Friday, May 1, 2009
I was so excited when Sis. Duvall asked me to do the "In The Spotlight" blog for the month of May. I got so much information from my Grandmother, I'm not sure how to say it all. I hope you enjoy this blog and I hope you all learn something new about my grandmother, Sis. Roberta Shields.
Born Roberta Pauline Rose on January 16, 1921 in Charleston, Texas, she is one of seven daughters.
The Rose family lived on a farm in Deport, Texas. Roberta was 9 years old when the Depression struck the U.S. Raising seven girls (Elsie Aubrey, Letres Cherry, Nellie Lee Kyle, Loretta Allen, Virginia Porter, Robbie Gilbert - Roberta and Virginia are the last surviving girls) during the depression era was hard on the family but God always provided. In order for her family to get by in those days her dad, William Woody Rose, would kill 7 hogs a year and her mom, Minnie Viola Rose, would can 600 jars of vegetables, peas, corn, pickles, etc., a year. Also, they would have syrup in a 50 gallon wooden barrel. Roberta specifically remembers that her dad raised dogs for the local Doctor. When they got to a certain age, the Doctor would sell the dogs and in this way all the medical bills were paid for the girls. There was no welfare in those days so the local community helped in any way they could. Her father died when he was 92 and her mother when she was 79. Our family will always remember them as Ma and Pa Rose. Of course, I never got to meet them (that I can remember) but I've heard many stories about them.
On January 10, 1939, Roberta married Wilson Lamb. They were farmers in Cunningham, Texas. She did everything on the farm. Picked cotton, baled hay, rode horses, milked cows, raised and unfortunately, I have to say; she did kill chickens for food. They raised three girls; Ellen, Rosie and my mom, Dorothy. They all remember picking cotton and working on the farm. Ellen was particularly afraid of chickens. According to Rosie, Ellen chased a rooster into the well and pushed him in with a broom. Needless to say, that was the end of that rooster....
It was during her marriage to Wilson that Roberta came to the Lord. Attending the Pentecostal Church in Cunningham pastored by Bro. Mark Malone, she was baptized in the Chanel which ran between Charleston and Cunningham. Remembering those times, she broke down into tears of joy and happiness at the memories. She will never forget that Bro. James Kilgore was preaching a revival at the time and 21 people were baptized that same day in the Cotton Gin pool.
Memories of God's provision and His miracles came to her mind and she cried reminiscing about it all. I have been blessed to hear these stories and I can only hope for the kind of faith people exhibited during that time.
Miracles and God's Provision in Cunningham
God wrought many miracles in the lives of the Lamb family in Cunningham. Here are some of those stories:
One day, while working in the cotton fields, Wilson got his foot hung in the power lifter on the tractor. He made it to the house where they laid him on the couch. They weren't sure what would happen to him. If he lost his foot the family would be in great trouble because his work depended on him being in good health. Roberta was very worried but knew who to turn to. She turned to God in prayer. She said it was like God whispered to her, "Go cook supper and pray." So, that's what she did. While in the kitchen cooking and praying she heard movement in the living room. She went to the door and saw that Wilson was up and walking around. That night they all went to church and his foot was fine after that. Even in his 70's, when he would tell that story, my grandpa would start to cry. He never forgot the healing he received.
Another story was one of my mother, Sis. Dorothy Kegley. Mom was about 5 1/2 years old when a doctor said she had TB. Well, my grandmother would not accept that prognosis so she told my grandpa to go to the Kilgore's house and have them pray. At the time, the Kilgore's were living in Paris which is about 25 miles from Deport. They took my mom and had them pray. When she went back to the doctor they said she did not have TB and mom has never been diagnosed with that again.
There were many more stories of God's miracles during her time in East Texas but I couldn't write them all here. She is very thankful for His hand on her life.
The Move to Grand Prairie
Wilson and Roberta Lamb moved to Grand Prairie in 1952 and started attending the Grand Prairie church pastored by Bro. and Sis. B.F. Lee. They had to move to Grand Prairie because Wilson got a job at Gifford Hill where he worked for 19 years. Roberta worked for the GPISD as a lunch room manager for 17 years.
The Lambs were some of the founding members of the GP church. Roberta worked tirelesly in the bus ministry for 10 years. Kenneth Aubrey (she said that Kenneth was the best bus driver ever) would drive the bus and Roberta would work with the kids. Sometimes, she would take the kids to her house to get them dressed. Even today, kids she helped on the bus remember her. At our first block party, a lady came up to my mom and asked where she was. She remembered her on the bus route. She still sees grown adults who remember her. Now, that tells me that bus ministry works!
