Monday, January 28, 2008

We are Family

Well, it's difficult to put into words how this past weekend went, but perhaps the best thing to say is....WOW! The team that I am on to go to Chile kicked off the initial part of our official training process with an awesome retreat. There was much to be learned and fun to be had. We had house church on Sunday with a great breakfast together.

It was such a wonderful blessing to all be together as a group as we continue to get to know each other. We are so very excited about what the future holds for us as we simply seek to live out God's plan to love people. Pray for us as we patiently and eagerly step out into unfamiliar areas.Here's us acting crazy...from left to on top of Reid Overall, Sarah Lukkason, Deanna Meredith looking naughty, Chad Lukkason holding Wes's leg, Lauren Sutton laughing uncontrollably, Ellen Shutt stretching out in front of Wes Shutt.

Friday, January 18, 2008

It has begun

Well, it's official, the new semester has begun, and I can feel it. This has probably felt like one of the longest weeks I can remember for a long time. On Tuesday night I laid down and thought "Is this really just the second day??" haha.

However, it's such a blessing to get back to seeing old frields across campus, having people over, and catching up with the group. I love getting back into a routine. That seems to be where I function best. Sometimes I get a little too into my routine and get busy, but so far, it has been wonderful.

Here is an update of the current status of my life:

This semester I'm taking 16 hours. On Monday, it felt a little overwhelming as I went to 3 classes (I had just one on MWF last fall). All of my classes are 400 level, which basically means they're senior level and really tough. I think I'm going to be very challenged, but I also think I'm going to learn a ton of stuff.

For my social work degree I have to do a field practicum at a local agency. I was placed at Betty Hardwick Center MHMR. I get 3 hours credit for doing 10 hours per week there (150 semester total). Therefore, I am technically in class or at this internship for 27 hours per week...whew! I know. It's going to be incredible to work with the children and teens at this agency though. More to come as we go...

I'm still "working" at the Friendship House. I love it. It's perfect ministry for me right now and it's fulfulling to be used as I'm in Abilene to gain a deeper understanding of the ways I can serve God with what he's given me. We haven't started the afterschool program yet, but it will gear up in a week or so.

Hello new job, goodbye old one: That's right....I stopped working a couple night shifts at the dorm and am now "instructor-in-training" for outdoor fitness and group personal training program. I've gotten up at the ungodly hour of 5:15 3 days this week to workout and it's doing me pretty well right now. I'll just be doing one morning per week beginning next week.

I've decided to go to Houston this summer and direcet their summer-long VBS and summer reading program. I'm SO excited for what this experience will mean and how God will once again open my eyes to His people in Houston, TX.

Oh one more thing...I'm joined a team of good friends planning to do ministry in Concepcion, Chile in a few years. We've just begun the "official" training for that, so we'll see how that goes! I'm excited to see how God works on this path. More to come on this as well.


Thursday, January 03, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

Boy, oh boy it's been a while since my last post, hasn't it! If there really are still any readers out there, I express my sincerest apologies. I loved Christmas, although it was busy and crazy as always. I hope yours was also filled with joy, food, family, rest, and relaxation.

Because it is a new year, I've come up with several things that I'd like to either change or begin in 2008. It's such a good feeling to start fresh and have the ability to feel a sense of accomplishment as our calendar rolls over again. Here goes...

  1. Exercise 3 days per week, every week
  2. Read the whole Bible
  3. Be more decisive
  4. Train and run a half marathon and a full marathon before the summer
  5. Have 30 minutes of queit time and prayer time each day
  6. Journal more
  7. Eat out only when necessary
  8. Go through my cell phone and call the people I haven't talked to in over a year
  9. Limit my text messaging
  10. Love more
  11. Visit another foreign country...maybe a place in Africa
  12. Learn Spanish
  13. Stay committed to my campus minsity and lifegroup
  14. Walk to campus, never drive
  15. Be a positive influence on my roommates
  16. Maintain a pure heart
  17. Use my soccer shoes for the first time in the U.S.
  18. Be joyful about every part of life, even the hard times
  19. Kick my caffeine addiction so I can enjoy a cup of coffee
  20. Hang out with kids without feeling like I need to for work
  21. Eliminate negative vocabulary
  22. Worry less, pray more
  23. Study for my classes even when it seems pointless
  24. Make my faith a reality, not just sticking with words and big talk
  25. Be real...with myself and with others

I'm really going to try and make these work this year. Sometimes I say I want to do things and never get around to it. If you know me and have any to add- bring 'em on! Peace