Thursday, March 31, 2016
Tonight Bro. Joe Ferragamo taught a lesson on the 23rd Psalm. I really enjoyed his lesson and at times forgot to take notes on what he was teaching. So to you the reader, I apologize. I will do my best. The 23rd Psalm is comforting to us. When David wrote it, he wrote it from the standpoint of the sheep. David knew from being a Shepherd that sheep can be pretty dumb and are in constant need of guidance and care. When we make the Lord to be our Shepherd, we acknowledge that we need him. We depend on God for everything. As we read this Psalm, we discover that when we fully submit our life to him, that he will take care of everything. He supplies all our needs. He gives us the ability to go to work and provide the financial needs in our life. God also provided our spiritual needs. God will order our steps and we can rest in him. He cares about us and is with us everywhere we go, because of this we can sleep in peace. No matter what trials that come our way, God will lead us through them. He will get us from the valley to our victory, for he has already overcome. When we are tired or make mistakes, God will restore us. He will never stop reaching out for us. When we turn toward him, he carries us in his arms. We know that goodness and mercy will follow us. We can live our life for Christ in confidence that He will take care of us as long as we stay submitted to him. He loves us and wants to take care of us. God is good.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Apparently our new puppy happens to love it when RJ and Ross have a light saber duel. She gets so excited and starts chasing them and goes after the light saber. I'm wondering if we can teach her to carry a small one in her mouth. She likes it so much that RJ has added Princess Leah into her name. I'm so glad to see the connection taking place between our new puppy and RJ. She's growing at a rapid rate, so much so, we needed to buy her a new collar today. Much to RJ's delight, the pet store had a pink Princess Leah collar that fit his Pearl. She likes her new collar too. God is good.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
In yesterday's post I talked about how Pearl didn't need to be afraid of the wind because God was our protection. This morning, we had a hands on lesson to prove this to be true. It was still pretty windy and I was outside in the backyard with Pearl. I hear what sounded to be like a crack in the trees, but figured it was just the wind. Pearl didn't seem to fond of being outside, so we went back in the house. I sat down and not a minute later I heard a loud crashing sound, followed by a thud. I went to the backyard to see what it was and there where I had just been standing was a huge tree branch. By God's grace, I had just missed being hit by the tree branch. It took down a wire and when the tech came to make repairs, he told me that if the branch had hit me, it would have killed me. I told him God covers me. I'm so thankful that God did cover me and kept me from harm. God is good.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Today started out with a lot of rain and is now ending with a lot of wind. Both types of weather are a first for our puppy pearl. She does not like the rain and is scared of the wind. When we had snow last week, she loved it. She is a sweet puppy and has fit into our family very well. I'm thankful for her. There are so many things that remind me of Mozart and I feel a tug of sadness on my heart. She seems to know when I am feeling this way, because she will come and want to cuddle. God has brought a sweet comfort into our home in the form of a puppy named Pearl. No need to worry Pearl, we will keep you dry from the rain and safe from the wind. For in this house, we know the master of the rain and wind. Jesus fills this house and covers you as he covers us. God is good.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Today is a day called Easter and to many also Resurrection Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is alive! We started our day off with an egg hunt in the living room for RJ. Then everyone looked through their Easter baskets to see what treasures were hidden in the "grass". This is Pearl's first Easter and she liked all her treats. After breakfast, we dressed in our Sunday's best and went to church to celebrate the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. The service was awesome. Pastor did something a little different. I did my best to take notes, but writing in the dark produced some strange looking notes that are hard to read. I can tell you that he read from I Corinthians 15:1-4, II Corinthians 5:21, I John 3:5 and I Peter 1:19. He preached The Resurrection power of Jesus Christ. The uniqueness of his sermon was that he had live action throughout the sermon. There was the scene were Jesus carried his cross. Then he showed when Jesus was hung on the cross. This was followed by a triumphant entrance by Jesus, showing he had risen from the dead. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. I believe his Holy Spirit lives within me. I have hope in his soon coming return. When service was over, we returned home enjoyed a feast prepared by Bob. The best part for me was the end of the evening. Bob was reading about Jesus' resurrection from The Bible and cuddled on his lap were RJ and Pearl, paying close attention. Knowing Jesus is in the center of this home, is everything to me. God is good.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Today we went to the Long Island Aquarium. RJ was pretty excited to participate in their egg hunt. The Sea Lion show was cute. I think the boys favorite parts were The Atlantis Discovery and petting the stingrays. For Bob and I, are favorite spot was the Butterfly Garden. We were surrounded my butterflies. It was beautiful and serene. Later in the evening we decorated eggs. I'm looking forward to celebrating the Resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ, tomorrow at church. I also look forward to seeing everyones excited face when they see their baskets in the morning. God is good.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Today is Good Friday. This is the day we remember that Jesus died on the cross and was buried in a tomb. I can imagine the disciples sitting around with all kinds of emotions. They had fear, sorrow and probably anger. Jesus, their Messiah was killed on the cross. I am sure there were those who kept the faith and believed that he would rise from the dead. I don't know how I would have responded had I been there when it happened. I want to say that I would have believed with no doubt that he would rise again. I do serve him even though I can't "see" him like his disciples did. They walked with him, talked with him, they knew him. He was real to them. I'm thankful for what Jesus did. I'm thankful that he died on the cross for my sins. I fail every day and yet, his blood covers me. I'm so thankful for his grace and mercy in my life. