Thursday, January 19, 2012

Welcoming a New Member to the Fam

Our beautiful girl, Melly!

Melly lives in Tanzania Africa, with her grandparents.
She is 5 years old and lives a life that it completely opposite to ours.
I can't wait to get to know this little girl.
And in the short month we've known her she has already changed our lives.

Her picture hangs in our house.
Prayers are said for her every time I pass her sweet face,
Letters are written to her once a week.
And although I haven't met her in person, she feels like a member of our family.
I long to hug her and let her know how special she is.
I want to know more about her and the world she lives in.
Thank her for the way she is changing my life every day I pray for her.

It's funny, I don't pray her to have "things". 
 I don't pray that she'll all of a sudden live in a nice house or have new clothes.
I pray for her to not go hungry today,
I pray for her safety,
I pray for her heart,
I pray that she will feel God's love.
After all these are the things that matter.

And that is how this little girl is changing my life.
She helps me focus on what matters.
"Stuff" doesn't matter!
In fact, it complicates our lives more than it enhances them.
Our family's health, safety, hearts, and love for God is what matters.

Everything else is extra!  
And when you look at life that way, you can't help but smile.
You can't help but be grateful.
When you focus on what all you have, instead of what you don't have, your life will be changed.
Write down what you are grateful for,
Through out your day, say a prayer of thanks for even the smallest things.
It will change you!

We are so blessed!  

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