Hello, friends! Long time no see. I made it to New Zealand and to the Bible College, after days of traveling (seriously, it takes 40 hours of traveling to get to New Zealand from Finland). It has been only a few days now, but New Zealand is incredibly beautiful. The Bible School itself is located on a ranch, so there are cows feeding and horses skipping up the hills on the backyard. There is a beautiful lake only a short walk away, making it the perfect spot to go and let your soul relax.
But for now, I am still settling in and trying to take in all the beautiful nature and great people that are here. So now, here are a few bits of y life shared with you.
Reading now: And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers. I love everything that I have read from Francine Rivers and so I bought a few of her books at Christmas with a gift card that I got. And the Shofar Blew tells the story of a dying church that brings in a new pastor. The church starts growing and yet, not all is right with the pastor or the way the church grows. So far, it has been a good, challenging read and I am enjoying the book.
Reading next: Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. We have a women’s class on the book of James this semester, and we will be reading Hinds Feet on High Places alongside the class. Once I finish with And the Shofar Blew, I will be moving on to Sons of Encouragement, another book from Francine Rivers that I have been wanting to read for a long time.
Enjoying: The beautiful weather in New Zealand. We had such a cold January (-27 Celsius at best) in Finland, with plenty of snow — so summer and the hot blazing sun is something very different. But the nature here is absolutely beautiful and I cannot get enough of the scenery, it is so incredibly beautiful. I am truly blessed.
Listening: to the life stories of people, the many ways God has worked in their life and in them. It always is a blessing to hear people’s testimonies, as our God works in so many different ways. To be honest, sometimes life feels so small and our souls shrink under the weight of the small life pressured to grow big — but then, these moments come when you realize that it is never about your life but all of it together, these pieces of a body put together to form that greater purpose. And there, it is okay for your life to be small — because you were never meant to be great on your own.
Praying: about this coming semester, what I would like and expect of it, what God has purposed to happen this semester, in what ways can I and will I grow. I think great things, or great growth, will come — which is why it is on my heart to pray for an open and willing heart for this season of life.
Scripture: 2 Corinthias 12:9-10