Some of the things she would do for the kids were give them a slip of paper when they got on the bus. These slips would have $.10 cents, $.25 cents, and sometimes a dollar listed on them. When they got off the bus they would hand her the paper and she would give them what was listed. She did this all out of her own pocket because she loved the kids so much and wanted to minister to them. At times, she would have donuts and pints of milk for them. Does this sound familiar? I think what we are doing on Sunday mornings is awesome and it really does minister to them. What worked years ago still works today! These are things I didn't really know about my grandmother so I'm so glad I got to sit down with her and reminisce with her.
The Grand Prairie church was always her heart and she loved Bro. and Sis. Lee. She explained that when she first met Bro. Martinez she knew he would one day be the pastor in Grand Prairie. At the time, Bro. Martinez was attending Bro. Guidrose's church in Dallas but he came to visit Grand Prairie church and stayed. And, he did become pastor in 1988 until his retirement in 2008. Roberta has remained faithful to the Lord and faithful to Grand Prairie through all the years. She is so excited about the future of Grand Prairie church and looks forward to the ministry of Bro. and Sis. Duvall. She loves them very much and is thankful God sent them our way!
In 1994, Wilson Lamb succumbed to cancer and passed away on February 15th. Thus, ended a marriage of 54 years but Roberta still has the hope that she will see him again one day in Heaven. After about 4 years of being alone, she married Yantes Shields on January 17, 1998 and is thankful that God provided him to share her life. Yantes is a WWII veteran and was in the Army from 1942 until 1946. He was at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. What a blessing he has been to our family. I thank God that He sent Yantes to our lives. God is good!
There is so much more to say and I wish I had the words. She is of the generation that says, "Ok, so this happened, and this happened but I still trust you Lord". That is strong faith and I admire that. That's a "I still trust you, Lord", kind of faith. They were brave then and I hope that we, as modern women of God, can take lessons from them and realize that we can have the same faith demonstrated by my grandmother and others of her generation. We could learn a lot from the senior generation!
I hope you enjoyed this blog (sorry it's so long) and I hope you look forward to the next one.
Love you all,
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Before I say anything else I want to say how much I love all the ladies of First UPC of Grand Prairie. What a privileged it is to be serving God and sharing my life and my family’s lives with you all. Each of you has already brought something to my life that no one else could have. I could write and write and write of all those things but…. I need to move on to prayer. Now the second thing I must say is please have a little mercy on me this is my first blog. I have wrote my thoughts on some of the social apostolic networks I have been on and have always felt a little intimidated because I really never knew what I was doing but one of the things I have learned about all of my sisters of Grand Prairie is that you all are very patient, kind and helpful. So here we go.
What is Prayer? This is a question I love to ask in kid’s church because I always get such a simple, uncomplicated answer. If I was in a room full of adults and asked them the same question I would bet (if I was a betting woman) that I would get a very detailed, complicated, three part answer. I would most likely be the person to give the most complicated answer.
I have realized in my prayer life that the answer is very simple. I don’t have to come to God with all the right words, or the perfect place to pray or even at the perfect time. There was a time in my life that if I didn’t pray first thing in the morning then I felt like I missed my time with the Lord as if God is only available from 6-7 am. It is necessary to have a set time for prayer every day. The most wonderful thing I have done in my prayer life is allow God to call me to prayer at any time so I have my set time and then I am available all times for him to use me in prayer. There are times when he calls me to prayer that are so incredible that if I was to tell you, you probably could not even believe it. But the invitation by God is so amazing because it really isn’t the invite it is the place he takes me and then the end result. What I mean is when God moves on me to pray other than my set time he is already there waiting for me and then we begin our journey together. Sometimes it is a sweet start and builds to a place of battle and then I may feel a little worn but he then offers a chance to be rejuvenated and that happens after the battle I enter a place of praise. It is an incredible experience if you have never experienced this I recommend it. It is simple to do you just have to say God whenever you want me here I am and I want to be used to touch you for someone else. Because I very rarely enter this type of prayer for myself or my needs, usually my set time for prayer is for my petitions, for my family, my church family and people who have asked me to pray but when I get that invitation sometimes I never know who it is for because God is so strong on me I can’t do anything but pray in the spirit and other times I know who it is for and he will allow me to see a result of that answer to his invitation. Don’t miss this opportunity because it is incredible. I know I have said it so many times but it really is. Allow the invitation, respond to the invitation and watch and see the results. I love all of you so much. I hope you have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to hear the results of when you respond to your invitation.
More on Prayer to come
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
In The Kitchen Wednesday
this is where we will share ideas/tips/recipes/stories and our love for food......
I think Sister Duvall asked me first because I am the Oreo Truffle Queen....or because I already have a food blog....or maybe it is because I LOVE food.... either way, I am happy and honored to get to do this!
I get the whole month of May.....sooo here we go....
Today the Food For Thought is...... saving money.
