Sunday, April 3, 2016

Full Circle (Part 2)

Wow. It has been months since I've blogged. Never my intention. But school started and life just went full blown crazy after that. Lots of changes happened this year at school and I was involved for a while in what seemed like a million different things. Then, I let a few things go and have been trying to be more intentional about spending time with my family. But I miss writing. Every so often I think about a topic I'd like to write about and just happens and I forget. Well, here I am now.

Last July I wrote a blog titled "Full Circle" about my reunion of sorts with my roommate from college. Little did I know in July, that I would become part of a team of incredible women who would plan a 5k to fight human trafficking in our city and abroad. My amazing church is hosting our 1st annual Prizm 5k on April 23rd to raise funds for Porch Light ministries that operates a local safe house for rescued girls and also for The Hard Places in Cambodia that has been and is doing incredible work to fight trafficking over there. 

We've been planning since October and as soon as we knew the date and the final details, I asked my girl if there was any way she could hop on a plane to come speak at our event. She said yes. She bought the ticket. And in 19 days, I get to see her radiant face and hug her and rejoice over the story that our incredible God wrote for her and decided (for whatever humbling reason) to make me a part of as well.

We are both giddy with excitement and overcome with complete joy that God has written this into both of our stories...that after 10 years, we get to be together again. She made the statement last week that this was so surreal for her. The last time she was in Lakeland (or Florida for that matter), she was selling herself/being sold...and now, she is coming back to help free other girls like her. If you don't believe that only God can orchestrate something so meaningful, then I honestly feel sorry for you. THAT, my friend, is a full circle. A complete circle sealed together with love, friendship, restoration, forgiveness, safety, family, and peace. This time when she runs...she gets to run FOR freedom instead of TO freedom. This time when she runs....she gets to run TO HELP RESCUE instead of TO BE RESCUED. This time when she runs...she gets to run TO HELP GIVE LIFE instead of TO SAVE HER LIFE. This time she gets to run for others instead of herself. 

What about you? What have you been running from? Could you put that energy toward something greater than yourself? If you're anywhere in the Greater Orlando or Tampa area or anywhere in between, register for our Prizm 5k. You won't be sorry. Maybe you can be a part of a full circle story for someone else. 


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