1. Sharing and adventure with people I really love….and complete strangers.
Last November, I ran the New York City Marathon…and it was honest-to- goodness one of the best days of my life. I will never forget how much fun it was to wake up at 3 am, have my Dad pour us coffee and take the subway with me as I headed to the Staten Island, hugging him goodbye…then watching for my wonderful family as they caught me at multiple places throughout the city. What amazes is me that as much as it meant to have them cheering for me… it also brought me complete joy that I was sharing the experience with hundreds of thousands of complete strangers…runners bonding and spectators cheering us through the city they love. Unity is wonderful.
2. Milkshakes while being a missionary…
If you have ever taken a trip where you get out of the every day, either for some great “off-road” travel or on a missions trip…you will know the joys and excitement of exploring a new culture…tastes, sounds, sights and relationships. And as amazing as that is…once in a while, if you’re like me, you crave a little taste of home. Back in Toronto…I have a milkshake maybe once a year…tops…but here in Nairobi…they have become quite my favourite treat when I need a refresher. Plus they make absolutely amazing flavours here…like carrot cake milkshakes! Whoever came up with the idea of putting a piece of carrot cake, icing and all, into a blender and mixing it with vanilla ice cream is quite brilliant.
3. The Grace of a good friend…
One of the things I have learned about myself as I have been here in Africa for the past three months… is that I have so much growing to do. I can be impatient, I often talk too much, not thinking before I open my mouth…and though I rarely intend to hurt…I do. I am becoming increasingly thankful for the Grace of God…and also… that of my friends…both old and new. A good friend…who lets me be me…even when the “me” is not my best… is precious.
4. Christmas-tree Decorations…Eclectic styles!!!
With Christmas fast approaching, I often start daydreaming about pretty decorations and anticipating the yummy tastes and smells that are part of the season. At my Mom and Dad’s house, which will forever be home to me, I will admit that some might say the decor for the season is outdated, but I just love it! The Angel I made in the second grade, the Christmas balls each of my siblings and I got for our first Christmas, all bring back memories. Our tree may never be the fanciest, or most well co-ordinated, but sitting by the fire, sipping on cider and enjoying our mis-matched tree is by far one the things I most look forward to at Christmastime.
5. Seasons of “Yes”…
There have been many, many occasions where God has called me to something… and I just flat out walked away. He’s asked me to end a relationship with a boy, or to stand up for something that I believed in, or even just make time for Him, and I have flat out given Him my “no”. Kind of like Esther’s “For such a moment as this”…where I knew what He wanted, but I wanted my own way more. But slowly, with some baby steps…and then some giant leaps…I am learning that it is much, much, more fun to give Him my Yes. Even when it hurts, or is uncomfortable, or not what I want, seasons of saying “Yes” are slowly showing me what it means to be free.
Kim McNamara hails from Toronto, Ontario and is a teacher by profession. She has a deep passion to speak into the lives of young women around the world, longing to see others walk into the freedom that only Christ can provide. She is currently living in Nairobi Kenya, and loves living this adventure of a life to its fullest. She spills her heart about life and ministry on her blog www.heartforhim.weebly.com. In this season, she is soaking up all she can, while also anticipating her involvement in the Kingdom Journeys – Beauty for Ashes movement, where she will have the opportunity to live, love and learn with women around the world. Check out what it’s all about at http://kingdomjourneys.org/.