Thank You…

I thought about this today…

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

ALL I can say is THANK YOU JESUS…

Smooches,
Regina


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Be Encouraged My Beloved!

Be encouraged!! whatever you are fighting, whatever you are toiling with, whatever you are struggling with, they will not last always.  It may seem like you are in this alone but God said He would NEVER LEAVE you nor FORSAKE you!  Be encouraged beloved of God because He, the maker of heaven and earth will surely honor His word.

He said He has plans to bless and prosper you – Jeremiah 29:11
He said if you call He would heal and deliver you from your trouble – Psalm 34:17
He said He would heal your broken heart – Psalm 147:3
He said cast all your cares upon Him – 1 Peter 5:7
He said He is your strength – Habakkuk 3:19
He said we will be persecuted but not forsaken – 2 Corinthians 4:9
He said He wants your soul to prosper – 3 John 2
He said He would restore your health and heal you – Jeremiah 30:17
He said He would supply all your needs – Philippians 4:19
He said He is with us always – Matthew 28:20
He said you would have everlasting life – John 6:47
He said He would strengthen and uphold you – Isaiah 41:10

The one who made the very heavens and earth loves you so much that He left you a love letter full of promises!!  He is not a man so He will not lie.  So if He said it, than you can believe it!
So be encouraged beloved, 
It is not over yet!

Love & Encourage Someone Today, 
AND MEAN IT!!
Love You,
Regina

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From Invisible To Invincible, God Can, God Will!

Gladys Knight and The Pips “To Be Invisible”
To be invisible
Will be my claim to fame
A girl with no name
That way, I won’t have to feel the pain
Indispensable
Just a plain old human being
Today, don’t mean a thing
In a world that’s so mean
A world that seems not for me
So privately, I’ll be invisible
That way, I won’t have to explain a thing, if you know what I mean
I won’t even have to be here, on the scene
These are the opening lyrics to the song by Gladys Knight and the Pips off the Claudine soundtrack album.  And the song ends with this line… “So I’ll be invisible, invisible, invisible” as the song fades off.  If you think about this song in the context of today’s society, people are running around in a world oblivious to one another.  Some are overtly showboating for the world audience but then you have the ones who are almost invisible.  They go through their own little private lives, not causing a stir and if you do not focus on them they are almost invisible.  they do not cause trouble, the do not rock the boat, they do not cause ripples in the pond.  They are in essence, invisible.
This past Sunday, Pastor Derick Faison started a new series titled, “INVINCIBLE” and the sub-title was, “Make Your Life Undefeatable”.  In the context of the Pastor’s sermon INVINCIBLEwould be the opposite of INVISIBLE.  I sometimes wonder what lurks behind the vacant smiles and the pleasantries that are so generalized and given so quickly as people rush in and out of our lives. 

Are you an INVISIBLE CHRISTIAN??  Are you living a life that is a testimony to the Grace, Goodness, and Mercy of God?  Or are you just merely existing?  Do you think that your trials are greater than your triumphs??  Do you feel as if you have NO IDEA what your purpose is or that your life was, is, and will be wasted? If you feel that you are slipping away into obscurity or that you are invisible, let me share with you the scripture that my pastor shared with us.

“Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
The three major points to the Pastor’s sermon were:
  1. God always sees the end from the beginning.
  2. God does not start anything he does not plan to finish.
  3. God gives every problem an expiration date!
God can take you from INVISIBLE to INVINCIBLE!

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!
Regina

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My Imaginary Jesus – Book Review

“My Imaginary Jesus” 

Title – My Imaginary Jesus
Author – Matt Mikalatos
Publisher – Barna Books/Tyndale House Publishers
Date of publication – April 2012
Number of pages – 274
* Barna Books/Tyndale House Publishers have provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of “My Imaginary Jesus” to read in order to write my honest review.*
About The Book:
Matt Mikalatos liked Jesus a lot.  In fact, he couldn’t believe how much they had in common.  They shared the same likes, dislikes, beliefs, and opinions.  (Though Jesus did have better hair.)  So imagine Matt’s astonishment when he finds out that the guy he knows as Jesus . . . isn’t.  He’s an Imaginary Jesus: a comfortable, convenient imitation Matt has created in his own image.  The real Jesus is still out there somewhere . . . and Matt is determined to find him.

About The Author:

Matt Mikalatos received his BA in writing from the University of California Riverside.  Like many future world leaders, he began his career as a clerk at a comic book store.  Having discovered that such work caused women to shun him, Matt took control of a high school classroom and taught American literature and drama (although he was best known for his riotous “study halls”).  Then Matt, in an unexpected move, joined Campus Crusade for Christ.  In a moment of weakness, his best friend, Krista, agreed to marry him.  He and Krista were briefly expatriated by Crusade to East Asia, where they ministered for three years.  Now back in the States, Matt provides leadership to the international ministries of Crusade’s northwest region.  Matt has published articles in Discipleship JournalThe Wittenburg DoorRelief, and Coach’s Midnight Diner. Matt and his wife live near Portland, Oregon. They have three beautiful daughters.
Now the good stuff, MY review!

