Friday, February 26, 2010

Counting My Blessings

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1. Received 4 boxes of cookies free after coupons!! Nutter Butters...yummy!
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2. Went to the Statue of Liberty with my family & parents-in-law. First time back in about 20 years and I thank the Lord I was able to see His glory;
statue of liberty Pictures, Images and Photos
3. The Lord allowed me to bless a SIC;
4. My daughter and I made a chicken lasagna with broccoli. My first attempt and it came out very tasty;
5. My daughters and I went to IHOP for free pancakes!
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6. We are advancing in our Tuesday teaching on the prophesies of the Book of Daniel; I am so enjoying this study;
7. Celebrated my SIL's Earthday..my prayer is that she may continue to grow in HIM and know just how much HE loves her;
8. Received a free carton of eggs and caught some great deals on milk, pasta and tomato sauce. Thank you Jesus!
9. Received some great samples and coupons in the mail this week!
10. My sister paid me a surprise visit with my nieces;
11. My husband helped me to clean up for my parents-in-law visit this weekend!
12. Please Lord continue to bless my husband with more of YOU...Your presence is all we need!
13. We had visitors at this Thursday's service. I pray that You Lord, do what you have to do in their lives so they may draw close to YOU!
14. Our Pastor preached such an anointed message on Thursday for God's glory...My desire is that...that Word will accomplish the purpose for which is was sent in the name of Jesus;
15. Snow..and more snow...I thank the Lord that His divine protection was over us while I drove home Thursday evening;
16. My parents-in-law are staying with us this weekend and we feel super blessed to have their company in our home. My MIL is so adorable!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sweet Land of Liberty

Early Saturday morning we headed out to visit the Statue of Liberty.
We thought it to be a great sight to see for my in-laws who are visiting.
Although it was very cold we had a lovely time.

I am looking forward to being able to visit again once the weather gets a little bit warmer.

We bought out tickets and off to the ferry:



Leaving lower NY harbor:





On the ferry:




There she is:






Enjoying the view on our way back to NY:





What a beautiful sunset!



“Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty." ~ Rev: 15:3b

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chapter 7: To Enjoy God's Presence

What is the most satisfying part of your relationship with God?

There are many different aspects of my relationship with God that I find satisfying.

I agree with Karen a 100% that His voice is such a sweet part of our covenant relationship. I truly feel like David when he recognized the sinful condition of the fallen man that he declared "what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?". What an experience it is to be able to communicate with God knowing that He hears me and it pleases Him to speak His loving Word of life to me.

There have been times when I would turn a deaf ear to His guidance and Word. I have since come to appreciate His tender words to me as much as His correction recognizing that He knows whats best concerning my life.

"....the sheep hear His voice; and He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when He brings out his own sheep, He goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice" John 10: 3-4

I would have to say that ONE of the most satisfying parts of my walk with the Lord has been HIS correction.

On many an occasion the Lord has brought correction to my life. At the time already having been revealed the glory of HIS Word through the mercy and grace of HIM who left it for me still decided to walk contrary to it. Out of pure mercy and love HE brought me back to HIM. At the time I was not able to appreciate the correction. I felt hurt and somewhat abandoned by HIM. I felt and acted like a child kicking and screaming that it wasn't "fair".

As time passed, also came the understanding that only because He loves me that He corrects me when I am in error or heading in down the wrong path. I can now appreciate the correction which comes from Him personally, His Holy Spirit bringing conviction to my life, His Word admonishing me, a word from my husband (this one used to really bother me), a brother or sister in Church (I remember the first time an elder brought correction to my life..boy! did I have something to say about it...it was nothing good though). I would think, "Why doesn't God speak to me directly instead of telling someone else?" But it wasn't that the Lord was trying to embarrass me or point the finger, He was trying to get my attention being that He already spoke to me about the issue but I would not head to His voice.

I can now see that is was and still is God correcting me and warning me. Now I can say that I am truly thankful for it.

