give thanks

Psalm 57:9
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.

One of the great things about a holiday week is the slow down. People are fixing their eyes on Thanksgiving. The work pace slows. You can feel the lightness in the air.

At my work place, there are fewer surgeries scheduled. The pace is not as frantic.

It ends up being the perfect time to praise God among the people! And praise Him is just what I did! All day long!

I shared the Gospel with a patient and her partner when she asked me about my number tattoos (John 3:16, Jeremiah 6:16).

I found out a co-worker does not believe in God because of science. I followed that statement with why I believe in God because of science. I hope we will have an in depth conversation about this topic in the future as it is too big for a work day.

I pretty much praised the Lord in every OR with every patient and every co-worker! What joy!

Dear sweet Father God, I love you and praise you and worship you! AFter 2 months of darkness, I am rejoicing in marvelous light! What love! What mercy! What grace! Thank you Jesus! Amen.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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weekly photo challenge: one

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do. That’s what I jump to in my brain. Song lyrics. I have several. Ones that is. Be sure to go to theDaily Post to check out other ones.

His… Michelle
Philippians1:20

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Pondering the deep things of life

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The beauty of a windy day is you get to soar

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All photos taken with iPhone 5c

what I brought home from Africa Mercy

I’ve been home from Africa for just about 2 months. I visited all my people. I settled into a new place by the beach. I’m in my second week of work. My heart is filled with peace, joy, and contentment. Finally.

This week, I started thinking about all the things I learned over the last year while serving with Mercy Ships. Here they are for you in a list in no particular order.

  • I LOVE people. All cultures. All religions. All colors. Rich. Poor. Male. Female.
  • Turns out I’m not as nomadic as I believed.
  • I need more stability than I thought. My flexibility had a breaking point.
  • I had to leave before everyone else because saying goodbye kills me a little every time. I see that now as I watch via Facebook as so many of my friends are now leaving the ship.
  • I really do need steady alone time to be happy.
  • I can only work and live in the same place for short periods of time.
  • I don’t mind talking to large groups of people. I just don’t want to meet them.
  • I’m better one on one or in very small groups.
  • I learned to be okay with people invading my space. So much so that when the little old lady volunteer grabbed my shirt yesterday to look down and see my tattoo I didn’t freak out. But don’t get any crazy ideas!
  • I really missed having my own place.
  • Sometimes you have to go really far away to realize how content you really were.
  • It doesn’t matter how rich you are, if you don’t have Jesus you are poor. I lost sight of that for awhile.
  • I really want to keep serving the people of the third world.
  • Its okay to take a year to just be.
  • Sticky Tack for hanging things on a wall is a must have.
  • As Christmas approaches, I keep reading the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. When the angel visits Zechariah in the temple to tell him his wife will have a baby, he questions the angel, How do I know you’re telling me the truth? is basically the gist of the question. The angel responds, I am Gabriel and because you didn’t believe, you’ll be mute until your son is born. I wonder why he didn’t just write down what happened when people asked him? When Elizabeth delivered John, Zechariah wrote down his name is John when the people said there were no Johns in the family.

    These are the things I’m thinking about. How about you?

    His… Michelle
    Philippians1:20

    I’m linking up with my friend Lyli @ Thought Provoking Thursday. Be sure to go over and see what other folks are thinking about.