Gleefully Busy

God is good all the time.  All the time God is good.

Time.  I have a lot of that lately and then some days. . .I don’t.  I’m not drained though.  Nice, right?  God is the ultimate keeper of time and He has been quite generous with me.

The last few months, I have entered a new season of my life

Ecclesiastes 3 has become one of my favorite passages (Thank you, NBC Girlfriends!).

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens.

I’m not completely sure what time I’m in, but I will tell you that I’m enjoying it.

Let me catch you up on my oh-so-wonderful life, yes?

The routine parts are still the same: I wake up.  I box & kickbox (two mornings a week and an evening here and there). I talk to God. I listen to Spotify. I read some of a book. I watch some Netflix. I sit outside and just listen. I eat. I sleep. I live.

IMG_0587I’m seeing and speaking to a lot more of my family and friends lately.  It’s amazing what happens when you truly set aside time to text or make a phone call.  Even when you just randomly ask your childhood friend, “How long have we known one another?” and marveling at how long it truly has been since you were both playing on the monkey bars from a small small town in Florida. Or even when you have a weekly talk about “adulthood” and tough decisions that need to be made. . .soon.

Matthew and I are nearly done planning our fall wedding!  We have a few logistical wrinkles to iron out, but we are moving right along.  I think that by end of June we should have everything completed and then we will only have to finalize the RSVPs.  We are happy, too.  Genuinely happy.  Believe me, it’s not all ice cream and chocolate shakes, but we are happy.  I like knowing I have my best friend for the next 60+ years. Our time together?  We have plenty of it.  Whether moments of silence while we each work on our own hobbies or laughing away at one another’s lame jokes. . .we are protecting our time with one another.

Belle is doing well, too.  Our morning walks and her requests for evening trips to the beach with her allow us to enjoy majestic sunsets, acoustic serenades and sandy toes

Moving on. . .

I’m still a Big Sister through the Carolina Youth Development Center’s Big Brother Big Sister mentorship program. We haven’t seen one another much the last two weeks, but we text like no one’s business!  She’s amazing and beautiful. I’m privileged to be her Big.

And, finally, my newest adventure. . .

In late April, I attended a volunteer information meeting for Doors to Freedom, a faith-based organization serving sex trafficking survivors. Well, first let me back up a little.  Quite a few months ago I begin praying about finding a non-profit volunteer position in which I could volunteer my time and marketing skills.  I did several searches and even reached out to various organizations.  Nothing was sticking.  Nothing felt right.

Fast forward to early April.  I was invited to the initial volunteer meeting by a new friend. I wasn’t busy and I felt like I simply needed to go.  I did.  I wasn’t sure what positions they needed help filling and I certainly didn’t know what was in store.  As the Development Coordinator went through open slots it finally all made sense.  Nearly every marketing department position was available. It was clear that there was enough work, but just not enough workers. . .yet.  That evening I was beyond excited and told Matthew and my mom all about it.  This felt right.  God’s timing was perfect, of course.

After an interview with the Development Coordinator and Connections Coordinator, I was offered the Marketing Coordinator position. The last three weeks have left me quite gleefully busy.  Some evenings have been spent at Starbucks prioritizing our goals.  Some of my lunch breaks have been spent creating new calendars and policies/procedures.  Some mornings have been spent readjusting my calendar to make sure there’s enough time between meetings to make enough progress.  I am elated and humbled to be a part of this amazing organization.  Humbled.  Humbled. Humbled.

From our website:

OUR MISSION Doors to Freedom has been established to provide a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life.

OUR VISION Doors to Freedom’s desire is to lovingly support each individual as she overcomes her traumatic past and receives total restoration: body, soul, and spirit. We are committed to providing a place, free of charge, for these girls to call home. Through counseling, life skills training, vocational training and continuing education she will find new life, restored hope, and a beautiful future.

WE BELIEVE – Our organization believes truth is essential for freedom. Knowing truth and understanding truth gives meaning to the value of life. Understanding your value restores dignity and offers a new perspective on life. The right perspective restores hope and allows one to dream again for their future.

Doors to Freedom is recognized by the State of S.C. as a 501c3 non-profit.

Pretty amazing organization, right? I can’t wait to share what great events we have coming up soon.

I’ve been busy these last few months and I know I will be busy for months to come.  Some days I’m dead tired when I fall into bed, but the next morning I am always well rested.

I’ve finally found (or nearly found) the perfect balance of serving God, serving others and loving who He loves.  I’m not naive to think this will go so well forever, but I am willing to place my faith, health and ambitions in the God who created every second, minute and hour of my life.

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