Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I stink at blogging...

Okay... so I haven't blogged in 21 days. Sad. But lest you think I forgot about you I thought I would catch you up. I have been busy with applying for Student Affairs jobs at NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) and universities in the Waco area. We are trying to find a job around Waco so we can stay and Marc can finish at Truett Seminary. I have applied for a few jobs here at Baylor and I am excited to be interviewing for one at NASPA. It is the first round interview so I covet your prayers. I am attending NASPA March 5th through the 11th for the NASPA Placement Exchange (a national gathering for job seekers and institutions to get "matched up") and the NASPA 2008 annual conference. It is in Boston! Did I mention it is in March? Boston...March...

So I have been very busy with applications and my hubby has been very helpful with all of the logistics of applying and all of the crazy busy work of filling out your address and previous employers approximately 50,000 times. It is funny what we do to make more than $9,000 a year! :)

We also recently moved! When I say recently, I mean on Saturday. It was awesome. We had 14 people total moving us and they were so great to help us out. We started at 9:40 and were all moved in by about 11:30! Our new apartment is two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a bigger kitchen a dining room and a living room! The dining room and living room are one large room, but the dining room has linoleum flooring and the living room has carpet.

I will post pictures soon (or probably during Spring Break). Another thing is that miraculously our cat Oscar decided to be normal and actually drink out of a bowl for a change. This miracle was in conjunction with our move. Since the move he hasn't begged for water from the faucet at all! Divine intervention. :)

Our spare bedroom is great for our computer and my craft stuff. It is fun to have a space for everything. This is the first time in our married life we have had more than one room! What a joy it is!

I am scatterbrained and this post is rambling and I am tired and in desperate need of heavy-duty study time for my midterms next week. I shall say goodnight. May you all know the measureless love of our Lord and Savior more as you travel through the week.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The New Normal...

Pray for contentment in my spirit.

I want to be okay with whatever God has in store for me in this next stage. It is hard not to let pride get in the way sometimes, but I know that God knows what I need and that He called me to this Master's program and it is unlikely that He did that without reason. He will provide just the job I need that uses my skills and talents. I just have to be okay with the waiting.

Last night I ran into a friend who works here at Baylor. We are really that close, just very friendly acquaintances. She works in Campus Ministries and her name is Becky. She said, "You will make it, sometimes you just have to redefine what 'making it' is." I thought that was a good word.

I have been listening to Sara Groves lately and I heard this song and thought of us (both you and me) and our transitional time right now.

The One Thing I Know

And the clouds just parted on a corner of my life
And I can see for miles
And the things I was stuck on
Things I thought would never change
They just broke open wide

This is the one thing I know
You said you won't let me go
You said you won't let me go

And the veil just lifted
I can finally understand
The way you work in me
But even if I didn't
You are still a sovereign God
Who has a plan for me

It 's good to know you work with hurt and broken souls
And that you'll take a soul like mine
And it feels like I've been waking up
Only to fight with the same old stuff
I was caught in the habits of a lifetime
Giving up I could never find the right time
All the indefensible things I would defend
All the million ways that my heart was bent
Then the clouds just parted

It reminds me of how I will feel when it is all over and I can see how His hand was in every moment. Sometimes the clouds are so thick and heavy I feel like I can't breathe or move, but I know that this too will pass. God cares for me and wants my success in life--but I also have to
be willing to surrender what my idea of success is so that it can be replaced with His idea. The funny thing is, I worry that the creative God who had the insight to create the duck-billed platypus and the Northern Lights somehow won't think "big" enough for Carrie Anderson.
Why do I think so little of my God that I believe the lie that He would settle for less than the best for me?

Now I am not naievly saying that I will never go through tough times... I have seen to much evil in the world to believe that lie. I am saying that I must believe that God desires for my good and that His idea of good is much higher than my own. Placing my trust in the hands of a Good God cannot be a bad thing.
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