Tuesday, September 25, 2007

country girl merges with inner city life...

Yup I'm here! I was nicely chauffered by my dear brother Adam to Manhattan a week and a half ago... after dropping me off he headed up North to New England.

So I've officially been here for a week plus. I got here not this last Sat. but the Sat. before. I have been here for 10 days:) Wow! I'm still such a Newbie!!! Which is totally evident in my lack of knowledge about the streets and knowing the subways.

It's definately an adjustment. One of the biggest things is adjusting to the size of the apartment, the living quarters. For NYC we have a big apartment but compared to where I've lived all my life it's rather small and will be close to alot of other people...not even outside the apratment. As people students join us there will be alot of people.

This week we have 8 girls and 4 boys joining us as our 1st Dicipleship Training School in Manhattan! Yeah. So we'll get 8 more people living here. There will be 4 girl students per room and than 2 staff girls per room. So twelve of us are fitting into 4 rooms! This is going to totally be COMMUNITY LIVING! Wow! But I do have some parks out there with bigger spaces and grass and trees:)

Hey it'll be like when Jesus lived with his twelve disciples;) THey probably squished sometimes too. I've never really thought about Jesus having living accomadations too. He lived Urban to in Jerusalem...there ain't alot of room there either!!!:) Cool beans:) I'm doing my staffing a DTS like Jesus did...'cept he traveled all over the place too.

Well I have indeedy seen a celebrity. Which was kinda weird and like wow! Really!!? I have officially seen Jonathan Taylor Thomas with my own eyes! I was goin' to an evening service via subway and JTT and his girlfriend got on where we did. I ended up almost across from them...a little diagonally...and I looked at him, and said to Rachel next to me, "Is that Jonathan Taylor Thomas?" and she was like "I think it is." Like she really did...and you tend to question if you really see a celebrity when you do...it's like if Jesus showed up at your front door and he said who he was would you believe him;) well kinda like that:)

JTT is short with tall hair...and still attractive. He was with his girlfriend who had an accent. We could hear her talk but when JTT talked you didn't hear him at all. He probably didn't want people to recognize him! He's going to a university near us. Which is like 4 stops from us. So that was cool.

Made me start thinking about celebrity status... basically it means alot of people know who you are and know your name. Does that really matter? If I didn't know Jontathan Taylor Thomas from a few movies/shows etc....I'd have admired him but not remembered him much. It wouldn't have made such an impact. And if God and you don't know each other, it don't matter much that people know you 'cept if alot of christians know who you are, they can pray for you;)
(my deep thought of the day;)

I talked to Krista this evening. I won't be seeing here until next year:( We are officially best friends! There's been alot of time in life where our hearts weren't in unity like they are now. Which is really awesome. God's done alot in both our hearts. He IS VERY GOOD:)

So the next few months here will be an adventure in learning more about God and hearing more from him and growing and encouraging others to grow and blessing and imparting and listening to others. And it will be awesome to see what God will do. He is doing alot even now and in the past to bring this school together to bring all us staff together, to get us here to this place that HE has called us to for this time!

Pray: for all the students as they arrive. A couple of them have international flights. Pray for the ones that are suppose to be here to be focused on getting her. That people won't be disctracted by things that keep them from coming. That all their finances will come it. Also for Gods peace and unity as 18 people learn to live together in small NYC apartments. (the apartment I'm in though is big for NYC!)

I know God will do some awesome things!

Please drop me some comments! I do miss my family while I'm here....and people. Love to all!

Friday, September 14, 2007

...starts with a single step....

Well this is my last full day at home....wow.

Adam is driving me up to New York City-Manhattan tomorrow. We're leaving at the bright and early time of 5 am. We'll probably be up before the roosters....

It will take us 6 hours (depending on the traffic...but being that early I don't think the traffic will be that bad, but I think we might hit rush hour traffic somewhere...hmmm, oh well) to get there so we'll get there around lunch 11/12 o'clock.

Yesterday I did most of my packing. I have this huge bag...when it's empty it looks like a body bag....not even quite full yet with tons of clothes. I remember my last time with YWAM I felt I didn't have enough clothes. I'll be home for Thanksgiving so I can adjust if I have WAY TOO MUCH.;)

In my heart I feel ready to go. It feels a little anti-climatic. My parentst left early this morning for a weekend at a friends beach house...and I said bye to Krista Tuesday of this week. So tomorrow I'll only have Adam to say bye too.

I wonder if this will be my "final leap" from the nest...of if I'll circle back around and stay awhile again. In some ways I hope it is my final leap. I think it hurts my pride some that I'm 25 and still live(d) at home. I live at home for long chunks of time than I live somewhere else than I come home again etc...:)

I wonder if this opportunity will be a giant fork in the road or just a long detour.

I'm excited about going to David Wilkerson's church on Sunday-Times Square Church! My home church is casual...so I've wondered if they're casual...but I wouldn't think so...so I've packed some dressy clothes. I'm sure you wanted to know that.

I kinda want to leave today....I'm ready to go!!! Oh well...it's a lil' hard cause I'm a night person and can easily stay up until 2am...but I should go to bed earlier and than get up at 5am! I'll sleep in the car. Adam said, "if you can with my music going."

I believe when I first get there I'll be sharing a room, a room with a bunkbed with Rachel a photographer (she's also on staff). It sounds like the room is small. And that it's a temporary set-up. I sure hope it has windows. And I hope to find a park with trees and grass. I could always grow grass in my room...that'd be weird, never mind. I'm a country girl ya know.

I should write again soon after getting up there. Pray for me!:)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

all I don't want for christmas are my 2 wisdom teeth...

Ok...today i got 2 wisdom teeth pulled. It is not my favorite pastime actually. It was fast but the after effects were not soo good. Argh! But I'm glad I got them out this soon...I had my exam yesterday and they got me in today.

The nurse that helped the doc and me alot was awesome. She's a believer.

So right now I have really low energy...haven't eaten solid food since breakfast. It's like a popsicle, shake and vanilla ice fast...Yikes...my mom asked for my teeth. Now they sit in my room in a little coin envelope. Maybe I save them for when I get dentures or try to put them back in...i thought they were perfectly fine;)

I leave in like 9 days...maybe some less.

Sunday is my last Sunday at my home church:(

God is leading me to a new season. It will be awesome!