It's 9 a.m. in Armenia and 1 a.m. in Montreal as I write this week's newsletter. Our big ministry commitments are all done, and we're down to our last two full days before the long trip home (sweet home!) I've loved our time here: We connected with many, many, many lovely people that I'll miss, and we've been treated to stunning views of the mountainous landscapes as we've driven from village to village. But I also miss my home, my family, my church, my neighbours, my own routines, my familiar shops, my work, and, of course, my little Buttercup! 🐱
Naturally, we've faced challenges here with some differences in culture, language, climate, etc. and it's not easy—especially for an introvert like me who lives alone and works at home—to be "on" and sociable for most of the day, day in day out, for three weeks. But I decided, before I even left Montreal, to keep my attitude as positive as possible, and to focus on the blessings God had in store for us instead of on the difficulties. It worked! I'll share a few more thoughts on choosing joy below.
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BOOKS: I picked up a copy of National Geographic Memory: What It Is, How It Works, and Ways You Can Improve It while in the Paris airport en route to Armenia. It's a fascinating and easy to read resource that explains how our memories work and why they sometimes fail.