Someday Soon

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My husband and I are on a unique journey. A lot like a writing slump where all you want to do is write but you’re waiting for something to happen that’s important enough to write about (this is me ALL THE TIME), we’re living in a “not yet” “someday soon” mentality. We pray for the finances to come in so our life overseas can take-off. Like an author without a story to write, knowing the call that we have but not being able to do it yet can sometimes be frustrating.

This week I re-took the StrengthsFinder test. I took it both my freshman and senior year of college with semi-differing results. After 2 years working abroad post-college and now being a newlywed, I was curious to see how and if my strengths had developed. My top strength once again confirmed the bold truth for how I function and thrive.

Activator: “People strong in Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.” Hmmm.

So this impatience, discontentment, and craving to “do” are the underlying traits that tend to arise if I am not busy “activating.” No wonder I’m so restless!

The time we’ve been in America has mainly consisted of talk. Talk talk talk talk talk…. “We’re going to be moving to place A where we will be working with organization B enacting strategy C in order to accomplish purpose D…” Although our talking is definitely building purposeful partnering relationships, the emphasis on the end goal has me kicking to jump on a plane and act on it!
Of course, my second strength would be Positivity.

“People strong in positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.”

Naturally the optimism works to balance out my impatient self– because yes, I am excited and you should be excited becasue what we’re going to be doing is very exciting! You see?:)

During all the waiting and preparation and ideation, my third strength comes into play: Belief.

“People strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.”

I hold tight to what I know my purpose to be. Amidst the uncertainty and waiting, I go to Jesus to fill my cup. He is what I cling to; His promises flood my soul.

Before I know it, we’ll be buying plane tickets and packing our bags.

Someday soon.

Over the Phone

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After a satisfying conversation with a dear friend, my heart felt the fullest it’s been in awhile. In a world of relationships, there exist gems like this one who have the prized ability to breath life into others- even over the phone.

Although God has lead us to different areas of the globe, the warm fuzzies tingling in my soul long after we hung-up indicated a closeness. There’s nothing like a divine phone call; God always seems to orchestrate them during the most needed times.

We volleyed the topics back and forth, asking questions that bared our honest answers. Being able to speak my raw thoughts aloud was reviving– I knew she truly cared.

This kind of friend is rare, and I’m amazed she’s one of mine. A gift to everyone she befriends, I’m so glad she befriended me.

We’re both drastically different people from who we were when we first met. And that’s a good thing.

It’s because we’ve both learned to step back and let God be our guide. With the Holy Spirit as our compass, the places he has brought us have resulted in changing us, transforming us, and growing us to be less of the old and become more of the new.

Having similar life experiences of mixed variety, my friend and I are able to better relate, encourage, and pray for the other with a spirit of common wisdom.

Within our separate stories, as well as through the other, I can speak for the both of us that we’re discovering the greatest lessons life can offer:

One, the realization of the grace poured out toward us.
Two, the mercy and affection of Jesus Christ our Savior.

May He continue to lead us in gratitude as we live where we are and do what we do.

Until we ring again.