It’s a bit hard to believe that I’ve been in Australia for over two months now… on one hand, it’s gone by super fast, but on the other, it feels like I’ve been here for years. Kev and I hit the ground running when we arrived in Sydney post-honeymoon on January 18th. It’s been such a joy getting to know the community of people that Kev has been doing life with here. There are so many amazing people here with a massive heart for God and for others. We are blessed to be part of a local church with a global vision. I’ve felt so welcome and so loved.
In the midst of everything, however, I know that I have held back. In my mind, I’ve given myself space and time to absorb and adapt to all of the changes. Because of that, I feel that I’ve had one foot in the pool of Kev’s world [so to speak], and one foot out. It wasn’t until last week that I had a clear view that this is the way I’ve been living. I wouldn’t really step up or speak out to serve because “I’m new here”.
There’s nothing worse than doing things half-heartedly. It explains why I’ve been so up and down since arriving… I need to stop looking back. It’s time to move forward. Not forget where I’ve been, but shift my focus to where I’m going… and more importantly, where we are going as a couple and as an important part of this church body.
So the first way I jumped in was to volunteer at Colour Conference [Hillsong’s yearly women’s conference]. I was planning to attend as a delegate, but I really felt a nudge to give my registration to someone unable to afford a registration. I still had the opportunity to be there through volunteering and I knew it was the only way to get past my barrier of holding back and go all in. I volunteered with the photography team and saw God do amazing things, both in my life and the lives of thousands of women from around the globe. Just to give you a glimpse into Colour, here are a few shots from the weekend:
Pastor Craig Groeschel from Life Church in Oklahoma City bringing the Word