Rush. Stress. Study. More Stress. Tests. Teeth, teeth, and more teeth!!!
Ok, I think you get the point. This is what my life has been like for the last month. I knew beforehand how it would be in this program, but there is just SO much information I'm learning that my head is spinning when I come home. But I got throught the first month, so I know I can get through the rest of the semester. I am learning a lot of really interesting things in my classes, and I love being with the same people all the time. I'm getting to know everyone and make some good friends, and get this, there's one student in my class who was a dentist in Russia! He's the only guy in the class, but he's funny and makes all of us girls laugh when we're feeling stressed about anything. Also, I met one girl in the class who was homeschooled! I was really excited about that because she is the first homescooler I've met at the college, and it's great having that connection with her. There is sooo much more I could tell you, but I won't bore you with the nitty gritty details.
I do want to ask prayer for something specific in my own life. Before I started the program, I knew my devotion time would become more of a challenge for me to keep up, and I was so sure that I wouldn't let that happen. But it has happened...in the rush of getting to school every morning and studying and reading my textbooks, devotions have been becoming a lower priority. I know I need to be disciplined in this area, and I need to pray more about it. I just feel afraid that my heart will get harder if I keep letting the problem continue. As I get involved in the program and become better friends with the new people I'm meeting, I see how easy it is to depend less on God and more on myself. But the reality of the matter is is that God has been taking me each step of the way, even when I don't realize it. So I need to remember to always give the glory to Him, because it's very easy for me to become prideful.
As I'm typing this, I'm looking at our calender, which has a peaceful picture of mountains and the beautiful colors of autumn on the trees. Ever wish you could just jump into one of those pictures and escape life for a little while? I do-I'd love to stay there during this whole upcoming week actually. =) You know what I also love about this picture? It has this beautiful verse from the Psalms which says that God alone is my rock and my salvation. Just like those mountains, He is constant and can not be moved. Even though I haven't been very constant to Him, all along He has been there for me. It puts me to shame just thinking about it as I'm typing these words. My heart is so fickle--one minute it's burning with a passion for the Lord, and the next it's lukewarm and apathetic. I want to change this, but I know it's going to take time and a lot of prayer!
So there it is--a brief overview of my life this past month, and a prayer request. I want to share some pictures that were taken pretty recently. It's a mish-mash of photos taken from our trip to VA Beach and others from my home. I haven't had the opportunity to take as many pictures lately, and I miss having the liberty to pick up my camera and just snap away. Now I am only at liberty to study...oh, and blog occasionally. =) Enjoy the pictures!