I love this picture because it was taken in India. I love this picture because of my sweet little friend, Alicia, who is in it with me. I love this picture because it's a picture of my heart -- to love people around the world and follow Jesus as He takes me on this journey to tell them all about His love for them as well.
May 17, 2013
May 16, 2013
Today's "Blog Every Day in May" prompt is to write about something difficult about my "lot in life" and how I'm working to improve it.
At first, I was at a loss. My "lot in life?" It sounds so dramatic, right? But, in all honesty, I am in this weird transition stage and I'm trying to figure out how to navigate it.
One of the first things I was instructed to when I started working at Lifepoint at the Missions Coordinator was to replace myself. I remember thinking how strange that assignment was because, hello?? I had just started working there! And to be frank, I made the decision to ignore that suggestion. More than that, I was adamently opposed. I loved my job of taking teams of people around the world on mission trips and in no way did I want to give it away. One thing that you should know about me is that I'm a bit of a loner. I like to work alone. No teams for me. Unless I'm the leader. (Hey, I'm not saying these are GOOD qualities!) So, for years, I went at it in that manner.
Then, for no reason I recognized, God told me to include two other specific couples in the trips to Mexico. And surely enough, God started putting others in charge of things I thought I would be in charge of. It was all so natural, so organic. I never thought much about it, honestly.
But then, God told us to move. And suddenly it all made sense. God was doing the assignment for me. And now I understand why I was told to replace myself in the first place. I love that 100's of people from Lifepoint love Mexico the same way I do. And I love that 250 children are being fed at the local elementary school and I have nothing to do with it anymore. I in no way would ever want any of that to feel my absence.
So here I am, months out from our move, and I've been replaced. I'm in no-man's land. I don't know what to do with myself! Honestly, it's just so strange.
That's why I'm so glad I took Jessi Connoly's class on Thriving in Transition through the Influence Network. It's exactly what I needed. Since I don't have it all figured out yet, I thought I'd share my notes from the class -- the things that spoke to me and my answers to some of Jessi's questions.
Thriving in Transition
What is the end goal?
The end goal is to live my life for Jesus more than I live it for myself. Pretty general, I know, but our goal in moving to Mexico is to be obedient to God. He told us to, so we are going. Some of the more specific goals are to help the people with free medical care and to get the children sponsors for school so that they can break the cycle of poverty.
If the Lord changes the end goal, that's His business. But don't try to change it because you start getting restless.
What's going to be the hardest part?
asking for help -- because of my pride and "loner" tendencies
What's the best part?
The best part of this transition period is the extra time I'm getting with Wade.
lean into it, love it, don't apologize for it.
Who is on the transition team? -- don't forget them!
When transition is not rushed or IGNORED, intimacy with God can go crazy -- LOVE THIS
Write through it, pause through it. Praise the Lord for it! Get excited with the Lord in it!
How others handle your transition:
RARELY will people guess how you feel. -- they will try, but rarely will they get it right. So, you're going to have to tell them.
It's LIKELY people will tell you how THEY feel about your transition.
People will PROBABLY want to help you.
What would it look like for someone to be FOR you? What does that mean to me? Space? Help? What?
For me: space, be a cheerleader.
You lose people in transition. -- (probably because I don't let them in.)
Look for the grace, and run with it.
Ok, I realize this looks random, but like I said, I'm still working through it all myself. Some of the things that I learned is to praise God in this period. To not just muddle through it but to embrace it fully and allow God to work in it.
Have you ever found yourself struggling to thrive in a time of transition?
Labels: Lessons from God
May 15, 2013
In the past, I've done "photo-by-the-hour" posts to show what a day in my life is like. Well, today I forgot to do that as part of this prompt. What's interesting about a Day In My Life is that they are always completely different. For instance, Monday (which for most people is the most dreaded day of the week) is usually one of my favorites because Wade is off work every monday. He is either getting off a week's worth of working that morning, or he's starting one that evening. But either way, he's up, and he's home.
This past Monday, we did lots of fun things:
- Starbucks and errands
- Picked up a bit around the house
- Went for brunch
- Visited with Wade's grandmother
- Went range-shooting on Wade's family's land
- Visited with Wade's mother
- And finished the night with Hibachi
Tuesday was just as fun, but totally different.
- Ran errands & I finally decided on a birthday gift for Wade! Whew!
- Finished off left over Hibachi
- Cleaned the house, top to bottom.
- 3 Loads of laundry
- And preparing dinner
- All with a little music and tv playing in the background.
And It was still fun because it was so productive.
And today? Today is going to be even more fun! Today we are driving 9 hours for "Beach Anniversary Weekend Part 2!" Then we'll be doing a lot of eating, laying on the beach, and playing with my adorable nephew again. Good times. Good times :)
Labels: About Me
May 14, 2013
Fresh flowers are by far one of the little things in life that make me smile. So when Wade surprised me with this plant as a mother's day gift, I was overcome. Not just because they are beautiful, but because of what it represented. These flowers tell me that Wade thought about me on mothers day and that he celebrates our family and recognizes that we have one, even if it looks a little different.
I mean, these three nieces of mine are stinkin' adorable. Their curls alone make me happy. They make me happy when Deci calls me to tell me she pulled out her first tooth, and when they fight for screen time on skype, and it makes me really happy that they will be visiting in just a few weeks! It will be our first time to meet baby Harlow, face-to-face!
Compassion, Int. sponsorship wait-list for 315 days, Md Tauhid will wait no more. Starting Sunday, he's got us, and we've got him. We've made the commitment to pour into his life as he grows up and invest in him, sharing the love of Jesus with him and providing his educational and medical needs. I'm so happy to be a part of his life :) Click here to sponsor a child through Compassion International.
It's so predictable. I know. Starbucks. For a while now, a mocha frappuccino no whip has been my go-to starbucks drink of choice.
I swapped out the milk for soy.
That's right folks! We're headed back to the beach! This time, the chances of rain are 0%. yippie! This makes me very happy :)
What's something that makes YOU happy?