Sunday, July 8, 2018

Never Alone

Most Saturday's I wake up early and head to the trail for a 6 mile walk with my dear friend. We always seem to cry, pray and laugh together. We pray for each other, our families, and just life in general.


A few Saturday's ago, my heart was heavy and I was overwhelmed by life. We were walking and talking but my mind kept drifting back to my worries. My mind was anxious and I couldn't even focus on what she was saying. Instead of holding it in, I was transparent and shared my concerns and situation. Even though she's walking through her own difficult situations, she immediately started to pray for me. Those few moments of prayer provided encouragement and a renewed strength.




A weight was lifted off my shoulders.


My perspective changed and I moved from anxious thoughts to grateful thoughts.


I realized in a deeper way that:

  • prayer always works
  • prayer in partnership with others is a mighty weapon

The results you're looking for aren't always immediate but prayer always works! There is so much that God protects us from. He not only protects us but He also goes before us to prepare the way. Our natural minds can't even fully conceive how much our faithful prayers touch Heaven.


Praying by yourself is one thing but praying in connection with others is POWERFUL! The prayer I couldn't pray for myself, she could. Even in that moment, God knew what I needed and He provided.


Here's my conclusion, we were NEVER meant to do life alone. We were created to be in relationship with each other. Each day we are bombarded with challenges, tests and trials. Even those with a mature relationship in Christ struggle. As my pastor recently shared in a message, God WILL give us more than we can handle because in our weakness He is our strength.

If you're going through difficult times and you are withdrawing from life, find a small circle of friends or family members that can surround you with prayer and intercede on your behalf. Here are some scriptures of encouragement:

Ephesians 6:10 - Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Philippians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by PRAYER and PETITION, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Posted by Renee)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

I Don't Recognize This Country

I am thrilled that the holiday week is upon us. Today is Canada Day and on Wednesday (July 4th) the United States will celebrate our independence. Our freedom as a country. July 4th is such a celebratory holiday where the day is long and the grills are wafting some incredible aromas in the air. People happily stay up late for fireworks and holiday shenanigans with friends and family.


BAD NEWS:

I try to look at the news daily for edification on the latest events. This year I'm realizing there is so much I don't recognize about our country. The constant bickering on the news really, I mean REALLY upsets me. People no longer take the time to research the facts of a story. Water cooler discussions at work have turned UGLY. Many are just a passionate imitation of what they see on the nightly news.

I don't recognize why people love a political party more than their love of GOD and country.

The human spirit is alive and well if you open your eyes to see it. The news curates a world that has limited and extreme views on both sides instead of seeking out the stories that inspire and motivate Americans to positively keep moving forward as a nation.

My mom has always said, "If you look for dirt long enough on anyone, you will find it." We CAN choose to embrace the positive spirit within our country. It's just a choice we have to make.

Why do we all CRAVE such negative stories? We tell ourselves, "I don't watch it." BUT we know that is really far from the truth - we might not watch it, but we sure are reading those notifications on our phone.

GOOD NEWS:

This holiday, Renee and I will CHOOSE to celebrate the freedom we have. We will celebrate the heroes that enable us to live and thrive in the greatest country on earth. Nothing will EVER break the human spirit, NOTHING. As I travel from state to state, I see and feel the love that people have for our country and each other. That is what inspires and motivates me.

GOD Bless America!

Stay encouraged, not based on the circumstances you see. Stay encouraged because God truly loves you unconditionally. From the highest mountaintop experience to your lowest valley and everywhere in between, GOD is there with open arms. History happens in cycles, and soon we will be in another "cycle". Stand strong, be bold and enjoy celebrating FREEDOM! (Posted by Roslyn)


From us to you - Happy 4th of July!



Sunday, June 24, 2018

I was taken DOWN...

It all happened so quickly, one moment I was upright and presenting on a conference call for work. Then I started to feel a tickle in my throat. Within the next 3 quick hours I was achy, cold and feeling run over by a mac truck.

Could it be - The FLU!! I've had the flu before, 13 years ago when I was pregnant with my youngest son (Joshua). I knew the feeling and quickly started medication to hopefully "offset a bad cold". I was celebrating my son's birthday that evening and didn't want plans to change on account of me being sick.

WHO HAS TIME TO BE SICK?

I repeat, WHO HAS TIME TO BE SICK?

Sickness normally comes out of nowhere. It overtakes your body, emotions and feelings to bring you DOWN. I'm not talking about the easy stuff like a minor cold or slight upset stomach. I'm talking about the type of sickness that brings you flat on your back. How can you be cold and sweating all in the same hour?

