Monday, November 20, 2017
Today was a rough day. I don't need to go into the details, but it was a rough day. Then, at random, someone sent me a thank you. This person has no idea how HUGE that was for me today. A random act of kindness that reminded me of all the good there is in this world. This week is when we stop to give thanks for what we have. I challenge you to do something kind for someone. You have no idea how much of a rainbow you will be on their rainy day. God is good.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Today at Bethel, we had special guest singers. The Tim Chandler Band came to minister in song and in the word. It was my first time hearing them sing. I enjoyed hearing the Country Gospel music. After they sang a few songs, Bro. Chandler gave a short sermon. His main text was taken from I Corinthians 10:13. He started about by saying almost word for word what Pastor Davis preached last Sunday. We hear all the time that God will never put more on you than you can bear. This is not in the Bible. God says he will give you a way of escape. He will help you through whatever you are going through. He will deliver you. We don't always have the same experiences, but we all have the same feelings. God is a faithful God and he cares about them all. While you are in the middle of your "stuff" and it feels like God is a million miles away, He is really making a way of escape for you. God's will taking place is dependent on us being obedient to his word. He provides a way of escape, it's up to us to take it when he brings it. Make sure you don't miss your exit when you come to it. Sis. Chandler talked about going through some pretty big heartache. She had been hurt so bad that she struggled with it for a long time. Eventually, after singing at one of their services, she decided to go to the alter and pray. She opened her hands palms up and began to put all her hurt and disappointment into them. Then she turned her hands over and laid them on the alter. She left them there and walked away. God gave her tremendous peace. The situation didn't change, in fact it became worse for a while. However, God had changed her on the inside and gave her the peace she needed to go through it. We all did this today. I have some really big things going on. Some really big hurts. Some days, I have to stop many times during the day and give it to the Lord. It's not easy. However, I want to have clean hands and a pure heart. I know what it's like to allow hurt to turn into anger that eventually eats you up with bitterness. I walked the road of depression before. I do not want to go down those roads again. So, when the hurt comes, I stop and give it to Jesus. Every time, Peace comes and fills me. I hold out hope that God will work things out. I constantly love and forgive. Some days are harder than the others. I just make the choice to choose joy. God is good.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tonight our Bible Study was taught by Bro. Joe Ferragamo. His main text was taken from Psalms 103:1-4, with the title of " God's Great Benefits". Sometimes we don't realize the great benefits we have as the children of God. Psalms 103 starts out with great praise and gratitude towards God. David gave praise from deep within because he knew of all that God had delivered him from and forgiven him of. When we do this, we are acknowledging the divine greatness of God. There is no one like him. He is worthy of the highest praise and it is to be done with all our soul. We are to not forget the benefits of a life in God. Our benefits are that he forgives us of our sins, heals our bodies, redeems our life and covers us with loving-kindness and mercy. He blesses us daily with these things. We have great benefits that God has given into our lives, simply because He loves us. Remember to always bless and praise God, no matter your circumstances. God will give you great victory. God is good.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Due to the amount of polyps that had been found in my gallbladder when it was removed, my doctor felt that I needed to have an extensive MRI to see if they had spread elsewhere in my body. I went in last week for one of the worst MRI's of my life. I was not feeling well and didn't realize that I was scheduled to be in the MRI for an hour and a half. Not only was I going to have to lay completely still for this period of time, I was going to hold my breath for 13 to 20 second intervals, a lot over the hour and a half. I lasted less than an hour before I blacked out in the MRI machine. Thankfully, I was able to complete at least an hour with the knowledge that I might have to come back to finish the MRI. I left weak and hoping that I didn't have to come back for at least a year. Today, I met with my doctor and he told me that everything came back clean and clear. I have no polyps anywhere else in my body. I will have to do this MRI once a year and next time it will be when I am not feeling sick. I don't mind the inconvenience of a long MRI, if it means it saves my life. This is the only way they can see if polyps have started to grow and the only way to prevent it from turning into cancer in my body. I'm thankful for my doctors. I truly feel like I have been blessed with the best. Today could have been a day of unwanted news. I am so thankful that it was good news and I have been given a clean bill of health. I appreciate all your prayers. God is good.