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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One Year in Florida

Today marks a year since my dad and I drove across the Alabama-Florida line and arrived at my new home. A year since we unpacked my car and placed all of my boxes in an empty room. A year since I had a meltdown as I sat on my unmade bed and couldn't believe my dad was leaving the next day on a 5 hour flight away from me. A year since I started a completely new chapter.

I can hardly believe it.
What do you write to sum up a year of emotions, challenges, blessings, and Jesus? It's impossible, unless you wanted to ride the roller coaster with me all over again. So instead, I am going to use this time to focus on what is happening now and what is to come.

I have been abundantly blessed this year with ministry. Not only has my idea of "ministry" changed and grown but also my opportunity to take part in it. Since finding my new church family in April, I have been able to jump right in to serving. So much so that I have run out of time in the week to feel like I am doing ministry well. So after much prayer and talking with my Media boss at I-TEC, I have decided to take Fridays as church ministry days. It is my time to work on media projects for church, plan my lessons for children's Super Church (I have taken over the first service for 1st through 5th graders), practice the worship music for Sunday, and really study my lessons for facilitating a women's bible study group. It is a very full day indeed. But such a blessing.

Another way that ministry has expanded is in the evenings, after I get home from work at I-TEC. I recently started attending classes at a gym and I can see God really bonding me to the other people at this small Karate Dojo where the people are like a family. It has been incredible to be a part of this group where I have an opportunity to shine like Jesus. It's about time I had some non-Christian community! Especially since my church is across the street... that's pretty much my Jerusalem (Acts 1:8).

A third and really huge way that my definition of ministry has expanded is in relationships. Before, when I was interrupted by a conversation or an unexpected interaction with a person, I would feel unproductive. Now, I welcome those moments when I can focus on a person instead of a task. Building relationships at work, at the store, anywhere... that is truly ministry. Time to truly pour out on and receive love from people. This is a part of my journey with the Lord that I have been loving recently.

In this month of reflecting on this one year mark, I have thought many times about the massive amount of gratitude I have for you all. Without your support none of this would be possible. It would not be possible for me to work in missions with the freedom to take Fridays off, to spend time building friendships during the day, to serve wherever God is calling me. You are the team that makes my ministry able to grow and expand and become something new every day. Thank you for being faithful to encourage and uplift me. Thank you for being well... amazing.

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