3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 3

Well this is it.  This is the last day of this challenge and Thank the Lord I made it.  I have to thank my readers for hanging in there with me during this challenging time because that’s exactly what it has been for me.

My Quote for today comes to me from my studies in creative writing:

Larry Menkin, Writer and Teacher, “Always said the most important advice on writing he could offer his students was this:  ‘Apply seat of pants.'”

In the textbook “Writing Great Short Stories” By Margaret Luke, She talks a lot about the only way that if a writer can get ideas is if he/she writes, writes some more, and then keeps on writing even more.  You also have to learn how to listen to other people “nicely” so you are not rude to them. This way you can get ideas and learn about dialog so you can make your characters seem more real.

Thank you Stuart Tutt of  Something to Stu Over so very much for this nomination again.  I have really enjoyed the act of searching and trying to find the right quotes to use for this challenge.  I do look forward to the future and more challenges that stretch my mind.

The Rules of this challenge are extremely simple.  They are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.

  2. Post a different quote for 3 days (weeks, or as soon as you can)  and explain why each one appeals to you.

  3. Nominate at least two bloggers each day.

I nominate the following blogger for this award:

  1. Lonelywarrior2018, FadedFaith

  2. Fr. Kevin, Inwardly Digest

For those I nominated, Please understand that you do not have to participate if you chose not to.  It is just something fun and challenging to do.  Thank you.

3 Day Quote Challenge : Day 2

  Thank you so very much for your patience in waiting on me in this challenge.  Sometimes my worlds just roll around and are happy as can be, but then there are times that my worlds collide and that’s when I never know what is going to happen : sometimes good, and sometimes extremely bad to worst. I’ve kinda been having an extremely bad time of it lately but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

This is a rather hard challenge for me since I don’t write every day or even every week as it seems.  LOL  I tend to write when I have something to say and last month was not a good month for me and that’s all I’m going to say.  The one highlight of the month is that I got my new teeth. (see photo for proof)

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I have to thank Stuart Tutt of Something to Stu Over for nominating me for this challenge.

The Rules of this challenge are extremely simple:

  1.         Thank the person who nominated you.
  2.         Post a Different quote for 3 days (weeks, or as soon as you can)               straight, and explain why each one appeals to you.
  3.         Nominate at least two new bloggers each day.

Due to my many blessings, I am learning to see life through “Rose Colored Glasses” again which brings me to my next quote:

JUST THINK—–

You’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing.

His hand formed you and made you the person you are.

He compares you to no one else- You are one of a kind.

You lack for nothing that His grace cannot give you.

He has allowed you to be here in this time in history

t)o fulfill His special purpose for this generation.

  • ROY LESSIN

I ran across this poem the other day and was thoroughly amazed at how clearly it spoke to my heart. It states in no uncertain terms that we are meant to be here. Each one of us is unique and have a job to do that only we can do.  That we are not able  to compare ourselves to each other because each one of us is one of a kind.   We are to lack for nothing because God’s grace covers everything.  That this is our time to shine and our are to grab the bull by the horns and go for it. That we are not here for ourselves, but for God’s purpose for this generation that we are living in.  We are to look back to the history only to learn from it, but to keep our eyes on God.

Thank you  Stuart.  I have to admit that you have given me a real challenge with this nomination.  I had to really look and think about what quote I would use for Day 2 before posting.  Now, I still have on day to get so I will have to find one to top this one.  Oh My……..  What will I do…….LOL!!!!

I nominate the following bloggers for this challenge:

  1. Gordon King, End Time Bible Prophecy
  2. Don Merritt,

For those I nominated, please understand you do not have to participate if you chose not to.  It is just something fun and challenging to do.  Thank you.

Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be – Day 1&2

Place Your Full Confidence in God/ Commit Yourself to Time Alone with God

Scripture of Week to Memorize

“A Wife of Noble Character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her Husband Has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.”

Proverbs 31:10-11

 

Passage of Day to Read – Day 1

“For your Maker is your Husband —

the Lord Almighty is His name —

the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer:

he is called the God of all the earth.

The Lord will call you back

as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit —

 a wife who married young,

only to be rejected” says your God.

