sometimes we take things for granted..
But some things are not things you would typically notice
as being something you could take for granted.
Today I realized what "somethings"
I don't realize or picture it as taking it for granted
Having clothes to wear.
Going to school.
Having the privledge of having a Mom or a Dad.
Having a roof over my head.
Having a grandma.
Having alive family.
Somewhere safe to sleep.
the last few days I have noticed these things
and realized how privileged I am.
Like when today at church
we had kids come up to us asking us to pray
for them to have school fee's so that they can go to school.
When all the time at home people complain about school.
When really in reality we HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO GO.
and then there is the street mom and daughter I saw as I was walking the street.
who had nothing...
they had ripped clothing.
No safe place to sleep.
And I have the privilege to have food
to have water.
to have a home.
to have a safe place to sleep.
My heart just aches as I picture them forever imprinted in my mind.
I handed them the rest of my water bottle.... and they were so blessed and excited.
To have just water..
Then there is the the African Hearts Leaders.
Who told us there testimony.
... Like Junior...
Who's Mom died of AIDS.
Who's Sister died of AIDS.
Who's Brother died of AIDS.
Who's DAD died of AIDS.
Who's Auntie's died of AIDS.
Sometimes we don't realize how big of a blessing it is to have a family.
...Then there is my sweet Friends Rachel and Peace..
From Ssenge Village.
They are so sweet.
I have watched Rachel grow up since 2008
she is now 5.
today I met her friend
little Peace who is also 5
They sat next to me the whole church service.
Holding my hands.
They kept rubbing my arm
and playing with 2 hair ties on my arm for me to put my hair up later with.
Then I realized it.
How I take for granted even my little hair ties.
My little things you don't think about.
like my hair ties.
I have learned on this trip how I want to be that girl who gives.
who doesn't hold back
and say well I need that in case I get hot and want to put my hair up.
I want to be that girl who gives with out holding anything back
who gives everything.
If someone is hungry I give them food.
If someone is thirsty I give them water.
If someone needs clothes I give them mine.
Really I want to give everything away.
No more holding back
No more worrying about money
after awhile I realized how they just really adored my little hair ties.
Really they loved them.
I slipped them off my wrist and put one on Rachel's hand and one on Peace.
It was like I had given them the world.
And in reality it was just a little hair tie.
How much I have taken for granted.
From now on I will give and give and hold nothing back.