Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Late Christmas ya'll!!

Sorry guys! I was so busy with things that I didnt post anything. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I had a awesome Christmas. I spent it with dear friends and family. Zachary got all he wanted this year. I have been staying at the hospital with my grandfather on the weekends to give my dad relief. Boy! It is becoming very tiring BUT!!! Yesterday, my grandfather rededicated his life to Jesus Christ. That was such a beautiful moment! That was the best gift of all!
A new year is approaching and fast! So many things to look forward to and so many things to get done. I pray everyone has a wonderful, healthy and sucessful new year! Always remember..Put God first and the rest will fall into place! God bless!

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~Matthew 6:33

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Take the time to smell the roses....

I have always been the type of person to put everyone else ahead of me. Helping people is one thing I enjoy. I realized that sometimes I get into helping people so much that I don't look back on what a difference I have made. I have been reading a book called What I learned from God while gardening. It talked about how we help "weed" other people's garden but we don't take the time to look back on what a beautiful garden God created through us. Lately, I have been so busy helping other people that I have not looked at what God did through decided to take the time to smell the roses. I called a handful friends that I helped through the years and caught up on how things were going. As expected, these friends are doing very well. It felt so good to know that I helped someone who needed help. Not only did they get the help they needed but I was able to witness to them. They have given their life to the Lord and are doing very well. I am very happy to see this "garden" grow in His glory! Always take the time to look back on what you did for probably made a world of difference in their life. God bless!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Getting Physically and Spiritually Fit

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:8

We all want to be healthy and happy! Where do we find the time? My grandfather being in the hospital and our office getting ready for DHEC has been keeping me busy. But!.....I am finding the time to spend with God and get in shape. I have been doing my Bible study nightly and been walking at the park with my new walking partner after work. After Christmas, me and some friends are going to be working out at church..yes our church has a gym. I'm feeling great and doing my best to get in shape physically and spiritually. I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends and to have someone in my life who motivates me and wants me to feel good. God closes one door and opens another. We all should find the time to becoming physically and spiritually fit! It feels so great!!! God bless!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The will of God

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

"Everything happens for a purpose.
We may not see the wisdom of it all now
but trust and believe in the Lord
that everything is for the best."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On this day God wants me to know....

... that today you have a cause for celebration. Today, you should celebrate what an unbelievable life you have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make you stronger. Just as a gem cannot be polished without friction, nor can a life be perfected ...without trials. Take a time to acknowledge your life and to praise yourself.

On my facebook I have an app that sends me things like this. I needed to hear this! So many times I look at the hardships as failures but they are not. We all go through trials that make us who we are. Sometimes the devil hears us pray and he will play with our minds. God's promises, prayers and words are always true and will shine through. They don't come over night so when I pray about something and I feel like an answer comes fast..I know that something isnt right. I talk with God and ask again if this is what he wants. The devil likes to trick us into thinking its the best decision. Before making a sudden move..think about...pray a little more on it and God will show you the true path to follow.

Last night was my first BYW meeting with the girls at church. I had a blast. We talked about praying. I learned a lot on praying and I know it will help me be a better prayer warrior.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

When enough is enough!

Wow! I didn't realize it's been almost a month since I have been on here. I've been so busy with all kinds of stuff and had to take a break! I am burned out! Ever feel that way? I have overworked myself so much that I had to literally pinch myself to make sure I was still alive! Thank God that I am still alive and I thank Him for helping me through this. The past couple of weeks have been challenging. Thanks to all my family and friends for checking on me, being supportive, and all the prayers. My life is taking a new direction and I'm trying to "adjust" so to speak.
I have been busy with working, with church, fixing myself, and working on my new ideas. I got accepted into the Johnson- Wales Pastry Art School. I have always loved to bake and decorate and of course I got inspiration from various TV bakers. So we will see what this holds.
I have been doing a lot of research on old houses and I am trying to decide on 3 houses to make a bid on. One house is in need of A LOT of work while the others just need some TLC. I have prayed about a lot of what is going on in my life and well I think God is leading me into new directions and if it is His will..then I shall follow.
So you are wondering where the "When enough is enough!" comes from? come to a point in your life when you have to let go and let God take full control. There are some things in life you can't fix on your own. Lord knows when I try to fix some things I make a bigger mess. All I can say is I have had enough! I have allowed people to come into my life and wreck it, take me for granted, and so forth. I look back and think how stupid I was....maybe I was just lonely..LOL. Wow! I must have been really lonely to put up with what I did! God is in control...He always will be. No matter what happens God has my back!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Went to the concert on October 16th and it was AWESOME!!! It's so nice to have Christian singers like Toby! We had 5th row tickets but luckily thanks to Amy and her husband they traded seats with us and we got 2nd row seats!!! YAY!!! Toby gave a wonderful speech on how we stumble and fall but the main thing to do is get up, move forward and don't look back. Focus on God! Zach and I sang and danced to the songs. We look forward to going to many more concerts! God bless you all!

