Well folks, we are a little over two weeks out from my arrival in Australia and boy am i geeking out.
What are my plans for after this trip? (i get asked this a lot) and gee i’d tell ya if i knew myself. Let’s just say I’m open to pretty much anything, and the only plan i have is to fulfill whatever God calls me to. I wish i had a very elaborate 5 year plan but unfortunately that’s not how life works. funny, right? yeah, i didn’t think so either. But it’s all good, just gotta trust the follow through of your faith.
So here’s the next big question, What do i feel like God has been teaching me through preparing for this crazy journey?
Well… a lot actually. So, I’m going to try to sum it all up as best as i can into 5 major things i’ve learned.
1-Full and complete trust.
Trust is hard man. But after really practicing my trust in God over this past year, i feel like I’ve stepped to the next level of learning trust. Full and complete trust. No doubts.
Wowza. If you think partial trust is difficult…you’re in for a rude awakening. I sure was.
The thing with this journey though, is that its so much more than just the trip. It goes past that. This trip is just the beginning of my wandering with my creator. Its almost like ballroom dancing—learning to allow the man to lead can be difficult(trust me, i took ballroom dancing classes for 2 years) but once you are able to do that and find your rhythm, it turns into a beautiful dance.
You’ve gotta find your rhythm with God.
Loads and loaddddddddddds of patience. For the past couple of months, waiting has been fine because I’ve been mentally preparing myself. But as we get closer, and i find out more info, and start to meet and develop relationships with the group who will be my family for the next six months(which has been a huge stretch from my comfort zone, but I’m doing it—PTL), i can’t help but want to just be there already. And of course, now that the time has quickly approached and I’m ready(hahaha not really ready), these last couple weeks are going by SO slowly. I am learning to enjoy the time in between. Instead of wishing it would go by faster, I’m learning to soak it all in and be patient. Nothing good ever came out of rushing.
3-God is so freaking good
I tell ya, God just continues to amaze me constantly. From financial situations to missions destinations he has answered just about every prayer. Every time i start to grow anxious, He swoops in and saves the day in a “grand gesture” type of way. For example, i had been praying that i would get the chance to go to India on our outreach and i didn’t know if that would be possible. This past week they revealed to us one of the countries that we will be traveling to, and folks…i’m going to India 🙂
He enchants me, far past my wildest dreams and expectations. He is so so good.
4. Embrace change
Change happens. Especially during big, new, exciting seasons of life. Without change we’d all still be in diapers sucking on bottles. Change is good, even though sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it hurts so deep down in the very pit of your core that it makes you sick, but you have to trust that the change is what you need even if you cant see the good immediately. Sometimes hurt means growth. Change means growth. Change is learning, and moving forward. Thank the big man upstairs for change.
5. cherish your family
goodness gracious i am so so thankful for my family. I would not be where i am at, and who i am today without their constant, never-ending support, love, and correction. They are always there to listen and comfort. To cuddle and laugh. To play and to pray. Constant encouragement and there is never a dull moment. From late night sonic runs to random gatherings on my bed to just “hang out”. Never ever take any moment spent with family for granted. That time is so so precious. As we all get older its become harder and harder to all be in one place at the same time but even though we have grown farther in distance we have grown closer in our relationships and i absolutely adore that.
I suppose that is all that i can say for the moment. I don’t doubt that there are so many more things that God is teaching me and will teach me through this experience. And boy am i thrilled.
I am incredibly excited for this new adventure, and i for sure could use continued prayers at all times.
During my trip—instead of doing a newsletter, i will be trying my best to do updates on the blog. Im not sure how frequent they will be, or if it will even work. If the updates on the blog don’t work, i will just do a newsletter! I will have more info on that as we get closer 🙂
also, this is my family-the crazy ones i was talking about earlier 😉
kidding kidding, i love them bunches.