None Like Him

My friend sent this precious book to me a few months ago and I think it just arrived in perfect time to my life. None Like Him by Jen Wilkin.

In a season where I’m too self conscious and find myself on myself constantly doubtful, this just remind me I’m His.

Standing in awe for what’s He has done in my life in the past, being grateful for what He’s still doing and expectant of the many answers on my future, my mind finds space to stop just thinking in my today’s struggles.

Take a time to remind yourself WHO GOD IS and how we are not like Him.

Hope you like the quotes and make you look on for a copy.

Extreme – Not Expensive – 15Day – Italy Trip

I’m not rich at all, but money hasn’t been a problem to plan on travel. God has always been the sponsor to fulfill every desire my heart has prayed and not prayed for. He is a dream granter, an impossible conqueror, the provider every soul looks for in a father, and a very lovable friend with whom you can enjoy everything.

This time, the bucket list was checked again on the Italian wished dream. What certainly made it an over the top miracle was that my traveling buddies were my Mom and sister. Two years ago, my mom left to live to another city far away from us and her life was so difficult, we couldn’t even imagine been together on such a wonderful trip years later. But a miracle happened and we were able to join Sofia’s plan to visit this beautiful country.

We planned it justa few weeks before, but were able to find nice prices on the plane tickets. Though we found good prices on hotels, they weren’t as nice as we could’ve found with a little more time to book ahead. But, still we managed to reserve on great locations, excellent service and not-so-expensive prices.

In this post I want to share three things with you. First, a postcard with a 4 day Rome itinerary you can print/save, and take with you for a trip you make to Europe and want to add Rome to your plan. Second, a full 15-day itinerary for just Italy with a check space so you can mark on the things you’ve already done. It is written according to locations and was the plan we followed, so it is possible to visit everything on the list. And third, a list of tips if this is your first time that you’ll find helpful before you travel. If you want me to send anything privately to your email, please follow the blog, and I’ll be sending an email with it.

Click on this link to see the whole itinerary—>

https://tinyurl.com/ItalyBugambilia

List on things you should know:

  • For this specific train we bought the Italian train pass from Eurail for six days of traveling. You can travel six days and distribute them according to your plan; you can use unlimited distances among each day you use. For example, the day we went to Cinque Terre, we used a day of the pass for the 5 towns and to go back to Florence. DOWNLOAD the app it’s easy and needed to plan your leaving and arriving times. You’ll need to buy the pass before your trip. They don’t sell it in Europe.
  • GetYourGuide is one of the best web sites you can find to book on tours and passes to skip lines on the main attractions. We bought the entrance tickets and guide for the Vatican that included the museums, map room, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Cathedral. I compared prices with Viator.com and were cheaper.
  • For de Duomo at Florence, Uffizi, Pompeii, we bought them directly to the official website of the places.
  • In Apple Music (and I suppose on Spotify also) you can search for free Audio Guides for most of the famous spots in Italy. I downloaded them before leaving the hotel in order to be able to hear them offline. This shapes you save a lot of money on guides. Italy has a lot of history!!! It’s crazy how many things you can find and won’t be able to retain all the information, so take a notebook with you and you can later search for information on places you found interesting.
  • DON’T TRAVEL ON SUMMER. though I enjoyed a lot, it is SUPER CROWDED and SUPER HOT.
  • For Florence, you will like to buy the ticket for the Duomo, cathedral, baptistery, the tower, and the museum on their website to skip lines, but you’ll need to register the day of your visit to the duomo at their offices in a automatic machine they have available. You can only use the ticket during 72hrs and the Duomo should be your last attraction to get in.
  • You can buy your tickets ahead or at the ticket office for Pompeii, but PLEASE plan your visit ahead or book a guided tour. There’s a map available on their website that indicates different kinds of routes you can make at the place depending on the time you have available.
  • For all the galleries I always try to make a list on the paintings I want to look at each site before I go. This way you won’t miss them, if it’s too crowded or the museum is too big to see everything and you have a tight schedule to stick on for that day.
  • Castle Sant’Angelo has a half price ticket after 7pm which was perfect to see the summer sunset and night view of the city while having dinner at the restaurant.
  • PLEASE BOOK A GUIDE for VATICAN it’s just to much you won’t be able to understand and enjoy anything without it.
  • Taste as many gelatos as you can.
  • Look for the shows happening at the Verona Arena when you’ll be visiting. I missed Evanescene #sadstory
  • This wasn’t exhausting at all, but I recommend you take naps in the trains. Eat as much protein as you can, bring a bottle of water with you. You’ll be able to fill it on the many fountains available around the cities.
  • You’ll need A LOT of cash,unlike other cities in Europe, they charge taxes on hotels apart and in cash at your arrival.

Hoteles we stayed in:

Booked Tours:

AudioGuides Albums on Apple Music:

For more tips, pictures, and crazy reviews, take a look at my instagram profile: @MexicanBugambilia Highlights – “Italia”. You can follow a day by day post with awesome pictures shot by my sister.

