A new year is meant for starting new and exciting things right? Well mine will have plenty to choose from, but for now it will consist of having a new blog. I decided to write a blog for a couple reasons. One, I love to write in general. For some they enjoy spending their time playing sports or being crafty or cooking. My outlet has always been writing. And two, I sit at a job for hours a day with not much to do, so I might as well enjoy what I am doing. And so my journey of having a blog begins.
I mentioned that there will be many new things this year and there have already been some. First, I am done with school. Not forever. No I am not going to get my doctorate. I enjoy taking classes and I am still taking ministry wives courses through the seminary and I hope to always continue to learn and be in some sort of educational realm of learning. Not focusing on a degree will give me more time to relax though and just enjoy what I am learning and take in everything that is being taught without the daunting feeling of a grade looming over me.There are so many things in this world to learn, so why stop now?
I began seminary with the intentions of being able to minister to people better. I did not have a job in mind. I still do not have a job in mind. I have not been called to be a minister, but I have been called to minister to people. My main ministry is to my soon-to-be husband, but God has also placed on my heart ministry to youth. It works out perfectly since my fiance is also called to work with youth. But we will get to him at a later point. Although, I learned so much during my time here at seminary, there is so much I have not learn and so much I want to learn. My prayer is that I do not waste this extra time God has given me and really focus on His Word so that I can do all things through a Biblical perspective. And thus my education continues even though I am done with my degrees.
The next biggest step this year will be getting married in about two months! I cannot express the joy I have when I think about that day and being able to marry my best friend. I have an amazing family (and adopted families) and I could not think of a more supportive group of people in my life, but I am so excited to start a family with this man. I have never been afraid to be myself around him, he has challenged me to be more like Christ and has been such a blessing to work with in ministry. I am so thankful that in a few months this man will be my husband.
With marriage, of course comes new adventures and new challenges. We are quickly learning the challenges that the “real world” holds, especially finances and all that fun stuff. Through it all though, even despite our worrying, God has provided abundantly more than enough for us. I do not use that to brag or say that we look at God to be like Santa Claus and give us all our wants, but we have tried being faithful to Him and His call on our lives and God has always met our needs and yes, even some of our wants. Is this why we are faithful to Him? No. We are faithful to Him, because the very least we can do is give Him our lives. We do it, because we love Him. We are far more blessed than we deserve. And that is an understatement. Yes, our fleshly desires want newer better things in life, but true contentment and joy comes from the Lord.
There are plenty of other new adventures and wonderful things to come, but those are only a few. I am sure that this year will consist of some very joyous occasions, as well as some very frustrating and trying days, but at the end of this year my hope is that we were faithful to God and gave Him our lives without hesitation.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” -1 Timothy 1:12-14