Well, now I’m only 11 days away from leaving for Thailand. It feels surreal. It was only the first week in September that I got back in touch with Servantworks about helping out. And now four months later, I’m shipping out, gone until May 3rd! As I’ve been reflecting, I realize that so much happened in 2010.
I had a Senior Show -called Memento – to show off my favorite work from the past four years…
And after school, Mom and Dad asked me to move home to work and rest and figure out the next steps to take. I got to enjoy the small-town environment, went to the local gym, and visited the flea markets and antique stores for goodies to transform into jewelry, all the while enjoying the company of my beautiful little sisters.
And while I’m in Southeast Asia, I get to visit one of my other sisters, Mel. We’ve been best friends since we were in the church nursery together, and I can’t wait to see her! This was our last picture taken together, in April 2010…
God has given me so much to be grateful for! I’ve been blessed with a loving family that shows more consideration for my well-being than even I do; an exciting education; a sense of humor; salvation from my sins; a camera; a Sonicare toothbrush; a collection of jewelry; a collection of friends I treasure, and many many more blessing than I can count.
As I step into this ministry opportunity, I’ll meet many people who haven’t enjoyed the blessings of a loving family, unconditional love, education, etc., that I have been given. I’m struggling to know how to prepare my heart for this time. As I come face-to-face with difficult situations I’ve never had to reckon with before, may I meet them with grace, love, and understanding – not pity or selfish concern.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.