can I just be real?
I’ve had a crazy month. I was prepared for the whirlwind travel that was my March, but now that it’s over, my head is still spinning. So many amazing things have happened, God has spoken to my heart so much, and I still have SO MUCH to digest. Challenge Day in Midland, to Created for Care, to my #bloghope trip to Uganda, then straight home to Hope Spoken. Big things. Big prayers, big dreams, lots of freedom, tears, frustration, so many amazing godly new friends, stories, wine, writing, driving, traveling, go-ing, being.
I am a people person. Unlike lots of writers/bloggers, I am not an introvert. I am very much an extrovert. I get re-charged and energized by being with people. I love nothing more than sitting on the porch, or near the water with a beverage in hand, sharing stories. There’s something about re-telling and recounting what God has done in our lives, and when you are with people for 24 days straight, there’s lots of time for that.
Uganda was amazing. a dream come true. I had day dreamed and set up all these expectations of the trip – and honestly, God met and exceeded them. The girls I got to travel with won me over very quickly, and He even threw in two new precious friendships in Uganda that I didn’t expect with Allie and Lis. While in Uganda I experienced life to the full. Serving people, encouraging each other, on our knees in prayer, sharing every meal together, living communally, and resting well. Soaking in everything the day had to offer. No hustle and bustle, or busy. but life. life as it’s meant to be lived – free from constant stress, worry, plans, and lists.
we lived the day. we digested and processed the day. then we wrote about it.
everyday searching for that little “nugget” [thanks Logan] that God had for us. Something He wanted to show us, teach us, or a way he wanted to grow us.
everyday was full because we were searching for God. We were expectant for what He was going to speak.
and everyday, He spoke. He revealed.
our hands were open. our hearts were ready.
I want that. everyday. in my “real life”. the fact that I don’t have it, has made re-entry really hard.
at first, my brain and heart was so stimulated that I just wanted to hide in my house under the covers. then I got thrown back into the world with 249 other girls at Hope Spoken. I could no longer hide in my bed, I had to get up, get dressed and be expectant again. I had to start sharing my God stories again.
and once again, God did not disappoint.
I have so much to process and share. now that my season of “go go go” is over for awhile, it’s time to take time to rest. to reflect. to process.
but just like I did every day in Jinja, Uganda, I want to look for that “nugget”.
and I want to be brave to share those nuggets with you. in hopes that it encourages you, and helps you look at life through a different lens like it has helped me.
here’s to searching for gold nuggets….