Category Archives: College

He’s back!

Enjoying two days of family time (a.k.a. post college mission recuperation time). Today has been especially nice.

We’ve been swimming at the pool near our house then sat in the morning sun at the park. We’ve eaten ham and cheese rolls collected from the bread room at college, and we’re now waiting for friends to join us for lunch at home. Tonight we’re looking forward to cooking up a childhood favourite for dinner and then settling in on the lounge for The Biggest Loser finale.

It’s good being all together again.

Doing it alone

Izaac left for college mission this morning. Even though he’s out at college other days, the place feels more empty knowing he won’t be coming in the door tonight.

So far so good on the homefront though. There’s only been tears from the littlest member of the household, but that’s usual. I’ve chopped the vegetables for my dinner during the little one’s naptime to ensure I actually eat something. Even if they are raw. I’m hopeful that the evening won’t be too rough and I’ll get to curl up on the lounge watching some hideously chicky TV on DVD.

If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know things have taken a turn for the worst.

Apr 29 to May 6 – #Mooremission 2012

Later this month, mission teams from college will head to churches across Sydney, NSW and PNG to help local congregations in the work they’re doing telling people the best news ever. It’s a great time of year!

This year, the mission tech crew have upped the ante and launched a new website, where teams will be keeping the rest of us in check (and spur the other teams on) with what God’s doing around the place.

Check it out. Follow along. Get praying.

 

Distractions

What distracts you? Are you distracted by Jesus’ return, or by self-serving sandcastles?

Yesterday in community chapel, we were asked this question.

Paul reminds the Philippians to focus on the end. How foolish it is to start a race, only to fall short of the finish line, having been distracted along the way by the innumerable things vying for your attention. These things are like sandcastles; they will be washed away. Instead, strain forward to what lies ahead. Await the Saviour who will bring transformation to our tired and worn bodies.

Today, I am asking myself:

Am I pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14), or am I an enemy of the cross of Christ, glorying in my shame and setting my mind on earthly things (Philippians 3:18-19)? Do I spend my days being distracted by the thought of Jesus’ return, or by the minutiae of my earthly existence?

 

 

Missing college

Today Izaac went back to college.

Having moved into college accommodation, I can still hear the chatter of the morning tea catch ups and the raucous handball games, but from a distance. It’s tempting to want to spend my days over with everyone else, head in the books and enjoying the lunch spreads.  I miss my friends already, and how easy it was to spend time with my husband by nature of studying together. I wonder what they’re learning and what songs they sung in chapel? Was it lasagne for lunch today?

I’m still very much an L-plater when it comes to spending my days around the home caring for Zoe. I want to be able to spend my time well, not being lazy and not wasting my days. We’ve started to settle into a routine over the past nearly-3-months, so now it’s about working out what that looks like without Izaac here all day. I’m so thankful for this new challenge.

This morning I G(ot)TD

Such a productive morning, which is nice for a change.

I feel as though I’ve had a whole day already, and I’m only just heading off to college.

Things to do for the rest of the day:

  • 1 Corinthians readings for class
  • Keep working on an assignment due next week
  • Make a cleaning schedule to stick on the fridge
  • Start another cowl (stay tuned)
  • Indulge in some catch up TV (trash and decent)
How’s your day looking?

 

A nice slow day

Class was cancelled today because our lecturer was sick.

I’ve been knitting, watching documentaries, plodding along with an assignment, napping, eating and drinking lots of hot water (my new beverage of choice).

 

A worthy life

If you could be anyone else in the world, who would it be? Would it be Cate Blanchett? What about Miranda Kerr? Barrack Obama? Maybe Cadel Evans? Who do you want to be like?

That’s the question I was asked this morning whilst looking at the start of Paul’s letter to the Philippians with some friends. Paul urges the Christians in Philippi to let their manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27). Instead of desiring to have the fame, wisdom, strength or wealth of someone else, we should desire to be a godly version of ourselves.

Paul didn’t let his circumstances impede his gospel service, but rather continued preaching Christ and living for him even whilst in chains. In fact, he sees his imprisonment as something that will advance the gospel (Philippians 1:12)! So often I think that only once my life it ‘sorted out’, or next week when I get back on track with things, that then I’ll be able to start living the fully Christian life. But as Paul reminds us, no matter what our situation, we are called to live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ.

I am who I am, and God has given me all I need for life and godliness. May He help me to live in a manner worthy of the gospel this very day.

 

Back to it

Tomorrow I return to college after four weeks off…one week on mission, one week sick, and two weeks of holidays. In some strange way I feel like I’ve forgotten how to do the whole college thing after the time off, but am looking forward to seeing precious friends, getting back into a routine and hitting the books once more.

Diagnosing your head and heart

In class today we spent time thinking about the importance of prayer in maintaining the spiritual life.

What we are prepared to pray for and, indeed, if we are prepared to pray at all, provide the real diagnosis of where our hearts are because our prayers reveal what we truly value. Furthermore, our prayers show where our heads are, revealing as they do what is our real understanding of the nature of God and his relationship to the world: that is to say, whether we are really theists who believe in the living God of Scripture.

G. Cole, ‘The Evangelical and Scholarship’ Themelios 1998, 24.1, p. 9.

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