How a Three Letter Word Changed My Life

Wow! Has it really been more than three months since my last post?? Over the summer I blogged about how God was working in my life, primarily through a summer discipleship program called City Project. When I last left off, I told you all about my time in Kenya.
A lot has happened in the last three months. I am currently nearing the end of my first semester as a junior at Meredith College, so I am in the process of completing my degree in Music Education. It is hard to believe that I only have two more semesters before I student teach! My classes have kept me pretty busy (as always), but it has been so sweet to spend time with my D-Group and get more involved with Summit College (a college ministry through the Summit Church). I also participated in Meredith College’s famous Ring Week and Ring Dinner tradition, where I received my Onyx, but that’s a story for some other time.

While my life the last three months have been a whirlwind of tests, concerts, and teaching in local schools, like all college students (at some point or another) I find myself thinking about my future. I think about what kind of teacher I want to be, where I want to live, or even what I want in a relationship. Up until last summer, I had pretty solid plan (or so I thought) about what I wanted to do with my life. I had it all mapped out: I was going to finish my Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education, go to graduate school to earn a Masters in Music Theory or Music Education, teach for three years in a state that meets the requirements for my federal Teach Grant, move back to live North of Atlanta, and somewhere along the way get married, buy a house, and start a family. I wanted the American Dream: a good job, a house, a family, maybe even a good small group with my church where we all have each other over for dinner and bible study while our children play outside together. This was what I wanted, and it seemed like a pretty realistic future where I would be happy. God, however, has other plans for me.

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

Last January if you had asked me what I was doing for the summer, I would have told you I was going home to get a job to save money. The plan involved living at home, earning money, and spending time with my family. This plan I had changed pretty quickly! Some of you have probably either heard from me or my blog about how I ended up at Summit, so the abbreviated version of the story is that I met a stranger on a bus who invited me to her church (and is now my good friend). The first time I visited the church I signed up for a discipleship program I knew nothing about to spend two months with people I didn’t know (which is totally out of character for me). If you want to read the full story click here. The next thing I knew, my life was headed down a path I had never considered. This plan was no where on my radar, but it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It has now been nine months since I made that decision, and it is amazing to think about the life changing things that God has been able to do in the last year because I used a little three letter word: “YES!”

Isaiah 6:8

 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Here are some things God taught because I said YES to His plan:  Continue reading