Turning A Page

The time has come for me to leave the people and places that have been my home for the last 6 years. I have now moved back to Charlotte, NC to start a new chapter of my life. I read a quote once that said that we can’t start a new chapter of a book if we keep re-reading the last one. It’s true. If I wanted to move forward in my life, I had to turn the page and follow where I felt the Lord leading me.

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Lately I have had to make some life changing decisions. These decisions were made easier because I have been immersed in such a Godly community at CIU for the past 6 years that has taught me how to pray, how to read the Word and given me plenty of counsel from amazing friends. I couldn’t have been more blessed to have the people in my life that have been with me the past 6 years. I look back to Freshmen year and I was a completely different person (thank goodness). I have come so far emotionally and spiritually. I don’t have any doubt that the friends that I made while I was here will be friends till the end. I don’t think that I could finish life without them =)

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17

I think that I have been spoiled by my church family. I would NOT have made it without them by my side. Getting the privilege to minister to my girls has been such a blessing. I am so proud of them and hopeful in the women that they will become! They have ministered to me in some of my darkest hours making me laugh and to remember to be joyful in the Lord. I always knew that I could go to anyone in authority with an issue and not be judged but welcomed and prayed for. The church has stood beside me when my family was in crisis and supported me in life changes. They always speak wisdom and have such a passion for growth not just for their body as a whole but for the individual members.

“But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

1 Corinthians 12:23b-26

I am excited to see where the Lord is going to lead me next. I know that I will be in Charlotte for at least a year. After I officially graduate I’m not sure where I’ll end up. I am learning to take things one at a time and not get ahead of myself or the Lord. As I sit here I am tearing up. Saying goodbye hasn’t ever been hard for me but this time there are so many goodbyes all at once. I just keep thinking that I have been so blessed by everyone and I wouldn’t have changed any part of it!

Inner Warrior

I am 9 days away from making my move from South Carolina back home to Charlotte, NC. My life is about 80% packed in very well labeled, color-coded boxes that are taking over my apartment. I have finished my campus classes and just have to finished my one online class. I am almost done with school and that’s weird. I mean, school has been all I’ve known for 20 years of my life. What comes next? What follows school? You mean, I have to be a big girl and find a job? Find my own place that’s not in the safe space of my wonderful Christian college? Make new friends on my own? Yikes!

Saying that I was scared would’ve been a understatement. I say “was” because I’m not scared anymore. The past few weeks I have been challenged to not focus on what I don’t have (a job, my own place, new friends) but to focus on what I do have (a free place to live with my wonderful parents, job potentials, a church). After I have done that, then I can put on my warrior face. I am called to be strong and courageous because the Lord is with me wherever I go and if he is with me, nothing can stop me.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

Here Joshua has all reason to be terrified and discouraged. His leader, Moses, has just died and now he is the Lord’s choice to┬álead the people to the land that had been promised to them. I don’t know about you but if I had to follow up Moses’ work I would feel a little under qualified. But, in this first chapter, the Lord has a little pep talk with Joshua. This gives him the courage and strength to talk to the people and encourage them! That’s exactly what I needed. A pep talk from God. How many of us need a pep talk from God? Sometimes we do and we need to be reminded of who God is and that we shouldn’t be worried, terrified or discouraged because the Lord is always with us. This is a prayer I’m praying over my life everyday because it is so easy to get distracted and to focus on all the things that I’m lacking and forget all that He has provided for me.

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