5.21.2019

Survival Tip: Trust Your Guide

The journey....it's what makes the reward, well, so rewarding. In this case, after the difficult uphill and unstable hike for over an hour, we arrived at one of the most beautiful waterfalls I've ever seen.

You have to enjoy the journey.  You may be hot and tired but you have to keep thinking about your destination. Each step you take is one step closer to your destination. One step closer to the prize.

The path may be unstable. It may be rocky and all uphill. There may not even be a clearly marked trail, at times, but all you do is continue to follow your guide.


wooden hanging bridge over a river




Honduras is a beautiful country. There are so many things to do in Honduras. We have lived here for five years and have been able to explore quite a bit on our side of the country. I love hiking and I love waterfalls. The hikes here are typically not for children so I don't get to go as often as I would like.  We have brought our kids along on some hikes that are children friendly but when it is a first time hiking a trail I leave them back to see if they would be able to do it or not. There is no way I could have done this hike with them.


Related post: Fabulous Honduran EscapesThe Cayos Cochinos

Once we arrived at our destination it was like a hidden paradise that we had all to ourselves. Ice cold, crystal clear water with no trace of trash anywhere. It was so cold but so refreshing after the difficult hike. After I got used to the water I dove into the deep part and swam toward the waterfall. It was a bit difficult because the pressure of the water pushed the water away and into your face. It felt as if you were swimming against a current and someone spraying water into your face.
Big, beautiful waterfall in Honduras

I had someone help me climb onto the rock. Again, because of the pressure of the waterfall, it was hard to get up but once I did it felt amazing.

I only made it there because I followed my guide.
Following a guide up a steep, unstable moutain,


That guide is the key to your survival.

The word guide is a noun and also a verb.  As a noun, it means, "a person who shows the way to others." As a verb, it means, "show or indicate the way (to someone).

Your trust you guide because he knows where he is going. It may appear that you're lost but you don't worry because you trust the guide. He knows the way.

You don't even second guess him; you just go where he directs.

God is our guide. So why do we doubt and worry and second guess Him? He knows where to go and He knows what's best for you.

I looked up some verses to meditate on when you feel lost or struggling to follow your guide.  Copy these verses down, mark them in your Bible, and memorize them.

Related post:  Why It is Beneficial to Write the Word of God

 Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

 Psalm 16:8
"I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken."

 Proverbs 3:5,6

 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.

 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight."


Psalm 25:4

"Lord, direct me throughout my journey
so I can experience your plans for my life.
Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you."


Psalm 3:5,6
"I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you,
instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life.
I will advise you along the way
and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn
when I take you where you’ve not been before.
Don’t make me tug you and pull you along.
Just come with me!”

4.27.2019

4 Tips For Raising Bilingual Children


This is about my personal experience with raising my children bilingual.  My experience is unique because my husband and I natively speak two different languages.  In this post I will share some tips that worked for us as we are raising our children bilingual from birth.


Little boy and girl holding hands walking on a ocean pier.


We are a bilingual, multicultural family. I am bilingual but I learned Spanish, as an adult, at a language school in Costa Rica. Since learning Spanish I have lived overseas. I dreamed that I would have bilingual children because I understood the difficulty of learning a language later on in life. It's not impossible, but much more of a challenge. I married a Salvadoran who does not speak English so I am continuously practicing my Spanish. It is a journey that I am still on.

Related post: 3 Important Tips On Marrying an International

4.15.2019

How I Fit in Quiet Time as a Busy Mom-4 Strategies to Ensure You Do Too

New born baby with big pink headband.




I used to have my morning devotional routine down pact. And if for some reason it didn't happen in the morning I could just do it when I got off of work.

That was bk (before kids). A time of my life I now barely recall.

I remember thinking I didn't have time back then.....looking back I had all the time in the world.

Those were the days.


4.08.2019

Why You Need to Change Your Sunblock Now

Spring Break has already started. Social media is filling up with pictures of people in bathing suits showing off their burns (oops I mean tans.)  Families are going on cruises, Florida's shorelines are filling up, and the adventurous ones are trying out an international destination.

In Honduras and all the Latin American countries, that I am aware of, we do not have Spring Break but we do have Semana Santa (Holy Week) which is the week before Easter Sunday.

For others, Spring break has come and gone, but the weather is starting to warm up and that means summer is around the corner.

So what's all this news about certain places banning sunblocks? What does it mean?

Sunblock may be good for humans, but it is harmful to the environment.  

