Monthly Archives: June 2013

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“The three saddest things are the ill wanting to be well, the poor wanting to be rich, and the constant traveler saying ‘anywhere but here’.”
-E.E. Cummings

Are you satisfied? Will you ever be satisfied? Try it.

Satisfaction

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The Greater

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So this week has been filled with pretty big realizations. I have thought about most of them before but they are really starting to become clear. The biggest idea that I am trying to imagine and fathom is the idea that this chapter that I am about to write in my life (quite a cliche…I know) has the potential to completely change the direction that I have been going. Typing that kind of opens a new question. What direction was I / am I going in? Right now, I am on the typical “four year track to graduate college.” But what happens after that? What will be my next destination? My next goal? From what I have heard and seen, a kind of wandering exploration for the our futures is a very common thing to do. Who honestly has their life planned? Who honestly knows what they’re going to be doing next? Does it even matter if we make these plans?

Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
These words need to be taken to heart. I guess what I’m trying to say is that while I try to plan all this stuff about my adventures and dreams, I have to keep reminding myself that there is a Greater One writing my story. That is a very humbling and chilling truth. Nothing comforts me and scares me more than knowing that it is always God who is conducting this. Not I. But He. Since I know that, why do I care if I have a “life plan”? Hmm……I’ll take that one to the road.

There is still so much more I could say about this topic but I’m going to move onto the next one: comfort.

Comfort is something that we are taught to find as we grow up. As we get older we are searching for our niche and constantly trying to find a place to “fit-in”. Well, I can say that I don’t think I will ever find that. I’m not saying that for you to be like “oh, poor her” or for you to think that I’m fishing for sympathy. I’m saying that because I don’t know if I want to. Once again, I don’t want you to think I’m trying to “go against the flow” or be too hipster (you can laugh at that one). I am not saying that there is anything wrong with finding your place in the world, or getting into your groove…just be careful. Sometimes when we get too wrapped up in the day to day schedules of our comfortable lives, we miss out on our greater callings.
This sense of comfortability is what I am hoping to escape in my travels. I want to get away from the dependency of a schedule, the dependency of a watch, the dependency of anything. I want to get into the “groove” of spontaneity. I wonder if I’ll find it in Africa. If I don’t find it there, I’m going to find it somewhere else. So…comfort…not my thing.

There were a few more things I wanted to explain but I think this is enough for now, maybe I’ll write a few more tomorrow. PS, sorry for all the “quotation marks.” I like them.

Ta-Ta for now,
Lauren

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For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
-2 Timothy 1:7

This has been the verse of the day. On days when I am feeling nervous, scared, or doubtful, this verse helps me remember that God has given me His Spirit that embodies strength, boldness, and courage.

What has God given you?

5,667 Miles

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With the days counting down, the anxiety grows. And the excitement. And the nerves. It’s all so overwhelming! Today, I met with my good friend Elise for some yummy Brazilian coffee and treats. She is a Brazilian at heart and will be returning back to that dream land very soon! Before she goes to Brazil, she it going to be venturing to Italy for a couple months, then to Africa, then to Ecuador, and THEN to Brazil. Quite a flight path, eh? This girl is so full of joy and faith that it is seriously contagious. Her amazing adventure plan is centered around one thing: Jesus. She is going to all of these places spreading God’s love and helping others for the fun of it. Insane, right? This girl is such an encouragement and has helped me more than she could ever imagine.

Wanna hear something more insane? She’s going to be staying in Ghana. For 7 months. While I’m there. God is good! He is bringing a friend to me in a country that I know nobody. How amazing?

Well, while we were sitting in this Brazilian Bakery (delicious by the way, you should totally check it out), reality slapped me in the face that the next time I am going to see her will be in Africa. Freaking Africa, dude! Nuts. Seriously, we looked it up and we will be over 5,667 miles away from where were to where we’re going to see each other next. I’m still shocked.

5,667.

What a number. EEKKKK. This is happening. I only have a few things now keeping me from hopping on the next flight over. Every day is a constant reminder of how this is all God’s plan for me. What a humbling experience.

Stay tuned for more on the crazy road to….GHANA

With Love, Lauren