We all like to go out to eat, and a lot of us eat out at least three to four times a week (especially after church with all of our church family). However, it isn't pocketbook friendly to spend $40 4 times a week....that is $160 a week on food that you don't finish, take it to go, then forget to eat the leftovers before they go bad....(well that is how it works at my house) Do you know what kind of damage I can do with $160 a week!!?!?!?!
Here are a few of my tips (tried and true) to saving money in the kitchen.
Coupons Coupons Coupons!
They DO work people...you just have to know how to work them. I have done a written a blog on this before about how I saved double what I paid just on things I use everyday.
There are many many many ways to organize and use coupons. The way I do it is I go to http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ and there it will let you know which exact coupon to use and how to best use the sales....the website will give you directions and such.. The basics are
clip the coupons
file them according to where they are located in the store
get the weekly circular of your grocery store
find the sales (note some stores double and triple coupons)
match the coupon to the item on sale and go have a good time saving cash!
Make sure you use your leftovers! Especially the meats because in a meal that is what is most expensive (most times) Here are a few things that are made for dinner, and how they can be turned into a leftover/new meal.
Meatloaf = Sloppy Joes / Spaghetti
Roasted Chicken = Chicken Salad Sandwiches / Chicken Tortilla Soup
Roast = Hash / Smothered Beef and Rice
That is just a few things I can think of off the top of my head...but I will share more if you need them.
Kids snacks are oh so important.. but something I learned early on is this...make sure you get your kids and yourself snacks you WILL eat. Not ones you HOPE to eat because you want to be healthy or eat better. I have wanted the kids in my home to eat more healthy. So I bought all sorts of fresh veggies and fruits. Come to find out they only like to snack on peaches and green apples and sometimes grapes. So all the celery, carrots and other things I would buy would go to waste (that is if I can't incorporate them into my dinners). It is important to get the kids to try new things so pick a theme each week, buy that item and go for it, don't try a billion new veggies this week and waste your money on it. In fact look at the sales ad at your local store, and start with the things on sale. This week strawberries, next week melons....prepare them different ways, (on top of yogurt, sliced, in a smoothie etc.)
A few random tips of the trade ..
With all of this, you can save your family money and utilize your refrigerator to it's fullest capacity! Use the coupons, use the leftover, snack smartly, and remember random money saving tips will leave extra dollars in the bank...and because we are talking about the kitchen...here are a few products you can save the saved dollars for....
OH WAIT....that is MY wish list....nevermind, think of your own use for that saved cash!
Have a great Wednesday, see ya next week!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
My initial plan was to write a devotional to the Proverbs 31 woman. One of my favorite topics but as I sat down to write, God laid something else on my heart.
In these tough times, God's Provision is enough for us. The tough times we are facing are not only financially but also emotionally, physically, mentally. We are surrounded by stresses of life that take our time and we become weary. We are surrounded by a lifestyle that causes us to eat unhealthy and live in a worn out state. We are surrounded by the snares of this world that cause us to begin to doubt each other, our God-called ministry, our effectiveness, our purpose. BUT....we have hope that far exceeds this present world. We have been called out of the world and those things which would so easily beset others are able to be overcome by the child of God. Can I take a minute of your time and tell you what our God tells us about His provision?
Financially: He will provide!
I am reminded of the story of Elijah. In 1 Kings Chapter 17 there was a drought in the land as a result of the words that the prophet Elijah spoke whereby he told King Ahab there would be drought in the land and it would only lift when he commanded it to lift . The Prophet Elijah was told by God afterwards to go by the brook Cherith and he should drink water from the brook and he would command the ravens to feed him both bread and meat so Elijah obeyed God and went to the brook. Elijah drank some water from the river and ravens came to him with meat and bread and as a result he was able to survive. We have to remind ourselves that God has ALWAYS provided for His children. Recently I shared a story with my Covenant kids about a good friend of ours...Kevin Blake. Bro. Blake was raised in Africa as a missionary's kid. He has told us many stories of how God provided for him. However, he shared one with us that is such a blessing. Bro. Blake's mother has a very sweet tooth. When they were on the missions field, she would crave sweets but it was hard to get sugar to bake. He said they had a barrel out in a shed that they stored sugar in and his mom would send him out to get a cup of sugar for baking. After retrieving the sugar one day, he came back into the house and told his mother that he had scrapped the barrel and there was no more sugar. To his surprise, the next day, his mom sent him out for sugar again. As a young boy would do, he argued and said, "Mom, there's no sugar. I emptied the barrel yesterday." His mom insisted that he go out and scrape the sides and sure enough, he was able to get a cup of sugar. This routine continued for over a month and he was always able to fill a cup of sugar. After a period of time, they received new provisions in the mail and he could not longer scrape ANY sugar from the barrel because God had sent a new barrel. See...God not only provides for us, he gives us the desires of our heart!
