This Time Around

Phew, the school year has started and my head is still spinning! But I must say, it’s going to be a good year and I want to take you along for the ride. So, here we go for another year at boarding school with new faces, stories and prayers.

I am so pumped about my hall this year. I’ve got new freshman who are precious and actually hang out together. I feel like last year my hall was divided and not that interested in being friends – and I know a lot of that had to do with me. I was just apathetic and a little depressed, so I didn’t get into the whole bonding/uniting everyone thing. But this year I feel more like myself and it’s great. I actually put cute name tags on the girl’s doors with a picture of a landmark from their hometown. I also made a decoration for the wall for people to see when they come in:

Yes, that’s the teacher in me, can’t help it. My desire for the hall this year is unity and I think we’re on our way. I like my prefect a lot (from South Korea) and really I just love all the girls. It’s so good to feel like myself – but a better version of me. Amazing what a little counseling can do.

I’m also pumped because I’ve got a handful of girls who are coming to Windy Gap! Whoa, craziness. Last year the weekend fell over fall break, so I only had one girl come. It was tough because I didn’t have the relationships I do now so when I said, “Hey, wanna come to Windy Gap, it’s awesome!” most people looked at me like I had a third eye. But this year is different because from the beginning, I know these girls. When everyone came back, it was like no time had passed. It just made my heart so full to have girls run up to me and give me huge hugs, bursting to tell me about their summer vacations. My prayer continues to be that the Lord would use me at school to be a light in the darkness and to love these girls like Jesus does. They just need to hear about Him one way or another, whether that’s through going to another school’s YL club or participating in one we create at school on our own. Gotta get the truth out there amidst the chorus of lies they hear on a daily basis.

Here are some other fun pictures from the athletic banquet (where new girls find out if they’re either Gold or Purple for the rest of their high school career) and opening banquet (also known as “Smoosh Cake,” where the seniors get a piece of cake with charms inside that tell their future):

Silly seniors

The battle between gold and purple lives on!

New girls eagerly await being dubbed

Love the faces

Love these girls

Precious freshman

Sweet seniors on my hall!

Windy Gap? Yes, please

Gonna be a great year folks

Like I said before, personally I feel better than I ever have. I feel alive again. The Lord has done some major work on my heart and I am thankful for friends and family who have been walking with me through everything. I honestly feel like I had to go through a wilderness period over the past couple of years so I could come out the other side with an entirely new dependance on the Lord. I don’t pretend to know the ways of God (ok, I do sometimes), but I think He slowed me down and stripped me of my comforts so that I would deal with the junk in my heart. I was so blinded by my wounds and ideas about how life should be that I couldn’t see who God really created me to be. I’m still figuring it out, but what I’ve found is that the Lord loves me more passionately than I ever imagined, He has a plan for me and I am free. Why do we sometimes continue to live in bondage when we don’t have to? I am free in Jesus and I pray that I continue to believe the truth of His goodness above the lies of the world.

Here’s to 2010-2011! May the glory of the Lord shine on me and be a light to those in darkness.

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