Monday, August 31, 2009

Help Wanted

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Ever looked at the Help Wanted ads?  Have you ever noticed the request of "experienced needed?"

How about in the church?  Are we as zealous for the house of prayer in which we invoke God's name?  

The Bible tells us (or rather warns us) in 1 Timothy 3:6 of choosing recent converts in leadership positions.  

He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.

Why does the Bible warn us?  Their immaturity could give a foothold for satan to introduce pride.  That simple.

The previous verses list the qualifications for a leader.  Notice no time requirements but rather a true convert who has been tested-one who has been changed by the power of the Holy Spirit and whose change is evident first in the home.  Yes, our first, primary, and most important ministry is in the home.  The Bible correctly teaches us that we can not minister outside in the church if inside our homes we are unable to minister to our spouses and children.  

Our qualifications are not based on the amount of years being in the Lord, but the amount of surrender we have allowed in our lives.  Our qualifications rest not our abilities, but in our ability to let God shine in us and thus through us.  Our qualifications are not based on how much we preach, but how much I live what I preach.  Our qualifications are not based based on our rèsumè but on His-God Almighty, Alpha and Omega, Prince of Peace, Liberator, Savior, Healer, The Great I AM!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Count Your Blessings

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1.  God blessed us with beautiful weather so we could go out and continue preaching His Word! 
2.  We enjoyed a wonderful time in fellowship with my SIL's in-laws, whom we love so much (plus she is such a good cook...I got a new recipe:)
3.  Got to go to Camp Taconic with the FIC...summer full o' fun
4.  Hubby had a surprise for me and girls when we got back
5.  Hubby also made dinner for us for Thursday
6.  I received a beautiful email of encouragement that blessed my heart...Glory to God!
7.  We continue to evangelize in the streets, declaring VICTORY in the name of Jesus!
8.  We enjoyed a home church service as a family...praise the Lord for the gifts of the Holy Spirit
9.  God is teaching me to appreciate hubby more and more:)
10.  My nephew turned 18!!!!!  He is growing up to be such a man of God!  I love him and pray that all the days the Lord blesses him with, will be spent in His presence worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth!

Now on to the CYB challenge.  I was going over and over the women the Lord has put in my life. I have learned so much from them and we have shared so much together.  And it may be cliche, but the Lord has blessed me with a wonderful mom.  What I love is that today, only because of the Lord, can I say that and as well say that she is my friend and most importantly my sister in Christ.

As a child, I was horrible.  And as a teenager, even worse.  I had no intentions of staying home as an "18 year-old adult."  But God in His mercy intervened and I ended up staying 4 more years.  My relationship with my mother was in shambles to say the least.  At this time my sister (whom is another woman of God who I could write and write about) was living out of state.  The year I moved out, I also got married and most importantly came to Christ.  And lo and behold, although I move out, the Lord moves my mother one flight up from us and my sister about 2 doors down. But most importantly He saves them both! 

All of that is to say this.  God blessed me with a mother who loved me when I was unloveable. She stuck by me even when I pushed her away.  I am honored to enjoy her as  a mother who counsels and even at times corrects, as well as a friend who shares her heart with me.  But what I enjoy most about our relationship is that she is a woman of God, my sister in Christ.  I have seen her grow so much in the Lord and in love with Lord that I don't want to miss the opportunity to thank God that I get to share in her walk with Him and she in mine.  

Thank you God for such a blessing that is my mami.  May you continue to bless her and bless our relationship as well.  That she may know and see the love that we have for her.  That she may always see herself as part of my family (hubby loves mama-suegra and the girls love abuela).  May she always feel honored by us.  May she continue to grow in You Lord and fall in love with You each day more.  I pray this in Jesus' name.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Still Learning

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I applied my heart to what I observed 
       and learned a lesson from what I saw:
Proverbs 24:32

Have you ever started something and failed?  Or tried something new and succeeded?  Why did one work and not the other?

The proverb here teaches us that we should be learning, even from failures.  Here is a man who saw the house of a man who lacks judgement and did not stop to criticize or judge or even counsel.  Instead, he took this opportunity to learn.  

God is continually presenting us with opportunities to learn.  What frustrates you? worries you? causes doubt? brings upon fear?  What brings peace? satisfaction? joy? a sense of accomplishment?  

Let's ask Holy Spirit to help us to stop, observe, and learn.  We can walk aimlessly through life, blaming everything on the devil or we can become wise and learn.  Let us become conscious of victories, and yes, even our failures.  Let us bring it ALL to the Lord and ask to learn--why did this work?  why didn't this work?  what didn't I do?  what did I do?  

