After a busy completion to the school year, I spent one week at home, one on Catalina Island at "Chapter Camp" and then 5 weeks having one of the most life-changing experiences I've ever had.
While I would be happy to fill you in totally on my five week cultural exchange, this is not the medium to do so in, so please, let me know if you would like to talk about it! But what I will talk about here is the changes that happened in my mind, in my heart and in my relationship with God.
While my semester was full of really fantastic and fun experiences, I was also struggling with maintaining a long distance relationship, though the distance was not the real issue. This came to a head at the end of the school year, and my boyfriend and I took a 'break' (which is essentially having space to think and process without dating other people). Then, I left for the exchange.
On the trip, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with God and with people who challenged me to follow and know God more fully. I spent a lot of time in scripture and worship. All in all, it was really inspiring and challenging trip, and some big things changed in my life.
So, the essentials:
Then: I thought I would graduate and then apply for the InterVarsity internship (which would still be awesome!) at my chapter.
Now: I really have a heart for global ministry, and hope to be preparing to move out of the country this time next year.
Then: I thought that I would be married to my boyfriend this time next year.
Now: I realize that our relationship was not all that it could have been, and our differences both in communicating and in our goals led to me ending the relationship.
Then: I was vulnerable in conversations or ways that made me seem like I had it all together.
Now: I'm real. I'm not perfect and I don't have to be. It's all good.
All in all? This summer is the best I've ever had. Can you believe it?
How is your summer so far?