Not very long ago I graduated from college ready to be a licensed teacher - I thought I had everything figured out. I wanted to come home(from Blue Mountain College to Laurel) and find a job around here where I could teach high school history. I had this idea of what I wanted life to look like. I would be a successful high school teacher that changed lives and then after a few years I would get a Master's and teach college history classes. I would eventually get married, buy a house, a car and have 2.2 children.
God had a very different idea of what this life would look like. The "Readers' Digest" version is that this process of Him molding me
was is a very painful process on my end. I am stubborn, I like plans and lists and security. Instead, I found myself not knowing the plan, not marking things off my lists, and without security. God had to bring me pretty low so that I would know what its like to HAVE TO depend on Him absolutely for everything. But when I did, oh wow, was it the most amazing feeling and best foundation I could ever have. I am a firm believer in experience being the best teacher as I am a tactile learner. Basically, I have to make the mistake before I will believe it won't work. But I would go through it all over again because through it I have learned so much about God and myself which has led(slowly) to me loving both God and myself and others more than I ever have. It is only when you have a correct understanding of who God is can you really have a correct understanding of who you are and how you relate to the other 6 billion people on this planet.
So now I work at Laurel Christian Pre-School - I am the director of the After-School Program there. To say that I love my job is a gross understatement. Instead of teaching 100+ kids who have attitudes I now have 25+ kids who have attitudes. :) I have a great group of kids that I love - honestly love them. Also I am working in an environment that sees everything through a lens that asks is what I am doing bringing glory to God. I also have a little time to work on "A Daisy A Day" - the creative venture that might not have happened if not for my detour. I am still not married, but I figure that will come when God is ready for it to.
I felt I had to share this "daisy" with you because I am happy. I realized that all the pain and all the trials were to bring me to this point of relinquishing monetary security and self-reliance for a life of adventure and a big story. I want to live a great story and I want that story to bring glory to God. ***Little tidbit of information for you - glory means giving a correct estimation of!!! How awesome is that? My life is meant to give others a correct estimation of who God really is - a daunting task but He is helping me with that. I am not sure that you will really understand the power of this revelation in my life, but being happy and at peace with where I am and who I am is definitely something new in my life.