Friday, March 9, 2012

Finding Time


As usual, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here. Thank you so much for your patience in waiting for posts for me, and I will try very hard to post more frequently in the future. In an effort to solicit even more patience from you, I thought I might update you as to what I’m doing when I’m not blogging.

The last few weeks have been crazy for me, mostly in good ways. I’m still working 30 hours at the Italian restaurant, and have had to adjust to a new and different school schedule. I’m only taking four classes this semester, and these include a Civilization II, which covers the Protestant Reformation to now, Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives, which is basically an intro to education class that has been very beneficial, as well as a Bible class covering Acts to Revelation and a Core class, which is kind of like a critical thinking class mixed with philosophy, religion, and ethics. All of my classes are interesting and most of them are even fun, but even with only four classes my work load is still fairly significant and takes quite a bit of time.

I’ve also started working with the IRC, or the International Rescue Committee, (rescue.org). I work with a young Bhutanese mother and her two children. I will most likely write an entire post about them soon, but let me just note that this is incredibly fun and rewarding work, and I would encourage any Texans in the Dallas or Abilene area to get involved. There are other IRC sites throughout the country, but you’d have to look on their website to find them.

So yes, I’ve been busy. Work, schools, friends – my days are full. My life is pretty awesome. And yet I’ve also been struggling with time management. Turns out, there are apparently only 24 hours in a day, and no matter what you do, you can’t make find any more hours. I’ve filled up my life with tasks and chores that are all important and beneficial, but along the way I’ve managed to let important relationships in my life suffer. This is unacceptable. I’m now focusing on seeking balance in my life. It is not easy. It means not committing to so much, and it means saying no to things that are good or fun. It means being intentional about getting the not-so-fun stuff done, and it means focusing on the people I’m with when I’m with them. To everyone who feels like I haven’t been there for you recently – I am so sorry. It will change.

I’ve also found that when I stockpile my schedule with tons of things to do, my spiritual life takes a hit. This is simple, obvious stuff, but it’s definitely something I miss way too often. There must be room in my schedule for time to pursue my relationship with the Lord. He has really been reminding me of this lately, so if you’d like to pray for that, feel free to do so.

Additionally, I also wanted to update you on my Africa funds. Thank you to everyone who has been so kind and has donated so much, and I thank you even more for the prayers you’re sending my way. I am about to start working on the summer curriculum for the kids, and I cannot wait. But I still need your help. I’m about $1,000 or so away from my goal. If you would like to donate, please shoot me an email at smh10c@acu.edu and I can give you my contact information.

This blog post definitely feels like a half-hearted, obligatory wave at my poor, patient audience, but fear not; I’m about to spend a very, very long time on the road to Kansas (seriously, why is Kansas even a state?) and there will probably be time to write more. Just wanted to let you know what has been going on with me. 

And, as a final, completely irrelevant note, if you’ve got five minutes and are a fan of awesome women who defy their culture in pursuit of equality and justice, check out this article on 8 women who are playing significant roles in the Arab Spring. Talk about beautiful. You go, girls.

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