Jealous of a mother’s strength

Blog post by FH blogger Michelle Sarabia

It’s Day Three in this beautiful country of Guatemala, and yet again, I leave a people that God has truly put on my heart.

This is Margarita.  Her smile is infectious.

Photo by Jessica Taylor

When our eyes connected as we were first introduced by our translator, I sensed a commonality with her.


She shared with us how she tried for seven years to have a child, and how God “finally” blessed her with a beautiful daughter named Eva.

She told us about her husband Jose and how he works as a day laborer. Telling us how difficult it’s been to find work lately, and how he is currently working as a farmhand coming home every other week.

Her home is no more than 500 square feet, yet she is so humbled with what she has.

She’s a mother, like so many of us, yet my heart had ached for her.

It was as though I wanted to wrap my arms around her and tell her what an amazing job she is doing.  To look her in the eye and tell her she’s beautiful.  To let her know that every seed she has sown in her garden and every tear she has shed longing for a child did not go unnoticed.  That God has been with her every step of the way and will continue to walk every step with her.

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Michelle is an FH blogger who lives outside of Nashville, Tenn., with her husband of 15 years. Their home is filled with four teenagers and not a moment goes by when she realizes they’ll be adults soon. She has blogged at Beyond Brave for the last five years writing about moments that inspire, encourage and challenge her readers’ faith.


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