Monday, October 12, 2009

4 Days and counting down!!!

YES!!!!! Four more days til Toby Mac!!! Cannot wait! Zach is so excited! I am so glad there are people in the world that sing and play music for God. There needs to be more positive and uplifting music!


In the life of Jennifer..thanks to God

It's about time to update you on how things are going for me. So very good! As you see through my posts, I have had some new experiences and look forward to many more. Everyday is a new experience for me by the people I meet and the things I learn and do. No regrets because what I've been through has made me who I am and who I am becoming. I've come a long way baby!! Recently, I have been working with the GA's at church and I love working with the little girls- they are so fun! I recently became part of a new ministry at church and I volunteered to help with Children's Church. Life is good....GOD is good- All the time! I live for the Lord and it's all for Him! I love my life and how it has turned out thanks to God. No looking back! My eyes are on you Lord! I want to encourage everyone who doesn't know the LORD to seek Him and come to know Him. Life is so much better! The LORD will open up doors for you that no one else can. He will there when others turn their back. He is the light and the truth. Amen! I look forward to all the doors God is going to open for me and more!

2 Corinthians 5:17~ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Room with a Beautiful View

As we were at the beach celebrating Zach's birthday we decided to take a helicopter ride over the ocean. I had never been on a helicopter til then and always said I would never ride in one. I was glad I did! The view was breathtaking!!! Never have I saw the world in so much beauty. As we went over the ocean, I was like WOW! God made all this! Watching the waves rush to the shore and to even look down into the water and see schools of fish was amazing! God is good~ All the time! The world is a beautiful place and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to see it from His view. I can only imagine when God and the Angels look down on this earth what they really see, it has to be more beautiful than what I saw that day! GOD, you are an awesome God! As this is my temporary home here on earth, I will make the best of it til I am face to face with You in heaven! Amen!

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ~Ecclesiastes 3:11

Zach's birthday

My son is no longer a baby. On September 26th, he celebrated his 12th birthday at the Mrytle Beach. I am so blessed to have a son like him. He attends church faithfully and is very involved. He loves reading the Bible and learning about Christ. I pray he continues to go in the right path and grow up a Godly man. From those who havent seen Zach in a while...He is taller than me and is very intelligent. He is in the gifted and talented at school and makes honor roll. I recently went to a parent/teacher conference where I heard nothing but wonderful things! I am so proud of my son! I love you Zach!!!

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

Cowboy Church

It's been a while since I blogged so here I am. Been busy with a lot of stuff. A couple of Thursdays ago I went to Cowboy Church and had a blast along with being fed by the word of God. Zach got to ride horses before service and join in on the youth group. It was a lot different than traditional church but WOW! Was it good! God and Pastor Jack did a wonderful job! I look forward to going back and of course riding horses!!! God bless you all!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

God is always there!

We all worry from time to time and we forget that God will take care of us. Yesterday is gone, you can't change it; Tomorrow is not here, you can't touch it. The only day you need to be concerned about is today. From this day forward let us let go and let God handle our worries. He knows what is best for us and for all God's children; it always works out for the good!

Matthew 6:34~ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Isa 43:4~ I will be the same when you are old and gray and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and will always keep you safe.

Psalm 118:24~ This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

October 16th

Won't be long!! Me and my friend were talking about the concert next month. TOBY MAC HERE WE COME!!! I got 4 tickets in hand and I am ready to go. Of course, this is one of Zach's birthday presents but I'm excited to be going! My mom and dad may not be able to go so I need to get 2 more people to go if they don't- either way...we are going. I am so glad that there are bands and singers who want to sing and play for God.

New beginnings and the praise goes to Lord!!!