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tonight our home Care Group came together and had a time of feasting and giving thanks. I invited my friends and students from China to attend. Everyone brought something to eat. Watching everyone have such a wonderful time made my heart full. Children’s laughter filled the house and mingled in with happy conversations of the adults. My home was filled with love and joy. I could feel that Jesus showed up too and he walked amongst us. My body is tired, but my heart is overflowing. God is good.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Today Pastor Davis preached an impassioned sermon on, "God Of The Impossible". His main text was taken from Jeremiah 32:27 and Luke 1:37. He started out by asking how many of us enter situations in life that seem to be impossible. We all have experienced this. Some of us are going through what seems to be impossible today. The church of the living God can not survive without the miraculous. God's church is born into the miraculous. In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. With ten words from God, nothing became something. God is not ordinary, He is the God of the impossible. We serve a big and powerful God. He takes matter and ant-matter and keeps it in balance. When God says let it be, it shall be. If God's word says it, I believe and that's enough. He came to this earth, died on a cross and rose form the dead. He ascended into Heaven and His spirit lives with us. He will return once again. Because God is not ordinary, we can not expect things in our life to be ordinary. We are not normal in comparison to how everyone around you lives. You are a child of the King. You are above normal. He tells us that he is The Lord God and there is nothing too hard for him. Your belief or lack of belief in Him, does not make a difference. You can't make something not exist simply because you don't believe in it. You can say there is not moon until the day you die. The moon will still be there. God is still God if you believe in Him or not. We must realize that there is nothing that God can not do, except lie or deny His word. When you are filled with His spirit, he goes wherever you go. When you go to sleep, He is there. He is the God of the impossible. He turned water into wine. He fed 5,000 people with 2 fishes and five loaves of bread. He caused a donkey to speak. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? No! We all have things happen to us; terminal illness, financial devastation and family problems. These are things that we can't handle on our own. They are tough situations. The saying that God won't give us more than we can handle is not in the Bible. We do read that if God allowed it to take place in our life, He will give us the grace to go through it. It's by the grace of God that we are able to smile as we go through our impossible situation. When God says something is going to happen, the devil can not stop it. We must claim and believe that if God said it, then it can happen. His word tell us that by His striped we are healed. His blood still heals all diseases. His blood covers all sins and delivers. His blood has saving power. It's so important that we speak positive into our situation. We need to learn to not speak negativity into it. When the negative thoughts and discouragement comes, we need to speak the Word of God into it. When we murmur and complain we are getting in the way of the promises of God. Doubt is the opposite of faith. We are human. We have real moments of wondering how in the world we can face the impossible situations in our life. We must speak life into it, by speaking the Word of God into it. Our God is able. Pastor Davis then asked us to all pray. He asked us to speak to the impossible situations in our life and speak faith into it. Family situations, be healed in Jesus Name. Terminal Illness, be healed in Jesus name! Financial situations, be resolved in Jesus Name! God wants you to have health, peace and a job. He will bless you with the ability to work. God will not bring a job you way that will keep you from His House or will take you away from a walk with Him. God will direct your steps. If the doctor tells you there is nothing that can be done, God says he can heal your body. If your family seems to be imploding from within, God is able to heal and restore relationships. God is able to do the impossible. God is good.
Friday, November 10, 2017
A few days ago I mentioned that it was too warm for Autumn. Well, now it's much colder than normal for November. At least how I know Novembers in NY to be. Of course RJ is hoping it brings snow. I'm looking outside at the wind and watching the temperature drop and I'm hoping the power stays on the house stays warm. Tonight, RJ has a friend over and they had a real good time playing nerf guns with Ross in the basement with the lights off. Pearl of course enjoyed it too. I'm hoping the weather will warm up just enough to be sweater weather. I like the Autumn crisp air and hope it returns soon. For now, I will bundle up and cuddle up to my honey. God is good.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
About Five months ago I went in to have my gallbladder removed. When I went in for my check up, I was informed that I have IPMN. I had no idea what the doctor was talking about. Interductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasia, is not so bad, as long as you keep an eye on it. It turns out my gallbladder was diseased and I had several polyps that thankfully were not cancerous. I was told that I would need yearly check ups just to keep an eye on it. Nothing to worry about, you find one and you cut it out. I left thankful that I was ok and went on my way to recovery. I got a phone call that I needed to go in right away to get an MRI done because there was suspicion that there may be more polyps. What?! Sigh. I trust in God. I know He is a healer, because he has healed me before. It's just not fun going through it. Wait, I'm a Christian, I'm supposed to always be upbeat and I'm supposed to never doubt and I am supposed to always ride high on faith. Let's be real here. I do trust in God. I do have great faith. I am still human and will feel all kinds of emotions. Do I think the doctors will find anything wrong? No. I believe the doctor is going to say, everything is just fine? Yes. Is it possible I can hear bad news? Yes. Will it change my faith in God? No. Do I want to have another procedure? No. I ask that you say a prayer for me that I do receive a good report. Regardless of what is found, I still trust in the Lord. God is good.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
