I’ve actually been struggling to figure out what to write about for a blog post. Last night, however, I ended up journaling and the words naturally flowed through that. So, prepare yourself for my journal entry:
It’s crazy to think that there are only 20 days left of me being here in Australia. It feels like I’ve been here for a year, but at other times it feels like its flown by. So much has been squeezed into these 4 months, and so many memories & friendships have become close to my heart.
It breaks my heart thinking about leaving my ASC (Australia Studies Centre) family. We’ve gone through so much together, and I can’t imagine my life without them in it now. It’s also crazy to think that we all happened to choose this semester to come to Australia. Any other semester I could’ve picked, I would’ve been with different people. I think God knew that we were meant to be together, and needed each other in this chapter of our lives. Even more so, He knew that I needed these people in my life.
PC: Sam Waters
I’m still in awe of the love and support I’ve been surrounded by (in and outside of Australia). People have encouraged me every step of the way, and for that I am truly grateful. When I was unsure or insecure in myself, God used people (whether it was my host family or other friends), a devotional, or worship during a church service to uplift me. They have reassured me that it’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to be vulnerable, and it’s okay to not have it all together.
PC: Sam Waters
Not many people can say they’ve done a study abroad on the other side of the world for 4 months. I am blessed beyond my understanding, and I thank God for giving me the courage to come here (even though I thought I lost my mind as I sat on the airplane & wondered “What the heck am I doing?!”). This has been an experience of a lifetime.
God has revealed so much to me about myself, and who I can be—who He has designed me to be & what He has in store for me.
I don’t know if I’ve laughed as hard as I have while I’ve been here, or loved “strangers” as quickly & fiercely as I have while I’ve been here. God knew what my heart needed, and has shown His provision in this place I’ve called home.