I have only 17 hours remaining in GA. We will be leaving at 3 tomorrow afternoon. While most people would think that I am all packed and ready to go, I am actually not. It’s been hard. Many of my friends had the help of their family but I did not . I also am having to pack most of my stuff b/c my parents are turning my room into an office when I leave. While I am a lil sad at the fact that I will not have a place to sleep when I come home ( although there is word of a tufon ) I am excited that my mom will have a room for her. It has just added more stress for me. I have to go through everything and I am putting the advice of Jonathan Sutton into play. That advice was ” When in doubt, toss it out.” I have tossed more stuff that I’ve held onto for so many years out today than I have in my entire life. I’m not really getting nervous though. Many of my friends are and I know thats a normal feeling but I’m actually a lil confident that I am going to do really well up there. I’m excited about being on my own ( no more having to call every minute I’m away) I’m excited about the opportunities I have up there, and I’m excited about starting a new life. My life. I’m not under my parents wing anymore. I will be independent. ( Ok so I know I really sound like a freshman going away right now but let me stand on my soap box) It’s my time to shine and buddy am I ready to.
So I wrote this the last Tuesday of my Senior year and I decided to see what goals I was able to accomplish over the summer.
1. I want to drop at least 2 pant sizes over the summer through running and a newer, healthier diet( diet meaning a lifestyle change, not just a fad)
2. I want to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Berea College.
3. I want to finally establish a consistent walk with God, meaning a daily time in the word, constantly memorizing the scriptures , not to just check it of the daily to do list, but instead to grow and develop into a more mature woman of God so that one day, when I have children, I can be a light and role model for them.
4. I want to teach- elementary only please!
5. I want to passionately fall in love with God !
6. I want to find the man of God created for me.
7. I want to adopt and be a mother.
8. I want to travel- Africa, Bosnia, Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Australia, WHERE EVER GOD LEADS!
9. I want to become more disciplined in my study habits.
10. I want to ask the best question ever in every situation I am put into.
11. I want to stop robbing God by tithing every week.
12. I want to share the love and life that I have received from Christ to everyone I met.
13. I want to be an encouragement to those who don’t believe they can break the chains.
14. I want to be the first- the first to graduate from high school, the first to go to college, the first to graduate with a degree, and the first to own my own home.
15. I want my children to grow up in a Christian home and fall passionately in love with Christ.
16. I want to be the mom that I wish I had.
!7. I want my children to live in a more secure family, knowing they can talk to their parents, knowing they are loved and they will be constantly be told that every day.
18. I want to listen to God, even in the most trying times.
19. I want to be the friend others have been to me.
20. I want to lead children to the Lord, I want to see a revolution in the youth of America, I want to see a nation on fire for God, I want to see people living the Christian life, not just saying they do. I want the hearts of America to feel the love and joy that I feel from Christ. I want the troubled youth to know they aren’t alone and that there is a way out of their pain- it may not be soon but in due time, their cloud will be broken and the rays of love from God above will shine down and open the gates to a new life.
I want to be the change that I want to see in the world.
So I still have a lot to do ( even number 1 on the list) God’s not done with me and I’m not done living for Him.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Sunday. Sunday morning Jonathan did a farewall thing for me in the City at church. During it he asked the kids what they thought college was . One of the lil 1st grade girls ( my old teachers daughter) stood up and said
“It’s where you find your husband!”
Well Anna, maybe I will find my husband, but he has to go through the OLC crew ( according to Jonathan) before they will allow any marriages!