Tuesday, August 14, 2012

27 Blessings

For my birthday this year, I've decided to list 27 blessings  I am grateful for in my life thus far.  Of course, there are way too many to list, but one has to start somewhere!

  1. A personal relationship with the risen Savior of mankind.  
  2. A husband who loves, leads, and sacrifices for me and our future.  A man with whom this is true.
  3. A vibrant, dynamic, sometimes crazy family.  They drive me insane, but I'd do anything for them.
  4. A home.  God has taught me a lot about roots in the last few years.  I am open, flexible, and willing to be obedient.  However, we have now been in our home (and town) almost two years, the longest we've been anywhere since we got married.  This temporary grace is not lost on me.
  5. Growing up in what I am convinced is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
  6. The little ones that we get to love, even though they aren't our own.
  7. Clean water to drink and nourishing food to eat- this is no small thing.
  8. Being born into a situation where I was cared for and had opportunities to grow physically, cognitively, and spiritually.
  9. Being able to practice my faith openly, without punishment.
  10. Holding Josh's hand.
  11. My education (thanks for encouraging me, Mom and Dad!)
  12. That God has broken my heart for the orphan, and has guided me in my part in caring for children without families.
  13. Having the opportunity to see many wonderful places in the world.
  14. Being married to my best friend.
  15. Access to good medical care.
  16. Beautiful friendships that withstand the test of time and distance.
  17. Learning to trust and have faith (in process).
  18. Photography.
  19. Curiosity and compassion.
  20. Growing up near enough to my grandparents that I have strong relationships with them.
  21. Physical health.
  22. That God holds my hand through the hard times, and hurts along with me.
  23. Dancing in warm rain.
  24. Mom's cooking.
  25. Scripture.
  26. Catching fireflies.
  27. That God's plan for my life, has been so much better, bigger, richer, and more complex than I would have ever imagined.  It wasn't my plan, but I am grateful He has given me the courage to follow.

What are you most grateful for right now?


still being [molly] said...

So I came by your blog because I saw your URL via your comment on my blog and I knew I had to stop by. I love your heart, girl. I don't know if you saw on my blog that I, too, am a missionary to Africa - I serve annually in the same small village in Kenya and my husband and I are leading the team that's going back in September. There are so many things I want to say but just know that you are awesome and it's so great to see someone shine Christ's love so unapologetically.

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