Monday, September 25, 2017
Today was a rough day. I prayed, read the Word and it was still a rough day. Now it's evening time and all the situations are the same. Then, I remembered, "Thus, Sayeth The Lord". It doesn't matter what life is throwing at me right now. It doesn't matter what is going on in the world. What matters is what God has to say. For he does not lie and his word stands. Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you, you just be still". Isaiah 40:29 "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength". Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint". Isaiah 43:2 "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee". Isaiah 54:17 "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord". James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you". 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land". Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed". Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope". Mark 11:24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received[a] it, and it will be yours". Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" God is good.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
We spent the weekend in NJ. We attended service today at Solid Rock UPC. Sis. Wynn preached an excellent sermons on how God is with us in the hills and the vallys. It's good to have mountaintop experiences with the Lord and when we are there we need to soak up as much as we can because a valley is coming too. When our valley comes, we don't walk it alone, he walks it with us. It was an encouraging word. Later in the day, we celebrated Joe's birthday with ice cream cake from The Chill & Grill. I love their cakes! I'm thankful for time with loved ones. God is good.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Tonight, Bro. Cook taught part three of his lesson on, "The Armor Of God". Tonight's focus was on The Breastplate of Righteousness and having your feet shod with the gospel of peace. We are never to go into battle without your armor on. You can't live without your heart beating, so this breastplate is vital to protect your heart. The Breastplate of Righteousness covers your heart. To do this, we must be covered with God's righteousness, 2 Corinthians. We are not righteous because we are sinless, we are righteous because are sinners saved by grace. We are not righteous because of our works, we are righteous because of what he did, he died on a cross for you and I. If we wear our own armor we develop a sense of self-righteousness, we need to be careful what armor we chose to put on. Battles will come, the choice is up to you on how you will fight them. Your actions, deeds give evidence to his work. Our work should reflect his work. Without righteous living, you expose your heart. What you are thinking will be revealed in your heart. Everything we do should not be measured against if it's a heaven or hell issue. Some things we choose can open our lives up to sin, we need to guard our hearts. The life we live with either fortify us against satans attack or it will make us easier to be defeated by him. check yourself and see how you are living for God. Do people know you are a Christian? We must allow God's righteousness to work through us every day, it's a journey. Our feet need to be shod with preparation of the gospel of peace. We must be prepared to present the gospel everywhere we go. We must be the light of the world. You must know the Word and be able to give an answer if a question arises. Our life must be verbally and visually an illustration and demonstration of the gospel of Jesus. When people see us, they need to be able to see Jesus. WE are to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. We can't have a third party experience with God, we must know him for our self. Is his world, real to you, has it become who you are? It needs to be who you are every day. We must have The Word, as our foundation. If we are going to be able to stand through a battle, we must be grounded on the word. Stand firm on God's word, know it and live it. If we stand firm with his breastplate of righteousness, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. God is good.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
This past week, almost every day, I have discovered someone that knew Rose. Even today, one of the parents from my son's school knew her. Rose touched lives everywhere she went. I can't shake this. It's hit me deep to the core. I don't want to just exist from day to day. I need to be active and touch as many lives as I can. I want the love of Jesus to radiate through me everywhere I go. My life must make a difference. God is good. On a side note, please pray for those that have been affected by the recent earthquake and Hurricanes.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Last Sunday was my birthday. I spent it helping my son sell Lemonade to raise funds for Sheaves For Christ. I'm glad I was able to be with my church family and was surprised and touched when a birthday cake was brought out and the Birthday Song was sung to myself and another brother who's birthday is on the same day. I love my church family. Later in the evening, we were going to have a little something at home, when we received news that Rose has passed away. I didn't feel like celebrating anymore. I was in too much shock and heartbroken. I knew she would have been mad at me for not having cake, so the next night with much prodding from my son, we did have a birthday cake. Then, a wonderful gift came my way. My best friend Reva came to surprise me and to celebrate our birthdays. We are both September babies. She being my best friend understood my need to attend Rose' funeral and we celebrated later in the day. I cherish my friend. We are the same age as Rose. It could have been one of us. Our time together was fun and we agreed, we are not as young as we used to be, at least our bodies are not, but our hearts are. A short trip, but a treasured one. I don't know what tomorrow holds. I know who holds my tomorrow and I trust Him with it and with my today. I'm thankful for another year and I'm thankful to be alive. God is good.