Hi everyone! It is hard to believe how much has taken place in the last several months. I felt like it was time for another update on my blog.
School is going very well! I have passed three classes and with an “A” in each class! It has been a hard journey and yes, I have put more pressure on myself than I probably need to but I am truly enjoying being back in school. I am closer than I thought to obtaining my degree which has me more motivated to finish. I started out in January as a sophomore and at the end of my third class I am now officially a junior in college! I am currently in my fourth class of the year.
This summer is going to be very busy with work travel, personal travel, and school. I am looking forward to what this summer has in store. It definitely falls in line with my One Word this year “adventure”.
Speaking of adventure and work, I recently had the opportunity to share with a group of people a little bit of my story about growing up in a family with a brother who has a disability. It was hard and yet wonderful to get to share a small portion of my story. I hope to have what I wrote on my blog later on this summer. I want to rewrite it and edit it for clarity on here. My hope is that while I continue writing my story and sharing it with you all and many others that you will be encouraged by how God has used my brother’s disability to shape who I am.
I remember sharing my fears with a dear friend about speaking in front of a group of people sharing my story and fretting over whether or not I would cry while speaking. She knew I would cry even when I did not want to, and gave me one piece of advice, “Don’t apologize for crying. Just keep talking and let God speak through you.” It happened. I cried. Not just a few tears but many tears. I collected myself and looked out at the group of people I was speaking to, they were all crying with me! I took her advice and did not apologize. As I scanned the room I found a friend in the group and locked eyes with her for a brief moment. She knew. She understands the passion I have and the story I shared. (This friend has a sibling with a disability as well.) In that moment I received the encouragement I needed to keep going. I still don’t feel I did that great of a job but everyone said I did. It was enough for me to say God spoke through me because honestly everything I had planned to say went out the window as soon as I got up to speak.
So the journey continues with a full summer and a heart that is overwhelmed at all God is doing in my life. I am busier than ever before and everyday I feel my strength and stamina being renewed. It truly is by the grace of God that I get anything accomplished.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as I continue to find a balance in life, work, school, and blogging. I am still writing but as I have said before I just haven’t wanted to “publish” those thoughts just yet. There are just somethings I feel I should write and save for later. I promise the wait will be worth it.
I am praying you all are having a great day!