Isaiah 54:5-6

Passage to Read – Day 2

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Simon and his companions went to look for , and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else — to the nearby villages — so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

Mark 1:35-39

Day 1

Today the trait  “noble” is harder to find more than ever before.  Let’s define it first.  It means dignified and gracious.  In the Amplified Bible the word for noble is rendered “capable, intelligent, and virtuous.” Such a woman would definitely be hard to find in the world today. Are you such a woman?  Am I?  Not yet, but I am working on it.  Work on it with me. 

We are intelligent, dignified, virtuous, capable, gracious women who fill with full confidence in those whose around and in whom rely on us most no matter whom that shall be. People around cam have total confidence in us because our confidence rests in God and we live appropriately.

What’s the ultimate sign that someone loves you?  It is that they would lay down their life for you. Well, God has shown his love for us. Jesus laid down his life to make sure that someday in the future each of us will be special guests at the ultimate wedding in heaven, when Jesus holds the celebration for the church as his eternal bride. (see Revelations 21)

Don’t focus on human feedback.  Focus on your relationship with you Heavenly Husband and live to please Him.  During God’s metamorphose of your life, You will become a even more beautiful bride and a woman of noble character that will in the end bring her praise from the people most important.  It will not happen over night, but enjoy the inner satisfaction that come from becoming the woman God wants me to be.

Day 2

Prayer is your direct line to God and is so important that you should have a special place that is only yours and God’s.  Let it be your Pray Closet ( oasis, corner, space, or just plan area) that is set aside just for your time with God.

Henri Nouwen said,

“Discipline is the human effort to  the space  in which

God can be generous and give us what we need. “

 

According to Proverbs 31 the husband is to have “full confidence” in his wife. “Confidence comes in a relationship from investing time in that relationship.”  You have to communicate in that relationship. So that for God to have full confidence in you, you have to talk to Him and obey him.

“God wants us to stand out as woman who know we have something of value.  If you want to have something valuable  to offer the world, we must have something of value to offer.” The value we are talking about is more than material value.  See this  world puts dollars and cents on everything.  They put it on human lives. Yes, it’s still legal in some countries.  But I’m talking about investing your time in seeking and exploring heavenly treasures such as knowledge of Scripture, and the power to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit, spiritual insight, ability to carry the presence of God with us where go,

Do you want to be an inspiration to the people that you meet and to everyone around you and mean something to you? Yes, you do! The only way you can do that is by putting God first in your life and talking to Him first thing in the morning?

Bruce Wilkison said,

“I have yet to find a respected leader throughout history who had devotions at night.”

Morning talks with God set to tone for the day.  If you talk to God first thing in the morning, God can also order your life. I  ask Him what He wants me to do that day and He lets me know.

I have found that I have the worst days when I am rushed out the door and miss my time with God.  It’s my own fault because I didn’t hear my alarm, but my day is just no good.  Now on those I try to make time for God and then after that my day does seem to get better.  I know how that sounds, but it is true!

Before you meet with husband, , before you face your family,  before fix breakfast, before deal with the whole world, before you absolutely anything, start your day our right by having a meeting with God.

I challenge you to take the first 30 minutes or more every day for 2 weeks straight to talk  to God. Then leave me a comment and let me know how you feel.  I know that God have worked miracles in my life just because I spend time talking to Him.

Memphis in May

Wow! May has just flown by. May is normally very important to the city to the south of me.    It’s called “Memphis in May”.  This year “Memphis in May” was boiled down to Beale Street Music Festival with bands and singers only the opening weekend and of course BBQ Festival at the Mid-End of May. The tickets to go to either of these events have always been hard to get, but this year they were extremely hard to find and expensive to the point of putting a person in debt to buy them. I didn’t even see any hype about the BBQ Contest which is just not normal.  Winning the “Memphis in May” BBQ Championship used to mean something.

I remember a totally different “Memphis in May”.  The ads would start in January. You would know who was coming for the Beale Street Music Festival by February.  The cut date for the Food Contest which include Hamburger Masters and Hot Dog Eaters as well as BBQ Contest which included Ribs – Beef and Pork, Pulled Pork, Chicken, and Turkey Legs would be in Mid March.  The games and other activities for the month are mapped out and widely advertised in April.  Tickets are made and everything is gotten ready for “Memphis in May” in April.

The way it was – “Memphis in May” starts with a weekend filled with music called Beale Street Music Festival.  You pay for a 1 or 2 day pass and get to enjoy Beale Street and the Great Concerts that come to play for the weekend. The second weekend is an art weekend that involves museum tours and tours through historic Memphis and on Sunday there is a showing of different forms of art in Tom Lee Park by the Grande Lady – The Mississippi River.

