Hello beautiful people!
It’s taken me awhile to sit down and start writing again because things have been crazy. The past two weeks have been full of an overwhelming amount of gratitude, excitement, and new adventures. I spent this past weekend in Sydney, Australia for Australia Day and the weekend before that was spent at Stradbroke Island where we saw wild kangaroos!
…..check out the photos tab to see more photo updates! (-:
As for the academic course load here it’s not nearly as easy as people make it sound, at least not here at Bond. I’m taking two counseling courses that have been amazing so far, Digital Media and Society, and Motivation and Emotion. For my Digital media class I’m actually required to make blog posts, so keep your eyes peeled for those!
As I’ve said before, I’m trying to be as vulnerable as I can be with these blog posts. So here we go.
I have had a few moments where I miss my family, friends, and boyfriend. It’s been harder than ever to stay in touch with my faith – I’m super lucky to be surrounded by people in Nebraska who not only help deepen my faith but also hold me accountable. Not having that here has been hard.
But nothing I can’t handle.
Being away from the people who support my faith has forced me to start figuring out who I am as a Christian without any external influences. It’s spooky, but also empowering. I was having a tough day a few days ago – super anxious but I couldn’t quite figure out what I was anxious about. In that moment I realized I hadn’t been turning to the Lord like I normally do at home, so what did I do? I grabbed my devotional (huge thank you to Mrs. Russell!!) where it lead me to read Psalm 112:7,
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
Steadfast: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering- loyal, faithful, devoted, dedicated
Easily one of the hardest things for me as a Christian is letting go of control, handing it over to the Lord, and remembering that all He wants for us is to trust His plan. It’s especially hard to focus on that during tough, anxious moments, but when I make a conscious effort to open up my bible it’s a weight off my shoulders – a sigh of relief. It’s not easy, but boy is it worth it.
Challenge: It’s one thing to believe in God, but do you trust him? This is what I’m working on this week. Letting go of control.