Blessings

Standard

The Hubs loses his keys…often…not as often as he used to.  After we were married I installed a key hook in our house…keys go there.  If he doesn’t hang his keys up then they are lost.  We invent “treasure hunts” for the kids to find his keys, his glasses, his wedding ring, and occasionally his wallet.  But the key thing…well, this week he lost his keys and his spare key to his vehicle and of course it didn’t become a priority to find them until he needed to go to work. Always with the keys.

The funny part about this, if there is a funny part (for me anyway…I find myself telling my family that God didn’t place me on the earth to find their things), is our last name means ‘keys”.

Yes, we’ve known this for years.  We believe there is a spiritual significance to this that ties into our God-given purpose.  We are called to unlock things.

Today, I’m want to help you unlock blessings in your life.

Several years ago someone gave us some financial advise.  I don’t remember what the advise was.  I don’t remember because I didn’t take the advise.  I didn’t take it because the person giving the advise was not enjoying financial freedom in their life.  They were giving me advise that they either had not followed, didn’t really believe in or it could have been bad advise.  Not sure.  The point is, I told the Hubs, we are going to get our financial advise from the Bible or from Christians who are financially successful.  This made sense to me.

This past year, we have been working with the boy to memorize scripture.  He memorized his first scripture when he was about 3 years old.  We still repeat it.  II Timothy  1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  We have signs for it and are teaching it to our baby. We decided to take on a summer project.  For the summer, the Boy is memorizing Psalm 1.  He is half way through.  He has memorized first three scriptures.  Yes, I’m totally bribing him.  When he can quote it to me without my help, we will take him to Chuck E. Cheese.  I’m getting the Word into my kids whatever it takes…he want’s to go to Chuck E. Cheese…it’s his currency so that’s what we are doing.

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Every day I  am reading this and I begin seriously contemplating it.  I’m meditating on it.  God showed me one day that I’ve been “sitting in the seat of the scornful”.  To scorn is “a feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval: harsh criticism that shows a lack of respect or approval for someone or something” (According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorn) I began consider this.

Then I thought, wow, (I realize this is pretty obvious but I memorized this passage in 6th grade and It took 30 years for me to have an “ah-ha” moment), “If we want to have a blessed life the Bible tells us right here what to do”.

I don’t want to be scornful of anyone but how many of us have taken our counsel from sinners?  How many of us have sat in counsel with sinners rather than seeking the advise of believers?

Stop asking Oprah what to do.  She isn’t a Christian (that I know of).  Stop getting advise from people named Jenner and Kardashian (seriously, I’m not going to be scornful here…but seriously).  Maybe it’s not Oprah any more..maybe it’s your neighbor or your hair stylist or someone whose blog you read.  Stop asking people who do not know Jesus for advise.  It’s not godly counsel. Young people, stop asking for advise from people because they are “popular” or “hot” or whatever…ask yourself, “Are they godly?  Do they know Jesus and will their advise be based on the Word of God.”

How many of  us maintain close relationships with people are sinners?  I’m talking about people who know they are sinning and are unrepentant and who are NOT going to stop sinning.  We are hanging out on their path with them.  This is how young men end up going to prison when they were simple in the car with someone who is selling drugs.  Seriously, if someone is breaking the law, and they are not going to stop, and you know it and you still hang out with them…then you are positioning yourself in the path of sinners.  You cannot spend all your time with sinners and not become one.  I can tell you from experience, if your close friends are sinning (and they know it) they will minimize and justify until it’s okay for you too.  Besides…when the police start arresting people…they aren’t going to be asking you if were participating…they arrest everyone and it MIGHT get sorted out later.

If you want to be blessed…this is Psalm 1 revamped….stop getting advise from ungodly people (I don’t care if they have a PHD in “wisdom”…true wisdom comes from God), stop hanging out with sinners and criminals and stop disrespecting and criticizing everything and everyone.  Cut it out.  If you do these things, then you will be successful, you will bear fruit, you will be well watered and everything you do will prosper.

There you go.

Just Sayin’….Let’s Start Praying

Standard

fear

A few days ago, I had a call out of the blue.  The person began telling me how he had lived his life in fear.  Fear isn’t really my thing.  If you are a believer and you play the “What if…” game (What if this happens?  What if that happens?) then you usually come back to God.  Yet, Christians struggle with fear.

