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I am here. Here, nestled inside the comfy curve of the Willamette river. Here, surrounded by green and clouds and everything you’d expect to see in American Suburbia. Here, the place that’s been “home” for the huge majority of my life but where I know I’m only meant to be for another week.

I tend to ask myself a lot of questions here, like: What does it mean to be present in a season of restful transition? How much time and energy do I delegate to processing the past, soaking up the moment, and preparing for the future? How do I impact this place for the Kingdom if I feel like such a wanderer?

How can I be “here” now, when my mind and my spirit are traveling from Boise to Perth, past and future, and everywhere inbetween?

I remember a few months ago, when my relationship collection grew. When Chris and I started dating, not only did I have dear friends in Boise and Portland, but now in Australia as well. As I interacted with each different time zone and temperature every day, it was is if I could feel myself floating upwards. Connected by a string to each different location, I could no longer stand on the ground in any one spot, but, rather, I hovered above them all.

As you can imagine, floating by yourself above the entire world – even figuratively – can feel pretty lonely. But as I prayed and prayed through this isolating emotion, God revealed something beautiful to me. Instead of grounding me to any one spot, God kept me in the sky… and He showed me how many others were there with me. I started to see a tiny glimpse into what it would be like to “meet Him in the air.”

As the Body of Christ, we ARE all connected. We don’t belong to one location on a map but rather to an entire Kingdom outside of physical bounds. When I pray for my brothers and sisters experiencing persecution in other nations, I am there with them. When I feel an awareness for something my friends back in Boise are going through, I am there with them. When God gives me an opportunity to encourage someone I encounter as I go about my day, I am there with them as well.

This is such an important reminder for myself as I am a week away from flying to Australia. As an optimistic idealist (to a fault), I have these grand ideas to post beautiful images and craft exquisite sentences every day to process and share my journey. I know that this comes out of a heart of wanting so badly to involve you all in what God is about to do in my life. It’s so funny, though, how natural it is for me to take this upon myself. My prayer today is that God will help make us all aware of and excited for what He is doing in each of our lives – whether by connecting us through prayer, orchestrating heartfelt conversations, or miraculously providing the time for me to post on social media.

I’m so thankful for the truth that none of us are limited by signs and maps all over the world that tell us we are “here.” I’m so thankful that through God we can rise above and be connected through His Spirit. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this new adventure, and how glad I am that I will have family surrounding me the whole time – no matter where I am!

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we are the rileys

We are a newlywed couple serving in Christian missions.

God has called us to Youth With a Mission in Perth, Australia. We have a heart for the city of Perth and for reaching Aboriginal people here in Western Australia. We would also love to see transformation and mobilisation through partnering with local initiatives in other nations in short-term outreach trips. Together, we have a passion for mentorship and discipleship of young people. Chris is gifted in meeting practical needs, and Leanne has a big desire for the sphere of Media & Communications.

This is our blog, a place to share what God is doing as well as things we learn as we journey through the adventure of following Jesus!