I shared with you in my last blog how I was needing to pace myself out here – the joys of being an introvert. I must admit I woke up on Wednesday and was so tired. I was confused as I am pretty much over jet lag so why was I so exhausted? And then it hit me. Even with yesterday’s quieter morning I have still been doing a huge amount of seeing people, conversing and connecting. All this physically, mentally and emotionally drains me, let alone all the addition stimulation and challenges of being in new and different environment. So today I stayed in my PJs most of the day. I wrote, I slept, I ate, I watched some TV and just enjoyed the quietness. It dawned on me that the next two days which are the 10,000 Fathers Worship School reunion are going to be so busy, full of people and noise and over-stimulation that preparing wisely is important.
The difference between extroverts and introverts is that extroverts recharge around people, whereas for me, being around people and noise for me is draining. So today was a really valuable time to make sure I was in the best possible place for what is ahead.
Late yesterday afternoon, Megan took me to dinner at their church and to an event where you could choose to go to a Bible Study, a prayer training session, or a panel discussion.
I love the way they are so community focused – at dinner time everyone brought something, pitched in and shared. The heart of being together, eating together and doing life together is something I want to get better at, but with suitable boundaries and achievable targets. This is important because I can go from one extreme to another – from hiding away to thinking I need to entertain all the time. I am learning to seek God’s wisdom and see who He is putting on my heart, and to see the people He has put around me who I can minister to and reach out to.
I am observing so much that is giving me food for thought, but I am learning that I just have to be me, and I can then adapt things in my own unique style – not needing to copy someone else.
I am a work in progress, but I delight in the way God is giving me strength, and the way He is helping me be brave and tackle my challenges head on. He has released me from being crippled by fear and is now showing me I can do more than I ever thought I could, because he is the God of the impossible.
Many blessings from Atlanta,