For I Know The Plans I Have For You…

  Declares the Lord!

He sure does!!! We do have free will to do or not do what we want, but if we trust in the Lord and want His will for our lives He will take control in any situation, big or small, if He sees this is not His will for our lives, He will take control and guide us a different direction.

The day I went in to get my procedure (lasering my tubes to close up the baby factory) done, He spoke loud and clear to Ray and I!

The day before my procedure, I went into the surgery room to draw blood and sign more paper work, so that the next day everything would have been taking care of. The nurse went through my file and asked me all these medical questions, and made sure everything that needed to be signed was signed.

The morning of my surgery, I woke up bright and early at 4:45am, showered, I did not put any lotion on, I took off all my jewelry, I wore something comfy, I didnt put any make-up, I did not eat anything ( all these were requests from the nurses/doctor). Once I was ready, I kissed all my girls and left them with my lovely sister (my mother-in-law was going to take over around 8am). By 5:30 Ray and I were out the door.

We arrived right on time at 6am, checked in, waited in the waiting room, Ray made a deposit, and we waited till they called me in. A few minutes later they called me in and they took my weight and took me in the room where I was going to change and get ready for the procedure. The nurses started talking with each other and then they looked over at me and asked me, “Olga, do you know why you signed and dated the paper April 28th 2011?” I said, “Yes, when I was pregnant with my littlest I signed the paper work so after I gave birth I would have the procedure done, but my husband and I decided to wait a few months instead.” Then the nurse said, ” Am sorry, Olga, but we are not going to be able to do this procedure on you today, because this agreement has expired. It expired in October 2011. I am very surprised your doctor or the nurse that seen you yesterday did not catch this.” They then sent Ray in. Ray was confused about the whole thing and was asking them to explain to him why the procedure couldn’t be done. I also asked them if I can just sign a new one, that I’m here and I want the procedure done. The nurses and the advise nurse said nothing can be done, and even if we were to fill out a new one we would have to wait 72 hours by law. Ray and I tried and asked if there way anything else we can do or my doctor can do to be able to get this procedure done, but there was nothing that could be done! Ray was actually very upset. Our family had taken work off to watch the girls and myself after the surgery and we both explained this to the advice nurse to see, again, if there was ANYTHING that can be done, but, again, nothing. Listen to this… My doctor faxed over the same paper with her trying to over write it and she dated it the wrong date!! Instead of putting 2012 she put 2011!!! It was one thing after another! If she would have dated it right, there might have been a big chance that this procedure would have happened!

On the way back home, Ray and I were shocked that we were heading back home without the procedure being done. Ray was saying, ” If this is not a sign then I don’t know what a sign is!! Maybe we are meant to have four kids?! Olga, what are the odds of this happening?! these are professionals and they should know their paper work. Your doctor did not catch it, the nurse that seen you yesterday did not catch it, AND when your doctor tried overwriting it she dated it WRONG!! seriously, Olga, what are the odds of that happening?! Maybe God is trying to tell us something?!

God is in control! from the day I gave my life to my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, He has taken Control of my life to guide me the right way towards His path and His will. He knows the plans He has for me and my family, plans to prosper us and to give us hope and future!! Who knows… maybe this procedure saved my life, maybe we are meant to have four beautiful children… God works in mysterious ways!

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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A New Season

 
This is how our place looked…

now it looks like this…

 This weekend, this place will be empty!

We are doing it! We are moving! This will be a start to a new season in our lives. My parents offered us an offer we couldn’t say no to. They offered us to move in with them. We told them our plans of buying next year in Blackhawk (Danville)!! And my parents suggested that we move in with them, for a year, so we can save a-heck-of-a-lot more. We decided to go for it and move in with them.

 We are also in the process of buying two investment properties! On one of the investment properties we are just waiting on the bank (Its a short sale)!