The doctor confirmed I did NOT have influenza, which will kick you LONGER and HARDER than any other respiratory virus. He did confirm that I had a nasty flu like virus. To my surprise, in less than 24 hours my son started vomiting and I knew I had infected my entire house...UGH!

This is not the way I wanted to start my Summer. This post is to send a warning to all of you:

  • Do NOT stop washing your hands  
  • Be aware of those around you that are sick
  • Keep your body strong with exercise and healthy Summer eating
  • If sick, completely UNPLUG so all your mental and physical energy is dedicated to your healing time 
The stronger you are going into an illness, the stronger and shorter your recovery time. Being sedentary opens you up to a weakened immune system. GET moving so that you stay as physically strong as possible. If you don't rest your body will eventually shut down. Our bodies need rest, complete rest. Because again I repeat, WHO has TIME to be SICK?

A huge thank you to my hubby Tyjuan, that took complete control to help me focus on recovery. I'm not out of the woods yet BUT I am 24 hours without a fever. Praise Jesus for small steps forward. (Posted by Roslyn)

Be Well!
NO one has time to be sick!


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Is it almost Father's Day?

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There is so much that goes into making Mother's Day a perfect day. US Census reports that there are over 85 million mothers in the United States. Mother's day ends up being one of the largest and most profitable holidays in the Spring season. I find that less people are shopping intently for fathers on their special day due to many single mother households.

Our world needs strong men who love not only their families but also their communities. Men who are willing to sacrifice. We need strong men as mentors and champions when a father might be missing in the home.

I've had the opportunity to be surrounded by some incredibly strong men in my life. They taught me a standard of love in my early years of dating. They also taught me how a strong man leads lovingly and with humor in his home, so that the family is protected from the darkness of this world. I've also seen men in many environments like fraternities, education, churches, performing arts and sports who make a profound difference on children and families.




For ALL those men, Renee and I say:

H A P P Y  F A T H E R ' S  D A Y



A special note of love and gratitude for our special husbands, Tyjuan and Alton. Enjoy a weekend made just for YOU. (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Simplify Everything

Where are my keys?
What are we eating for dinner?
Where is my homework?
Oh gosh, I thought that appointment was tomorrow.

Does any of this sound like you? Keep reading, this post is for YOU!

I normally take about 25-30 trips a year. I travel countless miles in the air, train, subway, and car. Anywhere from Montreal to Georgia and many states in between. I've visited every borough in New York. I've realized people from Staten Island are MUCH different than those from East Orange, NJ. My favorite radio station comes from Philadelphia, PA - WDAS. The best clam chowder is from Boston. Hands down, in my opinion, some of the most diverse cuisines and people are in Manhattan and Toronto.

I can't go further in the email without first thanking my husband, Tyjuan Rice. He sacrificially supports our family and me during all our travel transitions.

My handsome hero - team Rice!

Over the years, of robust travel, I've learned to SIMPLIFY everything in my life. As my sister is launching her new State Farm Agency (shameless plug), I have found myself coaching her on how to prep and simplify. That's my inspiration for this post. If I can help her, I am hoping that some of my simplification tricks can help you too.

Roslyn's Simplify Everything:

  1. Buy in bulk
  • Grocery shopping can be a time waster if you aren't prepared. Preparing a list of meals you want to cook daily and adding the items on a grocery list help you not "miss" any ingredients. Buying in bulk also helps you keep a well stocked pantry. When you find a great item your family uses frequently, buy it in BULK Ex: Nutella was Buy One Get One Free a week ago, I purchased 8 of them so I would stock up on them at their lowest price (NO more running out)
2.  MultiTask
  • While the boys are asking questions about homework, I am preparing dinner. Juggling more than one thing at a time is a timeSAVER. I also pack during touch base calls with my teams (shh, don't tell them) to ensure I don't miss packing necessary items because I am in a rush. Listen to a podcast on your drive to work so you feel empowered and energized to start your work hustle.
3.  Pack Lighter
  • I remember the days of overpacking and it has COST me wear and tear on my body (specifically my shoulders and back) and my suitcases. The lighter you pack, the easier it is to move throughout the city. Now even if you aren't packing for a trip, you are packing a bag to take to the gym, office or school. Your handbags/backpacks should NOT weigh 10 pounds. Take time each week to clean out old receipts and coins to lighten your load.
4. Use A Calendar
  • How many times have you overcommitted and underdelivered? You MUST have a calendar that you use to keep track of all your appointments and schedules. I have a family calendar on my wall with all necessary appointment for the boys and details of my trips. We review the calendar at the start of the week, so no one is "accidentally leaving a child a school without a ride (I know I'm not the only one that has done this). With kids it's important to keep up with those early release dates or teacher planning days so you aren't caught off guard with zero childcare options.
5. Organize The JUNK Drawer
  • This sounds like a silly suggestion, BUT if you live amongst clutter it is a timeWASTER.  Look at your closets, underneath your sink, in your junk drawer - is it a mess? You will spend countless hours looking for everyday necessities like bills, glasses, keys, deodorant, lotion and phone chargers. Put everything in it's place. I run out the door to quickly to wonder where my keys are, that's why I always have them hanging on my key organizer located on the wall to give me peace of mind.
  • Also tear up or delete JUNK mail, not only in your mailbox but also your email. This helps you not miss important information and removes the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the paper in your house.
This road warrior has learned some hard lessons over the years. I have many more tips, but hope each of these 5 items helps jump start you to a life that is just more SIMPLE. (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

