Made it safely to London!! All glory to God for the car, train, and plane that got me here safely.
I’m currently sitting in my hotel in London waiting for my amazing soon-to-be shipmate/roommate Laurel to arrive from her flight, so I thought I would quick let every know that I am safe & give you an update.
Before I left someone pointed out to me how beautiful and raw it is to read a brutally honest blog post, so despite how vulnerable I feel about posting this I think it’s the best way to give you all a clear image of how things are going.
To be honest, this trip has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Ever. I honestly haven’t faced a more difficult obstacle yet. It took leaving to realize how loved I am in Michigan. It also took leaving to realize how deeply I love all that is in Michigan.
In the final days before the trip as I was saying my farewells to friends and family, I quickly realized that I was saying goodbye to absolutely everything I love for 3 whole months. As a result of this realization there has been enough tears to fill the entire ocean I will soon be sailing over.
The only thing keeping me going right now is the knowledge that I am not alone. The One who called me on this adventure is going before me as well as along side of me every step of the way. Yesterday at the airport, as soon as I said my final and hardest goodbye, I passed through security and located my gate, and right as I boarded my plane to London I thought to myself “It’s just me& you, God.” Instant strength and peace. This trip is for Him& I, he is teaching me that he is truly all I need.
My devotions this morning stated: “Trust me here and now. You are in rigorous training-on an adventurous trail designed for you alone. This path is not of your choosing, but it is My way for you. I am doing things you can’t understand. That is why I say ‘Trust Me’!”
I’ll continue to trust in Him and rely on Him every time I feel alone, scared, or broken. A friend told me to pray when I’m scared, and not be scared when I pray. This has helped me so much already. I’m realizing the power of prayer, not only how it fulfills me ands strengthens me instantaneously to have a conversation with my savior, but also the immense comfort that comes from knowing I am being covered in prayer. The knowledge that I have an army of people praying for me back home is what makes this whole trip possible.
I’ve been truly overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I’ve received in regards to this trip. To hear how many people are proud of me makes this whole thing worth it, and to know that I get to go back to all these amazing souls in just 100 days is keeping me sane.
I am so blessed. Grateful for your support & prayers thus far and for all of those to come.
Headed out to see the city of London now with Laurel& friends!
Pictures to come(:
This last minute photoshoot was an absolute blast and total success! It was so fun for me to capture Caleb & Cassie's candid moments and to see the love they have for each other in each and every photo. So glad we could squeeze in this shoot before I head on my trip!!