4 years have gone by since I started writing this blog.
Even through the times I was absent from writing, I still felt it’s presence.
I remember starting this blog. I was single. I had a great job, ministry involvement, my own apartment, and lots of friends. I felt like even though I was living a great life, there was a part to me that wasn’t as fulfilled. That’s when I got the idea to making a single-life bucket list, to teach my self to live more, and not just wait around for Mr. Right. I also began to see how God was working in my life through events and people around me. I wanted to capture it. That’s why I started the blog.
I wanted people like me to have a voice, an encouragement. Over the past 4 years, it it has encouraged me more times than I can count.
I thought today I would share some moments, lessons, and random ramblings that have been my favorite over the past 4 years. I am excited to see these spiritual markers in my life and how God has been at work this whole time.
The 4 best things that have happened to me in the past 4 years:
4. Refocusing my vision for ministry– Four years ago, I had a great job, and I was looking forward to a time when I go in to full-time vocational ministry. Since that time, God has really shown me some things. I have been a full-time teacher for almost 4 years now, 3 of those years serving in a low-income, high ELL area. Ministry to me now is less of a “future calling,” and more of a present state of mind. Everyday, I feel like I am on mission for Jesus. He has used me in so many ways with co-workers, students, parents, and friends. I am humbled to go to work everyday and minister to children. I do teach them Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies, but I pray my influence in their lives goes far beyond that.
3. Losing Control-I felt that the past four years have been years I have learned to surrender. Years where I let go of expectations, control of situations, and my own plans for my life. I have stopped worrying so much about micromanaging areas of my life, and learned to trust God. His plans. His Purpose.
2.Going Abroad- I had the opportunity to go to the Middle East, and it changed my life for the good. I loved the people, the culture, and seeing how God is at work in the lives of those people half a world away. I have such compassion for these people now, I feel like they are my family. I thank God all the time for the ability to serve Him in that way. I often look back on those days with so much JOY and love for my Savior.
1. My Husband-I realize I may have readers from my single days, who don’t even know my husband. He is an amazing person, and a picture of God’s grace in my life. I couldn’t imagine life without Him now, or how anyone else in this world could get me besides him. He is smart, driven, talented, kind, caring, and has a heart to see our generation changed for Jesus. He is my continual answered prayer. I could go on and on and on, but I’ll digress.
4 things that God has taught me:
- To place my confidence in Him.
- To have a broken heart for the things that break His heart.
- To trust Him with my future.
- To know that my only JOY in life comes from Him. He is the GIVER of great things.
4 Favorite Blog Posts:
4. confident- February 1, 2016
3. the great teacher- September 13, 2013
2. days like these, March 29,2012
1.Meet me where I am at- February 23,2012
4 Favorite things I marked off my bucket list:
4. Going to the movies alone- I love it now! It’s my favorite
3. Blind Date- I had two unsuccessful ones, but the 3rd time was a charm for me!
2. Leaving the country- see above
- Starting Zumba- Still love it. I go 2-3 times a week. It makes me happy.
As I said earlier, this is not a deep theological post. I wanted to remember all of these great things that have happened in my life, since I decided to put it out there.
I will leave you with a verse that I feel has been my life the past for years.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25
What could you start today that God will use to transform you? Thank you Jesus for all these great things you give.