Dearest friends, you’ll have to forgive my recent blogging hiatus. School has been swallowing me whole as of late. It’s been super busy and certainly stressful at times, but I’m thankful for the fact that, the deeper I get into my major (Art Education) the more I love it. This semester has been a big one for me because 1.) I’m completing a big, rather scary art interview that all art majors have to pass in order to keep making their way through the program, and 2.) I’ve discovered a love of oil painting.
It’s been a significant semester in regard to discovery, art making, and also stress levels. There have been times when I’d give anything to just abandon everything, put on oversized pajamas, make two hundred blueberry muffins, and watch Gilmore girls for an infinite amount of time. I always start to repeatedly catch myself fantasizing about relaxation and simplicity at this point in the semester. Luckily, Thanksgiving break and Christmas break are right around the corner! As I was saying to Tim last night, what value would a “break” have if there was not an exhausting amount of “busy” preceding it? At least, that’s what I’m saying right now, as a means of coping with this crazy season of life.
And then, there is Christ, calm and steady in the midst of my uncertainty, reminding me, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) That truth is so much greater and so much more long-lasting than any change in schedule could ever be.
Tim and I have started helping to lead a nearby youth group- the one that we met in, actually, when we were fourteen and fifteen. It’s already been the most amazing and rewarding thing! We love getting to invest and develop relationships with each high-school/middle school student in the youth group. It’s been so encouraging for us. A couple of weeks ago, we went on a retreat with the youth group called The Getaway. It was just as it sounds… a chance to get away from all of the craziness that happens at this time of the year, and just recharge and connect with each other and with Christ. We played games, enjoyed being surrounded by nature, learned about Christ and laughed more than one might think possible. It was refreshing and so life-giving! Here are some photos from the weekend.