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Monday, May 23, 2005

Now that I'm home

I'm home for the summer now, and finally ready for it, I think. It's always quite a change coming back here from school. Things at home are good, but definitely different. During the first couple weeks of transition, I almost always find myself doing a lot of thinking about where I've come from, what I've learned, how I've changed, who I am, and where I'm going.

I think one of the biggest challenges for me (and those around me) is adjusting to the ways I've changed over the course of the year. I can confidently say that this year has been an important one, and that I can see many ways in which God has made me more like Christ. I've also changed a lot in my thinking about certain things, and have even picked up a couple new mannerisms (though not on purpose!). I look on those things and am deeply grateful for all of them, because I'm excited about the person I'm growing into. Still, this makes me a bit unfamiliar to some, and they aren't quite as grateful for some of the changes as I am. Even though I'm always me and there's a lot that doesn't change, I've run into people who want me exactly the way they remember me.

It's a tricky thing to be told that who you are isn't really you, and that they'll break you of these things that are new. It can leave you wondering if what they say is true (even if, in your heart of hearts, you know it's not).

My prayer for this summer is to be able to take things like this in stride, trusting God to continue teaching me and making me more and more like Christ. I want to be receptive to those who have known me a very long time and still be true to who God is making me. And I pray that I will be a blessing to them.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Paulie said...

Hey Er!! I tried looking for you when I left school, but you were doing something. Sorry I missed you. Transitioning from TCC back to home is always a challenge to me. I am surrounded by a different group of friends where we share simliarities, but they are not like those who I hang out with at school. This is not necessarily bad because I see it broadening my horizons. I know there are times when I want things the same when I left home, but I have to keep reminding myself that change is inevitable. Life does not stop in our towns when we are at school. We just need to trust God and know that He is always doing good in our lives and take the changes as they come the best we can. You have been a very busy woman at school and I hope and pray that you have a very relaxing and restful vacation. You are a wonderful woman of God and I love you dearly. Have a great summer my friend. ttfn Also have fun working at the waterpark. :P

24 May, 2005 13:21  
Anonymous Paulie said...

Hey Er!! I tried looking for you when I left school, but you were doing something. Sorry I missed you. Transitioning from TCC back to home is always a challenge to me. I am surrounded by a different group of friends where we share simliarities, but they are not like those who I hang out with at school. This is not necessarily bad because I see it broadening my horizons. I know there are times when I want things the same when I left home, but I have to keep reminding myself that change is inevitable. Life does not stop in our towns when we are at school. We just need to trust God and know that He is always doing good in our lives and take the changes as they come the best we can. You have been a very busy woman at school and I hope and pray that you have a very relaxing and restful vacation. You are a wonderful woman of God and I love you dearly. Have a great summer my friend. ttfn Also have fun working at the waterpark. :P

Sorry about the double post...the last one didn't post my name...I wanted you to know who this was. ;P Hopefully this onoe will work.

24 May, 2005 13:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last two post that ar the same are from me Paulie...sorry to give up your hopes thinking you had three different people comment on your site. :P This thing just does not like me today and does not want to post my name and my web site.

24 May, 2005 13:24  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey, Paul-

Thanks for your comments; it's always good to see you 'round here! I always appreciate your encouragement because I know that you mean it. Anyway, I'm sorry I missed you before you had to leave. Feel free to call any time. Praying for you this summer, friend. -er

26 May, 2005 18:40  

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