27 Sep Dreams and Passions
After living in Hong Kong for five years, moving our family to Nick’s small hometown in Midwestern USA was exactly what we were looking for.
In Hong Kong we had been starved for the time, energy & space necessary for growth. The city is extremely fast paced, a modern city on steroids, where the typical work day for Nick was 13 hours and all we could do was focus on making it through the day or week with two little children in a family-unfriendly city.
Moving back to the US, specifically the area we chose, was no coincidence. Being the opposite of Hong Kong in nearly every way, we found that we could finally breathe some fresh air, take some time, find some quietness, and focus on our family and our faith.
And wow, what a difference time & space made. Personally, I feel like my faith grew by leaps and bounds in the two years we’ve been back. It wasn’t all smooth, in fact, there was a lot of tension.
But growth emerged from tension, and the tension came from the space and time I gave God to allow Him to work in me.
So what does the cabin in Colorado have to do with all this?
In this time, I suddenly felt God remind me to reconsider my dreams and passions, the unique things he’s put on my heart that make me feel alive. I wrote mine down & shared them with Nick. In a nutshell, mine were:
– Sharing my skills in ways that benefit others (ex: helping small business with digital marketing, helping moms get their new businesses off the ground)
– Hospitality (hosting people, helping people feel at home and rested)
– Seeing people’s lives transformed and walking in freedom in Christ
I was thankful that I was getting to work on a lot of my passions now that we were back in the US and I had help from his mother with the kids.
Then I realized that Nick and I had never discussed his. We never took time to consider what it was God put on his heart.
So we sat together and listed his dreams & passions.
– Peace & clarity (being a peacemaker)
– Stillness – freedom without stress/ anxiety
– Being in awe of God’s creation in nature
– Developing genuine relationships
– A healthy rhythm of life which includes rest
By the way, I highly recommend doing this for yourself!
When we went over Nick’s passions I realized that we weren’t addressing any of his. They were there, but they were being ignored.
I knew in that instant that God wanted us to do something about this. And so, after some more discussions, prayer, and seeking counsel, we decided to go for it. To build this cabin and make it a resting place where we and our friends & family could go and spend time in the presence of God and the remarkable creation He spoke into being.
There were a lot of things we weren’t sure about, but we knew we could trust God because He was the one who put these things in our hearts. And because what we were doing comes from a place of first wanting to be obedient to Him, we knew we’d be willing to sacrifice to see it come to fruition.