Filing Down

Somedays I find I don’t know my faith as well as I thought and then I remember why I’m in the internship program I’m in, to find reasons for what I believe, to have references to back up what I know to be true, to be able to coherently explain it. Sometimes I find that out by discussing it with other people, I learn that I don’t know as much as I thought, or don’t know what I thought I knew as well as I thought and it’s kind of fun, I have to search and find out if what I believe is really true or if it’s something I’ve seen or heard, or even just thought of and turned into a personal belief. I’m learned to file it down to make it solely Biblical truth and I think that’s good.

-B

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One Month Review

So, a month today I started the internship program I’m currently in and I’m still enjoying it. The first week everything was very new, it was orientation style stuff so basic and fun. The last three weeks have been very busy.

We had intensive theology classes seven times a week (twice on both monday and tuesday) for three weeks. That’s busy. The first week I felt incredibly overwhelmed. It was certainly interesting but there was so very very much to learn and some of it I felt like I knew but there were always aspects that were new. On the Friday we had an oral presentation which is just about my least favourite thing on planet earth to do. Like give me a ten page essay, just don’t ask me to speak on something for fifteen minutes in front of a group of people (I mean, it’s irrational, I know the teacher and my three classmates are all my friends but hey, brains! you know?!)

The second week I felt better about class. My brain had started kicking into gear (I hadn’t been to school in like five months okay!) and I enjoyed the second week much more. That weekend we went to The Pas which was exciting and sometimes nerve-racking and it was up there we saw our first snowfall of the season (still no snow on the ground over here in Winnipeg! Gorgeous long autumn!).

Last week we we given an assignment and spent all of our class time working on that. It was going to be due that Friday but our teacher agreed that that was too little time and gave us an extension til yesterday for which we were all very grateful! I could have probably managed my time better though and there was a bit of a rush at the end there (I appear to have had a minor and temporary mental breakdown, as shown last night to the poor people following my twitter)

However I managed to finish the project by the due date!

I have also been living out of my house (during the week) for a month and sharing a room with a friend (I haven’t shared a room since I was about eleven) so it’s been a lot of changes! I have not found I’ve really gotten homesick (except when my mum was unwell) but I do go to school at my parents’ workplace, can text either of them whenever, and see them every weekend so I’m okay! Having a roommate is fun! I’ve been friends with Desi since grade seven but we’ve known each other since we were about seven years old so it wasn’t like I had to “get to know the new roommate” it was just getting to “know” her in a new environment. It’s been fun though, I think it’s been working out and we’re having fun!

We’re both a bit introverted (Des a bit more so than I but we work it out) so we don’t bother each other because we both need that recharge time after a long day. Sometimes I feel like I can be annoying and I probably can be, but I’m working on it! I’m just a bit silly or grouchy or thoughtless sometimes. (Desi, if you’re reading this, I’m working on it! Remind me that I’m working on it if need be!)

The couple that we’re staying with are also super nice! The wife was my grade two teacher so that’s kind of fun, and the husband taught some Bible classes at my school in Jr and Sr high. (grade 7-12 time zone). I’ve also known them both all my life from our church so I’m very comfortable around them but its been fun seeing them in their home environment and how they joke around with each other, or interact with their (adorable) grandkids. It’s been great!

I’m looking forward to this month, we have a more varied schedule, still every week day but a wider variety of things that we’re doing. Today we served by providing child care for the church’s “Mum’s Group” and playing with the kids and teaching a lesson we created for the morning. Tomorrow we’ll be volunteering in my old school (which is connected to my church) so that’ll be fun! I’m excited to see what they’ll have us doing! We’re also going through John Piper’s “The Blazing Cantre” DVD series which has been super interesting so far! AND we’re helping with youth group all this month with Friday night events and on Sunday mornings! Gonna be a gooooooood month!

Internship so far: 9/10 Rating increasing each week. Would recommend.

Talk to you tomorrow!
-B

Busybusybusy = My New Life

Today was busybusybusy as I have a feeling my life will be from now on! Desi and I slept through our alarm (which I’m still not fully convinced ever went off…) and woke up twenty minutes before we had to leave to catch the bus soooooo that was fun.

Then we had theology class all morning. Learned about the death of Christ and certain significant points in that story and where they tie in to other things or have certain symbolic things attached. Quite interesting except it seems like today all of us were just so out of it. Our teacher seemed to notice and decided to let us go half an hour early. He actually said, “You guys seem a bit brain dead, I think I’ll just leave it there for today.” We tried. Sort of. Mostly. I took notes still…!

This afternoon we didn’t have booked for study though, we have trip prep because we’re going to one of the other churches we’re connected to in our province in two weeks so we’ve started prep for that. It sounds like we’re going to be running the children’s ministry program for the morning so we were planning the morning out for that, finding songs. I got to make a craft template for a lantern they’re going to make which was super fun!! =D

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Lantern templates and test runs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight I went to the hospital to see my mum with my dad and my sister (who arrived safely home very late on Monday after flight delays leaving Heathrow airport and a missed connection in Toronto). Mum was feeling much better today, stiffness is almost completely gone and sore throat and fever are gone. There appears to be some kind of heart infection but they’re still working out what exactly it is and how to treat it. She’s on some meds for it now so hopefully those will help. We’re continuing to pray for her, sleeping has been a bit hard while she’s been in hospital, and we’re praying that she will get completely healed so that God can blow the doctor’s away with a miraculous healing! 😉 (they’re already a bit stumped that all the soreness and the fever has gone away without any treatment. She’s just been on painkillers til the meds for the heart infection today) I’m also praying that she’ll be able to come home soon. She’s been there since Sunday and we want her healed/treated/healthy and out of there ASAP!

Thanks again to those praying!
Talk to you tomorrow!
-B