I’m Leaving for Bolivia… THIS YEAR! I fly out in 8 days. Crazy.

This morning was my last church service in my home church until I come back! Today the church had a prayer for me, as well as two other women who will be stepping out of their comfort zones. One is going to Steinreich Bible School in Mexico for 3 months. The other will be going to Australia for 6 months with YWAM. It is just so encouraging seeing others going and living out Gods will for their life. I know that it is hard for them, satan is trying to attack them as well. But we have a God who is so much more powerful. We are not alone! We will keep each other in our prayers. When the church members stood up in support of us going, well I had to hold back tears. Knowing that all those people would be supporting me through prayer was just overwhelming. I am so blessed to live in such an amazing, caring community!

I don’t know how I’m feeling lately, and with so many people asking me.. I would think I’d know. I’m not really scared, or nervous. I’m just kind of here, not sure what I should be feeling other than overwhelmed. Not knowing what to expect. Not knowing what to prepare for. Just simply not knowing. Bolivia seems to be the main thing on my mind. All of the unknown. I’m looking forward to it, a lot! I’m excited for the new experience, the people I’ll meet and how much God will teach me through all of this. Although I am quite afraid I will fail. But I know God goes with me. His love never fails. He never fails. I long to be a vessel for God, for people to see our Lord and risen Saviour in me. For HIS glory.

I am so excited for 2017. I know it will be difficult, have it’s ups and downs, but with the Lord by our sides, it will be a year of change:)

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You

When you start to feel like things should have been better this past year, remember the mountains and the valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and these moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same, you have grown and are growing, you are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. Things will get better, there is more to you than yesterday. -Morgan Harper Nichols

Here are a few verses that I found really encouraging going into the new year.

Isaiah 43:19– “Behold, I will do a new thing,Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

A new year is a time for God to do a new thing. Last year is gone, and now we can choose to start a new year and join God in the new thing that He is doing! He will make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. I like that. Wherever it may be where He leads us this year, He will make a way. He is with us on this road, the road that He made. He knows where it leads, He knows all of the unexpected turns and big potholes, as long as He leads us, we follow Him, we will be safe.

Romans 8:28– “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

No matter what this New Year may hold. God has a way of working it all out for good to those who are His. Even the hard and dark places that are coming – God can use those too. Although in the hard times, times of trials and despair, when we cannot understand what good could possibly come from it, God sees the goodness that will come from it.