Well, today my pops is turning 48 years old!! Happy Birthday, Papi! 🎉 Thank you for being such a Godly example for our whole family, and standing up for what you believe in. I love you, Daddy! I hope and pray that the desire of your heart takes place this year (
the birth of your grand kids) although it will take a miracle for it to happen.
We had a lot of fun decorating for his birthday last night, and we got up at 11:40 p.m. to serenade him at midnight on his birthday. It was an interesting assemble! 😂😂 We had 2 pianos (Lydia and I played), a drum set (Fabricio played), a guitar (Alison played), a harmonica (Josiah played), some maracas (Francis played), and a violin (Charity played). Allana, Story and Valena joined in our anthem (via FaceTime with Allana) while we sang to him. We had lots of fun (and laughs). He didn’t come out to the door, but mom did and said he said thanks and that he would see us in the morning! 🤣😂 It was worth all the work and the fun of staying up late, and it took our minds off of the situation that’s going on around us.
Speaking of the present situation, yesterday in the news we were informed that there is now a total lock down until March 29th. A friend of ours in the Honduran Air Force said that the rumor going around was that maybe on Monday or Tuesday they will open up the stores in Ceiba for the day so people can buy food. If that happens (since only 1 person is allowed per vehicle) we will probably end up taking all 3 vehicles. If I go, I will do everything possible to get pictures…I honestly haven’t been to town since the lock down last week, and I am very curious as to how things will be. We shall see!
One really cool thing that I have been meditating these past couple of days is this: when this whole virus thing started, I bet the devil got pretty excited! It has always been really hard for us down here to have any kind of service when we can’t get together, because few people in our church could afford internet in their homes. Thankfully, this time around the majority of them have internet in their homes, or they live close to someone from the church who does, so we have been having online services. It seemed as if we would have to cut the services off because we couldn’t get together, but we had our first online service on Thursday (which I blogged about) and I could feel God’s presence in such a special way. The Lord doesn’t change how He moves where 2 or 3 are gathered in His Name depending on whether or not those 2 or 3 (or more) are in the church house. He said “where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
I was laughing earlier, because it seems like I might be able to be a part of 4 church services tomorrow (versus 1 like every other Sunday), due to the fact that people in the US and Canada are also live streaming their church services. As of right now, I might be able to join the service in Plaster Rock, the service in Brewer, and maybe be able to also listen to service at Pastor Garrett’s church. It would be a huge treat to be in all those services, and I can’t remember the last time I was able to listen to preaching from the US and Canada (aside from when I was there in October 😁). I think the devil’s plan to disperse the church has backfired on him! 😂😂
I am super thankful for God’s blessings and what He is doing, despite all the crazy things going on in our world! It can be a little unsettling, and I think my whole family has been anxious at some point (except for dad, it seems as if nothing fazes him), but keeping up with prayer and Bible reading (not to mention just keeping busy) helps take our mind off of these crazy days we’re living in!
I know I’m rambling a little bit, however I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate my daddy on his birthday, and also thank God for all of His blessings. I feel like I’ve lived my life taking things for granted and I believe that God is helping me (and I hope us all) be thankful for every little thing while we are in “crisis mode” as we call it.
I think that is all for now, but thanks for reading and have a great day. I hope to have more content out soon (even though I always say that it’s true.)