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Today's church service was in a way dedicated to our beloved Rose who unexpectedly passed away last week. It's hard to not cry when you see she is not singing with the praise team. Then, you instinctively look over to her normal spot on the pew and realize she's not sitting there either. It hurts and it's going to hurt for a long time. No more Rosie tight hugs that about squeezed the breath out of me. I will miss this and her comments/views regarding my blog. I have no doubt she had a heart for God like what Pastor Davis preached about today. RJ said something to me regarding her passing. He said, "You know mom, Rosie was really loving God fiercely. I think God looked at her and said you know what, your love for me is so big and you make me so happy that I'm giving you, your eternal reward now. Yep...He loved her that much that he didn't make her wait any more". Jesus' love is great. We have several special guests today. The Beek's who are missionaries to Scotland gave their testimony. Sis. Jessica DiGiovanni sang a beautiful song and ministered to the entire church body. The choir brought us to a place where we could worship freely. Bishop Davis spoke to us about praying through to what we need. Prayer is the answer. Then, Pastor Davis got up to preach. He was fired up and determined to get a message across to us. That we do not know when our last day is going to be. We must have "A Heart For God". His main text was taken from I Samuel 13:13-14 and Acts 13:21-22. We need to get involved in the body of Christ and not get caught up in the junk of this world. We are in the last days, develop a relationship with Christ and with your family, this is all that matters. We like to have compliments, we appreciate it when someone says something nice to us. However, when God compliments someone, it is good for us to pay attention and see why he did this. We need to seek after what God considers to be praise worthy. God called David a man after his own heart. David was not a perfect man and he made a lot of mistakes, yet he was still a man after God's own heart. What can we do to have this same compliment from God? The prophet was sent by God to anoint the new king. Jesse called all his handsome and strong boys. God said no to all of them. He didn't care about how they looked, he cared about what was in their heart. God is not looking for beauty on the outside, he is looking for a man, women, boy or girl who is after his own heart. He is looking for someone who likes what he likes, hates what he hates, loves what he loves and has the same attitude as him. He wants someone who's heart is after his own heart. If we are going to get to this place, we must learn to forgive. Someone hurt you, forgive! Someone did you wrong, forgive! Don't become a prisoner because someone did you wrong. If God has forgiven you, you can forgive them. When you do this, you set yourself free. Forgive, forget and let go. David was so unimportant to Jesse, that he didn't even consider him to be an option. God knew his heart and knew he was who he wanted to be King. Do you have a heart for the things of God? To have a heart after God, you need to love his word. You need to know his word. If you love him, you will keep his commandment's. When you read the word, you are reading Jesus Christ. Pastor challenged the parents to read the word of God over our children. To read the word out loud in our home. There is power in the spoken word of God. The gates of hell can not prevail against you when you speak the word. The gats of hell are not constantly moving around. They move and have to break when you speak the word of God. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! To have a heart after God, you have a house filled with prayer. Prayer needs to be our power, purpose and profession. If you want a breakthrough, you have to pray through. Be very careful that you don't start out with a heart after God and then become distracted and lose it along the way. When God speaks, it's time to obey. If you have a heart after God, you will do all the will of God. You will have a passion to do the will of God. He is looking who has a heart after his own heart. God is good.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
This morning people near and far came together to celebrate the life of Rose St Thomas. I stood in the back of the sanctuary and marveled at the sea of people that had come to give honor to her life. All races, ages and walks of life, hugged one another, cried together and laughed together. She would have loved the bright colors all around. Her heart would have burst in pride over the choir as they sang. She would have wanted to hug and kiss everyone. We are sad for our loss and yet, rejoice because she is with the lover of her soul, the friend that is closer than a brother and the one who gave her eternal life. Rosie, you will be forever missed and a huge hole has been left in our hearts. I pray that I can love others like you did. You have made it to your Heavenly Home. God is good.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Tonight Bro. Cook taught part two of the lesson, "The Armor Of God". His text was from Ephesians 6:10-11. Tonight's focus was on being strong in the Lord. We are to be active and not passive. In I Samuel 17, we read about David and Goliath. It was a very natural battle that was going on. Goliath was real, the valley was real and the sword was real. Goliath gave a lot of insults and tried to get into David's mind. If someone can get in your mind you will spend your time trying to live according to how they think. It's an attempt to intimidate you and get you lose your focus. David walking in the natural had to have been a little frightened. He literally was a lot smaller and no where as strong as Goliath. However, David wasn't coming in his own might. He was coming in the Name of the Lord. When he approaches Goliath, he doesn't waste time, he gets to the point. He is there in the supernatural. When he declares that he is coming in the name of the Lord, he brings Goliath from the natural into the supernatural. When you do this, you will be victorious. Every battle that has ever been fought in the natural, was fought under a name. When you fight your situations in the natural, you are fighting in your name. When you fight in the supernatural, you are fighting under the name of the Lord. His name is higher than any other name. When you fight in the supernatural you must first set the boundaries and then serve notice that you are coming in the name of the Lord. We are the people of the name of Jesus. Wherever you go, you take the name with you. It is in you and fighting for you. All power is in the name of Jesus. If David had stayed in the natural and put on the Kings armor, he would have been defeated. Instead, he walked into the battle with the supernatural and he won. We all have times when we feel afraid or discouraged. We are human. Don't beat yourself up when that happens, but don't stay there. Put your armor on and keep in on. Walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. If God is for you, who can be against you? No one! You are walking under the name of Jesus. His name becomes a promise that he is what you need him to be. We have a God that stands with us and gives us power to overcome. He is strong enough to see you through. When you fight natural giants and situations, keep your armor on, you must be clothed in his name. God is good.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
