July 2017 Wrap Up

Thank you for being good to me, July! I had a blast this past month. I was worried about transitioning back to the States, but so far so good!

Seattle:  I got to spend a week with one of my best friends in the beautiful city of Seattle! The weather was perfect and the sun set at 10pm! AMAZING.

Life-giving talks: After coming back from Thailand, I got to reconnect with so many beloved friends. Thank you Debbie, Grace, Katie, Jay, Faith, Maddie, and Katherine for doing life with me.

Summer XA: I went to NOVA Summer XA for the first time this summer and it felt good to be back. Lots of feelings of nostalgia over how this was how I first got involved with Chi Alpha.

Having a car in Cville: I drove down to Charlottesville for the first time by myself and it felt good. Love love love having a car in Cville and the freedom to go anywhere I want.

Fly Dog Yoga (Aerial, Barre, Heated Vinyasa, Power Yoga): I’m doing 30 days for $30 at a local fitness center and I am LOVING it. I am seeing so much improvement in my yoga practice, flexibility, and overall strength. It also gives me something to do in the midst of working at the hospital.

Core Group Reunion: I met up with my co-leader one last time before she left for Atlanta, GA for graduate school. It was a bittersweet last picnic on the lawn, but I have a feeling this isn’t goodbye. I am so thankful for this WOG’s friendship and her steadfastness. And I look forward to our email chain! I also got to eat icecream with Katie and Jay after summer XA and catch up on how they were doing. I love these girls so so much. Lastly, I got to see Faith and Katie in Cville and we talked over lunch at my place. Man am I blessed by God’s goodness.

Contacting first years: Even though I’m not leading first years, I’m still reaching out to 8 specific girls. And I got to meet up with one of them! Walking into Ohill, I felt the weight of how old I am. I am a 4th year… and everyone looks so young! Wow. I got to share some mediocre wise words of wisdom and just felt at peace knowing that God was over our entire conversation.

Rockytop: I got to go rockclimbing with my housemate Katie and it was awesome. I love rockclimbing and it had been way way too long since I had last gone. It was also a great time getting to know one another and have some real talk.

1st Bodos ticket: My housemate Katie and I woke up early to get the first bodos ticket!! It’s on the 118 things to do before I graduate, so I thought might as well knock it out before all the students come back into town.

Working at the Hospital: I’m back at UVA hospital working as a Patient Companion and God is truly using me here. I pray every time before going into work that God would give me a kind patient and create an opportunity to share the hope that He promises and every time He has answered my prayers! I hope the peace that transcends all understanding is conveyed in the way that I carry myself.

Trying out new recipes: I follow a mainly plant-based diet and I’ve been testing out some new recipes. This month I made ramen from scratch because I was craving it so so badly. I followed this recipe and it completely satisfied my craving. I’m excited to try out more recipes! Next up is vegan tumeric mac and cheese with green peas. YUM!

Lastly, PSA the Ben and Jerry’s coffee caramel fudge non-dairy icecream is a GAMECHANGER. It is so addicting and tastes just like the real stuff, but without the upset stomach or bad breath/aftertaste milk gives you. Everyone has to go and try it out. It also reminds of of the Turkey Hill Double Dunker icecream, which is one of my absolute favorites. SO glad to have found an alternate to it.

June 2017 Wrap Up

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This is a very redundant post because I was in Thailand for the entire month of June and wrote an entire post about it here!

I just couldn’t post my July 2017 wrap up knowing that I had “skipped” my June 2017 wrap up. I know I know. I am extra.

Seattle (July 4-11)

July 4-11, 2017 I was in Seattle visiting my friend from high school. I visited her in Boston last summer, so it was like part 2 of adventures with Anya. It was so much fun! I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle ever since I was in high school and dreamed of going to the University of Washington for grad school.  Continue Reading ->

Thailand (June 1-29)

 

After having a month to process my trip to Thailand, I still feel inadequate to summarize my experience. God moved and revealed Himself to me in new and incredible ways. In addition, He answered all of the prayers I had before going on this trip. These were the previous prayer requests I stated in a previous blog post.

  • God to break my heart for what breaks His heart, during this trip. I want to die to myself.
    • My heart continued to break for the lost during my time in Thailand. Humans were designed to worship and that was made so clear to me in the hearts of the Thai people.
  •  Communication barriers to be broken and for the Good News to transcend both cultural and language barriers.
    • The missionaries I worked with valued the importance of Thai culture and stated their vision to have the Thai church look Thai. They understand and advocate towards the need for diversity in the church body in Thailand. Also when sharing stories of what Jesus did for His people (healing the blind, calming the storm, meeting the woman at the well, Parable of the Prodigal Son), the Thai students still connected with Him. Jesus transcends culture and language barriers. And He can speak for Himself! Let the word speak to His people.
  • One person to come to Christ.
    • TWO people came to Christ!!! Praise the Lord for He is worthy to be praised.
  • Guidance as to give-a-year location and His will for me after graduation.
    • Yes… more info about this to come.
  • That we would be a unified team sold out for Christ and His mission.
    • I was very impressed by my team. Coming as the only UVA student, I was nervous. But all of my team members were open and willing to give it their all every day to share the good news to the Thai students. They took initiative and broke off into pairs or even by themselves.

