An ending, a beginning, and a blessing

I started this blog my junior year at Hood College as a part of my Online Journalism class. 48 posts and over 3,000 views later, I am finally putting an end to this blog. Running this was so good for me. I wrote about stuff I was dealing with, as well topics my friends were working through. I hope that my words touched at least one person during my time running this blog. As of today, I have had people from 30 countries visit my site. I think that is just really cool.

So although I will no longer be adding posts to this blog, I am starting a new one! No, it will not be called postcollegechristiangirl. As many people know, I am moving to Hawaii next week. It is going to be an insane adventure and a leap of faith, but I am trusting in God each step of the way. My new blog will be called The Suite Life of Kellie, inspired by my very good friend Elaheh. I am going to post photos and stories about my Hawaii adventures, cruise life, and my walk with God while I am away from my family and church family.

Now on to the blessing part. Everyone knows I am impatient, and if you didn’t know that about me, you can read my last post I made back in March about being impatient and ready for the future. You can read it here. I talked a lot about being so restless to go and take my next step in life. Once I got offered the job with Norwegian back in June, I continued to be restless.

They told me that the process was very long, usually 4-6 weeks, to get all the certifications. But I was ready to go NOW. I couldn’t start a job here, because I had no clue when they would call me up saying they were ready for me. I spent my summer like every other summer, hanging with friends, going on short trips, and binge watching Netflix shows.

Throughout it all, I kept complaining about how I was ready to leave and start. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that my new friend Amber explained that maybe God was making me wait to leave so that I could enjoy my last summer at home. Once she explained that to me, my eyes were totally opened. I got to see my twin sister receive her LPN certification and get her first nursing job. I got to spend a week with my younger cousin who is dealing with cancer. I helped a lot of friends move in and see them start new chapters in their lives. I got to be a leader for the middle school group at church and go camping with them. I got to cat sit for three weeks, which has turned me into a cat person now. I made new friends and strengthened old ones. Looking back, if I had missed all of this, I would have been really bummed out.

Today at church in the middle school service, the verse of the day was Psalm 46:10, which says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

God had me wait to leave till the end of summer so that I could spend this precious time with my family and friends. I needed this time to build up memories and fellowship, so that when I am gone for six months, I will be able to stay strong when I feel lonely and homesick. I know that God is going to use me while I am away, and he will be exalted in the earth.

Thank you all for making this blog a success, and I hope you check out my new blog from time to time: http://thesuitelifeofkellie.wordpress.com/

This is Kellie signing off. Ke akua pu a hui hou. (God bless you, until we meet again.)

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When you are feeling restless…….

So today marks the 50 day countdown until I graduate from college. I have no idea how four years flew by, it feels like just yesterday I began my first year at Carroll Community College and met some amazing people in the Hill Scholars Program. Now I am about to graduate from the beautiful school that is Hood College.

You always hear the term senioritis, and man is it true. Every day that passes I feel like I am becoming more and more restless. Tonight at my women’s study I was talking to my good friend Naeisha about the mixed feeling about being ready to graduate and be done, but at the same time not ready to move into the real world.

But all I really want to do is leave. My current dream is to work on a cruise ship for a year or two, and I have pretty much applied to every position available. And I sit in my dorm and pray for God to take me away from here and make these days fly by. And anyone who knows me knows that I am a very impatient person.

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My internship journey and lesson on trusting God

If you know me well, you know that I am stubborn, impatient, I hate asking for help, and have even more unflattering traits. But the trait I deal with the most is my constant struggle with trusting God about my future.

At Hood, Communication Arts majors are required to have a practicum or internship to graduate. So like a good student, I started hunting in early October. I got letters of recommendation from teachers, went to the career center for cover letter advice, and did plenty of research on possible internships. I applied to over half a dozen locations.

I never heard back from some, and for the rest I was turned down. I had family and friends reaching out to contacts to try and find me an internship for the Spring. But every door I tried was slammed in my face.

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My experience at InterVarsity Fall Conference

Last weekend was the Baltimore/Western MD InterVarsity conference, which hosts nine schools including UMBC, Peabody, McDaniel, Goucher, Hood, Loyola, MICA, Towson, and Johns Hopkins.

Every conference is a blast and I always take something special away from it. But this year’s fall conference was especially meaningful for me.

Our speaker was Michael Koh, a native of Malaysia and a current resident of Pasadena, California. His testimony was so special to me because it is very similar to mine. He grew up in the church, and he always felt especially chosen to not be chosen.

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Reflection on my new Women’s Small Group

Last night, I held my second study for the small group I am leading here at Hood College. I am leading an amazing group of young ladies, and we are working through the book “Captivating” by Stasi and John Eldredge.

The story to how we got to this point I think is amazing and shows just how cool God is when he moves.

This summer, I was really feeling called to start a Bible study at Hood College. I am the Vice President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and that group also holds a general Bible study.

But God was telling me I was going to be leading a small group. I wasn’t sure what kind of students would be in it or what book we would be doing, just that this was going to happen.

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New beginnings

At Hood College, we just completed our first week of classes for the new school year. Many friends are also starting school soon or beginning new jobs.

Fall always brings about new beginnings for many of us, especially as students. Now I may be over-thinking a metaphor, but I find it interesting how fall is the beginning of the leaves falling and many things starting to die. So at the same time, there is an ending and a beginning.

“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” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.

Who knows, maybe I am just being a romantic. But the point of this post is that we have to face new beginnings. And when new beginnings occur, we have to let go of the past in order to move forward.

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When life is tough

Let’s be honest, sometimes it feels like life is too hard to handle. Whether it is financial issues, family problems, health issues, relationships, losing a loved one, career problems, or anything else you can imagine, life always seems to pile up on us.

When life gets tough, sometimes we struggle to blindly trust God. But we cannot lose hope, because will never leave us or forsake us. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:17-18.

Currently, you may feel like you have been given the short stick in life, and that God has decided to pick on you. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” James 1:2-3.

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“I love Jesus, but not church”

We all know people who have said this. And you know what? I am so sick of hearing it.

That statement makes literally no sense. That is like saying “Oh I love baseball, but I don’t like playing it, and I don’t like going to games.” Or “There is this girl I like, but I don’t want to spend any time with her family or friends, or even her really.”

If someone said those statements, you would think they obviously don’t like baseball or the girl, since they don’t want to invest any time with others who are also interested in baseball or the girl.

So why is it okay to say you love Jesus and his teachings, but you won’t step foot in a church? “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” 1 Corinthians 12:27.

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The World Hates Me, But So What?

Sometimes it can be discouraging to be Christian. There are always people wanting to break you down and make you question your faith.

As a Christian, you are going to face persecution. There is no way around it. “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” 2 Timothy 3:12.

That verse spells it out pretty clearly that we will have to face trials from non-believers. I thank God that we live in a country where we are able to practice our religion freely without government intervention, unlike so many countries around the world. The kind of persecution I face day to day is so insignifigant in comparison to what so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have to face.

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What I learned this year as a Christian at Hood College

I can’t sleep, so I decided to make a post. I don’t even have a topic hashed out yet, so we will see what comes of this post.

So last night was our last InterVarsity meeting of the year. We are all going out to dinner next Wednesday, so last night we spent study time sharing our testimony from the year and just being silly with one another.

Some people in the group have grown so much over this year, and it has been amazing to watch. Looking back over the year, it has been so cool to see what God has done in my life and to see how he has moved on Hood’s campus.

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