Anyway, it's been quite the week! I've been studying like crazy for my biology exam Friday. I pray that all the studying pays off because I really need a good grade on this one! I'm definitely determined. The workload just keeps getting heavier...like I had a quiz today in comp and a paper due in that class Friday. I'm definitely starting to really learn my study skills and how I learn best. I also feel so old and grown up because I'm doing all of this on my own without parental or teacher reinforcement. Today also was the starting process of figuring out my schedule for next semester. I can't believe it's already time for that because I feel like I'm just getting used to my schedule for this semester!
Another thing I got to do this week was train to be a volunteer substitute receptionist for a Christian pregnancy resource center called Alpha House. It is a great place where women (and men too) can come for mentoring in duration of pregnancy, post-abortion, education on pregnancy and abortion....and it's all for free. Alpha House, like me, is definitely against abortion no matter what the circumstance, so they strongly encourage women to re-think their plans if they consider abortion, but do not enforce it because they want to help.
So I believe that I have made my decision in regards to my major. After much prayer over the last couple weeks and a discussion with my parents and a few other close friends, I have made the decision to be the Intercultural Studies and Nursing major. It is a 5 year program that I will receive my A.S.N. and B.A. in ICS. My last semester will be 6 months studying abroad...which was one part of the major that I was really nervous about to begin with because it's a little scary to me. But I came to the conclusion that God will protect me and guide me through everything, no matter how tough it gets and how much I actually dread the 5 years. I think it'll be a great experience and it will be wonderful to allow God to let me minister with the knowledge I will gain in ICS. So I'm super excited to see the journey God leads me in the next 5 years. Also, after my ICS degree is complete, I will more than likely work on my B.S.N. for nursing since I will only have like 35 more hours to complete. So please keep that in your prayers!
Here is a memory verse I thought was definitely appropriate from my bible study I'm doing "A Call To Die" by David Nasser.
"Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts." Isaiah 26:8
Oh, I also have been praying heavily for a lot of other things lately. Here are a couple that I hope you will take time to lift up as well.
- My good friend just left yesterday morning to do a 2-year journeymen program through the International Mission Board overseas. It was definitely rough knowing that last Sunday was the last time I'd get to see him for 2 years, but I'm definitely proud of him and he's been like a big brother and a huge inspiration to me since I was probably 13 or 14 years old!
- Our nation and the upcoming election. Need I say more? It is definitely a pivotal time right now and important that the body of Christ come together in prayer for what will be an election that goes down in history. There is what in my opinion, too many people who have strayed so far from what this country was founded upon as far as beliefs and standards go. I'm definitely preaching to myself when I say this, but as my friend said in his blog; please become informed on this election, especially for candidates running for office.
I hope that you will lift these up in prayer. God Bless
Because of His Grace,