I have a favorite chapter in the Bible. Some people have a life verse, I have a life chapter. When it feels like things are spinning out of control, I remember to stop and read Psalm 30. I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. 3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. 7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. 8 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication. 9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? 10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper. 11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; 12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. We read this chapter out loud tonight as a family. I have been crying for days, until my eyes are swollen and my face hurts. God hears every cry and he does see our tears. He then turns our mourning into dancing, our sorrow into joy and we can sing praises to him. I can't explain why things happen the way they do. I do know that Rose is not crying in Heaven, she is dancing and singing. This Saturday will be her Home Going Service. We are not going to be wearing black, we are going to wear bright colors to honor how vibrant she was. I am determined, to allow God to turn my mourning into dancing. I will put on the garment of praise and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Rosie is dancing in Heaven, then while we are celebrating her life here on earth, I am going to do a dance here on earth too. The family needs your prayers, her church family needs your prayers, her friends need your prayers and all the lives she has touched along the way. I lean heavenly on my Savior and I will dance through my sorrow until it becomes unspeakable joy. God is still good.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Heaven has a new Rose. Her smile touched your heart. Her laughter poured into you. When she sang, Heaven and Earth touched. There was no such thing as a stranger with her. The moment you met, you became her friend. She never married, but she became a second mom to many. She was Tatie to all the children. She knew she was a child of God and she loved her Heavenly Father fiercely. Rosie gave her all in everything she did. Our minds and hearts can not understand why our Rose changed gardens so soon. She touched many lives and made the world a better place. The Heaven's are ringing with the sound of your beautiful voice. The Lord is delighting in your smile and laughter. We don't understand why you left so soon, but we trust God, for he makes no mistakes. Heaven has a new flower and her name is Rose. Please hold her family up in your prayers as well as our church family. God is still good.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Today was our church's annual Sheaves For Christ picnic. This day is set aside for the church family to come together and give for SFC. We eat and abundance of food and give sacrificialy for SFC. Every year RJ likes to sell something to raise money. He decided to do his lemonade stand again as well as raise funds by participating in the Amazing Race for the kids. He had sponsors for a total of $45. Then at the end of the day of selling his lemonade, he counted $1,075. He was so excited to turn in his SFC offering. We are thankful to be a part of something so wonderful and greatful that RJ loves to give. Ross also worked hard, while helping to set up and work with the kids in the obstacle course portion of The Amazing Race. To top it all off, today is my birthday and we'll as another brother from the church. We were surprised with a cake and song. I love my church family. God is good.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Today, we attended the wedding of Kevin and Hannah. They are both pretty easy going people and that was evident in their wedding. Also, they both have a heart after God, this was also very evident. It was nice to see family again and be there for their special day. As long as they keep God the center, they will be ok. Now, we head home to NY, for tomorrow is our SFC picnic and RJ will be setting up his lemonade stand. God is good.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
For the month of September, there will be break out sessions at Bethel. Several different topics are being taught on at various locations around the church. We are attending the topic on "The Armor Of God", being taught by Bro. Will Cook. Tonight he gave the introduction to what he will be teaching. The main scriptures were taken from Ephesians 6:10-17. We are to be strong in the Lord. We are all human beings made of body and flesh. We all live in this system called the world. At times we may feel like we are alone, but in reality, we are not alone. In the natural realm, especially lately, we are seeing the extremes of life. The world has always been wicked but it seems in the last few years it has really sped up. Jesus is coming soon. We live, move and breath in the physical world. We are very human, but we also must be aware that there is a spiritual world as well. When you are filled with the Holy Ghost and Baptized in the name of Jesus, you are not to react to these things in the natural, you are to react in the spiritual. We do not fight with natural weapons, we fight with spiritual weapons. We need to see things differently. Walking with Jesus makes a big difference in your life. It's in the spiritual realm that battles are to be fought and won. The moment something is starting to be birthed in you, is when the opposition starts. You can not give up when this happens. You must be on the offense and fight in the supernatural. Don't lose your praise when things get rough, fight back by praising God all the more. Life is not going to be easy. You need to know what your armor is and how to use it. Remember, no matter how tired you are, when you use the weapon God gives you, you will be victorious. The devil can't pull you from Heaven. He can send battles your way, but when you keep God in your life and keep fighting not in the natural, but in the supernatural, you will win. The opposition we face is not about who we are, but it's about who we are becoming like. We want to be like Jesus. Our present suffering is worth the glory of what is coming to us. Know your tools of the weapon, have a plan and be ready. You not a victim of anything, you are a victor. God is good.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Friends and loved ones are in the direct path. The overwhelming emotions began to build up on the inside and spill out in the form of tears. Then a still soft voice whispers into my ear, peace be still. OH be still my soul, for when the storm rages, He is asleep on the boat. Asleep! Wake up! Wake up! Yet, He sleeps still, for you see, He has it all in control. When the storm rages, He carries his children in the palm of His hands. Devastation can be all around and peace in the heart and mind prevails. His breath can move a hurricane. His voice speaks peace to a storm. Above the roar, He whispers into my ear, peace be still. God is good.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Today was the first day of 5th grade for RJ. On the way to school, he was a little nervous, but became more and more excited as we got closer to the school. His teachers are awesome and the classrooms looked great. The excitement in the school was on high energy and I left with a huge smile on my face and heart. I knew it had been a good day, because RJ talked non-stop all the way home from school. The day was a very good day for him. I have good feeling that 5th grade is going to be an awesome year for him. I'm thankful for this. God is good.
