Six Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Six Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Hello everyone! How is your day going? I hope that you are doing well 💖

A few days ago, I realized that I was coming up on my six-month blogging journey mark! And not only that, but it has been about six months since I was called to serve the Lord in Guatemala one day. ❤

Six months ago today, I created this blog! And on January 1st, 2017 (six months and nearly a week ago today), the Lord placed this calling and desire on my heart: to do His good work in a country that I have quickly come to love. ❤

Before I go on to talking about my calling, I’d like to address my blogging halfway-to-my-anniversary. 🎉

Getting to be part of the blogging community has brought me so much joy. I’ve gotten to meet wonderful people all around the world, experience the creativity all of you display across your blogs, and I’ve gotten to write my own articles and posts, as well! It has had its highs and lows, but overall, having my own little spot on WordPress has been and continues to be such a blast. 💓 I love getting to further connect with all of you, and the support that we all show each other truly warms my heart. Thank you for sticking around my blog for all these months – I’ve loved every step of the way! And I’m looking forward to the next six months. 🙂

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Now, when it comes to my Guatemalan calling, I must say that it has been the craziest roller coaster of emotions in my life so far.

Learning about the country, delving deeper into my Spanish learning, and leaving all the details in the hands of my Lord has been an absolutely beautiful experience. The drive that I feel to do whatever I can to get me there in His timing leads me to tears sometimes. I really can’t fully describe the beauty of this calling, because to onlookers, it might look like it’s taking from my life more than it’s adding to it, but that isn’t the case at all. The positivity it has brought into my life has been powerful, but in the best way possible.

Related Post: Four Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

On the other hand, I have struggled with nervousness because I was recently hit with the realization that I might be living there one day for an extended amount of time. By being away from my home in the US and staying there, I wouldn’t get to be with my family and everything else I’ve called home my entire life. I hadn’t considered up until now the possibility of being so far from my family that my only way or contacting them would be to video call … and it broke my heart.

Going to Guatemala will definitely be surreal, and maybe painfully hard at times. But the One Who is guiding me is also taking care of me; I have nothing to fear. ❤️

In the next six months, I will be working at putting all of my trust in Him. It is not easy, but His Word reminds me of His constant faithfulness and love…

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…” – Psalm 46:1-2

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” – Nahum 1:7

“Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” – Psalm 32:7

Thank you so much for reading. I enjoyed sharing this post with you today 💛 Happy Thursday, y’all!

— Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 13: My Dream Job

Blogging Challenge – Day 13:  My Dream Job

Over the years, my answers to the questions, “Where would you like to work?” and “What’s your dream job?” have been quite varied. As many of you know, I’m interested in a great deal of different things, and that attribute has carried over into my view of jobs and careers.

I don’t ever have one thing in mind; I have a whole bunch of things in mind when it comes to jobs. Because of this, and thanks to my ability to skip back and forth between being passionate about something and needing a break from it for a while, I have recently come to realize and accept something about myself.

You can read about what this challenge is here. And make sure to check out Cheila’s and Angela’s posts for today, too – we’re all doing the challenge together!

My Dream Job

I love to write. I love being creative, help others with their writing, planning small events, and digitally editing photos. I love getting messy in the kitchen, holding photoshoots, running a daily blog, and so much more.

But all of my biggest hobbies are just that; hobbies. Yes, they are real careers and high-paying jobs for many people, but at this time in my life, I can’t see any of them permanently filling my future.

I’m currently seventeen years old, and haven’t had my first job yet. In a way, I’m embarrassed, like I should be earning money and being able to provide for myself a bit, but I know deep down in my heart that this is the Lord’s plan for me right now, and I desire to be content in this time of waiting.

Wherever the Lord leads me is where I desire to be … which includes whatever jobs He will have for me. But I will say that the job that I dream of is to be a published writer. It just seems a bit farfetched for me right now because I’ve only finished maybe a dozen books in the nine years I’ve been writing, and they’re only first drafts, but one day, I’d love to have at least one book published! That would make me so happy and excited. Maybe the Lord will work that out one day 🙂

So, now you know a bit more about me and how I view my future! How about you?

What do YOU dream of doing in your life?

— Maggie

 

Four Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Four Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

The title of this post has a double meaning.

The first one is about this blog; I’ve been publishing weekly blog posts on Dreaming of Guatemala for four, full months now! I’ve enjoyed the experience immensely, and I’m looking forward to the next four months to come. ❤

But the reason I wanted to write this post was actually because of the second meaning; I have known, for four months now, that I will serve the Lord in Guatemala one day. On and off since that beautiful evening in January, I have been ldreaming of Guatemala – literally.

At many different points in these past several weeks, I’ve felt like all of the missions thoughts I’ve been having, the Guatemalan references I’ve been seeing, and the frequent Spanish lessons I’ve been taking were part of some awesome, beautiful dream. But then I realize:

This is my reality!!

I snap back into the present and cannot stop myself from smiling. In today’s post, I’d like to touch on the three things I’ve mentioned above. So, let’s get to it.

  1. Missions thoughts. For most of my life up until this point, I really saw myself as a girl accustomed to all the comforts of home. Whether that’s a hot shower, a home-cooked meal, a bedroom all to myself, or a living space devoid of insects, I’m used to all of those things, and I appreciate them immensely – for a while, I knew that it was impossible for me to be content without them. Throughout 2017, however, I’ve seen myself learning to be okay in new situations, willing to try new things, and go without the things I’m used to. I don’t know what my situation will be like exactly on the mission field – maybe it will be more comfortable, or less comfortable, than I’m anticipating. But regardless of that, I can clearly see that I’m being prepared for something yet to come. ❤
  2. Guatemalan references. Have you ever learned a new word, or read about an event in history that you hadn’t studied before, or heard about a new restaurant in town – it can be anything new! – and then, suddenly, you start seeing it everywhere you go? This is what has been happening to me in reference to Guatemala over the past four months. No matter where I go, under all sorts of circumstances, I keep seeing Guatemala. The country’s national bird, the Resplendent Quetzal, has been popping up everywhere, especially – on book covers, calendars, board games, different websites online … *shakes head* It has been absolutely amazing getting to see the Lord at work, verifying for me that my future in Guatemala is very real.
  3. Spanish lessons. In the five full months that I’ve been increasing my knowledge of the Spanish language on my favorite app, Memrise, I have memorized over a thousand words and phrases. I’m taking any chance I get to challenge my knowledge, especially with my family – I’ll ask them a question in Spanish, and when they look at my like I’m crazy, I’ll happily translate it for them. haha! I know that my love for the Spanish language is a gift from the Lord, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the learning process. I pray that, in the years to come, my confidence in talking to native speakers will be strengthened. ❤

This is what my life is like right now: learning Spanish, growing accustomed to and learning to be okay with circumstances that may be out of my comfort zone, and trusting in the Lord to lead and guide me down the path that is my life. The Guatemalan children are often on my mind, and the country of Guatemala itself is often in my prayers. I act on what the Lord shows me, and for now, I am content and very happy where He has me. ❤

— Maggie