September 6, 2020

Settling In

Hello! It has been almost a week since I have been on my own in California. My house now feels like a home, Redding is starting to become familiar, and my roommates are becoming fast friends. 

What is Redding like? The mountains loom in the distance behind swaying pine and palm trees. It’s hot, the kind of heat that if you sit in it for too long, you turn into a shriveled up raisin. But that’s how I like it. Town is walking distance everywhere and the library is open. The people are extremely kind and have been very welcoming in every situation. 

What is my townhouse like? We have grass! (Which is saying a lot in this dry climate) The floors are squeaky, our tub requires a weightlifter to turn it on, and our stove is so old that we don’t know when it’s done preheating. But I love it, because its my house. The house has been spiritually lived in, the peace is tangible and it feels like a place of rest. 

What are my roommates like? We have a writer, a singer, a dancer, and a painter. They are all amazing young women of God, and I feel the Lord knew what He was doing when he put us together. We have already had so much fun getting to know each other, having deep conversations, and making plans for the next nine months. 

When does school start? School starts the 16th! We have all taken the COVID test and will be wearing masks. The church is taking every precaution to keep us safe and to honor those around us. Our schedule will be full of worship, seminars, community discipleship, and ministry experiences. 

Overall, I am so satisfied to be here. It feels right, it feels like coming home for me. I miss Virginia and everyone there already, but I know that this is exactly where I am supposed to be. I can’t even express the relief I feel to finally be here after working towards this for years. God is good, and He fulfills His promises to us. 

From me to you,

-Emily Jacobsen

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