Thursday, April 9, 2020


Okay, its been SO long since I've written on the ol' blog, obviously. This COVID-19 crisis along with the quarantine situation made me want to try and blog again, so here we go! I don't know if anyone really checks this thing anymore since I haven't updated it in over a year, but here it goes anyhow!

It seems like the world has flipped upside down within just the past several weeks, hasn't it? With all the changes to daily life, work, the economy, not being able to gather together with others, etc., I've been doing a lot of thinking and have also come to realize several things. I guess you could say I'm learning!

1. I've learned how much I took for granted and didn't even fully realize I was taking things for granted. Being able to have weekly church services and gather together with God's people in PERSON is something I knew was precious, but I've never been so grateful for it in my life. Sometimes it's not until we have things taken away from us that we come to truly appreciate them as we should.

2. I'm learning it's beautiful to have complete and total trust in God. Everything right now is so uncertain in so many ways, but when you're a child of God, you have His promises in your life and you know He will take care of you because you're one His own!

No matter what the church may face in these closing days of time, we have God on our side! Don't forget what's written in the book -- we win! Hang on to God and to what is right, and be faithful. I believe revival is here!

Stay Encouraged!


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Happy 2019

Happy 2019, everyone! I realize it's been almost a year since I've posted anything on my neglected blog. I've had a few requests to post, so I'll see what I can do. No promises! Ha!

First of all, I'd like to make you all aware of a missionary friend's blog: Sarah Schreckhise! Sarah is an 18 year old missionary's daughter to the country of Honduras, which is located in Central America (for those of you who don't know). I've been to Honduras twice, and I always enjoy visiting!

Sarah has some really great things to say and, if you're interested in missions (which I hope we all are), then you will find her blog interesting and uplifting, even convicting.

I hope to blog sometime in the near future...but we'll see. Not sure who reads this anymore, but at least for those that have requested, I will try to post some missions trip pictures from last year.

Until next time!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Time to be Ready

Excuse me for saying "I'm back" last post....6 months ago! Apparently it's hard for me to keep up with the blog, although several times I have intended to.

Let me just say that 2018 feels different - God has been doing some amazing things and I want to be right in the middle of it. I'm excited for what God has been doing in Sunday school. Not only are we growing, but kid's are being touched by God in the altar, tears running down their face and seeking God.

I need to upload pictures, which I haven't done in a while.

God is drawing on backsliders, bringing in new souls and doing miracles. A young lady recently came to a youth group prayer meeting we had and was in the altar with her hands raised and tears streaming down her face, talking to God. Afterward she was amazed, and told us "I didn't know I could feel this good!"

If you're reading, I encourage you to get involved with what God is doing this year. Prayer and fasting, and reaching out with the Word of God is key! There's nothing more exciting than seeing the power of God work in people's lives. If you once used to be a part of this and have found yourself in a place you never thought you'd be, away from God - it's time to come home. It's time to be ready. His coming is soon and there's no time to lose.

I'll try and post more "soon"! 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

I'm Back!

I guess I haven't blogged for months!

At times I've had things I would have liked to have shared or written about, but I never seem to get around to it. However, there are some things I would like to share soon about Sunday School/Children's church on here soon! Quite a while back I had posted some pictures of some things people in our church have done for Sunday school, and I remember someone coming up to me at a conference earlier this year and telling me they had seen my blog and used the idea for Sunday school - pretty cool! (not my ideas, I just shared some of our decorations, etc.)

Lots of good things have been happening and when I can later, I'll have to upload pictures and share not only decoration or lesson ideas, but what God has been doing right here in our growing Sunday school. We are a home missions church that does not have sunday school rooms, so we have everyone in the sanctuary with a wide variety of ages, which can be challenging at times. But when you work with what you've got and give it your all, God will bless and help! He always does.

Not sure who all reads this, but I'll try and revive the old blog soon.

Check back soon!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Hello, world.

I realize it has been a very long time since I have posted anything on my poor neglected blog, so I figured I would write a little something today. I would actually like to share something that someone else shared with me a while back, and I thought it was really good.

"Complacency is a blight that saps the energy, dulls attitudes, and causes drain on the brain. The first symptom is satisfaction with things as they already are. The second is rejection of things as they might be. "Good enough" becomes today's watchword and tomorrow's standard. Complacency makes people fear the unknown, mistrust the untried, and abhor the new. Like water, complacent people follow the easiest course--downhill. They draw false strength from looking back."

-Bits & Pieces (May 28, 1992), 15.

We as human beings have a natural tendency to resist change. I believe if we are not careful, we can easily fall into a state of complacency. If complacency is dangerous in the natural, it is even worse when it's spiritual complacency. Spiritual complacency can cause someone to resist going forward in God and hinder them becoming who it is that God intended for them to become in His kingdom. "Good enough" is a scary place to be, because we deceive ourselves into thinking that we are okay, when really, something is lacking. The 5 foolish virgins in Matthew 25 were indeed virgins and were waiting to be taken into the marriage, but the problem was that they didn't have enough oil in their lamps; because of this, they were rejected. This challenges me to keep my vessel full of oil (the Holy Ghost), and to continually pursue God, lest one day I hear the dooming words, "I never knew you." Today I am thankful to God for never ceasing to challenge me, correct me, and show me His amazing mercy.

Go forward in Him!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Hello, Blogdom!

I realize it has been 2 months since I have posted anything, which was definitely not the plan since my last post. Things have been extremely busy as of late, but I will try to start updating soon once some of the craziness is over! So, for all those that have been blog policing out there... hang in there. :)

Keep serving Jesus!



Thursday, July 28, 2016


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


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!

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!


Thursday, June 2, 2016


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!