Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wishing for less, but grateful for more

Today I find myself wishing for less...
  • less poverty in the world
  • less weight on my body
  • less flies landing on my face
  • less children dying
  • less hatred
  • less clothes in my closet
  • less gossip
  • less rain so that my clothes can dry on the line
  • less malice
  • less stuff to pack up before home assignment
  • less scorpions in my house
  • less flooding in our house back in Virginia
  • less flooding in our house in Cochabamba
  • less water balloon throwers during this ´Carnival´ season
  • less papers on my desk
  • less waiting time for all my friends trying to adopt
  • less distance between me and my oldest two kiddos
  • less pain in the world
  • less talking bad about the other political party
  • less emotional moodiness from me
  • less harsh words spoken too quickly
  • less worship of false gods
However I am grateful for more....
  • more than enough money to provide food, clothing and shelter for my family and to share with those in need
  • more kids than most people have....each such a blessing for me
  • more friends than I deserve
  • more in love with God than ever
  • more than enough good chocolate, tea and coffee to share with my friends
  • more time with my husband than when we lived in the States
  • more dreams for our ministry here in Bolivia
  • more passion in my life
  • more than 70 monthly supporters of our ministry
  • more Spanish language than before
  • more time with my kids than most people have
  • more than one set of clothes which is way more than many people in the world
  • more books on my shelves than I can read
  • more room to grow in my relationship with God
  • more love that covers a multitude of sins
  • more missionaries going into the harvest
  • more ways to keep in touch with friends and family than in other times
  • more compassion for those living without hope
  • more laughter
Here´s wish you less and more too!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quick Quote from Faith

On New Year´s Eve we were playing Apples to Apples with the family.  Faith drew a card and loudly exclaimed, "That´s just gross.  That is soooo disgusting!".  This grabbed our attention so we looked at her card.  It read "Strip Mall".  hehe  Yet another cultural thing that she has no idea of.  We all got a good laugh from it.  It will be fun to show her what a strip mall is when we go back to the States this summer.