 I am so grateful that my parents are opening their doors for us, that way we can save more and buy these investments properties and our home!! I am so thankful for all the blessings God has poured out to us! Because of Him, we will be able to buy investment properties and next year our home in Blackhawk!! I am so grateful for a husband who works so hard for us, so that we may have the best. Our original plan was to stay living in this place and just keep saving to buy a home in Blackhawk before Raychel starts kindergarten. One of the reasons we want to buy in Blackhawk is the schools. They are one of the best schools. The elementary school is actually an award winning school. Ray wants nothing but the best for his little girls. So, by the grace of God and the hard work of my dear husband, everything seems to be going as planned or even better with this offer from the parents!

I have been so busy packing and moving that I really haven’t had so much time to blog. I will probably be MIA all next week and the week after, but I will definitely be reading all your guys is posts on the hubs iPad ;). I might have some scheduled posts as well :).

Yay for a new season in our life!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

 a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

 a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Hubby Thursdays

 
This is the hubby’s board he has up in his office of all the transactions he has done/doing… all the listings he has, all the pendings and all the solds! He has sold 36 homes starting from January 2011 to today! He has more closings to come, and more listings he is getting! You are doing extraordinary, babe! Thanks to your hard work and the grace of God!! Keep up the great work, honey!

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.” (Proverbs 12:24)

{{{Retreat}}}

 

I am taking my own little… much needed… retreat with me, myself, and God.

This verse has been playing on repeat in my head…
Matthew 6:33
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
I will be back in a year… I mean… a week… maybe?
One more thing… this picture above has a beautiful rainbow… it reminds me of a few days ago when it was raining really hard at night and my girls got waken up by the rain banging on their window, they called out to me crying “mommy, mommy!” They were scared. I went into their room and Raychel says, “mommy pray for me!” So I prayed, “Dear Lord Jesus, protect Raychel and Oceana as they go back to sleep. Let them not be afraid, for it is just the rain tapping on their window. And Lord Jesus, if it keeps raining that we may see a rainbow tomorrow morning, in Jesus name, Amen.” Raychel -“Amen.” Raychel went right back to sleep and Oceana need me to take her too the window to see the rain before going back to sleep… so we did just that. That morning we did not see a rainbow. Raychel kept asking, “where is the rainbow, mommy?” I said, “Oh..babe, I am not sure, maybe we’ll see it some other time.”  That night as Ray and I were laying in bed I told him about how the girls were scared last night and how I prayed with Raychel and Oceana about the rain and us seeing a rainbow but that we did not see one that morning. Ray then looks over at me with these eyes saying, ” I saw a rainbow! Before going to work I seen it.” It hit both of us, that it was meant for us to have this conversation that God does answer prayers. You may say… well, there is always rainbows after it rains, but, I know deep in my heart that this was truly God hearing mine and my girls prayer!
This reminds me of one more story I would like to share and always remember. Before Ray and I had kids we drove down to LA and back. As we were driving back home Ray and I were extremely tired, but we did not want to stop, we just wanted to get home into our warm and comfy bed {I know this was not a good idea and its dangerous not only to us but to others}. We were both falling asleep as we were taking turns driving. It was so hard keeping each other awake! We were both hoping to see a Starbucks around to grab coffee but, nothing! Then after a few more miles I saw a Starbucks! I yelled to Ray, ” STARBUCKS!” Ray- “WHAT!? Really?!” He turned his head all the way back to try to see it but he didn’t and we missed the exit. When Ray turned his head back from trying to see it, he said, “Olga, When you yelled “Starbucks” I literally just finished praying to God telling him if he is really there to please show us a Starbucks!” We were both in AWE!!! And that kept us awake. God is so good, guys!! Yeah… we didn’t get a coffee, but that wasn’t the point! He was telling us that He is there that He is with us, and He does hear us {you, me, everyone!!} God is more then good!! Praise Him!
God bless!! <333333333 

{A New Creation in Christ Jesus} Alyssa Duncan’s Testimony!

Meet… Alyssa Duncan!! Thank you Alyssa for sharing your beautiful heart/testimony to all my readers!

