Where We're At Wednesday

So what are we up to these days? We figured it would be helpful to fill you in and let you know where we’re at...and don’t be shy, we’d love to hear back from you!

The last time we met, I was finishing up year two in Guadalajara, Mexico. I spent two years teaching there and falling in love with our neighbors to the south. Fresh mango from the street, tacos forever, and all of the warmth and color exuding from those beautiful people.

Since then, a lot has happened! I spent a chunk of July walking where Jesus walked with my mom and a bunch of her church friends (in Israel). I got to help some more friends tie the knot in Cali. I filled in as a high school Spanish teacher for four months. And, I moved my life and my little puppy pal back to Seattle where we started out together. Currently I am calling a tiny Capitol Hill studio home and kicking off a brand new career path in University Recruiting at Microsoft. I am excited to be back in a city that I truly believe God has created me for. A city that has such deep roots in my heart and my person. So much adventure ahead!

The phrase that I often use to describe where I am at/what I am up to is, "The same but different." I feel that pretty much sums it up! I still live in the Tulsa area. I am still serving as a youth pastor there. I still have an adorable puppy that keeps me on my toes (for real though). But even though it seems the same things, as I am sure you can relate to, are always evolving, shifting and changing, as am I.

To be honest the past year and a half was a rather difficult season. I don't know that I can fully explain or reason why, but it was just where I was at. To be even more honest, some of it was my own baggage of insecurity and some of it was the enemy trying to disrupt my life. But I am so thankful that God sustains us and pulls us out of those valleys in His amazing faithfulness to us. I feel renewed freedom in my mind and in my life. So if you can relate to any of those things I described, I hope you can be encouraged to know that God is right there with you in that valley and in that struggle. And He is faithful. He has too much invested in you to let you crumble. He's got you.

But if you want to know where I currently CURRENTLY am, I am at Youth Camp. I shared a little bit about that on the For Glory and Beauty Instagram Stories yesterday, plus I showed you the best $20 investment I made in the past month. If you are planning to go to camp, or just if you are interested, you should go check it out!

Do you follow us on Instagram? You can find us with the handle @forglorybeauty. If you followed us as @tpearlpress you should still be following, so you're good!

What we're listening to:
So that is a super simple look at where we are! Like we already said, we would love to hear where you are even just this week. And if you are where Dalayna was describing, we would love to pray with you. So let us know in the comments below.

Now here is something just for fun -- a playlist! Just some jams to get you going and give you something new to listen to. JUNE PLAYLIST

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