Hope for strong Christian wives 💪

Sooooo lately it’s been a lot of bombarding about wrong feminism Vs. Macho views in the air. I don’t know you, but for me, more than just being annoyed, I’m starting to feel hurt over the expectations they have upon me as a women and upon my husband as men. 

I’m just tired of hearing personal points of view towards each gender role and sick of the misunderstandings of what the plan God pre-designed for each is. 

I just waited a little bit for my heart to calm to re-read this list a married couple shared with many couples at a conference to know how to keep on serving together in a ministry. 

For me, living for God and serving others as a team has ALWAYS been the motto of my marriage. I wouldn’t have been married otherwise. So it insults me a bit that one may think I’m in constant expectation for my husband to fill my closet with beautiful clothes and shoes. The reality of a serving couple is that they’re a team and each has their own responsibilities and gifts to complement the needs of a family and other ministry (family DO IS a ministry) and the plan God has for their particular circumstances.  I could make a lot of memes on “Expectations vs. Reality” about the daily life of a full-time serving couple that they’ll make you feel either shocked or start laughing without end. 

Ok… I told you I’m a LITTLE calmed not that I’m at peace with this…and plus my personality doesn’t help jaja. I’ll be expecting your comments and experiences. Praying God strengthens our determination to serve Him and may this keep us focused as married couples on the eternal things, I hope you find hope for your uniqueness in the body of Christ. 

Here’s the list: 

Working Together in Ministry

  1. Work as a team: it takes adjustments, work in deference before getting into the Learning Center.
  2. Allow God define your ministry: God is the One Who calls and equips. Psalm 62:5 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Define goals and strengths. Divide students into groups per work, ages, levels, etc. Decide better what will work for your school. Students should have their needs met.
  3. Appreciate each other’s differences: surrender your will to make other do things your way. Not only see, but appreciate other’s pint of view too. Trust each other. Admit when you’re wrong. Avoid criticism as it was a plague. Give your spouse acceptance on what he/she achieves.
  4. Affirm each other publicly and privately: no benefit on just thinking about it, but on publicly stating it. Others will be observing. You can get wisdom from each other because we are different. Share ideas to be more efficient. Celebrate Success!! YOU’RE NOT COMPETING! Be there for each other’s disappointments. “WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT!”
  5. Respect your husbands: Respect is as vital as oxygen to live. Wives are the ones from whom husbands need respect the most. Enjoy more, complain less. Support his ministry. If I support his ideas, he will not stop dreaming. When ministry gets hard turn into the book of Ruth where she submits her will and says “your God will be my God..”
  6. Love your wife: Sometimes is more important for her that you listen to what she has to say rather than giving her instructions. 
  7. Share responsibilities and feelings: “you” is less important than “we”. Be a team until death. Find time to talk. Marriage is a 100% PLUS another 100%, but sometimes you’ll have to give more than that. Talk when you feel you’re carrying more burden than the other part. If your marriage is strong, it will bring good fruit. 
  8. Revaluate your ministry if it is affecting your marriage: It is dangerous to be more compromised to ministry than marriage. 1 Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Your relationship with God is more important than your ministry, and if your marriage is affecting your relationship with God, let other things aside to keep it healthy. Don’t let your personal life get around your work. You need to share things together. Whatever you like to do, do it together. Plan time out together. Reconnect things. RELAX & DREAM TOGETHER.
  9. Be each other’s best friend: this way, you will stand ministry pressures.
  10. Pray together: Turn to the Lord together for strength. Praise your staff, pray with them regularly. Pray for children. Don’t wait for crisis to start praying. Respect each other professionally.


PRAYER BINDS US MENTALLY

PRAYER BINDS US SPIRITUALLY

PRAYER BINDS US EMOTIONALLY

My 2016 Resolution was

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One of my 2016’s bests was attending the first Hillsong London Service of the year. It was awesome; I confess I was not at all excited to go, but I wanted to experience the high level of organization they have, to pass it on my service at Church in Mexico. God was preparing a surprise for us (my husband, cousins and me), the founder of the entire Hillsong Church was preaching as a guest that day. His sermon was really encouraging,  He gave us this seven-point-list for our 2016 Resolution: 

  1. Dreams will come true (Psalms 21:1-2)
  2. A year of miraculous answered prayer (James 5:16)
  3. Blessings will come by His goodness  (Deuteronomy 29:1)
  4. Dominion and authority – head not tail (Psalms 21:3)
  5. Psalms 21:4 blessings should last longer than a season. May it be a LONG SEASON
  6. An overflow of His presence (Psalms 21:6)
  7. SUPER PROTECTION Of His Love (Psalms 21:11)

I can’t explain the blessing this resolution was for this year. I think I just missed two of this points though. I kept it in my phone’s notes so I could read it periodically thought the year, and refocus on my goals . God is awesome, He is powerful, He forgives my stubborn heart, He has NO LIMITS, He is in control, “He knows the depths of my heart and still loves me the same.”

The entire service was stunning, the worship team couldn’t be more powerful, the welcome team was so very professional my life was blessed since the first moment, the speakers spoke gracefully, and the message warmed my heart for the entire year. 

Hope you can use it for your life and be as blessed as I was, I will again use it this year.