I most definitely just shouted this to myself. Things have been crazy busy and I think we all can relate to succumbing to the oblivion of STUFF and getting overwhelmed. Let me catch you up on the last month…
1. Foundations Church: As you all know, I’m quite outspoken about what I do and the life that I lead. I love waking up every morning and knowing that what I get to do that day is what I’ve always dreamed of doing. We turned 5 this year and if you know anything about church plants and their success rate, you know turning 5 is a miracle. We’re now able to say we’re no longer a church plant. We’re a church. We’re 5 years old, have a building and people within it. I love my pastors and the staff. They have changed me in more ways than one. I’ve learned more from the 5 guys I work with about what it means to have faith, what it means to have priorities, and what it means to be in ministry. I don’t know what I’d do without my wonderful church family. I’ve a very appreciative girl.
2. FC girls: Part of my job is working as the Connect Group Coordinator. That means I train up leaders and help them launch groups. I research and find our curriculum and look at the needs and try to find people to lead the groups. Now, I attended a group off and on last semester due to school. But this summer, God really started speaking to me about the need for a girls group. More and more each Sunday, I would meet girls my age, single and married, who were looking for community. I hid this “tugging” in my heart for awhile, but it took going to a women’s conference for me to hear the words “Are you going to do this? I’m showing you what you need to do and you can’t ignore this. You can, but I’m going to bug you until you say yes. So just say yes. If you say you’re willing, then be willing to do this”. I committed to God that I would start a girls group and then what happened next completely sent me as a wanderer on a very narrow path. It’s funny how when God asks you to do something, the response can be completely different than what you expect. I expected confetti to be dropping from the ceiling and shouts of excitement. What I got: silence. I started the FC girls group and was nervous and scared that I was doing something completely unlike me and that it was probably the carbs I ate the night before speaking to me than God. I had 2 girls show up and start this journey. Now, In the matter of a month and a half, there are 7 of us that have decided to take this journey together. God knew. I didn’t. I have a feeling I’ve found life long friends in this group. Girls I will want by my side when I get married, girls I want to have me all the time! I LOVE MY GROUP.
3. School: MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?! Ok. So that’s a bit much, but I do feel like “busy work” for a minor class that takes up more than my major class is a problem. My patience has been tested more than I’d like to admit, but I’m making it and hopefully I’ll get a B. In fact, I’ll be thrilled if I get a B. Actually, I’ll be thrilled when I get that piece of paper that says I’m qualified to mark “Bachelor’s Degree Achieved” on any inquiry about my education. It’s taken 7 years but I’m going to be done. I can’t imagine what kind of person I’ll be when I don’t have coursework consuming my life. Now taking reservations for trips and hangouts starting May 2014.
4. Writing: I haven’t been writing. I have been thinking about it and dreaming what kind of stories I should share, but I haven’t written anything substantial in weeks. I’m learning what it means to be vulnerable. Vulnerability isn’t something to scoff at. For too long, women have heard being vulnerable is weakness. I’d like to present that true vulnerability is the opposite. It’s completely necessary to growth. So be expecting lots of vulnerable posts. And be expecting some questions too. I’ll need some participation as I will be writing my senior paper of the power of vulnerability.
5. You guys: You guys rule. Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d be a blogger with followers. I didn’t ever think I’d have a FB page for a blog with over 100 people following it. Never did I think I’d have friends who would so graciously want to contribute to these pages. It was an experiment. And now, it’s a real thing. So thank you readers, friends, family, dear ones who I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet. You make life and the struggles within it worth it.
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