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Calming peace from our Lord

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Calming peace from our Lord

That last few months I’ve come to realize just how impatient I am. And for those of you who know me well, you know how accurate that statement is!

But, for those who know me less, I’ll give you a few examples:
-If my computer tab is opening, I keep pressing the ‘new tab’ button until it works, normally I wind out with about 10 tabs open
-I am too impatient to wait for my boyfriend to actually propose to me, so I’ve been secretly/not so secretly getting plans around for our wedding someday
-I send multiple messages to people if they don’t respond in my time table

AND the biggest one of all

-I start freaking myself out when God doesn’t provide for me in MY TIME.

These last 5 months have been extreme mountains and valleys to me, struggling to find peace and acceptance where I am now, and learning to follow God’s leading in my life.

In the last week I’ve stumbled into three different job opportunities.
All because of God.

It’s incredible how much a small joyous experience can change your whole perspective on life. Suddenly, instead of freaking out about the prospect of moving home with my parents and third-wheeling it with them and milking cows for the rest of my life, I have action steps in plan, options to choose from.

All.In.God’s.Timing.

I wish I could learn this lesson from:
-My pastor
-My boyfriend
-My mentor
-My family
-My best friends

——ALL of whom spoke this truth into my life, but as usual I was too impatient to take the time to understand it.

Even if none of these jobs pan out, I know I serve a faithful God and he’ll take care of me and provide for me. And he’ll provide for you too. Sometimes we feel like we’re facing a mountain, but really, we’re not. And if we treat it like that, aren’t we putting God in a box?

Feeling Lost in a World of Opportunity.

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Feeling Lost in a World of Opportunity.

Yelp, it’s second semester of senior year. The time of year we are all anxiously waiting to graduate and ‘move on’ with our life. Happy and carefree. Living life.

But………I’ll admit it.

I’m struggling. Big time.

In a time of excitement in my life, graduating college, a potential marriage within the next year…. I should be so excited.

But I’m panicking.

And not like the cute kind, but like the breathe in a paper bag, throw up kind of panic. I honestly never realized until this year how much of a planner I am.

Recently one of my pastors asked me if I had to have all my ‘ducks in a row’ before I could get married. I shocked myself by admitting yes.

He, along with about five to ten other people have helped me to realize it’s OK to not have life altogether, that it may be awhile before I have it together.

The past few weeks I have been trying to learn how to give up the control and the safety I have in my life, and hand it over to God. I have finally realized I don’t need 50 people call me for an interview. I just need one. The one GOD is going to bring into my life, not the one that I, Arianne Prichard, bring.

I’m just not that awesome.

Matthew 6:25-34 and Philippians 4:6-7 are life long verses for a worrier like me. In the last few weeks I have clung desperately to them. (P.s. you should read them!)

I think we can all relate to this limbo feeling, and this feeling of uncertainty. But, taking life one day at a time and finding joys in the small moments – like when I did get a call back for a job – and be excited for them, even if they don’t work out.

God used my breaking point to draw me close to Him again, and to again find joy in applying for jobs.

So where ever you are in life, in limbo like me, or in a successful career, know that there is someone out there that you can always cling to. Someone who will always listen to your fears and worries. Who will comfort you when you are lost – far better than a best friend or a significant other can. God doesn’t get tired of listen to you worry about the future, or about your fear of moving back to your parents farm and milking cows forever, He just doesn’t.

Lean into Him this week friends, and stop trying to take control of your life —-panic attacks and meltdowns are the worst! And let someone else who is a lot stronger than you deal with it.

Peace and Love friends, I’ll be praying.

-A

Peace When you Least Expect it

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Peace When you Least Expect it

God has this amazing way of always grabbing me and pulling me straight back to Him in the midst of all my fears, doubts, worry, anxiety – you name it I’m pretty confident I have it!

Anyway, these last few weeks of being back at school have caused stress levels to be at heights that makes carefree summers seem like such a distant dream. Instead of thinking about all the fun moments I had with my family and enjoying being surrounded by the most loving friends anyone could ask my life has been bombarded with constant thoughts

“Am I being a good RA?”
“Am I spending time with friends?”
“Can I balance a boyfriend with school, work, friends, God?”
“Am I a good friend?”
“Am I ignoring people?”
“Am I worshiping God?”
“Am I?”
“Will I find a job after school?
“What am I going to do with my life?”
“Am I EVER going to get over my BRONCHITIS?!?!?”

I’m sure that for any of you who struggle with feeling like you fit in know exactly where I stand with all of this. Those days where 10 people can tell you how much they love and appreciate you and you still find yourself looking in the mirror in the morning saying, “God, what am I doing in this position? What is your plan for me?”

