Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year 2019!

Over the two years that I’ve been writing for this blog so much has changed! It’s been a time of healing, a time learning to listen, and a time learning to pray with expectation. I’ve truly loved every minute of it and all the amazing people I’ve met along the way!

We’ve reached 75 countries with 4,334 views! I’ve heard from so many of you how much different posts have meant to you. I can’t even begin to tell you how much that impact has meant to me!!!

The first year we journeyed together from Genesis all the way through the end of Revelation reading about 5 chapters a day. What began to become clear in my mind from this year in God’s Word was God’s love for us and sovereignty in His plan for us. I had struggled before to keep reading my Bible and learning from it but this study changed my perspective and opened up my heart.

This year we’ve studied the most of the Old Testament and God’s desire from even before He created us to be in relationship with us. His Word is an incredibly detailed and passionate love letter that speaks beyond the heart to our very souls! My opened heart and realization of this desire for relationship taught me something else that I didn’t expect…

I’d spent an entire year listening to God but not really believing He would listen to me or answer my prayers. Wow! Was I wrong! This has been a year of answered prayers in my life! At the beginning of 2018, I participated in my church’s 21 Day Daniel Fast. Taking this time to rebalance my lifestyle choices and really ask for direction in the coming year I believe made all the difference for what I experience in the following months.

I asked God what direction I should go in my Senior year. Should I apply for that internship at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West?

I decided to apply and asked God to take care of the details and make me content with whatever He decided…

In February I got the call telling me that the internship was mine and in May financial aide was provided to pay for the summer credits toward my degree!

Moving to Cody and working for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been an amazing experience but living in a strange town where you only know your Grandparents, Aunt, and cousins can get a little lonely.

I prayed for friends…

God sent along 3 amazing women who could not be more different but who’ve definitely been His answer!

The job in Cody was only supposed to be temporary and would’ve ended shortly after my road trip to Canada but I kept praying that God would let me stay…

My job was extended until the end of the year!

School started and motivation waned, I asked God to give me the motivation, energy, and clear mind to be successful in the coming semester…

I’ve finished the semester now with a 3.8 GPA!

The year was quickly coming to an end and the time on my temporary job was running out again. I prayed desperately that God would let me stay…

At one point it seemed He’d said, “No!” but just before I left for Christmas brake my supervisor took me aside to let me know that my job had been extended again at least until the end of April 2019!

I’ve been praying over bigger requests this year too. I’ve prayed for the family I might one day have and that God would focus my life right now on His plan for me instead of my plans for myself. Some of that answer seems to be pointing me in the direction of a United States Navy Officer. This answer stunned me! I am the leadership type. I am the self-sacrifice type. I am an on-the-spot problem-solver type….but I am not the athletic type!

My family and friends are also confused about this life choice, it was the last thing they expected from me. Some of them come up with really good reasons why I should back out while I still can ­čÖé I love them but it isn’t about pros or cons at this point. It’s about God’s plan for me!

Remember that David was only his father’s shepherd boy when he was anointed king. A boy not strong enough to lift the weight of armor when he faced down the giant Goliath. Remember that for most of his early life he lived in exile, still fighting his nation’s enemies though his king sought his life to take it. Remember that when David had the opportunity twice to take his circumstances into his own hands, he chose instead to let God have control of his life and destiny!

So I prayed…

“Dear Lord, Please give me the strength of Samson, the willing heart to obey like Noah, the faith of David, and the courage of Paul to follow the road You’ve laid out before me…By my own wisdom, power, and strength I could never do this alone! Be my sword, my shield, my deliverer! I know that You go before me and that is enough!

In Your Name Amen.”

I do not know what my future holds but I’m trusting that just as He’s all my other prayers this year that He will answer this one too! The answer may not always be yes….but maybe that just means something even greater is in store than what I at first imagined!

As you may have guessed at this point, this post isn’t just a goodbye to the old year. For the time being, I’m also saying goodbye to the community we’ve built with this blog. That isn’t to say that I’m leaving forever! In fact, I will be continuing to write on my Montana Bear Paw blog about the adventures I’m having throughout the year. I will absolutely be leaving this blog up for your personal use! Please feel free to use as a study guide in the coming year as you dive into your own studies of God’s Word and don’t hesitate to comment questions or message me through either Facebook or Instagram!

I love you all and wish you the very best in 2019!!!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23-24

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