Welcome to another edition of my new blog series: Pursuing Her Passion. I've had this topic on my heart for a long time and I knew that I wasn't alone. There are so many creative and talented women out there chasing their dreams, pursuing their calling, and taking risks in order to fulfill God's plan for their life. There are also many creative and talented women who haven't quite found their passion just yet, or may be feeling held back from being able to pursue their dream. This series is meant to inspire women who are currently looking for that passion in their life if they haven't found it. And if they have, then this series should be an encouragement to get out there and start pursuing it head on!
I've been following Karen's heart-felt blog for a while now and have loved watching her become a mom to the most adorable little Ukrainian sweetheart, Charlotte. Watching her adventure in parenthood gives me so much joy! She blogs about memories-made with her daughter, special adventures in their current home town of Korea, and shows off her gorgeous photography skills on a daily basis. Karen's optimistic and beautiful heart is contagious. I'm so excited to share her with you today:
"Hi sweet friends... my name is Karen from the blog, Celebrating Life and I am so excited to be here on your side of the globe today!
Oh, how I miss the US of A something fierce... please please enjoy a stroll down the aisles of Target, or indulge in a Spicy Chicken Sandwich and side of waffle fries from Chik-Fil-A for me! Pretty Pretty Please? I have lived overseas for over 5.5 years now (currently in Korea, previously Germany) and we still have a little time left, before we move along. Such is the life of a military spouse, and I wouldn't switch it for ANYTHING in the world. When sweet Moriah asked if I would join in on her series on "Pursuing Her Passion"... I thought, "oh wowzers, that's a mighty task... " and "what's my passion?" and "Do I actively pursue my passion?" ... yup, it required some serious digging.
I feel like I have many passions: my love for God and His Son, Jesus... my family (husband and sweet little Ukrainian princess that we adopted 6 months ago), photography, sewing, traveling, blogging... and who could forget COFFEE... and because of that long list... I had to dig deep. And then it hit me... there are times when either before bed or first thing in the morning, that the little one and I sing "This is the day..." You know, the one that follows the verse in book of Psalm.
"This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
It was a song/verse that the hubby and I sang to Charlotte each and EVERY day that we spent time with her in the orphanage before we brought her home... and it describes my passion, perfectly: Celebrating Life... a life that has been GIVEN to me/us... a life to celebrate and share with others. One that I received the day that I chose HIM... because lets face it, He always chooses us.
Life gets messy. Trust me, there have been PLENTY of times where I've pretty much felt like raising my white flag of defeat. It's in those times that I have to remember my love for the Lord, because He always carries me through... I have cling to His words in Psalm 118:24, that it isn't a day about ME, but rather a day that HE made... and that I need to rejoice in it, regardless of what is thrown at me. That I needto celebrate those hurdles, because that is all that they are... hurdles, to get over... to build myself up, to make me stronger, to make me more like HIM.
Sweet sweet friends, with Christmas coming up, and a new year beginning... I charge you... I charge you to not spread yourselves out too thin... or feel like you need to do 80 million things... it's easy to get caught up in a list of things, and to feel overwhelmed/defeated... but to find that one thing that you absolutely love and do it 100%... that is true passion.
" I... I celebrate the day... that you were born to die. So I could one day pray for You to save my life... "
- Relient K, I Celebrate The Day
Won't you join me, in celebrating life?" - Karen
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