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Man, this summer has flown by me and so have the first three weeks of school. I am so thankful for the opportunity to share about Jesus in Taiwan. This summer has been an enormous blessing in my life. I am amazed at all that we saw God do, whether it was holding off the rain or seeing our friend come to know Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. It has not been easy adjusting back home. I've experienced a great deal of counter-culture shock. Juggling everything has become difficult at times, but I am continually reminded of how great God is. He continues to grow and shape me into who He wants me to be. He provides encouragement through friends. He puts people in my everyday life that want to seek after His will just as much as I do.

There are still things that I realize I haven’t thought about in a while and haven’t emotionally processed them all. Processing doesn’t happen overnight. I guess that is why I haven’t. As soon as I arrived home, I jumped right back into the swing of things. It’s very rare that I just sit and think about all that happened throughout the summer. I hate to think about the things that happened and just like to move on from it. But that’s the thing, you can’t move past this summer like that and just let it go. A lot goes into each month of our lives--and the time I had in Taiwan was life-changing. For me, it is hard to take it all in at once or even like ten times.

Adjustment is an ongoing process. I try to go at it by myself, but I have come to understand how much I cannot do it alone. That doesn’t mean I am necessarily processing out loud to friends and family, but instead, I try to handle a lot of it with God. Which you’d think would be more comfortable, but it’s not. It takes a lot to admit you are struggling in areas of your life to your friends yet alone to God. We don’t want to acknowledge that we are weak. That’s the thing, He is the most excellent source of life out there. He brings joy and peace and comfort and unconditional love, and the list goes on and on and on. He is there for you no matter what life throws at you.

That last sentence reminds me of all the times we told the people we were meeting over there that “you can talk to God anytime wherever you are.” But that one statement is so genuine and such a great promise. God hears all our prayers. He is continually pursuing us with a never-ending love-- a faithful love (one of my favorite terms in the Bible).

Many people feel like they don’t have any hope, and they can find hope in Jesus. We are called to step out into faith and boldly proclaim the name of Jesus. I challenge you to show people the love of Christ. Remind yourself of the love He given you and do your best to live compassionately. Not through your own strength, but through the power of Christ. He equips the Called (which is everyone who knows Him as their personal Lord and Savior).

I hope this encourages you. As I continue to adjust to "normal life," I will continue to be patient and to wait on the Lord's timing. I don’t know what the future holds for after this school year, but I can’t wait to see all that He has in store.

Psalm 27:14 ESV Romans 12:9 CSB 2 Corinthians 5:21 CSB 1 John 4:9-11 CSB



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