After spending the past six hours with our beautiful friend, Faa, here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I think it’s appropriate to borrow her fabulous phrase–“my heart is so busy.”
So, so busy.
And if you haven’t read the story of the evening Faa spent in our home last August, I implore you to clicky-clicky right here. She’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. So completely dependent on God’s protection and provision and wisdom, and he just radiates from her like nothing I’ve ever seen.
Tonight I learned even more about her. And hung on her every word. I wish you could hear even one-tenth of her story. Man alive. And my prayer is that you will. Because while Gabe has been gently hounding me to help people tell their stories for a long time, I’ve always shrugged him off. Too busy, I’d say. I’ve got too much I want to write myself. Maybe when I’m old and bored, I’ll write biographies (yeah right).
But I’ll tell you what. Faa’s story is powerful. Powerful. And it’s begging to be told. And my heart is burning with the desire to tell it.
So that’s that.
Much more about our time with her and her eight kiddos when I have some pictures ready to share. It. Was. Amazing.
So, today was our 14th anniversary. Gabe put his hand on my leg as we were barreling down a mountain today in the back of a pick-up truck in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and said, “Happy anniversary. Fourteen years of bliss.” I chuckled, because I knew he was joking. Bliss is a strong word for some of the stuff we’ve been through.
But goodness, I sure do love him a billion times more now than I did when were 22- and 21-year-old babies standing in front of God and our homies and pledging to love and honor each other for all of forever.
Happy Anniversary, Gabe the Babe!
Tomorrow we have big plans to RIDE AN ELEPHANT. I know. I can hardly handle the excitement.
Shoot. I almost forgot that I titled this post something that makes little sense out of context. So, we’ve been so busy that I’ve been neglecting to read my Bible as much as I usually do (like hardly at all). I pulled it out tonight and just started flipping through Psalms, reading verses I’ve underlined in the past. And one popped out at me. Psalm 115:1:
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
We’ve been getting a lot a lot of compliments for this thing we’ve been doing over here the past few weeks in Southeast Asia, and I so desperately want to make sure that God is getting every last ounce of the glory for it. We’re nothing without him, couldn’t do this without him. He is our everything.
Not to us, O Lord, but to you be the glory!
I’d love it if you’d give him some glory with me today. What is something God has done recently in your life that proved his steadfast love and faithfulness?