Life is busy and coffee is keeping me going right now! I am into the 4th week of my CNA class…and we are starting clinical on Wednesday! It has been a huge time commitment, but I am grateful for the opportunity, and I do feel like I am learning a lot, and that is exciting!
And…the Olympics! I watched the opening ceremonies with my friends the other night and quite a bit of the Olympics on Saturday evening as well…..I also feel so patriotic and team spirited when the Olympics are on. I really enjoy watching them. Although I can only watch sports for so long before I just wanna go outside and play myself!
Me and my friends have been playing a lot of sand volleyball recently, and that is so fun! I could play ALL day and not get tired of it! Summer time is good :)
And….Uganda is coming up in less than 2 months! Crazy! I am getting really excited about it though and not really nervous yet…so that’s good!
I am reading a book right now called “Kisses From Katie” about Katie Davis, who is working in Uganda with children on the streets and in orphanages..and her experience there. A lot of what she is writing is stuff that totally hits home with me. She writes:
“Sometimes I want to spend hours talking with my best friends about boys and fashion and school and life. I want to go to the gym; I want my hair to look nice; I want to be allowed to wear jeans. I want to be a normal young woman living in America, sometimes. But, I want other things more. ALL the time. I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day. I want to be loved and cuddled by a hundred children and never go a day without laughing. I want to wake up to a rooster’s crow and open my eyes to see lush green trees that seem to pulse with life against a piercing blue sky and the rusty red soil of Uganda. I want to be challenged endlessly. I want to be taught by those I teach, and I want to share God’s love with people who otherwise might not know it. I want to work so hard that I end every day filthy and too tired to move. I want to make some kind of difference, no matter how small, and I want to follow the calling God has placed on my heart. I want to give my life away, to serve the Lord with each breath, At the end of the day, no matter how hard, I want to be right here in Uganda.”
I feel so many of these emotions myself in my desire to go to Uganda. I am comfortable here in Wisconsin….sometimes I want to stay here, to be close (or at least closer) to friends and family, to go to Starbucks whenever I want, to have a car, to have straight hair and to go to the mall….but so much more than those things- I want to serve the Lord and show love to those who don’t know Him. I am so excited about the opportunity in Uganda to partner with the Fowler’s in their ministry and to show Christ’s love to the people of Uganda. And, I am trusting the Lord that He will use me there somehow to make a difference!
Anyways…..this is what’s on my mind these days. If you think of it….pray for me as I am preparing to go to Africa! My final flight date to leave is September 28th, so it is coming up fast!
Off to class again in just a little bit…..life does get busy…but I am thankful for God’s faithfulness, supportive friends and family, and coffee…..!