I cannot believe how fast May has gone! Life is good up here in Indiana (except for the five out of seven days of rain we got last week:). I got the job at C.J. Banks, which is a clothing store in the mall. So far, it's been pretty slow, which has given me opportunity to get to know my manager, Alisa. Alisa actually comes from Utah, or Mormonville, as my cousin Ethan likes to call it. We haven't really touched on religion at work, but we'll see.
Mom, Dad, and Jeff are going up to Chicago for the annual Memorial Day family picnic, then staying over on Monday to watch a Cubs game. I get to work (yay:p) It'll be cool to have the whole house to myself this weekend, and next weekend I'll be travelling down to Winston-Salem, NC! Can you tell I'm happy? Love y'all!
All this good stuff is happening to me, and it's kinda freaky. All my registration stuff is in @ FC, I'm registered for a room w/ Sabrina (that definitely is freaky:), I've finally found a job that I like that seems to be going through (hoping to find an answer shortly), Greg's home for a short period of time (going to Pearl Harbor on Thursday, lucky duck), and Paul will be coming for a visit tomorrow. Was that a run-on sentence or what? I think I might've beat out Paul the Apostle:) This is just proof that prayer works, and things are finally working out according to God's will for my life. I just need to learn to be more patient and wait on Him.
I want to say a public congratulations to Paul for doing so awesomely and graduating with his A.A. last Thursday, and for being such a wonderful brother in general. It's been really weird living a thousand plus miles away from him this year; I've missed his advice. But he's doing great with the church at South Livingston, which is lucky to have such a hard working preacher come in. Congratulations to Greg for graduating from sub training a week and a half ago; I still don't get how he can stand being in a sub for more than five minutes. Someone's got to do it, I suppose. Jeffrey is about to graduate from 8th grade in a few weeks (majorly scary); I can't believe he's about to go into high school, he doesn't seem like he's fourteen. What amazes (and irritates me) is that he's almost taller than I am. I am about to become the shortest person out of four siblings, two of whom are younger than me:p
Anyway, life is good in a multitude of ways. The sun is shining, I have many loving friends and family members, and I am always striving to have a better relationship with my Lord and Savior. To those of you that are going to be preaching this summer-- especially Jim , going over to South Africa--God bless you.
Before I close down, please pray for my cousin Ethan, who will most likely be going to Afghanistan this fall unless things drastically change. His user name on pleo is 'send the light'; I'm sure he'd appreciate a few more friends on here:)
I have received my class schedule from Mrs. Grant in the registration office!!! Can you tell I'm happy? Now all I have to do is get the finances taken care of, and finish applying for my summer cleasses....
Hope y'all are doing well. For all of you who have finals, good luck!
and already, I have heard lessons that really have made me think, not just about what I am doing now, but how I would react in certain situations.
Yesterday evening, for example, Mr. Morris Hafley preached a lesson on Daniel 3 on the topic of faith. For those who don't remember this story off the tops of your heads, Nebuchadnezzar has set up his golden image, and expects everyone to bow down to it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refuse, and are so thrown into a fiery furnace. Yes, we've all heard this a hundred times. But...what would we do in a similar situation, now?
Mr. Hafley painted a vivid image for us. If somehow Muslims took control of our country (God forbid), of course they wouldn't allow any other religions to continue. So imagine a group of Muslims coming into the church building with their swords and weapons and telling us that if we returned here to worship, we would die. So what would any of us do? I liked what Mr. Hafley said: "Hack away." He continued on this line by quoting Philippians 4:21: "For me, to live is Christ, and to die is GAIN." If we know where our faith lies, none of us should even have to think when someone threatens us.
Mr. Hafley went on to discuss less dire circumstances where we probably have all compromised: in modesty, in language, in the people we hang out with. The question is the same as it is if someone were to come to us and threaten us with our lives: how strong is your faith? The sermon concluded with a poignant quote that I wrote down: "However discouraging things may seem today, there will be a tomorrow. And if not, oh well." If we've been living the right way through hard circumstances, we'll be in Paradise if we don't wake tomorrow.
Things for school are really shaping up. I have found my suite mate (or rather, she found me). Sabrina and I will be living in second floor Hinely next year; I am looking forward to trying out a new dorm, despite the fact that I practically took a blood oath saying I would never leave Sutton. My schedule is also shaping up, which makes me so happy:) For those of you that don't remember, I am now a proud member of the Biblical Studies club (yay!). I will be taking Epistles (Ephesians and Colossians) with Dr. Caldwell, Evidences (with I don't know whom yet), Beginning Greek (gulp), the Book of Job (Mr. Peeler), Intro to Philosophy (Mr. Moyer), and General Psychology (Dr. Dickey). Those of you who have already taken Greek I (Paul, this includes you!), I'm going to need help. Just four more months, and I will be dripping wet with sweat in the humidifier that is Florida, and I am looking forward to it (not the sweat, being back in Florida)!
I hope everyone is doing well, whether working our at school (or both)! Take care:))
For those of you that just got off Spring Break, you probably know the feeling of time just slipping away. That's how I felt with Paul and Alice here last week. The hours and days seemed to pass so fast despite my wanting them to slow, and savor the time we had together. Despite that, my family really, really enjoyed having Paul and Alice up in Bloomington. Sorry you guys didn't get more work done:) You know, the weather really changed once y'all left. It went from the upper fifties to the thirties in two days, and to add insult to injury, it rained for nearly two days straight. This morning, it was a whopping 37 degrees. Some people can thrive in an environment of minor chaos-I want my weather (which is one of the many things I can't control) to be consistent. Yet another of the reasons that I'm moving back to Florida this fall (:))) Alice was telling me all about the new girls dorms, and the no curfew rule for upper-d people. Yes, I know I'm not upper division yet, but with my advanced age, I'm hoping Dr. Barlar will allow me to have the same priveleges (keeping my fingers crossed).
As for y'all's trip up here, I will treasure Thursday night, where we all sat on my bed talking about the most random topics imaginable (I'm still NOT moving to Minnesota!) And on Friday night, our walk in the dark, where you two and Jeffrey were trying to leave me behind to get eaten by coyotes.... I hope the gospel meeting at South Livingston went very well, and the Sower's Club lectures also! Take care, everybody:)