Friday, August 28, 2009

Counting My Blessings Challenge

This week my sister Karen presented a CYB Challenge. The challenge is to list how God used another women to bless my life. Please read below:

1. My grandmother - She has been a blessing to me through her example of perseverance. My grandmother has raised her children, many of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even now her great-great grandchildren in the midst of financial hardships and personal battles. She raised the aforementioned practically on her own. She is now well into her 90's and still going strong in the name of Jesus. I received a blessing the day she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

2. My mother - There is almost a loss of words to describe how the Lord has used my mom to bless me. But I will try my best to fight back my tears and write this. When I think of what my mother put up with me..I am so thankful to God for her. I was more than a handful to say the least. I was rebellious, ungrateful, disrespectful, angry, resentful, etc.. and all this before I reached my mid-teens. My mother loved me through all my fits of anger and rage. She loved me through all the bad decisions I had made. And I sure did make a lot of awful choices. She loved me enough to tell me the truth knowing what my reaction would be. I remember at a time when I knew a few kids my age that were being kicked out of their house by their mother never told me to leave. Instead she would ask me to stay the times that I would pick up and leave thinking I would find better elsewhere. She loved me through it all.

There are countless testimonies that I can give of how the Lord used this beautiful women of God to bless me. Coming to Christ has helped me to love my mother all over again. Jesus has helped me love her with His love. I am glad that He gave her to me as my mom and a few years back my sister in Christ.

Thank you Lord for my mom. I am thankful because your Word says that she is your special treasure. I am thankful because you have deposited in her the ability to be a great mom, a loving grandmother to my children and a caring mother-in-law to my husband. He loves her so much! I thank you Lord for all the counsel she has given me knowing that she cares enough to say it. Please continue to bless her Lord..may she always she herself the way You see her. May she always feel Your tender love for her knowing that you have promised to never leave her or forsake her. In the name of Jesus I ask this..amen

Last but certainly not least....

3. My sister Karen - Before I wanted to cry but thinking of my sister Karen brings an immediate smile to my face. We sure have been through a lot together. I thank God for all the moments we spent together growing up. I thank the Lord for blessing me with a sister who even in the world was a good example to me and to my daughter. I remember years back when she was in college how I would come home from partying and Karen would be up burning the midnight oil studying. I would be hanging out and Karen would be in Starbucks with her coffee and textbooks. She was determined to let nothing or no one stop her from accomplishing the goal she set up for herself to graduate college. The day I went to her graduation I felt like a proud mama..seeing my sis graduate.

The Lord used Karen, for His glory, to draw me closer to HIM. Before I came to Christ there was a specific time in my life when I was in a very dark and lonely place. I clearly remember she would take the time to speak to me on the phone for hours listening to me cry and complain. She didn't mind what time of the night it was or how long she would have to travel to come see me and make me feel loved. (Wait, I think I am going to cry now).

There are many things I can write about Karen. I have many beautiful memories that we have shared. But, now more than sisters in the natural we are sisters in Christ. I am thankful for the unique bond we have knowing that our relationship has been made stronger through the love in Jesus Christ.

My prayer to you Lord is that you keep blessing her with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. You chose her in HIM before the foundation of the earth to be holy and blameless in your sight. Thank you Father because you have predestined her to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will. May she always be confident in that she is more than a conqueror and that she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her!

I pray all this in the name of Jesus...

God bless you!

Counting My Blessing

1. My husband and tween were able to go and evangelize in the street along with members of our church.
2. During my daughter's 12th b-day party my husband played football with BIC. We shopped around for one but they were a tad expensive. However, this week his boss' son gave him a brand new official Wilson football. God you are so awesome!!
3. My husband is getting better and better at carrying the baby :)
4. Help me Jesus to retain my first love. Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.
5. I was blessed by preachings from my Co-Pastor and BIC this week!
6. My daughter went to Camp Taconic with the Sunday School classes from church (Thanx Karen for taking her)
7. Got a good deal on Enfamil using a coupon!! woo hoo :)
8. Received some words of encouragement and prayer from my Co-Pastor and his wife;
9. I will continue to be grateful for the husband you have given my Lord!
10. I thank you Lord for this past week. Thank you because I have been able to see your mercy upon my family. I have been able to witness your Word become flesh in me. Continue to guide me in all Holy Spirit of God!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Counting My Blessings

1. My husband was edified while going evangelizing with our church; He really likes his t-shirt!
2. Our newborn attended her first church service on Sunday; My first time back since having the baby.
3. The Lord has showered my husband with grace at his job...his employer gave him a much wanted tupperware set!!! Thank you Jesus :)
4. My tween has been an immense help to me this week! Thank you Jesus for the love to serve you've deposited in her :)
5. I am so grateful to the Lord for the husband that He has given me;
6. My sister came over with my nieces;
7. My BIC were able to pack school supply boxes to donate to kids at the Bowery Mission..My desire is that the children who receive these love packages make Jesus Lord of their lives;
8. Thank you Jesus that the baby has been able to rest during church services, I know the Word YOU spoke on Sunday was for me...Thank you Holy Spirit because I know the baby received as well;
9. Received a blog award from my sister KAREN at Building Her House
10.My mom stopped by and came with her delish oatmeal drink!! :) yummy!
11. I am so thankful Lord for all that you have done this week...You continue to prove Your unconditional love for my family. Holy Spirit continue to make your presence felt in our hearts and that we may show the love of Jesus Christ to others!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Counting My Blessings

1. The Lord has blessed me with another daughter. Thank you Father for loaning her to me. I know that she is precious in your sight;
2. The love from my FIC truly shines through;
3. Received a home visit from my Pastor. I thank the Lord for him!
4. My Co-Pastor's wife and children also visited me;
5. My daughter went on a trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage and also saw the Statue of Liberty; Thank you Jesus that she was able to go!
6. My sister came over and watched the baby so I can run some errands. Thanks sis!;
7. My SIC left a touching v.m for the birth of my daughter. I just read a comment she posted on an earlier entry of mine that brought me to tears, thanks Michelle!
8. My mother took the time and made this delicious home-made oatmeal drink for me. It was delish!
9. My husband encouraged me this week and as he spoke, I felt the prescence of my Father knowing that his words came directly from God's heart to my ears!
10. My tween has been so helpful this week, thank you Jesus for my girl with a curl!!
11. This has certainly been a week in which the blessings have overflowed in abundance. But with a Father like ours...isn't every week like that?

Aleluya...Gloria a Dios!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Behold, Children are a heritage from the LORD!

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)

My 40 week journey has concluded with the birth of my beautiful baby girl. As I was in the labor and delivery room right after my daughter was born...the last 40 weeks flashed before my eyes. I reflected on all the love and mercy the Lord has demonstrated to me and my family through this journey.

The last 40 weeks were filled with many lessons. I received ministration that He knew was necessary for me to continue strong in my walk in Him. He showed me with renewed eyes the spiritual warrior in my husband and the loving heart of my tween. Both allowed themselves to be vessels which the Lord ministered to me through their example.

I have seen once again His faithful love. Love that heals and sets free. A pure and unconditional love that can never be compared to anything that I can ever ask or imagine. I now continue on another journey. I am confident that my Celestial Father will be holding my hand every step of the way.

Thank you Father for your Son Jesus and for your beautiful and precious Holy Spirit!