To those who are new to the blog first off WELCOME to Living In Peaces & thank you for taking the time to join two sisters on our journey figuring out this thing called life. Let me fill you in on what has happened within the past year. Last July 2016 I said bon voyage to New York City, relationships, and a corporate career to follow a call from God. Think I’m nuts yet? For a while, I wasn’t sure either of my decision to completely go against what my friends and family consider customary but when the Lord stirs something in your heart, obedience is the next step.
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”-2 John 1:6
Life is far less complicated when you sit back in the passenger seat & let God drive. In July 2017 I set out on my first mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua, not only did I meet incredible people through the experience but the confirmation was clear that missions would be part of my life’s purpose. Believe me when I tell you my outlook & heart has been changed forever.
Land of Limbo
Returning home with insight that helping people & traveling the globe would be my service in the kingdom. I was more than ready to fly across oceans and hoped that doors would just fling open for me to start my mission ASAP. When it didn’t, I am sure you can imagine my frustration. Weeks would go by with me wrestling with God about WHY?! Why would he have me leave everything, go on a trip to have me to wait AGAIN? Didn’t you call me to be a missionary!? It’s funny how we always think our way of how things should move forward is best.
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.”-Psalm 39:7
Well the Lord has HIS plan, and sometimes those plans take time. Once again he has proven that his message can be in a whisper and not this audible Morgan Freedman voice coming from the sky. One morning while driving to work the ‘Duh Crystal’ moment sank in and it finally made sense. He wants to see where my heart is, along with proof of my dedication to him in action. Most people describe a missionary as a person who lives in third world countries & teaches those in need all about Jesus. That description is correct, but there are mission fields right here in the USA too.
Keeping that thought in mind, I changed my perspective, just because I’m not yet living on another continent doesn’t mean I can’t take advantage of my time here and start my service NOW. So, channeling my New York go-getter mentality, I kicked off my career in the local community. I became a companion for young adults with special needs, took on leadership roles in the church, and try to give a hand when someone is in need of a dog sitter or nanny. Sure, doing these things aren’t typical office jobs, but to be honest, I am so grateful for the flexibility and freedom of working as a slave to man as I did before.
“So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.” –1 Corinthians 15:58 (GNTD)
The typical questions I get most about my new lifestyle are; How do you support yourself? Don’t you want a home one day? Have you given up on finding a partner or having a family? At first, my answers would be a river of fumbling words trying to form a valid response. Today there is confidence in that even though this commitment isn’t the least bit rational, I still have faith that the desires of my heart will see through.
“For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” –Matthew 7:8
With that, I do work, but I don’t worry about making big bucks because God provides me with everything I need. Yes, I do aspire to have a home, but my meaning of home is different than a white picket fence deal. If it were up to me, I’d be living in a tiny house or RV traveling, and no, I haven’t lost hope in meeting my soulmate. When the time is right, there is no doubt that if he is growing in Christ too, we will find each other and build a family on a foundation of rock.
Yes, the unknown is scary. My new normal IS the unknown, and I’m totally okay with that. If standing at a crossroad having to choose left or right, I am ready to go in either direction headstrong. If God brought me this far how foolish can a girl be to not keep believing he will lead me on the right path? Since there is plenty of time to see how things will unfold staying in the present is exciting in itself.
“Happy are those who remain faithful under trials because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.”-James 1:12 (GNTD)
The blessings continue through blooming friendships & opportunities to challenge my creativity. Within the next two weeks, I will be jetting off on a mission trip to Armenia, Colombia. Although it’s another short-term adventure, I’m looking forward to it. Besides ministering in a major city, I will also have the chance to work alongside a talented pastor helping out with the media side of things (my specialty). I can’t wait to see the impact our team of eight will have in the area & be part of collecting testimonies to share not only to our home church but also to share with YOU!
On that note stay tuned, for more updates 🙂
Edited by Tiffany Lodico
Photo Location: The Paper Caves
October 21st – Colombia Mission Trip
Reading: The book of Mark NLT Bible, Sip, Savor & Drink deeply ( women’s devotional)
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