First off, thanks to Olga and her sweet family for allowing me the opportunity to share my testimony on her blog! 🙂 Her sweet words have given me inspiration on numerous occasions, allowed to laugh over silly moments with a fellow momma, and marvel at what God is doing in the lives of others. I’m attempting to break into the blogging world, but as I only seem to make it onto my blog once or twice a month (if that)…I’m not ready to call myself a true “blogger” yet. For now, I’ll just enjoy following blogs like Miss Olga’s instead. 🙂

So, my story starts back at the very large Independent Fundamental Baptist church that I attended in California as a little girl. I grew up with godly parents, Bible stories, attending VBS, and memorizing scripture as song. God was just interwoven into the daily fabric of my life and I didn’t know any different. I accepted Jesus into my heart at the young age of 5 and was baptized not long after. But then, upon attending a youth camp at age 12, I came to the realization that as a 5 year old I didn’t fully understand what it meant to be “saved.” So I re-committed my life to Christ and asked him to show me what it really meant to follow him. But, being a teenage girl, I quickly forgot about my commitment to Christ and upon entering into high school, became consumed with other (MUCH less important things). I fell into some pretty deep pits my sophomore year, dabbling in some areas that I am NOT proud to say I entered into. My family had stopped going to church around this time and so I definitely didn’t have the support system around me that I needed to get through these tough times. I made friends with the wrong people, got it into my mind that my parents only wanted to make my life as hard as possible, and at one point, became so low that I simply did not want to be alive anymore. My parents chose to move me to a different high school my junior year in an attempt to put me in a little bit better of an environment and we started going back to church. I had turned my back on God at this point, I was so set in my ways and I was NOT going to change. Then, I met Eric.

I’m convinced that the ONLY reason God led me to Eric was to show me how a relationship was NOT supposed to work. I didn’t care that Eric wasn’t a Christian, I overlooked the fact that he constantly was trying to get me alone and compromise my integrity, and I didn’t listen to anyone who tried to point out any of the obvious issues he had. I defended him, thought I loved him, and at one point…was engaged and only a few weeks away from marrying him. Then, one Sunday at church, God used a message about loving your children to show me the light. The message was about absolutely nothing that pertained to me but somehow (because He is God) he used it to show me that I was not being loved, cherished, and treated how Christ loved the church. He used this message to show me that I could not be married to an unbeliever, that there was something out there that was so much better for me and that if I turned my life over to him once more, he would show me the way. So I did. I bared my soul, exposed my heart, and pledged my life to Him once and for all.

At a birthday party for a little boy that I used to babysit later that afternoon, when Eric was upset that I was planning on going to a sleepover at our youth leader’s house for the girls in the youth group and not spending time home with him like a good fiancé, I knew that was it. I couldn’t marry him. So with my sister by my side, we sat and cried on the bathroom floor as I called my mom and broke the news. She told me the best thing I could have heard, “I am taking your hand and running back down the aisle with you, away from him. Everything will be okay. I love you.”

The funny thing about all of this, is that same day, when God was breaking my heart for Him during the worship service at church, I looked over at Chad (a guy whom I had met at our church Life Groups a few weeks before) and said to myself, “I want to marry a guy like that. He would love me!” From the moment that Eric and I broke up and he went back to Arizona, Chad and I became instant friends, fell madly in love after a mere few weeks, and 7 months later were engaged. Chad and I both came from horribly disastrous relationships so we just fell madly, passionately, and quickly head-over-heels in love with each other. I can look back now and see that God used Eric to make me appreciate Chad so very, very much. Where Eric was harsh, Chad is tender. Where Eric was snobby, Chad is rugged and man’s man. Where Eric was cruel, Chad was uniquely understanding and sweet. He is my very best friend.

The best part of it all was my renewed passion for the Lord. I poured over my Bible night and day, until I had read it cover to cover, over and over…I couldn’t get enough of this amazing book! I had read the Bible all my life but it was like all of a sudden it had been revealed to me in a way that it never had before. Chad and I would spend hours talking about things we read, the sermon at church on Sunday, or where we felt God was calling us in our lives. For the first time in my life, I FELT God in my heart leading me, talking to me, and guiding me in my day-to-day life. It was so freeing!

