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*hey, i’m still alive

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So it’s now been… a long time since my last post. I think the last time I wrote was for my 20th birthday, which was definitely in July. Seeing as it’s March now.. You do the math. (No seriously, I don’t trust myself with those kinds of calculations. Or any calculations, for that matter.)

I didn’t intentionally fall off the map. I actually had really good intentions to keep posting throughout my freshman year here at Moody, but little did I know that Moody actually stands for Mostly-Or-Only-Do-Your homework. (I just made that up. Ha. I’m so funny.) In all seriousness though, adjusting to my first semester was a bit like whiplash: a (giant) new city in another country at a new school, without any familiar faces, with a new job. It was a lot of change all at once, and in the madness of scrambling to finish readings and papers among all those adaptations, blogging kind of fell on the back burner.

Still, I’m sorry.

So here is a quick recap on a few things I’ve learned in the last however many months:

One) Attend Bible school to learn that you know nothing. Seriously, I don’t know if there has ever been a more humbling time in my life than the first few months here. I had always been a good student, but I was struggling to comprehend the theological concepts I was learning at a rapid-fire speed in my classes. I am a good reader, but the amount of readings I am assigned in a week is well.. a lot. And I like writing, but I don’t know that anyone enjoys churning out 10 page papers on the regular. Those things were hard, but I think the hardest (and best) thing about this experience is that my understanding of God has been totally blown away and is constantly being reshaped and redefined. It’s incredible. I will happily know nothing for the rest of my life if I can just keep getting to know the Lord.

Two) The Bible is the best thing.. ever. I always struggled with quiet times, and definitely go through some patches now where I do still struggle to be consistent, but I’m so blessed to be in a phase of life where I’m forced into the Word for extended times everyday. Because it is honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me. There is such hope to be found, so much love to be felt, so many things to learn. I truly believe it is impossible to be exposed to Scripture at such length without being changed, and I praise God for that.

Three) Living with a lot of girls is challenging, fun, better than anything I could have imagined..? To be honest I was very apprehensive about living in the dorms. There aren’t really words for the appreciation I have for my floormates – they have come alongside me and lived this last year with me in such a spectacular way. They have showed me Christ’s love in every imaginable way, from foot massages during a week that I was working crazy hours, to randomly giving me sweet words of encouragement. These friendships have been so good for me. So good in fact, I applied to be an RA and am very happy to inform you that I was fortunate enough to be chosen! How good is God?

That’s all for now. I actually have a paper I need to write, so I should really go. Yayyyyy, procrastination.

much love and many blessings,

mag

 

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