Faith

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  YOU ARE VALUABLE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO BE LOVED. YOU ARE WORTHY. You are valued by the Creator God. He knows you and loves you more than you can ever know, even when no other human being cares that you exist. You get that just because He made you, and He made you perfectly and for a purpose. You exist to bring glory to God, that’s the highest purpose that there is. Live and walk in that truth. “The gift of God is eternal life” is Christianese for “God is bigger than you and wiser than you.…

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Days 104-105 – Wollongong

On Monday I went down to Wollongong to visit my friend Kelsey. She has come up to Sydney several times and I promised I would return the favour so on Monday afternoon I caught the train down the coast. That night I met a few of her friends and we went out a Mexican restaurant called Amigos. It was really good (especially the Coconut Margarita) and I’d definitely go back! Apparently on Tuesdays they have Happy Hour with cheap tacos. When we got back that night we watched the Lego Movie which I had been told was worthwhile. Don’t ask…

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Days 62-66 – The King and I and J.P. Morgan

On Monday night I saw The Giver with some girls from the bible study group. I really like them. They’re just honest, real people of faith and I enjoy our conversation. The Giver was a beautiful film. It made me cry and not many films can do that. It makes you think about life and the human experience. After the movie we went to a place across the street for crepes! On Tuesday I ended up writing a lot of long emails to my family and friends including this one which I sent to Cheryl Young: To Cheryl I’m loving…

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Day 55-59 – In Which I Almost Convert To Catholicism

On Monday I had my first real exam of the semester. It was very bureaucratic and quite strange. During the previous week I studied quite a lot for it and I was very glad that I did because the exam was rushed and I barely finished everything. When we came in we had to sit with an empty seat between each of us and fill out a lot of paperwork before even starting the exam. We were also told to get out our student ID cards for verification and the TA came around and scanned them while the exam was…

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Days 48-52 – In Which I Live Life On The Edge

This week on Tuesday I biked to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to do some preliminary research for an upcoming essay. My Australian Studies class has an essay outline & bibliography due soon and my subject is an analysis of a painting in relationship to Australian history. An art project seems less controversial and sticky than most of the other potential topics. It was a very fruitful visit in which I discovered that the Gallery has a Research Library which houses extensive records of every piece on display! After some deliberation, I decided to do research on a piece called “Fire’s…

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Days 34-37 – In Which It Rains. A Lot

This week it did rain. A lot. I have not been in rain this heavy for a long time. I don’t mind the rain so much, but it was also windy so the rain came in sheets with a bonafide guarantee to leave you soaked in about 10 seconds. For two days I was tempted to skip class simply because I knew the walk down campus was going to be miserable and I would look like a wet dog at the other end. I made it to all my classes, however, and did look like a wet dog, but I refused…

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Days 27-31 – In Which I Attend The Opera

I started this week on Monday with by attending the Christian club bible study meeting. It is a great way to start the week and I feel so blessed to have a solid community of believers here in Australia. During the bible study we studied 2 Corinthians Chapter 6. The main points I took away were: God cares much more about who you are than what you do. Be holy first, before concerning yourself with work, even Church ministry. Our true self comes out eventually and manifests itself in the life choices we make. We can pretend to be something we…

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Day 25 – Freezing, Wet, Exhausted

In the morning I went for a walk along the coast with some of my new friends from the Christian club on campus. It was so refreshing to have some Christian sisters to talk with and share the experience. They call each other sisters and I have picked up the convention since it seems so fitting. We really are one Body and one Church. It seems easy to call each other sisters. Our walk took us from the Manly Spit Bridge all the way to Manly Beach. Along the way I got to hear stories from a few of these beautiful…

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Days 20-24 – In Which I Read Shakespearian Sonnets

Week Two of classes at UNSW has almost passed and I am still quite happy with life. I’m not stressed, overwhelmed, or even hungry. Is this how most of the world does university life? This experience is helping me to understand some things about my generation and their attitude toward college life. The truth is, I don’t really have much to do. This is really strange. I have a few essays coming down the line and some readings, but I don’t have regular weekly assignments that fill up my free time. Here, homework is not a gas (Mudders will know…

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Days 18-19 – The Southern Cross

On Saturday morning I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 am and went on an adventure. I went  to Royal National Park with the UNSW Outdoors Club. This National Park is just south of Sydney and, incredibly, accessible via public transportation. The people of Sydney are lucky to have this beautiful wilderness area so close! From UNSW we took a bus, a train, and a ferry to get us to the trailhead of the Coast Track and the total cost was less than $15. Once there we started our 26 km trek along the East Coast of Australia. Luke, our fearless…

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