I just have to say that it is such an amazing feeling to be able to come back to a place that you can identify as home
. I do not believe that I have ever recognized Michigan so much like home as I do right now.
I am back in my old apartment with probably to coolest flat mate I have ever had. Tyler is such a gift to me, and while we act like an old married couple to some, bickering infants to others, he is most certainly one of my best friends. I am so thankful for the work that God has done in Tyler's life and the work that I know the LORD will finish.
I got to visit my home church today, and wow... how much I have missed it! It has grown so much! Pastor Gary is still getting all crazy on the pulpit, and God's Spirit is still saturating the space. Same with the college bible study, 180. It brings me so much joy to know that they are still diggin' into the tough issues and laying out the message (the hardcore, undiluted, heart wrenching version of the Gospel). We have total confidence that Jesus will call a new soul home each and every single week, and that there is hope for the next generation of young believers, and redemption for our people, in this country.
I have barely been back for a week (6 days I believe) and I feel so much more at peace than the chaotic schedule I endure during the school year. My mind has time to actually think, and I have time to pray and read scripture. I have time to rest. To sit still and let my body recover from the torture I put it through every day. I get to run at night, under the gorgeous moon with all of the stars, in the COLD (which I am not truly grateful for, but I'm workin' on it). And I cannot wait to get back to
!!! Truly my favorite store all around! It is by far the most fantastic "normal person" job I have ever had! So many little blessings... So many little praises... God is so amazingly good!
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PS - I have an opportunity that I am super pumped for! I have a huge passion for the LGBT community, partially because I feel that the western church has either ignored the issue, or responded to the whole situation horribly (and I badly want to see those relationships restored). Secondly, I also feel so strongly about it because this is a reality of my life too. I live it everyday. (However, the LORD has led me to believe that it is not what he has intended for his people. So I surrender it to him again, and again, and again... I can give my opinions as to why I have come to that conclusion, but at the end of the day my opinion does not matter but it is God's opinion that matters. I digress.) I find it a privilege to have been asked by one of our seniors to travel to New York City and learn a dance piece that will hopefully ask a lot of questions surrounding this issue. We don't know a lot of the specifics yet, but I feel amazingly privileged to be a part of such a project. I pray that God will bless this project, bless the choreographer as well as Donald (senior classmate) through this process, and that Truth might be presented through it. Supposedly, we are scheduled to leave for New York sometime in mid July.
I would totally appreciate prayer concerning this project!