In the past month, my life had changed BIGTIME! I cleaned house and cleaned out my life. Sometimes you just to let go and let God. Out with the with the good! So many things are opening up for me and all I can say is thank you Lord! I'm excited for what God has opened up for me and what He has in store for me. Lord, no matter what I will not fall and I will always stay faithful and obedient! My enemies will stumble and fall at my feet! Thank you, Lord for protecting me and giving me the wisdom I need to get through life. No matter how hard the rain falls- I will stand strong! I will continue to shine in this world!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sometimes you just gotta let it go......pray..and love at a distance

Sometimes you just gotta let it go! You sit back and think about the things in life and look at all the clutter. You got to clean house once in awhile. Over the years you pick up people and things in your life that will cause you to drag and bring you down. You hear the whining and complaining to the point where the negativity starts to wear you down and no matter how you give them Biblical advice- they don't listen. As Pastor Jessie said in a sermon..." There will always be grumblers and complainers". God wants us to help people and He wants us to be happy. When you have done your best to redirect someone who is lost and they lash at you and bash you its time to let them go, pray for them, and love them at a distance. Never give up on them but love them from a distance. Of course if these people need help I am there but I refuse to listen to them complain all the time. Why complain? God has your back- you are in goods hands. Why complain about the things you don't have and sometimes complain about the things you do have.Pastor Russell explained to me people like this loves misery and we all know misery loves company. I refuse to be miserable. I love my life, I love my job, and I love the people in my life. I think I am overall content. It's God's will on how things turn out..not mine and it's God's time not mine. I have also come to realize...true friends are supportive..not jealous of you. Whatever you do to me or say about say against God and do against God...I am a child of God and He is my Father and He will take care of me.

Philippians 2:14 ~Do all things without grumbling or questioning.

James 3:14-16 ~But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Psalm 27
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.
4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, "Seek his face!"
Your face, LORD, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.
13 I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Something has been eating at me for a lil while now and I have prayed about it and I feel God wants to me to address because this is a ongoing issue all over...Why are there so many people who only go to church for the social status? They go for hook ups or just to hang out. As my Pastor Russell put it~ CHURCH IS NOT A CLUB! Its not just to go out to eat or hang with friends or make new ones its spending time in the word of God and fellowship. Its wonderful to go to church but don't go for the wrong reasons. When you go to church you are making a commitment to God. I know there are circumstances where going can be blocked such as sickness and death but anything else is no excuse. You know what time it starts so why not arrange your stuff around it and make sure people know going to church is a commitment you have made to God. A lot of people are missing the point of going to church. I know it does not take going to church to get you into heaven but don't make coming to church a way to increase your social status. It's wrong. People wonder why things are falling apart in their lives and wonder why when they pray God doesnt answer. If you don't give God time what more can you expect......? God has so much to offer.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Another year older....Thank you, Lord!

September 3rd....Another year older...where has the year gone! So many changes over the past year. I was baptized on Feb 1, 2009 and Zach was recently baptized a couple of Sundays ago. Life has been good to me...God has been wonderful to me. I am proud of who I am and who I am becoming as I get older. I am proud of the direction I am going in thanks to Jesus Christ. No matter what the devil throws me I am strong in my faith. So many experiences in the last year have made me stronger. I thank God I have wonderful friends and family in my life! As I get older I'm not getting so down and out about it..actually I look forward to getting older. Thanks to Zach he pointed out some gray strands of hair.. and it's ok. In the upcoming year I know God will be with me everyday and He will be there through every sunny day and every storm. I praise you everyday, Lord! I look forward to all the new beginnings ahead!!! The Lord has so much in store for me and I can't wait!!!

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. ~Proverbs 16:31

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Do you have the time?

How many times do we use the words " I don't have time" or "I am too busy to make time". More than some of us know. God always has time for us...why can't we make time for Him? He is with us from day in and day out but we allow ourselves to be wrapped up in the world that the hands of time doesn't allow to give God the time he wants. We tell others we were too busy to come to church or read our Bible or even spend quiet time with Christ...was Jesus too busy to die for your sins? The devil will make us use every excuse not to spend time with God. I know...I use to do it. When I get up on Sunday morning I am tired...but I get up and to church and before long I feel revived and full of energy because I am fed with the word of God. Wednesday nights can be tough after I have spend a full day at work then come home and prepare for the next day- But I go to Bible study. Don't allow the devil to make excuses and keep you from spending time with God and forming a strong relationship with God. The less we spend with God is more time the devil has to come into our lives and cause havoc. Don't give the devil a chance...God bless!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bee Blessed !

