dear nicaragua: what you taught me

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you taught me that you can love someone the day you meet them.

you taught me that life could be a whole lot more beautiful and full, if I walk with simple faith.

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you taught me that joy isn’t dependent on what you have, but on where your heart is.

you taught me that trying something new can be scary at first, but that it’s worth the risk every single time.

so pack light and love heavy / give it all your heart and soul / so in the end, you won’t regret one thing -aaron watson “bluebonnets”

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you taught me to dance like no one is watching, and to live that way too.

you taught me to raise my hands and worship. you taught me to bring my best to God–not my leftovers.

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you taught me not to judge people so quickly like we’re prone to here. you taught me to love them right where they are.

you taught me to welcome people with an open heart. with kindness and joy and hospitality. you taught me to risk my heart on loving people, because that’s the thing about the greatest things in this life: they’re always on the other side of a risk.

you taught me to live with passion.

you taught me to pray with passion.

you taught me to live in unashamed love of my God.

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Lord God-you taught me that I am so small, and that it’s not all about me.

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you taught me that there is abundant life on the other side of fear.

you taught me that joy can be found in the darkest of places, because Your face, God, shines the light of joy. & no matter where you go, no matter the place on this globe, no matter the language, no matter the culture-God, you are there.

your presence fills every place, God.

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Nicaragua,

you took a piece of my heart-

and taught me that all the best things do.

because if you don’t risk a little bit of who you are, are you really living?

I gave it all away, and now my heart is full -dave rawlings machine