About the 15th of the month the Memphis of May  BBQ Contests set up for the Big Competition, and on Friday of the third weekend they begin their fires and start their smokers to make the best BBQ in the world.  It is normally set up in Tom Lee Park.  On that Friday the people in the Food Contests have the day to practice before the competition on Saturday. You get to walk through and taste all the good food that is being prepared. You can get 1-3 day passes but you just can’t bring in your  own food or drink.  The competition would be on Saturday and the Awards would be on Sunday.

Since May has five weekends more often than not, we have a  bike race and running marathons on the odd weekend.  If there is no odd weekend then it would happen on the final weekend. On the Sunday of the last weekend, games and one-one contests are offered on Tom Lee Park leading up to an Symphony in the Park where you bring your blankets and coolers and wine/cheese and set upon the ground to let the music  wash over you while the Mississippi rolls on by.  Ending with a wonderful fireworks show over the Mississippi River done to a grand symphony.

I guess it really shows the times.  Back in the 80’s and 90’s, people could get together and not have police guarding the outside.  You could go to a park, sit on the ground, and listen to a symphony without having to worry about anything. Now, you can’t even go to a park without a gun or mace to defend yourself.  It is really sad.  It’s a really good thing that I know that God is in Charge of Everything, so I’m not worried.  I just miss the old “Memphis in May”

The Liebster Award

A. My thanks goes out to Stuart Tutt of Something to Stu Over for nominating me for the Liebster Award.  This is the second nomination that I have received. Boy is this turning into a wild.  Thanks goes out to all my followers and visitors.  I couldn’t do this without you.

About The Liebster Award

Recognizing bloggers for their efforts is the greatest compliment. The Liebster Award is an opportunity for bloggers to recognize and support other bloggers for their achievements. It’s geared towards blogs with smaller viewership.

The Liebster Award is available from January 1 – December 31, 2018. All nominations are voluntary and if the blogger chooses to accept nomination, I will list the rules at the bottom of this post and the official rules can be found Here

B. Now onto Stuart’s questions to me,  his dear blogging friend

1. What would be the one thing you would tell your younger self, if you could go back in time?

Don’t get married to get away from yourself, out of a situation, just to get away from whatever, or because a man is good in bed.  Wait for a real gentleman, who is god-fearing, puts you second only to God, works hard and loves deeply.  Don’t do what ever you have to just to get the approval of a man.  Just try you very best to be the woman of God that God wants you to be not man and you will go far.

2. What is your favorite verse in the Bible and why?

Philippians 4:8-9

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing, Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

“Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

These are my favorite Scriptures because they let us know how we are to keep our minds safe from Satan and tells us what we are suppose to do for Jesus as well as what our reward will be.  Everyone thinks Christianity is sooooo difficult but it’s really simply. Love the Lord God Almighty with all your heart, soul, and body.  The second is like the first.  It is Love your Neighbor as Yourself.  All you have to do is Love and everything else will fall into place

3. What is your reason for starting your blog?

I love to write and I want people to understand Mental Illness better.  It’s a disease just like cancer.  It’s treatable with medication and counseling.  More people live with a mental illness everyday than most people think.  I want to help get the stigma off of it.  It’s not something that you’re going to get by touching or  kissing or even sex.

I’m also taking a creative writing class because I feel that I have a story building inside me.  I want to write something meaningful in the future even if it’s just my life story.  Then maybe someone can learn from my mistakes and not do what I did to learn the lessons in life that I found out the hard way.

4. Which actor/actress did you have a crush on growing up?

Shaun Cassidy was my big heart throb. Then Tequila Sunrise came out in 1988 and I was hooked on Kurt Russell and Mel Gibson. Now it’s Thor

5. Do you prefer board games or a game of cards?

Board games are good but take up a lot of room and can get boring since they are the same thing over and over again.

I keep two decks of cards in my purse so I can start a game of whatever no matter where I am with no matter who I am with.  The games that you can play with a deck of cards is endless, and even if you only play spades over and over again, if you play with different people the game is always different.

6. What is you favorite breakfast food?

Bacon!  Real Bacon!!!!!!!!!  Not Turkey or Vegan Bacon, but Old Fashion Pig Bacon with all the FAT!!!

