Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Amazing things happen when we trust God

Hello again my friends!! I know you all must be shocked that I`m blogging for the second time this week:)I just have to tell you guys about what happened.Remember the family I told you about that we`ve become close friends with? Remember how I said they started coming to our church? Well their Names are Paul,Marybeth,and they have two children,Ryan who`s 7 and Alicia who`s 4.I try when I speaking of other people on my blog not to use they`re names,but it`s just too confusing.Lol! Anyway,onto my story.God`s really been working in her life over the past few weeks and I`ve seen the hand of God in her life.She was born and raised Catholic as well as her husband.Sunday was only the second time they came to our church.They did end up leaving early because her husband was sick.I tried calling her the next morning and she didn`t call back.I though it was odd,but figured I would see her that night because her husband has been playing softball with mine and there was a church game that night.She wasn`t there,but her husband was.He told us that they were going to go to a Catholic church down the road this coming Sunday.Let me say this before I continue on.I have been a Christian for almost four years now.I never shared the Gospel to anyone other than my children and husband.I have always felt convicted of that and I pray often that God will hep me get over my fear of man and share the truth with others.For the first time on Monday night I was confronted and had to make a stand for Christ and the Gospel.I took a huge chance that these new friends that I love so much would be offended,but I knew the Holy Spirit was with me.I said that the Catholic church does not preach the Gospel of Christ or the true way of salvation.I assured him that everything I was about to tell him comes from the Word of God.I`m not out to bash other religions or churches.The catholic church teaches that you have to earn your salvation through works.God sent Jesus Christ his son to die for us and only through His blood are we saved.After I witnessed to him I felt so different.I can`t even explain it but if your a Christian and reading this you might know what I mean.So anyway,we left the game and I was so sick about the response I got and all that was going on.I tried to call again the next day and didn`t get a call back so last night I decided to send her a message through face book.I let her know the truth and got a response back last night saying that she had made a decision to go back to her old church.I cried so hard because I know the deception behind the Catholic church.I`ve been so sick for three days over this I can`t even tell you.I felt like someone died.I also received a wonderful blessing.My husband who is not a believer came home from the store before with a Christian card of encouragement for me and wrote the most beautiful words of encouragement.I was praying that God would help me submit to His will and trust in Him and He showed me through the card my husband wrote that my testimony to Marybeth and Paul made an impact on him and I truly believe that my husbands heart was touched by God.
The story isn`t over yet.Late this afternoon I got a phone call from Marybeth.She said she did research and found out I was correct in what I told her about the Catholic church!! She will not be going there.She also told her husband about what she learned.I am so thrilled about this!! Praise God!!
Please pray for Marybeth and her family and for me as well.I am so amazed.God has us in the palm of His hands and no matter how hard Satin tries he can`t pluck us out.It`s not about us.It`s all about Christ and living each day for Him to bring Him Glory!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hello All my friends!!

Hi everyone!! I hope I still have readers:) I know it`s been a while...again:) Well,alot has happened in the past month and a half! First, my husband and I went on an amazing cruise to the Bahamas.It was such a blessing.We went to three different Islands.Grand Turk,Half Moon Cay(which is privately owned by the Cruise line,and Nassau(not sure on the spelling)I will be posting pictures as soon as my husband loads them onto the computer.Let me just say that the private Island had the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life.I think the only water that will be more beautiful will be in heaven!There were almost no waves and the way the sun was shinning into it made a prism of light that reflected all the way to the bottom.There was a small Christian church on the Island as well and from the water you could see the white cross peeking out from the trees.
Being on the ship was really amazing too.The food was incredible.The only thing was that there was no worship service at all.They had a chapel,but no services.That was very disappointing.I did enjoy the time alone with my husband though!I don`t think I`ll ever leave the kids for 8 days again though.It was really hard because there was no way of contacting them unless you paid a fortune.
Anyway,onto the rest of my adventures:)Church softball has started on Monday nights.My husband loves to play and he invited another family who we became friends with through the kids softball games.So the husbands play and the ladies watch and chat.I`ve become close friends with his wife and she lives right here in town.We started talking about the Lord and it turns out she is a believer.God has really been working in her life over the past few weeks.The people at the game were a real testimony to her and her husband and they started coming to our church!!I`ve seen so much growth in her life over the past two weeks!! Please pray for them.She just started reading her bible for the first time last week.She also just started talking to her kids about the Lord.Her son seems to have a really tender heart and is already telling her that he knows he needs Jesus!It`s just so sweet to see God at work right before my very eyes.I pray that He will give me wisdom and guide me and that He will help me give her Godly advice.So anyway please if you can remember keep them in your prayers.
Onto our next adventure.This past week we went on our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore.We went from Monday to Thursday morning.It was so nice.I love being by the beech and relaxing with family and making memories!!! So then,the day we got home I did some wash and leaned a bit.Then had to run out to stay over at my friends because Friday was the day we had the tickets to see In The Beginning.Down in Lancaster,Pa they have Theatre called Sight and Sound and they reenact all different bible stories.All I have to say is Oh my goodness!! It was absolutely amazing.It just was such an incredible visual of God`s love for us.Just beautiful.We plan on going back with our kids.It`s only in theatres until the end of October.Waite until you hear the night we had on Thursday.Satin was trying his hardest to prevent us from going.First,my friend had a clogged bathtub drain so we had to go to another friends house so she could take a shower.When we got there our friends husband has a snake and said he`d be happy to take a look at the drain.So he goes over and he`s gone maybe 45 minutes or so.Finally,we decide to go because we need to get the kids to bed and get some sleep for the long day we had ahead of us.We walk into her house and her husband and her friends husband have the ceiling ripped down in the kitchen.Everything covered in Drano and dust.So,we went up to put the kids to bed and had to scrub the whole kitchen from top to bottom.Then we went to the store to get stuff for breakfast,made our lunches and by the time we got to sleep it was after midnight.Meanwhile as I slept I was unaware that my poor friend was awake the entire night because her daughter was sick with a fever and vomiting.So she was alright by the time we left.Then on the way down there we almost got into a really bad car accident.We were going about 65mph on the highway and a car pulled right out in front of us and almost stopped.My friend said she didn`t turn the wheel.Our car moved over almost into the grass and we ended up safe.God saved us from what could of been a very bad accident!!! Is`nt that amazing? God is so good. Also in
Lancaster we went on a tour of the Tabernacle and also the Mennonite museum which were both very interesting.I finally arrived home at 11:30 Friday evening.Then yesterday afternoon we had our annual church picnic.This was the first year I was able to go.Hubby went too and it was just amazing.My husband is not a Christian,but we are becoming really good friends through softball with another Christian family and I pray God will use them to draw my husband close to Him.
I better get going now.I need to start supper for my family.I hope you all have a blessed Lord`s day!!!