I'm so happy fall is here! We definitely needed some rain and cool weather-it was getting a little too hot in the summer! Also, it's my favorite time of year for the holidays and the closeness of family and friends during this season.
I want to get better about updating my blog, it's been pretty sparse since I started school, but I'm getting more adjusted to my new schedule, and I think it's important for me to update my blog since it makes me pause and remind myself I need to schedule fun/relaxation time too! Although I'm taking a lot of classes this semester, it's nice in a way because it is going by FAST! Without having a ton of time to lolligag with homework, my business is helping school zoom by a bit. I'm already 1/3rd through the semester! Keep praying that I get good grades in all my classes for the remaining 2/3rds!
I'm liking my classes this semester a lot better than previous semesters...I feel that in the 400 level classes you get to do classwork more creatively and from your point of view applied to the material being studied, and they challenge you to critically think-as opposed to the 100/200 level classes where you are pretty much copying down and memorizing questions and answers...not a lot of freedom with that.
I'm approaching the second session of the Seed Women's Bible Study. Even though we are only having our second meeting, I've still been journaling about it on my own time to pull out the spiritual principles in the verses we are studying. I already feel like I've grown so much in studying/journaling about the first session...I can't even imagine how amazing it will feel after I complete all six sessions! I've been gaining so much joy, inspiration, growth, and knowledge more than ever recently from going to church, the young marrieds ministry, Seeds, and the women's agape group...which is FANTASTIC, however, I feel like since I'm receiving so much from God, I really wanted to give to Him as well. As I think I may have mentioned before, I would really like to have a job where I am doing faith-based work, but I don't want to wait till ater graduation (nor should I) to give back. Although I don't have a ton of time at the moment after school and the Bible studies/minsitries I'm doing, I've found a couple small ways to give back-I'm very excited, I think it's a great start.
Starting Monday, Oct. 3rd, I'm going to be one of the Chapel on Wheels teachers for a Yorba LInda Elementary School. For those of you unfamiliar with Chapel on Wheels, it's basically a trailer that's like a mini church inside and once a week kids who have permission from their parents get to do 45 minutes of Bible study during the school day. It's really fun...I did it when I was in fourth grade. I think it's a great way to give back by spreading His Word, and plus I love kids! So I think love it. I'm a little nervous since I've never done it before, but I know I can do it with God by my side (Phil 4:13)!!!
I'm starting my domestic violence counseling training next Friday, so I'll blog about how that goes...until I finish it, I can't actually counsel DV victims, but I can still help them in other ways. So in the meantime till I get my 40 hours of training done, I'm going to be volunteering by working in the nursery for a faith-based domestic violence women & children's center in OC.
And to give you an update from my last post, my counseling session with students from my school went very well! The first session was mostly getting to understand the people I was working with, but the second session that was this past Thursday had great progress-I think it was pretty effective!
So, that's my life right now, and I'm loving it! Thank God for blessing me with so many rewarding opportunities! He is so good!
P.S. A side note, if you haven't yet, check out the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan, it's great! And check out this inspirational, sweet video: stservicemovie.com