In about three weeks, I will be moving to Camden. Brave and faithful souls are welcome to Google Camden but if you lack either quality I do not recommend it. :) So I've moved all my worldly possessions that I've collected over the last five years out of Pensacola, my first grown-up town, and back to my childhood home in Coral Springs. It is very surreal moving out of my first "grown-up" town after spending 5 years there. It was incredibly difficult to leave all the people that I've come to love so dearly, but I have full confidence in them, myself, and Jesus that geographical location will not diminish the depth of those relationships.
I've promised to keep a blog throughout the year to many who are thankfully interested in the work God will be doing in and through me in Camden. Though I must warn my attentive readers that I will not have internet access in the house I'll be living in. I will, however, make as many trips to the public library to update as is humanly possible (and no, not alone for those who were concerned). I will also be writing on my blog through Mission Year at www.missionyear.org/blog/stevieneale. I just think this one might be more accessible and easier to find so I've chosen to keep my own personal blog as well. And the format is less confusing for me (technology!).
So what I've learned so far about Jesus/life/myself since applying to Mission Year:
-it is really hard to leave your first adult town, since nothing but sheer will and desire will bring me back there (without the obligation of biological family, you know?)
-true friends are the ones who will stay up till all hours helping you to pack or just visiting with you while you rummage through all your junk
-there are people you love who will try to convince you to stay and others that are glad to see you go...both love you equally as much, they just have different ways of showing it.
-practically speaking, it is harder to trust the perfect will of God than the imperfect will of me
-Jesus never intended for me to be still in anything or anyone but Him
-just when I feel like I'm going to get a break from being a leader, I get chosen as a team captain, which taught me that God will not tolerate complacency
-some people give good advice with little love, others give bad advice with great love....take what you can
-the love of God eliminates fear, the love of a person multiplies it
-that I should be afraid, that many are afraid for me, but that the safest place to be is inside the will of God and perfect love casts out fear
-that I have WAY too much stuff
-that God only reveals as much as we NEED to know, not as much as we WANT to know
Those are just a few things and I'm sure there is a lot I'm forgetting and a lot more to come. I'm sure really excited to look back on this initial blog in one year and see all that Jesus taught me about Himself and about those He loves. But I'm not going to rush or wish away even a second of this next year so as far as I'm concerned that day can take as long as it wants to get here!
Thank you all for your interest in my new ministry opportunity and for your constant love, support, prayers, and happy thoughts. If you want to learn more about Mission Year, check out their website at www.missionyear.org
Or if you want to send much needed financial support you can go to my launch page at www.missionyear.org/launch/stevieneale
Peace and Love in Jesus!!!