This week has not gone as expected.
My truck quit on me on Monday which threw my whole week out of kilter. I had planned to move furniture, furnish the apartment, furnish the refrigerator and pantry, etc… I had to remind myself to be patience when I waited for tows, rides, and repairs; which is always a good reminder, but never the most welcomed. Reflecting on the time of this incident, it could have happened on the road on my way to school or at home; delaying my arrive or stranding my somewhere in the middle of nowhere (ie central California.)
Speaking of new digs, I am living off campus- this means that I am walking to campus and I need to set aside 10 extra minutes to get to a class or chapel or whatever, which is a minor inconvience. I have to get use to the idea that I must walk 15-20 minutes to get from the gym… and that means another 15-20 minutes back home (this has a high potential to suck for on squat days). However, I am enjoying the privilege of cooking for myself; I am able to control what’s going into my body and I have to make a conscious decision to buy crap. I love the fact that I can walk out of my room in the morning, make myself a pot of coffee and enjoy it on my couch in the privacy of my own home. My housemates are all great people and I am looking forward to living this year (9ish months) with them. They all love God and have a passion for church ministry. I have the same roommate as last year and it has been good to hear how this summer grew and stretching him and how God is working in his life.
I have been wreck mentally this first week- I need to find my stride because my current one is not sustainable. I am constantly reminded by my body that I am not perfect nor self sustaining, that only through Christ may I do the work that is set before me. This summer, I fell out of habit of opening my day in prayer- something I was constant with during the school year and a habit that made a world of difference. I have moved my computer away from arms reach of the bed in order not to be tempted to check them first thing in the morning.
We have a house warming party on Monday, Labor day. I see it a way for us to be intentional about connecting with those who we have close relationships with and are still living on campus. With me being off campus and not eating in the Caf, it really restricts the amount of interaction I have with certain people. So open the home is one way for us to see these people and maintain these relationships. I am going to miss the long meals in the Caf; just the people, not the food.
I pray that I can juggle my course load, training, and relationships. I have told my roommate to call me out if I start being really irritable and stupid so I can drop a class. This course load is going to be more taxing that last semester due to the subject matter, things may get dicey. If it messes with my heart and mind and cause bitterness, it must be dealt with quickly.
One last thing- I will more than likely post at least twice a week. It seems like my Bible course works sparks some discourse or personal musing that I might most here. Because hey, this is my little nook in the interwebs, right?