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.
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.”
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!