We first had these thoughts several months ago, bt they are still true and relevant as we see ourselves continuing to grow in our adjustment and love of Thai life and culture. Life here continues to become our new normal, and some of the things that blew us away in our "honeymoon" phase of culture shock or weighed heavily on us in the "frustration" phase are feeling more commonplace as weadjust to living life in our host culture.
We've been asking the Lord to give us eyes of gratitude for the good gifts that He gives; even if they may not be the good gifts that we prefer or would choose. And He has been faithful to help us find joy in unlikely places and circumstances. In pondering this on a long road trip for our second border run (about 9 months ago now), we enjoyed playing around with the lyrics to the song "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music, and we had some fun putting together a short video of some of our favorite quirks about living in Thailand. Click below for a different sort of glimpse into our lives:
Living in Thailand (My Favorite Things parody)
We continue to grow in deeper relationship with friends at our church, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to learn from these faithful Thai believers. The story of how our Thai church was started is remarkable (we hope to share it with you one day soon!), and hearing their testimonies of struggle and of God's faithfulness are fuel for our faith for God's work in Isaan.
Eating dinner with good friends from church: Cru Tom and P Am, and their children Talon and Katha.
P Am made delicious Pad Thai, and we made gyros.
Below: We found an Atlas moth on our kitchen door! It's one of the largest species in the world and was almost a foot wide! And our kids have made more neighborhood friends.
We are so very grateful for your prayers and partnership! Please pray that with all of the busyness we feel with learning Thai, ministry opportunities, relationships, home schooling our children, etc., we would keep Him first and just be faithful to walk in obedience to His will each day... even if that doesn't look like crossing off our to-do list.
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)