I want to share how #overjoyed I am that #God has given our church family #truthcenter the opportunity to finally move into our new building and home at 2 Franklin Avenue, Port Washington in Long Island, NY. Our long-time #brother Gary Anglin came to #minister and he couldn't help but run around with #joy lol! The #church is directly across the street from the #portwashington#lirr station. #pastor#keithpettus@revpettus is a true #manofgod🙏 and his co-pastor and wife #barbarapettus have always made my #family feel welcome for the past 10 years. I actually first met them in my former church in 1997 and am so grateful for all they have done and continue to do. Please plan to visit one Sunday soon. I know some of you mentioned over the years how you miss his singing lol! Https://www.truthcenter.org
What an eventful couple of weeks. Been cheered up to no end by these beautiful souls who despite living in a country that has gone through so much hardship, have nothing but love to give. A real lesson for me right now. So pleased to be in Haiti with @MarysMeals visiting schools to see the wonderful work they do. Communities are transformed by what @MarysMeals does to feed children in a place of education. It’s such a simple idea that works really well. I’ve seen it in action in Liberia, and now Haiti. Link in bio for their website MarysMeals.org, or follow @MarysMeals for more pictures and videos from this trip! #Haiti#MarysMeals#school#meals#hope#joy#food#education
Preparing to bake. One of my favorite things to do. I make sure I have all the ingredients for what I want to bake. In this case, I’m baking pumpkin chocolate chip bread! It’s a fall favorite. (Yes I know it’s summer but I love fall so I bake like it’s fall all year around!) if I’m missing anything I maybe able to substitute for something else. Depending on what it is, I might not be able to make what I want to make.
It’s like life. If there is a dream you have, you have to have all the necessary “ingredients” to make it come true. It may require tweaking or substitutions along the way but you’ll still reach it. There are certain ingredients, however, you can’t live without if you want that dream to become reality .
Let’s say you want to learn to bake. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread. 😁 Well you need the recipe, the ingredients, the pan, the bowl, the utensils, the oven and time. If you don’t have the correct size pan, you could bake it in a different one. But a key ingredient is the oven. You can’t make it without the oven.
Do you have the ingredients you need to make your dream come true? Much like the recipe, I suggest writing out all the steps for your dream. Then you have the steps to follow to make it happen!
PS. Here’s the pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe 😂...
1 large egg
1 c pumpkin
1/3 c olive oil
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2/3 c sugar
1 3/4 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 a package chocolate chips
Mix the egg, pumpkin, olive oil, applesauce, cloves, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and sugar in a large bowl with a rubber spatula. Blend well. On top now add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. You can add more than half the bag if you like. You measure chocolate chips with your ❤️ so add as many as you want! Then pour into a greased 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. If you insert a cake tester in the center, it should pull out clean, top should spring back if you touch it with your finger. Let cool in pan for 15-20 minutes then completely on a wire rack. Store co
All that you seek is found within.
Deep in your heart lies the guidance you’ve been struggling so hard to find.
Maybe it’s been years of struggle, maybe decades, maybe a lifetime.
No one ever told you to slow down. Your parents never said “You’ll know the way when you follow your heart”. Society taught you to push through the exhausted and overwhelm.
I’m here to tell you this just won’t work. Not for me and not for you. Not for your child or their best friend. Not for our future generations to come.
It’s time to let go of the fight. It’s time to be who you were born to be. It’s time to feel your heartbeat and sink into it. It’s time to let your heart guide your way.
There will be no push or pull. Nor any pressure to perform. No numbers to hit.
In this heart-centered life you will love, laugh and flow into your happiness.
If you’ve been pushing for so long and left wondering when “it” will happen for you, let go of all the pressure from the outside.
Go within and see what unfolds❤️
📷credit: CRS photography
🤸🏼♀️✨ I hope her eyes are always bright because of the truth stored up in her heart. I hope she radiates jesus all the days of her life and I hope as she grows up in a world that tells her to be everything contrary to the word of God that she will stand strong and find her identity in Jesus and shine with an eternal light. she’s golden and she inspires me to stay true to all God tells me to be, for her.
for them. she’s my reminder and I can’t wait to watch her life unfold and her light explode ✨ // + can’t forget the Tripster who had to make his appearance as well 😅😳🤦🏼♀️😋
Grateful for You
Grateful for Love
Grateful for Life
Путешествия... «Есть в этом что-то волшебное: уезжаешь одним человеком, а возвращаешься совершенно другим»
Photo on the right is me today! Feeling pretty #badass as I get to celebrate 5 years without alcohol!
I took the photo on the left after I failed again at quitting drinking in the spring of 2014. Wasted again is what I was thinking... you are a fucking failure... Earlier that January, I made a promise to myself that I would change and I managed to cut back but still ended up wasted again.
You see I didn't drink all day. I didn't wake up and drink. I thought I was smart because I waited until the evening. And then as soon as I had one beer, it was like I didn't have an off button. I couldn't stop and usually ended up drunk, blacked out, wasted. I think of all the times I could have switched to water🤦 , But my genetics didn't know any better.
July 2014, after making an ass out myself at a friend's house over the 4th, it finally sunk in that alcohol cannot be a part of my life anymore. It is not who I wanted to be, and for fuck sake, it was time to break some major family lines of #alcohol
I went on that month to make one " exception" and party at a friend's wedding. I regretted it and still do to this day. I did okay until December of that year and tried to have a beer over Christmas, and it didn't feel the same. And from there on out, I have not touched a drop or cigarettes!
Don't get me wrong I still salivate around beer. I still dream of good dirty #martini and #margaritas. I have lost friends and family with my choice to quit.
When people ask why I don't drink, I reply, " O no, I am not allowed to. It's better for all of us that I don't. " I have had a total #rebirth of life. I feel everything and don't miss anything. I still fight through some really intense #emotions but feeling pure #joy outways it all. I wasted a lot of time with alcohol. But I am so #thankful to have the opportunity to do it right and live the life I am intended to live.
Thank you Tom for never giving up on me. And to our #kids who know about my journey and are my biggest fans. They now know you can overcome big stuff, and for that reason alone it is all worth it. The practice of #selflove has and continues to pave the way! #sobriety
The BIGGEST REWARD, for us educators, is when we see this kind of smile on our students' faces.
Guys... The whole game changes once you start making your presence a priority!