7. Do you prefer mustard mayo?

Depends on what I am fixing:

Tuna, egg salad, potato salad, Ham  – I use both.

Sandwiches – depends on the meat, pickle, and bread

Pimento cheese – Mayo only No matter what

Bologna, Roast Beef – Mayo and/or Dill Pickle

Turkey, Chicken – Mustard and/or Sweet Pickle

8. Which series can ‘you not go a week without watching?

Deception, SWAT, Chicago Fire and Criminal Minds – can’t go a week without watching

Perry Mason, Joyce Meyer – Enjoying Everyday Life, Max Lucado – Unshakable hope, Robert Morris – The Blessed Life – can’t go a day without watching

9. Have you wanted  to do something but chose not to because of circumstances?

I love clothes.  I keep getting mail order catalogs because I have credit accounts with a couple of mail order companies.  Well, I just got a 5 year loan to take care of most of my debt and put it all into one main payment.  I go and place an order with a new mail order company for some new clothes.  Well, they came in and I opened up the box and looked at the ideas and thought about my money and prayed to God, I took two shirts out and put the others back in the box to be returned, but I didn’t seal the box.  I showed them to my housemate, and I got an empty feeling inside so I put them each back in plastic and added them to the box and put the return slip in marked changed mind and sealed the box put on return label and mailed the whole box back.

10. When was the last time you went out to eat?

It depends on whether you mean with that special someone or just out eating somewhere with anyone?

I have not been on a real date in over 2 years.  I am tired of settling for the guy right now and now I’m after the forever guy. So if you are a god-fearing man that is not afraid of a Southern Belle with a strong will power and conviction.  God is my Father and Jesus is my Savior.  Only Serious men (and yes!  I mean MEN! NOT males that just want to get into my pants so that they can have another notch on their belt) Need to apply.  Contact me and we will start talking.

My best friend and I went out at the end of April, but I can’t remember the date.  It was Chick-fil A which is her favorite place to go.  I don’t really like it, but I do have my standard meal when we’re there.

11. How hard is it to forgive yourself?

Extremely. The devil is very good at bringing  up the past and rub your face in it.  It says in the bible that you have to forgive someone “seventy times seven” or more and that includes yourself. Every time Satan tries to bring the past up just stand on the Word of God and Tell Satan, “I have been forgiven and I have forgiven myself.  Get thee behind me, Satan!  You have no power over me.”  Sometimes you have to say it over and over again, but

C. RANDOM FACTS

1. I want to live on a horse farm and ride horses again.

2. I weighed 98 pounds soaking wet when I graduated High School in 1985.

3. When I joined the Air Force  ROTC, the SSgt had to look up the Weight Minimum Charts, which he had never had to use in his whole career, and found that I had to gain 8 pounds or I would  have lost my scholarship.  It took me two months of eating everything in sight and not taking part in PT or only in part of them but I did it and was able to save my scholarship.

4. I have always been afraid that I would have the schizophrenic “gene”.  My mother is schizophrenic so I know the disease very well which was what scared me.

5. I’ve been married three times, and each produced at least one child. I have four great children, and I love them very much despite what they may think.

6. I love winter more than summer.  You can always put more covers on to get warm, but you can only take so much off to get cool.

7. Each one of my husbands taught me something about life.  Thank you, Eric, Philip, Paul!!!!

8. I like to write but I’m not sure what I’m going to write: short story, poem, novelette, novel, epic novel. I don’t know…..Yet.

9. God is my Father and Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  The man that I want to marry will be second only to God.  I’m doing things God’s way now.  He’s number 1 now!!!

10. My color scheme is Rich Fall Autumn.  I look really good in   royal, jtBesideoewel tones.

11. I love the outdoors as long as the bugs are kept far away  from me.

D. Why am I passisonate about blogging?

I starting blogging because I love to write.  I am taking a course in creative writing and I have o get writing in the course and I figure my blog would be a great place to do it.  I am also Bipolar II which means that I am depressed more than anything and I need a place to put my thoughts.

Besides the above I hate the fact that Mental Illnesses are thought of as if everyone should be locked away in a hospital and never let out in society.  More people have a mental illness to some degree than you would think.  Mental Illnesses are diseases and most can be treated by medications and counseling.  Some are severe enough to need hospitalization, but not really that many.  According to the NAMI about 1 in 5 adults have some form of mental illness in a given year in the United States.

