Sunday, November 27, 2011

2011- to this I am thankful.

This past year, has been a year of growing, learning, loving and most of all, a year of life change. I knew going into this year, that great things were headed my way, but i didn't know how much I would be depended on God to get me through the good, the bad and the ugly. To this year, I have been more thankful.

I skipped out on my last semester at Warner to do my internship here in OKC with Youth for Christ. Coming to OKC a whole semester early taught me how to once again step outside of my bubble and reach out to people I really didn't know and to become friends with them. Since I was so consumed with ministry and my students, I didn't have time for just trying to make friends. However I did, and I am grateful for that. I had to deal with leaving behind what I was comfortable with, and a ton of friends that were my family at Warner to come to a place, where I had to start all over. However, I feel like if I didn't spend that semester here, I would be learning more of the things now that I should have learned then.

In May I headed back to Warner to graduate and see all my wonderful amazing friends one last time before becoming a Warner Grad! :) I can not explain to you how wonderful and refreshing that whole week was that I spent back in the LW for that week. Being back with the people who have traveled on the journey with me for 4 years, the ones who
understood me and the ones who stood by my side was just amazing. I can look back and be thankful for all the laughs, tears and God moments I have had with each of them. Being in a role at Warner where I had to lead my girls as an RA was one of the most amazing and humbling experiences I have ever had. I know God did not just place me as an RA but, he established wonderful and beautiful friendships with so many girls. I am thankful for being able to go back, and see all the great things God did in my life there.

About a month after graduation, I said I do to the most amazing man I know. Marrying my best friend has been nothing but a journey of learning and loving! Since the wedding, we have learned so much about one another, we have hit speed bumps, and made it through together. He is and will always be my best friend, and whatever life throws at us, we will be there to get though it together. :) God has blessed each of us each day, by learning how to trust in him, and know that He will take care of us, and that he has such a big plan for each of us in our lives together.

Being back here in Oklahoma City, we have been blessed to be surrounded by a great staff, mentors and friends who love us and want to see nothing more than for God's will to be done. I have been so blessed to work with just great students and to help them see who God is in their life. It has been a blessing to grow and challenge my students to be leaders among their peers... to see that they are worth more than anything in the eyes of God and to help them find their purpose in life.

Most of all, I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for my family allowing and helping me pursue my dreams, my inlaws for being a big support, for mentors allowing me to see God in my life, for friends who are always there, for a husband who is loving and a God that guides me in all that I do. To this, I am THANKFUL.

Come before Him with thankful hearts. Psalm 95:2