I haven’t really done a blog before, least of all that someone has read so I’m not really sure how to start this thing… Hello? Welcome?
Anyway, as you may or may not be aware, my name is Taylah and I am currently on the YWAM Townsville adventure. If you’d have asked me 6 months ago if I would voluntarily move to the hot, sticky mess that is Townsville, I probably would have laughed in your face. But as we all know by now, God has a great sense of humour.
Life on the Gold Coast wasn’t the greatest for me. I’ll probably go into in at a later date but for now lets leave a little mystery ;). I applied for my DTS (Discipleship Training School) late November while I was finishing up at beauty school. I got accepted a couple of days later and a short nearly 2 months later 70+ students and staff met for the first time face to face at YWAM Townsville.
The people here are amazing , not that I had any existing expectation, but they definitely would have exceeded them! Everyone is so loving towards each other and it’s really motivating me to change my heart and bad habits. We were all chatting non stop within a few hours of meeting each other which made it a lot easier to settle in.
On the day after my arrival (Sunday January 29th AKA Orientation Day), myself and 2 other ladies caught the bus into the city to get a few things we needed from the shops. On the bus ride back, a man named Tim Tam introduced himself to us and asked where we were heading. We explained how we were from YWAM and a little bit about it. He asked if we were Christians to which we agreed and he asked us to pray for him as he had been having a bit of trouble with his family. So that’s exactly what we did. When our stop came up he came back to the reception of our base where we had one of our male leaders with us and we spoke some more truth into Tim Tam’s life. It was something I’d never really experienced before which I was so excited by, and to happen on the FIRST DAY! If you could keep him and his family in your prayers that would be absolutely tops!
That night we were told about the opportunity to go on a hike up castle hill. So with the words of my wise brother (in law) of “embrace every opportunity” I decided to go. After all, they said it was only around 3Km. I woke up at 5:45am, bright and ready to go for a 6am hike. We started our walk to the hill and I was already huffing and puffing…. and then the actual hill start. WE HAD TO WALK UP A MINI HILL TO GET TO THE ACTUAL HILL! At this point I was ready to tap out but I just kept going and saw some other people slowing down so we all stopped at a little landing as you can see in the photo haha! So safe to say, I will never make it to the top of Castle Hill.
But on a good note, I’ve SO enjoyed having Monday and Friday morning worship just to kick off the week with listening to where the Lord is directing us both individually and as a school. It was such a shock coming into a place of continual prayer! Before we start almost anything and at least a couple of times during worship we will just stop and all gather into small groups or pairs and pray for each other. I found it a bit challenging at the start because I’d be like “well what am I suppose to pray for…?!” but it’s so freeing to leave room in the silence to hear what the Lord is laying on your heart or to just totally give him glory and thanks. It’s also been awesome to be able to lead worship in free time almost every night and see so many people give up doing other thing and come to worship as a family. #familygoals
Something I definitely need to work on is to stop being to social at night (so late) because I have been going to bed anywhere from 11:30pm-1am every night and anyone who knows me knows how much I hate, I repeat H.A.T.E.!!!!! getting up early and I have to get up at 6:30am every morning! Gah!
Now to get deep- so turn down the light, get your favourite snuggy and a hot drink.
As we all know, the devil attacks you when you’re on track. I’ve had a fair few down moment over the week from thinking about hating Townsville (primarily because of the heat and not being able to drive anywhere lol) and how I miss my friend back home (you should know who you are). So all of that + probably the worst day yesterday that I’ve had in a really long time + less than 5 hours less last night + medication side effects = the strength of the Lord to pull me through.
But all in all, I don’t have any words to describe how grateful I am to be on this adventure. It’s only been a week and I have already learnt so much. I feel like the Lord is blowing on this fire inside of me which is only going to get bigger and bigger.
I want to thank everyone that helped get me here because you are all the bomb diggity and have been SUCH a blessing.
- Fresh perspective
- A deeper understanding of His word
- To be teachable
- To be free of man’s judgement
I’m hoping to get “profiles” up over the time I’m here so you don’t get too bored of me so stay tune!
P.s I’m really sorry if I’m suuuuuuper slow in replying to you! I don’t have a whole bunch of time on social media and this blog literally took me like 3 days to do so #soznotsoz #withthelord