July 18th, 2011

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Summary of my life whilst at Murdoch University

So life, huh?

Well, I've finished uni. For ever! My bachelor of Education is complete! Finally! I've been at uni for 5 1/2yrs, mostly because I failed a couple of units and needed to repeat. My time at uni has been quite the rollercoaster.

When I started in 2006, life was pretty good. I was quite rapt actually to be accepted into Primary Education. I joined Murdoch Christian Union (MCU) and got involved with that. But also got involved with the Murdoch Alternative Reality Society (MARS). I was going to Unichurch at the time and life was pretty great. At my first MYC, my best friend confessed some weighty matters to me, which weighed me down a bit too. Nearing the end of my first year, times got tough as she then went into hospital for some time. I wasn't feeling connected to my church and most of my christian relationships felt superficial. Eschewing 'church' wisdom, I started dating a non-Christian, Gene. At the start of my second year of uni, 2007, the dating relationship had led to it's natural conclusion and I knew the Bible DEFINITELY said something about that. I started meeting with Clare (The Awesome). By the time my second MYC came around, the relationship with Gene was mostly over. I eventually ended up cutting ties with him altogether because it was just too tempting and hard. But it taught me the cost of being a disciple of Christ and just how worth-it it is! Key verses at that time were Philippians 3:7-9

2008 was characterised by me pouring myself into Christian ministry and God. I had started going to a new church closer to where I lived, closer to Uni and much smaller. This was fantastic as I got to develop deeper relationships with my church family. I was getting pretty involved with MCU and I even started planning a mission trip to Japan. Life was exciting. Just before MYC though, I was on a Scripture Union one week kids-mission in Carnarvon when I found out that I wouldn't be going to Japan. They wanted more time in between the Gene thing and me being sent somewhere. I remember that as quite crushing. But I was staying with my parents and MYC the next week were Godsends in reviving my spirits. That was also the MYC where I met Josh. Second semester was me trying to figure out what to do with my feelings. It was also my first Bustrip (expanded National Training Event (NTE) conference for people from WA). It was on NTE that Josh asked me out.

2009 was full of events as Josh and I had a tumultuous relationship that eventually ended the day before my birthday in June (suck!). That brought me closer to God than anything else had since breaking it off with Gene. Key verses then were 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. I met James only a month after Josh and I broke up. I wasn't looking for a relationship, though I was pursuing marriage by being intentional with my relationships with men and endeavouring to develop Godliness. I read some very helpful books, hung out with friends and was involved in MCU on the committee. James and I became good friends, I ended up visiting his church a few times and helped him expand his cooking ability. He wasn't the only blip on my radar and when he told me he didn't want to date me, I wasn't crushed. But that changed after a month when he asked me out and I said no. But that changed after a day.

In January 2010, we decided to get married and set a date. In February we got engaged. And I suppose from there it gets a bit boring. We plodded along, working at uni work, both being involved on the MCU committee and planning a wedding in between. James moved to my church due to theological difference with his old one. I learnt to play the ukulele and bass for church music. Finally in 2011 we got married. Being married is pretty awes-sauce and I'm very thankful that God has blessed me with it. I completed my final teaching practicum in June and have been applying for jobs. So far I've had one interview and am waiting to hear back. But if I don't get hired, I'll sweep my area's primary schools and pray for relief work.

And that's been a summary of my life at Murdoch University and all the changes that have passed. God has been working slowly, but surely to make me more like Jesus. I have SO FAR to go, but I can see changes over the past 5 years, which is very cool.