Remember when we stop learning, we stop growing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Count Your Blessings Challenge

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Ummm, it's not Friday, so why the Count Your Blessings?  Count Your Blessings is a weekly meme to do just that; count the blessings the Lord has graced  you with throughout the week.  You can read more on it here.

But to answer the above question, this week I wanted to challenge you to something new.  Your challenge should you choose to accept it (or you can do the usual CYB too!)for this week's Count Your Blessings is to list how God has used another woman (mother, sister, friend, etc) to bless your life.  You can choose one woman or many.  You can write a list or give a specific moment when this woman was a blessing to you.  I consider this such a challenge because the Lord has blessed me with lots and lots of women who are a blessing to me.  I am excited to read your posts (hopefully I will be able to do so sipping my coffee and with some tissues near by:)

Monday, August 24, 2009

At the End of the Flood

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On Thursday, as we were driving to church (I was sleeping soundly next to hubby as he drove) hubby says, "Look at the rainbow!"  I immediately pop up and start looking for it as so does my tween.  When I see it, all we could say was, "WOW!"  We were in awe of the beauty of God's creation, but more importantly, we we in awe of Him.  

It had just finished rainy and dark clouds filled the sky, but here was this rainbow reminding us that God is faithful.  Yes, He is faithful.

It doesn't matter the size of the flood, the length of it, even the damage or destruction the flood causes.  After all is done and appears to be over, God is still there being Himself-Faithful.  He's there in the flood, during the length of it, and even sees and allows the damage or destruction, but at the end, we can rest assure we will see Him!  

God told Noah in Genesis 9:16, "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." So whether a flood  is coming, you're going through a flood, or you're getting over the flood, know that He remembers the covenant He made with you through the blood of Jesus. He remembers because He is faithful!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Count Your Blessings

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1.  Saturday was such a blessing being able to share God's word...many were saved, healed, and delivered for God's Glory through the church evangelization
2.  I love to see the many talents the Lord has given my FIC...the shirts were sooo nice...waiting for my size:)
3.  Hubby got to spend time with kiki and he was lovin' it!
4.  My sister and kiki came to church...I missed my sis sooooo much...Welcome Back Sydney!
5. Had a sleep over in mami's house in the middle of the quick storm on Tuesday
6.  While my tot was jumping on my mother's bed, I told her to stop and she replied, "Mami, there is a time for everything.  A time to jump and a time to relax."
7.  Laura blessed me with a bloggy award:)
8. A SIC over at Living for God made me aware of a 30 day prayer network for Muslims...there's power in unified prayer!!!
9.  God continues to feed us through His Word...look to the cross!!!!!
10.  Hubby and I have enjoyed such great conversations this week on the Word...I'm loving it:)


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blog Award

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Laura from My Lovely Days was so kind to share this lovely award with me. She's all the way from Texas and I'm here in NYC, which goes to show that you can enjoy fellowship with sisters in Christ you've never even met.  

I think it's so beautiful that as sisters in Christ, we can encourage one another!

So I'd like to present it to my sister Sydney@ Saved by Grace, whom actually discovered I had received the award and whom I had joked about not blogging in a while (but she just had a baby so I understand and since instead of reading about the girls, I actually get to see them, I guess it's OK).  You're so supportive and I love you:)

And I would also like to present it to Jasmine over at Windmills and Tulips, whom I've never met in real life, but share in her blessings in bloggyland. Thanks Jasmine for giving us a look into your life, your transparency and sincerity are a blessing.  

Here are the rules of acceptance:
1. Copy the loyal picture above and post it on your blog
2. Pass it on to whom you think is/are deserving
3. Leave a message to them
4. Pass as many as you want
5. Message back or leave a comment to the owner

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Recipe: Yogurt Pops


What You'll Use:


What You'll Do:
I cook the oatmeal first then throw everything into the blender
Pour into popsicle holders then freeze
Enjoy

Note:  You can also use this recipe to make yogurt.  I just add more oatmeal to make it thicker

Monday, August 17, 2009

How's Your View?

