July 20, 2014


When you enter the front sliding doors of Hillsong church you see this huge piece of frosted glass with the words "Welcome Home" etched into it. 

Everywhere you turn you hear people telling you welcome home. The other day I was dropping of a job application at a local coffee shop. The gentleman I handed my application to asked if I was a Hillsong College student. When I replied yes, he too, told me "welcome home."

As I was preparing to come here I was mentally trying to prepare myself for what it would be like moving half way across the world from what I consider my true home, West Virginia. Trying to prepare myself for the possible impending homesickness. Moving away from home and all that entailed is the thing that made me emotional 90% of the time before I left.

But today, I attended my second Sunday service here at Hillsong (in Australia Sunday is almost over). From the moment the music started until the final song I just had tears in my eyes because I truly felt like I was at home. Not as in I want to stay forever and I don't miss my family, and my friends, and my church. But home in a way that gave me this indescribable peace of knowing I am in the right place and the right time and because of that I've found home in my heart here.

I knew that this would happen, at least I expected it to. It is what I signed up for. I wanted this to be home for the next few years. What I didn't expect was for it to feel like home so quickly, but by the grace of God He has overwhelmed me yet again on this journey!

Not only did I feel at home in service today, but I have been working hard to make my room feel like home as well. At first, I only wanted to buy the necessities for my room. Then, I realized how much I needed to make my room feel like home. I found out quickly it was too depressing to walk into a room without any personal touches. It fell like my  prison cell than a bedroom I could come home to and decompress and download. I splurged a little and got a few things to make the room feel more inviting. I even put a nightstand together all by myself....I didn't even have to call or text my mom {:It helped that, that wasn't even an option because of the 14 hour time difference:}!

{:I've even added pictures on the wall since this picture was taken:}
Last Wednesday started orientation week for classes and last Friday we had or first chapel. The entire day on Friday I think I sat in disbelief of the teaching and wisdom I get to sit under in the leadership of Hillsong College while I am here. It is pretty much the definition of "mind blown."

Tomorrow is the last day of orientation and Tuesday starts intensives which are a couple hour long lectures broken up with chapel in between. Every student has pretty much told all of us newbies to prepare to be blown away beyond expectation. It's just so, so good.

I just want to take a moment and thank every one of you sweet people who have been thinking about and praying for me. I truly feel your prayers and it means the world to me!

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  1. That's the first thing I wanted to get when we moved to WV. I just wanted it to be home again. I want that feeling of being comfortable. I hope that you have a blast, and don't forget about us in WV. If you ever need anything I'm here for you. I know (well kinda) what you are going though with the homesickness (made up work). I can't wait to see what God does in your life and how it affects the others in your life. I know since moving to WV and talking with you more deeply that you are starting to making changes in my life. Sorry for the sappiness. :)


  2. I am so glad you are feeling at home! What an amazing journey you are on! I absolutely agree with the fact that you have to make your little space your own to feel more at home! Can't wait to see God move in your life!

  3. I love your bedspread! And I am so happy that you're feeling comfortable and at peace with where you are. God is going to do some seriously great things in your life during your time in Australia!


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