It was such a beautiful morning. I woke up on time. Got ready and headed to BSF (bible study fellowship) like I do every Wednesday. This year we are studying the book of John. I have really enjoyed it and have found it easier to understand compared to last year’s Revelation and to my very first year of BSF when we studied Isaiah. John has been refreshing, to say the least lol. I was also excited because I was going to meet the kiddos at the pumpkin patch after. The weather had been too hot to take them. Arranged my photographer, Erika to meet us there to snap our pics. After bible study, on the drive over to the pumpkin patch I couldn’t help but feel really overwhelmed with joy. I mean I was fighting back tears just thanking the Lord for all He had done. I was also happy because I had invited another friend to BSF and she will be starting the next week.
Ok so in our study we are discussing when Jesus went to Samaria and the growth of the early church there. One of the questions was, if you can, share how you have seen similar growth during your lifetime (for example, in your family, church, community). I immediately thought of my family. It was funny because this past Sunday, I went to church and after my brother and I took a drive to the beach to get something from my condo and we were going to meet my mom out there and have lunch and drive back. I started thinking years back when I was in high school, my parents were having problems. Financially we were finally stable. My parents had opened up a restaurant and it had done so good we opened up a second location. But we were all lost. I graduated from high school and I bounced, off to live what is now known as “living the vida loca”. We were all doing our own thing – self destruction game on. When I say, I am lucky, not luck, blessed to be alive it’s an understatement. When it is your time, it’s your time and apparently I have more work to do here.
I had so many people praying for me at the time. I have to add, my grandmother, my dad’s mom was a crazy prayer warrior. People would stop her to pray for them in bathrooms, parking lots wherever she was she didn’t care she would stop and pray. People would tell her, Mommy Rosa pray for me. They would mean like when you get home. She would say ok, lets do it right now. My moms mom is also a rosary infinity prayer woman, a little different but still. These people were sowing seeds for me. Hoping that I would see the light and I finally did. By the grace of God, when I was 23 years old I finally found Jesus.
From then on my life changed. It was weird. Things that wouldn’t bother me before, now bothered me. The first year I became a Christian, I went to church every single Sunday. I know it is not about going to church, I know that but I needed that spiritual nourishment. I wanted to know more and I wanted to feel that closeness you feel with other believers worshipping in the house of the Lord. I was praying without ceasing for my dad, my mom, and my brother to also come to know Jesus. I was relentless with my dad. I would show him scripture and we would have talks. My dad agreed to meet with the pastor, Brother Bill and that day, sitting in my parents restaurant, my dad got saved. My mom was already saved but shortly after she recommitted her life and started going to church with us. Finally my brother also got saved. I knew by our actions, life choices that we were all making, we were indeed all saved. What a magnificent, wondrous, beautiful thing!!! My dad went on to Heaven in 2006 and the feeling of knowing exactly where he is and Who he is with, is so comforting and peaceful.
Although I gave my life to Christ over 10 years ago, I am not perfect. I don’t have all the answers. I still make so many mistakes. But I’m His and He loves me and loves you. He forgives and never ever leaves my side. There isn’t anything you have done in your past that would make Jesus not love you or take you back. He hears your prayers. He’s waiting on you, when you’re ready like I was in that church that day. I was searching my whole life for that kind of contentment and I found it. I finally found it!
So that is what I was thinking of on my drive to go meet these little tiny beautiful creatures that I get to be their mom. The coolest gift in the whole world.
Made his whole day with that wheel barrel.
Making it rain
Jake: hey mom keep those hands where I can see them
Look at their eyes, so over me lol.
Victoria showed up wearing my choker lol.
Ok, ok you guys get a ride for taking pics.
Victoria is so in love with her big brother. You can tell by the way she looks at him.
Victoria: why you kissing my momma?!
I will love you foreverrrrr.
So in love with that smirk!
Let momma strike a pose while y’all play.
Her jeans are definitely cooler than mine.
All the people that were at the pumpkin patch left right when we got there. Talk about perfect timing. We had the whole place to ourselves and we took full advantage of it hence the pics. The kids ran around, played and had so much fun! You know the saying my heart will explode, no joke, I felt like my heart was going to burst watching my happy, healthy kids play together.
Thank you Heavenly Father for all of my blessings. My family, my health and my salvation. I owe every single thing to you Lord.
Photos taken by the artistic Erika Photography
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