After three slammed weeks of having no down time, I have forced myself to sit down and try to sum up what has been going on here lately. Since school has now started and I have gotten use to my new schedule, I have also gotten use to having no spare time. I have class Tuesday through Friday, a two hour internship with the events team two days a week, work (on most Friday and Saturday nights), and I am at church all day on Sundays. On Mondays, I get just enough time to clear my head and prepare to start the madness allover again. I really am loving it. Staying busy all the time makes the weeks fly by. All the new friends I have made are becoming like family, especially the ones who live in my neighborhood. There is always something to do/somewhere to go at night or someone at the house. I started a new tradition, on Monday and Thursday nights we do yoga. It is my new thing, and I LOVE it! Caressa and I have decided on Mondays we are going to start to try and travel now that it is warming up here. Last Monday we went to Bondi Beach, which is a big tourist attraction in Sydney. It is a gorgeous beach withcute places to eat dinner overlooking the ocean. The weather was perfect. We were hoping for the same weather today so we could go to Manly Beach, but when we woke up it was raining. So instead, I made pancakes and eggs, we were lazy, and she made brownies. We all need days like that.
On another note, God has completely blown me away in just the last three weeks I have been here. It only keeps getting better weekly. In the beginning all of the students told me that it was going to really surprise me how much God would just transform and stretch me in ways I had no idea, and it is completely true! I have learned so much about myself and God in just three weeks. I have realized how much more you can grow spiritually when you are in God's word daily and how he speaks to you in the most perfect times. God has always been real to me, but the level of his realness in my life since I have completely surrendered to him is incredible. Last Friday in chapel was the most powerful service here yet. I hadn't felt God's presence like that in so long. I feel like I am reassured daily that this is where I am suppose to be and what I am suppose to be doing for this season of my life. I am determined to get everything I can out of this year and just seek God, grow and stretch myself spiritually and let him take care of the rest.
I am also currently applying everywhere for jobs. Let's just say I am not cut out for the whole waitressing thing. I think it would have been better forme if my boss wasn't a complete jerk. I haven't quit yet, but yesterday I was told that Meyer (a major department store like Dillards/Nordstrom) was hiring and a lady from church who recommends for hiring asked me for my resume. I am praying that it works out. I am so thankful for my job, but I would rather be doing anything but waitressing. It is not worth the stress. Last Wednesday night we had a big youth rally for the college age students called "The Gathering." We had over 1,200 students in attendance and lives were definitely changed. Since I have been here I have realized that I have a heart for teen age to young adult age girls who struggle with low self esteem or just need to be loved. I definitely want to come home and get involved with an organization that reaches out to girls struggling in that area. I am also pretty sure I am going to get my degree in psychology when I get home and would like to do Christian counseling. Then again, I change my mind all the time... but for now that is what I am thinking. I skyped with my family the other day and it is always so good to see them and catch up with them. I have learned that skype and a.i.m are gifts from God to get me through the time I am away from everyone that I love. I don't think I could manage without it. Everything here is becoming my new way of life and I am beyond adjusted, but there is still so much about home that I miss. My family loves hearing that, no more having to worry about losing me to the Australians. I really love it here for this time in my life, but home is where my heart is.
I must go to bed now, it is 2:00 am and I have to be up at 7:15 am for school.