a love beyond...

a barrier is defined as a fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access.

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On my recent trip to Honduras, the biggest barrier that was faced was the language spoken. Out of our group of 12, only two people spoke a tad bit of Spanish. While we had amazing interpreters, the spoken language in Honduras is Spanish so it was difficult to communicate at times.

The only words I knew going in were: adios = bye, banos = bathroom, hola = hello, pollo = chicken, and amigo = friend. That was about my extent of knowledge thanks to my brother who took Spanish in high school (really rethinking why I chose to take Latin instead).

There were moments when the children would come up to me, no interpreters in sight, and spit out this whole long sentence/question, and all I could do was smile and say, "no hablo espanol" which means "I don't speak Spanish". It was funny at times, but oh how I longed to know what they were saying and have a real conversation. I wanted to tell them how loved and special they were. I wanted to understand what was so exciting, or funny, or serious, or silly. I wanted to really know what was going on.

But do you want to know what I learned?

Love beyond the barriers.

Despite not always being able to vocally understand, we still had an amazing week. We laughed, we played, we colored, we read, we worked, and we learned about Jesus together. It's not always about what you say, but more about what you do.

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What is standing in your way today? What barrier do you feel like you can't break through?

Are your present fears stopping you from stepping out of your comfort zone? Are you comparing yourself to those around you? Are you afraid of disappointing someone, or even yourself? Does the unknown scare you?

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Have you asked God to help you?

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In times of desperation, cry out to the God who created the highest mountain tops, the lowest valleys, the expansive oceans, the most beautiful butterflies, and the One who created you.

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Most of you probably know the story of David and Goliath. An average teenager who rose to the challenge of fighting an over 9 foot tall giant. The odds didn't seem very good; however, David was convinced that God would give him victory because he was fighting to protect the honor of the Living God. David beat all odds and defeated Goliath because of the courage God had given him! Go to 1 Samuel 17 and read it for yourself!! There is never an obstacle or barrier too big or too small for our great great God. As long as we trust in our Father and ask him to guide us throughout life, we will always come out victorious! Learn to sink into Him and how to spread love in the process.

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“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us Hebrews 12:1

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” Isaiah 12:2

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-12

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” Genesis 50:20

"For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27