Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A lot has Happened...

Well, it's been a long while since my last blog post, and quite a lot has happened since then. I won't hash out all of the details in full length here, but to give you an idea of what the past two-ish months have looked like...

...been working my two jobs, nannying and Starbucks all week long, which I love. Especially Starbucks, it's seriously my favorite job I've had so far.

...my dad had a heart attack a few weeks ago. That was terrifying/an emotional roller coaster/a lot of everything rolled up into a small amount of time. Thankfully he is on the mend, and God is at work! Maybe I'll write a blog about this some time in the future....it was one wild weekend...and still is a journey in and of itself.

...my brother got to come home for Christmas! Which is a big deal, well, it's always a big deal, he's my baby brother. But last year we were both on the other side of the world for Christmas, so it has been fantastic to be home this year.

...been putting together Christmas presents/making Christmas presents, etc.

...doing art as much as I can. During church worship, doing hand lettering, just doodling to get the creative juices flowing.

...trying to keep my head above water sometimes, rebuking fear and walking in Christ's freedom. Trying to figure out what that all means, and how to bring the kingdom every day.

And finally...

I've been making plans for my move to.....Gainesville, Georgia!

I will be leaving Tucson on January 13th, and making my way across the country to my home for eight months in Gainesville, Georgia. I will be working with AIM (Adventures in Missions, the organization that I did the World Race with) in a program called Center for Global Action (or, CGA). You can check it out at this link if you want to read about it! 

Words seem to be cluttering my brain right now, but I don't know how to write them out on paper. How to properly convey what these past few months have been like, especially last month. God has been stretching me in ways I didn't think I could hold up under, but He brought me through. I feel like I'm still processing it all.

But I look forward to this new season. This new chapter that beckons on the horizon. God has me in His hands, and He has my best in mind. I know that He has some sweet kingdom plans and purposes that he has prepared in advance for me to do, during my time in Georgia and beyond. It is bittersweet to say "see ya later" to Tucson once more, but I yearn for the adventure ahead.

While listening to Grahm Cooke's "Kingdom Identity" last week, I finished up the series and he had some profound things to say. It hit me so close to home that I paused it every few seconds so I could copy down word for word what he was saying. I could feel the Lord beckoning me through the words, and I'll share them here for you.

This chapter is about to close. The next chapter is about to unfold. This next chapter is about you living in an all together different state. An all together different place. An all together different way of thinking and being. Enjoy the next chapter as it unfolds. But you need to leave you unbelief and your doubts and your fears and your worries in this chapter. Don't take them with you on the journey. You need to repack your case for the next steps you're going to take. Leave that baggage behind and take some new luggage with you. But you can unpack the promises that I have set aside for you. Leave your doubts behind, and pack some promises in your case for the next leg of your journey. 

1 comment:

  1. Love that quote at the end! So good! And I'm so excited for your next step!