Been Thinking About…Patience

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

Apartment hunting requries patience. After almost 2 weeks here, looking at all different styles of apartments, deciding on one, having it fall through, and other hurdles, I kind of felt today like I was running out of it.

We know that God has something perfect for us but humanly speaking, it can get frustrating and stressful at times! This then started a king of vicious cycle within me today. I struggled with being impatient over not finding an apartment, which in turn made me realize that I was actually being impatient with God: this then led to frustration towards myself for not being patient! Oh, the irony!

The Bible talks alot about patience. We know that is a fruit of the Spirit. We know that God favors it and that it is something that is blessed. Why is it so hard at times? I think because so many times we fall back into our human desire for control. We need an apartment now. What can we do to make it happen? We try to do it ourselves. When we don´t have patience what are we saying? What am I saying? We are saying that we need to be in control, that we lack the sufficient faith in God to trust that He knows what He is doing.

This is what happened to me today. I forgot that God is in control! I began to feel so impatient about not having an apartment yet because I lost sight of who is in control! I forgot that I have to wait in Him.

The root of patience is faith and trust in God.When we have patience towards God we are showing faith and trust in Him. We are saying that He is in full control of our lives and we trust Him to provide whatever it is we need in our specific situation or circumstance. 

It´s great to know that even when we fail and are impatient, God never is (Psalm 86:15) and we can wait securely in Him.  

Things I’m Surprised To See in Mexico

Nowadays, most countries have many of the same stores and restaurants that we are used to in the States. Here’s my list of some of the more random places I’ve seen here…so far!

 McDonald’s Dessert Stand ~ They ONLY sell cones, sundaes,and Snickers McFlurries. That’s it.

 7-Eleven ~ ” Oh thank Heaven for 7-Eleven!” Does anyone remember that jingle??

Krispy Kreme ~ YES!

Marie Callendars ~ Super weird considering all the ones in California closed down!

Tutti Frutti ~ The best frozen yogurt place in SC…and Mexico!

Costco ~ Enough said!

 

 

 

 

My First Sunday in Mexico City

So, this past Sunday was my first time being in church here in Mexico City and it was such a blessing! Thanks to some wonderful friends back home, we were able to get in touch with a missionary who is pastoring a church about 25 minutes from where we are.

We found out Saturday night that the service began at 11:00 am but after talking with the Pastor he advised us to get there no earlier than 11:15 =) Getting off topic here a little bit, let me just say that traffic in the city on the weekends isn’t half bad…truthfully, it’s pretty nice! The roads were relatively clear and there wasn’t ANY bumper to bumper traffic….a huge blessing for us! Anyway, after a 25 minute drive, we arrived at church.

We were so touched by the friendliness and genuine care and concern that we found. The Pastor and his family welcomed us warmly and many of the people there came up to introduce themselves and make us feel at home. Which we did. God allowed us to meet a fairly newly married couple who we clicked with right away and so many other people. After a week of being away from home and our church families, it was so great to be able to connect with other believers again and enjoy the fellowship!

After church ended at 4 pm, we were invited to have dinner with the Pastor and his family. Again, it’s hard to describe the gratefulness we felt to have such sweet fellowship with not only fellow believers, but with people who could also understand the difficulties and challenges we can face living in Mexico, and who could offer advice and encouragement.

Lenny and I went to sleep that night with such a feeling of gratefulness towards God. It’s amazing to realize that He always knows what we need and supplies it in His time.

We loved this church but want to prayerfully consider other options. Pray for us as we make a decision on where we can most be of service!

Just Kidding!

I would just like to inform my four dedicated followers (and everyone else who reads my blog…hehehe) to please disregard my previous post….we have NOT found our apartment! I repeat, we have NO apartment….yet!

As soon as I hit the post button, my husband came in and told me he had some bad news. Turns out the owner of the apartment we had hoped to rent changed his mind on some terms we had agreed upon leaving us ummm…apartment-less.

But never fear! We are sure that even though this apartment didn’t work out for us, God will provide an even better place for us two! Hopefully we will be meeting with our real estate agent tomorrow and checking out some other prospects. Can’t wait! I love apartment hunting =)

We have found our home!

I am happy to announce that Lenny and I have finally decided on an apartment! After looking at many different apartments, the first time being about 2 months ago when I came with Lenny to apartment hunt, and the second time being last week, we finally were shown an apartment that we really loved, both inside and out!