"I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him..... But my love will never be taken away from him" ~ 2 Samuel 7: 14-15

Friday, February 19, 2010

Counting My Blessings

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1. A lil brother in Christ turned one year new this week...we were invited to celebrate and we had a great time! So nice to see the C Sr. family again :)
2. Received my in-laws at the airport...able to meet them finally in person and they are so delightful.....there was lots of hugs and tears!
3. Had a delicious dinner at my SIL's house,
4. Our pastor blessed us with some adorable clothes for our baby,
5. A beloved brother gave my husband jeans and such a nice shirt. God is so good, my husband was saying the other day how he has used most of his good jeans for work and now he has some really nice new ones. Thanks again brother!!!
6. My sister came over and gave me some much needed organizational tips..it was a big help,

BEFORE



AFTER



(and yes, it did take me that long to finish organizing my in-box)

7. Another beautiful snow day!
8. My mom blessed me with some fruits and veggies!
9. Received a free pint of coffee creamer,
10. As I cleaned out my in-box I saw a rebate check dated December of 2008 from the City that I didn't cash, thankfully the city was willing to issue another check and I received it this week!! Woo Hoo thank you Jesus!!!!
11. My in-laws visited our church as well as my SIL's husband...talk about the right Word at the right time,
12. Received my final order from 1800Contacts...they have great customer service,
13. I was able to witness the Lord's immediate answer to my prayer ; thank you my loving FATHER.....
14. I thank you Lord for the advance notices you have given me this week!
15. Had such a loving and tender conversation with my husband; The Lord knows what suits me!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Holding My Breath...

That is how I felt since Monday. My 6 month old daughter has not pooped since then. I didn't think anything of it until Wednesday evening. I prayed.

Wednesday night rolled around and about 11:00pm she woke up for her last feeding. As I was about to change her diaper I prayed to God hoping to find poop. (Weird prayer huh?)

As I prepared to change to her diaper...nothing!. I held my baby in my arms and whispering to God...in prayer. I sobbed with my baby in my arms and the Lord took me to a place far away place. When my now tween was about 3 months old she went in for surgery after not having a bowel movement for a few days. Immediately thoughts of seeing my precious baby rushed to the ER like my daughter was years ago filled my mind.

I held on ever so tightly to her. I placed my hand over her tummy, prayed and trusted God for complete and divine health in her little body.

I woke up my husband and told him that her pamper was not soiled. He looked at me and said that she will soil her diaper. I continued to pray and took my baby in my arms and went to the living room. As I sat her on my lap...something beautiful happened. After a few minutes, I took her into my room and there it was!!!! An immediate answer to my prayer!!!

The Lord was softly telling me that even though I was in the world living a life of sin HE had mercy on my daughter(tween) and I. HIS hand was with her during her surgery. HE was telling me to BELIEVE.

HE loves me with an eternal love even though I have fallen short of HIS glory. I am dirt and HE loves me. I am nothing and HIM being everything loves me. Our lives are in HIS powerful hands. I thank HIM because he uses every opportunity to minister me about HIS love for ME!!!

As I was there gazing at my daughter I thought of the love HE has poured over her. Will I ever fully understand HIS perfect love?

I must be EMPTY to be FILLED
I must SURRENDER
I must give IN and let HIM take ALL
I must be QUIET to HEAR
I must be WILLING

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Help me LORD to gain a deeper revelation of Your love.....

Monday, February 15, 2010

Breaking Free: Chapter 6 H.W.

Name a specific and recent situation in which you did not have peace? What did it reveal about your heart?

This past Friday, there were many things I was trying to accomplish. Maybe to many for one night. My husband and I got a late start on the list of chores. However, I still wanted to get some things done. My husband suggests that he go do the laundry..excellent I thought. My daughter and I started on the kitchen then proceeded to the dining room and living room.

We took a break to have dinner and then proceeded with our tasks. After dinner it was about 10:30pm. My husband was visibly tired...and so was I. However, I tried to encourage the family and we kept working like busy little bees.

My husband then looks at me and honestly says, "I am tired...I want to go to bed". As I am writing, I am giggling because my husband was being honest in the fact that he was expressing to me that he was tired and was not focused. Looking back at it now...I should have left the mess that was in the house and thank my husband for his help and send him off to sleep and I should have prayed.

I then saw my tween sprawled on the floor having dozed off on a pile of clothes that she was folding. Ok, I got it. I realized that we were all tired and should get to bed.

The next morning I tell my husband how I was feeling the night before and He told me that he really did want to help me. I knew those were his intentions but I was not comforted by what he said. It was time to pray about it..so I did.

Immediately the Lord tells me that I did not use my time wisely during the week therefore falling behind on the housework.

It revealed to me that in my heart was a feeling of having to seem I had it all under control. I should have confessed to my husband that I was overwhelmed by the housework and that I wanted him to help me. The Lord continually tells me to trust that He is in control and it is always best that way!

