will shine tomorrow and hopefully, he will feel well enough to go outside. God is good.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Today was declared a snow day and what a snow day it was. It started to snow around 5 am and didn't stop until 7pm. As I write and look out the window, it looks like more snow is going to fall. I hope it's just cloudy for now and when I wake up in the morning, the sun will be shining. Bob took RJ for a sled ride and Ross had fun sliding in the snow. We can't forget Mozart who had so much fun he got stuck in the snow and needed to be rescued. Cuddles our cat, was not as delighted with the snow and opted to stay inside with me. The weather app on my phone tells me that the sun is going to shine again and that it will start to warm up. I'm looking forward to Spring and the warm sunshine it will bring. God is good.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Apparently the month of March has decided to come in roaring like a lion. I can't get over the snowfall that has come since March 1st. Thankfully a hint of spring came and it rained a lot of the snow away. Unfortunatly, we are supposed to get more snow tonight and tomorrow. Like most kids, RJ would love another snow day. A huge part of me doesn't want a snow day for the sake of all the working parents. The stay at home mom side of me is kind of hoping for one last snow day of the season. My boy won't be little for long and time with him is precious. For now, we have rain and I'm thankful for it. God is good.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
We like music in our home and in our car. Most of the times when it's Bob driving you will hear classical music. If it's me behind the wheel and it's just RJ and I, we play whatever RJ is in the mood to hear. Most of the times, he gets "stuck" on one song and we play it over and over on the way to school. We have a very wide variety of Jazz, Veggie Tales, Classical, Bluegrass and Gospel. For a while now he has been going from back and forth between the IBC album "Anthem to Our God" and Tye Tribbet's "Greater Than". Then we discovered a new song. Ross played it for him on Sunday and well, he just clicked with it. The new song is by James Fortune,FIYA and the song is called "All For Me". I would show you his dance moves, but well...I don't think he would like that, so I will refrain from posting it. For the older generation the start off may not be to your taste. The music is pulsating and vibbing (is that a word?). If you hold out and listen to the end and wham..it's amazing. However, today, after the millionth time (I'm exagerating) of hearing the song and rocking out to it with my boy in the car, I really started to think about the words and became overwhelemd with thankfulness for God's grace and mercy. Who am I that he would shed his blood for me? He did it for you and for me? ME! I look in the mirror and I see all my flaws. God looks at me and all he can see is that I am the apple of his eye. I looked in my rearview mirror at my boy having a good time with the beat and hoped that these words would stay with him. I prayed in my heart that when he has self doubt, he will remember that Jesus already paid the price and he can live a joy filled life. Tomorrow, we will blast the song again and keep it on repeat. We will rock the car for Jesus and I pray the words sink in deep. Thank you God and thank you James Fortune for briging a vital message to a younger generation. God is good.
Monday, March 02, 2015
There is life or death in your words. What you put in your life will have an impact on you. Bishop Davis asked us to read 2 Corinthians 3:18. He told us that what you look at you will become. I read this scripture and understood how powerful what you fill your life with is. Look upon Jesus and he will guide you and you will take on his manner to be more like him. Fill your mouth with words that build up and faith moves into action. Fill your mouth with doubt and negativity and defeat consumes you. If I look at Jesus and do my best to apply his words to my life, then he will impact everything I do. My eyes and ears will be open to what is around me. Fill me Jesus with you, so much so that the words I speak are words of life and not of death. Overflow through me to be a balm to those around me. God is good.
Sunday, March 01, 2015
I can not get over how the service went today. Due to snow issues the past two Sunday's, church has been canceled. Thankfully, the snowstorm was not predicted to fall until the afternoon. The praise went on and just didn't stop. Pastor said that walls were crashing down. He didn't mean literally, but in the spiritual sense. I don't think anyone was sitting still. Even the Bishop was doing a dance of worship. People, were praying for one another and the presence of God was so intense. Heaven is going to be amazing. God is good.