OKAY. So, here's what's new with me.
--I am officially a college graduate with a youth ministry degree.
(and nope... haven't found a job for that yet haha)
--I lost a dear friend of mine on the 27th of April. Josias Rodriguez died after slipping and falling off of a cliff at Hocking Hills while on a hiking trip with some of his peers at a leadership team building trip. He was an amazing man of God and only 19 years old. In that 19 years, he made such a tremendous impact on people that his funeral needed overflow rooms to make sure everyone could watch... it was already a large church, too! His death inspired many to rise up and become who they were meant to be in Jesus Christ... 20 people even gave their life to Christ in response to this call from his family.
--I am one of the inspired ones who decided to strive to be who I am meant to be in Christ. For once, it doesn't include the physical this time. I'm meant to take the spiritual gifts God has given me and USE them. I meant to be an encourager, a leader, a FRIEND to everyone I come across. I am meant to serve Jesus 100% and knock it off with the addictions in my life and the selfish attitudes. Believe it or not, I can be one of the most selfish people when I put my mind to it. I'm realizing that now and painfully finding my way out of it. Oh, pride, why must you exist?
-- I am ENGAGED! Brian, my wonderful fiancee and best friend, asked me to marry him on April 20th and I SAID YES! The wedding is in a year... guess what that means? I'm sweatin for a weddin! ;)
-- God called me to come back home for a year and minster to my father. I had many other plans lined up -- get a job in Grove City, maybe go to grad school in KY, maybe take an internship opportunity in Indianapolis with an amazing ministry there... but nope. God said "go home" and asked me to do the most painful thing: minister to my father and serve him with a love that only comes from Jesus. My father is 3/4 of the "cause" of all of my depression, over-eating, self-image issues. I have long forgiven him for leaving the family and choosing alcohol over us. I have long began the healing process. Something tells me, though, that seeing my father come to Jesus before he dies (which isn't expected to be long from now -- 2 years, tops.) will be the final healing that I need... and I will be able to move on with my life and have a healthy marriage with my future husband, Brian.
-- I am working on my goal list for the summer! Check back next week to see it! :) I am also working on starting a blog on blogspot... no, I'm not betraying SparkBlogs ;) I'm just "expanding my horizons" and enjoying the pretty decorating I can do on blogger haha.
-- Last but not least... I'm looking for a job right now. I'm not expecting it to be full time, but I'm praying if I get a part-time that it turns into a full time. Lately, though, it seems as if college graduates aren't highly demanded in the work force like they used to be... especially college graduates with a youth ministry degree ;)
Trusting in the Lord & preparing myself to move forward,