Monday, September 04, 2017
Tomorrow is going to be a big day. For you see, tomorrow is the first day of 5th grade for RJ. This is his last year in the Lower School, otherwise known as Elementary School. He along with his classmates will be the oldest kids in the building. They are the ones all the little Kindergartners will look up to. I can't believe we have come to this day. I remember all to well, his first day of Nursery, I cried. Tomorrow, I will cry too, I will just hold it in, until I am home. I can't cry in front of RJ, that wouldn't be cool. I already love his teachers and I know this year is going to be an amazing year for him. Sleep well my little boy, for tomorrow is the beginning of great growth. God is good.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Today was declared as a National Day of Prayer. At Bethel we prayed for Texas and other places that have been enduring much struggles due to overwhelming natural disaster. Then, we had a promotion regarding the upcoming Sheaves For Christ Sunday. This is a huge even for our church. We come together to fellowship and give sacrificially towards many good causes. RJ will be doing his Lemonade Stand and participating in the children's portion of an obstacle course. He is passionate about giving. We then had a guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Ray Kloepper. He walked to the pulpit and talked about how that past few weeks have been unusual for him. A lot of big things that brought tears. He was so impassioned as he spoke. He started to sing songs from a long time ago. "In the city where the Lamb is the light..." "Won't we have a time when we get over yonder, won't we have a time, when we get over yonder.." He then shouted, this world is not my home! He cried out for the Lord to soon return. He wants to hear the trumpet blow. When the dead in Christ shall rise and we who remain will be caught up to be with him in the air. There are many things about Heaven that we don't understand. Our minds can not fully comprehend John's description of the Bible. A place that is not just of physical beauty, but a place where we have no more pain, no more death and no more sorrow. This is something our human minds can not fully comprehend. In spite of the fact that we can't comprehend it, there is a place and we are going to spend eternity there. Heaven! Heaven is real. Jesus said that he goes to prepare a place for us and that he will come again. He is a promise keeper. If he says he will do something, he will do it. If we do good things for those we love, how much more will Heaven be? He crated the world in 7 days. He has been making heaven for 2,000 years. Heaven! Heaven! Heaven! Niagara Falls is beautiful, Heaven will be so much more. Heaven is real and Heaven is right. Everything can be going wrong in your world. When you are in heaven, depression is gone. There will be hope and peace. God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. We have his spirit within us, but we still weep. When we get to heaven, God will wipe away the tears and they will come no more. Heaven! Heaven! Heaven! No more crying, no more cemeteries, no more hospitals in Heaven. When the world is upside down and you are wanting to ask why. Keep on walking by faith, keep on going. Heaven is real, it is right and it is relational. We know that when he shall appear, we will be like him. Heaven! We ended the service by filling the alter and singing songs from a long time ago. I LOVE these songs. They have depth and many speak of Heaven. I lost count of how many were baptized. I believe we are in the last days. I believe Jesus is coming soon. I want to be a full of God's light and peace. I am looking forward to Heaven. God is good.
