We’re now in the fall season slowly inching our way into the winter months…. Opposite seasons remember? After 3 years here, it’s still a little strange celebrating Christmas in summer and July being “the coldest month” in Belo.
Right now it’s usually mid to low 80s during the day and in the 60s at night. Very nice weather, indeed.
I’ve been meaning to blog for a few weeks now. I’ve gotten all my pictures ready. We had a wonderful revival recently and y’all know how much I love to share our church events. However, we also moved recently and my kiddos started homeschooling so that’s taken up some time.
I actually prefer the school season to summer because everyone is up earlier, the schedule is more consistent and we’re all learning and feeling more productive. No surprise there, huh?
I’m also a little more aware of my cooking. Usually the meals are healthier cuz they’re planned and we throw some food and fitness learning in with our curriculum so we’re all around more conscious of what we’re putting in our bodies. Even my daughter and my “veggie loathing” son are excited about eating our nutrients and vitamins. It’s a win-win situation!
I’m also normally a bit more excited about the food part than the fitness. I don’t really enjoy “getting out”, I don’t get the urge to leave the comfort of my couch and “conquer the world”! (I know I must sound like so much fun… ) I actually prefer to sit on my couch and read. Another fun part of homeschooling is the material. I love reading my kids lessons and learning all over again. Wish I could say the same for my kiddos.
Recently, my daughter and I decided to go walking. There’s a nice open trail close to our apartment. We went around noon, which is probably why there wasn’t many people out. Who goes walking at noon??? Well, it doesn’t get too hot here so I figured we’d be fine.
It was the first time I’d gone walking without my hubby so I was a little skittish but it was midday so I figured we had nothing to worry about. Anyways, long story short.. I was mugged. For the first time ever. My never been mugged streak is now gone. Sad.
It wasn’t an extremely violent experience. I’ve heard several times that people here don’t want to hurt you. They just want your stuff.
Well, that’s what happened. While the punk WAS armed, he just wanted our cellphones. So I handed mine over and he told my daughter to hand hers over as well and I went to get hers out of her backpack…
Then he ran. He just took off running. Maybe he saw someone coming. I didn’t. Maybe he figured he had one phone and that was enough, but why not grab another? I don’t know. But I believe it was God, because something spooked him into running. We saw it in his eyes but no one but God was with us. God is good like that and I know people are praying for us constantly.
So while the experience was a little traumatic. I know God is watching out for us. The devil’s a bully and wants us to live in fear. So we can focus on what happened or focus on the fact that we’re okay and God was watching out for us. I choose the latter. While I’ll definitely be more cautious, I refuse to be jaded by this event.
I pray for salvation for that guy. Who knows? Maybe he has an awful home life. Maybe he needs money more than I do? Who knows?
While buying a new phone is definitely not in my budget right now, what’s more important is that we’re okay.
No matter where we are in life the devil would love to rip us off of our peace and security. We can’t allow it.
My grandfather, not knowing, texted me such an appropriate verse that day.
“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Believe it or not, I think I was more upset that I’d lost my phone than the actual experience so this verse was just what I needed!
Also, our needs go deeper than material things. I needed peace and God gave me that. He gave my daughter that also. She’s learning to trust in God for herself after these situations. We know the Bible says,
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
My friend Claudia texted me this verse, which was a great encouragement.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
I want to thank everyone for their prayers. I pray God blesses you in return.
Now I can finally work on my intended blog and share with you all the pics from the wonderful revival we just had!
Brazil for Jesus!
Tchau for now!