Saturday, July 23, 2011

Back for a Minute...

It’s been almost two months since my last post. A real abomination if you ask me. I miss blogging. One of my dreams is to write and write (and not with APA or Turabian citations…) but blogging has taken a back burner for the time being. Hopefully not for much longer though. I have so much to share but this post is just a quick update.

It has been an interesting season to say the least. Good in many ways, but also challenging because I haven’t been feeling well and that takes a toll. It has seemed that at least every other week I’ve had something wrong physically – migraines, stomach issues, etc. And throughout all of that I’ve had crazy fatigue. The kind that coffee or soda or 5-hour energy drinks can’t help. All of these little ailments get in the way of everyday life. Anyone who has been in that boat knows that it’s a pain. Recently a doctor told me that he thought I might have an intolerance to gluten. I did a lot of reading online and inquired about it with several people. It seems that I may well have, at the very least, a sensitivity to gluten. There are several tests which need to be taken before I switch to the gluten-free diet (I had one of the tests the other day and got grossly sick after – I’ll spare the details). Once I get the results, I’ll know exactly what I’m dealing with and will take the next steps in going gluten-free. I am tired of not feeling well. I’ve actually never felt “well” … I’ve just adapted to living this way, which is not good. The gluten-free diet seems to be the way to go. It’s worth a shot. I’m sure there will be much to post about that in the near future. Stay tuned…

School is coming to an end (Lord-willing). I finished the two Missions classes I had to take as electives and right now I’m re-taking Psychology Statistics. Initially I was taking the class in the spring but decided to withdraw because I could not understand a thing and struggled to keep up while taking another class. If all goes well (PLEASE PRAY!), my college career will soon come to an end. Though it doesn’t feel soon enough while taking Psychology Stats! Shortly after that class ends, I’m hopping on a plane and going back to the Chi to visit my fam out there. I seriously cannot wait.

After that, I have no idea. When I moved back to NY, my intention was to go straight on to grad school for counseling and I was accepted into a program for the fall, but it seems that God has closed that door. I had no peace about taking out a loan to do something I was unsure about. I know the Lord led me to pursue Psychology and Christian Counseling for my undergrad, but it seems He is not leading me to go down the professional route in grad school. At least not right now. And I’m totally okay with that. In fact, I have grown to care much more about missions than I ever did about becoming a professional counselor. The burden I have for India is so huge, I cannot even explain. I’ve never been there (though I am praying for an opportunity to go) but I have a love for the people. I think about and pray for India every day, particularly the girls who are being enslaved in human trafficking. I know in my heart that I’m called to do something for them, something more than just a monthly contribution. We have been so blessed here in America and there is so much that we can do for the people of India without ever leaving the U.S. – I’ll definitely be writing more about that in the future. In the meantime, if you haven’t read my last post in May, check it out. And check out the ministry, As Our Own.

Anyway, aside from a gross heat wave going on in New York right now, that’s about it. I guess this post wasn’t so quick after all. Lots more to share but I need to go and get my homework done. Trusting God for His grace to get me through the final stretch!

Here's one of the many scriptures that has gotten me through this crazy journey (and continues to help me through!)…

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

His grace truly is sufficient! Rest in Him today.

see you soon, chicago! :-)