I am trying to gather the words… this book was refreshing, engaging, and hilarious!  This is the best Fiction/Non-Fiction/Suspense/Thriller/SciFi/Theological/Self-help/Comedy/Drama that I have read in a long time!  The book was funny, sad, and enlightening all at the same time.  It was like reading C.S.Lewis/Rod Serling/Frank Peritti/Tim LaHaye all wrapped up in one book.  It has been a while since I actually laughed out loud while reading a book!  I love how I was able to picture the different Jesus’ throughout the book (AND sad that I actually knew whom they were)!  My favorite Jesus’ from the book were Magic 8 Ball Jesus and Televangelist Jesus (In my mind Steve Martin is the best picture of Televangelist Jesus but he has the voice of Bennie Hinn, which is creepy).  This book may make you re-examine something about your own relationships with Jesus.  My FAVORITE line of the entire book is in chapter 37, when Matt says,  “Not because of who he was once upon a time, but because of who he is today, and because of who he promises we can become”.  This line is the absolute TRUTH!
This book would be a good book for a book club, women reading group, men reading group, and for the churched and un-churched alike.  The book has a question and answer section which gives a good insight into the mind of the author Matt Mikalatos.  The book even has a discussion section that addresses key portions of all the chapters.  This book is a must read and on a scale of 1-10 I give it a solid 9.5!  I took away .5 points because I wanted to see a few pictures of the various Jesus’!
This is an AWESOME book! ENJOY!!

You can join Matt at
http://www.facebook.com/matt.mikalatos
https://twitter.com/#!/mattmikalatos
http://mattmikalatos.com/

Happy Reading!
Regina

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The Jesus We Missed – Book Review

Title – The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth about the Humanity of Christ
Author – Patrick Henry Reardon
Publisher – Thomas Nelson
Date of publication – February, 2012
Number of pages – 229

**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 ** 
About the book:
While taking special care not to minimize the Godhood of Christ, Patrick Henry Reardon helps readers come to grips with his real flesh-and-blood humanity—the confession of the Christian church for 2,000 years.  If we are to grow in our understanding of Christ, growing in appreciation of His humanity is key. 

About the author:
Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints’ Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine.
Father Patrick was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), St. Anselm’s College (Rome), The Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary (South Canaan, PA).
He has authored many books including Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, The Trial of Job: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Job, Chronicles of History and Worship: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Books of Chronicles, and Creation and the Patriarchal Histories: Orthodox Reflections on the Book of Genesis.
As a Christian, I was very interested in reading “The Jesus We Missed” because of the topic.  We, as Christians often see or perceive the Deity in one way and that is as a supernatural being.  We see Jesus as the risen Savior, crucified, dead, and buried and risen again for our sake.  Even when we read that Jesus became flesh, He became man, birthed of a woman, He became like us, we still do not grasp the magnitude of that transition.  We do not understand that he really became like us!  We overlook or discount His humanity.
It was good to see a book that tackled the issue of Jesus, the person.  However, I believe that the title of the book is a little misleading.  There was no real surprising truths about Christ’s humanity.  The humanity of Jesus is a fact, and people choose to embrace it or ignore it

Some religious people have frowned upon seeing the Savior as a person because they think it tarnishes the image of His Godliness.  On the contrary, knowing that Jesus grew up in the flesh, knowing that he may have had many of the same feelings that we have experienced should inspire us.  Jesus ran and tripped like us, he got bloody noses, and scraped his knee like us, he woke up with morning breathe like us, He went to the bathroom like us, HE BECAME ONE OF US!  
Much like us Jesus had to come to a place where He realized exactly what his purpose was, a realization that He was destined for much, much more than he was.
This book is good a source for those seeking to see Jesus on a more personal level.  This book is also good for those who want another depth of studying into the Savior’s life.  Layman, theologians, clergy, and scholars alike can learn from and enjoy this book.  “The Jesus We Missed” is a good look at Jesus who was fully God and fully man.

I hope that you pick up this book and decide for yourself.  
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Blessings,
Regina

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Resting On HIS Promise! My Testimony!

