This was such an eventful month and I can’t wait to tell you all about just the highlights! Prepare yourself and stick with it, all the way to the end! =)
First things first.You guys are just the best! I am so thankful for each of you and how you’re partnering with me in ministry this year. Philippians 4:4-7 has been my theme this last month. It says:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
The word “gentleness” can be translated “lack of franticness.” In this crazy busy time of life, that is what I need more of in my life and what gentleness I DO have, I know comes straight from God. I know each of you is living a busy, fast-paced life, too. This is what I have been praying for you guys, as well, presenting each of you with thankfulness. Thank you for being my ministry partners!
Second things next.
By the next blog I post, I will be a married lady! Wooooo! There are two weeks to the day right now and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s been a challenge this semester not to get overwhelmed with working full-time with FOCUS and all the things that come with planning a wedding. Hence my theme verse this month!
Austin and I have started putting together our apartment. All of the big things are in place for the wedding and special family members, like my sister & her family from Germany have started to trickle in. Now it’s just a waiting game!
My prayer request in this time is that I stay focused and fully present in life outside The Wedding. I want to continue to give my best to my peer team girls, to my studies, and to all the activities we’re doing to impact the campus, and that’s gotten a little harder lately. I’m really excited to have wedding planning time back to do other things instead!
|Playing team building games!|
|The Peer Team of Awesomeness|
|Praise and Worship|
One thing that really blessed me was that we took several special needs students. I loved seeing them interact with everyone and the way that our students went out of their way to make sure that they were included (even if this meant carrying a wheel-chair up and down stairs!). I think it says a lot about a community that really strives to include everyone, whether it’s a special need, a social awkwardness, or just being very different from anyone else.
Leadership Conference 2014!
I think one of my favorite parts was hearing from different people in the community of their vision for the church and what that looks like in their lives. There were businessmen, moms, pastors, campus ministers, and students - all living for Jesus and having one united vision of making Jesus known, but that happening in a variety of ways. It was encouraging to see how God is working in different people and the ways that He uses their lives to get His work done!