If ever there was a timely sermon, it was today. The General Secretary for Global Missions of the UPCI, Bro. Slaydon was our guest speaker. The title of his sermon was, "Don't Let The Bad Eat The Good". His main text was from Geneses 41:20. Such a timely sermon for such a heartbreaking day in America. Another day of violence and innocent lives lost. People who love the Lord had come together to Praise the King of Kings, just like we were, and in an instant devastation followed. There is darkness in the world. It's for the church to be a bright light. We are heartbroken for the lives lost in Texas. I pray for the Lord's soon return! Bro. Salydon preached that we can become so fixated on all the wrong that is going on in the world, that we no longer can see the good that is going on in our life. There are really, really bad things going on, but there is also so much good too. We need to be careful that we don't let the bad eat up the good in our life. This is the time for the church to be the light of Christ. This is the hour where we need to shine bright. Do not let your identity be defined by the negative things happening around you. Don't take ownership of negative things said to you. People will criticize you, don't let what they say define who you are. God is powerful in our life. We believe he can heal and all kinds of things. One person says something to you that upsets you and you are crying and willing to give up. Wait...didn't you just believe that God is all powerful? Don't give people the power to ruin your day. Lift up your head, raise your hands and sing praise the Lord, regardless of what is going on. Don't let the bad eat up the good things going on in your life. Fear and doubt are the enemies of life and hope. Instead of worrying about the problems around you, celebrate the wonderful things God has done for you. We need to have a divine world view and do what God has asked us to do. God's kingdom is bigger than you and I. It's not about us. What God calls you to do, do it even if it's not what you really want to do. We can ignore sinful conduct of the world, but it doesn't make it go away. We tend to have acceptance and are afraid to stand up for what the word of God says to do. We tolerate sin and by doing so, we are doing a disservice to those who are committing the sin. You know the ACTS 2:38 truth. You are the light of Christ and yet you are afraid to share it. Don't let the bad eat out the good. The world needs you. The church needs to rise up and be the church. What and what is the greatest influence on society? Our world is in need of a light. That light is you and I. We are to overturn evil with good. Life can be overwhelming, like what happened today in Texas. We must pray like we have never prayed before. Remember you are not someone who has no future, you are not a waste, you are a child of the King. He is fighting for you. Do not let the bad things going on, eat up the good things taking place in your life. Don't lose focus. Be the light of Christ. God is good.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
As RJ and I sat down to begin working on his homework we heard a loud boom. It was loud and it shook the entire house. It sounded like a bomb had gone off. I looked out the window towards my backyard and saw huge billows of black smoke filling the sky. A truck had exploded. All I could think about was of what had just happened in Manhatten. I prepared to evacuate and locked down the entire house in case it was something worse then a simple accident. Both sides of the street were closed off and the first responsders were quick to arrive. A truck with several propane tanks had spontaneously exploded. The driver was able to escape unharmed. The fire was contained and by the grace of God, no one was hurt. I'm thankful that there was no loss of life and thankful for the protection of the Lord. When all the confusion was going on, I told RJ to grab something important to him and if we had to leave, he needs to carry it. I looked on the table to see what he had chosen and it brought tears to my eyes. His most precious possession was his Grampy's Bible. I'm so thankful for this. We waited to see what would happen next. Despite all the traffic being redirected in front of my house, we managed to make our way to church. Pastor taught an excellent lesson and I plan to share it tomorrow. God is good
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Ross stayed up through the night building RJ a Voltron costume. When we got to school, I didn't know how to put it on him correctly, so he wore his Robert Townsend outfit instead. He was a perfect duo for the Head of School, since he dressed as George Washington. Later in the evening we joined RJ's childhood best friend and with the help of a hot glue gun, we were able to get his Voltron outfit on. When the evening ended we heard the news of the horrific attack that took place in Manhatten. Please keep our city in your prayers. God is good.
