Being thankful for where God has you

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving…you who seek God, may your hearts live!” Psalm 69:30&32b

Several times our team has done a sort of exercise in thanksgiving that has been such an encouragement! We all experience times when we are frustrated with the culture that we live in, when we are tired of not being a cultural insider, and when we wish we could “do life” as easily as we could “back home.” During times like these on our team and in my own life, we have taken about 5 minutes (or longer if you have the time) to just list the things that we love about the country and culture we live in.  It always gives me such great perspective and makes me praise God for where He has me. Here is my list for today of why I love Russia. Feel free to make your own list and post it in the comments if you would like!

-The sense of community. I love seeing the same familiar faces every day.

-The value on deep friendships.

-The way that people sacrifice greatly for their friends and family

-The babushkas! I LOVE the grandmother generation here!

-The pace of life.

-Russian food. I love many traditional Russian foods and I LOVE dill!

-The way that people dress nicely and care about their appearance

-The general kindness and helpfulness that most people have shown to me as I try to navigate the culture and systems.

-Less of a sense of materialism (though sadly it is not a whole lot less than the US and is growing rapidly)

-Saturday weddings! Wedding parties go all around the city taking pictures on Saturdays. I love seeing all of the beautiful brides!

-The fact that people walk and talk as one of the primary forms of leisure

-Close knit families and strong relationships between grandkids and grandparents

-The way that people are so kind to kids. When we go on walks, especially in the summer, we never make it home without both kids’ hands full of fruit, candy, and other treats given to them by babushkas and market/store workers.

There are SO many other things to list, but here is my 5 minute version!

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2 Responses to “Being thankful for where God has you”


  1. 1 K. Genther February 11, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Hello dearest,I love your new blog! I was thinking about what I loved about Russia and my few things would be, the kind people, even in winter, seeing that although many don’t have much to get by with they are still fairly grateful and happy, the food was not bad, I liked the hot chocolate, potato filled pasta things and halva, ohhh and the ketchup and of course seeing you!. 🙂 I will definitely come back though and can’t wait. Give a hug and a kiss to the kiddos for me!
    ~Kimmy

  2. 2 alatvala February 13, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Kimmy, I am so happy that you love Russia too and can’t wait until you come back!!!


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