Whose Language I’m Learning

Whose Language I’m Learning

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. ❤ It has been quite a while since I wrote a post on my language-learning journey, which means that this is the first time in a long time that the ‘Spanish’ category on my blog has been added to, haha!

In the year and a half that I’ve been seriously teaching myself Central American Spanish through the wonderful app that is Memrise, I have occasionally taken long, unplanned breaks. This has assisted me not only in continuing to love the language, but also in my dedication toward learning it.

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Missions Monday – Part Four | Thoughts On My Future in Missions

Missions Monday – Part Four | Thoughts On My Future in Missions

Hi guys! I hope that your week has gotten off to a beautiful start. (: Yesterday evening, I decided that I wanted to put up a post today (last second decision, I know, haha), so here I am with the fourth addition to Missions Monday. ❤ Since I only do these posts on a particular day of the week, and because I had the desire on my heart to share something missions-related with you, I have written about some of my thoughts on my future in missions for today’s post. I hope that you enjoy!


Thoughts On My Future in Missions

From the first day of this year, I have been thinking about missions.

It was difficult for me not to after knowing so deeply within my heart that the mission field was in my future.

I’ve prayed for and thought about the days to come; I have dreamed of Guatemala (as you all know by now, haha) … and I’ve wondered again and again just how much missions will impact and form my future.

I still don’t know much. After ten full months of dwelling on this aspect of my life, you’d think that I might have a bit more information by now. No, I don’t. But I do believe that the Lord has been preparing me emotionally and spiritually this entire year, which blesses me exceedingly. However, this has not taken me globally closer to Guatemala, nor has it defined when this trip might happen … or for how long.

The main question that has surfaced in my thoughts recently is this: are mission trips part of my future, or will they make up my future?

I believe I should be able to base the next few years of my life around this answer.

You see, if mission trip/s to Guatemala are simply something I will do as an adult, then I can look at it as being part of my future – an exciting aspect of my life that will be beautiful while it lasts, but not continue. On the other hand, if they’re meant to occur frequently in my life, or are a constant aspect of my future, I will need to make more room for them and take other things into consideration.

It isn’t my desire for the hobbies that I have or for the projects I’m focusing on to get in the way of any mission work (and anything else) that the Lord has called me to do.

I am including the question I presented to you in my prayers and seeking His will. I know and trust that He will guide me – He is always faithful. ❤ The reason I wanted to talk about this was to help me see my future from two separate angles, to be mentally prepared for either to manifest themselves in my life.

I think that the main reason I’m wanting to prepare myself is so that I may have a positive mindset, which will allow me to take everything in stride. Regardless of whether or not missions are to be part of or consist of my whole future, I still love language-learning, I cherish every moment I have with my family, I’m following the Lord wherever He leads me, and I would love to go to college, get married and have a family. (Preferably in that order on the last three facts, but may His will be done, haha)

I am constantly learning, guys. No matter what happens, I’m praying to have the ability to consistently place my life, along with every worry and doubt, before the One Who has my heart.

Thank you so much for reading, guys! I hope that you enjoyed following along on this post. I surely enjoyed writing it. xx

I’ll see all of you tomorrow!

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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!

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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

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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

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One Month of Dreaming of Guatemala

One Month of Dreaming of Guatemala

It’s been one month since I knew that I would serve the Lord in Guatemala at some point in my future.

A whole month! But I also feel like, it’s only been a month?

I keep expecting to feel impatient, like I’d want to go now instead of waiting on the Lord’s timing. But this situation is unlike anything I’ve ever been in; it’s completely from Him. Because of that, I consistently feel an abundance of peace.

Even though it doesn’t make sense to me, I’m content to wait.

I’m excited for the future, and I can’t wait to see how He will continue to work in my life. ❤

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I’d also like to thank you guys for following along on this journey! Over the one month that I’ve had this blog, I’ve met so many amazing people with absolutely wonderful blogs. I appreciate all of the comments, and I love getting to comment on all of your blogs! ❤

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Maggie

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The Valiant Blogger Award

The lovely Elizabeth over at The Comfortable Coop nominated me for The Valiant Blogger Award! ❤ I’m very honored that she considers me courageous enough to deserve this, as I don’t even see myself as such; all I do is draw from the Lord’s strength on a daily basis. I truly believe that I’m only the person that I am today because of Him and His love for me. It’s all because of Him. ❤

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You can go check out the Hall of Valor to see who else has been nominated and why they are the warriors that they are. 🙂 Now, on to the rest of the post.

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The biggest challenge in my life is trusting the Lord with my future in Guatemala.

I don’t know when the time will come for me to serve Him there. I don’t know how I’ll pay for all the expenses. I have absolutely no idea how anything else will work out. The one thing I do know is that He desires for me to be there one day, and that’s all I need to know.

Despite the numerous uncertainties that bombard me this way and that, I am at peace; He has a plan, and I deeply desire to follow Him.

There will definitely be times when it’s harder for me to trust, and there will also be times when it’s easier. The unchanging truth that continues to ground me in my faith is that His timing is perfect, regardless of the situation, regardless of how I’m feeling, and that is reassurance enough for me. ❤

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I’ve been in some really tough situations throughout my life, and I can’t say that I came out of them having exhibited much strength. But through each trial I’ve gone through, I became stronger; those difficult circumstances strengthened me and helped me to grow.

The best piece of advice I can give to anyone going through hard times is to stay focused on the future.

While we might not respond the way we envision ourselves reacting to obstacles, we can see how far we’ve come upon looking back – both emotionally, as well as spiritually. Learning to trust in the Lord is a life-long process.

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I nominate Valerie over at Living Lighter in Atlanta. She is an incredibly strong woman – and I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom! She’s been through so much, and I greatly admire her strength (especially when it comes to childbirth! 😂).

Thanks for reading!

— Maggie