Emotionally/Mentally: Jehovah Shalom
We are surrounded by media and tragedy. The world today would seek to make us believe that there is no hope. Depression is increasing in our nation. However, a child of God does not have to fall prey to the snares of this emotional pit. We have in this earthen vessel...hope. Hope that we are overcomers, hope that we have answers, hope that we will make it. God has provision for you emotionally and mentally. Psalm 37:5 says, " I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread." (NIV). The enemy would try to make us feel "forsaken", alone, empty. But, the Psalmist says he has never seen the righteous forsaken. I have to agree. Talk to an elderly person who has walked with God for many years. I guarantee you that you won't find one who has kept on the path tell you that God has forsaken them or that they have seen God not provide emotionally. You may be wondering how God will provide for you when you feel like you can't take another step. He provides for you through fellowship. Fellowship in prayer, the Word, and with each other. One of my favorite passages is Psalm 142. Notice how despondent it begins but how at the end the answer is found in praise.
1 I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.
2 I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.
3 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.
From the beginning of time, the enemy has tried to separate the people of God and make us believe that we aren't cared for by our brothers and sisters. Recognize this trap! You are loved, you are needed, and God does have a ministry for you! But...you must take the first step to trust in God's provision by giving Him the praise and walking into His fellowship.
One of my favorite speakers is Dr. Randy Carlson. Dr. Carlson talks a lot about intentional living. He says, "Intentional Living is a "No Excuse" zone, where we focus on taking good intentions, and acting on them in order to make them reality. Ephesians 5:10 says it this way, "Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it." Is there something - ONE THING - you could do today that would please Christ and make a huge difference in your life? You can do it." I agree! We can do it. What can YOU do today that will bring you closer to Christ and closer to each other? Pick up the phone, send a text, tell someone how much you love them. Hug that child and remind them they are called of God. Live intentionally as a child of God.
Until next week....
Monday, April 27, 2009
5 Ways To Make Your House A Home
Furniture and Belongings Never Make Up For Love!
So, here are 5 ways that you can make your house into that warm and loving home you desire.
1) Maintain an open door policy
Make your house inviting to family and friends by letting them know they are welcome in your home. Encourage them to stop by to say hello or to visit with you for a few minutes. Let them know you value them as a part of your life. A closed home is a lonely home!
2) Fill your home with fresh aromas
Let the aroma of compassion, kindness, gentleness, love, joy, patience, etc permeate through your walls. Homes need to be a haven, a place where people can feel secure to be themselves. Someone who smells these character qualities encompassing your home can't help but hunger for more!
3) Hold a consistent family dinner hour
Make sure your family sits together at the table for dinner each night (or at least regularly) so that you can share together, laugh, and bond. It doesn't matter what else is going on in the world if you can all connect as one family unit each day.
4) Keep your home picked up - but let it be "lived in"
It's a great thing to be organized and to take pride in your home. In fact, your family will benefit from these traits. But it's just as important to not let that organization run your life. If a home is so immaculate that everyone is afraid to relax, what good does that do anyone? A good reminder to help you keep your focus balanced is to think of what you would do if you opened your door to find Jesus there after He'd walked for miles on a dusty road. Would you allow Him to enter in His dirty sandals?
5) Slow down!
Fast-paced lives are the biggest thieves of family time these days. Friends are important but you need to make your family your priority not your social activities. Make time to create memories together in your home.
I want a home that has laughter,tears,quiet moments,social gatherings and more filling every corner with memories and legacies.I want my children to remember a home that was a refuge for them and somewhere that they could be themselves.
I want something "real" to be felt in my home.Don't you?
Wasn't that a great article?That is so true,I always thought that because I don't have a big house or nice furniture I couldn't have anyone over.I was always too embarrassed,but what's more important to me now is having a warm and inviting place for family and friends to gather.
That's been kind of hard to do lately having sick kids for the past few weeks.Here are some tips I wanted to share that I use around my house to stop all the germ spreading.
1.Make them a comfortable place for them to rest with their favorite blanket and pillow.For kids put a basket of things they can use like books,games,markers( etc.).
2.Make sure they wash their hands several times a day especially when they are coughing and sneezing a lot.
3.Use lysol to spray to kill germs on doorknobs,faucet handles and light switches.
4.Once they start feeling better,replace their toothbrushes.
5.And last,here's a recipe for ginger tea that I found in one of Sister Freeman's books Keeper of the House.
1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in a cup of hot water sweetened with honey.
She says it will stop a cold or flu if you catch it in the early stages.Several cups are needed in more advanced stages.
My kids usually only drink a couple of spoonfuls because it tastes so bad but it really does seem to help them.
Well,I hope you can use some of these tips in your home,I enjoyed sharing them with you!
Have a great Monday!