I am home…it’s bittersweet! My experience in Italy was something that is hard to describe. Our team spent the first few days ministering at a conference in Sicily and I felt as though I was at my Italian family reunion. I had the awesome opportunity to do a seminar at the conference on “Making Jesus Relevant” and living out their dreams. As I shared, and asked questions, I realized that some of the people never thought about their dream…I was amazed. For me, dreaming big is something I am challenged by everyday…I am just glad I could encourage them and challenge them to think big. There are so many things that I will remember…dramas in the piazza in Catania, canolis after dinner, seeing the amazing Sicilians greet me with a kiss, the beautiful olive trees behind the church, the ruins in ancient Rome…the list goes on!
Today I was writing a monologue for the upcoming LIVE THE DREAM women’s conference, and had a thought. When you think about your life, it is so easy to focus primarily on one perspective, and nothing else. When I get up every morning, I think of nothing but me and what concerns me. I hate that. My question is this…how do we view others and our daily lives from a diferent perspective? Answer: Spend time with God and develop intimate relationships…that’s the only way. It’s more than traveling to a foreign country, but knowing the people who live there. When you do this…you enlighten your heart, which causes you to get out of your own little world and think about someone else for a change. Today…I hope to see life from someone else’s view…maybe even take a walk in their shoes!
Ok…So tonight had the potential of being a hum drum Thursday night hanging out at the house, but you can never go wrong with Albasha, 2 great girlfriends(Shannon and Kacie), and Ben and Jerry’s! I am reminded in nights like this the value of friendship and what it means to have people in your life who understand you and appreciate your strengths and weaknessess. After losing my best friend in High School, small yet significant moments like this is what life it all about. I have learned to live life like she would (Joy…my best friend)…LIVE…LOVE…LAUGH!
Today I had the opportunity to visit an amazing church while in Peru, and there is nothing I love more than to see hundreds of people gathered together worshipping God. At Camino De Vida, the people are hungry for God, despite there situation in life or where they have been. When I experience something like this, I am in awe of what God is doing across the globe, and how many people live for Jesus Christ. It’s in moments like this when I realize what a huge thing I am a part of when it comes to Christianity. I love seeing people who are completely different than me, who speak another language, worhsip the same God…it’s so encouraging!
This morning I am heading to Peru in order to provide support to a large church we are connected to (Camino de Vida) and help their media department communicate to the rest of the world what’s going on. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but looking forward to it. I have so much running through my mind seeing that I just found out yesterday…kind of crazy i know! More posts will come…stay tuned!