Oh God… Oh God… Oh God! So, Last night while at church (The Potter’s House of Fort Worth)Lady Purcell said something during Praise & Worship and it sat in my Spirit so much so that I was thinking about it this morning! she said that God is the Alpha AND Omega (The beginning AND the End!) and of course we ALREADY KNEW THAT! But then she continued on with talking about us being in the MIDDLE!!! OH GOD! If you are in the MIDDLE of a trail/issue/situation HE has your front and your back covered!!! Getting a new REVELATION of HIS Word is AWESOME! OH GOD! I got a TESTIMONY Y’ALL!! Oooooo

Let me tell you!! Oh God, I feel like PREACHING right now!! Have you ever had God SHOW UP & SHOW OUT on your behalf?? Ooooo Jesus! help me make it through this TESTIMONY!!!
Okay so for those of you who do not really know me, I was laid off from a job in New York and Then decided to move to Texas (whole different story!). But I have been UNEMPLOYED the entire time I have been here in Texas! Please believe me when I tell you it was not from lack of looking. We have been in Texas for THREE YEARS (well it will be 3 years on July 1st!). God has sustained my family with His Grace.

Last year I started doing in-home Child care. My clients were all from the local Kaplan college, so there were times when the money was real good and I had full enrollment but then as the families started coming to the end of their classes my enrollment started to dwindle. I was suddenly down to 3 children and 2 of them were on part time and trust me the money for 2 part time children and one full time child does not pay the rent or the bills! So I have been frustrated, and tossing and turning at night trying to figure out how exactly this was going to work. So on top of that I REALLY DISLIKE where I live for multiple reasons, so we decided that when the lease ends in June that we are not going to renew it. That means that I have to find someplace else to live because as of July 1st I can no longer be here.

In the midst of these current problems I got back to regular church attendance, Sunday service and Wednesday Bible study. Let me tell you… the WORD has been HOT & HEAVY!!! My Pastor has been a blessing because the WORD has been on point! I started tithing regularly again, I mean it was not much in my eyes but it was all that I had and I was gladly giving it! My bible readings became more focused. Not just hit and miss scriptures here and there but I have been focused on 2 particular books of the bible, because I believe that God has been preparing me for something (I still do not know what it is but I will keep studying until I am told to stop!).

The past few weeks I have been feeling a shift or a change in the atmosphere, something like a breakthrough but not fully, just a small tear in a strong hold. Then all of a sudden, BAM!! I am down to ONE daycare child! Oh God, really… I know Satan is mad but COME ON give me a break here!! (OKAY, Stay with me I am going somewhere!!!)
So I am wondering how will I pay the rent in this place for the next 2 months??? I am not really too concerned with the move because I believe that God will work that one out as time gets closer. But I am really pressed with how in the world am I going to be able to pay 870.00 for rent for two months (yes, I said 870.00 x 2!). So after my morning routine of prayer, posting my morning scripture on Facebook, reading 2 chapters (1 in James & 1 in Peter), and checking into my school website, I mosey on over to my bank website (Yes, I check my online banking website regularly because you NEVER know!) just to check things out and guess what I found???????

PRAISE BREAK*********PRAISE BREAK***********PRAISE BREAK

OKAY!!! I’m back! So I log on to my bank site and I see a DEPOSIT which will cover my MAY & JUNE rent as well as cover the pledge I want to make to the building fund!!! I had been praying because I wanted to be part of the building fund but because of my financial situation I could not. See, you do not UNDERSTAND!!! You don’t HEAR ME! The pledge I wanted to make was $1000 and the deposit in my account was enough to cover the 2 months rent and the ENTIRE PLEDGE AMOUNT!!!!!! (YES, you do the math and then Praise with me!!!) Oh and did I mention that my daughter just joined the dance ministry at church (Yaay you go SUGA!!, I LOVE to see God’s Youth in HIS service!) and they will be ministering on Resurrection Sunday (that’s Easter Sunday) which is in a week and She needs dance shoes, palazzo pants, unitard, and flag money! Yes my Daddy covered that as well!! Oh tell me that God don’t hear the prayers of His children!!! God knew my heart and knew what was troubling me the most!
In my OBEDIENCE I …
Increased my TITHE,
Increased my PRAYERS,
Increased my PRAISE,
Increased my SERVICE,
Increased my ATTENDANCE,
and God SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT on my behalf!!!!!!
(I don’t know, … maybe this is not a life changing miracle for you, but this thing has been laying in my Spirit so heavy… SMH)
I PRAISE HIM for sustaining me and my family, I PRAISE HIM for honoring HIS word, I PRAISE HIM for HIS GRACE & HIS MERCY and definitely for HIS FAVOR!!!

P.S. If you want to know, the money came from a source I would never have expected… Can you believe some old, back child support (my kids are GROWN!!)!?! What you say????? WHOA, THAT was crazy!!!

I hope you were Blessed in my sharing!

Have YOU Praised HIM today?

In Him,

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Would You Follow?

I just watched an awesome video! It is not a new message but the delivery is interesting!

http://www.godtube.com/resource/mediaplayer/5.3/player.swf

Joshua 24:15 (New King James Version)

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

What if there was TWITTER back in Jesus day? ……
WOULD YOU FOLLOW??

In Him,

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