As I talked to my friend, I quoted Craig Groeschel, “What you fear reveals what you value the most and where you trust God the least.”  It’s not necessarily a bad thing…it reveals.  After quoting Pastor Groeschel, I went ahead and looked for the message.  You can watch one of his messages on fear here. I watched the message at 1 a.m.  (I’m sure the Hubs loved that) because I do not like to post things I haven’t read/listened to all the way through.

I remembered a message we listened to on our recent trip (we listened to lots of podcast while driving).  The message was from Candace Johnson and it was one of Bethel’s Sermons of the week.  She told the story of  an a foreign trip her husband took the first year of their marriage.  He was asked to take the trip when someone else had to drop out.  They were praying about it and they became convinced if he went that he would die.  They were panicking.  Eventually, they called pastor friends of their, Kris and Kathy Vallotton.  She said they listened and then Kris asked a simple question, “Does God usually speak to you in fear?”  Of course the answer was, “No”.  The Bible says, “Perfect love casts down fear”. Jesus is perfect love….Jesus doesn’t use fear to motivate us, He uses love.

How many of us listen to fear rather than the voice of God?

Then the ruling by the Supreme Court came out and many Christians began to deal in fear.

I started wondering…what are we afraid of?  Are we afraid that people who do not believe the same as us are going to “take over” the US?  Too late.  We should have been thinking about that for the last 25 years.  Much of what I saw/read went back to the Old Testament and quoting scriptures about God leaving the unrighteous nation.  The law has never stopped anyone from living unrighteous lives.  People who want to sin are going to sin.

Laws against abortion will not stop abortion.  The Church must begin to pray for the hearts of mothers to be turned to God.

We will not legislate people out of sin.

If we want a righteous, godly nation then we have to two do two things…1. As Christians we must become righteous and godly.  2. We must reach our nation with the gospel.  People need a change of heart, not a change of law. Until the heart of the people turns to God, do not expect change to happen.

Our war has never been against people or even political regimes. Our battle is in the heavens.

The church has failed. We have focused on eradicating poverty, changing laws and making church relevant.  We could have and should have been praying for our nation.

When prayer ceases in a nation this is what we end up with.

I think many Christians are concerned that if God is “against” the United States then we will no longer be “blessed”.  Do we think that God will abandon the nation at the expense of His children, the faithful?  That’s not who He is.  God is still on the throne.  He is still good.

There is a call once again to pray for our nation.  There is a call once again to NOT give way to fear but trust God.

This past week the enemy was able to sow fear into believers all around this nation.  He was able to do this in mass.  In fear, believers wrote and said many things that revealed hate.  The enemy sowed fear and hate spewed forth.  The fear only revealed, it didn’t make.

Now we know.

We also found out that there are many Christians that are easily swayed by popular culture.  People were posting rainbows all over the internet and celebrating a win.  I’m not sure if people are sincerely in support of the ruling or if they are just jumping on the band wagon.  It was confusing.

Then there was hate spewed from all sides.  If you spoke out against the ruling you were labeled a bigot.  If you said nothing people assumed you were for it or they assumed you are against it.  Sharp words were exchanged on all sides.

We found out that it is fine to express opinions supporting the Gay/Lesbian agenda but free speech isn’t for those who are not in support of it.  The idea that we are only allowed to speak freely if our opinion is popular is very UnAmerican.  That is where I start becoming concerned.  I’m concerned that the rights that our country were built on that I am allowed to speak freely about my beliefs and freely practice my religion are in jeopardy.  And it does look like that is where we are headed as a nation if somethings do not change.

The enemy may have gained some footing in this battle but the war isn’t over.

We have been fighting the wrong things.  We have fought against people when we should have been calling on the name of the Lord.

We have to stop being afraid of people and what they can do to us.

We have to stop allowing FEAR to be our driving force.  We have to stop giving fear any leeway in our lives. Fear lies.  Fear misleads.

Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man who walks NOT in the counsel of the ungodly”  Why are we taking counsel from fear? We are righteous.  Want to be blessed?  Counsel with the godly.  Counsel with the Great counselor.

Just saying….

Let’s start praying

Let’s start praying FOR something and not against something.

Let’s start praying for the Holy Spirit to flood our nation.  Let’s begin praying for a spiritual awakening in the United States.  We have prayed and sent missionaries around the world all the while neglecting our own land.  It’s time to evangelize AMERICA.  It’s time for the United States to encounter a loving, living God.

Alone??

Standard

NO!

I would estimate that I went through two thirds of my life believing I was alone.  I also believed I was not understood.  In hindsight, both of these idea’s were sown by the enemy and perpetuated by me.

