Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tava's First Visit To The...

Philadelphia Zoo

Oh what fun we had at the Philadelphia Zoo today. It was Tava's first visit and I am so glad that I was able to take her. It was just the two of us with hundreds of people -- I have never seen soooooo many people at the zoo of all the times I have been there. I have been there at least 5 times that I can count maybe more. And oh my lions -- people and children everywhere you look. Anyway, that did not deter us from having fun and seeing as many animals as possible. I am quiet sure we saw at least 95% of everything there is to see at the zoo and that is a big deal to me. Of all the times I have visited the zoo I have walked away many times knowing that I did not have the chance to see as much as I wanted to see but today I was able to see alot. I am thankful for that.

My niece is four and she liked it for the most part but I had fun -- maybe more than her -- lol. Well, she really did enjoy the water fountain and her ice cream and the turtles. I think the turtles and the hippo may have been her favorite animals to see. But I must say we were both tired at the end of the day. I hope you enjoyed our slide show. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

It's All About Him!!!

Click here to see a blog I wrote on my other site about my God. I just wanted to share. I hope this will encourage someone.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

He he he he he he!!!!

Oh, I am so tickled right now. I just went on Godtube and what did I see as soon as I logged on... A video for the children's song I wrote about in my post last week Thursday(Thursday's post)... Isn't that funny --- LOL!!! Sooooo here it is I want to share it with you all --- it is such a cute animated video. I Love It!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Internet Cafe

Question of the Week

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If you could go back in time to a pivotal point in your young life and give yourself one word/sentence of advice, and know that you would accept the advice, what would it be? Imagine what a gift it would be if we could actually go back in time and give ourselves advice…Hmm… Of course we cannot, but I think this is a great question for us to ponder. Although, I think many of us would agree that we learned more from the mistakes we made, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to learn the “hard way” in some situations? Have fun with the question this week.

My advice to myself would be "Don't be in such a hurry to grow up, take it one day at a time and enjoy the journey."
That would be the advice I would give myself beginning at the age of 13. At that time I just moved away from my father who lived in NY to living with my aunt in PA. I met some friends who were older than myself. Because I had such low self-esteem from being verbally abused by my father I started searching for acceptance, love, understanding, and care from anyone who would give it to me. Some of the young people I began to hang around with were at least 3-5 years older than me and the pressure was on for me to be accepted by them --I did not know any better at the time. No one taught me. I wanted to be just like them which meant growing up fast to get what they had. For about 12 years of my life I was setting goals so high for myself that all I wanted to do was reach that goal and I did not care for the process. I know now that life is all about the process and we have to go through the process properly if we want a desirable outcome.

I thank God for sending someone in my life that said something to me over and over on a daily basis until it sunk in my mind and heart and that was to take life "one day at a time, be concerned with just today. Don't be in such a hurry to get the end results and miss out on the journey."

I have come to know and understand that it is through the journey that we find God's perfect will which includes His peace, joy, love, wisdom, understanding, and just learning how to trust Him more and more each day. I thank God for His grace and mercy in my life especially during those times when I was in such a hurry. I am stilling learning more and more each day to wait on the Lord and be of good courage. For the race is not given to the swift(those who are in a hurry) but to he who will endure to the end. So I must be patient and have endurance in this life.

Friday, June 06, 2008

"I Am" Bible Study -- Lesson 2

Lesson Two - Beautiful To God
Background reading: Exodus 2, Acts 7, Isaiah 53

Once again I came across this study a while back and it has truly blessed me. To get the full reading you should visit the website. If you are interested just simply click on the picture above or on the sidebar. Thank you!

Discussion Questions:

1. What is your initial response when anyone suggests you are beautiful?

My initial response to this comment is usually thank you with a smile. Lately I have been adding a "thank you, Lord" and reminding myself that my beauty comes from the Spirit of Christ which dwells in me.

2. Do you find you engage in a lot of negative 'self-talk'? How much of your thought life does this form of thinking consume?

I have to really think about this one... I find that I may have negative thoughts about myself whenever I am trying to find something formal to wear especially because I have issues with my body and my hair. I am currently going through major changes in both areas and I'm just praying for patience with myself. It is a very frustrating time for me because I want to look good and presentable outwardly but I don't want to put so much emphasis on my outward appearance that I draw attention to myself and cause personal distractions. I always try to be mindful of what I wear and to know that it's not about me. I don't ever want to do anything to draw attention to myself and not Jesus. I want others to be focused on Christ whom I am representing and not what I am wearing.

3. What is the most radical transformation you've witnessed in an individual after they were born again? It's okay to tell about your own!

Well, this one I must also think about... I would have to say it's seeing a person go from being sad all the time to being filled to overflowing with laughter, joy, happiness, and peace. Also to be less selfish to reaching out to others and sharing the gospel with anyone and everyone they come in contact with.

4. The imagery of being a City Girl has absolutely changed the way I perceive my worth before God. Does it yours? Will you receive this truth and let it boost your righteous confidence?

Yes, it makes me want to be more Christ-like and apply His principles of being kind, tenderhearted, loving, caring, gentle, meek, good, forgiving, patient, long-suffering, and temperate in all areas of my life and especially toward others. And esteeming others above myself. Yes, I will receive this truth and walk it out in righteous confidence before my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

Monday, June 02, 2008

A Fun-Filled Weekend!

Tava, and my godson, Elijah, were here with me this past weekend and oh what a joy it was to have them here. We played with blocks, we painted pictures, we read a book together, we sang, dance, ran around the house, eat, sleep, and watch "Alice In Wonderland." Then finally we went to Church on Sunday and praised the Lord for being so good to us. Hallelujah! Amen! We had so much fun! I love these two children so much. Thank you, Lord, for putting them into our lives.