Sunday, 29 September 2013

Backwards and forwards 2

Backwards: so this week was my freshers week. It was a lot of fun. I've met so many inspirational people, people that have made me roll around on the floor whilst crying with laughter. It's been one of the best weeks ever.

Forwards: I'm looking forward to starting lectures, and getting in the swing of a propper timetable with lectures and stuff. Lotsa fun to be had!

Pic: panorama shot of all the peeps pulling faces

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Uni first thoughts..

So. Uni has started. It's only the middle of freshers week at the moment,  but as far as I can tell, I'm going to love it here. I just feel like I'm home.  I feel like I've been living here for ages. I have a bad cold and sore throat, but that's not getting me down, oh no!
The other students here are amazing, people who I know I am going to make long lasting friendships with. I'm excited for what the future has!
I'm excited to start learning more and more, and build my relationship with God.
And if that wasn't enough, the place is incredible. The grounds are so beautiful. Like overwhelming how amazing it looks.  Can't actually get my head around it. Wow.
So I'm off to bed, 7.00 start for me!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Backwards and forwards

Backward: whilst nursing our full stomachs after the first roast after the summer, (it's weird to have a roast in the heat, right?) listening to Isaac in the next room talking and playing a game by himself. It was so cute! He won't stay that little for long! He's already 7 next month! Another thing was the amazing below pic I took of him and Elliot. They're crazy. I'ma miss 'em!

Forward: embalking on my new adventure, in Worcestershire. I should really learn how to spell that instead of relying on autocorrect!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Before uni thoughts..

So I'm sitting in bed, it's 25 to midnight, and I'm watching Friends (surprise, surprise). It's six days till I leave for Uni, and I thought this was the best time to tell you all about my feelings for Uni. This is blog was created mainly as a diary, and when I look back at my time at Uni, I want this to be where I start. At the beginning, with my real thoughts. 

At the moment, when people ask me, "Are you excited for uni?" I smile, nod my head, and say, "Yeah, I'm really excited." This isn't entirely true. 

Whilst I am very excited for this new chapter in my life, I am also feeling a lot of other emotions mixed in there. I'm feeling nervous, scared, lonely, sadness, anticipation, curiosity and hope. Let me elaborate. 

Nervous: Self explanatory. It's a big change and I'm going to be sharing a bedroom with someone I don't yet know. Eeek!

Scared: I'm studying Theology and Performing Arts. And whilst I've done, and enjoy performing arts, I've never done anything theology-wise before. What if I don't understand stuff that everyone else does? What if they all know a lot more than me before we start? Whilst I love reading the stories in the bible, and finding more and more about God, doing it in an formal education setting scares me.

Lonely: This is something I'm doing all on my own. Mum's going to take me next Monday, then she's going to leave me there. Then it's all down to me. For someone who comes from a big family, I hate silence. I hate being on my own. This will be a test for sure.

Sadness: I'm extremely close to my Mum and brothers. I'm going to miss them so much, and this is kind of the start of me being a proper grown up, not just by age, and I'm not going to live with them any more. 

Anticipation: As well as being a bit of a Debbie Downer on this situation, I'm also very much looking for ward to it. I know this experience is going to be a good one in the long run. Maybe not for the first bit, but definitely in the long run.

Curiosity: I'm going to meet so many new people, and I'm going to learn so much about myself as a person. I'm excited for that part of it.

Hope: I know this is going to be good, and I'm going to look back on my Uni times when I'm 60, and go, "Yeah, those three years were the best!" I'm living in that hope.

But mostly, when it all comes down to it, I think I'm just worrying about stepping into the unknown. I don't have a clue what to expect, and it's going to be so different. I know, though that God's going to be guiding me through this, and it's going to be a test.


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Time with Zaccy

This past week I have been getting up super early, to take my youngest brother to school. It's been so amazing for me to spend that time with him. Especially as it's only a week till I move to Worcestershire! 
That being said, I am very much looking forward to lay-ins next week when the child minder takes over!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Momentum 2013

So, I've just been to Momentum. I say just, but it was actually 4 days ago now. I'm just so tired! I haven't really been able to catch up on sleep since! I feel so exhausted! And because we snacked constantly throughout the 6 days, I am now constantly hungry! So hard to get back into the swing of things after just 6 days off, eh?

So onto the good stuff!

The actual festival was actually incredible. Definitely next year! I loved it so much and learnt so much. 

The first two days were about being in a community, and that we all need community around us to keep us in check, and to help us through our own journey with God. We need people around us to discuss with and to make sure we're not lonely. So many Christians think all we need is God, and that we shouldn't need anyone else, and that is SO NOT TRUE! Jesus himself had twelve friends to stay around him. That doesn't mean we don't need to have alone time with God, course not! But we do need people around us. 

Then I learnt so much about God and homosexuality, and how the church as a whole have gone round it so so so so so much the wrong way. They pick and choose 'sins' and forget that there are actual people with actual feelings behind the act. It's not just a sin. There was a man there who took two seminars, and he was gay, and married with two children. He was only still there in the church because he was supported by the leaders of his church who taught him the proper biblical principles on homosexuality, but also led him to make his own decisions. Don't you think God is big enough for that?! 

Then Bobby from Chicago came and told an amazing story about healing THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE on one plane ride. How amazing is Jesus?! 'Faith' is spelt R-I-S-K. 

Then there was an amazing preach on theology of work, and how we should worship God with our work lives. Work isn't just a nuisance till we retire. We have to enjoy it, and do it to the best of our ability as well, in homage to God.

Then there was the holy spirit bits, when he moved through people and filled 'em all up. Wow. It's so amazing to hear people from all round the big top laugh, and laugh and laugh.
There was one session though, where God was invited to break people's hearts, and show them the pain he feels for things happening in the world. Oh. My. Goodness.
The noise was horrific. There were people screaming from all round, and it wasn't just like a scream, it was like they were having their arms ripped off. It was heartbreaking for me to think that this is what God was feeling. His screams were going through these people. It was so sad. The people were obviously not hurt themselves, but God showed them things that he knew they were going to help him in. It was refreshing to know that side of things though.
But there were a lot of people healed, and lots of prophesy's, such as "there's someone here who have had 4 relationships, one after another, and one of your partners died.. Can you come and make yourself known, so we can pray for you." And the exact person came!
There was another who had two siblings die, and they were fearing for their own mortality, and many, many more. It's so amazing to hear God talk through people. Wow.
And I think they were the main points, yep. Well, until next time chaps.

Bruno and Olly

Mum, "I always get really confused between Bruno Mars and Olly Murs"
 Me, "Erm..."