Monday, October 30, 2017
When we took RJ to pick pumpkins, he diligently looked for a white pumpkin. He found one and tonight he carved a cross in it. Jesus is his reason for everything and he wanted to keep him the center of October. I'm thankful that he has a heart after God. God is good.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Today we had the honor of accompanying Bro. Maki as he preached in Manhattan. He is funny and truly walks with God. We were blessed to be able to spend time with him today. He preached from I John 2:6 on "Walking With Jesus". You can tell if someone is a Christian by how they live and act. Your walk needs to be the same walk as Jesus. You need to walk like he walked and talk like he talked. If you are truly a Christian and do this, you don't have to say a word, people will just know. When you are really a Christian your conduct speaks it. It seems that everyone today say's they are a Christian, but their lifestyle says otherwise. You are not a Christian just because you go to church and cry a little. You are a Christian when you walk the same way that Jesus walks. When Jesus puts his hands out to walk with you, don't put his hands away. Hold on to his hand and walk with him. To walk with him, you must do what he did. You must be buried in his name in baptized, filled with his spirit and walk in newness of life. People who don't walk with Jesus, won't understand when you make the choice to walk with the Lord. They might ridicule you, don't lose faith and just keep walking. Life trials will come, don't lose faith, keep walking. Enoch walked with God, until the Lord took him. Stay consistent. Read His word and spend time in prayer daily. God wants to walk with you, do you want to walk with him? God is good.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Thursday night at Bethel, we had the privilege of hearing Bro. Maki speak. Before he preached he made a comment that we are not to worry about the storm, but to take heed to how your build your life and what you build it on. He did not give it a title, but I am calling it "Heavenly Language". His main text was from Zephaniah 3:9. We read in Zephaniah how there was no voice heard from God for 75 years. There was no preacher and the people did what they wanted to do. They no longer obeyed the voice or teachings of God. There was a prophecy that God would purify the lips of the people. It goes to Nehemiah 13:3-24. The people could all speak one language. They had power because they could all speak the same language. When they began to build a tower, God knew he needed to do something. They were no longer following his laws. He changed their speech. In history we see that when one major language is spoken there is strength. The Roman Empire Ruled with peace for years because everyone spoke Greek. Now we have many different dilates and we have wars. Jesus came to be the Prince of Peace. He brought a new language, a heavenly language. Isiah 6:4-8 talks about his lips being unclean. How a hot coal was put to his lips to purify his speech. In Acts 2 we see tongues of fire falling on those in the upper room and they began to speak in other tongues. They spoke with a heavenly language. This heavenly language changed their identity. When we today, filled with the spirit of God, our language must change. We can not speak the language of this world. We must speak as a Christian. Your speech must show who you are. In every state of the US, you hear different dialects. You can tell where someone is from by the way they speak. Once we have been filled with God's spirit and speak his Heavenly Language, there must be a transformation in our life. Ephesians 4:29-32 tells us that there should be no corrupt things coming from our mouth. We can not be bitter or speak evil things. We must forgive and love one another. We need to have a spiritual accent. Do not return evil for evil, you must give blessings. We need the words of our mouth and thoughts of our heart to be acceptable in the sight of God. If you say you are a Christian, you need to be known as a nice and polite person. Blessings on others, not curses need to be spoken from our mouths. We were challenged to be known as Christians. To watch what we say and do. How you treat people and your willingness to forgive is a light for Christ to those around you. God is good.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tonight, Bro. Maki preached a heart searching sermon. I plan to share it tomorrow. Presently, I am helping my husband with a project. I will tell you this- make sure you read tomorrow's blog. This is how you can be a bright light. God is good.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
There is a song from my childhood that goes like this. "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, they shall walk and not faint. Teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait". God is good.
Monday, October 23, 2017
It's not really that hot, but for NY it is warm for the month of October. I'm not complaining, it's been nice. The one downside is that it's taking the leaves longer to break forth into color. Cooler weather is coming and I'm looking forward to sweater weather. I'm ok if snow decides not to come. RJ wants snow, but I'm good if we don't have a snowy winter. Then again, it is nice to have a snow day to make you stop and rest. That is until you have to shovel it off your sidewalk. Life on the East Coast is definitely different than life on the West Coast. I can say this, I wouldn't trade our warm days for their blistering hot days that they have been having. All in all, Fall is eventually coming to my part of NY. God is good.