In my experience, in speaking with, counseling, praying for and ministering too prophetic people and especially those who were prophetic in childhood, intense feelings of being “different” caused intense feelings of loneliness.

The Hubs stole a joke our pastor told and retold it on our last trip.  A man went into a small grocery store to do some shopping.  He noticed a bird.  And the bird started talking to him.  It was pretty impressive because the bird started calling him over.  “Hey you, come here”  The man was intrigued.  He approached the bird and the bird looked him in the eye and said, “You are a stupid bag of crap” (Insert any insult here).  The man was taken back.  What kind of store was this.  He asked to speak to management and told the owner what the bird had said.  The owner said, “I’ll take care of it”.  He took the bird into the back room and the feather’s flew.  The customer could hear swkaking and punching and carrying on.  The customer leaves and the next day he returns.  There is the bird, sitting in his cage.  He looks like he’s missing some feathers.  The bird calls the customer over again and the customer is just waiting to hear what the bird will say this time.  The bird says, “You know”.

The Hubs made the point that the enemy doesn’t have to follow us around lying to us but rather he sows a little lie and then we repeat it to ourselves until we believe it and respond to it.

My lie was “you are different, you don’t fit in.  People do not understand you. You are alone.  You you will always be alone. Don’t expect people to like you.”  The crazy part of the lie is…I’ve always had lots of friends.  I’m very friendly.  Yet, I felt alone.  I felt misunderstood.  I felt that people didn’t like me.

I remember telling someone that if I walk into a room and everyone greets me, hugs me and adores me except for one person, it bugs me.  I will try to find out why they don’t like me.  I will assume I offended them.  I will work to try to win them over.

It is foolishness.  For one, it is self-centered…all about “me”. “Why don’t they like me?”  Maybe they it’s them.  Maybe they don’t like people.  Maybe they are shy.  Maybe they didn’t see me.  Who cares?  Everyone doesn’t have to like me.

In our quest for freedom and healing, I have rejected the lie that I am alone.  I have rejected the lie that I’m different than everyone else.  I’m not that different; everyone wants to feel accepted and understood.

How did I start thinking about this?  We went to a gathering a while back and there were some little boys at the event.  They all know each other and my son knows one or two of them.  Of course, I am concerned about my son fitting in and getting along with kids his age.  We have many friends and do many activities with other homeschooling families.  He isn’t around kids his own age all day, every day.  As I watched, the boys who knew each other were playing games and having fun.  They didn’t really ask him to participate or include him.  It bothered me.  However, he didn’t even notice.  He was off having fun on his own.  Eventually, he joined in with something they were doing.   He has some friends that come over occasionally.  There are two boys that when they are together they do not always include him.  I asked him if they were nice.  The only time he said, “No” is when they pushed or hit him.  To my son, being hit or pushed makes them not nice.  He doesn’t notice not being included.  That’s my thing.  I’m working hard to not make that his thing.

When God created the universe He declared it all good with one exception.  That was man being alone.  God said it wasn’t good for man to be alone.

It is no wonder that this is an area where the enemy often comes in.  I know in this, I am not alone.  There are many of you who also feel different and also feel alone.  It’s no surprise that the enemy tells us these lies to isolate us from others.  We have to chose to reject the lie and to join up with other believers.  The reason attending church and small groups is important is because in community the lies are uncovered, truth is revealed and healing happens.

We have to make a choice to NOT be alone.  We have to reach out.  We have to join in.  We have to decide that most people are NOT against us and most people are NOT rejecting us.  The expectation of rejection leads us to wounded people who reject us…the expectation of rejection become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Decide to think better of people.

Someone told me recently that we didn’t like each other when we met.  I didn’t say anything but I liked her.  I didn’t meet her and think, “I don’t like you”.  Her experience was that I didn’t like her.  Why?  Because that was her expectation.  I liked her.  I’m not sure why she thought otherwise.  I didn’t fall all over her with kissing up…but I don’t do that.  I’m not one to extend false or exaggerated words of affirmation…perhaps that is why she thought I didn’t like her.

Expecting the worst in others is a pretty good indicator that you are wounded and need healing.

Word.

Seriously, I am not saying that to be mean.  I’m not minimizing that you have been mistreated and wounded.  It’s time to seek the Lord for your healing.  We do not have time to maintain the regrets of our past.  It’s time to get healed and move forward.