Chad and I got married (legally) on January 15th, 2010 and then once he was back from a brief deployment we got married in a formal ceremony on February 19th, 2010. We spent the next year traveling, cuddling, playing games together, and just having SO much fun. I enjoyed being with him so very much!! We found out in early November that we were expecting a baby and it’s amazing how fast nine months flew by! Our son, Jonah Maverick, was born just a few short months ago on June 30th. He is already 2 months old and growing like a weed before our very eyes! Chad is currently involved with the Safety and Security Ministry in our church and I sing on the Worship Band at our church. We used to teach Preschool as well at the church, but we stepped down for a time to focus on growing and nurturing our little family.  My mom and I are best friends now and I couldn’t be happier that her and my dad didn’t give up on me when I turned my back on them. My family and I are closer than ever and they have been such a HUGE help as Chad and I embark on this new journey in parenthood. Jonah is the physical embodiment of my heart on the outside of my body and I couldn’t be happier (or more blessed) to be his Momma. All of this because two people fell in love…and one girl started listening to God. All of my dreams are coming true. 🙂

Check out Alyssa Duncan‘s blog… send her some love 🙂
Next Monday we will be hearing from… Karisa Wollander!
want to share your testimony too?! please e-mail me @ faithhopeluv32@aol.com! I would love to have you as a guest on my blog!

 

Testimony Mondays- New Creation in Christ

Tomorrow Alyssa will be sharing her BEAUTIFUL testimony with all you guys! You wont want to miss it!

 

{{{A New Creation In Christ Jesus}}}

 
  Hey everyone! I have been thinking of having guests post on my blog and share their testimony on how God has changed them and/or what extraordinary things he has done in your life or one of your family members or friends life. I think this can be very encouraging to people who will read these posts. I would love to hear what God has done in your life! I’m thinking of posting these on Monday? If you want to be a guest post, please let me know!! comment or e-mail me! I hope I can get a few of you who want to do this, otherwise this guest post will not work. If you are indecisive to do this or not I just ask that you pray about it.

{A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST JESUS}

Hubby Thursdays- Our Beginning

  How Ray and I met…
I worked at a chiropractors office in Dublin and Ray would come in to see the doctor and get adjusted. The first time I met him I thought he was such a hottie, and that was it. After he kept coming in a few more times I became more interested, so I checked his file to see how old he was and if he was married. When I looked at his file and seen he was 26 and not married I thought… I’m too young {I was 18}, he will never look at me in that way {as a girlfriend/future wife.} My next thought was… I should try to get Ray and my sister together! I told my sister about how great of a guy Ray was and that she should come to my work one day about five-ish {this is the time he mostly always comes in} in hopes they would run into each other. Elizabeth came to my work one day around five-ish, she got adjusted by the docotor and waited around to see if Ray would show up. She waited, waited, and waited some more and nothing, no Ray. Elizabeth told me, ” Well Olga, its probably not meant to be.” I told her, “just wait five more minutes and if he doesn’t come then you can head on out.” Five minutes past and no Ray. Elizabeth then left, and about 3 minutes after she left… guess who shows up? Ray! I was bummed they missed eachother, but something inside of me was very happy to see him and not share him with my sister. As days gone by, less and less I would talk to my sister about getting them two together, and the more I would fall for Ray. I loved going to work on the days I knew he would be there. I would wait all day for it to be evening to see him walk in through the door. My heart would beat so fast and I would pretend to be working or looking down at a file as if I didn’t know he was walking in. I loved those few minutes we had to talk and to take him off the traction machine. He made me smile, laugh, he put a spark in me that I have never felt! One day, He asked me, “So, what type of guys do you like?” I loved that he asked me this because it made me think… maybe he likes me or is interested in me a little? after I told him what type of guy I liked I then asked him the same question, and he said, “Well, I like girls who are latin, but that don’t look latina.” I thought.. Ok, thats totally me. I then said, “Oh, Ok.” He then asked for my number!! I was so excited, but of course, I wasnt going to show him how excited I really was. 
We went out a few times, and i was on cloud nine everytime we went out. He would call me and i would call him. There was a time in our dating days that he wouldn’t call for a few days then he would call. I was confused and sad, because i wanted to talk to him everyday. i remember saying to my self… am not calling him or setting a date night with him anymore. if he really wants something serious with me he will make the move. I was at work when i seen him again. My heart pounded so fast that i thought it was going to jump off my chest, and these crazy butterflies in my stomach. We talked, laughed, then he said he would call me later. This made me so happy yet sad, because i had no clue were this was going. After work i got into my car and started crying my eyes out. I was praying to God telling him that if this guy was not going to be my future husband  that he would stop calling me! BUT, that if he was the “one” then that he would keep calling me even if i did not call him. Sure enough, he was calling everyday, texting, saying… I don’t know what is going on with me,  I cannot stop thinking about you.!! praise god!!! Lord Jesus, you are amazing! you listen to me even when i am so not worthy. You always come through and answer all my prayers!! thank you Lord Jesus for being such a loving God! No one can fathom your amazing love, Lord, and i thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no thank you is ever enough on how thankful I am of you! And since then everything else was history!!!
the office