As some of you know..I have been interested in beekeeping. I have ordered many catalogs and done so much research and I think I am ready. I will order my stuff and be ready for spring. Wish me luck! I was lucky to get a shot of one honey bee sitting on the tip of my finger. I spend time in the afternoons with them and watch them feed and fly. They seem to not mind as I watch. I usually sit about 2 feet away and enjoy. Some will land on me and walk up my arm and others will fly around me. I keep the feeders filled with sugar water and sometimes it takes 3-4 fill ups!! This is going to be an interesting and exciting hobby!! I asked God for honey bees and Boy! Did He give me plenty! They come in swarms now! Lord, I praise you for this blessing!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Glory be to God! Zachary got baptized yesterday at church. I am so proud of my son wanting to follow in the path of God. He wants to be involved in the church and he wants to do everything to glorify God. It means so much to see a young person want to do right in this world and be a shining light for the Lord!
Non-believers have taken God out of schools, the government and Lord only knows where else they are heading. Lord, have mercy for nonbelievers for they do not yet know of your love. I pray they seek You and ask You into their hearts. I for one will not sit down and be quiet. God made me to be a shining light in this dark world. So many people will not speak or witness to others about God because they think they will offend. If you are afraid to stand up for Jesus Christ and what you believe in then you have major issues...Faith without works MEAN NOTHING! I will not shut up. I will continue to glow as God wants me to.
Now is the time to get right or get left.......Amen!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Glory be to God!

I am so excited! I was asked earlier this week to help with a program at church to help young girls grow in their faith. After praying about it..I said yes. We are not certain what age group we will be teaching but hopefully it will be the smaller children. I also volunteered to help in the nursery when needed. I love helping people and doing anything to glorify the Lord!
I am very proud of who I am and who I am becoming. A few years ago, people wouldn't have thought I would be the person I am today. I'm glad I gave my heart, life and soul to Jesus Christ. He is my light and my salvation! The past year has been so wonderful. Life is good...God is good...All the time. The Lord can bring so many positive changes in someone's life as He has for me. I give you praise, Lord!

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16

Monday, August 10, 2009

Nobody is perfect.....BUT!!!

Over the past few days I have seen things that really make me shake my head. The title of this blog says it all. Nobody is perfect when it comes to blocking out sin BUT!! The question I ask is if you know it is wrong and you do it... why do you do it?? If you can sit in church and nod your head in agreement of the word then go do the opposite and say oh I can do it and God will forgive me..why bother? Try to do it up right the first time. We all make mistakes and again no one is perfect but we can try to do our best to obey God right? In Bible study we talked about faith and its work. What good is faith when you have no works? When I gave myself to the Lord I gave up the old. I changed the way I thought and the things I did. I don't listen to the same music as I did and I don't have some of the same friends. The old me is gone. I'm not perfect by no means but I do try. When the Holy spirit tells me I am about to do something wrong...I listen. I do my best to be obedient. I stumble and sometimes I fall but I try to do my best to be what God wants me to be... let's think about things before we do it..if you know it is wrong...then don't do it. Do your best to be who God wants you to be and do your best to do the things God wants you to do.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Carry your cross

Whatever your cross,
whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine,
after the rain ....
Perhaps you may stumble,
perhaps even fall,
But God's always ready,
To answer your call ...
He knows every heartache,
sees every tear,
A word from His lips,
can calm every fear ...
Your sorrows may linger,
throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish,
dawn's early light ...
The Savior is waiting,
somewhere above,
To give you His grace,
and to send you His love ..
Whatever your cross,
whatever your pain,
"God always sends rainbows ....
after the rain ... "

Friday, August 7, 2009

I give it all to you, Lord!

I always feel like somebody's watching me....

God knows your every thought and your every move. No matter how we think we can hide things from other people....He sees you. What is done in secret is best not done at all. People will do things they know they shouldn't and go to church on Sunday and act like they never did anything wrong. How can they do this?? We have to live a clean life everyday not just on Sundays and Wednesdays. Instead of going out drinking with family and friends and with God..get to know Him not just when you need help and times are bad. Be careful what you do and think...God is things that glorify Him not you! Let the love of God shine through you and be the person God wants you to be.

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good. ~Proverbs 15:3

Therefore, whether YOU are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Don't worry..Be holy

Blessings to all! Today was an awesome service in church. My pastor said something that really made me think about things and people and I want to share this. I have learned so much about myself and about life from Jesus Christ and the more I learn the more thankful I am.

If we seek happiness we will never find it until we become holy. God is the only one who can give us true happiness through eternal life. We all want to be happy and be comfortable in life, BUT, when we think we are happy and comfortable we tend to want more and the void is yet to be filled. Seek holiness rather than happiness. Having a relationship with God will fill all the void and you will be happy. Material things will mean nothing when you are gone from this earth. Live in the world but don't depend on the world to make you happy. I would rather live spiritually happy than materialistically happy. The treasures in heaven are worth far more than the junk here on earth.

In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Always put God first! Don't count your blessings while whining about the things you don't have. If you do you are not truly thanking God for what you are whining. When we put God first everything will fall into place. It may be a better job, more money, a house, a car, whatever your heart desires but always but Him first. Be truly thankful, be content and ALWAYS put God first. I see so this going on so many times and I have been guilty of it also. Nothing will quite go right until you give all to the Lord and put Him first!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Why we go to Church?

