Missions Monday – Part One | How It All Began

Missions Monday – Part One | How It All Began

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. (: Today, I am very happy to present to you a brand new blog series! It will be much like Cultivating A Joyful Life, in that I have a certain time of week I post a new addition, when I have one to post. So, on the weeks that I have something to share with all of you on this topic, I will be talking about Missions on Mondays!

Back in January, I truly planned for this to be a central theme on my blog. Talking about my calling was really on my heart, and it was also the reason I even started this blog! (Hence its name, haha) However, the deeper I got into blogging, the more of a subtopic it became, only popping up every once in a while in passing conversation, and every few months as a spiritual journey update. Sometimes, this fact has saddened me, but I was also content to let it be as it was; I don’t push the matter of a blog topic that doesn’t inspire me to write. I allowed the Lord to inspire me as He would, and it is now that I’d love to share all of this with you.

What better place to start than the very beginning?

The Concert That Changed My Life

On the 22nd of September 2016, I went to a concert. It wasn’t an event completely new to me; I’ve been to multiple concerts over the past couple of years. But this concert was special, because I had been wanting to go to one exactly like it since I was eleven years old, since I had first heard that particular band sing.

It’s in the pureness of the lead singer’s voice, and the beauty and richness of every lyric … they captivated me from the first song. I’d never heard anything like it, nor have I ever since. That captivation carried me to that beautiful concert, meet-and-greet pass and all. I met them, spent a bit of time with them, got to have my picture taken with them. (I’ve featured that image in my summer desk tour post!) I really couldn’t tell you if I enjoyed meeting them or watching them preform more, as both of those experiences were absolutely huge blessings to me.

However, believe it or not, it wasn’t the band, or the concert in particular, that changed my life that night. I did have a blast, and I still think about it all the time. The thing that truly changed me was, in fact, the organization that the concert proceeds went to. ❤

Before the band came up on stage, one of the men on staff at that church got up in front of us (I had a front row seat) and played a video for us on the two large screens. They were on the high walls adjacent to the stage, much like I’ve seen other churches I’ve visited have set up, as well.

That video discussed the organization’s mission, showed footage of many of the kids who go there (who honestly look like such sweethearts), and also talked about why and how the organization began. That latter part made me nervous because they described the place as being a shelter and refuge for the children in the area (Zone 18 of Guatemala City) because of the rampant gangs and daily shootings, and other awful things like that. I don’t like to dwell on people, especially children, being trapped in situations like that, because of poverty, their family situations, etc … but the closer I have grown to the thought of helping those people, the easier this burden has come to bear.

That night, I finished watching the video, listened captivated as the man who started the organization talked a bit more about it (I had no idea he was going to be there that night haha), and wondered why it kept coming back to mind in the months that followed. I had never felt drawn to missions myself up until that point, and even then I was just considering helping that organization financially.

Little did I know how I would feel on January 1st, 2017.

I’ve heard it said that new year’s resolutions are cliché, and I also believe that a good portion of the time, they are … but this year, it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before or dared dream of. ❤ The fact that it was on the very first day of the year makes it that much more special.

An Evening That Brought Me Peace

Have you ever attempted to recall an event that was so utterly life-altering that you’re only able to remember bits and pieces of it? That’s what I’m struggling with right now – recalling this beautiful evening of January 2017. Why is my brain like this? haha

Let’s see … I remember returning, once again, to Hope for Guatemala‘s website, browsing its informative pages, searching for the answer that my heart was longing for. I hadn’t been able to get the place out of my mind for three months. I realize now that doesn’t look like a very long time, and I only felt like it was because there wasn’t a legitimate reason for me to be dwelling on it then.

I can now see that, even then, the Lord was calling me. ❤

While on the website that evening, I visited a page that I hadn’t been to before. It was titled ‘Internship Programs.’ This next bit may sound strange to you – I started crying so hard that I couldn’t see the laptop screen anymore.

You may be wondering how I felt, or what I heard and saw, the first moment that I knew. I’ve wondered the same thing myself about others who have been called to foreign countries to serve the Lord, and my main assumption was that it must have been pretty spectacular. I mean, it’s the King of kings we’re talking about! And He has a beautiful way of impacting the lives of His children.