You aren’t alone.  You aren’t alone in life.  You aren’t alone in your situation.  Someone out there has walked a similar road and gotten their healing.  Someone has survived and been healed of much worse.  Don’t worry about lost time.  God has a way of restoring all of that.

Let’s go!

Be Amazing

Standard

When people find out that we have adopted/are adopting they act as if we are heroes.  We do not feel like heroes, day to day….believe me.  Some days it just feels hard.

The Hubs is a songwriter.  Some people think that is amazing.

I am a writer. I’ve written one book and I’m working on the second one.  Some people think that is amazing.

The Hubs and I both packed up and moved from our hometowns, when we were single because we felt that God told us to…and eventually we ran into each other.  When people hear that they often think that is amazing.

We were trying to figure out the other day how many vehicles we have given away.  I think three since we have been married.  When people hear that we gave away a vehicle they think we are crazy and pretty amazing.

None of this feels amazing to us.  When we look back on our lives we see the goodness of God.  We feel that we have been obedient in the things God has asked us to do.  And believe me when I say we do not feel amazing day-to-day.

On our recent trip to New Jersey we reconnected with a young lady.  She was one of the worship leaders.  I though she was amazing.  Her passion for worship combined with the fact that she leads worship in three languages plus she is joy personified. I was impressed.  By the end of the weekend I found out that two years ago she was diagnosed with MS. She was dizzy; couldn’t stand, dizzy for 21 days and found out it was a symptom of MS.  This is a young woman in her 20s.  In addition to all of this, she ran a Spartan race a few months ago.  Yet, she worships through the symptoms and she loves Jesus with all her heart.  I’m guessing she doesn’t feel like an amazing person on the days that MS is raring it’s ugly head but she is.

I heard a quote, I thought John Maxwell said it but Google tells me it was Alvin Toffler.

small things

Jesus said it like this, in Luke 16:10,  “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much”

If you want to be amazing, do the small things every day…it doesn’t say you have to do them perfectly, it says you have to do them faithfully…that means every day.

My experience has also taught me that if you want to be amazing  the most important thing is you have to DO SOMETHING! Take action!  Stop talking about your dreams and do something to move in that direction.

People who make a difference in this world are people who do things.  They do something.

God honors the “something”, even if you do the wrong thing, He will help you get to the right thing.  Seriously!  God uses people who are on the move.  What He has issues with are people who are waiting for it all to fall into their laps.  I don’t know of any person in the Bible who just had it all handed to them without moving out in faith.  God works with faith!  Do one thing today to move in the direction of your calling.  Do one thing today to move in the direction of your God-given dream.  DO SOMETHING!!!   Become amazing!  God loves for His kids to be amazing. He loves it because we point back to Him.

He uses the most unlikely people.   No matter how you look or what your cloths look like or who your parents are…doesn’t matter.  Doesn’t matter if you are black or white or in between.  It doesn’t matter if you a man or a woman or young or old.  God is looking for faithful.

Take a step.  God will lead you to the next step and the next step.

What are you going to do? (Answer outloud:  “I am going to be amazing”).

Testimonies

Standard

Searching through old blogs I cannot believe I have never written about our honeymoon trip to Newark, New Jersey.  To begin, I would LOVE to hear from any of our New Jersey friends on their testimony is all of this.

I will try to give to short version of this testimony. We have shared this so many times over the years.

When we were getting ready to get married, the Hubs was invited to speak at a youth camp  in New Jersey.  He was invited by his friend Christian Castro who was an associate pastor at the Christian Community Presbyterian church in Newark.

Since it was around our wedding we decided to fly up a few days early and go to New York City for our honeymoon.  I had been several times but the Hubs had not.  We had a lovely visit.  Then off to youth camp.

We are decidedly charismatic in our belief system.  We pretty much believe everything in the Bible and we believe God is BIG!  Our roots are Pentecostal.  On the way to camp, the Hubs asked Christian’s wife Liz (who grew up in the going to the same church as the Hubs ) if there was anything we should avoid saying or talking about.  She basically said the whole Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues thing was off limits.  Out of respect for our friends and the under the authority of the house (the church) we committed to NOT bringing up speaking in tongues or being filled with the Holy Spirit.  Except the Hubs had a message planned about plugging into the power source (basically, about being filled with the Spirit but not in those words).

The youth had a dynamic worship band called (if I recall) Contagious Truth.  They were most definitely a worshiping group. The first few days were non-eventful.  I was sick and stayed in our room trying to feel better and the Hubs was playing all the camp games with the students (I really do not remember what all he was doing during the day).

