An Intro to our Blog
An Intro to our Blog
Kia Ora from New Zealand!
Steve and I welcome you to our blog as we begin our adventures abroad. I (Angela) will be pursuing a PhD in physiotherapy at the University of Otago. Steve has his work visa (yea!) and is hoping to secure employment after he arrives. We hope you will enjoy reading along as we share our lessons learned and paths traveled the next two to three years. We are also notorious for publishing pictures way late (as in a year late...) and so, selfishly, we are writing this blog to keep on top of editing and sharing our photos. Finally, and most importantly, we wish this blog may serve as a platform on which we can illustrate the mystery and wonder of God in both the ordinary and extraordinary moments.
Before I continue, I thought a little time dedicated to the title of the blog is needed. “Out beyond the shore” is an excerpt from the song, “You Make Me Brave” by Amanda Cook and Bethel music. The song is one that Steve and I first heard at a Crosspointe church service. The lyrics beautifully capture a feeling that E. Tolle describes so perfectly:
“It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible,
something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you”.
The walk of life, the walk of faith, the walk of belief, is not an easy one. We face situations that are often out of our control or understanding. And yet, through it all, God is weaving an incredible story. Not all stories are guaranteed an ending of happiness, joy, or success but, if we can let go and trust, we are guaranteed freedom, peace, perseverance, and fulfillment in Christ (Romans 5:3-4). And so, as Steve and I are “called out beyond the shore”, we ask God to grant us discipline to be grateful, humility to accept the unknown, courage to surrender our expectations, and perseverance to keep present, no matter the challenges we face.
We pray that we will write this blog with sincerity, displaying both our joy and struggles along this journey. We hope it does not spur your heart into jealousy or comparison. I will be the first to admit that I have personally experienced how comparison and jealousy can hinder access to a satisfied life. Instead, we share our stories in hope that you may connect and relate. After all, as disciples, we are called to be present, take action (James 2:26), love unconditionally, and go together to places outside of our comfort zone. We know we do not travel this alone and we are so grateful you are here with us!
Amore, Ang & Steve
Photo: Early morning flight as Ang began her travels to NZ from RDU airport, 11-17-14