Hello from Waterloo!

I love my new house. I love how homey I feel here; I am SO blessed beyond measure. And I know this is all Christ’s work… my roommate Mary and I prayed over the house. The Holy Spirit gave her the words as she prayed for the kitchen, for my time in it and for us as a house and our time together that this whole place would just be a holy temple of Him and His goodness alone and that He would be glorified in all that we do and take pleasure in what goes on here. In all of my time here in Waterloo I just pray that He would be served and praised and given all glory and honour.

My room is mostly plain besides this wall. One of the coolest things about moving out is that I’ve really begun to value my money, even more. I don’t spend money, literally. I’ve already hoarded coupon books for future grocery trips. I clean all the time and I take pride in knowing that I’m responsible for this house that only the LORD may control. And that, THAT is why it is a source of joy and not stress.
As I prepare for my semester and reflect back on last year, as days go by I actually feel more and more excited. Knowing that I am going to be in conversation with Holy Spirit and surrounded by people who seek only His goodness as well… focusing on my incredible friends and family, and taking on responsibilities in regard to learning more about an earthly life that reflects the Kingdom. 
Feeling called to take on a leadership role in the Sunday School ministry at my home church.
Throwing energy and care into dance teaching more than ever before.
Having my first Starbucks shift today where making drinks truly came second nature (steam 2%, throw frapp ingredients in blender, queue two espresso shots, pump white mocha… I sometimes think these phrases when I’m not working).

 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 CORITHIANS 3:1-3

In regards to food, I am astounded at how the Spirit has worked to remove my daily thoughts from food and put them to things that please HIM. Like loving on others and completing tasks with joy. Compassion, realness, the love of learning. All are fruitful and come from my Saviour who I just want to KNOW… whose very face is more beautiful than anything my human eyes will ever see…
^the above will link you to a little video clip that had me in tears the other day. 
A wonderful sister in Christ, Josee, sent this to me. Having no idea of my circumstance in the moment she did but it was intensely timely– aka, this video was placed before me by the Holy Spirit. And with it Josee texted me “give up your grip.”

Jillian and I are so similar and man is Jesus doing amazing things in this girl’s heart that I am witnessing through INSTAGRAM! Praising the Lord for the GOODNESS He has done through social media in the midst of what the enemy has made it. 

so Jillian is kickin some major ed ass

This week is busy. Full of errands and seeing friends and after a beautiful dinner with my family tonight, and coming home to another family that really does feel like family, I feel so blessed and more and more ready to glorify Jesus, whatever that may look like, knowing He is in control and relinquishing that more and more to Him. 

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