Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Blog Name

You are lucky because you get TWO blog posts from me today! Yay! 

I have been thinking about changing my blog name for a while now, but I wasn't sure what to change it to. For the past few years, I have had the name Just a Little Russian, as it was about my travels throughout Russia, but that doesn't fit anymore. So the questions were, what to change it to and what is the purpose for this blog? 

Eoghan Heaslip, a cool Irish dude, wrote a song called Gathering Song a few years ago. While in Russia, I discovered this guy and I fell in love with his music, and possibly his accent as well. This song, the Gathering Song, is one that is continually playing in my head. 

Here are the lyrics:
As we gather, here together in Your presence
As your people, we acknowledge and remember
The works of Your hands, Your purpose and plan
Your word through the ages
Like an anchor for all time, as one we sing

He who has promised, will be faithful
He who has promised, will be true
He who has begun, a good work will complete it
O Lord, all our hope is found in You

You, Found in You
My hope for this blog is to have a place where people can gather and be encouraged. Where we will remember what God has promised and we will know that He is faithful. God is our anchor and we know that he will complete a good work in those who are seeking to follow after him. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life Happened

It's been awhile since I've posted on here, and shame on me for not doing so! Let me catch y'all up to date on what's been happening over the past few years...

First of all, I now live in Kansas City, MO! Yep, that's right, KCMO! I am working on my second Master's of Art degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. My first degree was completed earlier this year from Liberty University online and it's a Master's of Arts in Human Services.

So, you're probably wondering, why two masters degrees? Counseling is something I've struggled with since finishing high school. I had this foolish notion in my head that counseling was one person telling a client what to do and the client never doing it and staying the same. While studying for my degree from Liberty, I was able to take several classes which focused directly on counseling, and I loved them! Also, I had the opportunity to work for a pregnancy center, and I was able to help women and I realized the women were changing and growing, and they even listened to some of my suggestions as their peer counselor. That is when I realized I actually could be a counselor. All my running and telling God no, was foolish. So, almost 13 years after high school, here I am working on my counseling degree which will lead me to become a professional counselor.

If you would have told me a few years ago, even about six months ago, that I would be living in Kansas City, Missouri, I would have laughed at you! I never dreamed that I would be living in the Midwest! It's so weird to hear people talk about the Midwest and to adjust to the Midwest culture. Yes, it's still the states and only about 8 hours north of my home in East Texas, but it's still different. So far, I am falling in LOVE with this city! There is so much culture and history here!

Also, God has provided me with an awesome apartment on campus, with an amazing roommate and neighbor who love the Lord and have a heart for seeking and following his will! I have missed the campus environment and being surrounded by people my age. Now, I just need to get used to the seminary life where women are the minority and men are everywhere! Yikes! ;)

While God has been doing amazing things in my life, and has led me here to KC, I am still figuring some things out. For example, I moved here without a job! The past few weeks have been this juggling act of adjusting to classes and studying along with searching for a job. I remember a conversation I had with a new couple from my church back in Canton. He and his wife moved to East Texas without having a house or a job, because they knew that God was calling them there. He said that he loved not knowing where the next pay check would come from because he was able to see how God would provide. Well friends, I am not necessarily loving this stage of my life of not having a job, but I am definitely increasing in my faith in God to know that he will provide for my needs. It's so comforting to read in Matthew how God cares for the birds and the flowers. For I know that if he loves and cares for those things, how much more does he love and care and will provide for me?!? Faith being increased is not always a lovely nor ideal experience, but I know it will be worth it.

Now that I've updated everyone, I will try to post more frequently, it's a new goal of mine. Remember you are precious to God, more than the flowers of the field and the birds in the sky, so do not worry or be anxious for God will provide for you (Matthew 6:25-34).


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