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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Choose to Challenge

Today is being celebrated as International Women’s Day, it so happens to also fall on a public and bank holiday for us in Belize. That means I have time to think and write. Today, I want to challenge you to take a moment and think of all the women in your life, the ones who …

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Vessel for Honor

When I was growing up in the village, the dry season in the village meant more work and also more time at the river. The hot, cracked ground with grass dried and brown scorching my feet.  Water would become scarce and we would have to make many trips to the river to collect water. No …

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A Journey to Wholeness

Part 1 I had the pleasure of talking with Carla Mendoza, founder of NaturaLean Belize. A Belizean woman with a powerful message that can bring about not only a physical transformation but one that can bring transformation emotionally and spiritually. Carla was born and raised in San Ignacio, Cayo. She is married with 2 children, …

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Change Yo Clothes

When we were little, there was a favorite song that we would always ask our mom to sing, “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton. I’m sure she got tired of us asking her to sing for us but she never complained. A little girl, in a coat of many colors sewn from rags, teased …

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Wach Yo Mowt (Watch Your Mouth)

Kine wuhds neva bruk jawbone. Kind words never broke anyone’s jawbone. Kriol Proverb When we were growing up, we had a little black and white TV that was powered by an old car battery. We thought it was the coolest thing ever. As I read this proverb, it made me think of all the black …

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While I’m Waiting

Children are a wonderful example of teaching us valuable life lessons. I have learned so much from my children’s response to different situations over the years. A few months ago, my 9-year-old daughter was experiencing headaches and after a couple of days of not feeling better, she decided to do something about it. She laid …

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What’s There to Prune?

“It’s the remnant that is most valuable to the Vinedresser, for there is life in what remains.”  TD Jakes The pruning process is one that causes me to flinch, it’s not a pretty process. Lately, my husband has been in the process of pruning his plants. Watching him cut away the beautiful plants was hard; …

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Well-Watered Woman

“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.“For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters,That spreads out its roots by the river; And will not fear the heat when it comes; But its …

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Valley of Dry Dreams

Who would have thought that a simple question “What do you dream about?” would bring me back to this place? In the Dream of You, Jo talks about Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones. She wrote, “The Spirit of God led Ezekiel up and down the vast expanse of the valley… he was confronted …

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The Gift

Have you ever read Scripture that makes you squirm in your seat a bit, or maybe you just quickly skim over it hoping that you will feel a little less uncomfortable? Matthew 6: 25-34 is a portion of Scripture I tend to avoid because I’m challenged to the core every time I read it. “So …

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May I?

Before I opened my eyes this morning, there was a question that had quietly slipped into my thoughts. I shrugged it away as I pulled my covers tighter and tried to hold on to the bliss that only sleep seems to bring these days.  Again, I hear it but I’m not ready to process it. …

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