Be The Match

I signed up and registered a few years ago to become a bone marrow donor. I saw this video a couple days ago and thought I’d share because this kid’s life is just beginning for something so tragic to cut it short!

The process is just like those ancestry things where you take a swab of saliva and mail it back to them.

Consider becoming a donor because you could be the match!

http://join.bethematch.org/strong4Marcus

http://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-valley/how-you-can-help-an-allen-hs-senior-in-the-fight-of-his-life/522170349?src_code=marrowconnjul2017-afa

 

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Open Air Preaching

While watching this video I was reminded of the time I tried this on a train. I wasn’t brave enough nor crazy enough to do so on a train going through the Bronx, but I did it on a PATH train in Newark, NJ.

Ironically enough, I was with a group of young people (much younger than I at the time) from an organization that was endorsed by Ray Comfort in a video I saw a couple years ago.

The way they did it was to split up the Gospel presentation between 2 people: one person explains that we are ALL sinners in need of a Savior and the second person explains the gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. I was the second person sharing the gift of salvation. I didn’t speak very long, only a couple minutes literally, though it felt like an eternity while my heart was beating through my chest!   🙂

Anyway, I enjoyed this video and found it to be encouraging and hope you do, too.

Thankful…

Wow, I have so much to be thankful for that I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve been wanting to write for days, but again, I didn’t know where to begin.

This week was another good week at work. As I noted in a previous post, my new job is quite the challenge unlike most of my previous positions. I usually pick things up very quickly, but not so with this job. There is A LOT to learn and praise Jesus, I’m learning, just not at the pace that I would like or that I am accustom to, which takes a bit of getting used to.

Thursday, I got called into the boss’ office and I immediately thought to myself, “oh my goodness, what did I do now?” and “what on earth could I have done that was so bad as to get called into the boss’ office?” So, we walk to his office and he sits down and the look that came over his face made my heart sink and I immediately thought I was about to be fired!

So, he starts by saying that he’s glad to have me on board, he likes my work ethic, when he asks me to do something, I jump right on it and get it done, I’m not afraid to ask questions, he likes my personality in that if he says something to offensive, I don’t take offense and if I do, I don’t let it show. By the way, he apologized if he said anything to offend me and stated again that he’s glad to have me on board and a part of the team. I cannot recall a single time in my entire working life when I have been complimented and encouraged by not one but two supervisors in the span of a month and a half!!!

Now, we all know that there is no such thing as a perfect job because we are humans and humans are flawed creatures, there are pros and cons to my current position as well, but I’m thankful to have it.  I have finally found a job where I actually have work to do throughout the day instead of being bored staring at the clock waiting to go home.

I know I’m still in the “honeymoon” stage of this new job, but I must admit, I’m enjoying it thus far.

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Crooked Cop Paired Up with Man He Framed

I am one of the most forgiving people I know. I don’t say that arrogantly or to toot my own horn, but because it’s the truth. I have never saw or understood the point of holding a grudge. Now, just because I forgive you, does NOT mean I will ever trust you or allow you back into my life. Forgiveness from me means that I hold no grudge against you for the wrong that you have committed against me. As I type this, a person who hurt me deeply has just started texting me. Why, I don’t know. But, like I said, I don’t hold a grudge. I still text this person to say ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Happy Father’s Day’, but that’s it. I have no interest in rebuilding the friendship. I have moved on and I wish them well. I just think it’s ironic that this is happening as I was watching this video about forgiveness.

I honestly don’t think I could become friends with a cop who falsified a police report that sent me to prison for 4 years!!!  I MIGHT be able to forgive the officer, but I highly doubt that I would be able to become friends with that person.  This video has me thinking…

Happy 4th of July!

I love this song by Lee Greenwood!  If it doesn’t make you feel patriotic and thankful for the men and women who sacrifice and pay the ultimate price for your freedom, then nothing will. Despite ALL of the issues we have in this country, there is NO PLACE I would rather live!!!

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

 

The Power of Prayer Part 2

I’m blown away by the things that God has been doing in my life lately.

I remember back when I was on Facebook, a dance friend would tease me about praying for a parking space. I tell people all the time that you should pray for EVERYTHING because God cares about ALL of our needs and a few of our wants.

I ALWAYS pray for parking especially at home because a lot of people have moved into my apartment complex to the point where you have to pray for a parking space if ever you leave. For example, today I left every so briefly to go return a bowl I purchased on Saturday. On my way home, I stopped in the T-Mobile store because I need a new cell phone because I’m tired of the Scotch tape on my phone. I also stopped in the dollar store. Finally, I stopped in Shop Rite to get some V8 Splash and sushi. I was gone maybe 30 minutes. When I returned home, there was only one parking space close to my apartment (though there were plenty of spaces elsewhere). I looked out the window at 7:30 p.m. and there were a couple parking spaces available closer to my unit, so I went out to move my vehicle.

As soon as I got in the driver’s seat, someone came flying through the lot and pulled into a space. I thought for sure they had taken the space that I had my eye on, but thankfully, they took the second option, praise Jesus. I gave thanks to Jesus before I got into my vehicle and again after I moved my vehicle. It always pays to pray for what you want or what you need!

Since we’re on the subject of prayer, I have another praise report related to prayer. Last Monday, I text a friend from church and asked for prayer for more fellowship opportunities closer to home so that I don’t have to drive so far to fellowship with other believers. I sent that text at 9:28 p.m. on Monday, June 26th.

When I got home from work on Thursday, June 29th, I received an email around 6:38 p.m. from Meetup.com letting me know that there was a new Bible Study group that I might be interested in. Of course, it’s located a good 25-30 minutes away from home. At first, I wasn’t going to join, but then I thought, what the hey, it can’t hurt.

The group was created on Thursday and had its first meetup on Saturday morning. I’m really glad that I went because I had such a blessed time. I had a yummy home-cooked breakfast and met some pretty nice people. They were warm, welcoming, friendly and easy to talk to. Most people who know me, know that I’m a huge introvert. That means I would much rather stay home than go out in most cases. It also means that I’m pretty reserved around strangers…but not last Saturday. It was like someone had taken over my mouth the way I was jabbering away. Not only that, but I’m normally a VERY PRIVATE person to the point of not telling people what town I live in, but there I was giving out my cell phone number. Yeah, I told God that I’m working on not being so overly private…

Anyway, the point is, God does answer prayers! I went to a meetup last night, which turned out to be a 2 hour church service. Gotta love those Pentecostals! All joking aside, they were really nice, too and it was a blessed time in God’s Word. There is another Bible Study meetup this Friday night that I plan to attend. Might as well go to a Bible study since I can’t find a dance partner to practice my Waltz with.   🙂

Remember, the Bible says “ask and you shall receive” and it also says “you have not because you ask not”. So, if you want something, start praying because all you have to do is ask and it will be given to you according to God’s will.