Too Many Photos…

Over the weekend, I was able to go and stay out in Kidd’s Beach again with the Monaghans. I know that it is only a stone’s throw away from East London, but it feels a million miles away. There is something about it, whenever I go there, that makes me feel so at peace and see God’s craftsmanship in everything. 

A prime example of this was on Sunday evening as Brogan and I went sunset chasing. The colours that lit up the sky were just beautiful and of course, as Brogs was there, we took well over 100 pictures! Although we did go out with the intention of taking a ridiculous amount of photographs, as I was sat on the rocks, I got a good look at all that was around me. The only thought running through my head at the time was “how can people not see that this was created by someone who wants you to see him everywhere you turn?!”

As well as that, whilst Brogan was being photographer extraordinaire, I was reminded of just how good God has been to me since I moved out to South Africa. No matter where I go, and whose home I am in, I feel very much part of the family. Sitting down at a family dinner, I don’t ever feel like I’m invading because I know that everyone is more than happy to have me there. 

But now I am aware that I have been talking about these photos for what seems like forever and you haven’t actually seen them – so without further ado, here they are! (Well, a small selection of the many that I have.)

Looking Forward

As much as I want to be living in the present and not have to think about what is going to happen in the next few months, there is no way that I can avoid thinking about it. Without even making plans, there is already a lot for me to do even before I leave South Africa! So to think that I have to decide what I am doing after that makes my brain hurt.

In 3 1/3 months, I am going to have to get on two planes by myself to head back to the UK, one from East London to Johannesburg and the next from Johannesburg to London, Heathrow. For those of you that have been reading my blogs for a while now, you will know that the thought of getting on a plane terrifies me, so that thought of getting on two by myself freaks me out even more. But in all reality, I am feeling much more settled than I ever thought I would, however, I think that is because people have been praying for me.

When I get back to the UK, I will be heading straight to Newday, a big youth camp, with the intention of serving. You have no idea how excited I am for that, also as it means that I will be able to see friends that I haven’t seen for a long time! Without even thinking about the amazing God encounters that will happen there, I am already pumped for a week of pure excitement.

BIG SHOCKER:
So here I am talking about the little things that are going to happen when I get back to the UK, but I am also going to be doing something that nobody (not even me) expected me to be doing, just because of my attitude towards it last year.

If you know me well enough, then you should have guessed what it is by now. Yes, I am applying to go to university to do a Certificate in Education. Thankfully, it is only a year long course so I won’t be stuck studying for years, but the hope is, it will give me a little bit of an extra edge and something that I could potentially fall back on.

Anyway, I feel that’s enough for today. Some of you will already have fallen off your chairs when you found out that I am voluntarily going to university, so I won’t give you anymore surprises today!

When Excitement Builds

Firstly, I must apologise for not writing a blog post last week. To say I was busy is an understatement but that is no excuse! 

I have been in Cape Town for the last week at the Advance Africa Conference. It was a brilliant time of input, hearing about how we can grow in maturity as Christians. It was well worth being at but I have to say, I am very tired after having my days filled!

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But, now that the conference is over, I can clearly feel a sense of new enthusiasm for what I am doing here in East London. Not that I wasn’t enthusiastic before, but there is a feeling that I can’t explain that makes me feel like what is going on here is incredible. 

It is crazy to think that I have been here in South Africa for 8 1/2 months now and I am constantly amazed to see how far I have come in my walk with God and how I have grown as a person. Some days, I look at myself and see a completely different person to the one that arrived in East London last year. And I love it; I love the person I have become and I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me get there! My outlook on life has completely flipped and the person I can see myself becoming is exciting me so much right now. 

Those of you that know me well, know that I have always been the sort of person who is concerned about not knowing what the future holds and scared that it is not going the way that I wanted it to. But over the last couple of weeks, I have begun to feel so excited for a future that I know nothing about. And whilst that would have freaked me right out this time last year, I am so content with that fact that God has it all and knows just what is going to happen.

I am excited to see where God takes me, all the people that He will bring into my life and what He is doing across the globe. I cannot explain how much my excitement is building!