For starters, I already have two warnings.
It's required of every student to go to conovation on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's at 10a.m. and it's totally awesome, but while we're all praising Jesus, the RA's are doing room checks.
Let's just say there was a beautiful piece of flourescent green paper with my name on it waiting for me when I walked through the door today :)
I didn't do the dishes this morning before convocation because there were a crapload of dishes in the sink, and frankly it just irritated me. I didn't have time to do them, so I just left for convo and decided to choose the lesser of two evils (you get reps for being late and/or skipping). But that's not all, apparently the trashcan in our bathroom - having all but two tissues in it - needed to be emptied as well. Seriously?
Here's the deal about the dishes: when I use my dishes, I wash them right after using them and put them away. But apparently no one else does that and along with cleaning my own dishes, cleaning everyone elses is my responsibility this week. What this means is that the other five girls in my quad can dirty up as many pots and pans and dishes as they'd like and it's MY responsibility to clean up after them :) How splendid.
So, I put a load in the dishwasher this evening and washed the rest of the dishes in the sink by hand and laid them out to dry. What irritates me, is that I went to the computer lab for a whole 30 minutes afterwards and by the time I came back, there were already dirty dishes in the sink again waiting for me.
I don't mind doing the dishes, but when the only communication that exists between you and your quad is a pile of dirty dishes, it can make washing them out of love a little harder.
Even though there is obviously a lack of camaraderie in my living quarters, God has blessed me beyond belief with these guys:
John and Charlie (aka 'Alabama')
Brandon (aka 'B#)
I know you're probably thinking that I need girl friends. Emphasis on the "girl.' But the truth is that I wouldn't trade these guys for anything. They love the Lord. They also wear really cool clothes and jump off of really tall things and play tag and give each other piggy back rides as they're walking down the sidewalk. It's endless entertainment.
Today at lunch, we all decided that John was only allowed to speak in song. Try imagining some random dude walking up to you singing, "Excuse me, do you have a bandaid?" That's the kind of entertainment I'm talking about. And they also happen to be quite the gentlemen. They open doors for you, pull the car around to pick you up whenever it's raining outside, help you with your theory homework, drive you around between campuses, humor you as you talk on and on about a research paper you wrote two years ago, and drop off tiramisu after you've had a bad day. Mhmm.
I'm still blown away whenever I see "Liberty University" wrapped around the front of Campus North. I'm really here. It's still so crazy to me. To think that God had this planned all along. I still miss home a lot from time to time, but I don't necessarily have to compartmentalize my life. Byrd and Valerie came down to visit me unexpectedly Saturday as I was about to leave to go surprise them in Harrisonburg (hilarious). They got to meet the dudes and we all had the best time chillin' out at Snoflex and playing Scrabble till 12 a.m. at the Whitehart. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy.
I've been sending out texts asking you all how I can be praying for you, and I want you to know that I really do pray for you over my coffee every morning. It's my favorite part of the day.There's something amazing about being in prayer, because even if we may be absent from one another, we can still be together in prayer. I'm beginning to see a glimpse of how it is that Christ holds us all together and I strongly believe that prayer is one of them.
(If for some reason, I have your number and you didn't get a text, or even if I don't know you, leave me a comment here and let me know how I can be praying for you and I would love to!)
Because I sent out to receive a ton of prayer requests and because most of you responded with yours and also asked to receive a request from me, I got behind in responding to everyone :)
So! if you want to pray for me, here are a few things that you should be good to pray about for a few weeks:
- For me to not get overwhelmed or discouraged with my ever increasing list of ''to-do's'' and coursework.
- For my roommate (who is awesome by the way) and the other girls in my quad. That we would see and get to know each other on a regular basis, not just at hall meetings on Tuesday nights and for us to just really go out of our way to love each other.
- For my quiet times; that they would be led by the Spirit, taught by the Spirit, and for them to be just plain rich in the Spirit. My goal is to walk so consistently with the Spirit that even my reactions would be in the Spirit and not of the flesh.
- God's will with making a ministry teams here at LU. I'll find out sometime in March if I get placed onto a team or not, so be praying until then!
If you've made it this far, you deserve a big pat on the back. You're a true friend and it means a lot to me that you would intentionally enter into one of the longest and probably most boring posts of all time. I love you for it.