Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Last week I had the privilege of meeting up with a family from Smithers (my home town in Canada) all the way over here in Iowa. They were dropping their daughters off at the college just down the street from my house. We sat around and chatted for an evening, bringing back memories that almost seem surreal now. As I was leaving a "heaviness" was hanging on my heart. It was the feeling of "being known"... being around people who saw me grow up, who knew my past--something I tried to run away from for a long time. Suddenly I found myself wanting to cling to that once familiar feeling. I've been around the "unfamiliarity" of new territory since I moved out to Iowa that when the familiar hit I realized how deep my desire was to be known again. I felt like I was in an adolescent stage all over again... wanting to go back to what I had but wanting to move forward at the same time. I will encounter the familiar once again... it's just going to take time. Knowing that I can't go back; and knowing in my heart that going back wouldn't look the same even if I did. Life is pulling on my heartstrings and I'm choosing to take each tug one moment at a time. I think that's all I can do. If I can make it from adolecense to my 20's, I can make it moving from one town to another!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I did it! I just finished my first big event!!! This past weekend there were almost a 1000 middle schoolers at NWMSU ’ for us (and baby bunnies—check out www.synodyouth.org). I did everything from registrations to *cough* dancing on stage. It was a blast to say the least. I was in my element using the gifts God has given me. I was able to encourage and be encouraged. I’m continually learning what it means to lay down “my plans and my ideas”. I’m seeing what happens when I let Holy Spirit lead. I’m not going to lie and say transition isn’t hard. I miss my close friends—as spread out as they are. Sometimes the ache is so deep I all I can do is let my heart bleed. In those moments I cling to the promises I know. I am thriving in my job. I really love what I do and would not trade it! I KNOW I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I follow a FAITHFUL God who is doing GREAT works in and through me. "It's not about what you can do, but what God can do with your life when it's fully surrendered to Him" (TWFT). I know HIS grace is sufficient and I know HE will never leave me nor forsake me. I am called here because HE LOVES ME and I will follow because I LOVE HIM.