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for me. Thank you for loving me more than enough. God is good.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Tonight, Pastor Davis taught on the importance of communion. I have heard this topic taught on in many different ways. However, tonight Bro. Davis brought up something that had never occurred to me before. When Jesus was performing The Passover with the disciples, he was teaching it in a very different way then what was normally done. In past times the scriptures read and songs sung were focused on when the Angel passed over the blood stained door post. This time Jesus was saying his body was bread and they were drinking his blood. He knew he was about to become the ultimate sacrifice for you and I. The main text for tonight was Luke 22:14-20. Communion is important for many reasons. It is a memorial that it's no longer about deliverance from Egypt, it's about Jesus. We need to be so careful that when we take communion, it can bring salvation or damnation unto ourselves. The breaking of the bread is his body and the cup is the blood that Jesus shed for us. We must be careful that when we do this, we are already filled with his spirit and covered in his blood. The act of communion itself does not save us. Jesus gave of himself as an ultimate sacrifice for our sins. As Bro. Davis was explaining the importance of this, RJ grabbed me. He became very upset and told me that he has been sinning. When I asked him why he said that, his reply was that he should not have taken communion in the past. When I asked for an explanation, he said that he had the Holy Ghost, but still has not been baptized. He said, he was not under the blood of Jesus yet, and should not take communion. I knew at that moment; RJ had received a full revelation of what Jesus had done for him. RJ understands on his own, the need for baptism in Jesus name. I missed part of what Bro. Davis was teaching, due to RJ's revelation, but that is ok. Jesus' body was wounded for our transgressions and punished so that you and I could have peace. This is not just peace in our hearts, but this is peace between us and God. This blood that was shed was a new covenant. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can wash away our sins. That is why when we are baptized, we are baptized in his name. It's his blood that paid the price for you and I. When we take communion it's also a spiritual sharing not only with Christ, but with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. It's a serious thing and we need to make sure that we forgive one another. We then must celebrate what God has done for us. The blood of Jesus covers us so that we might be saved. When we are filed with his spirit and washed in his blood, we have Heaven to look forward to. We rejoice in the soon return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The church then took communion together. I'm so thankful for the saving blood of Jesus and I am thankful for the revelation that RJ received tonight. We planted the seed by teaching the word and living our life for Christ. Tonight, God revealed more of himself to RJ. God is good.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Every day is pretty much National Something Day. Once in a while I jump onto the bandwagon and post a picture on social media sites featuring the day's focus. It would seem to be today is, National Puppy Day. Since we have a 9 week old puppy, I decided to try and capture a picture of RJ with his new puppy. I was rewarded with a perfect picture of their relationship. She has brought much laughter into his life and his desire to play outside has increased a great deal. As they were running around in the backyard, I started to snap away. Truly, if a picture is worth a thousand words, I think today's picture is a perfect example of their relationship. I thank God for Pearl, she has become a daily rainbow in our life. God is good.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Tonight the topic of our Home Group (Bible lesson) was about the seasons in our life. There are many seasons in life that we will go through. There will be times when we laugh and cry. Death and life happen at the same time. No matter who we are, we are all at a different season in our life. Presently, the whole world is looking at Belgium as they are in a season of mourning and standing up against fear. I have said it before and I will say it again, it is going to get worse. I know this because The Bible tells me so. Jesus is coming soon. No matter how bad it may get or what season you are going through, God is in control. I will not live in fear, I will walk through my season and trust him to get me to the next one. To the people of Belgium, I tell you, this season of sorrow will pass and you will laugh again. My prayers are with you and with all the countries facing the brutality caused by hate. I pray the peace of God fills your heart and mind. God is good.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Last week Bob, with the help of Joe and Ross, built his mom a new greenhouse. Her previous and very treasured greenhouse had been built by her father. Over the years it began to break down due to the elements and age. She had many good years of use from the greenhouse. It was time to take it down and build a new one. I have not seen it yet, but from the pictures, I can see they did a good job. I know she is very happy with her new greenhouse and I have no doubt she will grow many wonderful plants and flowers in the years to come. God is good.