The people love each other, loved us and there is a group or culture that came from Africa that they dropped part of the family off there on the island and took the other part of the family up to Honduras or somewhere else. Very sad stories. But these ladies wear these very simple outfits and they dance and sing beautifully from Africa. They are considered Creole. I taught a few of the children there French while I got my hair French braided upper right. We stayed at a wonderfully cozy place off the main street called Mayflower Casita. Colorful, peaceful and the best part of all was the owner, Karen, owns a Rottweiler named Trinity. We knew we were supposed to be there. The little casita was decorated very well for an island getaway.
There was an AC unit in the bedroom. We left pretty quickly after we got up to beat the mosquitos and start our discovery journey every day. We saw the underside of the island where mom’s work two jobs and live in cardboard homes and then we saw the nice places as well. There are other issues that God showed us as well. We didn’t relax a lot but it wasn’t supposed to be a relaxing trip. I’ll share with you as we keep Belize on the forefront. Another part of the trip that was interesting for me were the puddle jumpers, called airplanes, albeit, small ones. When I got the first one, I was okay, the views were spectacular. The second one that took us to the eco-village, was a little rougher and I suddenly got panicky, not sure why. The trip back, I took some airsick meds and sat in a different seat. Perseverance. You see, you wouldn’t consider going to Belize and Perseverance even remotely going together but you can above, we encountered areas where we prayed. We prayed every day for the children who were left alone while the parents worked jobs, questionable jobs just to pay for their children to attend school on the island. Even people here were asking us if we were going alone. We hadn’t thought of any other option. We never felt afraid. Take our second challenge, although a good one, when we decided to purchase investment property. Perseverance. We haven’t purchased a home in almost 10 years and wow, the paperwork has tripled and there was a lot then. We have been sending an arm here, an eye there, a finger over here, a thumb copy only over there…it never stops, although I think we’re done sending paperwork for now Justin is excited and the house is really cute and in a very nice neighborhood. Sometimes it seems like the government wants evidence of how often we take restroom breaks. Are they the government, the banks or are they the same? Then, because of some temporary circumstances beyond our control, our memories are not what they were. especially my braces. I’ve found that I have an allergy or something to metals. I now get my braces tightened every 3 weeks instead of 4 so that I can get them off faster. This last time, they were trying to move one of my canine teeth (sorry, but does that make any one of you feel like a dog because I feel like one whenever they say that word?). This precious woman who tightens my teeth has a child that was born with health problems and she just smiles with joy for the Lord. I love seeing her, we pray for each other and I’m committed to 3 week tightening and the side effects of the metal which include exhaustion, memory loss and that is just a few. This last time, after she was done, my teeth wouldn’t come together and the teeth they were focused on moving felt like marshmallows. But it will be worth it. My teeth talk back to me, yelling, “WHY ARE YOU BOTHERING WITH ME?” Can we say Perseverance? Moving right along, yesterday morning, my darling daughter and I were talking and she is including this bride emoji and I’m thinking, “huh” and my teeth are thinking “girl, you are not going to be mother of the bride with this metal in your mouth.” So, I casually call her. You know how hard it is to “casually” call your daughter about getting married? Let’s put it this way. I should never play poker, which I don’t. But I held it in, which I’ve had to a lot lately with things for various reasons. Perseverance. Wait, that really isn’t perseverance now that I think about it…that is called building character and learning to talk to God and keeping things private about those you love. My darling husband to whom I deeply submit everyday (okay, I’m a work in progress but I yearn to submit 100%) reminded me of that last night. Moving on to the bunch of life stuff, the wedding is May 25th next year. Yay! I’m happy for her and my future son-in-law…at least my top braces will be off. Yay! But my bottom ones won’t be but you don’t see those. Now, if I wanted to, I could start with the following…who is going to walk her down the aisle, her Dad’s or her Dad? Is she going to get everything done on time? Will everything match? Blah, blah, blah…As you can see, this will be about Perseverance? I have a dear friend who recently gave birth to beautiful twin boys, Jace and Gavin at 24 weeks old, while they were on a short vacation. They are 2 states away from their home and have been living in a Ronald McDonald House for about 2.5 months now. The boys are a true miracle, His Miracle and it is very obvious in their growth and every day. Mom and Dad are homesick but get this, God put them in the #3 Neonate Hospital in the country in a small town about 2.5 hours away from my family, where my younger brother and his bride, who are writers, computers digital artists, missionaries, homeschoolers and my brother is a leader in his community church has gone pray over them twice now. My beautiful parents have visited them now. So thankful that they are close to my family. They see their boys every 3 hours around the clock and have Touch Time for 3 hours a day each and that is getting longer. The boys were born at 1 pound each and now are 3 pounds. There have been complications and the road will be long but through many prayers, God has brought them through and Mom and Dad have a true testimony to share. There are fundraisers planned and a benefit account set up as well as the bills continue to mount. We love them so much. They both work with us at Texas Tech and Brooke works in our group and there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for those boys! My husband worked in the Neonate Unit for over 25 years in Amarillo so he visited them to and prayed over them and helped explained things to Brooke. Things are overwhelming for them right now but they are Persevering. I have learned that for me, even though these last months since I got my braces and other things have happened, there have been many times that I’ve thought, “I can’t handle one more thing”, that one more thing happens, in fact, several things happen and life goes on. In fact, the world keeps turning, your inbox continues to fill up, the bills keep coming, the grass keeps growing, the rain keeps falling, the Emails keep coming and somehow, someway, you keep going. Is it really just somehow or someway? Is it luck? Is it a good night’s sleep? Is it the new ZZZ liquid you found at the store? No. It’s the Holy Spirit carrying you through those moments when your human vessel is tired, too tired to move, too tired to breath. How did Paul move on after being beaten or after being thrown in jail, continue to write? Or when your depression gets worse, how do you get out of bed for work? Or how do this Mom and Dad continue when a doctor comes in with news they didn’t want to hear? Or how do they get up when they are so tired? It’s because God brought them two little miracles who can’t wait to see their Mom and Dad. Or when God tells you to go to Belize and the idea doesn’t formulate right away? It is the Holy Spirit. And it builds Character and Faith and Hope. God is preparing us for something bigger and better. He is Pruning us. He needs to know that we can endure anything and Lean totally into Jesus and not worry because He gave us Gifts that He needs us to use to bring others to Him. Worry comes from the enemy. Worrying is another form of control.