As the year is coming to a close, this is the post I’ll reflect on it. This year has been a whirlwind. So much happened and I’m still trying to grasp God’s overwhelming love for me and how much He’s been working in my life.
I started my year in Virginia by ending my first and final year at Liberty University. I am so thankful I got to experience that school; people there are amazing and it’s so uplifting to be surrounded by people who have a passion for Christ. I miss DOA a lot; I miss dancing and laughing with them. As the months went on I was home for the summer trying to figure out my next step in life. I spent most of my days with my family, best friends, and my boyfriend. That summer wasn’t very eventful but rather emotional since I decided to study in the Philippines. My last few weeks at home was rough. Saying bye to your family and friends is not easy when you know you won’t be seeing them for almost a year.
A lot of people ask me why I decided to go to school in the Philippines. I always say “I wanted a new experience” or other things along that line, but really, I’m not sure why. I feel like it just kind of happened. But I have definitely gotten that new experience. It’s like a culture shock every week. I believe I’m here for a reason and that God has plans for me while I’m here whether it’s for this one year or four.
So now I am ending the year here and I’m spending New Year’s in Cebu. I’m past my first trimester here and it goes by fast but so slow at the same time. I’m happy to have met so many people in school, churches, Messiah College, and relatives and I’m sure there are many more faces to meet. I miss my family and friends a lot. I feel like I’m missing out on so many things…people’s lives like my little brother’s, my best friends’, and especially my best friend’s baby. A part of me will always be bummed that I didn’t get to see her grow up in her first year and maybe even more, but that girl has one amazing mommy and I love both of them incredibly.
As for New Year resolutions, I don’t really have any except for two: to marinate, saturate, and meditate on God’s Word and experience and share His love more and more. Oh, and get in shape.
I hope everyone has a great New Year! ❤
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3