A Look at 2015

2015 was the best year of my life so far, without a doubt. I got engaged, and I grew more in my faith than I ever have before. 

Getting engaged was something I've looked forward to my whole life, especially since I met the man I knew I was going to marry. The promise of a life with him, and one that is starting soon, is one that I question everyday as too good to be true. But it is not. It is happening, and I don't deserve it. But the Lord gives me things I don't deserve often as tangible forms of His love; that's pretty cool. 

While the promise of being with my man forever is wonderful, the promise of a strong and loving savior is always the most important one. I served with CHWC this summer for 4 weeks. I had dreamed of being on staff for 8 years before the day finally came. CHWC pushed me more than I knew I could be pushed. I worked harder than I knew I could and I learned to love people in a way I hadn't before. This was the most important thing that happened to me this year because I learned more about the heart of the Lord.

Not only did this experience force me to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and above all spiritually, but it also made me question everything in my life. I relied on the Lord for answers in a way I never had before. He also answered me in ways that He never had before. By seeking the heart of the Lord and His path whole-heartedly, I opened this new line of communication with Him. He began giving me answers: written answers in books, answers that I could hear in my heart, and answers that exhibited themselves through an overwhelming feeling of peace. This is the most important thing that happened to me this year.

I look forward to 2016 for so so many reasons. I get to plan a wedding. I get to hopefully substitute teach and spend time with beautiful children everyday. I get to dance. I get to graduate with a degree that I adore. I get to be a bridesmaid for my future sister. I get to start a Masters program pursuing my absolute passion. But above all, I will be honored to get to continue to seek the Lord. How wonderful, how marvelous. 

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2 

- Dean