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October in pictures

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College ministry is all about building spiritual friendships. The resource that Jesus, arguably, spent the most on his disciples was time. He spent time with them. The past month, I've been trying to follow in his footsteps. I get time with my girls throughout the week anyways, but I find myself wanting to be around them even more. I'm not sure they realize how often they minister to me.  I look forward to meeting with them, to hearing about their weeks, to sharing my life with them. If I feel this way, how much more does our God love spending time with us? 
A million thank yous,
Kristen



















Fall Camp and Foundation Repair

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God has been pulling up my theological foundation and laying a new one. I spent the month of September unlearning harmful theology, relearning the basics of God's character, and seeking to simply love God and his people well. My mind has been stretched in more ways that I'm even aware. 
Jesus said that "anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice will be like a wise man who build his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." (Matt 7:24-27)

The Lord is teaching me to trust him, to think prudently, and to value being with him. These are all basic things, but in many ways I'm le…

August Adventures

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For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  -Psalm 100:5


I remember coming to this campus as a freshman. I remember feeling lost, afraid, and alone. I had no friends to sit with in the cafeteria, no one to talk about classes with, no one to call when I felt sad. All of that changed when I joined FOCUS. A student leader invited me to her core (small group), and to Friday Night Fellowship later that week. I went to both, and quickly found that I was wanted and loved and cared for. It is amazing to me that 4 years later, I get to witness the same God draw students to the same ministry in the same way, through a wacky bunch of students being willing to reach out.

This month was jam packed with awkward introductions, get-to-know-you games, hundreds of small conversations, and all of the things that come with meeting new friends! At the start of Welcome Week, we helped move in some of the new freshman. One girl invited me into her…

The Blog Begins

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My apprenticeship has officially begun!  As all of you know, I'll be spending this year learning as much as I can about how to be a minister. I'm apprenticing under men and women of God who have been ministering for years, some of them decades. I'll be taking classes on different topics in pastoring, and then putting that knowledge into practice as I meet and minister to the students on my campus. 
This blog will serve to keep you updated on what all is happening in and around my life. My prayer is  that you will read these blogs, be encouraged by what God is doing in my life and in the lives around me, and then praise God for being so good. He is, so good. I will put a great deal of thought and care into what I share with you in hopes of serving you well. Thank you all for supporting me through financial gifts, prayers, love, and kindness. 
Who am I working with: SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE. I am 1 of 6 apprentices this year. Rhett and I will be in Denton, while Caitlin, Ja…