I for one love to house\apartment hunt. I love going to open houses and checking out all the great layouts, the neighborhoods, and in general just looking at other people’s homes! But let me tell you, apartment hunting in Mexico is a world all its own! I think what I found to be the most tiring was the traffic. It could literally take 30 minutes or more just to get from one apartment to the other. When you are on a time crunch and need to find a home asap, this can be very stressful!  Thankfully, overall we had a great time looking! When I came the first time, we found that just walking from place to place was sometimes an easier way to go. This way, we could hunt for apartments along the way while at the same time getting to know the area.

 The apartments here in Mexico are amazing! Some are downright beautiful! Mexico is very into the modern style of interior decorating and most of the apartments reflect that. For someone that is not really into the modern look, I was surprised that I actually liked alot of the decorations. And they can be very spacious which we loved.

The apartment that we decided on is in the colonia of La Condesa. We really liked this area because its one of the few areas in the city that still has alot of trees lining the sidewalks and is very walking friendly. We have a park literally right up the street and a supermarket a few blocks away. In a few hours we will actually be meeting with our real estate agent to hopefully tie up any loose ends and sign the contract. Lord willing, we should be able to move in by next week. Please pray for us as we transition into our new home! I will be posting pictures soon!

Been Thinking About…Fear

For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, “You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.  “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread. “Then He shall become a sanctuary;… Isaiah 8: 11-14

Hi everyone! I was reading in Isaiah today and the verse I have above impacted me so I thought I would share with you all some of my thoughts =)

What is fear? Well, fear can be something that can consume every part of our lives if we allow it to. It can control what we do and what we don´t do and can be debilitating. And for the Christian, it can even stop us from doing what God wants us to do. I think it is fair to say that we have all experienced some sort of fear at some point in our lives. For me, it came from the realization that things were out of my control, that I could not personally control everything. Through personal Bible reading, preachings, and just good old conversations with friends, I know that we don´t have to fear. Why? Because God is in control! And if He is in control and He is all knowing, all powerful, and present everywhere, then we have nothing to fear!  This is what Isaiah 8 is showing us. It´s so easy sometimes when you watch or read the news to get caught up in it and get sucked into what everyone is saying. But God has instructed us to not follow the crowd and be drawn into fear , but to look to Him. Should we fear God? Of course! We should always have healthy fear for Him because He is God, the Creator of everything! But He is also our sanctuary!

I for one was really touched by this verse today and it just served as a reminder for me to never forget that God is in control! =)

Sweets in Mexico?? Sign me up!!

Ice cream is happiness condensed.  ~Jessi Lane Adams

 When some people think about Mexico, they might think that it doesn’t have half the luxuries the U.S does,  but let me tell you when it comes to sweets, its 1st class =)

After a delicious dinner of some Consome Azteca (basically a chicken soup), Lenny and I headed out to walk around for a bit and grab some dessert. That’s when I saw it:  a  McDonald’s ice cream stand. That’s right, this was not a full service Mcdonald’s, not at all. It was a little stand with just enough room for one employee and all they sold was ice cream! You have a choice of a Snickers McFlurry, a cone (single or double), and sundaes. Now, to those of you who know me personally, you know that I am an ice cream fanatic!! This was quite possibly the best discovery I’ve made so far in Mexico City! I decided on a single cone with swirl (chocolate and vanilla) because that’s how I roll, and paid the employee 5 pesos for my dessert. 5 pesos!!! That, ladies and gentlemen, equals out to about 43 cents in US money. 

Now, not only can you find an ice cream stand pretty much on every corner, and bakeries filled with cookies, cheescakes, and the like on every street, but fruit vendors are also readily available for a healthier snack.

I’ve quickly come to realize that Mexico is a country that loves its sweets. Although wages here in Mexico can be low for most, sweets is one of the few things that both the rich and the poor, and the old and the young have in common. A walk down the street can confirm this fact in no time! You might see a group of highschoolers with their cups of frozen yogurt, a man in a business suit with his Mcdonald’s cone, or an elderly lady eating a pastry from a paper bag.

Unfortunately, this has not been a difficult area for me and Lenny to adapt to…hehehehe =) We quickly began having dessert after every meal! And after only 3 days here, we’ve realized that a change needs to be made. Lenny says he’s starting tomorrow. I think I might as well finish off this week and start fresh next week =)