Thursday, July 28, 2016

Heritage



Now I know why everyone always says there is no conference like Heritage. Because there really isn't any conference like Heritage! It was my first time--so unique and special, and so spiritually focused. I'll try to share about it very soon. Let's just say that God did some wonderful things there, both in myself and in many others--things that will travel on and influence even those who were not there.

God is working in our churches in these last days and stirring young people all over the world. I awoke this morning to a somewhat jolting thought: If I am not careful, I could miss the soon Coming of the Lord. It is so important that we stay on fire for God in these perilous times when the love of many is waxing cold.

Are you ready? Praying? Looking for His coming? 

If you're not, now is the time!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Waiting

Isaiah 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." 

The key to this whole verse is the word "wait." 

Many times we as human beings become impatient waiting for things in life. Things like direction and a clear answer from God for whatever we are facing or dealing with in our minds and hearts. There have been seasons in my life when it seemed as if the answer would never come, but it did. 

Upon pondering this topic, the thought occurred to me that "waiting" has a lot (if not everything) to do with being faithful and obedient. Faithful to pray, to fast, to be in the house of God, and just live for Him as we always do. Answers sometimes come in the services we least expect, or just when you reach that point where you feel like things will never change. People have missed their answer because of a lack of faith/faithfulness, going elsewhere to try and get their need fulfilled their own way, rather than waiting on an answer from the Lord.

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 

When we try to do it all on our own rather than waiting on His perfect will, the results will most likely be messy, if not devastating. I can think of someone who had a need but did not wait on the Lord and was not faithful to obey their pastor. They tried to work it out on their own, and the sad outcome was eternal. I can also think of those who have obeyed and waited on God faithfully, even when it was hard and they couldn't see past the circumstance, and God has faithfully blessed and rewarded!

What about you? Are you waiting for something? Do you need an answer--direction? Help? God knows, and He is watching your faithfulness. Jesus said, "In your patience possess ye your souls." (Luke 21:19) New strength will come with the answer after you have been faithful in waiting upon the LORD

God Bless!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dad!

 Happy Birthday to my wonderful dad!
 My dad.... the Master of steak, tri-tip, and ribs! I'm telling you, he knows what he is doing!
 A great pastor who loves people.
A family guy!

Dad,
I don't know where I would be today if not for all of your love and guidance. Thank you for everything that you have done for me. You mean more to me than you will ever know, and I will be forever grateful to you!

I love you! ♥ Happy Birthday!

Love,
Jen

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Roswell

Our family was very blessed this past February to go on a trip to Roswell, New Mexico to be with Pastor and Sister Foster and their church for a marriage/parenting seminar. I of course spent time with my good friend, Anali!
We flew to Albuquerque and met up with my dad's cousin and aunt at a unique restaurant called, "El Pinto."




Hanging peppers are all over the place in NM!


So, Roswell... the supposed land of the aliens! Pretty ridiculously silly, but there are alien replicas, statues, and artwork everywhere in Roswell. People travel there for festivals and events, all revolving around UFO's and aliens. Although it's pretty silly to us, people really do believe in this stuff. Thank God there is an awesome, One God Apostolic Church in Roswell, CA!(Apostolic Bible Church)
Anali and I had some friend-catch-up time.
Anali and Joe in the realty office right before our house hunting trip!
Dad did an awesome job teaching... I think we were all blessed!

And Paul once again had a crowd around him because of his sleight of hand abilities. The first night of the seminar he took the kids into the back and did some sort of object lesson with his tricks. They loved it!

Mom did a side session with the ladies and it was a blessing as well!
More of the seminar... the people in this church are so sweet and welcoming! You can't help but love it there!

Levi Foster (the pastor's grandson) is such a cutie... We were sitting on the floor in his grandparent's house one evening and I was reading him Thomas the train stories. He stopped and looked at me with a very serious expression and said, "My sister would never understand this." SO funny!
Anali laughing/crying over our game of Balderdash. Balderdash is becoming tradition when we are with the Foster family. We definitely had some good laughs!

The Foster's nephew had recently come back from somewhere in Korea and brought some green tea KitKats! They were very interesting. Not bad! I saw them at Cost Plus World Market the other day, if anyone is dying to try them.

Paul greeting the congregation.



Joe did a good job leading songs!

 This dear sister has an awesome testimony. She is so sweet, and guess what... her nickname is Sister Trouble! Lol... She is very loved in the Roswell church! Daisy took it upon herself to photobomb.

So thankful for the awesome services the Sunday we were there! God moved so beautifully in the Sunday evening service, and then we had food and fellowship. I'm telling ya, there ain't nothing like a good, Holy Ghost service followed by good food and good fellowship!

The sweet Briana and I! This girl has a beautiful spirit and I know God has wonderful plans for her.
After church jamm session.
And the newlyweds. :)


Emily's selfie she took on my phone. This girl is a hoot!
No, I didn't go to the UFO museum... it would have been an interesting one time experience though!
Anali and Joe and I went to a unique coffee shop and read our Bibles together. It was a lovely time!


Paul and Philip Foster are like brothers! They had a blast together and definitely bonded.
Our last day in New Mexico, Bro. Foster took us to the Cowboy Cafe! Even the handicap parking space had a cowboy! So cool!


Bro. Foster told us that we HAD to use the bathroom while we were at the Cowboy Cafe, which of course piqued our curiosity!



It was full of character, that's for sure!
We stopped by the church's Christian school. I was impressed!

Emily, Anali's niece.
Sis. Foster does an awesome job with these kiddos. She corrects, loves, teaches, helps, and so on... I'm sure her godly influence will live on through these kids for years to come, or until the Lord returns!


We are thankful for the opportunity to have gone to Roswell!