Friday, September 01, 2017
After a day of back to school shopping with RJ yesterday, I came home feeling under the weather. By this morning, I was in full blown head congestion. Usually, when the seasons change this happens to me. I know how to treat it and in a few days, I'm up and running. Thankfully, by this afternoon, I was feeling better. RJ had a playdate and I enjoyed good fellowship with a mommy friend. I can feel Autumn in the air, even if, technically Summer is still here. I'm thinking the month of September likes to ignore this fact. School starts soon and the summer play will be over for a while. Life is back in full swing, for us as least. Ross in doing well in college and RJ is now entering into the 5th grade. The routine cycle of life is once more upon us. I embrace it. I'm thankful for RJ's school, since they will be pulling together to do something for Texas. Life is not life if it's not one of service. God is good.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Since Hurricane Harvey started it's horrific path into Texas, the rest of the world has watched in heartbreak. We live in NY and RJ has been begging us to get a boat and go rescue people in Texas. That is not a realistic option, as we are in NY and we do not own a boat. I do however appreciate his desire to help. This same desire has risen up in a lot of people and they who are able, have responded to the need. When I see the devastation left behind it's mind numbing. I have a hard time comprehending what is taking place. I'm in NY and it's hard to process. For those living it, thousands of people, it's devastating. Everything gone. Lives lost. I am sure they will rebuild, but it's going to take a long time. We have been praying for them and will continue to do so. We can't go in person, but we did go by giving. We did go by praying. Texas is not the only place flooding, it's happening in several other countries. As mind numbing as it can get, I will not let it overcome me. I will keep my eyes heavenward and pray, for the Lord's soon return. I will choose to love those around me and show kindness. Let this be a lesson learned. Life can change at any moment. Be the good in the world around you. God is still good.
Monday, August 28, 2017
For several days we have been seeing pictures of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has brought to Texas. Tonight there was lady's prayer. I got on my knees and started to shake Heaven for Texas. I reminded God of the rainbow that he gave as a promise to not flood the earth again. I know Texas is not the entire earth, but it's the entire "world" for those who are being flooded from their homes. I am shaking Heaven for Texas and I am thanking God in advance for a plethora of rainbows that will declare that the storms are over! He is Jehivah Jirah and he will provide. For all my family and friends in Texas, we are praying for you. I don't understand it, but I trust the creator. He does not lie. The rain will stop and the sun will shine again! God is good.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Today Bethel had a guest speaker. Bro. Dan Davis from Louisiana preached on "The Visit", with his main text from Acts 7:20-25. I liked his style of preaching. He reminded me a lot of his dad, Bishop Davis, he also has the spunk of his mom, otherwise known as Mother Shepherd. I love the Davis Family and appreciate all they do. Please keep him in your prayers, since parts of Louisiana are also being affected by Hurricane Harvey. Bro. Davis preached from his heart and it was very stirring. This particular part of the Bible was written by Stephen. He was a "waiter" and not really gifted in speaking and it seems this was his only sermon. The story is about Moses. Moses came to visit with the intent of setting his people free. We must realize that when we read about Moses, he is a type of Christ. You can learn a lot about Jesus, when you study Moses. Moses, came and saw that a Hebrew was being mistreated, He defended the Hebrew. He did this with the intent of delivering the Hebrews. They didn't see it this way and told him to leave. Moses came as a visit to deliver and was turned away. This generation of Hebrews missed their deliverance. The second time that Moses came, they were delivered and in the wilderness. They went to see the Promised Land and 10 out of the 12 let fear rule their hearts. They didn't believe that they could possess The Promised Land. This generation wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, they too missed out on the promise of God. When Jesus comes for a visit, it's not just to be with you, it's to transform you. He was to deliver you and take you from where you are to your promised land. Where are you on your journey. Are you in the generation that will taste his promises? Don't get left behind because of doubt. When things go bad and don't seem to be happening the way you expect, keep walking. You can die in your sins or walk into your promise. Don't go back to what God has delivered you from, when things get tough. Keep walking. Jesus didn't come to visit, just to make you feel good, he came to pick you up from where you are and put you where you need to be. There are at least three mentions in the Bible when Jesus healed the bed-ridden. He told them to take up their bed and walk. To the lady accused of adultery and after he wrote in the sand, he told her to go and sin no more. When Jesus heals you and delivers you; you are go keep walking and not go back to what you had done before. It's almost easier to go back to what is comfortable, don't do it. Keep walking. The Israelites messed it up at least twice. God has a plan for you. Take spiritual responsibility and when things get rough, keep walking. Every blessing and miracle becomes meaningless if you give up now. There is no eternal reward if you give up now. When it gets hard, keep your head down low, and keep walking and working for the Lord. Don't get sidetracked, keep your hand in the hand of the master. God has a promise for you, keep walking. God is good. Please continue to pray for Texas.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
