Sunday, April 5, 2009

Just a quick update to let you all know I'm still alive and kicking ;-)

I am now returning to school from a meeting in Denver with the USOC Athlete Advisory Committee. As some of you know I was recently elected to Athlete Representative for the sport of Archery. This meeting helped me understand my role and responsibilities within both the U.S. Olympic Committee as well as within my NGB. I am excited about becoming actively involved in representing the archery athletes and advocating their rights. The meeting was also very resourceful in that I met reps from all the other sports, some familiar faces but many unfamiliar, and I learned about the processes their NGB's work through and our unified function as a committee.

School is going well and keeping me on my toes. Only five weeks left, then I am off and running to archery competitions and various training locations. We are still looking for a home church while attending Texas A&M, but are enjoying meeting the vast community of Christians in the area. Mandy and I appreciate everyone's prayers and support as we continue this transition to "college life."

God is faithful and continues to teach me each day about trusting Him more with the little things and everything that would stress me out. I am reading a book by Brennan Manning called "Ruthless Trust" that has been an excellent contribution to my quiet times. The Lord is using this time away from my family to teach me to depend on Him alone for strength, companionship, wisdom, and sustaining faith. Since being at home encourages me to just rely on my family to guide and instruct me. I am learning to listen for His voice, rather than be so distracted by all the noise around me. The most challenging thing about this transition has been the multiplication of having so much to do and seemingly less time to do it all in. So I am learning time management as well :-) The difficulty is when there are so many people I want to stay in contact with but am unable to do so faithfully because of all that is on my plate between school, training, competing and now this new archery rep. position in which I travel five times a year. Needless to say I am busy, but God enables me to complete all that is necessary, and sustains me through the process. He is El Shaddai - the All-Sufficient One.