November 8, 2013

Why I'm Moving to Australia

Okay, let's be honest, the first time you read I was moving to Australia you thought it was exciting, but I would be willing to bet you had the word crazy floating around in that brain of yours somewhere too.

I mean imagine trying this shoe on for size: you have your own home, you've not only started your career but are 6 years into it, finished your masters a year and a half ago, love the life you are living and then BAM you are suppose to go and move to the absolute furthest place on the planet you could move to.

Feel your heart racing with fear and panic yet? Welcome to the club.

Okay, so here's the story. 

Three years ago I boarded a plane to Sydney, Australia for what I thought would be just a fun ten days attending a women's conference at Hillsong church and exploring the land down under. 
{:This is a picture of the church:}

I was right. The conference was amazing and I had a blast going to beach after beach and landmark after landmark, but little did I know, that trip would soon turn this girls life upside down.

Hillsong {:the church where I attended the conference:} also has a leadership college. While I was there I was sitting in what they call chapel, it's just a small church service for students, when the president of the college prayed over someone who was suppose to come there to go to school. I thought nothing of it until the president came to me after chapel and asked if I was that person who he prayed for. I kind of just giggled and laughed it of with a "no, no that's not me."  

In the days after coming back from Australia God planted a seed in my heart and told me I was suppose to go back over to Sydney to go to school at Hillsong. But, I told Him no. It just didn't make sense. I had a house, a job, at that time I as getting my Masters. Just no God. No. And God being the gentleman He is, just let it be. 

Well fast forward to September of this year. In September our church held its own women's conference called Adored. It was an amazing, amazing weekend. That Sunday morning in our 9:30 service I was just overwhelmed with joy and excitement from what God had done over the weekend and then God dropped the bomb on me. The bomb that said His next step for me was to travel half way around the world and attend bible college. I instantly started the ugly girl cry. It was out of control. I remember having an argument with God during service. "No God. I don't want to. I have a house, a good job. My friends are here. My family is here. I don't want to go. IT DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE!" Well obviously as I am arguing with God in my head a message is still being spoken, but as I tune back into what the speaker is saying, just after having told God it doesn't make sense, to hear her say {:no lie:} "following the call of God rarely makes sense." Well HELLO. Why don't you just Bible slap me God? I mean yeesh! So as soon as I got out of service I grabbed two of my girlfriends and told them immediately what God had told me. I knew I had to tell them immediately because if I didn't I would spend the next dew days rationalizing the fact that it wasn't really God and questioning whether God "really" spoke to me. I was certain he had and I was certain that I did't want to obey. But, also certain that I had to obey.

So three years ago I took this picture in front of Hillsong church, and in just 8 short months I will stand in front of its doors again. This time as a girl very far away from home, just following the call of God.

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  1. Hi Amber,
    I have been following your blog for a few months now, and I just wanted to encourage you. I actually went through pretty much the same story. I was traveling in Sydney in 2010 and went to Colour Conference in the city. My life was forever changed. I decided to stop traveling Australia like I have originally planned and move back to Sydney to plant myself in Hillsong. It was the best decision I ever made. I had a decision in front of me to go to Hillsong College or to move back to the states and help plant a church. I decided to move back to NYC to help plant a church. Now I am in London planting a church with my husband. So be encouraged you are embarking on a amazing adventure. I also have a friends starting college there this next term. Look forward to your updates.

  2. It's going to be awesome! Yes, it seems crazy, but rarely does call us to something the world deems sane. God called you and He knows you. He has already gone before you and He will surround you. Go in faith and learn why God sent you and glean what it is He has for you in this new season of life! He has HUGE plans for you as He has already proven that through this little corner of yours on the net! Hopefully you'll get to blog about your experience and we can keep up with your journey. Praying for you!

  3. This is AMAZING! It's crazy what God can call us to do sometimes, but look at you!! Praying for you and your journey! I can't wait to read all about it!

  4. Good for you, girl!! What an incredible experience! Your post was very inspiring. :)
    I wish you all the best. God bless and good luck in Australia!!

  5. You're gonna have an awesome time. and it's gonna be a great experience girl. I cant wait to read all about it and see great yet amazing pics of places I've never been but hope to one day. :D

  6. So exciting! So scary,but God will bless you for following his call obediently :)

  7. How exciting! I've always dreamed of moving to another country, but it's just not happened. From this little Aussie I say welcome to your new home....I hope everything goes really awesomely for you x

  8. You are SERIOUSLY AMAZING! God is amazing! I am so excited to hear about this journey for you! You are such an inspiration! God is doing some amazing things in your life and I am so glad I can read all about them :) You my friend are going to make a difference in this world, and I can't wait to see what happens!

  9. Hillsong? I've wanted to attend their conference for a long time! Would love to share one of my favourite verse "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11
    God Bless!

  10. I actually have a few friends who are at hillsong doing college for worship ministry. It's a great place to be! Good luck with the packing!

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