Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of posts in the past month or so and sorry in advance for the lack of posts in the two weeks or so.
Last September, one of the churches I am a part of sent a group on a mission trip down the Amazon River in Peru. I was curious about the trip and felt like it was something to explore, something that may be a part of my future, but that I wasn’t supposed to do at the time.
About three weeks ago, my pastor invited me personally to go on another mission trip to Peru in mid-July. I prayed about it and felt like this was my time to go. I knew I had several fears and many unknowns that would be adequate reasons for many to say “no”, but I just had this strong sense that fear wasn’t a good enough reason to not take this opportunity to serve God’s people, see more of His creation, and overcome fears of things that I’m tired of being afraid of. I hate the feeling of fear. I am tired of the hold it’s had over me. I want to travel and be brave and that’s never going to happen if I don’t step out where God leads me to. I said “yes” afraid. The fear was definitely still there and strongly present when I accepted the invitation.
But in the weeks since I said yes, God has told me that He conquered fear at the cross. That He didn’t give me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. That fear was conquered in the past and therefore I don’t have to wait until I encounter it in Peru to overcome it. I can walk in the freedom and fearlessness Christ paid for me to have even when I don’t feel it in the moment. And you know what? At the time of writing this, I haven’t even left yet and already I’ve noticed that I’m less scared when triggered. The fear is there initially but the peace comes, and it comes quickly.
So please pray for me as I’ll schedule this to post while I’m out of the country. Pray for transformation in me and in the people I come across, that we would experience God in a new way and be forever changed. I already know big things are coming, and I cannot wait to see them come to pass. The process is hard but His grace is good and it’s always worth it.
Thanks for following me along this journey! Stay tuned for updates.