This struggle for balance and peace has been on my mind all week and was actually a huge topic of discussion for my roommate Becca and I this morning when we went to get coffee before church (and were given our second witnessing tract by a church, but that my friends is another story!)

But that’s when God brought us peace that we least expect it.

This morning at City View Becca and I were sitting there and the pastor starts discussing the book of Acts, particularly how we should be willing to trust God to take care of things, trust His power and love fore us to ensure that our life goes according to HIS will and not our own.

That means laying down our fears and worries. That means going to God before we go to ourselves or our friends. That means trusting.

Praise God for a breath of fresh air!

I pray for you guys this week that God will bring you peace that passes all understanding. I pray that this week God reveals to all of you how much He loves and cares for you and how we don’t need to fill ourselves with worry and doubt, but that God can fill us with love and acceptance and worthiness and all those other great things.

Peace!

The exciting (an super quiet) life back on campus

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The exciting (an super quiet) life back on campus

Wow,
first of all I realize that it’s been 3 full months since I’ve posted anything – anything at all! It’s actually kind of nice, since when you don’t post anything you also don’t have the pressure of living up to anything /surpassing anything that I’ve missed before……wow such a sign that I’m exhausted.

For the last 1.5 weeks or so I’ve been in RA training (woooo!!) the plus side is that I’ve been meeting an connecting to new and exciting people that I would have otherwise never interacted with.

The downside?

Nothing, literally NOTHING sticks to the walls in the hallway, and I’m pretty sure I’ve broken campus rules in order to assure that my decorations remain stuck to my wall.

The other downside is bronchitis. My gosh I hate being sick – and for the record I hate doctors, regardless of how nice they are, and I have a new record of 2 doctors visits and 1 ER trip in the past 3 weeks.

No, I’m not proud of that record.

I went to the hospital the day before I moved back to Cornerstone University and I was diagnosed with Bronchitis and given antibiotics. Then, a week later, I found myself texting my dear boyfriend a 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning going, “Hey, are you awake? I can’t breathe, I think I need to go to the ER….”

Moral of the story: If you have trouble breathing in the ER they WILL make you sit in a wheel chair. AND they’ll make you lay on your bed and wheel you down to get an xray.

Can I say mortified?

However, after
1. A breathing treatment
2. Being seen by 2 nurses, a doctor, the respiratory staff person (the title eludes me), and the x ray guy
3. Being asked if I was pregnant
4. Being asked if I had children (?!)
5. Being asked why my “honey” wasn’t back in the room with me
6. A chest x ray

I was released with 2 new prescriptions, new rules on life, and the excitement of knowing I got to see my family for the day 🙂

However, I failed to tell the three wonderful women I work with I was in the ER…..so I’ve been mocked by every person I work with now because of that. In fact I have a list of about 6 people who are willing to take me to the ER now, haha.

Anyway, even thought a lot of the sessions seem pretty straight forward, I am so getting excited to meet all the gals on my floor. I’m excited for the 33 women I will be living with for the next year and for all the amazing memories that I will make with them. —and just fyi (sorry Brittany and Anna) but my floor smells the best !

Tomorrow is New Student Arrival Day and I’m excited for the new crop of students that it will bring in, even though it makes me sad realizing that this is my year and NSA day as a student on campus.

Peace out ya’ll 🙂

Just another day in paradise

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Just another day in paradise

It’s always hard the fist couple weeks back from college – and I’m sure all of you can agree. That transition from care-free college life and living on your own to being back under your parents control can be rather draining.

Especially when you live on a dairy farm.

Haha, it’s funny what you forget too! It never fails that when I come home I’ve conveniently forgotten about all the unpleasant smells and sights that come with a farm —it’s calving season, can I leave it at that ?

It also never ceases to amaze me how dumb animals can be. Whenever I’m away I always think of our cows as being so gentle and sweet and obedient. When I come home I’m faced with the harsh reality how evil and demon like they can be.

Wait, where am I going with this post?

On the positive side, there is nothing like being in the country and looking around you at God’s creation.
With the rain we’ve gotten in the last couple days our fields have transformed from dull brown grass to emerald green flowing feels that challenge the rolling hills of Ireland.

Some moments when the wind is whipping I can close my eyes and feel like I’m right back on the island.

There’s so much peace that can be found out here, even when you’re bored out of your mind. God always draws me closer in these quiet times at home. Things slow down and I can enjoy each moment that God has given me and be thankful for the time I have with my family —-even when cows are trying to kick my arms off (I swear some days they are out to get me!)

This week with all the baby calves that were born, we also had the chance to welcome a new addition into our own family. I’m so proud to have a new little niece to love on and watch grow up.

So as our summer drags, instead of thinking about how bored we are and how much we want to be back in college (sad, but often true for me). Let’s try to take time to appreciate the family that God has given us and the opportunities we have to live and love for God.

