Dreams of Old, Future of Now

HELLLOOOO READERS!!!!! Greetings my fellow readers! I hope you have been well! I for one have been very well as of late. So, our services are now concluded and I was the last one that spoke. Well, it was more of a discussion really, but that is okay. I talked about what community meant to me and my interpretation of what it looks like to our Christian group here at Glacier Bay National Park. I discovered that how our community was best represented was through the Body of Christ. Paul has written to the Romans and Corinthians about how although each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:4-5).  I learned how our team ministers to others differently. We each are able to connect with and learn and love our coworkers. I loved this about our team! I was so stubborn and blinded by that, I had forgotten what it was like! I remember spending some time with God and in my devotional that was the topic for that day. It was amazing! Needless to say my team appreciated my thoughts and were happy to forgive me for being stubborn about it (PRAISE!) 

I actually have been reminded of that, while staying at a hostel in Juneau. It is my first time staying here. ——side note—— I definately reccomend staying here, really cool place!—– Anyway, while here, I have met some cool people already. I met a guy from Taiwan who was showing us photos a friend sent him of his home so he can share with others about it! WHAT AN AMAZING CONCEPT! Imagine what it would be like if we all could do that! I have also met some guys who are from France on a vacation here! They actually were at Glacier Bay a few days ago and I met up with them here at the hostel! HOW CRAZY! God works in amazing ways to have us meet people and even love on people! I am here for another day before I leave tomorrow afternoon to go back to Glacier Bay. I got to see my amazing grandma for the day today and it was awesome!

While being here in Juneau, I have gotten to know the city a little better, not by much, but a little bit. One of the things I discovered here while walking down the hill from the hostel was a sign that says “Before I Die…” and it has three chalkboards full of answers. For me, I would like to travel the globe where I can. I have been a fan of traveling to places I have never been and places I have been before. And I am making my traveling the globe a reality. I am going to Japan for two weeks in late September thru Mid October. I had been praying about this and it has been an exciting journey just buying my tickets! I am still nervous, but I am confident God will provide all that I need. It is even mentioned in Philippians 4:19 it says “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” I am hoping that maybe I might even be able to do some ministry work while there, I don’t know yet, but I am excited and nervous none the less. I have to remind myself that God is always with me (Hebrews 13:5).

Prayer Requests

  • End of season strength! We only have a few more weeks left for our time in Glacier Bay!
  • Funds for flight home! I am hoping to make enough money for flights home and a little bit of money for Japan.
  • HOUSING IN JAPAN!!!!!! Prayers that I find affordable housing and connections work out with friends’ families in Southern Japan!
  • Winter Season job opportunities still! I hope to be hired in Florida soon!

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Home is Where I Am

I have many homes. I have my actual home in California, which is where I am from originally. However, I consider Utah to be home for me. I attended school there and got to know some awesome people while living in Utah. And Alaska, this was someplace I never thought would be a home for me, but it is someplace I learned to call home.

The saying “home is where the heart is” it rings kinda true, but how I see it is “home is where you are”. Alaska, specifically Glacier Bay National Park became a home for me last summer when I worked up there. Needless to say, I loved it so much that I am returning again for a second season. God worked on me in Glacier Bay a lot last year and I know He will be teaching me more this year.

Well, right now I am in Juneau, awaiting my flight to go over to Glacier Bay. To help you guys understand why I love this place I will be a bit descriptive. Okay so here it goes. The atmosphere is lively and wild in that you are in a city/town but you are immersed in nature at the same time. God’s creation is right at your fingertips, you need only explore for two minutes to see and be in it. I love this aspect of Alaska! Oh, and the rain, I cannot forget the rain. It rains a lot here. Glacier Bay is in a temperate rain forest. This means that the rain is cold, unlike the tropical rain forests, where it is a bit warmer climate than here. The wildlife and nature is surreal! I mean, we got black and brown bears, moose, dear, a variety of birds, squirrels, sea otters, river otters, sea lions, seals, and glaciers! Hence the name Glacier Bay.  And lastly, my coworkers. They were amazing last year. We had an amazing team who I worked with! We were like family. We lived, slept, ate, and explored together! We all had fun and yes we had our differences and sometimes would get into little arguments, but we still learned to really appreciate and love one another. Now that I painted a brief photo of why I love this place I will continue one as long as you are still reading this.

God, has blessed me and prepared me for this journey. I stayed with friends in Utah for almost two weeks. I was so loved and cared for and I even helped out with meals. I spent time at my home church to be in the community there. Friends upon friends were visited and had fun doing so. Utah felt like home again, for however brief, God blessed me with friends who were like family to me. Community can be amazing, especially when that community is a second family to you. I left Utah for Alaska and have been in Juneau the past few days actually.

In Juneau, I stayed with an amazing woman of God who I met last year at Glacier Bay. Her name is Debbie. (Another reason why I love Glacier Bay! You never know who you will meet and be connected with!) She has let me stay in her home and I cannot be more thankful. I love her hospitality and heart for others! She is someone who really cares about what is going on with people. Anyway, she and I went on a boat tour up to Tracy Arm and I got to experience the life there and it was beautiful! I got to see some black bears, marbled murrelets, and bald eagles! I got to see a glacier too and it was beautiful to see it again! I am truly blessed by Debbie and her kindness and generosity.

I think these places are like home to me because of who I am with, and where I have gone. The memories, the fun, the places, all of which have a special place in my heart. If you have heard Hillsong United’s “Closer than you Know” the lyrics speaks truth to me of heaven being closer than you think. I could not agree more! Peter and Paul have talked about how we are strangers here in this world. We do not belong here. Our home is in heaven with Jesus Christ! In Hebrews the author talks about this in Hebrews 13:14 in case you want to read it but I would read past it and a little bit before it to get a full picture.

Although these places are home for now, they are not my permanent home. I know where my heart longs for, but for now I am here and here to serve and love others. I cannot wait to see what God will do and share it with you all! Oops! Gotta fly! Until next time! May God bless you all and may you find joy and encouragement in this!