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Today at Bethel we had a guest speaker, Bro. Maki. I like it when he preaches. He's funny, easy to understand and takes you right to a place in God. His sermon was on "He That Doeth". His main text was taken from Mathew 7:21-27 with references to Luke 6:47-48-9, James 1:21-24 and I Corinthians 3:10-13. There is more to having a walk with Jesus, than singing a song. He is not a religious phrase to be used. Not everyone that says Lord, Lord will inter into the Kingdom of Heaven. It will be those that do the will of the Lord. We like to tell him to come into our lives and hearts and to make himself at home. What we really mean is to tell him you can have the guest room, but don't clean things out and start looking around. We need to say is come in Lord, take the master bedroom. We need to let him have all of our life and not just come to him when we are in need of something. Just because someone is prophesying and doing wonderful works, it does not mean they are in full obedience. You can have these things and they are great, just make sure that your life is in total obedience to God in every area of your life. Do you tell God that you will do what he wants you to do and then do it? There were two men who built a house. One built his house on the sand and the other on a rock. Both did the work. Both rested in what they built. Both endured the same storm, wind, rain and flood on the homes they built. The storm will come, it doesn't know the differences between the houses, it's a just a storm and will come. The same storm happened to the wise man and the foolish man. The house on the rock stood firm during the storm. The house built on the sand was destroyed. When you follow opinion, philosophies and traditions of man instead of the Word of God, you are building your house on the sand. To be wise, you must build on the blueprints from The Bible. Obedience to God's word is a strong foundation that enables you to weather the storm when it comes. We read that we are to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus and then be filled with his spirit. This is the beginnings of our foundation. It doesn't stop there, you must build your house by reading The Word daily and spending time with God in prayer. What we do in word of deed, we must do in the name of Jesus. You can fool everyone around you, but you can't fool a storm. When you can stand faithful through the trial and storm, you have a rock solid foundation. Be doers and not just hearers of the word. God is good.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Today,we celebrated RJ's turning 10. I love when we celebrate in NY. Most of these kids have been friends from birth. Seeing them play together makes me so happy. We had beautiful weather, so we decided to make it a BBQ party. The chocolate fountain was a hit as well as the Pinanta. For those who did not want to have a sword fight, there were pumpkins to be painted. The food was good and the cake was great. Children's laugher and squeals of glee filled the air. I'm thankful for such a beautiful day of celebration. God is good.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Tonight our Thursday night Bible Study lesson was taught by Bro. Joe Ferragamo. He taught on a lesson entitled, "Who Will Work In My Field". His main text was taken from Mathew 9:35-38. Evangelism is the heartbeat of God. He was moved with compassion when he was looking at people. He cared deeply for those around them and their needs. We all need to have a heart like God for others. We are a blessed people, our sins have been forgiven and we have his spirit living inside of us. His house is full, the fields are ready for harvest, but it's empty of harvesters. God is asking who will go and work in the field. We are the light of the world. We are to be the salt. Jesus was the salt, when others were around him, they became thirsty for more of him. We need to be like Jesus. We can make a difference in the lives around us. Ask God to give you a loving heart of compassion for those around you. We need to look at people through the eyes of Jesus. God gives us all talents, use them to share the love of Christ. Don't compare yourself to what someone else can do, God made you the way you are for a reason. That is your best way to be a light for Christ. Be intentional on how you reach for someone. Look for opportunities to share the gospel. Pray every morning for God to guide you to someone who is searching for God. Remember your testimony is powerful and can open the eyes and hearts of those you share it with. Signs will follow those that believe. In order for this to happen, you must be willing to spend time in prayer and reading The Word Of God. Nothing in the spirit happens by accident. Prayer is omnipotent and changes things. We must talk to God first before we attempt to talk with people about him. Jesus paid the price on the cross with his blood. We are to be the laborers who share the gospel. Who will answer the call? Who will go? God is good.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Today in my Bible reading, I started the book of Acts from the Bible. I don't know how I have read this so many times and I missed something so important. We read in the book of John that none of Jesus' siblings are at the foot of the cross when He died. However, there is one statement in Acts chapter 1. There is a description of who is there. It ends with Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers. I had so many emotions run through me when I read that. AND HIS BROTHERS! Between the time that Jesus rose from the dead, to the time of the outpouring of his spirit in the Upper Room, his brothers had come to believe who he really was. Not just Jesus, their brother, but Jesus as God. Jesus, their Savior. Redemption, Healing, Grace and Mercy all rolled up in that simple statement. They believed until they day they died. Never give up Hope. Never stop praying, never stop believing. Jesus makes a way, he heals and he delivers. God is good.
