Sunday, January 23, 2011

Circles introduction

Hi, I'm Amanda Bieniek. I'm a 22 year old senior at Concordia University, Irvine. My major is International Studies and my minor is Anthropology. Last semester I traveled abroad with 25 other students, 2 professors, 18 books and 1 backpack. We went to 10 countries in 4 months, leading service projects and taking 5 classes. During those 4 months, God shaped me into a figure that is much more flexible, adventurous and caring. 

The next season for me is one of intense learning. I am so hungry for more and more knowledge of God and his crazy, intense, passionate love for his children. I am learning to trust him in all circumstances. The current struggle-I'm homeless! :) Well, luckily I have good friends with a good couch, but I am getting back on my feet since being home from my semseter abroad. 
I am a nanny for two families, in Irvine and Tustin. I love kids! Children have such wonderful things to teach us about Jesus! What 3 year old Lucas has taught me: Preschool Christians.

I am so excited for Circles. I have been going to RockHarbor for 3.5 years and have been desperately searching for true community. It is difficult! Especially at such a large church that is, let's be honest, full of gorgeous people who often focus on trying to impress one another. I include myself in that category from time to time. I do not want to be that person though! 

Oh, Jesus, please continue to change my heart. Make it more like yours. "You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom," Psalm 51:6. 
And so this Circular journey is one of attempted honesty, truth, reality, love, joy, expectation, wisdom and faithfulness.


  1. Amanda, praying for your housing situation as I type this.

    Thanks for the introduction, and thanks for being the first to take the time to post some comments on a few other blogs. It means a lot.

  2. Thanks for sharing Psalms 51:6. I also enjoyed your other blog post about Lucas. I'd like to know more about your trip sometime.

  3. AB!!

    I am continuously praying for your housing situation as well. I want you to live with me! haha. I also talked to the Lord about that :) Within the next few days I will let you know about a few girls who potentially want to move in - I will see if they would rather split the room. :) much love sista

  4. I would love to talk to you sometime about your travels abroad! Would be interesting to know what some of the highlights were =) I haven't done much traveling outside of the U.S. except for Mexico and Peru...but it's something that I would love to do during my lifetime. I thinks it's amazing that you've already had that opportunity!!

  5. Amanda I am so glad that we get to do something together. I also went to Concordia and we never seemed to be able to click and get together at RH. I'm so excited!

  6. That trip must have been profoundly life-changing. Glad to hear that it opened you up to even more learning and changing. Karen and I will also be praying for your housing situation.

  7. I want to hear about your backpacking trip! That sounds crazy cool! Definitely praying for your housing situation!


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