To my dear readers,
It’s time to get personal. I have a got a big change coming up in my life next year and I want to share about it with all of you.
Since writing my last post my plans for next year have been thrown up in the air and changed and tumbled like leaves in the wind. A few months ago I had been accepted to study a Bachelor of Music at Vision College in Christchurch. Unfortunately due to some economic reasons they have decided to move their Music Campus to Hamilton and shut down the Christchurch one.
What this post is about though is that I have decided to move up to HAMILTON next year instead of staying in Christchurch. Vision College has decided to make Hamilton their main campus for Music, which is one of the reasons why they are closing the Christchurch school. As they have offered me zero fees for my first year I have decided to continue with my plans to study at Vision, just not quite the way I expected.
But first let me tell you a bit more about myself to explain what led up to this decision.
Right from the get go has been a GOD decision. There were a lot of things that have happened in my life that led me to this season of my life that I’m in at the moment and through all of it God has been at the center. God has been with me, and leading me through all the change in my life, in a way preparing me. I have been through so much change though, which has led me to try to control parts of my life that aren’t controllable and that as a Christian I know I should be giving control over to God.
Change has been a huge and constant thing in my life. I have lived in 3 different countries (Australia, New Zealand and Spain), and lived in 10 houses across 6 suburbs. I have studied at a total of 11 schools and universities (soon to be 12). I am one of those people who has had around 11 different email accounts, 2 Facebook accounts, made and left behind hundreds of friends, had 3 different versions of my name, and all of this for the one and only me. I think that is quite a lot accomplished for having only been alive for 20 years.
I never quite understood why my family had moved so much, other than it was kind of normal.
I actually thought it was normal for everyone! It has only been now that I understand why we moved so much and that it was a part of God’s plan for me. Our last big move happened at the beginning of my last year of high school. At first it really sucked as I thought I had finally made it all the way through 1 high school! I was leaving behind all my best friends, my church and netball club, and it was hard. I made all sorts of plans to try to convince my parents to let me stay, but in the end I realised that God wanted me to move with my family. This move was a bit different to all of our previous ones as for one, I was moving to study at my first christian school, and two, I knew that God had put me there for a reason (just not what the reason was.) Now it has been 3 years since my last move and the time has come once again for a change, but this time I am fully relying on God in the relationship I have built with him and the preparation that he has done in my heart and mind for this next season in my life.
In Deuteronomy 31:8 it says:
Looking back over all the change in my life I can see God walking along with me each step of the way.
And it’s in verses like this one above and the one below that I find my comfort. This is the reason I have had such peace of mind about making such a big decision as to move to Hamilton. This is a scary, new and exciting venture for me as it will be the first time I have moved out of home and moved to a different Island from my parents. Thinking back now to my last move and how I was wanting to move with my family, I realise God’s hand in that move as I would not have been able to cope with living alone at that age.
I feel at complete peace about moving to Hamilton, as that is the place that He wants me to be and that is the course I should be studying. I have been finding this a real test of my faith and trust in God as I have never relied on Him so heavily as I am now. And that is a good thing as it is extending me in my faith! For next year I have put all my trust in Him to provide for me in my finances, accommodation, study and personal life. There will be so many people I’ll be leaving behind in Christchurch who I have made deep connections with but it is definitely going to be one amazing adventure which I’m sure I won’t regret!
This has all happened quite literally in the last few weeks which is why have been too busy to write new posts. My head has been crazy full with all my options, prayers, opinions of others and thoughts of Christmas! Speaking of Christmas I will be sharing with you in my next post what I have got planned post wise for you this year!
Well done if you made it to the end of this post as I know it was a bit of an essay! I will definitely continue with my blogging next year but at the moment I don’t know how often I will get to post. I’ve just received a new computer as an early Christmas gifts from my parents so that means I will have a more reliable tool for blogging than my old computer. I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings for all aspects of my life but God is Good all the time, and all the time God is Good!