Monday, October 16, 2017
I have been reading the book of John in The Bible. Some things have really been standing out to me. Towards the end of John, we read about Jesus hanging on the cross. It states that Mary, her sister in law and some others are there at the foot of the cross with Jesus. One of them is John-the beloved. Her only relative is her sister and of course, Jesus who is on the cross. Mary had children, she had a husband. I don't know if Joseph, the husband of Mary had passed away or where he was. I do know that she had children. I read, that none of them are listed as being there. In fact, as Jesus is dying he tells her that John is now her son. It doesn't stop there. John takes her home and takes care of her as if she was his own mother. This was huge to me. It doesn't matter what happens. When you stay close to the foot of the cross, close to our savior, he takes care of you. Your family can reject you, stay close to Jesus. You can lose everything, stay close to Jesus. Why? Jesus does care for you and he will make sure all your needs are taken care of. God is good.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Today we attended service at Solid Rock UPC in NJ. Sis. Kind taught on "Jesus Heal My Broken Heart". I didn't have my notebook, so I couldn't take notes. She was being very real with us and it was clear she was talking from experience. We all have gone through heartbreaks. It can be caused by a life choice that brought pain. Sometimes it's the choices of others that can cause us to hurt. Then there are the heartbreaks that the devil sends our way in an attempt to destroy us. Life sometimes just hurts. It's good if we have someone we trust that we can share what we are going through. We do have a friend who can heal our broken hearts, Jesus. He loves us and cares about us. It's ok to tell him exactly what you are going through and how you feel. He can and will heal your broken heart. I appreciate the lesson today and am thankful that I can go to Jesus with my every care. God is good.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Today was a day of celebration. Bob and I have been married 11 years. It's also, 10 years ago that we were given such an amazing baby boy. We surprised him today with a birthday celebration at Sahl's Father Son Farm. He was so excited. Everyone had a blast going from the corn maze, to the wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, duck races, pig races, peddle cart races, corn bin and fun with family. I'm thankful for a solid marriage and a love filled day with family. God is good.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Pastor Davis taught a lesson tonight on "Drawing Near To God". His main text was taken from Psalm 63:1-8. It's difficult in today's age to simply our life. Compared to many countries, we live a luxurious lifestyle and we work hard to keep it. We don't always need what we think we need to have. No matter how busy our lives are, we need to draw near to God. He allows us to be near to him, it's not impossible for this to happen. David wrote Psalm 63 while he was running and hiding from King Saul. David was hiding in the wilderness. The wideness is a dry and thirsty land. David longed and thirsted after God. He really wanted more of God. This is why David was a man after God's own heart. People will do what they want to do. We must have a hunger for God that supersedes are desire for anything else. When there is hunger, we will do what is needed to be done. We need to spend time with God in prayer. To be close to God we must be careful what voices we are listening to. We must obey-disobedience distances you from God. It's hard to pray when you are living in sin. You must have a thirst for God, take personal responsibility for getting close to him, Spend time with God in prayer and reading his word, Be obedient , avoid things that dull your spiritual sensitivity, seek to please God first, spend time with those that want to please God and participate in actions that encourage time with God. If you do not have a close relationship with God, you will perish. It is good to draw near to God.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
I'm a California Girl. A lot of my friends are being affected by the fires in California. Some have lost their homes and others have been evacuated and have no idea if they will have a home to go back to. Another natural disaster on this earth. More heartbreaking stories. I have confidence in my fellow Californians that they will pull together and they will get through this. One thing I know to do all the way in New York, I know to pray. I can't get a hose and try to drown out the fires, but I can pray for rain. I believe that God can send rain, drop the temperature and stop the wind. Will you join me in this prayer? Let's pray for rain in California. God is good.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
RJ was up bright and early as excited to celebrate his 10th birthday. He opened his presents and then it was time to go to school. All day he was happy. His dad gave him a new Bible that will last Him for many years to come. He's ten now and as his body goes through great growth, so will his walk with God. We had our Home Group Bible Study tonight and RJ pitched in to help clean the house. Our group is like a family and they all loved on RJ. We had at least three Birthday cakes. He skipped homework and stayed up way past his bedtime, but he went to bed with a smile on his face and a pep in his step. God is good.
Monday, October 09, 2017
Today is the last day RJ will be nine years old. Tomorrow, he will enter the double digits and turn ten. Time does go by quickly. He's a kind and generous boy. We have been blessed. I didn't know ten years ago how much of a miracle he really was. My firstborn, that I thought would be a big brother to at lest two siblings. I didn't know that my body had a genetic defect that causes me to not be able to carry a baby past six weeks. I just knew that I had given birth to a precious son. I'm thankful for my sweet boy. Tonight as he fell asleep, he whispered that I was the pretties mom in the whole world. Jesus, bless my little boy. Keep him and protect him. You gave him life for a purpose. I pray the protection of God almighty over you. Sweet dreams my sweet little boy. God is good.