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Today for Palm Sunday we had a guest speaker, Bro. Chris Green. His main text was from Acts 4:7-12, with the title of; "Whatever It Takes". He started by giving the background story of what led up to this part of the text. The disciples came across a man who was begging at the gate. They didn't have money to give him, but they did share with him the power of Jesus Christ. When they were brought in for questioning, they pretty much answered that they will do whatever it takes to tell people about Jesus. Bro, Green then went on to share an experience he had several years ago while visiting in Germany. He was there to preach and the missionary told him that before they preached, they were going to go into spiritual warfare. That night, Bro. Green said he could feel the spiritual darkness around him. In the morning he woke up to the sound of the missionary blowing his ram's horn. The missionary was shouting, "Devil I'm awake and I'm still here!". He was declaring that he was not going to give up until he had a breakthrough. They went into the coliseum built by Hitler and began to pray against the spiritual strongholds in the city. After a week of this type of prayer, they had service on Sunday. They had a breakthrough and many were filled with the Holy Ghost. This missionary to Germany was willing to do whatever it took to break the chains of bondage over the people of Germany. There is power in the name of Jesus. There is deliverance in the name of Jesus. There is healing in the name of Jesus. We must be willing to do whatever it takes to get to him. Bro. Green then began to talk about how the devil will attack our homes because he knows that if we are divided we will fall. You could feel when he said this something shifted in the atmosphere. Bro. Green stopped preaching and had everyone stand up. He knew God wanted to move. We began to pray about the things in our homes and families. When then shouted out the name of Jesus. For the power is in the name. When we did this, it reminded me of youth congress. Something about shouting his name in unison causes that atmosphere to shatter. It was as if I could feel a multitude of Angels go into flight and began to battle on our behalf. I truly believe many thing were broken in the supernatural world today while we prayed. I know God is fighting for us! God is good.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Today was Pearl's first egg hunt. She had a blast running around with all the kids in the backyard. Last night, RJ had a sleepover with a friend and this morning before he left, they boys had a mini egg hunt, just the two of them. Later in the day, some of RJ's childhood friends arrived and they had a great time. One of the eggs in the backyard was an empty egg. When the egg hunt was over, I had RJ explain why the egg was empty. We must remember what Easter is really about. This is the time we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. The egg is empty because the tomb is empty, Jesus is alive. I like seeing RJ with all his friends. Time with church family is precious and I cherish each moment. While the children were playing, the adults were fellowshipping. These things are all so vital. Pearl had a blast at her first egg hunt, I think we all did too. God is good.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Tonight I sat and filled Easter eggs with all kinds of sweet treats. One of the eggs will remain empty. The empty egg represents the fact the tomb is empty. Jesus is Risen! This week has been one of change. We buried our beloved Mozart and are now learning a new puppy. Pearl is a sweet dog and she adores RJ. Sometimes in life we experience the unexpected, if we look for the rainbow, God will send one. Tonight I will sleep well, for my husband is home, laugher fills the house and God has given us a rainbow in our new puppy, Pearl. God is good.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Recently I went to meeting at RJ's school. The topic being discussed was Mindfulness and how important it is in the schools. Their reasoning for it was that in the todays world, kids need a way to calm themselves. I agree with this. The world is going at such a fast pace that kids need to stop and take a break. However, I do not agree with the mindfulness methods due to where they stem from. There was a time long, long ago when prayer was allowed in the schools. This was a time when the students were able to focus and find calm. When I was in school, we had quiet time where we all placed our heads on the desk and just took a moment to relax. Now the name of it is mindfulness. The difference is that Buddhism and the New Age way of thinking has been incorporated into what is being taught. I know many Christians are fine with it and that is their own decision. In our home we have made a choice to not have RJ participate. We teach prayer in our home. We teach that Jesus in the center of your life and is inside of you. The greatness in you, is coming from Christ. Thankfully, RJ is allowed to leave the room or he can use that time to pray to God. We don't make a big deal out of it, it's a choice we have made and it's a simple as that. As I was in the meeting and the instructor was giving examples of what the parents can focus on to help them become centered and calm. I began to think of a song we sing in church. I mentioned it to the instructor and she became very interested in knowing the words. You see, I know the source of peace and comfort. I don't have to become one with a leaf or try to find my hot spots in my body that are filled with stress. All I need to do is close my eyes and hide in my Heavenly Father's arms. When I do this, peace flows through my entire body and I am at rest. God is good. Here are the words to the song: "Still" by Hillsong Hide me now Under Your wings Cover me Within Your mighty hand When the oceans rise and thunders roar I will soar with you above the storm Father, You are King over the flood I will be still and know You are God Find rest my soul In Christ alone Know His power In quietness and trust When the oceans rise and thunders roar I will soar with you above the storm Father, You are King over the flood I will be still and know You are God You can listen to it here
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
We live in uncertain times. You can feel in the air that many things are on the brink of exploding. At the same time, Spring is bursting forth and with it comes new life. As you are aware, our beloved Mozart was killed this past weekend. His absence is very evident in our home. Bob brought RJ as surprise last night and she has made all the difference for us. She is no Mozart and we will learn her as she will learn us. One thing for sure, our little Pearl is full of cuddles and love for us. She can't get enough of RJ and it's been very good for him. While the world seems to be spinning out of control, our little world is spinning as it should. God is in control. He is there even if we can't see him, we can feel him. God is good.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
God sent us a rainbow. We followed the rainbow to where it began and there we found a Pearl. Sweet, sweet Pearl has been sent to fill a very large hole in our hearts. Bob surprised RJ tonight and brought her home. RJ had been asking God to give him another puppy because it just hurt too much not having Mozart. Their bond was instant and she already has been healing for our boy. He told me as they snuggled together to go to sleep, "She made my heart to not hurt so much". Mozart will never be forgotten. Today we start a new journey with our little Pearl. God is good