E. I would like to Nominate the following blogs for this fine award.

1. Sarah of Anglo-Saxon Celt Creates

2. Gordon King of End Time Bible Prophecy

3. Evangelist Chilavent Nmezi of Message from Above

4. Valarie of February Circle

5. Kristie Sheanshang of Good Word Project

6. Hannah of  With Songs of Joy

7. Denise of RefreshHer

F. New List of Questions

  1. Where are you from and where do you live?
  2. Do you believe in God and Why?
  3. Do you cook? If so, what’s your favorite dish to make and why?  If not, Where do you like to eat out, what do you like to order and why?
  4. Do you like Coffee and/or Tea and what kind and why?
  5. Do you like Ketchup and/or Mustard and why?
  6. When was the last time you got all dressed up and went out and why?
  7. What was your worst date? Explain.
  8. Do you read books and/or listen to music? What’s your favorite book/music and why?
  9. Do prefer Board Games and/or Card Games?
  10. What’s your favorite color? Why

G. The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND, YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in you:

1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to thei r blog on your blog.

2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your p6.ost and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) four

3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. Why are you passionate about blogging?

6. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the  award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

7. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

8. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

9. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

About The Liebster Award
Recognizing bloggers for their efforts is the greatest compliment. The Liebster Award is an opportunity for bloggers to recognize and support other bloggers for their achievements. It’s geared towards blogs with smaller viewership.
The Liebster Award is available from January 1 – December 31, 2018. All nominations are voluntary and if the blogger chooses to accept nomination, I will list the rules at the bottom of this post.

Mother’s Day

The above poem says it all that a mother should be.  A mother is a special type of woman.  She’s not perfect, but tries as hard as she can to take care of the people in her realm of influence, to protect them from the outside as much as they can, and to teach them everything that their charges need to know to succeed in the world today.  Some say that God shows His earthly love through Mother’s.  I can happen to agree in most cases, but there are some cases where that is not the case I am afraid to say.

In the world today, A woman has to fill so many roles in the family  and in Society.  She is a woman of many talents. She is not only a Mother to the children, but sometimes a part time or even full time Bread Winner trying to bring in money for the family to live on, Family Schedule Keeper and Organizer, Meal Planner and Chef to shop for food and prepare that said food into good (no great) dishes that  EVERYONE likes {if that is even possible}, a Scholar in furthering her degree in college or any training at all, and lastly and not least being possibly a Wife to her husband and keeping him happy.

The first mother was Eve as shown in Genesis:

Genesis 3:20

“Then the man – Adam – named his wife Eve,

because she would be the mother of all who live.”

The next big thing of Mother’s of the Bible are shown in the Ten Commandments in Exodus:

Exodus 20:12

“Honor Your Father and Mother, Then you will live a long ,

full life in the land the Lord Your Go3d is giving you.”

There are several Proverbs about Mothers even.

Proverbs 1:8

“My child, listen when your father corrects you,

Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.”

Proverbs 10:1

 “A wise child brings joy to a father;

a foolish child brings grief to a mother.”

NOTE: Both JOY and GRIEF happen to each parent. The distinction is simply a poetic device.”

Proverbs 23:22

“Listen to your father, who gave you life,

and don’t despise your mother when she is old”

Proverbs  30:11

“Some people curse their father,

and do not thank their mother.”

Proverbs 30:17

“The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother’s instructions

will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.”

In Matthew, Jesus talks about who is His True Family-

Matthew 12:46-50

As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him?”.

Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to you”

Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brother?”

The he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look these are my mother and brothers.

“Anyone who  does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

Jesus includes everyone who is doing the Father’s Will as part of His family so we are all connected in a spiritual way as well as our physical families.

Happy Mother’s Day.  God Bless All You Mother’s out there.  Take care and I’ll talk to you later.

I love you, MOM!!!  I dedicate this post to my mother, Gail Elizabeth Brenkert.

Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be – Intro

I am going through this book called Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be – a 90 Day  Guide to Living the Proverbs  31 Life by Donna Partow.  I’m going to tryGo to post at least three times a week from this journey that I am embargoing.   It stated that the next 90 days is going to past by you no matter how you spend them.  You can just mark time by doing nothing or you can, “strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance that race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1 NLT)

Have you ever thought that the Proverbs 31 was a mythological creature or something that was out there and totally unattainable.  Donna says, “I thought she was a weapon spiritual leaders use to make all of us ordinary Christian women feel bad about ourselves.” People say that women of noble character are extremely hard to find and they are right, But then she actually met a woman who was a Proverbs 31 woman.  It was like she had just walked out of the Bible.  It showed her that becoming a Proverbs 31 woman was the only goal worthy of her life’s devotion.

