Feliz Ano Novo Gente!

Happy New Year, All!
I love putting up a blank calendar and all the white squares of days waiting to be filled. And this year especially, it’s ALL new. I don’t know what this year holds. Or tomorrow holds. Or really, even today.

Sometimes I start to feel hesitant to keep walking into all this new, with all its unknowns and will the scorpions get our kids? Or worse? But again and again, we see that the Good Shepherd who has led us here has also followed close behind with all His goodness and His mercy.

Surely Your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
Psalm 23.6

Just yesterday, Jack had broken out into a flaming, itchy rash on his face. We thought it was allergy-related, but to what? SO much new here. We took him to the pharmacy, and Andy started asking the pharmacist in Portuguese what cream to use for an allergic reaction. A guy overheard, turned to me and asked (IN ENGLISH) “Has he been eating mangoes?” First, I was taken back to hear a stranger speak to me in English. And second, I was floored he knew! Mangoes are Jack’s favorite fruit, and has been devouring all we can right off the tree. This guy went on to explain when he was a kid and moved to Brazil from the U.S. (40 years ago) he broke out in a flaming rash because he would spend his days in a mango tree, peeling mangoes with his teeth and was allergic to the sap. I am always in awe when I see God orchestrate things like this. Here we are in the middle of Brazil with our son who has been spending his days in a mango tree, peeling mangoes with his teeth. The pharmacist asks if Jack has been exposed to anything new, Andy replies everything is new, and a man appears with a story exactly like our son.


Is it not God’s goodness and mercy that followed us to that pharmacy,
and showed us exactly what we needed to know to bring our child relief? 

We can welcome in this New Year with all its unknowns knowing there is One following close behind, full of goodness and mercy. And our cups overflow.


6 thoughts on “Feliz Ano Novo Gente!

  1. Lois

    Absolutely the best thing I have read in 2014!! What a way to start the new year. Thanks for sharing. God showed up in the form of a man who spoke English!!
    Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
    2 John 1:3

  2. Familewis

    Atreyu and Atticus will pray everyday for those scorpions to stay out of the way–and use their stingers to attack whatever else wants to find its way inside;) Glad you are seeing Him so presently in each moment. Is your brain exhausted? I remember collapsing for weeks in Argentina having to think so hard in Spanish! Kneeling by your family’s side in prayer this year, la familia lewis

    1. saralroyer Post author

      Lindz, this was so completely encouraging for me to read! Give those boys of yours a great big hug and tell them thank you!! You know, the last 3 scorpions we have seen (since our update) have been dead! No doubt God is hearing those boys’ prayers. And we are just SO overwhelmingly grateful.

      And yes, exhausted…more like mush. 🙂

  3. Sarah

    This just makes me want to jump up and down and scream that GOD IS SO GOOD and ever so kind! James and I are currently reading the diary of George Muller (called Life of Trust, there’s a free book on the Gutenberg Project…), and it is precisely these types of answers to prayer…sometimes even before he prayed them…that is strengthening our faith in such a challenging way. And it is precisely by placing yourself in need, in situations you cannot control, that God can show His love in ever-increasingly miraculous ways. Praising Him with you!

    1. saralroyer Post author

      Sarah – yes, yes, YES!! You are so right! Not sure if you’ll see my reply to the other comment. BUT the last 3 scorpions we have seen (since our last update) were already dead!! It really is so cool to sit back and watch God do this. He has got this. And He has got you! All along, Andre has said “God always pays for what He orders.”


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