Visitin the BLOG?? Yeeaaahhhhh!!

Hey, so I realize just now, I’m about to make this HUGE announcement to everyone I love, and the first thing you are going to ask is, “What’s a DTS?” (common question)…..
DTS, is a discipleship training school in Mazatlan Mexico. I leave for mexico January 3rd! I will be there 3 months, and then I will be off to a 3 month outreach in an over seas location to be decided later. At my DTS I hope to gain knowledge about God, praying, serving, and speaking to others about christ, as well as great fellowship with my peers, I’m thinking I will have about seven roommates! And not to mention, a little bit of surfing! 😉
Here’s their website feel free to lurk around, http://www.ywammazatlan.com/
There’s pictures on there, but of course I will be posting my own pictures here and on Facebook as soon as I arrive!
Thank you so much for the prayers and encouragements! It’s absolutely driven me in believing in my decision to go!
Blessings, to all of my wonderful friends and family! I love you!

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BIENVENIDOS A MAZATLAN!

That was in the subject line of my acceptance email. It was one of those moments where you will remember where you were standing when you found out the rest of your life. Meghan was off from school for veterans day. We grabbed hot cocoa and sat down outside of Peets Coffee to play hangman. I had made myself wait all morning to check my email since I was making myself bonkers Monday and Tuesday checking it momentarily… So I held out until 9:35am. Deep breath, joy, heart racing, eyes fill with tears. I”M GOING. I’m not going to lie, I got pretty excited and made a bit of a scene. I jumped up and down and danced with Meghan. Then I gathered myself and attempted to read the rest of the email.

Since being “accepted” I’ve felt a huge wave of relief. I feel a sweet assurance over the situation. I’m going to Faithfully finish out the rest of my school semester, as well at the time at my job until I go. I’m going to trust in God to handle my things, that I can find storage, or a temporary home for my things until I return. As I’m submerging myself into finals season, I have peace that all of these things, are going to work out be taken care of in time. There’s a lot to do, and I’m sure as crunch time approaches my stress will increase. But right now I feel excited that God clearly revealed a calling on my life and as he prepares me for this, he is leading my path.

As I was seeking counsel from friends one of my girl friends shared a verse with me, which had led her to attend a DTS. The verse is showed me was, Genesis 12:1-3, “Leave your people, your fathers household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those to bless you.” This verse has resonated in me for 10 weeks now. I cannot wait to live this journey out. Continue seeking and growing through God’s calling for me.

Thank you so much for reading about this trip. It means so much to me.

As I’m preparing for my trip some ways you can pray for me if you feel led would be:

  1. Finish up my school semester faithfully, and be diligent with my work.
  2. That I would have a smooth transition from my job, and that God would give me the words as I resign.
  3. For my spiritual life as God prepares me for my trip. Seeking Him, and listening to Him.
  4. And that God would bring provision for all areas of my trip.

Thanks again! Blessings for everyone’s Thanksgiving!

I asked for a Sign, God gave me a Billboard!

Confirmation from God

The sign I passed as I was praying about the possibility of going to Mazatlan....

Confirmation. Here’s the story….

Last July something amazing happened, actually, a series of amazing events happened in God’s perfect timing to allow this opportunity. Mid July, I was in a rut, I was avoiding making big descisions about school and work. So I emailed the director of the CAD (child and adolescent development) program, explaining I would be ready to transfer in Jan 2010. She informed me that due to the “Budget Crisis” I would not be able to apply and transfer until Fall 2010, delaying my plans 8 months. Grrrreeeaat! UGH.

The next big thing that happened was a Job Crisis. Or at least I thought so at the time. If you’ve known me the last 2 years you know, I love my job. It has never been work to me. I always looked forward to going to work. The kids I watched gave me purpose, and joy. They taught me more in 2 years than all my schooling ever had. So, you can imagine the heartbreak when my job was ending and I felt that I wasn’t going to be as good at anything as I was at that. Hindsight, I have seen that my job ending at that specific time was absolutely what needed to happen. It sent me searching….

For a new job, but also on a QUEST… This amazing feeling kept creeping up on me. Maybe there is something else I could do… Then, while attending Spirit West Coast in Monterey, I saw a glimpse of God’s plan. I met a few guys at a booth representing DTS (discipleship training school) through YWAM (youth with a mission). I liked the idea of getting away for a few months to learn about God, and serve others. But I tried to push it to the back of my mind, it just seemed to far fetched. I found myself daydreaming, Googling, praying, if there was a way….. I wanted to know.

I decided to start speaking to some close friends and family to see if I was completely crazy. In August my dad was having surgery and I wanted to be home for that. I was going to speak to my parents in person and see what their reaction was. My parents are incredibly wise, and have an amazing way of discerning situations to know what’s best for me. I knew that I would have a clearer picture of what to do after I spoke to them. The night before I wanted to speak to them I was meeting a girlfriend in Twin to chat. On the way I began praying about this opportunity. I remember thinking, if there is any way at all, I want to go. As I prayed I began to second guess myself. Questioning everything from finances to courage and I began feeling a huge burden weighing me down. I was disappointed, and knowing I wouldn’t be able to do it, I was so sad. I tried to stop thinking about it.

Then less than five minutes later, I saw the billboard. It was a sign, straight from God. All doubt, fear, and hesitation was lifted. I was going. And that’s the story of how God has placed the calling on my heart to go to Mazatlan.

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