"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:15-17

     Our second month in Nepal was a lot slower than the first. It wasn't all that fun, but we needed it. We learned a lot and in the end, have been filled with more joy than when we started.

     We both caught stomach bugs at the beginning of the month. For a week or so, we tried to push through it and continued to go to as many things as we could. We were quickly exhausted. So, we slowed down and went only to language classes and Iris team meetings. It was discouraging to be spending so much time alone and we started to question why we came. We knew we were being dramatic and eventually we'd feel better, but still, why live half way around the world just to sit in your apartment?

     The sickness did come to an end and after a couple of weeks we both felt healthy and were up and going once again. It was amazing to wake up with energy and motivation to actually do something. And then we realized how thankful we were for something so simple - health. There are so many things like that to be thankful for. Here, we're thankful when the electricity is on, when there is running water, when the neighborhood dogs don't wake us up during the night,  when we find what we need at the first store we check. 

     Don't feel guilty about having a nice house, a good family, a great job, but be thankful.  I do not write this to make anyone feel badly whatsoever. But we'd like to give you some of the joy we've found in living a simpler life. When you remember the things you do have and are grateful for them, it's so much easier to enjoy each day, even when things don't turn out the way they should. Depression, frustration, and anxiety are feelings that are easily fed. Starve them out by remembering things in your life that are good, the things that you have, and the people that love you.