When I first began crying, I got out of my desk chair and knelt on the floor beside my bed. I didn’t hear anything different, aside from my own sobbing. I wouldn’t say that I was overcome with tears at that moment; it was more like an overflow of emotions and feelings that my body could not contain. I felt immensely loved and drawn to Him, and in the silence, joy and an intense desire to go consumed me. I don’t remember a word of what I prayed – it’s always like that for me – but I remember smiling with tear-stained cheeks and knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Guatemala was in my future. I knew that He has a purpose for me there, and that He will get me there in His timing, and in His beautiful way.

And the rest was history! (I have shared my progress on the ‘My Calling’ category on my blog, and I will share more information on posts to come!)


Thank you so much for reading! I’m looking forward to sharing a second part to this post series. If you have any questions about my calling, I would love to talk to you in the comments below! ❤

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Cultivating A Joyful Life | Happy In The Waiting

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Happy In The Waiting

It is very easy for us to get caught up in attaining what we desire. It is pretty awesome how quickly we can become passionate about reaching goals in our lives, however – if we didn’t ever have that drive, would we get anything done? I don’t think we would, haha!

Anyway, there are so many things we aim for and look at eventually completing. Whether that’s going on a certain vacation, getting a college degree, meeting Mr. Right, or whatever else one may desire, we have huge hopes and dreams. Oftentimes, when the circumstances are right, we reach those goals, and what a beautiful thing that is!

However … how do we feel when there are delays, sidetracks, and unpreventable changes of plan? What do we do during the waiting?

Hey guys! I am long overdue on writing a second part to this fun series, so today I bring to you: ‘Happy In The Waiting.’ In our time and culture, it is extremely easy to fall into the habit of desiring and getting what we want quickly and efficiently. Any little inconvenience is highly agitating, and easily disruptive to our tight plans. I know how it feels; I’ve been there. Even when I don’t have specific plans that need following, if whatever is happening doesn’t go along with how I ‘planned’ it would happen in my head, it makes me upset, haha

I wanted to cover this topic in Cultivating A Joyful Life because acquiring a stronger tendency to respond patiently would benefit all of us, if even in the smallest of ways. It would definitely give us more peace, and could also potentially affect our relationships and well-being in positive ways, as well.

Before I delve into this any further, let’s return for a moment to the garden of our hearts, shall we?

If you think about it, gardens are all about waiting – as well as the art of patience. It takes diligence, care, and photosynthesis for plants to grow. It takes patience on the gardener’s part to consider the plants’ needs and tend to them accordingly. You may want a flower to quickly bloom so that you can experience its beauty, but that isn’t quite how it works. To grow something from its seed form usually take weeks and much perseverance, but the outcome – a beautiful, thriving plant that you cultivated with your own hands – is absolutely worth it. The same is true for our lives!

Happy In The Waiting

There are times when we want something instantly because we know how happy it would make us. From our viewpoint, the stars are all aligned – we need only to reach out and grasp it, pursuing the desire with our whole hearts.

When circumstances start to not go the way we want, our happy plans begin to fade as things continue to come up, hindering our progress and hardening our hearts.

That’s usually when we start to push the matter.

We take it into our own hands instead of waiting for everything to turn out just right, as it appears that that will never happen, anyway. We do what we wouldn’t have originally done out of desperation and discontent. That never gets us anywhere.

Waiting often looks, and always feels, like a waste of time. Sitting around doesn’t seem to accomplish anything, does it? I’ve been there myself so many times.

Throughout the Bible, there are many instances when having patience and waiting on the Lord is brought up. This means so much to me, as I often feel alone in the waiting, but His Word has reminded me time and time again that I have not been forsaken. There are two main things that I have taken from the various verses on patience over the years.

First, the Lord strengthens our faith through these times of waiting. Relying on Him to lead us, and putting all of our trust in His plans, is one of the main ways we mature as Christians. There are few other things that will cause us to draw closer to Him than our times of need.

Second, He will not forsake us when we need Him most. He has been there for me every second of the way when I trust in Him – even when I can’t see His hand at work in the situation until later (as is often the case). The only times in my life when I felt alone during trials was when He was deeply testing me. Those were also the times when my return to the arms of His everlasting grace were all the more special. The other times of loneliness where when my focus and intentions were misaligned. The moment I stepped foot back on the right track – the path that He had for my life, not the one I figured out for myself – I instantly found myself at His side once again. ❤

The Lord is with those who call upon His holy name.