Sunday, October 08, 2017
This weekend, we had a special guest speaker for our annual Youth Group Concert. The BYG did an outstanding job ministering by song this past Saturday night. I will share more later this week, with the hopes of adding some footage. Bro. Jason Huckaby was our speaker. He preached a dynamic sermon on "The Emphasis Is On The Exodus". His main text was taken from Mark 1:6-13. Bro. Huckaby was a dynamic speaker and he spoke with boldness into our lives and hearts. We read that Jesus immediately went into the wilderness. The wilderness is not a fun place to be. It's hot and it's lonely. The spirit is was drew Jesus into the wilderness. The Spirit of God needs to be the driving force in our lives. Our steps need to be ordered of the Lord. The will of God must be paramount in our life. God is still speaking, he is not dead. Our decisions should be bathed in the will, plan and purpose of God. The will of God needs to be the most important, don't sell out for something insignificant. If you follow your heart, your heart will lead down the wrong paths. Follow the plan and purpose God has for your life. It can't be a check list that we follow, I prayed today, I read my Bible today...there is no depth is just doing it, to do it. It must be God who draws you and you must be spirit led. Remember, God does not tempt anyone. If you are drawn down a path away from God, that was not God, it was you. Sometimes it's hard to know if it's God led or you led. Sometimes God will lead you into a season in your life that we don't understand. We can be in the wilderness and it's lonely. The devil always shows up in our darkest and weakest moments. He knows your weak spot and he will come after you with it. God will use your desert to blossom like a rose and bring forth fruit in our life. Some things are never learned accept in the solitude of the desert. In the lonely dessert moment place God will navigate you through even though you don't think you will survive. You need to celebrate what happens when you come out of the desert. You come out with jurisdictional authority over your situation. You come out stronger and with power to speak the Law. You come out with more power in your little pinky that anything the devil throws your way. Open your mouth and make a declaration to the enemy and tell him to drink some shut up juice. Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. It's time to stop negotiation and start fighting. Put on the whole armor of God and fight in the supernatural. Stop making deals with the devil and speak God's word! Upon your mouth greater is He. There will be battles, but you will be victorious. Stop listening to the wrong voices. You have the army of the Lord on your side. Don't be surprised at what God is going to do through you. God is good.
Friday, October 06, 2017
Tonight, I snuck in to get a sneak peek at our Bethel's Youth Choir as they practiced for tomorrow nights concert. I only stayed for one song because I know there are always surprises in who performs. Well, I was surprised for the song I stayed to listen to. I couldn't help the tears as they ran down my face. I know their stories. They have come through a lot. The entire choir is made up of young people. I love these kids/young adults so very much. A multi-cultural choir from all walks of life. I thought my heart was going to burst with all the love I was feeling inside. While the world seems to be going crazy, there is a group that are trying their hardest to live right and be the good this world so desperately needs to see. If you can come- please make your way this Saturday October 7th to Bethel UPC at 357 Jericho TPk Old Westbury, NY. The concert is free and starts at 7pm. God is good.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Fall or Autumn is my favorite time of the year. So many wonderful things have happened for me during this season. I appreciate my husband and am thankful for my son. I am one of those Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice people. I like pumpkin everything, well almost everything. The air becomes crisp and the leaves change their color. It's nature's way of letting us know it will soon be time to rest, for snow is on the way. Well...at least in some states that is. Where I grew up, we didn't have the changing of the seasons at this extreme. I love it. God is good.
Monday, October 02, 2017
All eyes are on America. Especially on a place called Las Vegas, Nevada. Minds are reeling, trying to comprehend what just happened. The search for an answer to why this horrible event even had to take place. There is darkness in this world. I never met the shooter, I don't know why he did what he did. All day, I have been hearing from friends and loved ones who should have been at the concert and due to various reasons, ended up not going. I am so thankful for every one that told me they were ok. Yet, there are many who are not ok. There are lives that we lost in an instant. What we do know is that this was a planned out attack. They thought they were safe and discovered they were not. None of us know when we can be the next target. We can't live in fear, we have to live. How do you live in a dark world? You become the light in your world. We are praying, we are crying out for God to help. You say you don't believe in prayer, I would like to suggest you give it a try. It's still not for you? Then, please make an effort to show kindness to those around you. If you are angry at someone, let it go, forgive them. Bitterness destroys you and destroys others. Forgive, let it go. Choose to be kind. Kindness is a choice. Kindness can be taught. Love your neighbor. How do we stop this from happening again? I say, be a light of hope and kindness to those around you. One person at a time, when you do this, you will see a change for the better. If you want change, you be the change. You be the hope. You be the love. You be the light. God is still good.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
