This is my blog post for May so first of all, sorry that it’s late :/
It’s been a great month, I turned 26 at the beginning of the month and celebrated with a BBQ with some friends and the largest marshmallows I have ever seen :) The BBQ felt like being back in England, we were never sure if it was going to rain but thankfully the weather held :) A few days before it was great to enjoy the nice weather and go for a hike in the Kaiserstuhl near Freiburg :)
Over the last week my parents came to visit and I was able to take the week off from Starbucks and do less for the church (just for that week ;)). It was amazing to see them and spend time with them and also just to have a bit of break from work. We enjoyed a few days in Freiburg but also a day in Heidelberg and in Basel. The picture with the bear is in Heidelberg (I’ve named the bear Heidelbear, although I’m not sure if that’s his real name :)) and on the bridge is in Basel. It really was great to spend time with them, I’m truly blessed to have the parents I have.
And over the weekend I was in Mauerstetten with Darja and her family. It rained a stupid amount but the weekend was great and it was really nice to be able to have a Sunday off and spend time with her family.
I had my first exam at the bible school a couple of weeks back. It was an oral exam about the New Testament, looking at Matthew - Acts. I had to memorise 62 bible verses, be able to talk about what happens in every chapter of those books and know about the history of what was happening at that time. I’m happy to say that I passed!! :) and I really enjoyed the exam too :) I’m looking to do the next part of the New Testament exam by the end of the year.
Church has been really encouraging recently. I’ve been so encouraged to see more new people and especially encouraged to see how the team is growing spiritually. It’s so exciting to me to see God working in people and to think about how so many people have moved forward compared to last October. A couple of Fridays ago we had a team meeting together and God led us to take a long time to pray for one another at the end of the meeting. The sense of family was just incredible and it was amazing to see God speaking to people, encouraging them and strengthening us as a team.
God has also been speaking to me a lot about praying for people, especially for our team. To lift them up in prayer and to take time to listen to God about what he wants to say to them, about how he wants to build them up and encourage them. He’s also been speaking to me about praying for people in my surroundings who don’t know him and has been deepening my desire to see them know him. There are so many people in my surroundings who I just want to get to Jesus because I can see how much they need him. They’re carrying heavy burdens that he can take away, struggling with situations that he can help with, seeking satisfaction that only comes from him and I just want to get these people to Jesus and let him transform their lives.
God keeps on speaking to me about my role here and keeps revealing more and more of the things that he’s put in me that he wants to use and I’m working on making more and more room for him to do that. And I can see where God is continually working on my identity, that I might know my identity in him more and more, he’s teaching me to find my rest in him and to put him first. I’m hungry to know what God wants to do with me and I’m learning to open myself up more and more to his voice, to his direction. I’m continually striving to make it less about me and more about him, that I might point people to Jesus and that none of the attention would be on me.
It’s so encouraging to me to look back and see how much I’ve changed and grown and I’m excited about what God still has planned for me because I know he’s still got a lot more in store :)
Thanks for reading and before I go here’s my favourite German phrase of the month: Hast du einen Clown gefrühstückt? Literally: Have you had a clown for breakfast? But actually is a way of saying that someone thinks they’re funny when they really aren’t :)
God bless you all!