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People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
audrey hepburn.

Friday, July 29, 2011

you make beautiful things.

HEY guys... so i haven't blogged in ages, but things are about to change... i want to start a weekly update blog. i'm living in Hawaii for the next couple months and want to share with the world exactly what it is that i'm doing here... i'm living on the University of the Nations base, at Ywam (youth with a mission) as a student. I have 4 incredible room-mates and some unbelievably inspiring speakers... the leaders here are so crazy and so full of jesus... it's so contagious and tangible and i am so stoked to be here. We have worship so many times a week i can't even keep track... i am seriously being changed and stretched and transformed. My mind is being blown! There are around 90 students and we live a mere 5-10 minutes from the ocean and can see it from the campus, our sunsets are always breath-taking! still cannot believe i live here!! everyone here wants jesus so badly that i can't help but be spurred on towards him... i love it here. one of my little girls from the daycare wrote me a goodbye card and in it she said "happy university vacation" and that is what it feels like. i am so blessed to be here, to be surrounded by so many encouraging and beautiful people, whose hearts shine so brightly.. we have a saying here when we are so touched or moved.. we get wrecked! i have never encountered jesus like i have here and it hasn't been anything huge or obvious, it hasn't even been falling to the ground or physically feeling him, it's simply how my heart has been touched, and through images he's given me... it's his presence that has been so strong and peace has just flooded my very being. I am after him and there is no stopping me.. i am learning to rest in God's love. to rest in his goodness. to just bask in the fact that i don't have to do anything. there is nothing that i can do to earn his love, or gain his favour. that i have his love, whether i want it or not. that he is in me because i believe. that is so mind-boggling. what? the God of the universe has chosen me. to love. to care for. to listen to. and walk alongside. he longs to have a relationship with ME. wow. i stand in awe of him and what i've already experienced in these 3 short weeks. God is so good.