Due to recently breaking my right wrist in 2 places this post will have less words and more pictures. Who doesn’t like that?
I’ve been in London for almost 2 weeks! I never thought the day would come, but here I am sitting in a cute coffee shop in Pinner…a little suburb on the outskirts of London.
There are plenty more pictures to come, but below I’ll take you on a quick photo journey of my last few weeks. Some are out of order. It just takes so long to do things with my left hand so I left it out of order 🙂
My first day off I ventured into central London. Here are a few pics!
Like I said, I have more pictures that I’ll post later. My first 10 days I just felt disoriented and overwhelmed. I’m feeling a little more settled. I’m falling into more of a schedule. I’m getting to know my housemates, teammates and church members. I’m so thankful to be here! God is good!
While support raising I’ve found that I have great days and harder days. The harder days actually end up good. Really, they end up better than the great days because God meets me in my struggles. Today has been rough. While I still struggle with trusting the Lord I would like to share with you how he encouraged me in the course of one hour.
::I got an text from a friend asking where they go online to support me. This was so encouraging. I don’t care if it’s a $5 donation or not. God reminded me that he is capable of providing and he maybe even likes me a little:)
About 5 minutes later…
::My worship pastor posted this link. This is a song we sang last Palm Sunday. “Let my weakness find your strength and I will be alright.”
About 15 minutes later…
:: This popped up on my twitter feed. I had been praying through those verses this afternoon
About 15 minutes after that…
::I saw this.
Voila. I’m all better. Obviously, I’m not all better. I mean I still struggle to believe certain truths, but God in his kindness pointed me back to himself while I was incapable of doing so. And here’s the good news, he will do it later today, and tomorrow and the next day.
I am pretty behind on this here blog and let’s face it, I probably will be for a while. I’m in the process of getting ready to move out of the country to go and work with World Harvest Mission. There are no words to express how much I deeply love these guys. I found this video and I think Dan Allender does a pretty good job of summing up my thoughts.
This weekend I went to the beach with 5 good friends. We relaxed, ate great food, laughed (a lot) and rested. The trip was absolutely wonderful. Friday we spent time on the beach and then we all ate at one of favorite restaurants. Saturday morning we slept in. My friend Jason cooked breakfast and then we spent the rest of the day resting by the pool and the beach. That night we ate an outdoor bar/restaurant and enjoyed some live music. We may or may not have changed the sign on a hotel marquee (that’s right, we are all over 30). Sunday morning was wonderfully blustery. We walked across the street to a hole in the wall and ate breakfast. I spent Sunday morning laying outside by the pool, wrapped in blanket sleeping. Best. Morning. Ever. I was so very sad to leave, but I left with many memories. I have wonderful friends.
A. Books and blogs about Biblical feminine appeal stress me out, make me tired and trigger my gag reflexes.
B. I am very passionate that single women’s lives are not on hold.
C. Surprisingly, I recently enjoyed a talk called “We’re Not on hold: Biblical Femininity for Single Women” from Sovereign Grace ministries. It’s around an hour long. I downloaded it to my iPod and listened to it over the past week. I forced myself through the first 5 minutes and I found myself eager to listen to the whole thing.
My pastor has been on sabbatical for a few months. During his respite we have hosted numerous speakers for Sunday mornings. All summer I have eagerly anticipated the final 2 Sundays of the sabbatical. Gordon Bals from Daymark Pastoral Counseling is doing the sermons for these two weeks. Last Sunday he preached a sermon entitled, “Disarming Condemnation.” He references 1 John 3:16-22. It was wonderful. Click here, listen and enjoy.
Today I received an unexpected sucker punch in the form of an email. As I went along with the business of the day I started to sing “Blessings” by Laura Story. I can’t recommend her enough. Man, does she have some good lyrics or what. Today, after receiving what felt like a swift blow to my stomach I kept singing… “When darkness seems to win, We know that pain reminds this heart, That this is not, this is not our home.” Lately, as I tread in stressful waters while feeling my dreams will crumble at any given moment, I remember that this pain is a not so gentle reminder that this is not my home.
“What if my greatest disappointments, Or the aching of this life, Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy.”
“And what if trials of this life, The rain, the storms, the hardest nights are Your mercies in disguise…”
*I couldn’t help but chuckle as I read the opening verse on the youtube video. Psalm 27:13-14…that verse always makes it’s appearance at such opportune times*