***If you're reading this you're probably thinking: Natacha, why are you still doing updates? City Project is over. Yep. City Project is over but I want to continue writing. There's something so freeing about blogging that the rest of social media can't capture. So there's no turning back I guess. This space is mainly for myself and if there's a chance that someone reads this, I hope they're encouraged.
LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS
I’m convinced that the mountains are a great refresher to slow down and remember what you are called to.
Before the trip: I knew that this trip was planned for the end of the summer months in advance but the day came for us to travel north I didn’t want to go. At all. I dreaded the 12-hour car ride, and the rain that was predicted to come, and the fact that I would be away from home for an extra week. Coming out of CP I just wanted to be home and rest. That’s all I wanted. And God did grant that request- just not in the way I envisioned. I wanted to be home, in my room, watching Netflix but instead I received a better situation- being surrounded by God’s creation, knowing more of Him, and resting in His blessings (that even sounds more uplifting, right?).
During the trip: In the midst of planning activities for each day and scheduling around the rain, I would describe MA as peaceful. I felt His peace when I sat outside each morning in the crisp mountain air and read my Sword. I felt His peace as I climbed the trails- in awe that the God of the Universe is the only one who could create mountains like these. I felt His peace as I walked the quiet streets of MA- thankful that I got to explore new places.
I felt His peace all around me. MA, I apologize for doubting your beauty. And to my God, thank you for showing me good in the mountains.
ADVENTURES W/ CLARE
I believe God puts friends is our lives that uplift us even in the busiest of transitions and changes and Clare is definitely one of those friends.
I knew the transition going to back to college was going to be an adjustment but I was busier than I ever imagined. It's easy to get overwhelmed in times like these but it also helps to have friends that remind us to take a break and enjoy life.
Adventures with Clare are always great. She's always down to get excited about the simple things- like eating way to much pasta in the dinning hall or having fun at a concert in the pouring rain.
Clare is a person who cares and that is so evident in her friendships. Whether it was a random snapchat, a new song for me to listen to, or notes to get me through my first week back- she's was there (from miles away) constantly encouraging me.
If you have friends like this keep them close. They are MAJOR blessings.
The first two weeks on campus are always a highlight. God's blessed me with reuniting with old friends and making new friends from all around the world. I'm so excited for this school year and all it will hold! Please join me in praying for all the students who are searching and seeking. Pray that they would find Jesus, who gives us purpose & meaning in our lives.
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.