Why do we go to church? I love going to church and I love the fellowship and most of all I love worshiping the Lord. It irritates me to no end when I see and hear people going to church for a popularity contest, going to see what others are wearing or to "hook up" whether it be for business or to find a date. I go to church to be fed the word. We are there for fellowship and worship. So many people have lost the meaning to going to church- it's unreal.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching ~Hebrews 10:25.

Think about it. When the last day comes God will not care what business you are in, how you look, or your popularity. It's not who you's how you lived. If you are going to church for the wrong have issues and you need to think about it. Don't go to church for selfish reasons go to fellowship and worship God.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stand Up and Stand Out!

Have you ever thought that what you do doesn't matter? It does...if you touch one person at a time you are making a difference. You are an example! Be proud! Continue to work for the good of God for your deeds will not go overlooked. Be the light God wants you to be - Shine bright in a dark world that you were born to stand out in..not fit into! I may get laughed at...cursed..but when you are sharing the word and they do this they are not making fun of you..they are making fun of God and denying Him. In the end they will be faced and held accountable. So everyone out there continue to share the word of God, help others, and be the Christian God wants you to be! No matter how dark the world gets ~SHINE!! SHINE YOUR LIGHT AND PRAISE GOD!!!

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16

Monday, July 27, 2009

Be Content and Trust in the Lord

As I was checking out at the grocery store I heard a girl complaining about having to get up every morning and go to work and they didnt pay her enough. As I listened she continued to say how she loathed her job and how she is going to tell her boss off and quit. I was thinking so many would love to have that job to provide at least a little for their family. She is so into the world where she feels that the world is more important than anything. As I stood there I prayed...Lord, help this girl. I pray that she finds you Lord and lives to be content with faith in you. Amen! Be content with the things you have and not jealous of what others have. Be thankful you have a job, be thankful you have food on the table, be thankful you have a home to go to, be thankful you have a car to drive, be thankful you wake up everyday, be thankful that God is with you every minute. So many people do without everyday...why complain?? Everyday you can hear people complain all over about the things they don't thankful of the things you do have..someday you may not have it. The next time the need to complain comes up think about all the homeless people and all the kids who don't have food. This is something we all including me need to practice. Be blessed!

Philippians 2:14~ Do all things without grumbling or questioning.

1 Timothy 6-8~ But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Honey where are you???

The other day my mom calls me outside to show me bees on the hummingbird feeder. Well I thought it was going to be bumble bees or yellow jackets but it was honey bees! More than a dozen of them flying around. This was so cool. As some of you know I would love to become a beekeeper and have been reading up on it. My son was laughing telling me " You wanted honey got them!" I sat for a while and watched them fly around and well I had to be daring and brave. I poured hummingbird nectar in the palm of my hand and what do you know!!! Several flew on my hand and drank the nectar. Yes, I know...I'm crazy! For the past two days the bees have been coming back to drink. We keep fresh nectar around and I have spotted some of the bees taking up on some flowers. Now if I can only find the hive..maybe there is some honey....?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Watermelon Festival 2009

Evening ya'll! We went on a family outing to Pageland, SC for their annual Watermelon Festival. This is the second year of going. The parade was filled with tricked out rides, horses, Shriner's performers, bands and so much to list. As we sat on the curbside watching the parade groups of people were walking up and down the sides handing out things. A group was handing out Bibles. I thought WOW! This is so great! A few floats were by local churches and they were beautiful! It makes me feel good that there are people and churches who get out and do this kind of stuff to spread the word. We all have to admit that this world is getting worse each day. It was awesome to see this kind of thing going. After the parade, we went to the vendors, of course!!!! So much food and fun!!!! HUGE turkey legs, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos just to name a few. Me and Zach walked to the craft side while my parents were strolling along. I bought a beautiful large framed print of a lighthouse for a very good price, along with some tshirts and Zach got a cartoonature done. While walking we noticed a lot of booths that were Christ related. Such a beautiful site!!! Its amazing in this dark world we live in that there are so many bright shining lights. Today was truly a blessing not because I spent it with my family but that I spent it with God. I look forward to going back next year!

Monday, July 13, 2009

I love reading some of my friend's inspirational words. My friend Van writes words so beautifully and I admire her so much. When I need encouragement I can always go to her page and find positive words. I am posting her work to share with others as she wants it to be. She is a very beautiful person and a true woman of God....someone I look up to as I walk in my journey.

