First Week At EBC

I just wanted to write a quick update of my first week here in hot scorching Simi Valley, California.  It has been a crazy week.  I moved into an apartment with three other girls that are attending EBC.  It was kind of a scary situation to be going into, but God has blessed me tremendously with three amazing room-mates and I am so stoked that I am with these particular girls. Having class in a strip-mall is certainly an experience, but I don’t even think about that when I am sitting in class hearing piercing truth. As far as the academic side of things …  I definitely got “syllabus shock”.  After thinking and praying through some things, I have decided to drop a class this semester so that I can focus on what I am learning and really get the most out of it and in turn, hopefully it will have a deeper impact on my life.  

On the other side of academics(the practical/application side), God has completely humbled me, even just sitting through the first class.  I realize that I don’t know nearly what I thought I did.  I know so very little about God, and the concept of “just scratching the surface” as Mr. Webster would always say, is ringing more true to me now than ever.  I am so excited for each class and know that I will enjoy each one I am taking.

My trust in God is certainly faulty, but He has proved Himself faithful once again.  Certainly in many ways throughout this week, but one in particular comes to mind at the moment.  I had an interview yesterday and found out at the end that they wanted to give me the job.  The hours they want to give me aren’t going to be enough as I can see, but I am trusting that God will continue to provide even if that means getting a second job or expending all of my savings until I get a job with more hours.  

All this to say that God is certainly in the process of breaking me down.  I have had a plethora of emotions this week, and have at times even felt far from God.  It’s so strange and I’m not sure what’s going on, but I know that I am in a good place and surrounded by an amazing community of Christ followers.

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A Day of Goodbyes

I’m sitting in a hotel room in Indianapolis right now waiting until tomorrow to fly out.  Today was a hard day.  I found myself thinking things like  why on earth did I decide to do this again? and how am I possibly  going to be able to survive?  Things that the human side of me honestly felt.  I went out to breakfast with my dad and my grandparents and saying goodbye to the three of them was harder than I was anticipating.  A real tear jerker for sure.   But, there were so many things bringing me back to this un-human strength I have inside of me.  People praying for me .. people shooting me little notes … people quoting scripture.  It’s going to be a crazy, wild ride, but I am soo super excited to be stretched and I only hope that it will grow me and that I will become more like Jesus.  I will try to write as much as possible in the coming days for those back home 🙂  I love you guys and miss you already!!

I Will Not Be Moved

Did you know that Natalie Grant has a blog?  Well she does!

She has been a favorite of mine for years and years and it is a dream of mine to someday meet her.  It is kind of cool to be able to see a little bit into her life.  She seems to genuinely love God and others.  She has a new video up right now on her blog, with her (being pretty darn cute) on Michael W Smith’s bus… it’s a pretty funny video .

This is Natalie singing one of my favorite songs at the moment … “I Will Not Be Moved”.      

Burn The Fleet

Oddly, or maybe not so oddly, I thought of this song today in church. My pastor, Kelly, was talking about the Christians living in Rome in AD 65 and different reasons why they were labeled “revolutionaries” and of their uncompromising lives. They stood against their culture and were tortured and killed as a result.

I started to think about my faith and how as I’ve grown and matured there are still areas that remain where I choose to compromise. They may not be huge things, but in the end a compromise is a compromise. As I’ve been reading different books (ranging from “Do Hard Things” to the Bible) my spirit has been stirred to challenge my ideals. In what ways do I “go with the flow” so to speak in today’s culture? In what areas do I accept (or even ignore) the ways of our culture that don’t line up with what the Bible says.
As I am typing I think of Colossians 3:1-3 where Paul says “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
There are some things I do that aren’t beneficial. There are things I watch read and listen to that are widely accepted by the Christian church, but are things that do not set my mind on things above, but rather distract my mind from things above. There are times when I know I could be doing something else that would bring more honor and praise to my Father.

I guess I want to end this with the song by Thrice and with a challenge … not only to my generation, to the teens that read this blog, but to the adults as well (I don’t know who all reads this, but the stats show quite a bit more than those who comment). Start doing the hard things. Challenge yourself (as I challenge myself) to see if the things you do are setting your mind on things above. It might cost you … it might bring insults and persecution, but it is what God asks of you and I as followers of Jesus.

This is “Burn The Fleet” by Thrice

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Keep Praying

I watched as the Chapman family was interviewed on LKL.  I guess I was just encouraged by the words that came out of Caleb’s mouth … and more-so the words we didn’t hear on air.  As they were leaving he told Larry King that “I’m going to pray that God will give you the faith you need.”  It was encouraging to hear the honest responses to someone who is known for not agreeing with what they believe.  I hope this encourages you to continue to pray for the Chapman’s (especially Will Franklin) because their period of grief has not yet ceased.  

Nothing in Life is Free …

… except Phil Wickham’s live album!  It comes out on 8/8/08 at midnight … which is about 1 day and 5 hrs (if you live in my time zone).  So, I will be waking up at 3 in the morning just to make sure I get it .. and you should do the same 😉 

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