It seems more often then not, we have been having prayers for tragic situations. Some of them man made and some are like what has just taken place in Texas. We are just beginning to see the tip of what Hurricane Harvey is slamming into the state. I remember all to well what occurred in NY from Hurricane Sandy. It was bad, but it will be no where near what Texas is going to have to endure. I pray that more lives are not lost. I pray that this storm doesn't last as long as it's predicted to stay. It's easy to carry on with our daily life and forget that at the same moment someone is going through the worst time of their life. Be gracious to others, show kindness and chose love. You don't know what your tomorrow may bring. Say a prayer for Texas. God is good all the time.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Today we had a Playdate with some friends at Sagamore Hill. We had a good tour of the house that Teddy Roosevelt lived in, located in Oyster Bay. Today was a special day and there was also old fashioned toys for the boys to play with. Later in the day the boys went on a scavenger hunt which led them to being JR Rangers. It was fun and educational at the same time. I enjoyed the fellowship and it was great seeing them have fun. Summer is about over and we are looking forward to 5th grade. God is good.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Tonight in the Thursday night Bethel Bible Study, we heard from Bro. Joe Ferragamo. He always brings the meat and the potatoes in his lesson. He talked about "To Truly Love The Lord" and his main text was taken from Mathew 22:37-40. What does it mean to truly love the Lord? The God we serve is a God of love. He is many other things as well. He is a God of wisdom, knowledge, goodness and even kindness, to name a few. God is love. He just does not merely love, he is love. His love is Agape love. He is selfless and cares about our needs. He doesn't just say it, he proves it to us by what he does for us. He went to Calvary and died on a cross for you and I, that's how much he loves us. There is not greater love than that of Jesus giving is life for us. The love of God is hard to comprehend, his love is so deep, wide and high. His love passes our understanding, it goes past our knowledge. Do you really understand how much God loves you? When you are filled with his spirit and baptized in his name, this is a way to experience his love for you. Every part of creation loves God. How do you know this? They do what he created and made them to do. The sun shines in the day time and the moon at night. Man-the most intelligent- are continually disobedient to God. Yet, God continues to love us and reach for us. How do we love him in return? We are to love him with all our heart, mind and soul. We are to love him above all else. He must be number one in our life. There must be nothing in our life that is more important than God. It's possible to be busy doing things and lose your love for God. We must be careful of this. Our love for God has to be greater than anything and any person. If you love him, you will keep his commandments. You are to love him first and love your neighbor as well. If you see a need and have the means to help, you must help. This is showing the love of Christ. You can not have hatred in your heart towards another person, this is not the love of God. Racism is not the love of God. With God there is no race, we are all humans that he shed his blood for. Racisms is the philosophy of men and it comes straight from hell. God created us and he loves us. We are to love one another as well. There is no reason to be fighting one another. We need to love one another. If you love God, then you will love your brother and sister. You will love your fellow mankind. Do you love God? Then love him first and love your neighbor. God is good. On a side note: I ask that you keep those in Texas that are the direct path of the Hurricane, that God will preserve life. I also would ask that you hold up a very good friend of ours in prayer. Bro. Carney has been diagnosed with cancer and is need of the healing hand of God in his life. Also, a wonderful lady by the name of Cylinda is in need of a miracle from God. These two are giants in the Kingdom of Heaven and I don't believe their work on earth is done yet. We must bombard heaven on their behalf.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
I don't know how to give the right words to, today's Solar Eclipse. We woke up early and made our way to Santee State Park. It was scheduled to have a 100% eclipse. The park was absolutely beautiful. There was a lot of people in attendance at the park. Many of them had telescopes and we met a really nice man who is an Astronomer. He went by the name of "Stargeezer" and he was allowing people to watch the eclipse via his telescope. When the moon began to cross the sun, the dogs began to howl. Then, the temperature began to drop and the cricket and birds started to sing. There was the essence of a sunset on the lake. The sky above us was blue, yet all around us, it became darker and darker. Then, the stars came out! When it came to totality, all became calm. The sun and moon created this essence of a shining diamond. Then it was no longer dark. I felt this exuberant joy bubble inside of me. How beautiful and awesome is the God I serve! He was shouting from the heavens, look, see how big I am, look how great I am! If he can create something so awesome to happen in the sky, what more can he do for little me? Pictures and videos don't do the Eclipse justice. Being there and experiencing it, is something I will never forget, it was worth it all. Our God is great and He is good.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
We are presently driving to South Carolina to experience the Solar Eclipse taking place tomorrow. As we traveled, we were able to attend service via live stream at Woodlawn Church in Columbia, MS and later our very own Bethel. Both sermons talked about being ready for the rapture. Both sermons expressed that there is no "right" time to give your life to God. Now is the time! We are in the last days and we need to be ready for the rapture as if it's happening today. The signs of the times are all around us, get ready. The urgency is there and we need to pay attention. We must be Christians first and love everyone. Rise above the craziness going on and keep your eyes heavenward. You never know, Jesus can come while we are observing the eclipse as it reaches its climax moment. If he does, this house is ready and excited! Tomorrow, we will be with many who have come to experience a once in a lifetime event. We are looking forward to be front and center as God displays to the whole world, how awesome he is. God is good.