I know that in Ghana, I am going 24/7. I am up early, working with something or someone until I go to bed at night. But, I am realizing that I have learned to set boundaries for myself in Ghana that helps to protect my need for time alone and refreshing. I find that I have a much harder time saying "no" here in the States.
This past week, I spent time with so many friends, got to catch up on news from people that I haven't seen in 6 months. It really was a joy of a week (as I'm such a quality time person). But, my inability to set boundaries for myself because there is just so much to say "yes" to, has me worn down and weary. I know that if I had been able to even pull aside an hour a day to have to myself, it would have been a week where I would have felt more able to engage instead of stand to the side as I had to do at times this week.
But, God is so good and He really knows me. I love that about Him. Last night, I got to be a part of a great worship night. It was seriously so refreshing and such a beautiful time of worship and community and prayer. God just kept telling me over and over again. . ."I know you". I knew I needed to slow down, to spend some time just resting in His presence, but it took me "scheduling" it in to hear God say that he knows me.
Today, I got to hang out with some of my favorite people in the world. Yona and Eric Roberts and their little girl Isabella, and T and Evan and their little girl Brylie. It was so fun to have some baby lovin' time. Made me miss my boy, Edwin, and the other kiddos back in Ghana, but it was such a fun day of loving on my little nieces. What a joy to be an Auntie!
I'm praying that this week is a little bit more restful and just a refreshing time of hanging with friends, reconnecting, and processing more and more of my time in Ghana.