We had a dynamic service today at Bethel. Since today was Missions Sunday, we had our Bethel Youth who went on missions trips over the summer, speak. They all did a great job and we are super sanctified proud of them. We believe that every young person should go on at least one missions trip, thus we decided to give $1,000 to the BYG youth who contacts me first after getting their acceptance notification for an 2018 AYC trip. Today is the day to start applying. I hope we have at least one BYG member on every trip. Missions is life changing, a life of service to others is the best way. True to form on Missions Sunday, we also had a guest speaker. Bro. Dean Byfield grew up here and attended Bethel most of his life. For a period of time, he was also the BYG Youth Pastor. He and his wife were just appointed Intermediate Missionaries to France. Bro. Byfield preached a dynamic sermon on "The Father Is Knocking, Can You Hear Him?". His main text was taken from Revelation 3:20. God is standing at the door and he is knocking. The door is both physical and spiritual. What comes in and out of the door into our home is determined by us. God is standing at the door and he is knocking. God is omnipotent and all mighty. He doesn't have to knock, but he's a gentlemen and he knocks at the door and asks if he can come in. He stands at every door today and knocks asking if you will let him in. God is not the only one standing at the door of our life. There are other things standing there, the devil himself is standing there. You must be careful who you allow to come through the door. If you have allowed things to come into your life that should not be there, no one can drag them out of your life. It's up to you, to open the door and tell them to go. Sin lies at the door, but repentance makes it leave. Lay aside every weight that distracts you from God, make it leave your house. It can be people, relationships and even social media. You need to not want anything to distract you from God. God has something for each and every one of us. There are so many at the door knocking, how do you know who to open the door to? When God knocks, he speaks from the other side of the door. If you know his, voice, you will know it is him and you can open the door to let him in. If all the other voices are not line with what the voice of God says, then, do not open the door to them. You need to hear the voice of God, be careful who is speaking into your life. If you can not hear the voice of God, it can be fatal to your life. When He comes in, he doesn't just come in for a little while. He comes in to sit down with you and fellowship with you. Sometimes, we let him in, but then we ask him to leave. Other times, we let him in and we hide some things from him. Things we struggle with like depression, anger, disappointment and hurts. God wants to help you with everything. He can help you with every situation you are dealing with in your life. God is standing at the door, he is knocking and asking you to let him into every part of your life. God is knocking, open the door and let him in. God is good.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tonight was the last night of the series on The Armor of God, that Bro. Cook has been teaching. His main text was taken from Ephesians 6:10-18. Tonight's focus was on the Helmet of Salvation, The Sword Of The Spirit and The Shield Of Faith. The Helmet Of Salvation is to protect our mind. We are transformed by the renewing of our mind. This is something that needs to be done often, one time is not enough. We need to have God's protection over our minds. He wants to give us a sound mind and not one of fear. We need to put on the helmet of hope and of salvation. When we lose hope, we lose our minds. It's important that we guard what comes into our minds. The more negative thoughts, we have, the more hope we lose. If things you are looking at or listening to are filling you with bad news and negative thoughts, remove those things for a while and fill your mind with the Word of God. When you read the word and praise the Lord, it builds yourself up. We need the Sword Of The Spirit. It's sharper than a two edged sword. Many today do not respect The Word Of God-The Bible. We need to get the Word of God inside our hearts. The Word of God is our authority. No matter the situation, The Word of God can defeat all things. There is power in The Word. You need to know how to use your sword and The Word of God teaches you how to use it. It equips you with how to respond to things that come your way. All the part of the armor are important. The most important one is the Shield of Faith. If you drop your shield, you are vulnerable. You can lose your helmet for a while, or drop your sword and still be able to win the battle, if you keep your shield. The Shield of Faith is your lifeline. Faith goes beyond your emotions. Faith is what carries you through the situation. To win in life, to win the battle, you must put on the whole armor of God and fight in the spirit. Remember, God is for you. God is good.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Today was the first Assembly for the school year at RJ's school. This Assembly is always run by the 5th grade class. I was having a hard time accepting the fact that my son is now in 5th grade. I have watched this group of kids grow up form 1st grade and some of them from Kindergarten. There they all were; well behaved and still their silly selves, the leaders of the school. Their presentation was wonderful and I enjoyed every minute of it. Something new was introduced and that is a new Pillar to what the children strive to apply to their lives and that is Kindness. I was pleased when I saw that it was RJ who shared the word. He really does have a kind heart. I'm very fond of this group of kids and it's bittersweet to see them in their last year of being "little kids". I have no doubt it's going to be a fun year and I look forward to what they bring to the school. Kindness goes a long way, it lasts a lifetime. I'm so glad the school has incorporated it into the daily lives of the students. God is good.