Getting To The Other Side

“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it …

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Lessons of the Yoke

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” An invitation from Jesus for rest. I shared this verse last week in Put Your Apron On, it is only in Jesus that we can truly “experience a refreshing, to pause from our precious toil and care”. This invitation for …

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Put Your Apron On

Do you have an apron? Is it something that you use regularly? I have an apron and I pull it out occasionally, more often when I am in between appointments and need to work in the kitchen. I remember reading about a woman who probably wore an apron every day. Her name was Susanna Wesley, …

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Hopeful, Steady & Together

Today we celebrate the independence of Belize from Great Britain. I borrow the opening lines from our National prayer as we celebrate our 40th year. “Almighty and Eternal God, who through Jesus Christ has revealed Your Glory to all nations, please protect and preserve Belize, our beloved country.” This year’s theme is Belize @ 40: …

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Got Roots?

108. That’s how many days are left in 2021.  2592 hours, 155520 minutes.  I have a feeling that some months took the short cut and that’s why we are already in September. As I thought about what to write for this week, I came across a post I had shared in January. It’s amazing to …

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5 Lessons From Nehemiah

Over the past several weeks I have been leading a Bible study on Nehemiah. The ladies and I have gleaned so many lessons from our time in the book of Nehemiah and so I decided to share 5 lessons from Nehemiah with you today. The book of Nehemiah begins with him receiving the news about …

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Making Space To Study Scripture

Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.  Psalm 119:165 Great peace, something that seems to be so out of reach for many of us today.  The headlines and social media, speak the opposite on a daily basis, peace too it seems has stumbled out on the streets. As …

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Miracles, Faith & Business

Featuring Ada Almendarez Ada Almendarez was born and raised in the Cayo District. She grew up with 4 sisters, 1 brother, and her parents. Ada describes her younger self as “the bright idea sister and the one who got everyone hurt at some point after my “bright plans” were carried out. At some point, I …

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Are You Praying?

“Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us.” (1 Thessalonians 5:25) Paul was wrapping up his letter to the brothers and sisters in Thessalonica when in verse 25, we see this short verse. A “prayer request”. Paul says it straightforward, “pray for us.” He begins his letter by letting them know that they were praying constantly …

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Honoring God

Is Your Relationship Weighty?

“Don’t say heavy, say weighty”. I remember hearing this phrase many times in my village. We were usually told this when picking up a baby and feeling his or her weight in our arms. It paints such a great picture for the word honor.  In Christ’s day, the word “honor” had a literal meaning of …

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Don’t Go Down

A cupbearer turned wall builder. That’s Nehemiah for you.  He was cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. His life as it was would be radically changed as he spoke with his brother and some other men who had come from Judah. His heart had remained with his people and for Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who …

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Who Is He?

Who is He? There was a lot of talk going around. The streets were buzzing with the news of the man called Jesus. Was he the Messiah?  The book of Matthew tells us that while they were in the region of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples about what the word was on the streets.  …

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Are You Listening?

Elijah had come a long way, carrying a complaint that he had to get off his chest. A complaint he carried for 40 days and 40 nights. He was about to have a divine encounter with “the god who answers by fire”, Yahweh. The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the …

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Out To Lunch

You may have come across one of these signs on a door before, “Out to Lunch” or “Out to Lunch, Be Back Soon” It’s a polite way to inform others that you are on break for a while to get some much-needed sustenance. We take the time to grab a meal, relax and take a …

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Got Confidence?

Just a quick search on Google pulls up tons of articles, YouTube videos, and books about ways we can boost our confidence.  “8 Proven Ways to Boost your Self-confidence.” “5 Secrets to Boost your Confidence” “10 things you can do to boost your Self-confidence.” “Practical Ways to Improve your Confidence” Most of the ways listed …

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Trusting with the Whole

Growing up I had one verse that I knew by heart, I don’t remember why this verse stuck with me, out of all the other verses I memorized in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. When someone would ask me what my life verse is I would be quick to say Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in …

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Knowledge Empowers You

June is not only the start of the hurricane season but it is also the start of the graduation season. From preschool to tertiary, the time has come to say goodbyes to what was and hello to new beginnings. My firstborn daughter is graduating from high school and let me tell you, I am so …

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Coming Over

Joni’s life would change forever in a split second on a hot July afternoon in a diving accident at the age of 17. Her spinal cord was severed, and she became paralyzed from the shoulders down.  A once active young woman now confined to a wheelchair that she would repeatedly bang into walls until they …

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Don’t Be a Leaky Dorey

I began a new chapter on May 16th and I took some time to reflect on my life and lessons learned along the way and also to listen to what God was saying. He has brought me this far and I am not about to continue this journey without Him. There’s a quote that circulates …

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The Waiting Room

I came across this piece I had written a while back and never finished. As I read what I had written down, I felt that it was time to share. “I broke down in his waiting room and started to cry. I put my hand on my chest and said, “My heart”, I don’t know …

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Where Are You Looking?

I had a habanero tree in my backyard. If you know me, you know that I love habaneros and all things spicy. I was so excited when it started to produce peppers, then after producing an abundance of habaneros it just started to dry up. It was dead, brown, and dried out and there were …

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Making Space to Teach & Talk

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie …

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Making Space for Grief

April 9th. The day  I lost my father to cancer. He left this world on a Holy Thursday so whenever Easter comes along, I revisit that day and relive the memories. Grief comes in waves. Contractions come in waves. They both hurt and takes our breath away. In my childbirth class, I encourage the women …

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Raise a Hallelujah

 “As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory …

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Woman Set Free

The noise of barking dogs and a sudden cry of pain brought me running to my backyard. We had an intruder, my neighbor’s dog found his way in and attacked my dog.  The experience left my dog wounded and traumatized.  We thought it was over as we tended the wound and patched the fence. The …

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Faith, Family, and Fibro

Featuring Mitylene Bailey Mitylene was born and raised in Hattieville, she loved the village life. She remembers her first culture shock moment came when she began attending high school in Belize City. High school was where she discovered her love for learning and she decided she would keep pursuing learning, in her words, “till a …

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Woman in Hiding

Woman in Hiding

My worries were interrupted by the ringing of my cell phone. It was my husband calling from work, the words from him confirming my fears and shattered my world into pieces. He held in his hands a letter that was informing him that his post was now redundant and he would no longer be needed …

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