Go for the GOLD!

In loui of the 2016 summer Olympics, let’s all strive to go for the gold!

The last year and a half has been nothing short than amazing. There has been a whirlwind of life changes. I can honestly say that I am right where God wants me to be. There is always room for improvement, but I’m trying every day to “go for the gold”.

Here’s a little recap of the last year and half of my life:
January 2015: Started grad school (Semester 1)
February 2015: Started back at my old job at Trident
March 2015:
April 2015: Finished my 1st semester of grad school
May 2015: Started grad school (Semester 2)
June 2015: Went to Jamaica (Jordan & Michael got married)
July 2015: Amber got married, and finished my 2nd semester of grad school
August 2015: Started grad school (Semester 3)
September 2015:
October 2015: My birthday, and my best friend got married 🙂
November 2015: Alex & Derrick got married
December 2015: Finished my 3rd semester of grad school
January 2016: Started grad school (Semester 4)
February 2016: My best friend got pregnant
March 2016:
April 2016: Finished my 4th semester of grad school
May 2016: Started grad school (Semester 5), and went to Nashville for Sue’s bachelorrette party
June 2016: Sue & Austin got married, and Beth & Randall got married
July 2016: Finished my 5th semester of grad school
August 2016: Went of vacation to St. Petersburg, FL, and starting grad school (Semester 6)

So… what’s been going on really…

I’ve lost some friendships I thought I never would have. I’ve been in a few failed dating attempts. I sold my old house and bought a new house. I’ve completed 5 semesters of grad school while working full time. I’ve become a stronger person. I’ve fallen more in love with my puppy, bella. I have become closer with my parents. I have spent time and made memories with some amazing friends. I have learned to love mowing my own lawn.

The last year and half has been a struggle- mentally, physically, emotionally. I have been broken, tempted, challenged, and have continued to RISE. Glory be to God!

Some inspiration I’ve been clinging to lately is:

“You don’t have to do this. You get to do this.”

“Give God your weakness, and He will give you His strength”

“Those scars you have accumulated are the markings of a warrior”

I’ll leave you with this…

Colossians 3: 1-17–>

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your[a] life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.[b] You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[c] circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,[d] slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

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