~ its so awesome to go down memory lane! it brings back all those amazing new love feeling! I challenge you to go down memory lane this evening with your husband and remember those great new love feeling! We get so cought up with work, kids, laundry, clean house, that we should take time to remember those beautiful first dates full of spraks, and butterflies!
God bless!  

Relay For Life!

God placed a sweet friend name Brandi into my life! 
I think its been 9 months since I first met Brandi, and she is amazing!
Brandi was 5 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. She finished all her treatments at age 7, and 14 years later she was diagnosed again, BUT… now, she is cancer free! She is wife to Jay and a wonderful mommy to a beauitful little girl, bri’elle. This is Brandi’s testimony of the miracle God has performed in her! She gives all the praise and glory to God! Praise God!!

Thank you Lord Jesus for Brandi! Thank you for giving her life and placing her in my life!!!

So, with that being said, we joined her team for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Pinole. 
It was a great event raising awareness for cancer!
Being apart of Relay For Life was such a blessing. It showed God’s amazing power! Nothing is impossible to Him! It was so much fun spending time with all my BFF’s! We all had a great time spending time together, hanging out, walking a few laps, and enjoying some yummy food. The kiddos also enjoyed hanging out with their buddies, playing with all the cool toys they had, running around on the grass, and walking a few laps as well.

It was a great Saturday morning!

Brandi’s Quote
“I’m thankful for every breathe I take and everyday I live. Each day is not promised.”
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 Brandi’s theme was “Happy Birthday” in hopes for more b-days for everyone.

He Hears You!

single ladies out there… this is for you!
wives/moms out there this can be for you too!

  Yesterday, my sister and her hubs were over at our parents house, when she called me and told me she found my “Wait For Me Journal.” Have you guys heard of the book “wait for me” by Rebecca St. James? Well when my sister and I were teenagers we both read this book and got the journal that goes with it. In the journal you write your thoughts for your future husband, and one day when you finally find him you will share your journal with him! Elizabeth {my sister} read two pages out loud to me over the phone that I had written in my wait for me journal, and I was in awe! here is the actual page…

The top of the page says, Today I prayed for you that…


The top of the page says, When I imagine our life together…
God is so GOOD! He truly hears us and knows the desires of our hearts! This has all come to pass for me!!

 When Ray opens the garage door to park, the girl hear the garage opening and they immediately take off running and open the garage door to meet daddy, they give him a huge hug and a kiss. Once he comes inside he gives me a kiss and goes to our room, gets changed, and then we have dinner together. After dinner he plays with our girls, and once they’re in bed its mommy and daddy time! 

This was so beautiful for me to hear, because you get caught up in being a wife and a mom, and it just becomes a daily routine and you forget that once when you were a teen this is what you desired life to be, and now I am living it!! This made me look at everything with new eyes, it re-freshed me!
Ladies God is so good! He loves you more than you can ever imagine! Seek Him first and He will give you the desires of your heart!! In His perfect timing He will bring you the man you being wanting! Hold strong and trust in Him and you will see that He indeed does hear you!!!!! AND not only for the single ladies, but in everything else!! Lets trust in Him and give our lives over to Him!!!

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Ecc 3:11
God makes everything happen at the right time. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future.

James 1:12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

PS Elizabeth’s husbands words were… “WOW! her life actual played out what she wrote!”
 

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