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Leaf collector, missionary, artist. 23. Living in Tennessee but dreaming of the whole world.

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    On Belonging, or My Bucket List

    Something heavy clicked into place in my spirit this weekend. I told a friend that months ago, I felt like before moving out of my country, I should have an art show, for my friends, with my people, in my city. I put it on my bucket list: “Things to do before moving to Asia.” On Saturday, I checked the art show off the list.

    I’ve also checked a few other things off the list, including (but not limited to): living with my family, getting a steady job, adjusting to a routine, making art, saving money, learning to be alone, buying a computer, working with kids (leading the preschool program at church… twice a month!!!), rediscovering and learning to love my hometown, and finding new friends and community.

    The crazy thing is, the art show was the last thing on my list. In a bittersweet way, I felt like this weekend closed a few doors that needed to be closed for me to move forward in where God’s calling me next. Lots of tears and lots of laughter. God is good.

    The thing I’m beginning to see through this stuff is all about belonging. The funny thing about belonging is that it’s not really tied to a city or town or a place at all. It’s a feeling. Belonging is something you can carry with you if you want to. I belong to my family and my friends and my city and my nation, just as they belong to me. But they are not what gives me my sense of truly “belonging.” I belong in the heart of God. My belonging is found in him. As I’m checking off my list and moving forward, I’m learning what it looks like to take my sense of belonging with me to a foreign world. Onward ho!

    Posted on Sunday, April 13th 2014

    On Wednesday nights I get together and make dinner and hang out with a group of girls. We talk about God and wrestle with stuff, but mostly we just live life together. Today they sneakily sent these beauts, the day before my art show. SO much JOY!! Ps #notetoself: My next job will probably have to be a flower delivery girl #JOYBOMBS (at Ultimate Surprise Zone)

    On Wednesday nights I get together and make dinner and hang out with a group of girls. We talk about God and wrestle with stuff, but mostly we just live life together. Today they sneakily sent these beauts, the day before my art show. SO much JOY!! Ps #notetoself: My next job will probably have to be a flower delivery girl #JOYBOMBS (at Ultimate Surprise Zone)

    Posted on Friday, April 11th 2014