On Saturday night, we prayed before the service and prayer walked the little sanctuary.  He went ahead and preach his “plugging in” message and opened the alter for anyone who wanted prayer.  Three young ladies responded to the alter call.

One of those girls was Jessica.  She was the keyboard player for the worship team.  Only three girls wanted prayer so we were going to pray for them with everything we had.  We prayed for Jessica first.  Most of the time, I do not ask people what they want/need prayer for…I like to ask the Holy Spirit what He wants to pray for them.  We were being safe so we asked.  I do not remember what she said…maybe just asked us to pray that she would have “more”.  We prayed and she fell down under the power of the Holy Spirit.  I was touching her shoulder but the Hubs didn’t even touch her.  This was NOT a “push someone down and say it was the Holy Spirit” situations (not that we have ever or will ever do that).  She was out.  We looked at each other and figured in that moment we were probably not going to be asked back so we should just go for it.  We prayed for the next young lady, the same thing happened and the third young lady as well.  Each one fell out under the power of the Holy Spirit.  Then Jessica got up and she began going to people in their seats and laying hands on them and praying.  The girl was on fire.  She prayed for every member of the worship team.  The worship team kept falling out and another student would take over playing their instrument.  They never missed a beat.  Jessica was so full of the Spirit, she was flinging the metal folding chairs out of the way.  To be perfectly honest, even for Pentecostal circles, what began to happen was a little chaotic.  It was an upper room experience (I believe the day of Pentecost was a little chaotic).  The students were prophecying.  They were praying for each other.  They were speaking in tongues.  There were also demonic manifestations that were taken care of.

We were sure that we were not going to be asked back.

The next day, the associate pastor who was much more in tune with the culture of the church sat the students down and walked them through Acts 2 and explained the Holy Spirit from the Bible.  Christian is incredibly gracious in flowing in the Spirit and he explained it in a simple way.

We headed back to Newark.  We still had not met Pastor Renato, the senior pastor of the church.  At that time CCP had a Sunday evening Portuguese service. After dropping the students off at the church and getting some food, we headed back for the service.  When we got there, we were greeted by one of the youth leaders.  She told us that the students had not gone home but had gone to the prayer room.  When pastor arrived for the service they grabbed him and began prophecying to him.

Yep, we were never going to be asked back.

The pastor came to greet us as the worship started and asked the Hubs to say a few words during the service.

The service was quiet full, a few hundred people were there and we did not sit in the student section.  I could see them…the whole section was bouncing.

During worship, the pastor came back down and asked the Hubs to preach the message he had preached the last night of the camp.  The Hubs had given his typed notes to one of the students who had expressed that he felt called to pastor.  He had no notes.

As the service progressed, students were invited to say something about what happened at camp.  Not one student said anything about speaking in tongues.  Every one of the students who spoke testified of the great love Christ that they felt at the camp.  It was beautiful.

Then the Hubs preached the message as best as he could remember it and pastor Renato translated into Portuguese.  I laughed a little at the Hubs because I the pastor translated in such a passionate way that I thought he was a better preacher even though I didn’t understand him.  After the message, the alter call was made.  Forty or fifty people responded.  This was more people than we could pray for so we asked if the students could help us pray for people.  We thought they would come up behind them and pray in an orderly fashion but the students stormed the platform and began laying hands on people.  Again, people began to fall out under the power of the Holy Spirit.  They prayed for the pastors and they even fell out.  Then they began going out into the aisles and the chairs and laying hands on people.  It was out of control.  (I kind of like when the Holy Spirit takes over and it’s out of control…anything can happen).

We were invited back a few months later for their family camp.  The worship was dynamic.  We were speaking to our friend Julio  about it and he told us the worship had only become dynamic since we had visited a few month earlier.  I was surprised.  These folks were jamming with Jesus and really following the Holy Spirit.  Wow, such a testimony to how the Holy Spirit can go in and teach people without anyone having to “explain” things.

Fast forward almost 8 years….We were invited to speak at the church’s annual Family Camp.  We couldn’t wait to see the students from so many years ago.

