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Giving Thanks for All Things

"But awakening to joy awakens to pain.
"Joy and pain, they are two arteries of the one heart that pumps through all those who don't numb themselves to really living....  Yet I know it in the vein and the visceral:  life is loss."
--Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts

Monday-- I'm thankful for a new outfit.  The tailor promised I'd have it in two weeks and it was more like five.  She was sick and in the clinic, and then I had to have her re-do part of it.  John got me this cloth for Christmas.

Tuesday -- We were given a lot of potatoes.  I love potatoes, so I'm thankful!  We've been eating a lot of potato meals such as potato soup, potato salad, and scalloped potatoes.

Wednesday -- This week John and I were able to attend a Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills seminar.  Attending one of these seminars is considered professional development by SIM.  It was well worth the time and cost.  I'm thankful we could attend.  This picture was taken during a break.

Finding Time

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you know I've been reading Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts.  In the chapter I'm in now, she talks a lot about how we are always in a hurry.  She says, "In a world addicted to speed, I blur the moments into one unholy smear."  I can identify with that!  How about you?  To summarize the chapter, the way to slow down time is to learn to give thanks in each moment, to have time for God, to worship in the every day ordinariness of life.

Here are some of my slow-down-time worship moments of the week.

Monday:  Sometimes during the dry season the sky is really dusty and hazy.  But other days it is brilliant blue.  When I walk down our drive to our gate I see this tree across the street.  I love its brilliant green leaves against the azure sky.  The colors God creates take my breath away!

"I don't really want more time; I just want enough time.  Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh, time to give …

Practising Thankfulness

Ann Voskamp on writing a thankfulness list:  "They are just the common things and maybe I don't even know they are gifts really until I write them down....  This writing it down -- it is sort of like...unwrapping love."
Monday:  Back on the weekend of January 16 and 17 when the churches were burnt, John traveled north to our village that Friday afternoon.  On Saturday morning when he got up, he had a flat tire.  So he went to change the tire and discovered that his spare was also flat (we had recently had it fixed, so I'm not sure how that happened).  The tire repair guy up there told him there was no place in town to fix tubeless tires.  So John called me and I was going to go out to buy him two new tires to send up on a bush taxi.  But just as I was heading out the rioting started, so I went back home.  Later in the day a M*sl*m friend bought us two tires and got them sent up to John.  Of course, after all that he found out that there was a place in the town that co…

Books Read in 2014

I'm a little late on my traditional January post reviewing the books I've read in the past year.  In the year 2014 I read 38 books, many of which I downloaded for free on my Kindle when they were on a special offer.  I'll write a brief paragraph about my top 10 favorites and then just list the remaining books.  In both cases, the books are listed in the order read, not in the order of most enjoyed.

1. Diamond Fractal by Karen Keegan and Minna Kayser.  Karen and Minna are missionary kids, raised by parents working in the same mission but on opposite sides of the African continent.  They met each other as adults.  Minna had been repeatedly abused as a child.  Each time she was abused her mind created a personality to protect herself from the memory of that abuse.  This is a fascinating, though sometimes disturbing, story of how her new friend, Karen, was used by God to help her work through her past.  I'm sure that neither Karen nor Minna would recommend that a non-profes…

Thankful for the Story God is Writing

There's a reason I'm not writing the story and God is.  He knows how it all works out, where it all leads, what it all means. Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts
Monday -- About a year ago one of our missionaries, Linda, began looking into a ministry that helps those who have gone through trauma.  She had no idea where all it would lead, but stepped out in faith that this was what God wanted her to do.  To make a long story short, she and another missionary attended a training last September (not sure the exact date). After that training, they chose dates in February (I won't specify the dates for security reasons) to hold a training session for pastors and Christian workers to train them in helping those who have been through trauma.  Suddenly we have families who have been traumatized in losing their homes and all their belongings, pastors traumatized by losing their churches and who still need to lead their flocks, church members traumatized by losing their churches, and ch…