End of 2018 Update

As I reflect on all that has happened within the last year, I am amazed and thankful for it all. It is crazy to me that a year ago I left to go on my first mission trip to Taiwan. “Wow” is a word that I feel describes how I reflect on 2018. I continue to feel this way as we prepare to go into 2019. I say this a lot, but Taiwan changed my life in ways that I never expected. It has given me friends that I don’t know what I’d do without, it has provided countless opportunities to grow and learn, and most of all it has brought me closer to my Savior. It is all because of Jesus that all of this is possible. He is the reason for it all. He came so that we may live. He took all our sin and shame and found us worth. He loved/loves us unconditionally. He provides even when we don’t see it. He is with us even when we don’t feel it.

I have had a lot of time in the past week to really reflect on this last year and to anticipate this next year ahead. Last year, I was in Taiwan; next year, I will be in Southeast Asia. Within the last year, I have grown so much. God continues to pursue me in ways I never expect just to show me how much more I have to grow in Him. I feel I have realized the importance of processing emotions and events that happen, sharing struggles, listening to others, and loving others. I still don’t know how always to do these, but I know that God provides grace in the moments where I mess up, where I break because I haven’t addressed my own struggles, and where I let an opportunity slip by. A year ago I could barely get up and say a word to anyone when it came to speaking. Now I get excited about opportunities to share my experiences and how God works in my life.

I really can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, and I’m not gonna lie…I am nervous about all that is to come in the next year. As I enter the new year, I begin to prepare for several life changes, graduation and leaving the country are just a few that I know of. But with all that this next year is bringing, I am reminded of all the blessings that I have in my life. I am beyond thankful for all that God has done and continues to do. I pray that through this last year and this next year that He gets all the praise, glory, and honor for it because He is the only reason that it has and will happen. 

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