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Prayer Journal: Day 318

Day 318

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19‭-‬20 NIV

People seek community. We are not meant to live in solitary confinement. The Lord knows we need to feel connected to our loved ones and to the Holy Spirit as well.

Sometimes we feel disconnected and isolated. The feeling will pass if we reach out to our friends and family who can support us.

The Lord is always with us, so we are never really alone, but sometimes it takes a whisper of His still, small voice to make us realize He is still there, listening to our needs. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 287

Day 287

Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel. – Proverbs 27:9 NKJV

I miss seeing my friends in person. When I moved, I didn’t really think about the impact it might have on my life to not have the same weekly interactions with my friends whom I was used to spending time with.

It is a weight not to have friends or try to replace friends just because I am in a new location.

The advice my friends gave me when I was close by is just as good as the counsel that they give me when I am far away. Friendship is forever and God blesses us with good people in our lives. It is up to us to show love and maintain our friendships. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 246

Day 246

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends. – Proverbs 27:17 NKJV

Our friends help us and put us at ease when we need them. We can encourage each other. 

Not all friends remain close, but God always stays close to us and provides the right people to help us when we need.

We don’t always have good health, so when our health suffers, our friends can step in. It might be watching our toddler or accompanying us to the grocery store. 

These types of friends are invaluable. It’s up to us to reach out to them if they become distant, because God loves them, too. Amen.

Snorkeling at Tortuga Island

Day eight came, and the group of wedding guest stragglers decided to go snorkeling. There were almost 20 of us, so we loaded into two boats.


The boat I was on was called the Isabella. The view from the boat of the aquamarine ocean was stunning. We passed some sea turtles making love. They spotted us and dove deeper until they were out of view.


We anchored at our snorkeling spot and put on our snorkeling masks and flippers. I had never been snorkeling before and quickly found that glasses prevent the snorkeling mask from suctioning. I treaded water and attempted to put my face under water, but each time I got salt water in my eyes and up my nose. The more I bobbed, the more my goggles fogged up. I was able to get a few fleeting glances at the island sand from under water, but it was clear I wasn’t snorkeling right or my equipment was not working properly. I swam back to the boat with a few helpful pushes from Mick to get past the waves. Mick got to see lots of fish and apparently could swim as good as one.


The group made our way back to the boat and we stopped at Tortuga Island for lunch. While we were waiting for our food, a wild boar walked under our picnic table and invited the girls in the group to pet her by alluding cuteness.


There were pot belly pigs there too but were not such hams for attention.


We were also introduced to two Macaws, who were also not as friendly and who were more interested in eating fruit.


The locals served us fresh coconut, which we could eat with a thin layer of the shell, which tasted a little like a almond.


The group was served a main meal, with our choice of chicken or fish.


We took a short swim in the ocean before loading back up on the boats. We had another chance for snorkeling more, but I don’t really like putting my head under water and I couldn’t wear contacts or go without glasses, so I enjoyed watching some yellow fish come to the surface when we offered them pineapple and rice.


Our boat was going too fast for us to see dolphins, but the passengers on the other boat reported seeing one or two.

That evening, after dinner and a nap we drove to Montezuma for another hangout session on the beach. Many of the guests were returning home the next day.


What a great opportunity to spend time with friends in paradise.

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