T-Minus 7 Days…

Friends, my departure date is swiftly arriving.

Last night, I went down the airport to pick up my friend, and after she got in, we walked past the United counter and I looked at her and said, “We’ll be here in one week sending me off!” That’s when it really started to get real… In one week, Jesse will be picking me up, I’ll be freaking out, we’ll go to the coffee shop so I can say my last goodbyes and I’ll be gone. CRAZY!

It’s been weird for me to see things differently as I am leaving. For one, I know now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I am a control freak. I am worried about how things are going to be while I am gone. I am worried about my Youth Group kids and how they will grow or fail while I am gone. I know, in my head, that the Lord holds them, but practically I worry. I just love these kids so much and I want to see them grow and succeed and love God. But, I also know that God has called me to go to Belgium and has given my favor with the youth kids there like he has my youth kids here, so I am going in obedience, and full blown excitement. But I do worry for my students here.

High School (and Middle School) are hard. I think things may legitimately be more difficult these days than when I grew up. Or maybe just where I live now. But I feel like sin is crouching at every door, and the doors are wide open. They have so much access to so much more than we did, with all the technology and accessibility. Gossip can fly the second it’s heard, rather than giving a person a minute to think about it before they share it. You can pull up any image on your phone at any time, that’s dangerous. The need for person accountability and impulse control is higher than its ever been, and unfortunately, its a lost art.

So what do we do. What have I learned to do when my inner control freak, well, freaks out? I turn to prayer. I cannot control everything and everyone, as much as I would like to, but I can talk to God. He not only has the control, but the plan and He knows best, even when it does not make sense.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:5-7

And you call be praying for me, that instead of Epaphras, this would be true of me.

“Epaphras [Morgan], who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.” Col 4:12

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Absente

Man, sometimes like really catches up with us and we just get too busy! I am so sorry that I have been absent these past few days. I am trying write at least 3 times and week and really stay engaged in this blog and with you all!

So just for today, I have been absent because things are really taking off for my trip to Brussels here next month! I have about 6(ish) weeks before I leave and I am starting to get really excited, and scared. It’s going to be a great time, lots of fun, lots of struggles, lots of growth!

For those who do not know, I am traveling to Brussels Belgium this upcoming month to work and partner with a church I know there. I will be engaged in a variety of ministries there and helping the local church with their needs. For some more information about my trip you can visit the following website, and learn more about what I am doing.

www.giftforgood.com/belgium-bound

Finally, on that website you can give to help make this trip possible. I know I do not personally know many of you, and many of you may not be Christians or support what I am going there to do, but if you are willing, I would love any kind of financial support you can offer.

Your prayers are also highly coveted.

Impromptu Adventures!

Today my dear friend Laura and I spent the day together. First off, we went to lunch, our fav, Pho. If you do not know what Pho is, it is a Vietnamese Noodle soup made from Beef Broth with noodles, the meat of your choice, onions, and your choice of how much sweet basil, jalapeño, sprouts, lime, and Sriracha you wish to include. It’s delightful, spicy and surprisingly light. Low calorie and full flavor.

Then we ran around down in Bricktown, OKC for a while. We walked up and down the riverwalk and over to the Centennial Land Run Monument. This is a pretty legit monument, or rather series of monuments.

I took some pictures for you.

Enjoy!

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I edited them all separately, so they all look a bit different… And I am not a photographer… or an editor. I am using Fotor on my MacBook Air for crying out loud… I do what I can. Lolz!

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[I also included lots of pictures to be nice, because my next entry will be a poem that is a heck of a lot longer than I meant for it to be… but I want to share it anyway.]

After wandering around Bricktown (Home of The Thunder), we went to mall, which got evacuated for a false fire alarm, then back on home for me to finally finish my personal joy task for the holiday season, re-watching the LOTR originals. Finished Return of the King today. Ya know… Samwise Gamgee! I mean, wow! I need a friend like Sam in my life.

I am off for bed now… working at the Coffee Shop tomorrow bight and early.

Je vais en Belgique!

I have not been at this blog writing very long, and I do take long absence from time to time, mostly because my schedule is demanding, and free time is limited and cherished. However, I wanted to take sometime to share with you all something that I am very passionate about and something that I love. Belgium, and the wonderful people that I have met there.

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I will be spending 3 months in Belgium this upcoming spring and I am beyond excited for this unique and special opportunity. I will be coming alongside my friends that are already there teaching English Classes, as well as working with a local church and helping wherever needed there. I am also hoping to work with the Youth Group there, which is ultimately my passion. I love working with Youth, in Belgium and at home, so that will be just wonderful.

This will be my fourth trip to Belgium, but my longest stay yet. My first two trips were just shy of two weeks, my third trip was a little over two weeks, and now this trip will be 3 months. I have made some dear friends, some which I have been able to keep up with due to the marvels of modern technology (Viber and Skype are amazing), that cannot wait to see again and I look forwards to having the privilege of spending a longer and more intentional time with them.

So why am I telling you, my blogging audience about this? One, because this is why I blog, to vent, ramble and spew about the things I love, and two, because I am in need of help. I need prayer to help make this trip successful and effective, more then anything. So be lifting this journey up in prayer and me as well. But also, this is an expensive venture and I will need financial help to make this a reality.

Below I have provided a way that you can help, if you so desire. There is more information about my trip and my plans while I am there on this website, so please feel free to read up, and give if you can. Any amount is a blessing and I thank you for your prayers and your gifts.

http://giftforgood.com/campaigns/belgium-bound

Thank you so much for however you are able to support me and I’ll keep you updated as thing progress. I plan on blogging much more regularly while I am in Belgium, with slightly more free time than I currently have.

Much love!