…Like decorating my own little plastic Christmas tree (pictured above), even though I’m miles and miles from “home.” I bought the ornaments from the Thai craft fair, and I strung the popcorn myself (only took like THREE hours, haha).
…And continuing the holiday spirit right into my classroom, where the kids and I listened to Christmas music and made paper chains and snowflakes (not to mention the fake fireplace!). These kids are awesome! The room looks great –I gave them the plan and they made it happen! My students…they give me joy every day!
…Or celebrating with a dear friend (Karly) our common Korean heritage at ICS’s annual “International Day.” I even learned how to really say my given name: Mee Seong Lee = “E Mee Song” There were 26 different countries represented at the festival, which also included some fantastic performances and, of course, unbelievable food.
…Reconnecting with old friends in a foreign land. (This is me with Jill, the girl I knew in college who just happens to be living in Bangkok too right now!)
…Bonding with 6th graders. (That’s my adorable homeroom class. Oh maybe adorable isn’t a good 6th grade word…) In fact, we spent lots of time together this week, including a lock-in for the whole middle school (yes, that means they stayed all night and tried not to sleep, haha). What amazed me more than the kids’ excitement were all the staff members who came, volunteering so much time and energy. ICS staff, you are legit! If that’s not love, and if that’s not serving Jesus…I don’t know what is!
They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
The eyes of all look to You,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Psalm 145:7-9, 15-16
I just love this picture of God, opening His hand and setting before us all of our needs at the proper time. It tells me that He has purpose and timing in each gift He gives. It tells me that what I want and don’t have is still securely in His grip. I know each of these really are such simple things, but to me, they have been little evidences of God’s tender and thoughtful love for me. May we delight in the joys God has poured out to us, and may we proclaim His goodness to a hopeless and hurting world.
(Pictures below for those of you who don’t have facebook! …Or don’t check it. 🙂