My Story

My God is full of wonder, and each day I am learning more about Him
and the amazing plans He has laid out for the adventure that is my life.

This is my story.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Next Move

Well, I'm back in Southern California for a week waking up at 4:30am and wondering what my body's going to do next when I take it to Massachusetts next week for a month!

I'll be heading out there to run programming for the C. S. Lewis Foundation's Vacation With A Purpose volunteer weeks throughout the month of July to get the new site for the C. S. Lewis Great Books College campus all spic and span. I visited the campus right before I flew out to England to be the Warden at The Kilns. That was in February and it was absolutely beautiful. I've never spent much time on the East coast, but I'm already a little bit in love with the nature and flavor there. :)

The college was established on the birthplace and burial site of Dwight L. Moody. What a great place to start out with Lewis, eh?! It's absolutely gorgeous. The countryside is full of rolling hills and multicolored trees and encompasses the campus, making it seem like it's a million miles from any city or busy hubbub, although there's the cutest little town just down the road and it's only about two hours away from New York City!

There are side walks that wind between the buildings and are lined with Narnia lanterns and glow in the early morning mist. There's mountains for hiking, rivers for kayaking, and forests for exploring all within a few minutes drive or even walk. And the buildings themselves are beautiful old ones that practically come alive with characters all their own. The chapel even looks like something strait out of Oxford.

I'm starting to really look forward to my next upcoming visit. I never get tired of God's amazing spectacular beauty and the wonderful things He has in store for those who look to Him.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Stepping Stones of Faith Fulfilled

My time here at The Kilns is quickly coming to an end and I am attempting to leave with no regrets or things left undone, yet also knowing there is only so much I can possible experience while here in this realm of infinite possibility.

I have entertained and cooked for world renown authors and sat in discussion with them in C. S. Lewis' old common room. I have walked the enchanted paths that inspired Narnia and Middle Earth and have found my own inspirations for possible worlds of my own future publications. I have walked the halls and streets of the ancient Oxford college buildings, libraries, and chapels where I have heard the voices of little boy angels singing praises to God reverberating off vaulted ceilings. I have made dear friends that I will keep close to my heart for a lifetime and have been challenged and encouraged by them to know God more in ways that I have never experienced before. And I have discovered and read wonderful books while sitting at a sunny window overlooking trees and listening to the beautiful voices of English birdsong.

So instead of looking back and thinking of all the things I could have done or all the time I might have put to better use while staying here at The Kilns, I will think upon these memories. And through them I will always find myself raising tearful eyes to my wonderful loving Father God who sent me here when I needed it most.

My future is still very much unknown. And this still very much troubles my nature for desiring always a clearly scheduled plan. However, through my experiences here and even through my very struggles with my scary unknown future I am learning that I really can trust God that He really is in control and can handle my problems. I now have quite a few stepping stones of faith moments fulfilled to stand upon as I wait to see what God will do next!