So I was not able to write in my blog yesterday. We played against Galatasaray at 2:30 p.m and then after the game we ended up staying after our game to watch the Men's team play. We ended up leaving after the third quarter because it wasn't that close of a game. Unfortunately our game was not close that we played either. We ended up losing the game 87-38 which was not fun at all. It is always nice to be on the winning side of scores like that as opposed to the losing side.
BUT one thing I am thankful for despite a loss like that, is that in the Lord's eyes I am still a winner :). My identity and self-worth should never be in basketball but rather in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful I serve a God who loves me despite whether I am able to win a basketball game or not. I am also thankful to the Lord for allowing me to play the game of basketball. He has allowed me to experience so many neat things as a result of an orange ball and an orange basket with a net...wow!
So, we ended up grabbing a bite to eat in Istanbul before hitting the road to head back to Samsun last night. I had a pretty bad headache and was feeling nauseous, but after taking some pain medicine and getting some fluids in me and eventually some food I started feeling a lot better. I was thankful for that! We pulled out of Istanbul around 8:30 p.m. and pulled into Samsun around 7:00 a.m. By the time I got home and put some stuff away, I crawled into bed around 8:00 a.m. I was able to sleep until 2:00 p.m. which was so nice. After I woke up I did some cleaning in my apartment, did some laundry, made some homemade cheese pizza, talked to my Dad, went and picked up a teammate, went to the grocery store, and then came back and I have been relaxing the rest of the day.
I was able to catch up with one of my sisters on the phone :). My other sister began her first day of work on the hospital floor at her new job. I have been praying throughout the day for her, and I am sure her shift is going great! I am excited to see how it goes. Molly has her first shift on the floor tomorrow.
The rest of the evening I plan on relaxing. I was able to listen to my church from back home. The message today was really good!
Tomorrow it is back at it. We will have practice in the afternoon I am thinking. This weekend we have a big HOME game for us as we play Besiktas which is the other team fighting to stay in first division. If they beat us they will actually move ahead of us in the standings which would not be good for us.
Well, I hope everyone has had a great week and weekend! Crazy I have already been over here for 3 weeks since going home for New Year's! AND only 9 more weeks left here until the season finishes. We have 11 more games to play. Here we go!!!
The environment was awesome!! :) SO neat to be apart of it. I was pretty tired from the travel on Thursday night since we left at 11:00 p.m. and got in at 10:00 a.m., but it was okay.
I have to say on Saturday morning when I woke up that it was some of the best sleep that I have gotten in a long time. I went to bed a little before 1 a.m. and I slept soundly until 10:00 a.m. without even waking up once.
GIVE UP THE ILLISION that you deserve a problem-free life. Part of you is still hungering for the resolution of all difficulties. This is a false hope! As I told My disciples, in the world you will have trouble. Link your hope not to problem solving in this life but to the promise of an eternity of problem-free life in heaven. Instead of seeking perfection in this fallen world, pour your energy into seeking Me: the Perfect One.
It is possible to enjoy Me and glorify me in the midst of adverse circumstances. In fact, My Light shines most brightly through believers who trust Me in the dark That kind of trust is supernatural: a production of My indwelling Spirit. When things seem all wrong, trust Me anyway. I am much less interested in right circumstances than in right responses to whatever comes your way.
TRUST IS A GOLDEN PATHWAY TO HEAVEN. When you walk on this path, you live above your circumstances. My glorious Light shines more brightly on those who follow this path of Life. Dare to walk on the high road with me, for it is the most direct route to heaven. The low road is circuitous: twisting and turning in agonizing knots. There the air hangs heavy, and dark, ominous clouds predominate. Relying on your own understanding will weigh you down. Trust in Me absolutely, and I will make your path straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”