I also prayed for one more specific thing that I didn’t put in my previous post. I prayed that I would meet someone at the beginning of the month and be able to follow up with her for the entire month. AND OH MAN DID GOD SHOW UP!!! I befriended a girl named Pear who had recently graduated from PSU. By God’s grace, she ended up on our first outing to the waterfall. None of us had met her beforehand and the only reason why she knew about this trip was because a stranger who we had met earlier invited her to come!! She knew English and we hit it off almost immediately. And through more divine appointments, I got to meet up with her every weekend even though she had moved 2 hours away. God continued to bring her back to Hat Yai for work or a friend’s celebration ceremony.  I cherish this friendship and pray that God would provide a Thai Christian friend who would continue to share the truth of the Gospel. God loves her so so much and I just want her to experience that love.

The missionaries I worked with were all so wonderful and it was a joy to work with Kiel and Niina after meeting them at World Missions Summit. Along with Anna who was an absolute gem. God is so good at orchestrating things. I pray that they would start a Chi Alpha at PSU.

Thankful for everyone who financially and prayerfully supported me. Only 2 “real” adults supported me. The rest were recent grads or current college students in Chi Alpha. I was fully funded by my peers! How incredible is that? Despite having college debt to pay off and not having a steady income, they still gave SO generously. Talking to the other people on my team, I realized how rare this was. My teammates were all funded by family friends and/or “real” adults. God is so good. Despite not having a home church, He still made a way. He affirmed me going. He used me to help build His kingdom. He is faithful.

Main takeaways

  • I learned the cost of discipleship is real. Luke 14:25-33 has been weighing on my heart for a while now. I read it before going to Thailand and it has stayed with me since.
  • God is faithful in all situations and can speak for Himself. There is beauty in letting the scripture speak. His people don’t need everything to be translated to them. Christians should instead be good listeners and create space for God to reveal Himself to His people.
  • Discovery Bible study is a great way to share the Good News.
  • Jesus is the only way… And sometimes this weight can be too much for my heart to bear. I’m glad and so so thankful that He has made a way, but I find no joy in knowing that many will perish. There’s nothing special about me. I have done nothing to earn my salvation. I need Jesus. This truth of salvation in Jesus is open to everyone who accepts and that’s why I share the hope that I have and start the conversations that are hard to have/hear. We are all given a choice as to what we are going to worship in our lives (celebrities, academics, career, family, comfort, God).

What/who are you going to worship?

May 2017 Wrap Up

I know it’s July and May was 2 months ago, but here’s my very late May 2017 wrap up! May was a time for a lot of travel and the end of my 3rd year of college.

Munich, Germany (May 2-9): I traveled to Germany with my sister the week before my finals and it was SO worth it.

Naples, Florida (May 13-18): Flew down to Florida with two of my closest friends for a week in the sun.

Completed my third year of nursing! Bring it on fourth year. I’m ready for you!

Graduation: I didn’t get to go to the ceremony because I was working, but it felt like the end of an era. My first year core group leaders all graduated and I couldn’t be more proud or thankful. I had the rare pleasure of being with them for 3 years and will even be able to stay in touch with one of them in cville for my fourth year. God is so kind. I know that this means I am the oldest though and it’s time to step into that role. It’s exciting and scary, but God has affirmed me throughout third year of this change and I’m ready to go in head first.

Prepared for Thailand: Up until June 1st, I worked at the hospital to earn some more money for the trip. And by the grace of God, I reached my budget through people who supported me. So so cool to see God move through finances.

Pre-Thailand Missions Trip

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In 5 days, I will be flying out of Dulles to Thailand for a month long missions trip. It feels surreal to even write this post. There were days where I thought, “God, I ask that you make a way because I can’t go unless you do. Here I am; willing to go where you send me.”

Going to Thailand has been on my mind this whole year, but I haven’t had much time to sit down and process the extent and weight of me going. I feel… anxious, inadequate, fearful. Yet at the same time, I feel expectant, joyful, thankful, humbled, and awestruck.

I am like a grain of sand on an endless beach. And my God is the ocean. So vast, deep, mysterious yet close and steadfast. I am so small in need of a great big God to carry out His call. Lord, I need you. And I am praying expectantly for…

  1. God to break my heart for what breaks His heart, during this trip. I want to die to myself.
  2.  Communication barriers to be broken and for the Good News to transcend both cultural and language barriers.
  3. One person to come to Christ.
  4. Guidance as to give-a-year location and His will for me after graduation.
  5. That we would be a unified team sold out for Christ and His mission.

Romans 10

Dear Savage Sisters

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There is so much I want to tell you, but I’m afraid words won’t suffice in expressing how much you guys have impacted my third year and how much I love you all. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I’ve picked out 24 to help narrate my inner dialogue as I’ve had the privilege of meeting and getting to know each one of you. Continue Reading ->