The struggle of stepping into, perhaps our destiny, can be an intimidating step, but nonetheless, we are called to go onward. I do not live my life as if it was my own, and those in my inner circle, as well as my acquaintances, know this full well.
I recently talked about being present where you are planted and the benefits that can come from loosening your grip. I talked about how God provides when we put Him first, how the Lord knows our deepest desires.
Well, the Lord is faithful my friends.
I not only get to celebrate what that post discussed (you can see more of that here if you missed it), but allow me to share with you another victory as I trusted in the Lord.
For the past 10 years I have had this weight on my heart. A weight that stems from being rescued from a dark place, but having to watch my siblings grow up in it. I didn’t understand. I was so mad at God for removing me, for giving me eyes to see, and for giving me ears to hear truth. I couldn’t bear it.
So I made a promise to myself, that I wasn’t going to do nothing with the wisdom and sight that the Lord brought to me through this situation. I promised myself, and God, that I was going to pursue Him whole-heartily so that I can turn back and save those who are enslaved by the darkness in this world, as discussed in my Comfortable Christianity post!
I started small. Investing in the lives of a few young women who were struggling with family and relationships. I felt as if this was so small that I wasn’t doing anything, but the Lord knew what He was doing.
Over the years I continued in my desires and passions, and they grew day by day.
I have reached a point in my life where my heart and soul know they are ready for the next step. It is as if my body is leaning forward, ready to fall, my heart pounding, and then my foot lifts to take a step, boom, *huston, we have landing*.
“How we walk with the broken speaks louder then how we walk with the great.”
This is where I tell you that I got accepted for an internship with a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking.
The internship is with A21. **PLEASE, do yourself a favor and click on that link.**
Bringing restoration to those who have not an ounce of hope left? Send me, I will go.
Bringing light to the darkest corners of the earth by servitude, humility, and courage? Send me, I will go.
Providing unconditional acceptance to those who have been rejected? Send me, I will go.
Showing unconditional love and acceptance to those who have been manipulated and abused? Send me, I will go.
The journey to this moment in my life has been an up hill climb, which I am sure I will discuss more of in future posts, but it was all meant to happen in the way that it did. Be reassured this is true for your life too.
All of it prepared me for this very moment.
The moment that I say “see ya later!” to my beloved husband for three months (remember that we have only been married for 10 months. Eeek!) The moment that I have to stand firm in my faith when friends and family tell me I am crazy for doing this. For leaving my husband in our first year of marriage, spending a pretty penny out of our savings for rent in Southern California (on top of the rent I already pay) to go to an unpaid internship.
Just because I get raised eyebrows when I talk about my faith and how I actively live it out every day, does not mean that I will ever change my passions or desires. I fully and completely believe that the Lord has a specific purpose for everyone, yes even you reading this. He brings light to the darkest of places, I know that to be very true in my life, so why not go and fight the good fight with a team who fights to bring restoration to the broken, who fights to bring light into darkness.
Count me in!
So I come to you in transparency, and I come to you in vulnerability (as always) with my heart on my sleeve.
Lean in, listen to these words. Read them more then once if you have to: It is not about how we present ourselves to this dark world that we live in, but rather how we interact with it.
You have the ability to make an impact.
Choose love. Choose organic ways to invest in the lives of those around you. Everyone’s story is different, don’t compare yourself to those who are “moving mountains”, God has His mountains in store for you to move!
What have you done to make a positive impact, whether that be large or small, in someone’s life lately? Whether it be with a family member, a friend, or a coworker. Let’s chat! I would love to know!
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