Expectancy!!

according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Phil. 1:20

and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

If I were to look to what is currently going on in our nation and in our economy, I can easily get discouraged and lose hope. But Praise be to God! I serve a Mighty and Awesome God who through Him nothing is impossible.

As I was reading this scripture, I thought to myself am I expecting God to do great things and to change this nation or I am just hoping that God will come through!! I realized that even in my own life right now there are areas where I find myself just hoping that things will change and eventhough God has confirmed through His word and through other people that God is faithful and will accomplish the good work He has started in me. However, it is still hard because I don’t want to be disappointed or to be wrong.

Disappointment is a lie from the devil and his scheme and plan to get us to not have faith and to expect God to do things. It says in the scriptures above that “according to my earnest expectation and hope, I will not be put to shame!” and “hope does not disappoint.”

Today, moving forward….I am expecting God to do great things through me and in me! It is not my job to figure out how God is going to accomplish His perfect plan for me but it is certainly my responsibility to obey Him and to trust Him because He is always faithful. Because my expectation is in Jesus, I can proudly say that I will not be put to shame or be disappointed. God is always going to come through!! I pray that I am reminded of that every moment of every day!!

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A Not So Pleasant Surprise!

Yesterday, I felt inclined to enjoy some seafood and I was happy to find salmon on sale at the grocery store. After a long week of working and babysitting, I was looking forward to make a nice meal. I had put all my groceries away and decided to take a small break to vedge out before making dinner. After resting a bit, I opened up the freezer to take out the salmon and prepare my meal…..well to my dismay….I found a not so pleasant surprise….I found the ice box overflowing with water and slush everywhere. Within a couple of hours my ice maker was working fine and now it was leaking water and not making ice. UGGGGHHHH!!

I was hoping to get it fixed today but the earliest appointment would be tomorrow. So I had made plans with a few people to hang out today and I had to cancel them because I now have to babysit my freezer and empty the ice bucket every few hours so that it doesn’t leak from the freezer to the refridgerator to the floor.

To say the least…I rather be hanging out with my friends…but if I had to babysit I rather babysit children then my freezer!!

Here are a few pics to illustrate….

The ice bucket filling up with water

I had to put a large mixing bowl to catch more water.

The wet towels to soak all the access water seeping out of the bottom of the fridge.

I will be thankful when it gets fixed. I wish I knew how to turn off the water going into the ice maker. Although, I had to deal with this not so pleasant surprise…The upside…I still enjoyed my salmon meal with some broccoli and rice. So yummy and healthy!! Then later that night, I got a very pleasant surprise…My friend Ashley will be coming to San Diego to visit for the week. I am excited to see her!!!

What A Great Weekend!!

This weekend was a jam packed weekend!! Well, first off I went line dancing and I must say I am addicted. However, not as addicted as my friend Gwen but I am getting there. I have been going line dancing for a couple of weeks now and I can finally say that I am improving. On Friday night was the best yet. I was able to pick up on most of the dances. One of the ladies who I noticed was really good, paid me a compliment that I picked up the dances well, which gave me a boost in confidence. To say the least, I had a great time and danced until my legs felt like they were going to fall off.

This weekend, Pastor John Rohrer came to minister to our leaders and church. It was such an amazing time! A good number of people received prophetic words this weekend and although I did not receive one personally, I was so encouraged by the words that went forth. I truly believe that God has something very special in store for Shoreline Christian Church in San Diego and for us individually. The were so many things that ministered to me this weekend, but one thing in particular was the importance of being encouraged in the Lord. I have noticed not just specifically with our church but in general, how easy it is for us to be discouraged and when we are discouraged it is almost impossible to move forward and it keeps us stagnant. I have learned and still learning how to encourage myself and the importance of encouraging others.

Pastor John had referenced to one of my favorite verses in the Bible and a verse that I have held on to since I became a Christian and it is in Heb. 10:35-36:

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. “

And the thing that he pointed out from this verse that ministered to me was that the devil can not take away our confidence. The devil is going to do his best to get us to throw away our confidence, to be discouraged and to give up. When we are discouraged and want to give up, it is because we have thrown our confidence away. How important it is for us to pick our confidence and know who we are in God. Knowing who we are in God and what God is capable and willing to do for us, we are unstoppable and nothing is impossible! It is inevitable that we are going to go through tough times but the key is to not to throw away our confidence but endure, persevere and not give up for it is for certain that God will come through and we will receive what God has promised us!

It is also important to encourage others and I am challenged to do just that. I am so grateful for the people around me that encourage me daily….even when I went line dancing how one person who encouraged made all the difference in me putting myself out there to learn the line dances.

Thank you Pastor John for coming to share what God had placed on your heart and an even bigger THANK YOU to God for showing up this weekend!!!

On a side note….the Charger’s lost AGAIN!! I refused to be discouraged…hehehe!! But my 49er’s WON!!….Woohoo!

I Have No Words…

Occupational Hazards of Being a Nanny

One of the job hazards of being a nanny is that you open up yourself to catching whatever the kids get. Well, the kids that I watch have been sick over the past week and so far I have not gotten what they have had until now. If I had a choice of being sick, I wouldn’t choose the stomach flu on my worst enemy. These last 24 hours were one of the roughest 24 hours of my life. On Wednesday evening, I went to bed early to get some much needed rest and woke up at 2am in the morning to an overwhelming feeling of nausea and the rest was history…From that point on I spent every hour and sometimes half hour in the bathroom vomiting my guts out. I think that it finally ended at around 6am. From that point on, I was too weak to even get out of bed. I spent the last 24 hours in bed sleeping, drinking gatorade and eating saltine crackers and praying that I would not get sick again!

Today, I feel so much better and I am starting to eat a little more. Thankfully, this only lasted 24 hours and God was with me every moment as I was praying for Him to make it stop. For those of you praying for me. Thank you!!!! I am truly blessed to have such great friends who were praying, have brought me soup and have offered to bring me things. For that, I am so grateful!!!

LOVE!!

This week has been a challenging week but Praise be to God that He is on the throne and is in control!! There have been tears and there has been laughter and through it all God has been by my side. I could not imagine my life without Him. Although, the challenges are still there, I have faith that through Jesus, all things are possible! I had written this poem a couple of years ago when I was going through some dark times and I still find encouragement that God is always faithful and His love is unconditional and everlasting!!

Who am I to know a love like Yours?

You love me with an everlasting love

Beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made

A crown of beauty and a royal jewel in Your hand

Who knows me as intimately as You?

You knew me from the beginning

And You will love me until the end for all eternity

There is nothing that escapes Your loving and watchful eye

When I am bruised and bloodied from fighting this good fight of faith

And when I am weary

You take me up by the hand to pick me up

You come to tell me that I will fight for you

You are always there and never will You forsake me

Your touch and Your presence refreshes my soul

Your portion is enough for me

Yet You want to give me so much more

How can I respond to such love?

You gave me life by Your sacrifice

All I can do is stand in awe and reverence

To praise and worship You, My Jesus, My Love