all I need

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
-Philippians 4:12-13
Wow, I’m feeling so many things, I don’t know what to write about today!?! I think that God is truly doing a work in my heart, and I want you all to know that He has conquered my fears of the future and brought me to a place of contentment and peace in that area. In fact, He is stirring in me a real love for my new home, and I am struck by His grace in this. I feel like, for the first time, I can whole-heartedly say that I am in Thailand…and I very much want to be here.

Of course, in my lame-o humanity, I’ve found myself in the midst of other fears. All of a sudden, since I want to be here and to begin establishing my new life, I am starving for connections and deep relationships. So I’m like freakin’ out, as if it’s all up to me. Again, God is so crazy-good in encouraging my heart and reminding me that it’s a process, that this awkward, “I-hate-being-new” stage is only a season. God will bring about friends and relationships simply because He is faithful and He loves us, so I can just…chill out.

I feel like no matter what I’m struggling with, it’s always just a question of contentment. And the answer? Paul is clear — we can have victory in all things, simply because Jesus is enough. So when I’m longing, or waiting, or wishing…may I rest in that promise.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:19

5 thoughts on “all I need

  1. Amen, sista! I'm sure you felt that way when you moved to Puyallup too! I know I did–it was a struggle for a while–but God works it all out doesn't He. Jesus IS enough! And because of Him we can know God like never before and have that deep connection, like an old friend. Isn't that wonderful! Love ya Holly, and God's got a friend for you to connect with somewhere in Thailand. I just know it.

  2. That's amazing that you ran into a friend at church…isn't that the 2nd person now that you know over there? I'm glad you're feeling more settled and ready to lay down roots and make connections. Chapel…wouldn't that be nice…and Christmas in California; I'm sure your mom is counting down the days already. I enjoyed the entry as always, keep sharing! Jody

  3. WOW…wonderful waterfalls, colorful clothing a fun boat trip and wonderful friends, who could ask for anything else. It sounds like you are having a good time traveling and it is fun to hear about. what a way to refresh yourself. Thanks for letting us join you!!

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