09 July 2012

Multitude Monday - 1000 Gifts ~ The Recklessness of Faith

"I love the recklessness of faith."


"First you leap, and then you grow wings."

~William Sloane Coffin

I love this picture of Brendan - on several counts. First, it is just a really fun picture. Secondly, it reminds me of a really great day. But probably what grips me most every time I see this photo is that it is how I want to see my boy... not literally jumping off of sand dunes, but rather looking like he's flying. He's one of those kids who tends to keep his feet pretty solidly planted... not a huge risk-taker, although he's not afraid to try new things.

So it has been fun to watch him start "leaping" then to discover he's "flying" a bit these past few years:
...teaching Sunday School at our church in Harobanda.

...running Christmas programs and planning parties with many if not most of the neighborhood kids attending.

...running for Student Council (he's next year's VP).

...cramming a year's worth of physics into a semester's time.

...traveling with friends all over W. Africa over Spring Break.

...riding the bus into the interior of the country with a friend -
and taking the plane back by himself.

...being part of the Community Outreach Leadership Team at Sahel this past year.

...continuing to quietly invest in these kids at one of the local orphanages year after year.

You see, sometimes it has been easy for me to fault my boy because he doesn't take the same types of risks that I find thrilling. But as I've watched God grow him - in stature, responsibility, maturity, and strong but gentle spirit, I've realized he's not nearly so cautious as I assumed.

He just doesn't flamboyantly announce his bravery to the world. Instead, he quietly pushes himself to try and do what is right, to strengthen and encourage his family and community, to become the person God is growing him to become... not some crazy vision his mama might have.

Today, as I'm waiting for his plane to arrive, to see him again after a long week away with only fb messages to satisfy my mama curiosity, first on my gratitude list is my pretty wonderful, nearly 17 year old senior in high school. 

this week's gratitude list:
(#s 2291 - 2312)

Brendan texting from the airport... he's back in town and will be home soon

safe airplane trips

his opportunity to be out "on his own" this last week

the anticipation of hearing all about his adventures

watching him... actually all our kiddos... grow, learn to love others, appreciate different people from different cultures and perspectives

water's refreshing coolness

deep, sound sleep

green grass to play softball... and to cushion feet as kids run in the sprinklers

big smiles

soft giggles

being able to help

today's grain distribution taking place down by the Baneira churches... and the resources to conduct another one next month

that Nadia and Anna tagged along for today's distribution... the things they will see and learn

challenging video on modesty that spoke powerfully to my girl

clean laundry folded and put away

celebrating the fourth of July in Niger, for the first time ever, with firecrackers

anticipating cinnamon rolls I DON'T have to make

 phone call from Tim saying they are leaving the village and should be home in a few hours

big and little girls snuggled together on the couch and watching Disney videos while on summer vacation

listening to the kids play bucking broncos at the pool

watching the videos they took while playing bucking broncos

...and laughing... laughing... laughing

amazing sunsets

seeing glass formed in the sand by the power and heat of a lightening strike

rescued parakeet taking wing once again

boys and girls winging their ways into manhood and womanhood, with all the bumps and bruises, successes and failures, falls and exciting thrills

(Most of these pictures were from the end of the year party for the kids from the orphanage, where a definite highlight was playing together in the sprinklers on a very hot afternoon. A few of them were snapped by one of my colleagues, Jessica, and snagged off of facebook.)


  1. I love your list-what a beautiful opportunity you have, and to watch your son growing into a wonderful young man in that environment--wow, what a blessing! My little one is ten, almost eleven and my heart soars most days seeing how much he's grown and then it shrieks back, My baby!! It's going too fast!! Thank you for sharing your list =0)

  2. What a wonderful list! And thanks for sharing a bit about your son...what a special young man he is. :)


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