After you graduate high school, YOU DECIDE what adventure lies next for you whether it be college, working, or taking a gap year! This season of change looking ahead to your future can feel very overwhelming and can cause lots of anxiety and fear to develop inside your heart. All of these BIG DECISIONS ABOUT LIFE are now on your shoulders and at the end of the day you can get advice from friends and parents but it’s up to you to decide what next steps to take! Stepping out of your comfort zone and heading into the unknown is SCARY STUFF!! Committing to taking a gap year to go to Spain was something I felt called to do by God, but it was very challenging completely surrendering my life to God’s will for me! I have lived in Georgia almost my entire life and have been on trips but never longer than a week and I will be leaving for 8 months to pursue missions in La Coruna, Spain in September! I have gone through many doubts and fears in this season this summer leading up to Spain, but have seen God move more than I ever have in my personal relationship with Him! He has revealed to me some inner struggles I never knew I had in this season and opened up my heart completely to growing through those struggles and leaning on Him alone to get me through them! I have learned a lot this summer leading up to Spain and just wanted to share with y’all some of the things God has laid on my heart…………………………………………………………………………………………
1. God is bigger than any giant you will face
~one of my biggest worries leading up to Spain has been the fear of the language barrier! I took Spanish throughout high school and know a little bit but am definitely still only on that simple Spanish conversation level which includes “Hola!” I have been practicing through looking back in my old Spanish books and watching Spanish soap operas but still have felt very nervous about it! I realized I had not given this giant up to God and when I finally prayed and gave it to Him, the verse “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) came immediately to me and filled me with an abundance of peace! No matter what giant you face in life, GOD IS BIGGER!
2. Powerful prayers move mountains
~at our church right now, we are currently in a series on prayer and it’s been one of the most impactful and powerful series I’ve ever experienced! We serve a God bigger and mightier than we could ever wrap our heads around and I think we sometimes forget that and minimize the prayers we pray to Him! Throughout this whole fundraising process for Spain, I’ve seen God provide and move in ways I could never imagine which shows His faithfulness and power to me! One of my all time favorite worship bops is “Do it again” by elevation worship and I think the lyrics “I’ve seen you move, you move the mountains, and I believe I’ll see you do it again!” perfectly sums up the power of God and HOW HE CAN MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN WE FACE IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE PRAY RADICALLY TO HIS GLORIOUS NAME!
3. God will prepare your heart for wherever you are going if you give your entire heart and trust over to Him
~I have experienced a lot of moments this summer feeling like I’m not prepared or qualified enough to share God’s love with the people in Spain! Ive been reminded time after time though that when you give your fears or worries to God, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!” (Ephesians 4:7) God doesn’t call the qualified, but HE QUALIFIES THE CALLED!
This was my first ever blog which is super exciting cause that means Spain is getting super close! I can’t wait to keep y’all updated throughout the year in Spain through this blog and share the incredible things God teaches me in La Coruna, Spain! Please continue to pray for my team and I as we prepare to leave for Spain in mid to end of September! Have a blessed day and remember how loved you are by our Heavenly Father!