I came across this list on my computer today. A few yrs ago, in the middle of one of those “I want to go home” days, I started a list of things that I love about living in Chiapas. Amazing what a little bit of purposeful thankfulness will do for an attitude! As I re-read this list, my perspective is altered once again. I added a few things to it, then started to close the document. As I did, I realized that maybe this list would better for sharing than closing. So here ya go! If you find yourself in need of an attitude adjustment today, try sitting down and jotting out a quick thankfulness list. It helps! 🙂
*When we’re running late, no one minds! We will likely still be the first ones to arrive!
*My kids are perfectly comfortable in 2 very different cultures.
*I am learning to speak another language, and so are my kids!
*Flowers are cheaper than dirt. Literally.
*Awesome Chiapas coffee, French pastries, Agentenian steak, and Japanese sushi… all in the same block!
*My kids get to witness God providing for our needs on a regular basis, in miraculous ways!
*The diversity of different people groups all around us.
*Due to the constant flow of visitors, my children are learning to interact with a lot of different people, and are also turning into great little hostesses.
*The green!!! I never knew there were so many shades of green until I saw the vegetation here.
*The coziness of falling asleep or waking up to the sound of rain… for months at a time!
*Getting to be a part of people experiencing Mexico and/or the mission field for the first time. Seeing people’s perspective on missions and the world change before our eyes is pretty incredible!
*Hot, fresh tortillas. And a tortilleria (a store that makes and sells them) just around the corner. Just pennies for a little stack of them!
*I have a new and fresh appreciation for my beloved United States of America. Everything sparkles a bit brighter when we go back.
*We are just a couple hours drive from several different beaches.
*Produce here tastes different. Mangoes are sweeter, avocados are creamier (and cheaper) and pineapples taste like they’ve been dipped in sugar!
*Our life here is chalk full of uncertainty, which I prefer to call “ADVENTURE!”
*Hearing Nathan and myself refer to Casa Hogar Canaan as “our orphanage” and knowing that we have a relationship with those kids that we wouldn’t have if we didn’t live here.
*And the #1 reason I love living here is… Knowing that we are smack in the center of where God wants us to be right now. That, in and of itself, is worth any sacrifice we have to make to live here. No amount of American comforts can replace the peace and joy that comes with knowing that you are being obedient to His call on your life!