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Praying at Cerra de la Cruz for the people of Guatemala, a Divine appointment in a coffee shop bathroom, and a little girl named Maria begging in the street

Recently I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, for the first time. Although I want to travel all around the world, Guatemala was never on my radar. But it was a “God thing.” I’m writing a Guatemala blog series to show you the beautiful pictures and to share about the amazing things God did there. This is Blog #6, Praying on the hill with the Cross (Cerra de la Cruz). You can read my other blogs in this Guatemala Blog Series at the end of this post. 

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Cerra de la Cruz

Cerra de la Cruz

“Traveling makes one modest–you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” — Gustave Flaubert

The above quote is inspiring and so true. When I recently traveled to Guatemala, I very much felt this way.

Beautiful ladies. My friend Kim Rogers & my Spanish instructor, Elvia Reyes

Beautiful ladies. My friend Kim Rogers & my Spanish instructor, Elvia Reyes

First, because even though I’ve been taking Spanish lessons for a couple of months and plan to continue with my instructor Elvia Reyes, I still speak so little Spanish and understand even less. When I was there in Guatemala, I realized how much I really needed to learn the Spanish language. Plus, Elvia is so beautiful (inside and out) and wears a size zero or one (intimating to someone trying to lose weight!).

Second, my friend Kim, who spontaneously bought a lovely condo home there in Jocotenango after traveling to Guatemala numerous times, is larger than life. She too is beautiful, and so outgoing (she makes friends everywhere), smart, frugal (she finds great deals wherever she goes), very fluent in Spanish (she’s been speaking it since she was 16 years old), and so fun to hang around.

Kim & me on her home's terrace, drinking coffee

Kim & me on her home’s terrace, drinking coffee

Third, as I stood on the famous “hill of the Cross” –Cerra de la Cruz–where you can see the entire city of Antigua, Guatemala and the nearby Volcan de Agua (you can see all three volcanoes on a clear day), I realized how small and insignificant I am and how big our God is.

What a magnificent view. It’s beautiful. 

Cerra de la Cruz

Cerra de la Cruz

As I shared in my last post, when I traveled to Guatemala, I didn’t know what God’s exact mission was for me there. But I knew that He’d show me when I got there and He did. 

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A surprise encounter at Parque Central in Antigua

fountain at Parque Central in Antigua

fountain at Parque Central in Antigua

Recently I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, for the first time. Although I want to travel all around the world, Guatemala was never on my radar. But it was a “God thing.” I’m writing a Guatemala blog series to show you the beautiful pictures and to share about the amazing things God did there. This is Blog #5, A surprise encounter at Parque Central in Antigua. You can read my other blogs about Guatemala at the links below:

Blog 1: My trip to Antigua, Guatemala http://www.bethjones.net/my-trip-to-antigua-guatemala/

Blog 2: Travel requirements, the Guatemala grocery stores, and the street markets http://www.bethjones.net/travel-requirements-travel-requirements-grocery-stores-street-markets/

Blog 3: Antigua’s beautiful ancient cathedrals http://www.bethjones.net/antigua-beautiful-cathedrals/

Blog 4: The older Antigua, Guatemala cathedral, Iglesia El Carmen, and San Juan de Dios Convent http://www.bethjones.net/the-older-antigua-guatemala-cathedral-el-carmen-san-juan-de-dios-convent/

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Cobblestone streets of Antigua and Volcano Fuego

Cobblestone streets of Antigua and Volcano Fuego

When God began stirring my heart to travel to Antigua, Guatemala and confirmed it for me to go, I still didn’t know what His exact “mission” was for me there. I trusted that He would show me when I got there, just as He has for me on other trips that I’ve taken. And He did!

“A person’s steps are directed by the Lord, and the Lord delights in his (her) way.” (Psalm 37:23)

I was busy the first several days after I arrived, with my Spanish instructor Elvia and my driver Allen taking me around Antigua to grocery shop, visit the street market, and tour the ancient cathedrals and ruins. This was so good and generous of them and I deeply appreciated all their help, and my friend Kim Rogers’ and her boyfriend Stan Edwards’ help, too!

My awesome Spanish teacher, Elvia Reyes

My awesome Spanish teacher, Elvia Reyes

My driver Allan

My great driver Allan

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Juggling balls

coffee on patio table

my coffee on patio table

This week is busy. I’m juggling some balls – different events going on. It’s exciting, but tonight I feel tired after working the last two days on various things. 

Then these words come to mind:

 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.  For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, Amplified Bible)

As we come to Jesus and lean on His capable shoulders, He will refresh our souls. Give us rest, renewal, blessed quiet. Strength for the journey ahead.

Right now I’m putting my juggling balls down. Taking a hot bath. Curling up on the couch to pet my cat Natalya, pray for my family, and then going to bed. In the morning, I’ll drink some hot coffee (something I really look forward to each day), and then hit the ground running again. 🙂 

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