Find Peace & Look Chic!

Hello all readers! I want to thank everybody who has been reading, supporting and following this blog! Especially to you new subscribers! I appreciate it a lot.

Like many writers, we face blocks, different directions and new beginnings. I’m going to be honest and share that but I hope to be back soon.

I would like to tell you about some Facebook friends that can richly benefit your life in just one post!

Check out Hope A La Mode’s new video about some beautiful Kate Spade handbags & finding true peace. The thing needed for those facing thoughts of suicide and depression. Follow her Facebook group for the posts Hope A La Mode

As mentioned in one of my previous blogs, Leah is still doing her makeup! Check out her tutorials on the Beauty4Beginners group and on her personal page Uniquely you by Leah

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Things to do this Summer!

Summertime has started in New York! Read about the fantastic upcoming events along with some helpful summer tips!

Freedom Concert This Saturday!

Got your tickets yet? It’s a great deal compared to other concerts/shows! All proceeds goes towards the church building! There will be no crowded arenas or theaters here! HopeNYC’s spacious yard gives you plenty of room to dance! No overpriced snacks here! Great quality food cooked fresh by Hopers ready for you ahead of time at 6pm! I didn’t even mention the artist yet! Incredible voices and ingenious lyrics. Celebrate freedom with your family here THIS SATURDAY JUNE 30th! Contact the phone number on this flyer for tickets or purchase with eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hopenyc-freedom-concert-tickets-46306966383

VBS

(Vacation Bible School)

Happens at Hope every year around August!

It’s an exciting FREE 2 days for kids filled with fun, learning, games, music, prizes, and an amazing experience! Last year’s theme was a safari. What will our building transform into next? Details and dates to come!

Beach Baptism

There are several baptisms through the year at HopeNYC but always one at the beach. It’s such a special and memorable way to get baptized Hopers get to enjoy a beach day afterwards along with a possible volleyball tournament. Details and date to come!

Now here are some summer tips!

Sunscreen: Applying your sunscreen indoors is important! This stuff is SLOWLY absorbed by your skin. Allow up 15 minutes before stepping outside to ensure protection! It’s definitely important to have on when the sun is at its peak between the hours of 11am-2pm

Freebies & discounts:

  1. Brooklyn Botanical Garden is free on Friday mornings!
  2. Long Beach is free after 6pm to relax, walk around, wet your toes, photograph, and play beach games! Read about the last time I went!
  3. The met museum in Manhattan takes a donation of your choice 25 cents and up from students!
  4. The Aquarium has discounted tickets right now because it’s other exhibits are under construction! The ticket includes a cool 4D movie!
  5. Bryant Park has fun free juggling lessons all week long! Follow @Bpjugglers

Photographers: Look into a polarizing filter! It will make your landscape photograph clearer and help everything in your image to be the proper color. Rivers, oceans and sky can loose it’s beautiful blue tone from yellow sun rays but a filter will bring out those blues much more!

These are the tips! I hope you enjoy and hope to see you the Freedom concert

The Soothing Sound of Saxophone Worship 🎷

Listen as Andre plays To God be The Glory on the saxophone. He played it during today’s service at HopeNYC. Let this song of worship uplift you as it brings the presence of God with His peace through your phone/computer speakers.

Have a listen, relax and enjoy 😊

They kick it up a notch after a minute! Keep on listening 👂

Scripture Reminder

Have a restful night everyone in the USA. Even as you reach the deepest part of your sleep, God is watching over you.

Goodmorning to those who may be seeing the sunrise on your side of the globe 🌎

Same goes for you! A great scripture to keep in mind as you begin your day!

Time is Ticking For Our Superheroes!

As you read about Family day you know:

  • There are games for EVERYONE!
  • Four amazing teams
  • It’s MARVEL themed this year
  • You are invited!

Over the last few weeks, the teams met together to strategize! Creating flags, rehearsing a dance, planning a menu, shopping for gear, brainstorming… Serious preparations are being made for Family Day! Not to mention individuals exercising and training on their own time.

There are also boosters (mini games) during church services to win the team some advantages like a headstart in the go-cart race and a free soccer goal.

There has also been preliminaries for flag-football, volleyball, soccer and cricket during the last two Sundays.

There’s plenty to do before the big day! You are welcome to join us

T H I S S U N D A Y

At Baisely Pond Park!

Join us for a special church service at 10:30am and after we walk to the park at 1pm ⬇️

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Filling you In With Encouraging Tips!

This blog discusses good news and fills you in on kingdom events I hear about.

Today, I think we can use some encouragement. Obviously, we have all been through a number of obstacles. The battle can feel ongoing, after taking multiple attempts to seek out solutions and wait for deliverance.

A dollop of depression, a drizzle of stress, shavings of bitter, and sprinkles of anxiety can really seem to top it all off. It’s unhealthy!

Instead, fill up with as much as The Lord as you can in any way. HEAR, SING, DANCE, READ, SPEAK, LEARN ABOUT and SEEK HIM!