List three Scriptures that bring you back into the reality of God when you do lose your peace.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

- 2 Corinthians 5:17

Brings me back to reality because I should not do things the "Sydney" way instead present everything to the Lord and seek His will.


If you love me, obey my commandments.

- John 14:15

This Word speaks truth to my heart.


I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
- Psalm 139:7

His presence is always with me

Friday, February 12, 2010

Counting My Blessings

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1. My daughter turned 6 months this week; she is drinking from a sippy cup, eating cereal and baby food!!!
2. My husband did a great job on an "about time" repair in the kitchen
3. A beloved brother preached on Sunday; Just about the whole church received a Word from the LORD...You are so merciful that YOU give us warning!!!
4. My mom dropped by for a surprise visit...my daughters do enjoy grandma time:)
5. Tuesday's teaching has been such a revelation;
6. My sister re-did my blog design for me...It looks great! Thanks again Karen ;0)
7. My husband was let out early from work on Wednesday and was able to enjoy playing and sledding in the snow with our daughter.
8. Karen, her husband and our daughters went out to play in the snow...so much fun with the fam!
9. My mom blessed us with some sweets treats which I was so looking forward to after church service,
10. Was able to purchase some sale items from CVS, RA and Wags this week...Thank you Jesus!
11. Received my contact lens order..although there was a problem with one of the boxes I am greatful!
12. A church elder was healed during Thursday night service!!!
13. My family and I will be picking up the family from the airport this Saturday and we are all verrrry excited!!!!!!
14. I declare those things that are not as if the ARE...in Jesus' name AMEN!!!!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day HOORAY!!!!

This was the view out my window Wednesday morning. My daughter was so glad to see all the snow that had fallen.



I certainly did not expect to go out in the snow. My husband was let out early from work and he went with our daughter to play in the snow. After I heard them talking about the fun they had, I started to share with my husband the times I went out to play in the snow with Karen when we were younger. That immediately got me wanting to go play!

I called Karen and off we went! I am so glad that I decided to go...I had so much fun.

This is Karen on the sled...



Karen and I ready to go sledding in the park. We laughed all the way into the bushes!!!



Thank you Lord for allowing to enjoy the beautiful day that you made.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Breaking Free: To Find Satisfaction in GOD

The question for this chapter is "Does your hungry soul ever manifest physical symptoms such as irritability, selfish ambitions, anger, impure thoughts, envy, resentments, and eruptions of lust?"

Well does it?

The Lord is so detailed. About two weeks ago in Bible Study class at church we studied the passage in Isaiah 55.

While my husband and I read the class together I meditated on verse 2 that states "Why spend money on what is not bread and your labor on what does not satisfy"

The Lord was preparing my heart for what was to come in this weeks study. I read the chapter a few times to come to understand that anything that I seek that does not bring me to a fuller and deeper relation with the Lord is vain. It will not satisfy the need I have of the Lord.

Many times I thought certain things (drugs, alcohol, pills, etc.) or people would satisfy this hunger in me. I craved at the time what I did not even know. I was thirsty for God to do something in my life. I have a thirst that I now know through the mercy of HIS revelation of HIS Word that only God can quench.

After marriage, I would often go to my husband thinking that he should have all the answers to my questions and be able to fix any situation. That was unfair to my husband to place such a burden on him. The Lord is the only one that can heal me, deliver me and save me.

At times I would resent my husband for the peace he possesed. I would bothered that in many instances he would be cool, calm and collected meanwhile I was crying or frustrated. I would even try to get him agitated so he could feel what I would be feeling at the time but no way! He would be there telling me he loved me and that in the Lord everything was going to work itself out.

I thank the Lord for my husband and the love and patience he has with me. Thank you Jesus!!!

I know that if I do not start my day being in the presence of the Lord...it can get ugly. In the sense that I can get things done in my home (h.s., cooking, cleaning, etc.) but not with the best attitude. I may not say anything or act out but internally I am not well. The tension was thick and my family would def. be able to sense it.

In Karen's post she was guided by the Holy Spirit in that marriages are not dealing with intimacy issues. Which I agree with that. In the world we receive such a distorted picture of what intimacy is and what it should be. I know that when I was in the world I did not see it as something that God created to be sacred....my view was definitely not something pure and beautiful meant only for after marriage.

Coming to the Lord there were issues that needed to be dealt with in ministration. I thank the Lord for the way he renewed my mind on the subject. COMMUNICATION was key and definitely being honest with my husband. There are times in which I had to be maybe more honest than my husband would've wanted me to be..but there were things that I felt from the Lord that he needed to know.

