Monday, March 25, 2013

 "A la izquierda!" He yelled from the top of the tree. The little girls moved to the left just in time to catch the falling avocado.

Over and over again I am blessed by people who have next to nothing, and yet they still give of what they do have.

Yessica's family may not have much, but they share the little that they have. 

Last Thursday, we visited with their family. We prayed with them and delivered some basic groceries. Just before we left, Yessica's 11 year old brother climbed up the avocado tree to knock us down some avocados. They told us that it was the least they could do to say thank you.  

This family could barely afford to eat, yet they shared their food with us.

I stood there in awe. 

Many times, we have all we need. 

Much more than we need really. 

Yet we cling to all of our stuff, fearing that we will lose it. You see, we don't put our trust in God, leaning on Him to provide. We might say we do, but in all reality we are putting our trust in our comfort and our security and our bank account instead of in the Lord. 

Its easy to say we trust God, when we've got our savings as a back up plan. 

Its easy to say we love God, when our lives are good. 

Its not so easy on the other side of the world.

What if we lived like the Guatemalans do?

What if we had to rely on God for everything we need?

What if we prayed before buying anything, like we couldn't buy it without God's help. 

You might just find, that God has a different plan for that money anyway. Maybe you don't need that can of coke. Maybe a child needs shoes. Maybe you don't need that new purse. Maybe a child needs school supplies. Maybe you don't need that new outfit. Maybe a child needs medicine.  Maybe you don't need that boat. Maybe a child needs a home.

I encourage you to fully rely on God. Ask Him how he can use your life instead of telling Him how you want it to be.




Make your life count. 

It may be scary, it may be radical, people may even think you're going crazy, but you've got to jump out of your comfort zone, trusting that He will catch you. You may just find, that when you finally lose yourself to Him, you might just discover what you were made for.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

People are always asking me about my friends here, to be honest, for quite some time after moving here, making friends was really hard for me. Its so hard to find friends when everyone around you is so different from you- and you don't speak the same language. Its even harder to see that your friends back home are having fun and have gone on and completely forgot. That leaves you on the other side of the world, struggling and alone.

Yet in reality that was blessing- because it forced me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to find the friends I have now which I am so thankful for. 

I now find myself hanging out with people that are different than me- and different from my friends in the states- and I appreciate that more than I could ever say. I am so thankful that God has put them in my life.

It's kind of fun how God has given me different groups of friends. It was the same thing in the states, I would have friends from my church, friends from my school, friends from my volleyball team, and friends from the different places I have lived. So, let me introduce you to some of my amazing, beautiful, unique friends who have taught me so much more than I could have ever imagined.

My ministry friends...

I have a lot of ministry friends, Rosa and Yessica for example. The friends I visit and  pray with. Oh how I adore them.

My soccer team...

 I play in a men's soccer league with my brother. All the boys on the team live in our area. Within the team, there are a couple of boy who come to our house a lot. If you were to come to my house on any given day, there's a pretty good chance you would see some of them. These boys have started going to church with us and joining us for group devotions.

My youth group...

I absolutely love my youth group, full of missionary kids and Guatemalans. I seriously don't know what I would do without them.

Inside my youth group, I am lucky to have these group of amazing girls who are both missionaries and missionary kids. I adore these ladies.

Recently I've always been able to do a lot of translating with these guys from my church. I love getting to work with them and do ministry together.

And then there are my friends back in the United States. They people who I knew before I came here, or the people who came on mission trips, people who I have never met, but yet they pray for me and I consider them my friends.

I am so grateful for all of these people in my life that I now call 'friend'. I am truly blessed.

Proverbs 27:9 “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I've been pretty quiet lately. I haven't had much to say, mostly because I've spent the last couple of weeks just listening.Sometimes, I get so busy talking, that I forget to just sit and hear what God has to say. The past couple of weeks, as I listened, God has been showing me more of who he is, as well as teaching me who He wants me to be.

 He has taught me that when you find your joy in Christ alone, you don't have to be content in circumstances. It doesn't matter where you are, who you are with, or what you are doing. Our happiness should not depend on any of that, but on God. Because our circumstances are never perfect, we will never be truly happy unless we find joy in Christ.

I have learned that translating is what I love to do. I am still learning more of how that will play into my future, but I know that is is no accident that I learned Spanish so quickly, and I have a feeling I will continue translating for quite some time. I don't plan on stopping with just English and Spanish either.

Here are a few pictures from the last couple weeks where I was able to be blessed and bless others through translation.

Translating VBS for Team Kyler

 Praying with Brenda

Translating for a group of Physical Therapists

Working with some special needs kids in the local school.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. - Romans 12:6-8