06 November, 2016

Five Minute Friday - The Mental Journey is the Hard Part!

For today's post, I am following the one-word prompt from Kate at Heading Home. This has been a good way to keep me on track posting somewhat regularly. 
If you're interested in trying it, click that link to her blog. Every Friday is a new word, and the only rules are: Write for 5 minutes. Link your post on hers. It's pretty cool, and I find a new blog every week.
(Now if only I would make the time to revisit more often during the week.)
This week's one-word is "Journey".
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Moving to China was a challenge. It was a long journey through bureaucracy, before we even left the States, and that journey is ongoing.

But I have come to realize that the inner struggle is the hardest part. 

I spent this morning in prayer, watching a worship service recorded from back home, because I have no spiritual support in my present location. I know that this journey is only beginning, and God has plans for my husband and I. We need to be here. We prayed a lot about this before making the decision.

Little things have been battering at my inner peace.
Things like getting sick and not having my usual medicines handy.
Insomnia has finally thrown me for a loop, making me even question my sanity. 
Our small jar of peanut butter, as compared to the huge one we used to buy back home.

I cannot begin to guess what is to come. Our intention was to be here for years, as long as our health was fine. Perhaps God has other plans. 

The journey is not easy, but it is not horrible, and it is not over. I just have to mentally condition myself to remember to praise God for all things, and trust. 

Time's up.


  1. I think of you often on this journey. Take it one day at a time!

  2. When you move to another culture, there is a period like what you are describing. It ends. Remember this is just a year of your life. I don't know how long you have signed on. But the year will end and you will move back. I speak from experience. Try to enjoy yourself and keep it a vacation. Take care kid and I pray your insomnia lightens.

  3. Visiting from Five Minute Friday, and I've enjoyed reading some of your writing. It seems you have an interesting life (and "journey", both literally and figuratively). Keeping an attitude of thanksgiving is key for all of us, and it sounds like you are doing just that. :)

  4. I had culture shock when I first moved to Asia, but I wound up staying for five years. There's a really sweet relief coming for you if you stick it out!


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