There’s Just Something About Sunshine…

There is just something about sunshine… This week went by in a blur, and I mean that in the best way possible.  Sunday I was freezing to death with Autumn and Molly in Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade, and today (Saturday), my window is open and it is a beautiful  61 degrees out!  Talk about a change! (But that’s the mid-west for you 😉 ).  The last two weeks have been full of answered prayers and wonderful, exciting opportunities.  Most notably- I received an invitation to serve in Beijing, China for the month of July teaching English as a second language.  I had been looking for summer ministry opportunities and this particular opportunity (I’ll write more about this soon) was a total God thing in every way!  I am so excited to see what God will do and am excited to gain more knowledge about teaching in a cross cultural context in the process!

Pictures from our adventure in China town:

 

Another notable event: I spent Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week observing teachers at a Christian school in Humboldt park, (part of a requirement for me to apply into my major).  On Wednesday I observed a teacher that had graduated from Moody a few years ago, and it was great to speak with her and pick her brain about what teaching really is like and how the Elementary Education Major at Moody prepared her as a teacher.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to be at the school and as an added bonus, I got to see two of the sweet girls that I had in my Awana group last year.  I hadn’t seen them since last spring and I was amazed at how much they had grown!!

Beautiful, 50 Degree, Chicago morning!

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To finish off my whirlwind week, I hung out with my little sib and we got cupcakes from Sprinkles to celebrate the first 60 degree day of the year. (I seriously love Sprinkles, and I absolutely love that some of their cupcakes are soy-free so I can eat them!!)

It’s amazing how a week with some sunshine and a tiny bit of warm weather can make everything seem so much brighter.  These last couple of weeks have been crazy to the max, but getting to feel the warmth of the sun and a warm (not freezing) breeze in my face has helped me to see God even clearer through the crazy.

I’ve written a lot about seasons in the past year.  I’m continually brought back to Ecc. 3:1-9:

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.”

In this time of ever changing seasons, I’m finding peace and joy with every passing day.  There are days when I’m tired and cranky (just ask my roommate, I’m very much human) and then there are days when I’m filled with a feeling of happiness too, but through all of that I’m filled with an unexplainable joy and peace knowing that in sunshine and clouds, snow, wind, and rain, God has got it.  Those lessons that I hated having to learn in the moment, have lead to joy and peace.  I thank God everyday for new beginnings and I cannot wait to see what will come next, crazy schedules and all!!

~Alyssa

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