Yesterday, I stayed home from church with a sick pup (he's actually a grown dog, but will always be a puppy in my heart). Thankfully he's acting a lot more normal now, though we are still feeding him a "bland" diet (which he loves and doesn't think is bland at all). Anyways, I had some time to really think.
I got a letter on Saturday from a girl that I am sponsoring through Amazima Ministries, and I was so blessed by it. She talked about how happy people in Uganda are and where her happiness comes from- inside her heart.
"Do you know what brings me happiness Natalie? Thinking of you- that you can also think of me, you are God fearing. I recieved my letter together with your picture in our house and I look at your lovely smile... I feel happy. Thank you thank you for that gift."
I make her happy?
It's incredibly humbling and just-plain crazy that we can have a relationship with someone on the other side of the world, and make them feel happy. They have so little, but yet can teach us so much about what really matters in life.
|Katie & her family, via Amazima's facebook page|
The founder of Amazima Ministries is 23-year-old Katie Davis. Yes, she's my age, and she's given up the comfort of her American life to physically care for the poorest of the poor. She's the mother of 13 adopted girls, care-taker of whoever crosses her path, and author of Kisses from Katie: a Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, which is a New York Times Bestseller. Has anyone read it yet? I definitely want to. The way she lives her life is inspiring and convicting.
(if you can't see the video, watch her tell her story here)
I can't help but think about my own life and who I am living for.
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