Thursday, June 21, 2012

Staying focused on God

Last night I realized that I was spending way too much time thinking about the wedding... just thinking about dresses, colors, flowers, details--- especially for the past week or so, but definitely the past... what 4 weeks now!
Today I have declared myself a 'wedding free' day- today is a day where I am not to think about the wedding, nor am I to look up anything about wedding stuff. I love it all... I think TOO much. I love looking at wedding stuff, so pretty, just still dreaming about mine, and getting ideas about what we would like to have.
This has all stemmed from something I've continuously heard over the past few days "Be Still and Know that I am Here...."
"BE STILL" has been on my heart primarily. so I am FINALLY going to listen to God.-
I will be still. I feel that God is primarily telling me this with the wedding planning stuff.
After all I do have lots of time --- (yes, i know that i can't doddle... but I have 11 months.)
I feel that I am going to need like 1 day maybe a week to completely ignore wedding stuff and focus on God. -- I just feel right now I am getting caught up in all of this, and before it gets out of hand, I can go to God, focus on him, be rejuvinated, and get back into planning, but still focus on Him.

I've been so focused on wedding, and just other things, that  I have not been going to Him when I should have been. I will admit that. and Im so glad that I have realized that.

So this is what I am struggling with.

Maybe you have something in your life, that is over taking it and distancing yourself from God???

Is He telling you to "Be Still" ?

Yes, we have to get things done, but we have to remain focused in Him, and go to Him.

A day, an hour, a week, every morning, whatever, maybe we need to put stuff aside that is putting a barrier between us and God, set everything aside and go to Him, in Prayer, worship, fellowship, and have a relationship with Him.

What are you focusing on?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More Good News...

Yes, I know I havent  had an 'inspirational' post yet since our engagement... But I do have more good news.

Yesterday evening I was notified that I am accepted into The Kings University at Gateway.

This is something that I have felt that God has been calling me to do for over a year now -  March, or early April of last year (2011) I felt a calling to go into the Ministry - specifically Young Adult Ministry. I feel like there is a need for young adults (college age, 20-Somethings) to get (re)Connected to church and to God.  I was looking into schools in the area so I could begin my schooling with all of it - when just a couple days after I began to research - Gateway announced that they would be launching a university soon. ---
I have to tell  you more about that... it was probably a moment in my life that I'll never forget. -
Normally I would go to the Young Adult service that Gateway has on Tuesday nights "Seven" - but this particular Tuesday, for some reason I wasnt able to get over there in time or something - I don't remember the circumstances. - but I was cooking dinner (Spaghetti if I remember correctly) I had the computer going, so I could watch Seven online - I had it going in the living room, right there by my kitchen in my apartment - I was cooking dinner, had bee listening to the worship music, then once the worship music ended one of the pastors got up for announcements - thats when he mentioned 'to stay tuned, but Gateway would be launching a university in the coming months... I RAN to my computer (the whole 5 steps from my stove to my desk.) and as he was talking ( i cant remember what all he said ) I was jumping up and down, I had this feeling in my heart, a feelign that is so tough to really describe - but almost as it was saying... "THIS IS FOR YOU!" just THIS WAS IT... I was Jumping up and down, continuously - (realizing that I had neighbors below me a stopped jumping) but it was such a feeling in my heart that this was something I was to persue. I was so excited about what was going on, i barely ate my dinner (that is definitely saying something... ) and then I was wondering if I should just go up to the church to see if they had any other  kind of information -- i decided against going up to the church. Shortly after the announcent - maybe a few days or a week or something, they announced it officially online - and they had a video -  and they even had an 'informational meeting'  I immediatly signed up for that. Mom and I went. they had some good information - some info that I had already learned from online.  But it was really good. I really felt that this was definitely for me. Several months continued to pass, I would check on a weekly basis to see if there was any devopment - They had been trying to get everything going so that classes could begin Sept 2011- but ultimately they had to push it out to a year later - Sept 2012. They had a meeting this spring a "launch party" - it was really great - it was so neat to see the people there that were interested in TKUG - and it was all ages - 'just graduted from High school', "college age" - a little older than college age", " then older adults" -- All ages.. was really neat to see. There was a large turnout- which was great - everyone was excited, eager to listen and hear what they were saying - everyone was hanging onto every word that was said. - well at least I was. I still was so excited... and began to get just a tad nervous like "this is really happening!! " :)
I began my application process and that is when I recieved word yesterday that I was accepted.
I had been talking to a guy at The kings  -- when just about 3 hours later, as I was getting off work, I literally was pulling out from the parking garage when I saw an email on my phone - Saying "congratulations!- you've been accepted."
Steve had just gotten off of work, and I was awaiting his phone call. - I was tempted to just call him, but I waited for about 1 minute, and that is when he called me - so I was able to tell him my wonderful news, of getting accepted.
He was and still is so excited for being accepted and everything. [its so wonderful to have a future husband be so supportive in my calling and dreams - he always has been supportive in this, and has been with me through basically the whole process. Its been so wonderful.]

Still more excited than I could ever express,and yes that tinge of 'nervousness' of "wow... this is actually happening. I got in. I'll be taking classes for my calling that God has set before me........wooooow....." but this has been an amazing experience.

Ok - So It looks like I'll most likely be beginning classes July 23rd of this year. I'll be taking 2 classes at a time. Yes, it will take me awhile. Im very aware of that. It will be a fun adventure.

It will get crazy - I will have to work at balancing everything : School, studying, planning wedding, spending time with my wonderful Fiance, work, family.... who knows what else. I've done it before-- well minus the planning wedding part. but I think I can do it :) ("I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!")

I know that It will truly be an amazing season - I know that God has some amazing things in store for me. I cannot wait to see what He has planned for me.