“Take Heart, I Have Overcome the World” John 16:33

Being away from home last year (2016) for Easter was hard on me. It was the first Easter I had ever been away from my family. For much of my life, Easter was about time with family, Easter egg hunts and going to church as a family. Growing up, I may not have realized what Easter was really about– Christ’s sacrifice, death and resurrection, however I knew that it was a Christian holiday and that my family gathered to celebrate it.

Growing up, we would go to church, then have a family meal and find our Easter eggs and Easter baskets. Even when we grew older and it was my nieces’ and nephews’ turn to search for their Easter treats, my older sister always got things for us “older kids”. She is so thoughtful in that way, for all things.

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Unconditional and Unfailing Love

In starting a blog, one of my missions is for you all to know me a little bit better. Being truly known is something that I really strive for in my relationships (as many of us do I’m sure) and I hope to let you all in a little bit more and more with each blog post.

 

One of the things I think is important for you all to know about me is how and when I became a Christian.

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Be Courageous, Take Heart

“And further and further, my heart moves away from the shore. Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am yours.” Bethel Music “In Over My Head (Crash Over Me)”

 

This was pretty much my anthem for 2016. I was moving away from the only place I had ever called home, leaving all of my close friends and family behind and setting sail on a new adventure with my husband. The beginning of 2016 was probably one of the most challenging times of my life. I had a homesickness that I had never experienced so intensely before. We were starting new jobs (which can be difficult on it own), in a new state (added difficulty), learning an entire science curriculum of classes to teach students (the difficulty continues), and training to become challenge course facilitators (for my first time ever).

 

I was so nervous and anxious about the challenge course portion for a couple reasons. 1. The only time I had ever personally participated in a challenge course was in grade school when my school went to camp Whitcomb-Mason and I think I refused to do the high ropes stuff. 2. The amount of responsibility placed on you to ensure safety made me so sick to think about. There were so many times that I wanted to back out– to call the camp and say that we wouldn’t be taking the positions after all, to stay with my family and friends and unpack all our stuff, to turn back during our move when everything was going wrong. I was so tempted to ask that I only teach the science courses so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the challenge courses at all.

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