Just the other day I was struggling because a bunch of my “securities” were shaking beneath me.
Then, one day later, we got an amazing early Christmas gift…
Andy received a letter of acceptance to Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine!
|Showing some Spartan love!
MSU was Andy’s first choice and it has one of the best D.O. programs in the country, so we are absolutely thrilled beyond belief that he was accepted!
The long, often hard road has been totally worth it. We’ve been challenged and stretched more in the past 3 years than the prior ten. Our finances have been challenged, our marriage has been tested, our family has faced hurdles and it all seemed like such a sacrifice, but oh how sweet is the payoff!
Thinking back upon the last few years, I still remember the struggle but it all seems to pale in comparison to the feeling of excitement and accomplishment that we are feeling today.
We made it! It’s really only the beginning of an even longer, harder voyage but we feel ready. We know that we will make it through this next phase too.
I’m almost scared to say it, but I think I’m also ready for the trials that will come along with the next phase. I’m hopeful that I can remember this feeling of joy and that it will give me hope during the hard times. I want to remain open to the new ways that I’ll be tested.
I want to move through the next few years with more peace, joy, contentment and generosity. My goal is less whining, discontent, complaining and impatience.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude today…
God planted this dream in Andy’s heart and He has paved a pretty clear path for us. We’ve questioned things along the way, but He has continued to move us forward and encourage us by allowing our circumstances to align with our goal.
In all the excitement though, I want to temper my joy with compassion for those who are still waiting for their dreams to come to fruition. God’s timing is a wondrous mystery and it can be very painful to feel a dream in your heart that has not come to pass as the years stretch on.
Each time I feel joy at our good news, I am lifting up those around me whose dreams are still in the making. My prayer is that they feel the overwhelming love of our Savior this season and that He extends an extra measure of peace and joy as they wait.
God is good.
All the time.