contentment

I Never Thought I Would Miss the Spiders

by Amy Medina on November 1, 2020

Earlier this year, my kids and I were still in Tanzania, and while driving home, we stopped at a roadside fruit stand.  I asked for a huge bunch of bananas, handed the seller my money, and she passed the bananas through the window to my pre-teen son, sitting in the passenger seat. This was routine; […]

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When You Want to Want to Stay Longer

by Amy Medina on March 31, 2019

When living overseas, sometimes there’s no doubt that you need to leave. A denied visa, a medical emergency, a government coup, a burn-out, an unresolvable conflict. Sometimes there’s no doubt you want to stay. You’ve adapted; you’ve found community, ministry, purpose, and most of the time, you’re loving life. But what about when you think […]

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I’m Not Very Good at Gratitude

by Elizabeth Trotter on November 22, 2016

I like to think of myself as a content, happy person: my life is good, and I lack for nothing. At least I used to think I was content and happy. That was before I realized — to my horror — that my prayer journal was filled with lament. Not thankfulness, not appreciation, but lament, through […]

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