Why You Need to Change Your Sunblock Now! Sunblock is good for people but it is bad for sea life. There are two popular chemicals in sunscreen that is kiling coral reef and causing coral bleaching.  Here are two easy ways to help protect your skin and protect the ocean.With a small change in our sunblock we can help make a difference. #sunscreenbadforcoralreef  #protectwhatyoulove

 

3.10.2019

Fabulous Honduran Escapes-Three Things You Must Do in Trujillo

Do you enjoy history, talk of pirates, fortresses, cozy back alleys, beautiful beaches and cuisine? Then, Trujillo is the place for you. 

Fabulous Honduran Escapes-Three Things You Must Do in Trujillo. Trujillo, Honduras is a sleepy caribbean town with lots of history, gorgeous crystal clear beaches, and delicious food.  It's a great, off the beaten path, kind of place and definitaly a great place for budget travelers. I would highly recommend visiting this tropical gem

 

Trujillo, Honduras is a sleepy Caribbean town full of history and gorgeous sites.  You can find hotels ranging from as low as $20 USD all the way to resorts.  They have banana boat rides for less than 2 bucks a person. Most hotels provide kayaks and paddle boards free for their guests. 

 The beach is beautiful and the people are friendly.  It's now a cruise port so this little gem in the Caribbean is starting to get more exposure. Honduras is one of the best countries to visit in Central America because they have so much to offer and on a budget.

 

2.24.2019

4 Common Excuses That Keep You From Reaching Your Potential

We are experts at making excuses. We can make up excuses for anything. We make up excuses to justify our fear, lack of ability, or simply to make feel okay about maintaining in our comfort zone.  However, the worst kind of excuses are the ones we offer to God. 

4 Common Excuses That Keep You From Your Reaching Your Potential-Look at some of the excuses Moses gave to God and how we can give those same excuses to keep us in our comfort zone.  Moses' excuses teach us so much about God's personality and his sovereignty.  Stop making excuses and let these Bible verse give you the courage you need to reach your full potential. #stopmakingexcuses #reachyourfullpotential


 

Our excuses are nothing new.  God is a pro at countering your weak excuses. I've been reading recently in Exodus.   A very powerful, educated man who had more than enough ability to lead an entire people group to freedom offered the same excuses we find ourselves saying on a daily basis. That man's name is Moses.   Moses was prepared in the palace as a prince. He was highly educated, he had power, riches, and prestige.  It baffles me that he used some of the same excuses that I have used.  It just shows you that it doesn't matter what you have or don't have that as humans we make excuses. As humans, we believe we can't do it.   Or we go to the other extreme and believe we can do it all on our own.  God prefers the latter.  He wants us to be weak so He can be strong.

1.17.2019

Why Family Should Always Be First, Pt. 2 -10 Ways to Take Care of Your Man

"The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends." - B.R. Ambedkar

Why Family Should Always Be First, Pt. 2-10 Ways to Take Care of Your Man.  Tips on how to protect your marriage whether you are in ministry or not. #familyfirst #beingmarriedtoapastor #marriageandministrybalance


In Part 1 of this series, Why Family Should Always Be First, I wrote about focusing on your kids.  Now being married to a pastor (I'm a youth pastor's wife) I will be writing on how important it is to take care of your husband. Remember, family should be first to ministry but not before God. I mentioned in part 1 that your family is your most important ministry and your marriage falls into that category.

The correct family order is God, husband, children.  Do not neglect your husband for your children.  It's very easy to do but when that happens family discord and issues can start to surface.

My husband has a double role. We are missionaries from El Salvador and he works full time in the Christian school that our church has and he is the youth pastor. We have to really organize our time well and protect the little time we do have as a family.  One thing that we don't do, which is impossible right now, is have date nights.  I'd be happy for a date night once a month, but we don't have anyone to watch our kids and it is rare when we have a night off.  However, it is something I would like to try to do in the future. If you can do it put it into practice. It's so important to have one on one quality time without the kids hanging from your legs and interrupting every 3 seconds.

1.08.2019

Why Family Should Always Be First, Part 1 "Family Before Ministry"

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian...and most of all, his family ought to know. 

-D.L.Moody




Why Family Should Always Be First- Three reasons why pastor's and missionaries children tend to turn away from the Lord. How we as parents can guide our children and not make mistakes that will cause our children to turn away from the Lord. #raisinggodlychildren #pastorskids #kidsinministry
Why Family Should Always Be First- Three reasons why pastor's and missionaries children tend to turn away from the Lord. How we as parents can guide our children and not make mistakes that will cause our children to turn away from the Lord. #raisinggodlychildren #pastorskids #kidsinministry

When I was growing up, it was very common to hear people talk bad about the pastor's kids. Pastor's kids always got a bad rap.  They were always expected to be perfect and they lacked much-needed attention.  On the other hand, I know some pastor's kids who are absolutely amazing and have grown up to be great men and women of God.  I began to ask myself what happened; what made the difference?