There was an urgency for me to write on my blog today. I want to shout it from a mountain top, my love for the Lord. Every day I ask to be guided by the Holy Spirit. And every day He shows up.
I’m about to embark on a life changing journey. The Lord has put it on my heart to venture out into the world. There are two reactions I get when telling people I’m backpacking across Europe alone for seventy-six days. One, you are crazy. Two, I’m jealous.
The most important thing I need to express is my faith in God. This is where He is guiding me. I prayed about it for several weeks. Making sure I wasn’t going for selfish reasons. I mean, this had been a dream of mine since I was a young girl. Traveling the world has always been a big desire of mine. So, it was important for me to make sure this was what He wanted for me, not what I wanted for myself.
In my experience, when God opens a door He makes the transition clear to me. No matter how difficult the change may be its necessary.
I leave in two weeks. This is usually the point, before any trip, where my nerves kick in. This is when it all starts to become real. I’m leaving. I am packing up one bag of essentials and I am not looking back.
It is clear for me that the Lord is going to reveal a great deal to me. I was just in Caneille, Haiti for eight days on a mission trip with my church that completely changed my life. There was always an awareness of the struggles people have around the world. I have seen poverty in Dominican Republic, but nothing to this extreme. Living a day in their lives woke me up. It becomes very real when you’re standing next to a bucket of water you have only a few scoops to use from, to take a “shower.” But, I’ll tell you this, they’re happy. They have nothing so they are able to appreciate everything. There are no distractions so their bonds with one another are incredibly strong. It’s a beautiful sight to see.
There is so much hope for them. It is evident that God has His hands on that country. I’m blessed to have been able to do His will. And I want to thank everyone who donated, prayed and support me on this trip.
I had reverse culture shock when I arrived in America. It took me about ten to fourteen days to get back into my routine. Now I’m preparing for another journey. It’s all happening so fast. God is moving quickly in my life.
I see this pilgrimage as a great way for me to fully lean on the Lord. To trust in Him. Knowing that He won’t forsake me, He won’t leave my side and He will protect me with the blood of Jesus.
Taking it all one day at a time. I will share my experiences with you all. Writing on here as much as possible. Hoping to shine Gods light through my life.
It is all for the glory of God.