This season, I have heard in several ways that GOD wants ALL of me. I have always known that but it has come front and center, and with how the last years have gone, with the battles, warfare, and though so much GOOD has happened with the deliverance of actual demons, (yes I have been a Christian over 30 years), there is still "stuff" that is still clinging onto me.
A teaching that has come forth has been giving ALL of oneself to the Lord, not just a percentage. SOOOO this last couple of weeks I have been thinking ALOT and finally today, put those thoughts into action. I got out a case of my books and took them to church. I shared with the proper person, what I wanted to do, and if I had permission.
Church started and we started singing. I got a couple of books out and signed them with a word of encouragement to the person(s) it was intended for. Before long Tim (not his real name), got a book and before long, called me up and prayed for me. Well one of the first persons in whom I gave a signed book to, wanted to know how much they would cost, for they wanted more to buy for Christmas presents (wow). I then was prayed for and after several minutes, returned to my seat. I finished the service and gave books away as I planned.
Now it was lunch time my sweet mom in law choose to take me and her son (my husband) out to eat. After we were done, we need to stop off at Costco to pick up some items. I grabbed a book, (in anticipation of giving it away), and we got inside and got into line for my order of photography. Before long there were several in line behind us. I just "decided" to give the woman behind me a signed book. So I asked her name and her permission to give her one. Before long we were communicating and as I handed it to her, she got emotional, and tears began to flow. I held/hugged her tightly and her adult kids were there as well and when she opened the book, it was to a page of butterflies and she started SOBBING. This lasted several minutes and when she could speak, she shared that her grandma had died, and her grandma loved butterflies. Our encounter lasted about 10 minutes and many were aware of "something important" was happening. I was next to be called, so as to pick up my order and then moved on. We came home and stopped at the corner market to get something to drink (I like Dr. Pepper). That store also sells my photography. Looking back, it's when I don't "think", well that seems to be when GOD does so much in me, through me.
So in conclusion, the sun is down, and the day is over. I have a new customer and the corner market, wants more cards to sell.
Lord I pray that I/WE will seek Your Kingdom first, Quit relying on my own understanding....... and to give YOU ALL of ourselves. Here is a link to share some of what I do............... SHALOM https://www.etsy.com/shop/PhotographybyNicole
- Introducing Nicole RamirezHello my name is Nicole and it mean victory of the people, victorious one, and it origin is from Greece.
I am a photographer, author, as well as an artist. This is my first posting here in my blog, and over the next season, i will share from several different subjects so as to encourage you. One goal I have and intend to accomplish is to share the trials, traumas, and just hard times that i have come through, that i made it this far and you can too.
So, let me start with as i said above.... My name is Nicole. I am adopted and found out as i was raised by my adoptive parents, that my name was given to my by my biological dad. I was born in the 50's, and even though now in the 21st century, when i was growing up there was not one other Nicole i even met, heard of, be it in my life or on television. I never heard the name Nicole anywhere at all.
I was raised by Mr & Mrs Stickler, my adoptive parents, and they adopted another kid, this time a boy, and now i had a brother. We moved ever so much and so i never really got established in a neighborhood, all but for once.
My dad acquired cancer and died of it when i was 11. We moved back to Pennsylvania, so he could say goodbye to his blood family before he died. After his death we came back to California, and settled in
San Diego County, the home of my moms sister. We settled in an rural area of the Eastern County, and we stayed in one place, and it was nice to go to one school my entire high school years.
Of course i saw some cute looking guys, and sorta would follow them around. Another guy became aware of me, especially as i started to go to sports events to take pictures. I decided to take photography, for i needed credits to graduate, and that seemed different and maybe fun. By the end of my junior year, i started dating this guy who was watching me. He graduated that year and 2 years later i then graduated. He then moved and got his own apartment and i invited myself to move in. Within several months a very good friend of mine, had a dream, and because of the dream, she begged me to watch Billy Graham crusade that weekend on the t.v. (i had gone to his crusades growing up, and watched his crusades lots of times). So the weekend came and it was December of 1977. I watched the crusade and ended up curled up on the floor crying at the end when the invitation to accept Christ was given. Well that very night, i couldn't go to bed with my boyfriend, i just KNEW it was not good anymore. So i slept in the walk in closet. Within the next week, i moved home with my mom. (she now only had a one bedroom apartment, and my brother had left home). Within several months my boyfriend whose name was Charles, well he came to invite me out on a date once again, and shared with me he was saved now. Within 5 months i was engaged, and we got married in June 1979.
I got pregnant nearly immediately and had a son in June of 1980 and named him charles as well. I now called my husband Charlie. The next 20 years were basically 2 more kids, who were boys, and several apartments too.
In 2002 my mom died, and within a year i started looking for my birth mom. It was (I think) in 2005 that i found my birth dad. I found him for i had always known we had the new paper article in which it was shared the details of my situation..........
Details will be given in the next posting on my blog...........