Friday, March 4, 2011

Flashback Friday

Along the right hand of my page, you’ll find links to many of my most popular posts.  They are the ones that people email me about or the ones that receive the most hits. When I was pondering which post to share for my Flashback Friday post, I thought about sharing one of those on the right but then my mind went back to where our Compassion journey began… With our beautiful Precious in Ghana.

So, today I will share How They Grow...., which was posted last September.

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This week we received an updated photo of our lovely Precious in Ghana.  When we started out sponsoring through Compassion International, I looked through page after page of children and wondered how I could possibly choose one child.  When my eyes came across the shy and timid face of Precious, something within my heart just knew she was the one.

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I still cannot put into words exactly what it was about her, but I looked no further.

I didn’t know, when I finalized the sponsorship, how many ways this little girl would change our lives. I imagined we would help her and her family in some way, but it really didn’t cross my mind that she would put an indelible mark on my heart like she has. That she would pave the way to change my perspective of life, on possessions, on “needs vs. wants”.

I remember getting a letter from Precious, just a few months into sponsorship.  She told us that one thing that brings her joy is to sweep the dirt floor of her one room house. Earlier that day, I had grumbled at my children for the unending crumbs and bits of crafts left on the floor. I swept with a huff and a puff of frustration. Precious’ words hit me like a brick. They changed my heart.  I wrote her name along the top of the broom and am reminded of her every single time I retrieve it from the closet.  I sweep and smile and pray for our sweet girl, thinking of the joy the same job brings her.

A few months ago, Precious told us in a letter that she is growing “tall and cute” and this most recent picture proves it to be true.  A letter from her project director told us that Precious has lost much of her shyness and is gaining confidence in herself. Through this most recent picture, I can sense a change in her.  A head held a bit higher, eyes that are not so downcast…

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Through Compassion International Precious is receiving help with her education and medical check-ups. She is participating in social events and Bible study.  She receives a nutritious meal when she is at the project. Our family gifts have helped her family have supplimental food and supplies. Our letters give her encouragement and confidence that she is special and loved.

But, she has given us so much more…  She has helped us to see how many blessings we have, and to be thankful for things as simple as running water and wood floors to sweep. Our perspective on life has changed.

We are so thankful that we’ve connected with this sweet girl in Ghana.  As she grows, our love for her grows.  Our thankfulness grows. Our faith in God grows.

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We praise the Lord for putting Precious in our lives. What a gift!

Please, if you haven’t already, check out the links posted along the right.  I think you’ll get some good information out of them!  Also, if you’re so inclined, take a minute to join the Blogging from the Boonies Facebook page, which can also be found on the right.

I hope you have a great weekend!  I’ll try to remember to take photos tonight and write a post about our Advocate experience some time this weekend!

~Michelle

7 comments:

The Burgess family said...

LOVE IT!!!!

JD said...

I love your posts about Precious, and I can't wait to bring some love to her in Ghana during our travels there! Ato Sam, my child from Ghana, also changed our lives.

I love the idea of a Flashback Friday, although I'm not sure what my flashback post would be! Hmmm....

faithlikemustard said...

I love how you wrote her name on your broom!

Lana said...

What a sweet post about Precious!!

momijitomitsukoshi said...

Praise God! For your faith and for this beautiful girl!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Aw, just love my girl! She brought perspective I might not have ever had otherwise. I really do think about her every time I sweep.

JD, Jay and I were actually talking last night about how special it is going to be to be able to pack some goodies for Precious. We were wondering if your travels will take you to her project or surrounding areas and we look forward to photos and insights from your trip.

steph said...

Beauty.

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