It may seem tough to push through or figure out how it would all be okay but don’t leave it to chance. Embrace the one who adores you right now. Even if it doesn’t make sense, having anything to do with Jesus can bring you freedom and peace from the feelings in your mind as you continue to wait for your answer. No matter what, His love will chase you down.

Get your fill:

  • Pray… then open your bible.
  • Pray with one or two friends who will support and agree with you. Matthew 18:19
  • Listen to worship songs throughout your day and prayer time. (Comment for suggestions)
  • Download the Ending your day right app.
  • Find a plan in the Bible app that suits you (21 days to beat depression is a good one even if you’re not all that depressed)
  • Went to church? Was the last sermon amazing? Listen to it again during the week by asking the media team if there is a CD/MP4 or live stream information.
  • Encourage yourself when there is no one and speak life. It works more than you know! There was actually a physical experiment that proves your words changes things. (Comment for more details)
  • Pray alone at home and on walks.
  • Remember that all things good and bad work together for your good if you live in Jesus.
  • Make a list of the things that are actually going good right now on paper.
  • Remember Jesus: He has overcome the world and has went through far worse. He gets you!

At HopeNYC, many has been delivered from problems and healed from “incurable” diseases! This is a praying church and The spirit of God is here! Visit if you are in or visiting New York www.HopeNYC.com

The Proposal 💍

Have you ever been proposed to or perhaps imagined how it would be? Would you prefer an intimate setting with the question popped in the middle of a romantic date or a bold public proposal in front of your friends and family?

I’m glad mines was public. One thing I sure won’t forget was the immense happiness that came from the Hope family! I remember the smiles along with the volume of the screams and cheers. Although it continued to rain heavy, this special moment still took place with all of us soaking wet. Remember my post on Family Day? Well this happened on that event when it was on THIS DAY in 2015 during the award ceremony. It was a great day for me. Before I claimed my prized possession 💍 I received some prizes. My team (Team hulk) was the winning team that took home the big trophy! Plus I won a medal 🏅 for volleyball.

Even though I am describing my day, I am also extending an invite to you to be part of Family day at HopeNYC. It’s on June 10th this year and there are games for everyone and all ages.

Today we are both very happy together in our marriage (Yes there was a Hope wedding too) But it couldn’t have all happened without this proposal. We also still have a loving supportive Hope family. I hope one day for you to visit and become part of this family.

Here’s a quick shot of my proposal in Baisely Pond Park during Family Day! Family day 2018 info here:

Concert Coming Up!

Do you mind being set free? That can happen when you come to the

F R E E D O M C O N C E R T!

This music has both pumped up a large crowed and powerfully ministered. I attended every freedom concert held at HopeNYC and can share that these artists are truly some of the best in the Caribbean!

This concert is for EVERYBODY and all ages. Dance the night away with your family and celebrate the freedom of Independence Day a week early!

There will also be food and vendors with cool things to look at around the concert area!

The address, HopeNYC website, phone number and ticket info is all on the graphic above ⬆️ This is going to be an amazing outdoor concert and you are in for a good time!

P R O M O   V I D E O  

 

A few from the 100s of pictures from the past years!

 

 

My Trip ( Easy Patriotic Treats Ideas included)

Hitting the road for a couple of hours, making a splash in the swimming pool after jumping in the jacuzzi, enjoying meals with good friends…

It sounds like an ideal Memorial Day outing!

I had this adventure last Saturday in PA with my fitness Hope Group! When you join a group at HopeNYC, you can except to learn and maybe take some notes depending on the class.

You would never expect to take a roadtrip to Pennsylvania just to see scenic views, visit the outlets, go to the resort with a pool and more! The rain didn’t even scare us! There was a 100% chance of rain in Pennsylvania but we didn’t cancel. It was the most farthest fun day I’ve ever had! When you are part of the Hope family or involved in a Hope group class, you never know what could happen and that’s what I love!

Here are some very simple patriotic treats ideas (Not recipes…don’t want to make you read much much longer! I also didn’t photograph these treats except for two of them! Just thought to share the most last minute and patriotic treats possible to help make your memorial, labor or Independence Day a-little bit more delicious!

Chocolate dipped Oreos!

This is one that I have done before! What you will need is:

  1. White & blue colored melting chocolate.
  2. Cake-pop sticks
  3. Oreos (Costco/Bjs box if you’re serving many)
  4. Patriotic sprinkles ( Try Michael’s or a Bakeshop)
  5. A fridge with space!

Patriotic apples! Dazzle your guests and feed them the healthiest dessert on your menu!

Just buy & roll them in sprinkles!

This aren’t patriotic but many of you will be starting a fire or firing up the oven today! These are photos of some indoor oven s’mores!

Prepping

Finished!

Patriotic pizza!

Chocolate dipped and sprinkled cones!

American flag waffles!

Red, white and blueberry!

American flag fruit kabobs

Patriotic toast!

Mini patriotic shortcake cups!

Rice Krispies treats dipped in chocolate and sprinkled!

PA Trip photos