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Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:5

Even though the Lord had freed them, delivering them from slavery, demonstrated His power among them, and promised them a land flowing with milk and honey, at the moment of adversity, conflict, difficulty, the Israelites preferred to stop moving, go back to Egypt!  Why? Because they did not cast down vain imaginations and take their thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

As Christians, we can fall into this trap too!  How?  We don't follow the directions provided in Scripture.  When the enemy would come and bring a vain imagination (a lie), I would take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (meditate on what His Word says and not the devil's lie).  And although this helped, I noticed the enemy would come back with the same old lie. When I inquired of the Lord, He led me to expose the enemy's lies (casting down imaginations).  So when the enemy would tell me, "Your husband was sweeter in the world," it wasn't enough to say, "My husband loves me as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her."  I had to expose the lie! I have to be able to say, "No, my husband wasn't sweet in the world.  We did not have Jesus in our hearts, therefore it was impossible for us to love one another. That wasn't love, it was lust.  That was a lie, now we are in the Truth.  And what is the truth?  Now that Jesus is in our hearts, my husband loves me with God's love.  Now he loves me as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her."

It's so important to cast down imaginations and take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.  Otherwise, our view will be a backwards one.  We will be remembering Egypt as a blessing instead of enjoying seeing God's glory even in the wilderness and looking forward to Canaan, the promised land.  

Friday, August 14, 2009

Counting My Blessings

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1.  Friday prayer at the church was SO blessed...I definitely left ministered...Glory to God!
2.  Our church went out to the streets to evangelize...I declare the Word landed on fertile ground and the souls are saved, set free, delivered, and healed in the name of Jesus!!!!
3.  Our Pastor came to visit us...always a blessing for our family:)
4.  I got to spend time with kiki (feeding, burping, and the like:)
5.  Enjoyed a trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage with FIC
6.  Started shopping @ Rite Aid and already saving BIG!!!!
7.  My IHIP was approved {grin}
8. I went with my mom to my in-laws and we laughed and laughed and laughed:)
9.  All of our dentist appointments went well...thank you Jesus!!!!!
10.  After we got home from such a blessed service on Thursday, hubby told the girls about the birth of our younger daughter and they giggled and giggled.  When he was done, my little one said, "Daddy, again!"
11.  Your love O God endures forever!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Healing Words

Reckless words pierce like a sword, 
       but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 
Proverbs 12:18 

Too often, I've probably said the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person.  Ever happened to you?

Too often, we can easily and carelessly fall into this when we want to express our opinion instead of waiting to hear what the Holy Spirit would have us say to someone.  Honestly, I know that my opinion isn't worth anything unless it has been formed by Godly wisdom. 

Does that mean that we are never to speak?  No, but since we don't live anymore (Galatians 2:20), we should only speak that which He wants us to when He wants us to, to whom He wants us to.  

Let's not fall into the habit of voicing our opinions and dispensing our advice at our listener's expense.  We may think our words are helping, healing, counseling but only God's Word can do that.  We may have the best of intentions, but let us also remember that He knows better than we do, what a person needs.  So instead of thinking we know what's best for someone, let's ask Him who definitely knows.  We can do NOTHING apart from Him (John 15:5).  

Have I reached this level?  Not yet, but I am striving towards it.  As Jesus' disciples, let's follow His example in John 12:49, "For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.Following His example, we will always say the right thing at the right time to the right person!

Museum Trip

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 
       "May those who love you be secure.

Psalm 122:6

Yesterday, we went to the Museum of Jewish Heritage with the children from our church's Sunday school along with the teachers.  I had such a good time.  My tween really enjoyed it.  She had read a lot of books regarding children during the Holocaust, so she was able to make connections.  She was really touched by it.  I kept on looking at their faces and couldn't even imagine the pain they experienced.  

You can't take pictures inside the museum and I didn't get to walk around too much because the rain started coming down (thankfully, after we enjoyed an outside lunch)...pouring!  But I was able to snap these:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Remembering





When I look back on our PA Va-Ca, these images often come to mind.  I am truly grateful to the Lord for planning such a blessed vacation for the family.  I especially like the first picture.  There's just something about it...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Open Wide



Yesterday, all of us had dentist appointments for cleanings.  As much as I don't like to go to the dentist, I prefer cleanings as opposed to lots of work.  I was reminded of something a dentist once told me.  It went along the lines of, "Preventive care is better than treatment."  When I don't want to go through the entire oral cleaning routine, I am reminded of the above statement.  

Can't the same be said of our spiritual lives?  So many times we can be tempted to take "shortcuts" of why we don't have to do something the Word requires or why it's ok for us to bend the rules.  In reality, they are all excuses, none of which are valid before the Father.  He tells us Deuteronomy 30:19, "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."

