Monday, March 2, 2015

Follow the Call, Change a Life

Have you ever walked into a place and just felt total peace, like you knew that you were exactly where you were suppose to be in that moment? Over the years I've started to recognize that peace as God's calling in my life and that peace is exactly what came over my spirit the first time I ever landed in Africa. My first trip was completely random, somewhat spontaneous, and exactly what God had planned for that season of my life. A girlfriend of mine asked me if I wanted to go on a trip with her and the next thing ya know, we were on our way to Kenya. That trip filled my spirit with something beautiful that has completely sent me on a wild journey of life and calling. 

I've spent time in Africa on four separate trips so far and I am in the middle of my fifth excursion at this exact moment in Uganda. And I couldn't be more excited and thrilled to be here. Of my five times traveling to this lovely continent, this is my third trip to the gorgeous country of Uganda and I simply love it here. The people are so incredibly sweet and loving and being here feels so comfortable to me. It feels like home. I tend to think of Ester when I'm here, that I was created for "such a time as this." And honestly, I feel like I was made to be in this place at this exact moment. God warms my spirit with this grace and strength and confidence every time I am here and He is always teaching me new lessons along the way. This trip in particular I have been learning that I am far more brave then I ever I thought I could be. And it is through His strength that I continue to make courageous moves every day. I have been called to be brave in this season of my life. Now, my brave moves may not seem like such a big deal to others, but we all struggle with different needs of courage. It is not all the same for each of us. 

So how am I learning to be brave here in Uganda? Good question and I am glad u asked! I have realized that I am far more independent than I ever knew I could be. That I can head out on my own in a foreign country and be completely comfortable without someone else by my side. I've learned that I confidently have a voice that people want to listen to. In my life I've allowed myself to stay quite in moments when I needed to speak up and I am learning that opening my mouth to speak God's wisdom is worth people listening to. And the more I step out for God, the more He builds me up. It is the most beautiful blessing I could have ever asked for.

So I am following the call to continuously be brave right now. And meeting some adorable little faces along the way. Each call that we get from God, each direction we are given, is going to be different for every person but it leads to growth and significance in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Now I'm not saying it's easy and that I don't stop myself from taking a huge breath (or have a massive panic attack) each time I hear a new call to follow, but I do know that my life changes for the very best when I do.

What is it that you can feel God calling you to do? Follow it. It may just change your life!
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