Now before anyone gets any ideas this post isn’t going to be about making any kind of juice! I just feel that, that was the perfect title for this awesome woman I’m going to be introducing y’all to today! I’m so excited to introduce my beautiful friend to you today that I can barely slow down my typing right now, so excuse any and all typos now! This girl is full of life, sass, and all that good stuff; her name is Dani, and seriously she’s just awesome. So I’m not even going to bother condensing her awesomeness into one paragraph and then elaborating, I’m just gonna spill it all!
I had the blessing of meeting Dani back in April when my summer project team met for our Briefing weekend. Dani had a really calm, and chill vibe about her that I loved. I find that I really gravitate towards people like that, maybe because I’m anything but that! Dani was pretty new to the world of our organization and really just submerged herself into all of it. That’s something that I love about her, with anything, she just dives in. I really admire that about her and I know it’ll take her far in her walk!
From the beginning I knew I would have a special bond with Dani. She just has this light about her that thrives for more, more knowledge, more grace, more truth, more EVERYTHING! Dani was always asking questions, and wanting… more! It wasn’t something I had ever experienced before, and I loved it. Dani and I were very similar in our love for others. She and I have experienced similar things, but in very different ways. It’s one of the main ways we bonded, and got to know and love one another. However our first real bonding experience came from something I wrote about last week, you got it, Les Miserables! Dani sat with me that night and we watched the entire movie. At the end of it I was in tears and Dani just laughed at me in shock as to how I reacted. It was the first time that she and I had time to really get to know each other. And it was awesome!
Now in accordance to the title, Dani totally lives this way and to say I love that would be a sinful understatement! Dani is such a go with the flow person that it just makes me smile. She is so down to just do whatever, even get lost for an hour just to look for a cafe so we can hangout with our Father. It was awesome. Dani was my adventure buddy. We were always down to decode the city, and in many ways get lost while doing it. She is always so willing to just let herself be free and live life. It’s seriously inspiring.
While we were in Central Asia our team decided to that we wanted to help our Father find at least one new member to join our team. We hoped for it, and met with students and thought hard on all of them. Dani had the beautiful opportunity to meet with a girl all summer. Dani lived life with this girl, and poured into her relentlessly. There were even moments when Dani would come home and be so uncertain as to where this girl stood, but Dani never lost hope, she never lost faith, she wanted more! After six weeks of radical faith on Dani’s part this beautiful girl decided to join our team! I remember seeing the look on Dani’s face after this beautiful girl decided to join our family, and of course I cried. I grabbed Dani and just hugged her for a little while. Not only was a life changed that day, but I know Dani was forever changed from that experience!
Dani has a heart like one I don’t know that I’ve ever seen before. She loves people so well, and is willing to be there with them, and be honest with them. Because of Dani’s obedience and love for her Father, we have a new sister! It’s something I hope Dani never forgets!
Dani is someone who I am beyond thankful to have in my life! She has a heart that is willing to serve and love, and make grape juice when all life can offer her is lemons. She’s searching for truth daily, and longs to know more about her Heavenly Father! It is so beautiful and I can’t wait to be reunited with this beautiful girl. She impacted my life in ways that I can only hope I impacted hers. She taught me about relentless obedience, servitude, loving others, and seeking redemption from the only one who can truly offer it! She is being redeemed everyday and it shows. She is so willing to go wherever she is called, and at any moment. I know for sure that if someone offered her a plane ticket to wherever in the world right now, she’d be packed and ready to go in half an hour (maybe less). This girls got it, and I can’t wait to see where she goes in her life. I just hope that I get to be with her through a lot of it! Maybe not in person but at least in spirit!
If you don’t love this girl by now you’re just plain crazy! Because she’s the best!
Dani, I love you, and I can’t thank our Father enough for bringing you on our team, and loving me like you did! You taught me so much and I can’t wait to learn more. I of course wish you the best in whatever you’re called too. I pray our paths cross again, and maybe we’ll get to go back to Central Asia again some day (fingers crossed)! But regardless know I’m thinking of you always and until we meet again I love you to the moon and back. You’re awesome and our Fathers even more awesome for putting you in my life! I love you, and am forever changed because I got to know you and love you!