Sunday, January 23, 2011
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.