You know that feeling when you are just about to burst open? … Like when your heart is so excited and it just needs more room in your chest to dance around? Well, I have been blessed with that feeling these last couple of days. Living here really is such an awesome privilege and honor.
The Lord’s grace is so real. It is life changing. It gets me up in the morning and allows me to have a smile on my face as go about everyday life.
The Lord seems to change everything. The way we think. The way we serve. The way we act. The way we interact with others. The way we wait. The way we love.
I have been thinking a lot this week about how thankful I am for the last year of my life. One year ago, I began this journey. I had no idea what was in store. I left everything that I called “normal,” to start a new “normal.”
I have learned that in order to make anything normal, you’ve got to have Jesus in it. He’s got to be the center no matter where you live or what you do- that’s what brings “normal” to the table. Little things here and there help, but Jesus has got to be the main thing.
Jesus is good. And, He is trustworthy.
In the last year of my life, I have been blessed to meet some incredible people, live in a huge Asian mega-city, and learn to love life in a totally new way.
In so many ways I am the same diva that left the States a year ago. I still love writing letters and everything about real mail. I still love to exercise. I still love new cultures and new friends. And, I still love adventures and traveling. I may have become more of an introvert by default of living alone… but I am so similar to the girl that boarded a plane to the Philippines last year.
Even though I feel so similar to that girl that left a year ago, I feel so different, too. I’ve seen a whole new part of the world. I’ve experienced poverty like I’ve never seen. I’ve seen some incredible wonders of God’s creation. I’ve lived by myself for the first time in my life. I have prayed more than I ever have. I have learned(maybe this should say, “am learning”) to believe God’s Word. I have experienced grace like I’ve never felt before. I have reached a totally new level of dependency on the Lord. I have a real love for His Word.
The Lord has proven Himself trustworthy at every turn. He has poured out His grace and mercy like I do not deserve.
I am so thankful. Maybe I should say that again, so thankful.
I want to continue to let Him make something new and beautiful out of my life. He can do it with your life too, eh. Give it a try. Believe and Trust Him for who He says He is.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
"Come, let us return to the Lord; for He has torn us, that He may heal us; he has struck us down, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live before Him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; His going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth." Hosea 6:1-3