Packing Pro Tip

Packing Pro Tip

One of my least favorite things about traveling is packing. So much effort goes in to all the little details of remembering what to bring–making sure you bring enough to have options but not over-packing and making your luggage too heavy. 

We travel a pretty good amount for work, and typically for longer periods of time than a weekend. In the last few months I've adapted a new habit that's made it...

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My Euro Life | Intro

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My feet touched the ground in Ljubljana, Slovenia just over a month ago now. Our team of 10 arrived safely and it’s been an easier adjustment than I ever could have hoped for.  There are moments I’m sitting in a café, sipping on a bela kava (re: coffee with milk) and forget that I’m actually 4,000+ miles from home. All in all, life here is fairly similar to what it was in the States. But then those differences pop up that make me stop and either: a) laugh b) get frustrated or c) a combination of the two. 

A bigger adjustment, for example, has been grocery shopping. In the States I truly LOVED to get groceries. From the drive there listening to music, to the fun of finding new ingredients and fresh foods, it was a life-giving experience for me. Here, however, I have to say it’s more of a refining process than fun one. 

 Meet my two best friends for the adventure: 

 

Gimi, (pronounced "gimme") as I lovingly call him, helps me get from the local Mercator (store) to home in one piece. An added bonus for him, it allows my hubs to not go. My first trip to the store I forgot that whatever I bought was going to carry out--not to the car, but to the public bus where I’d continue to hold them for the ride home. I broke down in tears, dramatically throwing the bags on the ground when I got home totally held it together. 

Then there’s the other new dimension of language. We are taking Slovene language classes and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Fluency, however, isn’t exactly what I’d call my current status. So when I’m looking for flour, laundry detergent and ground turkey, the Google Translate app comes in quite handy. Albeit prolonging the process.

But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love living here and feel so blessed that my hubs and I get to experience this adventure together. 

I can’t tell you what happens after our year here--whether we'll continue ministry in the US, move overseas long-term or do something else all together. But I honestly feel content not knowing. My life is in the best hands possible, and I know my God will continue to direct and lead me where He wants. 

Meltdowns + iPads

Clarion River. A beautiful, low-populated haven in Pennsylvania. My hubs’ family owns a little home on this river and we retreat here as often as our schedule allows. 

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Over Labor Day weekend we ventured over for one last stay before moving overseas. It’s one of my favorite places to spend time with Jesus--reading the Bible, journaling, praying and simply relaxing, free from the distractions of every day life. I couldn’t wait to sit on the spacious wooden deck, overlooking the river lined with morning fog, sip a hot cup of coffee, and curl up on the chair to read. 

As we were driving I was painting this vivid picture in mind, and all the sudden my heart sunk. I forgot (what felt like) the essential tools: my Bible and journal. I had a dramatic meltdown brief moment of disappointment until my husband brought me back to reality, reminding me that those things aren’t the only way I could spend time with God.

Silly me. I had limited the Creator of the universe to my way of doing things. While the Bible is a critical part of our relationship with Jesus, it’s not the only way to encounter Him.

It was a humbling experience for me, being reminded that our God can be experienced daily, from the simplest of things to the most extravagant. Not surprisingly, I had one of the best mornings with God I’ve had in long time. I pulled out my iPad and a legal note pad--it made for a wonderful study of the Bible.

His timing is always perfect. As we’ve just moved to Slovenia, I know my typical ways of worshipping God and spending time with him will likely be different. It stretches me to encounter Jesus in new ways and be enriched by His presence wherever I way be. 

Don’t limit the One who knows no limits. Seek new ways to experience Him. Let God surprise you with what He can do and remind you that He is everywhere. All of the time. 

What are ways you enjoy worshipping?  (If this idea is new to you or you’d like to know more about having a personal relationship with Jesus, I’d love to talk with you!)