In the afternoon we drove out to one of the churches that had been working hard to save some of the women and when we arrived, the sight took my breath away. The church was made of just sticks and a sheet of metal for a roof. There was about 40 women singing and dancing with complete abandon. As I looked around, tears came to my eyes to see so many women who had once been so used and broken
worshipping our amazing God. I looked over to my friend and translator, Oliver, to see her crying as well. One woman even stood up and told us her story, even though she was shaking tremendously. She was scared to share the horrible things that had happened to her but she wanted to share where she had been and how God had rescued her. These women were so grateful for their new lives. To see in
just one year what God can do with a few people willing to do the work was so awesome!
This was a wonderful opportunity to remind us of how we should praise God for everything. I sometimes focus on the negative things happening in my life and don’t look to see the great things. I want to open my eyes to the good things, staying focused on them and letting that joy overflow into my world. If we are always walking around with an attitude of resigned rigidity, who will see the joy God has given us to live in his world? I want to choose to walk with childlike enjoyment, taking in all that God offers for each day. The beautiful sun shining or the sweet smell of rain, the color of the flowers or the crisp smell of fresh cut grass. Our lives in the U.S. tend to be too busy to notice
these small blessings but noticing these things is a choice. Walking through life with this grateful attitude glorifies God and tells others of His glory, I want this life for me.