One Year In Toronto

A look back

    It’s officially been one year since I moved to Toronto and I have to say it’s been one of the most challenging years of my life, I have been tested and tried, I have failed and rose up again + I have overcome many battles. I have been sick more times than I can count (even as I am writing this I am sniffling, and my throat is on fire), and I have had more injuries than in the other 29 years of my life, but I have also met some wonderful people, went on some incredible trips to places I have never seen, and I have felt God’s presence more vividly in this past year than I ever have before.

    I moved here one year ago on a whim because of a call from God, and was believing that because God called me that it would be smooth sailing (HAHA Jokes on me), because If you follow any of the stories in the bible you know that this is not a fact, usually it is actually the exact opposite. David faced 12 years of many giants before being placed in his calling, Abraham had to sacrifice his son on his alter, Joseph was sold into slavery, and Shadrach Meshach and Abednego got thrown into a fiery furnace (just to name a few).

  The one thing that always remains the same in all these stories which is so encouraging to me is they all came out stronger on the other side.
The testing produces steadfastness (James 1:2-3). The difference between facing giants in my life now is that I see the fruit that it produces. I see that the testing is for a reason, I see that the testing is producing and the testing is pruning. Obstacles give way to innovation and failure creates resilience.

   I still don’t know why God has called me here and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t want to move back to B.C (or elsewhere), but I know that there isn’t peace about leaving (yet), and moving back would be the easy choice not the God choice. I need to wait until God moves me instead of me moving myself because even when it doesn’t feel like it, his way is always better than mine.

  Even though I hope this testing season ends (and soon), I cannot wait to see where God takes me, how he strengthens me, and what he reveals to me in this next season. I am believing that miracles will take place, that the page is turning, that a revival is upon us + that there is work to be done.

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