Hey, y’all! Well here goes nothing. This is a vulnerable moment for me and that says A LOT! I am typically an open book and actually catch some grief for that from people. But I wanted a place for family and friends to be able to follow me and the experiences I have while in Italy. I also hope that maybe this reaches someone that is nervous about making a jump. Let’s be honest, it’s SCARY to leave your comfort zone. And really hard. Nothing about this is easy for me. But I also know, it’s the only way to grow. I have prayed to find my purpose. To grow my faith. To help and encourage people more. And although I know some may find this crazy, I am at peace knowing God will meet me there in Italy. And that makes me excited and it eliminates much of the fear! I’d like to say all the fear, but there’s still some nervousness if I am honest.
I am leaving a place that I actually really like and leaving friends that have become family. I’m leaving behind a church that I absolutely love and believe in. Along with my daughter (although she’s grown), my house, my car, my Golden Retriever and my job. Yep, all my belongings that will fit in a storage unit are getting packed away and/or sold. I’m leaving the US for a foreign country. I don’t speak the language. I don’t know anyone. I won’t have any sense of security while I am there, so I HAVE to trust God. That’s the only way I can do this. But I know He wants me there for some reason and I know I may not know until after I come back or maybe not until we are having coffee up in Heaven watching the movie of my life. (Hey, that’s how I picture my heaven!) Again, have I mentioned I am scared to death but full of faith??!
I have started packing and moving things and let me tell ya, there’s a TON to do before I leave Birmingham. Lord, like a TON! But it will get done. I’m having to take it one day at a time. I plan to write about my thoughts as I prepare myself the next few weeks and then while I am over there. I know there will be nights of loneliness. Even days. I know I will be overwhelmed with getting around and getting lost. But I also know that I can’t wait to experience what has drawn me to Italy and that’s the sound of the church bells. Watching older couples with arms linked walking down cobblestone roads. Seeing younger people come to these amazing new church plants and start a relationship with Jesus. I hope to love on people that are having hard times and running away from things we can’t even imagine as Americans. May I never miss an opportunity that God puts in front of me while I am there.
I hope you enjoy my blog and if I can be so bold to ask, please pray for me as I make this move. I’m excited to share a little of my past with you and how God showed up out of nowhere in my life when I really was at a low place in life. May He be glorified in all that I am about to do.
Hey, everyone! I'm Angie and I hope you enjoy my blog about how and why a single woman in her 40's decided to drop everything she was doing and follow her God sized dream to Italy. I may be scared to death but I am FULL of faith as God gives me the COURAGE TO JUMP!