Also, I recognized some of the words.
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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!
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.
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.
Why wasn’t Conan O’Brien asked to deliver the commencement speech at Samford University in 2003? I don’t even remember who delivered the address at my graduation. I only remember thinking “don’t fall, don’t fall” as I walked across the stage wearing heals and a gown 2 inches too long.
I have a sneaking suspicion that no one will actually take the time to watch this 23 minute video, that is unless you are me, a die hard Coco fan. This week has been really intense. Today I decided to skim the interwebs for humor. I landed on this video of Conan O’Brien delivering the 2011 commencement speech at Dartmouth. I enjoyed it immensely. I didn’t know what to expect, but within less than 2 minutes I assumed that this was just a really long monolog akin to the opening of his show. Towards the end I was surprised. Conan shared, “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.” He was deeply changed during a time of turmoil in his career. In the end, I was surprisingly encouraged by this freakishly tall Irish Catholic, jegging loving, wierdo.
“No specific job or career goal defines me, and it should not define you. In 2000—in 2000—I told graduates to not be afraid to fail, and I still believe that. But today I tell you that whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”