Donna was invited to speak in Colombia and was asked to stay a few days by her host, Hector Torres at his aunt’s house at the base of the Andes Mountains.  Since she had never been to the area before, she went to a bookstore and found little to no information on the area.  What she did fine didn’t even tell her that the area had been torn apart by civil and drug wars for the last three decades.  It simple said: it’s too Dangerous!!! She was just a “little…..” apprehensive about the trip, but she went anyway.

Donna was very pleasantly  surprised when she met Hector’s Aunt, Beatriz Duenas.  She was such a picture of elegance, ease and bety.  She showed us around the breathtaking grounds and we talked amid the fruit bearing trees bursting with bananas, guavas, oranges, papayas, tangerines, avocados, and plantains.  She showed us  her coffee, trout pond, chicken coops, and even her worm farm.  All the property abounded with energy and productivity just like the Woman of the House.

After a wild spread of breakfast that included a variety of fresh-squeezed juices, eggs scrambled with tomatoes, peppers, and onions and freshly grown coffee of which it all came from the property, Beatriz would take a walk to her favorite place which was a small stone and wrought-iron chapel with wooden benches that looked centuries old.  Just by looking at her there you knew you were standing on holy ground.  She told us that she had spent hours here praying, reading, and meditating in this open-air sanctuary.

Beatriz’s story didn’t begin here but in 1950 when she married Jose. She was sixteen and he was nineteen.  A year later a baby was born and three daughters in good succession.  She worked well with Jose.  They worked together everyday in their auto parts store.  Even thought she was a teenager, she was great at business, and they prospered.  Soon they grew into a big corporation with multiple employees and satellite stores locations.  They were best friends, business partners, and lover’s for life.  “They were inseparable.”

What happened on January 23, 1984 changed all that forever.  At 6:30 pm Jose was on his way home.  He was driving along when suddenly his car was surrounded by six kidnappers. They took him out of the car and disappeared.  After two months, They demanded an outrageous amount of money to the tune of $30 million to release him.  By March 19 Beatriz paid the kidnappers one million dollars.

She never saw her husband again!

It almost broke her, but through the pain she begun looking for and seeking out God which led her to walk by faith.  She started attending a little church which provided her other Christians who helped comfort, encourage, and sustain her. She stayed in the mountain home of her husband to tend the garden and started planting money-producing fruit trees using funds from the rental properties he had started as investments.  She was starting to learn how to make it all work on her own.

Her first massive business venture was building four massive chicken coops, which now house 48,000 chickens.  She took out a 2nd mortgage to do it, but she doesn’t regret it at all.  It’s providing a steady income for the paradise and it will continue to do so in the future.

Beatriz then learned about the coffee industry. She read books and took classes.  Today, her coffee product help fill in the money gaps in the seasons of fruit and there are no chickens ready for market.  She even started a worm farm.  She says it’s not successful yet.  This just means it hasn’t been given enough time.  LOL

Donna says, “What I will always remember about Beatriz is not her thriving enterprises and the wisdom God gave her to develop multiple streams of income. What I will always remember is the overwhelming peace that permeated her countenance, her home, and her entire surrounding.” Donna states that the one word that would describe Beatriz would be “Lovely”. Donna commented on the way that there was not even an ounce of Bitterness or Self-pity when she talked regarding her losses.  All  Beatriz  would speak of was her gratitude to God. She was asked what her secret was and she replied, “Forgiveness,” she replied quickly, “It took me a long time to completely forgive the people that kidnapped my husband and robbed me of all that could have been. But the moment I did, the peace of God overcame me and it has not left.”

Beatriz’s parting words to Donna were, “Tell the women they must come to full confidence and assurance that what God has done for me, He can do for them also!” Donna also says, “Do not expect to be entirely transformed into Beatriz’s clone in the next ninety days. Not only is it impossible, it’s not even desirable. God has a completely, customized plan for your life.  Trust Him!!!!!

Welcome to the journey of Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be (BWGW)!