Ever since I first went to Malawi in 2008, my life was forever changed. I saw things and experienced things that are indescribable. I knew I had to go back. God had more to teach me. I dreamed of going back for 3 years after that. Finally I got my chance. I would spend a month over summer serving in Malawi at an HIV/Aids rehabilitation center with Save Orphans Ministries and at Esther's House with Pure Mission. So two days after graduation I was on a plane to Malawi Africa. Little did I know that that month would drastically change my life forever. I could write about my time in the warm heart of Africa forever. About what God taught me and the majesty that He revealed and how he worked on my heart. In no way will I be able to write all that He taught me on this little blog. (I love to talk about it, so if you ever want to know more, I would be overjoyed to share!) Even just thinking about what He has done, I am overwhelmed by His greatness. Maybe, little by little I will post stories from my trip, just as a reminder to myself of what God has done and is doing.
I don't really know where this post is going, since it has been so long and I feel like I have so much to say. But today, I am just revealing in God's great power and control over my life. Control is something I know a lot of people struggle with, especially me. I like to know what's going on and where my life is headed. As a freshman in college, it's hard not to get caught up thinking about all the stress of the future and what it is that I should so with my life. I seem to always forget that God needs to be the one in control of my life. He is after all the creator of the universe!!! I'm slowing learning to surrender control of my plans to the one who wrote them. Check these verse out! So good!(Psalm 31:15, Proverbs 19:21, 16:9) They are so much better than mine would be anyway! I need to remember to live this day well. To live for Christ and Christ alone. Why should I be concerned with what the world thinks of me in I am living for Christ?
The transition from Malawi to school at State was hard. Not a day goes by that I don't think of those beautiful people who changed my life and have ahold of my heart. But God has me at school for a purpose and I am loving discovering what it is! God has blessed me with an amazing group of people who love God and desire to be closer to Him. That is something that I begged God for for the longest time and boy is faithful.
"All things work together for our good." I might not understand it in the moment, but that is where my trust and faith in my heavenly father comes in. As I continue on this journey, my prayer is for God to break me, mold me, shape me into the women of God that he has created me to be. I pray that I be BOLD in my faith and live each day for Him and Him alone. I pray that I will daily surrender control and let God lead, wherever it may be.
Whether I be in Malawi or Michigan, I know God will use me and I can't wait to be used my Him!