Jesus Year

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I made it to my 33rd birthday! This birthday holds a huge significance for me for many reasons, but mostly because this year, I get to spend my 33rd year of life, traveling the world, loving and serving others as Jesus did. How cool is that?

It is also my third year being a divorcee, I am homeless for the first time ever, I am leaving a career behind, along with family and friends and I am stepping into the unknown to embark on this once in a lifetime adventure with a group of strangers and Jesus! #whatismylife?

I. CAN’T. EVEN.

I am in total awe of what the Lord is doing in my life right now and I have so many emotions about it all. I am happy and sad. Super excited, yet nervous. Totally anxious and just overwhelmed with so many feelings about my departure. I know this is going to be one heck of an adventure but I also know that my heart is going to break, more times than I can ever imagine. Anthony Bourdain once said this:

 “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

I can only hope and pray, that with this trip, I can come into a deeper understanding of who I am, who God has called me to be and that through my actions, others can see more of Jesus in me. That is what I hope to experience and what I also hope to leave behind.

This is my Jesus Year. A year where I get to experience Jesus like never before. I actually had no idea that this was my Jesus Year. My mother actually pointed it out to me when she and my father called at 6:00a.m. to sing me Happy Birthday! But how amazing, to know that God has gifted me this life and is granting me this opportunity to go out into the nations and make disciples? I can’t wait to share in this journey with you.

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ENTER: New Season

In 18 short days I will be 33 years old friends. That is 33 years of failures, mistakes, mercy and grace. Thank you Jesus, Hallelujah!

Before I proceed any further, however, let me start out by apologizing for being MIA. If you kept up with the last post, you know that life for me has been a little hectic. I’ve been in a season of heartache, trauma and recovery. Things haven’t quite been a walk in the park but nonetheless, I still have a lot to be thankful for. Moving forward, I am really excited about this new month and new season I am about to enter into. I was asked recently, where I thought I was in this season of my life and I really believe that I am on the forefront of entering into the land that overflows with milk and honey. You see, for a long time, I have been in this season of waiting and in a sense I still am, as I wait on God’s promises to me.

BUT turning 33 is going to be such a huge blessing. I have been through 3 whole decades of life. If you divide my upcoming age by 3 (The Holy Trinity), you get 11. The number of countries I am visiting on my missions trip! How cool is that? No real relevance, other than I think about things like that and how they hold meaning in my life. This next year is going to be a year of rest for me. Not because I won’t have my career or like I am going to be on a permanent vacation, but rather resting in God’s love and presence. I can hardly wait. Just preparing for this upcoming trip has given me an interesting perspective as to how God uses everything that happens in our lives, whether good or bad, for His glory.

Right now, I am in a place of peace. I am still in therapy and attending a trauma support group to help with my healing. I’ve been having more good days than bad and I can finally say that I am embracing this season of growth I am in. Things are uncomfortable, I am homeless, still fundraising but I am living. I feel like absolutely everything I have been through in recent months has just been preparing me for what is yet to come.

I am still learning to be still and trusting that God will do what He says He will. Even when my circumstance says all the contrary. What about you? Where are you in your life right now?

I have to be honest. As much as I give God the praise and glory for all He is doing, some days I still wonder, just how things will all work together for my good. I’m leaving my job shortly, giving up my car, living in my nieces living room and some days are just hard. It’s weird not being independent and having your own space. Sometimes, I don’t even understand what my life is right now. It feels so surreal. Things are about to change – drastically.

Everyone and everything I have ever known and loved is staying here, in the U.S. while I give it all up to go live my life in abandon. Traveling around the world, never staying in one place too long. Away from all the comfortable and familiar things in order to live and love like Jesus did when He walked this earth. It seems a little crazy, but I know it will be worth it. I am as ready as I’ll ever be.

Here’s to turning 33! Good day friends, I’ll blog more later. Just wanted to give a little update and say hi. God bless you all!

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