One step closer
I got my visa today!
This morning I woke up majorly early (but not as early as Kin!) to go to the US Embassy. Traffic was extraordinarily bad! It took me over 2 hours to drive to the embassy (ended up a little late) and so I was quite flustered when I got in there. I had two right hands, forgot a pen, and forgot what my dad’s phone number was in thai (I had to mutter it in Chinese under my breath to translate it before telling the lady!)
But all in all, the process went well. I had all the paperwork I needed and more, and I was out of there in an hour! Yay! And then I treated myself to some hash browns before heading to work =D
Next step: FLIGHTS!
Last thing is: I’ve been writing personal update letters to some people, as well as a financial report of what my needs are and what I have already been blessed with! So if you’d like to know what’s going on, what I am doing next, or a financial report: please let me know in the comments below, or facebook/email me!
I received an email this morning with this following story:
A savvy businessman was on a trip to Thailand when he met a middle-aged fisherman sleeping beside his boat on the beach. The ebb and flow of the waves gently brushing his legs. The businessman thought “This poor man is tied to such a demeaning job: truly, where’s the freedom?” The businessman walked confidently toward the fisherman and woke him up.“Sir, I’ve been watching you go fish during the morning and sell your fish at the market during the afternoon.”
“How long does it take you to get enough fish to sell in the market?” he asked.
“Not so long,” said the fisherman.
“Then why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the businessman.
The fisherman explained that his small catch was quite enough to meet his needs and feed his family.
“So what do you do with the rest of your time?” asked the businessman.
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a nap with my wife each afternoon. In the evening, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar and sing a few songs. I have a full life.” The businessman interrupted. “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”
“And then what?” asked the fisherman.
“With the extra money the bigger boat will bring, you can buy a second boat and then a third boat, and then more until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants. Pretty soon you could open your own plant. You could leave this little village and move to Bangkok, Tokyo, or even New York! From there you could direct your whole enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.
“Twenty — perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the businessman.
“And after that?”
“Afterwards? Well, my friend,” laughed the businessman, “that’s when it gets really interesting. When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” said the fisherman.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a beautiful place near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take naps with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”
After thinking about this for a few minutes the fisherman replied “And what do you think I am doing now?”
A lot has been going on over these past couple weeks. Hard things, good things, and great things! I am blessed to be able to catch up with friends from halfway across the world, and to join them in ministry and reaching out to the people of my country; people who are loved by God!
For more random pictures from my day-to-day life, check out my instagram!
I heard some very profound words tonight from God.
"I miss you, Dawn…"
and I just sat, silent, questioned, and then I cried.
Why are they so profound?
As someone who is an extremely busy person, living an extremely busy life, doing a lot of things - good things! I work, I’m in full time ministry, I volunteer, I do additional work and freelance pro bono jobs, I attend Life Group and Cell groups and run a discipleship meeting with my youth kids. In the worlds eyes, I’m doing lots of good stuff. Even in the churches eyes, I think most people would say ‘yes, she’s doing a lot of good things!’
But that’s exactly the point. I’m always doing. I’m always doing something, doing this, doing that, doing good things for people, doing good things for God, doing good things for myself even.
But I never have time to stop ‘doing' and just 'be' with God anymore.
Gone are the days when I’d just take a couple hours and spend time listening to worship songs that speak to my heart, and actually be soaked in worship and the power of His word and prayer. Times when I would just go walk around and marvel at the beauty He created, enjoy the outside, take my camera and go on walks with God and take pictures of His creation. I don’t spend much time on my knees, with my face to the ground crying and being soothed by Him. I don’t spend much time in the joy of the Lord, laughing and smiling anymore either. I’m too busy for that. I’m too busy doing ministry and reaching out to people to tell them about this Jesus guy. I’m too busy talking about Jesus, so I don’t have time to be with Jesus.
As I sat and stilled myself tonight during our corporate prayer time (House of Prayer), Abba you hit me with a ton of bricks, those profound words. I had never thought about how you might miss me, and how I might of missed you in all my busyness. I’m too busy doing all this great stuff for you, to remember that you love me more than you love what I do. After all, you never needed me to do all that stuff. You could do it perfectly, with or without me.
So, thank You. Thank You for slowing my life down, even if for just a second, that I might hear You and be reminded.
Abba, I miss You too. Let’s hang out some more k?
Ah yes there are so many things to write about BUT! I am leaving to go to BALI in just a couple more hours! WHOA. God is crazy good =)
Bali is one of those places that I never even thought I would have the privilege of visiting, Thank You Jesus for this blessing!
I’m going over there with 4 others & a baby (Baby Miah!) for a week long CMA (Christian Missionary Alliance) conference - it’s for the missionaries and CMA pastors and families in Indonesia, but the youth pastor of my church was invited (for the 3rd time) to go and head up their youth program for the week, so we’re going along to be a part of that. Amazingness =) I am so glad that we are able to go and connect with people in Indo and to be a part of their life and have them be written into my life story too.
News from outside of this Bali-Excitement-Bubble:
For the past 3 months I’ve been working at Entrance Coffeehouse & Studio which is absolutely an amazing ministry. We’ve become family in this very short period of time - love it! In title, I’m a barista, but in heart it really is family, love of coffee, and ministry. We all belong, we all have a say, we’re all partners working together. I’ve also been doing photography and graphics for them which allows me even more fun and gives me more opportunity to pour out the stuff I love to do. God is good!
The next big move for me is happening this SEPTEMBER. I’ve been accepted into YWAM Montana’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) So excited for it, I have dreams about being there. Things are crazy =D I have to raise quite a large sum of money though to get to the states, to pay for school and to live there but God has always been faithful and I know He will continue to be so from now until the end of eternity (Good thing eternity can’t end…) More about that later =)
Look out for a Bali post in a weeks time!
A little thing from my devo thingy thing that I did today =)
Psalm 27 - Thursday May 23.
v13-14 “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
This is one of my most favorite Psalms ever. It is a Psalm that pretty much sums up my current walk with God, my heart, and my desire to not be confident in myself or in my own abilities - instead that I would have strength and confidence in God and God alone. None of my confidence comes from myself or is influenced by the things around me - it has to be from GOD only, who is and forever will be my constant source of confidence, strength and joy.
The Thai New Year is upon us!