If You Knew

If you knew, in just a matter of hours a brutal beating of your body would take place, what would you do?

If you knew that you would have one last meal with your friends before your horrific death, what would be your demeanor?

If you knew, in only hours, your head would bleed profusely due to a crown of thorns being jammed into it, how would you react?

If you knew your mom would have to witness your back being ripped open and your hands and feet nailed to a cross, could you even sleep?

What about if you knew, your shed blood and broken body would redeem people who would never even say thank you. How would you respond?

If you knew......

I've wondered about the answer to those questions. Today in church our teaching Pastor taught about the excruciating pain Jesus endured before dying on the cross. Simply, it was difficult to hear. It birthed inside of me a spirit of gratitude for His supreme sacrifice. To know that His passion for us was so strong and deep is humbling.

I mean, just think about it. His back was ripped open with a whip that was used as part of His crucifixion. His hands and feet were nailed to a cross with long stakes. Some of us fret at the thought of getting a shot at the doctor's office, yet our Savior took it all, for each of us!

Despite Jesus' knowledge of everything that would take place in just a few hours, the Bible says that He reclined at that the table with His friends. Read with me. Luke 22:14-16.
 
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
 
 
Jesus was reclining at the table!

I love that the Bible gives us that level of detail. Can you picture Jesus reclined while seated around the table with the others? That means He was relaxed and laid back. Not full of anxiety or anguish as one would think.
 
Guess what else, He eagerly desired this time with the disciples. Read verse 15 again. Doesn't that absolutely blow your mind?!?
 
Even in the worst situation, Jesus was relaxed and eager to spend time with the disciples. Just know, He feels the same way today about you. He longs to have quality moments with you. There's no need to fret or worry. He wants you to rest in Him. He's eager and waiting. (Posted by Renee)
 
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

We Still Do!

A few weeks ago, I told you I would be attending a marriage conference. Tyjuan and I (by the grace of God) will celebrate 23 years of marriage in October. We have been together for almost three decades and this was our first time participating in a marriage conference. I love that it was on the heels of Valentine's Day. Most men and ladies are gearing up for the "day of love" on Wednesday, February 14th.

This conference was everything I thought and needed it to be. The crescendo of the event was Tyjuan and I renewing our wedding vows. Almost 23 years ago we said them at our wedding ceremony in Orlando, Florida. But this past Saturday was different. We actually knew what we were saying. The day of your actual wedding was pure adrenaline. The dress, the cake, the guests, the minister, the flower, the party, the limo and all of it leaves you wanting more.

ALL that money, ALL that planning and within 4-5 hours it is OVER.




Roslyn and her father
October 28, 1995



Tyjuan, groomsmen and ring bearer

I wanted to share a highlight from the XO conference. It was livestream to over 450 host sites, both domestically and internationally. Many couples shared the date of 2.10.18 as their wedding renewal ceremony.

Marriage, really any relationship, is about being a servant to one another (thank you Jimmy Evans). The union of matrimony is a covenant between husband and wife. I learned that just as Jesus came to serve us, we must serve our spouse in many different ways to be successful. Maybe it's preparing his favorite dinner, partaking in his favorite hobby or just listening to what makes his heart tick. In the same way, he listens and seeks ways to create those special moments for me. Not because we want to or understand the reason for a request, but we serve each other because it's necessary for a happy marriage. There is no "I" spirit in marriage, but a "we" spirit.

February 10, 2018 we choose to say, "we still do"! 


This is us now!
February 10, 2018

How can you take the spirit of Valentine Day and carry it throughout the rest of the year? How can you create a special moment for someone who doesn't have spouse, but is in need of your companionship?

Our world is in desperate need of those willing to NOT just think of themselves. That's what a servant is. Renee and I wish you a loving, caring and safe Valentine Day. May God be present and more importantly, may you know that He is with you. You are His and He is yours. (Posted by Roslyn)