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a three sixty

Three years ago from tomorrow we left S. Africa for a sabbatical. I can’t believe that was three years ago. It feels like yesterday. What’s even harder to believe is that we are back in the same role that we left. This time, though, it has a different definition because we’re different people, and that’s the key.

spinning ride

Part of me has to LOL (for the longest, I thought that meant lots of love…makes you want to LAUGH OUT LOUD, doesn’t it??) that it took us three years to do a 360. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned over that three year period, it’s that God is more concerned with the process than the destination. I’ve also learned that He’s not as concerned about time as I am.

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you…” 2 Peter 3:8, 9

Had it not been for that three year process, we couldn’t have done a 360. Had it not been for that time of rest from ministry, of stepping away and discovering the depths of who God made us to be, we wouldn’t have had the capacity for a 360.
God is good. I’m always amazed, as I open my heart to Him, how He works in my life, tearing down the fear and insecurity to confidently walk in who I really am.

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    November 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    "He's not as concerned about time as I am." Love it! Very true and important to remember.

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    MaryAnne
    November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Beautiful photo for this post. You may return to the same position, but you will fill it in a very different way, for having stepped away.

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    Leovi
    November 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Great colors, great composition. Exquisite light and movement.

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    {amy}
    November 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    His plan & how He achieves it are quite different than ours! I love looking back & seeing what all He has done, though! isn't it beautiful?!

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    November 9, 2012 at 2:06 am

    His plans always have reasons, don't they?! Even when we don't quite get it at the time… but looking back we usually say, "oh yes, now I get it!" I think LOL would be wonderful to use meaning lots of love. 🙂

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    Lindsey V
    November 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I needed this reminder, friend….thank you!

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    rooth
    November 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    'Patient toward you' – I really really needed that and thank you for providing some wonderfully timely perspective

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    Tanna
    November 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I'm with Rooth… "patient toward you"… I love that. I love even more that God IS patient toward us… I'm glad you are beginning to confidently step into this season of your life. blessings ~ tanna

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