As I’m writing this and bringing my thoughts together, I am sitting in the Common building at Southern Nazarene University. Here for a youth summit, but every time I come here I feel like I am reminded of all the wonderful people and places God has placed me in/with.
For example I always get to see my Infuse students who are now attending SNU and some West Texas students as well. Even though I didn’t attend this school my college days, it always brings back such wonderful memories I had while at my beautiful campus, Olivet Nazarene University. These few days that I am walking the campus in Bethany, OK I’ve also been able to see my wonderful Nashville student, Hannah who attends Trevecca Nazarene University. Small world….na, God planned that!
So this trip is a transition time for me; and I’m sitting blessed knowing how God has worked in my life this past year.
After my sad, not wanting to go departure from Nashville, I moved to Dodge City, Kansas and was for the first time a full time staff member at a church. It was a good experience for me to see how other churches do things and how having more of a responsibility is different from just being a youth intern…..who gets the fun jobs :) My time in Kansas was short…but I have learned a lot this year.
God has taught me what He can truly do to and with our lives when WE GIVE HIM OUR LIFE, WHEN WE WAIT ON HIM and not planning everything out in OUR time.
If it was all in my timeing and my planning…I wouldn’t have left Nashville….I would still be there, even if I was working at Starbucks for the time being. I love my family church there and that would have been the reason behind me wanting to stay.
But I didn’t do that. I listened and prayed to God to show me; tell me and help me know where He was sending me and if I was going to leave Tennessee. I did what He was showing me….and that was move to Kansas.
If you didn’t know, my year I took off before starting college was spent in Lubbock, Texas as youth intern for FCN.
This was how my ministry started. My heart grew for youth ministry from this experience and the years to come. This place and experience is what got me going and the reason why I’m still pursing youth ministry. No matter where I live or what church I’m attending. That’s the beauty of ministry…IT DOESN’T AND SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE IN JUST ONE PLACE KEPT TO ITSELF.
I can truly say that in this past year, with the roller coster of a life I’ve been flying on, by truly waiting and listening to God, He has given me the opportunity I’ve only dreamed of and honestly I’ve always thought this would happen one day (I’m a BIG dreamer and never say “never” ;) But also not truly knowing if this would happen, or if so…when? But it has happened and I am beyond blessed to say that as of this Thursday, I will be on full time staff at the church that starting my ministry…working with some of my best friends, mentors, and pastors in Lubbock, Texas at FCN.
God. Is. So. Good!
Never give up. Always wait….the out come is so much greater when it is His timing and not Ours.
If you truly want something….aim for it….but make sure you are doing so with God with you constantly and in knowing that even in your dark days…He will always break through the clouds and shine bright! Then your journey…as tough as it might seem…will be a tiny part of your big ministry/adventure in life!!!!