Its raining, and today I’m at caribou instead of Starbucks but only because I wanted to get a sandwich for lunch from Bruegger’s Bagels next door.
Although I love the rain, today it feels extra dreary. Maybe because for the first time since last August I am working a 6-shift work-week. Don’t get me wrong, I love serving at the restaurant but I am tired! I don’t feel the greatest but thankfully tomorrow I am having surgery to fix that. (last summer I started getting stomach aches and after 9 months, the doctors finally decided they think its my gall bladder.) Praise the Lord for his faithfulness in that less then 2 weeks my doctors were able to fit in 4 appointments and my surgery because my insurance changes on Thursday.
I will be on the couch for a week and looking forward to every minute of naps, popsicles, movies, spending concentrated time in the word, reading 2 books I’ve been meaning to catch up on and writing notes on all my support cards soon to be post marked.
I’m praying that the showers of April, the chaos, noise, appointments, scheduling, and frustrations of miscommunication will be fruitful in the blooming garb of May. I am excited to begin a regular summer schedule at Good Earth (where I work), celebrating my brothers High School graduation, spending a week at training in preparations for moving in the fall and numerous other things that come with the changing of seasons.
Here are a few pictures of one of the fun things I did do this month.
Last week I had the privilege to speak at the Undergraduate Theological Conference for the second time and was even more privileged to be asked by the keynote speaker, Mark Talbot, Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College for a hard copy of my paper and my e-mail to stay in touch. I was blessed by so many students’ wisdom, research and confidence to present sometimes controversial topics. I think its an incredible honor to be accepted and even to attend an event where you get to hear so many different things from the students at other Christian Schools struggling to fight for continued undergraduate academics in this field.
I by no means have conquered the problem of evil, or fully understood the weight of earthly suffering but I have experienced a taste of it and want to share with colleagues the heartache I have felt in wrestling through theology. I hope and pray this is a blessing and an encouragement for those who have suffered and who need to hear that God is indeed Good, near, and able. Here is the PDF of my Evil and Suffering paper. Feel free to comment, and or criticize. I know its not exhaustive and needs improvement. I am still being conformed to the image of God’s son and with that comes mistakes and faulty ways of thinking.
Today I am honored to have been accepted to speak at the Undergraduate Theology Conference for the second year. I will be presenting a pastoral heart towards the existential problem of evil and suffering.
I am beyond thrilled to announce that this fall I have been accepted to be apart of changing the burden I feel toward the loss by moving overseas. I will be spending time sharing living water with college students while studying in the Middle East, giving me the opportunity to influence the future leaders of surrounding nations. I have the opportunity to continue to learn Arabic and expand my knowledge and understanding of culture; all the while getting to do what I love: talk about my savior! I can’t wait to see how New culture changes my heart!
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