2017 has been a year for which I have no adjective to express. It has been a time of “stretching”…that is in a spiritual sense. My life was uprooted and I stepped out in faith into what I believed God was calling me to. I left work, family, friends and all that was familiar, to live in a place that I would never choose for myself. Cold and snowy Colorado. A place that I now call home for a season. An area of the world where after crossing the state line, I absolutely fell in love. I felt as though I’d been a resident of the region all along.
I suppose that’s what it feels like when God says to do something and you say, “okay” rather than resist. Some say that feeling is because you’re in the will of God…and where He guides, He provides. I know, undoubtedly, the latter to be true. God has without doubt taken care of me.
Colorado is a beautiful exchange to Alabama; with the mountains and panoramic views. The elevation took some adjusting to, but now, it’s all good. The snow (and ice) I’m learning to drive in and I’m also learning how to layer. The Lord is faithful! He knew the knowledge I lacked before sending me to the west coast. I’m gaining new information constantly and have made new relationships that has helped with the transition. I’m certain this season in Colorado will prepare me for whatever is next!
2018 I anticipate will be a year of more stretching and also new beginnings. Leaving Alabama and entering Colorado marked a new time in my life. I’m confident that even greater adventures lie ahead!
Recap of 2017:
January- Time spent with my Goddaughter and family. Delta Sigma Theta event. Flew to Los Angeles for ministry with spiritual mother and had the opportunity to see extended family!
February- Traveled to South Carolina to move a friend from Mississippi. Hiked Crowder’s Mountain in North Carolina.
March- 31st birthday! Started on state sign bucket list getting pics with Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana! Saw Big Daddy Weave in concert.
April- Experienced Bethel in concert again! Saw my youngest sister off to prom. God spoke to me about Colorado and I chopped off my hair!
May- Rode the Amtrak to Baltimore (bucket list item)! My granny went to be with Jesus. Traveled to Georgia. Put in my resignation!
June- Took a job cleaning part-time. Gave everything I owned away except what would fit in my car. Left Alabama!
July- Traveled from Texas to New Mexico and landed in Colorado July 2. Bunked in a hotel (adjusting to the altitude) for a week before moving (temporarily) into a friend of a friend’s apartment. Journeyed to Wyoming. Found a permanent place to live!
August- Moved into my new home. Started work after a month of rest. Explored Colorado and hiked many trails.
September- Started school at Charis Bible College.
October- Made new friends! First snow! Really began to miss my family.
November- Finished the first trimester of school, praise God! Traveled to Nebraska for Thanksgiving.
December- lots of video chat with family. Encountered a snow storm in Denver. New opportunities arose…promotion at work! Resetting my mind for the new year.
Moving forwards. Merely June.