Saturday, April 4, 2009's April!?

For most, April 1st was a chance to fool everyone and laugh. I personally had a slight freak out session. Ok, so it wasn't so slight. With it being March, my expected departure date seemed oh-so-far away. I still had time to raise the funds, spend time with people one last time, etc. April!? It is now APRIL!? That realization came to me at work. Tears filled my eyes, I began to babble uncontrollably and wave my face to fan my fears away. I was obviously unsuccessful. My expected departure date is now best expressed in weeks instead of months. In 20 days, I will be flying to Denver for training at WorldVenture. We're talking in days now. Oh. My. Gosh. Freak. Out. I've been attempting not to panic which usually involves just not thinking about it. I have a feeling that's not quite the healthy response. Luckily, I have friends that are masters at calming me down...mainly by reminding me Who is in control. Most of my freak outs come from me trying to feel as though I'm in control of all this. We can see how well that's going, right? :) I've said it once and I guess I'll be saying it for the thousandth time, it is just awesome and incredible to see how God works through people. To know that I'm surrounded and supported by my family and friends and even absolute strangers means the world to me. How cool is the body of Christ!? It's led me to laughter and tears. It helps to melt my fears and insecurity of support raising to see how God truly does have all of this in His control. I'm still working at giving Him that control and not trying to take it on. 

PS: That's really hard. Really.

Today is a beeaautiful spring day in Lynchburg. Spring is, in fact, my favorite season. Winter is disappearing and buds are appearing everywhere. Flowers blossom and the sun shines. Love it! Oh, and I must tell you how my trip to Georgia went. Whew, what an adventure Mary and I had! We spend Friday night up to Saturday early evening with my great friend Jill. I'm hoping that it wasn't the last time that I'll get to spend with her before I go but I do know that I'll see her when she comes to visit me in Uganda!! THAT will be exciting! Jill, I'll make sure to scout out the nail salons for you in Kampala. :) After that, we headed south of Atlanta where we experienced an extremely generous church where my friend Bryan is the youth pastor. I ended up sharing my testimony (very last minute) to the youth group. It was a cool reminder to see how far God has taken me from an angry teenager who wanted nothing to do with God to a woman who is heading overseas for Him. Amazing, right? He does such miracles. I then was able to share with the church how they could be involved in His work in Uganda. Ah, public speaking. God uses the weak to show His strength, right? He proves that in me. 

Speaking of such...I've started reading in 1 Corinthians. It's been awhile since I've read this book and oh my word, there is just so much that He's been teaching me! Chapter three has especially taught me. Paul admonishes the Corinthians because they've started claiming that they are Paul's disciples instead of Christ's. Check it out: 

"For when one says, 'I am of Paul,' and another, 'I am of Apollos,' are you not mere men? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth." (3:4-7)

And what is Sarah? Sarah is a servant of the Lord who plants and waters but only HE causes growth. Pray that I continue to recognize my role in Him: a servant obeying His commands.

Tonight we're having an office party, the last one before I go! It's a tradition that we have each semester. It's potluck style and I just love it. I have been so blessed with this job for the past four years. We've always had awesome student workers and have become like a little family. It's going to be so weird to not have this all be my every day life anymore. Time to get that lasagna started! :)

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