Hi all. I was gonna update last week but I got sick toward the end so that made it hard to do. What has happened.... well I went to Granada and it was amazing people. It was a crazy adventure where we didn't come back to our hostal until 1am both nights, met some awesome poeple, and Gods grace was all over the trip. As I stood on the Alhambra looking over the Muslium quarter I was just amazed how God fufills wishes that were made such a long tme ago. Forgotten dreams. The whole trip was just a praise to the God who knows us so well.
I need to say that we have had some great speakers here at Rio Vida. Many of them have come from other Torchbearers Schools most often from Capernwray Hall in England but one has come from Taurenhof in Austria too. God has just shown me how much my past affects how I am and holds me back from what God wants to do from me. Thats been hard to realize. Gods says that He makes us a new being when we accept Jesus Christ as our savior but we still carry around the things that have affected us in our past, the difference is that now we have Christ and God to help us through them now. I'm not even scratching the surface of what I've been learning and I haven't even begun applying it all to my life et kids. Its been hard enough to realize my lack of a relationship with God during these past weeks and how much fuller it is now that I am in true fellowship with God and depending on Him to give me strength to get through each day. I know this may seem a radical idea to some of you but its the honest truth... We must realize that we are horrible sinful yet beautiful creatures created in God image who must depend on Him to do the simpliest things. Everything we do is to be praise to God.
I don't know if I've said this before but life here isn't that epic. Its hard to deal with the poeple here at time specially since many of them are a good 7 to 6 years younger than I am and at a totally different stage. When lecturers speak they usualy reference the youngness of our school. But on the other hand we have been getting so much marriage advice its crazy! I mean whoa like almost every speaker has spoken about it thus far. The most mind changing "fact" put forth thus far is that God hasn't chosen just one specific person for us, we have an option of many! What madness is this?? But to be honest it makes it easier on me knowing that I've got some options out there and I might not totally screw up on that one. Also like I said at the begining I have been sick for the past few days which is always hard specially in foriegn country. I cough so much when I lay down that its hard to fall alseep. so please pray for my cough that it basically stops. Another hard thing is not really hearing from people at home. I'm not saying this to lay a guilt trip on anyone, I just want to be honest. I have been making some good friends here but no one is from California so I'll be headed back to Lompoc again with no support structure in place. God has laid it upon my heart to try and find an accountability partner but where in the world do you find someone who won't judge you? I mean thats hard ya know?
OH I should mention that I do have a job for this summer. I'll be headed back to my tiny island in Washington State for another summer at Camp Nor'wester but this time as a unit leader (camp counselor for all you folk who don't understand the Nor'Wester system). No clue what unit but from June 14 to August 25th thats where I'll be back in a tipi! Before then I'll be in Lompoc probably subbing until I leave for Washington in June. Theres a wedding and graduation thrown in there too so I'll be busy *fingers crossed*.
So thats it for right now. I'm posting pictures to my flickr (my sn is mint_green_dot). I'll be sure to update next week sometime. love to you all.