When I find myself growing discontent in His timing, I often turn back to Proverbs 16. Its sound wisdom has brought me through rough points in my life when I was becoming truly hopeless. One verse that really reminds me of where my focus should be is the ninth verse:

“The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.”

It is up to us to chase after what we desire for our lives, but it is His will that shall be established and succeed! ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I thoroughly enjoyed continuing with this series, and you’ll probably see me post a third addition in the weeks to come. Thanks for following along!

Let me know in the comments below:

What times of waiting has the Lord brought YOU through?

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Eight Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Eight Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Hey guys! I hope that you’re having a gorgeous day!! x So, as another month has rolled around, I knew that it would be a blessing to me to write another Dreaming of Guatemala (the place and my blog) update! Looking back at how far I’ve come with both of these passions makes me so happy. Are you ready to follow along? Let’s go!

At one month, I could still hardly believe that this Guatemala thing was happening. It is quite possibly the biggest life change I’ve ever experienced, and the passion I felt (and still do) stunned me. Fast forward to four months, and I still felt like I was literally dreaming, continually in awe of how the Lord was working in my life, and I struggled to wrap my head around even a bit of it. The last update I did was at the six month mark, and that was then that I began feeling the reality of it. I’m still stoked about everything Guatemala, and I still want to go – most definitely! – but at the beginning of July, I found myself analyzing the possible realities of that situation, and it made me stress a bit.

Now, let’s jump back to the present. I have known of this specific plan for my life for eight months now. That’s two hundred and forty-eight days, to be exact! I have also had my blog for that long, minus about a week. But it’s not really in the details.

With each day that has passed, I have slowly been accepting it. This dream has been on my mind, in my heart, and lacing my prayers. The uncertainties are most certainly there, but no matter how terrifying of a scenario I come up with, nothing phases me. Whenever I ponder worst-case scenarios in any situation, I freak myself out, but with Guatemala, not one has. Tarantulas? Nah. Earthquakes? It’s fine. ACTIVE VOLCANOES? Why should that bother me? 😂

I am in no way saying I’m okay with any of the three frightening things mentioned above. That’s not the point. While I don’t want to find myself facing a huge spider, experiencing a bad earthquake, or watching one of their volcanoes erupt, I have an unexplainable peace that I will cross all those bridges when I get there.

There’s a verse in Matthew where Jesus says “sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” He has bound my heart with the spiritual ability to instantly combat any fear I may have with Guatemala. My awful little scenarios instantly die in His light. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced before.

When I was first seeing Guatemala show up everywhere in my life, from books to blog posts to items in stores, I became excited every time. Each one is a beautiful reminder of my future, and seeing the Lord so plainly at work in my life and with my surroundings makes me giddy. However, the more it has happened, the more used to it I’ve become, to the point where loving this country isn’t just part of my life; it’s part of me. ❤

I look forward to every event leading up to visiting Guatemala. I long for the day I first step foot in that country. It brings me greater joy than I can explain to know this small glimpse into the future God has for me.

All of my main actions this year have reflected that purpose.

I started this blog to record my progress and entertain myself (and you guys!) while I wait. I began learning Spanish like never before because of my passion to know that language fully. I’m looking into getting a job as soon as I can to save money, and I’m not going to college yet and will most likely take individual classes, instead.

My view of life is different because of this calling. It is absolutely beautiful!

Now, I’d like to touch on my blogging journey a bit, as well. While I have been blogging on and off since 2010, I have never connected with this many bloggers before. This community is absolutely amazing! I know I’ve said that before, but it’s worth saying again. The last eight months of my life have been extremely blessed because of this experience; I’ve made new friends, posted consistently for the first time ever, and my post writing skills have gotten so much better. I’d like to thank you personally, whether you just found my blog, or you’ve been following along for months. I appreciate each and every individual comment, and getting to have a place where I can inspire others is a wonderful blessing!

Visit the ‘His Child‘ category on my blog for more spiritual inspiration.

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