Look out for my upcoming travels to Indiana this summer! Whoop Whoop!

Windsor Castle and the unfortunate guard!

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Windsor Castle and the unfortunate guard!

 

So today was our trip to Windsor Castle, the castle that the Queen spends some of her weekends. This castle our tour guide told us today originated in the 13th century! That’s insane, so much history is within this castle, Henry the VIII, Queen VIctoria, name a British monarch and they spent time there, walked down the halls that I walked down. For goodness sake, Prince William and Harry have walked the steps I have!! (alright, I’ll stop panting now…..although Richard, our tour guide assured us many a 21st birthdays have been celebrated in the 13 century part of the castle where the wine used to be kept).

Anyway, it was amazing walking through this functioning castle. Words can’t describe the grandeur that is within this castle. Famous painting, ornate wood carving on the doorways, gold and murals covered the ceiling, plush chairs lined everywhere.

One of the coolest stops we made within the castle was called Mary’s Dollhouse which was a house with running plumbing and electricity and a working vacuum in the maid’s room (which was considered state of the art in the 1920’s when it was built). Everything in there was sized down and there was a collection of mini crown jewels and silver plates on the table (they’re real silver too).

We found out after the tour on our own that we had a great privilege today. Most of the time the semi-state rooms were reserved for special visitors who come with the queen, but they were open for us, so we got to see more of the castle than we first expected.

After all of this we took a special tour of the kitchen to see how a kitchen -which employs up to 20 chefs for state dinners- can actually run. This led us to discovering more information about monarchs like King George and Queen Victoria among others. What’s awesome is they still have equipment dating back hundreds of years that is still in use today! Insane and amazing all at once.

So, yeah, I’m a lil into this British History thing……

Oh wow! I almost forgot to talk about my unfortunate guard today!! He was patrolling (I guess you could call it) by St. George Chapel (or cathedral, not sure what you call it) and he starts walking back and forth and Cassie, Brie and I all notice this long string-like thing projecting from his foot and we realize it was his shoelace. he started walking back and forth and was stepping on it! I wanted so badly to run up and tie it for him, but I was slightly afraid that he’d like stab me with a saber or something…so I refrained, I may have cost him a broken neck, but I guess I won’t ever know…. ;-P

Lunch took us to a tiny, tiny, tiny building across from the castle that could literally fit maybe 15 people on a good day, if they were all the size of twigs! haha.

We finished our day going to Evensong at St. George’s which was connected to Windsor Castle. Even though there was a lot of ritual about it (they repeated almost the same thing every single night, the only thing that was different was the scripture passage used) you could still feel so much of God’s presence in the church. I just kept thinking about how many other believers have walked through the door and sat where i sat and soaked in what I soaked in. It was one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen.

Oh, and for all of you wondering, this is the final resting place for King Henry the VIII, Jane Seymour (that would be wife number 3 I believe?) and the infant son of Anne Boleyn.

Tonight was also our orientation for class and our first lesson. Since I’m taking a Theology class, that’s obviously what we’ve been talking about. We talked about General and Special Revelation and whether or not we think Special Revelation still exists (where God speaks directly to people). Our professor kind of feels like the idea of God speaking directly to people much less common than it once was. Honestly it was nice hearing someone have the same basic idea that I have. haha, I don’t think I can really explain this very well over a blog, oh well.

Tomorrow we head to east London for church with our professors’ friend David. He’s taking us to his church that’s fill with East Londoners who are apparently known for being kind of ….out there? At least that’s what we were told. So we get to worship with them and then have tea time with them so some of our group members can interview them for their class project.

Well, I’m off to the world of slumber and dreams. Giggles, I know you’re stalking me, so you should leave me a comment and tell me what you liked!! 😉

Rolling With the Flow

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Rolling With the Flow

It seems like in the last few years people have been stressing the importance of experiencing different cultures from your own. College are pushing students to get stamps on their passports, to travel to Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, where ever they can so they can experience something outside of their ‘norm.’

I would agree with this idea. I think we all need to experience things outside of the norm for us. It doesn’t even have to be a different culture, but going to inner city Grand Rapids has a different culture than a small country town outside of Grand Rapids.

A type of music that your roommate listens to could be different from what the person down the hall from you listens to…. you should experience it!

Every experience that you go through makes a change to you, whether you believe it or not. Each time I travel abroad, I change just a little bit, each time I am exposed to a new genre of music or a new book or a new concept, I change a little bit.

We should be open to changes in our everyday world, after all changes are constantly going on around us, so we should be ready for it.

My latest change? Oh, I’m going to London in January, how cool is that? I’m excited for the prospects of changes that come from learning of a new culture and having experiences with some of my best friends there.

The accents don’t hurt much either. 🙂