There were many testimonies. One of the first people who came and talked to us was Jessica.  Yes, the girl we prayed for who fell out and got up praying for everyone. She told me that while she was on the ground, God told her Africa and orphans.  She said she banked on that word.  She started preparing for missions.  A year or so later, someone told her to brush up on her Portuguese for missions.  She thought they were “off” because she was going to Africa NOT Brazil.  Jessica ended up spending three months in Mozambique…in Africa.  In Mozambique they speak Portuguese. Incredible!  (Great reminder that even when a prophetic word doesn’t seem to “fit” doesn’t mean it’s wrong).  She had the opportunity to translate for her team.    I cannot wait to see what God has next for Jessica!  I also got to pray for other of her family members…what a great family.  I can see the hand of God on them.

Another young woman (who is incredibly anointed and passionate about God) told us that she was NOT at camp because at that time she was away from the Lord.  She attended the Sunday evening service when the Hubs preached and she came back to the Lord that night and has been serving Him ever since.  She and her husband ministered with us and they are powerful ministry.

We were told that of the group of students that attended the original camp that the Hubs preached at five of the students are in full time ministry.  That makes me cry out in praise to God!

My deepest belief for this retreat is that it is the beginning of a move of God in the Newark REGION. God wants to move on the nations through a church in Newark, New Jersey.

None of this is about me or the Hubs.  Our prayer has always been that God would use us however He sees fit…our heart’s desire is that we would simply be obedient to Him and never quench His Spirit.

There are more testimonies I would love to share (I have to get permission) but if anyone from the youth camp or family retreat would like to share their testimony, please post it in the comments or send it to me and I will post it for you.  WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!

May God continue to grow you all!

Missions Trip 2015: New Jersey

Standard

We are back in Texas.  I was planning on posting updates along the way but we were extremely busy from morning until night every day.

We started our trip by heading to Nashville.  We have several friends in Nashville and were planning on seeing some friendly faces.  We brought a guitar to give to a friend’s son.  As we drove there I felt that we were going to see them for some other reasons too.  We had the opportunity to join them for a prayer meeting for one of the daughters of their church who was diagnosed with a lifetime disease.  It was a sweet time of prayer and we couldn’t help but fall in love with the lovely people of Nashville’s The Hills.  If you are in Nashville, visit The HIlls.

Then we took off for New Jersey.

If you are driving up to the north east, avoid Virgina and the DC area…they do all their road construction during the summer.

We arrived in at the retreat center in New Jersey around 8 a.m.

new jersey camp

Seriously, it’s this beautiful.

We didn’t hang out much outside.  Dennis preached 4 messages.  Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday night (translated into Portuguese) and Sunday morning. Saturday afternoon, we taught classes.  Thankfully two of the girls took our kids to swim.   We loved every minute of it

When we first arrived, several of the students from the youth retreat the Hubs spoke at in 2007 came up and greeted us and immediately started updating us on their lives.  I’m going to share one of those testimonies in another post.

We were asked to speak/teach on the Holy Spirit.  Once the retreat started I felt it was really about God equipping the saints of the house with Spiritual gifts. That is what happened.  So many prophetic words and prayers of healing took place. The Saturday night service started at 8 pm and we left back to our room at 2 am.  Yes, we stayed and prayed until the last person who wanted prayer was prayed for….that’s what we were there for.

On the way home, we drove down to Alabama where I lived for a few years.  We prayed with some friends there too. One of my friends had been in the hospital while we were there, we prayed and the Hubs played a song and sang over him.  In fact, everywhere we stopped we prayed and ministered.

I’m so grateful to Christian Community Presbyterian Church and the folks who supported (both financially and in prayer) on this trip.  We are humbled to be a part of ministering at a church that is such a reflection of heaven (so many varying cultures and ethnicities are represented there).  We continue to pray that what they have experienced will become their norm and not a one time experience. I, for one, cannot wait to hear of all that God is doing through the church in Newark New Jersey.

Momlogs 2015: toddlerhood II

Standard

The girl is 2 years old now.  She’s a dare-devil and she’s busy.  The boy was sneaky (still is sometimes) but he wasn’t really into everything.  He always slept hard and she seems to need little sleep. They are so different.  

She is an adventure.

Today we visited my mom’s house. When we got ready to leave I couldn’t find my shoes.  She brought them to me.  They were wet.  My first thought was she had put them in the toilet (eeehhhww).  My niece commented that the carpet was wet in a place.  I asked her why my shoes were wet.  Keep in mind, she doesn’t speak in sentences yet.  She said to me, “Kippy.  Wawa.”  Kippy is my mom’s dog and obviously “wawa” is water. Mom keeps a bowl of water in her extra room for the animals.  My shoes had been baptized.  

I’m really going to have to keep my eyes on this one.