I thank the Lord that we opened up to each other because after all the Lord intended for a man
to leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh (Gen 2:24). That was the Lord's will from the very beginning for a husband and his wife.

"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." - Hebrews 13:4

Friday, February 5, 2010

Counting My Blessings

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1. Did my grocery shopping for February and I will only buy milk, bread and veggies for the next month;
2. I was able to purchase a new stroller (the exact model and color I wanted) for my baby with the help of a lovely young lady and a 20% off coupon plus a $5.00 gift card. Thank you Lord;
3. God you are so God, I thank you for the conversation I had with my tween. You created her for your glory!!!!
4. I baked pumpkin bread while my daughter had fun making jello :) Thank you Jesus for the precious time we spent together!!
5. My daughter had the privilege to participate in the praise and worship for children's service this Sunday..
6. A beloved brother and his wife stopped by church this Sunday and gave a mini preaching....short but big on blessing!!!
7. I was able to get a full refund on my contacts and glasses due to the optical dept error...thank you Jesus!!
8. My mom, sis and nieces came over for dinner;
9. Received a $10.00 off gift card from Old Navy!!!
10. Placed my online order for my contacts and it came out just about $30.00 cheaper plus free next day shipping!!!
11. My baby has officially started on cereal this week...awwwww!
12. My baby girl's top tooth made its appearance this week!!!
13. Took a nice stroll with my tween..she is so entertaining!!
14. Making progress on my kitchen clean-up..should be done this weekend!
15. The countdown has started...I will get to meet (face-to-face) my in-laws next Saturday!!!
16. You have once again proven Yourself as Jehovah Jireh...thank you LORD...you make something out of nothing!!!


Thank you Lord for your mercy and love...
Thank you Jesus for your forgiveness...
Thank you Holy Spirit for your presence...

You do not condemn You create!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Breaking Free: Chapter 4 - To Glorify God

The author ends this chapter requesting the reader to spend time in prayer about the God glorifying life.

We can try so hard in our strength to "glorify" God with fruitless results.
A product of the flesh is death but the Spirit gives birth to everlasting fruit.

Many times when I would try my (<~~key word) best to be still and wait on the Lord I would end up so frustrated. I would become overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness and felt such a weight upon my shoulders. I would not cast my cares on the Lord and wait patiently. I would cry to the Lord in prayer about a situation asking HIM to glorify Himself but I wanted instant results. I wanted to get up off my knees and have a perfectly running household, etc...I didn't want to work on it. What I mean by this is that I didn't want to have to sacrifice the desires of the flesh and walk in the Spirit. I wanted GOD to do everything for me. When I wouldn't "see" the results immediately I thought that there was something I had done horribly wrong and was being punished for it. I felt I was battling alone. What I failed to realize but now I see that I wasn't alone. The Lord heard my crying and murmuring and my asking why? why? Did I even praise him during the situation? I thank the Lord for the transformation causing power of HIS Word. Things are now seen through a different mirror..the WORD. You see this Friday that just passed my husband came home from work. As soon as I saw his face I knew something was the matter. I asked the Holy Spirit to give me the courage and strength to hear what my husband would be telling me shortly. How many know that God answers prayers immediately for HIS glory!!! I sure did feel HIS strength in me. My husband made a scissor motion with his hand which I immediately thought meant he was let go from his job. In my mind, the first thoughts were "thank you Jesus..you are so good to my family and I..you will never leave us". If this had been some months back my immediate thoughts would be "oh no, the mortgage..the car insurance..BILLS..what about the BILLS?" All before even hearing what my husband would have to say. No, not this time...not ever again in the name of Jesus. I glorified the Lord and hugged my husband and comforted him. (By the way...my husband is still employed:) As I pulled back my eyes welled up with tears not because of what I thought just happened but what the LORD was causing to happen in my life....TRUSTING in my Father as the Provider that HE is. I want not only my actions (lifestyle) to serve as a way to glorify the Lord but also my thoughts. I cast out vain imaginations declaring that only the truth of GOD's WORD lives in me...will be seen through me and is DOING and completing a mighty work in me...all for HIS GLORY!!!!!

If I walk in the thick of danger,

You will preserve my life

from the anger of my enemies.

You will extend Your hand;

Your right hand will save me.

The Lord will fulfill HIS purpose for me.

Lord, Your love is eternal;

Do not abandon the work of Your hands.

~Psalm 138: 7-8