Back to School and God’s Calling
We made it back from vacation this past weekend and it was just what we needed. A week of relaxation and no schedules, just beach and family time. Summer is the best time. I just love late evenings, a more relaxed schedule, pool days, and tons of ice cream! But now it’s time for another favorite of mine- back to school! I have always loved the excitement of going back to school. I love picking out new school supplies and shopping for new shoes. Mostly I think I love back to school time for the new beginning it brings. To me, it was always a chance for new opportunities, new friends and new adventures.
When I started college years ago, I was an Early Childhood Education major, but like many young people I did not prioritize very well and did not graduate. I met a handsome young man and decide to get married instead. Life was going good for us and then years later, I lost my brother. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to face and I immediately started developing a deeper relationship with God. I knew leaning on him was the only way to get through it. Eventually I felt God was wanting more from me and seeing just how short life can be, I was willing to serve. I started praying for Him to show me what it was He wanted me to do and going back to school started circulating through my mind. Yet, still I kept putting God and school off. There was a pregnancy, a job position change, another pregnancy, moving, etc. Eventually I just could not put it off any longer and started looking at how I could make it happen.
Today I have been back in school as an Elementary Education major at Grand Canyon University for a year. I just passed my first major exam on the way to certification and I’m down to five classes before I student teach. It’s not easy! Let me repeat, having a full time job, 3 kids, a hubby, a household to run and college courses is NOT easy!! There are many days I want to sit down and cry from the stress of it all. But I’m so proud that my children are seeing me put in the hard work to achieve something that I want. And with every day that passses I truly feel that this is exactly where God wants me to be. I believe that being a teacher is a calling from God. I’m terrified at the thought of it and excited at the same time with the anticipation of God’s love shining through me to my future students. If you are thinking about a new beginning of any kind, the best advice I can give you is to pray about it and don’t be afraid to tackle it.
Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name , I will do it. John 14:13-14
I put this off for a long time because I knew how hard it would be and the time it would take to do it was so discouraging. I had a quote up for a long time when I started this process that said “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Don’t be afraid to go after your dream!