Therefore, the preventive care is in our hands.  Every time we choose life, we are avoiding treatment.  When we choose death, we chose painful treatments.  All of the daily decisions we make, whether ones for life or those for death, determine the condition of our soul before the Father.  Today, let's choose preventive care and avoid painful treatments!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Count Your Blessings

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1.  I got to pray with the children at church on Friday
2.  Hubby got to go on a men's retreat and was blessed by the Word and fellowship
3.  I got to hang out with my sister and nieces on the weekend
4.  My sister had her baby!!!!!!!!  My kiki is here!!!!!!  Thank you Jesus!!!!!!
5.  My hubby has been so great while I was with my sister...thank you Hun:)
6.  I have been able to stay on a schedule this week to prepare me for hs...only You Lord can sustain us
7.  My sister celebrated her Earthday this week too...many, many, many blessings
8.  After getting about 4 1/2 hrs of sleep, I woke to take the girls to breakfast and my tween said, "Mommy we ate cereal, go to sleep, you must be tired...I got it"  thank you Jesus for her!
9.  Marriage class is over but definitely touched our marriage
10.  God, You're good and soo loving...thank You that I not only know You love me but I can feel and see your love!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Looking Back but Going Forward

Behold, I am doing a new thing! 
Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?
 I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  
Isaiah 43:19

Last night, as my sister and I walked and talked (we always have a great time out together and make each other laugh, we have those inside childhood jokes that only a sibling could get) and we started talking about the marriage classes we have been taking.  

The classes have blessed our marriage TREMENDOUSLY!  By nature, I like to look for new and better ways of doing things in most things I do (not a perfectionist but neither a conformist). So, I definitely want our marriage to improve.  During the classes, hubby and I would sometimes start laughing remembering things we use to do and I too at times felt like crying remembering where the Lord has brought our marriage from.  

I remember specifically the first time I attempted to make locrio for the family. I got the recipe from my MIL (a wonderful cook) and was so excited at this new endeavor.  However, when all was done, it was, well, a bit on the soggy side.  I remembered crying and crying as a new bride feeling like a failure and my husband consoling me and encouraging me.  He's great at that so much so that he ate the food (it wasn't inedible, it just wasn't my MIL's). I didn't even eat it. I remember looking at him, like he was crazy for eating it and just trying to patronize me.  Back then, I couldn't appreciate his thoughtfulness, encouragement, and much less love.  

Today, I look back on that incident and thank God for the man of God he has loaned me. Today, I can appreciate how he looks for ways to encourage me,  how he is detailed in the way he shows me Jesus' love, how he is purposefully looking for ways to help me.  Today, I can appreciate that he is a child of God, a man of God, my brother in Christ, my husband, and a father to our children. So as I look back remembering the Lord's goodness upon our life, I  am also thankful that we are moving forward.  Yes, today, I am grateful that we can look back but move forward!

Father, I thank You that today I can look back and there is no longer pain and hurt but thankfulness that in the midst of it all, You never left us.  You brought us through it all with love and mercy that I don't fully comprehend, but fully accept.  Thank you for not giving up on us and keeping us together and helping us to grow in You and together.  I pray that you continue to take us from glory to glory for Your name's sake and that You would minister us in such a way that we will always want to grow in You and want Your hand upon our lives. Deliver us from being conformed with anything less than Your most perfect will for our lives, marriage, and families, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Price is Right Update

So what was my total oop July spending @ CVS?
$2.57!  You can see what I got here.

Shopping at CVS is easy.  Here's a scenario:
2 Dawn liquid soaps for $2 and get $1 ECB (to use on a future purchase)
$2- $.25 coupon=$1.75 oop and $1 ECB for a future purchase

Ideally, the item you want has an ECB deal, is on sale, and you have a coupon.

Last month we saved roughly over $60 in coupons at various stores (this doesn't include Costco coupons).

Keys to Couponing:
1.  Don't buy an item just because you have a coupon
2.  Shop in advance-I personally don't like to go to many stores, so I will check their circulars before heading out
3.  Lots of stores are now taking competitor's coupons, so ask
4.  Price Adjustment-remember the laser printer we bought and saved $56?  Well, the following week, Staples had it for $10 less, so I went with receipt in hand and they took the $10 off making the printer a $66 savings!
5.  Share-there are some items I might buy to donate rather than for personal use

Hope this helps.  Any questions, please feel free to ask.  Any tips, please feel free to share.  Any savings reports, please feel free to testify!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Our PA Va-Ca

We stayed @ the Howard Johnson


Went to Hands on House on Monday


to the Cherry Crest Farm on Tuesday


and to see Abraham & Sara on Wednesday



Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Price is Right!


Can you guess my total OOP (out of pocket) July ECB spending at CVS for all of this?