As I spent time with God Monday night....I kept seeing this old dirt road which led into a woods(struggles).I felt like God wanted me to share with others how we should travel this dirt road that will eventually lead us to our own personal destination, planned by Him.
As we travel along life's dirt road, struggles will come our way. God says, "Do not look to the left or to the right, don't even look ahead until you've looked above."
Sometimes we just look ahead and start running, without looking above, to the Almighty one for His guidance. We just run on ahead as we know we shouldn't focus on the darkness around us. But sometimes we tend to want to get through a circumstance so fast, we forget to Stop and BE STILL to see what God has planned and how He wants us to deal with it. What does He want us to learn or what does He want someone else to learn as they watch us as we patiently,joyfully and never wavering in our faith go through a struggle.
So remember look above to Him, the Almighty one. The one who knows best. The one who will turn what was meant for bad into good. Give Him your praise as He pours down His mercy and grace. Look above as He shines His light on your dirt path to see you through the woods(struggles). Your struggles will look dim in compared to His light.
Have a blessed journey
Veneldia J Hummel

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Toby Mac here we come!!!! 4 tickets in hand! Oh yea!!

HOT DOG!!! Tickets went on sale at 10 am and after 20 minutes of busy signal- I GOT THROUGH!!!! YAY!!!! I got 5th row seats section FF on the Grand Strand floor- Good seats!!! This is part of Zach's birthday. I called him and he screamed with excitement! I'm excited too. This is our first concert and I am sure there will be many more! Some friends of mine Amy and Chris are going to be going too they are a few rows closer. I told her I would wave to them. It's going to be so much fun!!! So we will see you in October in Columbia Toby!!!! Toby Mac here we come!!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Where do I go from here....

Been awhile since I wrote in my blog...where do I begin. Everything has been falling into place as God wants it to and I can't complain. Even though I have had the occasional drama it's been good. Over the past couple of weeks, I have thought about a lot of things and prayed about a lot of things also. I have slipped away from my spiritual maintanence and boy! am I paying for it!! At night I use to sit and read my Bible or a Christian book but instead I have been tangled up in the drama of people. I have realized that some people you just can't change and it's not worth losing sleep over. I was looking at my Bible in Sunday school today and I turned on 2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. As you and I know, God's words are as good as gold- the Bible is his words. Lately, I have let people tear at me with comments and the stirring up of trouble. Is it worth me causing myself to slip back into my old self? (some of you know my old self- not pretty!!) No, not at all. I've come too far! There will always be those who will redicule me and crucify me for what I believe in, my relationships, who I am and so forth due to jealousy and drama. My focus needs to be on God from now on. Like I said I have come to far to slip. I need to make more time to have talks with God. My new motto is "Think Less; Pray more!" People will try to take your focus off God so it's important that you stay focused and not worry about what others say or do. As Edwin says "Don't sweat the small stuff: God will take care of it!"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Let it go!!!

I have posted this before and I think its a great reminder. Something we should keep in mind everyday. Enjoy!

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to......
If you are holding on to past hurts and pains ......
If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth .....
If someone has angered you
If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge......
If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction......
If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents
If you have a bad attitude .......
If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better......
If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship.......
If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves......
If you're feeling depressed and stressed
If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to......
Get Right or Get Left. Think about it, and then
The battle is the Lord's not yours! Pray and let it go....

Eval and Treat as Indicated per God's Orders

For those of you in the medical field you have seen this type of order...Eval and Tx per MD orders. Spiritual maintenance sometimes requires us to step back..look...evaluate..and treat or fix the situation with the help of God. If we don't keep our spiritual maintenance up like we keep maintenance up on anything else it falls apart. I have fallen short of doing this which is my own fault. I finished a book entitled Traveling Light by Max Lucado. I must say it taught me alot! I highly recommend!!! It took Psalm 23 and broke it down with a meaning for each verse teaching us the burdens we were not intended to carry. So many burdens we carry like bags. The burden of worry, the burden of guilt, burden of the grave (Exodus 33:14), the burden of fear (Luke 22:42), the burden of envy (Proverbs 6:34)(Proverbs 14:30) to name a few. After reading it I realized I carry so many burdens and for what reason..only for the devil to drag me down. I shouldn't worry about who is saying what or who is doing what. God has my back no matter what. It doesn't matter who is jealous of me or who is working against me. Those people poison themselves in their actions and words. I too have been guilty of this at times. I don't want that baggage on me whether I carry it or give it to someone else to carry. Anyone who has troubles should pray (James 5:13). God has so many things in store for all His children, there is no need to take on a burden that you were never intended to bear. Also, never think you can do it alone; God is always with you waiting for you to ask for help and He is always happy to help His child. Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28) And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6). Give up the burdens...let go..let God! When the signs and symptoms of burdens come...Evaluate...and treat as indicated per God's orders. Remember God is only a prayer away.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Still a work in progress

