None of us know what tomorrow will bring. We live in a topsy-turvy world of uncertianties right now. I continue to strive in obedience to the instructions of Jesus to not worry about tomorrow, but to trust my heavenly Father. Yet, I must still live life and pray for God's guidance for my future. After years of doing just that, one would think I would be good at it by now. However, there is always something to throw a wrench in my life.
This summer has been one for soul searching, prayer, and counseling with Godly influencers in my life to determine whether or not I am truly on the right path for me. What do I really want to do with my life after graduation in 2024? What do the details of God's calling on my life look like? I thought I had it all settled, but then I was challenged to reconsider by people in a position of authority over me. This challenge caused me to take a hard look at my situation. On one hand, I must be realistic. On the other hand, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I know that God would not call me to anything for which he will not provide a way for me to enter into that calling.
As I ponder the possibilities of my post-graduation career, I see myself as an advocate, a counselor, a mentor of broken women, and an author and teacher of the things I have learned in both my personal and professional life. One influencer suggested I write a book to help churches understand what a healthy ministry looks like for victims of domestic abuse within their congregations. Another influencer suggested I create a video series so that the ministry I envision can be duplicated in churches across America. I can see how both of these things could be helpful and allow for a broader reach of this ministry to which God has called me.
In light of these possibilities, I have started writing a book. The working title is "Through Gethsemane's Gate." It seems logical to write everything down first and then create videos out of the written material. I do not know how long it will take me to write this book with the school year about to begin. I have a basic outline and a start on the writing. It is my hope that the book will be ready for publication by the time I graduate. I often struggle between getting the work done and trusting the Lord with the timing of everything. Again, I find myself caught in the cycle of trusting the Lord with tomorrow and taking steps to prepare for those tomorrows. Life is never easy and I must trust my Father in heaven for it all.
In regard to my fiction writing, it will always be my first love. I hope to return to it one day - preferably sooner rather than later, but I must first finish school and get my career off the ground. So, Tiffany and the others await my time and attention while I forcus on these other projects for now. Life changes are typically scary, exciting, stressful, and necessary for growth. More and more, I understand Paul's sentiment when he said to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). I may not know exactly what my tomorrows look like, but I hope and pray they include teaching others about the love and healing power of Jesus.
Linnette Graduated May 1, 2021
BA in Psychology
Summa Cum Laude
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