Did you know? I am an introvert. Isn't that funny? I am an introvert, and the older I get the more of an introvert I become! I have a routine, and I like it....I like it a lot! Sometimes a week goes by before I realize that I haven't left the house the whole week! But, I am comfortable with that - it is my "safety zone." I feel secure. I adore schedules and plans! I don't do well with crowds or new people or new places - never have. I blog because I can "chat" with you, but I don't have to stand in front of anyone!
I worried my roommates and friends when I first went to college. I stayed in my room. I worked on my requirements. I was content. They were worried! They found a job for me, so I wouldn't be "lonely"! I liked the job....I worked by myself. During my Senior year of college, I purposely schedule nothing for Friday nights. You see, I knew that all my roommates would be busy on Friday evenings - work, dates, shopping, etc. That meant solitude....peace and quiet.....time alone.....a valuable (and necessary) resource in my world.
Would you like to know the funniest thing about me being an introvert? I am a missionary. Isn't that hilarious? God chose to take an introvert like me, and send me out as a missionary! And you know what that means, right? Exactly! New people, new places, the need for flexibility, the need to leave my house! You know what else it means? It means I have to stand in front of people and talk/sign! That in and of itself is amazing, because having to stand in front of people is the very reason I wouldn't take Sign Language in college! Now who says the Lord doesn't have a sense of humor?
So, here I am.....Introvert, Wife to my Beloved, Mommy to my 3 Blessings, and Missionary/Pastor's wife to the Deaf and Hearing (which means I have to stand in front of people quite often!).
Is it hard to be an introvert and a missionary at the same time? Yes, but God gives great grace....and a sense of humor!