This is the class I have been in for a few weeks at church. I have learned a lot about ministry and learned a lot about myself also. Last week and this week we went over our spiritual gifts. My strongest gift is discernment among a few. Every week is a new learning experience as well as a spiritual experience. The more I learn and walk with God the more I feel better and understand what God's will is for me. Whatever your will Lord..I shall follow.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Back to being a social butterfly

After years of not being involved in any community outings or clubs, I have joined the Red Hat Society again. I was lucky to find a chapter that had an opening. I was in it for a while years ago and loved it. We went out to different restaurants and did fun stuff. I got to meet new people and become friend with some gals! Of course, me being under 50 , I will be dressed in pink and lavender. One day I hope to start my own chapter. This is going to be so much fun!!!!

So proud!!

My son graduated from elementary June 2nd. Today he got the rest of his awards in the mail. They consisted of Honor Roll, A.C.E, President's Award, Computer Award, Duke University to name a few. I am so proud of him. I was talking to a friend of mine about Zach and she said I have done a good job of raising him. I think so myself and I have God to thank for that! Being a single mom is tough but its a rewarding job. I love my son and I want the best for him! The summer is going to filled with so much stuff to do along with the mini road trips we have planned. He will taking some distance learning courses from Duke. Busy he will be. I just can't believe my baby is growing up. High School is around the corner...then college. He is growing up to be a good Christian man with good values. Thank you Jesus! I am very proud of him and look forward to seeing him succeed!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Someday.....I will hold you in my arms

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:5

My dear little one,
June 19, 2009 will be a year since I lost you. My heart still grieves. I remember the day I took the pregnancy test and saw I was pregnant. I was scared..excited...all the above other than being selfish like your father- I was having a baby! My first appt was on June 19, 2008, I was alone. I looked at you on the ultrasound and could see the buds where your arms and your legs were developing and I could see the little black dots where your eyes were going to be but there was no heartbeat. My heart broke into a million pieces. You had passed in early development. I was all alone to go through losing you. My heart ached, I wanted to feel something else besides hurt. You were my baby!I have forgiven your father for all the mean things he said and how he wanted me to abort you or give you up. I have forgiven him for everything but I know he will have to ask for forgiveness himself. You were not going to be kept a secret like I was from everyone. You were mine, my baby. You were due around January 19th of this year. You would be in my arms if you were here. I know someday I will get to see you and hold you. I have asked God why would He take you from me. I still have no answer..Someday I will know why and I know things happen for a reason- God makes no mistakes. When I tried to talk to your father he brushed me off. I asked him how did he cope with it and he replied I try not to think about it. I cannot help to think about you! It has gotten better but I still wonder what you would have looked like and what you would have been- a boy or girl. The help of others and the church has gotten me through a lot. Your father may not have wanted you but I did! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. This year I am going to plant a yellow rose in your memory. Your father gave me an angel charm and told me it was his version of the rose. Even though your father was selfish and mean I wear it in memory of you. I want you to know I love you and I can't wait to see you someday. I know you are in the safest place anyone can be and you are in better hands. I love you my lil angel!!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Charlotte Knights- My first baseball game!

Today Zach and I went to our first baseball game with Lynn. We had a wonderful time despite the rain clouds that came by once in awhile. The game was great! I loved when the children came out onto the field and ran around. Caroline, one of the mascots (above) scared the living daylights out of me by sneaking up on me. After scaring me, I asked if she would take a pic with Zach. As you see....He loved it! As for food- Nothing beats a hot dog at a baseball game!! Best in the world! Before leaving Zach got a baseball and bat along with a cap. We look forward to going again! It was a lil rough on the way home. Rain poured to the point at times it was not visible to see the car ahead but we three made it home safe and sound. I thank God I am able to have opportunities to spend time with my family and friends. By the way, Charlotte Knights won!! YAY!!! Lord, thank you for allowing me to spend time with people in my life. I thank you, Lord for protecting us as I drove us home in the pouring rain. Amen!

