I'm going to be attending the Radiant School of Worship (RSW) this fall. Most people know this already because of social media, but I don't think I've written about it on my blog yet, so here it is. I want to keep you guys updated on this exciting new chapter of my life, so this is the first of many blog posts that I'm gonna put out into the world over the next 9-ish months.
I made a video about my acceptance into RSW a couple months ago, so you can watch it if you want more info:
Ever since I received my RSW acceptance letter in the beginning of June, my life has been an absolute whirlwind. I have no choice but to trust God during this season - let's be honest, I have no idea how to move, how to choose an apartment, how to be an adult. But God has been guiding me so firmly and sweetly, and he has been providing for my every need. I have been a Christian for so long and experienced God's goodness before, but never to this extent. It's honestly blowing my mind how he's taking care of things. All I had to do was present my obedience and best effort.
Upon receiving my acceptance letter, my first goal was to find a place to live. Not knowing where to start, I posted on Facebook asking if anyone knew of people looking for roommates around Kalamazoo. A friend I met at camp shared the post, and one of his coworkers happened to be renting out a cool little loft only 10 minutes away from Radiant Church. After talking to her about it and traveling there to see the place, I thought it was way too good to be true, but I once again felt a nudge from God to go for it... so I did. I confirmed with my friend's coworker last weekend. I'll be moving into that loft on September 15th.
After finding a place to live, I ran into another hurdle: I didn't have kitchen stuff, furniture, or anything that I'd need to live on my own. But after announcing the fact that I found an apartment on social media, friends and church members have been offering their extra stuff to me for free. The only things I need at this point are a couch, a bed frame, a bedside table, and some miscellaneous small stuff. Everything else has already been taken care of, even down to the moving boxes. It's been a humbling experience; God is providing for me through the selflessness and kindness of His people, and it's a convicting reminder that I need to work on being more selfless and kind myself.
I'm about to start the process of packing stuff into boxes and planning the logistics of the move day. Normally I would be very anxious and scared about this, but at this point, God has been so faithful and kind in every single step of this process and I know I have nothing to worry about. Is this what it's like to truly follow God? There's nothing but uncertainty ahead, but I'm feeling overwhelming peace about it.
The realness of this whole thing has been starting to hit me lately. I'm so excited to live on my own, decorate my own place, meet new friends, and grow musically and spiritually at RSW - but I'm also nervous about figuring things out, and I'm not looking forward to being so far from my family and boyfriend. I know that adjusting to living on my own for the first time in an unfamiliar city is going to be difficult. But one of the things God told me back in May was "2018 is going to be difficult for you - but I am with you through it all. It's because of my presence with you that you're going to grow."
I'm excited to grow. No matter how difficult it may get.
How you can help
Quite a few people have asked how they can help me - if you're one of those people, here are some things you can do that would mean the WORLD to me:
- Pray for me.
- Click here to buy my music on BandCamp. You can choose to pay more than the listed price, if you feel led to do so. This is a great way to support me financially (and you get some pretty cool music too).
- Click here to buy a t-shirt with my logo on it.
- If you live near me and you have any of the following items that you're looking to get rid of: twin bed frame, couch, bedside table, toaster, or some other misc household items, I will gladly take it off your hands.
- I hate asking for money, but that's definitely what I need the most right now - RSW doesn't provide housing, so I'll need to pay for rent and food while I'm there. So if you don't feel like buying my music or a shirt, but you still want to contribute financially, click here to get in contact with me.