Good morning guys–
or good night in america actually. I wanted to write and let you know how things are going.. busy and blessed is a great way to describe how my days have been. It’s hard to believe I have only been here since saturday …the days have been packed but glorious.. Thank you for praying because I can see how God is soo intricately planning my steps.
Let’s see what all have I done.. enjoyed?
driven the purple pleasure a ton.. It’s fun to drive when you r not actually living here having to drive it in everyday and don’t have that same overwhelmed tired road rage feel. I’ve enjoyed honking the horn @ everything.. small dogs, big cows.. people, large buse.. i am sure that my lungs and nose love the plumes of thick black diesal smoke that comes out also! I am having a blast tooting around on the purple pleasure though
I have loved surprising my nepalee friends. Their responses have included a lot of laughing, smiling, and crying.. and hugging.. and holding my hand and touching my butt.. forgotten how nepalee ladies like to show their affection that way! I am so thankful for the ladies God gave me to minister to while I was in nepal. How God gave me best friends that I had nothing in common with but Jesus.. and how God has allowed me not to forget the nepalee language that I poured 2 years into learning. I can still laugh and joke and talk with them.. which is only God! Keep praying for my former teammates daniel and chrissy as they are learning the language.. they are doing an amazing job and have far surpassed me. My languge teacher sumon was soo excited to see me and we had a blast catching up.. he was excited I have not forgotten.
Nepalee people are so honest it cracks me up. Thanks for praying leanne.. most have not told me i am fat.. they say I look the same.. only one has and she is the massage lady I go to.. and it was during a massage so I did not care!
They do all say nepalee birseko china.. abwe.. which translates.. you have not forgotten nepalee.. wahoo! And i just give glory to God. It’s only by his grace I learned nepalee at all.. He is continually reminding me as I am hear how He did things in those two years that I never would have imagined I could do.. and i could not without Him. Let’s not forget that in the normalness of our daily lives in america.
I have spent lots of time drinking tea with old nepalee friends and laughing with them. I am reminded of the power of a smile. IT brings joy.. especially when y ou ask Jesus to smile through you. When I have one back to old places like the supermarket, post office, bank ect I have been reminded of how powerful that can be. The whole supermarker basically stopped when I came in.. They said we missed your smile and laugh. I told them t hey must have missed the jesus in my smile and laugh!
And then I have spend looots of my time with missionary friends. I felt like God laid that on my heart for this trip. To just come and hear them.. hear their joys and their sorrows.. asking God to help me listen with His ears and speak with His voice. And it has blessed my socks off. Most days I have had cofee or lunch or go to the salon with them and get to hear their hearts. And as I have done that I have felt it an act of worship.. I have felt God right there in the midst of us so powerful it almost blew me away. And God is reminding me that He has gifted me in this area. and that is the direction He wants me to continue to go.
And then i am sleeping in my old bed.. remembering the mosquitoes that buzz.. the dogs that bark.. the sweat that drips and praising the lord for the grace He gave me for two years. Then the no water situation.. or the power going out.. and i thank the lord for the adventerous spirit He gave me. THen this morning I sat @ the kitchen table where God met with me faithfully for 2 years in this very dark nation and showed me soo much light. It was overwhelming as I thought of it. Coming back has reminded me so much of Who God has been and what He has done through me. Can I encourage you to take some time this week and journal about that in your own life. You don’t have to go back to a place.. just think back to last year, or last month, or last week and journal through the amazing thhings God did/brought you through ect.
oh yeah.. and i saw theduck with the one less foot that i had run over yesterday.. whoops.. it’s still out to haunt me!
I wanna leave you with this powerful quote that was in my journal.. In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, we must understand where we have been!
i love you guys
Good morning guys–