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Tonight I let out a little sigh and had a bittersweet moment. Summer is coming to a close and soon school will be back in full swing. This year is a milestone year. RJ will no longer be the little boy, he will be with the group of kids that are the leaders. The 5th graders, the ones that all the little kids look up to. It's a rite of passage and it's hard for this mom to take in. I'm thankful to see his newfound indendance. I'm glad to see that his walk with God is maturing. It seems we have finally won the weight gain battle and he is filling out. He's aware of the changes and is excited about them. A little boy no more. He needs me less and less. He naturally is gracitating to his dad and thinking of projects they can do together. The cuddles are fewer, but he still wants to hold my hand. My baby boy is growing up. As bittersweet as it is, I take a little step back and let him grow. I'm thankful that he is healthy and I'm thankful for the gift that he is. God is good.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
There was a guest speaker tonight at Bethel. The Chad Williams Family are former Missionaries to The Pacific Islands and are now in the plans to start a church in Portland, Oregon. Bro. Williams showed a video presentation about Portland, Oregon. You can watch it here. He preached a stirring and anointed sermon on Faith. He didn't really give it a title, so I chose one. We read in Ephesians 3:20 that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask or think. Whatever I can see in my mind, God can do greater things. If you don't have a lot of vision for your life, you need to know that God has a great vision for your life. Tap into his vision for you. God pay the price so the miraculous can happen for you. How does this happen..it's according to the power of God that is within you. God wants to develop it and give life through you. We are carriers of faith. Somewhere along the way when he created us, he put a little mustard seed of faith into you. When you give this faith back to God, he will do something unexplainable through you. Faith is very powerful, Luke 22:32-32. The enemy has put a target on your back. he would like to sift you and get you to give up. Be encouraged because God has prayed for you, that your faith will not fail you. We would love to be removed from the storm, but there is no growth if you are not in the storm. Growth happens during the storm, it's where we become stronger. Faith is in your miracle. If you have faith, something miraculous happens. Faith is working on your behalf. We can be missing out on our miracles, due to fear. Fear is a weapon that can't shut down miracles, but it can move you out of position of your miracle that is being poured out. Great faith is unstoppable. If you can get a glimpse of what your are in Jesus Christ, you would be unstoppable. Fear or Faith-which one are you feeding? The one you feed will control you. Mathew 17:20 speaks about having the faith as the size of a mustard seed. This faith can move mountains. You are important. Your voice combined with faith is powerful. God is never surprised, he has an answer for your mountain. Unite your voice with the faith that is inside of you and God can do the miraculous. use the faith that is inside of you. God can do the unexplainable in our lives. Mountains are not just sickness or problems in our life. They are also kingdoms that are not supposed to be there. We can speak to these with faith and the authority of Jesus name and these mountain kingdoms must fall and leave your area. Take authority in Jesus Name! God is not finished yet, don't be afraid to proclaim it. We like to take praise brakes, we need to take prayer breaks and speak faith into our day. When you grow your relationship with God, your faith grows too. Read His Word. As you read The Bible, you are feeding your faith. When The Word comes forth, faith comes running to consume it and to grow. Listening to preaching and teaching also, allows our faith to grow. When you speak your faith and allow God's power to demonstrate in your life, you can move the mountain in someone else's life. Their faith may be weak, but when your faith is strong, you can pray on their behalf. When we try to understand what is going on, we can lose the battle. We must use our spiritual eyes and trust in God. We don't need reasoning, we need revelation. Faith is infinite, it looses us and God to do beyond what we understand. When God gives you something, nothing can take it away from you. Obedience is an expression of faith. What God is telling you to do, it's time to demonstrate I and obey your faith. God is good.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
We had a great church service at Solid Rock in New Jersey. Bro. Wynn preached on letting go and trading your burdens with God. When we give our situation to God he takes care of it. It was a good weekend in NJ. As we were traveling back home to NY, I was looking at what is going on in the world. It's looking more and more like we are getting closer and closer to the Lord's soon retun. It's very easy to get distracted and consumed by all the events taking place. We need to be on our knees in prayer and keeping our focus heavenward. If we are not careful our lamps will run out and we will find ourselves empty and missing out and on the Lords return. I can not and will not get pulled into debates. I will not take the anger bait. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. I must be careful to not lose sight of what matters most and that's keeping my focus on Jesus. God is good.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
The world is watching as America has another heartbreaking instance of life lost due to hatred in the heart of man. I don't agree with what has taken place. If I am to be a follower of Christ, I am to love. This means the extra step of loving everyone, even the ones who have been at the heart of this horrible day in America. I don't condone it and I refuse to let if cause me to let bitterness to take place in my heart. I will fight back by teaching my son to show kindness and love. To not be afraid to stand on Christian principles. To be a light of Christ wherever he goes. This world needs Jesus, America needs Jesus. I believe we are in the last days. I refuse to be unkind and not love my fellow mankind. Not one is better than the other. I challenge you to love one another, show compassion and forgive. Do not let hatred take root in your heart. God is still good.