Ladies in Christ

On May 14th, a few members of our Sunday school class went bowling. (Yes I know I am slack on putting this up- I'm catching up!) We had a blast!! Even though we weren't that good but we had a fun. It's so nice to have people to hang with that have a strong faith in Christ as well as being positive. Everyone needs positivity in their life. I enjoy doing things with the girls from church (Ladies in Christ is what we are called). I plan on becoming more involved in meetings and groups. I love going to PDBC!!!!! I look forward to hanging with the girls- they are awesome!!! Lord, thank you for good Christian friends, friends I can look to and grow with. It's a blessing to have positive people in my life and to have people who believe in you. Continue to bless me with good Christian friends in my life. Amen!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Me Vs. The World

. I have to admit I have let myself slide. The past couple of weeks I haven't been focused on God like I should. I let myself get caught up in the drama of wickedness by other people. Sometimes I let people's words and actions take control of how I feel and what I do. I get angry and depressed because I feel like I am not good enough. I realize I am a child of God. He is there to protect me. I may not be good enough in others eyes but in the eye of God I am good enough. As long as I set an example and follow his words I will always be good enough. I cannot fix everything and make it a better but I can do my best to be the woman God wants me to be and live the way He wants me to live. There will always be wickedness but as a Christian I need to put my spiritual armor on and know God is my protection. In the end, I will stand strong. Only thing that separates me and the evil of the world is the cross. I would rather be on the side of Jesus Christ than to have to answer to the wrong doings of this world. The past 2 days I have spent a lot of time with God and asked that He forgive me for going astray and protect me and guide me. No matter what God is always there to protect me. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven ~Matthew 5:16. No matter who trespasses against me Dear Lord, I will not fall for you give me strength and courage! Amen!
Psalm 27
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD
And to meditate in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the LORD will take me up.
11 Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

God is good....All the time!

Lately my life is blossoming into something so beautiful! I don't worry about anything and put all things in God's hands. I know that I cannot always change people and the situation. Sometimes, I do have to remind myself that God is in control and not me. When I ask for something; I ask God to give me what he wants me to have. I have a wonderful life and I am very blessed with family, friends, and the love of my life. I could not ask for more other than for God to continue to bless my life as I praise His name, to glorify Him in every way! Thank you, Lord, for the many blessings you have given me and the blessings to come. Thank you Lord for a wonderful son and sending me a good Christian man in my life. Lord, you are so good to me. Through my trials and tribulations you are there to lift me and wipe away the tears. I thank you and I praise you! God you are good ...All the time!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

God bless all the mothers in the world!

A woman goes through a lot in this world. We are wives, mothers, friends, workers, healers, and followers of God. Being a mother is a very rewarding yet sometimes stressful job. We serve the Lord as we care for our family. Each day, we ask God to help us care for our family and to give us strength. May God bless all the Mothers in the world!!! Happy Mother's Day!

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself [5] with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet. [6]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We are who we are and we stand proud!

Ever wonder when you go to church if when the world ends that who is there will be there in Heaven? So many are lost...the reality of it is that some of those people will never make it. The world tries to shape us in a form that is outside God's law and everyday is a struggle. Trust in Him and He will protect you. We need to be obedient to God and separate ourselves from the world. I was watching a TV show and on this show the question came up "Would you die for your beliefs?" Well my answer is Yes! I will not deny Christ in order to conform to the world's rules. This world has nothing for me. I was seeing a guy in the past and all he talked about was making money would buy freedom..You can save money but money won't save you from hell. I may not be rich but my heart is full of God's love and that is worth more than any man's money. All the money in the world will not buy your way into God's Kingdom. I like nice things but I am not a materialistic person and never will be. The treasures God is saving for me in His kingdom is worth more than anything on this earth. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, never will I deny You! No matter if I stumble or I fall, You are there! Thank you, Jesus! This world has nothing but God has it all!

Monday, April 27, 2009

This little light of mine..

It has become my nighttime ritual to talk with my son about Jesus, read the Bible with him, say our prayers do my Bible study, spend some quiet time with God, and say my prayers. Everyday, the light shines brighter through me and I have Jesus to thank for that. No matter how someone or something tries to bring me down my light shines even brighter! I will continue to let God shine through me no matter what! Amen!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Take me as I am...

As women we all want to look our best and we all as humans want to be accepted for whatever reason. For years, I have tried to be the best I can be to everyone around me, bending over backwards, allowing someone to take me for granted and using me. I wanted to be accepted by others as well as loved but....I realized no matter how I try I fell short on accepting myself and being the best I can be for God. All that matters is that I do as God wants me to do and be the person He wants me to be. My life doesn't need to meet anyone else requirements but God's. I am a child of God and a woman of Faith and proud of it! Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Beautiful day!!

This is my favorite place to be when I need time to think. Love to go there and sit under the tree and just watch the water. On the other side there is a creek so nice and quiet. I am looking forward to taking someone there for a picnic.
It's a nice place to go and think and just talk to God for awhile. No one to bother you. I think everyone should have a place to go to mediate and talk with God. I did a lot of thinking today and of course a lot of praying. I am leaving it in God's hands. He knows what is best for me.