January 10th has become a fun day on my calendar. Last year it marked my first full year in Haiti. This year, my second. In addition, Chris & I have officially been, well, "Chris & I" for one whole year!
This past summer, Rusty & I had the privilege of going to a conference at Duke Divinity School. The best part of the week, hands down, was being able to sit & talk with a lady who had worked in South Chicago for over 40 years. Listening to her tell stories, give wisdom, or simply ask questions & let us wrestle. One of the most vivid things I remember her saying was simple: Celebrate. She said if you are going to wait to celebrate until your whole ministry is a success or you reach the "light at the end" of the tunnel, you will never celebrate anything. So pick things- simple things- and make them a big deal. Get excited about where God has brought you. Look back at pictures and tell stories. Give a gift. Eat, laugh, and remember. Don't forget to celebrate.
"It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
"Oh my soul, bless God, don't forget a single blessing!"
Psalm 103:2- The Message