i am thankful for the day in 2005. in high school. sitting on a soccer field in Peru. when i gave up my dreams of a rich husband. white picket fence. and all white kids. the moment where i realized holding babies and loving on people for His namesake is way more important than any career i could ever imagine.
i am thankful for dirt covered floors in the orphanage. babies surrounding me. feeding them for hours nonstop. where i realized that being His meant everything.
i am thankful for the babies. the babies who traced the lines of my face. and cried when i left. the ones who tugged on my skirt.
i am thankful for Abdourman. my man with cerebral palsy. who was covered in flies but filled with a love like i have never known. the little man who i sang "J loves you" daily to. the one who haunts my dreams and takes up pages in my journal.
i am thankful for Aboker who stole my heart. and called me mommy in Somali. the precious toddler who fought for my lap and learned Jes*s and love in english.
i am thankful for the knocks at my door. and the kids who graced my apartment and steps. begging for water. bread. milk. the kids who lived on the street but found a home at our place.
i am thankful for the power outages and water being out for WEEKS. because i saw His power. and that's enough.
i am thankful for the hospital bed. and thumbs up pictures for my parents when i had dengue fever.
i am thankful for the market and my friends who work there.
i am thankful for my brilliant students who have a killer Southern accent.
i am thankful He healed Azma of her fever. i am thankful for the shoes He bought for kids. and the soccer balls He provided that showed them that their prayers were answered when they asked our Heavenly Daddy.
i am thankful for the orphanage in E. and the summer away from the heat in jabooty.
i am thankful for soccer. bikes. and goats to chase.
i am thankful for uno. and the kids who played it with me.
i am thankful for enjera. yes.
i am thankful that He chooses to use me. He doesn't need me but i am forever thankful He lets me have a piece in the grand story He is writing.
i am thankful that He is writing a cool story RIGHT now. and even when i do not know what that will look like...He gives me peace.
the light shines for the next step. amen.
declare His blessings among all nations. Psalm 96:3.