This entry is part 11 in the series Home Assignment 2011

It’s pretty hard to believe we’re 6 weeks into our time on home assignment in the US! Has time flown? Or have we just been incredibly busy? In 3 weeks, we’ll be back home in Carlisle! Wow.

I thought I’d write a little update on how things are going for us on home assignment. I have been thinking of all the things I could talk about… Being homesick, longing for a routine, being out most every night meeting people, missing home cooked food, being at everyone else’s beck and call, living in someone else’s space… I could go on, but that would be complaining.

I don’t really want to complain too much. God has been faithful through this time on home assignment, and I can’t be more thankful for that.

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Recently I’ve been challenged to give thanks rather than complain. It’s easier said than done. I long to be back home in my every day routine, but truthfully I’d probably just find something else to complain about while at home! With that realisation, I find myself trying to find things to be thankful for rather than complaining about being away from home.

It’s not easy to stay positive. To “give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

What good things have come from this trip? We’ve built up relationships. Leon has gotten to know my friends. We’ve connected with a couple of churches who will potentially support us. We’ve spent time with family. We’ve spent every single day together and haven’t killed each other (yet… ha!). We’ve gotten to work on other things like read books we wouldn’t have otherwise had time to read. We’ve been encouraged by all our meetings with people.

Yeah, I guess giving thanks is far better than complaining…

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…” Philippians 2: 14-15 (ESV)

Will you join me in turning complaining to thanksgiving?

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