It dawned on me that I have not blogged in several days. RJ and I had a wonderful and love filled week in California. We came home to NY and unpacked to pack again for one more summer weekend in NJ. I'm thinking we are going to need at least a week at home of doing "nothing" to get back on NY time and a routine. It's been a good summer and I'm almost to the point where I'm ready for school to start again. Many good memories have been made. A deeper walk with God has been established. All in all it's been a summer of growing. God is good.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Twenty years ago a sweet little girl by the name of Alexis was born. She was blessed because her mom had three sisters who loved this little girl a great deal. We rocked her to sleep when she was a baby and spent countless hours doting on her. This morning, came together again to dote on her as she prepared for her wedding day. Watching her walk down the aisle brought tears to our eyes. Mathew is a good guy and we know our girl is in good hands. I love her dearly and am so glad to have been a part of her special day. Wishing you all the best to Alexis and Mathew. God is good.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
I unpacked from NAYC and then packed again for California. My niece Alexis is getting married and my awesome husband made a way for RJ and I to go. It's times like these that I love airline miles. I was there when Alexis was born and I'm excited to be there when she is married. It's going to be wonderful to be with family again. We also received news that a new niece has been added to the family. We congratulate Tim and Claudia on their new little baby. She is beautiful. God is good.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Tonight, Bob and I took a walk on the beach. We enjoyed the sunshine and the view of the waves as they came upon the shore. As we walked the birds coasted on the wind above us. Once in a while, a bird would dive down in the sand and find something to eat. It was continuous and harmonious. I marveled at the beauty and creativity of God. The waves brought food for the birds and peace to our walk. God is everywhere you look, you just need to have your eyes open to see him. God is good.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
We arrived home around midnight. Tired as we were, we were excited to attend Sunday Service at Bethel. The BYG were pretty tired, but that didn't stop them from packing the alter area to worship the Lord while the choir was singing. They even started to pray for the sick. It was clear they were deeply impacted by the North American Youth Congress this year. Even my little boy was waving his green NAYC worship cloth they gave out, in the air as he shouted for Jesus. Bro. Davis who also attended NAYC was powered up and preached a dynamic sermon on, " A Treaty Of Bread". His main text was taken from Joshua 9:7-15 and Numbers 23:19. Just after Joshua and the Israelites entered the promise land , the Hives came the seeking peace. We must realize that when our God says what he means, he means what he says and does what he says. The church of the 21st century needs a revelation of the power of the spoken word of God. What God speaks comes into existence. God's word is more than a sound or symbol, it's a dynamic force that affects everything it touches. His word is a created power and a dynamic energy. His spoken word transforms things to accomplish a purpose. His word brings life where there is bareness. God said it, he can not lie. This past NAYC was life changing, not because of the music or the crowd. It was the spoken word of God that changed and transformed everyone. When God speaks, something happens. A transformation has to take place when God speaks to someone. Can you believe that his word is enough even if you do not "see" things happening around you. God is looking for people that will believe before or even without seeing. We must be in alignment with what God says. When I prays in agreement, they send 1,000 angels to flight. When two agree, they send 10,000 angels to flight. There is power when there is an agreement, it multiplies, the power of faith added to faith. An agreement is powerful and it can have a positive impact or a negative impact. It can be productive or destructive. The Israelites were going into their promised land. The Hivites knew about this and were afraid. They had been living in a small land that was a part of the promised land. They made a deceitful plan to bring to the Israelites. They wore torn clothing and worm out water bottles. They brought bread that was moldy. They really were very near, but made it look like they came from a long distance away. When they met up with the Israelites, they gave them story about how their people from a far away land knew how powerful their God was. They wanted to live in peace and asked for them to go into contract with them to save their people from harm. In those days, they broke bread together to show a sign of agreement. They broke and ate moldy bread to signify the agreement. The Israelites did this without going to God first in prayer. They didn't seek the counsel of the Lord and instead were deceived the their tattered appearance and moldy bread. It wasn't until 3 days later, that they realized that they had been deceived and that the Hivites were living in their promised land. Because they had made a treaty with moldy bread with them, they could not break their agreement. They were not able to occupy the land God had told them to occupy, because they had been tricked. The devil wants to destroy you. He will make some kind of offer to you. It's really moldy bread! An awakening needs to take place in the church. If you want to sit back and be involved watch out you are going to get run over. The church is alive and is going to take off. If you want you can make an agreement with moldy bread and it will keep you from God has for you. You won't be able to claim the territory that God has for you. Of you can chose to walk with God. You can chose to give you life to him and receive what God has for you. Who are you going to believe? The one with the moldy bread or the one who has power in his spoken word? Accept the treaty of living bread. It makes a difference who you make an agreement with. God's word is truth. He has a purpose and a plan for you. God wants you. Make a covenant with God, the living bread and claim the destiny he has for you. God is good.