Thankful

I cannot believe how long it has been since my last entry. Life happens sometimes. I look forward to getting back on the horse.

Today is Thanksgiving and I have much to be thankful for. Today also marks 8 months that my brother-in-Christ went home to receive his Crown of Glory. I want to share the post/tribute that I posted on my Facebook page.

Dear Bill,
Today marks 8 months since you went home to be with the Lord to receive your Crown of Glory. It took me 6 months before I could even look at any of these pictures because it was just too painful. I was planning to visit your grave today, but the Lord proved once again that He works in mysterious ways. Yesterday, I went to pay my respects to a wonderful sister-in-Christ as she was being laid to rest…and as it turns out, she was placed a short distance from you. So, Raj was kind enough to stop as we drove by your grave so that I could visit for a few brief moments. Your headstone is just beautiful! As you know, today is Thanksgiving and I have MUCH to be thankful for!!! One of the MANY things that I’m thankful for is your friendship, kindness, generosity and brotherly love. I miss our visits and all the stories you shared with me. I still remember the day when God finally revealed to me why He did not heal me and prevent me from having surgery because if He had healed me, I never would have met you. So, I guess in a strange way, I’m THANKFUL that I had to have surgery and be in a rehab facility so that I could meet you, Bill. I look forward to the day when I will see you again my friend!!! I love you and I miss you!
Love your lil sister,
Ciprianna

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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

 

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.